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Woodlands Secondary School students Madeline Ewanyshwin, left, Sydney Howlett, and Hailey Fielden from Dover Bay Secondary School, hold signs asking for change to achieve sustainable living at an Environmental Day of Gathering in Maffeo Sutton Park Friday morning. About 100 students attended the event, organized by students at Dover Bay, which coincided with other Day of Gatherings planned worldwide March 16-25 to raise awareness of environmental issues, sustainable living and poverty in developing countries. CHRIS BUSH/THE NEWS BULLETIN

Provincewide review of transit rolled out BY CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWSBULLETIN

STANHOPE ... minister listens to concerns and takes action.

After months of talks with municipal representatives, the province has launched an independent review of B.C. Transit. Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, on Thursday appointed a three-member panel to conduct the study. The panel includes: Chris Trumpy, former chairman of

the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation; Catherine Holt, owner of Sage Group Management Consultants; and John King, chairman of the Canadian Urban Transit Association. Local government representatives raised concerns about B.C. Transit last September, citing a 100-per cent increase in management fees, breakdowns in communication and a lack of funding as some of the worries.

Lekstrom emphasized the review will look for efficiencies, and is not a prelude to adding more provincial money to increase service. The province covers 47 per cent of bus service costs for most communities served by B.C. Transit, with the rest coming from bus fares and local property taxes. Lekstrom called that funding formula the most generous of any Canadian province, and said any service improvements would be up to municipalities

who must decide on local tax levels. “We have a good public transit system, but we think we have a number of ideas on how we can get better,” he said. Joe Stanhope, Regional District of Nanaimo chairman, said Lekstrom listened to the concerns and addressed them clearly. “It’s all about improving communication and this is what we asked for,” he said. “Decisions can’t be made

without consultation with the people who put the rubber on the road – the local governments.” Stanhope said the goal is to double ridership by 2018. The service currently operates with 58 local governments and carried more than 50 million passengers in 2010-11. The panel is to report its findings back to Lekstrom by the end of August. news@nanaimobulletin.com – with files from Tom Fletcher

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The City of Nanaimo finalized the purchase of a north-end property Wednesday to ensure adequate water supply well into the future. In 2005, the city identified the need for a new water reservoir storage tank in the north end before the city reached a population of 110,000 people. Property at 5775 Vanderneuk Rd. recently went on the market, and because of its location and specific elevation necessary for a water reservoir, the city purchased it at the appraised price of $425,000. Bill Sims, the city’s manager for water resources, said the reservoir likely won’t be built for another 15 years, but it’s important to secure the property as development increases in the area. “The future reservoir will be approximately 9,230 cubic metres in volume and is a necessary part of the overall water strategy that will improve water storage in the north end to satisfy both fire flow and flow balancing requirements,” said Sims. The existing singlefamily home on the property will be rented in the meantime to help offset the purchase costs. When built, the majority of the tank will be underground to blend in as much as possible with the surrounding residential neighbourhood. The portion of tank that remains above ground will be the same height as the existing house’s roofline. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

the rise in Nanaimo. The majority of victims are women aged 17-35. They report feeling a sudden overwhelming sense of incapacitation and nausea. They become separated from their friends when they go outside to get some fresh air. Even though memories might be scrambled by the drugs, traces of certain drugs linger in the body for several days, which can be used as clues or evidence in police investigations. “The victim should not be discouraged by thinking they cannot assist police,” O’Brien said. The Rotary Club of Lantzville funded printing the materials, which were designed by Elephant Room Creative. “There’s a lot of incidents lately downtown with drink spiking,” said Shayd Johnson, Elephant Room Creative photographer. “Actually a few of our friends have had issues with it downtown, so it struck up a little place in our hearts to be involved with this and anything that we can do to put a stop to this, get out word to the attackers that this needs to stop in Nanaimo and tell the community this is a really big issue and it’s under reported.” “The first step to change is education and awareness,” said Katya MacDonald, VIU Students’ Union women’s representative. “The next step is to make sure that these cases get reported and that’s what we’re hoping to do.”

Nanaimo school officials will have to do some cutting to balance next year’s budget. The Education Ministry released preliminary operating grants for school districts Monday. Nanaimo gets nearly $116 million. Phil Turin, secretary-treasurer, said that’s roughly on par with what he predicted last month, except for an extra $271,000 dedicated to introducing elements of the new B.C. Education Plan. While he won’t have exact numbers until the end of the month, he expects a shortfall of more than $1 million, possibly as high as $1.6 million. Last month, he estimated the district would be short about $733,000, but that was before additional cost pressures came to light. “We will have to do some cutting, absolutely,” said Turin. “Next year it’s going to get worse and the year after it’s going to get worse. We can’t continue like this.” Increases to benefit plans and MSP premiums translate to more than $300,000 in extra costs next year, he said. Fuel and utilities costs are going up, Turin added, while student enrolment is expected to go down – bad news for the district because operating grants are based on enrolment and the funding protection grant, given to districts experiencing declining enrolment, will decrease each year. He said the district will not pay about $1 million in teacher salaries and benefits due to the three-day walkout last week, but he has not heard if the province will allow districts to keep the money. “They haven’t given direction on that,” said Turin. “If we’re told we can keep those funds, it would certainly give us a cushion in moving forward.” Trustees are consulting on whether to extend spring break to two weeks from one week, a move that would save the district about $366,000 The province has not yet told districts how the Education Plan money is to be used, but Turin expects more details next month. In a video message, Education Minister George Abbott said the money will go toward such things as early learning initiatives, technology in classrooms and experiencebased learning for secondary students. The plan has five key elements: personalized learning for every student, quality teaching and learning, more flexibility and choice, high standards and learning empowered by technology.

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The first phase of a campaign to fight drugassisted sexual assault launched in Nanaimo Thursday. Vancouver Island University Student’s Union, Crime Stoppers and the Rotary Club of Lantzville have teamed up with Nanaimo RCMP to make people aware they can take a stand against date rape and prevent drinks being spiked. The campaign kicked off at Nanaimo RCMP detachment and was followed up in the afternoon with posters and table top tents, bearing information about the dangers of spiked drinks and where victims or witnesses of the crime can call, being distributed in drinking establishments downtown and at Vancouver Island University. “The objective of this campaign is the prevention, education and reporting of incidents where drinks are being spiked in Nanaimo,” said Const. Gary O’Brien. “The overwhelming majority are never reported to police. Less than five per cent make it to our desk. Why that is is because the memories are gone. These people are often out for the evening and all of a sudden they have an overwhelming incapacitation, probably from a drug. They wake up in an unfamiliar place and unfortunately many are sexually assaulted.” O’Brien said spiked drink incidents are on

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Council adopts budget Nanaimo city council approved its 2012 financial plan Monday, which will result in a four per cent property tax rate increase for homeowners. On the average $350,000 Nanaimo home, that means a tax increase of $71.41. That portion does not include school, hospital, regional district, library and BC Assessment taxes the city collects on behalf of those agencies. Nanaimo residents will also see a water user rate increase of five per cent, about $15, and a 6.14 per cent increase in garbage services, which amounts to $7. Commercial property tax increases are pegged at three per cent while industrial rates will drop 20 per cent, part of a tax shift policy adopted by city council several years ago. The overall 2012 budget is $160.37 million with $118.94 pegged for operational expenditures and $41.43 slated for capital expenditures. Council will have one more opportunity to make adjustments to the 2012 budget before it is required to be adopted by provincial law on May 15.

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Education Minister George Abbott says he won’t appoint a mediator in the long-running B.C. Teachers’ Federation dispute until after he returns from an education trade mission to China on March 26. Abbott said Wednesday his Asian trip was planned long before his ministry developed Bill 22, the legislation designed to force an end to months of teacher work-to-rule action that culminated in a threeday strike last week. Once Bill 22 is passed in the legislature, which occurred Thursday, Abbott plans to send letters to the heads of the BCTF and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association inviting them to take part in mediation, before he leaves for China on Saturday. The legislation requires the BCTF and BCPSEA to bargain “in good

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faith” with the yet-to-be-named mediator in an effort to reach agreement without adding new costs to the overall B.C. education budget. Abbott acknowledged that there is no practical way to compel the BCTF to negotiate if they refuse. BCTF president Susan Lambert has repeatedly rejected the idea of a ministry-appointed mediator as well as the government’s “net zero” financial restriction. Abbott said because of the long history of disagreement, court challenges over restrictions on class size and special needs support and other unique complications, he will be seeking a mediator with significant education experience. In earlier interviews, Abbott has mused that a mediator who can “walk on water” would be preferable, and suggested that the skills used by Mahatma Gandhi to unite the disparate religions of India and achieve its independence would be useful in the teacher dispute. If no settlement is reached by the end of June, a new contract would be imposed that extends from last spring to June 2013, after the next provincial election. editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Burning ban rejected A Nanoose Bay resident is calling on the Regional District of Nanaimo to impose a burning ban in Area E, but directors appear less than enthusiastic about the idea. Gordon Wyness called the issue one of human rights. The Nanoose Bay resident said he has been plagued by neighbours burning on their properties and is at his wit’s end. He called for a burning ban. Although a recommendation was made to put the matter of a burning bylaw to staff for a report, the motion was defeated.

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Man killed in scooter collision Nanaimo RCMP have identified the man who died Tuesday after his mobility scooter collided with a car. Clifford Allan Schmidt, 78, a long time resident of Nanaimo, was driving his mobility scooter northbound on Old Victoria Road at about 2:15 p.m. when he

unexpectedly crossed the road and was struck by a southbound car. There was no crosswalk or intersection where he tried to cross. Schmidt died shortly after he was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Speed and alcohol have been

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Re g i s t e re d nu r s e Rachel Kimler feels hard pressed sometimes to provide her patients

at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with the holistic care she feels they need. Kimler, who works in the surgical units on the third and sixth floors, said it’s not uncommon for the units to have inadequate staffing because a nurse has called in sick or the ward takes

on extra patients in the hallways. Either means she doesn’t always get the time to attend to a patient’s spiritual, emotional or other needs, as well as the basic physical needs. For example, finding five minutes to sit with a patient having an anxiety attack recently and alleviate some of

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To the Citizens of Nanaimo: March 17, 2012 City, Harmac Water Discussions in Long-Term Interest of All, Including SFN Not many issues are more important to the future off Nanaimo and our residents than having a safe, secure, and plentiful water supply. Unfortunately, some confusion has arisen over the discussions between the City and Chief White and Snuneymuxw First Nation (SFN) Council as we look down the road towards future water supply options. As we examine detailed and objective assessments for future water needs, it is clear that even after conservation measures are accounted for our current supply will not be adequate by 2020. Given that this is the case, two options readily present themselves. One is to build a dam in the Nanaimo River watershed. This is an 8-to 10-year project and would cost in the range of $60 to 75 million or possibly more. The other option is to gain access to Nanaimo Forest Products’ (Harmac) water assets. At the same time we recognize that water issues are key to SFN, too. Under the City’s 2005 Protocol Agreement with the SFN, we agreed to provide water to its Reserve #2, and the 2007 Community to Community Water Agreement contemplates supplying water to Reserves #3 and #4. We are investing $500,000 in a project to take water to SFN’s Reserve #2 and expect to have this project ¿QLVKHGE\WKHHQGRIWKLV\HDU$VIRU5HVHUYHVDQGZHH[SHFWWRSURYLGHIRUWKHVHXQGHUWKHIXWXUHZDWHUVXSSO\SURMHFWZH are currently investigating. The City has been meeting and speaking with Chief White and his Council or their representatives on this very issue for three years. We have discussed both options with them and shared our data and engineering studies. Everything has been above board. We have lived up to our 2005 Protocol Agreement and the 2007 Community to Community Water Agreement with the SFN in every way. Our desire was for the City and SFN to jointly enter discussions with Harmac. For three years we have waited for Chief White and his Council and their representatives to agree to offer their tangible expectations to the City. These were not forthcoming, and now the City has decided to start technical and commercial discussions with Harmac to gather information and to explore what is workable. This is what Chief White and his Council are now objecting to. We respect that SFN want to be and remain involved. If, as a result of this process we decide to enter into an agreement with Harmac regarding their water system, we intend to confer with the SFN in a spirit of mutual cooperation and respect for each government’s jurisdiction and interests. We also expect that the Province will consult with the SFN regarding any potential adverse effects on SFN’s rights and will address any legal responsibilities it may have under that process. The City will continue to keep SFN aware of major developments and will consider SFN’s participation in a joint initiative on appropriate terms. The SFN’s voice will be heard. We will be reasonable and practical, and we ask the same of Chief White, his Council and their representatives.

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Pacific Rim regional executive, said the No. 1 priority for nurses in the latest round of bargaining is increasing baseline staffing levels to ensure nurses are able to provide safe, quality care. All major public health-care worker contracts expire this year. Nurses, whose contracts expire at the end of the month, began preliminary discussions with the Health Employers Association of B.C. in January and recently wrapped up two weeks of bargaining. More meetings are scheduled for the end of the month and in April. Kimler said the union wants nurse-to-patient ratios instead of being staffed a certain number per unit, which is problematic because the workload changes if someone is sick or the unit is over-capacity. “That would alleviate a lot of what I’m talking about,� she said. “The acuity of patients has increased, so it’s the same number of nurses caring for more and sicker patients.� In a provincewide survey last spring, a majority of BCNU members reported that normal nurse staffing levels are inadequate for the number of patients they care for in hospitals, long-term care homes and the community. Another problem aside from not replacing nursing staff who call in sick at all, is replacing them with nurses of a lesser scope because a registered nurse is unavailable, said Kimler. Job security and hiring new nurses into full-time positions are other priorities. Michael Marchbank, president of the health employers association, said there is no additional money from the province, but the parties can find savings through efficiencies and innovations within the system and the collective agreement to address priorities. “We’ve heard from the nurses that workload is a major issue,� he said. “They’ve indicated to us that they wish to discuss it in detail. Those discussions will happen at the table.� The two parties are in the early stages of bargaining, he added. reporter@nanaimobulletin.com


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Two Nanaimo families will be living in new energyefficient homes before the end of the year, thanks in part to a big donation from Gordon Food Service. The company donated $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island to help build a duplex in Nanaimo. The money was raised by Gordon Food Service staff through fundraisers and special events. The company has committed to help build homes in each of its eight market areas across Canada. Teresa Pring, Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island executive director, said both families will be from Nanaimo and will each contribute 500 hours of work toward construction of the $500,000 project, which will incorporate high-efficiency lighting, energy star windows and appliances, plus passive solar design features such as orienting the building to take advantage of solar energy. The design and features will combine to keep maintenance and operating costs low. “The families live at the poverty level because of their low-paying jobs,” Pring said. “They struggle to get their bills paid and make ends meet and feed their families, but they earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing.” Pring said saving for

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a down payment under those conditions is nearly impossible, but home ownership gives them a legacy they can pass along to their families. “It’s something that they never could have imagined,” Pring said. “Most of the families that we see would never have a hope of home ownership.” The project location and groundbreaking ceremony date will be announced by the end of March or early April. Families have yet to be selected for this year’s project. Families interested in applying for the project can register to attend an information session, to be

hosted April 10 and 14. “We’ll be looking for at least two families from those two meeting dates, so interested families have to attend those meetings,” Pring said. To register, please call the Habitat for Humanity MidVancouver Island office at 250758-8078. Another $95,000 is still needed to complete the project. “We’re well on our way,” Pring said. “This was a huge boost for us.” To make donations online or learn more about Habitat for Humanity and its programs, please visit the organization’s website at www.habitatmvi. org. photos@nanaimobulletin.com

TTrial from 2010 shootout to start in summer A Nanoose Bay man charged with murder following a shootout on Wilgress Road in May 2010 will stand trial in Supreme Court in Nanaimo this summer. Simon Phillip Dockerill was charged with one count of first degree murder and possessing

a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition following the shooting death of John Charles Borden, 47, on May 25, 2010. Dockerill’s preliminary inquiry was in November. Crown lawyer Frank Dubenski said the trial by judge alone will start July 23 with ques-

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Drivers paying despite p dropp As flawed rhetoric and relentless spindoctoring make it hard to know just how our interests are being served, one program, at least, is making an impact on those who seek to steal from us. Figures released this month by ICBC show that auto theft has fallen 71 per cent since the use of bait cars began. Thefts from vehicles are also down 64 per cent provincewide. It’s not just those pesky bait cars – now joined by bait commercial vehicles – making life difficult for criminals. The corporation is patting us on the back for doing our part by locking vehicles, using anti-theft immobilizers, parking in secure, lit areas and removing valuables from our cars. In further good news for the average, cash-strapped motorist, the corporation recently announced it is considering reducing or eliminating its incentive-pay program for executives if it fails to meet its annual profit targets. The program paid out $17 million in 2010, but if declining figures for 2011 hold true, payouts for the corporation CEO, executives and management will be scaled down. If ICBC makes less than $35 million in net income in future years, the CEO and executives will lose their bonuses, and performance pay will be off the table altogether if the corporation posts a net loss. That still leaves $497 million in profits ICBC expects to turn over to the province over the next three years. As this is money considered surplus to ICBC’s needs, it is said to have no bearing on the need to raise basic rates, blamed on rising claims costs. It might be hard for the average driver to disagree with critics who characterize the government’s continuing dependence on such funds as a “stealth tax”. Perhaps bait cars – and locks and immobilizers on vehicles – are not enough to dispel every attack on our property, after all. The Nanaimo News Bulletin 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. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. 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

Respect for mountains a necessity

Witnessed my first avalanche last him, and he continued his joyous week. It was awesome, impressive, run through the snow. powerful and, admittedly, a little Turned out it was probably a terrifying all at the same time. Class 2 slide, with somewhere As a group of 11 skiers and three around 100 tons of snow breaking guides, we’d set out early that free. Fortunately, our guides had morning in the Valhalla Range to chosen the terrain well based on take advantage of some clean lines aspect, wind, solar heating and that had formed after a good dump knowledge of where the persistent of light Interior powder. Perched weak layers were lurking. While an at the top of a picturavalanche was unlikely esque bowl after almost on this particular SATURDAY 90 minutes of skinning, aspect, if it did slide, it BEAT we eagerly anticipated wasn’t going very far, some of the best skiing and it didn’t. Toby Gorman of the winter just below But the experience Reporter p our ski tips. was an important one. Our first guide To be where we were, performed a ski cut, all skiers were required descended to the safe to have avalanche zone and radioed back to equipment, including a give the green light. beacon, probe and shovThen the first skier el. Upon arrival at the went, with the guide’s lodge, we immediately dog in full pursuit, both were put through an enjoying the fluffy white powder avalanche rescue exercise, ensurdown the fall line. ing everybody was familiar with a Moments later, the snow ripped rescue process should the unthinkout. A metre-high crown more than able happen. 30 metres across released, sending Fortunately, our group was wella tsunami of snow tumbling down educated as everybody had comthe mountainside. Alerted to the pleted at least an AST 1 course, the slide, the skier angled out of the basics of avalanche safety. way, managing to ski through the Unfortunately, as backcountry edge of the slide unaffected. We travel becomes more and more collectively exhaled, until someone popular here on Vancouver Island asked, “where’s the dog?” and across the region, mostly due He was gone. Our second guide to improved gear and easier access, pushed off and blew through the incidents of avalanche fatalities slide path, yelling for the dog. are on the increase. What seemed like an hour passed, In B.C., an average of about a but it was only a few seconds until dozen backcountry users die annua brown head popped out about ally in the province’s mountains, 20 metres from where we last saw the majority being people who

access the backcountry through a mechanized means, quickly climbing into dangerous areas on snowmobile or by helicopter without seeing the hints, such as shooting cracks or ‘whoomphs’, of dangerous snow. But just as nobody expects to be in a car accident when they leave the house, nobody expects to be in an avalanche when they set out in the backcountry. Knowing the conditions, rules and science behind either driving or backcountry skiing will never fully negate the risk, but it can certainly minimize it. There are many tools a person interested in using the backcountry can access to learn the information necessary to reduce the risk. The Canadian Avalanche Centre (www.avalanche.ca) is a treasure of information, while here on Vancouver Island, the Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin (www. islandavalanchebulletin.com) keeps local skiers abreast of the conditions. Island Alpine Guides (www.islandalpineguides.com) offer avalanche courses as well as guides for people looking to learn more about mountain safety. The mountains are an incredible place to spend time, but they are as unforgiving and unpredictable as they are beautiful. By knowing where the dangers lurk and how to react when it all goes wrong, risk can be minimized, enjoyment can be maximized and everybody can return home safely with a good story to tell. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Band owns land, water by our laws To the Editor, Re: SFN plans legal action over water, March 8. Mayor John Ruttan was quite correct in his original statement that we should not go into any agreement with Harmac concerning water rights without the participation and agreement of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. His backtracking wasn’t necessary. Chief Douglas White is in the same position, should he make a deal against the interests of his own council. Harmac does not own the Nanaimo Lakes. Nor does Island Timberlands own Jump Lake, our city water source. They act as if they do because no one questions their right to restrict access and clearcut. The timber and coal mining rights to these lands were part of the land grant by the John A. McDonald government to the Dunsmuirs for the building of the railroad. John A. could not give them the land because it was not covered under the Douglas Treaty, nor any subsequent treaty. There is no legal need for our city to make any deals with Harmac or Island Timberlands. Those corporations have exploited the lands and water there for many years, and made millions of dollars, most of which went to foreign shareholders. We are well within our rights to expropriate the water resources we need. We do need to negotiate a fair and just agreement with the First Nation. Under Canadian law, they own the land and water. Jim Erkiletian Nanaimo

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SPCA strays from original mission To the Editor, Re: Help needed to care for emaciated dogs, March 6. The B.C. SPCA mission statement is: “To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia.” This noble statement indicates how far the society has drifted from its founding mission:

“Prevention of cruelty to animals.” The subject article referenced appeals for donations to fund the rehabilitation of these dogs, even to the extent of “partial amputation and reconstructive surgery”. One of the puppies “requires” this, I read. I wonder if forcing this puppy to live as

an amputee can be considered enhancement of its quality of life. Personally, I find this cruel to the animal. In my case, I have twice adopted a dog from a shelter, both of which gave us great pleasure for many years. We also seem to always have a cat or two. And each time it broke my heart when it became

time to end their lives. As our pets are totally dependent on us for their quality of life, I believe it was my duty to them, rather than to force them to live miserably for my selfishness. I believe the SPCA should focus its efforts and spend its money on cruelty prevention, not on keeping animals alive at whatever cost.

Visiting their shelters, seeing so many animals in cages and knowing they’ll be there a long time is a depressing and saddening experience. Better to put the poor animals out of their misery and use the funds instead to enforce the laws and prosecute offenders. J. (Hans) Keijser Nanaimo

Politics should be about being answerable to voters To the Editor, There is ongoing joke that Canadians don’t vote people in, they vote people out. Yet, how can we as Canadians ever feel otherwise when we are constantly faced with politicians showing bad behaviour and expecting that there should be two different set of rules (rules for those in power and rules for everyone else)? Robocalling is in the news for good reason. It is becoming evident that illegal calls were spread out over dozens of key ridings all over the country. The amount of money and organization (phone database and planning) involved in targeting non-Conservative voters in multiple close ridings demands investigation. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is denying calls for a full and independent investigation by stating that the calls were merely ‘dirty tricks’ in a few isolated locations. Not only does this appear blatantly false, and if proven false, illegal, but one has to ask if we have become a country that allows ‘dirty tricks’ as acceptable behaviour? What does this model for our kids and other countries? If we, as a country, profess to be a model for democracy

and choose to speak out against actions in countries like Syria, what are we really saying? Do as we say, not as we do? If Prime Minister Harper truly believes he has nothing to hide, then let there be a full and independent investigation. Being a politician should be about providing a service to and being answerable to their electorate. It shouldn’t be about winning, getting your way and ignoring people when it doesn’t suit you. Ken Dreger Nanaimo

Spiteful politics pervades system To the Editor, I am concerned with what is happening to our political landscape with this latest attack from ‘robocalls’. Our rights are slowly being stripped away by rogue politicians who serve a corporate master instead of the electorate, which gets sent misleading information. We need a public inquiry and a full prosecution of those who are found guilty of any complicity. No more fines and slapped wrists for ‘in and out’ scams. If we want to promote democracy to the rest of the world’s countries that

don’t have it, we must be above reproach in the way we administer it. The Conservatives, being the governing party (whether properly elected is the real question), should supply all their records, receipts, phone lists et al, to the proper authorities, as well as all the opposition parties. We need to stop all this spiteful politicking that is overtaking democracy or we will surely become a pariah to the rest of the world’s just democracies. I hope we are not too late to save a once proud country. Keri Boulter Nanaimo

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Enbridge pipeline cause for concern To the Editor, As a longtime resident of British Columbia, I am very concerned about the destination of the Enbridge Oil pipeline destined to end in Kitimat for loading oil tankers. Looking at the map, I can foresee nothing but navigational problems crossing the Douglas Channel and passing by other small islands before reaching the open sea. Should the pipeline end at Prince Rupert, it has free access to the ocean for oil tankers via Dixon Entrance. We should feel reas-

sured that all safeguards to protect our land and sea are taken. Building a pipeline across British Columbia, with all our mountains and waterways, is challenging enough without adding further possible problems for tankers navigating such a narrow body of water. A referendum should be held for British Columbians, as we have the most to lose should there be a disaster on our land or seas. What are the potential benefits as opposed to the

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Non-profit groups need wake-up call To the Editor, Re: Citizens can’t afford frivolous spending, Letters, March 13. It’s good to see that at least one other person sees the necessity of using public tax dollars for the public use and not the private. If you really think your group deserves public support, then conduct a survey with the public, asking just one simple question: If you had a choice of paying your present taxes and supporting private groups, or not supporting private groups and paying $100 less on your taxes, which choice would you make? I think that many of the groups presently taking public support would get a serious wake-up call as to just how much the public thinks of them. P.D. Good Nanaimo

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Forests Minister Steve Thomson plans to visit a Surrey-based forest company next week to discuss a shift in log export policy that producers say is diverting more B.C. logs to Asian buyers willing to pay up to twice as much as B.C. mills are offering. Thomson was peppered with questions in the legislature for a second day Wednesday about his ministry overruling its Timber Export Advisory Committee and allowing log exports despite an

offer from Teal Jones Group to buy the logs for its B.C. mills. Teal Jones chief financial officer Hanif Karmally said Wednesday the company is ramping down production and shifts due to a lack of log supply. It could put another 100 to 115 people to work if it had more logs, particularly to feed its small log mill. Teal Jones’s Surrey operation is the largest lumber producer on the B.C. coast, with a large log mill and shake mill in addition to the small log mill it opened in 2003 after a $30 million investment.

Total coastal log exports increased to a record 5.87 million cubic meters in 2011, up from 3.86 million in 2010, according to forest ministry figures. That includes logs exported from private land, which are regulated by Ottawa. About 20 per cent of logs from Crown land in coastal B.C. are going to export. Thomson told reporters the TEAC changed its policy on how it declares logs as surplus to domestic needs, and how it calculates the domestic market value. Cowichan Valley

NDP MLA Bill Routley told the legislature that Nanaimobased Coastland Wood Industries, as well as Teal Jones, is seeing a log shortage. “I’ve been told by mill managers that more B.C. mills will be gone if this level of raw log exports continues,” Routley said. Truck Loggers’ Association executive director Dave Lewis says B.C. has restricted coastal log exports for decades, but it has not solved the industry’s basic problems. “Domestic buyers can only afford to pay

$60 for a log that costs $78 to harvest,” Lewis said. The TLA organized a forum on log exports to counter criticism of log exports. “To put things very bluntly from a Terrace-

area perspective, if log exports were banned today, we might as well close the doors and throw away the keys,” said Bill Sauer of the North West Loggers Association. Teal Jones co-owner

Dick Jones said his company is not averse to log exports provided the rules are followed, and TEAC decides if logs are offered at fair market value and declared surplus.

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Sexual orientation is the topic of a discussion hosted by two academics at Vancouver Island University Wednesday (March 21). Gloria Filax, a professor at Athabasca University in Alberta, and Gerald Walton, from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., use media images to discuss the implications of having a sexual orientation that is either in the minority or majority of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society. The session, in the VIU library, Bldg. 305, Rm. 507 at 5 p.m., is open to the community. Admission is free, but donations to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Positive Space student bursary are welcome. A reception will follow the presentations. Filax, who teaches graduate courses at Athabasca, has written about homophobia, heteronormativity and queer theory for books and journals and published her own book, Queer Youth in the Province of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Severely Normalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, on the subject. Walton, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead, is a survivor of ongoing bullying in school and religious â&#x20AC;&#x153;ex-gayâ&#x20AC;? programs, researches homophobic bullying and teaches about gender and sexuality diversity. VIUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Positive Space campaign aims to raise

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How to have a safe spring break experience Each spring millions of students from high school and college embark on a pilgrimage to a vacation locale of their choice and proceed to kick up their heels and relax. For some students, the vacation is really a chance to unwind from months of study and is duly deserved. Other students use spring break as an excuse to

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JOIN VISUAL art professor Gregory Ball and students for an overview of what the visual art programs at Vancouver Island University Nanaimo Campus provide and offer. The session takes place in art building 325 in room 211 on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 pm. This information session will cover speciďŹ c visual art programs which include the BFA Transfer, the BA Minor, and the Visual Art Diploma. Portfolio requirements for prospective students will be explained as well as important portfolio interview session dates. A powerpoint presentation of the various mediums and student activities will also be shown as well as career opportunities in the visual art ďŹ eld.

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Elaine Jane Tellier (nee Bramley) July 23, 1921 - March 1, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Elaine Tellier. Elaine was born in Extension in 1921, the eldest daughter of George and Agnes Bramley. Our coal minerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter enjoyed happy but tough times through the depression and war years when the family lived off the farm and spent days hiking the hills picking wild berries to make ends meet. Mum attended school in Extension for the early grades and was able to attend high school by riding her bike each day over the ridge to South Wellington, and yes, it was a long uphill both ways. Elaine married Lou in 1943 and they remained in the Extension area that Mum loved so well to raise their family. Following years of saving, Elaine and Lou moved their family into the new home that they built and Elaine resided there until her passing. Mum was always active in the community whether it was campaigning to bring electricity to the village, PTA activities or representing Extension on the Nanaimo Water Board. Mum was proud of the role she played in organizing the Mobile library for the Extension school. She was a strong advocate for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;equal pay for equal workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. You always knew where Mum stood on politics and she loved a good debate. Family memories include trips to the BC interior, day long picnics spent swimming at the Nanaimo River and several excursions across Canada. She fulďŹ lled ďŹ a life-long dream with a trip around the world in 1984 which included the trans-Siberian railway. Mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hobbies included sewing and gardening. Each year her sundeck was alive with hummingbirds enjoying her feeders and ďŹ&#x201A;owers. ďŹ&#x201A; Other wildlife tended to avoid her yard when Mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calamity Janeâ&#x20AC;? came out in her. Mum had a very sweet tooth and always had an ample supply of treats to share with family and friends. Mum always had time for her grandchildren. Gramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of cooking made Sunday dinners a â&#x20AC;&#x153;never to be missedâ&#x20AC;? affair and we are blessed to have had the time for her to pass along her culinary skills to the next generations. We all loved her mini-wafďŹ&#x201A;e ďŹ&#x201A; cookies and homemade pies. Gram lovingly cared for many a grandchild after school and when they were ill or injured. She will be fondly remembered for her springtime ďŹ re ďŹ clean-ups and for her not-so-secret stash of pop and Dilly-bars. Gram never forgot a birthday. This past summer family and friends gathered to join Elaine for her 90th birthday celebration and to reminisce on all the wonderful memories that were gathered over those 90 years. Elaine was predeceased by her husband Lucien in 1979 and her two sisters Shirley Delcourt (Ernie) and Beverly Longden (Cyril). She is survived by her children Gerry (Vikki), Cheryl, and Brenda (Jim) Shaw, her grandchildren Trevor (Erynn), Bradley (Melissa), Ryan, Cole (Alisha), Lauren, Genna, Nathan, her great-grandchildren Anysia, Samuel, Juliana, Emma, her friend/ cousin Marguerite and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to thank Dr Andrew Baird for his compassionate care of Mum these many years. Thanks also to the many wonderful workers of Nanaimo Home Support, staff at Dufferin Cedar and Dr Uchman. A Memorial Tea will be held at the Extension Community Hall, Saturday April 14, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers ďŹ&#x201A; memorial donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Cancer Society. Your memory is our keepsake With which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never part No matter where life takes us Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep you in our heart

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General Manager - Log Sales Western Forest Products Inc. is seeking a General Manager Log Sales to join our Log Sales & Marketing Group. This senior role represents a significant opportunity for a highly motivated individual who is seeking a leadership role in this important segment of our business. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, but working closely with our Timberlands and Fibre Supply groups, you will oversee our log marketing plan and manage all facets of our log sales. Specifically, you will manage our log sales team, and further develop strategic business relationships with our critical partners with an objective of increasing margin for the company. You come to Western highly respected by your peers and with uncompromising integrity. A detailed job description can be viewed at http://www.westernforest.com/careers/current_openings.php

You possess a post-secondary degree in Forestry or Business Administration with 10 years progressive leadership experience in the business. Ideally you have knowledge of coastal fibre flows and experience in log trading. You are known for your ability to translate ideas and strategy into actions which deliver strong financial results in this complex decision making environment. More importantly, you are recognized for your integrity and respected by your peers and colleagues for your transparent business approach. Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company operating primarily on Vancouver Island. The Company’s focus is on the solid wood sector and includes timber harvest and lumber manufacturing. The Company is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence:

Emcon Services Inc., Road and Bridge Maintenance contractor, is accepting resumes for Auxiliary Heavy Duty Mechanics, preferably with experience repairing and maintaining highway maintenance equipment. Positions are available in our Cumberland, Duke Point and Parksville locations. Qualifications fi include: • Valid BC Driver’s Licence (minimum Class 3 / air) • Proven fleet maintenance experience • BCTQ in heavy duty or commercial transport mechanics • Motor Vehicle Inspection Ticket • Good knowledge of trade related worksite safety • Proven work experience on industry related heavy-duty equipment; such as gravel trucks, plow trucks, winter maintenance attachments, loaders, graders, sweepers, mowers & backhoes Qualified applicants are invited to submit résumés, along with photocopy of driver’s licence, an up-todate driver’s abstract and references to support mechanical experience to: Emcon Services Inc., 3190 Royston Road PO Box 1300, Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 FAX: (250) 336-8892 Email: island@emconservices.ca

Target is coming to Canada And we want you to be part of our team. In 2013, Target stores will open all across Canada. And we’re looking to build a team of talented people who can deliver the kind of innovation and difference our brand is known for. There are opportunities to grow and lead in a range of sectors. Current opportunities include Store Team Leader positions. So, if you’re looking for a fun, dynamic career where goals are clear and results are always rewarded, we want to hear from you. Learn more about Target and career opportunities available. target.ca/careers.

Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email: resumes@westernforest.com Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2012 Reference Code: GM - Log Sales

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NANAIMO, 1275 Dufferin Cres Across Gen Hospital. 1 & 2 Bdrms from $675/mo. Call Carman 250-740-1002

NORTH NANAIMO, 4 bdrm, 2 bath sxs. $1200. Now. 3/bdrm, 2/bath sxs. $1200. April 1. Fnced yards, pets ok. 4/appli. 1-250-598-6034. NORTH NANAIMO: Clean 3bdrm + den. 4 appls, carport, fenced yard. Close to Woodgrove Mall, Superstore, lake, schools & bus. New paint. Quiet. Refs. Avail now. Pet neg. $1085. 250-751-5257.

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1631 MEREDITH- 4 bdrms, $1450. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

MINS TO VIU & downtown this new, clean, daylight 1bdrm is suitable for 1 quiet person. Incld’s heat/lights, W/D. NS/No Parties. $700. (250)716-3264

NANAIMO (Jinglepot)4 bdrm, 2 bath executive home, ocean view, 5 acres, 6 appls, two decks. NP/NS. Avail Now. $1700. Refs. 250-585-4776.

N. NANAIMO 1bdrm, beautiful bsmnt suite. N/S, N/P. Private entry, prkng, utils incl. No lndry. $700/M + DD. Avail immed. Ref. req.250-758-4963

5568 CLIPPER- 6 bdrms, $1600. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com C. NANAIMO, close to Terminal Park, 2bdrm, 1bath, cozy, bright, shop, wood stove, fenced yard, W/D. Clean, responsible tenants wanted. N/S, No Parties. Ref’s & DD. $1250 April 1st. 250-754-3350 COUNTRY CLUB area, 4bdrm, bsmnt, fenced backyard, garage, appli’s incl. April 1st, $1,350/mo (250)756-6702 DEPARTURE BAY area. 5 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, lrg carport & yard. Clean, new paint, laminate floor, fireplace. Close to beach, park, school, bus, shops, Mall. Ref’s. Avail now. $1375./mo. 250-751-5257.

N. NANAIMO, 1 bdrm with priv ocean front patio, entry & prkg, incls all utils & W/D. N/S, N/P, $900, April 1, 250-729-9553. N. NANAIMO: Furn’d waterfront, lrg master bdrm w/ bath, NS/NP, quiet & clean, ref’s. $750 mo. Call 250-390-1805. N. NANAIMO (Rocky Point), 2 bdrm legal bsmt suite, own prkg, priv ent & laundry, fenced yard, cable/internet & utils incl’d, N/S, N/P, $900 mo. Avail April. 1st. 250-244-3466. NORTH NANAIMO- New 1 bdrm, close to Woodgrove Mall & bus routes. heat/hot water included. NP/NS. $600. Avail March 15th or April 1st. Call (250)756-9208.

GABRIOLA ISLAND: Close to schools, shops and ferry, 2 bdrm on 1/2 acre lot next to park. $700/mo short or long term. Call (250)247-9583.

OCEAN VIEW, large, level entry suite avail immed in the North End on a quiet street. Completely self contained. Layout includes bedroom, living room, washroom, kitchen and laundry. All utilities included. N/S, N/P, Ref’s req. $850. Avail immed. 250-751-2557.

NANAIMO- (Rock City Rd) 3 bdrm upper, 1/4 acre, 1 block from school & transit, well kept home. $1250. Karen, 1(604)791-1941.

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each, the Westshore Rebels twice and the Chilliwack Huskers and Kamloops Broncos just once apiece. “It’s great,” said Matthew (Snoop) Blokker, Raiders coach. “For us, every week’s going to be a little more intense than it was in the past.” Home dates at Caledonia Park in 2012 include two meetings with the Sun. The expectation is that the Raiders will reciprocate in 2013 with two trips to Kelowna. The Sun like the schedule change, too. “I think it’s awesome,” said Jay Christensen, Sun general manager. “We’re in a developmental league and we want to play as

many games against quality opponents as we can.” Blokker said the BCFC is trying to appease the lower-end teams, but wonders if the schedule will have the desired effect. “All it’s going to do is make the Sun stronger and the Raiders stronger and the Rams stronger,” he said. “I don’t see how that is really going to help the parity in the league.” The other problem with the unbalanced schedule is its effect on statistics. Blokker pointed out that the Rebels’ players, for example, will get to play six regular-season games against the Huskers and Broncos. The Raiders won’t have nearly as many

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opportunities to pad their stats, so to speak. “That’s not the end-all of why the Raiders play,” Blokker said. “We want to play to win a championship and the way I view it, at the very end, this should make us a better football team.” The Raiders open the season in Victoria Aug. 4 and play their home opener Aug. 11 versus Langley. GRID BITS … In other Raiders news, receiver Mike Schaper was announced this month as the winner of the Wally Buono Award as Canada’s top junior football player. Read more at www.nanaimobulletin.com. -with files from Warren Henderson

Playdowns for comCurl B.C. playoff road petitive curling teams this season. Here’s a are quickly coming to quick recap of how an end for this year. some of them fared… World championWe’ll start with the ships are the final Nanaimo junior womstep for top level en’s team of Kesa Van teams and for the Osch, Kalia Van Osch, women those begin Marika Van Osch today in Lethbridge, and Brooklyn Leitch. Alta. Representing The Van Osch squad, our country will be coached by Jim Newskip Heather Nedolands, advanced to hin and her Alberta the provincial chamsquad pionships thanks to in Victoria THORPE their win at where they REPORT the recent captured Ian Thorpe Scotties the B.C. Columnist Tournatitle. That ment of sent the Hearts. team to repAs for the resent our men, last province at Sunday the junior gave us nationals an excitin Ontario ing final last month, to the Tim Hortons where they did Brier in Saskatoon. extremely well to After having gotten place third overall. to the national final Also wearing prothe past two years vincial jackets is the and been defeated, senior women’s team skip Glenn Howard of Penny Shantz, was not to be denied Debbie Jones-Walker, this time around. The Debbie Pulak and gentlemanly HowShirley Wong. The ard and his Ontario Shantz foursome team prevailed over won its regional Alberta’s Kevin Koe playdowns in Mill in the championBay, then went on to ship final and now become B.C. champiadvance to the world ons at the provincials championships that held in Kelowna. begin March 31 in The team will be Switzerland. competing at the A number of local nationals beginning curling teams from today (March 17) in various age divisions Abbotsford. embarked on the long ◆ See ‘CURLERS’ /28


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◆ March 17 - Curl B.C.’s Williams Moving and Storage mixed championships. Nanaimo Curling Centre, 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ◆ March 17 - B.C. Premier Baseball League exhibition doubleheader. Nanaimo Pirates vs. Victoria Eagles. Serauxmen Stadium, noon and 2:30 p.m. ◆ March 18 - Curl B.C.’s mixed championships. Nanaimo Curling Centre, 9 a.m.; final, 2 p.m. ◆ March 18 - B.C. Rugby Union. Women’s Div. 1. Nanaimo Hornets vs. Kelowna. May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park, 11:30 a.m. ◆ March 18 - Hockey for Life fundraiser game. Montreal Canadiens alumni vs. Nurses4Kids Nanaimo. Frank Crane Arena, 3 p.m.

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One Nanaimo Clippers player gets a bit of a consolation prize after the team missed the playoffs. Defenceman Graeme McCormack was announced this week as one of the B.C. Hockey League’s second-team all-stars. The alternate captain played all 60 of Nanaimo’s games, scoring 12 goals and compiling 54 points. The 20-year-old moves on now to the NCAA, where he will skate at Bemidji State University. “[Bill] Bestwick brought me here and helped me a lot and [Mike] Vandekamp helped me a lot, too,” he said. “I’ve been really fortunate. I’ve got to use all that and become a really good college player.” He said the end of the 2011-12 season was tough at times, with the Clippers out of the playoff race, but he was able to have fun with it. “We all play hockey because we love it. We’re just a bunch of teenage kids playing the sport we love,” he said. “We really pulled on that and we ended up having fun.”

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Only one local entry was involved, but the foursome of Frank Smith, Garry Smith, Ferdy Hobson and Rick Ringma did not advance. Lake Cowichan was the site for mixed Coastal playdowns last month, where a pair of local squads were among the 13-team field. Joe Green, Brenda Ridgway, Kevin Weinreich and Leslie Shearer bowed out 0-3, while Mark Knutson, Nicole Backe, Keith Clarke and Toni Lepore compiled a 2-3 record before being eliminated. The top four mixed teams from the coastal region, along with the top four from the interior region, are competing this week at the Curl B.C. mixed championships being held here in Nanaimo. The triple knockout event continues today (March 17), then will feature the semifinal game on Sunday at 9 a.m. and the provincial final at 2 p.m. Spectators are welcome at the Nanaimo Curling Centre on Wall Street, with admission by donation. Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship. ◆ Ian Thorpe writes about sports Saturdays.

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Ham Grimm’s

100 grams

Double Smoked Bacon MARKET HOURS:

8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. 250-246-4924

1 $ 48 1

100 grams

Smoked Beef Grimm’s

French Herb Loaf

1 $ 07 1

100 grams

100 grams

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK YEAR ROUND GARDEN CENTRE HOURS: 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. N. of Duncan, TCH at Crofton cutoff 250-246-4940

Prices effective: Sat. March17 – Fri. March 23, 2012

While quantities last


Nanaimo News Bulletin, March 17, 2012  

March 17, 2012 edition of the Nanaimo News Bulletin

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