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Adjustments to housing surprise city Facility no longer includes youth BY CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWS BULLETIN

Changes to Nanaimo’s north-end social housing project caught a number of stakeholders by surprise and raised concerns about homeless youth. A B.C. government press release Monday announced adjustments to the project at 6025 Uplands Dr. Part of the province’s Housing First initiative, the development was reduced to 28-33 units from 35-40 and is no longer housing adults 19-30 years old. The release said representatives from Pacifica Housing, the project operator, and B.C. Housing met with nearby residents, community groups and businesses in the area, sharing information and receiving feedback on the development. Karyn French, Pacifica Housing executive director, said community consultation is not complete, but January meetings with staff and management of Nanaimo Seniors Village and the Vancouver Island Regional Library – along with e-mails and messages on social media sites – indicated an unhappiness with the size of the building proposed. “It wasn’t one specific thing, but a general impression on the footprint,” she said. “People wanted us to be thoughtful and one option was lowering the number of units to below 35.” The original proposal was to house predominantly adults 45 years and older, with 10 units earmarked for youth. ◆ See ‘CHANGES’ /5

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A former RCMP member filed a class action lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday alleging workplace sexual discrimination and harassment by fellow Mounties. Janet Merlo, who served as an RCMP constable in Nanaimo from September 1991 to March 2010, alleges she suffered ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination by male RCMP members, which resulted in symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and Merlo ultimately leaving the police force. Merlo also alleges widespread systemic discrimination by the RCMP against female members, civilian members and civil service workers. ◆ See ‘LAWSUIT’ ‘ /4

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nearing retirement and students also make up a large portion of the population. One of Nanaimo’s oldest The most recent neighand largest communities bourhood plans to be comwill soon be undergoing a pleted in Nanaimo were for process to build a neigh- Newcastle-Brechin and the bourhood plan. South End last year. Both Harewood, home to about of those processes included 12,000 people and just under some controversy, which 5,000 residential units, will helped to attract residents begin the 12-month process to participate in workshops later this year after city and design charettes. council unanimously agreed Sandy Coones, spokesto initiate a plan. woman for the Harewood With an increase in devel- Neighbourhood Associaopment pressure, tion, said the orgaconstruction of nization wants to University Village, reserve comment completion of the on the decision to Vancouver Island go ahead with a University Campus plan until it can Master Plan, and be discussed at with surrounding the next general neighbourhoods meeting. all with a plan, A neighbourCoun. Fred Pathood plan tje said Harewood addresses land use PATTJE was a natural to be and development, next. social enrichment “There is funding this and culture, economic develyear for one plan and Hare- opment, environmental wood is it,” said Pattje, add- protection, transportation, ing the financial plan set parks and design guideaside about $60,000 for the lines. process. “But it’s going to be Andrew Tucker, director a challenge because of the of planning for Nanaimo, size and diversity of Hare- said the Harewood plan prowood, and the key point is, cess will likely incorporate as it always is, attracting the some precedent-setting deciresidents we need to partici- sions for the city. pate during the process.” “The Third Street corHarewood’s official bound- ridor has been identified ary runs into Chase River in the official community near Tenth Street, west plan as a priority area for to Vancouver Island Uni- corridor planning,” said versity, east to the railway Tucker. “It’s in some ways tracks that separate it from a testing ground for policy the downtown core, and about corridors in the OCP. north to Bowen Road. The Fifth Street corridor is The area has a rich coal also a focus in terms of cormining and agricultural his- ridors and its connection to tory, is home to Colliery Dam the university.” Park, Buttertubs Marsh, Goal Seven of the OCP, the Nanaimo Ice Centre and adopted in 2008, speaks to the Nanaimo Aquatic Cen- neighbourhood and area tre, and, according to 2006 planning as critical to census statistics, contains achieving the objectives of more single people than all the document. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com the rest of Nanaimo. People

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Nanaimo teachers will not take any steps to resist Bill 22 ahead of a provincewide vote on an action plan next month. The Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association held a general meeting at Wellington Secondary School Tuesday to discuss the action plan to resist Bill 22, developed at the B.C. Teachers’ Federation’s annual general meeting last week. The plan includes a provincewide vote April 17-18 on withdrawing from voluntary extra-curricular activities. While the NDTA executive heard from members proposing that teachers take action in advance of the vote, such as no longer taking on volunteer activities, first vice-president Justin Green said no decision came out of Tuesday’s meeting. “At this point, we’re not withdrawing extracurricular activities,” he said. Some BCTF locals have already voted independently to take that action. Bill 22, passed just before spring break, makes teacher job action ille g al and appoints a mediator to facilitate bargaining. The Education Ministry announced Wednesday the appointment of Charles Jago, a former president of the University of Northern British Columbia, as mediator in the labour dispute between the union and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association. Related story /10

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◆ From /1 The suit was filed by the Vancouver office of Klein Lyons, which specializes in personal injury and class action law. Watkins Law of Thunder Bay, Ont., is also representing Merlo, who is the representative plaintiff acting on behalf of female RCMP members in the proposed class action. Jason Murray, a lawyer with Klein Lyons, said Merlo was subjected to persistent discrimination and harassment by fellow RCMP members on the basis of her being a woman.

Merlo’s Notice of Civil Claim, filed Tuesday, describes numerous incidents of sexist comments, sexual pranks, derogatory remarks, bullying and gender-based discrimination she alleges she endured during her 20 years with the RCMP. Examples include allegations of false statements made by male RCMP members to Merlo’s boyfriend, who later became her husband, that they had sexual relations with her. She also claims a supervising corporal made it a habit to posi-

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alleged to have said, “It’s busy today out there, Janet could take some calls if she wasn’t knocked up.” Merlo also alleges she was falsely advised by supervisors that she was ineligible to collect additional pay for times she served as an acting corporal. “At the very least it made it extremely difficult to do her job, for her to fulfill her career as an RCMP member,” Murray said in an interview. “It impacted her life. It impacted her marriage and impacted her view of herself and her self worth on a dayto-day basis. It made it such that it became very difficult for her to come to work every day.” Murray said if the lawsuit is certified as a class action, it could be one or two years before the case goes to court. “Unfortunately class actions, because of their nature, because the technical requirements and the size and also against whom they are brought – in this case the government, the RCMP – they’re

not simple and they do take a little bit longer,” he said. Murray said Klein Lyons has not previously handled cases for RCMP members or members of other police forces, but has represented clients who brought suits against governments for government negligence, specifically institutional negligence. Murray confir med complaints are coming in from across Canada, including B.C. “Our co-council in Thunder Bay and our fir m in Vancouver have been contacted by over 150 women as of yesterday [Tuesday],” Murray said. “We’ve also been contacted by a number of men as well, both being making complaints about the RCMP or being supportive of women who are making complaints and the number’s growing.” None of the allegations have been proven in court. The defendants have 21 days from the date of being served to file a response. photos@nanaimobulletin.com

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Changes increase concern B.C. Liberals closing ranks over city’s homeless youth BY TOM FLETCHER BLACK PRESS

◆ From /1 French said the biggest impact, no matter who the housing is for, is fewer units for homeless individuals. “I think the larger number of units would have been preferred by everyone, but we’re trying to be sensitive to the fact the community wanted a smaller building on that site,” she said. Katia Langton, Nanaimo Concerned Citizens spokeswoman, said the group is pleased the government listened and made changes, but it’s too little, too late. “It’s great that it’s over 45. We were originally going to get the street-entrenched youth with no inclination to change,” she said. “As for the change of units, it’s nothing. It’s still 30 units and that’s going to be a party and draw to drug dealers. At the end of the day, it’s still warehousing people and that’s no good for anyone.” Mayor John Ruttan said the changes were made with no input from the city, and he’s not sure the results will be promising. “One group was able to effect the changes and the results will be the people still in need, and youth in particular, will be located elsewhere,” he said. “What’s removed from one area has to be downloaded on another. This doesn’t help Nanaimo overall.”

Columbian Centre, in partnership with Nanaimo Affordable Housing and Haven Society, will operate a 35-40 unit housing project at 1621 Dufferin Cres. for adults 19 years and older, and executive director Tom Grauman doesn’t anticipate the changes at Uplands will alter their plans. “We figured homelessness doesn’t discriminate between age groups or genders, so we thought our population might be generally reflective of that,” he said. “We find that a mix of people in the building is probably a good thing, because that’s the way real life tends to work.” Gord Fuller, chairman of the Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society, said the change puts more pressure on the system and magnifies the need for more social housing. “I look at it based on need, not based on age,” he said. “I would have liked to see the age range open-ended at all of these facilities.” Seumas Gordon, B.C. Housing spokesman, said in an e-mail that the Wesley Street and Dufferin Crescent social housing are open to all ages over 18 who are struggling with homelessness and who might be dealing with mental health and addictions issues. “We will continue to support Pacifica Housing as they meet with community stakehold-

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rehash the past,” she said. “We need to get together and talk about this, work together.” Pacifica is planning a community open house for the third week of April. “It will be an opportunity for people to meet the development consultant, the architect and Pacifica staff and identify the concerns they have,” said French. news@nanaimobulletin.com

Premier Christy Clark says she isn’t expecting any more resignations from the B.C. Liberal caucus after Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen’s abrupt jump to the B.C. Conservatives on Monday. Other B.C. Liberal MLAs canvassed in the wake of van Dongen’s resignation were unanimous in supporting the government and characterizing his defection as a mistake. Abbotsford-Mission MLA Randy Hawes offered only tepid support for Clark’s leadership, describing her as being “in a learning stage” but “doing fine.” Hawes said he has not been approached by the B.C. Conservatives, and his

only decision is whether to seek a fourth term next year or retire. Chilliwack MLA John Les said he has not yet decided if he will run in the 2013 election. Les added that van Dongen’s resignation from caucus was clearly orchestrated with B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins days in advance. Clark met with reporters Tuesday to take questions, including those about van Dongen’s accusations about the B.C. Rail sale and subsequent prosecutions of former ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bobby Virk. Clark again rejected calls for an inquiry into the case, saying she has answered every question about her own involvement in the original sale. editor@nanaimobulletin.com


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Video boosts medical emergency readiness BY CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWS BULLETIN

With years of training required to become a doctor, Nanaimo’s Simon Moore never thought filmmaking would play such a big part in his career. In order to finish his family medicine train-

ing, Moore took on a research project for the University of British Columbia Department of Family Medicine. “I was inspired by previous colleagues who have done projects that are actually in use in hospitals today, so I wasn’t interested

in doing a survey that was going to end up under a stack of papers somewhere.” Interested in patient safety, medical education, and wanting to leave something behind to help others, Moore sought out advice and latched on to the idea of a video on medicaloffice emergencies. “Studies show that people will have a sick child or sick loved one and will bring them to the closest doctor’s office,” he said. “People might have a heart attack, allergic reaction or have trouble breathing and offices are not nearly as well prepared as hospitals to deal with emergencies.” Moore wrote a script highlighting the recommended equipment an office should have and the training staff should undertake. The only thing he didn’t have was a camera to film the project. But on a visit to a coffee shop, Moore spotted a Nanaimo Film Group poster looking for peo-

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ple interested in filmmaking, editing and screenwriting. “I wasn’t interested in those things, but I thought they could help me out with the loan of a camera,” he said. He received a lot more than that. An e-mail to the group produced a response within an hour from

Aaron Colyn, offering to film the entire project. “He was very prepared, had the script all laid out and when he told me the plan and what it was for, I figured that was a really good cause,” said Colyn. Filming took place one afternoon in February and Colyn also

volunteered to edit the film. The final result was posted online Feb. 14 at www.officeemergencies.ca. The six-minute video also includes a survey for doctors to provide feedback. Moore said the results have been inspiring. “Nine out of 10 doctors say the video is relevant to their fam-

ily practice office and a similar amount say the video is going to enhance patient care,” he said. “I let the B.C. Medical Association know about the video and they published a link to it in their medical journal, as did the Canadian Medical Association.” He also had to meet UBC’s strict ethics requirements. Moore hopes to have the video and survey published in a medical journal, but it would first have to go through a peer-review process where other physicians critically analyze it. Colleagues and family members helped with the acting and Moore said it has been a fun project that is receiving survey responses from around the world. “There wasn’t much stress other than trying to find a video camera,” he said. “I was lucky. I got a lot more than just a video camera from the Nanaimo Film Group.” news@nanaimobulletin.com

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Accused killer to face inquiry A man charged with murder following the June 2010 killing of a Nanaimo woman is in court this week for a preliminary inquiry. Robert James Iverson is charged with first degree murder in the death of Cheryl Lynn Sim. Sim’s body was discovered June 29, 2010, in a vacant lot near Barsby Park at the end of Prideaux Street. She was 53. Police charged Iverson in December 2010. The preliminary inquiry, which began Tuesday, is to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial. It is scheduled to run this week and into next week.

Suspect sought after robbery Police are searching for a man who assaulted and robbed a woman in Nanaimo early Tuesday. The incident happened at about 3:15 a.m. A 19-year-old woman was walking on Highland Boulevard when a man allegedly punched her in the face and demanded her valuables. After the victim handed over some items, her assailant fled west on the Island Highway. The suspect is described as a First Nations male in his early 20s, about 5’3”, with a pock-marked face. He was wearing a black sweater and track pants. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-7542345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or online at www. nanaimocrimestoppers. com.

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Nanaimo nurse is part of a group lobbying for expanded PharmaCare coverage for patients suffering from hepatitis C. Fran Falconer, the midIsland’s only hepatitis support nurse and a volunteer with the non-profit group HepCBC, chaired a public forum in Victoria earlier this month on new treatment guidelines developed by the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver. “We hosted the meeting to push the government to make changes,” she said. Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). If left untreated or uncured, it can result in end-stage liver failure, leading to organ transplant or death. Provincial statistics indicate there are about 64,000 British Columbians currently diagnosed with hepatitis C, of whom about 25 per cent have cleared their infection without treatment, much the way people get rid of a flu virus. HepCBC, a non-profit organization run by and for people infected with or affected by hep C, estimates about 60 per cent of people with the virus will have a long-term infection that causes no problems or causes levels of liver damage ranging from mild to serious. Falconer said the group already got one of the things it wants – the province announced this week it has approved PharmaCare coverage for a new drug for hep C genotype 1 patients, which is proven to enhance cure rates. Without coverage, the

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Fran Falconer, the mid-Island’s only hepatitis support nurse and a volunteer with the non-profit group HepCBC, is part of a campaign lobbying for expanded PharmaCare coverage for patients suffering from hepatitis C.

drug cost patients about $1,000 per week. Falconer said the next step is to expand PharmaCare coverage to all patients who want treatment and are unable to fight off the virus on their own. An HCV patient must prove damage to the liver before the province will cover costs of treatment, she said. “This is a virus that is attacking the liver,” said Falconer. “Why are we waiting until there is significant damage? The earlier we treat, the less sick people are, so treatment is more effective.” Treating patients before damage occurs is more cost-effective because caring for patients with health issues resulting from hep C is much more costly, she said. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Falconer. “We want equal opportunity for all patients to access care. When people have diabetes, they get treated.

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Patients with hepatitis C have to qualify.” She also wants more people to get tested – advocates believe there are many people infected who don’t know it because they do not have symptoms. “We call this disease the silent epidemic,” said Falconer. She said intravenous drug users are not the only population at risk – the virus is spread through direct contact with the blood of an infected person and some baby boomers might have been exposed through blood transfusions, tattoos or piercings. Dr. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, said anyone who received a blood transfusion before 1990 should be tested, as that’s when hep C screening began. He said the health authority is not seeing as many “new” cases as it is finding people who were infected when they were

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Tanning brings unhealthyy glow g With prom season just around the corner, high school seniors are busy putting the final touches on their formal wear, lining up their dates, arranging their after party. Some might even be studying for exams. But come this time next year, one thing they won’t be doing is getting a tan by lying in a bed of glowing ultraviolet lights. The B.C. government announced its intention to become the second province in Canada to ban children and teenagers under 18 from using tanning beds. Nova Scotia prohibits anyone younger than 19 from partaking of an indoor tan, and Victoria’s Capital Regional District enacted a municipal bylaw last year preventing children and youth from frequenting tanning salons. Young people in France, Australia, Brazil, England and Scotland aren’t allowed to use tanning salons. Exposure to harmful UV rays is a leading cause of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and the second most common cancer in women under the age of 30. A study at the University of Manitoba found people who used tanning beds were 74 per cent more likely to develop melanoma. In B.C., 850 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, and 130 will die from it. The World Health Organization has declared tanning beds a carcinogen equivalent to tobacco and arsenic. Some young people are getting the message. The Canadian Cancer Society’s “Tanning is Out” campaign last year enlisted pledges from more than 3,000 Grade 12 students to be tan-free for prom or graduation. Still, the myth that a tan is the byproduct of a healthy, active lifestyle persists, perpetuated by heavily made up celebrities on TV shows and models in magazines. But lying still in the sun or a tanning bed is neither active nor healthy. 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

BCTF looking for control of payroll Both NDP leader Adrian Dix ment where the union bartered and his education critic Robin higher wages for hundreds more Austin recently tried to sell the positions and other benefit gains. media a fictitious story about This was one of the key misthe party’s successful history takes that led to today’s showof negotiations with the B.C. down over class size and composiTeachers’ Federation. tion. With the ritual combat between Once trustees got a look at the the BCTF and the B.C. governpremier’s 1998 deal, they refused ment flaring once again in early to sign. For the first and only March, Dix bragged to time, the government reporters that the last had to legislate the B.C. time he was involved in settlement on school VIEWS teacher talks, it resultboards. ed in a 0-0-2 wage settleThe BCTF memberTom Fletcher ment. That was in 1998, ship endorsed the 1998 Black Press when Dix was working deal by a large marfor then-premier Glen gin, and it did indeed Clark. set the tone for other The real 1998 story is union settlements in useful, because then as the late 1990s. now, the B.C. governPress reports at the ment was in a financial time put the total cost squeeze and looking at of this supposed wage a huge set of negotiafreeze at an 11-per-cent tions with government unions in increase in the provincial payroll. health and other sectors as well Before I get into the court batas education. tles that followed after the NDP Glen Clark, an ex-industrial government was dumped, there is union organizer, was known for a business principle here. pushing negotiators aside and One of the first things I had to taking control of hot files. learn as a private sector manager The premier’s office took the is that if you don’t control your lead in teacher talks, trying to set budget, you aren’t really a managa strong precedent for low wage er. And no one who lets authority settlements similar to today’s over staffing levels slip away can “net zero” mandate. possibly control their budget. The B.C. Public School Control over staffing levels is Employers’ Association, reprewhat the NDP let slip to the BCTF senting the school districts, was in 1998. marginalized and treated with the And it is what the B.C. Liberals same disdain that the BCTF still took back in 2002, with legislation reserves for them. that removed class size and comAnd the result was an agreeposition from bargaining.

In the constantly repeated BCTF rhetoric, this was the “illegal stripping” of union contract terms that was struck down in April 2011 by the B.C. Supreme Court. A closer reading of Justice Susan Griffin’s decision shows that she gave Education Minister George Abbott an out. If the province replaces staffing level bargaining with “an equivalent process of good faith consultations or negotiation, then the legislation might not be an interference with freedom of association….” Bill 22 was written with this decision in mind, reasserting the government’s control over the payroll with a $165-million fund for special needs and a mediator to demonstrate those “good faith consultations.” University of Victoria business professor Ken Thornicroft noted last week that ceding control over class size to the union amounts to delegating authority over spending to someone who is not elected. The legality of that will no doubt be examined in the BCTF’s next courtroom assault on the provincial treasury. It’s an important comparison for voters. Which party is better able to represent the public interest in hardball negotiations with 300,000 unionized employees? ◆ Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca


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Time is ripe for municipal reform To the Editor, Re: Financial crisis looming for city, Letters, March 22. Wayne Schulstad outlines the nature of our looming municipal financial crisis and indicates why it is nearly upon us. What he doesn’t say is how it could be avoided. In this respect, I can think of no better words than those supplied by four astute observers of a very similar financial drama being

played out in nearby Victoria. In an op/ed piece published in the Times Colonist, among other things these four said: “We want city hall to shift to a three-year budgeting cycle with results-based indicators, act on new revenue streams, conduct a thorough review of staffing levels and compensation, and place greater emphasis on dealing with the city’s growing infrastructure challenges.”

They concluded by saying: “our position is that taxpayers deserve more rigour, more thoughtfulness, more creativity, more partnerships – and fewer automatic 4.5-per cent tax increases.” Familiar words, all, as well as to the point. Long overdue municipal reform is evidently in the air, and not just in Nanaimo. But municipal politics being what it is, the spur for reform

will most likely come from the provincial political party that best reads the developing political landscape and puts forward solid proposals to deal with issues related to financial reform, bureaucratic accountability and political responsiveness. The time for such a reform package is more than ripe – it’s long overdue. Eric Ricker Nanaimo

Dog owners simply need to show consideration to solve problems To the Editor, Re: Patrols target unleashed dogs, March 22. What is so hard about being a considerate dog owner? Leash your dog. When someone approaches you on a trail, reel your dog’s leash in if it is one of those 20-footers, and keep your dog in tight with yourself between your dog and whomever or whatever is passing you on the trail. This is simple, common courtesy and consideration to others, while still allowing your dog to roam about and have fun. If people simply do this, then this whole conversation would become moot. If they don’t, they are well on the road to having their and all other dogs banned from many or most parks, such as may become the case in Linley Valley. Other than the solutions mentioned, the obvious one to this issue is just leash your dog, period. Take a training course with your dog to teach it obedience and proper behaviour, to be under verbal command as if it was on a tight leash. These courses are short, only a few weeks for $150 and your dog becomes well-behaved, under control and instantly recallable, instead of being an out-of-control idiot mutt without a clue as to how to properly behave around people, as is more often the case than not. Go to the library – there are hundreds of dog training DVDs

available on loan that can teach you to train your dog to the same level at no cost to you. The reality is that the crackdown on dogs off-leash and the conduct of dog owners will only become more severe until dogs are banned from all people parks. As of May 1, there will be 12 offleash areas in Nanaimo, so there is no excuse for them to even be in any people parks. Tom McCartney Nanaimo

Contentious dog issue another head-scratcher To the Editor, Re: Patrols target unleashed dogs, March 22. Wow. If an alien read the article on patrols targeting unleashed dogs, they would possibly suspect the city is dealing with beasts which must be man-eating killers and how the wonderful authorities have the wisdom to put so much time, effort and funds into solving this terrifying problem. Why have dogs become such a contentious issue? Dogs don’t hate like humans, they don’t litter like humans, they are far more loving than most humans can even imagine, they assist in wars, locating bombs, drugs, lost individuals, challenged individuals, they create a great deal of employment (including Sue Hughes and Coastal Animal Services), dogs visit seniors and give them a smile and a kiss, they have a zest for life, love to sniff,

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explore and run. Anyone who has not loved or been loved by a dog has no idea how beautiful their souls are and missed out on a wonderful experience. Yes, the city has thrown dog owners a few bones with their offleash parks. Some are inaccessible for many, most folks must drive to these ‘wonderful’ sites, not all are able. Why do non-dog owners have more rights than dog-owners? Why can’t everyone use the parks in their neighbourhood if they desire and allow their pets to be free? Why can’t the parks have designated times in the summer, that way everyone gets to use the facilities.? Will dog owners receive a tax refund for the parks they are not allowed to walk free? Off-leash are

not asking for exclusive accessibility, as are the opposition. It was also reported there are some 6,000 or so licensed dogs, The information I received from city hall was 20,000 licensed dogs. It is a heart-breaking situation for pets that are deprived of some form of free running. For folks who disagree with off-leash time, how would you enjoy being constantly leashed? Get a dog, experience the love. Let everyone enjoy their lives. Colleen Torvik Nanaimo

Ferries an extension of national highway To the Editor, Re: Ferry fares increase, April 1, March 22. B.C. Ferries has lost touch with its mandate to provide TransCanada Highway service to those of us living on the islands, in particular Vancouver Island. This is our road system. Until we are blessed with a bridge, we have no choice but to rely on ferries as our portion of the highway. I resent listening to travel agents on TV ads selling B.C. Ferries as a travel destination, and inviting people to enter to win a vacation with B.C. Ferries. Our fares pay for these unnecessary ads, not to mention inflated wages and perks. With no other choice, all advertising is unnecessary. Jo Creedon Nanaimo

Nurses caught in a Catch-22 To the Editor, Re: Nursing graduates offered one-year position, March 22. I graduated from the Malaspina nursing program in 1991 and could not find the full-time job needed to support my family while paying back what at that time was a mountain of student loans. My husband was just finishing with the military and decided to seek employment out of the province. I secured a full-time time position in Texas, where Canadian nurses were welcomed with open arms. I have been living and working in the States for almost 20 years and now that I am trying to move back home, it seems the jobs that were once restricted to ‘experienced’ nurses are now being served on a platter to new graduates. I am all for gaining experience, but if they are only offering them temporary full-time, what happens when the assignment expires and they are back at the drawing table when the next class takes those jobs? I have watched the Vancouver Island Health Authority job board and applied for many of the positions, but have not heard back on any of them. I am in the reinstatement process for my B.C. RN licence, which should take three to four weeks and would like to plan to move back in the next couple of months, but I cannot move unless I have secured a position so that I can pay for housing, etc. This is a Catch-22. Patricia Shaw via e-mail i

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reflect the reality of what Nanaimo and surrounding areas have to offer,” said Susan Cudahy, corporation CEO, in a press release. “Our focus now is on the culinary, arts and culture, theatre and nightlife with a complementing balance of water, environment, parklands and trails. Visitors will find that we are the better alternative to serve as a mid-Island

accommodation base for their travels throughout the Island.” The marketing is designed to communicate ‘The Top 15 things to love about Nanaimo’ and that message will be carried through a series of TV ads that will be running April through July in the Alberta Campaign offered through Tourism Vancouver Island. The new Visitor Guides

are being distributed throughout B.C. and Alberta with 125,000 copies available. Nanaimo-area residents looking for ideas on what do with visitors can pick up guides at the visitor information kiosk in the lobby of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, by requesting a copy online, calling 250-756-0106 or visiting the website.

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igh school students can often handle issues well beyond the scope of the school system. If you let them write what’s in their hearts, they will often produce intense subject matter. As a high school teacher at John Barsby Secondary School, Tom Rokeby knew his students could handle the issues raised in the Daniel MacIvor play Never Swim Alone. “It’s deep subject matter and the kids like that,” Rokeby said. Never Swim Alone is a one-act play with three characters – two of which are men competing over a woman. The competitions draw on stereotypes – who has the biggest this, or the most expensive that – to the point where the men lose track of what they’re competing for. “The competition becomes so much about the two competing that they forget about the girl and she ends up drowning,” Rokeby said. Issues of gender and stereotype are prevalent, as is the cycle of competition which can lead to violence. The play was one of two selected from the North Island Regional Drama Festival to represent the area at the provincial festival, held at Douglas College in New Westminister in May. The regional festival encompasses 15 high schools from Ladysmith to the North Island. Rokeby said it’s one of the tougher zones in the province to win. Dover Bay Secondary School is

often a favourite, and its performance academy won the regional competition, but the adjudicator was so impressed with not only Dover but Barsby as well that both schools were chosen to represent the area. “That’s the first time for us,” Rokeby said. Dover Bay last won the regional festival in 2005, but attended the provincial festival last year as the winning school was unable to go. Dover Bay students won this year’s regional festival with their play Ascension Day, set in a Bible camp in 1946 and focusing on teens trying to get on with their lives after the Second World War. “It’s a coming of age story for teenagers,” said drama teacher Ward Norcutt. While researching, preparing and performing the play, which includes a choir, the nine cast members learned that the issues faced by their grandparents generation are much the same as today. “Not much has really changed, except clothing styles,” he said. Rokeby, with eight years under his belt at Barsby, spent the past five years developing the Bulldog Theatre program. The class operates after usual school hours and runs all year long. The big reward for his and his students’ investment of time is not the spot at provincials, but rather building a community, so that the shy, introverted students can come out of their shells and express themselves. Students in Bulldog Theatre aim to raise $5,000 to take a large contingent to the provincial festi-

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val and participate in workshops, performances and adjudication. “Once the elation wears off you realize you need to raise a significant amount of money,” Rokeby said. Barsby students host three nights of theatre beginning tonight (March 29-31) at the

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54-40 plays the Port Theatre Friday (March 30) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $44.50. Call 250754-8550. STEF LANG and Emily Spiller play Diners Rendezvous Friday (March 30). Doors 7 p.m. Tickets $20/ advance; $25/door. Call 250-740-1133. AFTERGLOW plays the Queen’s Friday (March 30). MEGABEAR and Chasing Satellites play the Cambie Friday (March 30). IRIS plays the Queen’s Friday and Saturday (March 30-31). GLEN FOSTER plays Urban Beet 6:30 p.m., Saturday (March 31).

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“I don’t wanna be just a paper doll,” Stef Lang sings in her latest single, Paper Doll. The song, off the Ladysmith native’s new EP Fighting Mirrors, is all about the pressure to look a certain way and seeing past that to find deeper meaning within yourself. The 23-year-old hopes her message that there is more to us than what we look like will resonate with young girls, and it’s a message she’ll take with her as she embarks on a 20-date cross-Canada tour this month. Lang is performing Friday (March 30) at Diners Rendezvous, with Emily Spiller. It’s the last of three Vancouver Island dates before Lang spends a month on the road. Paper Dolll was released to radio Feb. 1, and, with it, Lang is sending out an important message. “It’s all about looks and image and the media and how it affects your selfesteem,” she said. “The message is very special because I wanted to point out to the younger generation, especially young girls, that there’s a lot more to who you are

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Nanaimo minor soccer is expanding the field of play, so to speak. The Nanaimo Youth Soccer Club launched its revamped, re-branded academy program this month with the announcement of Harbour City FC. HCFC essentially replaces minor soccer’s district development centre program. “The umbrella’s far more reaching,” said Claude Bolton, NYSC technical director. “Spring sessions have never been like this. Players have never had a program that they came out three or four times a week.” The goal of Harbour City FC is to give youths as much soccer as they can handle, all under the direction of certified coaches. Bolton said it’s a long-term development model that should help prepare keen players for higher levels of the sport. “How far we can actualize that potential, that will be based on the technical people we have on the field,” he said. “Coaching development directly influences player development. That’s why you don’t see as many volunteer coaches on our fields with these children … This is about high-level, licensed coaches running these programs.” Harbour City FC will run an April session and a May-June session. In HCFC’s inaugural spring sessions, it expects to be able to garner enough registration numbers to run programs for U8-U14 divisions. Bolton said never before has the NYSC been able to offer spring soccer with “travel teams”.

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Some teams simply have another team’s number, said Nanaimo United U21 coach Allan Jorgensen. So his soccer team feels good about its chances this Saturday (March 31) as it prepares to face the Bays United Gunners for the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s George Smith Cup. “We’re pretty optimistic about having a very good chance of winning it,” Jorgensen said. “Only because we have beaten the team that we play against twice already.” Nanaimo (8-9-1) handled Bays (9-7-2) by a 3-1 score back in October, then won 2-1 last month. Both teams have peaked at playoff time after finishing

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Nanaimo United U21 player Curtis Keen scores on a penalty kick during a win last month in Vancouver Island Soccer League George Smith Cup playoff action at Merle Logan Field. The team plays for the cup this Saturday (March 31).

middle of the pack in the regular season. Jorgensen said part of the reason for United’s recent success was some late additions to the roster. But he’s also seen more desire. “The guys wanted it really badly,” he said. “It’s been a very good atmosphere and they’re all together, and when they do

that, they’re one of the best teams.” GAME ON … Nanaimo United and the Bays United Gunners play for the cup on Saturday at noon at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park … Simply by qualifying for the final, United earned a berth into provincial playdowns starting in April. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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Female hoops players can keep driving to the basket, even though the regular season is over. Central Vancouver Island Basketball is holding an identification camp for girls ages 10-17 wishing to participate in the club’s summer programs. Players will be split into youth, junior and senior teams and practise two or three times per week and play in up to six tournaments between May and July. The identification camp is April 13-15 at Ladysmith Secondary School. Cost to participate in the camp is $175, or $165 before Saturday (March 31). For more info, e-mail carl@cvibasketball.com.

Sports section seeks scores The News Bulletin’s sports section is always looking for sports news tips, scores, statistics and standings. To submit information, e-mail sports editor Greg Sakaki at sports@ nanaimobulletin.com, call 250-734-4623, fax 250-753-0788 or send a direct message via Twitter to @BulletinSports.

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T h e Va n c o u v e r Island Baseball Institute Mariners are just one week into the season. Four games isn’t a very large sample size, but it’s all the M’s can go on as they prepare for the next stretch of the Canadian College Baseball Conference season. VIBI hosts the University of Calgary Dinos in a four-game series starting Friday (March 30).

Nanaimo’s college ball team went 1-3 to start the regular season last weekend. Now, the challenge is to be patient with players, while also giving others a chance. “That’s always kind of the golden question for a coach,” said Jordan Blundell, VIBI manager. “What kind of changes should we do? What should we be looking at? “In our batting order, we’ll see some changes, for sure. I think we’ll get some guys in some different spots. As far as the [pitching] rotation’s concerned, we might see another guy or two get a start.”

The Mid-North Island Extreme added a few more hockey highlights before the season came to an end. Nanaimo’s midget rep girls’ team finished 1-4-1 at provincial championships this month at Salmon Arm.

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358 single, 825 triple. Wednesday classic Jack Mundy, 353 single; Vince Herkel, 960 triple; Jennie Friskie, 339 single, 819 triple. Thursday ladies Brenda Anderson, 288 single, 672 triple. Thursday night Todd Spracklin, 325 single, 858 triple. Friday 55-plus Sharon Redlick, 731 triple. Saturday youth Tasha Reed, 244 single; Ben Karpuik, 598 triple; Taelor Kwartz, 612 triple. Special Olympics Bill Polz, 290 single.

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Roses make beautiful music

There will be smiles, happy hearts and warm fuzzy feelings for hundreds of unsuspecting residents throughout the central Island area Wednesday (April 4) as

the Vancouver Island Symphony celebrates its annual Symphony of Roses Day. It’s a fundraiser like no other as symphony volunteers head out

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Valid Friday, March 30th through Thursday, April 5th, 2012. *Certain exclusion apply. See in store for details. To redeem, please surrender this original coupon to the cashier. Only one coupon per customer. This coupon cannot be combined with any other offer or credit offer and cannot be used in connection with any previous purchases. Licensed departments. Dyson, HBC Gift Cards, Point of Sale Activation Cards and Gift Registry online are excluded. HBC reserves the right to dishonour and confiscate any coupon(s) which in its sole opinion have been copied, altered, forged or obtained through unauthorized sources. Refunds for purchase(s) made using this coupon will be reduced by the value of the coupon as indicated on the sales receipt. This coupon has no cash value. †Hudson’s Bay Co., HBC, Home Outfitters and their associated designs are trademarks of Hudson’s Bay Company, used under licence. Credit is extended by Capital One.® © 2012 Capital One. Capital One is a registered trademark. All trademarks used herein are owned by the respective entities. All rights reserved. ® MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.

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from Turley’s Florists in Nanaimo, knock on doors to homes, offices, schools – anywhere a thought of appreciation is being given – and deliver a box of beautiful, colourful, long-lasting, premium growth roses. Imagine the thrill as friends, loved ones, business associates, neighbours, doctors, bankers, favourite teachers, great staff, clients and others open the door to receive such a warm-hearted surprise. To send along a Symphony of Roses to someone special, please call 250-754-6344, download the order form from the symphony website at www. vancouverislandsymphony.com and fax it to 250-754-2191 or drop it off at Turley’s Florist, 60 Terminal Ave. All orders must be placed through Turley’s by Friday (March 30) at 4 p.m. Cost is 12 roses, $29.99 (includes taxes) or 24 roses for $52. A l l p ro c e e d s g o directly to the Vancouver Island Symphony.

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John Leech, Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. executive director, left, congratulates Nanaimo’s Pete Sabo, centre, and Larry Croome on winning two of the association’s 20 Top in Technology awards. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Techs among B.C.’s best

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PAIR RECEIVE top honours for years of technological work.

An advanced home-building systems designer and a senior manager with the Nanaimo school district were honoured with Top in Technology awards from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. The provincewide awards are two of only 20 presented to nominees from the 9,800-plus ASTTBC members. Central Island members met at the Coast Bastion Inn Tues-

day for the awards, hosted by ASTTBC executive director John Leech. Pete Sabo joined the Nanaimo school district’s facilities department in 1990, and in his 21-plus years has risen to director of planning and operations. He is responsible for the district’s capital planning and construction; maintenance, grounds and custodial; security; consulting and engineering contracts; transportation; energy management; and space and use agreements. Larry Croome, of SIP Building Systems, now counts a Top in Technology award among his many honours.

Graduating from BCIT in mechanical design in 1989, Croome turned his focus from paper-making to research in engineered wood and accessories with MacMillan Bloedel. Since 1995, Croome has specialized in industrial and structural design consulting and opened SIP, his own energyefficient building and systems design firm, in Nanaimo in 2000. He has carried his technology skills into creating energy efficient homes, through certification as an R-2000 Builder. His new goal is to achieve literally zero net energy consumption in his buildings.

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APRILL 26TH :

Barrie Agar “Working Smarter – Not Harder– Creates Gardening Enjoyment” Qualicum Beach Civic Centre 7:00pm

MAYY 31ST :

Connie Kuramoto “Healthy Soil Creates Beautiful and Bountiful Gardens” Qualicum Beach Civic Centre 7:00pm

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2012 24BH Hideout List Price $19,900

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2011 3455 Montana List Price $72,900. SALE $56,900 AS LOW AS

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GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION OF CITY TILE CENTRE! Saturday, March 31st, 8:30am - 5pm – Corner of Mostar & Boban, Nanaimo

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FINALLY! The Silhouette you have always wanted is on SALE! Visit WestCoast Shutters, Nanaimo’s window & closet experts. • Large hands on window & closet displays • Exclusive products & promotions • Central Vancouver island only Hunter Douglas Gallery showroom • 20/20 product satisfaction guarantee • Price match guarantee • Blind repairs

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GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION OF CITY TILE CENTRE! Saturday, March 31st, 8:30am - 5pm – Corner of Mostar & Boban, Nanaimo

ENTER IN2 at TOagW e for

A Pack and a r a M a N h Tig s! e z i r p r e h t o lots of

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Manufacture Representat rs’ ive on hand to s answer all yo ur questions

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Saturday, 9am

FINALLY! The Silhouette you have always wanted is on SALE! Visit WestCoast Shutters, Nanaimo’s window & closet experts. • Large hands on window & closet displays • Exclusive products & promotions • Central Vancouver island only Hunter Douglas Gallery showroom • 20/20 product satisfaction guarantee • Price match guarantee • Blind repairs

Central Vancouver Island’s only

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Once you know the difference... you’ll go with WestCoast Shutters. Unit #3 City Tile Centre, Mostar & Boban www.westcoastsbc.com / westcoastshutters@shaw.ca

250.585.4544

FREE SINK WITH KITCHEN OR VANITY

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Ladies’ night puts women in driver’s seat N a n a i m o ’s S t eve Marshall Ford is celebrating more than a decade of empowering and educating women on automotive independence. For the last 11 years, the dealership has hosted a Ladies’ Night every four months to help educate women about vehicle ownership, hosting discussions on misconceptions around purchasing and servicing cars. The next event takes place Thursday (March 29) from 6:15-8:45 p.m. at 3851 Shenton Rd. “Our Ladies’ Night events provide a fun and open environment for women to discuss their questions and concerns around vehicle ownership and care,” said Ann Marie Ebdrup, owner of Steve Marshall Ford. “It’s important to us to help fight the misconception that women have no place in a garage or car dealership.” Fo r i n fo r m at i o n , please call 250-758-7311 or e-mail feedback@stevemarshallford.com.

Workshop deals with dementias

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Birds of a feather

The Nanaimo and District SPCA has three cockatiels for adoption. They don’t have to stay together, but need an experienced bird owner. Meet the trio and other homeless animals at the SPCA shelter, 2200 Labieux Rd. Please call 250-758-8444 or visit www.spca. bc.ca/nanaimo.

FAMILY CAN stay in contact by telephone.

It’s never too early to start planning for the future – especially if your family is dealing with dementia. The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers tips for personal planning at a free tele-workshop on Thursday (March 29) at 7 p.m. Barbara Lindsay, the society’s senior manager of advocacy and public policy, joins lawyer Emily Clough in reviewing points for family caregivers and people at the early stage of the illness. Starting to plan for the future as early as possible ensures that the person suffering with dementia can play a role in making important health care and financial decisions. Participants in the tele-workshop explore

the different kinds of planning that need to be considered, and look at strategies for ensuring that the person’s wishes are honoured now and in the future. Tele-workshops are lear ning sessions designed for family caregivers, but also open to health-care providers. They can be accessed via telephone, with an optional web component, recognizing that many caregivers are unable to attend in-person workshops. To c o n n e c t b y phone, please call toll-free 1-866-994-7745 and enter the participant pass code No. 1122333. To use the website, please go to momentum.adobeconnect. com/alzheimerbc and enter as a guest. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, please visit www.alzheimerbc.org.

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Friday ◆ OSCAR CLEMMOTTE, VIU philosopher, discusses the objectivity of ethics at Vancouver Island University, Bldg. 356, Rm. 109 from 1-2:30 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday ◆ BASTION CITY Wanderers Volkssport Club hosts a 10-km Nanaimo walk. Registration at 9:30 a.m. at Elaine Hamilton Park and the walk starts at 10 a.m. 250-7569796. ◆ JAN PETERSON, local historian, launches her new book Kilts on the Coast from 1-4 p.m. at Nanaimo Museum with a brief talk shortly after 1 p.m. followed by a book signing and discussion. Cake and light refreshments. 250-753-1821.

Sunday ◆ CENTRAL VANCOUVER Island Japanese Canadian Cultural Society educational saketasting event, 1-3 p.m. Luckys Liquor Store, 3296 Island Hwy. (Country Club Centre). Cost $40, adults only. For more information, call 250-618-4577. ◆ HUB CITY Stamp Club regular monthly meeting, 7p.m. at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. Auction night, all collectors welcome. For more information, call 250245-8186.

Tuesday ◆ NANAIMO/LADYSMITH Retired Teachers’ Association hosts its spring luncheon at the Cavallotti Hall, 2062 E. Wellington Rd. at 11:30 a.m. All teacher retirees welcome. To reserve a seat phone 250-7535971. ◆ NANAIMO FAMILY Life Association hosts its stress management workshop from 12:30-3 p.m. at 1070 Townsite Rd. Phone 250-754-3331 ext. 716 to register.

Wednesday ◆ TEAM LINLEY Valley West hosts its first general meeting at 7 p.m. at the Kin Hut in Departure Bay. E-mail kitano@shaw.ca for details. Everybody welcome. ◆ MID ISLAND Advanced Toastmasters invites past and present members to hear Corinne Stewart present Protocol: Whyy Bother? at

7 p.m. at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. 250758-3668 for details.

Ongoing ◆ SEPARATION AND Divorce Support Group meets every first and third Wednesday of the month. 7-9:30 p.m., Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre, 418D Fitzwilliam St, side door. Call 250716-1551 or e-mail info@nanaimomen. com for more information. ◆ 60+ DANCE to live music with Bowen Seniors at the Bowen Park ballroom, Thursdays 7:30-10:30 p.m. Come as a guest, continue as a member. ◆ ISLAND COUNSELLING offers Stop Chasing Your Mind. Anxieties, worries, insomnia, depression, fears, loss/grief, anger are not normal stress. Manage these struggles in a small safe group every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., 250-7549988. ◆ ALS SUPPORT group meets fourth Wednesday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. Patients, family, caregivers welcome. 1-800-708-3228 ext. 221. ◆ NANAIMO UNIT of the Canadian Cancer Society sponsors several peer support groups for the victims of cancer. For further information, contact the Unit at 777E Poplar Street or call 250741-8180. ◆ NANAIMO HEALING Rooms. Come in for prayer, Mondays 7-9 p.m., Maranatha Church, 6553 Portsmouth Rd. 250-7557838.

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◆ CANADIAN MENTAL Health Association free recovery workshops, Rm. 19, Beban Park to May. 250-716-8827 for more information. ◆ TOPS GROUP meets Mondays, Rm. B019, NRGH from 6-7:30 p.m. near the sat lab entrance. Lose weight sensibly. 250-7544334 for info. ◆ TOASTMASTERS ON The Hill meets Tuesdays at 5-6:15 p.m., Vancouver Island University, Bldg. 180, Rm. 316. 250-758-3227. ◆ SUNRISERS TOASTMASTERS meet Fridays, 6:30 a.m, Hope Lutheran Church, 2174 Departure Bay Rd. Phone 250-585-2232 for more information. ◆ ENTERPRISING TOASTMASTERS

meets Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Fairview Elementary School. 250-7546636. ◆ HEART OF F the Island Chorus of Sweet Adelines Int. meets Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion in Lantzville. 250-7223233. ◆ PARADISE ISLE Senior Society mixed eight-ball tournament, Fridays, 10 a.m., 201 Albert St. Cash prizes for top-three winners. 250-754-9566. ◆ YELLOW POINT Singers community meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Cedar Secondary School. 250-6160421. ◆ PARENT SUPPORT Circles free weekly

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◆ HUB CITY Toastmasters meets, 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Occidental Hotel (downstairs), 432 Fitzwilliam St. ◆ KIWANIS SUNRISERS mornign coffee meetings, Thursdays at 8 a.m. Contact nanaimo. sunrisers@yahoo.com. ◆ ISLAND COUNSELLING Women’s Wellness and Support Group for depression, anxiety, relationship loss, trauma, worries. Thursdays 6:45-8:45 p.m. 250-754-9988.

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Grants boost education chances

Post secondary students living with inflammatory bowel disease received some added support with seven new scholarship opportunities worth up to $,5000. The Abbot IBD Scholarship program is a joint effort between Abbot, a pharmaceutical and medical products company and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. The educational grant was created as a direct result of a recent survey that found 70 per cent of youth with IBD were delayed in completing undergraduate or graduate studies because of their illness. “Due to the isolating nature of

this disease, people living with IBD too often miss out on the great life experiences many of us take for granted, including completing their education,” said Kevin Glasgow, foundation CEO. The scholarships are open to anyone entering into, or attending a Canadian-based post-secondary institution. Applicants must be legal and permanent residents of Canada, diagnosed with IBD by a physician and seeking an associate’s, undergraduate or graduate degree or enrolled in a trade school educational program. For full application details, please visit www.ccfc.ca.

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Vancouver Island University culinary arts students have done it again. Competing at the 16th annual B.C. Chefs Hot Competition Live at the Vancouver convention centre in January, they won several medals, including grand gold, grand silver and grand bronze. The two-day event, part of the B.C. Foodservice Expo, included competitors from all levels of cooking in professional, team, a p p r e n t i c e, p o s t secondary and high school categories.

Vancouver Island University culinary arts students Tyson VanCadsand left, Mem Xavier, Elycia Ross, Brandon Robinson and Liam Broderick were big winners at the 16th annual B.C. Chefs Hot Competition Live at the Vancouver Convention Centre. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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H.W. Dorothy Selzler (nee Stanhope) February 12, 1924 - March 19, 2012

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May 8, 1930 ~ March 22, 2012 Born May 8th 1930 in St. Catharines Ontario, he was affectionately known as “Buddy” to his family. Through determination, he became an accomplished athlete who excelled in team sports, particularly lacrosse in which he won four national Mann Cup championships with Peterborough. After graduating from McGill University, he came out west in 1956 as player/coach for the Nanaimo team who went on to win the Mann Cup that year. He would later be inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Ontario, Peterborough and Nanaimo Sports Halls of Fame. In 1958 he began working for the City of Nanaimo as manager of facilities & recreation. During the same year he fell in love with one of Nanaimo’s native daughters, Sharon Storrie. The two were soon married and began raising their family of four children. In 1969 Dad and Mom built their beautiful waterfront home on the shores of Nanoose Bay. We moved in with plywood floors, stud walls and no interior doors. Life was wonderfully busy with dogs, cats, horses, ducks and pet crows; summers spent swimming, fishing, sailing & waterskiing; family picnics; the backyard skating rink, the big garden, the Dawson Valley farm, family camping, canoe and ski trips (Mt. Baker was never the same after Dad skied there). Later on, Mom and Dad would spend the summers cruising up and down the inner coast aboard Innisfree 1 and travelling abroad. Dad understood the value that parks & recreation provides a community. Through his leadership and work with many service clubs and sports organizations he spearheaded the development of many of Nanaimo’s parks and recreation facilities including Bowen Park, Maffeo-Sutton and May Bennett-Pioneer Parks, the Bowen Complex and the Kinsmen Pool. Dad also enjoyed his community involvement with Rotary. When Dad retired in 1988 the City of Nanaimo named a new park, Harry Wipper Park off of Hammond Bay Rd., in his honour. Mom’s sudden death in 2002 was a shock to Dad and the whole family. After a few years he had the good fortune to start a new relationship with the lovely Shirley Rafter. The two of them enjoyed travelling together and spending time with family and friends. Dad passed away quietly on March 22nd, as his struggle with Parkinson’s came to an end. He is survived by his four children, Jennifer (Barry) Clarke, Peter (Karen), Philip (Becka), Elizabeth (Graham) Makarewich; and seven grandchildren: MacKenzie Clarke, Cam & Logan Wipper, Sam & Ewan AckroydWipper and Jack & Michael Makarewich; sister Audrey Wipper; cousins and extended family from Ontario. Dad taught us the value of hard work and perseverance. It’s not the talent you were given but rather the effort you put into reaching your potential. He was a strong, honourable man who lived his life with integrity and respect and who deeply cared for his family. We are proud of his accomplishments and grateful for the opportunities that he and Mom provided us. Friends and family are invited to join us in celebration of Dad’s life at a Memorial Service and Tea to be held on Saturday, April 7th at 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 29 Church St., downtown Nanaimo. The family would like to thank the venerable Brian Evans, staff and members of St. Paul’s Church, Sands Funeral Chapel and especially thank the very kind Joe Marie Abella who was Dad’s full time caregiver over the past year. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre would be greatly appreciated (c/o UBC Hospital, 2221 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C, V6T 2B5 www.parkinsons.ubc.ca

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dorothy. She will be deeply missed by her family. Dorothy is survived by her husband Lee Selzler, her daughter Virginia Horrocks (Delbert) and sons, John Booth (Charlene) and Peter Booth and brother Hugh Stanhope (Cynthia). She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Nicole, Kimberly, Colin, Trevor, Roy, Taylor, Megan, and two great-grandchildren, Justin and Nathan. A celebration of life will be held at the Unitarian Church, 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, on March 30th at 2pm. In lieu of fl flowers, donations can be made to the Nanaimo Hospice Society.

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them the afternoon of March 21, 2012. A devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, Shirley always kept a watchful eye on her family. That same tender eye made her a masterful painter, potter, quilter, chef and baker. She excelled at any interes she chose to undertake. That keen eye als meant she was a shrewd Duplicate Bridg anding member of Nanaimo’s Art group, and she had also been a memb of both Altrusa and Probus. It gave he great pleasure to know she was making difference. Shirley is sadly missed by son Rob an Jackie; daughter, Carolyn; grandson Andrew; Molly and Kramer; and all wh new and loved her.

Winter, Gwendolyn Carol (nee Campbell) Born December 25, 1924 in Vancouver, B.C. Died February 28, 2012 in Nanaimo, B.C. Gwendolyn is predeceased by husband, Art Denton, in 1970; and second husband, Timo Winter, in 2002; brothers, Lawrence and Robert Campbell; sisters, Margaret Ekengren and Lorna Sutherland. Left to mourn her passing are, sister, Kathleen Forbes of Anchorage, Alaska and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Gwen was a graduate of St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1946. She married Art Denton in the same year. After 11 years spent working in medical clinics Gwen furthered her nursing education at VGH by studying surgical nursing. She continued her career as a surgical nurse at Nanaimo Regional Hospital until her retirement in 1978. Gwen remarried in 1976 to Timo Winter. They enjoyed many happy years together making wine, gardening, fishing and travelling. Gwen was a devoted wife, sister, aunt and friend. She was stoic and strong to the end. “I’ve had a great life, I’m ready to go,” she often remarked in her last year. She went in peace and with serenity. The family would like to thank the kind and lovely staff at Dover House for making Gwen’s final moments comfortable. They would also like to thank her good friend, Betty and her whole family for the love and devotion they always showed to her. Gwen loved them all as family. Memorial Service to be held Saturday, March 31st at 1:30pm at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in memory of Gwen, may do so to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation, 1200 Dufferin Cres. Nanaimo BC, V9S 2B7, where it will be greatly appreciated. Sands~Nanaimo (250)753-2032

A celebration of Shirley’s life will take plac Tuesday, April 3 at 1pm at Nanaimo Trin United Church, 6234 Spartan Roa Nanaimo. In lieu of flowers please make a investment to the community organizatio of your choice in Shirley’s name. Shirley valued all of her friendships and sends her love.

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Gerard Gervais

October 23rd 1956 - March 22nd 2012 Resident of Nanaimo, B.C.

Bert passed away peacefully in the early morning on Wednesday, March 22nd, surrounded by his closest loved ones. He was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and lived most of his adult life in central Vancouver Island. He was the youngest & beloved son, one of ten children, born to the late Hubert and Elmira Gervais. Bert will forever be remembered by his loving siblings: Joanne Machiskinic (Charlie), Gene Gervais (Corry Hostetter), Gerry Gervais, Ted Gervais (Cathy), Irene Haines & Ray Gervais; numerous caring nieces & nephews; many treasured great-nieces & great-nephews, and his devoted caregiver, Lucy Li, along with countless other family, friends & care workers whom were blessed to know him. Bert loved collecting model cars, listening to music, admiring first nations artwork, being with his family, and conversing with friends. Bert touched the lives of many people with his endurance & courage after a tragic car accident in 1975 left him a quadriplegic at the age of 18. He maintained his trademark sense of humor & wit all the way to the end. A private celebration of his life will be held for family & his close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit, Hospice Society and Rick Hansen Foundation.




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Pierre Andre Joseph It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pierre Andre Joseph Montpetit on March 17, 2012. Pierre passed away unexpectedly in a tragic accident in the Cariboo region of BC at the age of 61. He is survived by his loving family that includes his wife, mother, two brothers, six children and five grandchildren. Pierre was born and raised in Montreal, QC before moving to BC in the early 70’s. He loved the BC wilderness, becoming g an avid hunter and fisherman while living in Houston for many years. After moving to Vancouver Island, he took many adventures through life as an entrepreneur and owner of various businesses. Still, during this time he continued to take many trips north where he felt most at p peace in the mountains and lakes of BC. Pierre lived a life of freedom and experienced life to the fullest. When asked what his greatest accomplishment was, he would never hesitate and say his children. He was a generous man with a big heart who touched the lives of many and will be missed deeply by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the North Cedar Fire Department, 2100 Yellow Point Road. Everyone Welcome. Sands ~ Nanaimo 250-753-2032

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November 19, 1929 ~ March 21, 2012 Husband, best friend, father, Grampa and Great-Grampa, will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. Phillip was born on November 19, 1929 in London, Ontario, and passed away March 21, 2012 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. He passed away peacefully in Palliative Care, surrounded by his family. He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Elezena, who passed away March 8, 2011. He put on a brave front but missed her desperately and we know he is happy to be reunited with the love of his life. Dad was also predeceased by his mother, Gertrude; brothers: Jack, Jim and Bob; sisters, Rita and Lorraine and granddaughter, Danielle Walkling. He is survived by his youngest sister, Ethel; daughters: Lois (Ken) Walkling and Theresa Mackey (Ron Crawford); son, Phillip Wayne Mackey (Sherly Parenteau); grandchildren: Theresa (Paul) Furlonge, Phillip (Suzie Kelly) Gonyer, David Walkling and Chris, Mira, April and Andrea Mackey; great grandchildren: Gracie and Max Gonyer and Izabella and Eli Furlonge. Dad served his country proudly in the Naval Air Division of the Canadian Armed Forces from 1947 ~ 1980. He began his service on the East Coast of Canada and, after 33 years, retired on the West Coast on Vancouver Island, where he enjoyed “West Coast Living” with all his family close by. Our hearts are broken as you have left us, but it gives us great comfort to know you are with Mom again. We love you and we miss you Dad, xo. No service by request. Donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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BOXALL, Brenda(nee: Dryden) 1924-2012

Brenda passed away quietly in her sleep after a short fight with cancer on March 21. She was predeceased by her husband’s Richard (Dick)Boxall, Leroy Dicken, and Blake Morton. She is survived by her children Chris (Maxine) and Sally (Dave), her grandchildren John, James, Darcy, and Amy, siblings Charles, Eric, Gwen, Ron and Alan, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. Brenda met her husband Dick during WWII while working for the British ATS. They immigrated to Edmonton in 1955 and soon started Boxall Construction. They built many houses in Edmonton. After the death of her first husband, Brenda moved to West Vancouver where she continued to be a successful business woman dealing in residential and commercial property. In the early 1990’s Brenda and her husband Blake moved to Nanaimo where they had many happy years. Brenda loved to host parties for the family, enjoyed having her grandchildren visit and playing Chase The Ace. She moved to Tsawwassen in 2008 to be close to family and in 2010 moved into The Waterford for Seniors where she made very good friends with Sheila. Brenda loved dogs and had one (Missy) with her till the end. She was a very fun loving person with an infectious laugh and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers we would appreciate donations made in her honour to the Alzheimer Society of BC.

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FITNESS TRAINER Massage Private studio downtown. Richard 250-668-3714

Home Improvements

HAIRSTYLIST on WHEELS. Seniors - men & women; I visit your home. Lil (250)585-6935.

EXPERIENCED Construction Labourers needed for high walls concrete forming in Nanaimo. Good wages. Resume: majka99@telus.net or fax to 604-864-2796.

HEALING ARTS

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

TREE PRUNING HEDGE/SHRUB MAINTENANCE

TRADES, TECHNICAL

PERSONAL SERVICES

ELECTRICAL 1A ELECTRICIAN, licenced, bonded, Small Jobs Specialist, panel upgrades and renos. All work guaranteed since 1989. Rob at 250-732-PLUG (7584).

ROB’S YARD Work. Reliable, honest. No job too small. Lawn maintenance, hedging, power washing, gutters, haul away. Insured. Free estimates. (250)729-5411

www.mrsparkle.net Call Jonathan 250-714-6739

CDA- 30 + years experience. Available full/part time. Call Cathy at 250-754-0992. Email: cktoth62@gmail.com

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

QUALITY YARD CARE Clean-up, lawn & garden maintenance, hedge trimming. Free Estimates. Licenced. (250)616-4286, (250)751-1517

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Expanding or Renovating your home/bathroom/ kitchen/basement? Roofing & finish carpentry also available. No job too small. Free estimates. Guaranteed/Insured

Richard 250-729-7809

Interior ~ Exterior FREE ESTIMATES.

RETIRED PLUMBER Journeyman. Repairs & renovations. (250)390-1982

RUBBISH REMOVAL FREE QUOTES, Large Truck: Rubbish Removal, yard waste etc. Same day service, starting $40 - $70/load + disposal fees. Moving, deliveries. Jason, 250-668-6851.

PETS PET CARE SERVICES CAT SITTING - NO CAGES. I will care for your much loved cat(s) in my home. They get their own room with a home setting. Min. 7-day or long term stay. Limited space, book ahead! (250)740-5554

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250-752-3622 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE FREE ITEMS FREE RECLINER. Please call (250)754-9194.

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

FRIENDLY FRANK

GARAGE SALES

HOMES WANTED

MISCELLANEOUS FOR RENT

14” BOYS’ Bike, booster car seat, child’s table lamp, 2 chairs.ALL $85. 250-751-2954

NORTH NANAIMO: 5431 Alta Vista Dr., (off Lost Lake Rd.), Sat, Mar. 31st, 9:30am-2pm. Tools, puzzles, variety of household items, cedar planters, wishing well, bird feeders, privacy screens, large plant pots, etc.

2 CHOCOLATE brown vintage metal kitchen chairs, excellent cond, $35. (250)245-3952. 4 DINING room chairs and table $70. Call (250)753-4701. BRIGG’S STRATTON gas lawn mower, used 1x, $99. Call 250-754-0709. COMBO ENTERTAINMENT Unit (54”x50”x20”) 28” Toshiba TV, VCR & DVD Player, $95. 1 (250)753-7481 DANBY CHEST freezer, 329L-385L, 50”x22”x34”, 2 baskets. Older model. Good, clean. $45. Fairwinds area. (250)619-0652 GRAVITY OUTDOOR lounge chair (Home Sense) like new. $80 obo. 1 (250)754-0174 KITCHENAID MIXER. Professional model, never used. $99. 250-756-4190. LARGE BBQ with side burner, Coleman propane $50. Miter saw, $49. Call (250)758-2786. MEN’S BIKE, super cycle, new. $99 1 (250)722-3680 MRH LYNX irons, 3-PW with 1-3-7 MacGreger Woods, good cond. Flex shafts, $75. (250)585-4053 OAK LAMINATE single pedestal computer desk, hutch & filing cabinet, $95. Call 250758-1092. OVER THE stove white fan & microwave combination unit. $85 (250)390-2805 SECTIONAL Corner computer desk, 64.5”Lx25.5”wx39”L, filing cabinet w/ drawer, $80 obo (all). Call 250-716-3463. SOFA WITH floral pattern on cream background, excellent cond. $99. (250)245-9257.

ROCKY POINT, Sat, March 31st & Sun April 1st, 9am2pm. 149 Heritage Dr. Tools, lawn mower, household items. SOUTH NANAIMO: 1561 Thompson Ave., Sat. & Sun., 8-3pm. Large family sale; tools, antiques, collectibles, tons of linens, etc... SPRING NEW to Used Sale Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd, Saturday, Mar 31 9am-1pm. Clothing, household, tools, linens, toys. Something for everyone! ST. ANDREW’S Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd. Fri, Mar 30th, 1-6pm. Sat, April 1st, 8-12noon. Brown Bag Special from 11am UPLANDS AREA: 106 Cathmount Pl, Sat, Mar 31st, 8am1pm. Great prices and variety.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

VENDING MACHINE FOR SALE ONLY $500 * Perfect working order * 9 selections (perfect for candy bars, chips, etc.) * Programmable * Comes with manual * Accepts quarters, nickels and dimes * 2 shelves for storage * Measures 65” high, 28” deep, 26” wide Call Kim, Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 5pm (250) 746-4451 ext. 223

SS LAUNDRY sink w/faucet, hoses, countertop $35. Sm bar sink, SS, $15. 250-756-1490

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TABLE 32x22x32” w/2 matching stools, $35 obo. Wicker side table, $15. (250)585-6672

HOUSES FOR SALE

UTILITY TRAILER, spare wheel, lights, good cond. $99 1 (250)729-9978 WHIRLPOOL, WHITE heavy duty dryer, exc. cond, 4 cycle, 3 temp, $99. 250-751-5257.

FUEL/FIREWOOD COASTAL MOUNTAIN FIREWOOD. Call 250-468-9660. 1-866-768-8886 (Nanoose). 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.

GARAGE SALES CEDAR HUGE Indoor, MultiFamily Sale. 1529 White Rd., Mar 31st & April 1st, 9am4pm. Furniture, tools, hshld. HAMMOND BAY: 3185 Warbrick Plc, Sat., Mar 31, 103pm. Household items, etc... HAMMOND Bay Moving Sale Sat, Mar 31st & Sun Apr 1st, 9a.m. Household, tools, golf, etc. 5955 Butcher Rd. HAREWOOD HUGE Packrat Sale. March 31/Apr 1st, 8am2pm. Tools, books, housewears, camping, collectibles, furniture, fishing. Camper, $1,500. 688A Winchester Ave. INDOOR FLEA Market, Sat, March 31, 10am-1pm. 4017 Victoria Ave. (off Norwell). Easter baking, jewelry, spring cleaning items, great gift ideas LONG LAKE: #1-3614 Norwell Dr., Sat., Mar. 31, 9-12. Indoor moving sale; good quality furn, rattan lv rm set, walnut bunk bed, W/D, TOY sets, KIDS books, VHS, DVD’s NANAIMO- 1105 Thunderbird Dr, Mar 31, 8am-1pm. Lots of cool stuff, vintage arborite table w/chairs, sm dresser, theater couch, pictures, books, younger style ladies clothes size 5-8 and much more.

NANAIMO LION’S CLUB SUPER FLEA MARKET 2300 Bowen Rd ~ Beban Park, Centennial Building Saturday, March 31st 9am-1:30pm All kinds of goods on Sale! Fee $1.00 ~ Under 12 Free

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TOWNHOUSES

CARS

NEW, DAYLIGHT 2bdrm, W/D, stainless appli’s, priv. entry, Utils/internet/cable incl. N.S, N/P. $950 (250)327-4333

NANAIMO CENTRAL: 2 Bdrm Patio/Garden home in clean 55+ complex. Renovated, 7 appl, storage, tool shed, closed-in patio. Close to amenities including Bowen Park Seniors Complex N/S, N/P. References. $950/mo+ utilities. Diane, 250-619-6134.

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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

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OLD CITY, cozy 2 bdrm, clean, eat in kitchen, insuite laundry, driveway, sep elec meter, N/S, small pet ok, $750 + utils. Call (250)758-7532.

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HOMES FOR RENT

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NANAIMO (Jinglepot)4 bdrm, 2 bath executive home, ocean view, 5 acres, 6 appls, two decks. NP/NS. Avail Now. $1600. Refs. 250-585-4776.

CLOSE TO DEP. BAY FERRY: 3 B/R upper level house on cul-de-sac. Nat’l gas FP. W/D, level prking. Hydro incl. $1350/mo. N/S, N/P. Ref’s Req. April 1. (250)755-9329

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1681 BOUNDARY Ave. Under New Management. 2 bdrm unit $650 & up. Avail Immed. Senior discount. Hot water included, balconies, elevator, controlled entrance, coin-op laundry, storage & parking, Call Mgr at 250-618-4510. 1bdrm +den, Schooner Cove, $800/mo. Underground parking, gas FP, N/S. near Marina. Avail. immed 250-714-1886. 2-BDRM APT. in community bldg. 3 appliances, parking, $975./mo+ utils. N/S. VIU area Common bike & music room, laundry, workshop. May 1st. Ref’s req’d. (250)758-1305. BACHELOR $550/MO, incld’s Ocean views. N/P, N/S. 1yr lease. Mature building. 1 (250)716-6361 CASSIDY, LOVELY 1.5 private acres, 2 bdrm w/ bathroom upstairs, share hot tub, kitchen, indoor pool, huge patio, bbq, walk to river, just off TCH $800. 250-245-0014.

HOSPITAL AREA 1 & 2 Bedrooms FREE Heat, H/W & storage. New paint, carpet & lino. Secured bldg with security cameras, From $700 & $795

Call 250-753-6656 HOSPITAL AREA- 1 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $700. (250)716-3305. HOSPITAL AREA- 2 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $800. (250)716-3305.

HOSPITAL AREA Renovated 1 & 2 Bdrms. New balcony & paint. Free storage & parking. Quiet bldg w/ security cameras. Avail now and Apr. 1. From $675 + mo.

250-754-2936

NANAIMO, 1275 Dufferin Cres Across Gen Hospital. 1 & 2 Bdrms from $675/mo. Call Carman 250-740-1002 NANAIMO DOWNTOWN. 2 bdrm. Ocean view, senior friendly, beautifully finished, secure parking, 6 appls, laundry room. Ref’s & lease req’d. NS/NP. $1075./mo. 250-5918886. N. NANAIMO: Quiet roomy updated 1 bdrm condo, close to shopping, bus route. Overlooking forest $675 NS/NP, ref’s/lease. (250)245-0576

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES CENTRAL: 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, clean well maint. W/D, N/S, $1185 + utils. (250)751-5585. DEPARTURE BAY area. 3bdrm duplex, covered carport, large yard, W/D. $1100. Avail Now. NP/NS. Call Karen at (250)619-1272. NORTHFIELD RD- 3 bdrms, 1.5 bath, fenced yard, 4 appls $1200+ utils. Refs. Available Apr 1. Call (250)756-2297.

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$750. 1-BDRM country living. Lake & mountain views. Laundry. Pets ok. 250-753-1200. HAMMOND BAY- sxs duplex, 2 bdrms/bath up, 1 bdrm, rec room, bath down, F/S, W/D hookup, quiet, clean, close to schools, NS,NP. Avail immed. $995 mo. 250-758-4871. NANAIMO- (Rock City Rd) 3 bdrm upper, 1/4 acre, 1 block from school & transit, well kept home. $1100. Karen, 1(604)791-1941. NANAIMOSOUTH End. Sunny 1000 sq ft 2 bdrm. Full bath. 2 appls, lrg deck. REF’S REQ’D. 40% hydro. $775./mo. 1 (778)883-8703. Avail. now. S. NANAIMO. 3 bdrm, fenced yard. W/D. $1150./mo. April 15th or May 1st. (250)7584348 or (250)248-7072.

ROOMS FOR RENT N.NANAIMO. N/S. Lrg, reno’d, private. Fridge/ micro in room. Laundry. $400. (250)390-2212

SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING EMERALD ESTATES in Parksville 55+ Independent Assisted Living. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, south facing patio, new carpets and paint. Quiet, bright and clean. Rent incld’s housekeeping. Dining program optional. Call Oceanside Property Management 250-951-3553. INDEPENDENT Supportive living, elderly/semi-disabled. $1,000 inclusive. Safe, beautiful, Gogo Manor.250-754-7265

SHARED ACCOMMODATION DEPARTURE BAY, lrg room; shared kitchen, bath, laundry. Cable, hydro, prkg incl. N/S Close to bus. $500/mo. (250)760-0842 Avail. immed. VIU. FURN priv exe room, $550 incl hydro, heat, lndry, cable, wifi, prkg, cleaning, patio. NS/NP. 250-741-9831.

STORAGE SHIPPING CONTAINERS 20’ or 40’. Buy or Rent. Safe and secure. Easymove Container Services. Serving Vancouver Island. 1-(888)331-3279

SUITES, LOWER Cedar: Bright newly reno’d, 1 bdrm, ocean view, private patio entr, prkg, shared laundry, N/S, N/P, ref’s, $760 (wi-fi, heat, hydro), 250-722-7025. CENTRAL NANAIMO 2-bdrm, large, quiet, near bus, hospital, VIU. Parking, shared W/D. $1050./mo. includes utils. Pets welcome. N/S. Available immediately. 250-797-2156. DEPARTURE BAY. Spacious & bright, 1 bdrm fully furnished. Incls utils, hi-speed internet, digital TV, basic phone, parking, shared laundry. N/S, N/P. $750 mo. 250-751-3386.

NORTH NANAIMO- reno’d 4 bdrms, 2 bath sxs, $1150. Fenced yard, pets ok. 4 appls. Apr 1. 1-250-598-6034.

HAMMOND BAY- 2 bdrm, 1 bath, priv garden+ patio, walk to beach, $875. (250)7564680. http://rentnanaimo bc.shawwebspace.ca/

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HOSPITAL AREA 2B/R Bsmt. suite. N/S & N/P. $825/m utilities incl. 250-754-7502 NANAIMO- 1 BDRM suite, north end, newer home, all utils included, $650. Call (250)756-9264.

TRANSPORTATION

C. NANAIMO, 2 bdrm suite, new bath and carpets, insuite lndry & storage room, N/S, N/P, close to bus, $850 + utils, 778-866-8251, 250-378-2151. HAMMOND BAY- ocean view 3 bdrm+ den, 2 bath, priv yard, deck. $1650+utils. 250-7564680. http://rentnanaimo bc.shawwebspace.ca/

TOWNHOUSES 1, 2 & 3B/R TOWNHOUSE. Newly Reno’d. Close to shopping in nice area. Incl heat & h/w. Half month free $725/M, $975/M & $1195/M.619-9244.

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CARS 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191. TOP DOLLAR Paid! Want To Buy Junk Cars & Trucks for cash. 1-250-954-7843.

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. $14,750 o.b.o. 250-466-4156 RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

1992, 26 ft TRAVELAIRE. Bright, clean, sleeps 4. Twin beds in back & fold down double bed. Immaculate condition. Full shower with skylight, generator, air conditioning, 91,000 km. $16,500. (250) 743-6036 2000 KUSTOM KOACH 26’ 5th Wheel Ready to roll, in great shape. Has slide room, big awning, oak cabinets, tons of storage, big fridge & stove, ducted heat & A/C. High quality unit with rubber roof & fiberglass body. $11,995 OBO, 250 466 4156 Bill

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Prius

With a plethora of new compact models that have recently cropped up in the past year, the 2012 Corolla could find itself in a serious dogfight. Fortunately, the compact Toyota, and the current record holder as the world’s best-selling automotive brand, has plenty of admirers and plenty of experience at offering a solid product with a reputation for bulletproof reliability. The current Corolla arrived for the 2009 model year and received mid-cycle front and rear styling makeover and a change in model designations for 2011. Three trim levels come with a 132-horsepower 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, while the XRS carries over with a 158-horsepower 2.4-litre I4. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all but the S trim, while a four-speed automatic is available on all but the XRS, which gets a five-speed automatic as an option. Base Corollas feature 15-inch steel wheels, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, split-folding rear seat and a four-speaker audio system. For the 2012 model year,

Over its decade on sale in three separate editions, the Prius has proven to be one of the most practical and cleanest ways to significantly reduce emissions and fuel use. The 2012 Prius family has expanded with a larger wagon, dubbed the Prius v, that’s aimed at growing “green” families. Next up will be a Plug-in Hybrid that can operate on battery power alone for up to 20 kilometres and at speeds up to 100 km-h. The smaller pack allows a full charge in only three hours using a household plug or half that with a 240-volt outlet. The really good part is that once the battery is drained, the car still acts like a regular Prius, meaning a fuel-economy rating of 3.7 l/100 km city and 4.0 highway. The wagon’s utility is expanded for more rear legroom, shoulder room and more cargo space behind the rear seats. The v also offers some extra-clever storage in the centre console and door pockets. Perhaps this is our first hybrid mini-minivan? All three Prii will have optional content lists chock full of technology and gadgets to

Type: Four-door sedan Base engine (hp): 1.8-litre DOHC I4 (132) Optional engine (hp): 2.4-litre DOHC I4 (158, XRS) Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Transmissions: Five-speed manual; four-speed automatic (opt.); five-speed automatic (XRS) l/100 km (city/hwy): 7.4/5.6 (1.8) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control; traction control Weight (kg): 1,240 power door locks, remote keyless entry and an auto-down feature for the driver’s side power window are expected to migrate down from the mid mid-grade grade LE.

RAV4

Tacoma

Most car-based compact sport utility vehicles and all-wheel-drive tall wagons owe a debt of gratitude to the size-small RAV4. The fuel-efficient wagon’s affordable price and pumpsnubbing fuel economy have kept it on many shoppers’ want lists for years. Dial in its available seven-passenger configuration (a rarity in this class) and you have a versatile, good-looking hauler that maintains a steady grip on the road when the going gets greasy. Where the original RAV had a small four-cylinder engine, you can option the current model with a 269-horsepower 3.5-litre V6. The standard engine is a 179-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. The V6 uses a five-speed automatic. RAV4 is available in Base, Sport and Limited trim levels and each is available in front- or four-wheel drive - no matter the engine - the latter of which can be “locked” for severe use. To help make the off-pavement journeys more pleasant, the RAV4 can be ordered with hill-start assist to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward while traveling

With rivals taking their toys and going home, the Toyota Tacoma remains just about the only real option left if you’re not interested in a full-size pickup truck, but are in need of decent utility. Despite its relative age, Toyota has unleashed a trickle of updates for 2012, including a very subtle reshaped grille and headlights, and new exterior mirrors. Under the long hood rests either a base 159-horsepower four-cylinder that could use an upgrade, or if towing/hauling is more of a concern, the Tacoma turns up the wick to the tune of 236 horsepower via the optional 4.0-litre V6. Tacomas come in either extended Access-Cab and four-door Double-Cab models and your choice of rear-or fourwheel-drive for all. The box (available in two lengths) floor and walls in all cases is made of composite plastic that obviously won’t dent or rust. Up-level models also get a hose-out heavy-duty all-weather flooring and an available bedrail utility system of bins, dividers and two hooks lets you securely stow gear in back.

Type: Four-door sport-utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I4 (179) Optional engine (hp): 3.5-litre DOHC V6 (269) Layout: Front-engine, front- /four-wheeldrive Transmissions: Four-speed automatic; five-speed automatic (opt.) l/100 km (city/hwy): 22/28 (2.5, 4x2) Safety: Front airbags, side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control; traction control Weight (kg): 1,520 uphill, and downhill assist to prevent 4x4 V6 models from getting away from the driver on a steep downhill grade.

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Type: Four-door mid-sized hatchback/ wagon Base engine (hp): 1.8-litre DOHC I4 combined with 27-kilowatt electric motor (134 net) Layout: Front engine, front-wheel-drive Transmission: Continuously variable L/100 km (city/hwy): 3.7/4.0 (hatchback) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; driver’s knee airbag; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (kg): 1,380 make driving the hybrid more pleasurable, including a unique power moonroof/solar panel that runs an electric fan to cool interior on hot days.

Type: Two-/four-door mid-sized pickup Base engine (hp): 2.7-litre DOHC I4 (159) Optional engine (hp): 4.0-litre DOHC V6 (236) Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheel drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; four-speed automatic (opt. on I4); sixspeed manual (std. on V6); five-speed automatic (opt. on V6) l/100 km (city/hwy): 10,0/7.7 (2.7, MT, 4x2) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (kg): 1,610

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Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. **Choose 4.99%/5.99%/5.99% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a new 2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4X4/2011 Ranger Super Cab Sport 4X2/2012 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4X4 Western Edition with power seats for a maximum of 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $467/$250/$620 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $215/$115/$286 with a down payment of $2,000/$900/$4,550 or equivalent trade-in. Cost of borrowing is $4,617.26/$2,912.72/$7,224.21 or APR of 4.99%/5.99%/5.99% and total to be repaid is $33,616.26/$18,011.72/$44,673.21. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $7,500/$5,500/$5,500 and freight and air tax of $1,600/$1,500/$1,600, but exclude variable charges of license, fuel fill charge, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Taxes are payable on the full amount of the purchase price. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that financial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a first payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Dealer may sell for less. 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This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. ††Offer valid from February 1, 2012 to April 2, 2012 (the “Program Period”). Receive CAD$1,000 towards select Ford Custom truck accessories, excluding factory-installed accessories/options (“Accessories”), with the purchase or lease of a new 2011/2012 Ford F-150 (excluding Raptor), Ranger or Super Duty delivered or factory ordered during the Program Period (the “Offer”). Offer is subject to vehicle and Accessory availability. Offer is not redeemable for cash and can only be applied towards eligible Accessories. Any unused portions of the Offer are forfeited. Total Accessories may exceed CAD$1,000. Only one (1) Offer may be applied toward the purchase or lease of an eligible vehicle. 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Subcompacts tend to look alike, but the restyled Yaris stands out from the crowd with a new face that emphasizes the wider stance and an upwards-sweeping beltline that expresses forward momentum. One distinctive change is a move to a single wiper system for the front windshield. Current Yaris owners will notice the 2012 model has a much more upscale look to the cabin than before, with soft touch, fine grained materials dominating the dash area. The gauges now sit right in front of the driver rather than atop the centre stack.

Toyota has done a really nice job with the redesign of its 2012 Yaris hatchback. It’s slightly longer, has a wider stance and a bolder new look, especially up front. And, best of all, it remains one of the most affordable subcompacts in Canada. The volume leader is expected to be the fivedoor LE hatchback with a convenience package that adds air conditioning, power windows, cruise control and keyless entry. At the top end is the five-door SE. With all the changes to the hatchback, Toyota is leaving the Yaris sedan unchanged for the time being. It sees sedan sales flagging a bit so efforts were put into making the hatchback a PHOTO SUBMITTED leader in the Interior space has been increased subcompact 25 per cent in the 2012 Yaris. class. Toyota has Meanwhile, cargo chosen to market the capacity behind the 2012 Yaris as a basic, more bare-bones offer- rear seat has been increased by 25 per ing than many of its cent and 60/40 split competitors, but with folding rear seats are state-of-the-art safety now standard. features that are class The power train is leading in some cases unchanged with a such as nine standard 1.5-litre four-cylinder air bags. engine that produces The current Yaris 106 horsepower. Stanstarted life here in dard is a five-speed Canada as the Echo manual transmission in 2003. It was unique with a four-speed to our shores and automatic available became a big success. as an option. Fuel In 2005, the first geneconomy is 6.8 litres eration Yaris hatchper 100 kilometres back bowed and since in the city and then, Toyota has sold 5.5L/100km on the 84,000 of them. highway. Exterior styling has The hallmark of the really been improved Yaris in the past has this time around with been its reliability the Yaris. Toyota has and Toyota is playnot been known to be ing up that fact with on the cutting-edge a new advertising when it comes to exterior design, but as campaign trumpeting “epic reliability”. one colleague asked That feeling of relime when he saw the new Yaris, “When was ability and value for the dollar will be key the last time a Toyota to bringing customers product was the best into the Yaris fold. looking in its class?”

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The Toyota Yaris has been restyled inside and out for the 2012 model year. The subcompact, which has sold 5.5 million units worldwide since launch, has been a best-seller in Canada for years.

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MSRP is$31,580/$36,410./$19,135./$27.580. including freight and PDI of $1,590/$1,590/$1,395./$1,590 based on a new 2012 Odyssey LS5at model RL5H2CE//Pilot LX 2WD model YF3H2CE/Civic LX Model FB2E4CEX//CRV LX 2WD model RM3H3CE(s). For all offers license, insurance, applicable taxes and registration are extra. Dealer May sell for Less. Dealer Trade may be required. * Limited time finance offer based on new 2012 Odyssey Touring Model RL5H9CK/ Pilot Touring model YF4H9CKN/Civic Sedan LX5MT Model FB2E4CEX/CR-V Touring Model RM4H9CKN(s) and a 36/36/48/36 month finance term available only though Honda Canada Finance Inc. O.A.C. at 1.99% financing .Odyssey/Pilot Finance example $46,990/$48,420 at 1.99% per annum equals $548 for 60 months. Freight and P.D.I of $1,590 included. Cost of borrowing is $8,160.13/8,340.73 for a total obligations of $55,159.13/56,760.73 Down Payment of $35,431.13/37,032.73 first monthly payment, environmental fees and $0. security deposit due at finance inception. Cost of borrowing is $8,169.13/$8,340.73.Civic monthly payment including freight and PDI is $179. down payment of $2,817.09. First monthly payment, environmental fees and $0. security deposit due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $11,409.09. Taxes, license, insurance and registration are extra 96,000km allowance charge of $0.12/km for excess km. CR-V Finance example $36,580 at 1.99% per annum equals $498. for 36 months. Freight and PDI of $1,590 included. Cost of Borrowing is $5,085.05 for a total obligation of $41,665.05. Down Payment of $23,737.05 first monthly payment with environmental fees and $0. security deposit due at finance inception Total lease obligation is $15,088.01 Taxes insurance and registration are extra 96,000 km allowance charge of $0.12 km for excess km. Dealer may sell for less, Dealer trade may be required. Offers valid from March 1-31st 2012 at participating Honda retailers. Offers valid only for British Columbia residents at BC Honda Dealer Locations. Offers subject to change or cancellation without notice. Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.bchonda.com or see your Honda retailers for full details.

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