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Council dangles tax cut in front of ratepayers; ask staff to find savings STEVEN HEYWOOD editor@pqbnews.com

Say farewell to a 2.5 per cent tax increase this year in Qualicum Beach. Or ... maybe not. That’s going to be up to the local politicians. Town council on Monday night asked staff to go through the 2012 operating budget to find ways to reduce this year’s planned 1.5 per cent tax increase down to zero. An additional one per Read the full story ONLINE at cent increase will remain, www.pqbnews.com as it helps pay for ongoing pavement resurfacing and is part of the town’s five-year financial plan. Staff have been directed to come with scenarios that reduce that 1.5 per cent tax burden through operating efficiencies — or cutbacks. John Marsh, the town’s financial administrator says that amounts to a reduction of around $160,000 this year and next. See OPTIONS GALORE, page A4

Regional hospital eyes a multi-million plan Hospital redevelopment could top $100 million NEIL HORNER news@pqbnews.com

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is familiar to most people in District 69, but it could look very different in a few years’ time. Speaking as a delegation to the Regional Hospital Board meeting in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) representative Chris Sullivan made that point Add your COMMENTS at abundantly clear as he presented www.pqbnews.com an overview of the NRGH master site plan. Sullivan said significant changes are being planned to the hospital in order to meet future needs. However, he noted a recent scope and service review showed that NRGH is providing an appropriate range of services for the communities it covers. See SERIES OF, page A6

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STARTING POINT ECHO Ticket Winners Congratulations to Charlene King and Lonnie Smith, winners of tickets each to ECHO Players’ Dancing at Lughnasa. They won THE NEWS’ ticket giveaway in our print edition. Joan Lane also won a pair of tickets — she correctly named the Irish county in which the play takes place on THE NEWS’ Facebook page. — NEWS Staff

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Ticket Contest: Victoria Symphony

THE NEWS is giving away more tickets, this time to the Mon., April 16 Victoria Symphony concert in Qualicum Beach, featuring young violin virtuoso Nikki Chooi. Turn to page B1 for the story on the upcoming event — and ticket giveaway details. — NEWS Staff

Eagle release this weekend

On Saturday, April 7, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre will be releasing a recuperated eagle from its care. It’s part of the annual Brant Festival, and THE NEWS will be there to capture the eagle (on camera). Check us out online for the photos. — NEWS Staff

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Volunteers at the Parksville Qualicum Beach Canadian Cancer Society branch want to remind people that April is the month to join the fight against cancer. Peggie Jones and Catherine McDermott are asking everyone to wear a daffodil and show their support for Canadians living with cancer and let them know that no one has to face cancer alone. On Saturday, April 14 there will be volunteers out in the community selling daffodil pins. Money raised from the sale of the pins is used for prevention education, research and support. Jones said Vancouver Island was the first area to launch the daffodil campaign and now it is used across the entire country as a way for

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Of course, he added, that all de- the courage to make the changes.” pends on if council likes what it sees Westbroek did have some conand decides to follow through. cerns, noting he’s been told the “They are just going to look at it,” town’s RCMP contribution may be Marsh said, “to see a list of where going up $30,000 to cover a new ofsavings could be made.” ficer, plus he doesn’t want any tax Councillor Bill Luchtmeijer said savings to come at the expense of the intent is to challenge staff to the town’s own savings. find efficient ways of doing things. “There are a lot of options out “Federal and provincial cuts there,” said Marsh, noting by exhave come down, so ample that the town why not municipal?” he could save thousands said. of dollars by scaling Coun. Dave Willie back street sweeping added council wants to from once a week to see what staff can come once every two weeks. up with and show them Marsh added staff what an operating cost are not opposed to reduction might look making the optional like. cut list for council, sayJOHN MARSH “We’ll review it, then ing this is what a counlet the public have a cil is supposed to do. look at it and have it all done before They must be careful, he added, the third reading of the municipal not to reduce taxes on one hand, budget,” Willie said. and recoup any money through Coun. Scott Tanner called the user fee hikes. exercise wishful thinking, noting “We do in the end,” he noted, the provincial and federal govern- “need to be clear with the public ments keep downloading onto on what we are going to do.” municipal governments. Council has asked town staff to Mayor Teunis Westbroek said if return with a tax savings report at a there’s any savings, then the com- future regular meeting. The town’s munity is entitled to it. financial plan (that does not in“Costs are going up and staff are clude the proposed tax reduction) being asked to make some chang- could be voted into effect by an es,” he said, “but we have to have April 16 meeting.

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Wondering how to get to your cancer treatment appointment? The local office has volunteer drivers that will pick you up and take you to your treatment related appointments at no charge. There are eight volunteer drivers in District 69 who use their own vehicles to transport people. “These people aren’t well and our driver program has been well received in the community,” said Jones. Financial support provides assistance to people in need for transportation and accommodation expenses when traveling to and from cancer treatment. Through the Cancer Society people can obtain discounts at hotels for medically related appointments. A cancer connection is also available to any adult with cancer and will match them with a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience.

In 2006-2007, the Canadian Cancer Society funded more than $47 million in leading-edge research projects across the country. Jones said with over 200 different cancers their agency is working hard to fight all of them. “We have some of the best researchers in B.C. and our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds,” said Jones. “We all bring a different set of skills and knowledge and our door is always open to new volunteers,” said McDermott. Jones and McDermott are inviting the public to come out to their open house from 11 am until 3 p.m. on April 24 where they will be celebrating 10 years in their office at 172 2nd Ave. West in Qualicum Beach. Parksville Mayor Chris Burger will be dropping by at 11:30 for some cake and coffee and the public is encouraged to come out as well.

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Prison postcards reveal optimism Qualicum Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joan McLeod learns of fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time in a Japanese POW camp in the 1940s NEIL HORNER

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f you had to eat what I had to eat, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be complaining about this.â&#x20AC;? That was one of the few things Joan McLeod ever heard her father, Don McLeod, say about his time as a prisoner of war in Hong Kong during the Second World War. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about it much. The memories of that time, said the Qualicum Beach resident, were too painful for him to discuss and he stayed pretty much silent about what happened to him until his death in 1989. A window onto that time opened a crack recently however, when McLeod received a phone call from a cousin in a small town near Ottawa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the blue I got a call from my cousin in Stittsville,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She had just moved from Toronto and had been unpacking boxes with her husband, Roger, when they discovered an envelope in the bottom of one of the boxes.â&#x20AC;? Inside that worn and faded envelope, she said, were three postcards sent from her father to her aunt, Margaret Walsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was unbelievable,â&#x20AC;? McLeod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe they could ďŹ nd something that old. The boxes must have been her momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because when her mom died they moved a bunch of stuff from Winnipeg and when they moved again they must have used a box that had had their momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuff in it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally amazing that they found it.â&#x20AC;? Dear Margaret: Just to say hello and am keeping well. Trust you and relatives and Helen are in good health. Looking forward to seeing you again. Delighted with Murielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter. Regards to home folk and friends. Your loving brother, Don The front of the card didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contain a scenic picture, but rather was a dull tan colour, marked as coming from Hong Kong Prisoner of War Camps â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; camp

(Sham Shui Po) on Aug. 2, 1944 and having been examined by DB. That censor made sure that everything at least appeared to be going well for the Canadian prisoner, but the reality was far more grim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very painful for him to talk about,â&#x20AC;? McLeod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He always tried to present things in as good a light as he could, but it was a tough time for him.â&#x20AC;? Tough indeed. McLeod, a riďŹ&#x201A;eman of the Winnipeg Grenadiers, was part of a last-minute 1,975-member expeditionary force sent from Canada on the troop ship Awatea to reinforce the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps in October of 1941. The mission was doomed from the start. Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defences were minimal, with virtually no air force or naval presence at all. The two battalions, which included Quebecâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal RiďŹ&#x201A;es of Canada, were not battle ready and all their vehicles had been sent to help reinforce the Philippines. On December 8, 1941, barely eight hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, the Japanese 21st, 23rd and 38th Regiment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 52,000 men, attacked the Allied contingent of 14,000 at Hong Kong. The ďŹ ghting, lasted just 18 days, with the Japanese forces forcing the Allies out of ďŹ rst the New Territories, then Kowloon NEIL HORNER PHOTO and, by Dec. 13, onto the island of Hong Kong itself. There, they quickly took the Joan McLeod shows off the post cards and newspaper clipping discovered at the bottom only reservoir and steadily pushed the of an old box in Ontario. Inset: Don McLeod in uniform prior to going overseas. outgunned and outnumbered Allied forces back until, on Christmas Day, the sult of their treatment. McLeod was one affection to Helen and the home folk with Allies surrendered. extras for my lovely sister. Chins up and â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was hardly there for any time at of the lucky ones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad was 69 when he died,â&#x20AC;? cheerio. Lovingly, Don McLeod.â&#x20AC;? all before they were overrun and he was McLeod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had lots of health probpitched in jail,â&#x20AC;? McLeod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was cheerful most of the time lems, based on what happened to him Dear Sister: Keeping well and antici- in the camp, the starvation and so on. It and he would sit down and talk to anypate happy reunion. Hope all at home are wrecked his health. He was always very body. He always had something to say,â&#x20AC;? well. Fondest love to relatives and Helen. frail and he would catch things all the McLeod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He must have been an optimist when he started because othertime.â&#x20AC;? Keep that smile. What it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wreck though, was his wise I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how he could have surLovingly, Donald vived it.â&#x20AC;? optimism. He did survive though, to see the day, He wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t well of course. Nobody was. Dearest sister: Your delightful letter three years and eight months later in Besides being tormented by guards and forced to work as slave labour, McLeod came as a blessing to me. Thank you for all 1945, when Japan surrendered. The envelope held one other thing beand his fellow prisoners were fed a star- your interest and love. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry vation diet of 500 to 700 calories a day, about me, as I have the reputation of being sides the postcards. It was a news clipping essentially a little rice and a few greens. well able to take care of myself and I look showing McLeod and his family looking Within a year, that meagre ration was forward to meeting you all again. What at a cheque for $1,343 in compensation down to 250 calories, made up of a couple a reunion and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we have a house for his nearly four-year ordeal. McLeod plans to donate the post cards of spoonfuls of rice and whatever mag- warming. Tell auntie to expect one of my old squeezes. Glad you are happy in your to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, gots and other vermin were infesting it. In all, 267 Canadians perished as a re- work and know you will do well. Deepest after making copies for family members.

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Parksville health centre meets most needs, says Burns AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

Doctor Bob Burns, executive medical director for population and family health for the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), says the Oceanside Health Centre taking shape in Parksville will serve all but four patients — those four, on average each night, who travel to emergency rooms. Burns explained to Parksville city council this week that VIHA is excited about the project, not because of the building, but because of the vision and new form of

health care it will help provide. gle person co-ordinating service on the He said it will be a hub or nexus for spot, helping make appointments and health care in the region and “slightly tracking progress. tweak the model of health care,” with the Powell then asked for a definition of single location providing a single point “urgent care,” which proponents boast of entry and access the facility will adAdd your COMMENTS at to integrated care dress, with limited www.pqbnews.com teams. emergency care. Councilor Sue Powell asked for more “It really is a hard concept to grasp,” details on the integrated teams. Burns said, explaining it is when they “reBurns said that unlike the current quire something to be done now, but not model, where health care professionals requiring all the hospital services.” work in isolation, a team of professionals He said they are still working out the will be focused on the patient, with a sin- details with BC Ambulance, but by the

time it opens paramedics will be clear on when to stop in Parksville or go directly to the nearest full hospital. During question period, local New Democratic Party candidate Barry Avis asked from the audience what people should do with specific health complaints, like chest pain. “The sooner they can get definitive care the better,” Burns said, explaining that with more serious issues you want to be in the biggest hospital as fast as possible to have all the services available. See ONLY FOUR, page A7

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“There are areas for development in some sub-specialties, but basically it is providing good service,” he said, noting however the 35,550 square metre facility will need to enlarge its capacity to meet future needs. The changes, he said, are being planned in several steps, the first of which will be a new emergency department and psychiatric intensive care building on the north side of the hospital. Construction, he said, is slated to begin in September. The $36.9-million project is needed, as the emergency de-

partment was originally built in 1963 to accommodate 6,000 visits per year and later expanded in 1991 to receive 15,000 visits annually. However, it is currently receiving a whopping 52,000 visits per year, or 246 per cent over its intended capacity. Phase two involves an expansion to the energy plant. Phase three involves a new inpatient tower, while phase four will involve an intensive care unit (ICU) and surgery expansion. Phase five would see a new ambulatory care building and would require the demolition of

the current building, which was built in 1973 and which, Sullivan said, no longer meets VIHA standards. Finally, the sixth phase would see a new cancer centre located at the site, although Sullivan stressed this is just a conceptual plan at this point, in case such a centre is deemed necessary at a future date. “The next steps will be consultation,” Sullivan said. “All projects are in the major project priority list but are subject to approvals from the province. They compare ours with other health

authority projects. North Island is number one priority and number two is the Cowichan District Hospital replacement.” He added that he isn’t sure whether phases two to four will be approved, while phases five and six are still in the conceptual stage at this point. “We can’t plan projects until we know how the funding turns out,” he said. The cost of each project hasn’t been entirely looked into yet, noting however it’s likely in the $20 million range for phases two to four. Of this, he said, the

province will pay 60 per cent, with VIHA paying the other 40 per cent. This didn’t sit entirely well with Qualicum Beach director Dave Willie, who said he had seen a figure of $27 million for the energy plant alone and suggested the patient tower would be equal to that amount. When Sullivan said it would be in the neighbourhood of $350 per square foot, Willie did some quick math. “We’re looking at a $100 million hit for the tower alone,” Willie said.

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Police dog nabs Parksville man PARKSVILLE — An RCMP dog team was called in overnight on April 4 to track down a Parksville man wanted on theft charges. At around 9 p.m., a police officer saw the 27-year-old man near Foster Park on Pym Street. According to the RCMP, the man fled to avoid arrest on an outstanding warrant for a theft charge. A police service dog was called in and commenced a track of the suspect, stated the police in a media release Thursday morning. The suspect was found shortly thereafter, hiding in the shed of a nearby residence. The male was arrested without incident and transported to Nanaimo where he will appear in court on April 12. “Police service dogs are an amazing resource available to the Oceanside RCMP,” said Cpl. Jesse Foreman. “The RCMP handlers and their best friends dedicate countless hours of training to be ready at a moment’s notice. The dogs are called in for all types of searches, including missing people and suspects on the run.” — NEWS Staff

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Both drivers involved in a two-car collision were rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after they collided at the entrance to Wembley Mall at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The cause of the crash remains under police investigation.

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“What if you had a very bad cut?” Avis continued. “That’s a hard one,” Burns admitted, suggesting if it was bad enough you might want to stop to have it stabilized, but then you’d probably be sent to Nanaimo, adding, “I hope there’ll be enough community education going on,” for people to make those choices.

Burns added since a lot of people go to emergency who don’t need to, the Parksville facility will help keep people out of the hospital and closer to home. He said VIHA studies show an average of just four people a night from Oceanside go to emergency rooms in neighboring hospitals during the time the new facility will be closed, so the

facility will be able to help most people. VIHA general manager of special projects Rudi van den Broek explained that they will be coming back to council in the coming months to apply to close a roadway dedication through the property and combining two properties to create a single “campus of care,” along with the

neighbouring Trillium Lodge. Councillor Marc Lefebvre, who referred more than once to “the controversy around the project,” asked if there was any plan to share beds, specifically for palliative care, with Trillium. Burns said VIHA is working on a plan to improve palliative care but its still in progress. Asked if there will be enough

physicians to staff the facility Burns said “we’ve been relatively successful in recruiting to this part of the Island so we don’t expect to have any trouble.” There is a dedicated VIHA webpage with information and updates about the project including floor plans at www.viha. ca/about_viha/building_for_ health/oceanside.htm.

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gency care. “We wanted emergency care — no, not a hospital — but emergency care here is needed.” The town, he continued, has not done its job to bring better health care to the area. Freeman also told council he is withholding his taxes due to their “three-ring circus” antics over the official community pan (OCP). A once pub-

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Parksville council supported the first step for a proposed 30-unit apartment building, which will require rezoning and an official community plan (OCP) amendment. The proposed four story building would be on three currently treed residential lots beside the Dogwood Apartments, across from the Quality Resort Bayside. There would be 15 onebedroom and 15 two-bedroom units, including four townhouse-style units on the ground floor with their own garages and street access and six affordable units. Under the city’s affordable housing bylaw they must meet the housing needs of a household with 80 per cent of the median Parksville income, meaning a current maximum rent of $965 per month. They would be affordable units for a minimum 15 years and would be exempt from Development Cost Charges, worth around $85,000.

The project requires combining the three lots, rezoning to comprehensive development, a relaxation of the 11 metre height to 13.26 metres and decreased parking from 45 to 38 spaces. The staff report is favourable, pointing out it is a logical spot for densification, close to downtown, which appears to have been overlooked in previous OCP planning. “A multifamily residential development at this location would contribute to the overall OCP goals of developing a compact, easily walkable and sustainable community. As well, the inclusion of affordable housing units is consistent with the affordable housing provisions of the plan,” the report says. It adds the building would bring in an estimated $500,000 to $1.1 million more in property tax than current uses over its expected 50 year life. The building would be up against the required setbacks on Dogwood Street, providing a wider buffer between it and

the neighbours behind. While traffic has been identified as an issue in that part of the city, a 2009 Boulevard Transportation study found the additional building wouldn’t have much impact, adding a maximum of 16 cars per hour at peak times. The proponents had offered $10,000 towards a traffic signal at Highway 19A, but since there are no plans to do that and signals are being considered on other nearby streets, they instead plan extra sidewalk work including 95m across the property plus 60m to the highway. Because the project will need an OCP amendment to extend the development permit area, residents will have more opportunity to address form, character, landscaping and parking than in a standard development application. Five of six councillors present voted to send the application to the OCP and zoning amendment process which will include public consultation, at a date to be determined.

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and officers are following up on this. O’Soup has an extensive criminal record extending back 20 years, primarily for property related offences and was considered low risk at the time of his escape.

He had been sentenced to 547 days for three counts of break and enter and one count of mischief. His release date was set for Sept.16. O’Soup is described as a First Nations male who is approximately six feet, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a sleeve tattoo on his left arm and a tattoo of a rose on his right shoulder. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for escaping lawful custody. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Howard O’Soup is asked not to approach him and call 9-1-1 immediately or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or go online at www. nanaimocrimestoppers.com. — NEWS staff

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lack of communication seems to be the biggest obstacle to any cohesion when it comes to the new health centre being built in Parksville. At a recent event in the city, Dr. Clair Biglow mentioned how a lack of communication between local doctors and the Vancouver Island Health Authority are contributing to misinformation about what services — and which doctors — will be filling the new building. VIHA’s lack of communication prior to the ground being broken on the new facility is hardly surprising. What is surprising is local doctors feeling this way about the quasi-governmental body that’s supposed to be their employers. Imagine their surprise, then, when VIHA’s Dr. Bob Burns appears at Parksville city council this week and tells local politicians that finding doctors for the new centre is going well and filling the offices there shouldn’t be a problem. That’s certainly not how some local doctors feel. It certainly isn’t how many residents feel things are going — especially when the opportunities for open discussion on the health centre just haven’t been there — unless they’re strictly-controlled events. People feel left out of this process. And what has been done, is done. There’s no going back for many people and the centre is forever going to be some kind of white elephant. As many proponents are now saying, the proof will be in the pudding. Their efforts to educate people on the benefits of such a facility are made all the more difficult by the lack of information that had dogged this project from day one. On the outside, the health centre is a good addition to the community that will, undoubtedly, help, people stay healthier, closer to home. It has room to expand and bring in additional services when warranted and there should be no reason why so many people cast a wary eye on the construction site. Unfortunately, the damage has been done. It’ll take a Herculean effort to change this perspective.

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Letters SICK OF DOG ISSUES Dog people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they never cease to amaze me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dog doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that,â&#x20AC;? theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say to a variety of complaints about dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, my dog doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bite,â&#x20AC;? theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say, then â&#x20AC;&#x201D; surprise, surprise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one day it does. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard the horror stories of a faithful family dog suddenly mauling a child. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dog doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run loose,â&#x20AC;? theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say and, oops, it gets out and terrorizes the neighbourhood or almost causes a few car accidents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to let my dogs run free on the beach and damn the signs or the Brants,â&#x20AC;? theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say. Do they not get it? The Brants are dwindling in numbers from year to year and anything we can do to help them on their long and ever so tiring journey, we should do. Mankind has wiped out so many species already, so hell, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wipe out a few more for our precious dogs. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drag them everywhere and lock them in cars to bark at everyone and possibly die of heatstroke. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try to take them in restaurants and food stores, which is a health issue. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take them to events where there is wall to wall people, so that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tripping over it. And yes some children and even adults are afraid of them. And yes, I think people should take a course on dogs in order to own them. Perhaps a woman wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have had to bite a dog, to get said dog from killing her dog. Perhaps another woman and her dog wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be maimed and paying large vet bills, for someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog out loose.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe we could ďŹ nd something that old.â&#x20AC;? JOAN MCLEOD, see story page A5

As they say, obedience classes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just for the dog. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, I like dogs. But not when I step in their leavings. Not when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m threatened by a dog and the owner says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;oh, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that,â&#x20AC;? like the dog understands English. And not when I hear dog owners and their sorry complaints and excuses. DONNA RICHARDS Parksville

USE THE CURRENT OCP Like Coun. Scott Tanner, I also think that revisiting piecemeal section of the Qualicum Beach OCP â&#x20AC;&#x153;has to be a complete aberration of the democratic process â&#x20AC;Ś because it disenfranchises the public who did participate in the OCP process.â&#x20AC;? Should we revisit last Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s municipal elections also because some of us didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the outcome? Shall we pick it apart to deal with disappointments (and other ideas)? I agree with Mayor Teunis Westbroek on the issue of inďŹ ll of lots and that it matters to ďŹ nd out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holding the development up, which seems to me to incorporate and continue the OCP. I agree with Coun. Luchtmeijer that the town should not let developers drive change, but for the town to do so. I would, however, like to emphasize the word town and not necessarily the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;majority of councilâ&#x20AC;? which in reality could be only three persons. Coun. Willie wants to look at decisions that were made and the public, if they feel the decisions were good, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let the council know.

Well we already did with our OCP just a short while ago. It was a big deal then and still is. Use it. SYLVIA M. HOFSTETTER Qualicum Beach

VERY FEW ATTENDED I would like to thank our mayor, council and city staff for opening the budget deliberation meetings to the public and allowing us to have input and listening to our concerns. My wife and I attended three of the four meetings and were surprised by the lack of attendance by Parksville residents. We thank council for being open to suggestions and for working so hard to maintain present services and for keeping restraint in mind by keeping tax increases to a minimum. When hearing people complain about tax, water and sewer rate increases and where people think council waste our tax dollars, we expected to see more people attend these meetings. There were four opportunities to attend these meetings, two in the morning and two in the evening to accommodate people that work during the day. It appears a lot or Parksville residents and business owners just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bothered. Remember this fact when the tax increase or service cuts come along and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain. Thanks again to council and staff. There were some tough decisions to make, which they did after much deliberation. FRANK LEACH Parksville See LETTERS, page A12

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No. All there is is the walk-in clinic and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packed. It takes two hours to get through.

No, we need overnight health care. CONNIE LAWLER Parksville

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had to use it so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. We should have a 24-hour walk-in clinic.

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No. The after-hours clinic shuts at 9 p.m. and the new centre wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be adequate for the population. RICK STEPHENS Parksville

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COAL JOBS ON TAP Mr. Walker’s April 3 letter, entitled Let’s Burn the Coal, is an important indicator of the misinformation that is circulating regarding the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project. In fact, the coal the project is proposing to export is metallurgical coal that will be combined with iron ore to make steel. Since steel is essential to daily life — for cars, homes, food production, alternative energy supplies — there is considerable demand for metallurgical coal. The proposed project would create up to 350 well-paying, full-time mine, port and transportation jobs in the Comox Valley and Port Alberni, and will look to local suppliers to provide goods and services to the mine and port, and provide truck transportation of the coal to the port. The project is still in the pre-application phase of the federal and provincial environmental assessment process and must complete comprehensive environmental studies to ensure the environment is protected. Just like the rest of us, Mr. Walker already depends on coal for his transportation, the home he lives in and the food he eats. JOHN TAPICS CEO, THE RAVEN UNDERGROUND COAL PROJECT Vancouver

FIELD OF PARKING The Health Fair last Saturday was another success for Parksville and all the sponsors, vendors, speakers and attendees. I have a riddle for council and the mayor: if it were not for the field directly to the east of the community centre,

where would all those vehicles have parked at the fair? And if this land is developed, where will the staging area be for the horses and their trailers when the SOS has their annual toy drive via horseback? Remember also the incredible turnout for Kris Kringle, where the existing paved parking turned into vendor allotments and the field was at maximum capacity all the way to Corfield Street. The streets surrounding the PCCC were also lined with cars. Mayor Burger told me that projections for Parksville’s population is some 25,000! What then? Even though I have lived here just over two years, I already witness deterioration in quality of life as ocean and mountain vistas are being obscured by what seems to be wanton building sites. I already speak in terms of “I remember when...” Just listen to those residents who have been here for decades when they reminisce about the former splendor and serenity that Parksville once was. It was their tax dollars that paid for a lot of the existing infrastructure. Basically, people move here to escape the madness of over development and loss of a degree of peacefulness as experienced in Victoria and environs. So, let’s maintain what we have before it is all but gone; less is indeed more! Great cities are noted for their open spaces near the city centre which allows for community gatherings at special events. Planning for future revenues without regard for city ascetics and functionality is sheer folly. Let’s not lose what remains of this naturally endowed area we call home. GORD BYERS Parksville

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A new poll that shows the BC Conservatives tied with the governing Liberals in popular support doesn’t unduly concern Ron Cantelon. The Parksville MLA said the Angus-Reid poll, which shows both the Liberals and Conservatives tied at 23 per cent — far behind the B.C. New Democratic Party (NDP) at 43 per cent — is only one of several. “I think it depends on whose poll numbers you read,” Cantelon said. “Another poll shows us in a much better light.” That Mustel poll, he said, showed a very different picture. “The poll showed the Liberals were up two points, the NDP were down two and the Conservatives were 17 points behind,” he said. “The NDP had 42 per cent, the Liberals 34 and the Conservatives at

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it. I’m recovering nicely and I’m quite happy with the outcomes I’ve seen.” Cantelon did let slip some hints that he hasn’t ruled out another kick at the electoral can. “People are responding well to the Oceanside Health Centre and I’m working on low-barrier housing in Nanaimo,” he said. “I’ve also talked to (Parksville mayor) Chris Burger about trails and parks he would like to establish in Parksville. I like to see projects that help people and the com— Neil Horner munity get done.”

going to count, he said, will come in May of next year — on election day. That opinion was shared by Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser, who stressed the good news for the NDP shouldn’t be taken as an indication that his party is a sure thing. “This poll is similar to the last poll we saw a couple of weeks ago that showed the

Liberals and Conservatives tied at 21 per cent. “However, we are still over a year out and we are going to get lots of these polls. I would certainly hope we are in this to win.” However, he said, the NDP, long known as an effective opposition party, needs to prove to the electorate that they can also serve as an effective government.

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Warriors ready to walk Local awareness walk set for May 5 in Parksville AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

Eileen Fraser and the Parksville Warriors are preparing for their annual Walk for Lupus on Saturday, May 5. Pipers will join the awareness raising walk from the clock tower in front of Home Hardware up Highway 19a to A&W for refreshments. Fraser said when the pipers joined them a couple of years ago, they gave out twice as many pamphlets and had cars honking in support and stopping to see what was going on. She also suggested that some recent celebrity diagnoses like R&B singer Toni Braxton and 31-year-old America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon — like the walk — help bring the debilitating disease home to people who may not know of anyone with it. They still don’t know what causes the autoimmune related disease which has no known cure. Called “the disease with a 1,000 faces,” symptoms range from joint pain, hair loss and fatigue to chest pain, swelling feet and legs, seizures or other neurological symptoms. There can be an unusual reaction to sunlight or various types of rashes, small ulcers in the nose or mouth, or the most notable symptom, a red rash across the nose and upper cheeks that look vaguely wolf-like, giving the disease its name — from the Latin for wolf.

It can be confused, masked by, or even complicated by things like arthritis, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis and there are almost no doctors specializing in the disease. Around 25 people took part in the fun social event last year with the weather co-operating for one sunny day but Fraser added that a few tears were shed in memory of those that have passed on. People will meet for the walk at the clock tower in front of Home Hardware in downtown Parksville at 10 a.m. Visit www.lupuscanada.org for more on the disease or call Eileen at 250-248-2905 for more on the lupus support group which meets once a month at a local restaurant.

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Ladies have a chance to have fun and raise funds in Parksville for the BC Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair next week. Brynn Logan said she wants to “bring awareness to downthereness,” fundraising for below the belt cancers that have affected her, her loved ones “and so many other people along the way.” “I was diagnosed with insitu cervical cancer in my 20s,” she said and added her sister Shelly survived non-hodgkin’s lymphoma and her aunts Connie and Josie and her grandmother Lily all died young from cancer. “This is the reason that I take part in the Underwear Affair,” she said of what will be her fourth trip to the Vancouver run on July 7. “People don’t go to their doctors about these kinds of problems because they’re too embarrassed to talk about them,” she said of cancers like prostate, colon and ovarian. “For me it’s about raising funds but it’s also about raising awareness and breaking the taboo that comes along with cancers below the waist.” And despite the serious subject she and her team Josie’s Pussy Katz — like most participants — have a lot of fun every year at the parallel 10 km run and 5 km walk as well as at the fundraising events. This year, Logan is planning at least three big events starting with the ladies night, next Thursday, April 12 at the Saheli Boutique, beside the Community Coastal Credit Union

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in Parksville. There will be a host of sparelated treats from 5 to 8 p.m. including everything from mini-manicures to deluxe tea. Tickets are $10 available at the boutique and from Logan. Next month there will be a huge silent auction seafood night with Mr. Seafood at Deez Bar and Grill in Qualicum Beach on Friday, May 25 starting at 5 p.m. Aside from an impressive list of auction items from golf and resort packages to restaurant and travel certificates there will be 50/50 draws, live

music and buck-a-shuck oysters. That will be followed by an evening of entertainment at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo on June 29 with more seafood, a comedian, burlesque dancers and live music. Anyone unable to attend can donate at www.uncoverthecure.org/goto/brynnl2012 or call Logan at 250-753-6699 for more information. For more on the run or to register visit www.uncoverthecure.org or call 604-734-CURE (2873).

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It is with deep sadness that our family announces the sudden passing, of a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend, Sally Carter. Sally will be reunited with her beloved husband, Fred who passed away only a short time ago. She leaves behind her children; Rick (Denise), Randy (Melanie) and Melisa; her beloved grandchildren; Dylan, Sydney, Zakary, Darius, Jeffrey and Chenoa; and her brother Mical Olsen and family. Sally was an amazing, generous woman that carried a gentle, ďŹ ery spirit that touched all who knew her. She will be deeply missed. Please join us on Saturday, April 7, 1:00 p.m., Yates Funeral Service, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, B.C.

DEATHS

Florence Margaret Brunt Born September 1, 1911 - Died March 24, 2012 Florence (Flo) Brunt nee Higginson was born in Michel, BC in 1911, but spent most of her life in Nanaimo and Wall Beach. She was predeceased by her loving husband Clement (Kemp) Brunt in 1982 and will be deeply missed by her loving and caring daughter Shirley Kosich who did a remarkable job in making her last years more comfortable, her son-in-law Michael Kosich, whom she thought was the greatest, her grandchildren Michele and Jillian whom she admired from the many years they played on the beach on to their subsequent accomplishments, her great-grandchildren Ryan and Chelsea Stanimir whom she followed so closely from the day they were born to their current University careers, Micheleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband Bill Stanimir who kept her amused with his colourful jokes, and her neighbours and friends who were always there for her. She enjoyed 100 years during an exciting and ever changing technological era. Her greatest wishes were to enjoy her family and friends, her garden and to live to 100, all of which she realized. It is Florenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request not to have a funeral service or ďŹ&#x201A;owers. She simply asked that those wishing to, might plant an evergreen shrub or plant in their own garden, for their enjoyment and as a remembrance of her. A special thanks goes to Stanford Place staff for their care and attention during her last two years. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

INFORMATION IF YOU want to drink, that is your business. If you want to STOP, we can help. Alcoholics Anonymous. 1-800-883-3968

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IN MEMORIAM

In Loving Memory

KEITH MILLS

who went to be with his Lord on 7th April, 2009 Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;en for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief Death cannot long divide For is it not as though the rose which climbed my garden wall Now blossoms on the other side? Death does hide, but not divide You are but on deathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other side You are with Christ, and He with me In Christ united still are we. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be with Christ, which is far better.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Phil. 1v23 Forever loved and remembered. Dad, Mum & Family

DEATHS

DEATHS

MADELEINE EDITH

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You are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Oceanside Hospice Society. The board will present ďŹ nancial statements for the year ended December 31,2011. Members will then be asked to elect the Board of Directors for the 2012 - 2013 calendar year. Memberships are available through the ofďŹ ce. Only paid members are eligible to vote. AGM Packages can be emailed, mailed or will be available to pick up at our ofďŹ ces after April 4, 2012. We look forward to having you join us for refreshments after the meeting. Date: Thursday, April 26/12 Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Place: Valhalla 210 Crescent Rd. West Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2L7 Please RSVP Email: info@oceansidehospice.com Telephone: 250-752-6227

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NOTICE IS hereby given to Rita Woods, Steve Mitchell & Davina McDougall, that household goods stored at Oceanside Storage Inc., located at 1270 Alberni Highway, Parksville, will be disposed of on April 19th, 2012, unless the outstanding account is settled prior to this date.

PLACES OF WORSHIP

PLACES OF WORSHIP

CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ASCENSION

This Easter, 887 Wembley Rd, Parksville rejoice in HOLY SATURDAY 8:00pm His name by Easter Vigil Service celebrating the miraculous EASTER SUNDAY 8:30am Mass & resurrection of 10:30am Mass Jesus Christ, The Resurrection of the Lord Our Saviour. FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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ENGAGEMENTS

ENGAGEMENTS

(nee Ritchie) April 13, 1915March 27, 2012 It is with heavy hearts that the family announces Madeleine Moffat, age 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Stanford Care Campus (Parksville, BC), with her four children by her side. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Laurie Moffat (Walt), Nina Moffat (Bob), Linda Cornell (Bill) and Peter Moffat (Sarah), and her many grandchildren (7) and great grandchildren (11) who will cherish their memories of her. Madeleine is now in the loving arms of her husband, Lorne Wellington Moffat, who passed away in 1994. A private family gathering will be held for Madeleine. The family would like to thank the staff at the Stanford Care Campus especially the Glenview wing for the care and compassion given to Madeleine and her family. In her memory, donations can be made to the local SPCA

Greg & Cindy Peachey are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter

Ashley Lock to

Michael Clovechok Wedding to take place in Calgary in August 2013!!


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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS LOST AND FOUND

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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ESTHETICIAN NEEDED and Hairstyling chair rental in beautiful uptown salon (new clientele welcome). Evenings at 250-752-4732 (after 8 PM).

COOMBS VETERINARY Hospital is seeking a full time technician. We are a well equipped hospital with services including digital radiology, ultrasound, laser surgery,endoscopy, laparoscopy and in house lab with blood gas analysis. Please submit resume in person to: 2450 Alberni Hwy, Coombs or by fax to: (250)248-1301 or by email: coombs@coombsveterinaryhospital.com

HELP WANTED FIBERGLASS LAMINATION. Established Vancouver Island Fiberglass Manufacturing Business has full-time positions for experienced fiberglass lamination manufacturer, chopper gun. Submit resume via fax 1-250-248-2288. References a must. EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES/ RESUMES

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PRO SHOP staff needed at Arrowsmith Golf Course located in North Qualicum. Self motivated, enjoy working with the public, good team player and experience would be an asset. Email resumes to: playpar@golfarrowsmith.com

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SALMON HATCHERY Technician. Quatse River Hatchery, Port Hardy. Full time position, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology diploma or equivalent facility experience. Assets include Swift water rescue, First aid, species identification, valid drivers license, public tours and good physical health. Reply to: Ken Fuller NVISEA Manager P: 250-949-9022 nvisea@island.net F: 250-949-5195 Job closes Apr. 16/12

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EXPERIENCED GRAPPLE Yarder Engineer & Hooktender Email or fax resume: goatgroup@shawcable.com 604-485-6380

HOUSEKEEPERS WANTED. Must be efficient, hard working, and reliable. Please apply in person to: 1055 West Island Hwy., Parksville, BC.

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DAY & EVENING mobile patrol drivers required. FT/PT. Permanent. Must have valid security and drivers licence. Email resume to: hr@footprintssecurity.com

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LINE COOKS required at Arrowsmith Golf Course located in North Qualicum. Minimum two (2) year’s experience. Email (no phone calls) to: playpar@golfarrowsmith.com VIC INVESTMENTS INC 4-1 48 Maquinna Ave, Zeballos, BC, V0P 2A0 we are looking to hire 2 Head Cooks, Permanent, F/T, $13.70/hr. High school, certificate or diploma as a cook or 2 to 3 yrs experience in International, Mexican, Italian. Duties: cook complete meals or individual dishes, prepare & cook special meals. Schedule & supervise kitchen. Apply to: waytowayne@hotmail.com

INCOME OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY- looking for 1 investor for small housing development Parksville/Qualicum area need 250K, good return. Serious inquiries only! Call (250)9277456.

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• Marine Advanced First Aid - May 28 - June 1 • CPRC Renewal for Healthcare Providers - Apr. 22 (10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) • Standard First Aid for Industry CPRC & AED - Apr. 17 & 18 • Emergency Medical Responder-Accelerated - (please contact the office for pre-requisite information) May 7-10 & May 14-17 • H2S Alive - Apr. 26

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AUTISM PROGRAM MANAGER For well-established intervention program serving children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Permanent fulltime position with an accredited non-profit organization. Responsibilities include program development and planning, hiring, training, scheduling and supervision. Requires a comprehensive understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ABA, Social Thinking, familycentred and multi-disciplinary service and individual planning. Start date May 22, 2012. FMI about the CVCDA go to www.cvcda.ca For a full job description or to submit a resume contact Michelle Erikson, Human Resources Manager, 237 3rd St, Courtenay, BC V9N 1E1, michelle@cvcda.ca. Closing date April 13, 2012.

TRADES, TECHNICAL DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Structural Steel/Precast Erectors in Kitimat, BC, Canada. Red Seal preferred. Erectors must be capable of erecting, installing of temporary braces, splice plates and welding required for the erection of precast panels. Must have the ability to read shop drawing and provide basic layout of precast. Must have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material. Provide proper crane signals to fly material in place. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades

for the Kitimat Modernization Project. Approximate Journeyman Structural Steel Rate $36.27 This work will start 6/15/12. Please respond to this ad by 4/20/12. Please respond via email by placing Structural Steel Erector in the subject line to: patton@bakerconcrete.com DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Rodbusters in Kitimat, BC, Canada. Red Seal preferred. Rodbusters must be competent in rigging, shaking out & installing (tying) all types of reinforcement used in concrete. Must have basic knowledge of reading and understanding cut sheets and drawings for the reinforcing. Must be capable of signaling and rigging loads for cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and the Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project. Approximate Journeyman Rodbuster $36.27 This work will start 5/1/12. Please respond to this ad by 4/20/12 Please respond via email by placing Rodbuster in the subject line to patton@bakerconcrete.com DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Cement Mason/Finishers in Kitimat, BC, Canada. Red Seal preferred. Finishers must possess competency in finishing high tolerance floors. Knowledge & experience in using all finishing hand tools, walk behind, and riding trowels. Must have experience in floor hardeners, shake and the ability to establish grade. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades

for the Kitimat Modernization Project. Approximate Journeyman Cement Mason $31.82 This work will start 6/1/12. Please respond to this ad by 4/20/12. Please respond via email by placing Cement Mason/Finisher in the subject line to patton@bakerconcrete.com


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PERSONAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

TRADES, TECHNICAL

FINANCIAL SERVICES

COMPUTER SERVICES

GARDENING

MOVING & STORAGE

APPLIANCES

GARAGE SALES

SHINGLE SAWYER needed in Gold River. Pendragon Forest Products Ltd. Apply to: Box 1100 Gold River B.C., V0P 1G0. Call 250-283-2111 or fax 250-283-2115. Email: pendragonfp@xplornet.com

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WES-COAST YARDBIRDS. Lawns, gardens, yard cleanup, hauling. Pressure washing, Irrigation, carpentry. Tree Pruning, Topping, Removal. Please call 250-752-9444.

2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)951-0010.

WORK WANTED WORK WANTED: Gardening, Housekeeping, Dog Walking, Car Washing, etc. $18/hr, 2 hour min. Small pick up for Yard Waste Removal. Please call 250-248-3248.

PERSONAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOME CARE SUPPORT PREFER HOMECARE? Private Duty Nurse for Elder care. Medical Assessment; Pharmacology; Advanced Foot Care Certification. Consistent, Compassionate Care. Call 250-951-1115 or email:

ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

NEED HELP with QuickBooks? Quick Help Bookkeeping Services. Please call Dudley at 250-468-5646.

SMALL JOB Specialist. Experienced Contractor. At home or business. Small jobs a Specialty. Reasonable rates. Professional workmanship. Refs. Dave: 250-954-7877.

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STORAGE

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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES quit smoking or continue to smoke w/no harmful tars or chemicals. Intro pkg avail. now Call 250-951-9602 Low cost GOLF MEMBERSHIP, Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, price including registration $1,550. Call 250-927-1203. GRILL PRO 30” Barbecue, all Stainless with infrared. $375. Call 250-752-1118 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? REMODELING SALE Set of kitchen cabinets, complete with microwave, sink & faucets. $800. obo 250-248-8594 STAND UP Tanning booth, VHR Series, 5 years old, like new condition. $7000 (no serious offers will be refused. Call 250-752-1828. WE $BUY$ -SELL -TRADE Video Games Wembley Mall Ralf’s Collectibles 10-5pm.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS VIOLIN SALES & REPAIRS Wembly Mall. 40 quality instruments, all sizes. Starts April 1.

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Drive past Morningstar Golf Course entrance, turn right onto Hodges Road

PARKSVILLE, 302 Rheumer Cres., Sat, April. 7, 9am-3pm. 4 Family Estate/Garage Sale. 12’ aluminum boat on trailer with motor, complete with accessories. Treadmill, large & small tools, toys, hot wheels and many misc household items. No early birds! QUALICUM BAY Lighthouse Community Centre. 240 Lions way, Qualicum Bay, B.C. Date:Apr. 8th., 8am to 12 noon. Pancake Breakfast and Flea Market. Tables $8.00.Rain or Shine. Ph: 250757-8481 or 250-757-9938. Entertainment!!

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5 ACRES in Qualicum, close to path to shopping. House 3000 sqft, 4 bath. Shop 30x14x16 ceiling, 220 wiring, 2 12ft doors, pool 23x40. Small barn, security gate, city water. $875,000. Call (250)752-1693 FRENCH CREEK: 4 bdrm, 3 full bath, 2 lrg family rooms, RV parking. Call to inquire (250)752-8510.

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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO DOWNTOWN QUALICUM Beach, beautiful 1-bdrm, bright, private. NS/NP. $850 mo. Ref’s req’d.(250)752-4224 ON THE BEACH, Qualicum, 1 bdrm, furnished. Avail. April 1, $1500 p/m all inclusive. Call 250-752-3813 for details. PARKSVILLE – BRIGHT & spacious 2 bdrm, D/W, W/D optional. Large balcony, security camera & parking incl’d. Near schools, beach, downtown & on bus route. From $775. Available now. Call 250248-8592. PARKSVILLERENO’D 2 bdrm apt, free storage & parking, quiet bldg, heat/hot water incld. Avail May 1st. $800. 250-248-3350.

VILLAGE GREEN ESTATES 317 Village Way, QB 1 bdrm apts, $750. 2 & 3 bdrm townhomes, $950 to $1150. 5 appls, F/P, patio. N/S, sm pet ok. Quiet adult community. Close to town. Office hrs Tuesday’s: 4pm7pm.

2 BD apt. in Parksville, includes heat $825/mo Check it out at www.remax-anchor.ca Call Sharon Edgell for more information 752-2466 or 1-800-668-3622 CHARTWELL ESTATES- 3 bdrm house on corner lot. Treed, cosy setting. New kitchen appliances. Available April 1. $950. Refs req’d. Call cell 250-240-1451. ERRINGTON 2-BDRM, smaller home. Freshly painted. N/P, N/S. $675./mo. (250)248-5102 ERRINGTON - New 5 bdrm, 2 bath, 1800 sq ft home. $1500/mo + utilities. Avail Apr15th. Call 250-927-4860 FRENCH CREEK, 1 bdrm, newly reno’d, $950 p/m incld’s utils.n/s, n/p,Quiet, near bus. Avail Apr. 1st, References Required Call 250-951-9146 FRENCH CREEK: 4 bdrm, 3 full bath, 2 lrg family rooms, RV parking, $1600 + util’s. Avail now. Call (250)752-8510. HILLIERS, 2 bdrm home on acreage, F/S, W/D, N/S, pets neg. $800 mo. 250-752-2220. PARKSVILLE: MOUNTAIN view Rancher, 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, dbl garage. F/S, W/D, gas F/P, N/S, N/P. Central vac, HRV, RV prkg, sprinkler system, $1300. (250)248-0066 PARKSVILLE- 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, new W/D, all new paint, on 1 acre, shop space, carport & deck, 332 Molliet St. Avail Now. $1150 + utils. Call 250-586-5360. PARKSVILLE, 3 bdrm, 1600 sq ft, spacious, newly reno’d, fireplace, 4 appls, deck, yard, close to estuary, quiet tenants only, absolutely no smoking and no pets, $1000 mo. Call 250-954-0193. PARKSVILLECLOSE to town. 3 bdrm upper floor of house. $1300 includes utilities. Call 250-468-2000.

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WEMBLEY AREA country living in the city- 2 bdrm. (250)228-3177.

BOWSER- NEWLY renovated 1/2 duplex. Bright 2 bdrm, 4 appls, on 1 acre. Ref’s req’d. NS/NP. $700./mo. Call 250927-1234. Avail April 1 or 15. QUALICUM- GREAT ocean view, bright, spacious, clean quiet upper duplex, 2 bdrms+ den. New paint, 4 appls. $875. NS/NP. Call 250-752-0101.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS COOMBS: 3 bdrm, private property, F/S, W/D, fenced yard, lrg deck, shed. N/S, no dogs. Avail. $800/mo + util’s. Ref’s req’d. 250-248-9579. COOMBS: PEACEFUL 3 bdrms, large family room, wood stove, W/D & D/W. 12 mins Qualicum Beach, Parksville, $950. (250)951-9962. HILLIER- 2 bdrm w/view, new carpet, very clean, 6 appls, lrg covered deck. N/S. Pets? Furnished? $750+ utils. Refs req’d. 250-752-0777. QUALICUM, QUIET mobile home park, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, recently reno’d, F/P, enclosed porch, nice garden, $675 mo. Call Robert 1-250-954-4018.

HOMES FOR RENT NORTH QUALICUM PRIVATE HALF ACRE AVAILABLE NOW 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 1100 sq ft, laundry, woodstove, large kitchen, recently reno’d, pet negotiable. Refs req’d. $1100/mo. 250-248-7570 (day) 250-757-8716 (eves)

please refer to our website: www.parksvillerealestate.com to view our rental properties QUALICUM BEACH, 3 bdrm manufactured home, within walking distance to QB Middle School and minutes to QB Town Centre. Attractive rural setting w/ garden, absolutely no smokers, no pets, $775 mo plus utils. Avail April. 15. Call 250-752-0997. QUALICUM BEACH large 2bdrm townhouse, 1200sqft 2bath, 3appls, lrg private deck & patio, sm pet ok. $850 + strata. Apr. 15. 250-752-4258. QUALICUM, HALF duplex, senior centre and shopping within walking distance, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, large deck, window coverings, N/P, N/S, $900 mo, 250-752-4458.

QUALICUM BEACH: gorgeous ground level, 2 bdrm suite, HUGE Master bedroom + w/i closet, brand new condition, fenced yard, garden area, walk to town, N/S, April 1, $925 + utils. 250-752-4842.

SUITES, UPPER QUALICUM BEACH downtown- Priv self-contained suite w/yard, all utils incld. Pet? May 1. $900. d_powers@telus.net 1-760-702-2911.

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RV PADS ERRINGTON OR Cooms, RV setup on pads, starting at $400 and RV pads starting at $375 or rent to own starting at $4000. Call 250-954-1355. QUALICUM BAY: On acreage private, sat TV, $385. incl. Lot’s of space. (250)757-8259.

PARKSVILLE AREA- RV pad. Wooded site. $425/mo, includes utils. Available now. Call 250-927-5623. RV SITE avail year round. Fully serviced, located on 5 acres of private land in Spider Lake/Horne Lake area. Room for boat, small garden, extra vehicle, small workshop and covered storage. $350/mo. Avail May. 1. (250)757-9268.

SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING EMERALD ESTATES. 55+, large 2 bdrm, 2 bath. New carpets & fresh paint, homemaker & housekeeping incl’d, dining program optional. To view call Oceanside Property Mngmt Avail immed. (250)951-3553.

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WEMBLEY AREA country living in the city- 1 bdrm. (250)228-3177.

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Wendy Hofforth, Property Manager Rental Properties Nanoose Bay/Parksville/ Qualicum Beach For current rentals please check my website: www.vanislandrealty.com 124 Craig St., P.O. Box 460 Parksville, B.C. V9P 2G6 Toll Free: 1-866-386-2735 e-mail: cbpropertymanage ment@shaw.ca

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CARS 1993 OLDS CUTLASS Ciera, Excellent Cond. $1500.00 Call 250-752-4581 2003, CHEV Cavalier.2 door, standard, low mileage, clean, good mechanical. N/smoking. $4700. Call days 250-2489221 or eves. 250-586-7282. Ask for Bill. TOP DOLLAR Paid! Want To Buy Junk Cars & Trucks for cash. 1-250-954-7843. RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

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

SAVE $ SAVE GAS. Holiday on Vancouver Island. Older 16’ Aladdin Trailer well kept & priced to sell. Asking $1400. 250-248-6448

SUITES, LOWER

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2 Bdrm, mostly furn walk-out bsmt ste, patio. N/S, N/P, Shaw Lk, walk to elem schl, use of yard, $1,000/mth all incl. 250.532.2350.

SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.

BOWSER WATERFRONT, large bright 2 bdrm/den/pantry lower suite. $1250 incl. heat & water. Quiet safe area. Avail. May 1st. 250-757-2366 or 604-617-3361 or joce@ajoy.ca ERRINGTON- 1 bdrm large sunny suite. All utilities, cable & internet included. Nonsmokers only! $750/mo. Call (250)248-7050. LOWER LANTZVILLE: Detached cottage/suite on waterfront property, all utils included. $750/mo. Avail May 1. Call 250-390-4897, 250-713-4897.

TRUCKS & VANS CASH BUYER of junk cars and trucks. Over the phone price quotes. 1-250-954-7843.

MARINE BOATS 18’ FIBERGLASS BOAT with 2 outboard motors in Bowser. $1000. Call 250-757-2071

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RENT YOUR HOME! Owner & Tenant Management Services Nanoose to Bowser View current rentals On our website: www.remax-first-bc.ca 250-248-1071 1-888-243-1071 propmgmt@remax-firstbc.ca Ron Limer Managing Broker Val Lambert Property Manager 21 - 826 W. Island Hwy Parksville, B.C., V9P 2B7

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Randi Grey of Nanaimo is handed the keys to a 2012 Buick Regal by Mike Harris, dealer principal of Harris Oceanside GM. Grey won the car in the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation Lotto for Life draw. The Harris family has been long-time supporters of the foundation.

Elderly drivers offered road test option TOM FLETCHER Black Press

VICTORIA — Drivers more than 80 years old who fail a computerized test of their mental ability will now be offered a road test before they have to surrender their licences. Attorney General Shirley Bond announced the road test option after complaints from people who lost their driving privileges based on a computer test called DriveABLE. Some elderly people with little computer experience found the touch-screen tests of cognitive ability to be unfamiliar and an unfair way to test them. The DriveABLE test is administered on referral from doctors who detect cognitive impairment in patients that may affect their driving. Bond said those who failed the onscreen test in the past six months will be offered a free road test, using a test car with dual brakes. Those who failed more than six months ago have to see their doctor before being reassessed. NDP public safety critic Kathy

Corrigan was surprised to hear that the DriveABLE program is now being “peer reviewed,” a step that she said the government should have taken before the service was contracted for B.C. Corrigan said the road test option is a step in the right direction, but details of that haven’t been made public yet. The DriveABLE test uses a terminal with a touch screen to measure mental abilities. In the first stage, the driver holds down a button until a shape appears on either the left or right side of the screen. The subject has to release the button and touch the shape as quickly as possible, to test reaction time and accuracy of movement. Another stage tests ability to notice changes at the edge of the field of vision, simulating pedestrians and traffic signs. The test subject must make a decision about a word in the centre of the screen, and also report the location of a target that appears at the same time in a different area of the screen.

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“They changed the address subtly, so I couldn’t just hit reply anymore,” she said. “That’s when I got scared and went to the bank.” Her bank put her in touch with a fraud prevention officer, who reassured her that nobody could ac-

cess her account unless they had an 11-digit code, which she had not provided. The experience left Greaves disturbed but no poorer and she wants other seniors to know about her experience, so they don’t get taken in.


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Jesus never turned eggs into chocolate, but there is still plenty of good news this Easter weekend CONTINUED FROM PAGE A20

On what we now call, “Good Friday”, Jesus took our sins upon himself with the goal of fixing what had been broken. Easter Sunday is the sequel to the task, where he returns from the dead in order to bring life back to our souls and restore each of us into relationship with our Maker

which was fractured so long ago. With this answered and the present holiday re-framed, the followup question was asked: “How about the story of Jesus and the time that he changed the eggs into chocolate?” It’s a reflection of the information mess we have around the

holiday. The shocking answer is that, although Jesus is transforming water into wine, there is no egg metamorphosis mentioned. At this point there are many disappointed teens in the room: no biblical basis for chocolate egg and bunny purchasing trips to the local corner store.

But there is still good news. It is the good news that there is still one transformation that occurs even today because of what Jesus has done in Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It is the transformation of lives that are separated from their created purpose and that are broken by

sin and the effects of sin to ones that are no longer that way. This is a transformation that literally changes the eternality destiny of people from a forever apart from God to a forever in his presence. Dan King is Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Parksville Baptist

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TAEKWONDO

RUNNING

Nobert to run the Boston Marathon Local realtor running for the Haven Society

JAMES CLARKE

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Up-and-comers Brandy Sisson, nine, and Oakley Reelie, seven, show off the medals they earned at the B.C.’s last Saturday.

Double gold for Brandy and Chris Parksville Taekwondo Academy shows well at B.C. provincial championships JAMES CLARKE

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Parksville Taekwondo Academy sent 12 competitors to the provincial championships last Saturday. Alongside some 15 other clubs at the 2012 BC Taekwondo Championships, played out at Capilnao University in North Vancouver, were PTA black belts Alison Kells, 31, Marco Viedas, 18, Thalia Austin, 15, Emily Swann, 15, Brett Swann, 13, and Scotty Williams, 11. They went along with a strong crop of up-and-comers: Ryang Won Kim, nine (Blue belt); Oakley Reelie, seven (Green Stripe); Brandy Sisson, nine, (Green-Stripe), and Chris Duke, 19 (Blue). The local dojo made good on the mats with a collective haul of eight gold medals,

five silver and four bronze. “Anytime we get a majority of gold medals at a competition, it has to be considered a great success,” said PTA master Brett Fee, who oversaw the team at the B.C.s, then made the point, “gold medals are great, but a gold medal isn’t always an indication of how well an athlete performed, or how much they have grown as an athlete or person. We had quite a few competitors who competed hard, and although they didn’t end up winning gold, they really showed amazing indomitable spirit, which is an important tenet of taekwondo. “I am so proud of everyone who competed, as every single person competed hard to the end, and never showed any signs of giving

up,” he said. “To me, this experience teaches our students invaluable life skills in terms of perseverance and overcoming obstacles.” Earning extra props for their efforts at the B.C.s were Brandy Sisson and Chris Duke, who both earned double gold by winning both their sparring and forms events. Winning double gold in a competition, said Fee, “is a rare and difficult thing to achieve, so Brandy and Chris should be very happy that all their hard work in training is really paying off.” Sisson, a little firecracker to be sure, was the only girl in her green stripe division and as such ended up sparring in the next group up from her which meant going up against girls older with

more experience. “It was lots of fun,” she said through a big smile. Overall, “we did exceptionally well in sparring this time around,” said Fee, attributing the improvement to some changes they made in their programming last fall. He said that last September the long-time local dojang introduced an Olympic Taekwondo program that focuses on developing the skills, techniques, and attitude required to succeed in Olympic Taekwondo sparring. The program, he said, is an addition and enhancement to the many programs they already offer, and is optional. See ISLAND, page A29

She has logged a lot of miles to get there, but when Natalie Nobert winds her way through the streets of Boston for the famous marathon by the same name on April 16, she will be running for a cause. “Of course there’s going to be thoughts of all the training I’ve done, of how I got there, of the many years of running and what not at the starting line, but I’ll definitely be thinking about what I’m running for, which is to raise money and awareness for Haven Society,” the local realtor said this week when THE NEWS caught up with her. “As I run the Boston Marathon, I will be thinking of those people I know that have experienced abuse in their past, and hope we help someone in the future to avoid a similar abusive situation.” “It has — it’s been a lot of hard work,” she confirmed when asked about the road to Boston. “And it took many years. It’s not just the one training program, it’s the many, many years of continuous running, and enjoying the sport, that’s what gets you there. “You have to have the passion for running. You have to have the enjoyment there or else you won’t continue. And of course the dedication to the training, that’s a big one.” It will be Nobert’s debut in the famous marathon — 26,000 runners have signed up for this year’s installment and will be divided into three ‘waves’ numbering 9,000 each. The elite runners head out first, and Nobert and the second leave 20 minutes after that and the final group 20 minutes after that. See PURE GUTS, page A30

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Parksville’s Natalie Nobert will be running the Boston Martathon April 16 — for herself and for the Haven Society.


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Royals stepping up to a new season JAMES CLARKE

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It was trial by fire for Parksville’s young crop of Royals last weekend as the hometown boys of the BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) took to the fields in Kamloops for the annual 12-team Best of the West tournament in preparation for the start of their regular season. Royals’ skipper Dave Wallace went into the weekend missing two seniors — starting pitchers Bryan Paulina and Liam Joyce. In their first real game situations of the season, the Quality Foodssponsored team faced some tough opponents and went 1-3. In their tournament opener last Thursday against North Delta, the two teams were tied 2-2 but the Blue Jays got the winning run across with one out in the bottom of the seventh (and final) inning. Texada Island southpaw Clayton Isherwood marked his return to the Royals lineup in game two with a 3-2 win over Vauxhall Baseball Academy out of Alberta. Isherwood had returned from spring training and a strong showing

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the hot bat, drove in a couple of runs. “Rob had a very good weekend, he hit the ball well all weekend — good start to the season for him,” said Wallace. The Royals lost 3-0 to the Calgary Redbirds Saturday morning and closed out the tourney that afternoon with an 8-3 loss to the North Shore Twins, expected to be one of the BCPBL frontrunners this year. “We were short-benched plus we’ve got a real young team this year, so under the circumstances we acquitted ourselves quite well,” said Wallace. “We did better then I expected going in, which was very encouraging.”

down south with the Canadian Junior National team. “Clayton pitched six solid innings, which wasn’t much of a surprise,” chuckled Wallace, adding, “they were one of the better teams in the tournament, so we played very well against them.” Nic Annau came in to close it out in the seventh inning and Rob Vlaj, he of

GAME ON The Royals are in Victoria this weekend to open their 48-game BCPBL regular season against the much-improved Eagles, whose strength will be their pitching. The Royals’ regular season home opener is against the Whalley Chiefs Saturday, April 14, at Inouye/Wallace Field. Opening pitch is 12:15 p.m.

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The students who take advantage of this program, he said, “are really improving at an accelerated rate, and fairing so well at competitions is validation that this new program is really starting to pay off for the students who train in Olympic Taekwondo.” Most Taekwondo schools do not offer a specific program designed for Olympic Taekwondo sparring, and instead simply mix sparring in with regular traditional classes. “We are constantly evolving with the changes in martial arts, and take pride in staying on top of the newest innovations in training,” said Fee, whose family has run the dojang for years. “It’s a lot of fun, and we couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE Parksville, more specifically the Parksville Curling Club, will be Taekwondocentral Saturday, May 26, when PTA hosts the Vancouver Island Taekwondo Championships.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty minutes. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how long it takes that many people to clear the starting line ... I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine what thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be like,â&#x20AC;? she laughed. No stranger to the sport, Nobert has been running for well over 14 years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she took it up a few years after moving to Parksville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A girlfriend asked me to join a learn to run group called â&#x20AC;&#x153;womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paceâ&#x20AC;? which Lara Mullen taught,â&#x20AC;? she explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gradually worked our way up to running a 10km run and I decided to run my ďŹ rst race, which was the Oceanside 10k.â&#x20AC;? From there she said she decided to train harder, and in October 2010 she qualiďŹ ed for Boston at the Royal Victoria Marathon with a time of 3:45. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After that, a girlfriend and I decided to train for the Vancouver BMO Marathon,â&#x20AC;? Nobert explained, and on May 1, 2011 she ran a faster time of 3:33.24, which placed her third in her age group on the day â&#x20AC;&#x153;and that set me up for Boston.â&#x20AC;? Nobert also works with personal trainer Wanetta Beal at One on One Fitness â&#x20AC;&#x153;and have been for a few years, which I think has really helped me reach the faster time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;And now running is a real passion of mine. It helps me

think clearly when running alone,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and keeps me in touch with friends when running with others. Also the health and ďŹ tness beneďŹ ts are a real bonus.â&#x20AC;? Nobert, 49, will be the only ORCA in the mix, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be making the trip with the support of her twin daughters, 17year-olds Emily and Celina. Nobert said she was never big on sports back in school and said she did aerobics to stay in shape for many years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know weather I would ever have started running if it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for that one time when my girlfriend asked me to join that group, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I started. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever become a runner until I tried it 14 years ago.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A tad nervous,â&#x20AC;? she conceded when asked how sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeling as the big day draws near, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I never get all that nervous before a race because I just do my best.â&#x20AC;? As a longtime local Royal LePage realtor, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, which has been around some 10 years and raised over $10 million nation-wide, is close to her heart. Nobertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to raise $5,000 for the Haven Society.

As of this week the tally stood at $2,275. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to thank everyone for their support in this cause, as it means so much to me ... 100 per cent raised in my run goes to our local Haven House,â&#x20AC;? she explained of the shelter, located in Nanaimo, which has a transition house in Parksville â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Haven House is run uwith help from Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. This will be Nobertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth marathon, and she said she would like nothing more then to beat her best time in Beantown. She said she will start hydrating for the race a couple days prior, and will have pasta supper the night before, and porridge and toast with almond butter three hours before start time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That carb dinner the night before will carry you through most of the race, until you hit the last ďŹ ve kilometres, and then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just pure guts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determination that gets you through that last stretch,â&#x20AC;? she chuckled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a long ways,â&#x20AC;? she conďŹ rmed of the 42.2 km run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great experienceâ&#x20AC;? To make a donation to Haven Society or to read more about Natalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story go to www. runningforshetler.com.


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Young archers letting the feathers fly for gold JAMES CLARKE

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The sport of archery is going through a resurgence of sorts in these parts, and hours of practice are paying off. On Monday evening, THE NEWS stopped by the Arrowsmith Archers weekly practice session when some of their own were informed they finished top 10 in the country. The regional tournament for the Nationals were hosted by Cowichan Bowmen in Duncan on March 4 and featured some 40 archers, from youth to seniors from across B.C. According to the Arrowsmith Archers’ team mom and club coordinator, Rhonda, results were then tabulated with the results from other regionals across the country, through the month of March. “Our local club had five archers participating, and they competed at a very high level of skill,” she said proudly. That they did. Connor Presley finished first in Canada using Barebow; Aaron Bancov placed third in Barebow, Devon Harach was seventh using Recurve, and a plucky lone 11-year-old female archer, Tay, finished fifth in the country in Recurve. Jordan Trill was 18th in Recurve (bows with a sight on them. Barebows, which everyone starts with, don’t have sights). Being able to compete in the national tournament in B.C. “is a rare opportunity,” said Rhonda, explaining the regionals are almost always held on the mainland, which makes it difficult for

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Connor Presley at the line during Monday’s Club Challenge, found out that day he finished first in his age group in Canada in Barebow.

least 18 years. The club started out in the Ballenas gym, but has been at the Nanoose Pentecostal Camp for most of its history. “Our club is expanding by

Devon Harach, Connor Presley and Aaron Bancov had good reason to smile after hearing how they placed in the nationals.

Island archers to attend. “This was the first time in years it has been held on the Island,” she said, pointing out the regional tournaments “are quite formal compared to what (the ar-

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Easter treats Violin master centre stage and events Young violin virtuoso coming to play in Qualicum Beach What to do around the mid-Island this weekend BRENDA GOUGH

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It’s time to get egg-cited about another chocolate-filled weekend in District 69 with a host of activities scheduled throughout the community. In Qualicum Beach there is an Easter bunny search at Milner Gardens and Woodland April 7 to April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find bunnies for an Easter treat and learn interesting rabbit facts as you stroll along the forest trails. There will be maps for clues to help find the hidden bunnies. Local glass artist Ted Jolda will be hiding a few of his hand blown Easter eggs Saturday through Monday. If you find one of the glass treasures, you get to take it home. Admission is free for children 12 and under but they must be accompanied by an adult. If you want to see a real live Easter bunny, Tiger Lily Farm in Errington is the place to be this weekend. Eggs will be hidden throughout the barnyard. Those who find them can then decorate them and make an Easter basket to bring them home in. There will also be a hay maze and a candy in the hay game. Easter activities in the barnyard go April 6 to 9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. In Parksville, the Friends of Foster Park Easter egg hunt is set for Saturday, April 7. Volunteers will start hiding the eggs around 10 a.m. and it’s expected they will be scooped up by around 1:30 p.m. There will also be hot dogs, juice and coffee available. The annual Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf Giant Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday, April 8. Five thousand Easter eggs have been hidden and at 9:30 a.m. the search begins. Organizer Kathy Fraser is expecting to see a small army of chocolate-smeared faces once all the treats are found. See STUFFED BUNNY, page B3

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he Victoria Symphony is performing a special spring concert in Qualicum Beach on April 16 and the musical program of Mozart, Rossini and Schubert will feature one of Vancouver Island’s up and coming violinists. Nikki Chooi started playing the violin when he was just four years old and is about to graduate from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he has been honing his skills over the last five years. During his education he has had many performances with some of the best orchestras and artists in North America. When the 22-year-old performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre he will be playing a 1729 Guaneri del Gesu. The $4.2 million instrument is on generous loan to him from the Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank. Some of the world’s most famous violinists have preferred Guaneris to Stradivaris, and Chooi is one of them. He has been playing the instrument exclusively for three years and critics claim he is the master of it. He said it will be difficult when he has to give it back in a few months because he treasures the instrument. “It is every violinist’s dream to play on an instrument like this. You get a high on that. Every time I play, it think it is something great I am playing on. I have to give it up in August … then I will re-audition for the same instrument.” Chooi said when he first got the violin, it was scary to have in his possession. “It’s like taking care of a baby … you take really good care of it. After a while you get used to it but I never let it out my sight.” When asked if the instrument feels like it has its own soul, he admitted that he definitely thinks about how many people have played the instrument before him. See DEVOTED, page B5

Violinist Nikki Chooi performs with the Victoria Symphony on April 16.

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THE NEWS ticket giveaway contest Thanks to symphony symphon patron Eric Charman, THE NEWS has an extra six tickets to give away for the Monday, April 16 VicChooi. toria Symphony performance, featuring Nikki N To enter, tell us how much the violin Chooi Ch will be playing is worth. Then, write down your name, home town and phone number and send your entry to editor@pqbnews.com, or drop off your entry to our office on Middleton Avenue in Parksville. Deadline: 12 noon Thursday, April 12.


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He’s ready to bare all on stage Rob Atkinson in The Fully Monty in Nanaimo

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here are some fearless men in the production of The Full Monty in Nanaimo which opens April 19 — including Parksville actor Rob Atkinson. Atkinson, who plays Harold, the steel factory’s hard-nosed boss, said there is a reason it is called The Full Monty. “My modesty has gone out the window. These days I find myself standing on a stage with little clothes on in front of people,” he admitted. Atkinson added that despite the nudity, it has been very tasteful and comfortable for the actors. When asked if he is dieting for his role he said he hasn’t and neither are any of the other cast members. “The thing about the show is that the characters are real men. No one has tried to lose weight. It makes the show that more real. I should be dieting but I am not.” He said the majority of the nudity is at the end of the show and his family will be in the audience at one of the performances. “My whole family is coming — parents, wife, adult children, uncles, brothers, cousins, co-workers, classmates. I just tell them to look to the right at the end of the show because I’ll be standing on the left.” Atkinson got involved with community theatre in 2007 when he performed in Bard to Broadway’s Urinetown. He said he loves doing musicals even though they can be challenging. “I sing and dance. It is a lot of fun. It is a real challenge to sing, dance and act all at the same time. We call it the triple threat because you have to keep it together and stay in character,” he agreed. He said if you haven’t been to

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Parksville actor Rob Atkinson is taking it all off for the upcoming musical The Full Monty opening April 19 at Nanaimo Centre Stage.

see live theatre before, the show is a great way to experience it for the first time. “If you think musicals don’t seem real, this is the kind of show that will change your mind.” All the stars of the production think audiences will be surprised at how real the situations and issues are in the show and how close to home they will hit. “This show’s themes and music will resonate with both men and women,” said Dean Chadwick, the Artistic Director for the show. Jay Kell, who plays Dave, the laid off steel worker whose gigantic heart is matched only by his stomach, said even men will enjoy the show. “The reasons for women enjoying The Full Monty are apparent, but there are many different aspects for the guys in the audience as well, including lots of man humour, sports-themed segments, awesome music and a beautiful female cast.” See NAKED, page B5

Notice of PUBLIC HEARING Bylaw No. 500.377, 2012 Pursuant to Sections 890, 891, and 892 of the Local Government Act, Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held with regard to the following proposed Bylaw: “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 500.377, 2012” at: on: time:

Lighthouse Community Hall – Main Hall 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay Electoral Area 'H' Wednesday April 11, 2012 7:00 pm Bylaw No. 500.377 The intent and purpose of “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 500.377, 2012” is to rezone the property legally described as Lot A, District Lot 19, Newcastle District, Plan 8196, Except Parts in Plans VIP65473 and VIP74554, from Residential 1 Subdivision District ‘K’ (RS1K) to Residential 1 Subdivision District ‘N’ (RS1N) in Electoral Area ‘H’ as shown on the map, to facilitate a future residential subdivision. Copies of the proposed Bylaw and other relevant documents and information may be inspected at the offices of the Regional District of Nanaimo located at 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC on any regular business day between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday and extended hours on Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from Thursday March 29, 2012 until Wednesday April 11, 2012, excluding public holidays.

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She said the hunt will be controlled as the kids descend on the Parksville fun centre to seek out the treats. “We put the little kids in one area — the little little ones — so they aren’t being bowled over by bigger kids. We put out six marked golf balls along with all the Easter eggs and the lucky people who find them get a giant stuffed bunny. There will also be some consolation prizes that include free passes. The event, designed for children

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The concert, under the baton of Giuseppe Peitraroia, is being hosted by patronss Eric and Shirley Charman, who split their time between Victoria and Qualicum Beach. Chooi said the Charmans have been supportive of his musical growth since he was young. “I have been invited to their house on various occasions to entertain their guests. It has lead to valuable performance experiences for me and my brother.” In fact it was Charman who introduced Chooi to one of the world’s most respected violin masters, Pinchas Zukerman. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His devotion to teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa. When Chooi was just nine years old, Charman had him and his little brother Timothy perform at his home and he said he and his guests were so impressed that he wanted to promote their musical pursuits. “One day I phoned Pinchas Zukerman in Ottawa and I said Mr. Zukerman I think this guy Nikki Chooi is going to go places but he just needs encouragement and touching up,” Charman recalled.

He said at first Zukerman was reluctant and suggested Chooi wait a few more years, but Charman was persistent. “I said Mr. Zukerman I am not interested in waiting that long. We think you should see him soon. He finally condescended to allow a wireless interview which I arranged at the University of Victoria. An hour after the interview Mr. Zukerman phoned and said get him down here.” Charman said Chooi attended Zukerman’s summer school and since then has never looked back. Charman was also instrumental in getting the younger Timothy together with Zukerman and the brothers are both students of the Curtis Institute of Music. Charman said he has been good at recognizing young talent when promoting the Victoria Conservatory of Music and he predicts the siblings will eventually end up in many of the world’s most famous music halls. As for the upcoming concert, he said conductor Pietraroia also has a bright future and Qualicum Beach is lucky to have such a high calibre concert here. Tickets for the April 16 concert are $33 and are available at Mulberry Bush Bookstores.

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As opening night approaches, Xander France, who stars as Jerry, the alpha male steel worker who is in risk of losing his kid, and Erik Gow, who stars as Malcolm, the complete loser who still lives at home with his mother, acknowledge that the inhibitions their characters face about doing The Full Monty are the same ones they themselves are facing. “To deal with our inhibitions, much like our characters, we built a brotherhood, plus we are surrounded by a very supportive cast and crew,” France said and added, “To be honest you slowly get desensitized to the idea as the rehearsals move forward.” “At first I was apprehensive about performing naked on

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Erik Gow stars as Malcolm, alongside Atkinson in The Full Monty.

stage, but considering you’re told to picture everyone in the audience naked it seems only fair that I partake,” Gow admitted The Full Monty — the musical, an adaptation of the hit

British film of the same name, is expertly written by Terrence McNally. The music of David Yazbek, performed by Schmooze Productions fivepiece live band is led by Rick Becker. The show opens April 19 and runs for 12 performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Nanaimo Centre Stage until May 12. Due to course language and nudity, The Full Monty is restricted to audience members of over 18 years. For tickets go online to www. schmoozeproductions.com, or visit Rich 1 Beauty Salon at #12145 Bowen Rd. for cash only sales. For more information call Schmooze Productions at 250-739-0721.

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Local talent is being sought for an annual event that supports rising stars in the community and provides an evening of quality entertainment. The Mosaic Youth Talent Showcase takes place on Friday, May 27 at Knox United Church in Parksville. Local country singer Beth Marie Anderson is producing the show this year which includes scholarships for those selected to perform. She said she is looking for talented performers for the show which can include any artistic discipline. “I am looking to see if someone thinks they have what it takes. It is a chance for them to showcase their talent to the com-

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Last year, several youth from the area performed and received scholarships from the Mosaic Youth Talent Showcase sponsored by Parksville Rotary.

Anderson up for song award BRENDA GOUGH

munity and get a scholarship towards their art,” she said. Applicants need to be under 25 years old to participate and must fill out an application form outlining their talent and why they would like a scholarship. She said every performer gets a scholarship but they must pass an audition to be included. Anderson, who is 25 years old, sang in the show for four years. Her father initiated the event through the Rotary Club of Parksville when Anderson was just starting her musical pursuits as a way to promote her and other talented youth in the community. See GOW, page B9

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The VIMA awards ceremony takes place April 21 in Victoria and Anderson said it will be a great opportunity to network with people in the industry and to meet new musicians. Anderson is one of just a few musicians from the mid-Island nominated and she said she is excited to hear the outcome. “It would be nice to say you won a music award … to have something behind you that solidifies your status as a musician. I have worked hard for it. I hope I win. If I lose I won’t be really sad.” She said she wrote Fallen Angel in 2006 but the meaning of it has changed since she first recorded it. “The song is about falling in love for the first time. When I originally wrote the song I played it on the piano for my boyfriend. Then I went to Nashville for five days. I was just starting out and I booked a studio and recorded the song and I thought it sounded so awesome. When I came back I ended up breaking up with my boyfriend and then I wrote a bunch of break up songs.” Anderson said eventually she rerecorded it and then the song took on a whole new meaning. “I related it to my friends and family and everything I have gone through. Basically it is about my support system. My friends call it a Beth Classic.” The emerging country artist has been working hard to gain some

ground in the thriving music industry of Nashville, Tennessee. She is now working on a plan to make Nashville her permanent home. The experience of working with some of the world’s best in the business inspired her to write five new songs in a matter of days, all of which can be found on her album, Open Road which was released in 2010 with 10 original tracks. The Kwalikum Secondary School grad admitted she loves the city filled with songwriters and music producers and will continue to work hard, saving up enough money so she can go back and hang out in the city and continue to learn the ropes. For now she is hoping her fans will check out her Facebook page and give her a thumbs up. She added you can also get free music downloads on her Facebook page. You can also follow her journey through her website www. bethanderson.ca, Myspace and Twitter.

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