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Queen’s medal honours volunteer Young scribe enabled disabled vet to attain his master’s degree Natalie North News staff


ichael Detheridge felt overwhelmed when he began work on his master’s degree in learning and technology at Royal Roads University. Exposure to chemical radiation during his service as a medic with the Canadian Forces in Bosnia and Croatia have left his hands, feet, arms and legs burning from the inside out for the last 16 years. Activities as gentle as clicking at keyboard keys can result in painful damage to Detheridge’s tender tissue. “To do a master’s is not an easy thing,” said Detheridge, who completed the majority of his studies online. “I started in the military with (a Grade 9 education). … To get to the master’s level and not be able to use your hands to write and type – it’s a lot.” The seemingly impossible task was made possible by Vicky Helmink, a 2006 grad of Spectrum Community School who was Detheridge’s scribe, researcher and editor throughout the 49-year-old’s stint at Royal Roads. Helmink began working with Detheridge, who lives in Calgary, when he stayed with her family to attend courses. She continued her volunteer support while working two parttime jobs and attaining a B.A. in justice studies. On March 26, Helmink became one of the first Canadians to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubliee Medal, an award given to those who have made significant contributions or achievements. The award, which also marks the Queen’s 60th year on the throne, will eventually be given to 60,000 Canadians. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

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Vicky Helmink, 23, holds her Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which marks the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, and is given to Canadians who have made significant contributions or achievements.


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ordova Bay residents will soon have a brand new, full-service community grocery store to call their own, when Tru Value opens its doors in the neighbourhood shopping plaza on Wednesday, April 11. The 7,500-square-foot store will offer a full-service floral centre, meat and seafood department and deli counter, plus a commitment to traditional values of customer service and quality, says GM and owner Phil Greenhalgh. Tru Value was founded in 1990 by Wayne Verch and Gerry Rainer and today’s Cordova Bay store joins sister stores on Pender, Mayne and Quadra Islands. The company sums up its philosophy as “where community and quality meet,” and that couldn’t be more true for the new Cordova Bay store, Greenhalgh says. “We’re trying to create a local store that gives back to the community and that has everything that the community will need.” The location was a natural. “It’s a beautiful little community,” Greenhalgh says, noting that with a little refurbishment of the existing store, his staff is able to offer a fresh, updated grocery shopping experience. “There’s great opportunity here. I just felt our philosophy and how we do business would really work well.”

The store will initially employ about 25 to 30, a mix of full-time and part-time staff, including a number of local students. Greenhalgh himself has been in the grocery business since age 14, learning the ropes at Thrifty Foods before joining the Tru Value team.

“We’re going back to the basics of providing excellent service and great quality.” Carefully chosen staff and a welcoming workplace are key to customers’ experience and the business’s success. “If your staff are happy, your customers will be happy,” Greenhalgh explains. Store manager Rob Clarke brings a wealth of experience in the grocery business and the meat and seafood manager Shawn Whitecross is a Red Seal chef who will be able to answer customers’ questions and offer plenty of tasty ideas.

As part of the emphasis on community, shoppers can expect to see a wide selection of local items, including produce and meats. “One of the things we’re really excited about is we’ve sourced a local specialty mushroom farmer, Marquis Mushrooms from North Saanich,” says Greenhalgh, who after sampling the mushrooms himself, says they’re absolutely delicious! With an excellent bakery right next door, the Cordova Bay Tru Value didn’t want to compete with its neighbours by offering a bakery of its own, so instead, they have partnered with the bakery to carry its products. Continuing that community-first approach is what Tru Value calls its Spirit Board. The program directs one per cent of sales to the customer’s non-profit community group of choice, such as sports teams, school bands or local hospital foundation, all listed in the store. Once a group has been approved for the Spirit Board, it receives ongoing donations in the form of food vouchers and re-sellable food cards. “It’s a win-win for both the community groups and us, and it doesn’t cost the customer anything,” Greenhalgh says. “When people come in here, I think they’re going to like what they see.”

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Easter signals chocolate season Chocolatiers pour it on for holiday weekend Vivian Moreau News staff

One week before Easter he is covered in chocolate from chest to knees and Kees Schaddelee is happy. “When you’re working like this five hours a day, I feel like I’m 20,’ says Schaddelee, 62, of the Dutch Bakery on Fort Street. Schaddelee officially retired last year but was back at it making chocolate eggs, bunnies and a multitude of other shapes for the shop. He started making the shop’s trademark bombiers – 20 centimetre two-part milk and dark chocolate hollow eggs – when he was 23. His parents, baker Kees Sr. and wife Mabel, emigrated with their four sons from Holland to Canada in 1955 and brought their chocolate-making experience with them. “Molds were tin then and there was no machine like this,” Schaddelee says, pointing to the chocolate bath with a 50-centimetre spinning wheel that keeps melted chocolate moving. He pulls a handful of chocolate wafers from a 10-kg box and tosses it in the bath – that helps keep the mixture at an even 93 degrees Fahrenheit. “This is so old fashioned I can’t believe it,” he says about the temperature gauge and how he coats, chills, then coats again the inside of a mold to make a bunny. Everything, from 40-cm high hollow bestselling Thumper bunnies down to solid three-centi-

metre eggs are made by hand in a one-week period before Easter. More than 1,200 kg of chocolate is used. Langford resident Maria Lironi received her first chocolate bunny from the Dutch Bakery when she was seven. Her grandmother bought everyone in the family chocolate bunnies at Easter and when she died, Lironi, 48, took up the tradition in her early 20s. “I always buy the same bunny for each family member: motor cars for dad and my brother and a mommy bunny for my mom. The sad thing is no one buys me a bunny so I have to buy one for myself, this year a little chicken. Easter for me is the memory of my grandma,” she says, “and Dutch Bakery bunnies are a part of that.” University of Victoria religious studies professor William Morrow says humans adapt traditions to fit changing times and Easter is no exception. “It doesn’t matter if it’s religion or chocolate bunnies, we’re creatures of the Earth and we respond to the cycles of the Earth,” he says. As a species, whether we go to church or a synagogue or down some chocolate this time of year, we’re repeating ancient rituals. “Easter has a long pedigree before Christians ever got hold of it because most ancient peoples celebrated the coming of spring, the spring equinox, the renewal of the Earth, with some kind of religious festival.” After the dark of winter humans feel better when spring arrives, he says, and express it by sharing feasts and treats. Chocolatier David Booth doesn’t make chocolate eggs of any kind but does agree that chocolate makes people happy. “I have fun taking raw ingredients and making

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Gabby Hergt holds a basket of Easter goodies at the Rogers Chocolate Factory Outlet store located on Commerce Circle. something beautiful out of them.” A chocolate purist, he makes 30,000 creme-filled truffles each year in the basement kitchen of his family’s Humboldt Street bed and breakfast that are sold in Victoria markets and shops. Beginning in late February Rogers’ Chocolates chocolatier Cornell Idu and his staff of 12 make about 20 different kind of chocolate items dedicated to Easter. Idu says chocolate at Easter has its roots

in the ancient traditions of Lent and Ramadan when people abstain from eating or indulgences. Those with chickens would end up with an excess number of eggs and so decorating them became a spring tradition, once Lent ended. The first chocolate egg, Idu says, was made by Cadbury in the late 1800s. And how many chocolate bunnies does his team make for Easter? “No idea. Lots. Oodles.”

Region’s churches help out Our Place for Easter meals Roszan Holmen News staff

One month into his new position as executive director of Our Place Society, Don Evans is forging partnerships to help keep the doors open and the meals flowing to people in need. “When I came in here, and I saw that they were closed on weekends and holidays, I realized that we were going to be closed for four days during Easter,” he said. The society runs a deficit, so paying staff overtime to open on a holiday would be difficult, he said. At the same time, he added, “it was difficult for me to think that many of these people might have a hard time finding a meal during those days, so what I did was just reach out to the churches.” He received a great response. Nine faith groups stepped forward to pay for, prepare and serve three meals on Good Friday and Easter Monday at Our Place. Others are also getting involved.

“There have been a few staff that said they would like to picture is that they’re going to get a chance to meet some come in and volunteer for those days,” Evans said. of these people face to face over the meal that they’re helpThe SingYourJoy choir will also take part, performing for ing to serve.” diners on Sunday, as well as breaking into song on Monday On Sunday, the singers, aged 16 to 29, plan to sing Ordiwhile serving dinner alongside volunnary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan. teers from Oak Bay United. This is the first time Our Place Society has “There’s a learning “The choir is a non-auditioned group partnered with local faith communities to of young people and their focus is really opportunity here, because open on a holiday. about becoming community and learn- I would say only two of Partnerships like these are part of Evans’ ing about community … then offering plan to achieve the society’s goal of opening the 45 members have ever seven days a week. something back,” said Gordon Miller, one of its two conductors. “If we could continue to get this kind of been inside Our Place.” The dinner at Our Place was the kind support, whether it’s from the faith commu– Gordon Miller of situation they were waiting for, he nity or the business community, that could said. certainly help us,” he said. “I’m going to be “There’s a learning opportunity here, because I would exploring some other ways that maybe the business comsay only two of the 45 members have ever been inside Our munity could sponsor a breakfast during the week, and that Place. would help us free up some money to provide meals on the “They’re going into it thinking they’re going to contribute weekend.” something to the homeless, which they are. But the bigger

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Camosun, UVic face budget cuts Natalie North News staff

With the end of the fiscal year, post-secondary institutions have revealed their 2012-13 budgets – plans that forecast relatively modest cutbacks at both the University of Victoria and Camosun College. Provincial funding to UVic and Camosun hasn’t increased, creating inflationary pressures on both institutions. UVic’s budget reflects a 1.5 per cent, across-the-board cutback to account for a projected $2.89 million shortfall in the $310 million operating budget. Areas exempt from cuts

include student financial aid, library acquisitions, utilities, software and hardware maintenance, faculty research and travel grants, publications and medical sciences funding – which comes from from the University of British Columbia. While UVic’s budget includes $500,000 in one-time funding to support student financial aid, it also implements a two per cent tuition increase. “We are prepared to be flexible and to look critically at our operations, and later this spring we will embark on a broader campus discussion on how best to address the fiscal challenges facing us in the years ahead,”

stated UVic President David Turpin. Meanwhile, Camosun College plans to account for a $2.5 million shortfall on a $104 million budget by implementing a two per cent spending cut. Job losses are estimated at 15 to 20 primarily administrative positions. Those positions are over and above cuts caused by attrition and early retirements. The job losses also won’t affect the creation of three full-time faculty positions and one administrative position for a new medical radiography technician program.

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Transit plans to expand service to UVic Natalie North

B.C. Transit hopes to see ridership to the school double by 2035. UVic has identified four areas Nearly one quarter of all between Centennial Stadium and buses on the road between 8 the Student Union Building as and 9 a.m. in Greater Victoria potential sites for a larger exchange, are en route to or from the Uniincluding an expansion of the curversity of Victoria, yet some rent site. A budget and timeframe students are continually passed for the new exchange project have up by full buses. It’s a problem yet to be set. B.C. Transit and UVic hope to “We have space. They’re the resolve with the creation of a service provider,” Connelly said. File photo “When they plan for new routes or new bus exchange. B.C. Transit and the union rep- More buses will be heading to UVic campuses. additional buses to come to camresenting bus drivers, Canadian pus, we’ve indicated we’ll make the Auto Workers Local 333, disagree on the The Finnerty Road bus exchange is at space available. There are no limitations number of passengers left behind. The capacity, able to accommodate 14 buses. in terms of that additional service coming union reports 29,296 “pass ups” between An area adjacent to the Student Union to campus.” Sept. 1 and Jan. 31, primarily on UVic and Building has provided temporary stops Student society representatives from Camosun-bound routes, while B.C. Tran- for three additional buses and UVic has UVic and Camosun College have been sit says a worst-case scenario would be identified a second temporary exchange working with CAW 333 to increase transit closer to 20,000 passengers left behind area along Ring Road suitable for two funding. The student groups applauded during the same period. more stops, should service from B.C. B.C. Transit’s restoration of 7,000 service Either way, UVic and B.C. Transit are Transit increase. hours on routes across the region this planning to increase the number of buses “We’re waiting to hear from B.C. Transit month. headed to campus during peak morning on their need for that space and how it “We’re excited that students are leadhours – a goal that can only be achieved relates to their planning for service this ing the charge,” said Meribeth Burton, by expanding the number of bus bays at coming year and beyond,” said Neill Con- B.C. Transit spokesperson. the university. nelly, director of campus planning and Discussion at UVic around staggering Currently, UVic can accommodate 51 sustainability. the start of morning classes to ease the buses headed to campus during the MonB.C. Transit expects UVic will need influx of students arriving at 8:30 a.m. has day to Friday peak time between 8 and 30 bus bays to accommodate long-term also begun. 9 a.m. growth. In keeping with its future plan, News staff



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A 20-year-old Vancouver man was arrested in Saanich Monday night while carrying a replica .45 calibre rifle, a 12.5-inch kitchen knife, a five-inch throwing knife, a box cutter, a balaclava and makeshift handcuffs – all “for protection.” Saanich police were called to St. Patricks elementary school on Trent Street around 11:20 p.m. from a neighbour who reported seeing two males drinking on the school grounds. A patrol officer who attended made contact with the young men, and immediately suspected they had been drinking and smoking marijuana. The officer searched the 20-year-old male, and first found a heavy-duty plastic zip-tie, identical to what police use as makeshift handcuffs. A continued search uncovered the throwing knife, the box cutter and the kitchen knife. A second officer attended and continued the search, which uncovered the replica weapon – a pellet gun. When questioned by the officers about why he was carrying the weapons, the man told the police it was for protection. A search of his backpack uncovered the balaclava and a pair of black leather gloves. “Not often do we see all these items in one person’s possession,” Sgt. Dean Jantzen said. “You put it all together and investigators can draw significant conclusions for what (all the items) could have been used for.” The man was arrested, and a subsequent background check uncovered he was wanted on an outstanding assault warrant from Victoria police. Charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a weapon for dangerous purposes were recommended. The second man was not arrested.

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Laundry room thefts serve as warning Apartment building and condo residents are being reminded not to let strangers through the mutual front door, after a rash of laundry room thefts in recent weeks. Three apartments, all within five blocks, had money stolen from their shared dryers and washing machines. The incidents occurred overnight on March 15, 18 and 22, in the 3200-blocks of Glasgow Ave.,

Quadra St. and Cook St. “These cause a lot of grief for building managers,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen, adding repairs can cost thousands of dollars for each machine. The best way to prevent these incidents from happening is by not holding open building doors for people you don’t know. “I know we’re all polite Canadians, but sometimes (not letting

people enter after you) might be what it takes to slam the door on these (thefts),” Jantzen added. Surveillance footage from one of the buildings targeted shows the suspect as a Caucasian man, wearing a black baseball cap, a black jacket and pants. These incidents are also a reminder to building managers to lock laundry room doors.

Police called after martial artist pulls out replica gun Saanich police are looking for three men who were chased by a gun-wielding man during a verbal altercation along Cedar Hill Road early Sunday morning. Police received a call from a passing motorist around 2 a.m. reporting the scene near Derby Road. The motorist was able to point out a nearby home that the gunman entered. The house was surrounded, and an officer with a scoped rifle was brought in to observe from a distance and provide cover for the patrol members. After an hour and a half, officers determined the house was vacant.

The following morning, members returned to the home and spoke with a 22-year-old man who lives in the basement suite. He admitted to having chased the trio with a replica firearm, after the group allegedly threatened him while he was practising martial arts in his front yard in the wee morning hours. The Cedar Hill Road resident turned over two replica firearms – both pellet guns – to police. Charges have not been laid, but police want to speak with the three other men to hear their side of the story.

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Warnings, not health scares With words like “alert” “scare” and “warning” thrown about Greater Victorians were told of a potential health hazard this week. Any health issue, of course, must be taken seriously, but when the media get involved, even the risk of a potential threat gets the full-court press. That’s not to say we’re all alarmists. The Vancouver Island Health Authority has a duty to report a threat to public health no matter how small, to help prevent the spread of the disease. It’s the medias job to help get the word out. So when an employee at a local deli was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, a press release was sent to the media to help inform the public of a free immunization clinic set up by VIHA. And the public reacted – in droves. The number of folks that turned up for vaccinations was in the thousands – surely more than the number of people potentially at risk of infection. The free clinic run by VIHA on Sunday had to turn away 200 people because it had run out of vaccine. The health authority was forced to schedule an additional two days of free immunizations. The vaccine is effective if you receive it within 14 days of exposure. The risk of catching the illness is remote and limited to those who came in contact with contaminated food. There is no indication that any food was contaminated in the first place. The immunization clinic is a standard precautionary measure taken by the health authority. There is no reason to panic. There will always be a concern if there is an outbreak of an infectious disease, but we don’t need mass inoculations unless the health authority tells us otherwise. The majority of people who get hepatitis A recover in about a month. In rare instances, it can be severe enough to cause death. People with a history of chronic liver disease are more likely to become severely ill. Once a person has recovered from hepatitis A they can’t get the infection again. There are usually less than two reported cases of Hepatitis A per 100,000 people in B.C. each year – that’s fewer than 50 cases. Only one in five or six people actually become ill enough to need medical attention. Credit must go to to Fairway Market and their customers who seem to be taking the incident in stride – more so than some who spent their week lining up for a vaccine they didn’t necessarily need.

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

Team and fans seek redemption With the Canucks once again After the anger and fear, it’s reasentering the NHL playoffs as a suring to have someone to blame. Stanley Cup favourite, the City of The same thing happened last Vancouver has revealed new and year, but, in keeping with the times, improved plans for the the new bad guys resemriot-in-waiting. bled characters from realI was there in 1994, ity TV. when the first Stanley A young, water polo Cup riot in Vancouver protegé was one of the shocked Canadians. I first to face the lynch lived just off Robson mob, followed shortly by a Street and only became former Miss Congeniality. aware of the carnage The city’s new plan tries after tear gas flowed to balance a crackdown through my third-storey on booze in the downapartment. Heading down town with concerns about to street level, I rememcoming off as a place that Jim Zeeben ber seeing my neighbours doesn’t know how to have The Last Word angry about choking on fun. A thoughtful report, pepper spray and seeing co-authored by Winter cops in riot gear outside our homes. Olympic boss John Furlong, was The police themselves were released a few months after last noticeably confused and fearful, year’s riot. Reading between the Clearly it wasn’t a good mix. lines, there’s a sense that a lot of Fortunately the mood quickly dis- people made mistakes – from excitsipated along with the last of the able kids caught in the moment to tear gas. Soon, the residents and a city hall that thought it had seen officers were enjoying free coffee everything after hosting Gold Medal together, courtesy of the corner hockey. But the Olympics are not Blenz store. pro sports. It was a surreal time, for sure. The Riots after club teams win chamrumour accompanying the rounds pionships are relatively common in of cappuccinos was that small North America, whether it’s for the groups of thugs were to blame. NBA Lakers in Los Angeles, MLB Apparently they co-ordinated their Tigers in Detroit or the NHL Canalooting with cellphones – still some- diens in Montreal. thing of a novelty in 1994 – and The difference with Vancoucases of empty wine bottles, which ver is that riots happen after the were smashed to manipulate the team loses. To be a Vancouver fan police response and, in turn, disorirequires you to suppress a certain ent the crowd. level of denial. Unlike the sad-sack I should be clear that official Leafs or even the re-born Senators, reviews I’ve read of the riot don’t fans of the Canucks can’t point mention these specific tactics. For to a time long ago when the team all I know, these conspirators only earned the right to hoist The Cup. existed as a way for people to make You can tease an Oilers fan all you sense of what we had just experilike, but you can’t take away the enced. smugness that comes with cheering

for a former dynasty. When Boston fans goaded Vancouver fans, it struck a chord with a primal immaturity with which many young men struggle. When the Canucks crapped out in Game 7 4-0, fans lost their right to the swagger that comes with backing a winner. The sense of humiliation was palpable and, unfortunately, it seems too many fans tried to save face by lashing out where they could. It was a sign of a general immaturity among Canucks’ fandom that manifested itself in the worst possible way. Seeing images of a burning cop car makes it tough to think of a riot as a growing pain but hopefully last year was cathartic enough that such extremes don’t have to happen again. Of course, something even more important has been lost in the debate over whether young morons or inadequate policing is more to blame. The riot itself, with damages estimated around $4 million, was a relatively minor event. It happened suddenly and was cleaned up quickly. It became bigger than life because of the comprehensive television coverage and unforgettable photos – I’d bet that infamous shot of the kissing couple is worth almost $4 million to Vancouver’s international reputation. Here’s hoping the Canucks have a long and ultimately successful run once the playoffs get underway on Wednesday. Like many fans, I’m cheering for both a Stanley Cup championship and a chance to show the world we can celebrate without the mayhem. Jim Zeeben is an Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks fan and an editor with Black Press in Greater Victoria.

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OPINION There’s no quick fix for capital confusion I moved here last May and was completely perplexed by the fall municipal elections. As a transplant from Calgary, I simply couldn’t understand why a geographically and economically interdependent region with a quarter of the population of Calgary would need 13 municipal councils. For me, amalgamation seemed like a no-brainer: reducing redundancy and improving efficiency was bound to clarify the political situation and streamline economic growth. I thought of it as a playground with 13 separate sandboxes, each being used by a different kid, none of whom realized that if they combine all the sandboxes together, they could build one heck of a castle. It turns out that I made the same assumption that most pro-amalgamation advocates make: a bigger, “simpler� system must be better for the economy and the political environment. It seems logical that creating a larger tax base will allow for more money for social programs and infrastructure projects, as well as providing aid to the economically weaker

areas in the region. jobs. Additionally, Unfortunately, this citizens became logic doesn’t hold up distanced from their to reality. local political leaders, Looking at other while simultaneously cities that have being handed fiscal amalgamated, it’s easy responsibility for more to see the services and results don’t programs live up to the Heather Snider which the Guest column hype. Halifax province provides an downloaded excellent example. onto them. The parallels The “Ending between Metroof Destructive Halifax and Greater Competition� led Victoria are easy to monopolized to see. The overall institutions that population, economy blunder on, oblivious and combination to the needs (and of rural and urban wishes) of the municipalities are taxpayers and similar. Fifteen without facing any years after their consequences for their amalgamation, Halifax incompetence. is still wondering The only actual where the magical, benefit to the cost-saving, economyamalgamation was boosting benefits are. the region’s ability to In The Savage engage in coherent Years: The Perils planning. The of Reinventing amalgamation allowed Government in Nova for better long-term Scotia, several social visions for growth and scientists explore infrastructure, as well the chasm between as increased police the expectations efficiency. and realities of Ironically, William amalgamation in Cape Hayward has declared Breton and Halifax. that none of these The reality was benefits required much different. amalgamation to The “economy of be realized. They scale� never created could all be achieved substantial savings, by empowering a because people regional political body wanted to get paid to co-ordinate such more for having more efforts without the loss responsibilities and of municipal autonomy. they wanted to get Why is this ironic? paid as much as their Hayward was put in neighbours for similar charge by Nova Scotia

to oversee and effect the amalgamation of Halifax. He was also the independent advisor who studied the potential amalgamation of Halifax and advised primarily against it. This seems to be a lesson that Greater Victoria has already learned. The Capital Region District council exists and works to provide the benefits of amalgamation without the costs. However, there are more services and projects where increased integration and co-operation would be beneficial. Police co-ordination and the mass transit projects come readily to mind. I applaud the efforts of Victoria Coun. Shellie Gudgeon in providing a nonpartisan forum for discussing these issues. However, I believe that mayors Jensen and Leonard are right to be shying away from amalgamation. Voters need to be informed about the historical realities of modern amalgamations and not only the idealized “efficiencies� and “savings� that don’t materialize in the real world. Push your local representatives for increased co-operation and service integration within the CRD,

LETTERS Writer’s credentials colour letter’s content Re: Generate other revenue sources for infrastructure (Letters, March 30) The letter concludes with the statement that tolls on the new blue bridge and the Craigflower bridge would encourage greater transit usage while creating a sustainable revenue source. A review of the B.C. government’s website shows that Avi Ickovich holds a senior provincial position as manager of program development with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. There are several questions that should be asked: Was the editor aware of Ickovich’s position as a senior provincial bureaucrat? What is the ministry policy on staff sending personal letters

to the press in areas of direct ministry interest, e.g. bridge tolls? Is the ministry supportive of bridge tolls in the Victoria area and did the ministry approve this letter? Answers should be provided as soon as possible. A letter like that will be seen by the public as presenting the interesting ideas of a concerned private citizen. Such letters must not be used as a back-door effort to float out possible ministry policies and see what public responses emerge. David Langley Saanich

Tuberculosis funding needs higher profile World Tuberculosis day came and went March 24 with hardly a notice in the press. And yet Doctors Without

Borders notes that the Global Fund has cancelled $2 billion in treatment, because rich donor countries haven’t come through with promised funding. We are so very close to a solution to a killer that has dogged humanity since antiquity, and this is not the time for that old political trick of promising money in front of the cameras, then ignoring that promise when the bill comes. For the first time in history, TB is on the decline, but it is becoming harder to treat, in part because of inconsistent funding. One-third of the world’s population has been exposed to TB – we can’t hide from it. When will the Harper government pressure our global partners to come through with their promised funding? Nathaniel Poole Victoria

but beware of the amalgamation “quick fix.� It doesn’t really fix anything. Calgary native Heather Snider is an Honours English student at the University of Victoria. She wrote this piece for her third-year Canadian geography class at UVic.

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Victoria singer Sachika had plenty to be grateful for last Thanksgiving, the next day however, she was sure she was about to die. “I had a serious accident on the Malahat six months ago. I almost died. After, I was sitting on the side of the road thinking, ‘I’m not doing what I love. I really have to try again with music,’” she said. Sachika’s 1995 BMW hydroplaned off the highway and hit a concrete barrier, pushing it over the cliff. “I swerved into oncoming traffic … I took a chance and went between two cars and hit the barrier. … I said to (my passenger Bruce Cookson) ‘we’re going to die’ – I was that scared, and he said, ‘No we’re not.’” The car was obliterated but Sachika and Cookson suffered no serious injuries. After a trip to the hospital, she went directly to the recording studio and sang for four hours. “It solidified in my mind that life is too short to not do what you

love,” she said. She decided to take her ICBC settlement, and a leap of faith and head to Montreal’s Piccolo studio to record her single Not Gunna Play. “It was amazing. I feel so blessed, so grateful. You always have to balance making a living with doing your dream, your art, whatever it is for an artist. I felt so supported (by friends and family).” Prior to the crash, Sachika, 32, was close to giving up on her dream. Her last CD was recorded nine years ago and “paying the bills” left her little time to concentrate on singing. “You don’t realize how a car accident really messes you up mentally,” she said. “The situation could have gone so many ways. I’m really blessed it went the way it did.” Director Michael Worth, who produced the music video for Cole Grifter’s Habit, convinced her to make a video to go along with her single. “It’s been wild. I recorded the single at Christmas and Michael said ‘Let’s do a video,’ and so many people donated their time


and we did it for $2,000 … it’s just wild,” she said. Worth partnered with local artist/body painter Kristin Grant and choreographer Jessica Hickman to set the scene. “Set designer Eva Yager, a designer and wedding planner bridged Worth and Sachika’s concept into the third dimension,” said assistant director Mia Bailly. “(They) created a visually stunning and cutting-edge experience that will captivate the audience.” The video is a stylish and avantgarde period piece. Cinevic, the artist-run cooperative, also loaned its Many Canasupport to the dian College of project. Performing Arts “It’s really students prothe vision of vided assistance the director as extras during Michael Worth the shoot, and Sharon Tiffin/News staff set and Sachika – materials it’s their vision,” were provided by said Bailly. “It’s quite neat the way the Belfry Theatre. everything came together.” “I don’t think I knew what I was Bailly said assistance from doz- getting myself into,” said Sachika. ens of volunteers gave the work “a “Michael has grown so much in his great community feel.” craft and so have I. It was great to

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network and get people on board. “I just reviewed the footage, I was worried about what it would look like, I have such high ambitions for it, Much Music and the Ellen Show. For it to be a contender, it has to really be special.” So far, she is enthusiastic about the results and with the addition of editor Denver Jackson, she is sure it will be a success. “For me it’s an empowerment song,” she said. • A15

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Folkies have high hopes Sidney venue draws fans Christine van Reeuwyk News staff

Amid the vibrant folk music scene of Calgary decades ago, Bob de Wolff discovered the next big talent – James Keelaghan.. “He was a Calgary boy with a very fine singing voice. We’ve been following his career since he was 18,” de Wolff said. “We were one of several people on the Calgary scene that invested in his first record, and have remained a fan of his through his 11 records.” Decades later, James Keelaghan will perform at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. “Bob was one of the first guys who ever hired me back when I was 18 years old,” Keelaghan said. “It’s a real pleasure to be coming out and doing a concert with him. And he insisted we bring his favourite bass player David Woodhead. “We call him Oaken noggen,” he chuckled. “He’s worth the price of admission alone.” People can look forward to being entertained with some great tunes and tales, said Keelaghan. “I tend to write a lot of story songs, storytelling is a main part of what I do. They’re songs that are relevant to today,” Keelaghan said. “It’s going to be a great evening of music. The combination of me and David is a powerful duo.” “You can see him as a storyteller, a storyteller about Canada. His songs are heartfelt, they bring

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James Keelaghan will perform, along with bassist David Woodhead, at the Mary Winspear Centre on April 7. strong emotions and also he has rabid fans,” de Wolff added. De Wolff is a director of the Deep Cove Folk Music Society that meets at St. John’s United Church once a month. They wanted to bring larger names in folk music to the Peninsula, and started last year with a wellattended Lennie Gallant concert. “There are people too expensive for the 100 seat venue [at St. John’s]. “We really like the idea of having folks of this stature in our own theatre in Sidney” de Wolff said. “We’re hoping – given success with this concert – we expect to do a concert series, perhaps three or four a year in places like the Mary Winspear, of people of stature in the roots

community in Canada.” He expects success from award-winning singer and songwriter Keelaghan “He has a special talent. (He’s) Canadian, a person who we think the world of as a person who is not only a fine singer and songwriter, but he’s also really intelligent in the way that he approaches the audience,” de Wolff said. “His concerts are both fun as well as, I hate to say, educational.” Keelaghan performs Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. in the Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets are $25 available at 250-656-0630 or online at reporter@peninsulanewsreview. com

The search is on for Victoria’s best books Authors and illustrators from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the Victoria Book Prize Society’s annual awards which include the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize honours members of the literary community. The $5,000 prize is awarded to a local author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Established in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies. “We are pleased to continue our commitment to supporting arts and culture in the community,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “For the ninth year, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize will honour literary achievement and showcase the incredibly talented authors who contribute to our great city.” The $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize will be awarded to an author or illustrator of children’s literature. The prize was created in 2008 by Mel Bolen

of Bolen Books to provide authors of children’s and youth literature an increased opportunity for recognition. “The 2012 gala celebrating local writers and illustrators will take place Oct. 17 at the Union Club. We are looking forward to another wonderfully entertaining evening which showcases our wide range of talented writers,” said Lorna MacDonald, president of the Victoria Book Prize Society. “Our community is very fortunate to have so much talent and a supportive, appreciative audience.” Books must have been published between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012 to be considered. Submissions can be made to the Victoria Book Prize Society, c/o Target Storage Ltd., #15 – 747 Princess Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 1K5 between April 1 and May 31, 2012. Submissions may be delivered in person from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For awards applications and submission guidelines, visit www. and click on latest news.

How do you stack up against past winners? Previous City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winners include Kevin Patterson for Country of Cold in 2004, Terrence Young for After Goodlake’s in 2005, Mark Zuehlke for Holding Juno in 2006, Bill Gaston for Gargoyles in 2007, Arleen Paré for Paper Trail in 2008, Patrick Lane for Red Dog, Red Dog in 2009, Frances Backhouse for Children of the Klondike in 2010; and Jack Hodgins for The Master of Happy Endings in 2011. Previous Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize winners include Chris Tougas for Mechanimals in 2008, Penny Draper for Graveyard of the Sea in 2009, Sylvia Olsen for Counting on Hope in 2010; and Kristi Bridgeman, Illustrator for Uirapurú in 2011.

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along the Galloping Goose, or the smaller but cultish Thursday night mountain bike ride that’s gone over 1,200 straight weeks dating back to the 1980s, Fawcett saw a Travis Paterson lifeblood of cycling that needed to News staff be celebrated. “We’re just tapping into the love Victoria’s biggest summer event of cycling here and bringing it out. is rolling in on two wheels. I think what makes Victoria the Upwards of 40,000 people – cycling capital of Canada is its a rare site on the streets of old diversity, with so many different Victoria – are expected to pass styles and events like this.” through the Inner Harbour during Fawcett approached Tourism the final weekend of the Victoria two years ago and Victoria International credits Helen Welch, the Cycling Festival, which vice-president of visitor serruns June 1 to 24. vices and market developHanging high are two ment for her response. of the festival’s bigger “She was very receptive. events, Jumpship (June It hasn’t been an accident 22 to 24) and Ryder that this is so popular. A lot Hesjedal’s Tour de Vic- Rob Fawcett of the powers that be on toria (June 24), which various committees around will bring viewers and riders alike town have been supportive from to a bottle neck of beer gardens, the start.” big air jumps and music in front of The biggest change on the the Fairmont Empress hotel and downtown front is the continued the legislature. emphasis on making the final It’s all part of a festival that’s weekend a festival atmosphere growing rapidly in just its second that balances beers with gears. year, said executive director Rob The lawn of the Empress will Fawcett. have a beer garden, and so will “We have over a dozen indi- Jumpship. vidual events spread out over the “Most everything about the fesmonth, each are their own entity tival will be bigger and better,” with individual sponsors all com- said course designer Jordie Lunn, ing under the festival’s umbrella.” who had it approved by the FreFawcett, a mountain biker by eride Mountain Bike World Tour passion, came here eight years association. ago and immediately clicked into The Parksville-turned-North Victoria’s cycling scene. Whether Vancouver resident leaned on his it’s the stream of commuters experience as a pro downhiller

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Jason Nickels is ready to roll as organizer of Roller Jam, the newest event at June’s Victoria International Cycling Festival. before studying at Camosun College. During his college time he lived in the backwoods of Langford and focused on freeriding. Jumpship will feature 30 of the top-ranked freeride cyclists in the

world, with contests running the weekend of June 22 to 24, with the Camp of Champions airbag on hand for practice. “The plan was to have (Jumpship) completely bigger in every

way. This year’s (event) will start on the terrace at road level and connect with a ramp to a much bigger barge, with a couple of features in the parking lot.” Lunn is part of the Dockside Mountain Biking Society, an eightperson board created to handle Jumpship and possibly other events on Vancouver Island in the future. Easily the biggest spectator draw of the festival, Jumpship’s freeriding glamour could have some of the spotlight stolen by the introduction of the Roller Jam Dual Slalom course on Belleville Street. On Saturday (June 23), trial bikes will race a different style of man-made course. Roller Jam is an observed trial competition where cyclists conquer a series of challenging obstacles. “It’s the first observed trial competition in Victoria. Turning it into a race is an added element for onlookers,” said organizer Jason Nickels. The 23-day festival revs up with the 20th anniversary of the Bastion Grand Prix on Sunday, June 3. Cyclists will zip around the 900 metre criterium race up to 65 kilometres per hour. The Bastion crit is the third and final part of the Robert Cameron Law series. It starts with the Russ Hays time trial on June 1, followed by the Metchosin Road Race on June 2, which doubles this year as the B.C. Road Cycling Championships.

Leader among Canadian high-performance athletes passes away Canada’s high-performance athletic community lost a key member on Monday (April 2) with the sudden death of Dr. Gord Sleivert. The doctor of physiology was vice-president of Canadian Sport Centre Pacific. He worked out of the agency’s office at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence in Saanich. Sleivert had been with CSC Pacific since 2003. The 48-year-old died Monday evening while attending meetings in Montreal with

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The James Bay Athletic Association is back with a different look. Famous for building their game around the thunderous forward pack, the Bays aren’t the same without forwards Dave Ramsay and Eric Forsythe this season. But they’re out to prove they’re just as good. With new blood added to the Bays’ always-deep program, the powerhouse club (10-1) is back in first place atop the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier Rugby League. At some point, careers and families trump trophies, said coach Pete Rushton, whose Bays are under new leadership without captain Ramsay. Since 2003, Ramsay has typified the Bays’ traditional ‘lunchbox’ attitude that began with Gary Johnston and Hans de Goede in the 1970s. Like the clubs in those days, Ramsay helped the club to a run of three straight Rounsefell Cup, B.C. championships. But with a small child at home and a career in the works, Ramsay has stepped aside. Instead, he and Forsythe, who’s working in Fort McMurray, are two of the most powerful Canadian rugby forwards not playing this year. A lack of stability in the forward pack hindered the Bays in the final stretch last season, when the club was ousted by the Vikes in the Rounsefell quarterfinal, Rushton said. “Last year, we were undefeated until late in the season. We had issues in the front row, injuries with the forward (pack), and we weren’t able to fill those spots with consistency. It hurt us by impacting components of the lineouts and the stability of the scrums.” True to form, the Bays have been solid again this season, playing behind a starting front row of Scott Warren, J.T. Rowbotham and Russ Ward. But Warren and Ward are hurt, and despite this weekend’s bye, Rushton was doubtful that either

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FERNWOOD AREA Apt, large 2 bdrm, $875. (Immed). Incls H/W. 250-370-2226 to view. FERNWOOD AREA Apt, large Bach, $540/mo. Avail now. Call 250-370-2226 for viewing.

LANGFORD- 3 bdrms, 2 bath, 1200sq ft upper, fully renovated, deck, wood F/P, 6 appls, large south yard. Storage. Available Now. $1500, N/S, pet’s negotible. References. 250-516-3453. OAK BAY- (near Uvic), furnished main floor, 2 bdrm+ study, 2 bath, piano, F/P, hardwood flrs, 6 appls, sunny & quiet, garden. Avail now. $1350 (negotiable), all inclusive. 250-590-1012. SMALL 3-BDRM house. Newly updated. Large yard, storage shed, W/D. $1450.+ utils. Text or call (250)858-2763.

Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

ROOMS FOR RENT TILLICUM HOUSING, $600, $400. All incl, quiet, clean. 778-977-8288, 250-220-1673.

SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING OPEN HOUSE- Sat & Sun, 2pm-4pm, Apr 7 & 8 and Apr 14 & 15. James Bay Seniors rental 202-455 Kingston Street, Services include daily meals, housekeeping, 24 hr staff+ more. Privately owned come to the Camelot. Call Luella at 250-519-0550.

Call: 1-250-616-9053



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



Garage Sales




FURNITURE BUILDING SUPPLIES 75 60’l FLAT wood trusses, 200’x14” I beam, Air Con/H pump. 250-886-2658.

NEW/USED Furniture, Mattress STOCK REDUCTION Sale! Lots, Cheap! BUY & SAVE, 9818 4th St., Sidney. Visa, M/C

Fraser Tolmie Apts 1 and 2 bdrms 1-877-659-4069 1 & 2 Bedrooms 1701 Cedar Hill X Road for pics

SHARED ACCOMMODATION COLWOOD: UTILS incl. Furn, on bus route, walking distance to beach & Royal Roads. NS, pets neg. $550. 250-889-4499.


1260 DUNSTERVILLE corner Interurban, April 6 & 7 Fri & Sat 10am-3pm. 3 household items, clothing from ‘60s Ladies size 8-12, Boys 12 mths4 yr, some toys, books, etc. No early shoppers.

utils included. NS/NP please. Avail immed. 250-477-7883

$50-$1000 CASH


For scrap vehicle

SIDNEY, BRIGHT, upper level 2 bdrm, full bath, yard, storage, new patio, parking, W/D, N/S, N/P, ref’s, 1 year lease, a May. 1, $1150. 778-426-4556.


FREE Tow away



HOST FAMILIES needed for Quebec and International High School students attending St.Margaret’s School (July 1 - August 4). Double placement. Remuneration $1600. Contact Michelle at 250.385.0583 or

2000 KUSTOM KOACH 26’ 5th Wheel Ready to roll, in great shape. Has slide room, big awning, oak cabinets, tons of storage, big fridge & stove, ducted heat & A/C. High quality unit with rubber roof & fiberglass body. $11,995 OBO, 250 466 4156 Bill

TRANSPORTATION AUTO FINANCING DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557


SCRAP CAR REMOVAL 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.

Auto Loans or


We Will Pay You $1000

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory. 1-888-229-0744 or apply on line at: (click credit approval)

92 NISSAN Pathfinder, fully loaded, 5 spd, good cond., $2,100 obo. (250)216-2418.

Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526

SHIFT AUTO FINANCE Get Approved Today! CREDIT DOESN’T MATTER.. For The Best Interest Rate Call: 1.877.941.4421

MARINE BOATS $$$ BOATS Wanted. Any size. Cash buyer. Also trailers and outboards. 250-544-2628.



to UVic & all amenities. $750/mo

2008 HONDA CIVIC LX 4 door, auto, top of the line & fully loaded including rare power sunroof option. Babied by 1 owner, garage kept, hwy commuter (76k). Dealer maintained. Burgundy with factory 5 spoke alloy wheels & a set of winters tires on steel rims. Full power-train warranty until Dec. 20 2012. $14,750 o.b.o. 250-466-4156

SAANICHTON- 35’ 5th wheel, partly furnished, 8x12 laundry room. NS/NP. Refs. $700/mo. Call 250-652-0591.


1BR ground lvl suite. Separate entrance, own laundry. Close


GORGE AREA, large 1bdrm, main level suite, N/P, N/S, $800 + 1/3 hydro (approx $50 mo) Call Rob 250-727-2843.



GLANFORD. LARGE 2 bdrm, Bright & quiet. Reno’d kitch & bdrm closet. W/D, full bath, storage, priv entr, small yrd, near bus, amens. NS/NP, $1030. heat, h/w, hydro/internet incld. Refs. 250-704-0197.

C. SAANICH, room for rent (ASAP), $450. 778-426-2294 after 8:30pm or leave mess.

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

GARAGE Sale - Saturday, April 7, 9am - 2pm - 4266 Panorama Place, Victoria - Mower, crib, books, household items. Fair price donation. No haggling. 50% of proceeds given to Mustard Seed.

ESQUIMALT, 1 bdrm + den, bright, very quiet, shared W/D, fenced yard, all utils incl’d, $800. 250-744-3180 before 7.


all conditions in all locations

250-885-1427 Call us first & last, we pay the highest fair price for all dead & dying vehicles. Don’t get pimped, junked or otherwise chumped!

with a classified ad

KG MOBILE Mechanic. Convenience of having a mechanic at home or on the road. (250)883-0490.





ACCOUNTING Vida Samimi Certified General Accountant Bookkeeping, Audit, Payroll, HST. Set up & Training. E-File

TAX 250-477-4601






PENNIE’$ BOOKKEEPING Services for small business. Simply/Quickbooks. No time to get that paperwork done? We do data-entry, GST, payroll, year-end prep, and training. 250-661-1237

CUSTOM PLANER- (Fir, cedar) baseboards, casings, crown molding (any shape). Call (250)588-5920.

CARPENTRY BENOIT CONSTRUCTION. Reno’s & Additions. Windows, Doors, Decks. 250-479-0748.

McGREGOR HOME Repair & Renos. Decks to doors. Small jobs OK. WCB. (250)655-4518


FREE ESTIMATES Journeyman Carpenters specializing in reno’s, decks, stairs & fences. Senior discounts! 250-886-7521







MALTA FLOORING Installation. Carpets, laminates, hardwood, lino. BBB 250-388-0278

A HOME COMPUTER Coach. Senior friendly. Computer lessons, maintenance and problem solving. Des, 250-6569363, 250-727-5519.

BATHROOM REMODELING. “Gemini Baths” Plumb, Elec. Tile, Cabinets. 250-896-9302.

CLEANING SERVICES MALTA HOUSECLEANING. BBB. Best rates. Residential/Comm. 250-388-0278

COMPUDOC MOBILE Computer Services. Repairs, tuneups, tutoring, web sites and more. Call 250-886-8053.

SPOTLESS HOME Cleaning. Affordable, Experienced, Reliable, Efficient. (250)508-1018


CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitch/bath, wood floor, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877 J.D. SHIELDS Construction Custom Carpentry, New Construction, Reno’s, Home repairs. Quality workmanship for 35 years. Call 250-665-6943 Email:

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DESIGN FOR PERMIT. w w w. i n t e gra d e s i g n i n c . c o m Call Steven (250) 381-4123.

J&L GARDENING Specialty yard clean-up and maintenance. Master gardeners. John or Louise (250)891-8677

CA$H for CAR$

DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm.

20% OFF! Pruning, Hedge & Shrub Trimming, Soil/Mulch (2 cu yd), Hauling. 250-479-6495

M&S OXFORD Home/Commercial Reno’s & Painting. Patio’s, Decks, Sheds, Hardwood and Trim. 25 yrs exp. Quality Guar. 250-213-5204.

ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694.


250-889-5794. DIAMOND DAVE Gutter Cleaning. Thorough Job at a Fair Price! Repairs, gutter guard, power/window washing, roof de-moss. Free no obligation estimates.

A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wallcoverings. Over 25 yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220.


AARON’S RENO’S Drywall, taping, texture. Insured/bonded. Free est. 250-880-0525. DRYWALL PROFESSIONAL: Small additions, boarding, taping, repairs, texture spraying, consulting. Soundproof installation;bath/moisture resistance products. Call 250.384.5055. Petrucci’s Drywall. MUD on the RUN. Small drywall repairs, textures & renovations. Ross, (250)812-4879.

ELECTRICAL 250-361-6193. QUALITY Electric. Expert in new homes & renos. References. #22779 AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550. EXPERIENCED ELECTRICIAN. Reasonable rates. 250744-6884. Licence #22202. GNC ELECTRIC Res/Comm. Reasonable rates for quality work. #43619. 250-883-7632. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991. NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. $35/hr. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. (250)888-6160. Lic#13981. WATTS ON ELECTRIC, Residential, Commercial, Renovations. #100213. 250-418-1611.

EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE BUBBA’S HAULING. Mini excavator & bob cat services. Call 250-478-8858.

FENCING AAA. NO job too small. Fences, decks, installation & repair. References, affordable, experienced. Les (250)880-2002. ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637. STEPS, DECKS, Fence, new repairs, rot, mould, interior/exterior concrete. 250-588-3744.

FURNITURE REFINISHING FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.

250-208-8535 WOODCHUCK: Lawn & Garden. Specializing in aeration, weed/moss control, pwr rake, hedges & tree pruning. Stump, blackberry & ivy removal, 24yrs exp, WCB.

(250) 858-0588 - Tree Service - Landscaping - Lawn & Garden Clean ups - Hedge trimming & Pruning - Pressure washing - Gutters Free estimates * WCB ARE YOU in need of a professional, qualified, residential or commercial gardener? www. glenwood AURICLE Lawns- cln up lawn garden hedge pruning soil tests, rototill. (250)882-3129 BETTER LAWNS & GARDENS Lawns,hedges,clean-ups & maintenance.Reliable service 250-7212555

DPM SERVICES: lawn/gard, cleanups, pruning, hedges, landscapes, irrigation, pwr washing, gutters 15yrs. 250883-8141.

GUTTER CLEANING, repairs, de-mossing. Windows, power washing. 250-478-6323. GUTTER CLEANING. Repairs, Maintenance, Gutterguard, Leaf traps. Grand Xterior Cleaning Services. WCB Insured. Call 250-380-7778.

FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463.




AAA. NO job too small. Fences, decks, installation & repair. References, affordable, experienced. Les (250)880-2002.

SUMMIT IRRIGATION Services. Certified sprinkler systems. Property maintenance, more. Call James at 250-883-1041.

AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397.


BEETLES RESIDENTIAL Renovations Ltd. Bathrooms, decks, painting, landscaping and handyman services. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free estimates. Call 250-889-4245.

RENO MEN. Ref’s. Senior’s Discount. BBB. Free Estimates. Call 250-885-9487. Photos:


IFIX HANDYMAN Services. Household repairs and renovations. Free estimates. Call Denis at 250-634-8086 or email:

OVERGROWN GARDEN? Cleanups. Pruning roses, fruit tree, hedges. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236.

SAVE $ Hire-A-Husband, 250514-4829. Specialize in bath/ kitchen reno’s & accessibility. Serving Victoria for 23yrs.

LANDSCAPE & TREE Fruit/hedges/pruning. Lawn & garden. Maint. 18 yrs exp. WCB. Andrew, (250)893-3465.



WEST HARBOUR Const. Ext/Int. Reno’s; Finishing carpentry, windows, doors, drywall, decks, painting, hardwood & laminate floor installation. Res/comm. 250419-3598,

PERIMETER EXTERIORS. Gutter cleaning, repairs, upgrades & maintenance. WCB, Free est. 250-881-2440.

BIG BEAR Handyman & Painting Services. No job too small. Free Estimates. Senior discounts. Barry 250-896-6071

NO JOB too BIG or SMALL. SENIOR’S SPECIAL! Prompt, reliable service. Phone Mike (ANYTIME) at 250-216-7502.

QUALITY WORK. All Renos & Repairs. Decks, Suites, Drywall, Painting. 250-818-7977.

AL’S V.I.P. Gutter Cleaning, Guards, windows, powerwashing, roof de-moss, repairs. Insured. Call (250)507-6543.

I DO GARDENING etc. $15/hr. Your tools. Reliable. (250)383-3995.

Complete Garden & Arborist Services. Lawns, hedges. Insured. Free est.


HAULING & 250-889-5794.


CBS MASONRY BBB A+. Chimney, Fireplaces, Rock, Flagstone, Concrete, Pavers, Repair, Rebuild, Renew. “Quality is our Guarantee.” Free Competitive Est’s. Call (250) 294-9942/589-9942. ROMAX MASONRY. Exp’d & Professional. Chimneys, Brick Veneer, Rockwork, Cultured Stone, Interlocking Paving. Fully insured. Estimates. Call 250-588-9471 - 250-882-5181

SAVE $ Hire-A-Husband, 250514-4829. Specialize in bath/ kitchen reno’s & accessibility. Serving Victoria for 23yrs.

HAULING AND SALVAGE #1 JUNK Removal & Hauling. Free estimates. Cheapest in town. Same day emergency removal. Call 250-818-4335. $20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. ✭BUBBA’’S HAULING✭ Honest & on time. Demolition, construction clean-ups, small load deliveries (sand, gravel, topsoil, mulch), garden waste removal, mini excavator, bob cat service.(250)478-8858. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164.

CBS MASONRY BBB A+ Accredited Business. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Patios, Sidewalk Repair. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee”. Free Competitive Estimates. Call (250)294-9942 or 250-589-9942.

PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774


DRYWALL REPAIRS & HOUSE PAINTING. Free estimates. If you, your family or friends need any of the above give Joseph Bronson a call 250-686-0663. Reasonable rates in a tight economy. I take pride in the end results. LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127.

High quality, Organized. Interior/Exterior Residential/Commercial Jeff, 250-472-6660 Cell 250-889-7715 Member BBB

Peacock Painting

PATCHES, ADDITIONS, restucco, renos, chimney, waterproofing. Bob, 250-642-5178. RE-STUCCO & HARDY Plank/Painting Specialist. 50 years experience. Free estimates. Dan, 250-391-9851.

TILING A1. SHAWN The Tile GuyRes/ Comm/ Custom/ Renos. 250-686-6046

TREE SERVICES LOCAL TREE CO. 30 yrs exp. Bucket truck, chipper. We buy logs. Insured. (250)883-2911.

250-652-2255 250-882-2254 WRITTEN GUARANTEE Budget Compliance

15% SENIORS DISCOUNT YOUR PERSONAL Interior Painter. No Job too Big or Too Small. Call Gilbert today for free quote. (250)886-6446.




FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376.

MALTA MOVING. Best Rates. BBB Member. Residential/ Commercial. (250)388-0278.

MALTA GARDEN & Rubbish Removal. Best Rates. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

ST PAINTING free est, written guarantee and full ref’s. WCB ins. Call Kaleb (250)884-2597.

EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104.

DIAMOND MOVING. 1 ton 2 ton. Prices starting at $85/hr. Call 250-220-0734.




SANDSTONE AVAILABLE in different shades of brown, gray & blue. Orders upon request. Speciality items in stock, top quality material. Call (250)538-0022.

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)686-6507.

A&R ROOFING Ltd. Residential & Commercial. New & reroofing expert. Torch-on, cedar shakes, roof repairs, gutter cleaning. WCB covered. Free estimates. Mike 250-516-3944

FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544. KERRY’S GAS & PLUMBING SERVICESRepair, maintenance & install. 250-360-7663.

PLASTERING PATCHES,Drywall, skimming, old world texturing, coves, fireplaces. Bob, 250-642-5178.

UPHOLSTERER work. Your fabric 250-480-7937.


NEEDS mine.

WINDOW CLEANING DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping Roofs, Pressure Washing, Roof Demossing. Call 250361-6190. GLEAMING WINDOWS Gutters+De-moss. Free estimate. 18 yrs. Brian, 514-7079. WCB.

WINDOWS ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Windows Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years Construction experience. 250-382-3694.

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SAANICH NEWS - Friday, April 6, 2012

Select your home. Select your mortgage.

This Weekend’s


Oak Bay 250-370-7601 Victoria 250-483-1360 Westshore 250-391-2933 Sidney 250-655-0632 Chatterton Way 250-479-0688

754 Humboldt, $198,900 Daily Noon-5 exc Fridays Concert Properties 250 383-3722

Published Every Thursday

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Richard Severs 250 216-3178

88 Sims, $425,000

11075 Salal Pl, $725,000

3416 Turnstone, $469,900

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Jim Russell 250 592-4422

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Nancy Vieira 250 384-8124

Friday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Inc. Ian Heath 250-655-7653

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Ltd. Alison Stoodley, 250-477-1100

pg. 8

pg. 18

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 18

104-1450 Beach Dr, $325,000

5-1096 Stoba, $339,900

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Suzanne Mitchell, 250-477-7291

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Mark McDougall 250 888-8588

pg. 6

pg. 12

3393 Henderson, $649,000 pg. 35

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Doug Poruchny, 250-474-4800

1-833 Princess, $299,900 Saturday 1-3 Newport Realty Noah Dobson 250 385-2033

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

pg. 18

pg. 15

pg. 10

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

pg. 19

1632 Seahaven, $299,000 pg. 40

pg. 15

pg. 10

407-1155 Yates St, $268,000 Sunday 2-4 Burr Properties Ltd. Mike Janes, 250-382-6636

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Dale Sheppard 250-478-9600

4202-2829 Arbutus Rd

pg. 35

114 Lekwammen Dr, $267,888 Saturday 11-1 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Cheri Crause, 250-592-4422

1632 Seahaven, $299,800 Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Dale Sheppard 250-478-9600

1020 Richardson, $779,900

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Roxanne Brass, 250-744-3301

Saturday 1-4 Re/Mac Camosun Richard Acomba, 250-744-3301 pg. 13

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Eamon Coll 250 479-3333 pg. 6

Saturday 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Guy Effler 250 812-4910

pg. 25

pg. 8

4674 Lochside, $1,048,000

13-1182 Colville, $419,900 Sunday 12-1:30 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680 pg. 39

1110-Wallace Dr, $735,000

pg. 14

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Joseph Martin, 250-474-4176

pg. 20

620 Lomax, $1,275,000 pg. 14

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Ross Shortreed 250-858-3585

pg. 39

971 Huckleberry Tce., $379,900 pg. 23

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Peter Gray 250-744-3301

pg. 40

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

pg. 21

pg. 23

pg. 15

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

Sunday 2-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

pg. 25

Saturday 12:30-2 Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke 250-478-9600

pg. 39

Saturday & Monday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Jan Dickson, 250-418-5805

Saturday 2-4 Holmes Realty Ltd James Bridge 250 656-0911

pg. 40

Saturday 1-2:30 Sutton Group West Coast Inez Louden 250 812-7710

pg. 5

68 Regina, $409,900 Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Lorraine Williams, 250-216-3317

pg. 21

487 Ker pg. 20

Saturday 2-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

pg. 26

pg. 22

Daily 12-4 exc Easter Sunday DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

Saturday 2:45-4:00 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Doug Poruchny 250-474-4800

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Greg Burke, 250-384-8124

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

Saturday 1-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

pg. 14

Daily 1-4 Kahl Realty Jason Kahl 250-391-8484

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Gregg Mah 250 384-8124

pg. 14

Saturday-Thursday 11-4 Newport Realty Blair Watling 250 642-2233

pg. 11

pg. 26

pg. 16

pg. 27

3452 Sunheights, $535,000

pg. 39

Saturday 2-4 Sutton West Coast Hiro Nakatani 250 661-4476

pg. 39

957 Shawnigan Lake, $319,900

837 Gannet, $468,900 pg. 6

Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra 250-380-6683

pg. 27

Thurs & Fri 1-4, Sat & Sun 11-4 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Daniel Weiss 250 383-1500

1250 Craigflower

208-4394 West Saanich, $374,900

7161 West Saanich, $269,900

302-611 Brookside, $399,000

6255 Selkirk, $519,000

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Paul Holland 250 592-4422

Friday & Saturday 11-1 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Don Beckner 250 477-5353

Daily 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Don King 250 656-4626

Daily 12-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jeff Shorter, 250-384-8124

pg. 9

pg. 25

Sunriver Estates Sales Centre

Saturday 1-3 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Barbara Scott, 250-383-1500

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Mark Lawless, 250-744-3301

pg. 20

pg. 25

pg. 37

720 Linden Ave, $699,900 pg. 11

pg. 26

662 Goldstream Ave., $249,900

557 Delora Dr, $519,900

201-9959 Third St Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Gay Helmsing, 250-360-7387

3019 Dornier

117-643 Granderson, $369,000 pg. 13

6467 Central Saanich, $699,000

pg. 11

Sunday 1-3 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay, 250-217-5091

Saturday 11-1 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Jackie Adkins, 250-477-5353

pg. 13

1271 Goldstream, $447,900

309-3210 Jacklin, $359,800 pg. 24

Daily 12-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

593 Latoria, $285,000

408-2823 Jacklin, $297,500 pg. 24

pg. 2

7816 Normark Pl, $599,900

108-2120 Harrow Gate pg. 23

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale, 250-812-7277

2558 Selwyn Rd., $499,000

2954 Golden Spike, $329,900

302-9945 Fifth, $329,900

pg. 12

1366 Craigflower, $569,900

577 Toronto St

Saturday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808

7951 Larkvale

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131 Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Ltd. Jennifer Scheck 250-477-1100

925 Devonshire Rd., $429,900

350 Richmond, $859,900

pg. 25

2746 Lakehurst Dr, $499,888 pg. 24

212-3915 Carey Rd., $309,900

pg. 5

Saturday 1:00-2:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Doug Poruchny 250-474-4800

9637 Second St., $559,900

pg. 20

6-922 Arm St., $398,500 Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Ingrid Heckel, 250-479-3333

pg. 26

943 Paconla Pl, $448,900 Saturday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra, 250-889-3926

pg. 25

304-611 Brookside, $198,000

12-1287 Verdier, $411,900

pg. 15

309-1012 Collinson St, $299,000

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Bruce Warburton 250-893-0117

201-9959 Third St., $1,400,000 pg. 21

1370 Craigflower, $429,000 Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

pg. 25

8761 Pender Park Dr, $799,000 Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Ross Shortreed, 250-858-3585

Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Maggie Thompson, 250-889-5955

563 Brant Pl, $549,900

9857 Second St., #2D Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Peninsula Realty Gay Helmsing 250-360-7387

pg. 26

2692 Deville Rd pg. 26

9851 Second St Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Gay Helmsing 250 655-0608

pg. 3

117-2723 Jacklin Rd

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Cheryl Woolley, 250-477-7291

pg. 15

538 Langford St, $379,900

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Doug Munro 250 744-3301 Saturday 1-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Frances Wade, 250-656-0131

4190 Kashtan Pl, $519,900

pg. 10

1021 Craigdarroch, $739,000

28-2070 Amelia Ave, $239,500

pg. 19

Sunday 1-3 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Anke Venema, 250-477-1100

Saturday 12-2 Pemberton Holmes Joseph Martin, 250-361-8167

Saturday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Inc. Ian Heath 250-655-7653

1273 Goldstream, $447,900

4354 Elnido, $639,000

1 Dallas Rd $299,000

Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke 250-478-9600

1590 Neild, $1,349,000

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-744-3301

pg. 6

774 Patrick, $769,000

Sunday 2-4 Address Realty Ltd. Patrick Achtzner, 250-391-1893

Saturday 1-3 Newport Realty David Harvey 250-385-2033

1826 Millstream Rd, $674,900

pg. 5

694 Donovan, $424,900

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun John Percy 250 744-3301

2536 Maynard, 674,900

118-21 Conard, $399,000

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Cheryl Woolley, 250-477-7291

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Maggie Thompson, 250-889-5955

pg. 23

pg. 13

217-3277 Quadra St, $249,900

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Dale Sheppard 250-478-9600

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 15

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Charlie DePape 250 477-5353

1632 Seahaven, $769,800

315-205 Kimta Rd, $694,500

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Robert Buckle 250 385-2033

Saturday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Joseph Martin, 250-474-4176

pg. 40

pg. 24

pg. 21

5092 Del Monte Ave, $689,000

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Goran Tambic, 250-384-7663

Saturday 12-4 Newport Realty John Monkhouse 250 385-2033

Saturday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Mark Lawless, 250-744-3301

pg. 35

54-118 Aldersmith, $425,000

1-1146 Richardson, $379,900 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Paul Whitney, 250-889-2883

Saturday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke 250-478-9600

Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Jennifer Scheck, 250-477-1100

Sunday 2-4 Boorman’s Rod Hay, 250-595-1535

pg. 26

104-825 Goldstream, $279,900

101-608 Fairway Ave, $299,900

Saturday 1-3 Fair Realty Jinwoo Jeong, 250-885-5114

31 Kaleigh, $569,900

451 Chester Saturday & Sunday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Mark Lawless, 250-744-3301

pg. 8

Saturday 11:30-1:30 Re/Max Camosun Peter Gray, 250-744-3301

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

Saturday 1-3 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Anke Venema, 250 477-1100

1408 Ireland

305-545 Manchester Rd, $214,900 Saturday 2-4 Century 21 In Town Realty Magda Melounova, 604-323-6984

pg. 23

333-2245 James white Blvd, $249,900

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Jim Russell 250 592-4422

pg. 25

3319 Anchorage

418-9650 First, $499,900

905 Richmond, $679,900 Sunday 12:30-2 Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke 250-478-9600

Daily 1-3 Gordon Hulme Realty Don King 250 656-4626

2676 Arbutus, $999,000

110-1505 Church Ave, $239,900

3-828 Rupert Terrace Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Murray Lawson 250 385-9814

pg. 22

108-7583 Central Saanich Rd

2112 Pentland, $1,055,000 pg. 14

304-1121 Oscar St, $375,000 Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Peter Crichton, 250-889-4000

pg. 19

pg. 3

7161 West Saanich

2819 Colquitz, $589,900

4-118 St Lawrence, $429,000 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Lynne Sager 250 744-3301

pg. 22

4167 Clinton

1367 Vista Hghts, $449,900 Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Apr.5-11 edition of

852 Caroline, $569,900

2390 Oak Bay Ave, $1,549,000 pg. 7

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

pg. 23

pg. 13

pg. 29

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Lighthouses will stay staffed Natalie North News staff

They’re historical landmarks and iconic navigational aids – and their future has been in question. But recently a ray of light shone down on Canadian lighthouses and those who have pushed to protect them, as the federal government announced it will not de-staff the structures. “We’re incredibly thrilled with that,” said Meredith Dickman, lightkeeper at Oak Bay’s Trial Island lighthouse for the last seven years. “It solidifies all the work that the lightkeepers and everyone else, all of the interested parties, have put in over the last years in ensuring that light stations remain staffed.” Minister for Fisheries and Oceans Canada Keith Ashfield issued a statement in response to Seeing the Light: Report on Staffed Lighthouses in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia, stating that not only will lighthouses currently staffed remain so, but that government has no plans to further study lighthouse staffing. While the staffing hurdle has been cleared, the future of Canadian lighthouses, many already de-staffed, is uncertain. On May 27, 2010, Fisheries and Oceans Canada declared nearly 1,000 lighthouses on both the

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Oak Bay’s Trial Island lighthouse will continue to shine, thanks to a government decision not to de-staff the structure. east and west coasts surplus. Canadians have until May 30 to nominate lighthouses for heritage designation under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. Many light stations have not had applications submitted, and could become vulnerable to de-staffing, Dickman said. “Even though some of them are still active beacons, those ones still have the potential to be sold off,” she said. “It’s not in the best interest of the Canadian people to have heritage light stations, whether they have been declared or not, sold off without heritage protection.”

The Oak Bay Heritage Foundation submitted an application to protect the Trial Island lighthouse, built in 1906, and its associated buildings registered. Dickman urges anyone interested in preserving lighthouses anywhere in the country to go online, learn more about the station and submit a nomination. The process requires the nominator to provide a petition with at least 25 signatures of support. More information is available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada at

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