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Cancer Society volunteers are out and about this month

STATE OF SENIORS’ CARE

Making it work

Ombudsman Kim Carter wants seniors’ care to be more fair AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

A large audience of around 100 attended a talk in Parksville to hear about the recent ombudsman’s report on seniors’ care. Held at Knox United Church Thursday night, ombudsman Kim Carter spoke about the processes that led to her office releasing Best of Care, the two-part, 450 page report, complete with a list of 143 specific findings and 176 recommendations for better services and programs. “The report is the longest by far we’ve ever done,” Carter told THE NEWS before the talk. She described it as “very accurate and objective. I’m apolitical, I leave it to others to interpret.” AUREN RUVINSKY PHOTO And — perhaps preKim Carter. dictably — critics have interpreted it as painting a negative picture with the NDP calling it a scathing indictment of the Liberal record on seniors’ care. “The government has failed to provide adequate assistance and support to navigate the complex home and community care system or to effectively address concerns and complaints,” said NDP critic for seniors’ care Katrine Conroy in a news release. See REPORT URGES, page A6

Duke Point to re-open soon BC Ferries terminal has been closed since December after collision NEIL HORNER

put the ramp through commissioning tests, which will take several days, so I would expect probably by the middle of Repairs at the Duke Point ferry terminal are nearing the week we should have an announcement.” completion. The $2.2 million repair job was necessitated by a colBC Ferries director of communicalision with the dock on Dec. 20, 2011, Add your COMMENTS at tions Deborah Marshall said work has caused by a malfunctioning electronic www.pqbnews.com been progressing well and regular pascomponent. senger and freight service at the termi“The root cause of the incident was nal should resume shortly. the failure of an electronic card,” Marshall said. “After that “We had an alignment issue with the lower ramp, but failure, there were some secondary backup procedures that they sorted that out today,” she said. “Now they will have to weren’t executed properly.” news@pqbnews.com

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STARTING POINT THE NEWS lands in second place THE PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS placed second in the April 14 B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association’s 2012 Ma Murray excellence awards — for editions published in 2011. The award is given to local newspapers for their overall excellence in providing coverage to their communities. THE NEWS was only 1.5 points behind top finisher, the Cowichan Valley News Leader, a Black Press sister paper.

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The spelling of the third place winner at The Old School House’s recent Sunday painters exhibition in Qualicum Beach is Angela Grymuza. THE NEWS had misspelled her name in its April 10 edition. — NEWS Staff

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Katarina Wawrykow holds her plaque presented to her by members of the Parksville branch of The Royal Canadian Legion for winning a National Remembrance Day Poster contest with her proud grandmother Sylvia Bovaird at her side.

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Ballenas Secondary School student Katarina Wawrykow was presented with a certificate and a monetary award over the weekend for creating a touching remembrance day poster for The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL). For many years, the RCL has sponsored the annual Literary and Poster Contest, which is

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49 in Parksville for winning second place in the Senior Black and White Poster category of the contest. Initial judging took place at the community level by volunteers at the local Legion branch and the winning entries then progressed to judging at the provincial level. Wawrykow’s illustration of a soldier surrounded by poppies came in first place for the B.C./ Yukon division. Her winning entry was forwarded to Ottawa where it was judged and she was one of the national winners coming in second. The poster contest has two divisions — Colour and Black and White. The winning entries for the four categories (school grades) are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year. As a second place winner, Wawrykow’s poster will be displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the annual Remembrance period

in November. Wawrykow, who received a plaque and two cheques during a ceremony at the Parksville Legion, thanked the legion members for continuing to support arts in the community. “This contest has helped me with my dream of being an illustrator. This branch has supported me and the arts,” she declared. The Grade 12 student who graduates this year will be putting her $325 towards her education. She will be pursuing a degree in illustration and in the fall will be saying goodbye to her family and heading to Oakville, Ontario where she has been accepted into Sheridan University for Art Fundamentals. Wawrykow’s family was on hand for the presentation, including her grandmother Sylvia Bovaird. Wawrykow’s mother Colleen said her daughter inherited her artistic abilities from

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Clarke and Nancy Gourlay of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks serve melted Raclette on a baguette and Fromage Frais with wild blackberry compote. Meghan Mothersill, Rod & Gun Pub and Cafe sous chef, prepares death by chocolate covered strawberries.

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Mark Falvai sharing his expertise BRENDA GOUGH

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PARKSVILLE TRANSITION HOUSE FORUM Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invited to join Haven Society, The Society of Organized Services, Oceanside RCMP and BC Housing for a forum discussing the need for a transition house for women who have experienced violence in the Oceanside area. Parksville Community & Conference Centre ~ Arbutus Room (132 Jensen Ave. E. Parksville) Thursday April 19, 2012 4:00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:00pm Come & listen to the discussion & have your say!

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Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a local celebrity and Mark Falvai who was crowned the winner in Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handyman Challenge this year is still riding his wave of fame after HGTV ran a marathon of the reality show episodes last week. For those who want to meet the man behind the tool belt, there will be an opportunity Thursday night when Falvai appears at the Mulberry Bush Book Store in Parksville. Falvai and his partner Joanne Simister will be participating in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in June and for a donation of $10 towards the cancer fundraiser, Falvai will answer all your burning DIY questions. He said while he will be on hand to share his knowledge on building and renovating, he predicts most people will be asking questions about the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It should be fun. I shop at the store and one day they called me up out of the blue and asked if I would do the event to help raise money,â&#x20AC;? he said. The 38-year-old local jack of all trades, who had many building tasks to accomplish when taping the show, has also been renovating his Qualicum Beach home for about ďŹ ve years. He said if someone has a construction question he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer, he will point them in the right direction â&#x20AC;Ś after all, he did spend many weeks competing against several talented handymen and getting advice from some of the best builders in the industry. Tough as nails contractor Mike Holmes, who is on the very popular HGTV shows Holmes On Homes, was one of

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Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handyman Challenge winner Mark Falvai, who is fundraising for the BC Cancer foundation, will be at the Mulberry Bush book store in Parksville April 19 to answer your DIY questions.

the three judges Falvai had to impress to win the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there is much I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help them with.â&#x20AC;?

Where Falvai does need some help is ďŹ nding time to train for the fast approaching two day cycling journey from Vancouver to Seattle. It takes place on June 16 and 17 and Falavai admitted his training has been on the back burner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been so busy â&#x20AC;Ś it is hard to get on the bike. I am way behind everyone else. All my friends are up to 100 km rides and the longest I have done is 15 or 20,â&#x20AC;? he admitted. Falvai and Simister have four children including one-year-old twins and Falvai said when they do have time to take the bikes out and train it is hard not to miss them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We pull the kids in the chariot. When people see us we look like a circus going thru town,â&#x20AC;? he chuckled. The two are part of Team iConquer which is looking to raise $139,800 for the BC Cancer Foundation. On November 25, 2011 they lost one of their closest friends, Leon Little to brain cancer. Following his diagnosis in 2008, Little participated in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer two years in a row; his last ride was in 2011. Born and raised in Errington, Little was 38 years old when he died. There are 43 people on the team, including Littleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twin brother Craig. For those who would like to donate to their team, they can make a pledge on Falvaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal pledge page on the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer website. For those who want to meet Falvai in person, he will be at Mulberry Bush book store in Parksville at 280 E. Island Hwy., Thursday, April 19 at 7p.m.

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Carter meanwhile said the goal of the report, following her ofďŹ ceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate, was to help people understand how senior care is supposed to work, how it operates and help make it administratively fair. While many of the stories and issues were very emotional and compelling, the ombudsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job is to take an objective look, she said. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the report is full of charts and detailed numbers and information to help establish a baseline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a very important area and there has not been

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jurisdiction over the provincial government and public agencies like crown corporations, schools and health authorities. Carter, nearing the end of her six-year term, has a varied law background, having appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada and led the Canadian War Crimes Investigation Team in war crimes investigations in the former Yugoslavia for the UN. For more on the report, or to make a complaint, check www.ombudsman.bc.ca, or call 1-800-567-3247 where

you can reach an actual person 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Carter was joined at the public talk by Marcy Cohen, a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, who was there to speak about seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; care in general and speciďŹ c ways to make sure some of the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations are carried out. For more on the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities, a lead sponsor of the event, check www. oceansidecoalition.org.

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RDN, city downplay flood risk NEIL HORNER

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A logjam on the Englishman River has one area resident warning of the potential for a serious flood in the San Pariel neighbourhood if nothing is done. Trevor Wicks, with the Arrowsmith Water Coalition, said the jam is located near Plummer Road across from a pump station. “We have the potential for a major water problem in my opinion,” Wicks said. “The reason I’m concerned is because I belong to a walking group and during one of our walks along the Englishman we noticed there had been an incredible surge of water that almost went over Plummer Road. It was within 18 inches of topping over the road and we didn’t have any major storm or flood events.” Wicks found a large stack of woody debris partially blocking the river’s flow. “I’ve seen these before, but nothing like the one that’s there now. If we had a big rain or snow event, we could have a flood that could potentially flood Martindale Road or even Rathtrevor Beach Park.” He said water overflowing the banks near the estuary isn’t all that unusual, but it usually happens af-

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Trevor Wicks surveys a logjam on the Englishman River he says could cause flooding problems.

ter a heavy rain. This close call, he said, happened in the absence of that trigger. “This is nothing like we’ve seen before,” he said, noting he has lived in the area for the past 32 years. John Finnie, the Regional District of Nanaimo’s manager of regional and community utilities, wasn’t overly concerned. “We had staff from development services, along with someone from Parksville public works down there on March 30 and their assessment was that there was no apparent danger to the river intake or pump station,” he said. “The logjam is actually in the flood plain and that area, regardless, is subject

to flooding. There’s a risk to Plummer Road every year and typically it does flood a little bit in some locations. The logjam may exacerbate that and cause it to back up and increase that possibility, but the evidence staff have seen now is that it’s not a concern.” City of Parksville director of engineering and operations, Robert Harary, said he was aware of the situation. “It’s a natural occurrence,” he said. “It’s not going to help with potential flooding, but that area is prone to flooding anyway. Those logs won’t help anything, but they won’t be the sole cause of a potential flood.”

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Traffic was backed up on the highway Friday afternoon after a three-vehicle collision in Nanoose Bay. However, said Oceanside RCMP Corporal

Jesse Foreman said nobody was seriously injured in the crash. The collision occurred, he said, when a driver failed to yield while making a left from onto the highway just past 4 p.m. Foreman said police issued a violation ticket to the driver of the offending vehicle.

Police watch for bike helmet use NEIL HORNER

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The arrival of spring means roads are again filling up with cyclists — and local police are watching for helmet use. According to statistics from the B.C. Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation, since the helmet law came into effect in 1996, the number of child cyclists admitted to hospital with head injuries dropped by almost 10 per cent in B.C. Although the percentage of adult cyclists suffering head injuries was relatively unchanged, Oceanside RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman said

a recent death on the Qualicum Beach ring road may have been prevented, had the cyclist been wearing a helmet. “There’s no proof he wouldn’t have died if he wore the helmet, but it was a direct blow to the head,” Foreman said. He noted police often see cyclists — usually children — not wearing proper head protection. “We see quite a few riding without helmets and it’s disturbing,” he said. Although he said police are watching for bare-headed cyclists, he stressed they are not

likely to pull anyone over for that reason alone. “Normally, tickets are given out when the infraction is found in combination with other things that would warrant police attention,” Foreman said. “We take a more educational stance.” That education, he said, often takes the form of a carrot, rather than a stick. “If there were three or four kids on bikes and one of them was wearing a helmet, we might stop and say thanks and maybe give them a coupon to play mini-golf or something,” he said.

Breast cancer seminar this Saturday AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

A breast cancer seminar in Parksville this Saturday will be full of valuable and practical information according to clinical counsellor Diane Hancox, one of five scheduled speakers. “The idea is to give women options other than the purely medical ones they might get from their GP,” she said. The information will range from big picture and areas like how to deal with feelings about

the disease or diagnosis — Hancox’s area — to very specific and practical things from Glenda Neufeld of the Thermography Clinic Vancouver Island and Lily Dawn Roberston, LPN and Natural Health Practitioner talking about lymphatic drainage techniques. Hancox will speak about emotional wellness and “type C” personalities. The other speakers are natural health consultant Lisa Leger talking about “A sensible look at natural medicine,” and

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It is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate the many Canadian volunteers who are making life better for citizens in their communities. In District 69 there are plenty of volunteers to recognize, many of them former teachers. A 2011 study, conducted by the British Columbia Retired Teachers Association (BCRTA) found B.C.’s retired teachers give of themselves to a remarkable degree all year round. The survey of more than 1,000 retired teachers across B.C. reveals a deep commitment to volunteerism. If the retirees’ time is calculated at the minimum wage of just $10 per hour, the high degree of volunteerism, by B.C. retired teachers, creates an economic benefit equivalent to $110 million. Kay Howard, who taught social studies and geography at Kwalikum Secondary School, said when she retired in June 2004, she found she had more time to volunteer and she became a master gardener.

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Former teacher Kay Howard gardens at home in the sun. She continues to volunteer in the community in her spare time.

The local chair of the BCRTA has volunteered on the executive of the group for many years and she also finds time to help out at Milner Gardens and Woodland. The Qualicum Beach resident works two days a week May through September, propagating plants, selling them and giving gardening advice. From March to November she helps out one day a week at the Qualicum Beach attraction and learning centre. Howard said as a master gardener she volun-

teers her expertise at clinics and workshops. The BCRTA study found retired teachers in B.C. devote an average of 31 hours per month to volunteer work — more than double the amount of time contributed by Canadians and described as top volunteers in a survey done by Statistics Canada in 2007. Howard said she is not surprised retired teachers are such dedicated volunteers. “When you are teach-

ing you are so busy and you don’t have time to concentrate on the things you like to do. When you are retired you have time and you also have the skills,” she stated. Because teachers tend to have good people skills they are actively recruited by many organizations. Howard said there are quite a few retired teachers who volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland. She said when she is not volunteering, she is busy in her own garden.

MAYOR FOR A DAY

City still seeking entries in mayor contest AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

Grade 5 to 12 students in Parksville have a great shot at being mayor for a day since the deadline is coming up quick and the city still hasn’t received their first entry. Last year the city essay contest was a big success, both in entries and the fun the young winners had touring city facilities and getting an inside look at how the city runs, with the mayor as a guide.

But now, with the deadline on April 20, communications officer Debbie Tardiff said they don’t have any entries. Students living in Parksville or attending school in the city are invited to write 500 words or less on what they would do if they were mayor and how they would make Parksville the best city on the Island. The initiative recognizes Local Government Awareness Week (May 20-26) and Youth Week BC (May 1-7), a provincial celebration of youth and a chance

for the city to acknowledge the contributions made by young people, Tardiff said. Essays should be single spaced with 12 point font. Handwritten essays should be on ruled paper. Include your name, age, grade, address and phone number. Submit by e-mail at communications@parksville.ca or in person at City Hall, 100 Jensen Avenue East. For more information contact Debbie Tardiff at 250-954-3073.

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Tour Saturday with Wilderness Committee QUALICUM BEACH — Earth Day cake, music, fun and environmental displays will kick off Oceanside’s 12th annual Earth Day weekend starting with a cake cutting at the Qualicum Beach Town Hall square at noon on Saturday, April 21. “We invite the public to join in the celebration of the Town of Qualicum Beach’s acquisition of the Townowned 3.5 hectare portion of the Qualicum Beach Salmon Forest, to which Is-

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land Timberlands had the logging rights,” said Annette Tanner, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “The timely purchase by the town and community donations has now protected the 3.5 hectares owned by the Town, that supply the community’s drinking water wells.” The community has been working for 13 years to have the entire 60-hectare floodplain forest protected as a regional park. “Over several thousand

people have toured through the floodplain forest owned by Island Timberlands to see the still unprotected thirdtallest Sitka Spruce tree in Canada and have continuously written letters supporting the Town’s and the Regional District’s efforts to preserve the forest’s globally identified sensitive ecosystems,” Tanner said. The Little Qualicum River is known as one of the most popular fishing and wildlife viewing rivers that supports

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he world’s thirst for oil is poised to turn the current trickle of crude through Vancouver’s harbour into a gusher. Kinder Morgan Canada announced it will seek to twin its Trans Mountain Pipeline between northern Alberta and Burnaby, increasing its current 300,000-barrel-perday capacity to as much as 850,000. That means the number of tankers filling up in Burnaby could hit 360 in 2016 — five times more than the record 69 crude tankers in 2010. Good for the economy, yes. But the question on many people’s lips is: what if there is a spill? Certainly, many safeguards are already in place. Oil tankers must be double-hulled and are required to sail with two pilots — highly trained experts on local waters. In addition, all oil tanker vessels that sail into Canadian waters must have an arrangement with a spill response organization which, on the West Coast, is the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC). If there is a spill, and the ship’s owner walks away, the vessel would be seized and WCMRC would tap in to the insurance tanker companies are required to purchase — Canada’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund. If that insurance runs out, a similar international fund is used for clean-up. But there’s a hole big enough to sail a sizable ship through. The wildlife? According to Coleen Doucette, vice-president of the Oiled Wildlife Society of B.C., there are no laws compelling companies to clean up birds and animals impacted by a spill. Oil spill response usually involves containing spills. If the responsible party requests a wildlife rescue response, WCMRC may manage it or hire a professional organization to perform it. The problem is, not all responsible parties choose to respond to oiled wildlife. Our pristine coastlines and their animal inhabitants are among B.C.’s most precious resources. If the province does agree to open its shores to more tanker traffic, protection for our marine animals and waterfowl must be part of the equation. — editorial from the

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Letters KATIMAVIK SOS I am writing to encourage everyone to write to our Conservative Member of Parliament, James Lunney regarding the cancellation of the Katimavik program for youths 17 to 21. The program has been in existence since 1977 and is a valuable asset to the youth of our country. The program will end with the current youth already in the program in 2013 and has suspended the starting date in July, 2012 for the next group of youth. I am sure there are a lot of disappointed young people who were planning to start Katimavik this summer. I would encourage all voters to remember this cut, especially young people, when they cast their votes in the next election. Remember young people, your votes count! BARBARA READ Qualicum Beach

IT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE What kind of health care is this? My wife had a breathing emergency. Arriving at the after-hours clinic in Parksville at 3 p.m. on a Saturday, a notice informed us that the clinic was closed until Tuesday, Monday being a holiday. This was an 81hour gap! Some after-hours clinic! On a second recent occasion, arriving at 12:30 p.m. on a Saturday, a notice informed us that no more patients were being accepted.

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“Go to NRGH,” was the message. What kind of health care is this? You can only require and receive medical attention up to 3:30 p.m. each day and then not if it is the weekend, a holiday or we are full up. What happened to the doctors’ on-call service? In this district we need a basic medical support system 24 hours a day. Anything else is meaningless. JOHN GIBSON Parksville

ON BEHALF OF MANY As a retired member of the older generation, on behalf of many of us, I would like to apologize for the cranky old farts who seem to spend a lot of time complaining about your very existence. Every age group has a small number of embarrassing members — youth has its own vandals and loudmouths casting a negative light on that age, even though we all know that we can’t judge a whole generation by those actions. Please don’t paint all of us seniors in town with the same brush as those you hear complaining. Most of you are a real credit to the area, and I’m so happy to see you active in the community. My hope is that many of you will go on for further education and be able to come back home where there will be jobs for you. Regarding the grant toward your dry grad,

kudos to the mayor and many on council to stick to their pledge. That small a grant does not mean that you don’t have to fund-raise, it just will help a little. If our city can’t decide to spend $500 to help some pretty super kids, then I’ve moved to the wrong city. NORMA REIMER Parksville

GRADS WORK HARD A lot of people don’t know how hard these high school students work let me share a couple of things. They had a Haunted House for all the children in our community, the Grade 12 class and students from the leadership group set up, entertained and cleaned up on their own. On Friday they held a carnival night, again for all the children in our community and again they are responsible for all of it. Yes, they have support from teachers and some parents, but basically they do it all. I know four years ago some students in leadership, some parents and a couple of non teaching staff started a breakfast program where they came to school early and cooked breakfast for their fellow classmates who did not have the opportunity to have breakfast at home. These students never judged or made comments about their peers, maybe something we could learn as adults.

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Holiday plans? Absolutely not. We aren’t going anywhere. We are staying right here. DAWN OSBORNE Spider Lake

Yes they will. We are a lot more reluctant to make trips to the United States and the cost of fuel is very much part of it. BILL POLLARD Qualicum Beach

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No. I don’t have a vehicle. ALI STONE Parksville

We don’t generally take holidays, but the cost of gas will affect our lives. ROB JACKSON Qualicum Beach

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letters THIRD WORLD SENIORS Seniors — are they really getting a raw deal in Canada? If there is anyone our there that doesn’t think so either, they have their head in the sand, or have too much money to care. If seniors are getting the level of care they deserve in care homes, how about those trying to live independently to stay out of them? Do they not come under the same umbrella for decent care for seniors? Many seniors are living, if you can call it that, facing their so-called golden years well below the poverty level, having to prioritize between eating or medication. More than we know, seniors go through this same scenario at the end of the month. But how can we expect our government or those in authority to understand, or do anything about these issues when they have issues of their own, like how or what to spend of their humongous pensions they have awarded themselves? If there was an award for negligence on all levels of senior care, they definitely earned it. To seniors of sound mind, we must stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves, much less defend themselves. They have given so much to build the model of society and yet are being treated as Third World country citizens. ANN MATTHEWS Parksville

DISTANCE YOURSELF I am upset with my prime minister’s responses to allegations with regard to the robocall and F-35 scandals. When I first met Stephen Harper, I was impressed by his good-looking, intelligent, articulate and young family-man appearance and I voted for him to be leader of my party. He had the image that I wanted for the prime minister of my Canada. I was one of the first to join Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada, back in 2003. I feel very embarrassed when I hear my prime minister referred as “Sleazy Steevy; the dirtytricks con man.” What has happened? Stephen Harper’s behavior since the election created the impression that he has sold his soul to the devil in exchange for a parliamentary majority. James Lunney is a good man, and I respect him for his Christian beliefs. I was happy to work for his election and for his re-election, and I was proud to serve as treasurer of his riding association. How does he rationalize who he is with the arrogant and disrespectful “Sleazy Steevy” image that his party’s leader is currently creating for himself?

It seems inevitable to me that Stephen Harper will crash to an ignoble defeat, similar to that which took place with Brian Mulroney. It would be a pity indeed if Christian followers like James Lunney were to be dragged down with him. I urge him to publicly declare his independence from the dominance and machination of Stephen Harper. By all means, he should continue to support the principles and legislations which he feels of benefit to the people of his constituency and of Canada, but James Lunney should distance himself from the immoral and disrespectful principles currently being attributed to Stephen Harper. ROBERT RADFORD Parksville

POWER COST SPIKES We are trying to be very conservative and eco-friendly these days so paid to have our windows in our home upgraded and draft proofing done in early February. It was money well spent we figured, as the house is so much warmer. Even better, our first Hydro bill for 28 days was an improvement. Things seem to have gone to hell in a hand basket this next billing period of 30 days. Considering for 20 days of that 30 days we were not living in our house, you would think if we didn’t use our shower, washer and dryer, stove, computer or TV in that time and the was thermostats set at 10C, the bill should have been even lower. Alas the present bill is almost double and more than half of that is at the higher step two rate. Every day when we are home we only heat the two rooms we use all day and the bathroom while we have our morning shower. The rest of the house is kept at 12C. What else can we possibly do? Is anybody else out there ready to get some answers from Hydro? You need to be an accountant to understand the billing with residential conservation rate, step one, step two in two sections and two different rates. As a couple trying to live on Old Age Pension and CPP it is hard enough to manage without being gouged in this manner by a public corporation. If everyone’s bill is up they will be making big profits, so I guess that means the CEOs will get a bigger bonus! Oh, and by the way, I don’t know if I have a new smart meter yet and if I do get one is the bill going to be even higher? I can’t imagine what a household with a family must be paying. KAY I. MACINTYRE Qualicum Beach

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CALLING ALL

9-1-1 will last through quake Emergency communications subject of recent RDN presentation NEIL HORNER

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If a major earthquake were to hit Vancouver Island, the emergency 9-1-1 system would likely continue to function, says Chris Vrabel, with the North Island 9-1-1 Corporation. In a presentation at the April 10 Regional District of Nanaimo committee of the whole meeting, Vrabel, who works with Campbell River Fire and Rescue, said the system is robust. “It’s something nobody wants to experience, but we have no choice but to plan for it. We finished a capital project in 2011 where we installed a large event-proof dispatch centre in Campbell River as a backup. We are also working on

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We have redundant systems in each of our communities and we have long-term staff who are capable ... CHRIS VRABEL

a redundancy plan with other agencies to take up dispatch services for a short time if we go offline. We are confident we have the resources to navigate through a big event.” The comment came in response to a query from Qualicum Beach director Dave Willie. “The big one might be around the corner,” Willie said. “How comfortable are you with your assets to survive a catastrophic incident such as an earthquake or tsunami?”

The question was a timely one, as just hours later Indonesia was shaken by an 8.6 magnitude earthquake, along with numerous aftershocks. Vrabel conceded the system might not operate seamlessly during a major catastrophe however. “We might have areas that would have outages, while the rest of the area would be OK,” he said. “We have redundant systems in each of our communities and we have longterm staff who are capable to make decisions on their own, which is probably the most important thing.” The North Island 9-1-1 Corporation covers 56,000 square kilometres in six regional districts, including the School District 69 portion of the RDN.

Mothers and Daughters

Gordon Lafleur Photography is looking for 30 to 50 mothers and daughters who would like to participate in our 13th annual “Tribute to Mothers and Daughters” portrait exhibit. The show will open May 13 at the Quality Resort Bayside (Parksville). We’d love to include a variety of age groups as well as multi-generation portraits. If this is something you have always wanted to do, please call us immediately. We will not charge a session fee for any of the participants, and portraits included in the exhibit will be available at special one-time only prices. Please call for more information and visit our website at

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Nobody was injured in two vehicle fires on Highway 19 last week.

Two vehicles claimed by fire NEIL HORNER

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The Nanoose Bay Fire Department was scrambled to Highway 19 twice in a few days to douse vehicle fires at almost the same time and same spot on the road. Fire chief Doug Penny said the first fire involved an older Ford Tempo that burst into flames at 5:23 p.m. as it headed north at top

of the hill near the Esso station, while the second, on April 5, caught fire as it headed south between Dawson and the Esso station at 5:26 p.m. “We’re not really sure what started the fires,” Penny said. “They ended up with fire coming out from under the hood.” Both vehicles, he added, were damaged beyond repair but nobody was injured.

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Local police thank the volunteers PARKSVILLE — The week of April 15, marks National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Oceanside RCMP, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and the Regional District would like to thank the volunteers involved in community policing in District 69. Since 1994, community policing has been operating in the Oceanside area. These volunteer societies include Citizens on Patrol, Speedwatch and the Community Policing Offices located beside the respective libraries of both Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

TAKING CARE

“We do not ever want to take these volunteers for granted as they are very important to the fabric of the community,” said RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman. “When recognizing this group of over 150 dedicated volunteers it is important to note that they volunteer simply for the love of community. Programs such as Block Watch, Keeping in Touch, Scooter Rodeo, Child Identify and Business Watch would simply not exist without these dedicated volunteers. “Help is always needed,” Foreman said. “If you wish to

give as little as four hours a month back to your community, there are several areas in which you can assist. As well, if you possess a certain skill such as volunteer management, non-profit or charity experience please consider helping our volunteers.” To help or to access further information attend your local Community Policing Office. “On behalf of entire community, thank you to everyone who volunteers to make our community a better place to live,” he said. — NEWS staff

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We deliver The NEWS! Lukas Forsgren, News Carrier

Value of chamber membership

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AGM

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he Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated having a membership of 500. This is a significant milestone and coupled with a retention rate of 87 per cent indicates businesses understand the benefit of chamber membership. A recent national study reveals membership in a local chamber of commerce can significantly boost By Kim Burden a business’s image among consumers, as well as among other businesses. In a survey of 2,000 adults, The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found positive perceptions of chamber members in a number of areas, including overall favourability, consumer awareness and reputation and likelihood of future patronage. The study showed when respondents were told a particular small business was a member of its local chamber, they were 44 per cent more likely to rate it favorably than study respondents who were not told of the chamber affiliation. Respondents were also 63 per cent more likely to want to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a chamber member. “We discovered that informing someone about a company’s chamber membership opens the door to substantial increases in positive perceptions of that business,” Alex Trouteaud, senior strategist for The Schapiro Group, said. “There clearly is a feeling by our respondents that chamber membership is synonymous with quality and desirability.” To tap into this reservoir of goodwill, a small business should not only join the local chamber of commerce and participate, but also make sure consumers and other businesses are aware of that chamber affiliation. The positive impact of perceived chamber membership is felt by big businesses, too. For example, when consumers believed that a restaurant chain was a member of the local chamber of commerce, they were 40 per cent more likely to eat at the franchise in the future. See STUDY, page A25

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Parksville chamber hits magic 500 editor@pqbnews.com

Incoming directors of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce were greeted with the good news that the chamber is now at 500 members and still climbing. The significant tally was noted at the chamber’s April 12 annual general meeting, by membership committee head Lisa Leger. She noted that The Sharp Design Landscaping service was the local chamber’s 500th member. Reaching this milestone was one of the chamber’s membership goals for 2011. The AGM saw the selecting of several new board directors, and the continuation of others still in the middle of their two-year terms. Rudi Widdershoven was

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Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon (left) shares a laugh with Parksville chamber of commerce members Lisa Leger, Bruce Cownden and Rudi Widdershoven, among others.

awarded a second term as president. Doug Riederer was named first vice-president. Second vice-president will be Robynne Shaw and the treasurer remains Al McLean. Gary Child will stay on as past-president.

At the board table are newcomers Donna Andres (who was an interim director last year), Mark Jones, Terry Kerr and Ashley Henry. They join re-elected director Rhiannon Whitney. The chamber recognized

the service of outgoing board directors Shawna Broekhuizen, Bruce Cownden, Jason Granger, Lisa Leger, Peter Morrison, Arlene Sandeman Allen and Dave Willie, who either completed their terms or resigned.

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get monthly payments instead of a lump sum here are few guarantees in life, but, if you without the expense of setting up a trust. are age 79 or under and invest in certain Resets may be available as often as twice a segregated funds, you are guaranteed year on the maturity benefit of your funds. Althat your beneficiaries will receive 100 per cent By Carol Plaisier though resetting the value extends the contract death benefit on initial and future deposits until maturity date, this allows you to lock in higher you are age 100. values when markets are up. You may say that an investment in GuaranA non-registered segregated fund contract teed Investment Certificates (following CDIC can be set up for as little as $1,000 and as long as and CUDIC limits) will do the same. Well, yes you do this before you are age 80, you can safe and no, you have the 100 per cent guarantee, guard future monies. Whether you receive an but there are some additional benefits that a inheritance or downsize, just deposit the funds segregated fund investment will offer you and, into your existing account for the 100 per cent ultimately, your beneficiaries. Firstly, your investment would bypass probate and transfer directly to your death benefit guarantee. Some segregated funds allow you beneficiaries without the cost or delay of estate proceedings. to withdraw 10 per cent without penalty per year. This could Another benefit is that your investment options are broader be received annually or monthly to assist your cash flow. GIC and you have the opportunity to invest in growth, value and rates typically pay a lower interest rate if you request monthly payments. It is important to fully understand your investincome funds. If you are unsure that your beneficiaries will spend your ment so that there are no surprises if have to withdraw the wealth wisely, you have the option of using the Gradual In- funds before you intended. heritance Concept; this plan ensures that your beneficiaries See FINANCIAL MYTHS, page A25

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Island weathering a rough economy, says VIEA editor@pqbnews.com

Vancouver Island’s economy is not all that good, says the president of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance. George Hanson added while this is the case, there are some rays of light at the end of the tunnel. “Some projects are still going ahead because (their owners) have some confidence,” he said during VIEA’s linking Island business trade show in Qualicum Beach April 11. “The cost of money is low and construction costs are lower.” As a result, he continued, long-range projects and forecasts

aren’t all that bad. VIEA, which represents all Vancouver Island businesses (but has a distinctly midIsland flavour), has been around for only a few years and last week’s trade show was the second of its kind. Last year’s event was held in Parksville. “Because the Island economy is not heavily industrialized, the world economy’s impact on manufacturing and big ticket items (such as cars), doesn’t land as hard as it would in, say, southern Ontario.” Hanson added he would describe the Island’s overall economic outlook right now as flat — something he said he has been hear-

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ing from many of the VIEA members. “Considering the state of the rest of the world, flat is not a bad thing.” Yet, he does recognize the vulnerability of the Island’s mostly service-oriented economy to market fluctuations. While he said the climate there is not too hot — not too cold — local small businesses can do much to ensure their customers — local

and otherwise — keep coming back. “Customer service is important,” he said. 'As is consistency. Build relationships with customers to keep and attract clients.” He added events like the trade show help businesses make new connections and find opportunities. Parksville chamber of commerce executive director Kim Burden added that events at the VIEA show, like a breakout session on the proposed John Hart Dam in Campbell River, can help local businesses find opportunities to supply the different aspects of such a large project.

Financial myths surround these funds CONTINUED FROM PAGE A24

There are still some financial myths surrounding segregated funds. In reality, they may not be more expensive than regular mutual funds and you are not necessarily locked in for an extended number of years. Complicated? They don’t have to be; talk to your advisor, they should give you advice and information in language you can understand. Segregated funds are not for everyone, but they may give you the peace of mind that you are looking for. This article was prepared by Carol Plaisier, CFPÆ,

FMA, AMP (Accredited Mortgage Professional) who is an Investment Advisor with DWM Securities Inc. She can be reached at can be reached at the DundeeWealth office in Parksville (250) 248-2399, or by email: cplaisier@ dundeewealth.com, or at www.carolplaisier.com. This is not an official publication of DWM Securities Inc. and the views (including any recommendations) expressed in this article are those of the author alone, and they have not been approved by, and are not necessarily those of DWM Securities Inc. *Insurance products provided by Dundee Insurance Agency Ltd. DWM Securities Inc.,†Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund, is a DundeeWealth Inc. Company.

Study supports local chambers CONTINUED FROM PAGE A24

If a consumer believed one of the major automobile manufacturers was a member of its local chamber, that consumer was nine per cent more likely to consider purchasing his or her next car from that automaker. “This study reinforces research done in 2005 about the perceived capacity of chambers to lead businesses and lead communities,” Mick Fleming, president of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, said.

“These new national findings point to even more direct benefits for companies willing to be stakeholders in their local chamber.” The study results had good news for chambers themselves, where 82 per cent of respondents indicated that a local chamber of commerce “creates jobs and promotes economic development.” “The message from this national study is as simple as it is ground-breaking,” Jim Blasingame, small business expert

and president of Small Business Network, Inc., said. J. Mac Holladay, CEO of Market Street Services, an economic development consulting firm based in Atlanta that helped create the study, said, “It is refreshing to learn what we have suspected for years — that chamber membership and community involvement are good investments.” — Kim Burden is executive director of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce.

“The spin-off from that could be huge,” he said. Qualicum Beach mayor Teunis Westbroek addressed the trade show audience, saying such events help local prosperity. “As community

leaders, we know how businesses build our communities,” he said. Hanson said it’s VIEA’s goal in such trade shows to show local businesses of any size, the opportunities to grow and to link

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Helping people save money on medical premiums AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

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What you don’t know about medical insurance might be costing you, but Nancy Anderson has good news she wants to help spread to as many people as possible. “Many people are unaware of the premium assistance program for lower monthly payments through the provincial medical insurance,” she recently told THE NEWS. The government, through Health Insurance B.C. (HIBC — formerly MSP), pays a portion of the monthly premium for low income households. A family making $28,000 to $30,000 a year for example, receives a 20 per cent subsidy on the monthly premium of $64 to $128, depending on family size.

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People’s HIBC invoice, she said, should indicate whether individuals are paying the full rate or are already on assistance, which most medical practitioners can also check for people. Anderson urges everyone, especially experts like accountants and medical professionals, to learn and pass on the details to their clients, which she said doesn’t appear to be happening. Anderson and a pharmacist will speak on the subject at the Parksville Pharmasave, Tuesday, April 24 at 1 p.m. She also has more information at her office, contact her at 250-248-6333, www.drlarrysmith.com or nankee@shaw.ca. For more information, including the simple forms to apply, check www.hibc.gov.bc.ca or call 1-800-663-7100.

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Michel Laforest Michel Laforest died peacefully on April 2, 2012 at Stanford Place, after a long struggle with COPD. He was born in Quebec on September 23, 1951. He loved his family, his dogs, his friends, helping people, Scouting, the outdoors, camping, cruising, reading mysteries incessantly, and maintained his quirky sense of humour until the end. He is survived by family in Quebec and British Columbia. In Quebec, he leaves his beloved mother, Gisele, his sisters, Muguette, Jocelyne, Manon, France and Mimi and his brothers, Jean Luc and Marc Andre as well as many nieces and nephews. In British Columbia, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Deirdre ( or always ‘Dee’ to him), his sons, Adam (Liz) and Owen ( Denise) and his adored corgis Rowdy and Neko who gave him great comfort in the last few years. He is also survived by sisters and brothers in law and nieces and nephews who have always gone beyond the call of duty to help out. Special thanks to Dr Desai, the wonderful staff at Stanford Place, Fairview unit, Leon and Christine and all the others who have made this long journey a little easier. A Celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2 PM at Bradley Centre, Coombs, BC. Instead of flowers, if you wish, make a donation in his name to Oceanside Hospice or the ParksvilleQualicum SPCA.

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Mom passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday April 4, 2012 after a period of failing health. She was born in Hatfield, Yorkshire and had many fond memories of growing up in London and going to school in the north of England. Sadly she was orphaned in 1941. As a young adult she moved to Trail BC, where she worked as a dance teacher. It was there that she met and married Jack Bowie, a Vancouver dentist, happily taking on the responsibilities of wife, mother and dental assistant. Avril was a master bridge player and fine porcelain artist. Despite a severe hearing loss caused by the bombing during the war, she loved to entertain and took great pride in her elaborate and formal settings. She also enjoyed travelling, knitting, cooking and reading. Predeceased by her husband Jack (2005); children, Michael (2010) and Belinda (1961), she will be deeply missed by her daughters, MaryJane (Roy), Brenda (David); many grandchildren and great grandchildren, extended family and friends. All who knew Avril are welcome to celebrate her life on Saturday, April 21st at 2379 Evanshire Crescent, Nanoose Bay, BC from 1:00pm-3:00 p.m.

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Maran Kokoszka and Laura Romkes would like to thank the Oceanside Community and Ravensong Aquatic Club for all their generosity and well wishes. A special thank you to Donna Cortis and Peggy Aspinal for their help in enabling them to reach their goal of competing at the Olympic Trials.

ESTHETICIAN

THE LEMARE GROUP has an opening for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. This is a permanent fulltime position located in Port McNeill. The position requires organization, accuracy and multitasking. Must be friendly, energetic and proficient with switchboards/computers. Full benefit package. Fax resumes to 250-9564888 or email: office@lemare.ca.

BARTENDERS & SERVERSexperienced, P/T or F/T. Please call 250-468-1735.

T-MAR INDUSTRIES located in Campbell River is hiring for the position of Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. Position comes with a competitive benefit package and applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. Contact Tyson Lambert. Mail: 5791 Duncan Bay Road, Campbell River BC V9H 1N6 Fax: 250-286-9502 Email: tysonlambert@t-mar.com

CHILDREN

CHILDREN

DAYCARE CENTERS

DAYCARE CENTERS

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

HELP WANTED

is now taking registration for September. We are holding our open house in May. If you would like to attend, Please call 250-752-6620 ASAP Lic#CVIH-6BMTSV


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DRYWALL FOR ALL your drywall and painting needs, reno’s and repairs.Specializing in re-textured ceilings, spray paint. Call a pro, no job too small. Phil 250-954-1859.

SERVERS REQUIRED Must have “Serving it Right”, a positive attitude and must be able to work night shifts & weekends. Apply to: The French Creek Marine Pub, #1-1025 Lee Rd, Parksville.

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.

DROWNING IN Debt? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1 877-5563500 www.mydebtsolution.com GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161. M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

LINE COOKS and Servers required at Arrowsmith Golf Course located in North Qualicum. Experience an asset. Email (no phone calls) to: playpar@golfarrowsmith.com

TRADES, TECHNICAL CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete finishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; john@raidersconcrete.com. Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780-444-7103. DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Field/Engineer Layout Kitimat, BC Canada. Supervise project layouts Responsible for construction quality control, in particular, ensuring that the materials installed in the project are in the proper locations and are the correct materials. Analyze construction drawings for dimensional and quality control purposes and coordinates with the Project Engineer to clarify discrepancies. Use precision computerized equipment to define points of control and ensure the work is being installed true and plump. Responsible for coordinating with other construction trades to ensure that all are using appropriate control points. High School Diploma or equivalent; or 4 to 6 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in Line and Grade Persistent for Perfection This work will start 5/1/12 Please respond to this ad by 5/1/12 Please respond via email by placing Field Engineer in the subject line to patton@bakerconcrete.com

HEALTH PRODUCTS GET PAID to lose weight. $5,000 for your success story. Personal image TV Show. Call to qualify: 416-730-5684 ext 2243. Joanna@mertontv.ca. www.mertontv.ca. HERBAL MAGIC Limited time offer - Save 50%!! Lose weight and keep it off. Results guaranteed! Don’t delay call now. 1-800-854-5176.

EDUCATION/TUTORING

SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email: chrysler@telusplanet.net.

Computerized Business Applications Accounting & Finance Office Administration Medical/Dental Office Administration Medical/Dental Office Management

PROGRAM STARTS SOON

CALL NOW! Funding may be available.

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SPRING IS around the corner. Pesky Weeds? No time? Call Leslie at (250)752-8806. WES-COAST YARDBIRDS. Lawns, gardens, yard cleanup, hauling. Pressure washing, Irrigation, carpentry. Tree Pruning, Topping, Removal. Please call 250-752-9444.

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

MOVING & STORAGE 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.

PAINTING A STROKE ABOVE Painting. Commercial & Residential. Interior/Exterior. WCB, liability insurance. All jobs warranted. See what we can do! Dave 250-248-0335, 250-240-2310.

GUTTER CLEANING by PRO HOME MAINTENANCE Call Reid at 250-947-5714. www.prohomemaintenance.ca

HANDYPERSONS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Government Approved, Canadian Company.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

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

BUSINESS SERVICES DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. www.dcac.ca

COMPUTER SERVICES BUYDENS COMPUTERS From Nanoose to Deep Bay. Call Kevin 250-240-7372

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

designed to prepare you for today’s rapidly changing job market.

GARDENING

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

Looking for a NEW job? www.bcjobnetwork.com

BUSINESS PROGRAMS

Taping/ Texturing/ Painting. Renovation Specialist, 30 yrs of fast friendly service. Wayne 250-752-4658 QB

A & M PAINTING. Interior & exterior. Free estimates. Call 250-248-3604.

GAIN THE SKILLS. GET THE JOB.

Your Career Starts Here

LANDSCAPING

WORK WANTED RELIABLE, convenient, high quality Bookkeeping Service, specializing in Simply Accounting. References available. To set up a meeting, please call: (250)594-7565

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

HAULING AND SALVAGE

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

“LET GEORGE DO IT”

Carpentry and Painting

YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR CLASSIFIEDS Call 310.3535

FARM SERVICES

PRESSURE WASHING PRESSURE WASHING. Oceanside House and Home. Pete (250)927-2641.

RUBBISH REMOVAL MAKE ROOM FOR SPRING! 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Will remove & recycle your unwanted items responsibly. Call us or book online & save!

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

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

No HST!

HOUSEHOLD SERVICES Friendly in home Mac/PC support and lessons. Certified tech, 15 + years experience making technology approachable and easy to understand. All my work is guaranteed. Call

POIRIER PAINTING, Residential / Commercial / Vinyl Siding / Driveway Sealing. Fully insured, Guaranteed Workmanship, Free Estimates. Call Dan 250-240-3528. WCB

PHONE ANY day. We will Haul Away. Call anytime at 250-468-5733.

250-951-0844

Adults and Seniors Welcome! Substitute Carriers Also Needed.

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HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD

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COOK NEEDED. Must have “Food Safe” and a positive attitude. Apply to: The French Creek Marine Pub #1-1025 Lee Rd, Parksville. Ask for Richard.

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APPLIANCES FRIDGE WHIRLPOOL sxs ice maker/water. 2.5 yrs old, 22c’ $875 obo. 250-951-0839.

METICULOUS HOUSE or office cleaner in Parksville or Qualicum area. $20/hr. Call 250-713-5641

KITCHEN CABINETS AFFORDABLE custom Cabinets and Countertops. 250-850-9915

Want to Eat & Live Well? Watch this spot for upcoming Listings for locally grown & made products. To advertise your products affordable please contact:

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$$ CASH PAID $$ for NEWER FRIDGES, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS etc.

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FARM SERVICES

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

FREE ITEMS

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

HOUSES FOR SALE

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES

HOMES FOR RENT

STORAGE

AUTO FINANCING

FREE DROP OFF: Oil, batteries, scrap metal. We pay $Cash$ for unwanted Cars & Trucks. Call anytime. Norms Towing & Salvage (prev. of Bull Dog Auto) 250-757-8911 or 250-954-7543.

**HOME PHONE Reconnect** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid long distance specials! Feature package specials! Referral program! Don’t be without a home phone! Call to connect! 1-866-287-1348.

QUALICUM- GREAT ocean view, bright, spacious, clean quiet upper duplex, 2 bdrms+ den. New paint, 4 appls. $875. NS/NP. Call 250-752-0101.

PARKSVILLE (171 Corfield)2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, close to beach & shopping. N/S. $1100 mo + utils. Avail May 1. Call 250-757-9696.

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

MOBILE HOMES & PADS

SUITES, LOWER

FUEL/FIREWOOD

MOVING BOXES & paper. ($550 value), $175. Please call Donna: 250-586-5255

BOWSER: 3 bdrm mobile on half acre. Long term tenants only. N/P, refs req. $850 mo, avail May. 1. 250-951-7473.

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.

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

Seasoned Douglas Fir Firewood You pick up or we can deliver 250-248-5887 SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

FURNITURE DINING SUITE: Solid wood 70” oval table, buffet & 6 chairs, imported from Chile. $1500.Call: 250-586-5255

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money and save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT. www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT

MODULAR HOMES

STAND UP Tanning booth, VHR Series, 5 years old, like new condition. $7000 (no serious offers will be refused. Call 250-752-1828.

HOMES FOR RENT

WE $BUY$ -SELL -TRADE Video Games Wembley Mall Ralf’s Collectibles 10-5pm.

2 BD apt. in Parksville, includes heat $825/mo

GARAGE SALES

REAL ESTATE

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

DIY STEEL Building deals! Many sizes and models. Make an offer on clearance buildings today and save thousands of dollars. Free brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170. ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES quit smoking or continue to smoke w/no harmful tars or chemicals. Intro pkg avail. now Call 250-951-9602 Low cost

Check it out at www.remax-anchor.ca Call Sharon Edgell for more information 752-2466 or 1-800-668-3622

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED GUNS WANTED, “FAIR” Wholesale prices paid. Call (250)468-7533.

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991.

ERRINGTON- 2 BDRM, 2 bath, $1000/mo inclds full statelite, 6 appls, Pets ok. Refs req’d. (250)228-2055.

STEEL BUILDING- Blowout sale! 20x26 $5,199. 25x28 $5,799. 30x42 $8,390. 32x56 $11,700. 40x50 $14,480. 47x76 $20,325. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca

SOFA BED, light brown, like new, perfect condition, $150. Call (250)752-2463.

COOMBS, SAT. Apr. 21st (9 1) COOMBS United Church UCW Annual Plant Sale plus Home Baking & White Elephant tables. Downtown Coombs (next to OCM).Enjoy a homemade muffin & coffee for $2.00. All Welcome!

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.

4 BEDROOM house located on acreage, with wired detached shop. Tons of storage sheds also. 1066 Fair road Errington. $1200 per month 250954-9547

FOR SALE BY OWNER 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.

HOMES WANTED

WE BUY HOUSES

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO COOMBS- 2 bdrm, bright loft apt on share acreage, 6 appls. Available now. NS/NP. $900 inclds utils. Call 250-954-9945. PARKSVILLE - SPACIOUS 2 bdrm, security camera & parking incl’d. D/W, W/D optional. Large balcony, near beach, downtown & transit. Family oriented, $775-$825. Please call 250-248-8592.

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!

APARTMENTS FURNISHED FURNISHED ONE and two bedroom units available. Pet Friendly! All utilities Included. Phone 250-248-6532.

Call: 1-250-616-9053 www.webuyhomesbc.com

ERRINGTON: 1.5 bdrm, quiet acreage, lrg apt. $650/mo + util’s. Call (250)951-2995. NANOOSE ideal for one, newly renovated 1 bdrm cabin. Quiet 2/3 acre, $650/mo + utils. N/P, N/S 250-758-8561

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) 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

QBuisness QHome Services & More! Serving your Community

PARKSVILLECLOSE to town. 3 bdrm upper floor of house. $1300 includes utilities. Call 250-468-2000. QUALICUM, 1/2 Duplex, Ground floor level entry. Large sunroom, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, laminate flooring, window coverings, all appliances. Close to Senior Centre & Quality Foods. NP/NS. $1000./mo. 250-752-4458. QUALICUM 1300 sq ft, 2 bdrm + den. F/S/W/D. Avail May 1st $950/mo 250-752-5815 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.

Retail / Professional Space for Lease

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.

Chris’s Carpentry Insured

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For Details phone

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•Renovations/Repairs •Painting •Tile & Flooring •Interior/Exterior •General Contracting •Window Installations

•Decks & Fences •Roofing •Colour Consulting •Hardiplank & Vinyl Siding

CONTRACTORS

• ADDITIONS • SUN ROOMS • BATHROOMS • COMMERCIAL

BLANK CANVAS

Free Estimates

Dave: 250-954-8650 • KITCHENS • DECKS/PATIOS • WINDOWS/DOORS • CUSTOM MILLWORK

287

“FREE”

10ft x 10ft - $85.00 5ft x 10ft - $53.00 Includes HST

Kitchen & Bath Reno’s Cabinet repairs, Small Carpentry Projects Interior finishing, Decks, Handyman Services, etc. Serving Parksville and Qualicum Beach 30yrs. exp. semi retired Free Estimates Reasonable Rates

Roy Kroes 250 228-0040

cell:250-927-2513

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

TREE SERVICES

Coastal BUILDING SERVICES

FREE ESTIMATES

Cell 250-951-7675 gtredenbach@shaw.ca

Construction - Remodeling 752-8403 Toll Free: 1-800-841-3766

•Driveway Sealing •Moss Kill & Removal •Painting Specials FREE •Roofs & Gutters estimates •Fences & Decks •Power Washing •References Available

W.E.

Trucks for Hire • Snow Removal Pick-up or Delivery LICENSED DISPOSAL SITE FOR Yard, Garden & Wood Waste

FREE SCRAP METAL DROP OFF INCL. APPLIANCES

911 Church Rd., Parksville Tel: 250-248-3693 M-F 8-5 Cell: 250-616-3876 Sat 10-4

WILSON ENTERPRISES THE TREE PEOPLE

TREE SERVICE Free Estimates. Insured.

752-6154

Serving our area since 1972.

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Hairstyling • Perms • Colours

ERRINGTON VILLAGE CENTRE Unit #4, 1548 Grafton Ave. Errington

250-954-1713

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

WE DELIVER! 954-0118

$ U Bag COMPOST 50.00 / YD

Our Bags $ 7 per bag

MOTORCYCLES HARLEY DAVIDSON motorcycle clothing (jackets, helmets, chaps, rain gear, vests, boots, ladies small/medium, mens medium/large. All mint condition. Call 250-738-0957.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES NOW - NEW 8 week courses covering snowmobile or quad or marine outboard repair. Take one course or all - fit your interest and your timeline. GPRC Fairview Campus, Fairview, Alberta. Affordable residences. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview.

TRUCKS & VANS

1-800-910-6402

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TOP DOLLAR Paid! Want To Buy Junk Cars & Trucks for cash. 1-250-954-7843.

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1424 Hodges Road (Behind Wembley Mall)

per yard

CARS 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.

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

FISH COMPOST Soil Blend Available

WANT A Vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in April, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095 www.creditdrivers.ca

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 Financing 1.800.910.6402

GARDENING

•Top •Fall •Trim •Chip •Remove

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

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

HAIRSTYLISTS

• Blue & Multi Driveway Chips • Construction Aggregates • Top Soil • Bark Mulch • Lawn Sand • Compost • River Rock

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

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

Contact Pauline or Sandi at The News: 250-248-4341

Handyman Services

Auto Loans or We Will Pay You $1000

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

www.bcclassified.com

L L RENOVATING O A

• Patio/Deck Repairs pairs & Cleaning g • Power Washing • Yard Work & Cleanup • Home Repair Work • Minor Landscaping • Painting

AIRPLANES

PARKSVILLE AREA- RV pad. Wooded site. $425/mo, includes utils. Available now. Call 250-927-5623.

Dogleg Road Self-Storage

FIRST MONTH

TRANSPORTATION

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.

LANDSCAPING

(new & repairs)

MATURE, RESPONSIBLE, professional seeks quiet home, Oceanside/N. Nanaimo, prefer furnished waterfront or water view. Will consider housesitting/caretaking. N/S, loves nature and gardening, excellent ref’s. 250-954-9986.

RV PADS

CARPENTRY

• Fences & Gates

WANTED TO RENT

AUTO FINANCING

HANDYPERSONS

“You name it ... we can do it.” Professional Home & Business Renovations & Improvements

PARKSVILLE NEWER, 1 bdrm suite above garage, close to mall. Warm & bright, 6 appl. N/S, N/P, $800/mo incl util. Suits 1 prsn 250-752-9245

in the village Qualicum Beach. from 544 sq.ft to 1427 sq.ft. phone 250 248 6504

RENOVATIONS

& PAINTING INC.

SUITES, UPPER

CESSNA 180 1976 on 3000 Caps for lease. DeHavilland DHC-2 1957 on 4930 Floats for lease. Van. Is. E-mail; rleroy@telus.net

OFFICE/RETAIL

STORAGE

PR

LOWER LANTZVILLE: Detached cottage/suite on waterfront property, all utils included. $750/mo. Avail May 1. Call 250-390-4897, 250-713-4897.

GUARANTEED

Spring Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Mon. - Sat.

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

LOOKING FOR AN AUCTION BEDROOM SUITE COUCH DELI ESTHETICS FUEL GARAGE SALE HOUSE INVESTMENTS JUNGLE GYM KILN LIVING ROOM SUITE MOVING COMPANY NAIL CARE OPEN HOUSE POULTRY QUILT ROLLING PIN SAIL BOAT TELEVISION UMBRELLA VENETIAN BLINDS WINDOW WASHER XYLOPHONE YARD WORK ZEBRA

310-3535


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www.pqbnews.com

Patricia Kew R.C.R.T

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“I need a nap,” she joked on the ferry ride back home Sunday night, and judging from what she’s been up to, who could blame her. Nanoose Bay wheelchair racer extraordinaire Michelle Stilwell is back home from another run at the Vancouver Sun Run. It has been a while since THE NEWS has talked to the world record holder and a Paralympic gold medalist in two, who has been busy Down Under, training for the 2012 London Games. Sunday’s 10K Sun Run, she said “was awesome.” The field of almost 50,000 saw about 10 wheelchair racers at the starting line, and the starting stretch, a slight downhill grade on Georgia Street, made for a fast start. “I hit 43.8 kms an hour,” Mikey chuckled. “I was like woooooooah.” It was supposed to be a

training run, more like a jog in runners terms she said, “but once you start racing ...” Back on March 8, Stilwell was called up to the podium in absentia at Sport BC’s 46th annual Athlete of the Year Awards, held at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond. It’s the third time Mikey won the Athlete with a Disability category — she was named in 2008 and 2009, but she is always quick to make the point she is an athlete first. The only other person to win the category three times is Rick Hansen. “I do it because I have a passion for sport, the awards just come from the results,” she said, adding, “it’s nice to be recognized but it’s definitely not why I do it, and I’m still a Paralympic athlete fighting to be seen as an athlete first, not as a person with a disability that competes in

I do it because I have a passion for sport. MICHELLE STILWELL

a sport.” She grew up in Winnipeg and was named Manitoba Athlete of the Year in 2009 over Olympic medalist cyclist/speedskater Clara Hughes. “And again, two gold meals in two different sports,” pointed out Michelle, who won her first Paralympic gold medal in basketball at the 2000 games in Sydney and powered her way to double gold in wheelchair racing in Bejing. “So, really we’re the same in that sense she uses equipment, I use equipment.” At one point in the interview, Mikey talked about her public speaking engagement and shed some light on her inner strength. On Saturday night she

was the guest note speaker at the Ringette National championships, held at the Vancouver Convention Center. More than 800 people attended the banquet. “It was good actually, a really great crowd; obviously lots of young girls right so I think they got the story, they could relate to the story of how I got injured.” Racing may be her passion, but inspiring others comes easily for the married mother of one. “I was 17 and I was with my boyfriend — I skipped school that day,” she said, and explained how he was giving her a piggyback ride down the stairs of the house when she fell backwards. “When I fell backwards my legs were still wrapped around his waist, and so my neck had a direct impact with the stair ... changed my life forever,” she surmised easily. See STILWELL, page A35

Parksville’s Quality Foods Royals are back in the thick of things thanks to a well-earned sweep of the Whalley Chiefs on Saturday. In action at Inouye-Wallace Field for their 2012 B.C. Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) home opener, the young Royals posted 4-1, 6-3 wins for their first points of the season. Conditions were cool but sunny for the Royals’ 18th annual home opener, and retired local principal Clyde Inouye, one of the founding fathers of the Royals and the league, was in fine spirits, joking with the boys as he limbered up along the third base line before throwing the ceremonial first pitch. In game one, Parksville product Andrew Evernden worked six strong innings and earned his first win as a starter on the senior team. Evernden gave up one earned run off three hits and struck out five. Ballenas Secondary School exchange student Yuki Takahashi from Japan came in in the top of the seventh and closed it out with his teammates rooting him on from the dugout. The 5’5” lefthander had a runner get on on an error to start the top of the seventh, then struck out the next two and finished it off with a ground ball to second for the third out. The Chiefs committed three errors in that game, the Royals two. “He changes speeds very well — he’s very deceptive,” Royals’ skipper Dave Wallace said after, and confirmed Evernden, in Grade 10 at Ballenas Secondary School, anchored a good team win. “He pitched very well; with confidence. It was a good learning experience for him,” said Wallace. See ROYALS SIT, page A34

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Andrew Everndon pitched six strong innings and Parksville’s Quality Foods Royals swept the visiting Whalley Chiefs on Saturday.


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Chiropractor Dr. Larry Smith is competing in the Penticton Ironman this summer in support of Parksville’s Forward House. On August 26 Smith will swim 3.8 km, cycle 180 km and run 42.2 km to help raise funds and awareness for the recreation for wellness programs of the local mental health and addictions recovery facility. “As our own Ironman, Dr. Larry provides the gold standard for responsibility for one’s own health and fulfillment. No less, he dedicates himself to a vital community,” said Forward House executive director Carol Richardson. “His Herculean performance asserts his commitment to well being and demonstrates triumph over self-limitation and endurance in challenging circumstances.” Smith, who competed in Ironman in 2006 and 2008, works with charitable organizations to raise funds for programs that empower those in need. “I feel very fortunate to once again be competing in

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Ironman Canada,” he said. “I am grateful to be a member of both the Forward House community and the Ironman community.”

“We are grateful to Dr. Larry for his enduring partnership, tangible supports and generosity of spirit. We are proud to know him and to collaborate in this exciting adventure,” Richardson said. She encourages people to support him, even just verbally — “tell Dr. Larry you believe in him and in the work of Forward House,” she said. But anyone donating over $20 will receive a tax receipt and a copy of Smith’s book Embracing the Journey of Recovery. Every donor is entered to win prizes totaling over $1,000, with monthly draws beginning May 15. “Life is about adaptation and overcoming adversity,” Smith said. “I have often viewed recovery from a serious injury or life threatening illness much the same as crossing the finish line of a race. As long as you keep moving toward the finish line, you are a winner.” Donate online at www.forwardhouse.com. For more information contact Forward House at 250954-0785 or 129, E. Jensen Ave, or Dr. Smith at 250-248-6333 or 255A E Island Hwy.

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Bayside Racquets Club held court over the weekend as it resurrected its spring tournament. “It went great; we had a good turnout,” BRC member and event organizer Nathan Chadwick said. Chadwick lost to fellow Parksvillian and top seeded Ron Butchko in the A final. It was the first time Chadwick has made it to an A final, while Butchko, a veteran on the local courts, went 3-0. Each match is best of five games to 15 points, and Butchko took the final three games to one.

“He’s a tough guy to play,” said Chadwick. In other action, Neil Mawdsley beat Steve Slaughter in the all-local B final, and Kate Butchko beat Amanda Bodenham in the C final. There were 24 players entered in the tournament, played out at the Bayside Quality Inn courts Friday and Saturday — the winners took home prizes. “We’re hoping to expand it to 34 or 36 players next year.” In the meantime, a reminder the Bayside Squash League, which goes Thursday nights and runs from September to May, is always looking for new members. For more information on the league call Nathan at 250-951-0251.

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“He’s young, he’s very young (but) he was certainly the dominant player in the game,” and that, he said, combined with some timely hits on the part of local players TR Doty and Liam Ballance, “was very encouraging. It was a very good team effort both games.” TR Doty, who plays second base, was 2-for-3 at the plate. Left fielder Liam Joyce was 1-for-2 at the plate and scored both times. Errington third baseman Liam Ballance belted a standup double for two RBIs in the second inning. If Everndon was happy with the outcome, he had good reason. He was called up last year and pitched for the senior Royals in a game they won, but this was his first start as a member of the premier team. The young chucker found out he’d be

starting game one last Thursday. “I just did what my coach told me, throw strikes and let my fielders make the plays,” he said from beside the dugout after the game. The righthander started playing with Oceanside Minor Baseball when he was around six, and confirmed that taking to the hill for the hometown club is something he’s been working towards for years. “Oh yeah,” he said. “It’s always been my goal ... it’s really nice to get a win and help the team.” Whalley dropped to 1-5 on the season for last place. In game two, the pinstripes struck for four runs in the scoring to open up a 4-0 lead and never looked back. The Royals put the ball in the hands of three pitchers in that

one. Keller Anderson threw the first four innings to earn the win. Rookie utility player Blake Heemskerk worked the 5th and 6th, and Yuki came in to close out the 7th with his second straight save. The Chiefs out-hit the Royals 10-9 in that one, and committed three errors to the Royals’ two. First baseman Clarke Ohman, a 6’3” junior from Vancouver, was 2-for-4 at the dish with two ribbies and two runs scored. Doty was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Heemskerk, Joyce and enter fielder Sam Visona connected for the other three RBIs. Ohman, and pitcher Calvin Sandhu, are Grade 11-aged players who have come over from the Vancouver Cannons program. Wallace said the two approached him about playing for the

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Oceanside Place was jumping on the weekend as a field of 430 skaters representing clubs from all over B.C. took to the ice for the first stop on Skate Canada’s Pond to Podium Super Series. This is the second year of the series meant to get young skaters used to high level competitions. It’s also the second year Parksville has hosted the opening even. Back at the helm and in his element overseeing the event was Ted Barton, Executive Director for Skate Canada BC. “This is probably the best facility, for our event, in the province; one of the best facilities for sure, and we’re bringing the provincial championships here in November,” he said, adding the series will be back April 2013 for the start of the Super Series’ third season. “It’s just a great location, the building is spectacular, the sponsors in this area are terrific ... it’s just a really good place to start our super series. It’s kind of like the beginning of the hockey season, it’s the start of the figure

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skating season.” Parksville is the first of six stops that make up the Super Series, which runs through to March of next year. From here the series moves to Surrey in May, then Burnaby in August, Kamloops in October, and back to Oceanside Place in November for the Super Series’ competitive stream final, which doubles as the provincial championships. The Skaters accumulate

points and have to compete in at least three of the events to qualify to podium in the Super Series final, and earn some of the prize money up for grabs. The skaters ranged in age from as young as four up to 20. The Super Series, said Barton, is growing, pointing out 540 skaters have signed up for Surrey. “We are growing because we’re reducing the number of (overall) competitions and fo-

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The sport is on solid footing in B.C. he confirmed, as evident by the results at the National championships back in January in Moncton, New Brunswick when Team BC captured 11 medals. The host Sandy Shores Skating Club had 15 skaters in the mix. One of the bright spots on the weekend had to be the smile on the face of Mia Murray, 12, who was rewarded with a bronze ribbon for her performance in the Girls Performance Program on Saturday. “She’s delightful to teach ... her skating has really improved a lot, and she just loves to perform,” SSSC co-head coach Leslee Rushton said. “That’s the first time she’s competed in over a year, and that’s only her second competition ever. She did great.” “It’s a really good start to the season,” said Rushton. “It was a great opportunity for them to compete in their own building where they train all year, and a great way to judge where the work needs to be done for the next (event).” Look online at pqbnews.com for local results.

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Members of Celtic Chaos will be on hand for the Wednesday, April 18 performance of Dancing at Lughnasa to play Celtic music in the foyer of the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach. The performance is being held to help raise money to send the ECHO Players’ production to the Theatre BC Festival in Courtenay in May. Producer Lesley McVey said there are some costs associated with taking the play to the festival including transporting the set up Island. She said the costs add up and could be as much as $4,000. She added that if they are victorious in Courtenay they will need to do more fundraising. “If we win we have to go to Kamloops… FILE PHOTO but one step at a time.” Celtic Chaos performs at the When Dancing at Lughnasa wraps up Village Theatre April 18. April 22 at the Village Theatre the production will be presented at the North Island Zone Theatre Festival on May 18. McVey said there is always pressure when you take a production to a drama festival but she looks forward to the feedback from the out of town visitors and the advice handed out by the adjudicator. “It is always an interesting week. You learn so much seeing other plays,” she said. Celtic Chaos will do a pre-show performance from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby and will bring out their fiddles during the intermission. Irish drinks will be served at the bar. Anyone who would like to help towards the costs of taking the production to Courtenay, can make a contribution at the box office before and after the show and at intermission on April 18. The play by one of Ireland’s best loved playwright, Brian Friel. For tickets call the box office at 250-752-1980.

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Notice of Workshop Session Little Qualicum River Regional Park Management Plan & Meadowood Community Park Design The Regional District of Nanaimo, Recreation and Parks Department, is pursuing the two projects noted above. The parks are located adjacent to one another in Electoral Area ‘F’. You are invited to share ideas about park issues, desired future site features, and overall visions for each park at the projects’ first Workshop. Pre-registration is required to enable event planning. Saturday, April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 4:00pm Qualicum Beach Civic Centre (747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach) RSVP by Friday, April 20th to recparks@rdn.bc.ca or call 1-888-828-2069. Visit www.rdn.bc.ca for more information.


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Village Voices choir marks 20th BRENDA GOUGH

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A lot can happen in two decades and for the Village Voices Choir it has been 20 years of growing and sharing beautiful music with the community. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Village Voices of Qualicum Beach, a community based choir whose members have grown from just a few in 1992, to 65. To celebrate the rich history of the choir, a special concert is being held on Sunday, April 22 at the Christian Fellowship Centre in Qualicum Beach. The choir has thrived, grown and undergone many personnel changes under a number of directors over the last two decades. For the past five years the highlyqualified and accomplished Rosemary Lindsay has directed the choir. Under her tutelage, the Village Voices have continued to live up to their motto: To be the best that we can be and still have fun. Lindsay said the choir has deep community roots and six of the original members are still involved. “It is a fabulous group of people,” she said. Lindsay said they have a young Ballenas high school student who loves to come out and sing and the choir really does span all generations. “She fits right in.”

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The Village Voices Choir celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special concert April 22 at the Christian Fellowship Centre on Village Way in Qualicum Beach.

Since its inception, The Village Voices have made appearances at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo and many other varied locations on Vancouver Island during the concert series Voices of the Island. Traditionally, the choir has invited other choirs and musical groups to share their concerts. On this special occasion they will go it alone with a stunning program chosen by the singers themselves. Lindsay said the collection of their favorites is guaranteed to delight. “Rather than picking the music myself, I asked members to send a list and I was able to include all of their suggestions. They are the ones they have fun singing and a lot of them are Canadian songs.”

In honour of the 20th anniversary the choristers have invited all previous singers to join them in their final song Those Were The Days. Lindsay said one of the original directors contacted them and provided some anecdotes from the early days and their humble beginnings. He admitted that at first it was far fetched to believe the choir would get off the ground but there was enthusiasm in the community right from the start. Lindsay said while it can be difficult to contact past members hopefully the word will get out and they will be able to join them for the concert which goes April 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Christian Fellowship Centre on Village Way in Qualicum Beach.

Columnist Dr. Neill Neill taking some time off QUALICUM BEACH — Dr. Neill Neill, whose column normally appears in the PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS on the second Tuesday of each month, is taking some time off from writing to recover from a stroke.

Neill said he’s doing fine, working on his rehabilitation and hoping to return to his column and his psychology practice in Qualicum Beach in a few months. THE NEWS and Black Press wishes

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Kathy Robinson’s Grade three class at Winchelsea Elementary School enthusiastically skipped as a group around the school.

Students jump rope for heart BRENDA GOUGH

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On Friday, April 13 the students at Winchelsea Elementary School in Parksville picked up their skipping ropes and jumped for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Jump Rope For Heart is an annual event in which students collect pledges and then jump for a solid half an hour. By participating the students learn the importance of physical activity, healthy eating and giving to others. Statistics show that 26 per cent of Canada’s children are overweight or obese, putting them at high risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Through skipping and fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, students are helping the foundation fund vital research, support health education and advocate for change. As of April 13, the class had raised $3,600.

ART CONTEST NANAIMO REGIONAL GENERAL HOSPITAL (NRGH) Is holding an art contest for selected pieces to be permanently displayed in the New Emergency Department Expansion, opening September 2012. Exhibited items may be paintings in various media, drawings, ceramics, or sculptures and must be framed or mounted and ready for display. We invite pieces of art that celebrate life, are uplifting, inspiring and/or humorous in nature. Items must physically fit into the space provided for the exhibit (max of 8 ft by 14 ft) Contest is from April 15-June 30, 2012 and submissions must be received by June 30th, 2012 in photograph, slide, PDF, jpeg or CD format stating finished dimensions and age category*. A small honorarium will be paid to those individuals who have pieces selected and the art will become the property of the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Only one entry per person is allowed. Contest is open to residents of Central Vancouver Island in two categories: *Over 19 years of age or 19 years of age and under (Geographic boundaries are: top of the Malahat and North to Fanny Bay including all communities in between and over to the West Coast including Port Alberni and West Coast communities) For more detailed information and contest rules go to:

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Spring Fling fun

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Ballenas Secondary School hosted its Spring Fling community carnival for the family on Fri., April 13

Ballenas Secondary School student Kris Barnes prepares for a dunking as Jackson Nowak, 7, prepares to fire.

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Mikayla Butterworth, 6, tosses a pig at the Ballenas Secondary Spring Fling Friday.

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Peter McCully, Publisher of the Parksville Qualicum Beach News is pleased to make the following announcements: Marlene Georgica is welcomed back to the NEWS as an Advertising Representative. Marlene will be offering marketing and advertising assistance exclusively to those in the real estate industry, being responsible for the NEWSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; weekly Real Estate Update and the monthly Real Estate guide. A former Advertising Representative of the News from 2006-2008, she is eager to re-connect with businesses in the area. Marlene enjoys the outdoors with her family and newly adopted dog Tara. You just might see her walking one of Parksville and Qualicum Beach famous trails and walkways so please say hello!

Marlene takes over for Leigh Ann Cameron who will be leaving the NEWS to re-locate to a newspaper in Manitoba, allowing her to be closer to family. Leigh Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-workers and former clients wish her a safe journey and good luck in her endeavours.

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