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Artist Jason Gress puts the finishing touches on the assembly of his sculpture, titled “Frame”, as his daughter, Ruby, poses for her mother’s camera at Maffeo Sutton Park. The city and Nanaimo Art Gallery installed seven public art pieces at locations on the waterfront and at Beban Park Social Centre Tuesday. The works, created by local artists, will be on display until next spring when they will be put up for auction.

Commuter challenge kicks off Bike to Work Week BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN

Ralph Nilson hopes to teach Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan a lesson when it comes to the benefits of commuting by bicycle instead of a motor vehicle. To help kick off Bike to Work Week, May 28-June 3, Nilson, Vancouver Island University president, and Rut-

tan will participate in the annual Commuter Challenge, a good-natured competition between cyclist (Nilson) and driver (Ruttan), staged to demonstrate the comparability of travel times throughout the city. Both will start at the VIU campus at noon on Tuesday (May 15) and, obeying all traffic laws along the five-kilometre pre-planned route, will end up

at Diana Krall Plaza 10 to 15 minutes later. Ruttan said he is confident his mode of transportation will prevail. “The rumours of me using a Lamborghini are simply untrue,” quipped Ruttan. “But I do know a guy with a red convertible Ferrari. Maybe I’ll ask if I can use it.” ◆ See ‘ANNUAL’ ‘ /6

B.C Ferries, the provincial government and coastal communities will have to work together if the ferry service is to stay afloat and meet the needs of users. Blair Lekstrom, transportation and infrastructure minister, introduced key amendments to the Coastal Ferry Act Wednesday. The changes are in response to a report filed in January by B.C. Ferries Commissioner Gord Macatee, who made 24 recommendations to improve the vision and financial viability of the struggling service, which has seen fares rise dramatically over the past eight years while ridership has dropped to its lowest level in two decades. Eighteen of Macatee’s recommendations were included in the amendments. Lekstrom also announced the province would inject $79.5 million over four years to B.C. Ferries to help take pressure off fare increases, on top of the annual $150-million provincial subsidy already received. “All of us have to come together for a sustainable system,” said Lekstrom. Taxpayers will provide B.C. Ferries with $49.6 million up front, followed by $10.5 million next year, $11 million in 2014, and $11.5 million in 2015. Along with the cash boost, B.C. Ferries is tasked with finding $15 million in operational efficiencies and an additional $30 million in service adjustments. That could include reducing underutilized routes, some of which operate at less than 30-per cent capacity. ◆ See ‘EVERYTHING’ /7

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Field trip goes fishing I t’s never hard to lure children into having fun. Two classes from Bayview Elementary School had plenty of excitement Tuesday at Colliery Dam Park when they released rainbow trout into the park’s lower lake and then learned how to fish for them. Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery provided the fish and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. provided the expertise through its Learn to Fish program and Sport Fishing Ambassadors, who taught the chil-

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Morden Mine park pitch well-received BY CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWS BULLETIN

Efforts to save one of only two remaining coal mining headframes and tipples in North America took a step forward Monday. A Friends of Morden Mine Society delegation met with Terry Lake, B.C. environment minister, to discuss Morden Colliery Provincial Historic Park, the work required to save the mine’s headframe and tipple and the park’s potential development as a recreational and tourism site. Built in 1913, the headframe has deteriorated over the years to the point the structure is unsafe. The site

became a provincial park in 1972 but has seen little in terms of development. Society members Eric Ricker, John Hofman and John Knappett, and Parksville-Qualicum Liberal MLA Ron Cantelon, spoke with Lake for 30 minutes. “We had to get a lot across in the time we had available to us, but I think we definitely have his interest,” said Ricker. “We discussed in detail the structural failings, the most vulnerable parts of the structure that need immediate attention. “At all times we emphasized there just isn’t much time left for the structure. We have to move quickly or it’s going to be lost.”

The next stage is to get the government to cough up the money.

Lake agreed to consider a proposal on the costs of an engineering study to determine what’s involved to fix Morden. “We should have that proposal to him in the next couple of weeks and then it will be up to

him to find the money to fund that study,” said Ricker. “The next stage is to get the government to cough up the money to get somebody on the site to start the work. We didn’t get into that kind of detail because they want the study first.” Ricker knows funding is hard to come by for these type of projects, but if the government can repair the headframe and tipple, the Friends of Morden Mine would fundraise the estimated $2 million it would take to turn the park into an interpretive centre. “Governments over the years have acquired more and more parks but haven’t funded development,” he said.

“A way of getting out of this spiral is to enter into partnership agreements with communities that care about their parks. I think [Lake] liked that idea, but I can’t say he’s going to run with it.” Cantelon said his role in the delegation was to impress upon Lake that the site is an important piece of history. “It is the only surviving relic, above ground, of coal mining in B.C. It needs to be preserved,” he said. “The park has great potential in terms of recreation and tourism, and ties in with so many things we are trying to do on the Island.” With the risk of the Morden headframe collapsing, time is not a luxury as costs continue to increase to repair it. “The first step is to put in a proposal to what it would cost for an engineering study of what needs to be done. I hope, and trust, that will be acceptable to the minister,” said Cantelon. “It is a provincial park, and we need to keep our provincial parks up to snuff.” For more on Morden Mine, please go to www. mordenmine.com. news@nanaimobulletin.com

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Woman found dead in vehicle Paramedics and firefighters were unable to revive a 42-year-old Ladysmith woman found slumped over in her car south of Nanaimo Tuesday. Emergency crews were called out at about 6:20 p.m. after a motorist spotted a red Ford Focus that had run into thick bushes off Yellow Point Road, near Gould Road West in Cedar. The motorist stopped to check the car and found the woman slumped over and unresponsive. Police said the victim, whose name was not released, might have suffered a medical trauma prior to the crash. Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services along with the B.C. Coroner’s Office are continuing the investigation.

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Toshio Suzuki postponed a cancer treatment to be at the B.C. legislature Monday, to witness a formal apology for the province’s role in the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Suzuki was seven years old in the spring of 1942 when he and his family were ordered off their strawberry farm in Pitt Meadows and put on a train at Port Hammond. Along with his parents and two older siblings, he worked in the sugar beet fields of Manitoba until six years after the end of the conflict. Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto introduced a motion to apologize Monday, with unanimous support. Yamamoto told the legislature how her father was removed from high school in Vancouver and interned along with 21,000 Canadians of Japanese descent, 14,000 of whom were born in Canada. In 1988 the federal government made a formal apology and provided a $300 million compensation package, including $21,000 for each of the 13,000 survivors, $12 million for a Japanese community fund and $24 million to set up the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. – Black Press

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Annual challenge launches bike-awareness campaign ◆ From /1 With a favourable downhill ride, Nilson said he thinks getting exercise and eliminating carbon emissions will result not only in improved health and a cleaner environment, but a winning time as well. “I doubt John even knows how to drive a Ferrari,” said Nilson. “But for me, we’ve got some very good people at our institution. They’re very strong on sustainability and provide a lot of leadership on our campus, and we’ve got a strong sustainability policy here and when asked, I thought it was important to act in a leadership role and help promote sustainable transportation while having some fun with it.” Rob Lawrance, environmental planner for the city and Bike to Work Week committee member, said drivers in the challenge often have a pretty good feeling they’re going to win at the start of the challenge. “Then they realize they have to find parking and make their way to the plaza,” he said. Doug Routley, NanaimoNorth Cowichan NDP MLA, will also ride his bicycle for the event, taking on Nanaimo Car Share’s Kurt Fischer on another pre-planned route. The event is designed to create awareness for Bike to Work Week and encour-

We’re trying to encourage people to get on their bicycles by building trails like the E&N or Parkway trails.

age teams from businesses and organizations to sign up either at Diana Krall Plaza – where sponsors and past teams will be available to answer questions, provide cycling demonstrations and tips, and encourage people to participate – or online at www.biketowork.ca/nanaimo. Ruttan noted the city continues to provide improved and additional cycling infrastructure, pointing out that the city’s first dedicated bike lane on Third Street, designed with input from VIU, will enable students to safely access the university on their bicycles. “We’re trying to encourage people to get on their bicycles by building trails like the E&N or Parkway trails, and by working with the RDN to have bike carriers on buses,” said

Ruttan. “Exercise and wellness are huge factors today. By keeping people healthy and active it cuts down on the costs of medical care in later years and it assists with the environment. Commuting by bicycle and other clean methods of transportation is something we encourage.” Bike to Work Week, held in cities across the continent, will feature celebration stations along popular cycling routes (check the website for locations) throughout the week for commuters. Those stations will feature prizes, snacks, tune-ups and flat repairs. At the end of the week, a wrap-up party will take place June 3 from 1-4 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park, where there will be a bike polo demonstration, grand prize winners, and information booths and displays. So far, 15 teams have registered. “It’s getting bigger every year,” said Lawrance. “The Commuter Challenge is used to remind people that it’s coming and to get their bikes out and ready to go. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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City earns repeat honours for safety Nanaimo is being recognized for its commitment to safety for a second straight year. The City of Nanaimo attained an Honourable Mention in the City of Excellence award process. The city won the Award in 2011, and is the only municipality to receive the Honourable Mention this year. In order to win the recognition, municipalities must have an exemplary record of safety for excavation practices as well as an excellent Occupational Health and Safety Program and safety record. The city says the award is a reflection of the priority it places on the safety and well being of its employees and the dedication of these employees in maintaining a safe workplace. “I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of the employees of the City of Nanaimo and to congratulate them for their dedication in making the city a safe place to work,” said Mayor John Ruttan, in a press release. The award is sponsored by the B.C. Municipal Safety Association and the B.C. Common Ground Alliance. The award will be presented Monday (May 14) during the scheduled council meeting at the Shaw Auditorium.

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Critics not sold on new approach BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN

Infusing B.C. Ferries with cash is a temporary measure to assist the corporation’s bottom line, but critics say it doesn’t solve the inherent problems the service is facing with decreasing ridership and increasing costs. The province announced this week that B.C. Ferries will receive $79.5 million in taxpayer money over the next four years – 49.6 million up front – to reduce pressure on fare rate increases. Amendments will also be made to the Coastal Ferry Act in response to 24 recommendations made by B.C. Ferries Commissioner Gord Macatee in January. “That doesn’t get us past the gut issues, which is [B.C. Ferries] is still not a fully transparent, government-controlled Crown corporation or some equivalent,” said Leonard Krog Nanaimo NDP MLA. “The fact is, it is part of our highway system, it’s a very important economic driver

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and generator for coastal communities, and it needs to be under direct Crown control.” B.C. Ferries was also told to find $45 million in efficiencies, an effort that will include considerable consultation with coastal com-

munities that rely on the quasi-private corporation. Communities will be asked to present ideas regarding possible service cuts or community contributions to maintain current service levels. John Hodgkins, a Gab-

riola Ferry Advisory Committee member, said much of the initial $49.6 million will be used to mop up the deficit from last year. “And because this year’s rates are already fixed, there will likely be a similar deficit at the end of this

fiscal year,” said Hodgkins. “That makes us wonder if the remaining money will actually be enough to keep rates down.” Hodgkins added that while consultation is welcome, the advisory committee will have to take a wait-and-see approach to see how effective that consultation is. “There are a lot of unanswered questions,” he said. While pleased with any consultation opportunities, Krog said the action the Liberal government is taking now is an indication of failed past policy when it comes to B.C. Ferries. “There is little you can say over the past 11 years that the Liberals have been right on, and the recent changes are just an acknowledgment of how bad their policy was,” he said. “For people on the coast there is a high level of frustration around what has happened with B.C. Ferries. Not quite on par maybe with the HST but close.” reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Theysay Premier Christy Clark said the legislative changes and extra subsidy are designed to meet her commitment to keep fare increases under control, despite declining ridership that is also being seen in Washington state ferries. “People are just not spending the kind of money traveling that they used to,” Clark said. ◆ NDP ferry critic Gary Coons described the changes as “incremental steps in the right direction.” Coons said the ban on cross-subsidization of routes was a mistake that drove steep increases on the smaller routes, and has hurt small communities that depend on ferry service.

◆ From /1 “At this point everything is on the table,” said Lekstrom, adding that cable ferries and bridges would also be considered if communities support them. The legislative amendments will give Macatee more flexibility to determine the amount of revenue needed to sustain operations and support ongoing investment in the service. To make his report, Macatee consulted more than 2,000 B.C. residents with stakes in the ferry service. Lekstrom said coastal communities will continue to play a large part in determining how B.C. Ferries operates in the future. “Options that local communities want to bring to the table is a discussion we are about to engage in,” he said, adding that some decisions ferry-dependent communities make could be “uncomfortable”.

Other recommendations Macatee made included switching the fleet to liquid nitrogen gas from diesel to save about $30 million in fuel costs and linking fare rate increases to inflation, something Lekstrom admitted will take some time to implement. Current fare increases are capped at just over four per cent. It costs two adult passengers and a vehicle $79.55 to go one way from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay. Mike Corrigan, B.C. Ferries chief executive officer, said the cash boost and $45 million in service efficiencies will help the corporation meet its financial goals and take the pressure off fare rate increases, adding communities will play an important role in determining those efficiencies. “As for Ferry Advisory Committees, I would say they will take a leadership role representing their communities out there in terms

of what are the important issues for ferries and ferry services going forward,” said Corrigan. “The FACs are vitally important today and will be more important going forward.” Corrigan added that despite financial woes, B.C. Ferries staff and user safety has not been affected. Lekstrom said community engagement will occur immediately and once the changes are implemented, B.C. Ferries will be charting a new course. “The ferry system is going to look different,” he said. “It’s got 52 years of experience behind it, but we cannot continue to see B.C. Ferries run with under-utilization.” reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Drastic change to ferries vital It’s going to take some time to turn the ship around, but at least there is recognition that B.C Ferries needs a major adjustment to how it does business. The reality is that the quasi-private corporation simply can’t continue on its current course, and it will take co-operation between coastal communities, the provincial government, and B.C. Ferries to chart a more sustainable future for the service from which coastal residents all demand a lot. B.C. Ferries has worked within its contract with the province to provide a service with little success over the past decade. Now the ferry commissioner has a new mandate and more leeway in deciding how B.C. Ferries will look in the future. Some of those ideas will come from coastal communities and it will be up to those communities to make some extremely difficult decisions. As Transport and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom said, everything is on the table. In other words, the status quo can’t continue and communities will have to choose between reduced service levels or paying to keep current service levels. All other ideas, such as bridges or cable ferries, will be considered. At the same time, B.C. Ferries will have to dig deep to find $45 million in efficiencies, all in an effort to keep fare rate increases down and promote better ridership numbers. Whatever the process determines, B.C. Ferries is eventually going to look much different than it has over its previous 52-year history. There is a lot riding on this process. Our ferry system is part of our woven social fabric that includes our economy, tourism, food supply and how we choose to move around. That fabric has an ever-widening hole and it’s going to take all hands on deck working together to mend it. The Nanaimo News Bulletin is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org

Safety onus falls on riders, drivers Go ahead, put on a Department rider. It just can’t get to those of Transport approved motorspeeds as quickly. cycle helmet, your best pair of What’s more, a smaller bike is running shoes, and run as fast actually less safe on a highway as you can into the nearest tele– they’re easily blown around by phone pole. bigger vehicles and can’t pass as How’d that feel? efficiently. Probably not too good. Maybe Still, self-preservation is key. you broke an arm, or a leg, maybe A defensive rider, one who some ribs. Maybe you got off stays near to posted speed limlucky and suffered only its, is aware of what deep-tissue bruising. is around him and SATURDAY If your athleticism strongly believes that BEAT falls somewhere in every driver within a between Usain Bolt one-kilometre radius is Toby Gorman and a banana slug, you about to do something Reporter p probably hit the pole extremely stupid, is a doing about 10 km/h. rider who has a much Think then, the dambetter chance of living age that might be done to see the next day. by hitting that pole at An aggressive rider, 50 km/h, or 100. one who weaves While I applaud the through traffic, wheeprovincial governlies down highways, ment’s decision to and pushes the limramp up motorcycle safety, impleits of his bike, is generally the menting stricter helmet requiremost likely to be one of the 203 ments and reducing engine motorcyclists who have lost their power available to new riders are lives on B.C. roads in the last five unlikely to curb rising motorcycle years. accidents in B.C. There are exceptions, such as The problem isn’t better lids or the bozo who scorched traffic horsepower, it’s common sense. near Victoria last month postA new rider on a 250cc or a ing speeds of almost 300 km/h. 1000cc bike is going to suffer the Unfortunately, cautious and same fate if the driver of a car responsible riders also end up turns left in front of them, which being part of the gruesome stats. just happens to be one of the leadHaving ridden motorcycles ing causes of motorcycle fataliintermittently for the past 15 ties pretty much anywhere there years, I’ve evolved from the idiot are motorcycles. Though less rider to the defensive rider, and powerful, a 250cc is quite capable I sometimes shake my head at of reaching excessive speeds, some of the stupid things my certainly speeds that can kill its friends and I did.

We were lucky, pure and simple, not to have had a serious accident, or worse. These days, when I get on my 650cc Kawasaki, it’s not to show the world how cool I can be on a motorcycle. It’s to get from one place to another and enjoy a little wind in my face. And make no mistake, I’m on red alert at all times. As free as riding a motorcycle can make you feel, it makes you feel equally as vulnerable. It’s a vulnerability that no driver of a car/pickup/truck understands. A simple fender bender with a motorcycle can be lights out for the rider. I keep my distance from cars like a scuba diver does from a great white shark – both are equally unpredictable. My defences are passive. I have a loud exhaust to alert drivers I’m nearby, and I plan on buying a bright green safety jacket, impossible to miss for those who like to turn left across oncoming traffic with inches to spare. I slow down at most intersections just in case. B.C. roads are always going to be dangerous for motorcyclists, whether they have approved brain buckets or not. As long as there are invincible attitudes, motorcycles, and careless drivers accidents and tragedies will happen. How the numbers stack up all depends on driver/rider education and common sense, not a DOT-approved helmet and less powerful machines. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com


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Downtown offers much other areas of Nanaimo can’t BY FRANK MURPHY

I live downtown and I think that my neighbourhood has three things yours doesn’t. Before I tell you what they are let me say that here’s what we have in common: we’re both very fond of our neighbourhoods. Permit me a broad brush stroke when I say I’ve lived in your neighbourhood and was also very fond of it. Raised the kid, enjoyed its almost rural feel with nearby trails and parks. Good schools and playing fields. Nanaimo has terrific suburban neighbourhoods, but my downtown one has some things they don’t. ◆ Jobs. Hundreds of them. Jobs in tailor shops, offices, restaurants and pubs. Jobs in medical and dental clinics, law and accounting offices. Jobs in auto repair and warehouses and printing shops. Dozens more at the fire hall and the police station and city hall. Inner city neighbourhoods like mine are economic engines. On my morning walk, I enjoy the buzz and vitality of people arriving in my neighbourhood, very often by bus, to their workplaces. Some arrive to attend courses at the music conservatory or trade school. Through the day they patronize the coffee bars, restaurants and specialty retail stores. ◆ Diversity. My inner city neighbourhood has a much greater demographic mix than your suburban neighbourhood. Within a 10-minute walk, I can enjoy, by quick count, 10 restaurants that feature cuisines from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Different languages are often heard on the streets of my neighbourhood, for example as young people from around the world studying at VIU travel through on their way downtown.

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Teachers driven to withdrawal To the Editor, Re: Unresolved dispute will cause harm, Letters, May 3. William H. Johnston believes that volunteer service is an expectation to be demanded of teachers. Extra-curricular programs in the schools are completely voluntary. They have been provided in schools, for many years, by teachers, principals and parents. Some community members believe that teachers must coach and sponsor programs such as sports teams, sporting events, student clubs, student councils, dramatic productions,

An immigrant support office recently opened. Business people who continue to work in the neighbourhood have, over the past 20 years, made large investments in both commercial and residential developments – condos and also quality rental housing, an important element that adds to the economic diversity of the neighbourhood which also often means more young people. ◆ Walkability. Along with good, convenient transit, I have access to everything I need on foot. I can, and have, walked to my dentist, my doctor, my lawyer, my accountant. Happily, none of which I have to do very often. Many neighbourhood residents live within walking distance of their work and could easily do without a car. An inexpensive bus ride from the end of my block takes me quickly to B.C. Ferries. On the other side there’s generally an express bus waiting and a half hour later, and all for well under twenty bucks, I’m at the corner of Granville and Georgia. Kids in my neighbourhood can, and mostly do, walk to school. The main reason my neighbourhood has these features and yours doesn’t is because more people live more closely together in mine. Because of this, it contributes per square kilometre vastly more property tax revenue to city hall than yours does. It supports an old-fashioned shopping street like the ones all our neighbourhoods used to have before we started designing our cities for cars. ◆ Frank Murphy lives downtown and thinks that his neighbourhood has some things yours doesn’t. What do you think? Murphy’s urbanist website is www. thesidewalkballet.com.

Christmas concerts, noon-hour clubs, band concerts, awards nights and proms. With this comes numerous fundraising activities to support these wonderful extracurricular programs. Parents and members of the community have always been our partners in these activities, however they freely choose whether to participate, and they are not publicly shamed if they withdraw help. Teachers are trying to bring the public’s attention to the important issues that we are facing with the passing of Bill 22.

To the Editor, Even as the lesson of Greece unfolds before us, Premier Christy Clark chooses the same path of fiscal irresponsibility. It’s been said that when you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can be assured of Paul’s support. In the interest of expediency and vote buying, Clark is offering an unneeded and costly ‘family day’ and despite being in the midst of our coldest month, it plays well with the ‘Pauls’ of the electorate. The 102,900 (2008) government workers who will enjoy yet another day off with pay, courtesy of the taxpayers and employers in the private sector are Pauls’, as are the employees who gladly see another expense heaped upon their employers. It’s sad that people can be so selfish and short-sighted, believing that short-term gains will never have repercussions further down the road. Greece, France, Spain and others who have chosen this path present a clear warning that will, it seems, be ignored. Premier Clark and the B.C. Liberals are playing us for fools, using our own money to do so. We rejected the HST which empirically, was a better way to levy taxes, and then we embrace a costly and unnecessary ‘holiday’ at our own expense. Thomas Jefferson is credited

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The current government has completed its first decade of destruction. Our students love and miss their extra-curricular activities; however, they risk greater harm through oversized classrooms and decreased supports for all students. All children have the right to access quality public education, and I encourage the community to speak out and demand that the government provide the proper support to the students of this province. Extra-curricular programs are just that: extra. Before criticizing our teachers, con-

sider for a moment the amazing number of programs and activities that teachers have chosen to support over the years. Teachers have been driven to withdraw their voluntary participation in this multitude of activities for a very compelling reason; students have seen an unprecedented level of lost supports over the past decade. In response, the decision to withdraw volunteer service was not made lightly and is in support of high quality public education. K.L. Mercier Nanaimo

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with saying: “The government you elect is government you deserve.” But H.L. Mencken said it even better: “People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard.” Randy O’Donnell Nanaimo

Smart meter program doesn’t make sense To the Editor, Re: Hydro investigates smart meter concerns, Letters, May 8. I read Ted Olynyk’s letter and now I’m confused.

He stated it was a colder winter at the time smart meters were installed. But Global National TV reported a warmer winter across Canada, with B.C. being 2.7 C warmer. Can Olynyk tell us if the smart meters are really working as stated on B.C. Hydro’s website. It is my understanding that the data collection system still has to be installed. Olynyk stated lots of benefits for smart meters, like faster response to power outages. But B.C. Hydro can tell something is wrong from the current control stations already in place. Other benefits are new tools to help save energy that we have to buy as per B.C. Hydro’s website, and safer delivery of power by reducing theft and making it safer for workers, as per the website. B.C. Hydro has found many sites where power was being stolen and they let it keep happening without telling first responders (except the police), endangering their lives. I was told the smart meters were part of a bigger deal done in some back room. Strange that when it comes to other Hydro projects, the public has a chance to have some input, but smart meters are just pushed on us. Who should we believe? Ron Lychak Nanaimo

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VIU professors present Extreme Science show VIU student Richard Salmon are also helping. “It’s rewarding for us as a group to get kids excited about science,” said Penner. “And it goes the other way too. The response from the kids certainly keeps us ‘extreme scientists’ excited about putting on the show.” Extreme Science is a popular spring fundraiser for LED Africa, a charity started by Penner. The org anization aims to provide solarpowered lighting systems to rural secondary schools in Malawi, Africa. Penner developed a connection with Malawi when he taught there 20 years ago. In 2008, Penner and his colleagues from the University of Malawi set up a test system at a school using energy efficient LED lights powered by a solar panel on the roof. The total power required for a 50-student classroom is about 40 watts, which keeps expenses low. A f t e r a p o s i t ive response from the test school, Penner created LED Africa. Lighting systems were installed in classrooms at three schools in 2009 and six more schools in 2010, with the help of technicians from the University of Malawi. In 2011 LED Africa installed classroom

Physics and chemistry faculty are getting their props and concoctions ready for the fourth annual Extreme Science show at Vancouver Island University. The startling and occasionally loud demonstrations will entertain close to 1,200 students in four shows this year. Tickets are available for the public presentation of explosions, i m p l o s i o n s, fly i n g ar rows, fire, lightning and illusions at Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo campus at 7 p.m. Thursday (May 17). Tickets are $10 and are available from Kool&Child on Bowen Road. “It’s a challenge each year to come up with new demonstrations on a tight budget but it’s fun creating them and seeing people’s response when we try them out,” said Ray Penner, VIU physics professor. The show is being staged by six faculty from the physics department – Greg Arkos, Debbie Hearn, Owen Peer, Jim Slater, Frank LoPinto and Penner – along with two faculty from chemistry – Peter Diamente and Sandy Patrick. VIU student Greg Vandergrift and former

Physics professors Greg Arkos and Ray Penner demonstrate (in a previous edition of Extreme Science) how the distribution of weight can be particularly important if someone is smashing a concrete block on your chest while you are on a bed of nails. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

lighting systems at an additional five secondary schools in Malawi bringing the total to 14 schools. The cost to set up a classroom is $1,200, with two classroom systems being installed at each school. The single solar panel, the battery, and cables which are required for each classroom are

purchased from suppliers within Malawi. The battery box, which holds the battery and the controls, as well as the stands for the LED lanterns are built by local Malawian carpenters. The lanterns are all assembled by Malawians. This year’s Extreme Science show is spon-

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Spencer Rispin reads with his son James, 4, on a bench in Diana Krall Plaza during the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival April 5. The 26th annual event transformed downtown Nanaimo into a festive, colourful mass of tents, balloons, children and storybook characters as more than 550 people poured into the site and surrounding venues. RACHEL STERN

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Today’s technology and the preservation of yesterday’s stories is the focus of a Nanaimo Community Archives free public lecture. From Reel-to-Reel to MP3: The Challenge of Converting Archival Records takes place May 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Harbourfront Library. “Over the last decade, we’ve been really challenged to convert old sound recordings, photographs and moving images to new technologies” said Christine Meutzner, archives manager. “After all, historical materials have no value if they are not accessible to the general public.” The presentation features the first public showing of old 16 mm film footage of Nanaimo that was recently converted to a new format. For more information, please call 250753-4462 or e-mail n a n a i m o a rch ive s @ gmail.com.

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Older pets worth adopting There are dozens of reasons to adopt an older cat or dog, but only one that really matters: It’s the right thing to do. “There are so many benefits to adopting an older pet,” said Lorie Chortyk, B.C. SPCA spokeswoman. “They’re more settled, they’re house-trained, their personalities are fully developed and you know how big they’ll get. The best reason to adopt one, however, is because they deserve it.” Senior dogs often have many good

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When you turn on your tap asks you to “Get to know and clean, safe water comes your H2O.” Think about the out, do you ever wonder how impact of your everyday acit got there or what happens tions and how a few simple when it goes down the drain? changes really can make a Or why you should care? difference. “It is often said that the Have you thought about ability to provide clean how much water you can drinking wasave by ter and treat limiting sewage is the your shower greatest contime to five tribution to minutes, or public health by turning off our world has the tap while seen se en,” ssay ayss brus br ushi hing ng Daisy Foster, your teeth? CEO of BC How about Water & by reducing Waste Assolawn waterciation. “Yet, drinkingwaterweek.org ing or raising in our part of the level of the world, we your lawn take for granted that we can mower blade to cut down on simply turn on the tap and evaporation? clean water gushes out. We Did you know that what we forget that we use that same put down our sink or toilet treated water to hose down can have a serious impact p our driveways and water our on fish and the aquatic environment? Detergents, lawns. We flush our toilets and away it goes along with medications, and many other whatever we put down there.” household products end She adds, “We make the up at wastewater treatment effort to turn out lights to plants where special processconserve energy, yet we es are required to minimize don’t make the connection the impact on the receiving between energy and water waters. Fats, oils and grease use. Many of us are unaware that we put down our drains of the energy that is used to can often cause blockages in treat and distribute water.” sewer lines resulting in costly repairs. During Drinking During Drinking Water Water Week, take the time to Week, May 13 – 19, 2012, BC Water & Waste Association find out about safer disposal

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■ 26% of British Columbians have no idea where the water that flows from their tap comes from.* ■ The average Canadian uses 329 litres of water per day. However, the average Canadian thinks they only use 132 litres per day.* ■ We use up to 50% more water in the summertime when people are watering their lawns and gardens.** *2011 Canadian Water Attitudes Study, commissioned by RBC and Unilever Canada **BC Stats 2009

For more water wise tips and ‘Did You Knows’, and to download educational ducatio activities for your home or classroom, visit www.drinkingwaterweek.org.

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Learn more about our precious water resources and how you can protect them. Watch for Team WaterSmart at workshops and community events! www.teamwatersmart.ca Brought to you by the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection program partners:

THIS WEEK: Tune into Channel 4’s “The Daily” at 6 PM for a visual tour of the South Fork Dam on the Nanaimo River. Learn about the journey of your drinking water, from the river to your tap!

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cott Cooper was so sure someone else would win the Sterling Award for business leadership he tried to stay as close to the edge of the stage as possible. When his name was called as Business Leader of the Year, it took about 30 seconds to register. “I was flabbergasted,” Cooper said. “I was in complete shock.” Cooper won for his innovative use of technology and social media since taking over the Modern Café on Commercial Street two years ago. The restaurant uses iPads as part of its point-of-sale system to ensure accurate orders and engages with patrons on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Cooper credits his team as well for weathering challenges like the HST, new drunk driving laws and a recession when he took over the restaurant. “It all culminated in some tough times,” he said. But his enthusiasm for the restaurant and downtown Nanaimo earned support among customers, staff and fellow business owners, he said. The award brought welcome attention to Cooper and the restaurant, he said, adding that more technological advances and marketing techniques are planned for the future. A long-term goal is to expand the Modern Café brand to other communities.

Nick Baumann and his brother, David, arrived in Nanaimo about two years ago as well to open Tuff City Powersports, after working in northern B.C. restoring motorcycles and other mechanical work. Their company on Terminal Avenue earned the Sterling Award for New Business. “Originally it was going to be just a motorcycle shop,” Nick Baumann said. The brothers also spent considerable time in Southeast Asia, where the population travelled everywhere on scooters. Recognizing a similar lifestyle on Vancouver Island, the brothers set up shop, offering scooters for rent or purchase, motorcycles, as well as ATVs and dirtbikes. The scooter rentals are hugely popular not only with cruiseship tourists but also with locals who use the small powered bikes to tour Gulf Islands like Gabriola. “This summer is going to be quite an expansion for us,” Baumann said. For more information on the winners, please visit www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca. arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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Erin van Steen, executive director of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, left, Melanie Emmerson, of Coastal Community Credit Union, centre, and Misty Duifnuis of Georgia Avenue Elementary School, celebrate a $5,000 donation to help buy salad bars for meal programs at Georgia Avenue and Park Avenue schools.

Schools get salad bar When it comes to green, Coastal Community Credit Union knows to put its cash where the vegetables are. The credit union donated $5,000 from its Coastal Spirit Fund to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation to help purchase salad bars for Georgia Avenue and Park Avenue elementary schools. The schools have been borrowing equipment for the monthly salad bar program. “Our donors, like the Coastal Community Credit Union, help ensure vulnerable students in our community have access to regular healthy meals and are on the right track for learning,� said Erin van Steen, foundation executive director. “There are many schools that are in need of support for their food programs and donations of equipment are critical to making

those programs happen.� The spirit fund is Coastal’s largest funding program, benefitting charities and recognized notfor-profit groups on Vancouver Island. The funds are meant to mobilize community partners to make their projects happen, said Coastal’s Melanie Emmerson. “Enabling the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation to purchase the salad bars for local elementary schools to help them educate students about the benefits of eating healthy is a key way the fund is used,� she said. The foundation works with Nanaimo school district to bring programs that better the lives of students, through support programs and scholarships. For more information, please go to www.nlsf.ca or call 250-753-4074.

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The New Wealth Secret A true story of an unlikely underdog who mastered the money game Have you ever felt an uncomfortable silence when someone starts getting too personal about money? Why is that? I find it odd that people share their most intimate details with friends and strangers on Facebook, yet completely clam up when the subject of money comes up. Like it or not, money is what makes our society click. Canadians enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the world, and money is a big part of the reason why. My name is Darren Weeks and I am one of the fortunate few who LOVES to talk about money. More specifically, I love to talk about the fundamentals that help people create and protect their wealth. Real independence comes when you learn how to make money work for you. Money knowledge needs to be at your side in all situations... like a trusted friend who does nice things for you on a regular basis.

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Programs provide youth skills for life BY RACHEL STERN THE NEWS BULLETIN

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Megan Noakes, a city recreation coordinator, has fun in the sunny spring weather at the Altrusa Playground, weaving her way between the ropes of playground equipment. Noakes oversees the city’s Leaders in Training and Quest programs that give youth hands-on experience volunteering for summer camps, drop-in day programs for children in city parks and community events.

wisting balloons into a cute puppy, painting a child’s face to resemble a tiger and playing with kids in the playground is all in a day’s work for a youth in the city’s leadership programs offered this summer. These activities may seem like all fun and games, but the youth participating in the parks, recreation and cultures’ Leaders in Training and Quest programs are gaining valuable skills such as child management techniques and activity planning. Megan Noakes, a city recreation coordinator, said she’s seen some youth come into the programs a little tentative or unsure and emerge with more confidence, adding it had that affect on her. Noakes has a degree in recreation and health education from the University of Victoria. One reason she decided to go into the recreation field was her experiences in the LIT program, she said. She was the youth leadership coordinator, which oversees the LIT and QUEST programs, from 2007-2008. Now she supervises the leadership coordinator. Leaders in Training, a program for youth aged 13-18 years old, helps youth develop team work, interview, leadership and child management skills. The youth will interact with a variety of community members during their training; however, they will

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primarily interact with children through the city’s summer camp and drop-in day programs. The LIT program is for first time participants while Quest participants have already been through the program and are advancing their training. The latter is split into focus areas of community, aquatics and arenas. The community training requires participants to complete 11 hours of training, which includes orientation and four workshops. It includes learning communication, planning and leadership skills as well as child management techniques and resume and interview skills. There is flexibility to accommodate youth with placements close to where they live if transportation is a barrier for them. The Leaders in Training and Quest orientation is June 16 at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Participants receive further training date information when they register. This year marks the 30th anniversary the youth programs are offered in Nanaimo. Noakes would love to hear from past participants and how the programs have helped them. Youth volunteer an average of about 8,000 hours each summer and over the course of 30 years, Noakes said the impact on the city has been “exceptional”. People are invited to share their experiences by e-mailing youth@nanaimo.ca. For information, please call 250-7565200 or go to www.nanaimo.ca. reporter3@nanaimobulletin.com

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Investment in youth worthwhile These were just the hands-on skills taught. The programs helped develop the participants’ self confidence, introduced them to a new network of friends from across the community and to the concept of giving back to the community in a tangible way – tools that they carry with them today. From our perspective, programs such as LIT and Quest need to be included in any community plan to achieve sustainability. If we are not investing time and effort into nurturing our youth, then we are

never going to be sustainable. Without including and recognizing the talents and impact young people can have ion us, we are not achieving a true sense of community. Youth remind us to ask the ever important question ‘why?’, they remind us to approach things with energy and enthusiasm and to live in the moment and enjoy what we are creating as a community. There are already 50 youth signed up for the summer sessions of LIT/Quest more than a month before registration closes.

You are sure to see them around town at community events and helping with summer camps and programs this summer. When you do, we hope you’ll recognize them as contributing, valued members of our community – who happen to be having a lot of fun. For information on the programs, please visit www.nanaimo.ca or call 250-756-5200. ◆ Hannah King is a marketing and communication specialist with Nanaimo parks, recreation and culture.

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blood of humans and animals and in rare cases, can transmit disease-causing bacteria. While less than one per cent of ticks in B.C. carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease, the condition can be serious for those infected. “There are a number of precautions you can take to protect yourself against tick bites,” said Dr. Murray Fyfe, medical health officer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

“First, make sure you’re covered-up, wear light-coloured clothes including a long-sleeved shirt that you can tuck into your pants and then tuck your pants into your boots or socks.” Other steps you can take to protect yourself against tick and insect bites include: walk on cleared trails wherever possible; apply insect repellent containing DEET on all uncovered skin and reapply as directed; and carefully check clothing, scalp

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(whether wearing a hat) and any exposed skin when leaving an area where ticks might live. “Lyme disease is uncommon on Vancouver Island,” said Fyfe. “A small number of cases may be diagnosed in any given year, with the last case being reported in 2009. The disease can be serious however, so it’s worth taking steps to avoid being bitten.” Ticks are easiest to spot when they are actually sucking blood. The feeding tick’s mouth will be under the skin, but the rest of it (which is blue-grey in colour) will be visible. A tick should be removed carefully, without crushing it. To find out more about ticks or what to do if you find one, please go to www. healthlinkbc.ca.

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EMILY MURCHESON March 31, 1924 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 5, 2012

Emily was born to parents David and Agnes Duncan. She spent her early life on the family farm and attending school in Duncan, B.C. In 1944, she moved to Victoria and worked in a small coffee shop, where she met the love of her life, Colin Murcheson. One year later, she and Colin were married, and they moved to Nanaimo where they raised ďŹ ve children â&#x20AC;&#x201C; David, Gordon, Jim, Gwen and Laurie. Emily became a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 10, and their Ladies Auxiliary in 1952. She and Colin gave many hours of voluntary service to the Legion, and in 1977 Emily was presented with a lifetime membership, followed by a 50-year pin in 2002. Emily served on the G.R. Pearkes Senior Citizens Housing Committee for 14 years, and volunteered with Meals on Wheels for over 30 years. She was recognized by the City of Nanaimo for her volunteer work. Emily was very involved in school projects when her children were young. Along with a school principal and two other mothers, she founded junior bowling in Nanaimo. She was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Den Motherâ&#x20AC;? to the Nanaimo Clippers Junior Hockey Team, and she and Colin billeted many players over the years. Emily was an avid hockey fan to the end. Her favorite player was Cory Schneider, goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks. During her lifetime, Emily was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and good friend, remembering everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special days and never missing an opportunity to sing Happy Birthday. She spent her least years at Kiwanis assisted living, enjoying the comforts and security they provided. Her dear husband, Colin and her son, David predeceased her, but Emily leaves to miss her very much her children: Gordon (Bernice) Murcheson, Jim (Heather) Murcheson, Gwen (Tony) Randle, and Laurie (Dave) Briggs; her grandchildren: Sean (Colleen) Murcheson and Tammy (Warren) Ingram, Tanya (Juan Carlos) Ospino, Melanie (Tim) Golobar, Paula (Chad) Campbell, Kim (Tyler) Johns, Brent (Rae-Leigha) Murcheson, Karen (Keith) Murcheson, Jaime (Justin) Howard, and Colby, Brie-Ann and Dayna Briggs; her great-grandchildren: Emily, Quinn and Grace Golobar, Colin Murcheson, Alex Ospino, Ryder and Cole Campbell, Courtney and Brooke Ingram, Kaelahn Howard and Brody Murcheson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will also be missed very much by her dear sisters-in-law, Jean and Rossy. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, the family invites you to make a donation, in Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory, to a charity of your choice. Charities important to the family are the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the B.C. Cancer Society, and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 10. A Celebration of Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held at a later date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scotty and Red, together again foreverâ&#x20AC;? xxxoo



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Always in our Minds, Forever in our Hearts Much loved and sadly missed, Wife Maureen, son Malcolm, daughters Susan and Mickie, daughter-in-law Nicole, son-in-law Steve, and grandsons Jordon, Malcolm and Jacob, and granddaughter Natalie, the girl you never got to meet.

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THANK YOU Sincere thanks to all the families, friends, colleagues, and relatives who attended my retirement openhouse. It was great to meet you and your growing children once again. Thank you all for your generosity. Unfortunately some of the cards and gifts were separated and so I have not been able to thank everyone personally for your special gift. Thanks to Sarah and Aneka who kept everything on track. A special thank you to my practice partner, Sandy, for years of collegiality, friendship, and sharing. It has been my privilege to get to know you and to be a part of your birth stories. I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Margaret Miskelly

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BISSELL UPRIGHT bagless vacuum, $20, Brothers sewing machine, good condition, $40. Call (250)933-6463. DANBY FREEZER, 7 cu ft (Apt sized), as new condition, $75 obo. Call (250)758-9744. DBL BED, mattress & boxspring, frame & headboard, good cond $99. 250-591-2275

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HIDE-A-BED, Blue, no rips or tears, clean. $50.obo. Hanging basket $20. (250)722-3693.

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Nanaimo News Bulletin Saturday, May 12, 2012 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

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BRECHIN: BRIGHT 2-bdrm. exec walk-out, yard, carport. 5 appls. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $925 + utils. (250)754-2490. NORTH NANAIMO- 3 bdrm, 2 bath. Clean, bright, new carpet/paint, family home. W/D hookup. Close to amenities. $995. Call (250)758-4871. S.NANAIMO. RENO’D 3-Bdrm 1.5 bath + rec room, SxS. W/D hook-up.N/S, pet neg. $1050.+ utils. June 1. 250-754-6514

2 BDRM University area (legal) Sep entry, new appls, laundry. N/P, N/S. $800. 250616-7638 wade@sailwest.ca C. NANAIMO: Very spacious, clean bsmt suite. Own W/D, priv ent, incls utils, 2 minute walk to major bus route. NS/NP. $700 mo. Avail June. 1st. Call 250-667-1221. DEP BAY: 2 B/R, near ferry & bus, lge yard, pkng, $995 inc. utils & laundry 250-244-3509. HAMMOND BAY- 2 bdrm executive on acreage. W/D, $1050. inclds utils, pets neg. Avail. June 1. (250)616-8755. JINGLEPOT- 3 bdrm suite, separate laundry, non-smoker, no pets, mature, quiet tenant, $1000 + utils. Avail May 1. Call 250-816-2036. LADYSMITH, LOWER 1 bdrm + den, $750 mo, black granite counters & S/S appls, W/D, radiant under floor heat/hydro incl, half blk to town centre/all shops/trolley, parking, N/S, small pet ok, avail immed. Call (250)797-0877. NANAIMO- (near downtown) new home 1 bdrm fully furn’d, level entry,priv backyard, quiet neighbourhood inclds hydro & wifi, W/D. N/S. refs req’d, avail June 1, $900. 250-591-7715. NANAIMO (NEAR University) 2 bdrm bsmt suite, N/P, N/S, incls heat, hydro, water, appls, lndry, $800. (250)739-1071. rentnanaimo@gmail.com NANAIMO SOUTH End. Level entry sunny 1000 sq ft 2 bdrm. Full bath, large deck. REF’S REQ’D. $750./mo. 40% hydro. 1(778)883-8703. Avail. now. NEWLY RENO’D 2bdrm, 2bath, level entry, Quarterway area. W/D, F/S, N/P, N/S. Refs. $900 (250)753-0046 N. NANAIMO bright 2Bdrm suite with high ceilings, available now, F/S, W/D, microwave, near Woodgrove Mall, NS/NP, $875 + share util. 250-390-1162, 250-618-1046.

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FURNITURE BRAND NEW LUXURY Queen size pillow top Mattress set in original pkg. leftover from large hotel order, 800 coils. Compare at $1199 - Liquidation $490. Eleven available. King Sets $705. Delivery available. Text or call 1(250)334-7527 to reserve set or email: northisland@themattressguy.ca

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1187 SEAFIELD- 2 bdrms, $850. Call (250)753-0881. Ardent Properties. www.ardentproperties.com 3185 BARONS Rd- 1 & 2 bdrm, $695 & $800. (250)7530881. Ardent Properties. www.ardentproperties.com $650 & Up. 1681 Boundary Ave. New Management. 2 bdrm unit. Avail Immed & May 1. Senior discount. Hot water included, balconies, elevator, controlled entrance, coin-op laundry, storage & parking. Call Mgr at 250-618-4510. Chemainus: Lockwood Villa, well kept bldg, 1 bdrm $625, 2 bdrm 2 balcony $750, incl. heat & hot water, sm pets welcome.Karen 250-246-1033.

BOOMERS / ZOOMERS 1826 sq.ft. One level. Luxury Townhome! $349K. 1-250-757-8429

CLOSE TO Downtown. large self contained studio $600. Small pet ok. 250-668-7462

SEMI-Oceanfront, 6.5 acres, treed, 2,600ft. updated home, basement workshop, zoned R1. $498,000. (250)245-8950

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

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1 bdrm, FREE Heat, H/W & storage. Near hospital, shopping. New paint, flooring. Adult building, security cameras. From $700 plus mo. Call 250-753-6656.

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LADYSMITH- 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 1250sq ft, ocean view like new condo. Pet friendly, 5 appliances. $995. (250)802-1520. Ladysmith: bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm suites from $700/mo incl. heat & hot water, ocean views, completely renovated, new management, on trolly route, small pets ok. 250-668-9086. LONG LAKE MANOR, 3108 Barons Rd. 1 bdrm, close to all amenities. 250-751-1341 LUXURIOUS OLD City condo. Newly renovated 2 B/R. Great building, 5 appl. F/P N/P, N/S $850. 250-754-2207 NANAIMO, 1275 Dufferin Cres Across Gen Hospital. 1 & 2 Bdrms from $675/mo. Call Carman 250-740-1002 NANAIMO. SPOTLESS, quiet Bachelor $585 or 1 Bedroom, $685. Close to ferry and harbour walk. Intercom, elevator. Free hot water, sauna. N/S, N/P. Refs req’d. 250-753-8633

NORTH NANAIMO 1 & 2 Bdrm. Updated kitchen, New flooring & appls. Bright, quiet, secure adult oriented. Free H/W.

250-758-1246 Reno’d 1 & 2 BDRMS (Hospital Area) New balcony & paint. Free storage & parking. Quiet bldg w/ security cameras. Avail now & June 1. From $675 plus.

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1631 MEREDITH- 4 bdrms, $1375. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 2625 MATTHEW Road(Nanoose) studio+ huge workshop, $950. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com OCEANVIEW EXEC- 5 acres, 3bdrm, 2bath, custom kitchen, 6 appli’s, FP, lrg patio, RV parking. Jinglepot area. N/P, N/S, Avail. July 1st. $1,900 250-585-4776. COLLEGE- 3BDRM, 1000 sq ft, 5 new appls, windows, fenced yard, sunroom, deck, carport. NS/NP. Refs. June 1. $1100. (250)754-1511 COUNTRY Club area, 4bdrm, bsmnt, fenced backyard, garage, appli’s incl. Avail immed. $1,350/mo. (250)756-6702

FREE RENT! Take possession May 20, rent starts June 1. 2 bdrm house in Harewood near VIU. New bathroom & kitchen renos, hardwood floors, W/D. $1350 + utilities. Open House: Saturday, May 12, 1pm-3pm, 439 Hamilton Ave. 250.618.8463. JINGLEPOT/COLLEGE4 bdrms, 2bath, ocean/mountain views, lrg deck, dble carport, landscaped garden, park trail access. F/S, W/D. NS/NP. $1650+ utils. 250-741-1261. LADYSMITH 3 bdrm, 2 storey home, small yard, NS/NP, D/W, $895 mo. Avail April. 15. Call 1-250-248-4816. NANAIMO- 1 & 2 bdrm character houses, near downtown. Fenced yards. $760. & $900. + utils. NS/NP. 250-753-9365. N. NANAIMO- 3 bdrm, 2 F/P, hrwd floors, new rugs. N/S, 1 block from Superstore, Metral Dr. Short/long term avail. Refs, $1250. Call 250-390-0484. OUTSTANDING HOME1536sq ft, very new, 3 bdrms, 3 bath, A/C, 4-6 appls, free water & strata fees, single garage, close to schools, ocean & dwntwn. Ladysmith. $1300. June 1. Call (250)924-4121. ROYSTON RD., 3 bdrm, F/S, D/W, ref’s, N/S, $1100 mo + garbage/water. (250)338-6689

OFFICE/RETAIL OLD CITY Quarter: Character building, busy street frontage, 430 sqft, $1050. 250-754-5174

ROOMS FOR RENT $500 DOWNTOWN Nanaimo. Huge, clean, furnished house. Ocean views. (250)754-7265 N.NANAIMO. N/S. Lrg, reno’d, private. Fridge/ micro in room. Laundry. $400. (250)390-2212 SINGLE & DBLE units; some w/kitchenettes. Pets ok. New monthly rates starting at $650; wkly starting at $290; 10% off 1st month. 250-754-2328

RV PADS RV SITE Nanoose Bay- on private estate, all inclusive including internet, very private, pet friendly. Rent negotiable. Call (250)751-0058.

SUITES, LOWER 1BDRM, LEVEL entry, Quarterway area. F/S, W/D, N/P, N/S. $600 Refs. 250-753-0046 1 BDRM suite for rent on bus route, blocks from Dept Bay Beach. Quiet renters, n/s n/p $750, includes util & internet, Avail: June 1st call 619-8261 ref required 2BDRM BASEMENT suite. Close to VIU. N/P, N/S. (250)591-4141 or 667-2139. CLOSE TO Downtown. Fully reno’d 2-bdrm. W/D. small pet OK. $850. 250-668-7462.

NORTH NANAIMO 2 bdrms, quiet, very spacious, walk out, private entrance, patio, parking, bus route, W/D, F/P, NS/NP. $900 utils included. Avail June 1.

250-756-3256. NORTH NANAIMO- new 2 bdrm legal suite, W/D, parking. NP/NS. $950 inclds utils. Avail June 1. Call 250-713-0119. SILVER MTN- 1 bdrm, $650. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com UNIVERSITY AREA: 2bdrm ground level, private entry, insuite laundry, 7x11 storage area, garage, fenced yard. Near schools/bus. $900, util & heat incl. N/S, N/P, Avail now. Call Bob for appointment to view. 250-618-4775 UNIVERSITY AREA, new, clean, quiet, level entry 2 bdrm, walk to VIU, mins to downtown & parkway with walking trails outside your door, incls utils, cable, internet, W/D, alarm, no parties, N/S, $895 mo. 250-716-3264.

SUITES, UPPER 2057 BLUEBELL- 3 bdrms, $900. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 3-BDRM ACROSS from Aquatic Centre. Fenced yard. $1100./mo inclds heat, hydro & A/C. N/S. (250)753-8797. 556 WAKESIAH- 3 bdrms, $1100. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com HOSPITAL AREA, 2 bdrm suite, F/S, W/D, close to bus, N/S, N/P, $750 mo + utils. Avail now. Call 778-866-8251. NANAIMO(UNIVERSITY area) lrg renovated 3 bdrm upper, decks, F/P, D/W, W/D, parking. NS, no partiers, cat ok. Refs. June. 1. $1250 inclds utils. (250)713-9486.

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CARS 1995 BUICK REGAL, fully loaded, very good cond, 176,000 km, 1 owner only. $2,195.00 (250)753-5686. 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

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GRADUATION 2012 T-SHIRT & EMB. CO.

BOXLA TEAM winless through five games.

The net inside their head isn’t big right now. They’re basically seeing the goalie and the pipes.

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Nanaimo Timbermen junior A lacrosse player Ryan Nicks, front, scores on a fast-break opportunity during Wednesday’s game against the Victoria Shamrocks at Frank Crane Arena. The visitors won the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League contest 12-9.

The coach thought special teams was the difference in the game, as the T-men couldn’t take advantage on the power play and couldn’t limit the damage in short-man situations. “They came down in

that third period and basically scored at will against our short man,” said Nicks. The goaltending matchup was an interesting one, as Nanaimoite Mike Berti got the start for the

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‘Mellow’ juniors can’t find momentum I The Nanaimo Timbermen know they can turn their season around. But they also know they need to do it sooner than later. The city’s junior A lacrosse team dropped to 0-5 Wednesday after a 12-9 loss to the Victoria Shamrocks at Frank Crane Arena. It was another matchup that was a onegoal game at times. “Once we get even or get up a goal we kind of mellow out,” said Tyson Roe, T-men player. “We’ve got to keep up the pressure and keep pushing for a bigger lead.” Coach Dale Nicks pointed to an occasion in the second period where the Timbermen scored to make it a onegoal game, then went for an ill-advised line change off the ensuing faceoff and allowed the Shamrocks to strike. “Those are momentum shifts in the game where we’d got a goal and got back in it and then bad decision-making for 10 seconds and the ball’s in the back of our net again,” said Nicks.

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Shamrocks and former ’Rocks goalie Cory Mayzes tended goal for the Timbermen. Berti and Cody Hagedorn combined to make 31 saves and Mayzes also made 31 saves. Mitch Parker led

Nanaimo’s offence with two goals and three assists, Corey Shires had two goals as well and other T-men scorers were Marino Best, Brett Fleming, Roe, Ryan Nicks and Stu Mills. The nine goals represented Nanaimo’s best offensive output of the season to date, but Dale Nicks knows his young players are capable of better. “The net inside their head isn’t big right now,” he said. “They’re basically seeing the goalie and the pipes and they’re not seeing the net.” GAME ON … The junior A Timbermen play two games on the mainland this weekend, facing the Delta Islanders today (May 12) and the Burnaby Lakers tomorrow … Nanaimo’s next home game isn’t until May 26 against the Port Coquitlam Saints. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Pirates need extra innings in 2-1 victory r BY GREG SAKAKI THE NEWS BULLETIN

The Nanaimo Pirates didn’t make things easy on themselves, but they won, as usual. The Hub City Paving Pirates (14-3) of the B.C. Premier Baseball League defeated the Parksville Royals 2-1 in extra innings on Wednesday evening at Serauxmen Stadium. Pirates manager Doug Rogers said the win looks great in the standings, but that’s about it. “From a team standpoint of where I hoped we’d be by this time, I wasn’t very happy at all…” he said. “That might have been our worst game, executionwise, of the year.” In both the seventh and the eighth innings, the Pirates could have ended the game with a walk-off sacrifice fly, but first they made a baserunning mistake, then they failed to execute a squeeze play. Finally, in the ninth, Alex Rogers delivered a gamewinning RBI single. “It seems like we’ve won half our games in walkoff fashion this year,” he said. “We’d like to not keep that going, we’d rather win games free and easy.” He said the game should never have even required extra innings, pointing to the first inning when the Pirates loaded the bases with no outs but pushed across just one run. ◆ See ‘TEAM’ /30


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The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen want to take advantage of home floor to get their record back to .500 on the season. The city’s West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association team (1-2) plays the Langley Warriors tonight (May 12) at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The senior B Timbermen are coming off a tough 12-2 loss to the Port Moody Thunder on Monday on the road. Joey Fendick and Rick Fields

scored for the Timbermen in that game, but offence was tough to come by on a night when the T-men were short benched. Goalie Pat Mallough played well in defeat. “We have a lot of work ahead of us but I’m proud of the guys, how we’ve improved and we will continue to get better,” said Shawn Swanson, veteran player. GAME ON … Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m. at the NIC. Tickets are $7 at the door.

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◆ From /29 “Lots of times we could have put it away. We had nine runners left on base,” said Colby Morgan, Pirates pitcher. “It’s more mental. When you’re up there, it’s knowing what you’ve got to do, knowing the situation.” Morgan cruised through nine innings of work, needing just 79 pitches. He allowed three hits and no earned runs, walked only one batter and struck out eight. “You don’t really need to strike them out, [it’s] just putting the ball in play and keeping my pitch count down,” he said. Ben Dunbar had a single, a double and a walk and Alex Rogers had a walk and two hits including his game-winning single. “With one out, pretty much I was just trying to get the ball in play,” he said. “I got two quick strikes on me, it crossed my mind that I might not get it done but you’ve got to stay confident in there and keep your head in the game.”

Doug Rogers said the Pirates might have had some trouble with the Royals because everyone was trying too hard to be the hero. “The game is the same whether it’s the first at-bat or the most important at-bat of the game,” said the manager. “You can’t alter your disposition mentally when you go up. You still have to be calm, you still have to look for certain pitches.” The Pirates, winners of 10 straight home games, will now head to the mainland for a doubleheader Sunday (May 13) against the North Delta Blue Jays. “We need to play to our ability,” said Alex Rogers. “We know that we’re one of, if not the strongest team in the league and we’ve got to start playing like it.” BASE LINES … Morgan (3-1) was selected as the BCPBL’s Player of the Week for April 30-May 6. His 0.25 earned-run average is best in the premier league. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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close to 50,000 runners. Nanaimo had nearly 100 participants involved and Burrett was fouth in the F30-34 age group thanks to her personal best time of 36:44. Fastest Nanaimo runner in Vancouver was Jaymi Dumper with a time of 35:55, which placed him 89th overall and 11th in the M30-34 age group. Following Dumper and Burrett, next local to complete the Sun Run was Edwin Johnston in a time of 37:37. That earned him 169th place overall and 18th in the M40-44 division. Irving Mortenson finished in 45:17, Brad Davidsen in 46:18 and Rick Hastings in 46:52. Kevin Palmer posted a time of 47:05 and Darren Angell was a mere second behind in 47:06. Randy Arnault’s time was 47:20, Ryan Lamb’s was 47:29 and Darren Gill’s was 47:49. Mitchell Read finished the route in 48:44, with Fraser Read close behind in

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the pace this week, trying to catch up with some of Nanaimo’s top runners who have placed well in recent high-profile road races… Congratulations go first of all to Erin Burrett, who is back in town after competing as part of Team B.C. at the Canadian Half Marathon Championships held April 29 in Montreal. Conditions were cold and windy on race day, but Burrett still managed an excellent run. Her time of one hour, 21 minutes and 40 seconds made her the eighth out of nearly 1,000 female runners to finish. She was third in the F30-34 division. The result in Montreal came on the heels of another strong performance for Burrett two weeks earlier in Vancouver. The annual Sun Run is the largest 10K event in the country and this year attracted

taking part. Of those, first to the finish was Byron Trajan, whose time of 34:31 earned him 27th spot overall and fifth in the M30-34 age division. Next local to the line was Brian Zurek in 35:18, good for 30th in the field and seventh in the M35-39 group. Damian Allen finished 104th overall, 13th in the M30-34 division thanks to his time of 38:00. Julia Tschanz was the quickest Nanaimo female runner in Victoria. Tschanz finished at 169th overall and third in the F20-24 group

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