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Glad to become Canadian Families gain citizenship at CFB Esquimalt, courtesy the admiral of Canada’s West Coast navy Erin McCracken News staff

Megan Bott, 12, looks forward to one day voting in an election, now that she is a newly minted Canadian citizen. “Not being able to vote is like not being able to have a choice in who leads,” the Grade 7 North Saanich middle school student said. She was one of four children and 54 adults, representing 22 countries, who officially Erin McCracken/News staff became Canadian citizens at a ceremony at Rear Admiral Nigel Greenwood, commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, and Cub Scout CFB Esquimalt last Thursday. Miles Packham, 9, are all smiles following a citizenship ceremony at CFB Esquimalt last Megan, younger brother Matthew, 11, and Thursday. Sixty people from 22 countries became Canadian citizens at the event, including their parents emigrated from Guernsey island Miles, who is originally from London, England. in the English Channel in 2004 and now call North Saanich home. At the ceremony, one of the final steps to recipients of the Order of Military Merit. Saanich resident, a Grade 5 student at Torquay becoming a citizen was for each candidate Prior to that, guest presiding officers elementary. to recite the Oath of Citizenship, led by Rear included the governor general, lieutenant Her mother and father, who hail from China, Admiral Nigel Greenwood, governors and Order of Canada also became Canadian citizens. commander of Maritime Forces recipients. Miles Packham, 9, decided to wear his Cub “… if I’m going Pacific. The oath is a promise “In finding your place in Scout uniform to mark the occasion. to meet the admiral, I of loyalty to the Queen, Canada, as its newest citizens, “I could have worn plenty of other things,” that Canadian laws will be you can claim the common said Miles, a Grade 4 student at the Victoria thought I should look followed and that new citizens’ history of all Canadians School for Ideal Education in Oaklands. “But something slightly the collective will respect their duties as who have come before you,” if I’m going to meet the admiral, I thought I Canadians. same as the admiral.” Greenwood told the candidates. should look something slightly the same as the Greenwood’s involvement He came to Canada from admiral.” – Cub Scout and new marked the first time in He and his parents built a new life in Saanich Canadian, Miles Packham England as a child. Western Canada that a military Selena Chen, 10, who moved to after leaving their home in London, England member administered the Oath Canada from the U.S. when she about five years ago. of Citizenship. was two, said her new citizenship “feels good.” Miles’ citizenship has been a long time Last October Jason Kenney, federal “It’s important, because we’ve been living coming. “I’m finally a Canadian citizen,” he said, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and here for quite a long time, and we’ve been before taking a big bite of red and white cake. Multiculturalism, gave that privilege to waiting to become citizens of Canada,” said the emccracken@vicnews.com

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Who you gonna call? Swarmbusters Regional beekeeper club establishes bee swarm hotline Erin McCracken News staff

It’s not that Barry Denluck goes looking for trouble when he sticks his hands in a ball of bees. But when his cellphone rings, he’s prepared to do just that. “Why would I be scared of bees? I like bees,” says the View Royal resident and part-time beekeeper. He has responded to and collected swarms of bees – wearing appropriate beekeeper apparel – but hopes to hear from more people who spot clouds of 10,000-plus honey bees this summer. The Capital Region Beekeepers Association has established a dedicated bee swarm hotline. Denluck, the association co-president, expects his phone could ring at anytime now that the warm weather has arrived, when bees depart overcrowded hives in a massive swarm to look for new accommodation. “The general public doesn’t like 10,000 stinging insects sitting by their front door or sitting on their lilac bush,” he says. He and seven other beekeepers, stationed from Sooke to Sidney, are ready to mobilize and scoop up these swarms and deliver them – typically in a box – to some of the 20 aspiring beekeepers who have

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Amateur beekeeper Joy Illington enjoys the sight of the thousands of honey bees working in her backyard at her Victoria West home. Anyone who spots a swarm of bees is asked to call the Capital Region Beekeepers Association’s new dedicated bee swarm hotline. recently joined the association and are in need of bees. “It’s important that more people become beekeepers,” Denluck says. Starting new hives with local bees allows

Beekeeper Barry Denluck nets a swarm of more than 10,000 bees in a yard near his home. He and other beekeepers have teamed up to provide a service to gather up swarming bees, as much to save them as give comfort to people who don’t want the insects around. Photo courtesy Barry Denluck

beekeepers to foster a sustainable population of honey bees in Canada. Many beekeepers import bees from international destinations, such as Hawaii, a prominent honey bee supplier. “The thought is that with many urban beekeepers, as well as just a few large commercial beekeepers, we can maintain a greater genetic diversity,” Denluck explains. This is especially important with the 30-per-cent decline in North America’s honey bee population, he says, noting that bee populations are jeopardized primarily by human encroachment and pesticides. Denluck is confident that the new bee swarm hotline will, in a way, help build a stronger bee community. Last year, the club learned of about 20 swarms, though Denluck estimates there are likely up to 100 swarms each year. The bees from Jill Illington’s backyard hives have tried leaving twice, due to overcrowding. “In both cases there were good lessons for us,” the Victoria West resident says. Luckily, Illington’s bees didn’t get far, and she ensured the buzzing insects settled back into a roomier hive. Swarms typically attract a lot of atten-

tion in urban areas. Last year, word spread about a bee cloud that landed on a Douglas Street lamppost and another that rested on a car at the Tillicum Centre. “This swarm, this cloud, can be as large as a house and as long as a bus,” Denluck says. “So you’re going to see it and hear it a block away.” The honey-makers will leave their home and stop over someplace for as little as two hours and as long as a day, while waiting for the scouts to fly off and find a new home. With such a small window of opportunity in which the beekeepers can collect the swarm, it’s important for people to immediately call the hotline. “Timing is critical,” Denluck says. emccracken@vicnews.com

What’s the buzz? ■ To report a swarm, call the bee swarm line at 250-900-5133, or email swarms@victoriabeekeepers. com. For details, visit victoriabeekeepers.ca.

Housing strategy needs action, not study: council City already knows housing needs situation, Helps says, why spend more money? Roszan Holmen News staff

When presented with an 18-month, $155,000 plan to assess the City of Victoria’s housing needs, city council balked at the numbers involved. “I have a great deal of trouble spending staff time and resources … on a problem that we know exists and has been well-documented,” said Coun. Lisa Helps,

who likened the proposal to a wellcrafted doctorate thesis. “The city’s not in the business of doing PhDs.” Last Thursday, sustainability department staff pitched the need for the study to the governanceand-priorities committee. “Most of our efforts over the last four or five years have focused mostly on emergency and transitional housing,” said John Reilly, Victoria’s senior planner of sustain-

ability. “We need to broaden it.” That means also strategizing around affordable market rental housing and home ownership – the full spectrum of housing, he said. “There have been many innovations in municipal housing developments across the country. We need to learn from this.” Faced with limited resources, Reilly said, the city needs to ensure its investment in housing is most effective.

“Does another 710 Queens Avenue makes sense?” he asked. He was referring to the former Traveller’s Inn motel the city purchased to provide supportive housing for the hard to house – it recently reopened after renovations. However, many on council echoed Helps’ concerns and called for a faster, cheaper approach that doesn’t “reinvent the wheel.” rholmen@vicnews.com

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Esquimalt resident Robert Ganton watches a bus go by on Burnside Road. He is collecting names on a petition asking B.C. Transit to allow leashed dogs, other than service dogs, on its buses.

Campaign aims to convince B.C. Transit to change policy Don Descoteau News staff

The simple things in life can become more meaningful when illness or injury limits a person’s activities and abilities. For Esquimalt resident Robert Ganton, 61, chronic epilepsy rendered him unable to drive two years ago. Add in a successful battle with prostate cancer and it’s easy to see why he feels strongly about the importance of being able to spend lunchtimes with his wife, Gill. Daily during the week he takes the bus downtown to meet her for her lunch break. The couple generally goes for a walk, often through Beacon Hill Park. Making that experience even better, he says, would be having their beloved dog along. Except B.C. Transit doesn’t allow leashed dogs on its buses, other than guide dogs for the visually impaired or other types of assistance, or “working” dogs. Passengers may carry dogs in containers, but Ganton doesn’t have a carrier. Told last month about the company’s rules, he took to the street to solicit signatures in support of a change in policy around dogs on buses. “I had a couple of people say

they don’t agree with the plan, or are allergic to dogs, but for the most part, everybody seems to think it’s a great idea,” he said.

“It has everything to do with the safety and comfort and liability of our passengers and operators.” – B.C. Transit spokesperson Meribeth Burton Ganton has secured more than 200 signatures to date, including one from a woman who told him of Calgary’s policy. There, non-service dogs on a leash, or those in containers, may travel on buses and the light-rail transit system. Pet owners must pay full adult fare for any dogs other than service dogs. “I like the idea. The smaller dogs can sit on your lap and (for) the bigger dogs that take up a lot of space (owners) should pay for it. Everybody seems to get along with that,” Ganton said. His inquiry into the rules here was inspired during a trip to Toronto earlier this year, when he saw people bringing leashed dogs on the bus. Toronto Transit Commission rules state that dogs on leash

or in containers may travel on buses, but only during specific non-peak hours – morning and afternoon/evening commuting times are excluded. B.C. Transit spokesperson Meribeth Burton said the company has no plans to change its pets on the bus policy anytime soon. “It has everything to do with the safety and comfort and liability of our passengers and operators,” she said. “We’ve had people let us know (their feelings about dogs on buses) and I personally have received many calls saying ‘we support your (policy), B.C. Transit.’” The Gantons, whose older, larger dog had to be euthanised just last week at 16, have a car to take their pets to appointments on weekends, but that doesn’t help Robert during the week. He says other pet owners, such as the elderly, who either cannot drive or don’t have a vehicle would benefit from a change in Transit’s policy. He plans to continue collecting names and is looking for help with his campaign. Interested volunteers can call 250-361-9380 or send an email to gganton@shaw.ca. editor@vicnews.com

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Keep pressuring high-risk drivers Last weekend’s long weekend unofficially ushered in the summer season in the Capital Region – that means more beach time, more barbecues and, for many, more time on the road. That’s why police agencies are waging a focused assault on speeding and aggressive driving. Saanich police in particular are hitting problem roads and intersections this month to drive home the idea that tailgating, speeding and high-risk driving won’t be tolerated. It’s the kind of driving behaviour that frustrates motorists on a daily basis – someone riding too close on the highway or weaving in and out of traffic, running yellow and red lights and generally behaving in ways that ramp up road rage. If homeowners are going to call the police about something in their neighbourhood, more often than not it’s about speeding or racing. For police, combating reckless driving is a labour-intensive and time-consuming task. Unlike roadblocks where officers can wait for drunk drivers to come to them, traffic patrol officers need to witness and document speeding and dangerous driving. But it’s a worthwhile effort. Culled from police data, ICBC attributes 60 per cent of all crashes at intersections to speed, distracted and inattentive driving and ignoring right-ofways. On Vancouver Island that drops to 50 per cent, but police link 29 traffic fatalities on average per year on the Island to speeding and reckless driving. The annual campaign against high-risk driving picks up across the province in May, and more people than usual are being hit with tickets. But people need to remember police aren’t the enemy – traffic officers are trying to make the roads safer and more civil for all. Drinking and driving remains a high-profile problem and, by definition, is risky driving. But it’s the purely aggressive, high-risk driving that impacts people’s day-to-day lives as they drive to work or school or for recreation. We encourage police and ICBC to help keep the pressure on bad drivers year round. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@vicnews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Victoria News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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ignorant push against “pesticides” is telling. As Bennett put it, when someone becomes convinced her child is at risk, “that mum is pretty darn compelling when she goes to council.” Few have the courage to stand up to that. The committee sought advice from Health Canada, whose scientists approve conditions of use for chemicals. Health Canada representative Lindsay Hansen said B.C. was the first province to ask for its advice, despite the fact that most provinces have imposed bans. These bans are political, not public safety measures, University of Guelph toxicologist Keith Solomon told MLAs. The committee also learned that “cosmetic” use accounts for only five per cent of pesticide use. Most of it is in agriculture, forestry and commercial pest control, with no ban proposed. MLAs in farming areas signalled their concern over the effect of this urban gesture politics. Backyard fruit trees go unsprayed and pests spread to orchards and fields. We have large areas of agricultural land reserve, but 85 per cent of the people who live in those areas don’t farm. The NDP is content to fan public fear and ignore evidence, as with smart meters and oil pipelines. The premier has a choice here. She can do the popular thing, or the right thing. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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OPINION Going to bat for our furry flying friends Bats are fascinating populations face. creatures, and they’re more But some people are afraid important than many people of bats. Much of this is based realize. A bat can on misconceptions eat more than about the world’s 1,000 insects in only flying an hour – up to mammal: bats will 6,000 a night. Some drink your blood, bats consume give you rabies or bugs that attack get stuck in your agricultural crops hair. Although and some feast on the three species pests like gnats of vampire bats and mosquitoes. in Central and The 25 million South America David Suzuki free-tailed bats do feed on blood, with Ian Hanington they prefer to in Bracken Cave, Tex., eat more than drink from cows, 200 tonnes of insects every goats, pigs and chickens. summer night. And rabies is rare in bats. Some bats are also Fewer than 40 people have pollinators. Without the contracted rabies from wild services of the Mexican longbats over the past 50 years. tongued bat, the agave plant, And despite expressions like from which we get tequila, “blind as a bat,” bats can might not survive. So, right actually see quite well, and off the bat (sorry), if you like have the added advantage of tequila but not mosquito echolocation for navigating, bites, you should view bats as so they’re unlikely to fly into your friends. you or your hair. There’s more. Because Many of the 1,200 known of their role in insect species of bats, representing control, pollination and seed a quarter of all mammal dispersal, bats are a key part species, are in trouble. And of the interconnected web we humans deserve much of life that makes growing of the blame. About half food possible. Even their the world’s bat species are nitrogen-rich poop makes threatened or endangered, good fertilizer. Bats do so mainly due to habitat much for us. Maybe it’s destruction, pollution and time we returned the favour direct harm by humans. – especially considering Other threats are more the dire threats many bat mysterious. Bats in New

Brunswick, Nova Scotia and other parts of Eastern North America are being wiped out by white-nose syndrome. A fungus causes the bats to warm and wake from hibernation in cold weather before insects are available, so they starve or die of exposure. Scientists are trying to learn why the fungus affects the bats this way, and where it comes from, but they have yet to find conclusive answers. They believe it could be an invasive species of fungus, imported from Europe through human activity, to which North American bats haven’t built up immunity. A committee of experts has recommended that Canada’s environment minister issue an emergency order to protect the bats under the Species at Risk Act, but the government has yet to respond. One of the greatest fears is that the fungus could spread to other bat populations, and maybe even jump the Rocky Mountains, unless we act quickly. New Brunswick zoologist Don McAlpine told CBC News that, because they provide natural pest control, “the loss of bats could add billions of dollars to the cost of producing food.” Besides protecting bats through legislation, people

can also help by building them homes. Different bats require different types of houses, but all should be south-facing and mounted at least four metres off the ground. This will help bats in the face of increasing habitat loss, and may also discourage them from roosting in your home or garage. We also need to have proper environmental assessments before wind turbines are installed, to reduce harm to bats and minimize other environmental impacts. Scientists suspect that dead bats found near wind-power installations (most of which are migratory species) were killed by air pressure drops rather than contact with blades. With proper environmental reviews and more research about the causes of death and ways to reduce or prevent it, we can enjoy the benefits of clean wind power without putting bats at risk. Like so many other living things, bats illustrate how everything in nature is interconnected and that harming one plant or animal or ecosystem has cascading effects that touch us all. If we don’t do everything we can to help bats, we’ll all suffer – and not just from mosquito bites. Learn more at www. davidsuzuki.org.

LETTERS Public lands forum one-sided I attended the snit-fest organized by Victoria councillors Ben Isitt and Shellie Gudgeon, presumably to gather public viewpoint, and wondered what of substance they might have taken away from the exercise regarding the disposition of city-owned lands. I heard comments exclusively to one side of the issue from a number of the roughly 50 people who attended. Generally, these followed one of three themes: Ian Maxwell, owner of Point Hope Shipyard and Ralmax, wants to own the property so eventually he can build condos (righteous applause); Victoria has housing and other problems affecting its most needy, so everything the city does should address and benefit that agenda (righteous applause); and no public land should be sold because we need, or will need, more parks (righteous applause). If anyone in the audience actually knew anything about public lands – their sale, disposition, value, strategic longterm use – they stayed mute. If anyone knew anything about soil contamination on the parcels in question and whether, in fact, the City as vendor might be liable for soil cleanup (or, at least, obliged to factor the costs into land pricing), they stayed mute. If anyone remembered that City

policies champion – with overwhelming public support – the idea of a working harbour, as exemplified by Point Hope Shipyard, they stayed mute. An exercise in grandstanding and venting like this benefits the city and its councillors how, exactly? Gene Miller Victoria

Keep transit operators in loop Re: Timing is right for transit study (Our View, May 11). It will be interesting to see if the Greater Victoria Transit Commission will speak to the people who have been dealing with these problems for some time: the men and women who drive the transit vehicles every day and who truly empathize with the passengers. I’ll wager they won’t. Joe Hronek Colwood

Pay attention to pets’ needs Re: Hot days, fur coats don’t mix (News, May 16) It seems every year some of us need to be reminded, yet again, that our pets are at the mercy of their caretakers for their well-being. I get so angry when seeing dogs left in cars in the heat, and have made calls to the authorities a

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couple of times after seeing animals in distress. Smarten up, people. People should also be more aware that walking dogs on cement and asphalt sidewalks at the hottest time of the day isn’t the most caring thing to do. I’ve even witnessed dogs trying to pull on their leashes to get over to the grassy areas to walk. While my vet’s office confirmed to me that very few breeds are not bothered by this, most are, and with all the breed mixes out there, why not just exercise yourself and your pet in the cool of the mornings or evenings? They will love you all the more! P. Thorner Esquimalt

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Firefighter Pete Vanbuskirk slips down the length of a fire pole and disappears through a hole in the floor. He lands on a soft mat, just steps away from where a fire truck is parked on the ground floor of the Esquimalt fire hall. Meanwhile, firefighter Andrew Zado’s heavy footfalls can be heard as he pounds down two flights of stairs toward the same destination. “Andrew is not even out the door (to the staircase) and Pete’s already waiting for him (downstairs),” Assistant Fire Chief George McGregor says. Vanbuskirk has easily won the race, demonstrating the precious seconds the smoke eaters are saving thanks to the $1,100 installation of a new fire pole at Esquimalt’s Public Safety building last month. For firefighters, every second counts when they are called to fires, medical emergencies, automobile accidents and other potentially lifeand-death situations. “Our reaction times are important to us to the point where we keep a

stopwatch in the truck,” McGregor says. “So this helps us get the boys out.” The brass pole is also safer to use than the stairs, he says, noting the risk that comes when a group of people rush down the stairs. The fire pole also marks Esquimalt Fire Rescue’s return to tradition. The team used a pole until 2002, when it was removed prior to the separation of the Esquimalt police and fire department in 2003. The small upstairs room where firefighters got onto the pole was reconfigured into office and storage space and the hole in the floor was sealed. “It’s common for fire halls where the living quarters are upstairs to have a fire pole,” says Fire Chief Dave Ward. The former Saanich fire chief says the Saanich Fire Department’s main hall on Vernon Avenue has two poles. Oak Bay Fire Department also actively uses its pole. There is a pole at the Victoria Fire Department’s Yates Street station, but it is no longer used. Esquimalt’s fire pole is also sure to delight preschool and elementary school children when they tour the facility. “The youngsters that come to the fire hall for tours expect a fire pole,” Ward says. “What’s a fire hall without a fire pole?” emccracken@vicnews.com


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ICC will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1968 and U.S. coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICC members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1968. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1968 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors also known as ICC. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin collector and ICC member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICC and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on common coins made of silver. Helms explains that all U.S. half dollars, quarters and dimes made before 1970 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sellers market he said. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICC. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICC will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - VICTORIA

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Change to granting structure needs clarity, councillors say Moving to a competitive granting program may sound good in theory. But city councillors wonder what it might mean for community and seniors’ centres. They raised the concern last Thursday at a governance and priorities committee meeting. Council asked staff for more tangible information on proposed changes to how the city doles out grants to non-profit organizations.

“I have not been able to really answer the questions that I’m getting in the community,” Coun. Pam Madoff said. The city’s sustainability department has proposed a move toward a more accountable granting process, which would report on investments and results more thoroughly and would require all non-profits to compete for dollars. Sustainability staffer Kimberly Stratford

admitted she expects some growing pains. “It’s not our intention to cut our agencies off at the knees, but … right now we give money and … we don’t know what value for money we get.” Council supported the policy in principle, but asked to see an implementation plan. The policy will also be circulated to all city grant recipients for comment. rholmen@vicnews.com

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The University of Victoria’s School of Music artists-in-residence, the Lafayette String Quartet, will give a special performance following the UVic Alumni Association’s AGM on May 29 at 6:30 p.m. Free for UVic alumni and graduates of Victoria College and the Provincial Normal School. Register online at alumni.uvic.ca/events or call 250-721-7000.

From back burner to mainstage Roszan Holmen News staff

The audition instructions were daunting. Perform songs that showcase the voice using no pre-recorded music. Instead, shortlisted musicians were invited to play an electric keyboard to accompany themselves for a panel of six judges, for a chance to perform at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Weekend. “I’ve never had a (piano) lesson in my life,” says Turkoni, one of 30 local musicians invited to audition from a list of 90 candidates. “I don’t know what I was most nervous about, the singing or the playing.” While the the singer-songwriter has adeptly worked out the chords to some of her songs she’s recorded and uploaded to YouTube, she readily admits she’s no performance pianist. Even so, her playing must have passed the test. Or her big voice compensated. Turkoni was selected to perform a 20-minute session during the fundraiser’s brunch event May 27. In total, 13 local musicians will perform at the event. “We loved her sound,” says Erin Van Zant, talent and culture manager for the Oak Bay Beach hotel, which is co-hosting the event. “People assume I’m a pop singer with a squeaky voice, but I’m not,” says Turkoni,

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Musician Eva Turkoni plays her guitar outside the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Turkoni will be performing at the Empress during the celebrations for the David Foster Foundation's 25th anniversary. a petit blond, decked out in bright pink nail polish. When hearing her deep, almost husky voice, “people look at me and say, ‘that should not come out of you,’” Turkoni says. The chance to perform at the Miracle

Weekend is a coup for someone who has not been pursuing music seriously for several years. Back in England, where she grew up, Turkoni won a scholarship for a music degree specializing in vocals, and was gig-

ging regularly with three bands and had her own music manager. She gave it all up, however, when she met her future husband while travelling. They moved to Victoria in 2008. Since then, she admits, it’s been hard to find gigs, and hard to connect up with other musicians. She’s also been otherwise occupied. The 28-year-old is a wedding planner, runs a landscaping company with her husband, and also sells her paintings. Music has been on the back burner, but she’s adamant it’s what she wants to do. “I would give all my companies up for that,” she says. “I know I have a talent. It’s my dream career.” For her big show date, she’s working with a pianist and backup singer. “I hope the show goes amazingly and I don’t forget any words,” she says. Turkoni’s also aware of David Foster’s presence and the possibility that he’ll be scouting the next big talent. Van Zant, however, can’t confirm this. “He is here for the weekend but we haven’t made any promises to any of our musicians. “But if the moons and stars line up …” Van Zant says, pausing before qualifying again that it’s too risky to make promises. rholmen@vicnews.com

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With a new single on the horizon, the Archers have their sights set on touring. For the first time the five-man troupe of Stelly’s secondary graduates, featuring Ethan Caleb, Liam Moes, Sandy Hughes, Robert McMullen, and Liam McLaren has taken their show east of the Mainland on a 10-city tour – with an eye on building “their sound” that sets them apart. “We think we have a cool sound going on,” said drummer Moes. “We feel like we have stumbled across something interesting and we hope others feel the same way.” They aren’t the only ones who believe that – early in 2011 the band secured top spot in YouThink’s B.C.’s Best Teen Band Contest taking home the cash and studio recording time that came with the

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Eye on the ball Parkland’s Taniesha Bramley, left, fights for control of the ball with Lambrick Park’s Sarah Lefebvre during the first half of the Island Sr. AA Girls Soccer Championship held on the St. Michaels University School on May 15. Lambrick went on to win the tournament, with Parkland and Shawnigan Lake coming in second and third respectively. Don Denton/News staff

Highlanders seek first home win on Sunday The Victoria Highlanders men’s first team faces the Kitsap Pumas and is looking for its first home win of the 2012 season at Royal Athletic Park on Sunday at 4 p.m. The men opened its season with a pair of back-to-back ties at RAP before a road trip this week. The squad faces Sounders FC U23 in Washington State on Friday. Top players returning this year are team captain Tyler Hughes, 2011 top scorer Jordie Hughes, Ashley Burbeary (5 goals, 8 assists), and goalkeeper Elliot Mitrou. The Highlanders women’s first team is playing its second season out of RAP this year after failing to draw crowds to Bear Mountain Stadium. The women won their first W-league game and home opener 3-2 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Their next home game is against Seattle on June 1.

Senior Shamrocks Victoria Shamrocks first home game of their 63rd season is Friday night against Maple Ridge at Bear Mountain Arena, 7:45 p.m. In celebration of its 63rd year, fans will be granted free admission to the opener if they can prove they are age 63, born in 1963, attend school in SD63 or can prove any other “63” at the Shamrocks box office. This season, the club will be boosted by the addition of 2012 National Lacrosse League all-star Jeff Shattler, who plays for the Calgary Roughnecks. Shattler, a 6-foot, 185pound transition is a former Mann Cup and Champion’s Cup winner “It’s funny” notes Shamrocks GM Chris Welch. “There has been so much attention paid to leaving players but I think fans will be really excited by the team we have here, obviously with Shats being back but the other guys too.” Junior A Shamrocks The Jr. A Shamrocks face the Burnaby Lakers at home on Saturday, May 26, 5 p.m. at Bear Mountain Arena. As of last Friday, the Jr. Rocks held a 4-2 record and were third in the league after dropping a home game to the New Westminster Salmonbellies in a close 9-7 decision. Intermed. A Shamrocks The intermediate A Shamrocks stand 2-2 as of last Friday. The ‘Rocks’ next home game is Saturday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. at Bear Mountain Arena against the struggling Port Coquitlam Saints.


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SIDNEY(5TH STREET) Available now. Sm pet ok, 2 bdrms, 1 bath, new paint, coin op. $1050 includes H/W. Call Equitex, 250-386-6071.

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COLWOOD- COZY 1 bdrm bsmt suite, $740 inclds utils & wifi. Close to Royal Roads Univ, shopping, Galloping Goose trail. Pet friendly, N/S. June 1. Ref’s. 250-294-5516.

PRIVATE 1 bdrm beach cabin, self-contained, 20 mins north of Qualicum. N/S, N/P. Weekly $500. Call (250)757-2094.

METAL ROOFING & siding sales. Seconds avail. Custom roof Flashings. 250-544-3106.

PORT HARDY Well maintained 6-plex Great investment $385,000 Call Noreen 250-949-6319 imagine.it@cablerocket.com

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BRENTWOOD: HIGH-END short term rental, 1 bdrm 1000 sq ft, NS/NP. (250)213-2989.

GRANT MANOR, APARMENTS 6921 Grant Rd. Sooke

32” PANASONIC TV, great working order, not a flat screen. Call (250)665-6351.

TILLICUM MALL. Furnished Rm in apt. bus route. NS/NP. $550 inclusive. 250-893-8727.

1 BR COTTAGE private, sunny setting, large yard, Sooke, furn/unfurn $850/m plus utils (neg), refs, n/s. 250-642-2015 or 1-250-729-6520

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ESQUIMALT- beautiful home, ocean view, $775 inclusive, you pay phone. N/S, sm pet? 250-383-0206, 250382-7890.

2 BDRM. Very quiet, ocean views, Clean, well maintained. Laundry, Sauna, Elevator, Hot Water, Heat. (250) 388-9384

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ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewellery. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700

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ESTATE & Like New Home Furnishings, Mattresses, Tools & Hdwe. Lots, Cheap! No HST. BUY & SAVE, 9818 4th St., Sidney. buyandsave.ca

ARIAT TALL BOOTS. Leather upper, woman’s size 7.5, regular calf, medium height. Worn once, excellent condition, still need breaking in. Originally $400, asking $300 obo. 250391-5992, leave message.

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250-642-1900 MALAHAT 1 & 2 BdrmsPanoramic views. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $700-$1200 inclusive. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references. 250-478-9231.

SIDNEY- 3 bdrm sxs duplex, 1 bath, no steps. NS/NP. $1375+ utils. Lease. Call (250)656-4003. SMALL 3-BDRM house. Newly updated. Large yard, storage shed, W/D. $1400+ utils. Text or call (250)858-2763.

ROOMS FOR RENT GREAT HOUSING. $425$625. Clean, quiet, comfortable. All incl. 778-977-8288 VICWEST: FURNISHED room, cable, phone, $450 & up. Call 1-250-748-1310.

MAPLEWOOD AREA. New small 1 bdrm, partly furnished. Inclds utils, laundry, basic cable. Avail from May 15. $825./mo. (250)383-3425. SAANICHTON: LRG 1 bdrm, shared laundry. NS/NP. $800 incls utils. (250)544-8007.

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1992, 26 ft TRAVELAIRE, Class C Motorhome. Bright, clean, sleeps 4. Twin beds in back and fold down double bed. Excellent and clean condition. Full shower with skylight, gas generator, air conditioning, second owner, new internal batteries (worth $600), new water pump, only 91,300 km. Reliable, clean and functional. REDUCED to $16,250. (250) 748-3539

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

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2007 SOOKE TOWNHOME. 2000 sq ft. 3-lev. 3 bdrm, 3.5 baths + den/office/4th bdrm. Large family room, dining rm. SS appl’s, central Vac, stackable W/D. Laminate & tile flooring. Near park, beach, local pub/beer & wine Pets considered. $1600. 250-514-4649 SIDNEY: NEW 3 bdrm + den, laundry, NS/NP, $1800. Avail July 1st. Call 250-217-4060.

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2007 FORD 150 Super Cab, 4 door, 1 year warranty left, hard tonneau cover, 84,000 km, all paved roads, 5.4L, V-8, automatic. $21,000 obo. Call Bruce (250)474-1417.

UTILITY TRAILERS

CARS 2000 CHEV Impala, 147,340 K, 3.8L, V6, lady driven, clean, well maintained, records, lots new, $3900. (250)472-0180. 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

ARROW TRUCK Canopywhite, canopy roof is 4” above truck roof. Big space back window. Excellent condition. $700. Call 250-361-0052.

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Porta-Potti 245, very clean, great for camping, $25. Call (250)370-0288.

CORDOVA BAY. $610,000. (Bring Offers). 3 bdrm, 3 bath. Handicap features, suite, view, on bike trail. 250-818-5397.

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■ MS Society fundraiser ■ Friday - Sunday, May 11 - 13 ■ Greater Victoria area

Volunteers & supporters make Carnation Campaign a success for the MS Society More than 150 volunteers greeted visitors and shoppers around Greater Victoria May 11 and 12, exchanging a Carnation Campaign sticker for a donation to the MS Society. The MS Society of Canada marks the month of May as MS Awareness Month. Across the country, the society aims to increase awareness of multiple sclerosis, inform the public about the MS Society’s mission and services, and engage new and existing supporters in the campaign to end MS. “Having the volunteers be a part of this campaign is the support that helps us ensure we can fulfill our mission: to provide programs and services to those living with MS as well as ensure that the very important research continues,” says Tracey Gibson, Manager Development, South Vancouver Island Chapter of the MS Society. During the two days of the Carnation Campaign, volunteers enjoyed terrific support from the Greater Victoria community. In turn, the MS Society thanks each and every volunteer who came out, donating two or more hours of their time. “Each volunteer hour really does help to get us closer to end MS – thank you!”

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Foundation support saved daughter’s life, mother says David Foster Miracle Weekend begins Friday

you, but alson take control of the situation.” The foundation arranged for Fisher’s travel and accommodations to Toronto in 2004, where Evanne was treated Natalie North at the Hospital for Sick Children. News staff Despite the resources available, her initial surgery left Evanne’s Doctors told Tamara Fisher it body too weak to receive a heart was a miracle that her daughter transplant, should one have Evanne, diagnosed with a nonbecome available. functioning heart, was even born When Fisher learned of her on Oct. 2, 2004. daughter’s health status, she sat They had also advised the by Evanne’s bedside and spoke single mother that due to her to the heavily medicated infant, baby’s rare heart defects, Fisher IV lines attached to her head and should terminate her pregnancy hands. when she was already four-and-a“I looked at her and said: ‘If you half-months along. need to let go, let go. I’m sorry.’ I Later on, after baby Evanne’s really felt selfish at that point for month-old body was struggling having her go through all that. to survive experimental heart To ask her to keep fighting, I felt surgery, the surgeon told Fisher really selfish.” that procedure had been a Within 24 hours Evanne began mistake. to grow stronger and within Before she even another 24, Fisher knew her unborn got the call. A donor “I looked at child’s sex, Fisher heart was available. her and said: ‘If knew her chance at “You want to be life hinged on a heart you need to let go, excited because the transplant. She turned greatest moment let go. I’m sorry.’” and your dream to the David Foster – Tamara Fisher Foundation, which has come true, but provides financial you know that a assistance for families whose parent’s worst nightmare has children are in need of life-saving just occurred. You walk down the organ transplants. Fisher had the hallway of critical care and the foundation backing her and her nurses are congratulating you choice. and they’re smiling and happy, “They take you on as a part and inside you’re overjoyed, but of their foundation and family, to be excited seems wrong.” but they’ve also got the business On Nov. 9 that year, doctors aspect of it and they’re able to performed a successful heart separate the two,” Fisher said. transplant on Evanne. By the “At your time of need, it’s spring of 2005, mom and baby perfect for you, because you returned home to Colwood. need someone to empathize with Fisher gives full credit to the

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Evanne Fisher, 7, snuggles with her mom, Tamara Fisher, at the David Foster Foundation office on Henry Street in Victoria West. Evanne had a heart transplant when she was five weeks old. Foster Foundation for the life that Evanne now enjoys as a healthy Grade 2 student at David Cameron elementary in Colwood. The national charity, founded 25 years ago in Victoria by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Foster, continues to help cover the family’s travel expenses for follow-up care at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. “There’s no way that as a single mom I would have been able to take myself from British Columbia to Toronto, while pregnant, and support myself for eight months in downtown Toronto,” Fisher said. “When the doctors said ‘terminate,’ that would have had to have been my option.” The foundation is hosting a star-studded “Miracle Weekend”

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of concerts and fundraising events this weekend (May 25 to 27) in support of families like the Fishers. It’s far from the foundation’s humble beginnings, hosting celebrity softball games at Royal Athletic Park. “Promoting the message is really so important to us and our cause,” said foundation CEO Michael Ravenhill. “This weekend is a celebration of 25 years of our foundation and there’s been many successes in here, but we also can’t forget those families we’ve lost along the way.” Tamara hopes to one day connect with the family whose loss gave way to Evanne’s life. “She’s such a sweet, caring girl and her heart breaks for so much,” Tamara said. “With the

heart being such an emotional organ, I know that the sensitivity and powerful emotion that Evanne has comes from that donor. I know the donor was an amazing child.” The Miracle Weekend encompasses two concerts, a gala dinner and an auction of highprofile trips and VIP packages to events such as the Grammys, the Indianapolis 500 and Celebrity Fight Night with Muhammad Ali. At press time, tickets were available for Saturday’s Miracle Concert, featuring performances by Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Ruben Studdard, The Canadian Tenors, Kenny G and Sinbad, by calling 250-220-7777, or visiting selectyourtickets.com. Prices range from $125 to $250, with all proceeds going to the David Foster Foundation. For more information on the Miracle Weekend visit davidfostermiracleconcert.com. nnorth@saanichnews.com

See the stars ■ Get a glimpse of celebrities during the David Foster Miracle Weekend. The red carpet will be out in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday (May 25), as guests arrive for the gala dinner in the Crystal Ballroom. It will be rolled out the following evening from 5 to 6 p.m. outside the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre before the Miracle Concert.

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The Shelbourne Street corridor won’t be getting bike lanes anytime soon. Traffic on Shelbourne, north of Hillside Centre, is simply too heavy to knock the road down to three lanes to better accommodate buses, cyclists and pedestrians, according to a consultant report looking at a 25-year plan to revamp one of the region’s major north-south arteries. “We have over 25,000 cars going along Shelbourne south of McKenzie (Avenue) every day, and the transportation modelling shows that if we were to limit the number of lanes on Shelbourne to two or three, that traffic would disperse onto parallel routes, such as Richmond and Cedar Hill,” said Saanich planner Harold Stanley. “And those roads aren’t built to handle that kind of traffic.” The report, from Urban Systems, looked at two- and three-lane options on Shelbourne. Stanley noted that a lane reduction would likely negate any benefit from increased public transit along the corridor. Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff, somewhat skeptical about the transportation modelling, is optimistic that fewer people would drive if dense urban centres along Shelbourne were properly executed. “My feeling of cars is ... (cars) will always have to be accommodated, but they shouldn’t be the priority in the context of moving through a number of neighbourhoods, commercial centres,” she said. “Isn’t it possible that the volume of traffic will be reduced if you create successful centres where you can live, work, shop and have an amazing public transit system? My sense is it should.” The consultant’s report does look at incorporating wider sidewalks and installing bike lanes along the notoriously pedestrian- and

cycling-unfriendly street. Stanley explained there are a variety of options on the table that include bike lanes and sidewalks that range in width from 1.5 to three metres and a buffer from vehicle traffic, by either

moving hydro poles or installing utility cabling underground. The next steps in the Shelbourne valley action plan, Stanley said, will be to vet a report on land-use and urban design, then put the options out to the public. He’d like to see

open houses begin to be held in late spring or summer. “Going to the public with the architecture and transportation plans together, as opposed to presenting them individually, will be really key to getting the best feedback,”

Brownoff said. For more information on the action plan, visit the Shelbourne Corridor plan page at www. saanich.ca/business/ actionplan/shelbourne. html. kslavin@saanich news.com

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