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SD 61 remains stalled on Wi-Fi Teachers’ job action slows debate on wireless safety Natalie North News staff

No elementary schools within the Greater Victoria School District had wireless Internet installed over the last year, and none will, until school trustees give Wi-Fi the green light. The school board's decision on whether or not to lift a year-old moratorium on installing wireless

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Internet in schools hinges on the findings from the district’s committee on Wi-Fi, a group comprised of teachers and administrators, as well as members from the Allied Specialists Association and the Principals’ Association. The committee met with concerned parents and sought input from such authorities as the World Health Organization, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and Industry Canada four times since formation in early 2011. “There were groups of people who brought forward information that you’ve probably seen before … it came from all walks of life,”


said Patrick Duncan, Greater Victoria School District associate superintendent and chair of the committee. “I haven’t heard of any further outcry from parents. There is one group who has continued to bring forward presentations and I’m sure they will continue to ensure that their voice is heard.” The committee was slated to present recommendations on Wi-Fi to the board on June 20. The retirement of previous committee chair, former district secretary-treasurer George Ambeault and the teacher job action – which has teachers currently abstaining from all voluntary extracurricular activities,

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including participation on the committee – has put the report on hold indefinitely. The board will be writing a letter inviting the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association to participate to get the committee moving forward again, board of education chair Peg Orcherton confirmed. Until then, the only elementary school in SD 61 with wireless Internet remains George Jay. Every high school and middle school within the district already had Wi-Fi before the moratorium was implemented. PLEASE SEE: More input on Wi-Fi, Page A4

Thieves are breaking into empty for-sale and for-rent homes in Saanich to steal copper water supply tubing and electrical wires. Three incidents have been reported to Saanich police since June 5 where homes have been entered and the copper tubes that lead from the hot water tank have been stolen. In all three cases, the thefts have resulted in flood damage to the homes. Incidents occurred in three different parts of Saanich: the 3600-block of Ophir St. in the Shelbourne valley, the 1800-block of Taylor Rd. in the Saanich panhandle south of Hillside Shopping Centre, and the 3900-block of Telegraph Bay Rd. in Cadboro Bay. “We suspect the same person or persons is responsible, given the MO is distinct,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. Items that are being stolen do not amount to much in terms of value, as they are short pieces of low-quality copper. Jantzen advised landlords and property owners to perform regular checks on vacant properties to ensure they haven’t been targeted. People should double-check security, such as locks and motion detector lights.

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Blaze damages dog grooming shop Firefighters forced their way into a dog grooming business in the 3500-block of Quadra St. late Monday morning (June 11) after a nearby business owner spotted smoke billowing from the two-storey building. The blaze was contained to the bathroom area of the business, which was closed when the fire was reported just before 11 a.m. The rest of the building was heavily damaged by smoke. Though extinguished quickly, the fire left the business with an estimated $75,000 in damage. Two neighbouring businesses also sustained minor smoke damage. No one was injured in the fire and the cause remains under investigation.

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It was a moment of confusion and panic for an elderly Saanich woman driving at the Victoria airport last year that left a man dead and six others seriously injured. On Tuesday, Shirley Zerbin, 82, received her sentence of a $1,500 fine and a three-year driving ban. As Victoria provincial court judge Evan Blake noted, this is a case that started out of “innocent and mundane circumstances” and ended in profound tragedy for all. On July 29, 2011, Zerbin drove her 1990 Pontiac Sunbird to the airport in the late morning to pick up a friend. She arrived flustered after becoming confused and lost due to the new McTavish interchange – for years she hadn’t driven farther than a grocery store near her Cedar Hill X Road home. Airport security video played in court demonstrated that Zerbin paid her dollar, pulled into the airport’s short term parking lot and slowly drove past a row of cars. She pulled an arcing left turn and then shot diagonally across the blacktop, accelerating over the curb, plowing through a concrete picnic table filled with taxi drivers playing cards, through luggage carts and into a cement barrier in front of the security building. Crown prosecutor Kimberly Henders Miller said investigators estimate Zerbin’s car hit the table of men at 78 kilometres per hour, and accelerated continuously throughout the incident. Father of three, 57-year-old Ramesh Sharma died and six other taxi drivers suffered significant injuries. Five of those men remain off work. Zerbin herself was seriously injured and spent four months recovering in hospital. Henders Miller pointed out Zerbin remains grief stricken over her actions and co-operated fully with the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP. Investigators reported the Sunbird was in good working order and that Zerbin simply mistook the gas for the brake.


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The cement picnic table at the Victoria airport was rubble after a car smashed through it last July, killing one man. The elderly driver wasn’t criminally charged, but faces nine civil lawsuits. “The only explanation she can offer is that she must have put her foot on the gas, that the car leapt forward and she didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t find the brake but didn’t know why,” said defense lawyer Dan Murphy. “She was deeply troubled by in the aftermath and remains deeply troubled by Mr. Sharma’s death.”

“I think she knows she made a mistake and is sincere. I don’t feel hatred toward her. It’s unfortunate she took a life.” –Savjeev Sharma, son of Ramesh Sharma Crown and police agreed Zerbin wasn’t criminally liable and she was charged with driving without due care and attention under the Motor Vehicle Act. Besides a speeding ticket in 1991, this crash is the only blemish on her driving record of 65 years. “I’d like to say I’m very, very sorry for hurting the taxi men and for Mr. Sharma and his family. I am very sorry,” Zerbin told the court, standing next to her son, Ted. Her lawyer told the court

she would never seek a drivers licence again. Zerbin moved to Victoria in 1944, served in the air force for three years and worked at the Yarrow Shipyards until retiring on a modest pension, and has no assets beyond the car that was destroyed. She and the Victoria Airport Authority face nine civil lawsuits launched by taxi drivers impacted by the crash. Sharma’s son Sanjeev, 23, and daughter Sabina, 18, sat through the proceedings, quietly wiping away tears as the Crown and defence lawyers described the series of events that led to their father’s death. “I think she knows she made a mistake and is sincere. I don’t feel hatred toward her. It’s unfortunate she took a life,” Sanjeev said after court finished. Ramesh Sharma immigrated to Canada from New Delhi, India, around 1985. Sanjeev described his father as a man who worked hard every day of his life to allow his children to have good lives and a good education. As timing would have it, later on the same day as the sentencing hearing, Sanjeev attended convocation at the University of Victoria to receive a B.Sc. in economics. Sabina graduates in a week from

Claremont secondary. “His whole life he worked for our family,” Sanjeev said. “Since he moved here he worked to save money to make sure we had good lives.” Since his father’s death, their mother has been unable to work and Sanjeev has split his time between school and running his father’s taxicab, which is the only source of income for the Sharma family. The family is also part of the civil lawsuit against Zerbin. Judge Blake said the $1,500 fine and driving prohibition reflect penalties set out under the Motor Vehicle Act, and doesn’t put a price tag on the value of human life. Courts are “ill equipped” to deal with these scenarios, he said. “Horrific consequences loom over the proceedings, but the court has to bear in mind the defendant is not being prosecuted with a criminal charge,” Blake said. Zerbin is sincerely remorseful and had led an exemplary life, the judge said, but her fateful 19 seconds of panicked driving led to “physical and psychological (consequences) for all involved and devastation for the Sharma family that is almost beyond words.”

Drunken munchies lead to break and enter Saanich police arrested two young women Tuesday morning after a drunken bout of the munchies appeared to a homeowner as a frightening break and enter. The lone resident in the 2900-block of Foul Bay Rd. was awoken by her growling chihuahua, and then heard strange voices in her home around 3:15 a.m., say Saanich police. Scared but determined to call police, the homeowner carefully crept to her living room, retrieved her cellphone and whispered her plight to a 911 operator. Saanich police units quickly cordoned off the area and brought in a police dog to track the thieves. Officers soon found two “highly intoxicated” females, 22 and 24 years old. It turns out the homeowner’s daughter had left the garage door open and a box of barbecue potato chips had beckoned the drunk women. “Effervescent chips seen shimmering in the moonlight were too yummy to pass up when you have the munchies,” opined Sgt. Dean Jantzen. The duo also allegedly absconded with some fabric. The suspects were held overnight for their own safety.

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Saanich police appeal to witnesses in Duncan crash External investigation continues for RCMP Kyle Slavin News staff

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ing for a witness to come forward to aid their ongoing external review of a North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP-involved car crash. Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said that multiple witness accounts have placed either a black Jeep or SUV at the scene of the crash when it happened,

but officers have not spoken to the occupants of that vehicle. “We have witnesses for just before and just after the crash. We don't have a witness to the collision other than the two drivers (who were involved),” he said. The crash happened around 7 p.m. on Sunday June 3, when a woman made a





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More input on Wi-Fi welcome, says trustee Continued from Page A1

“The board made a decision ultimately based on the information provided, and we continue to get more information all of the time,” Orcherton said, noting that the information continues to come in on both sides of the Wi-Fi argument. She would not speculate on any potential outcomes of the committee, which was struck in response to health concerns brought forward by parents. “Schools are a microcosm of the broader community and there are differences of opinion as to the risks of Wi-Fi,” Orcherton said. “There are people who feel there aren’t risks and there are obviously people who feel there are risks that we should be minimizing, particularly with young brains.”






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Greater Victoria School district drafts needs-based budget Budget exercise to demonstrate spending gaps in education Natalie North News staff

Greater Victoria School District trustees haven’t taken the same stand as their counterparts in Cowichan, but they have made new moves toward restoring education funding by identifying exactly where their balanced budget falls short – and by how much. Unlike in Cowichan, where trustees face the threat of termination since having submitted a deficit budget to the Ministry of Education, Greater Victoria trustees passed a balanced budget submitted to the ministry in April. But the SD 61’s $171-million operating budget is likely not the only budget they’ll submit this year. On Monday night (June 11) members of the board’s operations, policy and planning committee unanimously passed

a second budget that identifies the need for an additional $48,463,915 to meet the educational needs of students. The needs budget provides a detailed breakdown of the actual costs associated with district’s needs – from staffing to supplies – as identified by school planning councils and community members throughout the school year. “It’s what the community thinks is necessary,â€? said board of education chairperson Peg Orcherton. “This is from the community ‌ and we’re hopeful to start using it as a basis in our (2012-13) budget deliberations, as the realities of what we can propose.â€? The budget advisory committee will present the document to the board of education for approval at the June 18 meeting before it can be sent to Education Minister George Abbott. In an accompanying draft letter to Abbott, Orcherton outlines four key factors that contributed to the need: insufficient funding for special needs students; consumer prices and cost of living increases, coupled with expanded mandates of the education system; partially-funded

provincial labour settlements; and loss of funding due to enrolment declines. In the past, the board has submitted a “restorative budget� document, based on 2001 operational costs and funding. The restorative budget focused strictly on the cuts made in the previous decade and didn’t take into account declining enrolment and school closures. The question of whether or not to submit the needs based budget in lieu of a balanced budget for 2012-13, is one trustees will encounter again in September when the planning process begins. “That would be quite a lengthy discussion and debate, I would expect, but it does show from the community’s perspective, what the needs are,� Orcherton said, adding that the 2012-13 budget will be especially difficult for a number of factors. Among those considerations are the board’s spending of a one-time $349,541 surplus this spring and the ministry’s decision to freeze funding for three years without taking into account increases in operational costs.


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Internet funds cut from libraries Roszan Holmen News staff

Despite losing a $26,000 grant for Internet service, the Greater Victoria Public Library will not cut any of the coveted computer stations at its branches. “Because we are a larger system, it does impact our operating budget, but we are in the fortunate position that we can absorb the reduction,� said Maureen Sawa, CEO of GVPL. “But (for) many of our colleagues on the Island, in some of the smaller library systems on Vancouver Island, this is really going to be a blow.� Sawa was speaking out in solidarity with these smaller libraries, which stand to lose their only public computer stations. On March 31, the federal government cut its Community Access Program, which has helped to fund computers and Internet technologies in libraries since 1995.

According to Industry Canada, the program met its objective to make Internet accessible. It launched in an age when only 10 per cent of Canadian households had Internet service at home. As of 2010, that proportion had grown to 79 per cent. But from the perspective of GVPL’s manager of public service, the need for computers at the library has not changed “We see no sign of that diminishing, in spite of statistics that say that a huge number of Canadians have access to Internet in their own home,� said Patricia Eaton. The computer stations are well used and often have a queue, she said. A wide cross-section of people use the stations, including those of limited means, students and seniors without the knowledge to set up a home computer. The issue of the cut came to the attention of Victoria city council.

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store for the Victoria audience are performances by more than 100 drummers and dancers. Two featured groups are the Unity Drummers and Singers, led by Songhees cultural leader Butch Dick, and the University of Victoria powwow drummers. Both are comprised of members of First Nations from across Canada who are currently living in Greater Victoria. “It’s all about gathering and celebrating,” said event organizer Ron Rice, a Cowichan Tribes member living in the city. “I can see my culture in the different dances, songs and art, and that brings me great pride.” Special guests include the Kwhlii Gibaykw Nisga’a Dancers from Vancouver, and 30 children from the Journeys of the Heart cultural learning program of the Hulitan Family and Community Services Society in Victoria. The festival also includes an aboriginal arts and crafts market, where visitors can find handcrafted pieces and learn about First Nations culture and traditions. The artist market runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the entertainment is scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. • A9

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About 300 kilometres from the coast of Vancouver Island at a location dubbed Endeavor Ridge, a one-of-a-kind tsunami early warning system will soon been draped along the sea floor. From above, X will mark the spot more than 2,000 metres below, as four ultra-sensitive pressure devices, each at the end of a 25-kilometre fibre optic cable, feed data through the Neptune system and to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Network. Laying sausage-thick cable at 2000 metres down is painfully slow, delicate business, but it will give scientists and emergency authorities, for the first time, the direction and speed of tsunamis in the deep ocean, in real time. “These kind of instruments do double duty,� says Kate Moran, director of Neptune Canada, a consortium of universities led by the University of Victoria. “They help us understand the physics of the ocean and also contribute to public safety.� The giant, $3-million tsunami “antenna� will be plugged into the Neptune system, an 800-kilometre loop of powered fibre optic cable linked by 13-tonne nodes and feeding into hundreds of underwater scientific instruments. All data is streamed live through the Internet. The tsunami device works by using extremely sensitive pressure transducers spread in a star formation. For this trip, two of the four will be installed this month, and the remainder in September. They also plan to install the pressure devices on Neptune’s sister, Venus, a cable network in the Saanich Inlet and the mouth of the Fraser River. Moran noted that tsunamis barely cause a blip in wave height in the deep ocean, but, as well documented in disasters in Japan and the Indian Ocean, waves can reach the coast as an unstoppable wall of water. Prototypes of the pressure device detected tsunamis near Chile in 2010 and Samoa in 2009. Moran said this device will give



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Neptune Canada director Kate Moran with the bottom pressure recorder device that will help measure the speed and direction of tsunamis in the deep ocean near Vancouver Island. ocean scientists data to improve models for predicting tsunami speed, direction and intensity after an earthquake. It could also act as an early warning system for Vancouver Island. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operates a ring of buoys in the Pacific to provide tsunami early warning data. Moran hopes the tsunami antenna plugged into Neptune will help improve on that. “We’ve tested the prototype. Now we’ll install the real McCoy,� said Moran, a tsunami expert who once served as a science advisor for the Obama administration. “We’ll collect data and continue to improve predictions

of wave impacts on Vancouver Island.� Laying the fibre optic cable involves spooling it off the 274foot research vessel Thomas G. Thompson, and guiding it on the seafloor using a remotely operated submarine called an ROV. The ROV lays the cable and plugs it into the pressure device and a junction box on the Neptune network. “Laying cable with the ROV is very tricky because the ship is always moving, and you’ve got to follow the ROV,� Moran said. “It takes a long time. It’s a dance between the ship and ROV in two kilometres of water.�

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The individuals pictured here are wanted as of June 13, 2012 All individuals listed must be presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Stephen Tyrone ANDREW is wanted for Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Breach of Undertaking and Mischief.

• Weight: 166 lbs. • Height: 5’5” • DOB: June 19, 1958

• Weight: 181 lbs. • Height: 5’7” • DOB: Jan. 17, 1986

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Lanny Ryan EYMANN

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• Weight: 221 lbs. • Height: 6’1” • DOB: March 3, 1977

• Weight: 146 lbs. • Height: 5’9” • DOB: March 6, 1980

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Bradley David TURNER

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• Weight: 155 lbs. • Height: 5’8” • DOB: March 4, 1981

• Weight: 161 lbs. • Height: 6’ • DOB: Feb. 5, 1984

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Democracy wilting in Ottawa W hile the lumping together of numerous pieces of federal legislation in one giant omnibus bill may not be precedent-setting, we fear that doing so threatens to reduce our democracy to mere window dressing. Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, still relatively young in its first majority, is attempting to reduce the level of debate on specific issues relating to everything from environmental protection to military spending to multiculturalism. No aspect of governmental operations is being spared here. Our concern is that sections of the bill pinpointed by hard-working MPs as troublesome – remember, this bill affects every federal ministry – cannot possibly be given the time they need to discuss potential problems with implementation before regulations and budgets get put in place. It’s not just opposing MPs who have been left scrambling by this tactic. Even Conservative MPs are forced to bone up on all aspects of the government’s budget legislation. Who’s got time for that? And how can we expect any of our elected representatives to be well-versed on even half of the legislation tabled? Meanwhile, Opposition and other MPs have tabled 800 possible amendments to the bill, which will no doubt cause further confusion and anxiety among this country’s lawmakers as the bill goes through the debate process. The feds have argued that time is of the essence as they work to keep our economy from spiralling as a growing number of European countries are experiencing. Still, that is not reason enough to subvert the democratic process and allow for the kind of proper debate that Canadians have come to expect. To use a well-used phrase, this can only end badly, both for the continuity of services, checks and balances in this country and the preservation of the type of democracy we all voted for – Conservatives, New Democrats, Liberals and Greens alike.

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Future worrisome at any age A

recent survey pointed to the jobs in areas that appealed to us fact that most older folks are and generally did as we pleased. not worried about aging. The jobs were out there for anyone It appears that the who wanted to work. youngest people taking Yes, there were protests, part in the survey are but it was most often the more worried. authorities who abused Young people under their power, not the 25 worried about aging? public. Protests were Preposterous? about race, politics, social Maybe not. Those inequity and justice. under 25 have good While some things have reason to be worried. changed, others remain When they reach the same. The young are retirement age, will they restless, as they have Pirjo Raits be able to count on the always been. Hard Pressed government to ease their But young adults financial burdens? Highly who graduate from unlikely. university or college can So yes, they should be concerned no longer be assured of finding a – so concerned, in fact, that they job in their chosen field. They are are probably already starting to put inexperienced and in debt and often money aside in RRSPs. Kind of sad, have to resort to poorly paid jobs really, to have to be thinking today – many still live with their parents about one’s life 40 years down the because they cannot afford to live road. on their own. Their world isn’t Those of us who were children looking like such a good place and of the 1960s and ’70s had the they have reason to be anxious. opportunity to try all kinds of It’s different for much of the older things before we settled down to generation (their parents). raise families and contribute to They are still able to tap into their society. We got to play first. company pensions – adding in their Our generation was fortunate in government pensions, life is pretty that we never had to fight in a war decent for them. They can travel like our parents or grandparents. to sunny destinations in the winter We didn’t have to worry about and indulge themselves in golf recession and jobs and being able games and shopping. This may well to afford a house. be the last generation able to enjoy It was the late 1960s and the a relatively carefree retirement. whole world was open to us. We But while the survey states travelled and hitchhiked around people between 55 and 64 aren’t Europe, joined communes, found worried, I believe many individuals

in that age bracket are. Not everyone wants to spend their remaining healthy years at a part-time, low-paying job to supplement their meagre Canada Pension Plan or Old Age Security cheques. What they did manage to save won’t go that far. The government does not owe us a living any more than our parents do. What you didn’t do (like save) during your working years may come back to haunt you. Who knew? The world is changing rapidly and the technological age is shrinking the job market, rather than expanding it. Jobs are disappearing while the government tries to revamp Canada’s Employment Insurance to ensure Canadians get whatever jobs are out there. We can no longer count on the public service to provide jobs with life-long security. Public servants and bureaucrats have sunk some countries by being so top-heavy and weaving so much red tape that it is impossible to escape going under. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, so we can’t even escape it by moving elsewhere. This is worrisome for many folks. So really, I disagree with the survey. I think everyone is worried, no matter what their age. As Bob Dylan once sang: “For the times they are a-changin’.” Pirjo Raits is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror.

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On-leash animals unpredictable Re: Dog ownership rules restrictive (Letters, June 8) The comment “a leash only gives the illusion of control” is certainly true. My car was attacked last month by a dog on a leash, held by the owner. However, the woman did not have control of her animal. My dog was sleeping in the back seat while I was in the driver’s seat talking with my niece. Moments later, the lady and her dog came out and the dog instantly lunged at my parked car. I shouted “stop, stop,” but it continued to come at my car. I quickly rolled up my window and waited for her to restrain her dog. I got out, looked at the side of my car and commented, “Your dog did this to my car,” to which she replied, “A little bit of wax will take out those scratches.” She proceeded to leave the parking lot, and as she did so, I took down her licence plate number. I called the Saanich police to report the incident and they instructed me to stop by so they could take pictures. I told the constable, “You can still see the dog’s breakfast on my window.” The police have still not caught up to this woman, which leaves me with a $300 deductible to fix my car. I am sure my car’s DNA is still under that dog’s nails. Eddie Smith Saanich

Dog owners’ rights trample those of others Re: Dog ownership rules restrictive (Letters, June 8)

Good for the City of Victoria. Dog ownership should be restrictive. My wife and I have shaken our heads at dog owners numerous times over the past few years. Many seem to think that the general public enjoys having frisky, nosy dogs jumping on them, sniffing their picnics and licking their child’s faces. We’ve witnessed dogs trained on ‘mental’ leashes jumping on kids in on-leash areas. From the child’s perspective, these are not ‘doggie kisses,’ this is an attack. Children can be traumatized and the associated fear compounds with each recurrence. The dog owners we have observed have been blind to the fact that their dog has left a child screaming and in tears, and rarely, if ever, apologize. The city’s dog-control ‘browbeats’ can’t be zealous enough. Mark deLeeuw Saanich

Pets provide comfort to those in need Re: Dog ownership rules restrictive (Letters, June 8) I am shocked and saddened to read more on the subject of punishing dog owners. More and more our society is becoming a police state. More and more, those in power tell us we’ll be safer when we have more policing. First, we police the already downtrodden members of society, many of whom find solace and companionship with their dogs. They can’t leave them at

home as home is the street. So now we have a new “vice squad” aimed at folks who leave their people-loving canine friends, for a few moments, outside a store. I love to visit with the dogs. They add some pleasure to the humdrum business of shopping. Policing must be a profitable business. Imagine if we were to use these funds to support people in housing with the comfort of a non-judgmental friend, who raptly listens to the events of the day? There are people who prefer the comfort of their furry friends, who keep them fit with daily walks and provide love always. I can think of many occasions where dogs have literally saved peoples lives. As in the human kingdom, there are losers and no doubt there are a few undesirable dogs. Does that mean we need to punish them all? Joanna Wilkinson Victoria

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Heather Johnson from Wizard of Paws grooming holds a dog named Patrick at last month’s Pet Expo at Pearkes Recreation Centre in Saanich. Letter writers are split on their opinions of rules around the control of dogs in the community.

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Free-roaming cats bother dog owner Re: Dog ownership rules restrictive (Letters, June 8) Kudos to Nancy Raycroft. The City of Victoria must be “doghating cat people.” I am sick of my yard being used for a litter box. Dogs have to have licences and be on a leash. Why not cats? She’s also right about dogs enhancing their owner’s life. I don’t know what I’d do without mine. Barbara Ellis Esquimalt

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Road rage incidents prompted by ‘enforcers’ Re: Slow drivers present greatest hazard (Letters, June 1) R. Chong’s response to “Keep pressuring high-risk drivers” (Our View, June 1) was right on point. In the editorial, road rage, among other problems, is mentioned. If one could quantify the number of reckless driving and road-rage incidents attributable to raised frustration levels caused by “self-appointed enforcers” futzing about, or sheer bloody mindedness, one would probably not be surprised at the statistics. There are always people who will flout the law, but that is for the police to deal with.

But, to speak the unspeakable, road rage doesn’t just happen. It is a reaction to an action, and there are many actions on the Pat Bay Highway that produce “high-risk” behaviour in a normally calm, low-risk driver. There is much more to this, of course, but what a great beginning. As the letter-writer suggested, a slight change in attitude is in order. Kim Shepherd Saanichton

Lack of confidence key factor in crashes Re: High speed main factor in traffic deaths (Letters, June 8) This is not necessarily so.

Lack of driver confidence when dealing with lane discipline on any highway is one of the causes of collisions. If a driver feels that the only way he is going to be able to make a safe left turn is to stick out in the ‘fast’ lane for 10 kilometres, he needs to take a refresher course on how to correctly signal his intention to move from the ‘slow’ lane, in order to make his intended turn to the left. Addressing those people who lack confidence on the road, don’t ever find yourself on a German or French highway. That’s where lane discipline is expected – and, I might say, demanded. Frances White Saanich

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A week-long police investigation culminated in the arrest of a prolific offender, who police say is a “known and dangerous drug trafficker” with a history of violence. Bryden Bingley, 31, was arrested by police as he left his View Street residence on Tuesday. Two other men and a woman, were also arrested. Bingley has a criminal record for drugs and weapons stretching most of his adult life, according to court records. “We are thankful (Bingley) is

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Teens nabbed for downtown muggings Victoria police arrested two teenagers after two people were mugged at knifepoint in separate incidents this past week. An 18-year-old Saanich man and a 17-yearold accomplice were picked up by police late Saturday after a man was stabbed twice and robbed in Bastion Square earlier in the evening. "The suspects demanded the victim’s phone and money, and when the victim refused, a fight ensued," Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said in a statement. Investigating officers recognized similarities between the Saturday night robbery and a mugging on June 6 behind the Fairmont Empress Hotel. In that incident, the victim was also threatened at knifepoint and asked to hand over his wallet and cellphone. Several criminal charges against the suspects are being considered.



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Three months since a grassroots initiative scored a $3,500 grant to launch wireless Internet service downtown, the project has hit a speed bump. “We are a bit behind,” admitted Liam McLachlan, volunteer project manager for the non-profit named MeshMesh. In February, it was the darling of community judges belonging to the Awesome Sh*t Club, which doles out small grants to help community groups launch “awesome” ideas. MeshMesh pitched a plan to convince downtown businesses to share their Internet with the public, simply by installing a router to send their wireless signal to anyone within 30 metres. Six businesses have signed on, each paying $150 for hardware. In exchange, an ad for their business flashes on the screen of people logging on. But today there are still only six business signed on, serving six to 15 people with free Wi-Fi each day. “The interest is still there, people are still getting in touch with us,” McLachlan said, noting the volunteers at MeshMesh are too busy with their day jobs to respond. Meanwhile, the Downtown Victoria Business Association launched its own $25,000 Wi-Fi network April 19. “It’s thriving,” said Ken Kelly, DVBA general manager. “We’re pleased with it. We’ve got as many as 40 users at any one moment in time.” The association plans to monitor the new service over the summer and may expand the service, pending results. McLachlan welcomes the business group’s initiative, saying the more Wi-Fi coverage downtown, the better. And despite the slow start for MeshMesh, he’s not giving up. Rather, he’s now calling out for more volunteers to sell the idea to businesses and install routers. McLachlan also hopes to attract a group of more technically capable volunteers for a different, but related goal of MeshMesh: to enable food carts or other market vendors to use it for high-speed debit and credit transactions. “We think that would make open-air markets a lot more accessible,” he said. “It’s a real benefit to those small businesses, because then it’s a nocost, or low-cost, merchant service for them.” Free Wi-Fi is also catching on in Saanich. Municipal buildings such as recreation centres, fire halls and the municipal hall now offer the service. “I think, in general, it’s becoming a bit of an expectation that the service of Wi-Fi is provided,” said Jon Woodland, assistant manager in Saanich’s information technology department. Next up, Saanich is looking for partnerships that can help provide free Wi-Fi at parks during municipal events. – with files from Kyle Slavin




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The federal government is finally moving to modernize its alcohol transportation rules, amending a 1928 law that prevents people from buying wine across provincial borders. The House of Commons has unanimously supported a private members’ bill from OkanaganCoquihalla MP Dan Albas that provides for a personal exemption from a law created during the Prohibition era to stop smuggling and tax evasion. The wine industry and B.C. politicians have argued that individuals should be able to buy or order a case of wine they enjoyed while on vacation. The bill still has to pass the Senate. Once the federal law is changed, provinces would need to establish an exemption to allow personal purchase and shipment of alcoholic beverages across provincial borders. The B.C. government announced last Thursday its own provincial tax exemptions for alcoholic beverages brought into the province for personal use. B.C. residents can now bring back up to one standard case of wine (nine litres), four bottles of spirits (three litres) and a combined total of six dozen beer, cider and coolers (25.6 litres) from each trip to another province, without paying B.C. tax on it. Those limits are similar to those permitted by Ontario, Nova Scotia and Yukon and are among the highest in Canada, said Rich Coleman, minister responsible for B.C. liquor and gambling policy. He added that the federal change will particularly help B.C. and Ontario, which have well-developed wine industries. Canada’s archaic wine laws have long been a target of industry and politicians. Premier Christy Clark, former premier Gordon Campbell and B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix have all campaigned for the federal change. In May 2011, broadcaster Terry David Mulligan took up the cause. He notified police and liquor control officials before carrying a case each of B.C. and Ontario wine in the trunk of his car from Penticton into Alberta, hoping to be charged under the 1928 law.

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Victoria seeks funds for electric charging stations Questions remain on recouping costs Roszan Holmen News staff

A $2.74-million pot of provincial money is now available for communities looking to install charging stations for electric vehicles. While the offer of a 75-per-cent rebate won Victoria council’s support, members did have some concerns. “I certainly want to provide incentives to encourage use,” said Coun. Ben Isitt. He didn’t support the idea, how-

ever, of providing the service free of charge, a scenario implied in the information provided to councillors. “I can support this on condition that they have a payment (system).” Ismo Husu, Victoria’s manager of parking services, brought the opportunity to a recent meeting of council’s energy and infrastructure standing committee. “This could be looked at as somewhat of a pilot,” Husu said. “There is going to be potential for this to be expanded in a significant way in the future.” There are still a lot of things up in the air, he added. Remaining questions include the cost to the city and where to place the stations. While the provincial grant targets

Level 2 charging stations, which can recharge a car in two or four hours, Husu questioned whether a less powerful station would be adequate for the city’s needs. “How fast do we need to charge somebody else’s car?” he asked. The committee voted to direct staff to pursue the grant, but also to research user-pay options. While they discussed coin-operated or creditcard swipe stations, these possibilities could be thwarted by the fact that under law, only B.C. Hydro can sell electricity. It’s a situation that Colwood wrestled with

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From an afternoon at Glen Lake in Langford, to a day hike to Sheilds Lake in the Sooke Hills, Victoria author Adam Ungstad has done it all – and he’s written a book about it. “I was looking for information about the remote lakes in the Sea to Sea Regional Park Reserve,” said Ungstad. “I couldn’t find any reliable information about the trails or what to expect (there).” That inspired his new guidebook, Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island which helps outdoor enthusiasts explore area lakes. Secret Lakes book launch is 7 to 9 p.m. June 18 at Prospect Lake Golf Course, 4633 Prospect Lake Rd., with partial proceeds going to TLC. Tickets, $40, are available at The book is $19.95 and is available at Bolen Books. â&#x20AC;˘ A23

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Remote lakes uncovered Laura Lavin News staff

From a pleasant afternoon with the family at Glen Lake in Langford, to a bike ride out to Metchosin’s hidden beauty Blinkhorn Lake, to an epic day hike up to Sheilds Lake in the Sooke Hills wilderness, Victoria author Adam Ungstad has done it all – and now he’s written a book about it. “I decided to write it in late August of 2011, as I was looking for information about the remote lakes in the Sea to Sea Regional Park Reserve, which is close by Sooke,” said Ungstad. “I couldn’t find any reliable information about the trails or what to expect on a hike up there, and thought: ‘Why hasn’t someone written a book about the lakes in the area?’ Of course, the next thought was, ‘Why don’t I write a book about lakes in the area?’” Ungstad’s new guidebook, Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island helps outdoor enthusiasts explore and enjoy the many lakes within a short drive or cycle ride from Victoria. “The first time I ‘discovered’ Thetis Lake was by bike via the Galloping Goose trail about seven years ago. I wasn’t a big cyclist then, and wasn’t sure I’d be able to find the lake, but the experience left

a lasting impression,” said Ungstad. “When I first got there I thought that the main beach was everything, but decided to walk along the trail just to see what else was there – and of course discovered some spectacular view points and secluded coves. “From that point on I was hooked, and each summer I would ride a bit further getting to know the area better, and continually being fascinated by just how many different lakes there are that are accessible by bicycle from town. With each new lake I found my questions, curiosity and admiration grew. I wanted to know them all.” The guidebook includes recreational information, information on natural features and history for each of the 25 lakes and also features top 10 lists to help find the best lakes for each activity. The guidebook features maps and directions that show trails, beaches, viewpoints, boat launches, picnic tables, washrooms and parking, while photos and the Lakes 101 section answer a myriad of questions. “Essentially I wrote the book I wanted to read. Other guidebooks had a little bit of information about lakes here

and there, but they usually covered just the large lakes I already knew, and often they didn’t have much about the history of the lakes. I found it fascinating to imagine being an early settler of Vancouver Island, and spent a lot of time at different archives and museums learning about who these people were,” he said. Secret Lakes book launch is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Prospect Lake Golf Course, 4633 Prospect Lake Rd., with partial proceeds from the launch going to The Land Conservancy. Tickets, $40, are available at Ticket price includes a signed copy of the book, a presentation on the history and nature of local lakes by the author, and a presentation on the Wild Hills and Beaches Campaign by TLC. Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island is $19.95 and is available at Bolen Books, 1644 Hillside Ave., Ivy’s Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Ave. and other Greater Victoria locations.

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The Fretless: Ivonne Hernandez, left, Karrnnel Sawitsky, Eric Wright and Trent Freeman release their new CD tonight.

Two bands make one tasty jam A happy collaboration brought together The Fretless and Oliver Swain’s Big Machine. A trip to Memphis, Tenn. and the International Folk Alliance Conference saw the two join when Fretless member Ivonne Hernandez agreed to play fiddle with Big Machine during the conference. Soon the two groups found themselves around the same table sawing fiddles and singing along into the wee hours of the morning. The jam was so inspiring that the musicians made a pact to play a show together at the next opportunity,

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Expanded access to McNeill Bay leads to more dog-friendly Oak Bay Council approves dog pilot project Brittany Lee News staff

Dog owners in Oak Bay will soon be able to walk their canines on McNeill Bay Beach from sunrise to sunset. Council has approved a pilot project to expand the hours dogs are allowed on McNeill Bay Beach throughout the summer months. In a report presented to council, members from the Windsor Park Dog Group said expanding access to the beach is the most immediate need for dog owners. “Dogs need reasonably big spaces (to exercise in), so we looked at a whole bunch of parks in Oak Bay,” Gloria Back, from the Windsor Park Dog Group, said. “(McNeill Bay Beach) is a very different kind of beach. It’s cold and windy.” Back, along with Chris Ash and a small group of volunteers, tabled the report after Mayor Nils Jensen requested a dog management report in January. Working with Oak Bay Parks, Victoria Animal Control Services, and the opinions of both dog and non-dog owners, the group identified six areas in Oak Bay that could be made more “dog-friendly.” McNeill Bay was chosen as a good spot for dogs because it isn’t an “ideal” beach for people without dogs. “It’s got big pebbles … it’s got a lot of goose poop there in the summer, so it’s not very hygienic for kids to play,” Back said. “It’s a long strip and that’s where we

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English field lab sisters Emily and Millie carry their rubber ducks along Willows beach. feel that dogs can get exercise.” For eight to 10 weeks, dogs will be allowed almost unlimited access on the beach. Dogs will be prohibited from Kitty Islet and McMicking Point, areas near the beach that will be reserved for families to use, Back said. The current bylaw allows dogs on McNeill Bay from sunrise to 11 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to sunset, from May through September. The pilot project is “a good way to move forward” in making the municipality more dogfriendly, said Jensen. “Council came to the conclusion that it was a reasonable request to start with a small pilot (project),” he said. The fact that the group’s report was so “thorough, wellresearched, and balanced” led to council’s unanimous vote for the project, said Jensen. The project will go through two

more bylaw readings this month before being implemented. Other suggestions in the report, which consists of 21 recommendations, include looking at expanding access to dogs in other parks or beaches, as well as providing easier access to information regarding dog licensing and bylaws. Spear grass remediation and a dog poop bag pilot project was also part of the report. Council has asked Oak Bay parks to figure out costs and locations for the pilot project and bring recommendations back to council in late summer or early fall. The poop bag pilot project would involve placing bags for dog owners to use in various areas of the municipality. Such programs already exist in Victoria, Saanich and Sidney. “We acknowledge that not every dog owner is as responsible as they should be,” Back said, adding that the hope would be to see if people use the bags and whether or not the amount of dog feces in parks is reduced. The McNeill Bay pilot project, along with other recommendations from the report, will be evaluated in the fall. The dog management report can be viewed on the municipality’s website,, and public input is welcome. “We’re looking at efficiencies: how can we make things better? How can we make our parks better, more useable?” Jensen said. “We’re doing that on a wide range of issues across the board. … (Dog management) was just one of the many initiatives we have for community engagement.”

Victoria OK’s 1898 home for condos Roszan Holmen News staff

The North Jubilee neighbourhood is losing four rental units, but gaining so much more through a rehabilitation proposal supported unanimously by Victoria council. In 2010, a fire left three of five units in an 1898-vintage house at 1731 Albert St. uninhabitable. The longtime homeowner recently sold to Thomas Leahy, who proposes to rehabilitate the building despite its deteriorated condition.

City staff recommended rejecting Leahy’s application for the fact it entails converting the units into strata titles and designates only one unit for rental. Doing so contravenes a city policy that forbids condo conversions of buildings with five or more rental units. The extenuating circumstances of the property, however, led Coun. Pam Madoff to support the application. ‘To me, it’s a miracle,’ said Madoff, an advocate of heritage preservation. ‘The owner could knock this building down tomorrow.’


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Victoria’s Adam O’Meara hopes to repeat as the Half Iron winner of the Victoria Triathlon at Elk Lake on Sunday. Last year O’Meara broke the coveted four-hour barrier, and did it as a newly anointed father. This year’s race falls on Father’s Day once again.

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Baseball returns to RAP Travis Paterson News staff

West Coast League baseball will make its way to Victoria after all. Standing on the concourse above Royal Athletic Park’s grassed-over baseball diamond on Wednesday, WCL president Ken Wilson announced a Victoria franchise has been granted and will play out of the historic downtown stadium, beginning in June of 2013. “For those who don’t know it, the West Coast League is to baseball what the Western Hockey League is to hockey,” Wilson said, referring to the amateur WCL being a feeder to Major League Baseball. Seattle-based Wilson tried to land a franchise in Victoria in 2008, but that

deal was edged out by the Victoria Seals. Sadly, the Seals only survived two seasons and one of the key issues in their demise was a revenue sharing deal with RAP’s concessions. Team owner John McLean, who did the speaking on behalf of himself and co-owner Dwight Willet, agreed the yetto-be-named team’s deal to play at RAP hinged on several economic factors. McLean, a business partner with Willet in their native Vancouver, wouldn’t speak to the percentage of revenue his team would receive. But he was blunt in his assessment of the park’s facilities. “We’ll have to bring in outside food vendors to supplement the concession stands.” McLean is aware of the Seals’ demise and the Capitals before that, though the

Capitals stood strongest amongst a collapsing league. “We’ve calculated based on those teams that we should be going for 1,000 to 1,500 fans per game,” McLean said. Ticket prices have not been sorted and vary around the league. The Kelowna Falcons charge $10 general admission for adults and $5 for kids and seniors, which is a slight discount from the Seals. The community will be involved in the naming of the team, though McLean made it clear he would like to align the club with Victoria’s baseball history where possible. Early possible names include the 1911 Victoria Islanders (later named the Bees), 1913 Capitals and 1915 Maple Leafs.

Shamrocks host Lakers Being ranked first in the nation will get you noticed. So does an undefeated record. The Victoria Shamrocks put its first-place record on the line against the Burnaby Lakers tonight (June 15), 7:45 p.m. at Bear Mountain Arena. The Rocks took a 5-0 record into Queen’s Arena yesterday against the New Westminster Salmonbellies (results were past press time). This week the Subway LacrosseTalk national rankings listed the Rocks in first among teams from the Western Lacrosse Association and Major Series Lacrosse in Ontario. On Saturday the Jr. Shamrocks host the Langley Thunder at 5 p.m.


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Series gets an Olympic boost Olympians to race Victoria Triathlon at Elk Lake Travis Paterson News staff

Brent McMahon will compete in the Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon on Sunday (June 17), just five days after officially being named to the Canadian Olympic team going to London. Triathlon Canada released the five-member team on Tuesday, with McMahon, Simon Whitfield, Kyle Jones, Paula Findlay and Kathy Tremblay. McMahon is in the midst of his pre-London training regimen. Because of it, he will partner with 2008 Olympian Carolyn Murray, a locally based coach, rather than competing in a full Olympic distance race on Sunday. Approximately 1,000 participants will make a mass start for all three events, Brent McMahon the Half Iron (1.9 kilometre swim, 90km bike and 20km run), Olympic (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run), and sprint (500m swim, 20km bike and 5km run), at 6:45 a.m. from Hamsterly beach. Sunday marks the start of triathlon season in Victoria, with the 33rd Self Transcendence Triathlon set for Aug. 5, also at Elk Lake. Also in early August, all eyes will be fixed on Whitfield’s last stand as he attempts to add to his Olympic gold and silver medals in London. The Olympic women’s triathlon is Aug. 4, and men’s is Aug. 7. Defending Victoria Triathlon Half Iron champ Adam O’Meara is the favourite to win Sunday’s Half Iron. O’Meara won the first Subaru Western Triathlon series race at Shawnigan Lake on May 27. New to the Victoria Triathlon this year is a family walk and kids run, which take place Saturday at 2 and 2:30 p.m., from Hamsterly beach. • A27

SAANICH NEWS - Friday, June 15, 2012

Claremont rowers Domenic Mazzoni, Jake Sherman, Jordan Muller, Gabe Swift, Bailey Walker and Tyler Pickford of the junior boys eight await their next heat, June 2 at the Canadian school rowing championships in St. Catherines, Ont.

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With an Olympic bloodline in their mix, the Claremont secondary’s junior boys eight captured a silver medal at the national school rowing championships June 2 and 3. Claremont sent a rowing team to the nationals for the first time under coach Gord Redlin, who moved to Claremont four years ago. They returned with the junior eight silver medal as well as some near podium finishes by the junior girls double and quad, junior boys double. “The great thing about the junior boys eight is they can do it again next year as they’re only in Grade 9,” Redlin said. To be fair, the junior boys eight team does feature one Grade 10. Kylie Redlin, daughter of the coach, brought her experience to the team and is part of a crew rich in rowing bloodlines.

Sitting sixth in the boat is William Laumann-Wallace, son of Olympic medalists Silken Laumann and John Wallace. In case a refresher is needed, mom Laumann, a hometown hero, totalled one silver and two bronze at three different Olympics. Dad Wallace was part of Canada’s men’s eight gold medal winners in 1992 with another hometown hero, Derek Porter among them. Overall, Claremont finished 24th among 137 schools, with just 14 rowers. “The team did well to fight sloppy rowing conditions, including wind and rough waters, as well as torrential downpours that put the regatta on hold at times,” Redlin said. Grade 11 Ali Zwicker, one of the program’s few seniors, competed in the single scull. A tough initial heat kept Zwicker out of the final, where the top three on the podium were the same three from Zwicker’s opening race. “She finished with the seventh fastest time overall against a field with (Grade 12s),” Redlin said. Making up the crew with Lau-

Did you know? ■ The last Claremont team to go to nationals was the women’s doubles crew of Allie DeLarge and Emily Lerhe. The Victoria City Rowing Club members entered under the Claremont banner in 2010 and roasted the competition for senior gold.

mann-Wallace are Gabe Swift at stroke and Tyler Pickford, Jordan Muller, Domenic Mazzoni, Bailey Walker, Jake Sherman, and Preston Ruygrok in the bow. Muller and Walker from the eight also competed in the junior boys double but fell short of advancing past the semifinal. Cailyn Wolski and Sofia Donnecke finished fifth in the girls junior double, and the girls junior quad of Wolski, Kenzie Rosene, Meg Egilson and Donnecke finished fourth, just missing the podium.

SPORTS STATS Lawn Bowling Bowls South Island Jubilee Pairs Open at Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club, June 8 to 10 1. Guru Chima (New Westminster), Harnam Grewal (Oak Bay) 2. Harry Harrison (Juan de Fuca), Mary Lou Richards (Oak Bay) 3. David Gardiner, Martin Liddell (Cowichan) 4. Don Clark, Chris Slade (Oak Bay) Degoutiere Men vs. Women IntraClub tournament at Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club, June 1 to 3 1. Al Neumair, Bruce Hanwell, Howard Turpin 2. Pat Thomas, Dolores Troyer, Gayle Wallach 3. Jeff Machan, Garry Anderson, Joan Mackay 4. Louise Mason, Helen Kempster, Lee Chu Peace Findlay Men’s Singles at Victoria Lawn Bowling Club A Flight Winner: Tom Slemko, Cowichan Runner-up: Harry Harrison, Juan de Fuca LBC B Flight Winner: John Cossom, Oak Bay Runner-up: Keith Terlson, Juan de Fuca LBC C Flight Winner: Steve Foster, Gordon Head LBC Runner-up: Chris Jones, Victoria LBC


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Bridge’s time with Highlanders comes to an end The Victoria Highlanders terminated its coaching contract with Ian Bridge on Wednesday afternoon. Bridge, a local soccer legend and former national team player, came on prior to last season. Steve Simonson, head of the Highlanders reserves club, will fill the head coaching position with the Highlander’s Professional Development League squad for the remainder of the 2012 season. The Highlanders have two wins, three ties and three losses in eight games in the 2012 season. The club’s next home game is 7 p.m., Saturday (June 16) at Royal Athletic Park against the Vancouver Whitecaps reserves.

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BAVARIAN DINNER SET for 8 + serving dishes. Variety of glasses, different styles. 1000’s collectible German books for your library. Call (250)592-7188. COMPLETE WINE making kit (bottles, 5 carboys), printer with a built in fax machine and a rotor (used for your internet on your lap top). Call (250)381-1557. FATHER’S DAY Sale on Tools & Hdwe; Leather Sofa w/Brass Nail-Heads $249.; Mattress, B/Spr sets $99.; 5pc Dinette $99.; Bookcases $49.; No HST Sale Prices ! BUY & SAVE, 9818 4th St., Sidney. Visa, M/C. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO COOK STREET VILLAGE Captain Cook Apartments 1025 Sutlej Street • Bachelor sunny with balcony $750. • 1 Bdrm sunny with balcony $875. • 2 Bdrm corner suite with a wrap-around balcony, $1350. Security Building Rent includes Heat & H/W, NOT INCLUDED Cable & Personal Hydro. Sorry NO Pets! 1 Year Lease Call (250) 595-5634

PANORAMIC MOUNTAIN & Ocean Views. 11yr old, 2,480 sq.ft. 3bdrm, 2.5baths, on 1.5 secluded acres in gated community 20 mins. N of Qualicum Beach. Double garage, paved driveway, RV parking, heat pump, landscaped yard with pond. $489,000. (250)7523023 or (250)720-207 Email:


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

COOK ST Village area. 1bdrm, hardwood floors. Heat, hot water, storage, parking incl $795 ns or pets. 250-383-1491

Call: 1-250-616-9053


HOUSEHOLD GOODS SALE Everything Must Go! Furniture, bedding, dishes, books, lamps, etc. German language VHS tapes. Call (250)384-1573. LIFT CHAIR Brown, bonded leather, near new. $750. Excellent value. Moving! (250)478-5205. NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.

Fraser Tolmie Apts1701 Cedar Hill X Rd 1-877-659-4069 1701 Cedar Hill X Rd 1-877-659-4069 1 and 2 bdrms 1-877-659-4069 1 & 2 Bedrooms 1701 Cedar Hill X Road for pics

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, 2 bdrm Apt on Beacon, June. 1st, $1350. Peter (250)544-2300. Firm Mgmt. SIDNEY(5TH STREET) Available now. Sm pet ok, 2 bdrms, 1 bath, new paint, coin op. $1000 includes H/W. Call Equitex, 250-386-6071.

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

SPORTING GOODS WANTED: DUMBBELL Weights for working out. Please call 250-514-6688.



HIGHLANDS1 bdrm cottage, W/D. N/P. Available now. $670. Call (250)474-0142.


DUPLEXES/4PLEXES SIDNEY AREA, s x s Duplex, 3 bdrms, 2 bath, rec room, sundeck, 4 appls, ocean views, $1550. (250)656-5430.

MODULAR HOMES 4210 QUADRA 3250 sq.ft. 5-bdrm, 3 bath. Private, well-kept yard. Lot size 11,000 sq.ft. Must be seen! $619,000. (250)479-1194.

HOUSES FOR SALE CORDOVA BAY. $610,000. (Bring Offers). 3 bdrm, 3 bath. Handicap features, suite, view, on bike trail. 250-818-5397. VIC WEST/ESQUIMALT, single family, 2-3 bdrms, 2 bath, flower beds/vegetable garden, mostly fenced yard, RV parking, side patio. Open House Sat & Sun, June 9 & 10, 1pm3pm. (Please call 778-4300872 for more info).

SAVE ON COMMISSION Sell your home for $6900 or 1% plus $900 fees FULL MLS SERVICE!

CALL: 250-727-8437

Jasmine Parsons One Percent Realty V.I.


JUNE SPECIAL Brand New 16’ Wide Modular Homes. From $69,000.00

For sale (or rent) in this fine complex a privately owned delightful corner suite near the Inner Harbour, shopping etc., designed for 55+ age group. Independent living with services in a friendly and secure home like atmosphere. Just move in & enjoy life! Please call owner 250.652.9725 Cell: 250.415.1001

SHARED ACCOMMODATION GOLDSTREAM AREA1400sq ft, newly furnished, w/d, d/w, a/c, big deck & yard, hi-def TV, parking. $650 inclusive. Ray, 778-433-9556. TILLICUM MALL. Furnished Rm in apt. bus route. NS/NP. $550 inclusive. 250-893-8727.

FOR FATHERS DAY 1990 ROLLS-ROYCE As new only 86,000 km Dealer serviced $19,900 Call 778-440-9773

SIDNEY: NEW 3 bdrm + den, laundry, NS/NP, $1800. Avail July 1st. Call 250-217-4060.


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 $15,750. (250) 748-3539


2003 BUICK RENDEZVOUS 2002 MONTANA Extended van - seats 8. Automatic, A/C, roof rack, CD, good tires. Well maintained. 194,300 km. No parking, so must sell. $2,700. obo. Pls call 778-679-2044.


858-5865 BOAT HOUSE, 40’X20’, for up to 35’ boat, high door easily accommodates a command bridge boat. Located at North Saanich Marina $50,000. obo (250)665-6045, (250)999-3248 or (250)418-1780. $$$ BOATS Wanted. Any size. Cash buyer. Also trailers and outboards. 250-544-2628.


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

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557


Auto Loans or We Will Pay You $1000

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory.

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BROADMEADE- 1046 Coachwood Pl, Sat, June 16, 9am2pm. Clothing, golf items, double bed, coffee table, sofa & chair, rug, 170 wine bottles, wine equipment, desks, books, tools, garden and much more.

STRAWBERRY VALE, 1209 Altamont Crt, Sat, June 16, 9am-1:30pm. Lots of sporting goods, tools, kids stuff & more.

GARAGE SALE - Saturday June 16th from 9 - 2 (Corner of Tillicum/Carey Rd) Loads of stuff: furniture, small appliances, area rugs and much more. GORDON HEAD: 1642 Kenmore Rd. (near Mnt. Doug), Sat. & Sun., 10am-5pm. Furniture, household, tools, estate items and more...

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

NORTH SAANICH- 11418 Sycamore Pl, V8L 5L2 Sat, June 16, 8am-1pm. No Early Birds!


ROYAL OAK Multi-Family Garage Sale. Saturday June 16, 9am-3pm. 4560 West Saanich Road.


CASH PAID FOR ALL VEHICLES in all conditions in all locations

1960 ENGLISH Morris Minnor Conv. Must sell, new top, tires, rear seal, top end, carpets, etc. (Penticton, BC). Was $10,000, now asking $8000 obo. Call 250-490-4150.

2001 Nissan Sentra Automatic, Well Maintained, Clean 111,000 km $5250.000 250-999-3467


FREE Tow away


1963 FORD T-Bird, 90% restored, new paint and upholstery, original miles (32,665), needs TLC. For more information call Jake (250)474-2249.

For scrap vehicle



CARS 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

$50-$1000 CASH

BRENTWOOD Bachelor quiet, priv entr, central area. NS/NP. $600 incl. 250-652-6680 eve’s. COLWOOD- COZY 1 bdrm bsmt suite, $720 inclds utils & wifi. Close to Royal Roads Univ, shopping, Galloping Goose trail. Pet friendly, N/S. June 1. Refs. 250-294-5516. ESQUIMALT, LARGE, bright, 1000 sq ft, reno’d 2 bdrm, in suite laundry, prkg, gas F/P, N/S, small pet neg, $1085 + shared utils. (250)514-9892. MAPLEWOOD AREA- New small 1 bdrm, partly furnished. Inclds utils, laundry, basic cable. Very quiet. $795./mo. NS/NP. Call (250)383-3425. MAYFAIR AREA, 1 bdrm main floor, close to bus & shopping. $900, all inclusive. July. 1. NS/NP. 250-380-2741. SAANICH- LARGE, 2000sq ft, 2 bdrm, lights & heat incld, N/S, N/P, refs, $1100 mo. Avail now. 250-652-0591. SIDNEY 1 bdrm grd level, ideal location, 1blk from downtown & waterfront, very lrg bdrm, full bath, garden, prkg, N/S, N/P, avail Aug. 1, $750 + 1/3 utils (approx $65). Call Greg or Adri 250-655-7238. SIDNEY- BRIGHT 1 bdrm+ den above ground suite, new carpet, priv patio, all inclusive but cable/internet. NP/NS. $950/mo. Call 250-880-1414.

BRENTWOOD BAY: 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl’s, 1300 sqft, avail Jul. 1st. $1350/mo. Call (250)652-3283. ESQUIMALT- 1 bdrm, self contained, new windows. Avail now. $650. N/S.(250)884-6790 SIDNEY, 2 bdrm, 5 appls, N/P, $1200 mo + utils, avail now. 250-896-9944, 250-655-1656 (Evenings and ask for Chris). SIDNEY: 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl’s, util’s incld’d, N/S, $1600. July 1. (778)426-4262


149,000 km, gray colour excellent condition. $7,000.00 (250)514-4535


HOMES FOR RENT EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE character cottage, oozing with charm. Completely updated. Open plan kitchen/ living room with wood stove. Large bedroom, shower bathroom, den or office. W/D. Ideal for home/office living. Standing among the trees on a private estate, affording seclusion without isolation. $1400./mo. Saanich Peninsula. Phone John (250)532-8767.

1956 CONSUL MKI Estate Wagon, ONE OF APPROX 15 IN THE WORLD. Body, paint and motor all done. Lots of new parts. The car needs assembly. Will Trade for British and Cash. MUST SELL. No Time. Have all receipts. Call 250-490-4150 (Penticton, BC).


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





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

SAANICH. 4384 Viewmont Ave. Sat. June 16, 9am-3pm. Good stuff! SIDNEY, 2024 Northbrook Dr, Sat, June 16, 9am-2pm. Household, electrical surplus, tools, electronics, plants. NEW-Michelin 13” harmony tires. Multi-family. NO Early Birds!

TILLICUM/ GORGE. MULTIFAMILY. Sat. & Sun., June 16 & 17, 9am-3pm. Back courtyard at 2993 Tillicum Rd. Turn east off Tillicum to first driveway on Obed, on right (underground). Look for signs. VIEW ROYAL: 15 Kaleigh Lane (Near 6 Mile), Sat., June 16, 9-2pm. Something for everyone.

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BATHROOM REMODELING. “Gemini Baths” Plumb, Elec. Tile, Cabinets. 250-896-9302. CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitch/bath, wood floor, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877 HOME RENOS & REPAIRS. Drywall, Carpentry & Painting. Call Les (250)858-0903.

250-208-8535 WOODCHUCK: Neglected garden? Spring clean-ups, hedges, power raking, aerating, weed/moss stump, blackberry & ivy removal. 24yrs exp. WCB.

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

BLAINE’S PAINTING- Quality workmanship. $20 hr, 20 yrs exp. Blaine, 250-580-2602.

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

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

TAX 250-477-4601 PENNIE’$ BOOKKEEPING Services for small business. Simply/Quickbooks. No time to get that paperwork done? We do data-entry, GST, payroll, year-end prep, and training. 250-661-1237.

CARPENTRY BENOIT CONSTRUCTION. Reno’s & Additions. Windows, Doors, Decks. 250-479-0748. DECKS, STAIRS, interesting projects. 30 years experience. Frank, (250)477-3315. GEOF’S RENO’S & Repairs. Decks, stairs, railings, gates & small additions. 250-818-7977. McGREGOR HOME Repair & Renos. Decks to doors. Small jobs OK. WCB. (250)655-4518 STEPS, DECKS, Fence, new repairs, rot, mould, painting, carpentry. 250-588-3744.

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

CLEANING SERVICES ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING. Excellent refs & attention to detail. Keri (250)658-2520. MALTA HOUSECLEANING Estate organizing, events, parties, office cleaning. BBB member. (250)388-0278. SPOTLESS HOME Cleaning. Affordable, Experienced, Reliable, Efficient. (250)508-1018


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

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

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


(250) 858-0588 - Tree Service - Landscaping - Lawn & Garden Clean ups - Hedge trimming & Pruning - Pressure washing - Gutters Free estimates * WCB ARE YOU in need of a professional, qualified, residential or commercial gardener? www. glenwood DPM SERVICES, lawn & garden, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141 GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236.

AVAILABLE- SMALL JOBS. Drywall, plumbing,etc. Senior’s discount. Jim (250)858-4091.

CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164.


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

MALTA WOOL-BLOWN insulation/ Spray foam application. (250)388-0278. BBB member.

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


WEEDING, PRUNING, hedges, hauling, etc. $25/hr, free est. Senior Discounts. Call Steve (250)727-0481. YARD ART. Yard Maintenance, Tree & Hedge Pruning, Lawn Care. Call 250-888-3224


RBC CONCRETE Finishing. All types of concrete work. No job too small. Seniors discount. Call 250-386-7007.

U-NEEK SEATS. Hand cane, Danish weave, sea grass. UK Trained. Fran, 250-216-8997.

PERIMETER EXTERIORS. Gutter Cleaning, Repairs, Demossing, Upgrades. WCB, Free estimates. 250-881-2440.

Custom Landscapes Home Renovations Garden Clean-ups Accepting New Clients

$20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279.

HAULING & 250-889-5794.


From the Ground Up


CBS MASONRY BBB A+. Chimney, Fireplaces, Rock, Flagstone, Concrete, Pavers, Repair, Rebuild, Renew. “Quality is our Guarantee.” Free Competitive Est’s. Call (250) 294-9942/589-9942.

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


#1 JUNK Removal & Hauling. Small Renos. Moving/Packing. Free estimates. Cheapest in town. Same day emergency removal. Call 250-818-4335.

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

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



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

ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637. DECKS/FENCES, licensed & insured. Call Fred (250)5145280. QUALITY CEDAR fencing, decks and installation, pressure washing. For better prices & quotes call Westcoast Fencing. 250-588-5920.

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

COLOURS & IDEAS. Exterior/ Interior Painting. All work waranteed. Call (250)208-8383.

YOUNG SENIOR Handyman. Household repairs. Will assist do-it-yourselfers. Call Fred, 250-888-5345.

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



10% OFF. Aerate, Rototill, Mowing, Hedge / Shrub trimming, clean-up. 250-479-6495 J&L GARDENING Specialty yard clean-up and maintenance. Master gardeners. John or Louise (250)891-8677 AURICLE LAWNS- Superior lawn care-gardens, hedges & fert-weed mgmt. 882-3129

AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397. BEETLES RESIDENTIAL Renovations Ltd. Bathrooms, decks, painting, landscaping and handyman services. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free estimates. Call 250-889-4245.

MAMMOTH LANDSCAPING & Masonry - Have the luxury of masons and horticulturists working together on your project. For consult call Calvin Veenstra 250-883-7666

SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.

217-9580 ENIGMA PAINTING Renos, commercial, residential Professional Friendly Service.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS M&S OXFORD Home/Commercial Reno’s & Painting. Patio’s, Decks, Sheds, Hardwood and Trim. 25 yrs exp. Quality Guar. 250-213-5204. MALTA ASBESTOS, Mold removal. Attics, drywall & more. (250)388-0278. BBB member.


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

ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694. A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wallcoverings. Over 25 yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220.


RE-STUCCO & HARDY Plank/Painting Specialist. 50 years experience. Free estimates. Dan, 250-391-9851.

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


Peacock Painting

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



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



PATCHES, ADDITIONS, restucco, renos, chimney, waterproofing. Bob, 250-642-5178.


MALTA MOVING. Serving Vancouver Island, surrounding islands and the Mainland. BBB Member. (250)388-0278.

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

WANTED: DVD PLAYER. Please call 250-514-6688.

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

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


LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127.

ROMAX MASONRY. Exp’d & Professional. Chimneys, Brick Veneer, Rockwork, Cultured Stone, Interlocking Paving. Fully insured. Estimates. Call 250-588-9471 - 250-882-5181

2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)686-6507.

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

DRYWALL REPAIRS & HOUSE PAINTING. Free estimates. If you, your family or friends need any of the above give Joseph Bronson a call 250-686-0663. Reasonable rates in a tight economy. I take pride in the end results.

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

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


UPHOLSTERY UPHOLSTERER work. Your fabric 250-480-7937.

FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376. FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544. KERRY’S GAS & PLUMBING SERVICESRepair, maintenance & install. 250-360-7663.

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


NEEDS mine.

WINDOW CLEANING BOB’S WINDOW Cleaning Roof demoss, gutters. 25 yrs. Cell 250-884-7066, 381-7127. DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190. GLEAMING WINDOWS Gutters+De-moss. Free estimate. 18 yrs. Brian, 514-7079. WCB.


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

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

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SAANICH NEWS - Friday, June 15, 2012

Select your home. Select your mortgage.

This Weekend’s


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

66 Wellington Sunday 2-4 Burr Properties Ltd Patrick Skillings 250 382-8838

pg. 14

Daily noon - 5 pm (exc Fri) Fair Realty Ryan Bicknell 250 480-3000

309-405 Quebec, $420,000 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Brown Brothers Real Estate Robert Young 250 385-8780

1275 Dominion, $449,000

2213 Windsor, $849,000

778 Patrick, $769,900

820 Kincaid Pl., $599,900

Sunday 1-3 Address Realty Ltd. Irina Lobatcheva, 250-391-1893

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Jonesco Real Estate Wayne Garner 250 881-8111

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Morley Bryant, 250-477-5353

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Noah Dobson 250 385-2033

pg. 17

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

Saturday 12-1:30 Re/Max Camosun Guy Crozier 250-744-3301

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Gary Bazuik, 250-477-5353

Saturday 1-3 Sotheby’s International Sophia Briggs, 250-418-5569 Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333 pg. 32

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Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

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pg. 36

pg. 8

Saturday 2-4 Duttons & Co. Real Estate Ltd. 250-383-7100

pg. 1

111-909 Pembroke, $215,000 pg. 15

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

pg. 6

210-1061 Fort, $189,900 pg. 10

1007-751 Fairfield, $339,000 Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Jordan Thome, 250-477-5353

pg. 11

3093 Washington, $729,000 Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty Robert Buckle 250 385-2033

pg. 15

Saturday 9:30-11:30 Sotheby’s International Don St. Germain, 250-744-7136

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123 Howe St, $998,000 pg. 14

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

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd Frank Chan 250 477-7291

pg. 15

Sunday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

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pg. 17

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer 250 384-8124

pg. 30

Saturday 2-5 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250 380-6683

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Fran Jeffs, 250-744-3301

1413 Camosun St, $439,900 Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Nancy Di Castri, 250-744-3301

pg. 14

Sunday 1:30-3 RE/MAX Camosun Diana Devlin, 250-744-3301

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Lorraine Williams, 250-216-3317

pg. 19

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

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Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar 250 592-4422

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934 Craigflower, $379,000

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Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Rosemarie Colterman 250 384-7663

Saturday 12-2 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

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pg. 23

110-1505 Church Ave, $227,900 Saturday 2-4 Boorman’s Rod Hay, 250-595-1535

Sunday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar 250 592-4422

308-899 Darwin, $286,900

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

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Tony Elwell, 250-384-8124

pg. 23

3713 Pointer Pl pg. 12

Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty Marie Blender, 250-385-2033

1170 Sunnygrove, $735,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

pg. 22

pg. 6

4473 Cottontree Lane, $789,000

1756 Midgard, $619,000

Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Morley Bryant, 250-477-5353

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680

948 Walema, $649,000

201-940 Inverness Rd, $294,500

663 Lampson, $475,000

pg. 17

407-1009 McKenzie, $229,000

44 Demos, $405,000 pg. 19

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Ed G Sing, 250-744-3301

101-1110 Willow St, $419,900

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

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ted Tyrrell, 250-477-7291

pg. 23

1919 Waterloo, $1,198,000

4039 Hopesmore, $739,900

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Elfie Jeeves 250 477-7291

pg. 1

pg. 24

3922 Quadra, $425,000 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Gladys Walsh 250-384-8124

Saturday 2:30-4:30 Pemberton Holmes Jerry Mireau, 250-384-8124

1552 Oak Crest

1600 Derby, $674,900

pg. 13

pg. 12

pg. 41

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Cheri Crause, 250-592-4422

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

733A Humboldt Daily noon - 5 pm (exc Fri) Fair Realty Ryan Bicknell 250 480-3000

Saturday 2:30-4:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

pg. 23

3456 Carter Dr, $759,000

774 Patrick, $749,000

81 Lekwammen, $265,000

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Susan Carley, 250-477-7291

5-915 Glen Vale Rd Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Dave McMillan, 250-888-9858

pg. 21

pg. 24

4-1880 Laval Ave, $559,900 pg. 24

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

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

pg. 14

pg. 20

1370 Craigflower, $428,000 pg. 41

Saturday 12-2 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

pg. 3

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer 250 384-8124

pg. 36

Saturday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Ltd. Erik Rapatz, 250-686-3182

pg. 21

pg. 18

1035 Thistlewood Dr, $685,000 pg. 16

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Scott Munro 250 477-5353

pg. 13

Saturday 2-3:30 Re/Max Camosun Guy Crozier 250-744-3301

pg. 12

pg. 36

pg. 20

Saturday 2-3:30 Newport Realty Rick Allen, 250-385-2033

pg. 23

1178 Woodheath pg. 32

20-1473 Garnet Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Rosemarie Colterman 250 384-7663

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Alfred Ho, 250-888-6150

4694 Lochside, $695,000

4032 Malton, $1,150,000

1366 Craigflower, 538,000 Saturday 12-2 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

2-909 Carolwood, $599,000

204-1121 Esquimalt, $229,900

2527 Nottingham, $969,000 Friday 10-12 Fair Realty Ryan Bicknell 250 480-3000

3470 Bonair, $1,649,900

pg. 17

1073 Oliver, $799,000

2520 Cadboro Bay, $649,000 pg. 14

103-156 St Lawrence, $349,000 Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Carol Crabb 250 477-7291

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Bruce Hatter, 250-744-3301

pg. 36

3995 Hopesmore, $629,900 pg. 9

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131

pg. 24

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Bill Knowles, 250-656-0131

407-5332 Sayward Hill, $780,000

1326 Lyall St, $499,900 pg. 18

Saturday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun April Prinz, 250-744-3301

pg. 20

pg. 12

pg. 10

1590 Howroyd, $585,000

2112 Pentland, $950,000 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

Saturday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

pg. 18

813 Summerwood, $1,079,900 Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Brad MacLaren, 250-727-5448

pg. 24

4030/4040 Borden St, $239,900 pg. 21

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Cathy Duncan & Associates 250 658-0967

pg. 33

pg. 8

165 Songhees, $750,000

1654 Hollywood, $875,000

407-380 Waterfront, $428,000

pg. 19

34 Carly Lane, $639,900

pg. 9

101-75 Songhees, $698,000

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

pg. 13

205-2125 Oak Bay, $349,900

631 Avalon

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

Saturday 1-4 Re/Max Camosun Tony Joe, 250-370-7788

6-444 Michigan St, $399,000

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

pg. 23

pg. 37

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

pg. 43

5-15 Helmcken, $499,900

1149 Hampshire, $999,500

Saturday 11-1 Newport Realty Sandy Berry, 250-385-2033 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Ed G Sing, 250-744-3301

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Brad Gregory 250 744-3301

pg. 23

pg. 41

2959 Irma St, $569,900

1003-708 Burdett, $389,000

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Eileen Jespersen, 250-686-4820

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Nicole Burgess 250 384-8124

404-1145 Hilda St, $289,900

2250 Cooperidge, $498,500

4379 Elnido, $658,500

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Clifton Mak, 250 479-3333

1027 Thistlewood, $764,900

103-689 Bay

3364 Sewell, $689,500

401-920 Park Blvd, $499,000

Saturday 2-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Paul Whitney, 250-889-2883

Saturday 2:30-4:30 Re/Max Camosun Shirley Zailo 250-478-4828

35-1498 Admirals Rd, $174,500 pg. 15

103-25 Government, $274,900

C-113 Superior, $489,500

1152 Chapman

Saturday 1-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Patti Locke-Lewkowich 250 477-7291

pg. 17

1005-225 Belleville

1494 Fairfield, $309,900

Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

2-1120 Pembroke, $414,900

Sunday 11-1 Newport Realty Kim Emerson, 250-385-2033

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Graham Bavington, 250-415-1931

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Bill Ethier, 250-592-4422

pg. 6

408-1012 Collinson St, $284,000

105-1039 Linden Ave, $284,900

125 St Giles, $549,900

1709 Fernwood Rd, $399,000

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance David Rusen, 250-386-8875

Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

142 South Turner St, $696,700

Thursday - Sunday 1-4 Brown Brothers Real Estate Robert Young 250 385-8780

103-1527 Cold Harbour Rd, $269,900

933 Boulderwood, $1,099,000

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

403-2520 Wark St, $269,900

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Steve Alford, 250-477-7291

pg. 23

4202-2829 Arbutus Rd pg. 8

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

2358 Scott St, $415,000

pg. 19

1050 Pentrelew, $668,000 Saturday 12:30-2:30 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

607 Wilson, $399,900

Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty Bruce Gibson 250 385-2033

pg. 1

Saturday 12:30-2 Pemberton Holmes Jerry Mireau, 250-384-8124

404-104 Dallas Rd, $419,900 Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Susan Carley, 250-213-3980

306-75 Songhees, $750,000

Saturday 1-3 Newport Realty Bruce Gibson 250 385-2033

3051 Oakdowne, $729,000

pg. 16

1161 Finlayson, $438,000 Saturday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

pg. 41

202-330 Waterfront, $545,000

301-380 Waterfront, $529,900 pg. 33

edition of

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Susan Carley, 250-213-3980

637 Cornwall, $614,900

733A Humboldt

June 14-20

807-66 Songhees Rd, $629,900

107-75 Songhees, $798,000 pg. 11

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the

1035 Sutlej, $479,000

107-932 Johnson, $219,900 Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Mark McDougall 250 888-8588

Published Every Thursday

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar 250 592-4422

4273 Houlihan, $1,148,888

895 Falkland Rd, $689,900 pg. 8

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Mike Van Nerum, 250-477-1100

pg. 19

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680

3909 Lexington, $639,000 pg. 22

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Gary Bazuik, 250-477-5353

203-1642 McKenzie, $384,900 pg. 41

Saturday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Ltd Eleanor V Smith, 250 388-5882

pg. 22

pg. 15

538 Langford St, $349,900

3380 Upper Terr, $1,898,000

2080 Pauls, $749,000

2018 Casa Marcia, $629,000

3648 Doncaster, $939,000

Saturday noon - 1:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Maggie Thompson, 250-889-5955

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Lynne Sager 250 744-3301

Sunday 3-4 Pemberton Holmes Jerry Bola 857-0178

Saturday 1-3 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Gray Rothnie, 250-477-1000

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty June Wing, 250-479-3333

pg. 15

pg. 43

pg. 36

pg. 21

pg. 21

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Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the June 14-20 edition of

20-1286 Tolmie, $599,900

15-4583 Wilkinson, $499,900

8520 Ballenos, $799,000

119-2733 Peatt Rd, $339,900

1285 Goldstream, $599,999

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Guy Crozier 250-744-3301

Saturday 12-1:30 Re/Max Camosun Guy Crozier 250-744-3301

Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance Karen Love, 250-386-8875

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Brad Forrest, 250-474-4800

pg. 32

Saturday 1-3 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Doug Sunray, 250 477-1100

pg. 21

Saturday 2-4 Burr Properties Shirin Purewal 250 382-8838

672 Redington, $445,500 333-2245 James White, $244,900 pg. 24

Saturday 12-2 Victoria Classic Realty Shaun Lees 250 386-1997

pg. 40

pg. 21

5940 Old West Saanich, $779,000 Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Gordon Lee 250-385-2033

3437 Maplewood, $579,900 Saturday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Inc. Ian Heath 250-655-7653

pg. 36

pg. 25

pg. 11

pg. 41

673 Lambie, $535,000 Sunday 1-2:45 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Rob Garry 250 384-8124

pg. 26

Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

pg. 36

6101 Wallace, $1,099,000 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Diana Winger 250-999-3683

pg. 40

3317 Rolston, $499,900 Sunday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Rob Garry 250 384-8124

5709 Wallace, $737,000 Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Fred Hiigli 250 385-2033

pg. 26

2828 Inlet, $492,000 Sunday 12-2 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

pg. 37

pg. 10

pg. 12

pg. 27

Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Chuck Meagher 250 477-1100

Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Paul King, 250-384-8124

pg. 13

Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Camela Slack, 250-661-4088

301-6880 Wallace, $549,900 Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 11

2365 Amelia, $569,000 pg. 28

10-9901 Third St, $799,000 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Gay Helmsing 250 655-0608

pg. 27

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

3217 Mallow Crt, $389,000

9637 Second St, $549,900 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Peter Gray, 250-882-3333

8564 Moxon, $639,000 Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Elfie Jeeves 250 477-7291

102-2380 Brethour Ave, $349,000

pg. 28

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

Sunday 2-3:30 Re/Max Camosun Don Burnham, 250-516-1510

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

8171 Rae-Leigh, $1,199,000

584 Kingsview, $488,888

Saturday 3-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

Saturday 2-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

Saturday 12-2 Re/Max Camosun Shirley Zailo 250-478-4828

pg. 37

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Robert Nemish, 250-744-3301

pg. 40

Saturday 2-3:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Brad Forrest, 250-474-4800

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Hans Hegen, 250-858-0424

pg. 36

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Valerie Edwards, 250-477-9947

pg. 30

pg. 43

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 12

Sunday 3-4 Pemberton Holmes Jerry Bola 857-0178

pg. 12

1006 Isabell, $459,000 pg. 36

313-938 Dunford, $299,000 Saturday 2-4 Fair Realty Stevie K, 250 480-3000

pg. 11

pg. 30

593 Latoria, $285,000 Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

1616 Millstream, $799,900 Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

3416 Turnstone, $439,900

3128 Antrobus Cres, $549,000 pg. 31

pg. 12

pg. 44 Saturday 1-3 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Ltd. Alison Stoodley, 250-477-1100

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group Seafair Realty Allan McDowell 604-240-8586

pg. 29

303-2850 Aldwynd, $479,900 pg. 36

Tues to Fri 1-3 & Sat & Sun 12-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Pat Guiney, 250 391-6400

pg. 5

2133 Pan Dion, $629,000

608 Fairway Ave, $249,900 pg. 31

Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Chuck Meagher, 250-477-1100

pg. 6

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Mette Pedersen, 250-744-3301

pg. 31

1622 Millstream, $799,900 pg. 30

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

pg. 44

678 Augusta, $489,900

Piper Meadows - Whitney Rd pg. 43

304-2850 Aldwynd, $459,000

2386 Setchfield Ave, $549,786

Tues to Fri 1-3 & Sat & Sun 12-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Pat Guiney, 250 391-6400

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Brad MacLaren, 250-727-5448

pg. 6

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jacqueline Baker, 250-384-8124

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Adrian Langereis, 250-999-9822

714 Timberglen

662 Goldstream Ave., $254,900

974 Moss Ridge, $624,900

Park Place (off Cowichan Bay)

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Gay Helmsing 250 655-0608

Saturday 12-2 Pemberton Holmes Paul Whitney, 250-889-2883

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

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Re/Max of Duncan Kim Johannsen 250 748-7200

pg. 9

pg. 34

pg. 31

10522 Lyme Grove, $1,195,000

pg. 28

pg. 28

pg. 36

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

pg. 27

pg. 29

1001 Wild Ridge

Sunday 3-4 Pemberton Holmes Jerry Bola 857-0178

694 Donovan, $409,900 Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Doug Munro 250 744-3301

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Kami Norman, 250-477-5353

188 Obed Ave, $569,000 pg. 24

pg. 20

471 Phelps Ave, $469,900 pg. 28

411-866 Brock, $360,000

2570 Wentwich Rd., $529,900 pg. 27

2139-2600 Ferguson, $289,000 pg. 37

pg. 2

973 Tayberry, $419,900 pg. 27

15-2070 Amelia Ave, $224,500 Sunday 2-4 Sparling Real Estate Ltd. Trevor Lunn, 250-656-5511

Sunday 3-4 Pemberton Holmes Jerry Bola 857-0178

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

681 Donovan, $439,800 pg. 3

2458 Prospector, $559,000 Saturday 1:30-3 RE/MAX Camosun Diana Devlin, 250-744-3301

pg. 27

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

464 Terrahue, $559,000

304-611 Brookside, $189,000

2742 Whitehead Pl, $349,900 pg. 37

pg. 2

3358 Happy Valley Rd, $479,900

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

pg. 28

549 Delora Dr, $579,000

Saturday 12-2 Cornerstone Properties Ltd Kevin Wensley 250 475-2006

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Shirley Zailo 250-478-4828

Saturday 1-3 Sotheby’s International Don St. Germain, 250-744-7136

915 Forshaw, $370,000

2586 Legacy Ridge, $539,900

3058 Glenmanor, $499,900

506 Lands End Rd, $1,199,000

8558 Tribune, $699,900 pg. 36

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Jim Reslein 250 384-8124

Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty John Byrne, 250-479-3333

pg. 29

1590 Neild, $1,349,000

607 Hammond Crt, $469,000 pg. 28

608 Fairway Ave

1110-6880 Wallace Dr, $709,900 pg. 26

pg. 27

308-1959 Polo Park, $209,000

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131

2879 Inez, $579,000

pg. 26

1511 Oceanspray Dr, $789,000 Saturday 2-4 Sparling Real Estate Don Sparling, 250-656-5511

9-520 Marsett, $577,000

pg. 31

B-3295 Haida, $319,900

313-10459 Resthaven, $379,000

7161 West Saanich

Saturday 2-4 Sparling Real Estate Ltd. Trevor Lunn, 250-656-5511

409-4536 Viewmont, $269,000

Saturday 10-12 Pemberton Holmes Eileen Jespersen, 250-686-4820

pg. 6

393 Longworth, $869,900

302-611 Brookside, $399,000 Daily 12-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

7-7509 Central Saanich Rd, $164,900

Sunday 12-1:30 Re/Max Camosun Brad MacLaren, 250-727-5448

204-2360 James White, $249,000

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

pg. 26

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Donna Gabel, 250-477-5353

8069 Thomson, $874,900

pg. 3

Thursday - Monday 3-5 Gordon Hulme Realty Don King 250 656-4626

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Mark Rice, 250 588-2339

Saturday 11:30-1:30 Re/Max Camosun Peter Gray, 250-882-3333

pg. 31

3735 Doncaster, $699,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

pg. 37

618 Baxter, $479,500

1892 Leyns Rd, $868,000 Saturday 11-1 & Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Doug Sunray, 250-477-1100

pg. 32

3877 Holland, $1,179,000

5304-2829 Arbutus, $729,000


pg. 30

pg. 35

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New B.C. liquor regulations include a $575 fine for adults who buy alcohol for underaged drinkers, or serve them in restaurants and pubs. The fines apply to serving staff who fail to check identification, in addition to penalties already in place for licensed establishments that serve under-aged drinkers. Those penalties range from fines of $7,500 to $10,000 or a licence suspension of 10 to 15 days. Parents and guardians who provide booze to their under-19 children are exempt from the tickets. "These changes give police and liquor inspectors another tool to make it harder for minors to get alcohol," said Rich Coleman, minister responsible for liquor and gambling policy. The new tickets are part of an effort by the B.C. government to streamline the court system, after impos-

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SAANICH NEWS - Friday, June 15, 2012

Chamber to study possible West Shore commuter ferry Jim Zeeben News staff

It’s still just an idea but now it’s one with the building blocks in place to actually make it happen. The concept of a ferry linking the West Shore to downtown Victoria has been bandied about before, but now that prime real estate at Royal Bay has been sold to developers, the proposal can be taken a little more seriously. “The trigger, really, for us is the sale of Royal Bay,” said Westshore Chamber of Commerce CEO Dan Spinner, referring to the sale of 419 acres of long empty waterfront property in Colwood. In May, B.C. Investment Management Corp. purchased the land from Lehigh Hanson. The longrange plan calls for a village centre and 2,800 single family homes. The area will also be home to a new high school within the Sooke School District. The chamber announced June 7 it will facilitate a study by Black Ball Ferry Line and Royal Roads University into the feasibility of a commuter ferry connecting the Inner Harbour and the West Shore. Though Black Ball is a U.S. company, its president, Ryan Burles, lives in Metchosin. Black Ball has a number of staffers who have direct experience with smaller ferries serving the islands of Puget Sound. A ferry service to the Inner Harbour would help protect “quality of life” for commuters living on the burgeoning West Shore, Burle said. “It is kind of a puzzle,” he said, noting the most critical piece will be ensuring a ferry fits seamlessly into other transit services. That means it needs to be accessible by bus or light rail and the cost for riding the ferry can’t be prohibitive.

One model that works is the Sea Bus in Vancouver, which requires a ticket that allows riders to use the Sky Train and the bus system. However, the big difference is that the Sea Bus operates over a relatively calm surface while Royal Bay to the Inner Harbour can be rough waters. “No matter what, every route is different,” Burle said. “It’s not like an airport.” Exactly what the sea state allows is one of the biggest questions needing to be addressed by the ferry study. Another is whether the developers planning the

Royal Bay community will commit to a terminal on the land, said Burle, noting that his company can help by offering expertise on the subject from the ground floor. RRU student Jonathon Calderwood has been tasked with the study. It will focus on whether a passenger ferry would ease the Colwood crawl, the notorious rushhour traffic snarl that slows commuters who live on the West Shore but work in the metropolitan core. Chamber public relations co-ordinator Lindsay Vogan said Calderwood should

have his report finished by the end of this year. “He’ll be doing a lot of interviews,” she said. “With the amount of people moving to the West Shore and how fast it’s growing it just makes sense to give people a different way of getting to and from work.” The study will examine best practices of other commuter boat services around the continent as well as delve into ferry failures. Groups with a stake in such a commuter service on the West Shore will also be interviewed.

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club opens doors for first time For the first time, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club is opening its doors to the public at an open house on Saturday, June 16. “We don’t think the club has done enough to show how it can make boating in Oak Bay’s fabulous waters accessible to local residents, particularly younger people,” said Jeremy Smith, the RVYC Commodore. “While participation levels in both racing and cruising are the highest they have been in over a decade, the club has noticed that with changes in demographics and economics, there are fewer junior sailors staying on as young adult members, and the average age of members continues to increase every year.” The club is taking steps to reverse this trend in an attempt to return to a more even and sustainable age distribution. To achieve its goal, the club is promoting boating activities that will appeal to all ages and has even reduced fees for younger members. The club has a fleet of sailboats available for use by its members, ranging from sporty dinghies to stable 24-foot keelboats, making sailing accessible to members that don’t have a boat. The club also offers summer youth and adult sailing lessons which are available to non-members who just want to give it a try. “We see that yacht clubs are most vibrant and healthy when there is an interaction and bond between generations, such as when people learn to sail in dinghies or bigger boats, alongside older and younger people,” said Smith. The open house will allow anyone with an interest in boating to enjoy the club for the day and learn more about it. The open house includes tours and on-the-water demonstrations, as well as hot dogs and activities for kids and a draw for prizes. The event takes place on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Royal Victoria Yacht Club is located at 3475 Ripon Rd., just off Beach Drive. For more information, contact the club administrator at 250-592-2441.


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