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Dennis Ohalloran shows produce he grew at Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility on Blenkinsop Road. Ohalloran is one of 14 people who grew vegetables as a part of Feeding Ourselves and Others, a therapeutic gardening project that also supplies the Mustard Seed and Our Place with fresh food. Natalie North/News staff

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very Tuesday and Thursday since May, Dennis Ohalloran has gotten his hands dirty, tending to a veggie patch in the Blenkinsop Valley. When his mental health worker suggested gardening, he was skeptical, despite its proven benefits for those with mental illness. “I thought she was crazy,” said Ohalloran outside his 30-square-metre plot of cucumbers, radishes, beans, peas and lettuce. “I thought it was pretty weird, then I came and did it and now I love growing vegetables.”

Ohalloran is one of nine Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) clients – people facing mental health or addictions issues and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – who, along with five clients of Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility, have grown vegetables at Blenkinsop Road farm as a part of the Feeding Ourselves and Others project. “Provincial psychiatric hospitals were well known for having farming and animal husbandry and an opportunity to grow their own food and to create opportunities for their patients and their staff in somewhat of a thera-

peutic milieu, a work therapy milieu if you will. We’re proud to be able to continue that tradition,” said Dr. Ian Musgrave, clinical director of ACT Services for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. “Farming and getting your hands in the soil continues to be a real legacy of horticultural therapy. It’s wonderful to see Seven Oaks getting into that.” Gardeners range in age from their 20s to their 60s and they are all overcoming obstacles most of us cannot even begin to imagine, said project coordinator David Stott. “So many contributions have been

made,” said Stott, noting the donation of gardening tools. “Perhaps most importantly time was contributed as well as advice, and especially the time of the participants.” Provincial Court judge Ernie Quantz championed the idea for the project through his involvement with the Victoria Integrated Court. “This is very much a community initiative,” Stott said. “It’s not just a Seven Oaks initiative. It’s not just a John Howard initiative. It’s not just an Integrated Court initiative. It’s everyone’s initiative and that’s why I feel really fortunate to be a part of this.” PLEASE SEE: Many chip in, Page A6


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here is a dense crush of wall-to-wall people when thousands runners pack the starting line on Menzies street for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. The city, it seems, has no shortage of people who run. On any given day, and especially weekends, the number of runners on the trails around Elk Lake or Thetis Lake almost (but not quite) outnumber the dog walkers. Running clinics are flush with hundreds of marathon and half-marathoner hopefuls eying a personal best or training for a first Edward Hill race. Reporting But within the ebb and flow of fitness trends, road racing in Greater Victoria peaked about two years ago, and participant numbers are flattening or in decline. The Victoria marathon topped out in 2010 with 13,995 finishers in four events (marathon, halfmarathon, 8K and kids’ race). Last year it hit 11,674 – a 19 per cent drop. The TC10K, the other major running event in Victoria, saw 10,616 finishers in 2010, but dropped to 10,044 finishers this year. “It’s a trend all across B.C. – on average, races are 12 per cent down,” said Bob Reid, treasurer of the Prairie Inn Harriers running club and a long-time race director and coach. “Newer races might be showing growth, but older races are plateauing or dropping slightly.” An unsteady economy might seemingly influence athletics trends, but Reid doesn’t think so. He points to the growing

popularity of sports such as triathlon, which typically have high entry fees and expensive equipment. “The economy doesn’t affect attendance. Money doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Reid said. “People have different interests. A lot like running, but not all like racing. Many people continue running for fitness, health and friendship.” And despite the decline in racing attendance, people aren’t abandoning running. Support for most road race events in Greater Victoria remains strong and entries are far above numbers seen four or five years ago. “It’s amazing we have two large races on the Island, races with over 10,000 (runners),” said Mark Nelson, co-owner of Frontrunners Langford and race director of the Bear Mountain 10K. “A lot of big cities don’t have two events of that size. “In sheer quantity, there are nearly two events every weekend, on average, in the running and triathlon worlds ... with the majority in the Victoria area.” Nelson said its difficult to pin down why some runners flock to some races and ignore others. This year’s first Goddess Run women’s only run sold out and had some 1,426 finishers in the half marathon, 10K and 5K races. “The Victoria Goddess run did a good job. It’s a well-organized event that had a solid team,” Nelson said. “It had a great turnout for a first year event that had no history.” The running culture in Victoria remains vibrant, but a race directors sense a definite shift in attitude. Many recreational athletes have used running to build a fitness base and a launch point to other endurance sports, such as triathlon and adventure racing. Others have used running as another tool in their overall fitness regime that might include boot camps or CrossFit. “There isn’t so much a running craze than an outdoor fitness craze,” Nelson said. “A lot of people might do trail running, the Victoria marathon, (Mind over Mountain) triathlon. A lot of people do a bit of everything.” Phil Nicholls, owner of Island Runner and nationallevel marathoner in the 1990s,

Stats tell the story Victoria Marathon finishers 2011 – 1,631 2010 – 2,643 2009 – 2,621 2008 – 2,042 2007 – 1,981 Victoria HalfMarathon finishers 2011 – 5,130 2010 – 5,716 2009 – 4,608 2008 – 4,270 2007 – 3,869 TC10K finishers 2012 – 10,044 2011 – 10,225 2010 – 10,616 2009 – 9,942 2008 – 8,816 2007 – 8,533 Oak Bay HalfMarathon finishers 2012 – 760 2011 – 779 2010 – 644 2009 – 621 2008 – 544 2007 – 501 2006 – 481

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A runner makes her way along the Victoria waterfront. says Victoria’s running culture has shifted over the decades, from a relatively small band of dedicated runners who trained intensely to a popularized activity for thousands of people looking for a challenge and to stay fit. Nicholls points to the rapid growth of the Victoria halfmarathon. From 2009 to 2010 it added more than a thousand entrants to hit more than 5,700

people coursing through the route. The marathon entries stayed steady at about 2,600 for those years. “There is definitely also a health boom; the outdoor fitness boom is there,” said Nicholls, the race director for the McNeill Bay Half-Marathon. “I think we are one of the better cities overall. People take fitness seriously as a lifestyle.”

The 33rd annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon weekend kicks off today and Saturday as more than 11,000 people flood into the Victoria Conference Centre for race package pickup, to tour the race expo and attend the speakers series. The marathon is on Sunday (Oct. 7). Participants will be on the race route starting with the marathon walkers at 6:30 a.m. The 8K road race starts at 7:15 a.m., the half marathon (21.1 km) starts at 7:30 a.m. and the marathon (42.2 km) at 8:45 a.m. All races start on Menzies Street at Kingston Street, and finish in front of the B.C. legislature on Belleville Street. See runvictoriamarathon. com for more information.

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Celebrating a lifetime of art Frank Lewis recalls his many works Daniel Palmer News staff

paint on a boxcar.’” The B.C. government, led at the time by W.A.C. Bennett, jumped at the chance for publicity and commissioned Lewis after Pearson’s letter was picked up by the national media. The “silly idea” toured North America for two years and was featured in the New York Times and Maclean’s Magazine, among others. In 1967, Lewis earned a spot as a young First Nation boy on the debut of George Ryga’s play, The Ecstacy of Rita Joe, at the Vancouver Playhouse. Two years later, the play opened the studio theatre of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, where Lewis mingled with the country’s elite and artists alike. “I sat down with Chief Dan George, Jean Chrétien and Pierre Trudeau and talked about the Indian Act,” Lewis said, recalling nights out on the town with Trudeau. “He took my girlfriend away,” he said, laughing. In the mid ’70s, Lewis landed in Cumberland, B.C., where he began accepting commissions

world-class painter. “I had newspaper headlines and I was thinking, ‘I don’t mind success, but why give me so much so quickly?’ It was really hard to deal with right away,” he said. He met his current wife, Margaret Parker, at their 40th high school reunion in 1992. Lewis has since produced 20 major public artworks, including the Burnside Gorge Community Mural on the Galloping Goose Trail in 2006. He and Parker have travelled the world. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lewis completed a mural for the boardroom of the Canadian High Commission, while Parker helped develop an architectural and art school. They now live in Saanich, their home filled with Lewis’ dearest work. His blue eyes light up as he recalls all that connects him with his Métis heritage. “We’re everywhere, but not together,” he said. “That spirituality is still in me, and has been all through my career.”

“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give their spirit back.” Louis Riel didn’t know it at the time, but he was talking about Frank Lewis. Standing six-foot-six, with blue eyes and a full head of white hair, Lewis knows the hardship and joy of being Métis. On Sept. 20, he presented an elaborate painting portraying that dichotomy to the Royal Jubilee Sharon Tiffin/News staff Hospital, where it will hang in the Noted muralist Frank Lewis with a few of his paintings in his All Nations Healing Room. home in Saanich. His recent donation of a piece to the Royal “This painting represents Jubilee Hospital celebrates his Métis heritage, but may be the the culmination of a 65-year final work of public art in a colourful career. career,” Lewis told a crowd at the unveiling. It is likely to be his last public for murals, first illustrating He then completed a five-bywork in a remarkable career Cumberland’s coal mining history 20-metre mural of the Gumboot that leaves a legacy across the on the inside of a general store in Navy for the Vancouver Maritime country in multiple genres, from exchange for a small stipend and Museum to much fanfare, painting to acting to graphic free groceries. solidifying his reputation as a design. He graduated from Oak Bay High in 1952 and attended the Vancouver School of Art – now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design – on a The Faculty of Science presents scholarship. York 98% gas furnace and 18 seer heat He quickly pump labeled "Most Efficient" from established himself as a skilled graphic Energy Star. See dealer for details. Distinguished Speaker Series designer at CBC television and in some of North America’s biggest advertising studios, winning numerous industry awards between 1957 and 1964. In the underground music scene in Toronto and Montreal, he designed album artwork and posters for many of the future legends of jazz. “You could go to Physician, Medical Historian & Author the Pilot Tavern (in Toronto), sit down, and for 35 cents a beer, watch Thelonius Monk Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. playing on the stand,” University Centre Farquhar Auditorium Lewis said. As the golden years Book signing to follow of bebop faded, so Whether we like it or not, we are all getting older. As a surgeon, ethicist too did Lewis’ drive to produce meaningful and teacher, Dr. Nuland draws on scientific facts to explain the changes art. “It was a lot of that occur in the last stage of life’s journey. Melding a scientist’s passion fun, but I wasn’t going for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, he shares anywhere,” he said. He kept painting the essential steps that middle-aged or younger men and women should by undertaking be taking in preparation for their sixties, seventies and beyond. Yale a governmentUniversity’s Dr. Nuland is best known for his honest take on death in the commissioned project to promote Canadian New York Times Best Seller How We Die. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, art. is not a disease but an art – and for those who practice it well, it can bring “I painted a extraordinary rewards. boxcar for the B.C. Call NOW for free estimate: government. It was a silly idea,” he said. “We This free public lecture has reserved seating. got a letter back from Tickets can be booked in advance at 250-721-8480 or (then-prime minister P.O. Box 2172, Sidney, B.C. V8L 3S6 Lester) Pearson A $2 evening parking fee will be in effect for all UVic parking lots. that said, ‘No self* Until Nov 30th, 2012 respecting artist would

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Two masked assailants barged into a home and beat a man with a metal pipe in a morning home invasion in Saanich last Friday. Saanich police say neighbours called police at 8:40 a.m. after a bleeding man called for help outside of a notorious home in the 3400-block of Harriet Rd. The property has some 270 police files associated with it since 2007, police say. During the home invasion on Friday, two men dressed in black with their faces covered in bandanas forced their way into the house, shoved down the homeowner and burst into the bedroom of a 41-year-old male resident.

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Home invasion at notorious property They struck him in the head with a metal pipe, police say. The victim grabbed a baseball bat to defend himself, but the suspects disarmed him quickly, and then ran out of the house, fleeing the area on bicycles. Investigators think the attackers also targeted a second male victim in the home, but he ran off and has refused to co-operate with police. Sgt. Dean Jantzen said the attack wasn’t a robbery and appears targeted at the two victims over a dispute. The property is known as a flophouse and police regularly respond to complaints of drug dealing, noise, stolen goods and petty crimes. The home is also rife with municipal bylaw infractions.

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Jantzen said the house is occupied by the homeowner, who has done little to clean up the property. “The place is well known to us, it’s regularly attended by patrol officers,” Jantzen said. “It’s an inordinate number of calls. This house is a focal point for (crimes) like this ... it impacts the whole neighbourhood.” The 41-year-old had a significant gash to the head and was taken to hospital. Adding insult to injury, Saanich police arrested the him on outstanding warrants after he was released from medical care. Anyone with information on this assault can call Saanich police at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Greater Victoria is one step closer to achieving a health care goal as construction officially began Tuesday at the Heights at Mt. View, the latest addition to the Campus of Care. The seven-storey, 260-bed residential care facility is a joint effort between Baptist Housing, the Capital Regional Hospital District and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The $60.5-million Heights at Mt. View will form one-third of the Campus of Care, a site devoted to seniors, housing for the homeless and affordable family housing. “The end is in sight,” said Charlie Nishi, chair of the Baptist Housing board of directors. “This road has had its challenges. “It’s been our concern for a number of years as we endeavour to provide quality residential care while working in buildings that weren’t always optimal for today’s needs.” Unlike other care facilities in the region, The Heights at Mt. View includes two, 20-patient houses specially designed for patients with early stages of dementia. “They are able to be in a community where people that have similar dementia issues. Those residents actually respond bet-


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witnessed a stabbing outside Country Grocer in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre last week. Someone stabbed a 22-yearold man several times near the north entrance to Country Grocer on Wednesday, Sept. 26, around 9 p.m. Police have interviewed the victim, who is recovering in hospital, but the details on the number of assailants or their relationship to the victim hasn’t been released. Anyone in the parking lot or who went by Viewmont Avenue between 9 and 9:15 p.m. are asked to call the Saanich major crimes tip line at 250-475-4356 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477).

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Taryn Richdale didn’t prepare for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon like others who passed the finish line last October, but she did set a course record.

Richdale, a 23-yearold Colwood woman, was the first person in a regular wheelchair to join a team for the eightkilometre road race, alongside her mother and a support worker. Richdale wanted to be with her peers on


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the team for Lifetime Networks Victoria, a Saanich-based charity devoted to building social networks for people with developmental disabilities, but until 2010, only those in designed racing wheelchairs were allowed on the course. GoodLife has since extended their insurance policy to allow for wheelchairs of all kinds on the scenic waterfront route. “I was there to support her, not as a worker, but to be with this lady,” said Loreta Piamonte, a community support worker who has worked with Richdale two years. “At the finish, she just smiled (and said), ‘We did it.’” Richdale, despite feeling a little nervous and overwhelmed by the size of the event, is excited to hit the 8K course again in her motorized chair adorned with Canucks stickers and her pink purse slung over one arm rest, as a message to others. “Nothing’s impossible,” said Richdale, who after a tracheotomy speaks primarily in sign language. “Everything’s possible. There is no limit. You can accomplish your dreams.” Richdale is one of 53 people,13 of whom are facing physical or developmental challenges, who are running, walking or rolling for Lifetime Networks Cruisers – the largest charity team in the marathon, for the smallest charities registered. In the last two years Lifetime Networks has raised $51,000 to support clients through the GoodLife Fitness event. This year the charity has set the goal of raising $30,000 to launch an endowment fund and ensure

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Taryn Richdale was among the first to participate in the Victoria marathon in a regular wheelchair after Lifetime Networks, a Saanich-based charity aimed at supporting people with disabilities, advocated for the change last year. She will be participating on the Lifetime Networks eight-kilometre team along with one of her care givers, Loreta Piamonte. their work can continue. Saanich News editor Edward Hill and reporter Natalie North will be participating in the marathon and half-marathon races, respectively, for the Lifetime Networks team. For more information on Lifetime Networks or how to donate to the team, visit


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Homeless numbers hold steady in Capital Region Long waitlists for subsidized housing, emergency shelters remain busy Roszan Holmen News staff

Alberta may have the reputation as Canada’s most conservative province, but it is the first and only provincial government to commit to ending homelessness. This commitment helped Calgary reverse its growing problem, said Tim Ritcher, president of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. “At the end of the day, provincial policy change will be the single most important factor in ending homelessness,” Ritcher, keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, said last week. “They have the money.” Calgary, where Ritcher previously led a homeless foundation, was the first Canadian city to sign on to a 10-year plan to end homelessness. Since 2008, it has housed 4,000 people. Greater Victoria was the second region to sign on to the plan. Now four years into its strategy, the Coalition reports mixed results. In 2011-12, 639 people were housed, slightly higher than the average number housed annually since 2008. Also, 152 subsidized housing units came onstream in the region. At the same time, the use of the emergency shelters has seen no real reductions. The number of individuals using the shelters at least once dropped only marginally in the past year, from 1,668 to 1,617.

Over the same period, the occupancy rate increased to 111 per cent, and people were turned away at the door 3,284 times. As of March 31, there were 1,545 households on the wait list for subsidized housing. That’s up from 1,172 applicants in 2009. “While we’ve housed people and we’re keeping them housed, we have not stopped the flow into homelessness,” said University of Victoria researcher Bernie Pauly. She cited high rental costs and low incomes among the contributing factors. In 2007, researchers predicted an increase of 400 to 500 homeless people in Greater Victoria every year, up from a starting point of roughly 1,500. To date, the coalition’s success has been to prevent this growth, rather than curb the problem. Coalition co-chair and Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin made clear the goal is still to end homelessness, not simply to manage it. At the same time, Coalition executive director Andrew WynnWilliams said progress is being made. “If you just walk around in the streets now, the feeling now compared to the feeling five years ago is completely different,” he said. Esquimalt-Royal Roads NDP MLA Maurine Karagianis, however, was skeptical B.C. can provide the needed boost Ritcher calls for. “Alberta has a different experience than us,” she said at the AGM. “They have huge oil revenues that are coming into that province that are being used to subsidize social programs … If we had the capacity to have the oil sands to give us unlimited dollars, it would be a different scenario.”


NOTICE OF PERMISSIVE TAX EXEMPTION Pursuant to Section 224 of the Community Charter, the Council of the Corporation of the District of Saanich intends to adopt a bylaw exempting from property taxation for 3 years (2013-2015), the lands and improvements or both that are owned or held by charitable, philanthropic or other not for profit organizations and that Council considers are used for a purpose that is directly related to the purposes of the Corporation. The properties being considered and the estimated total property taxes for all purposes that would be imposed if they were not exempt are: Owner/Occupier Albert E. Yates, Donald L. Barclay, Charles H. Coulson, Douglas D. Waring, Mark L. Haley (Boy Scouts) BC Hydro (District of Saanich Lease) Broadmead Care Society Canadian Centre of Learning for Maitreya Missionary Capital Mental Health Association Capital Mental Health Association Cordova Bay Community Club The Cridge Centre for the Family The Cridge Centre for the Family District of Saanich (Boy Scouts) District of Saanich (Capital City Allotment Association) District of Saanich (Capital Mental Health Association) District of Saanich (Gorge Soccer Assn) District of Saanich (Goward House Society) District of Saanich (Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society) District of Saanich (Saanich Heritage Foundation) District of Saanich (Saanich Heritage Foundation) District of Saanich (South Island Sailing Society) District of Saanich (Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club) Garth Homer Foundation Girl Guides of Canada Gordon Head Mutual Improvement Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Independent Living Housing Society Jewish Community Centre of Victoria Luther Court Society Prospect Lake Community Association Province of British Columbia (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific) Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children Royal Oak Women’s Institute Scout Properties (B.C./Yukon) Ltd. Scout Properties (B.C./Yukon) Ltd. Shekinah Homes Society Shekinah Homes Society Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Society of Vancouver Island University of Victoria (Velox Valhallians Sports Association) University of Victoria (Victoria Rowing Soc) Vancouver Island Netherlands Association Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Association for Community Living Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Property Description

2013 $

2014 $

2015 $

3680 Cottonwood Street 4400 West Saanich Road 846 Nigel Avenue 1834 Adanac Street 970 Greenridge Crescent 972 Greenridge Crescent 941 Sutcliffe Road Confidential Address 1251 Santa Rosa Avenue 2625 Sinclair Road Douglas Street 5500 Hamsterly Road Field houses-Hampton Park 2495 Arbutus Road

6,632 19,747 11,599 3,066 4,000 3,915 11,281 6,240 4,927 7,561 23,071 10,788 549 39,340

6,848 20,388 11,976 3,165 4,130 4,043 11,648 6,443 5,087 7,807 23,820 11,139 566 40,618

7,070 21,051 12,365 3,268 4,265 4,174 12,026 6,653 5,253 8,061 24,594 11,501 585 41,938

741 Haliburton Road 1248 Burnside Road West 4139 Lambrick Way 2620 Sinclair Rd 355/361 Gorge Road West 813 Darwin Avenue 611 Linnet Lane 4146 Tyndall Avenue 1610 Hawthorne Street 1765 Feltham Road 1015 Falmouth Road 910 Easter Road 238 Obed Avenue 3636 Shelbourne Street 1525 Cedar Hill Cross Road 5358 Sparton Road

7,853 1,914 893 549 11,364 74,745 24,062 4,772 3,357 3,679 3,132 3,151 2,932 9,179 64,225 9,829

8,108 1,977 922 566 11,734 77,174 24,844 4,927 3,466 3,798 3,234 3,253 3,027 9,478 66,312 10,148

8,371 2,041 952 585 12,115 79,683 25,652 5,087 3,579 3,922 3,339 3,359 3,126 9,786 68,467 10,478

505 Quayle Road 2390 Arbutus Road 4516 West Saanich Road 505 Marigold Road 3266 Glasgow Avenue 3028 Millgrove Street 3034 Donald Street 4349 West Saanich Road 3277 Douglas Street 3957 Gordon Head Road Elk Lake Park Boathouse 733 Vanalman Avenue 1512 McRae Avenue 754 Lindsay Street 4133 Mariposa Heights 3851 Cedar Hill Cross Road 4482 Tyndall Avenue 595 Burnside Road West 231 Regina Avenue

32,090 19,198 7,438 8,616 8,252 4,225 4,456 37,082 11,311 54,308 8,836 11,311 3,654 3,697 3,229 59,547 4,207 3,120 162,032

33,133 34,210 19,822 20,466 7,680 7,930 8,896 9,185 8,520 8,797 4,362 4,504 4,600 4,750 38,287 39,531 11,679 12,058 56,073 57,896 9,123 9,420 11,679 12,058 3,773 3,896 3,817 3,941 3,334 3,443 61,482 63,480 4,343 4,485 3,222 3,326 167,298 172,735

Pursuant to Section 225 of the Community Charter, the Council of the Corporation of the District of Saanich intends to adopt a bylaw exempting from property taxation for 3 years (2013-2015), the lands that are Riparian land. The property subject to the bylaw and the estimated total property taxes for all purposes that would be imposed if it was not exempt are: Owner/Occupier

Property Description

Hunter, Frances

203 Goward Road

2013 $ 152

2014 $ 157

2015 $ 162

Pursuant to Section 224(2)(f) of the Community Charter, the Council of the Corporation of the District of Saanich intends to adopt a bylaw exempting from property taxation any area of land surrounding a building set apart for public worship. The property subject to the bylaw and the estimated total property taxes for all purposes that would be imposed if it was not exempt are: Owner/Occupier

Property Description

New Life Community Fellowship Victoria Full Gospel Fellowship Inquiries concerning the proposed bylaws may be directed to: The Corporation of the District of Saanich 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC V8X 2W7 Telephone: (250) 475-5415

3900 Carey Road

2013 $ 1,725

2014 $ 1,781

2015 $ 1,838

550 Obed Avenue




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his Thanksgiving weekend is a special one, as we reflect on the many ways our community has come together recently. One could not help but be touched by the support of hundreds of folks who came out for the annual Terry Fox Run last month. Their enthusiasm and giving spirit is contagious. The Terry Fox Run for cancer research begins a wave of fundraising that rolls through the fall and into the Christmas season. Last weekend’s CIBC Run for the Cure saw more than 4,000 runners and walkers make their way around Ring Road at the University of Victoria. The event is fun and exciting for participants, who are in equal part sombre and thoughtful. They sang, chanted and wore all manner of pink attire, from boas and tiaras to T-shirts and tutus, emblazoned with names honouring loved ones who are battling or have been taken by breast cancer. More than $30 million was raised across the country by this event for breast cancer research, education and advocacy. Today (Oct. 5) is the finale of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraising ride. The 17 riders trained six months – averaging 4,000 kilometres each – in preparation for the twoweek, 1,000-kilometre ride down Vancouver Island. As well, those who support them spend many months planning and fundraising to make that ride worthwhile. The riders themselves will tell you, it’s not about the cycling, but about the communities, both large and small, that support the tour along the way. And this weekend the 33rd GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon hits the streets of the city. Competitive runners have trained hard for the event, pounding out an estimated 400 kilometres before they hit the ground running this Sunday on Menzies Street near the legislature. Along with thousands of runners come thousands of dollars in donations for more than 20 charities supported by the marathon. The fundraising aspect of the marathon is relatively new, yet has shown great potential as it becomes more culturally intertwined with the race itself. We applaud the physical and fundraising efforts of all these riders, runners and walkers. They help lift all of our spirits, by giving us the opportunity to share their good feelings and help those around us through our charitable donations. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Saanich News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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slew of friends and friendsmarathon. For an event that of-friends signed up for the swarms walkers, runners and Tough Mudder in Whistler, wheelers over a good chunk of a hardcore 10- to 12-kilometre the city for a day, I was stunned obstacle course, earlier this year. with how little I knew about the It seemed you couldn’t go a day GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. without hearing about More than 12,000 another connection to participants are expected someone who planned to to fill the streets on leap small buildings and marathon morning slime through obstacles – with road closures to achieve the glory of throughout Victoria and completion. Oak Bay along the route. I take pride in knowing The races range from a these friends who one-kilometre kids’ run intentionally ran through to the full 42-kilometre electrically charged wires marathon, starting and in the Mudder, or guys and finishing not far from the girls who climb mountains Christine van legislative buildings. or snowshoe ridiculous There are four official Reeuwyk hills and vales in Mind charities benefiting from Island Girl Over Mountain Adventure race proceeds and 20 Racing. charities that are raising I’ve never contemplated anything funds through a pledge process in remotely similar, not even a simple the event. trek up the West Coast Trail. I’m running with the Hepatitis C They’re generally strong of body Education and Prevention Society’s and mind. I’m not. Liver Warriors, also known as Team I know these things about Daisy, for my pal. myself and tend to lean away Non-profit HepCBC provides from activities where I’ll likely be support for those living with the maimed or injured. I know my blood-borne virus which attacks limitations and am not shamed by the liver. them. The society has high hopes of So me, myself and I were stunned raising $25,000 – enough to reopen when my rubber arm twisted to its office, hire a part-time executive support a friend and walk the half director for a year and return to marathon this weekend. This heart helping people living with the over mind thing could get a person heavy stigma of Hep C. killed. I figure the least I can do is take Sunday marks the 33rd a few hours to walk this beautiful anniversary of the Victoria city as a way of raising awareness

of this group. One coworker (OK, he’s the boss) and his wife are doing the half marathon as a training run for the New York Marathon next month. I’d call it insane, but he’s the boss. Another coworker is partaking in her fourth Victoria Marathon, doing the half again to raise funds for Lifetime Networks, a non-profit to support people with disabilities in Victoria. It’s not the lure of adrenaline that pulls her, but the emotional high. “It’s uplifting and powerful,” she says. It’s a high to witness the sense of accomplishment on the faces of folks as they cross the finish line, particularly those participants with obvious physical impairments who overcome a lot to make the trek. The online map identifies cheer zones along the way. From what I hear, there are people in costume, those who offer inspirational quotes on posterboard and even entertainers keeping everyone – walkers and athletic specimens alike – in good spirits on the 21-kilometre route. Fortunately, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon welcomes walkers who can finish the half marathon course in fewer than six hours. I can do that. I’m pretty sure. Probably. I’m no Tough Mudder and have no desire to win or anything… Christine van Reeuwyk is a reporter with the Oak Bay News.

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Get your kids away from the screen and into the green P

ushing our kids out the door friends in the nearby woods. may be the best way to save For someone of my generathe planet. tion this is almost unfathomable. In a survey conWhen I was a kid, being ducted for the David outside was the norm. Suzuki Foundation, 70 Rain or shine, our parper cent of Canadian ents would tell us to youth said they spend get out of the house. an hour or less a day in As a teenager in the open air. And when London, Ontario, they are out, it’s usually my sanctuary was to go from one place to a swamp. I’d return another. In other words, home at the end of a it’s just a consequence day, often soaking wet of trying to be someand covered in mud, where else. David Suzuki with my collection of Nearly half the young with Leanne Clare insects, salamander people surveyed said eggs and turtles. That they don’t have enough piqued my interest in time to join programs that would science. Making tree forts and involve them in outdoor activilying in fields watching the clouds ties. School, work and other stimulated my imagination and responsibilities make it difficult creativity. Being outside made me to do things like kick around a a happy, healthy kid and made soccer ball or go for a walk with me feel connected to the world

around me. As a father, I also encouraged my kids to enjoy time outdoors, and one of my favourite activities now is exploring nature with my grandchildren. In just a few generations, life has changed dramatically for children. Now, they can’t seem to find the time to play outdoors. They sit in front of screens for long periods of time. A U.S. survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found young people are engaged with entertainment media for an average of seven and a half hours a day. Over seven days, that’s longer than the average workweek! We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell

them it’s dirty and dangerous. As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside. The David Suzuki Foundation survey found youth were 20 per cent more likely to take part in outdoor programming or explore nature on their own if they spent time outside from an early age. Younger teens reported that getting outside with their families was the best way to connect with nature. Older youth were more likely to explore nature spontaneously, on their own or with friends – likely because parents relax restrictions and allow them to do more of what they want. And what they want is fun and adventure, at least when it comes to being outside. More than half

the youth said they enjoy spending unstructured time in nature. This is great news. What we need to do is encourage them – and sometimes just get out of their way. We need to make sure our neighbourhoods have green spaces. We need to ask teachers and school board representatives to take students outside regularly to incorporate the natural world into everything they learn. If we don’t, we’ll never raise the next generation of environmental stewards to help protect and celebrate the wonders of nature. After all, people are more likely to look after something they have come to know and cherish. Parents need to remember the fun times they had outside as kids. They need to trust their children, and kick them out the door like my mom did.

LETTERS Sociology is a safe investment for students Re: Swapping sociology for socket sets (B.C. Views, Sept. 26) Tom Fletcher’s column presents a number of misguided claims designed to lend rhetorical support to the provincial government’s intention to invest in trade and technical school facilities. Fletcher argues that the government’s emphasis on shop upgrades in trade and technical schools implies that “dead-end programs dear to the hearts of last year’s Occupy campers will feel the pinch.” He singles out sociology and women’s studies as examples of “aimless study” leading to unemployment (and social activism). Fletcher’s concern seems to be that today’s students need to select courses that ensure a “safe investment” for themselves, their parents and society at large. Sociology is a safe investment.

Sociologists have always focused on and provided necessary insights into relevant contemporary issues. Sociologists at the University of Victoria are addressing some of the biggest questions facing government today. For instance, UVic sociologists are helping the province design health care policy on older adults living in long-term care facilities – policy shaping the lives of our parents and grandparents. They are conducting research on increasing barriers placed on access to information and the right to know what government is doing. UVic sociologists are conducting policy research on crime control strategies, incarceration and prisons. Last but not least, sociologists at UVic are providing training in research design, quantitative reasoning, objective data analysis and policy-relevant issues that dominate government agendas. When a student majors in sociology, she studies a core

curriculum aimed at developing competent research skills applicable to today’s world (and labour market). Rather than relying on stereotypes and rhetorical nonsense to incite populist indignation, sociology students learn how to enact explanations that are informed by and based on clear evidence. To be sure, sociologists are passionate about and deeply committed to their research pursuits focused on maternity care, aging, dementia, blood donation, depression, weapons use and international human rights. Passion and commitment, combined with sound research skills, are the hallmarks of all scientific pursuits. The evidence indicates that sociology is one of the safest investments available to ensure social policy informed by evidence and sound research. Sean Hier chair, Sociology Department University of Victoria

Polio support crucial as disease nearly beat Many Canadians are old enough to remember the horror of polio from our childhoods. In the 1950s and 60s, polio killed thousands of children and left countless others living in iron lungs or with lifelong paralysis. With the development of effective vaccines, we thought we had seen the end of this terrible disease. We were wrong. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently predicted a global polio emergency in Pakistan within three months. In 2011, 73 new cases were reported there, nearly equal to all the cases in the previous five years. Polio is now 99 per cent eradicated globally, but without immediate action, the number of children paralyzed each year is expected rise to 200,000 in a decade. Canada contributes $35 million annually towards global polio eradication, but our spending is set to decline to just

$5 million in 2014. Prime Minister Harper has been invited by the United Nations to co-convene a meeting on polio this week. It is crucial that he recommit to our earlier funding. Nathaniel Poole Victoria

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Marathoner all business on Sunday Travis Paterson

to five, however, he’s a lawyer with Hemminger Schmid based in Vic West. And in true enterprising fashion, he’s tying all three together as he prepares to run Sunday morning’s GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon – in a suit. “Although I’m a self-proclaimed ‘serious’ runner, I recognize that sport is ultimately about having fun,

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here’s something quixotic about the way Adam Campbell is suiting up for his next adventure. Before work, after work and on the weekends, the 33-year-old trains full time for long-distance, ultramarathon running. From nine

3x4 Out ofcdn the shadows mental health

and into the sunshine. A Mental Health Information Fair at the University of Victoria

When: Wednesday, October 10 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Michele Pujol Room, Student Union Building University of Victoria What: Information on mental health and mental illness, local services and advocacy groups Q Free screening for depression, anxiety and risky drinking Q Live music Q Prizes and Fun

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so I was looking for a quirky challenge,” Campbell said. The challenge being: run a faster marathon time, in a suit, than the current world record holder, Paul Buchanan, who ran the 2009 Dublin Marathon (Ireland) in three hours, 24 minutes. Buchanan’s time is acknowledged by Guinness World Records and Campbell has ironed out the necessary Guinness documentation should he lower Buchanan’s mark on Sunday. The rules are simple: finish the race in a suit. “Mercifully, I don’t have to wear dress shoes,” Campbell said. “I’ll be wearing my favourite pair of racing flats from Frontrunners, which happen to match my tie.” It seemed like a good way to marry my dual identity as a lawyer and an elite runner.” Predominantly a trail runner, Campbell is no slouch. He finished second overall at his first 100-miler in May, the Mt. Fuji Ultra Trail in Japan, with a time of 19 hours, 26 minutes. “My first marathon was Victoria in 2006 and I finished third with a time of 2:29:11. I don’t think I’ll be anywhere close to that, but I’m quite confident that I can break three hours.” Plenty of tutus and maskwearing runners have crossed the Victoria Marathon finish line before, so Campbell isn’t the first to run it in costume. But he might be the most accomplished runner to do so. “I hope (Campbell) doesn’t have too much chafing and I would like to see the state of the suit when he’s finished,” said Jonathan Foweraker, organizer of the marathon’s elite athletes.

Well-suited for racing Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Ultrarunners are accustomed to extra gear, most wearing a belt full of water bottles and a headlamp as they run through the dark of the night. But a tailored business suit is something else. Ultimately, heat is Campbell’s greatest concern. Sunday’s weather calls for sun and that’s Campbell’s preference. “I think heat is better than rain, I’m sure the suit would get

Adam Campbell plans to run the Victoria marathon in a business suit in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. quite heavy if it got drenched,” he said. The suit is a Paul Betenly, donated from Citizen Clothing in Estevan Village. It retails for $695 and comes with a shirt by Culturata and a red Dion tie. Campbell visited Citizen proprietor Patrick Tier for a fitting earlier this week, though

Tier was undecided about whether or not he should leave the suit and jacket a little bit loose. “Ultimately I’m doing the run for charity, to raise money for the Access Pro Bono Society, so I’m willing to put up with some significant discomfort to set a respectable time.”

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Only a working smoke alarm can save your life! FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

OCTOBER 7-14 Smoke alarms save lives “Fall back” to smart home safety As most Canadians turn back the clocks on November 4, here are some timely smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) safety tips: • When you change your clocks, test your smoke arlam. • You have less than three minutes to escape a fire. So when smoke alarms sound, everyone must know what to do and where to go. Having and practising an escape plan is essential. • Install one smoke alarm on every storey and outside bedrooms. Install inside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. • Ensure all smoke alarms are fully powered. Never take out batteries or remove an alarm from ceiling due to a false alarm. • If your home has any fuelburning devices such as a gas furnace, gas water heater, gas appliances, or an attached garage or carport, install at least one CSA-approved carbon monoxide outside all sleeping areas. One per storey is recommended. • Replace smoke alarms ev-

ery 10 years, and CO alarms every 7-10 years (depending on manufacturer) whether battery operated or hardwired into your home’s electrical system. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless. So without a CO alarm, humans cannot detect its presence. Despite the average home having several potential sources of the deadly gas, studies show that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have not installed a CO alarm. In addition to being impossible to detect, CO also has another nefarious trait. Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure mimic the flu, without the fever. It is routinely responsible for thousands of clinic and hospital visits each year, and is commonly misdiagnosed. Prolonged or extreme exposure causes nausea, dizziness, confusion, the loss of physical mobility, brain damage and ultimately, death. More home safety resources can be found on the www. web site.

Analysis was undertaken on almost 50,000 fires that occurred in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario over a 5-year period involving 663 fatalities. The findings demonstrated that the death rate per 1,000 fires in the absence of a present, functioning smoke alarm was 74% greater than when a functioning smoke alarm was present.

Thanksgiving turkey fires cause for concern at 9-1-1 centre E -Comm’s fire dispatch team is warning families to be mindful of their turkey cooking during Thanksgiving weekend. “A turkey isn’t something you typically see on a list of household fire hazards, but we get 9-1-1 calls about ovens going up in flames all the time,” says Corey Kelso, E-Comm fire dispatcher. “The result can be devastating if you’re not careful every time you have something cooking for an extended period of time.”

E-Comm has received some odd calls to 9-1-1 before – including someone wanting to know how long to cook a turkey – but a turkey fire is no joke. In fact, it is a leading cause of spikes in 9-1-1 calls over the holidays. “A flame in your oven can start easily and escalate quickly,” says Kelso. “Oil drippings through a thin tinfoil turkey pan or bits of leftover food residue inside your oven are extremely flammable in a high temperature setting.”

Many fatal fires start at night Investigations into home fire deaths very often find that a smoke alarm did not sound. It may have been disconnected or not in working order. The batteries may have been dead, or someone may have taken them out. Smoke alone won’t necessarily wake you up. In fact, the fumes could put you into an even deeper sleep. Often, victims never wake up. Se-

niors will often need assistance from family members to put safety measures into place. As well, family members are in the best position to reinforce the precautions necessary to help their loved ones prevent or respond to a fire. Focus on these six priorities to help aging family members protect themselves against fire in the home.

■ INSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. ■ Larger homes may need ADDITIONAL smoke alarms to provide enough protection. ■ For the best protection, INTERCONNECT all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. ■ An IONIZATION smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a PHOTOELECTRIC smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended. ■ Smoke alarms should be INSTALLED away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance. ■ REPLACE all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Celebrating Fire Prevention Week in Greater Victoria Firefighters around the region will be busy educating the public about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week. In Oak Bay, the Fire Department will be conducting the Challenge Trophy competition among area schools. On the morning of Oct. 10, firefighters will attend area schools to perform full evacuation and safety drills – the Black Press file school with the best time wins the trophy. Oak Bay Firefighter Kyle The firefighters will Beaumont prepares for also attend municipal rooftop drills. hall and all Oak Bay recreation centres during the week to conduct evacuation drills with patrons and employees to make sure everyone knows how to follow a fire escape plan. “Fire Prevention Week for us is the one time of year we can draw the public’s attention to one simple, important thing, that’s having a working smoke alarm that is tested regularly,” said Oak Bay Fire Department Captain Ken Gill. “If we could encourage every resident to take that small step, then every other message we have will dovetail into that. … It all hinges on early detection and warning, so people have the opportunity to escape.” Gill said it is a standard message, but one that is not always heeded. “It’s challenging, but it’s one step that would certainly go a long way to protecting property and saving lives,” he added. From Oct. 2 to 5, the Saanich Fire Department will partner with other departments to host a fire expo aimed at teaching 911 skills, fire extinguisher safety, and home evacuation, at the Central Saanich fire hall. The program, geared towards students in Grade 5, runs daily from 9 a.m. until noon. Firefighters will also take their fire trucks to schools across the Saanich and Greater Victoria School Districts, conducting fire drills throughout the week. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 13, firefighters will be on hand with fire safety resources at the Home Depot at 3986 Shelbourne St. for Home Depot Fire Safety Days. “We’d like to encourage everyone to participate at the in-home level, not just at public schools,” said Saanich fire department Capt. Rich Pala. “Everyone should have a home escape plan. We’d like to see everyone sit down with their kids and educate them.” The Victoria Fire Department will begin the week with opening ceremonies at Victoria City Hall Oct. 9 at 8:50 a.m. The event will begin with a fire drill at city hall, a proclamation and the raising of the Fire Prevention Week flag. Firefighters will attend all area schools to make sure students are prepared to evacuate their classrooms. “Every year we have a specific theme and this year is ‘have two ways to get out,’” said Insp. Megan Sabell of the VicBlack Press file toria Fire Department. Firefighter training in “Everyone should have Nanaimo. two ways to get out of every room in their building, home, school or office. And they should not only have a plan but practise that plan as well.” More information on Fire Prevention Week can be found at

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UVic art collections celebrate 50th With about 27,000 art pieces gathered over more than 50 years, the University of Victoria is putting some prime selections on display for its 50th anniversary celebrations. Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections, on until Nov. 24 at UVic's downtown Legacy Art Gallery, was guest curated by former gallery director Martin Segger. “One of the biggest challenges in representing 50 years of collecting was paring down the list to fit in the

gallery,” says Caroline Riedel, curator of collections. “What began as a small group of works by Canadian and European artists has blossomed into a rich and varied teaching and research resource, thanks mainly to the generosity of individual donors.” A related exhibit, The University of Victoria: A Community of Communities, features a selection of photographs of life at UVic taken from Ian MacPherson’s new book Reaching Outward and Upward: The University

The president and CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority announced this week that he will retire from his role in April 2013. After eight years, Howard Waldner advised the VIHA board chair, Don Hubbard of his decision to move on from the position. According to Hubbard, Waldner leaves a proud legacy at VIHA, having developed a strong leadership team and a record of innovation and achievement.

of Victoria 1963-2013. The photos are on display at the Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery on the lower level of UVic’s McPherson library until Oct. 15. The Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections is at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

He was the driving force behind the creation of the Royal Jubilee Patient Care Centre and the new North Island Hospitals Project. Under his leadership, VIHA was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers during the past four years and delivered a balanced operating budget each year since 2004. The VIHA board is moving forward to establish a recruitment process to replace Waldner.


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rently drying in a Metchosin barn. “I knew grain prices were going up and I want something sustainable,” Henry said. “This brings home how vulnerable we are to the weather changes. We had no drought and excellent crops this year, but we’ll all be paying more for food.” Purchasing local grains is saving both farmers money on feed for their animals, but also may help with selling the product. Local meat fed local grains can be a great marketing point, Henry said. When it comes to bacon, he said, the cut of meat makes up about nine per cent of the animals. A 200-pound hog will produce about 18 pounds of Metchosin bacon.

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If Camas Books adopted the corporate lingo of mainstream advertising, the store might be tagged “new and improved.” Or that might make its collective members collectively cringe. Victoria’s non-hierarchical hub of anarchist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial and radical literature has relocated to a space half a block north from its former home at the corner of Quadra Street and Kings Road. Walls in the new space are splashed with grand, sweeping murals of nature – a humpback whale arches across the back wall, a cougar guards the cash register – while scattered boxes of books attest to the chaos of moving. A volunteer work party was expected to have the store in order and reopened by Wednesday. “I’m interested in discovering what the culture on this side of the street is like,” jokes Kim Croswell, a volunteer and member of the Camas Books collective, referring to their relocation to the north side of Kings Road. “We’re fortunate that we don’t have to leave the neighbourhood. We like

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Camas Books volunteer and collective member Kim Croswell stands amid the store in the process of unpacking in its new location on Quadra Street. it here.” Camas Books has survived for five years on a business model that matches the philosophy of its book inventory. It’s a nonprofit society run by a collective, where 24 members come to consensus on decision making through discussion and debate. “We have a broad base of community support. It’s reflected in the size of the collec-

tive, and volunteers give their time, skills and expertise to keep it going,” said Allan Antliff, one of the founding members of Camas Books and a University of Victoria professor of art history. “The books we carry aren’t carried in any other book store in Victoria. We have a strong identity in the radical community, and a strong indigenous orientation. It all comes together to create a viable operation,” he says. Camas Books will fundraise to help pay for the move, but Croswell said in general, the store is financially self-sustaining through book sales and community events, such as art shows, book readings and film launches. Its volunteer base is dedicated and loyal, and more than enough to staff the store seven days per week. “We’re a mixture of teachers, high school and university students, writers, cab drivers, people who work two jobs and then come here and do shifts. It’s people from all walks of life,” says Croswell, who teaches distance learning. Camas Books takes its name from the camas plant, a traditional aboriginal food source. In keeping with its mandate of pro-

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Artists face off in show Fragments and Masks is a two-person exhibition of photographs and paintings that explore the way people are presented by the artist’s image. The show of black and white photography by Barry Herring and interactive paintings by Richard Motchman opens Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Xchanges Gallery, 2333 Government St. These artists use different media but their figurative work is related in that they both focus only on portions of the body in their portraits. When people pose for a portrait they decide what part of themselves to expose and what to hide. The person performs for the artist. The artist then records the performance and manipulates it to produce an image that will be exposed to a future viewer. These images are a representation of reality and provide the viewer with clues to initiate a personal narrative and form a conception of the person. Herring uses traditional black and white darkroom techniques to create portrayals of a fragment of a person or he cuts fragments from portraits and recombines them. In this way, he examines how the eye, brain and memory construct an artificial image and not an exact or

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Michelle Jacques has been named Jon Tupper. Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Jacques is also an educator. She has Greater Victoria. taught writing, art history and curatoFor most of the past 15 years, rial studies at NSCAD University, the Jacques has held various curatorial University of Toronto and OCAD Unipositions in the contemporary and versity and is currently adjunct faculty Canadian departments of the Art Galat York University. lery of Ontario, where she is currently She is currently on the boards of the acting curator, Canadian art. Vtape and the Feminist Art Gallery From 2002 to 2004, she was the direcand is past board member of the artisttor of programming at the Centre for run contemporary art centre Mercer Art Tapes in Halifax. Union, all in Toronto. “Michelle’s broad range of experiJacques received a B.A. in art history ence as a curator, from historical to Michelle Jacques and psychology from Queens Univercontemporary, will make her an ideal addition to the sity and an M.A. in art history from York University. curatorial team at the AGGV,� said gallery director

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No, pot’s not legal yet. But with a raise of hands, B.C. local politicians passed a motion to ask the federal government to decriminalize marijuana. The motion passed at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, Sept. 26. “It was about 70 per cent in favour, it wasn’t close,” said Metchosin Coun. Moralea Milne. “I would hope UBCM takes it to another level. We don’t really have any jurisdiction.” At last year’s UBCM convention Milne spoke on decriminalization and after receiving overwhelming support, she brought the motion to Metchosin council and to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities. “The war on drugs hasn’t been a success,” Milne said. “A lot of things we enjoy cause harm … We don’t throw people in jail for eating potato chips.” If marijuana was decriminalized, Milne said the drug could

courts weighed down with marijuana cases rather than “real criminals.” Port Moody councillor Bob Elliott said his “quaint, safe city” has seen three gang-related murders in the past six months. He pleaded for support for decriminalization. Coquitlam Coun. Terry O’Neill called decriminalization “the worst of all worlds,” protecting people from simple possession charges while leaving large-scale growing and sales in the hands of criminals. Nelson Coun. Robin Cherbo said sparing recreational users from prosecution is worth it, and even outright legalization won’t stop the criminal trade as long as pot remains illegal in the U.S. Cariboo Regional District director Joan Sorley reminded delegates that grow-ops are destructive to communities and dangerous to police and fire departments. “If we decriminalize it, we take away the tool that the RCMP has to try and shut them down and help keep our neighbourhood safe,” Sorley said. “I am delighted so many people have come around and are far-sighted and smart enough to know that this doesn’t work,” Milne said. “When you have a practice, a law, that is so widely abused and there is no compliance, you know it’s a bad law.”



be regulated similar to alcohol. “Marijuana does lead children to come in contact with a criminal element, they have to buy it from them,” Milne said. “There will still be organized crime, but this is the first way to deal with it instead of sticking our heads in the sand.” Milne, 62, said she hasn’t smoked marijuana in 40 years and if it’s decriminalized she wouldn’t start smoking again. “What I really enjoy is a walk in the woods or a martini. I can have a martini because it is legal,” Milne said. “When alcohol was illegal the crime rate jumped, when it became legal it dropped. You don’t see Labatt and Molson having a turf war over market share.” Okanagan-Similkameen director Tom Siddon, a former federal cabinet minister, said his local police reject decriminalization. “I think we’ve been frying too many brains,” Siddon said. “It’s going to aggravate the temptation of young people to move from marijuana, which may well be more harmless than a few bottles of beer, to being hooked on heroin, cocaine and the chemical designer drugs.” Prince George city councillor Brian Skakun drew laughter with his comment: “I tried it when I was younger; I turned out OK.” Turning serious, he said the costs extend to police and


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Councillors seek more oversight in bridge project cern that city council will not be presented information about all the proposals submitted, but instead will only be informed about the bid recommended by city staff. Council’s role will then be to approve or reject the recommendation. “I can understand why disclosure to public would be problematic, but can you explain why disclosure to council is problematic?� Isitt asked city lawyer Tom Zworski. Zworski felt the answer required a closed-door meeting, and council voted to retreat to a private room. The discussion held up last week’s public governance and priorities meeting for nearly

Johnson Street bridge proponents to submit bids by Oct. 18 Roszan Holmen News staff

The three companies vying to build a new Johnson Street Bridge are busy perfecting their bids. But the role of Victoria’s elected officials in the decision to select a winner was the source of a lengthy closed-door discussion on Sept. 20. Coun. Ben Isitt expressed con-

two hours, after which council reported on a compromise. Council will now have two decision points. Once members approve a proposal, based on staff’s recommendation, the bridge team will then negotiate the exact terms of the contract with the winning proponent. Council will then have a second opportunity to approve or reject this contract. Coun. Lisa Helps is satisfied with the new terms. Not getting the chance to weigh all three bids will be “hard to stomach,� she said. But she acknowledged that the evaluation committee has the right people on the team and councillors don’t have the

expertise needed to evaluate engineering proposals. “I feel very confident in this process,� she said. The selection process has been postponed by about one month. In late August, the city extended the closing date for receipt of proposals for the bridge contract. The three companies shortlisted were granted until Oct. 18 to submit fixedprice proposals. The extra month allows proponents time to “discuss potential design optimizations with the city,� say city communications staff.

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CARRIERS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR SPORT during Jersey Day, part of Sports Day in Canada Black Press community newspaper carriers showed their support for sport last Friday by donning a favourite team jersey while they delivered their paper routes, as part of national Jersey Day. Recognizing both the hard work of the dedicated carriers to deliver the local news every week and the importance of sport in the life of a vibrant community, Black Press asked its 1,100 carriers to submit photos of themselves “on the job” in their team colours, says Black Press Director of Circulation Bruce Hogarth.

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With apologies to the old adage, but it’s records, not rules, which are meant to be broken. Three of the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon’s bigger records were reset last year, one of them 22 years old. And this Sunday there’s no reason those three records, plus more, can’t be broken once more in the marathon’s 33rd year. “There’s a very good chance the men’s and women’s marathon records could fall once again,” said Jonathan Foweraker, marathon’s elite athlete coordinator. The marathon’s board of directors made a bold choice this year by loosening the regulations for the cash bonus to course record-breakers. Previously, the course record bonus of $5,000 was reserved to Canadian citizens, meaning last year’s winner, Thomas Omwenga, who earned $3,000 for the win, was unable to collect the added $5,000 course bonus. That changes this year as the men’s and women’s marathon bonuses, including $1,000 for the half-marathon, are extended to permanent residents and refugees who have been domiciled in Canada for at least a year. Omwenga returns after breaking Steve Osadiuk’s 2006 time of two hours, 16 minutes and 49 seconds last year with a time of 2:14:33. “Omwenga has a better personal-best than that, and we must note that in 2011 he ran a marathon in Montreal the week before. This time he’s rested up,” Foweraker said. The Canadian-based Kenyan has won two marathons already this year, in Manitoba and Quebec, and his last race was Niagara’s Run for Grapes half-marathon, which he won on Sept. 23. The competition is tight in the men’s elite pack with 2010-winner Philip Samoei, who came second last year at 2:25:41 and, Cache Creek’s Ryan Day, who was third last year at 2:26:42 also returning. Elites keying in on the women’s marathon are Gillian Clayton, an Ironman triathlete who has a personal best of 2:54 from 2011, Hallie Jansen, the 2004-winner, who ran 2:45 in 2011, 2010-winner Catrin Jones, who ran 2:48 last year and Nadyia Fry, third in 2011 with 2:55. Eyeing up first in the women’s half-marathon is another Canadian-based Kenyan, Lucy Njeri, who smashed the marathon record of with a time of 2:37:56 in 2011. Cracking the women’s half-marathon record might be beyond Njeri, however, as Natasha Wodak set the bar high with her course record of 1:15:27 last year. Other notables for Sunday: the masterful movement of Jim Finlayson. Now 40, the local runner joins the masters ranks. For the fourth year in a row the Victoria Marathon will act as the B.C. Championships. The advent of an expanded Elite B category means free entry to more runners, particularly women, from the local scene, rather than just international runners.

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Catrin Jones talks to the media after winning the 2010 Victoria Marathon. Jones returns as a contender for 2012.

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Thomas Omwenga crosses first in 2011.

SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF Jamie Benn goes to German elite league Peninsula minor hockey product Jamie Benn has signed on to play with the Hamburg Freezers of Germany’s premier hockey league, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Benn’s contract enables him to return to the Dallas Stars, where he was an NHL all-star last season, if the NHL lockout ends during the German hockey season. Stars beat writer Mike Heika came across the signing on Tuesday through the Freezers’ website. Benn makes his debut today (Oct. 5). Also on the Hamburg Freezers is exNHLer Matt Pettinger of Victoria, who last played for the Vancouver Canucks in 2010.

Japanese visit Tide comes for 40th Royal Athletic Park will host a 40th anniversary on Saturday when the Victoria’s Ebb Tide, the over-40 rugby club, returns to the pitch where it made its debut in 1972. Two visiting Japanese teams, the Osaka Gentlemen and Tenri Old Bears will each play an over-55 game against an Ebb Tide squad that will change throughout the day,

followed by an over-40 game. “Spectators shouldn’t expect sparkling rugby, that’s left for the young, although the over-40 game may have flashes of brilliance,” said Ebb Tide member Mark Bryant. The event starts Saturday at 1 p.m. with the over-55 games beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the over-40 match at 3 p.m., followed by a traditional rugby reception and dinner at Four Points Sheraton at 6 p.m.

Greater Victoria has been left out of the running in the contest to be the new home of Ironman Canada. Several factors came into play against bringing the world-class long distance triathlon to Elk Lake but the biggest was getting 10 municipalities on board in time for the deadline of an Oct. 13 annoucment. “We were disappointed,” said Hugh MacDonald of SportHost Victoria. He submitted the proposal to the World Triathlon Corporation by Sept. 24, which owns the Ironman licences, on behalf of Greater Victoria. The WTC released a shortlist on Monday of Whistler, Vernon and Huntsville, Ont., as the final three cities. “While Victoria as a venue was ranked at the top, (WTC) didn’t have the confidence that we could get the permits and required support from 10 municipalities within five to 10 days,” MacDonald said. “We weren’t surprised, it’s a lot of hoops to go through in our community to get events.” The WTC told MacDonald the chances of bringing Ironman Canada to Victoria were much better if the race could wait until 2014. But with competitors chomping at the bit to sign up, WTC is moving fast to find a new 2013 home for the race that lived in Penticton from 1982 to 2012. “There will be some discussion about the result,” MacDonald said. “We were being encouraged by different groups, we were looking at August but were encouraging WTC to look earlier or later.” In one way, MacDonald can wipe his brow over the loss of stress. There was no shortage of support from the triathlon and non-triathlon community to bring Ironman here. But there was legitimate concern, said MacDonald, of just when to fit the massive migration of triathletes and their supporters into the summer event calendar. “2013 is an exceptionally busy year, some events haven’t been officially awarded yet.” The World Youth Climbing Championships are coming Aug. 10 to 18, bringing as many as 2,000 people from 45 countries for the event hosted at Stelly’s secondary. The Subaru Western Triathlon Series also runs the Sookie International half-Ironman, usually the third Saturday in August. Soon to be confirmed is the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships at Elk Lake, which MacDonald is committed to bringing here, for the weekend of Aug. 24 to 26. Victoria already has the International Dragon Boat festival, with 70 teams on the Inner Harbour, Aug. 10 to 12. And though it’s not as major a factor, the Canadian Amateur Golf Championships at Royal Colwood Golf course are Aug. 11 to 15.

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Mike Spracklen had his share of detractors, but he didn’t think it was enough to tip him out of the boat. Earlier this week Rowing Canada made a bold decision to fire the decorated coach. Off-and-on since 1990, Spracklen guided Canadians to multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medals, helping Silken Laumman to fame in the 1990s and, in recent years, the crews of the men’s heavyweight eight and pairs to the Olympic podium. The national program is restructuring, which includes hiring a new performance director for the heavyweight men’s program, based at Elk Lake, to be announced later. “Mike has left a significant legacy and we respect and celebrate his many achievements,” said Peter Cookson, the high performance director. “Two medals (in London) does not meet our expectations – we are driven to improve on this.” “Certainly I was surprised,” Spracklen said from his Sidney home on Tuesday. “I still have something to offer, providing my health stays good then I’ll continue coaching. I want to go and help people who want my help, and I’ll continue to do what I can for them. “If they don’t want my help, I don’t want to be with them.” Just as several current rowers stepped forward to defend Spracklen on Tuesday, he’s also been the target of controversy since about 2010, mainly from men’s pair of Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen, who’ve openly criticizing his style of coaching. The CBC published a letter on Tuesday from Frandsen in support of Spracklen’s removal, but he and Calder passed up a request for comment to the News. From the CBC letter, Frandsen voiced harsh words, accusing Spracklen of creating an inner circle of rowers, with an “us against them” mentality against the rest of the rowing team, and for employing an unfair selection process for the international boat crews. But current rower and 2012 Olympian Lindsay Jennerich – who fought and won against Rowing Canada for the right as the only women’s boat to train at Elk Lake under Spracklen – and Kevin Light, a member of the 2008 Olympic gold-medal heavyweight eight, are among

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Mike Spracklen in the chilly winter air on Elk Lake. the many who disagree with Thames, the hallowed waters of Calder and Frandsen’s outlook, of rowing. as well as Rowing Canada’s. It’s hard to imagine that even in “Removing Spracklen not only his later years, Spracklen won’t weakens the future of the heavy have any high-performance men’s rowing team, it removes opportunities come his way. His an aura of excellence, dedication international resumé dates back and hard work from the entire to the 1976 Olympics in Monhigh performance system... Right treal, where he helped Britain’s now Rowing Canada is in a pro- men’s double scull to silver. In cess of eliminatthe 1980s he ing some of the “Rowing Canada is coached Oxford best resources to to defeats of rowers that exist eliminating some of the Cambridge in in this country … best resources to rowers The Boat Race. firing Mike SprackAnd even len is proof that in this country.” with the nega– Lindsay Jennerich the system is not tive comments making choices and controversy based on winning. They are mak- around him earning national ing them based on politics. What press attention in the last two wins medals is belief in the plan. years, his time in Canada can Myself and many others now hardly be called anything but a have none,” Jennerich wrote in success. an email to the News. Spracklen’s been part of seven Light too, is upset. gold medals for Canada since “Cookson is a nice guy, and 1990, and in 2002 he was named as a rower he always treated the International Rowing Federame well, but he made a wrong tion Coach of the Year as a Canadecision and hasn’t realized the dian coach. ramifications of what he’s done,” “I will continue coaching someLight said. where, unlikely here,” Spracklen In their announcement to said. “I will just grab my thoughts release Spracklen, Rowing Can- together and decide where I ada also promoted coach John should go, or what’s available to Keogh to the role of perfor- me.” mance director for the women Spracklen is fond of his time and Al Morrow as the head of in Canada but is disappointed in the lightweight men’s program, Rowing Canada’s decision. which now moves from Elk Lake “It only takes one person to to London, Ont. think you’re not capable. There Spracklen, now 75 years old, will always be athletes who don’t and his wife Annie, have resided make the team and they’ll comin Sidney full time since 2000, plain. It’s something I’ve dealt but still own a home in Marlow, with all my life as every rowing just west of London, England, coach has.” close to the famous • A25

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HOME THEATER Audio system, boxed, never used, $300. Collector plates (endangered species), full set (10), $200. Call (250)474-2325.



An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilďŹ eld road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. FELLER BUNCHER- Duncan, BC. We are looking for a fulltime Feller Buncher operator. Our logging operations are with Timberwest in the Lake Cowichan area. Wage and beneďŹ t package as per the USW Coast Master Agreement. Please fax resume to 604-736-5320 or email to:



FULL SIZE electric Scooter by Victory, excellent condition, 4 wheels, adjustable seat, headlight, horn and mirror. Asking $750 obo. Call (250)655-7404.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 500 RECENT paperbacks, $.50; Altas Lathe, $900; 1200 hand crafted earrings/necklaces, $2-$7, large amounts 50% off. Call (250)655-3347.

LAKEFRONT PROPERTYDesirable location in Sooke, $575,000. View by appt. (250)658-9133.

NEW AMEROCK 20� towel bar in box, antique bronze, $15. Call (250)383-5390. PET CARRIER, heavy fabric, zipper enclosure and shoulder strap, $25 obo. (250)598-0750 TENDER TOOTSIE slippers, size 8, $15. Call (250)5953070. GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, ďŹ r, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391. GREAT DEAL. Thanksgiving Special. Seasoned Firewood. Delivered. Call 250-881-4842.

BERNINA 820 QE Sewing Computer - high end sewing & quilting machine w/ 40 cm long free arm, stitch regulator, dual feed. $4500. (250)882-5465. DOWNSIZING SALE. Rocker/Recliner, Sears Special, dark brown, $125, Charbroil BBQ, side burner-rotisserie, $100, electric body heater/vibrator, $35. Call 250-655-4185

FABULOUS SWEEPING OCEAN VIEWS Looking for an incredible low maintenance home with minimal yard work, amazing views & move-in ready? Beautiful 2bdrm + large den, two sunrooms, two decks, hardwood oors, gas F/P, skylights, 2.5 baths, garage + more. Built for view & privacy. 2200 sq ft. Dead-end, quiet street steps to beach. Saxe Point Park area. $575,000. 250-383-0206, 250-382-7890.

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GLANFORD AREA- Avail now 3 bdrms, 2 bath upper, $1400. 5 appls, 2 balconies, quiet str. Yard is shared. Sm pet ok. Call Equitex 250-386-6071.

VICTORIA HOUSING. $475$575 all incl, suits working/students, disability. 778-977-8288



FOR ALL VEHICLES in all conditions in all locations

$399,000. Next to VGH, 2 bdrm + 3rd or ofďŹ ce, 2 lvl, end unit, windows on 3 sides. Large family room, 2 ďŹ replaces, pet allowed. 71-14 Erskine Ln., Tel: 250-478-0269. Open House, 2PM-4PM, Sat & Sun. 10353 DEVLIN Plc, Sidney. Private Rancher. $499,000. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, lrg treed lot. Complete details at w w w. p r o p e r t y g u y s . c o m ID#192295 mls #307481 CAYCUSE Very rare 5 acre treed park-like Property with well-maintained furnished home - 1500 sq.ft, 3-bdrm, 2 bath. Extremely close to Pristine Cowichan Lake. Perfect for recreational property or full time living. Reduced to sell $378,800. Exceptionally low yearly cost. Not leased land. Call 250-745-3387 or 250-478-2648

SIDNEY5TH STREET Available now. 2 bdrms, $950. small pet ok, coin op. Includes HW & parking. Call Equitex, 250-386-6071.

CORDOVA BAY. REDUCED! (Bring Offers). 3 bdrm, 3 bath Character house, view. with 1bdrm suite. $575,000. (below appraisal) Call 250-818-5397.

WESTHILLS: NEW 1 bdrm apt. $950+ util’s. Close all amens. W/D. NS/NP. Avail. Nov. 1st. Call 250-477-5610 or email

FOR SALE BY OWNER. #30 Lekwammen Drive. 55+ complex. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, den, family room, dbl. garage. LP $319,900. Irma (250)477-4117

COTTAGES DEEP COVE: cozy 1bdrm, wood oors, acreage, skylights $950 mo, N/S. 250-656-1312.


SIDNEY Spectacular Rancher. Inside & Out! Very private, 12ft hedge ž’s way around house. Beautiful exposure on a quiet, well maintained Cul-de-sac! Call 250-656-2222 or for more info: ID#192329

OAK BAY. Updated home on two levels. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sunroom + patio, new everything. 1766 sq ft & 956 unďŹ nished sq ft. $658,000. Call 250-598-6902.


CALL: 250-727-8437 One Percent Realty V.I.

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO By Owner, $47,900. 1260sqft, 3 bdrm mobile, exc. cond., 5 new stainless appl, W/D. Fully upgraded. New furnace, air tight stove. Family park. Call (250)478-8455.


SOOKE RANCHER Beautiful, immaculate, 1,649 sq ft executive rancher located in Whiffen Spit Estates, Sooke, BC. 10,000+ sq ft lot. Asking price $429,900. 250-686-5372


SIDNEY- NEW 2 bdrm + den, W/D. NS/NP. $1700 mo. Avail immed. Call 250-217-4060.

WANTED TO RENT SENIORS 65/66 looking for private, quiet unfurn. cottage or suite, up to $900. Prefer Saanich area. We will provide exc. care of your property, NS/NP. 778-679-2044

1 & 2 Bdrm suites & cabins. Perched on a cliffside with panoramic ocean vista, overlooking The Saanich Inlet. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, ďŹ rewood. $700-$1200 inclusive. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references. 250478-9231. COLWOOD 2 bdrm condo, 4th oor, elevator, 5 appls, insuite laundry, F/P, prkg incld, N/P. $1100. Oct. 1. (250)474-6855.


1977 CADILAC Eldorado, beige metallic. Cruise control, automatic. Very good cond., only 80,000 km. $3000. obo. Please call (250)477-7076. 1984 380 SE Mercedes, 126. Daily driver, gold with sunroof. Leather interior, no rust. $1800. obo. (250)595-7573.

2005 TIFFIN Allegro bus 21,500 miles, 400 Cummins diesel, 6 speed Allison transmission, Freightliner Chassis, 3 slides, solar panels, star choice satellite, 7500 Onan generator, fully loaded, immaculate. $129,500. Small trades considered. Call 250656-5875 or 250-889-3042.


1985 CADILLAC Seville, 70,000 k. Mint condition. White leather upholstery. 1 owner. $3,500. Call (250)656-1560. 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 ďŹ rm. 250-755-5191.


Jasmine Parsons

Qualicum Beach: $295,000 1512 sq.ft. modular, 5yrs old, on own land in 45+ Coop Park. 2bdrm +den, 2baths. Close to beaches and golf courses. (250)738-0248


RETIRED? LOOKING FOR A FINE RESIDENCE IN A GREAT LOCATION? Look no more, the location is #202-455 Kingston Street, James Bay; steps to the Inner Harbour, shopping, the Seniors Center & downtown. It features independent living with services at the Camelot. The condo is charming and like new and now being offered for sale at $179,900 which is vastly under appraised value. As a bonus to a buyer, the owner will cover your service fees for the ďŹ rst three months and‌ provide a moving package to! (a rental lease agreement may also be considered.) View it anytime, please call owner at 250-6529725 or cell at 250-4151001, for information.

1982 HYBRID Westphalia. Can run on diesel or veggie oil. 1.9l 1996 Jetta engine. $12K. Serious enquiries only. Nanaimo (250)591-3711.

SIDNEY: QUIET cozy 1 bdrm. W/D, utils incld, NS/NP, completely furnished. Avail. Nov. 1st. $995/mo. (250)656-7184.

SIDNEY- 2 BDRM, garage, yard, deck, F/S, W/D. $1350. Avail Nov 1. (250)812-4154.

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

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


LOCHSIDE AREA, waterfront lrg 1 bdrm, close to James Island wharf, quiet, 4 appls, $800 incls heat. N/S, small pet neg. (250)544-0470.

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!

Call: 1-250-616-9053

SAANICH- LARGE, 2000sq ft, 2 bdrm, lights & heat incld, N/S, N/P, ref’s, $1100 mo. Avail now. 250-652-0591.


CENTRAL PARK area, 3-4 bdrm home, full bsmt, W/D incl’d, $1450. 250-479-6569.


DEEP COVE lrg 1 bdrm, acreage, hot tub. W/D, cat ok, N/S. $850+ util. 250-656-1312

SIDNEY EXECUTIVE suite. near ocean & town. $1295. Short/ long term.250-656-8080

1-LEVEL WHEELCHAIR accessible 4 bdrm, 2.5 baths. Approx 2400 sq.ft. Pets, kids welcome. N/S. Avail immed. $1700/mo. (250)656-2242.


C. SAANICH. 1-Bdrm. $850. inclds utils & laundry. NS/NP. Avail immed. 250-418-0780.


$50-$1000 CASH For scrap vehicle FREE Tow away


22’ 5TH wheel, $4,900. Or sell with 2006 Chevy Silverado total package (asking $14,900). Incld’s Tonneau Lid. All excellent cond. Call (250)655-1147.

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES “2004 RAV4 4WDâ€?- $13,500 ďŹ rm. 4 cyl, auto, silver, Michelins, 120,000 km,Victoria only vehicle. Complete maintenance history. Lady-driven, no accidents, excellent condition, keyless entry. Model Recommended In Top 10 by Consumer Reports. (250)479-5545.

TRUCKS & VANS 1995 PLYMOUTH Voyager Van, 7 seater, 1 family owned, well maintained, woman driven, low mileage (164,000 KMS). Asking $2900. Call (250)477-4256.

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

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

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557

MARINE ‘99 SUNFIRE, Painted & inspected, $2500. 778-425-3604 250-532-0751



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

1981 MERCEDES 300SD Turbo Diesel for sale. 281,000 KMS, (Champagne colour) in fair condition, asking $3000. Maintenance log available. Call 250-885-9010.

Time for a NEW car?



















DECKS, STAIRS, interesting projects. 30 years experience. Frank, (250)477-3315.

HOUSEKEEPER EXPERIENCED, reliable. References. 250-920-6516, 250-881-7444.

HAGENS COMPUTERS. New and used computers. Sales and service. 250-655-3566.

CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitch/bath, wood oor, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877

250-361-6193 QUALITY Electric. New homes, renos. No job too sm. Seniors disc. #22779.

MALTA HOUSECLEANING Estates, events, ofďŹ ces. BBB member. (250)388-0278.



BUBBA’S HAULING. Mini excavator & bob cat services. Perimeter drains, driveway prep, Hardscapes, Lot clearing. Call 250-478-8858.

ALL TYPES of Concrete & Carpentry work specializing in all types of retaining walls, large or small. IKON Construction since 1980. Call 250-4782898 or 250-880-0928.

AARON’S RENO’S Drywall, taping, texture. Insured/bonded. Free est. 250-880-0525.

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

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

TAX 250-477-4601

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


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

CHIMNEY SERVICES COMPLETE HOME Renos. Carpentry, Drywall, Painting. Licenced insured. Call Darren 250-217-8131.

PRIVATE HOUSEKEEPER. Has available openings. Exc ref’s. $25/hr. 778-433-4340.

JKG CHIMNEY. Clean, Repairs, Gutters, Roof Demoss, Torch On Flat. 250-588-3744.

A HOME COMPUTER Coach. Senior friendly. Computer lessons, maintenance and problem solving. Please call Des 250-656-9363, 250-727-5519. COMPUDOC MOBILE Computer Services. Repairs, tuneups, tutoring, web sites, etc. 250-886-8053, 778-351-4090.

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

DRYWALL PROFESSIONAL: Small additions, boarding, taping, repairs, texture spraying, consulting. Soundproof installation;bath/moisture resistance products. Call 250.384.5055. Petrucci’s Drywall.

WE’RE ON THE WEB MUD on the RUN. Small drywall repairs, textures & renovations. Ross, (250)812-4879.

AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550. 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. LICENSED, BONDED & F.S.R. Electrician, 30 yrs. Exp. Residential, new construction & renos. Knob & tube removal. Aluminum wiring upgraded and made safe. Lic.#3003. (250)590-9653.

FENCING ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637.

FURNITURE REFINISHING U-NEEK SEATS. Hand cane, Danish weave, sea grass. UK Trained. Fran, 250-216-8997. • A27

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10% OFF. Mowing, Power Raking, Hedge/Shrub Trimming, Clean-up. 250-479-6495

ARE YOU in need of a professional, qualified, residential or commercial gardener? www. glenwood AURICLE BSC. 250-882-3129 Fall clean up, Lawn aeration & fertilize-soil-hedges & more. DPM SERVICES, lawn & garden, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141 FALL CLEANUP special: $18/hr. Weeding, Pruning, etc: Free est’s. Steve 250-727-0481 GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236. LANDSCAPE & TREE care hedges/pruning/shaping. Lawn & garden. Maint. 18 yrs exp. WCB. Andrew, (250)893-3465.

YARD ART Tree, Hedge & Shrub Pruning Lawn Care. 250-888-3224

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

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

BIG BEAR Handyman. Decks, Stairs, Painting, General household repairs. Free estimate. Call Barry 250-896-6071

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


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

HOME IMPROVEMENTS GEOF’S RENO’S & Repairs. Decks, stairs, railings, gates & small additions. 250-818-7977.

DONE RIGHT MOVING $80/hr. Senior and student discount. No travel time before or after. SMOOTH MOVES. Call Tyler 250-418-1747. MALTA MOVING. Residential & Commercial - BBB Member. (250)388-0278.

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


A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wallcoverings. Over 25 yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. BIG BEAR Painting. Interior & Exterior. Quality work. Free estimate. Barry 250-896-6071 ✭BUBBA’S HAULING✭ Honest, on time. Demolition, construction clean-ups, small load deliveries (sand, gravel, topsoil, mulch), garden waste removal, mini excavator, bob cat service. 250-478-8858. SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578. JUNK REMOVAL 7 days / wk. Fast Service, Best Prices!! Free quotes. (250)857-JUNK. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774

MASONRY & BRICKWORK CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee”. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942.

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

WE’RE ON THE WEB JOHN’S STONEWORK. Free estimates. Over 30 years experience. (250)595-6099.

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

ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS DEMOSS Dr. $499 per/roof. 2 years warranty. We also install new roofs? Call 250-589-4998

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


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



Peacock Painting

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

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

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

hours a day

$20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. CITY HAUL- a lot of junk won’t fit in your trunk, you’re in luck I own a truck. 250-891-2489. 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.


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

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.

Complete Garden & Arborist Services. Lawns, hedges. Insured. Free est. 250-818-0587




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

LEVEL GROUND Landscaping



(250)208-8535 WOODCHUCK Yard a mess? Fall pruning & clean-up. Blackberry & ivy rmvl, weed control. 24yrs exp.

(250) 858-0588 - Tree Service - Landscaping - Lawn & Garden Clean ups - Hedge trimming & Pruning - Pressure washing - Gutters Free estimates * WCB


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

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

250-216-9476 ACCEPTING clients, From the Ground Up, custom landscapes, home reno’s, garden clean-ups.



PLUMBING EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104. FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376. FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544. PROMINENT PLUMBING and Gas. Licenced, insured, dedicated to excellent workmanship and customer service. Work guaranteed. 250-5887645

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

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

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.


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WINDOW CLEANING 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. WINDOW & Gutter Cleaning, minor repairs. Comm/Res. Insured, free est. (250)881-3684

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

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Friday, October 5, 2012 - SAANICH

This Weekend’s

Select your home. Select your mortgage.

OPENHOUSES Published Every Thursday

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

506-777 Blanshard St, $212,500

1477 Finlayson, $524,900

2676 Arbutus Rd, $935,000

9620 Glenelg, $799,000

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Anke Venema, 250 477-1100

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

pg. 5675854

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty David Stevens, 250-477-5353

1581 Burnley pg. 12

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

Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Fran Jeffs, 250-744-3301

406-708 Burdett Ave, $565,000 pg. 8

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

1556 Burton, $585,000

pg. 6

pg. 13

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Tracey Lang, 250-661-7214

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

pg. 11

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

pg. 1

pg. 10

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

2416 Mowat, $549,900 pg. 12

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Chuck Meagher, 250-477-1100

pg. 7

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

pg. 5

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

pg. 15

pg. 15

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Cathy Duncan & Associates 250 658-0967

pg. 1

pg. 18

Saturday 1-4 Sutton West Coast Mikko Ikonen 250 479-3333

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Dennis Guevin, 250-477-7291 Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

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

pg. 21

pg. 9

pg. 14

7-314 Six Mile, $499,000 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Clayton Jeffs, 250-744-3301

pg. 9

305-2920 Cook St, $315,000

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd Sharon Stevens-Smith 250 474-6003

pg. 29

206-1610 Jubilee, $227,900 pg. 5

A-707 Linden St, $449,900

Sunday 11-1 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

Saturday & Sunday 12-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jeff Bishop, 250-474-6003 pg. 29

Sunday 2-4 One Percent Realty Valentino, 250-686-2242

pg. 15

pg. 17

432 Kipling St, $625,000

209D-1115 Craigflower, $269,900

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Rene Blais 250 655-0608

pg. 12

409 Chadwick Place, $1,299,900 pg. 32

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jenn Raappana, 250-590-3921

1250 Craigflower, $425,500

991 Lohbrunner, $785,000

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

pg. 14

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Zane Willis, 250-479-3333

pg. 31

102-2733 Peatt Rd, $369,900

7448 East Saanich Rd., $479,900

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

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

386 Quayle Rd

pg. 28

pg. 15

Tuesday thru Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Pat Guiney, 250 391-6400

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

867 Wild Ridge, $399,900 Saturday 2-4 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

Friday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd KarenTaber 250 384-8124

pg. 5

2627 Country Terr, $474,800 pg. 29

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

pg. 6

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

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Cornerstone Properties Kevin Wensley 250 475-2006

7891 Patterson, $649,900

Friday 4-6 Re/Max Camosun Jason Binab, 250-744-3301

1104 Monica, $729,000

211-9882 Fifth, $219,000 pg. 27

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

pg. 3

Sunday 2:30 - 4PM Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke, 250 744-3301

pg. 2

Sunday 2:30-4:30 Re/Max Camosun Roy Coburn, 250-812-1989

pg. 21

2463 Costa Vista Pl, $559,000 pg. 32

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Gary Anderson, 250-744-3301

pg. 19

1004 Gosper Cres, $449,000

3121 Carman, $585,000

201-2415 Amherst, $398,800

301-9858 Fifth, $259,000

6664 Rhodonite Dr, $294,900

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

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

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pg. 32

3888C Duke Rd, $609,900

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

pg. 14

pg. 23

607 Hammond, $428,800

648 Lands End, $1,129,000

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pg. 15

pg. 21

pg. 3

7701 Grieve, $460,000

Saturday 12:30 - 2PM Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke, 250 744-3301

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pg. 19

14-4525 Wilkinson, $379,900 pg. 18

pg. 16

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pg. 29

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Sandy Berry, 250-385-2033

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

pg. 5

2850 Aldwynd, $329,900 Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

306C-4678 Elk Lake Dr, $349,900 pg. 3

pg. 21

pg. 11

pg. 19

2320 Oakville, $419,000

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance Chris Fairlie, 250-386-8875

pg. 21

662 Goldstream Ave., $239,900 Daily 1-4 Kahl Realty Jason Kahl 250-391-8484

11075 Salal, $640,000 Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Inder Taneja, 250-686-8228

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Plank 250 360-6106

1018 Joan Cres, $899,000 pg. 12

pg. 21

2162 Bellamy Rd, $700,000

Tuesday & Wednesday 1-3, Saturday 12-2 Gordon Hulme Realty Don King 250 656-4626 pg. 10

7161 West Saanich

44-4318 Emily Carr, $659,900 Sunday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar 250 592-4422

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group Seafair Realty Allan McDowell 250 213-8848

pg. 19

101 Kiowa Pl, $1,245,000

1822 Fairhurst, $629,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Saturday 2:30-4 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

3128 Antrobus, $549,000

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Stephanie Peat, 250-656-0131

Saturday 2-4 Sutton West Coast Realty Jonas Solberg 250 479-3333

3077 Dysart Rd, $498,888

4030/4040 Borden St, $229,900 Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Cathy Duncan & Associates 250 658-0967

156 Levista Pl, $589,900

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pg. 14

9-1529 Cooper Rd, $169,000

727 Grousewood, $649,900

9751 Fourth St

1299 Geric Pl, $769,000

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

3777 Jennifer, $699,900 pg. 16

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Diana Winger, 250-384-8124

1-9628 Second, $775,000

15-4619 Elk Lake, $449,900

3800 Hobbs, $789,000 Saturday 11-1 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Stuart Price, 250-479-3333

pg. 28

6-10072 Third, $509,000

pg. 11

304-121 Aldersmith, $269,900

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Rick Turcotte, 250-744-3301

Sunday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty J Ross Bruce 250 479-3333

930 Tuxedo, $664,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun John Percy 250 744-3301

100-594 Bezanton Way, $324,900

73-1255 Wain Road, $519,000 pg. 16

210-4535 Viewmont Ave, $259,900

Saturday 2-4 One Percent Realty Valentino, 250-686-2242

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Diana Winger, 250-384-8124

G1-395 Tyee Rd, $529,000

Saturday 2:30 - 4PM Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke, 250 744-3301

6694 Tamany, $569,000

2828 Inlet Ave., $459,900

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Neil Rawnsley, 250-592-4422

pg. 7

Saturday 1-3 Address Realty Ltd. Michelle Vermette, 250-391-1893

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

pg. 15

4806 Amblewood Dr, $799,000

101-66 Songhees, $519,900

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Philip Illingworth, 250-477-7291

Saturday & Sunday 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

1309 Blue Ridge, $589,900

910 Lucas Ave, $438,900

1480 Beach, $1,649,000

754 Humboldt, $398,900

Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Larry Lineham, 250-661-7809

pg. 20

711-2779 Stautw, $184,500

pg. 13

205-2125 Oak Bay Ave, $405,000

1704-647 Michigan St, $199,900

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

Sunday 1-3 Sutton West Coast Realty Elke Pettipas 250 479-3333

pg. 18

4030/4040 Borden St, $229,900

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Murray Lawson 250 385-9814

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty David Stevens, 250-477-5353

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

3963 Juan De Fuca

828 Rupert Terrace

Daily Noon-5 exc Fridays Concert Properties 250 383-3722

pg. 18

3991 Cherrilee, $759,000 Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Robert Buckle 250 385-2033

1021 Pendergast St, $799,000

Sunday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Inder Taneja, 250-686-8228

1145 Sikorsky Rd, $269,900

8630 Moxon, $624,900

4694 Lochside, $669,000 pg. 18

901 McKenzie Ave, $439,900 Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

733A Humboldt pg. 5

205-1115 Rockland, $229,900

Saturday 12-1 One Percent Realty Valentino, 250-686-2242

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Cassie Kangas 250 477-7291

981 Annie, $599,000 Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Roland Stillings 250-744-3301

405 Chester, $269,000

311-1619 Morrison, $209,000

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

1905 Portway, $949,000

Saturday 1-2:30 Re/Max Camosun Adrian Langereis, 250-999-9822

pg. 3

1158 Camrose, $587,500

302-1000 McClure, $219,900

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

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Timing ironic for Victoria’s crackdown on information requests department and the budget (allocated to) Freedom of Information?” she asked. David Flaherty, B.C.’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner, also criticized the city. He likens Section 43 to the penalty box. Roszan Holmen During his term as commissioner, News staff Flaherty said, he put an antiabortion lobby group in the penalty If the City of Victoria hoped to box after they filed huge requests keep a low profile as it seeks to for information to the health limit media access to information, it authority. picked the wrong time of year. “But these are journalists,” he Last week marked Right to Know said, comparing his historical case Week in Canada, meaning cities to the one before the commissioner across Canada held forums and today. “That’s not your usual summits to discuss the strength of whacko applicant. I cannot believe freedom-of-information legislation at that the City of Victoria has got itself the federal, provincial and municipal in the situation where it is saying to level. a media organization, ‘You can (only Smack in the middle make one request at a of the week, news broke time).’” “These are of Victoria’s applicaBut Vincent tion to the Office of the journalists. That’s Gogolek, executive Information and Privacy director of the not your usual Commissioner to limit B.C. Freedom of requests made by Focus whacko applicant.” Information and Magazine. Privacy Association, – David Flaherty Under Section 43 of warns it’s too early Former B.C. privacy to make any firm the Freedom of Inforcommissioner mation and Protection conclusions. of Privacy Act, the city “Maybe (the city) argues some requests for informais just a thinned-skinned public tion by Focus are repetitious and body whose freedom-of-information systemic and interfere with city process doesn’t work that well,” operations. he said. “Maybe they’re tired of the It may be an unprecedented move negative coverage (by Focus).” in British Columbia, and the timing This is the more likely reasoning of the application served to shine a behind Victoria’s actions, but spotlight on the city’s actions. without seeing the nature of the Experts and advocates speaking requests filed by Focus, it’s hard to at a forum held in Victoria on Friday tell, Gogolek added. used the event to ground their disBeing a member of the media cussion. doesn’t necessarily preclude one Lawyer Micheal Vonn, policy of being guilty of what the city director for the B.C. Civil Liberties alleges, he said. “That’s why we Association, questioned the city’s have a commissioner to see what argument that it can’t keep up with the public body has to say and rule Focus Magazine’s numerous requests accordingly.” for information due, in part, to a lack The office of the Privacy of resources. Commissioner sent out a notice of “What is the analysis between hearing, but as of yet no date has the budget of the communications been set for the hearing.

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Americans in Victoria ramp up for U.S. election Democrats Abroad active in region; Republicans, not so much Daniel Palmer News staff

With the NHL season on hold, Victoria bar owners and restaurateurs are lamenting the loss of a guaranteed seat-filler. But another bloodsport could attract an equally passionate crowd, should licensed establishments choose to deviate from sports programming. The first of three U.S. presidential debates between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney took place Wednesday. The remaining contests continue through this month. “We thought we’d have a party to celebrate,” said Giles Hogya, chair of Democrats Abroad, Victoria chapter. The organization, which helps register expatriate U.S. citizens to

vote, held a fundraiser and viewing party in the Maple Room of the Sticky Wicket pub Wednesday night. “Although we are a political organization, our mandate is to register American voters,” Hogya said. Hundreds of U.S. citizens live on Vancouver Island, he noted. Through the website, expats can find information on registering to vote in their home state, a process that often differs between states. The U.S. government also has an easyto-follow website for expat voters, “Many Americans’ votes may be disqualified because the new law says you must register for every single federal election, not just once,” Hogya said. Democrats Abroad Victoria held a Super Saturday in the spring from Victoria to Campbell River, registering roughly 200 U.S. citizens to vote in the presidential election. The group then initiated a campaign in August to target U.S. voters living in Canada from 11 key swing states. “No Republican candidate has

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Democrats Abroad, Victoria chapter members Heidi Burch, Giles Hogya and Charles Meadow stand in front of a billboard on the Pat Bay Highway that encourages U.S. citizens to vote for President Barack Obama. ever won the White House without Ohio,” Hogya said. “We have sent thousands of votes to swing states. And I’m going to be looking ... to see if our efforts have borne fruit.”

He attended the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina earlier this month and said the national party is “very conscious” of the fact that Canada can deliver thousands of votes.

“We’re major player,” Hogya said. Ontario-based Republicans Abroad Canada has no active chapter in B.C., said spokesperson Kelli White, but the streamlining of online voter registration has made the organization’s efforts to inform expats much easier. “The website,, even allows you to download an emergency absentee ballot in case your official absentee ballot doesn’t arrive from your voting state,” she said. “With all of the accessibility and streamlining that technology has allowed, the number of absentee votes in almost every state has increased.” The next presidential debate takes place Oct. 16, with a vicepresidential debate Oct. 11. There are Democrats Abroad chapters in 51 countries and members in more than 120 countries, according to Hogya. For more information on Democrats Abroad and to find out about future viewing parties, email Find info on Republicans Abroad at

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Here’s a great children’s story. The Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children has been renamed Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Please join us in welcoming our new name! We are excited about the change because the new name tells the story of what we do and where we do it. Our Foundation has a 90-year legacy of helping children thanks to you, our incredible donors and supporters. Our new name sets the stage for helping even more children in the years to come. Here for your children The newly-named Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island will continue to promote the health and well-being of children, youth and families all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. This includes funding for facilities, organizations, programs, and equipment for children in need.

The Queen Alexandra legacy lives on The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island continues to support the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria. And the name “Queen Alexandra” will forever be part of our legacy.

How we help: Across the Islands We provide grants to organizations that support the health and well-being of children and youth through their programming. We also fund families experiencing urgent and unforeseen medical needs, including travel and accommodation and specialized medical equipment.

Jeneece Place With the support of our entire community, our Foundation funded, built and operates Jeneece Place. This 10-bedroom home provides a supportive and inexpensive environment for families who travel to Victoria for their child’s medical care.

West Shore and Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centres We own and operate these facilities in which child and youth related health and social service agencies use the facilities at cost – so that their resources can be directed to helping children.

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