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Colwood’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is recommending council stick to its original capacity estimates for the city’s buy-in for the Capital Regional District’s proposed sewage treatment plant. In July council passed a motion to ask for enough capacity to service 11,500 sewer users, approximately half what CRD originally recommended. This covers all current sewer users, plus the projected growth until 2020. The discussion at the committee’s Monday. Nov. 5 meeting came from the publicly released results of a questionnaire handed out to Colwood residents earlier in the year. The questionnaire asked what type of system homeowners were currently on, how much capacity they feel the city should request and how residents should have to pay for that capacity. Like other growing communities, Colwood has to determine how much capacity it will need as the city grows. If the city buys in for future capacity then current residents will pay for that capacity before it is ever used. Whether all residents or only current sewer users chip in on costs is the main debate. About 500 questionnaires were returned to the city, about 300 from residents currently connected to septic systems. City engineer Michael Baxter explained that septic users were underrepresented in the results, given that the vast majority of Colwood residents are on septic. About 275 respondents replied they would like to see Colwood purchase 2.5 per cent capacity of the treatment plant, enough to serve Colwood’s current needs. Just over 150 people approved asking for 3.5 per cent, which is projected to serve Colwood’s needs until 2030. PLEASE SEE: Residents weigh in, Page A6

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Reinhard Trautmann, facilities co-ordinator of Highwest Landfill in Highlands stands over just one of the cells at the facility. The facility is seeking a permit to start accepting asbestos and the Capital Regional District hopes to utilize the service.

Highlands landfill asks for asbestos Y ellow bags of asbestos may find their way to a Highlands landfill. “Asbestos is only hazardous if it’s airborne,” said Reinhard Trautmann, facilities co-ordinator of Highwest Landfill. “You could eat it and not have a problem. You could mix it with water and drink it and be safe.” Trautmann found metal tape in his home containing asbestos during recent renovaHe was careful Charla Huber tions. to spray it with water Reporting before he removed and bagged it up. He will dispose of it at Hartland Landfill in Saanich, which accepts the hazardous material. Highwest Landfill applied for a permit from the province to also dispose of asbestos, but the request has not been granted yet. If granted, the facility would accept asbestos double bagged

in identifiable yellow plastic. If the landfill starts to accept asbestos, Trautmann said most likely it would only be accepted on certain days and would have to be contained before it was brought on site. Then the bags would be buried in a separate area of the landfill. “It has to be double bagged no mater what,” Trautmann said. “Once it’s buried it’s fine. As long as you don’t inhale it through your nose (or mouth)

you are fine.” Many older home building supplies contain small amounts of asbestos including certain types of insulation, linoleum and counter tops. Even items containing one per cent asbestos have to be bagged and disposed of properly. Highwest Landfill on Millstream Road, is provincially regulated and contracted out by the Capital Regional District. The facility is included in the CRD Solid Waste Management

Plan and the CRD supported the asbestos disposal request. At this time the facility isn’t allowed to accept any hazardous materials. The landfill isn’t open to the public and is often the site where demolition materials are taken. Before a demolished home can be brought to the site Trautmann requires approval from an environmental consultant ensuring there are no hazardous material in the load.

Council questions future Highlands council was notified by the Capital Regional District about Highwest Landfill requesting a permit to start accepting asbestos. The private landfill run by Tervita is regulated provincially and the CRD contracts the company out. Council asked district staff to create a report on the options available. “Lots of stuff can be buried, but what will happen (later)?” asked Coun. Karel Roessingh. “We don’t need something like Millstream Meadows where in 50 years we’ll think ‘geez that needs to be cleaned up’.” Mayor Jane Mendum also mentioned concerns, but said there are many items that contain asbestos and places are required for proper disposal.

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Trautmann says he follows this to a T, noting even the tape on drywall manufactured before 1984 contains asbestos. “You have to prove to us that there are no materials that contain any hazardous materials,” Trautmann said, adding he has turned people away who did not have proper documentation. The facility does not accept any liquids, tires or organic household waste. There is an extensive water system on the property to ensure all storm water is piped to infiltrating ponds. Groundwater wells are monitored regularly as well. “We are very conscious of the environment here,” Trautmann said. “Everything we do here is controlled.” Most items brought to the landfill are sorted and recycled. Leftover items are buried in large rock pits lined with clay, stone and geotextile fabric. The pits are blasted out with explosives. charla@goldstreamgazette.com

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Are you interested in becoming more actively involved with your community? This could be an opportunity for you! Council is looking for members to join a wide variety of advisory committees. You will play a key role in the municipality’s framework for public involvement and providing important information and advice to Council. Here is a list of the advisory committees that might be of interest to you: • Finance and Administration • Parks, Recreation and Culture • Planning and Land Use • Community Policing Advisory • Cycling Advisory Committee • Disability Issues (Intermunicipal Advisory Committee) • Heritage Commission • St. John the Baptist Church Management • West Shore Parks & Recreation Society Board (one 2-year appointment) All applicants should indicate their committee of preference and provide a brief resume outlining their experience. Applications will be received by the undersigned until Friday, November 23, 2012. Pat VanBuskirk, Corporate Officer City of Colwood, 3300 Wishart Road Colwood, B.C. V9C 1R1 Phone: 250-478-5999 / Fax: 250-478-7516 E-mail: pvanbuskirk@colwood.ca

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Displays of Egypt, China, Europe and Japan take on a personal feel at Spencer middle school. Snapshots show students and former students in the midst of the temples and tombs. The Langford school has a long history of organizing globetrotting tours to provide students with a better understanding of the world, seeing differing cultures first-hand. “It’s such a good opportunity for students to experience different cultures,” explained Yvonne Clarke, a behaviour support teacher at Spencer. She’s also one of the trip organizers. “It’s the only way to understand what other people’s lives are like.” “The kids, once they experience new cultures ... it brings them back thinking differently and appreciating what they have here,” said teacher librarian Christine Dosouto, who creates hard-cover memoir books for the school library. “You just come back more mature.” The kids, who range from Grade 6 to 12 at Spencer and Belmont, are responsible for their own passports, money and keeping track of their own belongings. “They really have to become more independent,” Clarke said. “Some kids get the travelling bug,” added Dosouto. That’s true for Spencer student Ian Sentries who learned a little about Asia hanging with his cousins during the Japan trip earlier this year. He plans to

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Roman Hamilton-Kapan, left, Matthew Dupont and Ian Sentries pick through some of the cooler items left in the metal recycling bin outside Spencer middle school. The three plan to participate in the spring school trip. “gain more experience on other cultures” on the Peru trip. “I want to see the world,” he said. With the nine-day trip to Peru in spring 2013 looking to break the bank, they turned to fundraisers for the first time. “We felt we really needed to do something to help parents to bring down the cost,” said

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Skateboarding mom, Debbie Qayum is the drive behind getting every middle and high school in the Sooke School District to create skateboarding teams.

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ome spring all Sooke School District middle and high schools will have skateboard teams, thanks to Debbie Qayum. When her two teenage sons expressed interest in learning to skateboard, Qayum hopped on a board and learned alongside them. Five years later, Qayum, 44, teaches beginner skateboarding lessons at her indoor skateboard centre Sidestep in Langford. She connects with teens through skateboarding and is on a crusade to make the sport available to anyone who wants to try. She spearheaded school Charla Huber skateboard teams in all of the middle and high schools in Reporting the school district. “I didn’t understand why there wasn’t a skateboard sports team in the schools,” Qayum said. “It catches a bunch of kids who wouldn’t have been on other school teams.” The project began last year and West Shore Centre for Learning and Training, Pacific Secondary, Belmont, Edward Milne, Journey and Dunsmuir schools were the first to join. Both Spencer middle school and Metchosin technical school signed up to offer teams in the spring. Teams meet once a week and practise different tricks and techniques. At the end of the school

year all the teams compete against each other in a SD 62 skateboard competition. Last year’s competition drew a crowd of 200 people. It was a tough start for the pilot program due to the teacher’s job action. Qayum sought help from school administrators, youth liaisons and counsellors to help coach, when teachers weren't able to. Following her passion Qayum attended all of the school’s weekly practices. Journey middle school had the largest team with 28 skaters. Her purpose of adding skateboarding to school teams was to change an individual sport into something that rallies school spirit. The skateboard teams also give kids who don’t enjoy traditional sports an opportunity to experience the fellowship and pride associated with school sports. But the formulation of school skateboard teams is only the beginning and Qayum would like to see more girls join. She even offered to teach other mothers who would like to learn. “I want people to realize it is a sport and it takes a lot of skills and it’s challenging,” Qayum said. “I want kids to feel empowered.” Students are able to use the hours on the team towards graduation credits. Some schools also allow students to join the skateboarding teams in lieu of taking a gym class. Each school will have students sign up for the skateboarding teams in February and the season will begin in the spring. charla@goldstreamgazette.com

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Residents weigh in on treatment payment options Continued from Page A1

“I think it was fairly overwhelming in terms of the number of people who said we should take as little as possible,” committee chair Judith Cullington said. “That’s consistent with direction council has already given.” Just under 200 respondents said there should be a blended approach to how residents pay, meaning both sewer and septic users should ante up, but perhaps on a graded scale. About 160 said only current sewer users should be asked to pay. Many residents attended the meeting and asked questions of

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committee members, staff and three CRD representatives. Many residents expressed discomfort at being asked to pay for sewage treatment when they have no option to hook up to sewage and have no idea when that might be possible. Coun. Cynthia Day, who does not sit on that committee but attended as a resident, agreed. “We’re actually asking our taxpayers to pay for sewage treatment when we can’t actually afford to put the sewer line to their house,” Day said. “So they’re paying for treatment that they can’t afford to hook up to. Which I think is completely wrong.”

“Everybody pays school taxes because it’s for the betterment of the community. … I think that’s one of the ways that we maybe need to look at this, is that paying for the future sewer use is for the betterment of the community.” – Gib Small Baxter explained at this time it’s unknown when sewage will be available for particular neighbourhoods. Committee member Gib Small argued everybody in Colwood should have to pay at least a portion of the cost, given the municipalities are being told they have to do this and that sewage treatment

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is a general upgrade for the entire community. “Everybody pays school taxes because it’s for the betterment of the community,” Small said. “I think that’s one of the ways that we maybe need to look at this, is that paying for the future sewer use is for the betterment of the community.”

Ultimately the committee decided to recommend to council it stick to its original decision on capacity. It also recommended it publicize the report and give the public another opportunity to discuss it and bring back that information to the committee. Staff is also being asked to put together a report on the viability and numbers associated with each payment option. Full questionnaire results, including comments, are available on the City of Colwood’s website (colwood.ca), in the agenda package for the Nov. 5 Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

View Royal to reexamine sewage Kyle Wells News staff

View Royal is also taking a look at its approach to the Capital Regional District’s proposed sewage treatment plant. At its Nov. 6 council meeting a delegation from the Association for Responsible and Environmental Sustainable Sewage Treatment spoke against the project as a whole. View Royal resident and mechanical engineer Brain Burchill and former federal cabinet minister David Anderson spoke of the economic, environmental and scientific arguments against building

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the plant. Mayor Graham Hill, vice chair on the CRD board, explained he has consistently voted against the project for reasons other than the delegation brought forward. Hill would like to have seen a provincial order debated in the B.C. legislature to decide the merits of the federal order, which is mandating the sewage be treated. “I found that we did not have, to my thinking, the solution that I was looking for. I felt uncomfortable,” Hill said. “I was unsuccessful in getting more than, frankly, 40 per cent of the vote around that table to support our position. And so the proposition has rolled forward.” Hill explained the project is in a delicate stage and on hold due to disagreements between the province and the CRD on the wording surrounding how the project will be managed. Council passed a motion to bring the issue before the next committee of the whole to discuss the town’s involvement in the project. kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

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View Royal will hold a public information session on the proposed new fire hall tonight (Nov. 14). A referendum on the town’s borrowing of up to $5.4 million to pay for the public safety building is being held Saturday, Nov. 24 at View Royal elementary, 218 Helmcken Rd. The referendum question will read “Are you in favour of Public Safety Building Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 839, 2012, which, if adopted, would authorize the Town of View Royal to borrow up to $5.49 million towards the construction of a new public safety building?” The cost of repaying the loan is estimated to cost $85 per year for an average property, over 20 years. A loan of up to $7.9 million was rejected by residents through the

Alternative Approval Process in July, forcing a referendum. Since then the town reduced the amount of the loan by shaving $500,000 off the project, borrowing $1 million internally and using a further $1 million from contributions from new developments or other sources. The total cost of the building is estimated to be about $7.37 million, which includes just over $1.5 million for site developments, a $266,000 reserve and just over $520,000 for planning and design. Advance voting begins today (Nov. 14) and Wednesday, Nov. 21 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the View Royal Town Hall, 45 View Royal Ave. Resident electors will be required to provide two pieces of identification to vote. The public information session is at 6:30 p.m. at Shoreline community school, 2750 Shoreline Dr. View Royal Fire Rescue has a video explaining the project online at viewroyalfire.ca. kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

Jaws used to free driver Police are looking for witnesses to a crash on the Millstream Road overpass Nov. 7. Around 5 p.m. that night West Shore RCMP were called to a two-vehicle collision on the Langford overpass. A Honda Civic travelling north on Millstream Road was struck by a Dodge Ram truck turning left from Millstream onto the on ramp of the Trans-Canada Highway. Langford Fire Rescue used the jaws of life to extricate the driver of the Civic who went to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say alcohol is a factor in crash. The RCMP is seeking witnesses to this accident and ask anyone with information to call 250-474-2264. editor@goldstream gazette.com

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NEW SKILLS MEANS NEW OPPORTUNITIES With the BC Jobs Plan, there will be 1,000,000 job openings created by 2020 – 43% will require skilled workers. That’s why we have a plan to ensure British Columbians are first in line for the good jobs being created here at home: ` Upgrading equipment and improving access to teachers, so British Columbians get the best skills training. ` Matching skills to jobs, and jobs to skills, with the Regional Workforce Tables. ` Extending the BC Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit, to help people get the skills they need. It’s about transforming BC’s workforce to meet tomorrow’s opportunities. To learn more, visit: www.bcjobsplan.ca


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RRU students best in province Royal Roads University students earned first place for the first time in a tourism case study competition, offering a new approach to solving the looming labour shortage in the industry. The four-person team won first place at the sixth annual LinkBC Student Case Competition in Vancouver Nov. 4 as part of the Host 2012 conference that attracted 60 students from 11 B.C. colleges and universities. The teams had a choice of two case studies: devising a recruitment strategy to attract

10,000 new workers to reduce the projected labour shortage in the tourism industry; or creating innovative hotel packages. Students had five hours to strategize before presenting. Royal Roads students Jillian Fonteyne, Jake Lynch, Emily Maccannell and Jared Zuege chose the recruitment challenge, presenting a plan to attract young employees that judges called innovative and thoughtprovoking. The students recommended a more decentralized work envi-

ronment rather than a top-down management approach. “Young people want to feel like they are part of the business,” said Lynch. “They want to be empowered and feel like they are performing a role not just a task.” The four study in the Bachelor of International Hotel Management. “We are all very proud of the creative and professional level of both the research and presentation of our team,” said Brian White, Royal Roads School of Hospitality.

Concert gains food for hungry Christine van Reeuwyk News staff

A swinging good Saturday night boosted the funds for Goldstream Food Bank. Westshore Community Concert Band celebrated a decade and raised some food bank donations with a concert Oct. 20 at the Forge Church on Sooke Road. “A large part of it was funded by the arts council … everything that was made at the door went to the food bank,” said Gail Nash, who plays in the

band and serves as its secretary. “For a rainy Saturday afternoon it was a respectable turnout. People really seemed to enjoy themselves.” The event raised more than $350 in cash donations as well as five or six boxes of food. Donate to the food bank between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 761 Station Ave., on the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month. For more information call 250-474-4443. editor@goldstreamgazette.com

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Stem cells are in you to give, too On Thursday at The Atrium and Friday at the University of Victoria, a Swab Mob will be on the hunt for young men. Police officers, firefighters and athletes, among others, will be volunteering their DNA via a cheek swab for a cause that has flown largely under the radar. The swabs will help boost the database of donors for the Canadian Blood Services OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, an organization that helps match people with leukemia and other diseases with stem cell donors. Where blood and organ donation efforts have a relatively high profile through TV ads and media campaigns, being a potential stem cell donor hasn’t entered the consciousness of most Canadians. Interestingly enough, of those who do donate, the vast majority are women. But what is needed are men between the ages of 17 and 35 – of many ethnic backgrounds – whose young stem cells are optimal for helping save the lives of people undergoing treatments for leukemia, bone marrow diseases and immune system disorders. And in a society rightfully uncomfortable and suspicious about making medical distinctions along ethnic lines, OneMatch has not such qualms – stem cell matches among genetically similar groups gives people a better shot at survival. Shelley Eaves with the Royal Bank of Canada and who needs a stem cell transplant for her leukemia, has done an admirable job at bringing this issue to light and to help break down myths and fears about stem cell donations. The effort also helps engender donating among a demographic underrepresented in giving stem cells and blood. If you are a guy or a girl downtown on Thursday, drop into the Atrium to sign up (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.). The same if you are near UVic’s McKinnon gym on Thursday for the 5:30 to 9 p.m. session where you can also meet UVic Vikes basketball teams. What do you think? Give us your comments by email: editor@goldstreamgazette.com or fax 250-478-6545. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Goldstream News Gazette is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

Daydreaming at warp speed Could doctors fit me with a new animal flesh to make laboratoryjawbone if the old bone crumbles? grown meat, or leather, or replaceThe question comes to mind ment body organs. as I slump in a dentist’s The people in the Star chair with eyes shut, day Trek TV series stayed dreaming about the maralive on such stuff. We are vels I see on the Internet. beginning to get it here A brainstorm of and now. remembered invenThe hygienist is nearby, tions blows in from the but she keeps quiet. In Net, starting with a blog my dentist-chair thoughts from technology-tracker I am tuned to memoryDaniel Burrus about an pictures from Gizmag 83-year-old woman who Emerging Technology had a replacement for Magazine and EnvironG.E. Mortimore mental News Network, her infected jawbone implanted, made of titaabout today’s multiple Think about it nium metal. explosion of inventions My jaw remains serand new social models. viceable, as far as I know, but The 3-D printers might reverse I worry about expensive tooth Henry Ford’s mass production and repairs while I wait for the hygienbring manufacturing back from ist to resume cleaning my teeth and China to every home town in the calling in the dentist to check them. Americas and Europe; and co-op I draw comfort from a vision of citizen organizing methods could the machine that made that titasafeguard jobs, finance invention nium jawbone – a 3-D printer. It also and distribute the benefits widely. makes tools, musical instruments, That’s my daydream. jewelry and car parts. This cupEyes-shut images of remarkable board-sized machine is so remote but real inventions tumble out: from factory assembly line experilab-meat hamburgers already made ence that it’s hard to believe, but in pilot projects and promised for it’s a real working device. sale by next year may be destined Burrus explained 3-D printing. It to eliminate ranches and slaughterbegins with the shape-design of the houses; a recycling machine that product. A laser fuses in powdered accepts and sometimes pays for metal or plastic, layer by layer, used electronics; a smart to manufacture the article in the self-propelled suitcase that follows designed shape. its owner around; a combined wind A parallel process will feed in turbine and condenser that draws samples of cowhide or human or water vapour from the air and

delivers electrical energy plus buckets of drinkable water per day, even in the desert. The old Industrial Revolution of coal, cotton, steel, steam, oil and electric power feels like a soft breeze compared with today’s hurricane of change. This is a speeded up successor to the prehistoric Gardening Revolution which transformed scattered hunters into farmers, soldiers, priests, kings, slumdwellers and billionaire traders. It stuns and bewilders many people, including me. America’s NASA space time explorers are now seriously looking at the chance of sending a probe that would use advanced astrophysical math to travel faster than light and rapidly reach the nearest star, a warp-speed Star Trek journey that would take 17,000 years by current technology. For me, 30 seconds must have passed since the kindly young hygienist stopped scraping my teeth. “Would you like to take a break?” she asks. “No thanks, keep going,” I tell her. She polishes the teeth and gives me a paper cup partly filled with toothhardening fluid. The dentist runs through the dreaded checkup. “You don’t need any dental work,” he assures me. I’m grateful for the news, but I feel let down after those daydreams. • G.E. Mortimore is a longtime columnist with the Goldstream News Gazette.

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OPINION

Collaboration means a better community With our 13 municipalities and should guarantee high quality several other regional bodies and high volumes of water for our including the Capital Regional communities for many years to District, we have a lot come. While the Water of different public leadCommission, with the ers and many more civil help of the Water Adviservants at the staff sory Committee, has level. Many argue that much to do, there is we are over-governed no doubt that the coland poorly co-ordinated. laboration around water The original mandate of services in the CRD has the CRD is to foster cobeen a huge success. ordination and collaboWe need more such ration amongst all the successes in the Greater various municipalities, region, particuDan Spinner Victoria and in some cases this larly in the areas of sewWestShore has gone very well. age and transportation. Chamber Wearing my volunteer Successful collaborahat I sit on the CRD’s Water Advitions such as the CRD’s Water sory Committee as its vice chair Advisory Committee should and I’m impressed with the water inspire and encourage far betsystem in the CRD. ter co-operation than currently This includes the acquisition exists. These and other matters of substantial watersheds that are vital infrastructure issues that

if handled poorly could cost millions of taxpayer dollars. Recently, I along with many players from around the region attended a CRD-led consultation on regional transportation. I was struck by the paradox that many municipal staff were more than willing to collaborate with others on issues like transportation, but felt they had little encouragement from their political leaders to truly do so. That’s just not good enough from our political leaders who might be accused of saying one thing publicly – no one will disagree with collaboration – but saying, or in this case not saying, something else behind the scenes. I also recently moderated a session on affordable housing in the region sponsored by the Community Social Planning Coun-

cil. Happily several mayors and council representatives were in attendance to discuss the No. 1 issue in the region (according to the Victoria Foundation’s latest Vital Signs). And again there was a strong interest in this issue, however it was clear there has been very little co-ordination and collaboration across municipal boundaries on this issue to date. In fact, many staff and politicians in the room were unaware of what best practices and successes exist across the region or even how bylaws compared. To be fair, they were there to learn about them. There seems to be a collaborative instinct and willingness at the staff level with a stated commitment at the political level, but there appears to be very little actual day-to-day

co-ordination on many issues. We live in an extraordinary community and our citizens deserve the very best in forward thinking and innovation on all of these crossboundary infrastructure issues. To believe that a behind the scenes unstated Balkanized approach will produce the best solutions is naïve. To ensure that our communities can be healthier, both in terms of economy and quality of life, we need to reach beyond our local concerns to achieve a shared broader vision of how we want to live together in the Greater Victoria region. We did it on water, so let’s do it in all the other critical infrastructure areas as well. Dan Spinner is the CEO of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce dspinner@westshore.bc.ca

Readers respond: to columnist, deer fencing Kudos to columnist for highlighting women writers Re: Old challenges in a new era (Opinion, Nov. 2) What a delight to see Gwen Cash’s name mentioned within the first sentence of Natalie North’s column on the same-old, same-old challenges women face, regardless of time. Exactly 40 years ago, the fabulous Gwen wrote a column called “Accent on Life,” for the Victorian, a long-defunct local paper, featuring myself, then 12, and another girl, Andree, aged 13, to see Twelfth Night, at the Haida, another defunct cultural medium. Then, in 1972, Gwen wrote of my blatant ignorance of Shakespeare, and the subtleties of politics, instead focusing on how much Andree and I enjoyed the “rustic humor, the pageantry, the gorgeous clothes, the characters.” This ties in beautifully with Ms. North’s next wonderful mention of Dr. Lynne van Luven, my favourite mentor, who guided me through creative non-fiction and its particular limitations as we struggle with memory and recall of events we are certain to have occurred in exactly the way we want them or need to be in our lives. I, too, experienced personally, the terrible behaviour of men in positions of power. I have suffered the consequences until my

middle years, when I became a mother and realized that if I am to be a role model for my child, I have to stand up, face the demons and remind them that we are humans, first, flaws and all. We need more of the Gwen Cashs and Lynne van Luvens in every generation. Ann Auld Victoria

Fence the deer in not out and farming bambi’s an option Over the past few months, I enjoyed the opportunity to comment online about the deliberations of the CRD deer committee. It was annoying at times to read letters taking pot shots at such things as the composition of the group, individual’s motives, staff bias and the data provided. Fencing, hunting, scaring deer and changing our gardens, all have merit in some situations, but practically and economically, are not going to solve the problem for everyone in the region. So let’s adopt an Aussie solution – shoot them with dissolving sterilizing darts and tag them. It will take a while, but the problem will solve itself if newcomers are also neutered. But can people wait a dozen years? There were six bucks cavorting in one bunker at Uplands last Wednesday and I saw a doe get thumped by a car near UVic on the way home.

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They are eating plants heretofore left alone, more are scrawny, more are crippled, more does are having twins. Fencing parks, fields, yards and golf courses south of the Malahat seems to be impossible. Besides, they would look like the exercise yard at the local prison, and it would cost a bundle. So, if we cannot fence them out, let’s fence them in. Find a farmer willing to raise deer and provide financial help for the cost of fencing and food. It is a legitimate cost for CRD residents to share, using taxes already collected, by spending less for a few years on bike lanes, park enhancements, road beautification and more transit studies. ICBC and the province should kick in as well for the costs and aggravation they would be saved. The farmer could sell petting privileges. Also, authorize him to offer hunting permits for $400 a pop. Hunters spend twice that or more each fall travelling. Finally, allow our deerkeeper to sell venison to restaurants. We must recognize that our game regulations are about as useful and current as prohibition laws. We need to move from an animal protection orientation to one of pest control. Fencing them in is a win-win solution for everybody, including bambi. Rob Watson Saanich

Letters to the Editor The News Gazette welcomes your opinions and comments. To put readers on equal footing, and to be sure that all opinions are heard, please keep letters to less than 300 words. The News reserves the right to edit letters for style, legality, length and taste. Please enclose your phone number for verification of your letter’s authenticity or to discuss using your letter as a guest column. Phone numbers are not printed. Send your letters to: Mail: Letters to the Editor, Goldstream News Gazette, 177-777 Goldstream Ave., Victoria, B.C., V9B 2X4 Email: editor@ goldstreamgazette.com

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Swab Mob events target optimal stem cell donors Natalie North News staff

Last February, Shelley Eaves got the kind of news no one ever wants to hear: after enduring chemotherapy for leukemia in 2010, her cancer had returned. She now needs a stem cell transplant. Since none of Eaves’ siblings are a match, it’s up to Canadian Blood Services OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network to find a donor. “I started doing some research and realized there’s such a huge need and a lot of the wrong type of donors on the database,” Eaves said. About 90 per cent of donors are women and just 10 per cent are men. Of those men, four per cent are within the optimal 17 to 35 age group that provides the best post-transplant outcomes. Suitable matches are also most likely found within a shared ethnic background, yet currently, 75 per cent of all donors are Caucasian. There is a strong need for young, diverse, male donors. “We’re really reaching out to any ethnic community, whether it’s Asian, Southeast Asian, First Nations … the best chance of a match comes from within your own genetic ethnic group. There’s a need from within those

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Shelley Eaves organized Swab Mob events at the Atrium to raise awareness about stem cell donations. communities.” Eaves’ employer, Royal Bank of Canada where she works as a community development manager, got behind the cause, along with the University of Victoria. The two groups will host OneMatch “Swab Mob” donor registration drives this week. Registration takes about 20 minutes and requires a cheek swab. Swab Mobs are set for Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Atrium, 800 Yates St. and Nov. 16 from 5:30 until 9 p.m. at UVic’s McKinnon Gym. The UVic Vikes men’s and women’s basketball teams have

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Every penny counts Island-wide campaign raises funds for local charities Laura Lavin

Pennies for Presents is an Island-wide campaign, but all the money raised here stays in Greater Victoria. Last year’s campaign raised more than $14,000 for local charities. “Every penny means another person in our community has been helped in some way,” Laird said. “The cumulative effort of every one of us helps make this campaign a success each year.” Check your pockets, empty your change jars, scour under your couch cushions and give. Your unwanted coins will amount to big things for children this holiday season, because every penny counts. editor@oakbaynews.com

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One penny may seem insignificant – its value comparatively minimal. But these coins are the heart and soul of Pennies for Presents, a fundraiser run through the Oak Bay News, Victoria News, Saanich News and Goldstream News Gazette. Your small change will make a difference in the lives of local people who may not otherwise have a merry Christmas. “The Pennies for Presents campaign is very important to us. This is our chance to give back to our community and provide programs in need with necessary funding,” said Black Press editorial director Kevin Laird. Every cent collected goes to local charities that better the lives of those in need. The 15th annual campaign kicks off today (Nov. 14) and runs through Christmas.

Donations – in the form of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, bills and cheques – can be dropped off at the Black Press office at 818 Broughton St. There will also be other collection jars placed at businesses throughout Greater Victoria over the course of the campaign.

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Downtown Victoria’s courthouse had an unusual visitor Thursday, a snowy owl that made a rest stop on the sixth floor. Sporting plumage better suited to swooping down on winter-white rabbits hopping over snowdrifts, the elegant bird stood out among the street crows and seagulls that dominate the sky in the B.C. capital. But according to bird experts, such sights are rare but not unknown around B.C. and beyond as winter sets in. Canadian Geographic notes that while their thick feathers are suited for year-round life in Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia, some head south in winter as far as the U.S. state of Georgia. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are not nocturnal. It is believed their daytime hunting behaviour developed during the almost constant daylight of far north summers when they typically nest and breed. Male snowy owls can be completely white, while females always have some brown feathers. A 1994 article by Alan MacLeod for British Columbia Field Ornithologist reports sightings in the Martindale Valley in southern Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula. “Snowy owl has been recorded, and it’s no surprise,” MacLeod writes. “The flats are well suited to this species’ habitat preferences; in their periodic ‘invasion’ years, Snowies are as likely to turn up at Martindale as anywhere else on the peninsula.”

An expansive hair salon, tucked about the amount of chemical like an underground lair beneath waste the salon created. He was a deceivingly small lobby on on board, but until Green Circle Broad Street, Carreiro came along, the point the Studio is rather was moot. quiet at 10:30 on a “We really wanted Thursday morning. to take that ecological Stylists won’t start stance, but nobody going through chemicalwould pick up our based hair products in stuff,” Carreiro says. earnest until at least 11 Given the relatively a.m. low market for such Owner/stylist John waste, it would take Carreiro, who considers many salons’ material himself a green thinker, to make it worthwhile Don Descoteau for a diversion company doesn’t worry these Biz Beat days about colouring to bother. products getting rinsed Jennifer Hennessey, down the drain, or other trash a former Vancouver stylist who going into the landfill. now works full time for Green Not since he signed his shop Circle, is working long hours to up with Green Circle Salons last get salons on board. month. “I can’t sign them on fast The Toronto-based firm, enough,” she says of the demand. started by organic chemist Shane As of last week, the company Price, is gaining a foothold in B.C. had 24 clients in Victoria and with its program to collect and Nanaimo, plus 68 in Vancouver recycle hair care products and and 115 in Toronto. other salon waste. It’s not a free service. The The company’s once-a-week model calls for salons to charge pickups are working great, a $1.50 eco-fee per appointment, Carreiro says. $1 of which goes to Green Circle, “The foils used to get rinsed and the rest to the salon for and thrown away,” he says of the environmental upgrades, such as rectangular tin foil sheets used to lighting. apply hair colour. “Now they get For now, the eco-fee is being put directly into these bins.” eaten by Carreiro. While he fully Within a few steps of each backs the waste-elimination stylist station are a series of concept, he’s reluctant to containers. Inside, separated by increase his prices before his type of waste, are foils, colour clients understand more about it. tubes and other detritus left from Either way, he says his staff is salon appointments. Another really behind the green move. bin holds swept-up hair, which “It’s more than recycling, it’s a is used in booms for oil spills, as culture we have in here.” well as other products. Carreiro estimates 90 to 95 per Carreiro says his staff had been cent of his salon’s waste is now on him for years to do something diverted or somehow recycled.

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Downtown Victoria’s courthouse had an unusual visitor Thursday, a snowy owl that made a rest stop on the sixth floor. Sporting plumage better suited to swooping down on winter-white rabbits hopping over snowdrifts, the elegant bird stood out among the street crows and seagulls that dominate the sky in the B.C. capital. But according to bird experts, such sights are rare but not unknown around B.C. and beyond as winter sets in. Canadian Geographic notes that while their thick feathers are suited for year-round life in Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia, some head south in winter as far as the U.S. state of Georgia. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are not nocturnal. It is believed their daytime hunting behaviour developed during the almost constant daylight of far north summers when they typically nest and breed. Male snowy owls can be completely white, while females always have some brown feathers. A 1994 article by Alan MacLeod for British Columbia Field Ornithologist reports sightings in the Martindale Valley in southern Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula. “Snowy owl has been recorded, and it’s no surprise,” MacLeod writes. “The flats are well suited to this species’ habitat preferences; in their periodic ‘invasion’ years, Snowies are as likely to turn up at Martindale as anywhere else on the peninsula.”

An expansive hair salon, tucked about the amount of chemical like an underground lair beneath waste the salon created. He was a deceivingly small lobby on on board, but until Green Circle Broad Street, Carreiro came along, the point the Studio is rather was moot. quiet at 10:30 on a “We really wanted Thursday morning. to take that ecological Stylists won’t start stance, but nobody going through chemicalwould pick up our based hair products in stuff,” Carreiro says. earnest until at least 11 Given the relatively a.m. low market for such Owner/stylist John waste, it would take Carreiro, who considers many salons’ material himself a green thinker, to make it worthwhile Don Descoteau for a diversion company doesn’t worry these Biz Beat days about colouring to bother. products getting rinsed Jennifer Hennessey, down the drain, or other trash a former Vancouver stylist who going into the landfill. now works full time for Green Not since he signed his shop Circle, is working long hours to up with Green Circle Salons last get salons on board. month. “I can’t sign them on fast The Toronto-based firm, enough,” she says of the demand. started by organic chemist Shane As of last week, the company Price, is gaining a foothold in B.C. had 24 clients in Victoria and with its program to collect and Nanaimo, plus 68 in Vancouver recycle hair care products and and 115 in Toronto. other salon waste. It’s not a free service. The The company’s once-a-week model calls for salons to charge pickups are working great, a $1.50 eco-fee per appointment, Carreiro says. $1 of which goes to Green Circle, “The foils used to get rinsed and the rest to the salon for and thrown away,” he says of the environmental upgrades, such as rectangular tin foil sheets used to lighting. apply hair colour. “Now they get For now, the eco-fee is being put directly into these bins.” eaten by Carreiro. While he fully Within a few steps of each backs the waste-elimination stylist station are a series of concept, he’s reluctant to containers. Inside, separated by increase his prices before his type of waste, are foils, colour clients understand more about it. tubes and other detritus left from Either way, he says his staff is salon appointments. Another really behind the green move. bin holds swept-up hair, which “It’s more than recycling, it’s a is used in booms for oil spills, as culture we have in here.” well as other products. Carreiro estimates 90 to 95 per Carreiro says his staff had been cent of his salon’s waste is now on him for years to do something diverted or somehow recycled.

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Real estate firm’s philanthropy noted Colliers International was honoured at the National Philanthropy Day event in Victoria last week with the Corporate Citizenship Award. In recent years the company

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New home for poverty resource After more than a year in emergency digs, a resource centre for the poor has finally found a permanent new home. REES, the Resources, Education, Employment and Support program opened its doors at 1509 Douglas St. “The new location is great,” said Lori Ferguson, co-ordinator of the centre, run by Victoria Cool Aid Society. In June 2011, the roof caved in its old location and repairs proved too difficult. The organization moved to a building near the YW/ YMCA, but proved too far from the core for many clients to access. That problem has been solved. “We have already started to see (growth),” Ferguson said. “We are seeing a lot of new faces and clients we haven’t seen for a while.” REES provides several services for people living with poverty, mental illness and addiction. They include a running program, a mentoring program and a casual labour pool. Call 250-595-8619 for information. rholmen@vicnews.com


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Costumer brings 1800s to life on stage High Society fashions take centre stage in Langham Court Theatre’s Lady Windermere’s Fan Kyle Slavin News staff

From monkey costumes to elaborate ball gowns, Diane Madill has sewn it all. As one of Langham Court Theatre’s costume designers, she has, for half a dozen years now, been integral in bringing to life the visual aspects of the theatre company’s productions on stage. And even though her task at hand for Langham Court’s upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan was daunting, she’s had greater challenges. “To do a play like this, where you’re not coping with (the movements of actors) singing and dancing, it isn’t as challenging in some ways,” Madill said. “It’s still challenging and it’s a lot of work, but it’s quite doable.” The retired high school teacher – she taught fashion studies, and helped make the costumes for school plays – says the biggest challenge in costuming for Lady Windermere’s Fan is the scope and wide range of intricate costumes and pieces that are needed. “There’s 24 in the cast. There’s 13 ball gowns and then there’s day outfits as well, which are just as labour intensive,” she said. “Because of the period, there are hats and fans, very elaborate hair accessories, jewelry, the gloves, the crinolines. … And then there’s all the little details in these: the beadwork and rows and ruffles.” Set in the late 1800s and early 1900s – the late Victorian,

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Morgan Ambrose, left, as Lady Windermere and Michael Romano as Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere’s Fan. early Edwardian eras – Madill and fellow costume designer

Susan Ferguson had to design most of the period-accurate costumes for the play from scratch. Madill’s work began last winter, when she first read the play, then she made a spreadsheet of all the characters in each scene and how long they’re on stage. It helps her organize the needs of each character and what is required of each costume. “That’s the way my mind works. I can look at a spreadsheet and I can see how many costumes each person needs, how quick a character’s (costume) changes are, “Because of the and so you know who’s on period, there are hats and stage together at one time, it’s important for fans, very elaborate hair because colour and working a palaccessories, jewelry, the ette,” she said. “I like to do a play where you’re actugloves, the crinolines.” ally designing things from - Diane Madill scratch with piles of fabric.” A release from Langham Court describes Lady Windermere’s Fan as an exploration of “just how horrid High Society could be behind the scenes. “Set in a world where social graces and proper behaviour are all it takes to make-or-break one’s social-place … Oscar Wilde uses his acerbic wit and British humour to comment on the strident rules that govern London’s 1890s High Society.” Lady Windermere’s Fan runs nightly (8 p.m.) at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Crt.) from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8. There are also matinees on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets ($21 for adults, $19 for students and seniors) are available online at Langhamtheatre.ca, in person at the box office, or by calling 250-384-2142. kslavin@saanichnews.com

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Diamond Rings plus Gold & Youth play at Club 9one9 on Nov. 16.

Diamond shines on stage Diamond Rings’ highly anticipated sophomore album Free Dimensional is out in Canada via Secret City Records. Rings kicked off his tour, which includes Victoria as well as 12 other Canadian cities, with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman Oct. 26, and a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Nov. 7. Armed with a collection of 10 new songs, and now backed by a full band (including Graham Van Pelt – a.k.a. Miracle Fortress), his upcoming Canadian tour is sure to please, as evidenced by the reviews from his current U.S. tour with Stars. The new tracks retain the melodicism, clever juxtapositions, and lyrical honesty that garnered kudos for his 2010 debut effort Special Affections, while taking the production

and technical side of things to the next level. Special Affections, received widespread critical praise from not only Pitchfork but also The New York Times and NME. This praise was topped off with head-turning performances at The South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, and CMJ as well as international tours with pop princess Robyn, dazzling new-waver, Twin Shadow and fellow Canadians, Junior Boys and PS I Love You. Diamond Rings plus Gold & Youth is on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at Club 9one9 in the Strathcona Hotel. The show is 19 years and over. Advanced tickets are $15 and are available at Lyles Place, Ditch Records, The Strathcona Hotel, and online at Ticketweb.ca. llavin@vicnews.com

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The Art of the Trio Series presents American jazz pianist and Steinway artist Randy Porter with bassist Tom Wakeling and drummer Kelby MacNayr. The show is on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Allison Pianos showroom, 2328 Government St. Tickets are $20 (Advance/UJam/VJS), $22 at door, $15 students and are available from Allison Pianos, Larsen Music, 1988 Cook St. and Ditch Records, 784 Fort St.

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Honk! if you like musicals

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Some birds quack and some birds honk, but that’s OK. Four Season’s Musical Theatre presents Honk!. A revamped story stemming from the original tale The Ugly Duckling. In Honk!, the outsider Ugly has been rejected by everyone but his mother. He doesn’t quack like the others, he honks. Throughout the production Ugly learns that it’s OK to be different. “Not everyone looks the same as everyone else and we all need to accept that,” said Jon Scheer, the show’s director. Ugly was hatched in the wrong nest and never really fit in. “He was tormented by the other ducks and runs away,” Scheer said. Ugly goes on a journey meeting other animals including gesse, a cat, a chicken and many other animals. Eventually he transforms into a beautiful swan. A cast of 25 people spanning from seven to 40 year olds, bring the story to life at Isabelle Reader Theatre. “It’s in the nature of musicals that there is a lot of music and dancing,” Scheer said. “It’s a family show.” Honk! is performed at Isabelle Reader Theatre, 1026 Goldstream Ave. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 23 and 24. Matinees begin at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 24. For ticket information go to www.fourseasonsmusicaltheatre.com. charla@goldstreamgazette.com

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The human body as an Instrument My Body as an Instrument explores the human body’s ability to create music. A guest from the Victoria Conservatory of Music will explore musical timing and basic to advanced rhythms in this hands-on program. For ages 8 to 11. Register online at www.gvpl.ca or call 250-391-0653 for more information. My Body as an Instrument runs at the Juan de Fuca library, 1759 Island Hwy. on Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

The ducklings (Leah Tolsma, Maeve Poulin, Austin Black and Megan Day) make fun of Ugly (David Underhill) during a Four Seasons Musical Theatre rehearsal at the Isabelle Reader Theatre.

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Jeff Austin, left, three time Canadian downhill champion Andrew MItchell, and Mitch Thacker pause to enjoy the view of the Gulf Islands from the top of the Partridge Hills near Mount Work.

At work on the trail Society nurtures trails and future of mountain biking in the region Travis Paterson News staff

Mining for usable rocks is a skill that comes from practice. I found that out on the morning of Oct. 28, an overcast Sunday on the trails of Hartland-Mount Work. My initial job was to scale mossy hills adjacent to The Plunge, a stretch of intermediate single track in the mountain biking park, and dig out whatever free standing rocks I could move. About two dozen of the South Island Mountain Bike Society’s 250 members came out to work on the trails that morning. It’s four hours of hard labour, honoured with a complimentary sandwich and the knowledge the park has been preserved for future users. “A lot of these trails were originally adopted from hikers and motorbikes and they often follow a fall line,” said SIMBS trail director Chris Oman. “We target a number of areas at the beginning of the year and do as much as we can.” The professional forester knows a thing or two about sustainable trails, and assesses the trail’s drainage as we stroll 100 metres along The Plunge. The enemy of trails isn’t riders, I learn – it’s water. “The wetter trails erode and end up needing the most attention,” Oman said. “The better a trail can drain, the better it will hold up over time.” Upwards of 100,000 visits are expected for 2012, he says. Most of those are in the summer when conditions are dry, but riders come year round, and the impact is noticeable. With a pickaxe I loosen the sponge-like tree debris sitting atop a vulnerable sec-

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Chris Oman flattens a section of jagged rock, making a safer corner along The Plunge. tion of the trail. The debris, which is new this autumn, is clumped three inches thick and dry, despite sitting below a pile of mud. Oman rakes it out, ensuring the vulnerable areas of the trail are “outsloped.” Maintenance is crucial to the sustainability of Hartland’s trails and Oman has led the construction and reconstruction of Hartland for six years. He’s been a part of work crews for 10. “There are about 50 trails at Hartland and almost 20 per cent are sustainably built,” said SIMBS president Scott Mitchell. Mitchell’s been the president for five years, about the same time Oman took over trail maintenance, and the two have benefitted from the guidance of the International Mountain Biking Association. Not only did IMBA make groundbreaking inroads by establishing insurance policies for mountain biking clubs such as SIMBS, it led a global campaign of sustainable trail building. SIMBS abides by IMBA guidelines.

Representatives travel North America and have been to Hartland to work with SIMBS to teach sustatinable trail building. There’s even a mountain bike operations program offered by Capilano College’s Sechelt campus, with a focus entirely on trail building. “It’s important to recognize that this is all a new school of thought, and is only about six years old,” Mitchell said. Before Mitchell came aboard, the previous SIMBS leadership fought the rogue trail building and its general acceptance by the society. SIMBS didn’t hold the trail maintenance permits it does now, nor was it the guardian of the Hartland-Mount Work trail system, as well as the sport of mountain biking on the south Island. “We’re definitely in a better state than in the past,” Mitchell said. “The previous president was working to get trail maintenance and SIMBS going. It was very challenging and negative.” Rogue building at Hartland is limited these days, whether it’s jumps or other riding structures, and SIMBS has strengthened its relationship with the Capital Regional District. SIMBS is a proponent for seven riding sites from North Saanich to Cowichan, but

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SIMBS work party members Nathan Denny, William Steele and Chis Oman.

Hartland is the preeminent destination, for now. SIMBS also anticipates a new trail system at Sooke’s Harbourview Road, part of the massive Sea to Sea green belt, which was acquired by the CRD. Harbourview is not officially open as a park yet and CRD has not permitted SIMBS or the Sooke Bike Club to perform any trail maintenance. But it’s all in the works, with SIMBS and SBC advocating for trail usage. “People are riding and there’s been guerilla building, which is how a lot of trails start, whether it’s motorbikes or mountain bikes. We’ve participated in a lot of meetings and want to partner with CRD. Hopefully everybody gets what they want,” Mitchell said. Just as Hartland has a bike wash station, washroom and secured storage shed for tools, so does Habourview Road. Mitchell’s view of the future is similar to Squamish, which put city money into building the Full Nelson trail, open in 2012, which is world class and has become a tourist destination. “It’s an amazing example of a trail that brings people to the city.” During my morning at Hartland, it took me about an hour to figure out which rocks were best to remove, and where to find them. Most freestanding lumps on the floor of the rainforest landscape are actually loose rocks, covered with moss. I gently peel back the carpeted cover, remove the rock, and let the moss lay back down, unbroken. The rocks I place beside an eroding section of the trail. William Steele, a local bike mechanic, has filled a gap one metre deep and two metres long. “The thing about a lot of this work is once you cover it with dirt, you can’t tell what we did,” Steele says. A minute later a cyclist is the first to bomb down the section we rebuilt and she has no idea. “That means we’ve done our job.” sports@vicnews.com


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BRAND NEW, white Oster bread maker, never been used, $50. (250)656-1640.

4 RS3 serviced lots, in Langford, starting at $179,000 Great Happy Valley Location, flat, ready for building. All services to lot lines. Excellent location, end of wooded lane. Email or call 250-661-2837 or 250-857-2481 for more info. mtd@shaw.ca

SOOKE: 1 bed cottage. large yard. N/S, pets neg., fun/unfurn, $825 mo + utilities. 250642-2015 or 250-729-6528

WISHART AREA: Single hard working mom with 11 yr old and 1 cat, looking to rent a 1 or 2 bdrm, (approx $1000/mo), within walking distance to Wishart school in Colwood. Exc. ref’s. Please call 250-2080386 and leave message.

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WHEELBARROW AND yard tools, $40 for everything. Call (250)882-4735.

FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391. SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

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Incredible 5 acre treed PARK-LIKE PROPERTY with Well-Maintained Furnished Home 1500 sq.ft, 3-bdrm, 2 bath. Extremely close to Pristine Cowichan Lake, in the town of Caycuse. Perfect for recreational property or full time living. Motivated seller $378,800. Exceptionally low yearly cost. Not leased land. Call 250-745-3387 smartytwo@hotmail.com

408-3170 Irma St- $219,900. 2 bdrms, 1 bath, quiet, 45+. More info: (250)385-3547. wwwpropertyguys.com ID#192291

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MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RETOUCH, RESTORE, Edit Photos. Portraiture-Baby+Family Maternity. Home Movies to DVD. Call 250-4753332. www.cwpics.com

PETS EQUESTRIAN HORSEBACK RIDING boots, black leather. “Ariat” brand tall boots, woman’s size 7.5, regular calf, medium height. Excellent condition. Perfect first pair of show boots! Paid $400, asking $250 obo. 250-391-5992, leave message. (Westshore)

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE APPLIANCES APPLIANCE REPAIR & Services. Residential/Commercial BBB member. 250-388-0278.

BUILDING SUPPLIES METAL ROOFING & siding sales. Seconds avail. Custom roof Flashings. 250-544-3106. STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206.

FRIENDLY FRANK 15 CONDENSED Readers Digest, great for cabin library, $10 (for all). (250)721-2386. 2 CARD tables, $7.50/each. Call (250)380-7559.

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Sidney luxury Condo- beautiful 2 Bdrms, 2 full baths, close to downtown, ocean views. #201-9942-Third St. $498,000. 778-351-1239 ID#192331 www.propertyguys.com

URGENT SALE! Immaculate double-wide Lannon Creek $118,000 250-642-5707

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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO 1 & 2 Bdrm suites & cabins. Perched on a cliffside with panoramic ocean vista, overlooking The Saanich Inlet. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $700-$1200 inclusive. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references. Call 250-478-9231. NEW WESTHILLS 1 bdrm suite- very private, sep entrance, beautiful view over the lake, patio for your barbecue, W/D, F/S, storage shed, close to all amentieties. NS/NP. $925 inclds utils, cable, internet, phone. Avail Oct 15. Call (778)433-1767. THETIS LAKE ESTATES large 1 bdrm or can be 2 bdrm suite, all utils + cable/high speed internet, laundry, garbage, private parking, close to all amenities, quiet rural setting. Refs, small pet ok. $1050./$1250. 250-220-4718, 250-507-1440.

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

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$399,000. Next to VGH, 2 bdrm + 3rd or office, 2 lvl, end unit, windows on 3 sides. Large family room, 2 fireplaces, pet allowed. 71-14 Erskine Ln., Tel: 250-478-0269. Open House, 2PM-4PM, Sat & Sun. w w w. C o m f r e e. c o m / 3 6 7 0 9 7 www.mls.ca x2486311

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

YAMAHA KAYAK roof racks, 2 locking bars, 1 side has 2 cradles, 2nd side has a Hullavator unit, drops to waste level. Seldom used, paid over $1200, asking $500 firm. Please email: keebird@shaw.ca

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

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

BURNSIDE AREA: $525, util’s included. Avail immed. Call Brittany 250-589-5884 or 250383-9635.

BIG BUILDING sale...”This is a clearance you don’t want to miss!” 20X20 $3,985. 25X24 $4,595. 30X36 $6,859. 35X48 $11,200. 40X52 $13,100. 47X76 $18,265 One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.

858-5865 1981 MERCEDES 300SD Turbo Diesel for sale. 281,000 KMS, (Champagne colour) in fair condition, asking $3000. Maintenance log available. Call 250-885-9010.

STORAGE

MODULAR HOMES and park model homes factory direct wholesale. New single wides $37,209 doubles $73,486 Special winter discounts! Call The Home Boys 877-976-3737 or www.hbmodular.com

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LANGFORD NEW townhouse. bdrm, bath. $625, inclusive. NS/NP. Available Nov 1. Call 250-382-9434.

HOUSES FOR SALE

CHILLSPOT IS The Coolest Dog Bed-A new and innovative, thermodynamically cooled dog bed, that enhances the cool tile surfaces our pets rely on during the warm weather months. www.chillspot.biz

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2 DRESSERS, blonde wood exc. shape, 4 drawer and lrg 3 drawer, $35 ea. 250-220-8824

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NEED TO Outfit An Office? Executive Chair, desk, bookcase, 2 client chairs. Call (250)652-0793.

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

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BUFFET/ HUTCH, solid wood 18”Dx50”Wx79”H, red/brown tone, $245. (250)380-8733.

APARTMENTS FURNISHED

2 BR Waterfront Cottage. Furn’d/unfurn’d, beautiful water views, N/S, Ref’s Req’d $1000/m + utils. . 250-6422015

FLORENCE LAKE, 2 yr old 1 bdrm ground level suite, large mudroom, F/S, W/D, & micro. 2 private entrances w/ sunroom & patio on 1 acre prop. Utils incl. N/S, small pet ok, $950. Nov. 15. 250-391-1967

“2004 RAV4 4WD”- $13,500 firm. 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.

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GORGE-HARRIET, Large 1 bdrm, priv ent & prkg, utils incl. N/S, N/P, N/D. Avail Dec 1. $765/mo. Call 250-384-0460 (leave a message). SIDNEY, WATERFRONT home, 1 bdrm, fully furn’d, all utils incl’d. F/S, W/D, small dog ok. N/S, avail now. $1100 mo. Ref’s. Call (250)415-1221.

TOWNHOUSES SIDNEY- NEW 3 bdrm + den, W/D. NS/NP. $1700 mo. Avail Dec 1. Call 250-217-4060.

WANTED TO RENT SENIOR COUPLE Just retired - wish to relax, do some writing, etc. while enjoying the peace & quiet of a cottage or private suite. Reliable tenants - will provide worry-free care of your property. Exc. ref’s. NS/NP/ND. (778)679-2044.

DEEP COVE: cozy 1bdrm, wood floors, acreage, skylights $895/mo, N/S. 250-656-1312.

WANTED, FOR month of January: housesitting or rental of furnished Victoria area home, family of four. Mature, reliable homeowners visiting from northern B.C. Email: simonnattrass@gmail.com

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COTTAGE at 8400 West Coast Rd. Avail Immed. $600+ utils. Call 250-642-4295.

1998 FORD Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L V8 4x4, 7 passenger, 5 dr, loaded, black/tan leather, tow pkg. Like new. $5900. Call (250)661-2734.

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1997 TOYOTA Avalon XLS, white. $3,999. Automatic. Fully loaded, no accidents, new tires. 229k. Great running car. Call (250)656-5588. 2002 FORD Taurus, well kept, runs well, $4600. OBO. 250661-0112 2006 MALIBU LT V6, dealer maintained. 70,500 km’s. Blue with grey interior. $7,500, moving sale. Call 250-5955727 or 250-886-1319. 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

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

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

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

MALTA BLOWN Insulation. Attics - interior/exterior walls & sound silencer. (250)388-0278

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

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

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NEED HELP cleaning your house? $18/hr. Call Dorothy at (250)478-8940.

COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUDOC MOBILE Computer Services. Repairs, tuneups, tutoring, web sites, etc. 250-886-8053, 778-351-4090.

CONTRACTORS CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitch/bath, wood floor, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877 COMM. & Residential Reno’s: Drywall, Carpentry & Painting. Call Les (250)858-0903. WEST HARBOUR Home or commercial, new and reno’s. Best Rates. (250)419-3598.

DRYWALL BEAT MY Price! Best workmanship. 38 years experience. Call Mike, 250-475-0542.

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

GARDENING (250)208-8535 WOODCHUCK Yard a mess? Fall pruning & clean-up. Blackberry & ivy rmvl, weed control. 24yrs exp. DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, 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. PRO IRISH Gardeners; pruning, clean-ups, landscaping, lawn care, weekly gardening. Free est. Call (250)652-6989.

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

AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397. BEETLES RESIDENTIAL Renovations Ltd. Bathrooms, decks, painting, landscaping and handyman services. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free estimates. Call 250-889-4245. SENIOR HANDYMAN. Household repairs. Will assist do-it-yourselfers. Call Fred, 250-888-5345.

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

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. www.cbsmasonry.com ✭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. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774 SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.

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KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991. NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. $40/hr. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. (250)888-6160. Lic#13981.

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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. DIAMOND MOVING- 1 ton 2 ton. Prices starting at $85/hr. Call 250-220-0734. DONE RIGHT MOVING $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Est’s. No travel time before or after. SMOOTH MOVES. Call Tyler at 250-418-1747. WRIGHT MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men. Senior’s discount. Free Est’s. Call Phil (250)383-8283.

PAINTING A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wallcoverings. Over 25 yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220.

ELECTRICAL HAZARDS do you have any? Quality Electric, 250-361-6193. #22779. GNC ELECTRIC Res/Comm. Reasonable rates for quality work. #43619. 250-883-7632.

GREAT RATES! Guar. cleaning since 1985. Supplies & vacuum incld’d. (250)385-5869

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AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550.

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

ALL CLEAN. Excellent cleaner. Honest & reliable. (250)477-9818, (250)580-7504

QUALITY INSULATION blown fiberglass. Affordable rates. (250)896-6652.

OLD TIMER. Quality old fashioned service. Great rates. Excellent references. Call Al at 250-474-6924, 250-888-7187.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

ON POINT PAINTING. Polite, clean cut crew. Professional results. Call (250)744-4927.

250-507-6543. AL’S V.I.P. Gutter Cleaning, Guards, windows, powerwashing, roof demoss, repairs. Insured. 250-889-5794. DIAMOND Dave Gutter & Window Cleaning at Fair Prices!

JUNK REMOVAL 7 days / wk. Fast Service, Best Prices!! Free quotes. (250)857-JUNK.

RENOS BY Don, 25 yrs exp. New, renos, repairs, decks, fencing, bathrooms, kitchens. Senior discounts. Licensed, Insured, WCB, 250-588-1545.

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FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376.

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■ Westin Bear Mountain 5k for soles4soles ■ Wednesday, November 7 ■ The Westin Bear Mountain

Westin Bear Mountain collects 200 pairs of soles4soles The Westin Bear Mountain kicked off Westin Hotels & Resorts’ successful New Balance gear lending program last week with a 5k run to benefit Soles4Souls. The hotel is now offering its innovative, exclusive product loan program to guests, empowering more travellers to stay healthy and fit on the road. Bear Mountain is one of more than 70 Westin properties worldwide, from New York City to Tokyo, that combined will run more than 6,000 miles, reinforcing the brand’s ongoing commitment to making fitness convenient for travellers. The program was to launch globally at The Westin New York Nov. 1, but was delayed a week by the region’s recent storm. All Westins are also donating new or gently used runners for Soles4Soles and the Westin Bear collected more than 200 pairs of shoes! Participants enjoyed a beautiful day for the walk/run – not to mention delicious yogurt parfaits and pastries provided by Westin chef Iain Rennie – and organizers offer their thanks to Bear Mountain residents and members of the Mountainside Athletic Club who joined Westin staff to make the event such a success.

Christine Thaler and Allison Stickney take 14 monthold Sophie Stickney for a five kilometer walk.

Event participants helped kick-off the Westin/New Balance gear lending program.

Cheryl Bushby, Jessica Grove and Tracey Webster adding their donations.

Kyley Layton and Christa McDonald.

Participants Kristy Stone and Jennifer Yarish.

Robin Henderson, Demi Henderson and Tilly.

Jason Karmazynski, Jordan Ray and Jordan Fletcher.

Simon Dejongh, Greg Leiman and Tim Simpson were among the first to finish the 5K run.

June Hinshaw, and Kathryn Borthwick with Yvette Barbeau.


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It was in 1980 that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s board first decided to move downtown. Since then, several campaigns to find a new location have gained momentum and fallen apart – the latest being a 2008 proposal to move to the site of Cridge Park. Given this history – and a healthy dose of pragmatism – the current board has taken a new tack: to invest in what it already owns. “It’s not likely on the horizon that we’re going to move downtown anytime soon,” said gallery director Jon Tupper. “We started to think, ‘we better do something, because we have to fix up the place.’” A condition report revealed roughly $20,000 in required upgrades for the facility at 1040 Moss St., tucked into the residential Rockland neighbourhood. “It’s like an old car. You start fixing the transmission and then the engine, and then you start thinking, ‘why don’t we just do the whole thing?’” That idea sparked a request for proposals to re-envision the space. “We’ve got a lot of really incredible artworks that are treasures that are not being seen,” Tupper said. Less than one per cent of their collection of 18,000 items is on display in any year, he said. “It is not enough.” With an estimated budget of $14 million, the board hopes to receive proposals to accomplish several things. First, it seeks a slightly larger footprint. Second, it seeks a redesign to make more efficient use of underutilized space. “When we look at that ramp area… is there a way we can transform that into exhibition and program space,” said Tupper. “Same with the entranceway.” Tupper admits some people won’t be happy with the news. “Those people who put all that energy and effort into moving downtown are going to be disappointed.” However, a new building would cost between $60 million and $80 million, he said. “Is this the economic climate to be raising that kind of dough? I’m not sure it is.” The request for proposals closes at the end of the month. rholmen@vicnews.com


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