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ike an unruly mob, a pack of Grade 4 and 5 students from Marigold elementary eagerly crowd around Barrie Goodwin as he pulls a 12-pound coho out of a large cooler at his feet. The kids immediately reach out to pet the salmon – a dead four-year-old male – but Goodwin turns away, shielding the fish from the group. “We don’t want you smelling like fish the rest of the day,” he exclaims. Standing at the shoreline of the Colquitz River, Goodwin and Chris Bos, both stream stewards, give the students a joint historyscience lesson on the salmonbearing river. “We’ve been learning about the connection between stormwater runoff and the quality of our streams and rivers, and I’m noticing we’re near a giant parking lot and a huge highway,” says teacher Marnie Toh. “Can you tell us, is that an issue in this creek?” Calling it “an issue” would be an understatement, given the Colquitz’s past year.

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Marigold elementary teacher Liz Belanger gives a 12 pound coho salmon a smooch at Colquitz River. Students learn about the health of the salmon-bearing watershed from volunteer stewards. It was on Nov. 25, 2011 that Saanich discovered a 1,100-litre home heating oil spill on Kenneth Avenue. Most of that fuel had already flowed into a storm drain and polluted Colquitz River, Colquitz Creek and Swan Creek. The Colquitz stewards, who had spent the previous two months counting the 252 Coho that swam up the creek to spawn, dismantled their fish counting fence behind Tillicum Centre in the hopes that the fish in the oilsoaked water would swim down-

stream back into the Gorge and escape the polluted area. In the days following, 24 adult salmon were found dead in the river. Then on Feb. 23, 2012, the Colquitz was polluted again when another home heating tank leaked, this time spilling 630 litres of oil into the river near Vanalman Avenue. And just last week, B.C. Hydro took responsibility for an oily sheen on the Colquitz River after mineral oil from a power cable leaked into the waterway.

“If we’re going to keep the fish and wildlife values for you and your kids in the future, we need to be careful that we don’t pollute these creeks,” Bos tells the students. “If the storm water isn’t clean ... we will have a problem – we will lose these values in the future.” Adriane Pollard, Saanich’s manager of environmental services, says home heating spills of the last 12 months have been an eyeopening lesson for the municipality. Including the two big spills

in the Colquitz, there were eight known home heating oil spills in Saanich since February 2011. “Most of the time, we don’t hear about the spills – they’re small, contained and they’re cleaned up well,” Pollard says. “The difference is when you get a spill that leaves a property and heads to the nearest creek. For a period of time (this year) we had a great increase in the number of those spills.” And those sorts of spills are likely going to continue, says Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming, who walked the Colquitz with Bos last week to see how the river is doing one year after that first big spill. “These oil tanks really are just ticking time bombs,” says Fleming, the NDP’s environment critic. “What we’re seeing is that where there are areas of provincial responsibility, we have strong laws around enforcing cleanups. But there is a real gap on the prevention side.” That statement is loudly echoed by Bos and Pollard, as well as Coun. Vicki Sanders, who chairs Saanich’s environmental advisory committee. Educating homeowners on the risks associated with aging oil tanks and fuel lines is crucial in minimizing the number of these spills, they say. “We know there are probably 9,000 oil tanks in Saanich – and that’s probably a conservative estimate. We’re seeing no co-operation from insurance or the oil companies to help us find them, because that would make it very simple for us to notify everybody who owns an oil tank – but that’s not happening,” Sanders says. PLEASE SEE: Colquitz, Page A25


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Taxi hits woman in lit crosswalk Despite doing everything right – crossing the street at a recently re-engineered, fully lit, marked crosswalk – a 21-year-old woman was struck by a taxi and injured Monday afternoon. At just before 5:30 p.m., a 2008 Prius cab turning left onto Interurban Road from Burnside Road, struck a woman who had activated the pedestrian walkway and was threequarters of the way across the road when she was clipped. “I guess (the driver) perhaps didn’t see the pedestrian or felt that this was a golden opportunity to slip through traffic, not realizing that everybody had stopped for the pedestrian,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. The impact caused fracture-like injuries to her ankle area, as well as a bump on her head. Investigators towed the taxi for inspection. It underwent a mechanical inspection and officers are reviewing the internal taxi video. The driver was ticketed $138 for failing to yield to a yellow flashing light at a crosswalk.

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More than just free hugs Student project aims for random acts of kindness this Sunday Kyle Slavin News staff

How comfortable would you be hugging 10 complete strangers, or giving one of them a piggyback ride? Would the kindness you dole out come from a genuine place in your heart? This weekend’s Victoria Kindness Challenge, an event organized by a trio of University of Victoria students, aims to spread sincere kindheartedness through good deeds done for strangers. “We all like the idea of trying to make Victoria a more compassionate and kinder place,” said Joe Thomas, 21, a third-year recreation and health education student. He and fellow students Lauren Bernardi, 20, and Alyssa Weninger, 26, are taking John Meldrum’s management in recreation and health course this semester. “In September (Meldrum) encouraged us to take initiatives on some of the ideas we want to do,” Thomas said. “He gives each of the groups $20 and we use that to fund our initial effort. He wants to see how far we can take (our ideas).” This is the fifth year Meldrum has given student groups $20 as start-up capital for the class’s major project. “It used to be a class that we had them do a business plan … but it was kind of artificial. So I thought, ‘Why don’t I give them some meaning, take some money out of my wallet and show them there’s a sense of commitment?” Meldrum said. “We teach the major principles of the course through the project. The $20 idea is the second purpose, to see how they

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University of Victoria students Alyssa Weninger, Lauren Bernardi and Joe Thomas are ready for their kindness challenge on Sunday, which begins at the fountain on the legislature lawn at 11 a.m. can make change without a ton of resources.” In the first four years of the project, Meldrum says his students have raised nearly $12,000 through a variety of initiatives. “We’ve had students raise money to send kids through KidSport, we’ve had people do a seminar for young girls on body awareness, we’ve had people raise money to send bikes to Africa, we’ve had people teach kids how to make healthy food on a limited budget,” the instructor says. “It’s been kind of all over the place, but the goal is to make your community a healthier place.” Thomas says he and his groupmates hope to spark a wave of

kindness through their public challenge on Sunday. Teams of all ages are invited to meet at the legislature fountain at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 25 for registration. The three-hour Kindness Challenge begins at 11 a.m., and teams of two to five people will be given a list of 100 kind tasks, which could be offering hugs, kind words, helping people cross the street or giving someone a self-made piece of art. “There’s also some really silly (tasks), worth 100 points that hopefully people won’t be able to do. But if they can …,” Thomas said. Teams will be required to document their good deeds – scavenger

hunt-style – using a smartphone or camera, and the top teams win prizes. Meldrum said he’s blown away by the innovative ideas he’s seen his students come up with, especially given how much good they’ve done in the community. “I thought at best somebody would raise a hundred bucks, which would be great, but they continue to astound me,” he said. “They’re seeing that they can take this entrepreneurial approach, even with limited resources, and make this world a better place.” For more info on the Victoria Kindness Challenge, visit

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Saanich opposes use of genetically modified seeds Kyle Slavin News staff

Saanich council took a united stance Monday night in opposing the use of genetically modified seed crops in the municipality. Councillors argued that the motion, which also included writing a letter to various senior levels of government asking for mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods, was the best way to protect local organic farms. “I do believe (genetically modified organisms are) a real impact to our organic farmers, and we need to try and protect that new sort of business entity as best we can,� said Coun. Judy Brownoff. Coun. Dean Murdock, who chairs the Healthy Saanich advisory committee, which brought the motion forward, said there isn’t enough known about any possible health risks associated with consuming genetically modified foods, so he would rather err on the side of caution. Labelling GMO products, he

said, would at least give consumers the knowledge to make a choice. “You’re going to be consumer, one way or another, of genetical modified foods, and that may or may not be your choice,� added Coun. Vic Derman. “We label whether food is kosher sensitive or not. That’s a choice, it’s probably not a health issue, it’s simply a choice.� Saanich conducted public consultation earlier in October, and it was apparent from the turnout then that Saanichites overwhelmingly support the ban, except for one lone proponent of GMO crops who says Saanich made an uninformed decision based on unfounded fears. “The councillors are not trained in the science, and they do not have the ability to differentiate between science and the pseudo-science,� said Robert Wager, who teaches at Vancouver Island University and has a background in biochemistry and molecular biology. Wager argues farmers can benefit from using genetically modified seeds, which can be

beneficial to the economy and can result in drastic reductions in the amount of insecticides and pesticides used to protect crops. He says genetically modified crops that are drought and frost tolerant, and resistant to viruses and fungal infections. “There is so much research out there that rebuts any of the pseudo-scientific information (that informed council’s decision),� Wager said. Coun. Paul Gerrard stressed Saanich should take the precautionary principle, and conduct more research to ensure council makes the most informed decision possible, which echoed the sentiment of the Peninsula Agricultural Commission. While the Healthy Saanich committee sought advice from the agricultural commission, the report that came before council was worded much stronger against the use of GMO products, Gerrard noted. Council supported the motion 9-0 to oppose genetically modified seeds crops and write letters encouraging mandatory GMO labelling.

Brazen bike thefts hit UVic, Oak Bay bubble Tim Collins News staff

Bicycles became the target of thieves last week and police are warning cyclists to secure their bikes in well-lit areas with highquality locks. On Nov. 13 an employee at the University of Victoria had his Trek 21-speed bicycle, valued at $950, taken from a bike shelter.

The bike’s lock had been forcibly removed. On Nov. 16 another bike valued at $600 was stolen from in front of the Cunningham building at UVic. At the Oak Bay tennis bubble, a bike thief stole a 24-speed Kona mountain bike on Nov. 15. A man rode up to the bubble on a presumably cheaper bike, cut the lock of the target bike





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Seniors beware: phone scammers unrelenting A Saanich senior is sending out a warning to other seniors after having thwarted a telephone scammer. In September Ruth Meyer received a phone call from a man claiming to be her grandson. The man said he was in jail and needed $2,000 sent to him immediately. Recognizing that the voice on the phone didn’t match up with that of her actual grandson by the same name, and remembering a Saanich News story on telephone scams, Meyer began questioning the caller and when the facts didn’t jibe with her actual grandson’s status, she told the man she would be contacting the police. The caller hung up. “I’m 73-years-old and I still have it together, but I know that other people have sent money,� said

Meyer, who saw the failed scam as an opportunity to educate other seniors. Meyer called Saanich police, but was disappointed that no-one followed up with her complaint – a symptom of the barrage of scamrelated complaints still coming into the department on a daily basis, said Saanich police spokesperson Sgt. Dean Jantzen. The best defence against scams, Jantzen said, is to react just as Meyer did and question the caller. “If it’s not a scam people have no problem giving phone numbers and addresses,� Jantzen said. “Do some fact checking. Ask some questions. Be as wary over the telephone as you would be as someone coming to your door.�

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Saanich police aim to offset emissions from commuting Kyle Slavin News staff

Saanich police officers now have another way to give back to their community. Because typical 12-hour shifts don’t always allow the use of public transportation, walking or riding a bike to work, officers are supporting the municipality’s carbon offset program to reduce their commute’s environmental impact. “We’ve recognized that we have an obligation to the future, to try to lessen that impact, and this is one way of doing it,” Saanich police Chief Mike Chadwick said Friday, after helping plant five new Garry oak trees behind municipal hall. “This has been unanimously endorsed by all levels of the department, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the contributions are going to add up to.” Using Saanich’s free, online carbon calculator (www.saanich. ca/carboncalculator) officers, as well as Saanich residents and municipal staff, can go online to determine how much carbon they put out in the environment travelling to and from work in their vehicle. A dollar figure is calculated that users can then choose to donate back to their

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Saanich police Chief Mike Chadwick helps plant a young Garry oak tree behind municipal hall as part of an initiative through Saanich's carbon offset program. community. Money collected from the carbon offset program is used to fund two community projects:

expanding Saanich’s urban forest and climate action curriculum in Saanich schools. “This is a great alternative for residents to be able to put the money back into the community and see climate action happen,” said Mark Boysen, Saanich’s sustainability co-ordinator. Boysen hopes the police department’s initiative will help spur other employees and residents to use the carbon calculator and support Saanich projects. While the online carbon calculator isn’t new to Saanich, a newly updated version now includes more detailed calculations, and allows users to select which project they want to fund. In addition to calculating your vehicle’s carbon output, the tool can calculate the impact of your use of electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil and from airplane travel. Chadwick says while there’s been endorsement of the project by his officers, it’ll be up to them to choose to participate. “I think every member will search their own conscience as to whether or not this is something they want to contribute to, and I’m pretty confident that they will,” he said.

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Previous elected political experience -- None

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What is your opinion on sewage treatment being revisited or delayed? -- We are not supporting it. A perfect sewage treatment plant does exactly what the ocean outfall currently does with our sewage. This whole billon-dollar public relations exercise and nightmare is wasteful, harmful and dangerous to families in Victoria. Keep it based on real science, not myth and emotions that are pulling on the heartstrings of the public. Families in Victoria will not be able to afford the extra hundreds of dollars a year that will be added to local property tax bills.

Previous elected political experience -- Two terms on the Greater Victoria School Board (chaired curriculum committee)

Occupation -- Adjunct professor at the Peter Gustavson School of Business (on leave)

Previous elected political experience -- None What is your opinion on sewage treatment being revisited or delayed? -- It should be delayed, but we will need secondary sewage treatment in the future. The next step should be for the Victoria MP to approach relevant departments (Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, DND) to assess their flexibility. With so much money at stake, we need to be sure that the plan we have is the best available. What are your priorities for transit? -- Municipal transit choices should be based on decision-making by local voices. The federal government should not prescribe conditions. That said, there should be a national transit strategy that emphasizes and supports high-efficiency, low-carbon solutions. I’m a big fan of trains and bikes. How would you bring the federal government to your constituents? -- Two-way communication is essential. An MP should have a close relationship with the active and committed social organizations of civil society. Their assistance in identifying local needs is indispensable. An MP should also be a keen listener to individual interests and needs. The regular town hall meeting is an effective device, as is an open and experienced constituency office. It will also be important for the MP to be a tenacious advocate of local interests in Ottawa. What is your regular mode of transportation? -a) Bus to work (fall/winter) b) Recumbent trike to work (spring/summer; sold just before the campaign) c) Car

What is your opinion on sewage treatment being revisited or delayed? -- I have heard a clear message from Victorians: they do not want to pollute our coastal waters; and they have serious concerns with the CRD plan. I have also heard a clear message from marine scientists: there is no current scientific evidence showing any damage to the coastal waters of B.C. Therefore, I favour regular monitoring of pollution levels in our oceans to determine if and when action should be taken. What are your priorities for transit? -- We need an integrated, regional transit system involving rail, rapid transit, airports and seaports. At present, our transportation system is fragmented and the municipal, provincial and federal governments are not co-operating in finding solutions. The absence of a regional transportation strategy is costing this community in many ways: the added costs of doing business, disruption of family life, poorer quality of life and the difficulty in attracting workers to Victoria. How would you bring the federal government to your constituents? -- My philosophy is to “listen and lead.” By that, I mean I will listen to Victorians and take their concerns to the table in Ottawa. Victoria needs a powerful and influential voice in Ottawa. This city, where I was born and raised and where I have chosen to raise my family, has enormous potential. Let’s work together to fulfill its promise. What is your regular mode of transportation? -- Automobile to and from work

What are your priorities for transit? -- We prefer to see it privatized, as too much money is being wasted by government. How would you bring the federal government to your constituents? -- As part of the Government of Canada, I will be working for you to reduce the size of government to a minimum, protect your personal liberty and rights, eliminate personal income tax and bring in a user-pay system for services. What is your regular mode of transportation? -- I walk or take the bus service, or use alternate ways to get around.


What is your opinion on sewage treatment being revisited or delayed? -Primary treatment can be most effectively and cheaply accomplished with modern septic tanks for homes and apartments (subsidized). Sterile solids, pumped out every two to three years, could be fertilizer. No one can afford any increase in taxes from sewage treatment. Therefore scrap the current plans. What are your priorities for transit? -- Walking and cycling promote health and cut health-care costs. Distances can be moderate if the city is progressively decentralized, as in Europe. With modern communication it isn’t necessary to be physically close to co-workers or competitors. Work done in homes is better for families. Home working parents can concentrate better because they are not constantly worrying about their precious baby in the daycare. How would you bring the federal government to your constituents? -- Victorians can frequently communicate their opinions on problems and proposals at small cost. Their opinions, using analogue scales, can be used as a mini-referendum. Island MPs can meet in local public discussions to form and forward regional legislation. This can decrease discussion time in Parliament and shorten delays of implementation. It will reduce lobbying and travelling. What is your regular mode of transportation? -- Living in Sooke, I drive a small SUV, but try to use the bus whenever possible.

Previous elected political experience -- None What is your opinion on sewage treatment being revisited or delayed? -- I don’t believe that we should pump sewage into the ocean for another generation. We shouldn’t saddle our children with a burden that will only be more expensive in the future. We are one of the only major cities on the Pacific Coast without secondary sewage treatment. Both the B.C. Liberals and federal Conservatives have ordered clean-up – it’s time to move forward. What are your priorities for transit? -- I support Olivia Chow’s National Transportation Strategy Act (C-305). Canada is the only G8 country without dedicated federal transit funding and a national plan. Efficient, affordable transit can be a major economic driver and an easy way to manage our carbon emissions. However, to develop these kinds of transit systems there needs to be federal funding and a cohesive strategy. How would you bring the federal government to your constituents? -- I believe that our MP should represent Victoria’s interests in Ottawa, and not the other way around. I will follow in Denise Savoie’s footsteps in representing all of Victoria, not just those who vote for me. I promise to stand up for my city and my region and work with all parties to best meet Victoria’s needs. What is your regular mode of transportation? -- Most often I ride my bike, but I do use my car and transit as well.

Previous elected political experience -- None What is your opinion on sewage treatment being revisited or delayed? -The current proposals will provide no net environmental benefit, according to UVic ocean scientists and public health officials. We need to delay the project and revisit the proposed solution to implement a 21st-century technology that will provide us with real improvements, not a 19th-century solution that will cost $1 billion with no improvement. What are your priorities for transit? -- We need to look at creating a 21st-century transportation infrastructure that will allow people to take transit, walk and cycle safely and efficiently. Instead of investing $1 billion in sewage infrastructure that will provide no net benefit, we should look at investing that infrastructure money in transportation solutions. How would you bring the federal government to your constituents? -- As your Member of Parliament, I would maintain an office in the riding to serve the citizens of Victoria. But I would also look at ways to use new technologies in innovative ways to provide information and services to my constituents. Telephone town halls, Internet-based video conferencing and social media should all be employed to better communicate with people in Victoria. What is your regular mode of transportation? -- Car

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At a press conference at the Legacy Gallery on Yates Street, David Turpin, president of the University of Victoria, announces details of a study that estimates that UVic’s annual input to Greater Victoria’s economy is nearly $900 million.

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The final figure underlining the University of Victoria’s annual impact on B.C.’s economy was higher than Tony Eder expected. As the university’s director of institutional planning and analysis, his office conducted the research and crunched the numbers to come up with an estimated $3.2-billion figure. “It’s larger than we’ve seen in the past. Part of that is due to the extraordinary contribution of our university graduates and the way they spend their income in the province of B.C.,” Eder said. “But it’s also the importance of research. We always knew it was very important, but the magnitude of close to a billion dollars surprised us and impressed us.” UVic’s yearly economic impact was revealed in a report released Monday. The figure was broken down into five categories: direct spending by UVic; student spending; visitor spending; increased income resulting from higher

education; and impact of UVic research. “It’s important every now and again to step back and take a look at the numbers to get a sense of what is the economic impact of having a university like ours in this region, and you can see it’s extremely significant,” said David Turpin, president of UVic. Direct spending by the university accounts for $585 million annually. Student spending was calculated at $177 million, with visitor spending at $135 million. Annually, the impact of UVic education of salaries in B.C. is estimated to be $1.27 billion. The impact of UVic research, development and innovation is estimated at $994 million. Bruce Carter, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, said direct spending from the university, students and visitors – a combined $897 million – has the greatest impact on Greater Victoria’s economy. UVic is a significant local economic driver, he said, comparable to tourism, shipbuilding and high-tech. “When I describe (Victoria’s) economy, I say ‘We’ve got a tech sector worth roughly $2.6 billion, we’ve got a tourism sector north of $1.5 billion. Then we’ve got an education, and shipbuilding and repair sector that are both


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ll six candidates in the Nov. 26 Victoria federal byelection have offered their thoughts on sewage treatment for the Capital Region, in one forum or another in recent weeks. If you missed Byelection sheds hearing it in person, you can read their broader light on views on the issue in sewage treatment our candidate survey (page A8). It’s not surprising that all of the candidates have hitched their campaign wagons to the do-itnow or wait-till-it-gets-bad camps on sewage treatment. It’s an acknowledgement by would-be MPs and their promoters that public awareness on the issue is as high as it has been since pro-treatment character Mr. Floatie achieved international notoriety. A cynic might say those trying to gain office are simply taking advantage of the momentum being built by local politicians who question the logic of building a nearly $800-million facility, rather than holding off until damage to the marine environment becomes significant. On the other hand, an optimist – one who also questions the decision to spend that kind of money on secondary treatment – might say it’s a good thing if a broader light can be shed on the marine science that has seemingly been ignored in this whole affair. Five years ago, we encouraged all affected levels of government to give the science a more thorough evaluation. We continue to hold the view that research on the impact to the marine environment is incomplete. With party leaders and other influential MPs campaigning with Victoria byelection candidates the past couple of weeks – all but Green leader Elizabeth May are from back east – we hope the whys of sewage treatment gain a higher profile in Ottawa in the near future. That may not prompt the Conservative government to rethink its ban on dumping untreated sewage into the ocean, but it may buy cash-strapped Capital Region residents some time before we have to start shelling out for a treatment facility. 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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ew parents paint the walls It’s actually quite comical how of their son’s nursery blue. people respond when you rattle off Or they’ll dress their infant the sexes of all 26 characters of the daughter in pink. alphabet. Most people Unless you’re will sit silently, thinking, interested in sparking and then defensively say, a discussion on gender “No, M should be a guy!” norms, it doesn’t seem No, to me they’re worth second-guessing wrong. M is a gal. that society identifies And so are A, C, D, G, L, baby boys and baby girls N, O, Q, V and Y. by assigning a pastel B, E, F, H, I, J, K, P, R, S, colour to each sex. T, U, W, X and Z are male. But to me, it’s a As are 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and no-brainer that blue is the colours blue, green, Kyle Slavin a boy’s colour and pink brown, beige, black and The Gen-Y Lens grey. 3, 4, 8, 9 and 0 are is a girl’s colour. That’s because my mind works female, along with red, different than most people’s. yellow, orange, purple, pink, white I have a neurological condition … you get the idea. known as synesthesia. More What’s my justification for these specifically, I have the ordinalgender assignments? I’m not sure, linguistic personification form of the and I’ve tried to analyze it all. condition. Most people I chat with about my Without an ounce of mental effort synesthesia disagree with me on or requirement of thought, my brain green, orange and purple. assigns genders to colours, letters They think I should think green’s and numbers. It’s second nature to a girly colour, and orange and me. My brain has done this since as purple are manly. far back as I can remember. I can’t reverse or switch the The genders never change – C genders my brain doled out is always female, 7 is always male decades ago, so they’re really – and some letters and numbers wasting their breath attempting to have personalities (G, for example, change my mind. is a burly, angsty female). Blue Ordinal-linguistic personification has always been male, and pink is is a very mild form of synesthesia. always female. The condition, as it’s defined, is a It wasn’t until I was 20 that I “union of senses.” realized the way my mind treated Some synesthetes taste words, numbers, letters and colours was while others see sounds. unusual. “The male singer’s voice (is) gray I figured everyone else did the and the female’s (is) white, both same thing – but after quizzing fading in and out of the darkness my friends, family and co-workers, while the percussion makes the nope, apparently not. background ebb and flow. It’s like

watching a birds-eye view of a black ocean during the nighttime with strobe lights flickering on and off coming from underwater.” That’s how a sound-colour synesthete, who posted about his experience online, described listening to one indie British pop band’s songs. That seems pretty sensational. It would be problematic to have a gustatory banquet stimulate your taste buds with every conversation you have or book you read. But I think tasting words would be a really neat form of synesthesia to have. I’m not sure if the strength of one’s synesthesia is ever so powerful that it’s handicapping, but when I think back on my childhood and formative years, I realize my synesthesia did impact my day-today life. I wore, almost exclusively, blues, blacks, greens and greys, and shied away from purchasing anything purple, pink, orange or red. I wasn’t consciously trying to dress one particular way, I just didn’t want to wear the colours that I thought everyone else, like me, perceived to be female. Having been a synesthete since childhood, I can’t imagine living a life where I don’t harmlessly and naturally segregate colours, numbers and letters by gender. I just wish everyone else could experience what we synesthetes experience – your senses don’t know what they’re missing. Kyle Slavin is a reporter for the Saanich News.

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SAANICH NEWS - Friday, November 23, 2012

Obama must show climate leadership The race to become leader “breakthrough technologies of the world’s most powerful that could further remove democracy often seemed carbon from our atmosphere.” disconnected from But those were reality. During inadequate, given debates, the two main the scope of the candidates stooped problem. to insults, half-truths He should have and outright lies. The done more. Part overall campaign of the problem is included appallingly the increasingly ignorant statements dysfunctional nature about women. of a polarized and But the most paralyzed U.S. bewildering political system – David Suzuki disconnect was over including a Congress with Ian Hanington dominated by antithe greatest threat the world faces: environmental, antiglobal warming. Republican tax and often anti-government candidate Mitt Romney only Republicans. mentioned it mockingly, and Many of us – not just President Barack Obama Americans – hope the president brought it up in passing toward will show stronger leadership the end of the campaign and in this time around. one line during his acceptance Unfortunately, his news speech. conference statement sent We should probably be mixed messages. Although he happy that the candidate who admitted more should be done, at least acknowledged the he also said, “If the message seriousness of climate change somehow is that we’re going to won. Obama has had more ignore jobs and growth simply to say since being elected to to address climate change, I his second term. “I am a firm don’t think anyone’s going to go believer that climate change for that. I won’t go for that.” is real, that it is impacted In trying to say the right by human behaviour and thing without alienating the carbon emissions, and as a fossil fuel industry and other consequence I think we have an moneyed interests, he came obligation to future generations across as confused. to do something about it,” he Even though it will be told reporters at a post-election expensive and painful not to news conference. act, he’s not prepared to take His first-term accomplishthe necessary steps if it will ments: better fuel efficiency impede jobs and growth. standards for vehicles, But climate change is already increased clean-energy costing the U.S., and the rest of production and investment in the world – in money, human

health and lives. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events, droughts and floods is in line with what climate scientists have been predicting for decades – and evidence is mounting that what’s happening is more severe than predicted, and will get far worse still if we fail to act. Because leaders in Canada and the U.S. have, for too long, listened to fossil fuel interests and their denier minions rather than scientists, it will be more difficult than it might have been to reduce carbon emissions to the extent necessary to prevent runaway global warming. But there are many ways to protect the health of the planet and the future of humanity without destroying economies. Conserving energy and thus saving money, reducing consumption of unnecessary products and packaging and shifting to a clean-energy economy would likely hurt the bottom line of polluting industries, but would undoubtedly have positive effects for most of us. Many scientists and economists also say putting a price on carbon through carbon taxes and/or cap-and-trade is necessary. Rethinking the economy as a means and not an end in itself would also help. If America wants to retain its position as a global power, its president must listen to the people and show strong leadership at this turning point in human history.

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LETTERS Cohen addressed salmon poaching Re: Salmon mystery far from solved (B.C. Views, Nov. 14). Discussing the Cohen Commission report on the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon runs, Tom Fletcher writes, “Poaching on the Fraser? Cohen didn’t get around to that.” This is inaccurate. In volume two, chapter two, page 35, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen states: “I am also concerned that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) does not estimate illegal or unauthorized catch to use in its management of the fishery. This information could be helpful to fisheries managers in a variety of ways – for example, in directing enforcement activities, allocating fishing access, and providing postseason accounting of returns.” Justice Cohen goes on to say: “I accept the evidence of those witnesses who said that conservation is best served by proactively preventing fish from

being taken illegally from the water. Preventing the illegal taking of fish will likely involve a combination of community education and stewardship and on-the-ground enforcement activities. “Effective catch monitoring of all sectors is an important component of this plan, as is the realistic allocation and identification of food, social and ceremonial fish to Aboriginal groups. I do not want to suggest that after-the-fact investigations are not also important; they are. Indeed, enforcement activities aimed at illegal sales may provide an effective deterrent to taking fish illegally out of the water.” On page 54 of the same volume: “In my view, preventing the illegal taking of fish should be the priority consideration when DFO is faced with focusing its resource expenditure within any of the three pillars.” John Newcomb Victoria

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UVic SUB no longer selling bottled water Kyle Slavin News staff

Bottled water is no longer available for purchase anywhere in the University of Victoria Student Union Building. The UVic Students’ Society, following through on a March 2011 referendum decision, aims to gradually eliminate the sale of bottled water on campus. “An overwhelming majority of students told us that they wanted to see UVic become a bottled water free campus. We are excited to say ... we have now phased bottled water out of all our business operations and vending machines,”

said UVSS chairperson Emily Rogers. The UVSS referendum was sparked by economical and environmental concerns surrounding the amount of greenhouse gases put out creating and shipping bottled water. Given the high quality of Greater Victoria drinking water, the UVSS supports increasing infrastructure to access public water. While the UVSS only has authority over the SUB, they’re pushing the university to come on board and expand the ban campus-wide. “We had been in talks with UVic to eliminate bottled water at the same time

and celebrate this milestone together, but unfortunately they were unable to commit,” Rogers said. “We hope that UVic will follow the lead of other forward-thinking universities in Canada and implement this policy in the very near future.” Also in March 2011, Saanich council supported a phased ban on bottled water sales in all municipally-owned buildings. The current contract on municipal vending machines ends in 2014, and by that time Saanich anticipates it will have state-of-the-art water bottle filling stations in all rec centres.



Vehicle thefts, car break-ins down across Capital Region Despite a mid-summer spike in vehicle breakins, ICBC is reporting a significant overall drop in break-ins and stolen cars across Greater Victoria this year. In the first six months of 2012, there was a 51-percent decrease in thefts from vehicles compared with the same period last year. That trend was expected to continue into the latter half of 2012, given that Victoria police netted three of the city’s most prolific thieves in August. “We had a huge Bait Car project in the summer called Operation Tourist Trap, and that put away some pretty high-profile guys who have been well known to us for thefts from autos,” said VicPD Const. Mike Russell. The three men have more than 100 combined property related convictions, he said. Saanich, for one, has had a 20 per cent decline in auto thefts over the past 12 months, and a 58 per cent drop in theft from vehicles, according to ICBC stats. Since the Bait Car program was introduced in 2003, stolen vehicles and thefts from vehicles have decreased by at least half throughout Capital Region municipalities.



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Of eagles and elections Ancient Forest Alliance hosts a presentation Nov. 26 by B.C. eagle expert David Hancock and an eagle slideshow by Ken Wu and T.J. Watt. Also discussed will be the ecology and preelection politics of the campaign to save oldgrowth forests. The event, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St., includes a silent auction, art and refreshments. Admission by donation. For more details email

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The Downey family, Scott, left, Diane, Ryan and Ken finish the 2011 Oak Bay Merrython at the Henderson Rec Centre. four kilometre walk. Children can also participate in a special one-kilometre event that starts at 11:15 a.m. Rogers-Warnock says that organizers are paying a lot more attention to the children’s event this year and intend to make it just as special as the adult run. “The little guys deserve to have the same level of enthusiasm for their run as the adults,” she said. “They’re the adult runners of tomorrow, after all.” Registration for the event is open until Dec. 2. All money raised through the run goes to the community

and international projects of the Rotary Club, which raised $3,316 in 2011 through the generosity of the 172 adult participants and the 29 youth runners. The Rotarians are involved in projects as diverse as improving the Carnarvon water park and buying Smart Boards for George Jay Elementary school to providing dental care in Guatemala and wood burning stoves to villages in Africa. See registration information at news/2012-merrython-fun-runregistration-now.


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The Rotary Club of Oak Bay is once again hosting the annual Merrython Fun Run. The event is set for Dec. 2 at the Henderson Recreation Centre and, according to event chair Leslie Rogers-Warnock, organizers couldn’t be more excited. “It’s (Rotary’s) second year running the event and it just keeps getting better. You learn something every time you run an event like this and then you incorporate the ideas from those lessons into the next year’s event,” she said. It’s the 33rd running of the Merrython, with previous events organized by the Oak Bay firefighters. “They’re still a big part of the run,” said RogersWarnock. “They come out and help us and, of course, they send out Sparky (the fire fighters’ mascot) to help out. And of course, Santa may show up as well.” The run kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with warm up jazzercise class leading up to the 10 a.m. start for people age 13 and older, who will participate in either the eight kilometre run or the

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A literary classic reimagined offers unique local take on Orwell’s dystopian novel Daniel Palmer News staff

Having produced more than 20 plays at Craigdarroch Castle, Metro Theatre and McPherson Playhouse, Ian Case knows a thing or two about what makes good theatre. He also has a knack for finding the horror in everything. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that Case’s production of George Orwell’s 1984 zeroes in on the physical horrors of Big Brother’s absolute grip on power. “(The story) is a very stark reminder of humanity’s ability to be inhuman to humanity,” Case said. Written by David Elendune, – read as “one, nine, eight, four” to evoke less connection to the year – uses the backdrop of a futuristic dystopia called Victory City. Case said the audience will notice “gentle implications” of familiar Victoria sights sprinkled throughout the play – think cherry blossoms in Spring – as the torrid love affair develops between Winston (Eric Holmgren)

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Tito Martin-Nemtin, left, Christine Karpiak, Ariel Slack and Randi Edmundson in Giggling Iguana Productions’ and Julia (Ariel Slack). “Every adaptation I’ve ever seen has this sort of post-industrial era grunge to it, as if they were trying to set the action of the story in Orwell’s time, rather than actually looking at it as if it were Orwell’s future,”

Case said. The adaptation is Elendune’s first, although the career writer has six plays (including Good Night, Uncle Joe) and a novel under his belt. He chose 1984 for its iconic value as “that

teenage novel that sits on the wall along with Pink Floyd and hangs over us for the rest of our lives.” That, and there weren’t any copyright restrictions. “It’s a bit like covering a song, and “It’s a bit there’s no point like covering a doing a strict cover, song, and there’s you have to put your slant on it,” no point doing a own Elendune said. The slant includes strict cover, you the themes of love have to put your and hope between own slant on it.” the two protagonists - David Elendune in the face of nihilism. “The real key question is, can you stop people from loving one another? That’s the real core of the story,” he said. runs until Dec. 2 at the Intrepid Theatre Club, 2-1609 Blanshard St. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $16 for students and seniors. A pay-what-you-can evening takes place Nov. 28, with partial proceeds supporting Langham Court Theatre. Find tickets at or call 250590-6291.


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Bentall brings Cariboo to town If Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts took over the Grand Ole Opry, and invited all of their friends for one heck of a show, you’d end up with Barney Bentall’s Grand Cariboo Opry. The cast this year will include Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson, Wendy Bird and more. Over the past five years Bentall’s opry has raised $37,800, which was shared between the Sidney Lions food bank and the Mustard Seed Food Bank. Last year the concert raised more than $10,000. This year’s show is on Saturday Nov. 24 at the First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Rd. in Victoria. Tickets are $30 and are available at Lyle’s Place and online at

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A bloody good time Sinful singer Theodore Trout, alternative-rock DJ, longtime agent provocateur of The Fish Show, and crazed animator, has released his spawn. Five years in the making, Trout’s faithful retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula through a vibrant new lens is at once a thrilling riff and an eye-popping feat of indie filmmaking. Vampire maven Zahir Blue claims, “Dracula Lord of the Damned looks like it was done on a budget that would pay for maybe a nice car, but with a startling imagination behind it. Every frame looks amazing, with imagination taking the place of expensive digital effects. Here is a Dracula demonic yet human, sexual and predatory, deluded, horrific, alien and somehow tragic.” Whether you’re a horror fan, a vampire lover, an indie film-ophile, or just out for a ripping good time, see Dracula, Lord of the Damned, Nov. 26, at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St. Doors open at 7:30, screening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or for advanced tickets, contact Kirsty Barclay at or 250-508-7739. This is an all-ages, licensed venue (suggested for mature audiences). Fangs, optional.

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amboo kind of grew on Jim Legh. The Victoria lawyer and pub owner really liked the feel of a new set of towels his wife bought for their Saanich home. He was already impressed with the look and durability of his bamboo flooring. It wasn’t long before he Don Descoteau started looking into other uses for the plant. Ultimately Biz Beat his search led him to toilet paper. Through a friend in the grocery business, he discovered that bamboo TP is marketed in Australia. When that company didn’t appear interested in expanding to North America, Legh and his partner sourced a manufacturer in China. In a matter of months, Legh’s new company, True Earth Paper, has a deal in place to produce Silk’n Soft toilet paper and sales agreements with several high-profile retailers. “Toilet paper is something everyone in this part of the world uses,” Legh said. “I figured, why cut down trees for something you’re going to flush down the toilet?” The paper is 70 per cent bamboo and 30 per cent cotton, sourced from leftover material from cloth production. The carbon footprint of importing the product from China is still less than domestically produced toilet paper from trees, Legh says, since bamboo produces 35 per cent more oxygen and absorbs four times the carbon as a similar-sized stand of hardwood trees. Given that Silk’n Soft is the new kid on the toilet paper block, sales so far have been brisk, with thousands of packages sold to such stores as Thrifty Foods, Country Grocer, Market on Yates, Peppers, and Oxford Foods, among others. The paper sells for about the same as other toilet papers. The benefits of bamboo to the environment mean little when consumers are scanning the shelves for toilet paper, Legh acknowledges. That’s where the 30 per cent cotton comes in. “The cotton helps make it soft,” he says. For more information on Silk’n Soft, visit or check them out on Facebook.

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Home-grown grocers expand up Island Vancouver Island-based Country Grocer continues to grow, opening the largest store in its chain last month on Bowen Road in Nanaimo. The 50,000-square-foot store, the company’s second in Nanaimo, was constructed to green standards with eco-friendly features that include bio-swales, rain gardens and a heat reclamation unit that captures waste heat to warm the building.

Thrifty’s food drive underway across chain Thrifty Foods has kicked off its annual Food for Families drive at all of its 29 stores. The grocer offers customers an opportunity to add $5, $10 or $20 to their order at the till for food vouchers that are transformed into groceries for families in need, through local food banks. The company raised $206,000 with the campaign last year.

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One-upping big bro Marcus Davis AAA Player of the Year Travis Paterson News staff

When Terrell Davis is your big brother, meeting the expectations he set as a player can seem a bit daunting. The former Mount Douglas Rams running back won just about everything there was to win at the AAA high school football level. But it hasn’t taken long for younger brother Marcus, two years Terrell’s junior, to find a way to make a mark of his own. Marcus was named B.C.’s AAA Player of the Year on Monday, the ultimate accolade for a high school player. “Usually it goes to a senior but I guess I proved myself to the voters,” said Davis, still just 16. “It’s pretty cool, and it’s hard to follow in (Terrell’s) footsteps, but I think I’ve oneupped him.” The award takes into account a player’s all around game, and no one is as dynamic in all areas of the field as Davis. “According to this year’s statistics, one in every five times Marcus touches the football he scores a touchdown, which is nothing short of amazing,” said Rams head coach Mark Townsend. “He’s is our hybrid offensive player and is equally dangerous lining up either as a (wide) receiver or as running back,

SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF Vikes on the road against Golden Bears, Pandas The UVic Vikes men’s basketball team let an 11-point lead slip away in the third quarter of their match at UVic’s McKinnon Gym on Saturday, but hung on to win 77-63 over the Trinity Western Spartans. The Vikes men are now 5-1 in the Canada West conference. They retook a comfortable 19-point lead late in the game with three-pointers from Brandon Dunlop, Brin Taylor and Terrell Evans. Michael Acheampong led the scoring for UVic with 17 points on Saturday and 20 points in the Vikes’ 71-61 loss to the Spartans on Friday. The Vikes women’s basketball team outclassed the Spartans in both of their meetings, 72-59 on Saturday and 73-61 on Friday. Debbie Yeboah led the Vikes in scoring in both games with 23 and 25 points. The Vikes men’s and women’s teams are away today (Nov. 23) and tomorrow against the Alberta Golden Bears/Pandas and Saskatchewan Huskies. Both games are broadcast live on

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Mount Doug’s Marcus Davis carries against the Terry Fox Ravens at Westhills Stadium on Friday (Nov. 16). Davis scored four touchdowns, one of them an 82-yard kick return. and is an outstanding kick returner.” Davis has returned a kick or punt for a touchdown five times. He plays cornerback on defence. “For Marcus to win this

award is a tremendous achievement, especially considering he’s only in Grade 11.” Davis can’t be recruited by the NCAA until next summer, but has already received a letter of interest from Penn State,

hoping to draw his attention. Rams Zach Wilkinson, Ashton MacKinnon, Julian Luis and Mason Swift were named AAA all-stars.

Stopping Maleek Travis Paterson News staff

His name is Maleek Irons and the W.J. Mouat Hawks tailback is the single most dangerous football player in all of B.C. The Mount Douglas Rams face the Hawks in the provincial AAA semifinals tomorrow (Nov. 24), 5:30 p.m. at UBC’s Thunderbird stadium. It’s a rematch of last year’s Subway Bowl, when the Rams rallied from behind to win 42-35. To say Irons is the central figure of Saturday’s game is an understatement. Without him, the Hawks would come unhinged. Problem is, he’s been unstoppable, including a five-touchdown game against the Rams, a 52-49 Hawks’ win on Oct. 13. “Mouat has a tremendous offensive line who are quick enough to get to the linebacker level and obviously an outstanding running back in Irons,” Townsend said. “We know all too well what (Irons) is

capable of. He has tremendous leg drive and the ability to break through tackles and admittedly we did not do a good job in tackling him in our first meeting.” Last week Irons scored a season-high seven touchdowns to lead the Hawks to a 55-22 victory over the West Vancouver Highlanders in the B.C. AAA quarterfinals. In the process, Irons set a new single-season rushing record of 3,184 yards in 11 games, surpassing the 3,173 yards registered by Reg Bradshaw of the Centennial Centaurs back in 2001. Irons has also scored a mind-boggling 43 touchdowns. “Every time we play there’s always sparks that are flying. It’s going to be another good game,” Marcus Davis said. “They’re not as strong in the passing game, so if we shut down the running game we’ll come out with a victory.” The Rams are one of the youngest AAA teams in the province, with just nine players set to graduate from the 30 man ros-

Fourth-year women’s soccer player Olivia deGoede of the UVic Vikes is the 2012 Provost Award winner. DeGoede leads 58 student-athletes named to the Vikes’ annual honour roll. A Victoria native, DeGoede is a goalkeeper with the Vikes women's soccer program which won bronze at the CIS national championship on Nov. 11. The biology major had an 8.90 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year. Each of the 58 students achieved an 80 per cent average or higher in the classroom.

Vikes, Bays meet in playoff towards Island’s Barnard Cup One week after a massive come-frombehind victory over the Castaway Wanderers, the UVic Vikes face an even stiffer test. On Saturday the Vikes host the James Bay Athletic Association in a Vancouver Island Rugby Union match that goes towards the storied Barnard Cup Island championship. Kick off is 2:45 p.m. at Wallace Field. Last week James Bay had a bye while the Vikes, down 12-6 at half, came back to top the Castaway Wanderers 23-17.

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Maleek Irons hurdles Trevor Ridley of the Rams on Oct. 13. ter this year. The Rams’ attack is equally balanced, with Davis and Brian Dowds at receiver and the duo of Mason Swift and Julian Luis at running back. The Rams are coming off a 45-20 quarterfinal win over the Terry Fox Ravens at Westhills Stadium on Friday (Nov. 16). The junior Rams also made the AAA semifinals, and played yesterday (Nov. 22) at UBC against the junior Terry Fox Ravens. - with files from Dan Kanvig

The Velox Rugby Club’s under-19 men’s side showed promise this season, bettering local rivals James Bay and Castaway Wanderers to make the Island U19 final. But on Sunday (Nov. 18) Velox lost in the Island final to Cowichan, 38-5. Castaway Wanderers beat James Bay 31-28 in the consolation final. Castaway Wanderers dominated at the boys U17 level, defeating Nanaimo 53-7 in that final.

Trio of junior Rams footballers headed to Texas Junior Rams running back Manny Lopez, defensive lineman Byron MacKinnon and offensive lineman Jesse Woollard, have been selected to 15-and-under Team Canada for the U.S. Army All-American games, held in San Antonio in January.

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Lions lead with heart Captain part of ‘scrappy’ Lambrick Lions Travis Paterson News staff

At 5-foot-4, Émilie Wong epitomizes what the Lambrick Park Lions volleyball team is all about. “We’re a short team, a scrappy team. We were the smallest team at the (AA) Island championshps and we’ll probably be the smallest team at provincials,” said coach Chris Koutougos. Despite winning the Island championship at St. Michaels University School last week, the Lions do not have a top-three finish in their sights when they attend the AA girls provincials, beginning Nov. 29 in Nanaimo. Instead, the team which won AA silver at the past two provincials is hoping for a top-10 spot. “We’re confident in our hard work and no matter what the outcome we’ll be happy,” Wong said. Wong is part of a core of Grade 11 players on the team returning to the Lions next year, and this year is building towards that. The team uses heart in place of height, of which Koutougos estimates the team’s average is 5-foot-6. “We win games we have no business winning, our strength is in our team,” Koutougos said. Before defeating Brentwood College in the Island final, the Lions had to survive the semifinal. Host St. Michaels had the Lions on the rope in the fourth set, with leads of 9-2 and 19-12. “To face elimination (in the fourth set) then win the way we did, on a 13-4 run, is unheard of. It was the best I’ve ever seen (St. Michaels) play but we were able to rally.” Wong’s calming demeanour and competitive nature was crucial to the Lions in that game against St. Michaels, said Koutoutgos. It’s one of her greatest strengths, and reasons she is captain of the Lions. Wong is following in the footsteps of a chain of great Lambrick Park captains. Last year it was Tyger Holt, a 6-foot-2 rookie now playing vol-

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Grade 11 student Émilie Wong is the captain of the Lambrick Park Lions volleyball team, the 2012 Island AA champs. leyball for the University of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and 2010 captain Taryn Gmitroski, who plays volleyball for the University of Alberta Augustana Campus in Camrose. Wong was a teammate with both of them, making this her third straight trip to provincials. “I was pretty small kid in Grade 9, and (Gmitroski) had to pump me up. Whenever I think about how to lead, I think about what they did. (Holt) pushed us a lot, too.” Wong is also contemplating a college start to her post-secondary studies so she can keep playing volleyball. But it’s not such a simple decision for the awardwinning academic. She has a 4.0 GPA and had the top chemistry 11 mark last year, as a Grade 10 student. “I’m hoping for a (university) scholarship in both, and I’ve given a little thought to starting at Camosun. I know the coach (Chris Dahl) and that would be

SPORTS CALENDAR Rugby Sat. Nov. 24: CDI men’s premier, James Bay at UVic Vikes, Div. 1 at 1 p.m., Premiers at 2:45 p.m., Wallace Field.

Hockey Fri. & Sat. Nov. 23-24: WHL, Prince George Cougars at Victoria Royals, 7:05 p.m., Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Fri. Nov. 23: VIJHL, Victoria Cougars at Saanich Braves, 6:30 p.m., Pearkes arena.

Fri. Nov. 23: VIJHL, Westshore Wolves at Peninsula Panthers, 7:30 p.m., Panorama. Sat. & Sun. Nov. 24-25: BCMML, Cariboo Cougars at South Island Royals, 12 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m., SaveOn-Foods Memorial Centre. Wed. Nov. 28: VIJHL, Victoria Cougars at Westshore Wolves, 7:30 p.m., Bear Mountain Arena.

Volleyball Sat. Nov. 24: PacWest, College of the Rockies at

Lions pride 2012 grad Chelsea Strandlund is back as an assistant coach with the Lions. Last year she was the MVP of the AA provincials despite the Lions finishing second. Her sister Jasmine is a Grade 11 student currently with the Lions. Both are exceptional baseball players. Chelsea has lined up a scholarship to play baseball for the University of North Carolina in Greensborough, an NCAA

fine,” Wong said. Wong will likely return for her second season as captain next year, a team that is mostly Grade 12s. The expectations will be higher then, and until then, it’s all about working hard and having fun, she said.

Camosun Chargers, women at 6, men at 8 p.m. Sun. Nov. 24: PacWest, College of the Rockies at Camosun Chargers, women at 11 a.m., men at 1 p.m.

Soccer Fri. Nov. 23: VISL Div. 1, Bays Utd. at Saanich Fusion, 8 p.m. Tyndall Park. Sat. Nov. 24: VISL Div. 1, Cowichan at Castaways, 2 p.m. Royal Athletic Park. Sat. Nov. 24: VISL Div. 1, Saltspring at Gorge FC, 4 p.m. Royal Athletic Park. Sat. Nov. 24: VISL Div. 1, Nanaimo United at Prospect Lake Lakers, 8 p.m. Layritz Turf.

SPORTS STATS Vancouver Island men’s Soccer League Div. 1 GP Cowichan FC 11 Bays United 9 Saanich Fusion 9 Nanaimo Utd. 11 Vic West FC 10 Castaways 11 Sooke Celtic 9 PLSC Lakers 11 Saltspring 10 Gorge FC 11 Goal leaders Jordie Hughes 13 Ryan Andre 8 Cooper Barry 7 Kellen Holden 6 Matt Northrup 6 Dan Citra 6

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WITNESS WANTED - A hit and run occurred on Oct. 30, 2012 at 3:15pm, at Richmond and Forrester St. A 2006 Honda Civic was struck by the unidentiďŹ ed driver of a grey/silver late model sedan with a spoiler. The offending vehicle ed on Forrester Street and remains unidentiďŹ ed. If you have any information about the driver or vehicle that ed the scene, please contact GAVIN in conďŹ dence at 250-3846262

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Frozen Perogies, Cabbage Rolls, Borscht and Kobassa. Saturdays Nov 24, Dec 1, 8 & 15. 9 am-1 pm ORTHODOX CHURCH OF SAINT GEORGE 1100 Colville Road


St. Anthony’s Dental Clinic Dr. Loumbardias and staff are very pleased to have Dr. Heather Smith join our Family Dental Practice on Fridays.

New patients accepted and welcome Our new hours are: Monday to Friday 8:30-5:30

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(250)474-4322 HELP WANTED

RE: Estate of RICHARD ARTHUR KENDALL, deceased, late of 1230 Balmoral Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 1B3. Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of RICHARD ARTHUR KENDALL are hereby notiďŹ ed under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, at #402-1321 Blanshard Street, P.O. Box 8043, Victoria, BC, V8W 3R7 on or before December 21, 2012, after which date the Executor will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor

WITNESS WANTED - a Hit and Run occurred on Nov. 9, 2012 at 8:30AM, at Mckenzie and Shelbourne. A 2004 BMW was rear ended by the unidentiďŹ ed driver of a large silver SUV. If you have any information about the driver or the vehicle that ed the scene, please contact GAVIN @250384-6262 or

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FRIENDLY FRANK 9 HAND decorated Christmas cookie tins for Christmas gifts. $10 ea. Call (250)656-1640. BOX OF clock parts, 94 Dodge rims, lady jacket, boy doll, $10 each. (778)265-1615 CADENZA FOR ofďŹ ce or TV stand, 3 drawers, 60â€?l, 20â€?w, 30â€?d. $60. (250)294-2553.

HELP WANTED 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. ELECTRICIAN JOURNEYMAN position, Port Hardy. Residential, commercial, industrial installations & maintenance. Require valid driver’s licence, electrician trade certiďŹ cate & BCTQ. Fax or email resume: 250-949-9230 or: LEGION MANOR Victoria has openings available for an Activity Coordinator & P/T Assistant Housekeeper. Please send resumes to or F100-7601 East Saanich Rd, BC, V8M 0A4. Submit resumes by November 26. NORTH SAANICH Nursery workers needed for 6 weeks work. $10.25/hr+ bonus. Day/Evening shifts. Call 250656-4162 .

CHRISTMAS TREE, lights, star, ornaments, tree skirt, etc... $45. Call (250)477-4426 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.

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PERSONAL CARE CERTIFIED FOOT Care Nurses for seniors only $45 @ 250588-4312

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RETOUCH, RESTORE, Edit Photos. Portraiture, Baby +Family, Maternity. Home Movies to DVD. 250-475-3332.

PETS LOST: Oly the Cat Missing from near Langford Veteran’s Memorial Park November 13th. Friendly and could be in someone’s basement/shed. May have jumped into a car, could be far away from home. Much loved and missed. Any info appreciated, Please call 250-213-1779.

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Quinsam Communications is looking for a qualiďŹ ed Two-way Radio Technician 2 years experience preferred Wage to be determined by experience. Email: or Fax: 250-287-4511 Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Scheduled Days Off. Call Lloyd 780-723-5051


JOIN OUR TEAM Arbutus RV, Vancouver Island’s industry leader, is offering Sales Team opportunities in our Mill Bay & Sidney Locations, to meet the demands of our ever-increasing market. If you have previous proven sales skills or are an enthusiastic learner and self-starter looking for an above-average income this would be the perfect opportunity for you. We offer training, an employee beneďŹ t program, and an exciting work environment along with the scope and credibility that 5 Island locations can bring. Demonstrate your interest by applying via email to

MEDICAL/DENTAL EXPERIENCED CDA/Receptionist wanted for busy mid-island Dental practice (exan, EDI, excellent phone skills & clinical excellence). Fax resume to 250-752-7506 or email: PROFESSIONAL/ MANAGEMENT


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KURT LeRoy Trucking Ltd., of Campbell River is expriencing a 50% growth of new capital expansion over the next year with a new division on the mainland. We need a Highly Motivated exprienced CGA to complete monthly cost accounting for each divsion.Payroll of 38-45 employee’s.Subcontractors will vary. Excellent salary and beneďŹ ts.Please,e-mail resume’s with driver’s abstract to or fax to 250-287-9914.

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

DESIGNER COAT sweater, (Rodier), oatmeal colour, size 12, $50. Call (250)658-8201. HUGO WALKER, $99. Never been used. Please call (250)727-2720. KENMORE MICRO Oven, Circular Wave, 1100 watts, $70 obo. Call (250)477-5798. MEN’S FAR West winter gortex jacket with hood, Xlrg, $65. Call (250)656-6197.

FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, ďŹ r, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391. FIREWOOD NOV. to Dec. Special. Seasoned Fir $200/cord. Free del. with 2 cord order. Call 778-679-7687 or 250-413-7126 GREAT DEAL. Winter Special. Seasoned Firewood. Delivered. Call 250-881-4842. SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest ďŹ rewood producer offers ďŹ rewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

FURNITURE 5 PIECE French Provincial bedroom set, 9 drawer dresser w/lovely framed mirror. Pair of 2 drawer night stands, 3 piece queen brass bed, excellent condition. $650. without bed $550. Call (250)727-7741.

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.

FREE ITEMS FREE: 6 dozen wine bottles, pre washed. (250)475-0980. FREE OAK Entertainment unit, like new, 50x50. (250)385-3777. FREE: ROSE coloured hide-abed/couch, in immaculate condition. Call (250)478-7676. FREE: VERY old trunk, suitable for storage. Call (250)598-1171 after 4pm.

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

MEDICAL SUPPLIES 2010 LEGEND 4 wheel scooter with jumbo basket, scooter cover, walking cane, ag holder and canopy. Like new, always kept in the house. Retail price $4,357, now asking $2050 obo. (250)656-7786.


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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.

N. SAANICH: Newly reno’d 1bdrm. $600, NP/NS. Call 250655-3383, 250-888-9689.

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals


QUADRA VILLAGE 1 bdrm top flr, hdwd flrs, indoor cat ok, parking. $800. (250)812-4154.


SKYWATCHER TELESCOPE and tri-pod. D-102MM F-1300MM. Only used once, asking $500. Please call (250)655-0051.

$5000- POWER CHAIR, new cond, $1500 or Trade for (good cond) 4 wheeled Scooter. (250)896-7160 after 6pm.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE STOREWIDE LIQUIDATION! Everything Goes, Reasonable Offers Accepted! Bunk-Beds, Beds, Mattresses, Dressers, B/R Suites, Bookcases, WallUnits, Curio/China Cabinets, Wardrobes, Dinettes, Lamps, Mirrors, Painting, Sofas, Loves, Chairs, Recliners, Great Deals, While Stock Lasts! Heaters, Axes, Tarps & Lots of Tools & Hdwe! BUY & SAVE, 9818 4th St., Sidney. Mon - Sat 9-5 CHINESE CARPET- 12’x9’. Beautiful condition, dark blue background. $1,400. Call (250)208-2642. EVERYTHING GOES AT DREAMLAND KIDS CLOSING OUT SALE! Up to $250. off cribs, $500. off dressers, $600. off bunks, 50-75% off kid’s bedding! 3194 Douglas St., at the corner of Alpha.

TWIN SIZE bunk beds, Canwood Alpine solid lodgepole pine wood, with 5 “ foam mattresses and matching 7 drawer solid lodgepole pine chest. Like new. Used maybe 10 times for our visiting grandchildren. Paid $1125.00. Asking $600. (250)658-4242. 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:

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

TOOLS RIGID ROOTA Drain cleaning machine, Model K75, excellent working condition, $650 obo. Call (250)598-6203.


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

$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 x2486311 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

WE BUY HOUSES Franchise for sale FOR SALE: Like New $450. OBO. 250-642-3151 GOLF CLUBS+ bag “Top Flight” 10 clubs, used once (not a golfer), $110. Country kitchen table, solid fir, top 72x38x1.5, $125. Call (250)479-7189. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.

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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

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

OPEN HOUSE, Sat, Dec 1, 1-3. 10353 Devlin Plc, Sidney Rancher 3 bdrm, 2 bath, lrg. fam room, private treed lot. Call 250-655-1499 or view w w w. p r o p e r t y g u y s . c o m ID#192295 or mls #316102

MCKENZIE EXECUTIVE suite centrally located, weekly/ monthly term. $400. - $1200. (250)419-4587, (778)977-7828



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

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Jasmine Parsons One Percent Realty V.I.

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

MOBILE HOMES & PADS 2 BEDROOM trailers for rent located on the Alberni Hwy, Parksville . Prices range from $600 to $750 per month 250954-9547


Senior Living 200 Gorge Road West, Victoria

Ask For Move-In Bonus 1 bdrm. from $865/mo. 2 bdrm. from $1,140/mo. • Wheel-chair accessible • Outdoor, indoor and covered parking available • Lockers • Elevators • Laundry room • Balconies • Bicycle storage • Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Call Now:250.381.5084

CONDO IN FIRST CLASS CONDITION FOR SALE designed for age 55+ group and comes with services. Excellent location near the Inner Harbour, Legislature, shopping etc. Will consider a rental lease also on this bright, homey, residence. Call Tony Joe-RE/MAX Camosun 250.370.7788 for more info & pictures. see: w/s http://www. OAK BAY Junction: Jan. 1st. 2-bdrm in quiet, senior’s 55+ building. $850. Heat, h/w incl. N/P. Share purchase required. 1678 Fort St. (250) 595-4593. JAMES BAY: Corner 2 bdrm condo, 2 bath, good location, beautiful kitchen, NS/NP, $1500/mo. 250-361-9540.


1-800-961-7022 CARS

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

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: WISHART AREA: Single hard working mom with 11 yr old and 2 well trained cats, looking to rent a 1 or 2 bdrm, (approx $1000/mo), within walking distance to Wishart school in Colwood. Exc. ref’s. Please call 250-208-0386 and leave message.


4 BEDROOM house for rent on acreage located at 1066 Fair rd, brand new wood stove just installed. Large workshop, insulated and wired, perfect for small business. $1150per month. 250-954-9547

1992 CADILAC Deville, brown, 90k. Celebrity owned. View at 930 Ardmore Dr. (golf course parking lot). Silent auction opening bid $3,900.

1998 PONTIAC Grand Prix GT US car - 193,000 miles, lady driven since 2003. $2200. Alan, (778)426-3487. 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. 2007 DODGE CALIBER SXTmint, loaded, 74,000 km. $10,000. (250)598-6605.

$50-$1000 CASH

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

ROOMS FOR RENT SAANICH: FURNISHED room. W/D, cable, heat, hydro, $475. Call 250-380-7421.

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

For scrap vehicle 1977 CADILLAC Eldorado, beige metallic. Cruise control, automatic. Very good cond., only 80,000 km. $2000. obo. Please call (250)477-7076.


858-5865 ACT OF random kindness is needed by single dad who can’t afford to purchase a vehicle. If you can help, please call Peter, 604-897-0357.


CASH PAID FOR ALL VEHICLES in all conditions in all locations



COLWOOD- 1 bdrm Bach, patio, shared W/D, N/S. $820 mo incls utils. 250-391-7915.

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

ESQ/GORGE. Quiet cul-desac. 2 bdrm grnd level, fenced yard, on bus route. Shared W/D, N/S, pet? $995 mo inclds utils. Avail now. 250-384-5466.

FREE Tow away


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

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL FREE REMOVAL FOR UNWANTED VEHICLES. Cash for some. Quick service in 1 hour. Call now! (250)208-6867


GORDON HEAD, 2 bdrm, $1100 incls all utils, N/S, N/P, avail immed, 250-721-4040. SAANICH- LARGE, 2000sq ft, 2 bdrm, lights & heat incld, NS/NP. Refs, $1000 mo. Avail now. 250-652-0591. UPTOWN 1-bdrm. 820 sq.ft, 3 storage rms, patio, yard, prkng, own entr & driveway., NS/NP. $800. incl. 250-361-3508

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.

UVIC/CAMOSUN area, 2 bdrm, priv ent, N/P, N/S, $900. Avail immed. (250)477-6652.


















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

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

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

WEST HARBOUR Home or commercial, new and reno’s. Best Rates. (250)419-3598.

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.

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



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

WOMAN CONTRACTOR. Over 20 years experience in renovations. References on request. Call 250-888-7042.

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

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

TAX 250-477-4601

CLEANING SERVICES WE’RE ON THE WEB HARDWORKING AND reliable lady avail to clean your house. Louise 250-891-8677.

A HOME COMPUTER Coach. Senior friendly. Computer lessons, maintenance and problem solving. Please call Des 250-656-9363, 250-727-5519.


KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

250-361-6193- From a Plug to an Executive Home. We do it all! Reasonable rates! #22779

NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. $40/hr. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. (250)888-6160. Lic#13981.

BUYING OR SELLING? COMM. & Residential Reno’s: Drywall, Carpentry & Painting. Call Les (250)858-0903.

GNC ELECTRIC Res/Comm. Reasonable rates for quality work. #43619. 250-883-7632. • A23

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

Driftwood Landscaping - Fall clean-ups, pruning, gardening, leaf clean-ups, gutters, power wash, hedges, mowing, 250590-5224


GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236.

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.

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

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

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.


FURNITURE REFINISHING FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.

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


20% OFF Fall clean-ups, racking, mowing, hedge/shrub trimming. (250)479-6495.


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

DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141

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

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

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

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. $80/hr for 2 men. Senior’s discount. Free Est’s. Call Phil (250)383-8283.

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

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.

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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To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number 1 to 9 must appear in: • Each of the nine vertical columns • Each of the nine horizontal rows • Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes

Remember no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.

Today’s Solution

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pg. 23

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pg. 21

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pg. 7

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pg. 7

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pg. 7

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pg. 2

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pg. 13

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pg. 12

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pg. 15

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pg. 22

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pg. 12

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pg. 5

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pg. 1

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pg. 1

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pg. 10

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1026 Tillicum, $489,900 828 Rupert Terrace

pg. 11

5410 Fowler, $575,000 1054 Colville, $539,900

pg. 6

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

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1-2325 Henry Ave, $477,000

11-4318 Emily Carr, $539,000

4639 Lochside, $599,900 pg. 9

pg. 22

306-75 Songhees, $698,000 Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

100 Dorothy, $435,000 Saturday 1-3 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay, 250-217-5091

pg. 19

114-3962 Cedar Hill, $269,900 Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Deb Scott 250-477-7291

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

3236 Cedar Hill, $589,000

46-901 Kentwood Lane, $445,000 Sunday 12-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Michael Luyt, 250-216-7547

pg. 5

3963 Juan De Fuca

pg. 5

1408 Walnut, $619,900

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Sandra Govender, 250-592-4422

1010 Falmouth, $315,000

3991 Cherrilee, $749,000 Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty Robert Buckle 250 385-2033

pg. 11

312-1870 Mckenzie Ave, $209,000

4035 Cumberland Rd, $524,900 pg. 5

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1940 San Rafael Cres. $679,000

205-1831 Oak Bay, $419,000

105-225 Belleville, $479,000 Saturday 1-3 Victoria Classic Realty Shaun Lees 250 386-1997

pg. 8

Nov. 22-28

930 Tuxedo, $649,900

3935 Margot, $499,000

2046 Kings Rd, $519,000

1770 Gonzales, $979,900 Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Nancy Di Castri, 250-744-3301

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Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

pg. 18

2404 Sun River, $499,900 Sunday 2:30 - 4PM Re/Max Camosun Kevin Koetke, 250 744-3301

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

Saturday& Sunday 11-4 Newport Realty Blair Watling 250 642-2233

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SAANICH NEWS - Friday, November 23, 2012

Colquitz hit with lacklustre salmon run this year Continued from Page A1

Saanich plans to send out an information sheet on home heating tanks with all municipal water bills in 2013. “I would’ve liked to think this was a bit of an anomaly or a rarity, I would’ve never predicted that these (spills) would’ve continued like they did last year,” Sanders says. “However it has, and we realize there needs to be real education on heating oil tanks, and that hasn’t been done.” “We feel that any communication that we can have with landowners is going to be beneficial to the community, and to the municipal use of taxpayers’ money and the environment,” adds Pollard. “And if we can increase the awareness of residents about their responsibilities, it all helps to complete the picture of keeping the oil where it should be.” Even though prior to Nov. 25, 2011, Saanich’s spill response procedures were audited and confidence in the plans was deemed high, putting the response into practice multiple times since has allowed municipal crews to improve. Mike Ippen, manager of public works, says crews have identified and labelled culverts in municipal watersheds, so they’re much easier to locate in the event of a spill. They have also purchased new cleanup equipment.

“(Oil spill response has) become almost full time for our drainage guys since November – that’s not traditionally the case,” Ippen told the News in February. “Our response is pretty darn quick, but we can always improve.” The flip side of education that also needs to improve is what to do in the event of an oil spill, says Laurie Boyle, response officer and emergency planner with the B.C. Ministry of Environment. “Timing is critical – it’s everything. The sooner and timelier the notification, the quicker we’re able to respond to spills,” Boyle says. “Saanich has done a good job in response (to the Nov. 25 spill). The posting of phone numbers (along creeks and trails) in the event of pollution observed is so important.” For stewards like Bos and Goodwin, it’s not important, it’s critical. If there were to be another spill – perish the thought – timely reporting and a fast response could be a matter of life and death for wildlife now and in the future. “If last year’s salmon run was significantly affected by the oil, we won’t know until 2014,” Bos says. This year has been one of the worst at the Colquitz counting fence, as only 108 salmon have returned to the creek to spawn. Bos doesn’t know if that’s

Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Marigold elementary students watch as volunteer steward Chris Bos measures a coho salmon at Colquitz Creek. attributable to last winter’s heating oil spills. It could be predators at the mouth of the river preventing the fish from returning upstream, or something else entirely. Whatever the reason, the Colquitz, which generally sees strong fish returns, is telling a drastically different story this year than many other salmonbearing rivers on the south Island. “Goldstream’s doing well with coho, Shawnigan’s doing well, Sooke’s doing well, Victoria’s doing well at Craigflower, but not at Colquitz,” he says. “It doesn’t

make natural sense.” The Craigflower counting fence, as of this week, has seen 850 salmon pass through this season. In addition to paltry numbers of salmon this year, Bos says he and his fellow stewards have seen no sign of the freshwater shrimp – a source of food for wildlife in the river – in the Colquitz this year. “It may be naturally a down year and we’re just not seeing any, but these are all important indicators of the health of the creek,” he says. Toh, the teacher from Marigold, says seeing nature in action at the

Colquitz is hugely beneficial in the students’ lesson plan. “We’ve been looking at water pollution, storm water management, sustainable fishing, which this presentation has connected to all those issues,” she says. “We’re making strong connections, including putting it in the context of what’s going on the children’s backyard.” Student groups frequently visit the Colquitz counting fence during salmon spawning season, which allows the stewards an opportunity to use these past oil spill events as a lesson in the hopes that history doesn’t repeat itself. “We can maybe dodge bullets here and there, but if this keeps happening and we don’t have some way of fixing the problem in the long-term, we won’t be able to have our kids take their kids down to the creek and see those salmon and the wildlife there,” Bos says. “And I don’t think anybody wants that to happen.”

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Pedestrians walk above the Land and Sea mural along the Ogden Point breakwater. Phase 3 is in the works.

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A mural depicting Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations history is two-thirds complete, and a large grant for the final third hangs in the balance. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority approached Victoria city council to back its application for a federal grant of $250,000 for Phase 3 of the project. The Canadian Heritage Legacy Fund money would cover half the cost of the third stage. The mural is called Na’ Tsa’ Maht – The Unity Wall – and it stretches across the inside face of the breakwater at Ogden Point. While council wholeheartedly gave its support in principle to the application, the harbour authority’s

request for $10,000 from the city to help with its share of the cost got more scrutiny. Coun. Shellie Gudgeon voted against the funding, pointing out many community requests for money have been turned down. A majority on council, however, felt the financial contribution would add weight to the grant application. Council committed the money with one caveat: that Esquimalt, also represented on the harbour authority board, be asked to reimburse the city by some unspecified amount. Phase 1 and 2 of the mural cost $400,000, an expense paid for by the authority. Phase 3 will depict Sir James Douglas’ establishment of Fort Victoria and his signing of the Douglas Treaties, which recognize aboriginal title.

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