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Kim Kriss, left, and Tanice Foulds, group home workers and Hospital Employees Union members, fold coats and blankets donated for people in need at Diana Krall Plaza Wednesday. Community social services workers from Nanaimo Community Living took to charity instead of picketing group homes to make their point with the government that they need wage increases included in a new labour contract.

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Instead of picketing group homes, social services workers in Nanaimo opted to back their demand for better wages by giving away coats, blankets and coffee Thursday. The job action happened at Diana Krall Plaza downtown, where Hospital Employees’ Union and Health Sciences Association members gave away clothing, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee to people in need. “We’re taking a different approach,” said Cheryl Colborne, Canadian Union of Public Employees community social services coordinator. “Rather than picketing and going to MLA offices, we’re actually bringing it back out to the street and the public, because this is the work that the members

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do – is work with all those most in need.” The unusual job action was staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with about 20 social services workers at a time rotating through the plaza throughout the day as people came by to pick up free warm winter clothing. Colborne said the members would break from further job action until Jan. 7 and consider further measures if the government does not come back to the bargaining table. The union has been rotating strike action around the province since Oct. 16. “It’s just to say to the government, ‘We’re here. We’re not going away’,” Colborne said. “We’re going to continue job action. We have to. This sector is in desperate and dire need of wage increases and improvements to the collective agreement.” photos@nanaimobulletin.com

The city’s 2013-2017 provisional financial plan arrived on the desks of city council Monday with two notable differences from past years – a one-per cent tax-rate increase built in for all property classes to address asset management for each of the next five years, and budgeting prioritized to match the city’s Corporate Strategic Plan, adopted in July. Brian Clemens, the city’s director of finance, said the one-per cent tax-rate increase bumps the proposed residential tax rate increase to 3.3 per cent, the commercial rate to a 2.6-per cent increase and the major industrial rate to a 16.4per cent rate decrease, but over five years, if approved by council, will generate an additional $14 million to help pay for future replacement and repairs of water mains, sanitary sewer, storm drains, transportation, buildings, parks, vehicles and information technology. “Not doing or delaying an increase means we will always be reacting to asset management costs as they come up instead of being proactive,” said Clemens.

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Until now, asset management has been underfunded in previous budgets, resulting in a shortfall of millions of dollars every year to maintain $2 billion in city assets. “We’re building reserves to assist in replacing or retiring assets when they reach the end of their useful life,” said Clemens. Across the country, municipalities are facing an estimated $123-billion infrastructure funding shortfall. Sewer and water rates are also proposed to increase. To help fund several expensive water projects, including the new $62-million water treatment centre, water user rates will increase an additional 2.5 per cent on top of the five-per cent annual increase already planned and for three years beyond this financial plan, though Clemens said that plan is flexible. The current proposal expects to raise $5.3 million over five years. Sewer rates, which haven’t seen an increase since 1998 – they’ve actually decreased twice since then, amounting to 10 per cent – will increase five per cent for each year of the plan, collecting $3.8 million. Mike Delves, chairman of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, said addressing the city’s future infrastructure needs is a good step. ◆ See ‘CHAMBER’ /4

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“My mom’s got a big crock pot and she fills it with pennies,” said Zawasky. Hubka breaks open her piggy bank and hits up her parents and grandparents for change. She said the campaign teaches students to share what they have with the less fortunate when they are able to. Principal Susann Young thinks the school has participated in the Pennies for Presents campaign ever since the school opened 12 years ago.

“It’s a good cause,” she said, adding the school is also collecting food for the Christmas hamper program. Donations to the Pennies for Presents campaign can be made until Dec. 21 at the Nanaimo News Bulletin office at 777 Poplar St., or one of the community drop-off locations: InPrint downtown, John’s Bedroom Barn, Northridge Fitness, Canadian Tire, Sink or Swim Scuba, La-Z-Boy, Royal LePage at Brooks Land-

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Dry Grad committee ready to get party started Jenny Webb, a former director with the group, said about 35 people turned out to the meeting and she gave up her executive position to allow new blood to take over leadership positions. She credits recent media coverage for the spike in interest. “I think having those articles out there was really refreshing and it really generated the response,” she said. “Some of the people stepped up knowing that while one child is graduating, they have another child coming through.” The society has provided Nanaimo youth with a safe, alcohol- and drugfree graduation celebration for the past 24 years. About 900 graduating stu-

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dents from Nanaimo’s public and private schools (and Ladysmith Secondary School students), as well as 300 volunteers, take over Beban Park complex for an entire night. “It’s about saving lives,” said Webb. “It’s so nice to see kids from all the different schools come together at one venue. They can all celebrate and share at the same time and same place.” The night’s festivities include bouncy castles, ice skating, water sports, rock climbing, food, movies, music and prize giveaways, thanks to donations from local businesses. Please visit www.nanaimodrygrad.ca.

The District of Lantzville is moving full speed ahead with a transportation review that will not only put sustainable growth on the map, but also address safety concerns within the district. “We’ve been looking at doing it for a few years,” said Fred Spears, the district’s director of public works. “What the district is looking to get out of the whole traffic review overall is a road network plan that outlines the future needs of the district.” According to Spears, a road network plan would be particularly helpful during subdivision proceedings. “We’re going to need a plan that actually outlines roads so that when subdivisions happen we’ll have those in place,” he said. “So far, it’s worked because we’ve had very little subdivision.” Boulevard Transportation Group is providing the service to the tune of $37,000, approximately $30,000 of which has been budgeted for in the 2012-2016 financial plan. The remaining amount will be taken from the public works fund. After collecting and analyzing information, the Boulevard Transportation Group will review current road engineering standards and the village core, provide the district with road network and intersection improvement recommendations, as well as identify deficiencies in current and planned pedestrian, cycling and transit networks. The group will also develop a traffic calming policy. The study should be complete by the end of March, Spears said. “The traffic calming policy is big for us because there’s a lot of areas that are open and people tend to speed a lot going downtown,” Spears said, adding that the district installed two speed bumps through main corridor of Lantzville two years ago. “Some people still do a lot of speeding in areas where those speed bumps aren’t and they tend to accelerate rather quickly once they’ve passed them,” he said. Some of the challenges the district faces in terms of topography include the Island Highway, which divides the district into north and south Lantzville. It also contains numerous dead end roads, which has the potential to cause issues with water and sewer lines. Spears said public consultation is crucial to the process and encourages Lantzville residents to bring their ideas, concerns and comments to an open house, to be held Jan. 16, from 2-4 p.m. and again at 7-9 p.m.

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For Larissa Hubka and Fisher Zawasky, Grade 6 students at Frank J. Ney Elementary School, the Christmas mor ning present opening ritual is important. It makes them feel happy and cared for to receive gifts and they want all children to experience the same thing. Which is why they participate in the Nanaimo News Bulletin’s annual Pennies for Presents campaign. The campaign collects change, rolls it for deposit and then gives the money to three charities in Nanaimo that help children – the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, the Nanaimo Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army. “I think it’s important that everyone gets a gift because it makes them feel special and loved,” said Zawasky. Each of the school’s 10 classes have a Pennies for Presents collection jar and are in friendly competition with each other and the office to collect the most change. Hubka and Zawasky are doing their part to help weigh their class’s jar down by raiding piggy banks and the pockets of relatives.


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Quickfacts ◆ TOTAL 2013 budget is $175.7 million, a 9.6-per cent increase over 2012 ($160 million). ◆ OPERATING EXPENDITURES account for $123.2 million; capital expenditures $52.5 million. ◆ PROPERTY TAXES generate $89.7 million. ◆ BORROWING WILL generate $20.8 million. ◆ OTHER REVENUE (grants, etc.) generates $64 million. ◆ CITY STAFF F wages and benefits account for $40.8 million in operational spending. ◆ NO NEW city staff or RCMP general duty members added in 2013. One municipal support staff recommended for police services. ◆ HIGHER SERVICE level requests recommended for asset management ($1.4 million); South Waterfront Master Plan ($100,000); Waterfront Enhancement Strategy ($150,000). ◆ HIGHER SERVICE level requests not recommended for video recording in new city annex boardroom ($89,000); property aquisition ($400,000); design guideline review ($100,000); social development strategy ($50,000); sign bylaw review ($100,000); Nanaimo Centre Stage operating grant ($6,000). ◆ MAJOR CAPITAL projects include fire station No. 6 on Hammond Bay Road – $2.7 million; police building expansion (2015) – $8.5 million; Boxwood connector – $6.3 million; Colliery dams – $7 million; No. 1 reservoir – $6.7 million.

Chamber plans to lobby for lower commercial rate ◆ From /1 “ We a p p r e c i a t e the thoroughness it appears they’re going into, and we’ll find out more about that at the January meeting,” said Delves. “These are the right steps from our point of view, and we’ll have a better idea of how much we like it once we get further into the process.” He added chamber representatives will continue to lobby for lower commercial tax rates – commercial business owners pay 2.64 times the amount of taxes that residential owners do for the same assessment. “As far as where other communities are at we’re not doing terribly, but there is still room for improvement and reason for justification for returning the ratios to a lower

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amount,” he said. “At the same time we know that’s a struggle for the city, the money has to come from somewhere.” Removing two dams at Colliery Dam Park will cost taxpayers about $7 million, but that won’t be felt until the 2014 budget, where that project alone will result in a tax-rate increase of 1.6 per cent across the board to help pay down capital on short-term borrowing. While asset management is the most notable nod to addressing the city’s strategic priorities, the budget also addresses the plan’s five other priorities, including waterfront enhancement projects, water projects, transportation and mobility (the city is currently embarking on a new transportation master plan), government taking responsibility and community building partnerships. “In many cases these plans can be put into place within existing budgets,” said Clemens. “Others will require additional funding.” So what does the proposed budget mean for homeowners? Based on an average home assessed at $350,000 with a residential tax-rate increase of 3.3 per cent, a homeowner is scheduled

to pay an additional $96.85 in 2013 over last year: $62.32 for city portion of taxes; $24.93 for water user fees; $4.85 for sewer user fees; and $4.75 for garbage user fees. Homeowners won’t be able to calculate exact taxes until assessments are delivered by B.C. Assessment at the end of the month, and other taxes the city collects on behalf of the Nanaimo Regional District, regional hospital, school district, regional library, and other services won’t be known until later in the process. Coun. Fred Pattje said council has a lot of work to do before the financial plan bylaw is passed in February and the budget is adopted May 15. “We’ve got lots to read, lots to observe and lots of figuring out to do and as far as asset management goes, are we doing enough or are we just postponing the inevitable?” he said. For complete draft budget information, please visit www. nanaimo.ca. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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A music video parody earned Dover Bay Secondary School students thousands of dollars worth of cutting-edge, educational technology. The school learned this week that the video students and staff produced for the annual Flip Your Classroom – eInstruction Classroom Makeover Contest won the grand prize of $30,000 worth of software for the school. “The whole school screamed,” said business education teacher Denise Montgomery, who found the contest and pitched it to her students. “I just feel extremely relieved because I had no idea what I would say if we did not win. We’re incredibly proud of ourselves.” In just three weeks in October, students and staff produced a music video parody of the popular Gangnam Style song by PSY. The making of the video involved about 300 students from 14 different classes and the school’s dance teacher taught students the dance moves seen in the original video. Last month, Dover’s entry became one of five shortlisted in the high school category from dozens of videos across Canada

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Dover also wins video camera Dover Bay Secondary School is better prepared to document environmental action stories for submission in the B.C. Green Games thanks to winning a video camera courtesy of Sony Canada Ltd. The Nanaimo school is one of six B.C. schools to receive a digital media device from Sony, which chose the winners at random from schools that registered early in the annual competition hosted by Science World. “Dover Bay has participated in the Green Games since its inception,” said teacher Gordon Graham, in a press release. “This program allows students to tackle environmental challenges, share results and inspire more action.” B.C. Green Games, for students in kindergarten to Grade 12, is designed to motivate action, enable sharing and reward and celebrate the green efforts of B.C. schools. So far more than 100 teams have registered this year. Next March, the public can vote on its favourite submission.

and the United States and student efforts ramped up even further from there, as the video had to secure the most votes of all five to win. “We had kids going door to door, going to gas stations … wherever we could find people,” said Montgomery. One weekend, students set up a display at Woodgrove Centre and danced for shoppers as their music video parody played in the background. Another weekend, they were out soliciting votes at a coffee shop. The technology the school just won includes electronic whiteboards, animation software and student response systems, which allow students to weigh in on opinion-based questions electronically via mobile devices. “We have to decide where to put it all,” said Montgomery. “It might go into one room that everyone can book to use, we might divide it up.” Along with the $30,000 in new technology, eInstruction has also given the school $500 to throw a party, which she wants to open up to the community that helped the school win the contest. To view the video, please go to http://flip yourclassroom.einstruction.com.

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Nanaimo city council will decide Monday (Dec. 17) if it wants to keep committee of the whole meetings at the Shaw Auditorium so they can be recorded and made available to residents on the Internet. Council’s committee of the whole meetings, which run on Monday’s opposite regular council meetings, generally deal with the same issues but are less formal and council is not able to pass bylaws. Historically, council has performed the meetings in the small confines of the board room at city hall, but in Feb-

ruary the meetings were relocated to the Shaw Auditorium until the new annex is completed in January. In April, council resolved that committee of the whole meetings be recorded and posted on the Internet, but the annex is not equipped with recording equipment. Regular council meetings at Shaw Auditorium are always televised and posted on the Internet. It will cost an estimated $90,000 to retrofit the annex with recording equipment, an expense Al Kenning, city manager, is not recommending in the 2013 budget. In response, Coun. Fred Pattje has put forward a motion that all future committee of the whole meetings be held at the Shaw Auditorium and that the meetings continue to be recorded and put on the city website. Gord Fuller, city watchdog,

said continuing to post commitee of the whole meetings on the web will only benefit public engagement in city matters. “A lot of delegations want to get their information out to the broader community and since we’ve decided to broadcast these meetings we’ve had six meetings taped and 24 delegations,” said Fuller. “Between 12 and 178 people are viewing the committee of the whole meetings online ... more and more people are starting to pay attention to city council meetings and I’m hoping we can continue to hold these meetings here at the Shaw Auditorium.” For more information, or to view previous commitee and council meetings, please visit www.nanaimo.ca. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Garbage collection schedules rolling out Nanaimo households receiving city curbside service should receive new garbage, recycling and green bin collection schedule by Dec. 21. Householders who don’t receive their 2013 schedule by that date can call Public Works at 250-758-5222 or down-

load a new calendar online at www.nanaimo.ca by clicking on ‘Residents’ and selecting ‘Garbage and Recycling.’ Follow the instructions to obtain a schedule. Garbage, recycling and green bin collection days advance by one day after each

statutory holiday. To avoid missed picked-ups, residents should check their schedules and ensure garbage, recyclables and green bin food and kitchen waste are at the curb by 8 a.m. on their scheduled collection day.


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Decision might help guide school program Workers with WesTower Communications reach for the top of a 60-metre Telus telecommunication tower (inset) going up on Cadillac Place off Tenth Street. The $500,000 project will fill in coverage gaps in south Nanaimo as well as meet public demands for increasing wireless Internet service. It should be completed by early 2013. CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWS BULLETIN

Communication service covered A failure to communicate won’t be a problem for Telus cellphone and wireless Internet customers in south Nanaimo this new year. The company is erecting a 60-metre telecommunications tower off Cadillac Place, parallel to Tenth Street, to better provide coverage. Shawn Hall, Telus spokesman, said the company was looking to accomplish two things. “One was to fill in some of

those coverage gaps. There is a mall nearby, the highway as well as residential neighbourhoods where coverage needed to be improved,” he said. “We also needed to increase our capacity in that area. With the rapidly increasing use of wireless data services, we needed to add another site in the area to stay one step ahead of customer demand for wireless capacity.” The tower is being built on Island Scales property in the

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Court ruling on student discrimination case unlikely to cause major change in Nanaimo BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

Local education stakeholders think a recent court ruling that found a B.C. school district discriminated against a dyslexic boy when it cancelled a special education program will not have any immediate impact here. Donna Reimer, school district spokeswoman, said the district does not believe the decision requires any immediate changes here, but it will give the district a better understanding of what is required when considering changes to programs. Current policies require extensive community consultation on any proposed changes in services, including school closures, she added. In the early 1990s, Jeffrey Moore, who suffered from severe dyslexia, was referred to a special education program run by the North Vancouver school district. But because this program was being closed – consistent deficits during this period led to widescale budget cuts in the district – his parents enrolled him in a private school specializing in teaching children who had learning disabilities. Moore’s father, Frederick Moore, filed a human rights complaint against the school district and province alleging that his son had been discriminated against because of his disability. The Human Rights Tribunal concluded that Moore was not given the support he needed to have meaningful access to the educational opportunities offered by the district. This decision was reversed by the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal, but a finding of discrimination was restored by Canada’s highest court. The Supreme Court of Canada decision states that the special education assistance Moore received was inadequate to give him the education to which he

was entitled, as the intensive remediation he required was only available outside of the public school system. The decision also noted that while the district was facing serious financial constraints, there were other options for cuts, and when it made the cut, the district undertook no assessment of alternatives or what would be available to special needs students. Jamie Brennan, school board chairman, said the district has a number of programs to support special needs students and is now using response to intervention, a method of academic intervention to provide early assistance to children who are having difficulty learning. “I’m confident we’re doing the best we can to meet student needs,” he said. “None of our students are going to be in the situation where they aren’t provided with the most appropriate learning support they need. If they’re not able to manage a regular program, then you have to build a program around them.” Alana Cameron, president of the District Parent Advisory Council, said she feels the district is on the right track because of the new academic intervention model and is doing what it can with the resources it has. “Districts are only given so much money from the government,” she said. “You can’t squeeze blood from a stone.” Justin Green, president of the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association, said the decision could mean more deliberations by trustees before cuts are made. “I think what it may do is empower parents to question more,” he said. Provincial underfunding is making it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of all learners in the public education system, added Green. reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Broadcast site engages g g ppublic On Monday, Coun. Fred Pattje will put forward a motion to keep committee of the whole meetings at the Shaw Auditorium, where video equipment is available to place the meetings on the city’s website. If defeated, those meetings will take place at the new city annex, where there is no video equipment and considerable less space for delegations and residents to take in the action live. Historically, committee of the whole meetings, held on opposite weeks to regular council meetings, have been less formal – discussion is more conversation than debate, dialogue between delegations, council and staff is more accessible, and decisions often attract less attention from the press. At this point in Nanaimo’s history, there should be as many opportunities as possible for public engagement in civic discussions, and those discussions should be recorded and accessible to taxpayers. There are many serious issues facing the city these days. The $170-million provisional 2013 budget was just introduced, the removal of two dams at Colliery Dam Park will continue to be debated, property tax rate increases continue, as do concerns over the boat basin and a plethora of other issues. In the past few years, residents have shown a willingness to become more involved in their municipal government. Delegations that appear before council not only want council to hear what they have to say, but other residents as well. A few years ago, city council was pleading with citizens to become involved, to voice opinions, to step forward and be heard. Now that it has happened, it doesn’t make sense to vote against an opportunity that would foster further conversation and transparency. Holding meetings at the Shaw Auditorium is the best place for council to make decisions and the public to voice its opinions. The Nanaimo News Bulletin 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. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org

Clean LNG energy still a possibility On Friday, as the federal govern- executive director, confirmed ment was giving the green light to me that they remain solidly to a Malaysian investment of bilagainst the Enbridge proposal. lions more into northern B.C.’s The disagreement is over how liquefied natural gas megaproject, to power the processing of LNG, Coastal First Nations chiefs held which the Haisla are pioneering their quarterly board meeting in with provincial assistance. Vancouver. Sterritt said the Haisla and the These are now the most powerrest of the group were in agreeful aboriginal leaders in North ment until a few weeks ago. The America, bankrolled plan was to follow by U.S. environmenClark’s solemn vow B.C. tal groups and their to make B.C. LNG the VIEWS wealthy charity founda“greenest” in the world. tion backers as guardAll parties acknowlTom Fletcher ians of the Great Bear edge that some of B.C.’s Black Press Rainforest. shale gas will have to A major topic was be burned to process the Haisla Nation, the and ship LNG to Asia. Kitimat partner that The initial idea was abruptly quit its volunthat one or two natural tary association with gas-fired power plants the Haida, Gitga’at and would be built, eventuother communities over ally backing up wind, its plans to develop small hydro and other LNG exports. renewable supplies. This discord comes at a bad B.C. Hydro has 600 megawatts time. Premier Christy Clark has available from its dams, which bet heavily on LNG, not just for would require new transmission her government’s future, but the capacity up to Kitimat to help run industrial and economic directhe first two LNG plants proposed tion of the province for decades in partnership with the Haisla. to come. Then the play got bigger. Initial press reports were misThe B.C. government transleading. One had it that Haisla ferred Crown land on Douglas Chief councillor Ellis Ross, the Channel to the Haisla for an B.C. government’s key ally on LNG project planned by Shell, LNG, was “buddying up” with PetroChina and Korea Gas. And the Harper government on the Sterritt said he started getting Enbridge oil pipeline proposed signals from Victoria that the to go to Kitimat, in the heart of industry doesn’t want to buy Coastal First Nations’ territory. power from outside producers to Not so. Both Ross and Art drive LNG cooling and compresSterritt, Coastal First Nations’ sion. Instead it wanted to power

it directly with gas, using equipment called “mechanical drives” rather than electrical drives. In a letter to Haisla members explaining why he quit the Coastal First Nations, Ross said he was insulted by Sterritt’s comments that the Haisla were choosing “the dirtiest way possible” to ship LNG. Ross noted that emissions would be about the same if gas is burned in the LNG plant or in a power plant nearby. That’s true, but Sterritt points out a critical difference. If LNG producers are allowed to use single-purpose mechanical drives, no renewable energy can ever be added. And as more LNG producers rush into B.C., reserves that would have lasted 75 to 100 years could be depleted in 30. And when the gas is gone? “These big, hulking plants that are going to be in Kitimat are just going to be sitting there, rotting,” Sterritt said. “It happens all over the world.” B.C.’s clean energy plan envisions extending the B.C. Hydro grid, developing run-of-river and wind farms such as the big offshore proposal off Haida Gwaii, and ultimately a future beyond oil and gas. Now, in their rush to develop LNG, Clark and Energy Minister Rich Coleman seem poised to abandon that strategy. ◆ Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. tfletcher@blackpress.ca


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Citizens, council can save Colliery’s lakes To the Editor, Re: City plans to remove two century-old dams, Nov. 1. I am so amazed that there is such a sudden sense of urgency around removing the dams and surrounding park at Colliery Dam Park. The truth is we don’t know when a seismic event will take place or its magnitude. Any loss of life would be tragic and it is our responsibility to ensure we minimize this from happening. We must consider the quality of life prior to the seismic event taking place. The park is used by the community constantly – people walking their dogs, the elderly using scooters, families picnicking, people of all ages fishing. It’s just a wonderful place to take a stroll and say hi to your neighbors and community. We have an admitted ‘guesstimate’ by the city as to costs of removing or restructuring the dams. There has been no tender or cost estimate process by professionals – just a guess by a city employee.

However, we do have accurate figures by a long-time resident and contractor Bill Heathcote who worked on the Elsie Lake dam seismic restoration project near Port Alberni at a cost of $4.5 million – quite a difference from the city employee’s guesstimate. The Elsie Lake dam is considerably larger than the Colliery dams and the cost included upgrades of adjoining spillways. We have a great opportunity here to be proactive with a restoration of the dams, preserve the past history of Nanaimo and open the park to the world to see how we honour our beautiful green space while ensuring our citizens are safe. This can be a teaching tool and example of how the citizens and their elected council can work together and achieve maximum results without destroying this amazing natural green space. We also can show our citizens that they matter greatly and include them in the process, show them the respect they are due and allow

proper public input. We have to consider how much irreparable damage will occur if this goes through hastily without professional input into a best case scenario. Joy Sarauer Nanaimo

Council anticipated a public acceptance To the Editor, Re: Active protest could save dams, Letters, Nov. 29. How much is the City of Nanaimo willing to spend trying to convince thousands of residents opposed to the destruction of the Colliery Dam Park dams that it is correct? Two well-planned and beautifully presented open houses could not have been cheap. Now, constant updates to the city’s website and newspaper ads every week are the rule. When will it end? The truth is the city thought the residents of Nanaimo would be passive. When opposition to its plans resulted in hundreds of letters of opposition, a meeting attend-

ed by 600 residents from all over the city, and a Facebook group with more than 1,100 members, did it admit that its plans were undemocratic and poorly thought out and reconsider how to fully involve residents in developing a better plan? If our new communications manager is worth his weight, perhaps the city should start listening to the concerns of local residents, not engaging in a propaganda war paid for by taxpayers’ dollars. Communication involves both talking and listening. Brad Maguire Nanaimo

Citizens can’t afford plans for dams, park To the Editor, Re: City plans to remove two century-old dams, Nov. 1. This whole business of what the city is trying to do to our Colliery Dam Park has come as another big blow for not only my family and I, but for all the citizens of Nanaimo. It’s a most unique, beautiful treasure, and it’s just too surreal

to even imagine what they’re wanting to do. I first heard the city planned this project because of a potential earthquake. Any earthquake large enough to take down the dams would level Nanaimo anyhow. Then the argument is that it’s all about heavy rain. Which reason is it? It all seems kind of shady. Are they going to drain Long Lake because it runs directly beside the Island Highway? I’m not alone when I say officials must stop and consider it’s a place for youth to enjoy, and for some to stroll through with their animals. I always stop by one of the lakes and reflect about my life and my faith. It grounds me. I need it, as do so many others. I also can’t afford the tax dollars the city wants for this unnecessary project. There are other alternatives and good ones, too. They found a great alternative to fix an issue at Bowen Park and did a wonderful job. It can done again. Lori Willcox o Nanaimo

Readers respond: Feedback on news items Downtown stage could be special To the Editor, Re: Council reluctant to discuss Centre Stage upgrades, Dec. 6. I support the presence of a community theatre in the south end. That type of venue is vitally needed and would be nice if it could be in conjunction with a Granville Island-type project amongst a permanent market, studios, shops and more. Nanaimo could do with a little forward-thinking vision like this. I remember lobbying for False Creek, Fairview Slopes redevelopment when it was a derelict area and look at it now. We missed the boat on

the Diana Krall Plaza which could have been a gem if it had opened to the harbour and was ringed by shops, coffee outlets, restaurants. etc. Barbara Sankey Nanaimo

Harsher penalties won’t stop litter To the Editor, Re: Dumping case provides hope, Opinion, Dec. 11. I disagree that tough punishment is the only deterrent to illegal dumping. I learned, on my first trip to the dump this weekend, how various items would require me to visit three different sites for disposal (e.g., drywall, paint cans). In addition, the cost was prohibitive, reaching near-

LETTERS POLICY: Letters should be no longer than 250 words and will be edited. Include your address and phone number. Unsigned letters or thirdparty letters will not be published. MAIL: Letters, Nanaimo News Bulletin, 777 Poplar St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9S 2H7 FAX: 250-753-0788 E-MAIL: editor@nanaimobulletin. com.

ly $50 (including gas) and a good three hours of time. As the editorial mentions, “one has to be caught redhanded,” I would argue high fines are a poor deterrent. Unfortunately, they appear to be the default

rallying cry for concerned citizens and eco-nimbyists who view the transgressors as morally depraved. I will avoid my standard rant regarding class elements at play here, and simply question why this disencentive (to doing what we all would rather do) is omitted from the discussion. Dare I say the fear of exposing our own privilege might be the real impediment to stopping illegal dumping? Jordan Gail Lantzville

Canada depends on oil revenues To the Editor, Re: Kinder surprise, Dec. 11. This is a picture of what

I believe to be five, possibly six, women with signs which obviously indicate their opposition to pipelines, tankers and the tar sands. It looks to me that these ladies might well be of retirement age, like myself. I wonder if they give any thought to the fact that future generations, as well as us now, depend on the sale of our commodities including hydrocarbon-related products for our well-being. These products must be traded on foreign markets, as a country cannot be economically viable trading within itself. I realize there are inherent risks in transporting liquid products, but there are inherent risks in

every aspect of our lives – most notable pensions, private or public, and salaries. These monies are derived basically from the sale of our abundant commodities to other countries, and these products must get to market as safely and economically as we are able. I also realize that living in a ‘left-leaning’ province as well as a partial ‘leftleaning’ country, a great percentage of the population is so ready to oppose most any development. It seems as if oil is a bad word in B.C. It’s about time we all realized just where the cash for our next loaf of bread is derived from. C. Norm Ingram Nanaimo

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People need more for happiness Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a more secure future, improvworld leaders resolved to look ing human health, ensuring at life in a different light this resources are available to meet new year? They could follow the needs of citizens, offerthe example of Bhutan. In ing recreational and spiritual 1971, the small country nestled connections with nature and in the Himalayas between giving people a sense of pride China and India, and respect for the rejected the idea of natural systems SCIENCE gross domestic prodthat keep us alive MATTERS uct as the measure and healthy. of progress. Instead, There’s more to David Suzuki leaders focused on happiness than with Ian Hanington gross national hapjust having a clean piness. environment – and The idea is finally Bhutan has yet to gaining traction get there. Accordaround the world, ing to research for and I’m humbled the UN Conference and pleased to be on Happiness, “The involved with a happiest counglobal initiative to tries in the world promote it. World leaders took are all in Northern Europe the concept seriously enough (Denmark, Norway, Finland, to hold a United Nations ConNetherlands).” Although these ference on Happiness in April countries are wealthy, the 2012, and Bhutan was recogstudy points out that money nized for its environmental isn’t the only factor, as happileadership at the recent UN cli- ness is decreasing in countries mate summit in Doha, Qatar. like the U.S. Life isn’t perfect in Bhutan. “Political freedom, strong It’s a poor country where most social networks and an homes don’t have electricity. absence of corruption are Crime is increasing and clitogether more important than mate change is making life dif- income in explaining wellficult for the farmers who probeing differences between the vide much of the landlocked top and bottom countries,” country’s food. Still, according the researchers write. “At the to the Guardian, life expecindividual level, good mental tancy in Bhutan has doubled and physical health, someone over the past 20 years, almost to count on, job security and all children now go to primary stable families are crucial.” school and the country has Note that the happiest been improving its infrastruccountries all have healthy ture. economies and robust social Caring for the environprograms. We can also look ment can help achieve gross at how various countries national happiness in many responded to the recent ecoways – by giving our children nomic crisis. Those that bailed

out banks and reduced social spending are facing the same kinds of problems as before. Iceland approached its massive financial meltdown in a way that was pretty much the opposite of that taken by the U.S. and Europe, refusing to rescue its banks and increasing social spending, among other measures. Iceland still has problems, but it has recovered faster than other nations, and its social safety net remains strong. Inequality has been reduced, and the crisis spurred citizens to propose and develop a new constitution, which is being considered by parliament. There’s an old saw that says the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. In the case of leaders who focus almost entirely on economic growth and corporate interests, it’s a recipe for disaster. As George Monbiot recently wrote in the Guardian, “In return for 150 years of explosive consumption, much of which does nothing to advance human welfare, we are atomising the natural world and the human systems that depend on it.” As light gradually returns to the north and we celebrate a season of sharing, our leaders could brighten all our lives by considering what really makes our societies strong, healthy and happy. I wish you all good health and happiness for the holiday season. www.davidsuzuki.com

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Palace rocking for kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; charity The Palace Hotel is rocking the house for charity on Tuesday (Dec. 18). The Lewis family has joined forces with Variety the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charity to raise money for the charity that helped them when they were in need. Landon Lewis was born five weeks premature with a heart defect, which meant oxygen wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t circulated properly in his body. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we walked in the door of the hospital, the social worker handed us vouchers for meals and accommodation,â&#x20AC;? said Scott Lewis, Landonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Variety also paid for our travel expenses ... We had no idea how we were going to pay for all this but Variety took away that worry and let us focus completely on Landonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs.â&#x20AC;? Now 10 months old Landonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future looks brighter. The family is thankful for the charityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help and is helping host the fundraiser. Cover for the event is by donation, with all proceeds donated to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity. Scott is acting as DJ during the night and playing everything from Elvis to Megadeath. For more information call 250-732-6805 or e-mail deejayscottyd@ gmail.com.

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Tidesmen sing carols in winter wonderland The barbershop voices of the Tidesmen are filling Saturday (Dec. 15) with winter wonder during an upcoming concert. The chorus and TheatreOne have joined forces during the Christmas Wonderland concert. Joëlle Rabu, an actress and award-winning singer, is joining the Tidesmen onstage. She’s been performing since 1983. “Having someone of Joëlle’s calibre and reputation join us for this concert adds both to the uniqueness of the program and to the enjoyment we all have in performing it,” said Roy Sage, Tidesmen president, in a press release. Rabu said in a press release that she has become a Tidesmen fan and it’s “an absolute pleasure” to join them onstage. “They have a great sound and I’m delighted to be able to support them and TheatreOne in this celebration of the holiday season,” she said. “I know it is an important fundraiser for both organizations and it is rewarding to see two such important members of the cultural community in Nanaimo collaborating in this way.” The concert also features the a capella group, Shine, which consists of three local women, Narissa Young, Kay Nielsen and Heather Haseltine. Christmas Wonderland concert is at the Ecumenical Centre, located at 6234 Spartan Rd., starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults or $32 for a family of four. They are available by calling 250754-7587, online at www.theatreone.org or from members of the Tidesmen.

Discovery Community College releases impressive employment stats Flying in the face of the knowledges McNestry, “but prevailing economic doomI think much of our sucand-gloom narrative, Discess is because, as a private covery Community College career college, we have a has reported that more than lot of flexibility in what 95 per cent of its students courses we offer and when. are finding employment If construction is strong, upon graduation. for example, we increase Each year, Discovery our enrolment in those proCommunity College (DCC) grams. Healthcare courses is required to file an end-oflook like they will be strong year placement report with for the foreseeable future, the Private Career Trainso we ensure we have those ing Institutes Agency. This classes and instructors year’s report, which came Students take a break during Discovery Commu- available, and we add more out earlier this month based nity College’s (DCC) Health Care Assistant pro- start dates and program opon responses from 90 per gram. More than 95 per cent of DCC grads found tions.” cent of DCC grads, noted work, according to a recent report. While program availabilthat an impressive 95.72 per cent of students found work ity can be a boon for prospective students, especially upon graduation between May 2011 and April 2012. those who want to train locally for a new career, reTen of the college’s 22 career programs boasted 100 per sponses from students indicate other factors in the colcent employment. lege’s high employment rate. “We’re obviously thrilled with these results,” says Discovery Community College was always there DCC President Lois McNestry. “It shows that our train- when I needed them,” says Francisca Odhus-Jamisola, ing is effective and targeted to what employers are look- a recent grad from the Health Care Assistant (HCA) ing for. It also confirms that there are jobs out there if program. you have the right training and expertise.” ���I feel fully prepared to start my new career,” she Established in 1989, Discovery Community College is adds, noting that the hands-on training she received ala private career college with six locations on Vancouver lowed her to build relationships with local employers Island, including Campbell River. The college also has a before she even graduated. campus in Maple Ridge and is opening a second Lower “I would recommend DCC to others because they are Mainland location in Surrey. With accelerated, career- there to help you succeed,” echoes Kenneth Thomas, focused programs in health care, business administra- also an HCA grad. tion, construction trades and web development, DCC “We’re all incredibly proud of our graduates and focuses on providing hands-on training that prepares its how well they’re doing in their new careers,” says graduates for real careers in today’s workplace. McNestry. “It really shows how well hands-on train“The economy can be a bit of a roller coaster,” ac- ing can position you to excel in your chosen career.”

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL presented by John Barsby Community School. Runs until Saturday (Dec. 15) 7 p.m. Tickets $10 adults/$5 students/$20 family pass available at door. TRAPPED, presented by Kismet Theatre Academy Saturday (Dec. 15) at Nanaimo Centre Stage. Storytelling 2 p.m., plays 8 p.m. Tickets $10, children under 12 free, available at Kismet Academy or call 250716-8863. ALICE IN PANTOLAND at the Bailey Studio Dec. 21-31. Tickets $15. New Year's Eve performance $25. www. nanaimotheatregroup. com.

EVENTS Tellers perform A Christmas Carol Friday (Dec. 14) 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Hall. Admission is $5 at the door. www.aroundtowntell ers.com. COUNTRY QUEENS celebrity impersonator Bonnie Kilroe performs at the Harewood Legion Friday (Dec. 14) 8 p.m. Tickets $16 members $20 guests available at the door. ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW at Nanoose First Nation Community Hall Saturday (Dec. 15) and Sunday (Dec. 16) noon to 8 p.m. Admission by donation. YELLOWPOINT CHRISTMAS spectacular runs until Dec. 22 at Cedar Community Hall. Performances at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. on select dates. Call 250-754-8550. Tickets $33 adults/$26 students/$29 groups, www.yellowpointchrist masspectacular.ca.

ROLY BARRETTE plays Acme Food Co. Friday (Dec. 14).

PRE-CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Palace Hotel Friday (Dec. 14), Tickets $8 available at Palace. Features Sirreal, Blue Satellite and Subterranean. THE MARTYS and Joan Wallace perform at the Driftwood Bistro Friday (Dec. 14) at 7:30 p.m. LITTLEHEAD plays the Harewood Arms Pub Saturday (Dec. 15) starting at 9 p.m. MAGYARS AND COAL MOON plays the Courts Pub Saturday (Dec. 15).

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ON THE DOCK performance with Emma Plant, BJ Estes and Michelle Edwardson at Dinghy Dock Pub Wednesday (Dec. 19) 7 p.m. Tickets $20 at pub or www.ticketzone.com.

FREAK BOY plays the Well Pub Saturday (Dec. 15). MOTHER MOTHER with Hannah Georgas at the Port Theatre Sunday (Dec. 16). After party at the Queen's with Tristan Clark. Tickets $32.50 available at www.portthe atre.com or call 250754-8550.

HARMONIES OF FAITH an evening of sacred music and more presented by the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society at the Port Theatre. Dec. 20, 7-9 p.m. Free, but tickets must be reserved by calling 250-754-8550 or at the Port Theatre box office.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH featuring the Malaspina Choir, Nanaimo Chamber Orechestra and guest soloists for concert Sunday (Dec. 16) 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Church. Tickets $20 adults/$15 students. Call 250-7548550 or go to www. porttheatre.com.

THE BIG MESS, with Voxman Kyle and Marty Shepard at Acme Food Co. Dec. 21. ELECTRIC KOOL-AID play Harewood Arms Pub Dec. 22, 9 p.m.

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Season starts with surprising scores I SENIOR AA BOYS’ basketball teams tip off season. BY GREG SAKAKI THE NEWS BULLETIN

High school basketball season might bring even better games than fans were expecting. Some interesting results highlighted the first week of senior AA boys’ b-ball competition Tuesday night. One of those games took place at the Cedar Community Secondary School gym, where the Nanaimo District Islanders were too much for the Cedar Spartans in a 65-51 game. In past years this might have been a major upset but this year’s Islanders team has much more depth, size and skill. “We’ve always lost, so it’s such a great feeling [to win],” said Peter Le Patezour, Isles veteran. “I’m stoked to go on and see if we’re going to win more because this is amazing.” Scoring statistics weren’t tracked, but Grade 10 guard Tyus Barfoot was the player of the game for NDSS and the Islanders also got a lot of points from their big men in the paint. “We were able to move the ball efficiently and get inside,” said Eric D’Andrea, Islanders coach. “And we were able to gang rebound.” Josh Lancaster played well for the Spartans, finishing up around 10 blocked shots. “We weren’t aggressive enough,” said Jarryd Engevik, Spartans coach. “We could have done a much better job on the defensive rebounding. Other than that we played all right.”

The John Barsby Community Secondary School gym also saw a surprising result Tuesday. The host Blazers didn’t pull off an upset against the favoured Wellington Wildcats, but they put up a fight before falling 65-55. “Our defensive intensity just spilled onto the offensive side and that’s what we were mainly relying on,” said Kirstin Polz, Barsby coach. Wellington’s Tyler Radelja led his team with 19 points and Brad Jenks had 16. For Barsby, Mert Seymen led all scorers with 20 points and Austin Lyle added 18. The city’s other senior AA boys’ team, the Woodlands Eagles, lost on the road to the Ladysmith ’49ers. In senior AA girls’ action, Tuesday’s only all-Nanaimo matchup involved the Woodlands Eagles and Barsby Blazers at the Woodlands Secondary School gym. The Eagles won 53-14. “It’s obvious that we have work to do yet, but the girls are working hard so I’m quite happy with our effort,” said Carl Macdonald, Woodlands coach. Michelle Berti led the Eagles with 17 points and approximately 20 rebounds and Valeen Jules scored 15 points. Sommer Burgmann and Nicole Mowat were the Blazers’ top scorers. Also in action were the Wellington Wildcats senior AA girls, who ran past the Isfeld Ice 74-29. Kaitlyn Franklin, Mariah Van Sickle and Taelar Keir had 14 points each and Sara Simovic had 12 rebounds. COURT SHORTS … For more high school basketball news and photos, follow @BulletinSports on Twitter. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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Nanaimo District Islanders player Tyus Barfoot scores a lay-up during a game against the Cedar Spartans on Tuesday at the Cedar Community Secondary School gym. The Isles went on to win the season opener 65-51.

Fighting banned in boxla It will be a different sort of battle in the box next season. Fighting will no longer be condoned in the Western Lacrosse Association, or in the junior and intermediate levels of the game, following a surprise decision from the Canadian Lacrosse Association on Tuesday “The rule change allows our athletes to showcase the sport that we love and keeps the focus on the aspects that make our sport so great – speed, athleticism and skill,” said Joey Harris, CLA president, in a press release. “The stance that our board took against fighting in our sport holds true to the values of Canadian lacrosse and the CLA.” Starting in 2013, any player who engages in a fight will be given an automatic major penalty and an ejection. “It’s a first step,” said Ron McQuarrie, vicepresident of the B.C. Lacrosse Association. “It’s an improvement, and people know that. Will there still be fighting? Probably, but there will be consequences. Fighting doesn’t play a part in sports, except the UFC.” LACROSSE TALK … For much more on this story, visit www.nanaimobulletin.com. -with files from Travis Paterson

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has responded – his 15.5 points per game put him eighth in the league in that category. He is also in the top 10 in the PacWest in rebounds and assists. Fellow veteran Tyler Olsen is fifth in the league in rebounding with 7.8 per game and rookie point guard Jon Bethell is ninth in the league in assists with 2.8 per game. The M’s were able to have success in the first half despite not playing at 100 per cent, said the coach. “We need to get bodies back to being healthy,” Kuzminski said. “I’ve got a few guys that are pretty banged up and weren’t able to practise in some of the last weeks there. So getting them healthy will be big.” The M’s will play an exhibition game at Whatcom Community College in Washington at the end of this month, then get right back into PacWest play as the schedule resumes Jan. 4. “Hopefully the break will refresh them and get them back super excited to put a lot of work in the new year,” Kuzminski said.

MEN’S BASKETBALL team will use time off to rest, recharge. BY GREG SAKAKI THE NEWS BULLETIN

Some fans might have expected a transition year for the VIU Mariners, but it’s turning out to be another contending year. The first half of the Pacific Western Athletic Association schedule has seen the M’s men’s basketball team sprint to a 6-2 record, good for second place. “It’s been a good start and I think we’ve progressed as a team to this point,” said Matt Kuzminski, the team’s coach. “Hopefully the trend continues because ultimately we want to play deep into March.” In Kuzminski’s first year at the helm at Vancouver Island University, he has his team rolling along. The M’s aren’t the league’s highest-scoring team, but they have the top-ranked defence with 67.9 points allowed per game. Guard Brandon Jones has been asked to shoulder more of the offensive load this season and he

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Mariner women survivors The first half of the season could hardly have brought more challenges. The VIU Mariners endured, and will be a stronger team for it. Vancouver Island University’s women’s basketball team goes into the holiday break with a 4-4 record, which has them tied for third place in the Pacific Western Athletic Association standings. “I’m proud of the girls, the way they’ve gotten through the adversity, continued to work hard, never complained,” said Bill McWhinnie, the team’s coach. The squad learned on the eve of the season that two starters from last season wouldn’t be back. Far too late for supplemental recruiting, the M’s went with what they had. Then they lost their star point guard Jocelyn Jones to injury for a stretch of games, which hurt. She returned in time to help the team to two wins to end the fall schedule. “It allows other people to go back to their re gular positions,” said the coach. “It gives us a solid ball handler and somebody who can find teammates that are open.” Jones’ absence did a l l ow o t h e r p l ay ers including Jamie MacFarlane and Viv Veerman to play additional minutes, and they benefited from that, said the coach. The lineup will look a little different again in the new year as the M’s have lost their top rebounder Chardonnae Mortimer, but another forward, Erin Vekic, has become academically eligible. “A fanstastic shooter, a very intelligent kid,” McWhinnie said. “That’s going to make us deeper and much better.” So the M’s passed a first-half test, and might have an even better record if they hadn’t let a couple of games get away, said the coach. “We’re in a position now where maybe we can make a bit of a run in the second half,” he said. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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The Nanaimo Clippers are going to finish the fall schedule better than .500 no matter what. So they might as well try to make their record as bright and shiny as they can heading into the holidays. The city’s B.C. Hockey League team (15-11-0-2) plays three games in three nights Friday (Dec. 14), Saturday and Sunday in Chilliwack, Penticton and

Trail, respectively. “The opponents won’t be giving up two points easy, we’ll have to definitely work for those,” said Brenden Forbes, Clippers alternate captain. Nanaimo goes into the road trip feeling good about its game after a 5-2 win over the Surrey Eagles on Sunday at Frank Crane Arena. The Clips have had inconsistent results in recent weeks, so that win was an important one, they said. “To get on the bus without a lot of confidence or a lot of momentum on our side would have been tough,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. A road trip at this time of year is a holiday tradition for

the Clippers, and it always brings the additional challenge of Christmas distractions. “You’ve got to put that aside and I think the road trip’s good for that,” said Josh Bryan, an alternate captain. “Because if you’re at home you’ve got distractions with your family, Christmas lights are going up, that kind of thing.” Instead the Clippers face bus rides, hotels and hockey. “Christmas break’s going to come no matter what,” said Trevor Fitzgerald, team captain. “So we might as well get a couple wins. We want a perfect road trip before the break and we need it.” sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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To say that Volkswagen is on a roll in Canada would be an understatement. Sales in 2011 reached 52,604 units, an increase of 16 per cent over its previous best year of 2010. Helping to fuel this increase is the latest in a string of remodeled and restyled vehicles, the 2012 Passat sedan, built in Tennessee and designed specifically for the North American market. The previous Passat was highly acclaimed for its European design and road manners, but it was never a volume seller. Price was definitely a factor as it was positioned well above the segment leaders. For the 2012 model year, things are different. The Passat is now priced in the same territory as competitors. The 2012 Passat comes to Canada with a wide choice of powertrains and trim levels, topping out with the V6 Highline with automatic transmission. My tester had what would be my choice of engines, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel making 140 horsepower. During some months, the TDI clean diesels make up about 50 per cent of all Passat sales. Also offered is a 2.5L five-cylinder gasoline engine (170hp) and a 3.6L V6 (280hp). My diesel tester was outfitted with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is also offered with this engine, while the 2.5L engine gets a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The V6 is available only in the six-speed DSG automatic.

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Volkswagen has repositioned the 2012 Passat sedan to take a run at competitors in the mid-size class. A new $1.1-billion manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. will produce all North American Passats.

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The interior of the 2012 Passat is finished with lots of soft-touch materials.

Bigger in every way from the outgoing car, the 2012 Passat has best-in-class rear legroom.

Even at the base level, the 2012 Passat has features such as electronic stability control, dual zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and multifunction steering wheel and trip computer. There are four trim levels – Trendline, Trendline Plus, Comfortline and Highline. My tester was the Trendline Plus. Since the new Passat is designed for the North American market, it is bigger all

round. I find it more striking – others have a different opinion. While it doesn’t break new ground, it is pleasant and elegant to look at. Up front is VW’s new signature grille with three chrome crossbars and the ubiquitous VW logo front and centre. Inside, it doesn’t quite match up with the quality of the previous-generation Passat. To make that huge price cut, sacrifices had to be made and this is where you see them most.

Nevertheless, it is still nicely finished inside with soft touch materials that have a grainy texture and optional nut burl trim material on the Highline model. My tester was more subdued inside, but attractive and comfortable. The seats are larger than before (to fit our larger North American butts of course) and there are more cup holders for our Timmy’s coffee cups and water bottles. Interior leg room and trunk

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capacity are generous. The steering is light and precise and the car is easy to manoeuvre in both city and highway situations. The independent suspension soaks up all but the stiffest jolts with a ride that is geared more to a family car than a sports sedan. A longer wheelbase helps produce the comfortable ride. Handling is not quite up to previous Passat standards, but certainly on par with most other mid-size sedans on the market today. But there can be few quibbles with the 2.0L turbodiesel engine. With so much low-end grunt there’s plenty of power when it’s needed for passing or merging into high-speed traffic. The engine is smooth, quiet and fuel-efficient with Transport Canada numbers of 4.9L/100 kilometres on the highway and 6.9L/100km in the city – close to the numbers of many gas-electric hybrid vehicles on the market. During my time with the car I averaged about 6.5L/100km in combined city/highway driving without trying to baby things at all. Every time I write about this new breed of clean diesel engines, I mention that if you haven’t experienced them, take one out for a test drive and see for yourself. The days of the diesel clatter and smoke belching out the tailpipe are things of the past. These engines are as refined as most gasoline engines on the market and offer far superior fuel economy. Whether VW reaches its sales target with the new Passat will be up to the buying public to decide. But there’s no doubt that it will leave showrooms in much higher numbers than before and become a legitimate challenger in the mid-size sedan segment.

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A HUGE, BIG HUG to the lady in the van in front of me at Starbucks in University Village a few weeks ago. I can’t thank you enough for buying my coffee that day. No one has ever done that for me before and I felt so special and grateful. I waved my thanks to you, but that doesn’t even come close to telling you how much you made my day. I will pay it forward. A HUGE BOUQUET to Landmark Cinema's Avalon theatre in Nanaimo for bringing in Searching for Sugarman. I've been trying to get to Vancouver to see it for two months. Please consider showing more specialty movies, there is a waiting audience here, it will just take a little time to get the word out. A BOUQUET for the non-profit Nanaimo Community Dental Clinic for picking up the slack and providing oral health services to lowincome individuals who otherwise would not receive dental or dental hygiene services. RESOUNDING CHEERS OF THANKS to the many Nanaimo businesses and families who contributed to recent fundraising events for the Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders football club. Your generous support is key for the program’s continued success. From the entire NDSS Islanders football club.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the paramedics, police officers, emergency doctors, nurses and technicians who attended my husband after his recent accident. Your professionalism, dedication and compassion are much appreciated. Thanks also to the people on scene who cared for him until medical help arrived. A third thank you to my husband for wearing his full-face helmet.

GARLANDS OF CHRISTMAS ROSES to Coach West, his soccer team (13-14-year-olds) and their parents. The girls used their practice time to volunteer for the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle campaign in four locations. A Merry Christmas to you all.

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A HUGE BOUQUET OF BEAUTIFUL RED ROSES to Laurel Smith and staff at Applecross Home Hardware for such expert, old-fashioned service. There are a number of Nanaimo businesses that could learn valuable lessons from the staff in this store. Thank you for making our shopping experience such a delight. We will gladly recommend your store and we

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A VERY GRATEFUL AND APPRECIATIVE BOUQUET to my daughter, who makes every day Christmas with her generous spirit and helpful nature to everyone. Wishing you your best Christmas ever. A FRIENDLY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT to the checkout workers all over town who, even at this very busy time of year, still manage a smile and a courteous manner when dealing with those customers who I am embarrassed to stand behind in the lineup.

Beefs & Bouquets is a free forum to give thanks or express views on issues and events. The News Bulletin reserves the right to edit or refuse submissions. Length is limited to 40 words and two submissions per person per week. A winner will be selected at random to receive a floral bouquet from Turley’s Florist and Potting Shed. Mail or deliver to the News Bulletin, 777B Poplar St., Nanaimo, V9S 2H7 or e-mail to bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com. Fax to 250-753-0788. ______________________________________________________________

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A BEEF F to the women working at a local business. While shopping next door I could hear your inappropriate conversation about how badly you had to use the washroom. The sales girl was embarrassed. You should be, too. A BEEF. Why does management of transit have a poster up in buses to let riders know the prices for offence if you do not pay when the drivers don't even bother saying anything? It is not fair. A BEEF F to a local restaurant. Poor presentation, the fettuccine was dry, the meals needed some colour and the price was high. We were all disappointed, you just lost costumers. The Internet has a million ideas about food presentation. A BEEF F to a local service provider who wrecked my possessions when I took them in to get fixed. Promises to make up for this have not been followed through with so far. I thought a hand shake meant something in business. I guess not.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET OF RED CHRISTMAS FLOWERS to Toby Gorman, Chris Bush, Chris Hamlyn, Rachel Stern, Melissa Fryer and others at the Nanaimo News Bulletin. You are in the spirits in our families. We love you. God bless you. A BOUQUET to End of the Roll’s Sara, Drew and Kelly. Great service. Always on time and polite. We will always be a customer. A BEEF F to shopping malls that give preferred parking to hybrid car owners. I understand special parking for police – after all, we wouldn't want to have a shoplifter escorted too far through the rain to a patrol car – handicapped parking and even family parking, but hybrid parking is just a desperate marketing ploy that treats 95 per cent of customers like second-class citizens. I'll shop elsewhere, thanks. A BEEF F to the guy answering the phones at the lost and found who told me, when I called to inquire, that no one had turned in my tuque. I could hear you wearing it.

A HUGE BEEF F to an untrustworthy business. You know what deplorable and unacceptable things you did. Promises not carried out and shady tactics. Karma, karma, karma. AN UNSAFE BEEF F to the caregiver of a man who runs up and down a Nanaimo road every evening in the dark. Please provide him with reflective gear so that he can be seen. Many of the residents have almost hit him, as he also tends to run down the middle of the road. A BEEF F to a strip mall. Nanoose Bay might have the world's largest gnome, but at least we here in Nanaimo have the world's largest sign indicating an out-of-business fast-food restaurant.

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August 23 1946 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December 1 2012 Heaven is ringing with the laughter of their newest angel Shirley Ann. She ended her earthly journey with courage and dignity leaving behind her loving husband of 47 years, Hollis; son Bryon; daughter Raylene (Shane); grandchildren, Stephanie & Jonah; sisters, Beverline (Thor), Joan & Diane; mother-in-law Hazel; sisters-in-law Faye & Linda; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews & their children, and numerous long time friends who were considered family. Shirley Ann spent over 40 years as a bank teller, spending the last 23 years at Coastal Community Credit Union where she made many close friends and genuinely cared for her co-workers and customers. She is remembered for her distinct laugh, quick wit, humour, kindness, generosity, and loving nature. The hole in our hearts can only be ďŹ lled with the promise that we will see her again. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday December 16, 2012 1:00pm at Sands Funeral Home, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo, BC. Refreshments to follow. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, donations can be made to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Foundation for the Cancer Clinic, Palliative Care or MS.

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 4 TOYO tires, used, M & S, P225/60/16, good condition, $180. Call (250)586-6673. 53’ CARGO VAN- $4800. 20’ Coleman Travel Trailer, never used. Propane furnace, $800. Call (250)735-3258. 5X10 NATIONAL Pool Table with all original accessories & overhead light; Conn electric band acoustic organ; Bamboo bar; 2 older TVs; 2 arborite kitchen tables & other misc. Call 250-738-0368 to view.

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BRAND NEW Kitchenaide stainless steel 8 piece cookware pots. $180 (firm). New cost was $399. (250)729-9978 Cedar split rails 8 & 10ft. $1.00 per ft. Firewood bundles $5.00. Exercise bike like new. $200. Antique piano $500 Cross bow $100. 250-9412764 COOKING WOODSTOVE, Good for Cabin or home antique. Must see, Sacrifice $500. Also Regular wood stove, glass door, $250.00. Call 250-248-2747 DENON/PARADIGM surround sound system. Denon AVR-1707 surround sound receiver, 700 watt w/ remote control & manual. Paradigm cinema speakers- 4 wall mounts, 4 speakers, center speaker & sub woofer. (Package) $450 obo. (250)752-4294 FULL GOLF Membership at Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, $1500 obo. Please call 250-751-2228. GOODYEAR ULTRA Grip (snow tires), 175/70R13, like new, used 1 season only. Asking $240 obo for all 4. Call (250)738-1190.

7 yr old 3 bdrm, 3 bath + 600 sq.ft bonus area over dbl garage on 2 acres in Royston. Lg covered south facing decks, heat pump. 250-335-1259

BRAND NEW, 417 Bruce Ave, Nanaimo, under 10yr warranty. 3bdrms +den up; 2bdrm legal suite down. Lndry both levels. $380,000. (250)751-5114 CENTRAL NANAIMO. 2 bdrm, 1 bath, level entry, fireplace, greenspace, pet on approval. Many updates, low strata fees in small complex. Asking $153,900. Please call (250)753-8141 or visit: www.strata954.ca

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EVERGREEN PLACE mobile home, $49,900, 800sf, complete reno in & out, small pet ok. (250)710-8985 or email welcomehome4sales@gmail.com

MOBILE- 2130 Errington Rd, 3 bdrms, 2 bath, own land, $80.mo/strata, totally reno’d. May take back mortgage, $150,000. 250-738-0221.

PERFECT SET of 15” XL winter tires on aluminum rims, used last winter for only 150 km. Bought $650. Selling $350. - fits Taurus or similar (sold car, kept spare wheels). Call (250)753-0014. PIANO- HEINTZMAN upright, good condition, $700 obo. Call (250)752-4400. SHOPRIDER MEDICAL Scooter, only 7 hours use, like new, $3700 obo. 3 piece recliner sofa set, high quality, $500 obo. Very large sofa, reclines, good condition, $125. Call (250)954-0049. SNOW TIRES, P215/60R15, steel belted radials, used one season only (Dec & Jan). As new. (250)748-4658

PARKSVILLE. THIS is it! Well designed rancher, 55 +, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, den/TV room, many updates, 5 appliances, very private back yard, Bare Land Strata. Asking $338,500 obo. For appointment call 250248-5113

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REAL ESTATE

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2005 GRAND-AM, V-6, auto, 133,000km. White exterior/gray interior. One owner. Very clean, runs great. $4,200 obo. (250)616-7252

2007 DODGE Caravan, 90,000 kms, fully loaded, new tires & mounted winter tires,stow & go seats Ex.Cond. $9000.00 obo. 250-248-2390

DUNCAN, 55+ park, no pets. 2 bdrm, single wide, large deck, heat pump, woodstove, landscaped yard, 4 applâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. $29,900. (250)748-2863

SPACIOUS GROUND ďŹ&#x201A;oor, southwest facing corner unit, 2bdrms, den/ofďŹ ce, master ensuite +2nd full bathroom. Open kitchen has access to dining room, living room and patio. Unit renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d 3yrs ago, including new carpets, lino, stove, W/D. Close to Woodgrove and buses. No smoking of any kind, no pets of any kind. Refs Req. Responsible, mature renters preferred. Avail. from Jan 1st. Call R.G. 1 (250)619-7106 or email: leopride@shaw.ca

APARTMENTS FURNISHED C. NANAIMO. Brand new furnished townhome (mint), in unit laundry, fenced yard, patio w/ bbq, N/S. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, $1200 mo, avail Dec. 1, 250-741-4422. MID 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dbl wide on .28 acre, in Mill Bay. 2-bdrm w/den. 2 baths. Good cond. Propane stove & dryer, newer roof $205,000. Call (250)746-9658.

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO #111-3270 Ross Rd- 2 bdrms, 1.5 bath, $800. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

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Lantzville Estate Sale: far below assessed value. 4bdrm, lvl entry, walkout bsmnt, panoramic view, high waterfront beach access, new roof, suite or B & B income potential, ample parking on 3/4 acre. Mins from Woodgrove. Pics on usednanaimo.com $524,900. Call 250-585-2620.

PARKSVILLE, MAPLE GLEN 1600 sq ft rancher on crawl. Lrg lot, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, RV parking. Close to schools. Many extras. $369,500 Call 250-248-5936

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412 BRUCE Ave- 1 & 2 bdrms, $625 & $750. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com

430 STEWART Avenue- 1 & 2 bdrms, $650 & $750. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com HAWTHORNE CORNER- upscale boutique style townhouse living, new, 6 appls, walk to VIU, on bus route, $950 mo and up + utils. Call 250-713-1025.

HOSPITAL AREA 1 Bdrm, FREE Heat & H/W. Adult building, wheelchair access, security cameras. New carpet, windows and paint. From $675 plus mo. Call 250-753-6656. NANAIMO: 1275 Dufferin Cres Across Gen Hospital. Renovated 2 Bdrms from $775/mo. Call Carman 250-740-1002

NANAIMO- 1 BDRM- $650+ utils + $325 deposit. Security system in bldg (250)701-3605. NANAIMO. SPOTLESS, quiet 1 bdrm on top ďŹ&#x201A;oor $710. Dec 15 or Jan 1. Close to ferry & seawalk. Intercom, elevator. Free hot water, N/S, N/P. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Call Mark 250-753-8633 THE COURTYARD at Uplands 4700 UPLANDS 2 Bdr, 2 Bath, FP, Deck, 5 Appl, Courtyard, Mature Bldg. NP, NS. Jan 1st. $800 (250) 756-3137

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1624 BLACKSTONE Way- 3 bdrms, 2 bath, $1400. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com 3366 STEPHENSON Point Rd- 3 bdrms, 3 bath, $2200. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 3-BDRM SPLIT level, West Nanaimo. Country setting, close to town. Large 2-car garage with shop area. New kitchen & appls. Self-contained sub-letable 1-bdrm suite. Apply now and receive 1/2 mo. rent free. NP/NS. Refs. $1650. 250-716-6811 or 250-2454546, 250-753-4749. CEDAR AREA: 5 bdrm, 2200 sqft. 2 full baths, rec room, concrete seller for canning, large laundry. OfďŹ ce area with own entry. Private gated yard. Long term tenant preferred. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $1325 incldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water. Call Jamie 604-789-8242. HALF house for rent. Opposite Esquimalt High on 828 Colvile Rd. 3 Bedrooms, large yard for pets and kids. 250-885-8002 or 250-8858090

LONG LAKE area, beautiful lake view, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 prkg, gym, balcony, A/C, F/P, W/D, avail immed, $1200 mo incls utils. 250-618-6800. NORTH NANAIMO: Immaculate 3 bdrm, 3 bath, 5 applâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. $1450. Ron (250)741-4422 S.NANAIMO: 137 Strickland St. 2bdrm +den. Newly updated, 4 appliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. $850. N/S, N/P, Refs.1 (250)753-2174 S.NANAIMO: 138 Strickland. Spacious, updated 2bdrm, 4 appliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, front/back balconies. N/S, N/P, Refs. $900 including hydro. 1 (250)753-2174 VIU AREA, 4 bdrms, 2baths up & down, sep entrances. W/D, N/S. $550/room, incls utils. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. (250)754-9774

1958 DODGE MAYFAIR, 2 dr. Hardtop, Duncan car, V8, push button, runs excellent, 78 K-miles, needs some restoring. $5,000. (250)715-3721

SINGLE & DBLE units; some w/kitchenettes. Pets ok. New monthly rates starting at $650; wkly starting at $290; 10% off 1st month. 250-754-2328

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

SHARED ACCOMMODATION NANAIMO, CENTRAL- share top ďŹ&#x201A;oor. Responsible, professional. Spacious, ocean views, lrg deck. $525 mo inclds utils. NS/NP. Call (250)751-8906.

SUITES, LOWER 1091 SILVER Mountain Drive1 bdrm, $695 inclds hydro. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 855 HOWARD- 3 bdrms, $850. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 931 SPRING- 1 bdrm, $650 inclds hydro. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

2008 Pontiac G5 great shape 63,900k. Power windows, locks, air. $6,900 new set of snow tires incld. 250-792-2620 Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

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COLLEGE/BOWEN PARKClean 1 bdrm suite in 4-plex, F/S, private entrance, heat included, $600. NS/NP. References. Call 250-753-7363.

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HAMMOND BAY area- new, level entry large 1 bdrm suite, own entry. NP/NS. Laundry & hydro included. Available Jan 1. $700/mo. 250-729-0313.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;06 Chrysler Sebring Touring Sedan. Just inspected; passed all categories. Ready for winter on the Malahat. 2.7L V6, power windows/locks, sunroof, fog lamps, A/C, snow tires all around on the original alloy wheels, Satin jade colour 173,000 km. $4500. Call (250)715-1236.

NANAIMO- 1 BDRM Suite, self-contained. $650./mo inclds utils. 250-716-6811 or 250-245-4546, 250-753-4749. S. NANAIMO- 1 bdrm, private, F/S, fenced yard, w/ views, laundry. Pet ok. Jan. 1. $595. Call collect, 1-250-388-7271. S. NANAIMO 2-bdrm lower suite. N/P, N/S, non-partiers. Heat, hydro, F/S inclâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $950./mo. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Avail Dec. 1st (250)591-6916, (250)816-0085

2009 CHEV Silverado 4x4, ext. Cab, auto, 48,000km, ex. cond. $19,995. (250)710-4573

1994 34â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-MOTORHOME, 454 gas engine, 110 volt generator, new coffee maker & microwave. Ready to travel. Must see! $10,950. (250)753-0046 1994, NOMAD, 5th Wheel, 30 ft. Winter unit. 2 Pull outs. Comes with 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; addition with certiďŹ ed wood stove and skirting. Instant cabin, has been lived in for 3 years. Cheap Living, All $12,500.00 Call 250-248-2747

1923 FORD â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tâ&#x20AC;? Bucket. 350 short block Chevy. 400 H.P. motor. $18,000. Call Ron (250)729-7146 after 5:00p.m.

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2000 BUICK Regal LS 3800, Silver, V6, Auto, loaded, almost new tires, Very clean. $2,500 obo. 1-250-751-0645

2003 Rexair CLASS A, 29 ft motor home. Bright, cheery and in excellent condition. Low mileage. Must be seen to be appreciated. Garage kept. $44,900. N/P, N/S. Phone (250) 746-7808

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES 2004 GREW BOWRIDER 17ft, Mercury 90 2-stroke motor, with trailer, low hours. Asking, $12,000. Mike 250-597-3389.

SUITES, UPPER 359 APPLEWOOD Crescent3 bdrm, 2 bath, $1095. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com 931 SPRING- 3 bdrm, 2 bath, $1000 inclds hydro. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

2001 PONTIAC SUNFIRE: 4/Door. standard. Great on gas. Lots of extras. 2nd owner. $2800 obo. 250-618-3147

CENTRAL NANAIMO beautiful 3bdrm upper suite,1 bath, lrg fenced yard. $1000/mo + utils. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s req. Avail. immed. 250-740-6803

1989 NISSAN Pick-Up $3,300. 4-cyl, standard, great on gas, great cond. Full spare and cab, 177,000km. Maintenance records. (250)390-9000 2003 MONTE Carlo SS, P/B, P/S, Sun roof, Low Mileage: 77,000 kms. New tires, $7500.00 Call 250-757-8907

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#2-3231 LAUREN Mary Place- 2 bdrms, $975. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com #2-3231 LAUREN Mary Place- 2 bdrms, $975. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com

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TOWNHOUSES 17-444 BRUCE Ave- 3 bdrms, 2 bath, $850. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

FORD 150XLT & 5th WHEEL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04 Ford 150 XLT, heavy duty, eng 5.4 l, 100k, boxliner, supercab $12,500. 04â&#x20AC;&#x2122; - 24â&#x20AC;&#x2122;6â&#x20AC;? Westwind 5th wheel. Best of towable & liveable, new queen mattress, hardly used, rear kitchen great layout & great condition. $15,500. 250-5864716

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SOUTH NANAIMO (Lake front), not on bus route, lower level 1 bdrm suite. Priv. ent. All utils incldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, in suite W/D. NS/NP. Avail immed. $750. Call (250)754-8728. UNIVERSITY AREA: 2bdrm ground level, private entry, insuite laundry, DW, 7x11 storage area, garage, fenced yard. Near schools/bus. $900, util & heat incl. N/S, N/P, Avail immed. Bob 250-618-4775

2008 DODGE Red Ram 4 x 4, Quad Cab, Diesel. Must sell, price is wholesale book, 6.7L diesel, quiet & tons of power, Carry a camper or pull a 10,000LB load, tow package w/electric brake hookup, leather interior. $8000 in factory options, including, remote start, satellite radio, blue tooth, power sunroof & power rear window, heated seats, dual climate control, 6 speed auto, electric 4 x 4 shift, & multitude of other features. tear in leather on driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, but repairable, heavy duty box liner, canopy inclâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Original dealer price $68,400, asking $29,900 Qualicum Beach, Call 250927-2827

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DEPARTURE BAY: 1bdrm, private entry, priv. patio $750 utilities incl. 250-751-2405 DEPARTURE BAYlrg 1 bdrm, all inclusive. Utils, wi-ďŹ cable, parking, shared laundry, on bus route. NS/NP. $700./ mo. Call 250-751-3386.

25 PRYDE Ave. 1-bdrm grnd level townhouse, in suite laundry. $675. (250)756-4728. #304 - 4720 UPLANDS- 1 bdrm, $700. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

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2005 CHEVY Trail Blazer LS Exc cond. 103,000kmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 6cyl auto, air, cruise, privacy glass, many extras. $10,500. Call after 5pm or leave msg. 1 (250)754-0725

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ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES NOW

Very popular indoor flowering plant. Great gift!

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GIFT W NO

50

% OFF REG PRICE

NOW IN STOCK!

SPRING 2013 SHIPMENT OF:

% OFF

BIRD FEEDERS & BIRD SEED/FEED

REG PRICE

Do not forget our Fine Feathered Friends this time of year.

6469 Metral Drive Nanaimo, BC

Across from Home Depot, Real Canadian Superstore, next Leon’s Furniture

CALL FOR FREE GARDENING ADVICE

TOLL FREE: 1-866-845-3919

PLANTLAND

NO EXPIRY DATES. VALID AT ANY ART KNAPP PLANTLAND PROVINCE WIDE.

Tulips, Daffodils, Narcissus, Amaryllis, etc.

REG PRICE

(Indoor flowering excluded)

$10, $25, $50, $100 DENOMINATIONS

S CERTIFICATE ALL REMAINING FALL BULBS

% OFF

25

REG PRICE

IDEAL GIFT FOR THAT GARDENER ON YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST

ALL INDOOR plant. Great gift! Very TROPICAL popular indoor flowering PLANTS

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% OFF

250-390-1151

55+ SENIORS HOURS DAY IS EVERY WEDNESDAY 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

15% OFF Regular Priced Items (Except Bulk Soil, Bark, Fish Compost)

7 DAYS A WEEK


Nanaimo News Bulletin, December 13, 2012