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UVic hit with layoffs Kyle Slavin News staff

Cutbacks at the University of Victoria has resulted in the layoff of at least 24 employees so far, as departments seek to cut four per cent from their budgets this year. Melissa Moroz, labour relations officer for the Professional Employees Association, calls it a “very sad situation” that UVic handed pink slips to two dozen of their full-time workers, including some who’ve been employed at the university since the 1980s. “It’s devastating to these people’s lives, and it will directly impact services to both faculty and students,” Moroz said. “There’s only so much people can do.” The lost jobs will come from a variety of places, she said, adding many of the employees work in technical support, scientific support and research support. Some of those laid off are already gone, while others will continue to work until spring 2013. Moroz called this an “unprecedented amount of layoffs.” She’s seen one-off job losses in the past due to organizational changes, but never anything near to this many at once. “There’s a lot of uneasiness and fear that’s been generated as a result of these layoffs.”

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Paul Zehr, a UVic professor of neuroscience, led a recent study that showed stroke victims who trained their stronger leg had roughly equal strength gains on their leg more impacted by the stroke.

A new hope for stroke victims Unexpected gains on weak side of body for patients in recovery Arnold Lim News staff

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Research at the University of Victoria has demonstrated that weight training by stroke victims in recovery can have twice the benefit to their bodies. A study led by UVic neuroscientist Paul Zehr showed that showed that a stroke patient exercising the strong side of their body will have roughly equivalent muscle gain on their weak side. “One of the things that is a big prob-

lem after a stroke is one side is more affected,” Zehr said. “We are trying to understand what has happened after the stroke, and take that information an use it to guide interventions … to help push the system back (to normal).” The study focused primarily on the lower body to help patients regain strength and mobility. Overall, people who participated in the six-week study regained about 30 per cent muscle mass. Cross-education of strength, or the idea that training one side of the human body can have benefits to corresponding muscles on the opposite side, has been known for decades – but typically the cross-benefit is only five to 10 per cent.

“The really important observation was when we went to see what happened to the leg not trained, we found the same strength gain which means 30 per cent (gain) on both sides,” Zehr said. Nineteen post-stroke patients ranging in age from 26 to 81 and averaging 84 months post-stroke, completed the full six-week program that involved highintensity exercises, such as lifting a fitted block of wood with their unaffected ankle and foot. While more tests are being done, the results of the study, completed with PhD student Katie Dragert, startled even the professor. PLEASE SEE: Strength gains, Page A8


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SAANICH NEWS -Friday, December 21, 2012

Banner year for Operation Snowball Cedar Hill middle school fundraises cash, food for charity Arnold Lim News staff

Cedar Hill Middle school students are basking in the glow of giving. The school’s month-long fundraising drive pulled in more than 130 boxes of non-perishable food donations and $5,000 in cash for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, just in time for Christmas. “We all focus on the spirit of generosity and that is the value and virtue we are trying instil in students,� said school principal Tom Aerts. “(They) leave our school and move on to other schools and hopefully take with them that socially responsible aspect of their personality.� Operation Snowball, aptly named after the snowball effect the fundraiser has developed over the program’s 13-year run, includes a school-wide food drive, coin drive, open house and craft fair and two musical concerts. Students rolled tens of thousands of coins by hand, made arts and crafts and even went house-to-house collecting food items to top the 101 boxes of food and $2,000 raised in 2011. “We feel really good about what we have accomplished and $5,000 is tremendous,� Aerts continued. “It is more than two and a half times what we raised before.� Aerts’ said the operation that started with just four or five boxes of food and no cash donations has built a strong following in the Saanich community, but this year’s results surprised even him. “We always established our goals before the events start but we always try to push

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Cedar Hill middle school student Katie Berglund stands with some of the 130 boxes of non-perishable food donations collected by school students and staff for the annual fundraiser for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. those goals so it is a bit of a challenge and not too easy,â€? Aerts said. “I didn’t think we would bring in that much money. It was heartwarming to see the students come together and see the great energy around it ‌ it was almost every grade, every class-

room and every student.� Cedar Hill Grade 7 student Katie Berglund entered her second year at the school looking forward to Operation Snowball and said the spirit of giving to the less fortunate is good for everyone involved.

“It is a great feeling to know you are helping other people,� the 12-year-old said. “I have so much and some people don’t have anything. Giving to others is the best feeling in the world.�

School board chair slams mid-year budget cuts Natalie North News staff

The chair of the Greater Victoria school board has spoken out against more cuts to B.C.’s education budget. In a Dec. 17 letter, Peg Orcherton asked Education Minister Don McRae to reconsider his Dec. 3 request for all school boards in the province to slash 1.5 per cent from their current budget in order to reach a collective agreement with K-12 support staff under the co-operative gains mandate. The additional 1.5 per cent equates to $507,000. Orcherton said the savings plan would nega-

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It took less than an hour for police to return stolen property and arrest a man for a break-andenter on Sunday. Just after 3 p.m. on Dec. 16, a Saanich family returned to their 600-block Cowper St. home to discover unfamiliar noises upstairs. Fearing the worst, they

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SAANICH NEWS - Friday, December 21, 2012

Ex-priest pressed on sexual compulsions Phillip Jacobs speaks on prior abuse of boys Edward Hill News staff

men on masturbation. “Part of me got into the pattern to be an instructor,� Jacobs said. “I slipped back ... in this case it lasted seconds and the doorbell or phone rang. “My mouth was dry. I knew what I was doing was not right, but the interruption gave me a chance to reset things.� In her cross-examination, Crown prosecutor Clare Jennings noted one of the church’s activities for altar servers was swimming. She suggested the act of Jacobs changing into swimming trunks with young boys put those boys at risk of molestation. Jacobs noted that those trips always had other adult chaperones, and that simply being around young people didn’t trigger his compulsion – his compulsion to instruct boys on masturbation was part of a broader “script.� “I know my pattern, my compulsion. I do not accept that in the presence of kids changing into (swimming) trunks would lead me to do some nefarious act,� he told the court. Pressed by Jennings, Jacobs

said he did sexually abuse two youth in Ohio, but said his therapy at the Institute of Living in Connecticut made him recognize how to break his pattern of “inappropriate actions.� “In years of therapy we spoke at length about the script, that my future ... is about recognizing the script and avoiding anything that might move in the direction of the script.� “The script had a risk factor that was being alone with young men?� Jennings asked. “That was a component,� Jacobs said. “I did not perceive being alone with a young person was a risk,� he told the court. “If I thought that, I would never have entered into parish life, it would be impossible to continue.� Jacobs is charged with sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference of a person under 14 and touching a young person for a sexual purpose. The charges involve three minors under the age of 14, with alleged incidents spanning September 1996 to June 2001. Testimony is expected to conclude this week.

Phillip Jacobs denied that he molested male students at St. Joseph the Worker church, but admitted he needs to be mindful of “compulsionsâ€? that led to sexually abusing boys in Ohio decades ago, during continued testimony Tuesday in Victoria Supreme Court. Jacobs, 63, under guidance of defence lawyer Chris Considine, refuted testimony of the three young men who told the court last week that the former parish priest engaged in episodes of molestation and sexual touching at the Saanich church more than a decade ago. One of the three complainants testified that Jacobs molested him in a room behind the altar. The witness said Jacobs molested him again while moving books between buildings on the St. Joseph the Worker grounds. Jacobs said he has no recollection the witness ever served as an altar server and denied ever touching or molesting him. “Never,â€? Jacobs told Justice Miriam Gropper. As for moving books, Jacobs recalled asking two students for help moving hymnal books between the priest’s ¡ cabinet refacing specialists ¡ cabinet modiďŹ cation ¡ kitchen modernization ¡ euro-cabinet residence and the specialists ¡ free same day estimates ¡ Home Depot authorized service provider church, but the witness was not one of the volBooking Appointments now - call today! unteers Servicing Victoria to Campbell River. Jacobs did admit he crossed the line Locally owned & operated. Owned by Rick Laker 23 years experience with one of the complainants named in the charges when he spoke with the student about the act of turbation. In that case, Jacobs said he slipped Victoria 250.883.8205 • Toll-free 888.580.7800 back into his compulMeet & Beat any competitors written quote by 12% = HST sion to instruct young

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f you’re reading this in print, then the world didn’t come to an end today. And you still have a few more days to shop before Christmas. The doomsday scenario, believed by some to have been predicted by the Mayan civilization more than 5,100 years ago, is just the latest example of people letting fear get in the way of their capacity for common sense. Some folks have been dreading Dec. 21 for years. Are people simply that unable or unwilling to consider that maybe this highly advanced civilization just didn’t see the need to create a new calendar? Historical experts familiar with the Mayan system of recording time say the new model would have the same characters – what we call numbers – as the one that has just expired, kind of like a car’s odometer rolling over. Astronomers who can see everything around Earth, even light years away, would clearly have known whether our tiny planet was in the pathway of some rogue planet, meteor or giant asteroid, years in advance. No warnings came. Yet a quoted opinion poll indicated that roughly one in 10 Americans (we couldn’t find an equivalent Canadian poll) had real fears that something dreadful would happen today. There’s a lot of similarities between the hysteria around the year 2000 and the end-of-days scenario. A little over 12 years ago, many people – with relatively little proof to convince them otherwise – felt there was a very real chance that the world would grind to a halt over the inability for computers to read a year with two zeros at the end. We all know how that turned out – nary a blip was seen on the landscape. Likely fewer people were taken in by the idea the world would end than feared the consequences of the new millennium. But the snake-oil salesmen were nonetheless busy, whipping fearful people into a frenzy, regardless if what they were selling made little sense upon further investigation. Thank goodness most of us stuck around to see what happens next.

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investigations aren’t published. “Where would they go?’ asked a seemingly befuddled port manager. “On your website,” shot back an obviously exasperated Coun. Pam Madoff. The contentious exchange left me feeling embarrassed at my own oversight. Never had I pressed for the documents, even as public concern mounted over the impact of a new marina on the harbour airport. During his presentation, the port manager assured city council that Transport Canada’s safety procedures are top-notch. I say the proof is in the pudding. The government already agrees it’s my right to know that Green Cuisine must dish its ice cream differently to avoid contamination. Surely, the stakes are higher when it comes to flying. I’d like to know for myself, rather than trust the authorities, that my float plane has passed all its inspections with flying colours and that the runways are adequately wide and clear. Now, I’m moving on in my career again. But this time, my new job will keep me in Victoria. As the new talk show producer for C-FAX, I hope to help bring some hard questions about the airport to the airwaves. It’s been a great five years with Black Press. Thanks to all my colleagues, fans and critics. I’ve learned a lot from all of you. Roszan Holmen is a reporter with the Victoria News.

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Canada heading in the wrong direction on guns The horror of the mass shooting in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school caused each of us to pause and reflect. The inevitable question kept coming up: How could this have happened to these 20 innocent kids and their six teachers? In obvious reference to the gun

culture in America, U.S. President Barack Obama forcefully asserted in his address at the memorial service for the victims that “things must change.” The Canadian government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are moving in the opposite direction. The Conservatives

are very supportive of the gun culture, as evidenced by their gradual loosening of gun control regulations in Canada. For example, after the Conservatives killed the long-gun registry, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews met with the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee.

To appease these gun industry lobbyists, the Conservatives eliminated certain gun show regulations. The concern among law enforcement agencies is that the lack of regulatory oversight of these hundreds of gun shows has the potential to facilitate the leakage of even more weapons

into the wrong hands. As one Newtown resident poignantly stated, the question is not how this massacre could have happened, but rather, “Do we love our guns more than our kids?” Paul Connolly Victoria

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Cartoonist spot on with MacKay comment Re: Calls for Peter MacKay’s resignation abound (Cartoon, Dec. 14) Cartoonist O.J. Heggen does it again. He is truly gifted at getting at the core of an issue. After MacKay and Prime Minister Harper gave us bogus cost estimates for the F-35 fighter jet acquisition during the last federal election, then excoriated independent Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page for daring to expose the profoundly understated costs, they have now pressed the “reset button.” As Heggen observes, they really should be pressing the “eject button,” and for the first time in Harper’s regime, fire a minister for misleading taxpayers and voters, as well as grossly mismanaging the aircraft

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DND gives United Way major boost More than 6,500 civilian and military Canadian Forces employees handed over $607,000 to the United Way of Greater Victoria last Thursday. The donation was a result of CFB Esquimalt’s participation in the federal government’s workplace charitable campaign,

which began in September. More than 60 Department of National Defence units in the Capital Region took part, which is annually one of the leading contributors to the United Way. Each year, DND raises more than $500,000 for the United Way and accounts for 10 per

cent of campaign funds. DND contributions were raised through a variety of events, including a recent exhibition hockey match with the Victoria Royals. To donate to the United Way campaign, visit

Orcherton retains chair of SD61 school board Peg Orcherton, a trustee since 2002, was acclaimed as chair for the board of education of SD 61 (Greater Victoria) for her second term on Dec. 10. “Without question, much of the last year in education has been extraordinarily challenging and without a doubt, these challenges will continue,” Orcherton

said. “Trustees have worked hard to meet those challenges and irrespective of differing opinions, we always strive to keep students needs first and foremost in our decision making. In spite of these challenges, over the past year, the board of education continues to move forward on progressive initia-

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Lego competition trains young engineers on helping seniors Arnold Lim News staff

Almost 200 elementary and middle school students and 13 teams from across Greater Victoria gathered at the University of Victoria for a competition aimed at helping seniors overcome daily challenges. Students were charged with the challenge of creating, designing, and programming a Lego robot that can could scan and locate the correct medicine, move furniture, garden, fixing a broken chair and walk a service dog. “(They) look at the way robots or technology can enhance the lives of senior citizens,” said event co-ordinator and UVic PhD student Michael Hammond-Todd. “It is an inquiry-driven process where students are looking for real solutions for real-world problems.” Young competitors brought their existing Lego robots and programed them on the spot for a battery of tests, all which rep-

resent challenges seniors face in their daily lives. “Vancouver Island has a very active community of educators and students interested in robots and technology. The programs are designed to inspire students in the fields of science, technology, and engineering,” Hammond-Todd said. “(This) is providing an opportunity to talk to people outside of their generation and peer group and think about solutions they may work on as secondary or post secondary students.” All robots were created from a standard Lego Mindstorms NXT kit, but modified to tackle different solutions to the problems. Students use the included software to program commands, including how many seconds to move, degree of motion and rotation and even simple voice commands. The event, hosted by faculties of eduction and engineering, was meant to get more kids interested in science and math, and acted as the Vancou-

ver Island First Lego League regional competition. “How fitting that the challenge theme for the first Lego league event happening on the UVic campus is ‘senior solutions’— solving problems faced by seniors as they age,” said Holly Tuokko, director of UVic’s Centre on Aging, Building Lego robots was a hit with 11-year-old Chris Burrows, who was excited for the opportunity to compete at UVic. “I think this is really fun, a lot of people who like Lego and robot stuff would really like it,” he said. “When I grow up I want to be a Lego designer.” Burrows started playing with Lego two years ago and is one of the founding members of Team Legobotics, a team of three that hope to advance to the provincials in Vancouver in January. “I like programming and robotics,” he said. “You can get a lot of freedom in what you build.”

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Georgia Murray is keeping the dream alive Arnold Lim News staff

Georgia Murray still remembers her first singing gig. Sneaking into the guest lounge of her parent’s fishing lodge in Port McNeil, the then five-year-old sang an unannounced rendition of The Little Mermaid’s Part of your World to an audience of unsuspecting dinner guests. “From the beginning all I could dream of doing was becoming a singer, songwriter,” Murray said. “It is not a question of how bad (I) want it, it is what I am, what I do and what I will always do.” Today, the stages are bigger, the stakes are higher and the guests know she is performing – but her childlike enthusiasm remains. “It is part delusion, part passion mixed,” she said laughing. “Once you reach one goal it is all about reaching the next goal and the next one, and the next one.” Perseverance secured her spot among eight performers to compete in reality TV show Cover Me Canada, where singers cover popular Canadian music on live television and bands are eliminated

every week, but it proved to be more of a learning experience than a fun one where she endured one of the most challenging segments of her musical career. “It was a soul-crushing experience, but one of these things that doesn’t kill you (but) makes you stronger,” she said of some of the harsh judges’ comments. “The month that we were there you felt crushed on a regular basis and being able to pull through was miraculous. … All of that was amazing, to up your game as a performer (and) to deal with performing under such stressful situations.” The intense run ended with her elimination in week four. But the opportunity to perform as one of eight bands selected from more than 4,000 applicants was a confidence boost and positive exposure for the 28-year-old who worked years as a server and housekeeper to keep her dreams alive. It is that dedication that struck radio host Dylan Willows who knows Murray’s work ethic first hand. “I think the first thing I have noticed (about her) is unflinching commitment and dedication to

and make it original and her own,” he continued. “I tell her every time I see her … I am amazed she is not an international star yet. When it happens, and it will happen, I won’t be surprised.” While interArnold Lim/News staff national starVictoria resident Georgia Murray is one of dom hasn’t Victoria’s hottest up-and-coming musical acts. arrived yet, international her craft,” said the Zone 91.3 host. recognition has. In 2010 she picked “In this business there are a lot of up the phone to be greeted by lawvery talented people out there, it yers in South Korea who discovis the people that stick through ered her song We’ll Never Know hard times that find success in the had been plagiarized and stolen end.” by a producer who repackaged Her performances still inspire the song for popular South Korean the 12-year veteran of the radio pop musician Hyori Lee. The industry who enjoys the unique song climbed the South Korean nature of her sound, a package he charts as a hit single before being says doesn’t necessarily fit into derailed when news of the scanthe musical sub categories of the dal broke. It proved to be both an industry, and sets her apart. eye opener and an opening for the “She has a unique ability to songstress who may now be more blend all sorts of different genres popular in Asia than she is in her

hometown. Her initial anger is now mellowed by a newfound fanbase and an undisclosed settlement that laid the foundation for her latest EP Just a Dream, released in 2011. With high-profile setbacks behind her, and a new six-song EP in conjunction with her producer and partner D Whiz set for release in 2013, she is confident her success – that now includes singing the national anthem for the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden and a stint playing herself on Boston Legal with William Shatner and Candace Bergen – is just the beginning. “Things keep moving forward and happening, which is my goal in music. Things are just on this upward, propelling forward motion which is the only thing I can hope for as a musician,” she said. “It is what I wake up for, what I live for. Everything, everyday is music, it is just what I do.” Unbeknownst to a five year old Murray, singing of a desire to be a part of your world, may prove to be foreshadowing of a future where she ends up doing just that.

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Lapp comes home again A special day of music and holiday fun takes place Dec. 22 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Victoria. Daniel Lapp’s ninth annual Home For Christmas Concerts highlights Christmas events on Vancouver Island. To make this homecoming even more special Lapp received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for community service on Monday at the Legislature. This year’s special guest is Juno nominee Mae Moore, in addition to performances by The Joy of Life Choir, The B.C. Fiddle Orchestra, Folkestra, and The Swingin’ Shepherds House Band featuring local music icons Adrian Dolan, Adam Dobres, Rick May and Kelby MacNayr. Both shows are on Saturday, Dec. 22 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 680 Courtney St. The matinee is at 2 p.m. and the evening show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, students and seniors $5; Children 10 and under are $3, and are available in advance at Ivy’s Books, 2188 Oak Bay Ave., Hemp & Co., 1102 Government St. and at the door, if available, 30 minutes before the show. Guests are asked to bring an item to donate to the food bank.


It’s the second annual A Pinnacle Brass Christmas December marks the start of traditions: putting up lights, buying a Christmas tree, shopping for presents, and listening to Christmas music. On Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Church of St. John the Divine will ring with the sound of the Pinnacle Brass, so bring the whole family and check one tradition off your list. The show will feature Christmas music both popular and less familiar. Last year marked the release of their debut album The Earth Shall Ring! “It features the Christmas music that Christmas forgot,” explains trum-

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peter John Ellis. “We decided that we wanted to produce a recording that refreshed some older tunes that may have been forgotten, but with a current sound.” What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with the glorious sound of brass in a gorgeous cathedral. Join the Pinnacle Brass Quintet on for this festive holiday event. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students and youth.

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Former youth triathlete Hilary Wille of Saanich is making her last transition into cycling with the Russ Hays elite/development team. Race season starts in March.

Hilary Wille is a young cyclist with big expectations. The 19-year-old from Saanich is a rookie on the expanded Accent Inns-Russ Hay’s Cycling Team for the 2013 season. Well, she’s mostly a rookie. Wille is transitioning from being a junior athlete with the National Triathlon Centre and a gold medal winner at the 2011 Kamloops Western Canada Summer Games. The reason is shin splints. “I’ve been cycling as a triathlete for years but my career as a cyclist has only just begun,� Wille said. As a triathlete, one of Wille’s biggest goals was to have the fastest bike split. To do so she trained with the boys. Then shin splints kept her from running, and competing, though she could continue training on the bike and in the pool. And though Wille was also an accomplished swimmer with Island Swimming for nine years, cycling won out. “To make a pro (cycling) team is part of the dream but the big goal has always been the Olympics,� Wille said. “First swimming, then tri, and now this.� “Her results in triathlon speak to her horsepower and fitness endurance,� said team co-founder Jon Watkin, who also helps organize the annual Bastion Criterium. This year’s Accent Inns-Russ Hay’s Cycling Team has 17 riders, three of them women, up from 10 riders in the team’s first official season of 2012. “We had great results last year and with more sponsors we’re entering more races and with more travel covered,� Watkin said. Leading the way as a junior last year was Jordan Duncan, 17, who returns as the defending provincial time trial and cyclocross champion. Wille is classified as a member of both the development and elite rosters for the Accent Inns-Russ Hays Team, as she’ll be up against under-23 women and


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pros in her rookie season. But it won’t be too much for the former Claremont secondary student, she insists. “On the one hand I’m used to cycling, as the bike portion of triathlons would make or break my race,� Wille said. “But the cycling leg of my races were also limited to 20 kilometres.� Wille’s entry to the “The bike world of the peloton came portion of triathlons last year when her NTC would make or break teammates jumped into a pair of Victoria Cycling my race.� League races in the High– Hilary Wille lands district, Newton Heights and Caleb Pike. She admits a learning curve awaits her and is listening intently to what coach Houshang Amiri has to offer. “This couldn’t be a better fit for me right now,� Wille said. “I’m completely healthy and lucky to walk into a development team out of triathlon.� Wille’s story echoes that of Shailie Sanbrooks, a Victoria-based cyclist and former triathlete, who was sponsored by Russ Hay’s two years ago, before Wille’s team existed. With Russ Hay’s help, Sanbrooks rode on the elite roster of U.S.-based Team Kenda (presented by Geargrinder) for 2012. The South Island is also the home to premier national under-23 cyclists Annie Ewart (Brentwood Bay) and Adam De Vos (Oak Bay), both of whom ride for competitor teams. “(Accent Inn-Russ Hay’s) is one of just five or six like it in the province. We’re just getting established,� Watkin said. New to the Accent Inn-Russ Hay’s 2013 men’s elite roster are Victoria’s Lucas Koolman, Vancouverites Jeff Werner and Mike Rothengatter, and the Yukon’s David Gonda. Returning are Cid Martinez, Raph Lalumiere, Curtis Dearden, Emile de Rosnay, Steven Grandy and David Strasser. Wille is on the development roster with locals Alex Amiri and Evan Carey, as well as Comox’s Jordan Duncan and Courtenay’s Andrew Grant. Victoria’s Nik Vogler and Manitoba’s Haley Warkentin make up the elite women’s team, on which Wille will also compete.



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The Victoria HarbourCats will feature a trio of Lambrick Park baseball academy grads for the 2013 season, pitcher Connor Russell, outfielder Austin Russell (not related) and pitcher Nick Pivetta.

The first three HarbourCats introduce players Travis Paterson News staff

They are the first three and might be the only locals to dress for the Victoria HabourCats baseball team for its West Coast League debut of 2013. Then again, there could be more Island players, said HarbourCats general manager Holly Jones. Pitcher Connor Russell, outfielder Austin Russell and pitcher Nick Pivetta, all graduates of Lambrick Park secondary’s baseball academy, have been selected out of Victoria’s current crop of collegiate baseball players. They were half of the first six players to be named by the HarbourCats on Tuesday (Dec. 18). “It’s a good league, with lots of drafted players, and it’s at home, so it’s a great team for me to be on,” Pivetta said. The HarbourCats expansion season roster has already been selected, but the names will be released gradually so the stories behind each player won’t be lost in one big announcement, Jones said. Royal Athletic Park will be a lot closer to home than the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in New York State, where Pivetta played last summer. “(Perfect Game) is another wood bat league but I think the WCL is going to be a step up, and we’re going to have a strong team.” During the college season the 6-foot-5 right handed pitcher plays for New Mexico Junior College and has committed to play for the University of New Mexico Lobos (NCAA Div. 1) in September 2013. During midget (16-18), Pivetta played for the Victoria Eagles with coach Gautam Srivastava. “Basically, Gautam put my name forward to the (HarbourCats). I let them know I was interested and it was done by email,” Pivetta said. Srivastava, the former Canadian youth coach of the year, and Lam-

brick’s Mike Chewpoy, who also coaches the midget Victoria Mariners, are two of the most influential figures on male college and university-bound baseball players from Victoria. So it’s only logical that HarbourCats co-coaches Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller would lean on them as the two California-based coaches make inroads into the Island’s baseball scene. “I had a suspicion (Chewpoy) had put my name forward, then I got a call in September asking if I could play,” Connor Russell said. The 20-year-old is in his third year at Vancouver Island University. In 2010 he was part of the Victoria Mariners’ conquest as B.C. champions, along with Austin Russell. Last summer Connor won five games in eight starts for the Okotoks Dawgs (Calgary) of the Western Major Baseball League. “It’s going to be fun having a couple of friends on the team, with Austin and Nick. We’ve all played for and against each other.” The HarbourCats also announced the signing of three Americans, all of whom are MLBdrafted: catchers Casey Schroeder (University of Kentucky) and David Schuknecht (Riverside City College) and pitcher Connor Baits (University of California Santa Barbara).

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Blue Jays buzz reaches Vic Don’t assume Victoria is too far from Ontario to share in the excitement of the Toronto Blue Jays recent trades and signings, including much sought after Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. The thrilling memories of the Blue Jays’ back-to-back championship seasons of 1992 and 1993 are being brought to the forefront of Victoria baseball fans, as Vegas odd-makers have the Blue Jays as the 2013 World Series favourites. That in turn could affect the stands as of RAP this summer, Jones said. “It’s just as exciting to think one of these (HabourCats) could end up on the Blue Jays one day.”

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

BOATS BOATHOUSE FOR SALE, 27x10’ interior dimension, power, lighting, pigeon proof, taller than other boat houses. Below cost at $15,000. Call 250-656-6136. 1993 BAYLINER Classic 2452. In excellent condition. Head, galley, canopy, 9.9hp 4-stroke Yamaha. Dinghy & extras. $17,000. (no trailer). Call 250-656-6136.

2009 PONTIAC G5- $14,500. Air conditioned, electric windows, 4 new tires/2 spare. 45,000 km. 2 year warranty left. Call (250)360-0892.



















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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463.


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


250-889-5794. DIAMOND Dave Gutter & Window Cleaning at Fair Prices!

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

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



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

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.

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


ALL-HAUL JUNK REMOVAL Const Debris, Garden Waste. Call John 250-213-2999.

ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694. A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127. ON POINT PAINTING. Polite, clean cut crew. Professional results. Call (250)744-4927.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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DONE RIGHT MOVING $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Est’s. No travel time before or after. SMOOTH MOVES. Call Tyler at 250-418-1747.

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

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

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


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Friday, December 21, 2012 - SAANICH


This Weekend’s

Select your home. Select your mortgage.

OPENHOUSES Published Every Thursday

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

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the


edition of

102-2733 Peatt Rd, $359,900 Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance Karen Love, 250-386-8875

402-1122 Hilda, $219,900

982 Mckenzie, $324,900

9708 Fifth St, $599,900

101-608 Fairway Ave, $229,900

Saturday Dec 29th 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-384-8124

Tuesday-Sunday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital James Liu 250 477-5353

Saturday, Dec. 22 & Sunday, Dec. 23 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608 pg. 18

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

pg. 5

102-415 Linden, $259,900 Saturday Dec 29th 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Maggie Thompson, 250-889-5955

pg. 5

3478 Calumet, $498,000 pg. 10

Sunday Dec 23 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Brian Meredith-Jones 250 477-1100

pg. 15


608 Fairway Ave. pg. 13

101-608 Fairway Ave, $229,900 Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Chuck Meagher, 250-477-1100

pg. 5

pg. 13

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




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SAANICH NEWS - Friday, December 21, 2012 • A19

Brotherston sentenced to three years in prison Daniel Palmer News staff

Greg Brotherston will spend the next three years in prison for the manslaughter of Colwood resident Richard Green. Brotherston, 31, looked squarely towards B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ron McKinnon as the sentence Greg was read out, looking tense Brotherston but showing no emotion. McKinnon referred to Brotherston’s “record for violence,” which includes break and enter and assault causing bodily harm. “The tendency of the accused towards violence takes this case out of the lower range of sentences,” McKinnon said in Victoria courts Wednesday. The incident occurred Oct. 8 at the Country Rose pub in Colwood. Brotherston and an ex-girlfriend, Kelly Sousa, were engaged in a heated argument inside the bar when Sousa slapped Brotherston, breaking a glass in the process. Sousa exited the bar and Brotherston followed her, according to an agreed statement of facts. Sousa then repeatedly hit Brotherston in the face outside the bar as they argued. At no point did Brotherston fight back, McKinnon said, but 57-year-old Green walked out of the bar to find the woman had lost her footing and was on the ground. “Believing Ms. Sousa was in some jeopardy, Mr. Green motioned for Sousa to come towards him,” McKinnon said. Green told Brotherston to get in his car and go home, which led to a shouting match between the two men. “This has nothing to do with you,” Brotherston said to Green. The two men stood nose-to-nose, Green with his back arched, when Brotherston delivered a single open-hand blow to the side of Green’s head.




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Green fell backwards, striking his head and fracturing his skull. He died Oct. 14 in hospital, upgrading an initial assault charge to manslaughter. Immediately after the assault, Brotherston began apologizing and begged Green to wake up, but asked witnesses not to call 911. Brotherston then left the scene before emergency crews arrived. Crown prosecutor Laureen Nowlan-Card had argued for a four- to six-year sentence as a means of deterrence and denunciation. Defence lawyer Richard Neary had asked for a sentence of one to two years less a day, arguing that Brotherston quickly pled guilty and never intended to cause Green serious harm. McKinnon noted that the 22 letters filed in support of Brotherston failed to mention his criminal record, and chastised father Ken Brotherston Sr. for referring to the incident as “a tragic accident.” “It was no such thing,” McKinnon said. “This was not a gentle tap ... and Mr. Green is innocent of complicity in the attack.” - With files from Kyle Wells


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