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The courses will assist with land reform by setting up a central registry of land, forest and water resources, called a National Spatial Data Infrastructure. “Clear rules about land ownership will reduce opportunities for corruption and the unauthorized use of resources,” said Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney. “We wish you every success in this endeavour.” The project is in partnership with Okanagan College and two Ukrainian institutions: the University of Kyiv and the Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences. Geography professor David Cake said VIU instructors, in partnership with Okanagan College faculty,

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Vancouver Island University geography professors are sharing their expertise in computerized mapping with civil servants in the Ukraine to facilitate land reform and spur economic growth in that country. The federal government announced Monday that the Canadian Inter national Development Agency (CIDA) is contributing $780,584 toward the work by faculty in VIU’s Geographic Information Systems program. The university is a l s o c o n t r i bu t i n g more than $350,000 toward the project, which will see professors developing six courses to deliver to Ukrainian civil servants.

will write the courses for delivery starting in September 2014 and then teach partners from the Ukrainian institutions to deliver the materials. He said computerized mapping will help Ukrainian officials inventory and manage land resources at a time when the country is trying to reform its agricultural land tenure system to support a free market economy. “The technology is available, but it hasn’t necessarily trickled down to the people who need to do the work,” said Cake. Creating the digital data infrastructure will help civil servants determine where one person’s parcel of land starts and another person’s ends and it will make it harder to corrupt

the land sale process or illegally occupy land. “To sell land to somebody else, you need to know what to sell,” said Michael Govorov, another VIU geography professor. He said there are currently no good land ownership records and this project will help farmers get on with the business of farming, which will help the country’s economy, as about a quarter of the Ukraine’s exports are agricultural products. For VIU professors, this project provides an opportunity to expand the institution’s network and work on something interesting that will help people in another country, Cake added. VIU President Ralph Nilson said the federal

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Touring the mid Island as part of her leadership campaign, Joyce Murray, notably, didn’t come out swinging. “[My] hallmark is not, am I going to be able to punch someone out in the boxing ring of politics, but am I going to be able to bring people together and work co-operatively in the direction that we need?” she asked. Murray, the Vancouver Quadra MP running for leadership of the federal Liberal party, talked to party members Thursday at Mon Petit Choux café. She outlined her

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Christmas tale still rings g true Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol Dec. 19, 1843. And despite the efforts of some in history and others today – who are many times worse than Ebenezer Scrooge (early in the novel) – Dickens’s message still rings true. Whether it’s Tiny Tim’s toast, “God bless us. Everyone.”, or Scrooge’s promise, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”, there is something we can all learn from the 169-year-old classic. For 2012 events around the world have given us every reason to be a little short of Christmas spirit. From the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., and civil wars around the globe, to continuing tough economic times nationally, provincially and in Nanaimo, one couldn’t be blamed for being a little low on the “ho, ho, ho” meter. But, it’s Chrismas Eve; time to shrug off the stress that comes with the busyness of the season from your shoulders and embrace everything the holidays represent. It’s time to toss the commercialism of Christmas aside and take stock of what is truly important. As cliché as it sounds, it’s time for peace on Earth, good will toward men. It’s time for family and friends. It’s time to celebrate the positives. To be thankful our children are safe. That our country, despite all its shortcomings, is still one of the most desirable places in the world to live. And that we are free to publically point out those shortcomings without fear of reprisal. So take a few days and enjoy some time together. Life’s hectic pace will return soon enough. And while you’re at it, check out A Christmas Carol on television or disc. Or better yet, pick up a copy of the book and enjoy the original message of Christmas Dickens hoped to pass on to us all. After all, mankind was his business. 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

Poor vegetable crop an eye opener Every year at Christmas I plants all ripened at the same typically share the fruits of my time despite a staggered planting summer labour. schedule. My husband and I have a big The cucumber plants didn’t veggie garden and at the end of produce well and some of the each summer we are in the kitchen product was round and yellow chopping, boiling and canning instead of cylindrical and green vegetables extra to our immediate like a cucumber should be (no, we needs so that we can enjoy it over didn’t plant lemon cucumbers). the winter months. We also had a large crop of I usually make carrots, but found out chutneys, jellies and they were being eaten REPORTER’S salsas – popular gifts by larvae of the carrot VIEWPOINT with relatives – but this rust fly. year I didn’t make any. So the end result has Jenn McGarrigle The reason: a been almost no canning Reporter particularly bad year in this fall. the garden. Instead, we have A large buck jumped bought salsa, pasta our fence and munched sauce, potatoes and on every single tomato pickles from the store. plant in our greenhouse. Not spending all those In the spring and hours canning really early summer – prime freed up our time for growing months – it other pursuits, but it rained and rained, waterlogging all was also kind of sad to have to go the vegetable beds and withholding to the store to get what used to be the heat needed to get many of our available in our pantry. plants started. And no jalapenos Our dismal garden situation this this year, despite starting about six year also got me thinking about plants indoors. what it must have been like before While the rainy weather was supermarkets that carry all types good for our lettuce plants, it took of produce year-round. a long time for anything to grow In our not-so-distant past, a and as soon as the ground warmed disastrous crop year would mean up a bit, most of the lettuce plants starvation because there was no immediately bolted (prematurely grocery store to fall back on. producing a flowering stem before But this kind of convenience may we could harvest the crop). not be available should a major Our squash plants produced on earthquake or other large-scale average one or two squashes each. natural disaster strike the Island The potatoes all had ugly scabs on – if supplies cannot be shipped to the skins. Islanders, we will run out quickly Our peas did well, but the and will have to somehow learn to

fend for ourselves. If we were suddenly left on our own for a long period of time, how many people know how to hunt, kill and prepare an animal? How many people can grow their own food, or even have the space and the resources to do so? With that in mind, it’s definitely not the end of the world that I’m simply a little low on homemade Christmas gifts, although hopefully next year will be a better one in the garden. ◆◆◆ On another note, I would like to thank everyone who helped out with the Nanaimo News Bulletin’s Pennies for Presents campaign. It was my first year co-ordinating the campaign, and nice to see how many people stepped up to help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families in the city. Together we raised thousands of dollars for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, the Nanaimo Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army. Because of the efforts of all, some underprivileged children in Nanaimo have toys underneath the Christmas tree to unwrap tomorrow who otherwise would have had nothing. It is easy to participate in this kind of campaign – everyone can donate some coins to the cause – and this type of fundraiser shows that when we all band together, great things result. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. reporter@nanaimobuletin.com


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Core review a good call To the Editor, Re: Motion to review city’s core services fails in close council vote, Dec. 20. By a 5-4 decision, Nanaimo councillors rejected a core review of city operations. Several who rejected a review have strong ties to labour, while others, including our mayor, seem to believe that all is well, taxpayers are satisfied and no examination of expenditures is necessary. I applaud councillors Jim Kipp, Bill McKay, Bill Bestwick and George Anderson for recognizing deficit budgets as unsustainable. Business as usual – meaning annual tax increases that outstrip inflation and cripple household budgets – simply

cannot go on. These fiscally responsible councillors have urged a re-thinking of city policies while the rest defend the status quo. Why should taxpayers pay city employees a 40 per cent premium over private sector employees performing equivalent work? Is it fair that on top of their substantial wage premium, a taxpayer struggling to pay their own dental or prescription costs also subsidizes the rich plans of public servants? And lest we forget, as taxpayers we’re also responsible for generous retirement plans padded by that 40 per cent salary overpayment. Many civil servants will

retire much earlier than those in the private sector, and increasing property taxes cripple the ability of non-public workers to save for their own retirement needs. This is a matter of fairness. There is simply no reason for public workers to be placed on a pedestal. Their work and their commitment to the community is of neither less nor greater value than their neighbour held hostage by the ability of city council to raise taxes. Perhaps a fixed budget with no tax increases would focus this council into making the responsible decisions required. Randy O’Donnell Nanaimo

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often wet and can be treacherous to drive in. At my wife’s school, several teachers and teachers aides, and nearly half the students, did not get to school. The City of Nanaimo does not clear sidewalks, and although it has a bylaw that requires homeowners to do so, it does not enforce the bylaw or advertise it even exists. Hutchinson needs to consider those facts. Children who walk to school will often need to walk down the side of the road because the sidewalks are piled high with snow. Many parents will drive their children to school, and not all will have winter tires on their vehicles and may be relying on worn, all-season tires. Will it take a death of one of our students before he wakes up to thefact he is not living in Saskatchewan anymore. Richard C. Parsley Nanaimo

Only greeting is ‘Christmas’

To the Editor, Re: ‘Happy holidays’ includes everyone, Letters, Dec. 18. You can tell Bernie Smith I am one of those “bent out of shape religious types” when it comes to ‘happy holidays’ or other similar meaningless sayings. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ – hence the name – get it? For the many years I have been on this Earth, it has always been ‘merry Christmas’ to me and my family, or, in Ireland where I was born, ‘happy Christmas’. I will not patronize businesses which choose to wish me ‘happy holidays’ or ‘season’s greetings’ either by word of mouth or advertising. Thankfully, this year I notice a lot more ‘merry Christmases’ than ‘happy greetings’ or ‘season’s holidays’, or whatever they are

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rockabilly hits. Kervel said some people may not know who originally performed the songs, but many people will recognize them. The band also does a rendition of Johnny Rivers’ Secret Agent Man with a twist, which includes Bond movie music. Mike Kervel started Chevy Ray and The Fins to honour his brother who died in a car accident almost 30 years ago. “This is a tribute to him,” he said. “This is the kind of music he loved.” Playing the Coast Bastion Inn to ring in the new year isn’t new to Chevy Ray and the Fins. The band played the venue from 1995 to 2005. Kervel said it’s going to be a fun evening. Band members like to have fun with the crowd. During the night there will be hula hoop, twist and jive contests. “It’s about the experience more than anything. We want to have a good time and we want the people to have fun with us,” he said. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance featuring the band at the Coast Bastion Inn Ballroom includes a buffet dinner. Doors are open 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and the dinner buffet is 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $65, people must be 19 years or older to attend, and are available at the Coast Bastion, located at 11 Bastion St., or by calling 250-753-6601. For the event the Coast Bastion is offering a special room rate. People can get a comfort room for $109, but must present their ticket for the special rate. New Year’s bang People wanting to ring in the New Year with flare can join the celebration at the Harewood Arms. Big Bang Baby is playing the pub for the third consecutive year, starting at 9 p.m. The band, which formed in 2007 by members Darrell Gardner and Michael Peterson, came together with the goal of bringing some “flare” back to the local music scene. Big Bang Baby plays top 40 hits from pop and rock artists like Pink and Alabama Shakes and favourites from performers such as The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sheryl Crow. ◆ See ‘VARIETY’ /16

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PERSONAL SERVICES

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REAL ESTATE

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AGILE HOME REPAIR & Improvement. Fully insured, interior/exterior repairs and upgrades. Ian 250-714-8800.

3 SEATER hide-a-bed, $175, 3 seat sofa, $99, 2 rocking chairs and 1 Tub chair (offers), dresser w/ 2 large mirrors, $25, kitchen table (2 chairs $25). By appt only. (250)7402783 (250)755-2026 (Fri, Sat & Sun) 10am-2pm. LEATHER SOFA: dark green. Top quality leather (includes leather care kit). Mint condition (no kids or pets). $400 obo. (250)756-2927

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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ALL TRADES- Home updates? Hardwood, Tile, Laminate, Kitchen & Bath Renos. All exterior RooďŹ ng, Siding, Decks & Fencing. References available. 250-722-0131. BLUE OX Home Services. Expert Handyman & Renovation Services: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall, tiling, painting, lawn & garden. Refs avail. Insured. 250-713-4409.

MOVING & STORAGE 2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)753-6633.

PAINTING A-ONE PAINTING and Wallpapering. Serving Nanaimo for 28 years . Senior Discount. Free estimates. 250-741-0451

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LEGAL SERVICES CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certiďŹ cation, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES CLOCK/WATCH/JEWELLERY REPAIRS CLOCK & WATCH REPAIRS 3rd generation watch maker. Antique & grandfather clock specialist. Call (250)618-2962.

COMPUTER SERVICES U-NEED-A-NERD Friendly onsite professional computer, website and design services. Jason is BACK! 250-585-8160 or visit: jasonseale.com

EAVESTROUGH BRAD’S HOME Detailing. Cleaning vinyl siding by brush. De-mossing roofs. Gutter cleaning/repairs. Windows. Power Washing. Insured. Free estimates. Brad 250-619-0999

ELECTRICAL 1A ELECTRICIAN, licenced, bonded, Small Jobs Specialist, panel upgrades and renos. All work guaranteed since 1989. Rob at 250-732-PLUG (7584).

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HANDYPERSONS OLD FASHIONED HANDYMAN Drywall, tile, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting. Quality work. No HST. Reasonable prices. 250-616-9095.

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PLUMBING RETIRED PLUMBER Journeyman. Repairs & renovations. Call (250)390-1982.

SNOWCLEARING HAND SHOVEL Sidewalk/ Driveway. Bulk salt. Bobcat service. Rick (250)740-1878.

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 53’ CONTAINER for a Semi trailer, $4800. 20’ Coleman Travel Trailer, never used. Propane furnace, $800. Brand new Lawn mower, $1000. 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. AT LAST! An iron ďŹ lter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Sine 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions; w w w. b i g i r o n d r i l l i n g . c o m . Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. BIG BUILDING sale... “â€?This is a clearance sale. You don’t want to miss!â€?â€? 20x20 $3,985. 25x24 $4,595. 30x36 $6,859. 35x48 $11,200. 40x52 $13,100. 47x76 $18,265. One end wall included. Call Pioneer Steel at: 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca BRAND NEW Kitchenaide stainless steel 8 piece cookware pots. $180 (ďŹ rm). 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, SacriďŹ ce $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.

SNOW TIRES, P215/60R15, steel belted radials, used one season only (Dec & Jan). As new. (250)748-4658 STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

REAL ESTATE

1 Bedroom Condo within a blk of the hospital, top-oor, renovated with in-suite laundry. No smoking or pets. Available January 1, 2013. Call 250758-2198. Asking $750/month.

CREEKFRONT 2.5 acres in Englishman River Estates, Errington. Total 3000 sqft, 3 bdrm, 4 bath near-new home including private suite. $449,900. Courtesy to realtors. Call 250-586-8444. For details: http://members.shaw.ca/ forsale_1580benzon/

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

FOR SALE BY OWNER

APPLIANCES GREENHOUSE FOR XMAS Also garden sheds, gazebos, pergolas, studios & storage solutions. Call 250-951-0855 MINTON CHINA- set of 8 “Laurentian pinkâ€?, mint condition. $995 obo. King’s plate silverware “Mayowerâ€?, set of 12. (250)723-8215 leave msg.

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ELECTRIC SNOW Blower, 13amp, top discharge, still in box, $99. (250)754-6487.

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“Perfect Gift for Animal Loversâ€? Fine Spanish Lladro &Nao Figurines. Priced below appraised value $95 - $250. Proceeds to Qualicum Cat Rescue. Call 250-248-6867 PERFECT SET of 15â€? XL winter tires on aluminum rims, used last winter for only 150 km. Bought $650. Selling $350. - ďŹ ts Taurus or similar (sold car, kept spare wheels). Call (250)753-0014.

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412 BRUCE Ave- 2 bdrms, $750. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 430 STEWART Avenue- 1 & 2 bdrms, $650 & $750. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com

WE BUY HOUSES

33210 LAREDO CIRCLE Thousand Palms CA. Upgraded golf course home, fully furnished, w/42� TV & golf cart. Dual pane windows. Large tiled patio w/golf course views. $134,900. 760-343-4183

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

HOUSES FOR SALE

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MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

DUNCAN, 55+ park, no pets. 2 bdrm, single wide, large deck, heat pump, woodstove, landscaped yard, 4 appl’s. $29,900. (250)748-2863

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

MOBILE HOME in park in Port Alberni, 36 feet, older 1 bdrm, needs work (handyman special). Could rent on site (pad rent $270) or for removal. $1000 obo. Call 1(888)6844290 or (250)751-8906.

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO

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. DOWNTOWN PARKSVILLE Condo: 2bdrm, 2bath, underground parking, 55+ bldg. (250)248-4818

CENTRALLY LOCATED- Immaculate, just renovated sunny 1 Bdrm w/garden patio. New appliances, bathroom, ooring, paint and drapes. Insuite laundry & secure parking. Near bus and seawall. NS/NP. $725. 250-756-2717. GORGEOUS DOWNTOWN condo. Upscale building. 1 B/R + Lge. den. 5 app, F.P., Wi-ďŹ N/P, N/S. $900. 1 (250)7542207

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 downtown- 2 bdrm, 2 bath, patio home, 4appls, $995. Sm pet? 250-668-7462.

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY home in Boat Harbour area. A private natural, peaceful setting on 2.2 acres, bordering a creek and pond. Open oor plan, vaulted ceilings. 2baths, 3bdrms, den, spacious decks, partial bsmnt, shop, RV prkng. $529,000. (250)722-2394

CENTRAL NANAIMO. 2 bdrm, 1 bath, level entry, ďŹ replace, 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

LADYSMITH 55+ Building, 385 Davis Rd. Ocean & harbour views 2 Bdrm suite. 250-246-5688

HAWTHORNE CORNER- upscale boutique style townhouse living, new, 6 appls, walk to VIU, on bus route, $1000 mo and up + utils. Call 250-713-1025.

40’ Citation park model in year round RV park in Parksville. Built on room & patio, carport & shed. Call 250-951-4902.

BRAND NEW, 417 Bruce Ave, Nanaimo, under 10yr warranty. 3bdrms +den up; 2bdrm legal suite down. Lndry both levels. $380,000. (250)751-5114

4 VOLUME set “Louis L’Amour� short stories collection, $80 obo. (250)756-9492.

301-1600 DUFFERIN Cres- 2 bdrms, $850. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

HOMES WANTED

CAT SITTING in my home. No cages. 7day to long term stay. Limited space. 250-740-5554

GAS STOVE Top with 6 burners, center grill with stainless steel front, 4’ long with 4’ Stainless steel hood fan. ($5000.00 new) $1500.00 for both. Call 250-594-6332.

STONE MANOR Brand new Rancher! Open house every Sat & Sun noon-4pm. 5942 Tower Place, Duncan. No Strata, open concept, no steps, 3-bdrm, 2-bath. 1406 sq.ft., 4 SS appl’s., fully landscaped, dbl garage. Only $365,000. inclds hst. BEST VALUE! Gord 250-710-1947

MID 70’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.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

231-99 Chapel St- Bachelor, $595. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

3-1691 & 3-1695 Boundary Ave- 2 bdrms, $675. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

PET CARE SERVICES

FRIDGIDARE DOUBLE , Wall Oven. Convection/Microwave & Standard oven. ($4000.00 new) $1500.00 Please Call 250-594-6332

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.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL OR residential 1800 sq ft building and level lot on busy Johnston Road/Highway 4 intersection. OfďŹ ce, personal service, craft or residential use offers revenue and excellent holding opportunity. Corner shared with McDonalds, Macs and Co-op. Call 250-720-7453

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

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1 & 2 BDRM (Hospital Area)

New balcony & paint. Free storage & parking. Quiet building with security cameras. Available Now & Jan. 1 From $655 - $790.

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1BDRM /Bachelor, central, ocean views. Clean, quiet. $630/$530. N/P 250-753-9321 1BDRM CONDO top oor, completely reno’d, new appli’s, secure prkg, bus route. N/S, N/P. $725. RR. Early move-in avail. (250)619-0712 205-1900 Bowen- 2 bdrms, $700. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

NANAIMO. SPOTLESS, quiet 1 bdrm on top oor $710. Dec 15 or Jan 1. Close to ferry & seawalk. Intercom, elevator. Free hot water, N/S, N/P. Ref’s. Call Mark 250-753-8633 N. NANAIMO, 2 bdrm Condo, ground oor, 5 appls, small pet ok, close to Country Club Mall, N/S, ref’s, $900 + D/D, avail Jan. 1st. Call (250)740-7402.

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES BRAND NEW 3bdrm, 1.5 bath home. Gorgeous kitchen, garage. $1100. (250)710-1947. N. NANAIMO, beautiful 2 bdrm/2 bath + den/dining area, W/D, gas ďŹ replace, $1115 mo, N/P. Avail immed. Call 250729-8081 or 250-956-2239. QUARTERWAY AREA- quiet, clean 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, fresh paint, 4 appls, hrdwood rs, near golf course & schools, sundeck, fenced yrd, storage. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $1100 mo. Avail now. 250-758-9548. RUTHERFORD AREA- beautiful sxs Duplex, 3 bdrms, 2 bath, F/S, D/W, F/P, garage, W/D hookup, big fenced yard, mountain views, NP/NS. Dec or Jan 1. $1075 mo. Call 250741-1383, 1-250-727-5687.

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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

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HOMES FOR RENT 1624 BLACKSTONE Way- 3 bdrms, 2 bath, $1395. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com 3372 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.

359 APPLEWOOD Crescent3 bdrm, 2 bath, $1095. Call Ardent Properties, (250)7530881. www.ardentproperties.com

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

TRUCKS & VANS

931 SPRING- 3 bdrms, 2 bath, $1095 inclds hydro. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com CENTRAL NANAIMO beautiful 3bdrm upper suite,1 bath, lrg fenced yard. $1000/mo + utils. Ref’s req. Avail. immed. 250-740-6803

TOWNHOUSES

2003 MONTE Carlo SS, P/B, P/S, Sun roof, Low Mileage: 77,000 kms. New tires, $7500.00 Call 250-757-8907

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

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1991 Chev Silverado 2500, 4x4, 140 km. Drives ok. $1050 OBO. (250)748-0814

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sports Clippers remember more than just 40 years Nanaimo’s junior hockey team was among best in the west in the ’40s BY GREG SAKAKI THE NEWS BULLETIN

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he Nanaimo Clippers junior A hockey club is celebrating its 40th anniversary season. It’s a special milestone. It encompasses a heap of hockey, a million memories. And it doesn’t come close to counting all the years of Clippers history in this city. This past autumn, Jack Prestley, a Clippers alumnus from way back, cut out a newspaper article to add to his scrapbook file, a story about the team’s 40th anniversary. “What I wanted to point out, was that wasn’t the beginning of junior hockey in Nanaimo,” he said. He’s right – the first Clippers junior hockey team took the ice 68 years ago, for the inaugural 1944-45 season of the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League. Nanaimo won the championship that year, and the next, too. The league was formed to fill an appetite for hockey during the war years, when some senior loops were on hiatus. The PCJHL consisted of just three teams – the Clippers, the Vancouver Arrows and the New Westminster Cubs, because those were the only three cities in the region with arenas. Victoria’s Willows rink – known for its post right in the middle of the ice surface – had burned

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Les Mitchell, left, and Jack Prestley visit the Nanaimo Ice Centre, where there’s a blown-up photo of them with three of their Nanaimo Clippers teammates from the mid-1940s. The team colours back then were red and white.

down earlier that year. “Somebody probably burned it down – a player who ran into the post,” joked Prestley. The league was technically junior B, but it was the top level in the province at the time. “Junior was junior,” said Les Mitchell, a Clippers defenceman of that era. “The best players played on the team and they played on the circuit for the Memorial Cup.” Mitchell lived near the Civic Arena as it was being built, and was one of the first ever to skate on the ice surface. He was in the lineup Nov. 18,

1944, when the Clippers played their first home opener at the Civic, a 5-0 shutout of the Arrows in front of 1,400 fans. Known for his skating, Mitchell piled up plenty of points and penalty minutes as the Clippers won the regular-season title. He also scored what would stand up as the championship-winning goal that winter in the fifth and deciding game of the finals, a 6-4 win at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park Arena. The defending-champion Clippers added Prestley the following season, bringing the

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would stay and smoke. We’d come out on the ice after the break and you couldn’t see your partner’s head.” A few laps around the ice would clear the air, though, and the Clippers

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would entertain and win with a high-scoring, smooth-skating style. Norm Kirk and Red Koehle were two of the team’s offensive leaders, Lou De More was the coach and Buster (Bus) Matthews was manager. Road games were challenging, as the team crossed the Strait of Georgia on the CPR steamships. The voyages were particularly hard on the Clippers’ import players from the Prairies, recalled Prestley. “We’d see fans on the street after, and they’d say, ‘How come you guys didn’t win?’ I’d say, ‘Well, we only had five players – the rest of them were seasick.’” Camaraderie wasn’t a team strength. The Clippers were all supposed to be paid equal shares of the gate at season’s end, but Prestley said certain players were favoured. It led to some hard feelings, and not all of the guys were great friends in the locker room. “If you didn’t get in there early, someone would steal your stockings,” he said. The socks were full of holes anyway; the redand-white sweaters, only a little better. Prestley wore a leather helmet, “a funny-looking thing, but it was some protection.” The Clippers might not have been the bestdressed team that year, but that hardly mattered as they swept the Trail Smoke Eaters in the B.C. final and advanced to the Memorial Cup playoffs. Though they lost in the quarter-finals to the Edmonton Canadians, three games to one, Nanaimo won Game 1 of that series, 4-3, in front of 2,600 fans at Civic Arena. ◆ See ‘CLIPPERS’ /22

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Buccaneers win their last home game of 2012 Clippers The Nanaimo Buccaneers didn’t have much trouble weathering the Storm in their final home game of 2012. The city’s junior B hockey team beat the Campbell River

Storm 5-4 Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre in a game that wasn’t as close as the score suggests. “A ‘W’s a ‘W,’ they’re not all pretty,” said Brad Knight, the

team’s coach. “It was fine. We did what we had to do to win.” Beau Blanaru, Collin Mathieson, Quentin McShane, Garrett Dunlop and Jordan Levesque scored for the

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originals reminisce ◆ From /21 The Nanaimo Clippers’ speed allowed them to have success against the Edmonton Canadians, Jack Prestley remembered. “So the next game they came out and knocked us, took penalties and knocked guys out of it,” he said. Nanaimo’s provincial championship reign came to an end in the winter of 1947, when the team was swept in the semifinals by Vancouver. The day of that decisive Game 2, the Clippers left their equipment on the dock in Nanaimo and were forced to borrow gear from the New West team. A 9-5 loss eliminated the Clips. At the end of his junior career, Prestley hung up his skates for good. He was offered a spot on a semi-professional team in Rochester, but he’d had enough of hockey. Les Mitchell, meanwhile, earned himself a tryout with the New York Rangers. Though he never made it to the NHL, he taught his grandson Willie Mitchell everything he knew and got to lift the Stanley Cup this year when the Los Angeles Kings’ defenceman brought the prize over to Vancouver Island. Les is also proud to note that he was the last person ever to skate on the Civic Arena ice surface. “Before they pulled the lever on the compressors, I put my skates on and I skated around a half dozen times,” he said. “I wanted to be the last. I can’t swear I was the first, but I can swear I was the last.” The neon sign from the front of the old Civic is still lit. It hangs at the Nanaimo Ice Centre, next to a giant blown-up photo of Prestley, Mitchell and their teammates. It’s the hockey of yesterday, overlooking the hockey of today. Maybe the Nanaimo Clippers are 40 years old. Maybe they’re older. Or maybe all those games, and all those goals, are timeless. sports@nanaimobulletin.com


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