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All the fun’s on Facebook We were sharing news stories, shopping tips, photos and plenty of laughs on Facebook in 2012 Here’s the first five in a list of our top 10 most read, shared and commented on Facebook postings of the year. Get connected with us at Facebook.com/oakbaynews. See more on page A9.

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Enjoying their outdoor classroom Western Academy of Photography students Ben Gawletz, left, and Chas Holzworth took advantage of the Thursday morning sun rising through clouds above Willows Beach to create images for a sunrise photography assignment for class.

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27/6/2012 The sun is shining and there's a tentative agreement between teachers and the province ... what a day so far.

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or Oak Bay council 2012 was clearly the year of the volunteer. Every step of council’s work was supported by volunteers who answered our call to become engaged in the business of leading our community. Here is a snapshot of their involvement. Council’s first initiative was to enlist five volunteer residents to assist councillor Cairine Green in mapping a plan to make our municipal business more open and accessible and get more residents engaged. Their recommendations culminated in our first neighbourhood meeting, a new website and a public participation period at all council meetings. Residents came forward to volunteer for two new citizen advisory committees on Active Transportation and the Environment. That resulted in a new transportation policy that will promote Nils Jensen walking, cycling and public transportation. In 2013 council will be looking to improve Oak Oak Bay Mayor Bay’s walking and biking infrastructure. With the assistance of volunteers on the Parks and Recreation Commission, renovations to the Henderson Recreation Centre were approved. Work is expected to be completed in the Spring. Councillor Tara Ney, our representative on the commission, began a process to develop an Urban Forest Strategy. Volunteers helped secure three-quarters of a million dollars to restore Bowker Creek behind Oak Bay High. Volunteers also gave us ideas on making Oak Bay more dog friendly. Heritage volunteers began work on a strategic plan to make heritage decisions more proactive. Council is grateful for the work of our volunteers. We thank you. Council’s agenda in 2012 was full. Here are a few highlights. In November we launched a new exciting, interactive and leadingedge municipal website. Councillors Kevin Murdoch and Michelle Kirby, with the help of consultants, created innovative features for the site. For example, it’s fully mobile and adjusts to whatever device you use – smart phone, tablet, or desk top. It’s very user friendly and lots of fun. Visit it at oakbay.ca. In 2013, we will take another technological step forward by making use of the large monitor recently installed in council chambers. In 2012, council started a process to renew the Official Community Plan (OCP) that has not had a major overhaul in more than 20 years. Councillor Pam Copley will continue to guide the OCP committee in 2013. The new OCP will create our community’s vision for the future. I encourage everyone to get involved. There will be many opportunities to give us your views. In November a flood on Bowker Avenue had a devastating impact on several families on the street. A report will review what happened and make recommendations. Councillor John Herbert, as council liaison to our emergency program, will take the lead on overseeing any changes. One challenge on the horizon will be the future of the Oak Bay Lodge. I hope we can create a partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority to explore the future of the lodge in a collaborative relationship similar to the one we have forged with School District 61 to rebuild Oak Bay High, which includes community resources and space. Council will continue work on issues we started in 2012 and look forward to taking on new challenges and initiatives in 2013. On behalf of council I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

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A LOOK BACK AT 2012 JANUARY Look for service to improve was the headline as Oak Bay Police Chief Const. Mark Fisher started the year on our front page. Twelve months later, the Oak Bay Police have made changes including a new web presence and Twitter profile and are developing a strategic plan for the future. A story about Volunteer members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, station 33, Oak Bay, based at Oak Bay Marina, on Jan. 13 titled Rescue crews prepare for worst showed how the crews are well-prepared for situations such as the tragedy they encountered in the summer of 2012 when one man died and another was successfully rescued on their watch. The loss of Oak Bay Lodge wasn’t yet a consideration on Jan. 18 as VIHA playing a waiting game ran. The Vancouver Island Health Authority was touting confidence in a solution to renovating the care home. Erin McCracken/News staff By late January, the Value Oak Bay police Chief Const. of Oak Bay heritage questioned Mark Fisher is a certified police the value residents hold in Oak bicycle trainer who hatched Bay’s homes and other local a plan to get more officers on history. bikes. Early in the year, council tried to protect a home on Victoria Avenue from demolition. Facing $1.1 million in costs to the district, it rescinded a protection order placed on the property. Eleven months later the municipality is formulating a heritage plan.

FEBRUARY February marked the beginning of Building a better watershed, a watershed management plan for Bowker Creek. A 100-year plan for the watershed will shape future development and conservation efforts in and around Bowker Creek. The redevelopment of Oak Bay High, which borders the creek, will also take the watershed into consideration, Non-lethal solution to deer problem were sought in February. The CRD board was in the hot seat with demands that it do something about the burgeoning deer population. Ten months later, the deer are still here, and the CRD continues to struggle for 

a solution. Cambridge Antiques owner Peter Everett and resident Crystal Stupple teamed up as Oak Bay’s newest Crime stoppers. Stupple was accompanying her mother to a bank in Oak Bay Village when the pair noticed a commotion in the front window of Cambridge Antiques. Inside, Everett was wrestling with a man who was trying to rob him. The 40-year-old suspect had entered the store a minute or two earlier, wearing a hard hat and dust mask, and approached Everett at the rear counter. He raised a bag containing what appeared to be a gun and threw a second bag down, demanding that Everett fill

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Cambridge Antiques owner Peter Everett and Crystal Stupple re-enact how they worked together to tackle the would-be thief at the Oak Bay Avenue store. it with jewelry. Everett refused to comply with his demands and fought back. That’s when Stupple spotted the scuffle and together the pair wrestled the thief to the ground and pinned him there until police arrived.

MARCH Teacher’s strike looms, read the headline as the beginning of job actions that would plague B.C. for months were seen. The unrest heated up with a province-wide day of action March 2, and preceded a strike vote. In early March the headline New Lodge consultation plan rejected ran on our front page. The writing was on the wall for Oak Bay Lodge, but no one

seemed to be able to stop the inevitable as a preliminary consultants’ report designed to lead Oak Bay through the consultation and planning phases was deemed “not good enough” by council. A revised timeline including more community participation was requested. Trudeau’s message: Don’t vote in your underwear. Dressed in blue jeans and scuffed boots, Justin Trudeau was in town to talk to young voters at the University of Victoria. Still denying leadership aspirations, Trudeau implored young people to vote and make a difference. Oak Bay High students were Comfortable in their own skin taking on the Tan-free grad challenge. The teens led a movement that would ultimately result in regulations that prohibit

under-age tanning. Tai Orser, his brothers and cousins were featured in Teens find suspicious device on beach after they discovered a suspicious object at Loon Bay on March 24. Once police had a look at the device, described as a cell phone strapped to a battery charger with wires coming out of it, they cordoned off the beach and diverted traffic for several hours. Members from the RCMP explosives disposal and technology section attended the scene to disable the device which was determined to be a hoax. An 18-year-old Victoria man was arrested and went through the Oak Bay restorative justice system and the case was successfully concluded in September.



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A LOOK BACK AT 2012 APRIL The story Hero holiday leads to appreciation of home about students donating time and money to build homes in the rural agricultural town of Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, was the latest installment of how Oak Bay youth are philanthropic to the extreme. The group of students, ranging from the age of 15 to 18, spent their spring break helping others and learning to appreciate conveniences such as electricity and running water. By mid-April the Oak Bay Beach Hotel delay sends guests to Empress as the Miracle weekend plans were derailed by construction at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. The delayed opening of the hotel forced a change in venue for the 25th anniversary of the David Foster Foundation’s Miracle Weekend. The grand opening was planned for May 25 but it took another six months for the doors to officially open. Instead of presiding from their usual chairs on the raised dais at the north end of the chamber room, Oak Bay council is now Mingling with the people at a boardroom table for committee meetings. Mayor Nils Jensen says the change has been “wildly successful.”

MAY Rick Hansen honours Oak Bay High difference maker Liam McDonough. McDonough was one of about 1,000 Oak Bay High and Monterey middle school students who gathered to hear Rick Hansen’s inspirational story of making a difference by finding strength through adversity. The Grade 12 student was stunned when he was called from the crowd to receive a Difference Maker medal from Hansen, a moment that earned the 18-yearold a standing ovation. WorkSafeBC says the University of Victoria failed to protect the health and safety of employees working in the Sedgewick Building, after mould and high levels of carbon dioxide were found inside. UVic told to address health problems linked to building broke the story to the public. Protest pops up in Oak Bay in

early May. Boxy, “characterless” homes were under fire as dozens of residents took their distaste for oversized newer homes to the streets. The protest helped spur conversation at council and ultimately to a review of the floor area ratio. A week later, Residents upset with mayor’s tolerance message as Mayor Nils Jensen suggested they show a little tolerance for newcomers to Oak Bay.

JUNE It was a party to remember as the Oak Bay tea party celebrates 50 years with a bash that included a tea cup race that pitted new Mayor Nils Jensen and former mayor Christopher Causton against one another. The two bobbed in the drink, spooned water at one another and Jensen ended up with a spill to end the race. Oak Bay was introduced to Band of brothers Endurance, a rock band with a difference that would go on to wow the dragons on CBC’s Dragon’s Den in the fall. The philanthropical band, which hopes to help others, sealed a deal for a commitment of $100,000 in exchange for a 50 per cent share of their record label when it’s established. Large homes on small lots worries resident’s group read the headline as Mayor Nils Jensen’s struggled with residents intent on controlling development in Oak Bay. Things got a little tougher with the formation of Oak Bay Watch, a citizens group intent on setting policy at city hall. The group requested that bylaws be changed so that the floor area

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Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen, left, and former Oak Bay mayor Christopher Causton during the annual mayoral challenge Teacup Race at the Oak Bay Tea Party on Willows Beach. Causton won the race after Jensen lost his balance and tipped over and was rescued by Oak Bay Sea Rescue. limit for small lots would be 40 per cent, as it was before the 2007 change. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club opened its doors with High seas hijinks on the menu at Yacht Club in an ongoing effort to make it more appealing for families. It went on to sponsor sailing school for Greater Victoria students and a variety of other activities during the year.

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The axe finally fell on the future of Oak Bay Lodge when variances needed to replace it were denied. It was a move that came in the wake of protests about the changing character of the community, and led some to question the entire planning process. It also left VIHA prepared to close Oak Bay Lodge. Search at sea followed the story of two young men who were the subject of a search by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, station 33, Oak Bay after a canoe capsized in the evening hours of July 6 near Ten Mile Point. It was a camping venture that turned terribly tragic, leaving one man dead. The other was found clinging to Tod Rock near Mary Tod Island at 12:25 a.m. He was plucked from the rocks with hypothermia, but later released in good health from Royal Jubilee Hospital. Lawsuits claim Cadboro Bay as Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations filed two separate civil lawsuits against B.C. and Canada, both which seek compensation for the loss of aboriginal village land at Cadboro Bay, which the bands argue is protected forever under one of six Douglas treaBlack Press file ties. Oak Bay-based rock band Endurance Our first coverage of the made a name for itself in 2012. year on the sewage treat-

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Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay from Richmond and a helicopter search the shores of small islands off Oak Bay looking for a missing canoeist in July. ment plan told residents Property tax will rise to fund regional sewage upgrades. The story would captivate the public’s attention in the months to come as questions were raised surrounding the environmental need for the project. One a lonely number for wolf pack told the story of a lonely lupine seen on Discovery Island, July 18. She would continue to captivate the imagination of residents for months. More than a dozen home grown athletes were in London to represent Canada at the Summer Olympics in London, England as the Games kickoff. Parents of past and current Olympians talked about the emotional ups and downs of watching their children compete.

AUGUST Songhees tighten control of Discovery Island read the headline as the First Nation exerted its ownership of the land in order to better protect it. The News followed the announcement with a three-part series that looked at why and how the Songhees is protecting its sovereignty, along with protecting

and restoring the islands’ sensitive ecosystem. It was a shot across the bow of CRD directors when staff presented a report that said Directors face fines for stalling sewage treatment if they hindered progress on the upcoming secondary sewage treatment project. Directors could face steep fines – even jail time – under new federal regulations. Oak Bay High’s replacement was in the news again as Greater Victoria School District moved to apply for zoning variances before a building design was created. The Unique building process applied to Oak Bay High project allows the builder to come forward with ideas that are leading edge and innovative, and environmentally sustainable. Oak Bay was On fire as Fire ants invaded in August and Oak Bay News was there with advice on dealing with the little pests. In late August Victoria MP, Denise Savoie, announced her resignation putting her seat Up for grabs. The resulting by-election held in November would see the NDP return to the seat after a close contest with the Green Party.


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Some solutions take a while The public always wants disputes that affect them to be settled quickly, but in 2012, certain issues seemed to move at glacial speed. The teachers’ strike, a holdover from 2011, continued to dominate the news in the early part of the year, with job action escalating in the spring. The drawn-out dispute ended with a contract signed late in the school year. Post-secondary support workers fought their own contract battles for much of the year, forcing the cancellation of some classes, and some sectors are still seeking agreements. A mid-September a strike vote by B.C. Transit workers quickly translated into job action, including run cancellations and an overtime ban for drivers. If negotiations continue to move as slowly as the commute from West Shore to downtown, this dispute won’t be settled anytime soon. The sewage treatment discussion eased forward, with funding from upper levels of government confirmed and the potential impact on taxpayers revealed. Rather than demonstrating progress, for some residents it reawakened the debate over the environmental need for sewage treatment and worries over potential cost overruns. The Capital Regional District’s sewage committee laid the groundwork recently for the establishment of an oversight committee to keep things on schedule, but getting shovels in the ground is still a year away. Environmental damage to the Colquitz River, caused by a home heating oil spill in late 2011, was thought to be an isolated event. But 2012 saw several more spills wreak environmental havoc. It could be a longtime before the extent of the problem is known, given the number of old oil tanks in use around the region. And of course, no discussion of 2012 can leave out deer, which feasted on flowers and frazzled local farmers. While a CRD initiative to find a satisfactory solution produced a report with suggestions, it concluded that the region’s 13 municipalities must find their own solutions to the problem. If the past year is any indication, we can expect some of the aforementioned scenarios to outlast the painfully long NHL lockout. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@oakbaynews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Oak Bay News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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Charity comes from the heart It’s the season of giving, while They rely on volunteers, and in recognizing and appreciating what small places such as Sooke people and who we have in our lives. give back to the community every Most of us are fortunate. While single day. we may not have everything, we do All people need access to the have enough. basics, like food and Every community shelter. seems to have an ever No one should be upward spiralling need sleeping under a bridge for help for its most or in the woods, or couch vulnerable residents. surfing, for that matter. The need is often greater And they shouldn’t have than the ability to supply to feel like beggars if even the most basic they’re forced to stand in necessities. a soup line. And it is getting worse. If the various levels of During the holiday government can pay staff Pirjo Raits season there are so and management huge Hard Pressed many charities seeking salaries, there should be donations that many are some way to raise basic not getting what they income assistance to the need to run their programs. Most needy. By needy I mean children, people could probably name at single parents, seniors and the least five charities or volunteer disabled. organizations that are looking for The gap between the haves food donations, clothing, money or and the have-nots is widening. toys. Feelings of goodwill and generosity Every community has a food shouldn’t be limited to just those bank, which in itself is a travesty. times when we feel a tinge of guilt This holiday season it would be for being so good to ourselves and amazing to see every food bank our families. have enough to feed those who While we are at it, remember need extra help. to shop locally if possible. This It’s not just during Christmas supports those who live, work and though, it’s a year-long need and pay taxes in our communities and the shelves are often pretty bare. the money they make stays there. These charitable organizations all People in small towns know function on a shoestring budget. who their poor are. They interact

with them on a daily basis. They see the disadvantaged collecting bottles and cans, which is actually a valuable public service. They are working in their own way and have pride because they aren’t panhandling. People in places with a sense of community look out for their neighbours and check on them if they haven’t been seen or heard from in a while. These same people are often the ones who donate anonymously and generously. They don’t look for the photo op with the giant cheque and they shy away from recognition. There are no administrative “costs” and all the money they give stays in their own community to aid those who live there. These people are giving from the heart and often it is those who can least afford it who give the most. Because they know, without good fortune, that the person they are helping could be themselves. There is no shame in being poor, but there can be shame in being rich. “Let him who neglects to raise the fallen, fear lest, when he falls, no one will stretch out his hand to lift him up.” – Saadi Pirjo Raits is editor of the Sooke News Mirror. editor@sookenewsmirror.com

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LETTERS Editorial missed the mark on Year 2000 challenges As one of the many programmers who worked to avert the Y2K problem it is disappointing to read another inaccurate description of the problem and a skepticism that it even existed. It was not because of “computers’ supposed inability to read a year with two zeros at the end” but that in the year 2000 the two-digit year format would result in invalid dates or cause mathematical calculations to fail. And because “nary a blip was seen on

the landscape” the writer implies that the whole problem was a myth comparable to a 5,100-year-old prediction based on Mayan mythology. Yes, some people overreacted 12 years ago, but the potential for information anomalies and system outages was real and, had problems not been addressed, the impact would have been considerable. Early computer programs used two digits instead of four to represent the year because of space constraints: punched

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cards used for input were limited to 80 character, computer memory was scarce and storage was expensive. And, because programs were only expected to be in use for a few years, they did not take into account the change of millennia. Obviously programs would fail or produce inaccurate results when the year changed from (19)99 to (20)00 if they had been coded to prefix the two-digit year with 19, expect it to be part of an ascending sequence, or attempt to divide it

by four to test for a leap year. These are just a few simple examples of the kinds of problems that existed. A major challenge was to identify which programs contained any kind of problematic coding. The article was concerned that beliefs should not be confused with reality. We also need to make sure that real facts and events are not distorted by inaccurate statements and erroneous implications. Andrea Gagnon Esquimalt

Ogden Point breakwater, Teen tanning ban, Cuts to CIDA

What do you think of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s plans to install guardrails along the edges of the Ogden Point breakwater? Not a good idea. By the looks of it, there will be less elbow room. I walk it a fair amount and find it very safe as is. With the addition of motorized scooters, on top of the dogs and runners all in a narrow space, this looks like an accident waiting to happen. I hope the harbour authority has good liability insurance, they will need it shortly. David Churchill Victoria Breakwater defined: “A barrier built out into the sea to protect the coast or harbour from the force of waves.” Leave it alone please. It was not built to protect the people. We are grateful to be able to walk on it knowing so. That is what makes it so great. Linda Monette Victoria It is reassuring to see the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s concern for public safety being demonstrated by their intention to put guard rails along the Ogden Point breakwater. Can the GVHA say when they plan on installing electrical shore power connections for cruise ships, so that James Bay residents’ respiratory health will no longer be threatened by particulate matter, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and ammonia emissions? Trevor Morley Victoria I am so very pleased that at last the Ogden Point walkway is getting a safety upgrade.

I have lived in Victoria since 1991 and have not been able to enjoy this scenic walkway due to vertigo. I look forward to enjoying a leisurely walk on the breakwater free of anxiety. Valerie Peters Victoria This just seems like a “make work-spend money” project. Victoria already has so many accessible walks for wheelchairs and scooters that I simply don’t understand the issue here. At 70 years of age, I’m still able to walk along the breakwater, but once I’m not able, I’ll just delete the breakwater from my walk options. Why add a railing and spoil the excitement for those wanting the adrenalin of wind and waves? Why spend money on this when there are far more pressing areas of need? Barbara McDonell Victoria

Teen tanning bed ban not on federal radar Our federal politicians really should stop bickering long enough to protect children’s rights. Private member’s bill C-386, “An Act to amend the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (tanning equipment) and to warn Canadians of the cancer risks of using tanning equipment,” was tabled 12 long months ago by a Conservative member of parliament. But it appears this bill, aimed at prohibiting all Canadian youth under 18 years of age from purchasing a service known to be a Class 1 physical carcinogen,

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Illustration shows design for Ogden Point breakwater handrails. Readers remain split on the idea. is not on our government’s agenda, nor that of the opposition parties. When did we become so callous and selfcentred that we can’t even be bothered to listen to our doctors and protect children from cancer when we know how? Linda Jeaurond View Royal

Canada turns its back on the world’s poor The year 2012 is shaping up to be a dark one for Canada’s reputation as a helping, compassionate citizen on the world stage. The Canadian International Development Agency is facing draconian budget cuts, 41 per cent of which will affect assistance directed to the world’s poorest countries. Additionally, according to International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino, CIDA aid will now be linked to projects benefiting the Canadian mining industry.

And in a final, egregious attack on the world’s poor, the Conservative government recently blocked Bill 398, which would have allowed cheap generic life-saving medicine to save millions of people in the developing world, at no cost to Canada. This has been the year the Conservatives laid a swath of destruction to a host of effective and inexpensive aid programs, resulting in more disease, more poverty and more death. Is this the Conservative ideal or simply gross mismanagement? Neither is acceptable. But a new year is ahead, with a chance to undo the worst of the damage that has been done. Unfortunately, rumour has it that even further cuts are in the offing at CIDA. This must not happen. Canadians and the world expect and deserve a lot better from this government. Nathaniel Poole Victoria

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In a year plagued by labour unrest, a Picket line hits UVic greeting thousands of students returning to class at the University of Victoria. Most students crossed the lines and went to classes. Management and CUPE 4163 continued to bargain into December. Helping with life’s changes and challenges, Oak Bay volunteer services celebrated 35 years of service to the community with a series of awards to its volunteers. Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock takes the Island with riders ready for their 1,000 kilometre bike ride down Vancouver Island, including Oak Bay Const. Dorothy Junio and Black Press’ Kyle Slavin who took on a role as media rider. This year’s tour raised $1.1 million, including more than $40,000 from Oak Bay High, for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes. More than buildings at stake in heritage plan as Oak Bay launched a process to develop a heritage plan for the community based on the fundamental values that shape the nature of Oak Bay’s character. Council hopes the plan will address some of the controversies within the community related to development.

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18-year-old Jillian Westby for Ecuador. The feature looked at the perils and pitfalls of voluntourism, along with the potential benefits.

OCTOBER Firefighters’ history of giving takes a step forward as Oak Bay firefighters established their own charitable foundation to continue a long history of giving to the community they serve. The designation allows the department to accept larger individual and corporate donations and issue tax receipts for charitable donations to their foundation. The penny dropped when the costs of the sewage treatment plan revealed Oak Bay to pay lion’s share for sewage treatment, a higher per capita charge than any other municipality. An antiquated pipe system which affects flows is the source of the problem. NDP, Liberals pick byelection candidates. The liberals almost needn’t have bothered as they dropped to third in the subsequent election, despite efforts to make the sewage plan a central issue. B.C. Transit strike forces multiple cancellations as job action by transit workers began in late October. The contract dispute centres around a proposal to replace the current fleet of community shuttle buses with a new fleet of five slightly larger shuttle buses made in China.

NOVEMBER

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Jillian Westby did her homework before heading to Ecuador to volunteer.

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Tsunami fears rise in wake of quake. A 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Haida Gwaii Oct. 27 raised concerns about tsunami warning response times. It was a lesson-learned and notification protocols have been improved.

The News featured the iconic Todd House and the controversy surrounding its use as a rental property in Finding value in heritage. Tennis bubble slated for replacement causing one member of the Oak Bay Recreation Commission to become so outraged by the decision surrounding the replacement that he declined to stay on the Commission. Tennis players seemed pleased with the plan which took into consideration the cost to the municipality. A broke watermain was nothing short of a Disaster to Bowker Avenue residents. It may not have been a disaster of epic proportions, but a serious mistake by municipal crews sent millions of litres of water flooding into Bowker Avenue homes Nov. 20. The municipality was criticized for its failure to respond appropriately. By year’s end, all but the hardest hit in the area were back home dealing with repairs and some homes were undergoing soil testing to detect diesel contamination.

DECEMBER A community tradition continued as the Lighted boat parade brings in the season. Hundreds gathered on the shoreline to watch the parade that supports the Salvation Army and Oak Bay Kiwanis. Regulating beauty, taste in development updated residents on a review of a report on building size limits. The discussion will continue at a future committee of the whole meeting. Heritage planning continues in Oak Bay as an ongoing consultation process to identify Oak Bay’s heritage values for incorporation in a new heritage plan continues to take public input.

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All the fun’s on Facebook We were sharing news stories, shopping tips, photos and plenty of laughs on Facebook in 2012 Here’s the final five in our top 10 most read, shared and commented on Facebook postings of the year. Get connected with us at Facebook.com/oakbaynews.

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Barbs win! Barbs win! Barbs smash St. Mikes in rugby's Boot Game. Kimia Hamedi scored 18 points to lead the Oak Bay Barbarians over St. Michaels University, 38-17, in the 2012 Gareth Rees Boot Game

Funny for your money in Victoria. Comedy for Cancer at Club 9one9 in the Strathcona Hotel raises money for Canadian Cancer Society's Tour de Rock and Black Press media rider Kyle Slavin.

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Chris Coleman proves to Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen that the fundraiser for Our Place breakfast program was a fullservice car wash!

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Intergenerational transfer of wealth. Sounds more fun than estate planning, doesn’t it? With many seniors managing assets far beyond the family home these days, passing that wealth along to children and grandchildren before the taxman gets a bite has become more important than ever. Transferring wealth before death will help save taxes, and help out family members when they need it most, says independent Ånancial planning and investment advisor Peter Dolezal. “The one thing I encourage folks to do is share their money while they’re still alive,” Dolezal says. “A lot of them set up RESPs (registered education savings plan) for their grandchildren. Gaye (Dolezal’s wife) and I take our grandchildren on holiday somewhere once a year.” Today, more people are buying into the philosophy: if your investments are paying you enough, then you can

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share with your family and help pay down home mortgages or education for children or grandchildren. “One of the biggest misconceptions is that Canada has inheritance tax, which we don’t,” sayss Audrey McFarlane, Ånancial advisor with Edward Jones in Oak Bay. “On the other hand, we do have to Åle a Ånal (tax) return which does have tax consequences.” A Ånal tax return takes into account all RRSPs or RRIFs, unless those are left directly to a spouse or disabled child, rather than becoming part of your overall estate. “In an ideal world everybody would sit down and talk about our wishes,” says McFarlane. “It needs to be a living plan, I think. There are issues around not having traditional marriages, what people want to do around charities – those things change over time.”

Audrey McFarlane, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Oak Bay, right, chats with clients Walter and Corinne Wickson. DON DENTON/NEWS STAFF

Making a will is still the least expensive and simplest way to deal with what happens to your assets after you die, but many worry about what comes before death. “The biggest problem people worry about is being able to afford a high-end care facility that can cost $6,000 or $7,000 a month,” says Dolezal. “Something like that can erode capital pretty fast.” However, he points out, only around six per cent of Canadian seniors end up in care facilities. “It’s not a high risk,” he says. “And for both (members of a couple) to end up in care is about three per cent.”

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Respect nurtured with age This week my wife left me and our Æuffy little Mexi-mutt and the relative comfort of our modest retirement rancher to Æy into the frozen wastes of the Q BRIAN KIERAN Yukon to work at a COLUMNIST zinc mine. She Skyped me from her closet-sized dormitory cell to report that it was 30 below outside with the wind chill. I know what you’re thinking. Is the poor woman that desperate to escape domestic bliss that she’s jumped on a polar express to work a gazillion miles from anything resembling a creature comfort, like Costco? In fact, she’s just doing what she’s always done best, nurture leadership in the workplace. However, I am not convinced that she ever thought that the dawning of her golden years would be spent teaching underground miners how to be leaders. Don’t they just follow the light to the end of the tunnel? What about me, you ask? Well, it’s not like I’m just kicking up, stringing beer tabs into necklaces and throwing the dog a bone. I’m working too. For the past few months I’ve been plugging away as a community newspaper reporter Ålling in for a colleague on leave. I happen to believe that community newspapers are the Ånal frontier

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Jan. 1 – Community Walk with Mayor & Council, 12:30pm. 250-595-7946 Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day recreation activities, Oak Bay Rec Centre. 250-370-7300 Jan. 1 to 13 – New Year’s Classic tennis tournament, Oak Bay Rec Centre. 250-595-7946 Jan. 5 & 6 – Christmas tree chipping at Fireman’s Park and Fort & Foul Bay Safeway. Jan. 6 to 11 – Free Yoga Week at Ajna Yoga Studio. Register: www.ajnayoga.ca Jan. 15 – Robbie Burns Dinner, Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. Jan. 26 – Family Movie Night, Oak Bay Rec Centre, 5pm. 250-595-7946 Jan. 26 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am.

Feb. 6 – UVic Astronomy Open House, 8 to 10pm Wednesdays through April. astrowww.phys.uvic.ca Feb. 7 – Senior Emergency Preparedness, 1 to 3pm, Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. Feb. 7 – Oak Bay Volunteer Services’ Blighty’s Bistro fundraising dinner. www.oakbayvolunteers.bc.ca. Feb. 9 – Mardi Gras Dinner & Dance at Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. Feb. 23 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Feb. 23 – Monterey Centre Rummage Sale, 9am to 1pm 250-370-7300 Feb. 23 – Family Movie Night at SportView, Oak Bay Rec Centre, 5pm. 250-595-7946.

March

March 9 to 24 – SD 61 Spring Break. March 13 – St. Patrick’s Dinner at Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. March 12 – Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness workshop. 250-592-9121. March 23 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. March 28 – Free Heart Warming heart disease workshop for women, 10 to 11:30am, Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300 March 29 to April 1 – Easter weekend activities at Oak Bay Rec Centre. Late March – Black Press Women in Business Gala. adminassist@vicnews.com March 30 – Family Movie Night at SportView, Oak Bay Rec Centre, 5pm. 250-595-7946

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July 17 – Summer Market on Oak Bay Avenue. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca July 20 – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint-In, with artists demonstrating their work along Moss Street. www.aggv.ca July 24, 27 & 28 – Uplands Heart fundraising tournaments for women, juniors & men. www.uplandsgolfclub.org July 27 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. July 27 – Jaguar Car Club of Victoria Jaguars on the Island Concours d’Elegance at Windsor Park. www.jcna.com

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Aug. 5 – BC Day! Check your Oak Bay News for local events and activities. Aug. 5 – Collector Car Festival along Oak Bay Avenue. Aug. 11 – Bowker Creek Brush-up along Bowker Creek, 11am to 4:30pm. www.oakbayartists.com Aug. 21 – Head to the Avenue for the Oak Bay Summer Market. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca Aug. 24 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Take in Oak Bay’s beautiful views with a walk along Willow’s Beach or up Anderson Hill Park. September is almost here...Time for Back to School shopping!

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Sept. 2 – Labour Day – Enjoy the last long-weekend of summer! Sept. 3 – Back to school. Sept. 8 – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria House Tour. www.aggv.ca Sept. 10 – Free Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness workshop, Windsor Pavilion, 6:45pm. Register: 250-592-9121. Sept. 18 – Summer Market on Oak Bay Avenue. Sept. 28 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Sept. 24 – Emergency Preparedness Workshop at Windsor Park Pavilion. Info: 250-592-9121.

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May 4 & 5 – Oak Bay Artist Studio Tour, 12 to 4:30pm. www.oakbayartists.com May 12 – Mother’s Day at Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca May 9 – Emergency Preparedness Workshop at the Oak Bay Public Library. May 10 – Move for Health Day toonie drop-in from Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca May 10 – Spring Fling at Henderson Rec Centre, with family fun from 6 to 8pm. www.oakbay.ca May 14 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Windsor Pavilion, 6:45pm. 250-592-9121. May 25 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. May 26 – Oak Bay Half Marathon. www.oakbayhalf.com

June 1 & 2 – Oak Bay Tea Party at Willows Park. www.oakbayteaparty.com June 8 – Garagellennium, 9am to 1pm. www.oakbaygaragesale.com June 14 to 16 – Operation Trackshoes at UVic. www.trackshoes.ca June 16 – Father’s Day at Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca June 18 – Oak Bay High School Grad Ceremony, UVic. June 19 – Summer Market on Oak Bay Avenue. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca June 22 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. June 27 – School’s out for summer! Head to Willow’s Beach for some summer fun.

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April – Don’t forget to vote for the Black Press Best of the City awards! April 3 – UVic Astronomy Open House, 8 to 10pm Wednesdays through April. astrowww.phys.uvic.ca April 11 – Senior Emergency Preparedness Workshop, 1 to 3pm at Monterey Centre. Register: 250-370-7300. April 14 – Scotiabank MS Walk at Willows Beach Park, 10am. 250-388-6496 April 20 – Oak Bay Artisans Show & Sale, 10am to 2pm, Monterey Centre. April 27 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. April 29 to May 4 – Oak Bay Eco Week activities at Monterey Centre. www.oakbay.ca

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October – Black Press Women in Business Gala. adminassist@vicnews.com Oct. 6 – Run for the Cure at UVic. Oct. 10 – Senior Emergency Preparedness Workshop, 1 to 3pm at Monterey Centre. Register: 250-370-7300. Oct. 14 – Happy Thanksgiving! Oct. 26 – Oak Bay Green Committee Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Oct. 28 to 31 – Pumpkin Art in the Village. Oct. 31 – Trick or Treat in the Village. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca Oct. 31 – Halloween Bonfire in Fireman’s Park, next to the fire hall.

November – Oak Bay Artists’ Fall Studio Tour. www.oakbayartists.com Nov. 6 – UVic Astronomy Open House, 8 to 10pm Wednesdays through April. astrowww.phys.uvic.ca Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day. Nov. 12 – Free Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness workshop, Windsor Park Pavilion, 6:45pm. Register at 250-592-9121. Nov. 23 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Nov. 24 – Welcome the holiday season with Oak Bay’s annual holiday light-up along the Avenue. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca

December – Support families in need with the annual Black Press Pennies for Presents fundraiser. Early December – Island Equipment Operators’ annual Lighted Truck Parade. www.ieoa.ca December – Annual Oak Bay Merrython Fun Run, Henderson Rec Centre. 250-370-7200 Dec. 5 – Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk. December – Watch for a variety of special holidaythemed activities through Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas! Dec. 31 – Farewell 2013, Welcome 2014!

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January 6 - 11, 2013 Ajna Yoga Studio - 2185 Theatre Lane (behind Starbucks)

Highlighting local events in the Oak Bay throughout 2013

SUNDAY, JAN 6 7:00–8:15pm

Yin Yoga

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MONDAY, JAN 7 10:30–11:45am 12:05–12:55pm 5:30–6:45pm 7:15–8:30pm

Gentle Hatha Hatha/Flow Core Strength Flow Vijnana Mixed Levels

Michelle Ajna Grad Suze Michelle

TUESDAY, JAN 8 10:30–11:45am

50+ Yoga

Jules

WEDNESDAY, JAN 9 5:30–6:45pm 7:15–8:30pm

Foundations of Flow Vijnana Intermediate

Guy Jules

THURSDAY, JAN 10 10:00–11:15am Tensegrity Repair Series 12:05–12:55pm Backcare Yoga

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FRIDAY, JAN 11 10:00–11:15am

50+ Yoga

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Register Online to Reserve Your Spot!

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January

February

calendar of EVENTS

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Jan. 1 – Community Walk with Mayor & Council, 12:30pm. 250-595-7946 Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day recreation activities, Oak Bay Rec Centre. 250-370-7300 Jan. 1 to 13 – New Year’s Classic tennis tournament, Oak Bay Rec Centre. 250-595-7946 Jan. 5 & 6 – Christmas tree chipping at Fireman’s Park and Fort & Foul Bay Safeway. Jan. 6 to 11 – Free Yoga Week at Ajna Yoga Studio. Register: www.ajnayoga.ca Jan. 15 – Robbie Burns Dinner, Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. Jan. 26 – Family Movie Night, Oak Bay Rec Centre, 5pm. 250-595-7946 Jan. 26 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am.

Feb. 6 – UVic Astronomy Open House, 8 to 10pm Wednesdays through April. astrowww.phys.uvic.ca Feb. 7 – Senior Emergency Preparedness, 1 to 3pm, Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. Feb. 7 – Oak Bay Volunteer Services’ Blighty’s Bistro fundraising dinner. www.oakbayvolunteers.bc.ca. Feb. 9 – Mardi Gras Dinner & Dance at Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. Feb. 23 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Feb. 23 – Monterey Centre Rummage Sale, 9am to 1pm 250-370-7300 Feb. 23 – Family Movie Night at SportView, Oak Bay Rec Centre, 5pm. 250-595-7946.

March

March 9 to 24 – SD 61 Spring Break. March 13 – St. Patrick’s Dinner at Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300. March 12 – Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness workshop. 250-592-9121. March 23 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. March 28 – Free Heart Warming heart disease workshop for women, 10 to 11:30am, Monterey Centre. 250-370-7300 March 29 to April 1 – Easter weekend activities at Oak Bay Rec Centre. Late March – Black Press Women in Business Gala. adminassist@vicnews.com March 30 – Family Movie Night at SportView, Oak Bay Rec Centre, 5pm. 250-595-7946

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July 17 – Summer Market on Oak Bay Avenue. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca July 20 – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint-In, with artists demonstrating their work along Moss Street. www.aggv.ca July 24, 27 & 28 – Uplands Heart fundraising tournaments for women, juniors & men. www.uplandsgolfclub.org July 27 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. July 27 – Jaguar Car Club of Victoria Jaguars on the Island Concours d’Elegance at Windsor Park. www.jcna.com

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Aug. 5 – BC Day! Check your Oak Bay News for local events and activities. Aug. 5 – Collector Car Festival along Oak Bay Avenue. Aug. 11 – Bowker Creek Brush-up along Bowker Creek, 11am to 4:30pm. www.oakbayartists.com Aug. 21 – Head to the Avenue for the Oak Bay Summer Market. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca Aug. 24 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Take in Oak Bay’s beautiful views with a walk along Willow’s Beach or up Anderson Hill Park. September is almost here...Time for Back to School shopping!

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Sept. 2 – Labour Day – Enjoy the last long-weekend of summer! Sept. 3 – Back to school. Sept. 8 – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria House Tour. www.aggv.ca Sept. 10 – Free Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness workshop, Windsor Pavilion, 6:45pm. Register: 250-592-9121. Sept. 18 – Summer Market on Oak Bay Avenue. Sept. 28 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Sept. 24 – Emergency Preparedness Workshop at Windsor Park Pavilion. Info: 250-592-9121.

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May 4 & 5 – Oak Bay Artist Studio Tour, 12 to 4:30pm. www.oakbayartists.com May 12 – Mother’s Day at Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca May 9 – Emergency Preparedness Workshop at the Oak Bay Public Library. May 10 – Move for Health Day toonie drop-in from Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca May 10 – Spring Fling at Henderson Rec Centre, with family fun from 6 to 8pm. www.oakbay.ca May 14 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Windsor Pavilion, 6:45pm. 250-592-9121. May 25 – Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. May 26 – Oak Bay Half Marathon. www.oakbayhalf.com

June 1 & 2 – Oak Bay Tea Party at Willows Park. www.oakbayteaparty.com June 8 – Garagellennium, 9am to 1pm. www.oakbaygaragesale.com June 14 to 16 – Operation Trackshoes at UVic. www.trackshoes.ca June 16 – Father’s Day at Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca June 18 – Oak Bay High School Grad Ceremony, UVic. June 19 – Summer Market on Oak Bay Avenue. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca June 22 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. June 27 – School’s out for summer! Head to Willow’s Beach for some summer fun.

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October – Black Press Women in Business Gala. adminassist@vicnews.com Oct. 6 – Run for the Cure at UVic. Oct. 10 – Senior Emergency Preparedness Workshop, 1 to 3pm at Monterey Centre. Register: 250-370-7300. Oct. 14 – Happy Thanksgiving! Oct. 26 – Oak Bay Green Committee Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Oct. 28 to 31 – Pumpkin Art in the Village. Oct. 31 – Trick or Treat in the Village. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca Oct. 31 – Halloween Bonfire in Fireman’s Park, next to the fire hall.

November – Oak Bay Artists’ Fall Studio Tour. www.oakbayartists.com Nov. 6 – UVic Astronomy Open House, 8 to 10pm Wednesdays through April. astrowww.phys.uvic.ca Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day. Nov. 12 – Free Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness workshop, Windsor Park Pavilion, 6:45pm. Register at 250-592-9121. Nov. 23 – Oak Bay Green Committee Pacific Mobile Recycling, Carnarvon Park, 9 to 11:30am. Nov. 24 – Welcome the holiday season with Oak Bay’s annual holiday light-up along the Avenue. www.visitoakbayvillage.ca

December – Support families in need with the annual Black Press Pennies for Presents fundraiser. Early December – Island Equipment Operators’ annual Lighted Truck Parade. www.ieoa.ca December – Annual Oak Bay Merrython Fun Run, Henderson Rec Centre. 250-370-7200 Dec. 5 – Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk. December – Watch for a variety of special holidaythemed activities through Recreation Oak Bay. www.oakbay.ca Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas! Dec. 31 – Farewell 2013, Welcome 2014!

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Oak Bay Senior The Bi Big Issue continued from 10

The Senior Life

Most p people are living in their biggest Ånancial asset – the their home. “You have h to think, if you go into a care facility, you can se sell any real estate you have and add that to your normal norm income. And you don’t have to worry about oth other things like food, a car, etc. If you’re in a facility, all those costs will disappear,” Dolezal says. Most p people will not outlive their Ånancial assets, agrees Mc McFarlane. “Many people are house rich and cash poor. p There are still pensions out there. … There is also critical illness and long-term care insurance.” insurance Younger seniors will also beneÅt from one of Younge the largest shifts in assets to come. “Baby boomers are in a po position to see huge transfers of wealth from their parents,” says Dolezal. “It’s going to be a phenomenal amount of money over the next 10 to phenomen 15 years. “There is a lot of extra cash people are going to be leavi leaving behind. Our parents’ generation is a more frug frugal generation than ours.” Baby boomers b though, have a more freespending lifestyle and will be leaving less to their kids, he adds. ad “The m more you can plan the easier it is for whoever is i left,” says McFarlane. “There is no single solution. It’s very individualized. It’s something everybody needs to do, but how you do it is up to the individual.” O editor@oakbaynews.com

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Joan Peggs calls herself Bionic Joan, not because of all the athletic medals she won while growing up in Hong Kong (including one she won for breaking the existing record for the 200 metre race with the time of 27.6 seconds), but because of the fancy brace she has to wear on her leg after arthroscopic surgery on her knee. Peggs had the medals she won in the ‘60s made into a bracelet but because of the number of medals, she finds it too heavy to wear. In addition to serving her second term as president and being an active member of the Oak Bay Rotary Club, Peggs is also involved with Ballet Victoria as a donor, a member of the fundraising committee and as an attendee at their performances. She has volunteered with the Belfry Theatre from the year after it opened. She now coordinates the Friday night volunteers and is also a donor. She is also a Crescendo Circle member of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Peggs enjoys volunteering because of the interaction with a variety of people and hopes that her activities help people become more educated and improve their living conditions or their quality of life.

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Peggs moved to Victoria from Ontario in 1971 for a teaching position at Vic High where she taught Home Economics. While teaching, she also operated a catering service and did relief cooking at Government House. In 1984, she bought a 1913 house in James Bay, renovating it into a bed and breakfast and running it part-time with the help of friends until 1991 when she resigned from teaching to run the inn fulltime, a job she continued for 19 years.

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Strive to do your best; extend a helping hand to others.

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I do a lot of gardening, it provides great fresh air, exercise and creativity. I also exercise regularly, walking dogs and spending time at Crystal Pool.

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What’s at the top of your “bucket list”? I do not have a bucket list. Every activity is a joy.

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Reading? With gardening, dogs to walk, a business to run and volunteer involvement, I often do not have time to read the newspaper let alone a book. O

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Neil Jackson arrived in Victoria in 1969 after emigrating from the U.K. He Årst attended the Monterey Centre for recreational activities, but soon found himself the coordinator of the snooker club. His talents were soon recognized and he was asked to chair the building committee where he helped plan improvements for Monterey Centre and other recreational facilities in Oak Bay. He also sat on the Community Initiatives Committee, and the Active Transportation Committee. Jackson enjoys cycling and walking and makes certain that he participates in both activities as often as possible. O

When Jacques Sirois retired and moved to Victoria in 2007, he brought his love of nature and passion for ecology. He has given his time serving as a volunteer warden at the Trial Island Ecological Reserve. “We call them the Treasure Islands,” he said. “They are the last place where things are like they were a thousand years ago.” Sirois has donated thousands of hours to the back breaking work of removing invasive species and cleaning the Island’s shores of garbage. He likes to kayak around the Islands off Oak Bay, documenting the experiences in Ålm and journals. O

Gwen McLaws is the President of Goward House. McLaws oversees the activities of a host of enthusiastic volunteers at the centre including gardeners, a forester and a variety of volunteer instructors for their programs. The centre has about 400 active volunteers. “We have a happy time there,” said McLaws. “And I’m happy to be a part of it.” McLaws enjoys golÅng, sewing and being a part of the busy life at Goward House. She has also written and published a biography, It’s Been Fun. O

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COUNTDOWN Top 10 Films of 2012 I

feel like I say this every year, but 2012 wasn’t exactly the best year in movies. To be honest, I had trouble picking my top 10. There didn’t seem to be any clear frontrunners. I’ll stand behind every movie on my list as being a great one, but I don’t have the same gushy sense of joy about my list that I usually do. The great Mos Def (that’s right) once described hip-hop as a reflection of the society that breeds it and not “some monster living in the hills.” It’s the same Kyle Wells deal with cinema, always has CineFile been. Looking at the vast majority of new releases, it seems we are all a bit lost and more than a little down. Even the good movies seem to agree. This year bleak was beautiful, the beautiful bleak. Here are the 10 films that I feel either best avoided that, or did it the best: (Please note: there are films that haven’t come out yet, such as Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, that could have likely made the list. Alas I do not have the privilege of attending film festivals or getting screeners.)

10. Silver Linings Playbook

ful adaptation of a book loved by everyone in the world but me is a visual wonder that dazzles while it delights. With perhaps the best use of 3D in a movie yet, Pi’s tale of a lifeboat, a tiger and the existence of God is a lush, loving smile of a film, something we needed this year.

8. Take This Waltz

3. Oslo, August 31

Sarah Polley should be declared Canada’s greatest treasure and just get it over with. This has been her year up here, with both this film and her personal doc Stories We Tell coming out, and she deserves it. Take This Waltz is absolutely heartbreaking, but it’s also honest and, in its honesty, beautiful.

7. Prometheus Prometheus gets my exalted title of greatest flawed masterpiece of the year. With this Alien series prequel Ridley Scott showed all the new kids how great filmmaking, filmmaking with ambition and purpose, is done. Even with its flaws, Prometheus offered one hell of an enthralling, eyes-wide-with-wonder experience.

Speaking of bleak, Oslo, August 31 is a riveting look at addiction, within the context of a generation, and a city, struggling with the disappointments and struggle of maturity. Intensely crafted and acted, it is a hard film to watch at times, but there is poignancy to be found in its main character’s troubled view of a world he can’t understand and yet can no longer escape.

2. Flight

6. The Amazing Spider-Man At least one film on the list had to be the result of a childlike joyful time at the movies. None did that better than this reboot of a movie only 10 years old, of all things. Many will disagree with this choice, but with killer 3D (that crane sequence was astounding), great movie-star performances and a commitment to doing formula right, the film was, well, amazing.

I’m a Denzel fan, but mainly in that I like watching him yell at people and being all Denzel. He does a little of that here but it’s also the performance of the year and a career. With its mature look at alcoholism wrapped in the story of a plane crash, Flight was both one of the most entertaining movies of the year and one of the most touching.

1. Lincoln

5. The Grey

In the midst of all the doom and gloom this year, Silver Linings Playbook showed you can make a romantic, happy-ending Hollywood movie and do so in an intelligent and highly enjoyable manner. Plus Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence exude the stuff from which movie stars are made.

In the midst of winter darkness, The Grey felt like the most honest movie I had seen all through those cold months. Sure it was marketed by showing Liam Neeson lining up to punch a wolf in the face, but The Grey was a thriller of an adventure movie that never sugarcoated its overarching subject: death.

9. Life of Pi

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Life of Pi is pure movie magic. Ang Lee’s wonder-

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4. The Deep Blue Sea

In the midst of all this cinematic misery nothing sounded worse than another doe-eyed smaltz fest from Steven Spielberg, especially with the travesty called War Horse fresh in my mind. But I’ll be damned if old Stevie didn’t pull out a surprise and turn in the most compelling, well-wrought, and yet non-insultingly inspiring movie of the year. Lincoln reminded me that society can, at times, and with a full recognition of its complexities and shortcomings, come together to do something wonderful and important.

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Hesjedal tops list for 2012 Ryder Hesjedal leads Victoria newsmakers

Controversies at Elk Lake

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When a fan passed Ryder Hesjedal a hockey stick with a flag on it, he knew what to do, and the image has become an iconic one. In May, the 32-year-old was the first Canadian to win the Giro d’Italia. His accolades continue as last weekend Hesejdal won his third Canadian Ryder Cyclist of the Year award, Hesjedal ahead of Victoria’s Geoff Kabush in second. At home it’s been easy to spot the effect, as a growing number of cyclists bomb around our city in the famous blue and white Garmin-Sharp jerseys of Hesjedal’s team. The story arc for the Giro win was perfect. In January, Hesjedal held court at GoodLife Fitness in Vic West to promote the summer’s Tour de Victoria, at which time he announced he’d been green lighted as the team’s leading man in Italy. Right from the get-go Hesjedal was supported by his teammates in Italy. And when the race ended with a time trial, Hesjedal put in one of the top performances of his life, to erase the 30 second deficit between him and first place for the win. Going into the Tour de France, Hesjedal was named a top contender by analysts, and looked like one too, until wipeouts and injuries knocked him out. While the Giro is Hesjedal’s best result, revisionists were also busy tinkering with his next best one. This year Hesjedal’s 2010 Tour de France result was bumped from seventh to sixth overall, as winner Alberto Contador was stripped of his title for doping. The revoking is just one of doping’s many stains on the sport in 2012, which the USADA has made the most significant happening of this year’s sports calendar. Tyler Hamilton’s tell all confession, The Secret Race (this reporter’s pick of 2012 sports books), is at the forefront of cycling’s current state. In it are statements from current Garmin-Sharp members and team manager, Jon Vaughters, explaining his desire to run a “clean team,” Garmin’s mantra.

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Cycling was much sexier in Canada this year than it was in the U.S.A. West Shore’s Ryder Hesjedal was on top of it, winning the Giro d’Italia, while doping declarations by many of the U.S.A.’s top cyclists, including some of Hesjedal’s teammates and his team manager, muddled the sport’s image.

Olympic triumphs GillianCarleton, Ryan Cochrane, Richard Weinberger, and the rowing men’s and women’s eight boats all pulled in gold medals from the 2012 London Ryan Cochrane Olympics with Victoria connections. Cyclist Gillian Carleton came out of the slipstream to win bronze for Canada in the track cycling team pursuit. Cochrane swam to silver in the 1,500 metre freestyle, adding to his bronze from 2008. Weinberger, a UVic Vike from Surrey, placed third in the men’s open water 10km marathon swim. Malcolm Howard captained the men’s eight to silver, his second straight medal, with 2008 gold medal returnees Andrew Byrnes and coxswain Brian Price. Vikes rowing alumni Darcy Marquardt and Rachelle Vinberg won silver in the women’s eight.

High school heroes Lars Bornemann and Mason Swift accomplished rare feats on the same late November weekend as they were named the MVPs of their team’s provincial high school championship. It was the second straight year Lars Bornemann winning the MVP award for both, as each’s team also won its respective backto-back championship. Bornemann’s Oak Bay Barbers defended its AAA volleyball title and Swift’s Mount Douglas Rams won its second-straight AAA Subway Bowl football trophy. Bornemann will likely play in the CIS for the UBC-Okanagan Heat and study engineering while Swift is still weighing his options.

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Saanich rower Lindsay Jennerich emerged as a leading voice amongst a group of Rowing Canada athletes who spoke their displeasure with the organization’s poli- Lindsay Jennerich tics in 2012. The Claremont secondary and UVic Vikes grad is one of the few born and bred members of RC to train at Elk Lake, and made waves as the only women’s team to train there, going against RC’s agenda. Then less than three months out from the Olympics, Jennerich’s doubles partner Tracy Cameron retired from the sport, making way for North Saanich’s Patricia Obee to compete as a 20-year-old. Jennerich was also a staunch supporter of men’s coach Mike Spracklen, both in the media and on her blog. When he was dismissed in the fall, Jennerich was part of a large movement against it. Spracklen, who came here from England with his wife, lived in Sidney for 12 years and guided Canada to multiple gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships. His successor will be appointed in January.

WHL playoffs came around The Victoria Royals first season in Victoria ended with a first round playoff exit to the Kamloops Blazers. It ended a 23-year long break since the Victoria Cougars last played a Western Hockey League playoff game here.

Baseball announces return The baseball gods answered the prayers of many as the West Coast League and City of Victoria announced an expansion team for 2013. It’s wood-bat baseball, and the players are top professional prospects playing in college and universities. The Victoria HarbourCats will play at Royal Athletic Park. There is much to choose from the 2012 sports calendar, so a list of top hits are included with this story at Vicnews.com. The News’ Jan. 2 issue will preview some likely scenarios in 2013. sports@vicnews.com

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Feeding nuisance animals ticketable offence in city City of Victoria moves to enact fine structure for violators Roszan Holmen News staff

With provincial blessing in hand, the City of Victoria council has adopted new bylaws prohibiting people from feeding a variety of animals. Last March, council gave first nod to prohibition on feeding gulls, crows and pigeons in the downtown core, as well as racoons, squirrels and feral rabbits anywhere in the city. One snag held up the animal control bylaw, however. While municipalities have been given jurisdiction over most nuisance

species, gulls require special permission due to their inclusion in the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act. On Nov. 1, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations gave Victoria’s proposed feeding ban the thumbs up. Council passed the bylaw Dec. 13. Violators face a $125 fine for feeding most prohibited animals on the list – or $350 for feeding racoons or deer. The fine won’t be the first line of defence, however. “Our goal is to educate the public,” said Mark Hayden, Vic-

toria’s manager of bylaw and licensing services. “This isn’t an arbitrary thing. There is a rationale behind it.” Enforcement will be reserved for “individuals that aren’t getting the message for some reason,” he said. Hayden estimates the city receives between one and two complaints per week during the summer season about people feeding animals. A ban on feeding deer has been in place for years, but so far, nobody has been ticketed for the offence. rholmen@vicnews.com

Have a healthy new year Enjoy a healthy, happy, start to the new year at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. Join Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen and members of Oak Bay council on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) with several activities at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. The fun includes an hour-long community walk with the mayor and council of Oak Bay leaving the recreation centre lobby at

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12:30 p.m. Then return to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre for these free, fun activities: From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. meet and greet mayor and council in the Sports View Lounge – coffee and tea provided. 1 to 3 p.m. Fitness studio orientations (please pre-register for 1, 2 or 3 p.m.). From 1:30 to 3 p.m. try ice skating in the arena. From 1:30

to 3 p.m. try tennis with organized, fun activities (no court bookings during this time). From 2 to 3 p.m. there’s Jazzercise in the indoor sports field. From 3 to 5 p.m. go swimming. From 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. there will be children’s movies in the Sports View restaurant. Donations for Kid’s Sport will gratefully be accepted. editor@oakbaynews.com

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Sidney aquarium needs broader draw to survive Steven Heywood News staff

Faced with more than half of its yearly visitors coming from the Capital Regional District and statistics that show overall visits are dropping, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is looking to the sea for inspiration. Angus Matthews, executive director of SODC, told Sidney town council in a budget overview that the aquarium is looking to the future, and without change in the community, it’s not looking all that bright. “Fifty-four per cent of our visitors

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Helping hand given

Off leash dogs to stay at Macaulay Pt. Park

Keith Jenkins, left, receives a full dinner plate from Victoria Coun. Charlayne Thornton-Joe as VictoriaSwan Lake MLA Rob Fleming picks up more turkey dinners to serve at Our Place Society. The celebrity servers were on hand Thursday to help dish up around 1,000 meals for the annual Christmas dinner.

Daniel Palmer News staff

Esquimalt council agreed to finalize a five-year renewal for public use of Macaulay Point Park. The land is owned by the Department of National Defence and the agreement represents a shared partnership for maintenance and monitoring going forward. DND has implemented several improvements over the past year at the park, including the installation of 900 metres of spilt rail fencing to help protect at-risk plant species. Signs have also been installed to educate park users on the native plants. Coun. Meagan Brame told staff at the Dec. 17 council meeting that she had received complaints from numerous residents when the fencing was installed. She said there needs to be greater awareness about who owns the land. “People need to know this is a federally owned park,” she said. The agreement allows for continued off-leash dog use at the park, but staff warned that any destruction of protected plant species could put an end to that. “Should this restriction fail to result in the level of protection required at the site, (DND) could completely ban dogs from the site,” the report stated. Parks staff will be responsible for conservation efforts, while military police will patrol the park, staff said. dpalmer@vicnews.com

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