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Council defers decision on fate of Centre Stage BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN

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Forget shoebox dioramas and Heads Up, Seven Up – these days, elementary students in Nanaimo are learning business sense and earning cents. PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs is a six-week, dynamic school-based program which takes classes through the process of planning, creating and marketing a product of their choosing, and promoting community by giving some of the proceeds back to charity. This year, two classes each at Rutherford and Forest Park elementary schools are participating in the program. The Grade 6 and 7 students at Rutherford held their product showcase Feb. 20, while Grade 4 and 5 at Forest Park have just begun the planning process and will hold their event April 16. As part of the program, each student creates their own business plan for a product they wish to sell, such as decorated candles, homemade cards or feather earrings. The plan must take into account financial information such as the cost of

materials and how much product needs to be sold in order to make a profit. They even survey their fellow students to find out what kind of products they might buy. The students then sign a business loan contract with the ‘bank’ (a parent or guardian) before going to work on producing the product. “It teaches them a lot of basic business skills,” said Burt Kirby, Grade 4 teacher at Forest Park. “It also teaches them so many things about money – they tend to think all the money that comes in is theirs to spend but you have to tell them there’s a loan that’s involved, you have to pay back the loan.” The students then come together to plan a product showcase fair, where the entrepreneurs put out their products to sell to their fellow schoolmates. In addition to marketing the showcase event, the students also collaborate on what percentage of the profits to give to charity, and decide on a charity. Proceeds from Rutherford will be split between the Ronald McDonald House, SPCA and KIVA, a non-profit society which connects the average joe to entrepreneurs in impoverished communities. People can send a loan of as little as $25 to help entrepreneurs get their

business ideas off the ground. “I thought this was a way to give back to the business community in other countries,” said Nicolette Zuydervelt, a Rutherford Elementary teacher. The students at Forest Park have yet to choose their charity, but the Children’s Hospital is a strong contender, said Kirby. In the five years the school has participated in the program, they have also donated to the Nanaimo and District SPCA and Heart and Stroke Foundation. During the Rutherford fair, parents and students attending as customers had a plethora of items to choose from, from lip scrub and hand warmers to flubber. Grade 7 student Tim Holyk, 12, had sold out of his mini hockey sticks half way through the fair and was taking down orders for more. “It has been very exciting,” he said. “We got to learn how to make money and sell stuff, and also get people’s attention.” Niamh Murphy, a 13-year-old Grade 7 student also had great success with her picture frame business. She said she found the program both exciting and helpful. To find out more about the program, please visit www. powerplay4success.com. reporter3@nanaimobulletin.com

A decision was deferred Monday because two councillors were absent, but city council will have to decide soon what to do with Nanaimo Centre Stage, a community theatre venue that is falling apart like a bad plot. The city purchased the aging building at 25 Victoria Cres. in 2008 for $460,000 to provide an emerging artist theatre in a burgeoning arts district. Recently, estimates suggest that $800,000 will be required to renovate the exterior of the theatre, which poses a danger to theatre users and passersby due to the potential of falling bricks and stucco cladding. While council wrestles with the decision to commit to rehabilitating the building long-term, it also needs to consider a short-term fix to reduce liability. Options before council include: ◆ do nothing, even though stucco clad areas are showing deterioration and could fall to the ground if not repaired; ◆ install walk-through scaffolding on the Nicol Street sidewalk to protect pedestrians at a cost of about $20,000; ◆ replace the stucco and brick veneer along the Nicol Street side of the building at a cost of $160,000. The third option is considered the first step of a complete renovation – about $160,000 a year for the next five years – which could allow for future work to be delayed, but city staff warns if that money is invested and other necessary fixes are put off in the future, the price tag could go up over time. Barbara French, artistic director of In Other Words Theatre, which rents space at Nanaimo Centre Stage, said it takes a lot for a building to be adequate for a theatre venue, and Nanaimo Centre Stage meets the criteria. “When it comes to a theatre not just any building will do, there are a lot of ways to refit a building to make it a theatre and a lot of those ways don’t work. You can throw money at it until the cows come home and they’ll still never be theatres,” she said. French said theatre spaces need ceiling high enough for proper

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lighting, the right floor that won’t injure actors or dancers, the right amount of seating, rehearsal and ticketing space, and bathrooms that adhere to equity rules among other things. “All of those boxes I just ticked off are there at Nanaimo Centre Stage. You’ve got a winner there in what that space provides,” said French. Council deferred the vote on which option to take Monday because Coun. Diana Johnstone, who is also chairwoman of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission was absent, as was Coun. Diane Brennan, who introduced the original motion. Earlier discussions by council has suggested a hesitancy to commit to spending that much money, and the option of adding scaffolding doesn’t seem appealing either. “Just putting up scaffolding is probably not the thing to do,” said Coun. Fred Pattje. “The problem I have with the $160,000 at this point is I almost feel obliged to then do the rest and I haven’t made up my mind about that yet.” Council also expressed hesitancy at beginning repairs only to find there is more work that needs to be done. “That’s the nature of renovations,” said Al Kenning, city manager. “Once you get in there you don’t know what you’re dealing with. Sometimes it’s less, sometimes it’s more.” The consideration comes at a time when the Port Theatre Society is proposing a $10- million addition that would also provide community performance and rehearsal stages just a few blocks away. Council is scheduled to vote on Nanaimo Centre Stage’s interim remediation options on March 11. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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◆ From /1 First thoughts were a nearby contractor’s vehicle was leaking oil, but Ramsay said she thinks the amount of oil suggests something else, possibly contaminated land that is being disturbed by the development or negligent dumping. On Valentine’s Day, officials worked to contain the slick with booms and absorbent pads in an effort to contain the spread of the oil, but the slick has been blown to the other side of the wetland and into an adjacent pond. Alex Grant, an environmental emergency response officer with the Ministry of Environment, visited the site Feb. 18, but wasn’t permitted to comment on record. Instead, a ministry spokesman responded with an e-mail that said, “The City of Nanaimo is leading the response and investigation into sediment with an oily sheen in the discharge from the storm sewer at a property in the Rutherford area. The Ministry of Environment visited the site with a city representative and two local residents earlier this week to review the situation and is satisfied with the steps being taken by the local government.� The response added that it is too early to determine the source of the oil and whether remediation is neces-

sary. Nanaimo no longer employs an environmental officer capable of monitoring development to ensure developers are adhering to environmental standards. At a recent council meeting, it was acknowledged that a provincial environment officer had visited the development, which has been ongoing for several years, “once, or maybe twice.� Council is, however, undertaking a threemonth process that will review its riparian set-back policy led by the city’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability in consultation with the provincial Ministry of Environment and federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. That process could result in having a municipal environmental assessment officer back on payroll. Ramsay said she feels if it is standard procedure to allow storm drainage into environmentally sensitive areas – another pipe drains storm runoff directly into the Nanaimo Boat Basin – then outflow pipes should be equipped with filters to prevent toxins from entering the water. The city’s public works department, however, says filters are not a practical solution because they

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would result in constant maintenance and if clogged with sediment, could cause overland flood hazards and damage property. Dean Robinson, the city’s general waste water foreman, said every one of the city’s 11,000 catch basins has a silt trap installed that are cleaned out once a year by his crews. Sometimes, he says, unwanted pollutants enter the system and flow into wetland and streams, eventually entering the ocean if not cleaned up. “It’s not a perfect world, even though sometimes we’d like it to be. When we are infor med of something like an oil spill it immediately becomes our No. 1 priority and we’re on it immediately,� said Robinson. “But the public has to be on board because we can’t be everywhere. In this case, the process worked because

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and we’ve never introduced a ticketing bylaw,” he said. Bylaw enforcement in Lantzville is carried out by the Regional District of Nanaimo. Without a ticketing bylaw in place, the municipality has traditionally sent out legal letters to people who repeatedly contravene a bylaw, which can be costly for both parties, de Jong said. “Think of the animosity that creates. You get the lawyer’s letter, you get all up in arms and you go and see your lawyer. “Once it gets into the legal phase, two things happen: you’re not happy because it costs you money to get a lawyer, but also the moment it becomes a legal issue, I have to discuss that in camera,” de Jong said. “We’ve been criticized for having too many in camera meetings, but every time it has been to do with

some legal issue with bylaw enforcement.” While there is concern that residents could start seeing excessive ticketing for things like simple parking discrepancies, de Jong said the intent of the ticketing bylaw is to target issues which have been historically a problem, such as backyard burning and animal control. “The bylaw enforcement is not ticketing crazy, they use it as a last resort,” he said. “They’re not likely to give out tickets unless it’s really bothersome.” Coun. Jennifer Millbank, one of three councillors to vote against a third reading, said she has no problems with implementing a ticketing process as a way for dealing with bylaw infractions, but would prefer to see a bylaw review completed first. “Most of the bylaws in Lantz-

ville were carpet-bagged from other jurisdictions and then frozen in time,” she said. “In my view, many of them don’t remotely resemble what happens on the ground in Lantzville and I don’t want the ticketing bylaw to turn regular, honest Lantzville citizens into lawbreakers overnight.” A classic example of that is secondary suites, she said, noting there are a number of residents who rely on secondary suites in their home to help pay the mortgage or house senior members in their family. “All of this is easily and happily tolerated by the community but under the strict letter of the law it is not permitted,” she said. To view the full bylaw, please visit www.lantzville.ca and select the council agenda for Feb. 18. reporter3@nanaimobulletin.com

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Flu losing traction in Nanaimo Education info provided BY NIOMI PEARSON

While this is good news, it doesn’t mean that we’re in the clear Flu season in the just yet, Hasselback Harbour City is losing said. its fever. “There is still influH e a l t h o f f i c i a l s enza occurring and say the harsh wave there are cases occurof influenza ring,” he virus resisaid. d e n t s we r e There are bracing for a number seems to have of factors to failed to matetrack trends rialize. in viral “ We c e r outbreaks, tainly haven’t including how seen the same often people level of influare visiting enza activity the doctor, HASSELBACK that the other long-term side of the care facilities straits were experienc- and schools. Physician ing,” said Paul Hassel- activity peaked about back, central Island mid-January, Hasselmedical health officer back said. with the Vancouver In December, an Island Health Author- outbreak of the influity. “It actually appears enza A virus impacted at this point in time to Nanaimo Seniors Vilbe decreasing in terms lage, affecting more of intensity of spread. than 25 residents who “When we start see- e i t h e r c o n t r a c t e d ing these decreases, it the strain or showed is suggestive that we’re symptoms. actually on the side of True influenza is a getting out of it.” viral infection of the THE NEWS BULLETIN

respiratory system which affects the nose, throat and lungs. Common symptoms can include chills, muscle ache and fever. In children, nausea and vomiting is also a common symptom. Norovirus, which is sometimes erroneously referred to as ‘stomach flu’, is an illness which causes gastroenteritis. Its main symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea. “Norovirus continues to be out there, there’s some evidence that it’s alleviating somewhat, but we do have ongoing outbreaks, more in the

south Island,” Hasselback said. He said it is important for people to continue to uphold common illness prevention practices like handwashing and vaccinations. “We’ve been fortunate this year, and it’s always nice to be fortunate – that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to stress good personal hygiene, and prevent illness as much as possible,” Hasselback said. “When it’s implemented, that contributes to us being fortunate.”

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Tax increase a compliment p The B.C Liberal government’s plans to boost income taxes on business and high-income earners takes a page out of the NDP opposition’s plans, and makes sense. The NDP plan had called for the corporate tax rate to go to 12 per cent, where it stood in 2008. The Liberals are boosting the corporate tax rate to 11 per cent on April 1. The provincial government wil also impose a higher personal income tax rate on individuals with incomes of $150,000 or more as of Jan. 1, 2014. Both of these tax increases are necessary at this time, given the financial shackles the government is in. The province is claiming it will balance the budget in 2013-14, largely because it plans to sell more than $600 million in surplus property. Given that the real estate market has softened somewhat, that is probably an optimistic figure. The Liberals will also boost MSP premiums again next year. This is completely unfair to moderate income earners, who do not get the exemption from paying the premiums that goes to low income people. This will be the fifth year in a row the premiums will increase. This budget is crafted with the May 14 election in mind, and designed to convince wavering voters that the B.C. Liberals are competent money managers. Over the course of the past 12 years, the Liberals have been sound money managers much of the time, but in recent years their record has been more mixed. The Liberals were hoping for a big boost in revenue through the new harmonized sales tax, but that was torpedoed by voters because of the bumbling way the government brought in the tax. That hurt their reputation as competent managers. By adopting part of the NDP platform, the Liberals may have unintentionally telegraphed that the NDP too has good fiscal ideas. 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

Television spots cool election fever

Hands up anyone who is already Liberals and NDP have done in sick of the ‘positive’ Liberal the past. Frankly, neither party B.C. Jobs ads; ‘positive’ NDP should be too proud of its record. Adrian Dix ads; and the anti-Dix But try talking to any politician Concerned Citizens for B.C. ads on what they would do to right on the television. the ship, and the conversation I say ‘sick’ because we’re more soon becomes the party line on than three months away from a how poor a job the other guy is provincial election and already doing. we are inundated with fancy proI understand the tactic and the ductions telling us all political leverage it can the good one party has produce. SATURDAY done for us and how Bring up forged REFLECTION bad another has been. memos, casinogate, binI’ve used this space gogate and fast ferries Chris Hamlyn before to vent about enough times and how Assistant Editor election tactics and could a voter possibly will do so again. even think of sending Please don’t waste the NDP to Victoria? my time telling me Or with the HST, B.C. how much good you Rail, torn up health have done for me in contracts and Coastal the past and how much C class ferries on the the other guy has resumé, why would anyscrewed me over. one return the Liberals B.C. is entering a pivotal time to power? in its existence. Times are tough, Even the new kid on the block jobs are being lost to other provB.C. Conservatives haven’t had inces and our provincial finances the smoothest of rides in its early have never looked bleaker. existence. In other words we are in trouble While I agree voters should and voters want to know what keep that information in the those hoping to lead this province back of their minds, they need to are going to do about it. press candidates on their plans We don’t need touchy-feely TV for our future, because like it or ads about past accomplishments. not, those parties – along with Especially those paid for through the Greens – are going to get the our own tax dollars. majority of votes. And we don’t need attack ads So if they want our trust, and about something that happened our votes, they should be preyears ago jammed down our pared to tell us how they plan to throats day after day. lead B.C. out of these tough ecoThe electorate isn’t stupid. The nomic times. facts are out there on what the Show me the money and all

the good that will take place by spending it. I’m not all that interested in how the other guy spent it foolisly in the past. Give me something to earn my loyalty and my vote. ◆◆◆ On a lighter note, I consider myself a man blessed with a great deal of patience. Not a lot bothers me too much and if something does, it’s not long before I’m over it. But I have recently discovered one thing that drives me absolutely up the wall is people standing behind news or sports personalities during a live televison feed waving or acting the goof. They’re busy looking at themselves on a monitor, lining up to get on TV. When a new angle is required and a different camera goes live, you’ll soon see them creeping into the picture and start over again. You get the type to stand soldier straight with a big grin and give a salute-like wave every now and then. Or there’s the ones who act up for the camera. Doing their best to throw the anchor off his or her show. I don’t know which one is worse. Do they not know how idiotic they look? All so they can phone home and say “Did you see me? I was on TV. How did I look?” You looked like a giant horse’s ass is how you looked. Knock it off. Oh well. I guess I can always flip the channel to political ads. news@nanaimobulletin.com


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Help available for addictions BY LORELIE ROZZANO

Score another one for mental health and addiction – another life, that is. A life that never had to end. Another tragedy. Another story. When is enough going to be enough? How many people need to die before we become willing to stand up as a society and say no more? The disease of addiction is a treatable illness. Yet the stigma and shame attached keep those with it from coming forward. The recent death of country musician Mindy McCready is yet another example of the never ending list of people losing their lives to addiction. Addiction doesn’t just happen to celebrities. It happens in our own backyards. It happens to all of us. It doesn’t matter your age, colour, gender, profession, address, religion or income. The scary thing is, it happens and nobody is talking about it. We’d rather bury our heads in the sand or put it down to someone or something else. Maybe it’s the boss’s fault, or the kids. It could be the government, or the teacher little Johnny had back in Grade 3. It’s just easier to look away. After all, addiction isn’t pretty. Let’s face it, it’s downright tragic. Besides, they should be able to will it away, smarten up, straighten up. Maybe it’s a moral issue. Could it be hopeless? And what about

family members – are they at fault? Who caused this? We are coming at this all wrong, people. At the moment I write this someone is contemplating the idea of ending his or her own life. The depth of shame and hopelessness this illness carries with it is unimaginable. And one that is far too heavy to carry alone. As I finish this sentence, someone is ending theirs. We can’t wish this away. Or love it to death. We can’t protect it or ignore it. No one with a mental illness and/or addiction disorder would ever choose to live this way. Problem users can stop. Addicted individuals can’t. This is not signs of a weak-willed individual. Nor is this is a bad individual. This is a sick individual. And one who judges themselves far harsher than anyone else ever would. Wake up, I beg you. Get an education, get support, and get your head out of the sand. Take it from one who knows. I sobered up 15 years ago and I’m not afraid to talk about it. With intensive treatment, education and ongoing support, this illness is treatable. I see it every day. People do get well, they do recover. And often go on to be successful, significant mem-

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bers in our society. Home lives move from an environment of dysfunction to stability, promoting wellness for future generations. If you think you have a problem, chances are you probably do. This illness is progressive and terminal. It gets worse – not better – over time and like any other illness, the sooner it’s treated the more successful the outcome. Don’t let yourself or someone you love become another statistic. There’s no shame in becoming well. There are mental health, drug and alcohol resources in every community. You don’t even need to identify yourself over the phone. You can find the number in your phone book or online. You can talk to your doctor, a family member, your pastor, or a friend. Hope really is just a phone call away. Addiction affects one out of 10. We all know and love someone with this illness. It’s time we start talking about it. There is a way out. And it’s easier than you might think. But we must begin. We need to have this conversation.Somebody needs to start it. Will you? ◆ Lorelie Rozzano is a Nanaimo author and family counsellor.

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Basin issue needs two-way communication the Underwater Harvesters Association were not open to the general public. Those meetings have yielded nothing yet to ease stakeholder concerns. On the other hand, the meeting organized by citizens opposing the port authority’s plan – held at the Coast Bastion on Jan. 7 – was publicized in the newspapers in advance and open to everyone. The port/Pacific Northwest Marina Group’s latest proposition made to boat owners wanting six-metre slips is prohibitive. To offer inclusion at the price of five years of moorage paid all at once and to say that

“if these spaces are not filled, the design will be modified accordingly” puts small boat owners in a position of having to pay somewhere in the range of $15,000 up front to guarantee their access to the marina. The new plan invites fishermen to pay for a designated loading area – something they have already paid for in the present marina. Plans for alternative unloading facility – or if there will be one available at all – are ambiguous. In the interest of maintaining the public trust, and in creating a better plan, it is time the port authority and the marina group seriously

considered two-way communication with concerned citizens. Joan Carruthers Nanaimo

Kelowna a fit for air route To the Editor, Re: WestJet flights take off from Cassidy airport, Feb. 14. It’s nice to see air travel improvements coming. I would like to see those involved get this Nanaimo/Calgary flight down into Kelowna. The stopover shouldn’t be any more than 20-30 minutes and the benefits would be significant as the flight would be flying close to right overhead anyway.

The present air service from Nanaimo to Kelowna can involve up to a four-hour wait time in Vancouver. The other main factor is here in Nanaimo as ground travel time would be reduced significantly for virtually everyone. We could label it central Vancouver Island to central Okanagan Valley to central Alberta. Hopefully, someday, we might be considered for daily service twice a day, (early morning and late afternoon) allowing people to do business, etc., and return home the same day. It’s something to think about. C. Simmons Nanaimo

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ulling up to dispose of a truck full of yard waste, the driver notices the dumping fee has gone up to $7. “Forget it,” he mutters and drives away, heading to a dirt road in the forest where he can drop it off for free although illegally. “It’s just leaves, it will rot.” Like everything else, the cost of recycling is going up. But will it deter people from doing the right thing? “For those who think the government is only interested in ripping them off, I suppose so,” said Ian Gartshore, chairman of Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island. “If that’s their world view, then of course they’re going to look for any option and any opportunity to not pay. “I would imagine some people wouldn’t wince at all to put $50 worth of fuel in their vehicle to go out and dump garbage in the back 40 to save themselves $7.” And it’s not just recycling that takes a hit from rising costs. Performing energy audits for the public, Gartshore has seen the

cost of saving energy – and the lack of immediate return – sway people from change. “I’ll never forget feeling a bit depressed the first day I was asked to do an energy audit. It wasn’t a certified one or a government one, it was simply to help somebody figure out what to do with their house,” he said. “This woman was quite greenoriented. She was into sustainability and wanted to save the Earth.” Gartshore looked over an official energy audit that she received but had done nothing with it. “She had an inefficient shower head, her crawlspace could be insulated … she was wasting a lot of energy,” he said. “And in the end she decided to spend the money on a new deck.” He says it all boils down to what is important to each of us. “People will say it’s not worth it because it costs so much, that it’s going to take too long for these energy measures to pay themselves off,” he said. “But they don’t blink at putting $10,000 or $20,000 into a kitchen that will never pay for itself. “Whereas if you put up a solar hot water system, put in insulation or replace your windows, eventually they will pay

for themselves and you’ll have more money to do more good.” Wrapping one’s head around energy saving has a lot to do with being both selfless and selfish.

“You have to be a little selfless, not think about yourself and today, but think about tomorrow,” said Gartshore. “Do you want to look your grandchild in the eye and say

‘we did lots to help make this planet a better place so you could have jobs, you could have clean air and you could have a better future’?” And if people invest a lit-

tle time and research into saving energy, there can be instant gratification. “Replacing windows can be a pricey ticket for a lot of people, but they’re amazed at how much more comfortable they feel,” said Gartshore. “And there is help out there. When people insulate their attic and get a major portion of it paid for by government incentives, they’re that much more comfortable in the summer, stay that much more warmer in the winter … isn’t that an immediate benefit? “You can look at all these selfish measures and feel smug because not only are you feeling better in your home, but are helping future generations. To me, that is a win-win situation.” So is there a way of getting around the cost of going green? Gartshore believes it’s all a mindset. “It’s difficult for people to wrap their heads around the fact that if more and more of us save energy, it will keep energy prices lower for all of us,” he said. “It’s supply and demand. Reduce the amount of energy we are using and energy prices will not go up as fast. “How long does it take to pay itself off ? I don’t know and really, is it that important? Isn’t the fact that it will pay for itself worth something? Isn’t the fact that you’re doing a good thing and will have some energy security a bonus?” ◆ See ‘HIGH’ ‘ /15


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Each flush sends energy right down the drain How much energy is used every time we flush a toilet? Seems like a strange question at first. Unless you live on an acreage and have to pump your water to flush that toilet, most of us enjoy water that is mostly pressurized by the relative height of the dams. Yet water requires a lot of energy. Consider this time of the year, when the water is at its coldest temperature; it requires a lot more energy to heat it up. Even the lowly toilet is extracting heat from the bathroom every time it re-fills – more than we likely could imagine. Another surprising place in which water consumes energy is at the tail end of the process: every litre of waste water we create requires energy to process it before releasing the liquid back into the environment. Quite apart from the loss to nature, wasting water costs us. Then there are the larger costs. Having to build more dams and related infrastructure is pricey. In the next few years we will be paying quite a bit more for water should another dam be built (as is predicted). Since nearly 40 per cent of the water we use in homes is consumed by toilets alone, it is understandable why the City of Nanaimo offers incentives to replace the old units – that use a whopping 12 litres each flush – with the new ones using about half that amount. Presently the city is putting together a revised water conservation plan. Increasing the user rates is the most effective method; otherwise we too easily take drinking water for granted. Yet many of us would be willing to do our part if we had the necessary tools. Other municipalities have

provided such tools in the form of watersaving toilet adaptor devices, tap aerators, incentives for commercial and industrial users, and education.

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High costs will effect change ◆ From /13 It’s going to take the Gartshore believes pain of high energy North Americans prices. have been spoiled “When people get with cheap energy in enough pain, that’s and have been “amazwhen they change. ingly” wasteful. And that’s not just “That’s our mindset. with energy, that’s It’s the way we think. everyday life,” he We think energy is said. “When our relainfinite. We are so tionship gets lousy used to having cheap enough with our partenergy that when the ner, we know it’s time prices go up, to do somewe start bitchthing about ing and comit. When a plaining,” he health issue said. “Clients gets big I have who enough, it’s have come time to go to from Europe the doctor. have a differ“And that’s ent mindset. true for “Europe has energy. It’s had double only high our energy energy costs GARTSHORE prices forever that really and they don’t bitch motivate us.” and complain. They And Gartshore go out and do somebelieves we’re on the thing about it.” cusp of high energy To try and change costs. people’s way of thinkOil and natural gas ing is never an easy prices are a bit suptask, particularly pressed, but electricwhen they’ve become ity prices are never used to a certain way going to go down of living. because we are always “There are those demanding more of it, who like being viche said. tims and will sit “Electricity here is around and complain. still cheap. California They don’t know anypays three times what thing different. If you we pay depending on give children somethe time of day and thing and then take it that’s what’s coming,” away, they complain,” he said. “What hapsaid Gartshore. pens in most of North But for others America catches up to capable of change, it’s us because the econogoing to take inconvemies are tied.” nience and sacrifice. And high prices are

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(later Shirley Hamilton) Nov. 6, 1926 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Feb. 15, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Shirley, on Friday, February 15, 2013, with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Catherine; her first husband and the father of her children, James Seggie Gold; and her second husband, William Thomas Hamilton. Shirley is survived by her four children, Robert (Linda), Anne (Donald MacMillan), Barbara (Paul) Peachey, and David (Tracey) and her six grandchildren, Erik, Jamie, Cassandra, Mark, Shannon, and Alan. Shirley was the younger of two children born to Joseph and May Piper in Nanaimo. She spent her childhood mainly in Nanaimo with carefree summers at the family property at Piperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lagoon. She became a teacher and taught in School District #68 her entire career. She married Jim Gold and raised four children at the family home on Windsor Avenue. Large family dinners were a favourite time, and she actively supported her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement in sports and various other activities. In later years, Shirley especially cherished time spent with her grandchildren and also enjoyed playing the piano, knitting, reading, and travelling. She was devoted to her family and will be dearly missed by many. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at First Memorial Funeral Services at 1720 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Shirleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory.



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Nanaimo News Bulletin

Saturday, February 23, 2013

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

MASONRY & BRICKWORK

PAINTING

WINDOWS

FRIENDLY FRANK

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

APARTMENT/CONDOS

FOR SALE BY OWNER

PETERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MASONRY: 40yrs experience specializing in all types of stonework, brickwork, ďŹ replaces & more. Call Peter (250)756-8569 or 250-4682706 for your free estimate.

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

GARMIN GPS, brand new, $324.79. Used couple of times, $90 obo. (250)585-8240

DINETTE SET, 4 chairs, white, $75. Sofa bed, $100, recliner w/ ottoman, brown vinyl, like new, $75. Apartment sized piano (Heitzman) $500, china cabinet, $350. Please call (250)752-4400.

Interior ~ Exterior FREE ESTIMATES.

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.

Reno Windows, Failed Sealed Units, Retractable & Residential Screens ~ Free Estimates Guaranteed Workmanship

250-753-4208

(250) 667-1189

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

ALL YOU NEED IN PRINT AND ONLINE bcclassiďŹ ďŹ ed.com PLUMBING

PLUMBING

Call

BRUCE

250.802.7953

STEALTH BIKE carrier, bumper mount (holds 2 bikes), like new, $50. (250)390-7773.

PET CARE SERVICES CAT SITTING in my home. No cages. 7day to long term stay. Limited space. 250-740-5554 PET SITTING in my home. Life experience with All animal types. ALL Furry animals, Fish & Reptiles welcome. Day/Night, Short/Long term, available anytime. Carrie 250668-4717 BCGirlsRock@hotmail.com. MUST be dog friendly.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

FUEL/FIREWOOD COASTAL MOUNTAIN FIREWOOD- Call 250-468-9660. 1-866-768-8886 (Nanoose). SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest ďŹ rewood producer offers ďŹ rewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

FURNITURE

FRIENDLY FRANK 24â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ALUMINUM extension ladder, super heavy duty. $99. Call (250)758-3410. 6â&#x20AC;? CAR speakers, brand new, never used, $60, 4â&#x20AC;? sink taps, $35. Call (250)753-3588. ALL IN carry cases, 7 1/4 skil saw, B/D mouse kit, cordless 3/8 drill w/ charger, $99. Call (250)390-2251. BELL PRE-PAID phone card, $25. value. Sell $15. (250)7530744.

FUTON, NEAR New, double, dark wood frame, 8â&#x20AC;? mattress. New cost $1000. Will sell for $400. Phone (250)758-9654, Nanaimo.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 4 WINTER snow tires, 5 months wear, as new. Asia Durun 195/50R15, on rims (off Asuna SunďŹ re). $250. (250)748-2070 HONDA POWERED generator, EM5000, $800. 10â&#x20AC;? Dewalt 770 radio arm table saw, $75. Call 250)757-8724.

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? LOG LATH, for making log homes or pillars, c/w industrial land lease. (250)743-3198 or 250-732-3239

DUNCAN, 2 bed, 2 bath adult Condo, #3-370 Cairnsmore St. Level entry, patio, small pet ok. Newly renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $146,000. (250)597-8070

LOG SHELLS for sale. Lathed logs, proďŹ led & notched to ďŹ t your plans. Ph. 250-732-3239 or 250-743-3198 MORE THAN 50 lbs glass beads, plus pendants, spacers and more, $700 obo. Call Stella after 5 PM at (250)756-7931

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS VIOLIN SALE for Adults & children. Also, Cellos. Both very, very nice. Please call (250)701-2035.

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$217,000 BRECHIN Views Condo. Sunny all day. 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, in-suite lndry/sewing, gas FP, balcony. Small dog OK. Reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vendorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disclosure Statement.â&#x20AC;? SPA arbitration initiated by owner settled when remedy sought granted by Council. Price reduced from $230,000 because SPA problems ongoing; new complaint lodged with FICOM. Strata managed by Ardent Properties Inc. under a nonexpiry contract. (250)327-4716

BUSINESSES FOR SALE YARD MAINTENANCE Business $4900. Start your own business or grow your client base. Large client list and equipment. Call 250-751-1517



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2000sq.ft. MANUFACTURED home, dry walled throughout, on permanent foundation w/ 4ft. crawlspace. .95 acre level lot, short walk to beach or 5 min. drive to Kin Beach Park. Fruit trees, mature landscaping, garage, woodshed and herb garden. 3 bdr. 2 bath., on-suite has 3 piece w/ walk-in closet. 2nd is 4 piece w/ deep tub. Mudroom, lg. laundry storage room, open kitchen w/ maple cabinets, dining/sitting areas + eat at counter. Lg. family room w/ sliding glass door onto lg. covered deck and private hot tub. Cable to all bedrooms + 2 in family room. Woodstove provides cheap heat. 1500 sq. ft. dream shop, wired 220/110 plumbed with sink + tap, gas heat, 2 13ft. over height bays, ofďŹ ce area + upstairs storage area. Option to buy 2 ton electric hoist on 12 ft. I beams. 16x50 ft. cement pad for possible shop expansion. Moving must sell, price reduced to $299,900 for quick sale. Ph. (250)8901071 for appointment to view.

40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Citation park model in year round RV park in Parksville. Built on room & patio, carport & shed. Call 250-735-0239. VACATION HOME. Penthouse Condo, great view, La Penita (Mexico), 3 bdrms, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies. For sale by owner. Please see: www.jaltembasol.com or email ronalddjohnson@hotmail.com

CROSSWORD

3UDOKU

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2EMEMBERNO NUMBERCANOCCUR MORETHANONCEIN ANYROW COLUMN ORBOX

OIL FILLED electric radiator w/built in timer & instructions. $28. 1 (250)729-0124

PETS

NUWAY PLUMBING Main water & sewer line replacements, hot water tanks, upgrades of old piping.

LADYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DRESS, soft beige, size 12, excellent cond. $99. (250)585-3337.

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MOVING & STORAGE

MOVING, Deliveries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right Price.â&#x20AC;? Free Quotes. Call Jason (250)668-6851

KENMORE 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chest freezer, excellent shape, $95. (250)751-8862.

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REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

FOR SALE BY OWNER

FOR SALE BY OWNER

TOWNHOUSES

APARTMENT/CONDO

ROOMS FOR RENT

TOWNHOUSES

CARS

UNIVERSITY AREA- 1 Bdrm $650+ hydro, small building, cat considered. 1 month free. Call Steve, 250-667-3009.

FURNISHED ROOM, close to VIU & Mall. $400./mo. Perfect for student or working person. No partiers, n/s. 250-754-8214

#2-3231 Lauren Mary Place- 3 bdrm, 2 bath, $1000. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES

SEASONAL ACCOMMODATION

1BDRM DUPLEX SxS. Close to college. Electric heat. $500. N/S, N/P. Avail. March 15th. (250)753-6229

$449 CABO San Lucas, all inclusive Special! Stay 6 Days in a Luxury Beachfront Resort with Meals & Drinks! For $449! www.luxurycabo hotel.com 1-888-481-9660.

855 HOWARD- 2 bdrms, $850. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

SOUTH NANAIMO 3 bdr 2 bth 1850sq 10,000 sq ft lot 2 yrs old granite counter tops stainless kitchen hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors $354,900. 250-591-2988. 2390 Ellison rd

PARKSVILLE, 2007, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Patio Home. 1426 sq.ft., Large yard & patio. #6 - 161 Shelly Rd. (Estuary Place). Call 250-951-0839

613 BRUCE Ave, Nanaimo. $241,500. Cozy, comfortable 3bdrm, 1.5baths. Lots of updates. Gas heat, W/D, F/S. Call Dave (250)591-1210. AMAZING GLACIER VIEW 2427 Lomond Place, East Courtenay. 2870 sqft, level entry walk out, 3bdrm, 3 bath. To see http://sandy tonnellier.blogspot.com Call 250-871-4826

SPACIOUS SINGLE family N. Nanaimo 3bdrm, 2bath, open ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan, family room. Updated kitch & bath, soaker tub, new roof. Near bus, ammenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. $280,000. 250-756-3593

HOUSES FOR SALE

BC Real Estate Holding Co. (1989) FOR SALE ...with 1 semi-waterfront Parksville property. Assumable mortgage $350,000.00 ...plus 2 waterfront properties in Qualicum Beach $750,000.00 All income generating properties... Wanted: 1 commercial lot/bldg Call:250-752-3813 for details

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

CAMPBELL RIVER Beautiful 1765sq ft. 3 bd/2 bth bungalow on cul-de-sac. Large entrance, fam. rm. sun rm, open liv/din rm, 3/4â&#x20AC;? oak ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, nicely landscaped, enclosed backyard, covered patio, sideyard RV parking with hookups, HEAT PUMP, 5 appls. $282,000.00. 250-923-7010 Comfortable, Cozy 2bdrm, 980sq.ft. in 55+ Mobile Park. 6 appliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, some furniture. Lrg vine covered deck, fruit trees, garden space. $79,500. Just move in! (250)754-6436

COURTENAY: WELL maintained 3 bed, 1.5 ba. New roof, G/H, f/p, w/s, garage, green house, fenced yrd. Close to park, suite potential. $249,900. 1-250-338-5479 (780 19th St).

RENTALS

1-BDRM, FULL bath. F/S, W/D - very private. Close to Rutherford Rd - No pets, no smoking. Clean, bright unit. Avail now. (250)758-4871.

APARTMENT/CONDO

MISCELLANEOUS FOR RENT

1 & 2 BDRM (Terminal Park Mall Hospital Area)

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

Quiet building with security cameras. Free storage & parking. New balcony, paint & carpet. Small pet ok. Avail Now & March. 1 From $645 plus.

430 STEWART- 1 bdrm, $650. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com Chemainus: Ashley Court. Ground ďŹ&#x201A;r unit, 2 bdrm, 5 appliances. Small pet ok, avail. now. $775/mo 250-924-6966.

North Lantzville Estate Sale Virtual waterfront, 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.

HOMES WANTED

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MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

Chemainus: Lockwood Villa. Well kept bldg, ocean view, 1 bdrm Feb. 15th or Mar. 1st, $625 incl. heat & hot water, N/S, 1 sm pet welcome. 55+. Call Karen 250-709-2765, 250-246-1033. CLOSE TO Downtown. Large self contained Studio, $600. Wheelchair accessible. Small pet ok. Call 250-668-7462.

HOSPITAL AREA 1 & 2 Bdrms, FREE Heat & H/W. Adult building, wheelchair access, security cameras. New carpet, windows and paint. Small pet OK. From $675 plus mo. Call 250-753-6656. HOSPITAL AREA- 1 bdrm $680. & $700. Heat, hot water included. Clean, quiet, well maintained building, close to amenities and bus route. NS/NP. Call onsite manager: 250-716-3305. Ladysmith: 1 & 2 bdrm suites from $700/mo incl. heat & hot water, ocean views, small pets ok. Ask about our incentives. 250-668-9086. LONG LAKE MANOR, 3108 Barons Rd. 1 bdrm, close to all amenities. 250-751-134. LUXURIOUS 2BDRM, downtown condo. Ocean view. HW ďŹ&#x201A;oors. Free WiFi. N/S, N/P. $900. 1 (250)754-2207 MODERN 2 BDRM near VIU. Laminate ďŹ&#x201A;oor, new counter. Free heat. Bus stop in front. Avail now or March 1. $775 +. Please call (250)754-4605.

LADYSMITH (Davis Rd area) near golf course, shopping, private, ocean/mtn views, 2200 sq ft, 3 bdrms, 2 bath, 2 F/P, in-law suite potential. $275,000. (250)245-4155.

Parksville 2.31 hectacres with 3 bdrm modular. Mins. from town. Lots of water, trees & lawn. Reduced to $450,000.00 Drive by 1304 Coldwater Rd. If interested #250-228-7162. Will look at all reasonable offers.

NANAIMO: 1275 Dufferin Cres Renovated 2 Bdrm from $750/mth. Call 250-754-5412

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NANAIMO DOWNTOWN 3 bdrm,1.5 bath, on-site laundry. NS/NP. $900. 250-754-1547. NANAIMO (DOWNTOWN) condo type apt, brand new, F/S, D/W. $700 to $775+ hydro, sm pet? (250)729-5475. NORTH NANAIMO 3rd ďŹ&#x201A;oor, 2bd., 5 appliances. NP/NS. March 1. $975. 250-729-3838 SOUTH NAN- LRG quiet, 2nd ďŹ&#x201A;r, 2 bdrm, includes heat & insuite laundry, 55+, $795. 1 blk to shops/transit. 250-616-2513

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

2BDRM $850 F/S, W/D, DW, utils & wiďŹ incl. Fenced yard. Nanaimo 778-269-3012.

DreamTeam Auto Financing â&#x20AC;&#x153;0â&#x20AC;? Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

931 SPRING- 1 bdrm, $650 inclds hydro. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

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AUTO SERVICES

CENTRAL LOCATION- downstairs brand new 2 bdrm, bath, kitchen, priv entrance, parking. Avail Mar. 15. $900 + shared utils. N/P, smoke outside. Call 250-327-4323, 250-740-5558.

3-1691 & 3-1695 Boundary Ave- 2 bdrm, $650. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

412 BRUCE Ave1 & 2 bdrms, $625 & $750. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

2008 PONTIAC Torrent GXP, 110,000 KMS, all wheel drive, 6 speed automatic, power everything, heated leather, sunroof, bumper to bumper warranty. Fully loaded, asking $16,995 obo. (250)897-1266 or (250)897-2047.

1-BDRM NEWLY renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Quiet, clean. $700. inclds utils. near VIU. Mar.1.250-591-1969

#307 3270 Ross Rd- 2 bdrm 1.5 bath, $800. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

Rental Properties Available All sizes. All prices Visit our website www.islandrent.com

or call 753-8200 #100-319 Selby Street

MOBILE HOMES & PADS CASSIDY: TRAILER, (large) 34 ft., very private 1.5 acres, near river, pets ok. Close to Hwy. N/S, no drinking. $700 mo+ hydro. Call 250-245-0014

HOMES FOR RENT 1675 KING JOHN Way- 3 bdrms, 3 bath, $1875. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 1713 MOSSY Rd- 4 bdrms, 3 bath, $1550. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 3197 MEXICAN Rd- 3 bdrms, 2 bath, $1450. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 3372 STEPHENSON Point Rd- 3 bdrm, 3 bath, $2200. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com DOWNTOWN, SMALL 2bdrm, 4 applâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, large lot, N/S, N/P. $850. Avail now. 250-756-6490 NANAIMO- 3 bdrm home, with 1 bdrm suite, $1600 will rent separately. Call 250-7166811, 250-753-4749.

OFFICE/RETAIL WANT TO GET NOTICED? Prime retail/ofďŹ ce space for rent in highly visible historical building on corner of First and Roberts in Ladysmith. 1,687 sq ft. 2 bathrooms, small kitchen, new ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, A/C

Call 250-245-2277 RECREATION RV RESORT ON THE LAKE Spots available at great winter rates! Daily, weekly, monthly. Amenities are: club house, laundry, showers, exercise room. Westwood Lake location. 250-754-1975 or admin@resortonthelake.com

$BMM

C. NANAIMO- Separate entrance, large, bright 2 bdrm lower. Shared laundry. $950 mo inclds utils. NP/NS. Avail now. Call (250)802-0436.

HOSPITAL AREA, 1 bdrm suite, level entry, priv ent, avail March. 1, $650 mo incls hydro, N/S, N/P. (250)758-5210 or (250)668-5480.

2003 REXAIR CLASS A, 29 ft motor home. Excellent condition. Low mileage. Unique kitchen w/Corian countertops, Garage kept. Tow package & generator, N/P/N/S. $44,900. (250) 746-7808 2003 REX Air Motor Home. Well maintained, Class A, 29ft, as new. V10 motor, low mileage, garage kept. N/S and N/P $44,900. 1-250-746-7808

DEPARTURE BAY spacious 1bdrm open concept, ground level suite. Private entry, F/S/DW, shrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d lndry, prkng. $750 incl. heat/hydro. N/S, N/P, Refs Req. (250)585-1067 DIVERS LAKE area, large 1 bdrm, sep entrance, priv backyard, incls all utils, electric F/P, insuite laundry, $750 mo. Avail March. 1. Call (250)585-6561.

2007 PONTIAC G5, 4 dr., 1.8L, 4 cyl, auto, p.s., p.b., radio/CD. good on gas. 60/40 backseat, 75,000 km, $5995. Must Sell! (250)597-1092

AUTO FINANCING

DEPARTURE BAY, lrg room; shared kitchen, bath, laundry. Cable, hydro, prkg incl. N/S Close to bus. $450/mo. (250)760-0842 Avail. immed.

1091 SILVER Mountain Drive1 bdrm, $675 inclds hydro. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

1360 GRAHAM Cres- 1 bdrm, $650. Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

3185 BARONS Rd- 1 & 2 bdrms, $695 & $750. Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

TRANSPORTATION

SHARED ACCOMMODATION

SUITES, LOWER

250-754-2936 543 SEAWARD Way, Qualicum Beach, Almost 1400 sq.ft.,2 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 blocks to ocean. Bare land strata. Completely updated, Granite Countertops, Guest Ensuite, H/W ďŹ&#x201A;oors & much more. On site RV Parking Avail. Priced to sell. $345,900.00, Call Daniel at 250-752-5780.

#9-26 BUTTERTUBS Dr- 3 bdrms, 2 bath $875. Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

DOUGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CARS 250-390-4707.

CARS

2006 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Adventure 80,000k. Immaculate condition, lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of extras. $30,000 O.B.O Please call 250-338-8206

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

NANAIMO- 1 BDRM suite, self-contained, $600. Call 250-716-6811, 250-753-4749. NANOOSE BAY (Island Hwy), 2 bdrm, all utils inclâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, avail now, N/S, pet friendly. $900 mo. Call (250)468-0235. DEPARTURE BAY: 2 bdrm, patio, bright, gas F/P, parking, NS/NP. Avail March. 1. $950 utilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. (250)729-9155. OCEAN VIEW, lvl entry suite avail immed, North End on quiet St. Completely self contained. Lrg 1 bdrm w/ laundry. All utilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inclâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. NS/NP, Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $800. 250-751-2557. S. NANAIMO- New 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 2 lrg parking stalls, sep ent, priv patio w/ fenced backyard, laundry hookup, free wiďŹ , very quiet area, NS/NP. Avail Mar. 1. $850. (250)753-7744. UNIVERSITY AREA, 1 bdrm fully furnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, all inclusive, sep prkg/ent, all utils & cable inclâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, $800,avail now. 250-667-1045 UNIVERSITY AREA: 2 B/R ground level, private entry, insuite laundry, D/W, 7x11 storage area, garage, fenced yard. Near schools/bus. $900/M. util & heat incl. N/S, N/P, Avail immed. Bob 250-618-4775

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;06 Chrysler Sebring Touring Sedan. Just inspected; passed all categories. 2.7L V6, PW/PL, sunroof, fog lamps, A/C, snow tires all around, Satin jade colour 173,000 km. $4000. Call (250)715-1236. 1988 CHEVY Caprice Classic, low mileage, 1 owner. $2250. Glass top Kenmore stove, white, $225. Both very nice. Please call (250)701-2035.

1992 Crown Victoria 123,000 miles, unsurpassed for comfort, safety and reliability. Asking $1800. Please call 250-331-0361

CENTRAL LOCATION- upstairs brand new 3 bdrm, full bath, kitchen, 3 appls, parking. Avail now. $1150 mo + shared utils . N/P, smoke outside. Call 250-327-4323, 250-740-5558. COLLEGE HEIGHTS- upper executive home w/ocean view, 2 lrg bdrms, 1800sq ft. 1 yr lease. NS/NP. $1350+ 1/2 utils. Call (250)797-6968.

TOWNHOUSES #12-1600 Morey Rd- 3 bdrms, $850. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

TRUCKS & VANS

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Shutout win adds to Bucs’ series lead The Nanaimo Buccaneers’ second playoff game was a little bit closer, except on the scoreboard. The city’s Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team defeated the Kerry Park Islanders 4-0 in Game 2 of the best-ofseven series Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. “We played as well as we needed to…” said Brad Knight, Bucs coach. “We were very fortunate that we snuck that win out by just being a better skilled club.” Buccaneers goalie Cam Large made a number of good saves to maintain his team’s 2-0 lead in the third period, and Nanaimo added a couple of late power-play goals to ice the win. Lee Orpen, Garrett Dunlop, Will McNamara and Tyson Harvey were the goal scorers and Large was selected first star for his shutout perfor mance as shots ended up 24-24. The Bucs think they’ll need to bring better effort as the series moves now to the Islanders’ home rink. “It’s good to get the 2-0 series lead heading into their barn…” said Shane Dial, Buccaneers forward. “[We’ll] make sure we keep the pressure on them and don’t give them anything.” GAME ON … Game 3 is tonight (Feb. 23) at Kerry Park Arena at Mill Bay. Faceoff is 7:30 p.m.

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Nanaimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ball players limbering up for spring training Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still February and technically it will be winter for nearly another month. But spring is in the air already and thoughts are turning to warmer days ahead. One early sign of spring is the lead-up to ball season and that is now happening at both the professional and local levelsâ&#x20AC;Ś For Major League Baseball players, pre-season training is underway down south. The Toronto Blue Jays have been in the news already as the team prepares for the 2013 season that will begin on March 31. The team is working out in Dunedin, Fla., under manager John Gibbons, with all eyes on Cy Young award-winner knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Big spending by the club on a number of off-season acquisitions have Jays fans excited about the season ahead. The disappointment of last year has been forgotten, there is huge optimism for the coming campaign and a World Series run is already being talked about. Time will tell. As for local ball,

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registrations are now 1995-97. Financial being taken for playassistance is available ers interested in joinfor families that need ing minor baseball or it. softball for the playing Registration forms season just around the are available on the corner. Nanaimo Minor Nanaimo minor Baseball Association baseball website traditionand can be THORPE ally feadropped off REPORT tures a regat ReAction Ian Thorpe ular season Sports on Columnist that runs Wellington from midRoad. ParApril until ents should late June, note, followed though, by all-star that the summer registration competition deadline is until near this coming the end of July. DiviThursday (Feb. 28). sions for players in Any late registrations minor baseball begin will require a $20 late with t-ball for youngfee and players will be sters born in 2007-08, placed on a waiting with a registration fee list for teams. of $90. Then comes In conjunction with the rookie division for minor baseball, the 2006 players at $100. Nanaimo Pirates Players born in 200405 play in the tadpole league with a cost of $135 and those born 2002-03 are in the mosquito division with a $175 fee. Peewee league registration is $180 for those born 2000-01, while the bantam league is $190 for players born 1998-99, as is the midget division, involving the age group of those born

premier and junior teams are also being organized for the season ahead. Registration cost for either team, focusing on competitive players born 1995-99, is $250. Open tryouts for both teams are being held today and tomorrow (Feb. 23-24) from noon until 3 p.m. at Serauxmen Stadium. Intrasquad games and player selections will be made following subsequent sessions at Serauxmen on March 2-3. On another baseball note, Level 1 and 2 umpiring clinics have tentatively been scheduled for March 16-17 at the Departure Bay Kin Hut. The clinics will run 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Meanwhile, Nanaimo Breakers

Fastpitch Softball (formerly WPVL) is holding in person registration this coming Tuesday (Feb. 26), from 5-8 p.m. at the Oliver Woods Community Centre. All interest softball players aged 4-18 are welcome. Another session will be held during the same times on March 11, or sign-up can be done online at www. nanaimobreakers. com. Nanaimo and District Minor Fastball is also registering players right now. The largest league in the central Island area involved more than

600 boys and girls ages 4-19 from the Nanaimo area last season. Signup is now on for players in seven different age divisions. For the youngest group, a learn-to-play division for those born 2007-08 costs $65, as does the peanuts league for players born 2005-06. For those born 200304, the U10 division costs $75. A fee of $105 applies to the U12 (born 2001-02), U14 (born 1999-2000), U16 (born 1997-98) and U19 (born 1994-96) divisions. Uniform deposits and a Softball B.C. fee will also be required.

Registration forms are available at www. nanaimofastball.org and there are also in person sign-up sessions happening today (Feb. 23) and March 2-3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day at the Beban Park fieldhouse. Registering by March 3 will guarantee a spot, while a late fee of $15 will apply after that deadline. Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship. â&#x2014;&#x2020; Ian Thorpe writes about sports Saturdays.

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