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Untying the traffic knot Committee seeks traffic connection improvements David Leach and his family are a bit unusual. For 12 years, the Leach’s have lived without a car, relying on cycling, walking, transit and car co-ops to get around town. “I’m a commuter cyclist and I take my kids to and from after-school care by bike or foot,” he said. “We use a car share co-op and my wife buses or walks downtown.” With his focus on alternative modes Megan Cole of transportation, it Reporting seemed natural that Leach would join the Oak Bay Active Transportation Advisory Committee. “One of my concerns is my wife doesn’t bike because she’s nervous on the street because of people speeding and distracted drivers,” he said. In addition to dangerous intersections and gaps in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, Leach said he sees hazards around schools. “I walk my kids past Oak Bay high school to Willows school, and it can often be complete chaos,” he said. The committee is a volunteer body of 11 citizens who research and advise Oak Bay council on how to improve active transportation in the municipality. In addition to a focus on cycling and walking infrastructure, the group also worked to have a complete streets policy adopted in June 2012. PLEASE SEE: Connections key, Page A7

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A great horned owl sits with her three owlets in a planter box outside an office building in the Tillicum area of Saanich. Normally a reclusive bird, it’s unusual for an owl family to nest next to an area with regular, daily commotion, but it gave several non-profit agencies the opportunity to set up live-streaming webcams at

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horned owls have decided to nest in a concrete planter box under a window, four storeys off the ground. Where North Saanich had its famed eagle cam, Saanich is now host to live-streaming webcams broadcasting the daily drama of an owl family. So far, much of that action is the mom doting over her three down-covered owlets, while pops delivers a steady diet of rodents and birds after dark.

“It rare to have a nest situated next to a window where there’s a lot of activity going on,” said Jeff Krieger of Alternative Wildlife Solutions, an animal control company based in Metchosin. “Usually they take over nests of crows or red tailed hawks. Here they took over a planter. It’s a strange spot. It’s quite unique.” PLEASE SEE: Owls nesting in public, Page A10


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Pulling weeds helps habitat Vounteers wanted to help pull ivy and Scotch broom Megan Cole News staff

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Victoria-based international award-winning Canadian painter, Chin Yuen’s distinctive, vibrant paintings are a part of the Picture a Cure fundraiser at Red Art Gallery beginning March 13.

Red art goes for the green Art fundraiser gives back to community Megan Cole News staff

Giving back to the community where they do business has been part of Red Art Gallery from the beginning. Marking their third year in business Marion and Bob Evamy decided to tie the anniversary with a three-pronged fundraiser called Picture a Cure for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, the Victoria Transition House Society, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. “Giving back to the community is important to me personally,” said Marion, artist and owner of the gallery. “I feel that I’ve been supported by a lot of people in this community. I’m lucky

I am able to work at something I love. I want to have a successful gallery, but it takes the support of a community and I feel like I’ve been very lucky and wellsupported by Victoria.” In addition to the Picture a Cure event which donates 33 per cent of all art sales, and funds raised in a silent auction, Red Art Gallery has also done community events with the Garth Homer Society, the 4Cats Arts Studio and the Trent Street Studios of the Eric Martin art therapy program. The charities benefitting from the upcoming event are not only important to the community, but have personal significance to the Evamys. “My sister in law has MS and I have a couple of close friends who are suffering from leukemia,” said Marion. “I have also supported the Women’s Transition House in the past and think it’s a very worthwhile cause, even though



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Plant lovers, gardeners or even those who just like to be outside helping the community are invited to join the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and Oak Bay Parks to help control the invasive plants at Harling Point Chinese Cemetery National Historic Site. In addition to being an important part of local and national history, Harling Point is also a unique ecosystem, which is home to some rare and endangered plants. “Macown’s Meadowfoam is “In the CRD federally listed as threatened,” said Chris they are down Junck, species at risk to one per cent outreach specialist. of all the Garry “Harling Point is also home to Bear’s Foot Oak habitats Sanicle which is also listed as endangered, that were here and it is one of only a about 160 to few locations where 200 years ago.” Victoria Owl-Clover is found.” - Chris Junck On Saturday, March 16, volunteers are asked to join the effort to pull Scotch Broom and English Ivy in an effort to preserve one of the few Garry Oak ecosystems left in the region. “In the CRD they are down to one per cent of all the Garry Oak habitats that were here about 160 to 200 years ago,” Junck said. Development threatens habitat, as well as invasive plants like Scotch broom, daffodils, non-native grasses and English ivy. “The rare plants are at the edge of their northern range so there are environmental factors effecting them as well,” Junck said. Volunteers are asked to meet at 1 p.m. at the Chinese Cemetery, which can be found by turning left at Crescent Road on to Penzance Road and going to the end of the block. Organizers will provide, tools, snacks and a tour to see some of the rare plant species, but volunteers are being asked to dress for the weather and thorns, wear sturdy footwear and gloves. For more information contact Junck at or 250-383-3445.

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Partnership creates physical literacy programs Saanich Recreation has partnered with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) to deliver physical literacy programs to children, ages 18 months to 10 years old. The partnership between recreation and sport has been a great win for Saanich and PISE as traditionally the two sectors of recreation and sport have worked independently. PISE’s movement and sport knowledge helps teach children the fundamental movement and physical awareness skills that are needed for a healthy active future. For children to be able to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities they need to acquire the skills and confidence developed through physical literacy. The multi-sport programs currently being offered are: Active Start Parent and Tot (18 months -2 years), Active Start (3-4 years) Active ABCs (5-7 years), and Active Sport (8-10 years). The offerings are located at Saanich Commonwealth Place and Gordon Head Middle School. Physical Literacy Spring Break Camps will also take place at Pearkes Recreation Centre during Spring Break.

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Homeward bound HMCS Regina crew can almost taste home cooking as they sail forward Photo by Cpl. Rick Ayer, Formation Imaging Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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A CH-124 Sea King helicopter attached to HMCS Regina fires flares during an exercise while on Operation ARTEMIS in the Arabian Sea on Jan. 20. The Regina is due home on March 14.

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Indian Navy Western Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral A.R Karve (left) welcomes HMCS Regina commanding officer, Cmdr. Jason Boyd, to Mumbai, India in January. Both countries were part of the counterterrorism mission, Operation ARTEMIS. Operation Aramis, undertaking training exercises and engaging in outreach efforts in various ports of call, it has been an eventful eight months, said the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Jason Boyd. “Pulling in the harbour that morning on the 14th, there will be a real sense of satisfaction when we get home,” he said during a stopover in Hawaii on Tuesday. But even after accomplishing such things as interrupting an illicit drug shipment in January and helping rescue the crew of a stranded Yemeni fishing boat in October, the yearning to get home is strong. “It’s such a long transit home in the Pacific Ocean,” Boyd said. “When we dropped out of (the mission) and you’re finally pointing east and heading toward home, you realize there’s still 50 days in front of you before you get there. Things tend to dip a little in terms of spirits and morale. But Hawaii is a very familiar stop for our sailors, with lots of familiar landmarks. We know it means we’re not far from home.” Regina and ships from the 26 other partner nations in Operation Aramis operated under a different mandate than the UN Security Council resolution that followed

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Teens continue to tackle tanning Megan Cole

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Non-melanoma skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma) are the most common of all cancers in Canada. These cancers account for about one-third of all newly diagnosed cancers and they are primarily due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

With spring break on the horizon, quickly followed by graduation and summer holidays, Oak Bay high school students – along with others around the province – are encouraging their peers to be tan-free for vacations, grad and prom. “It’s such an important thing to let our age group know that there are risks out there,” said Grade 12 student Amy Hill. “Melanoma is a disease that can accumulate over the years and it’s important to let our age group know the risks.” Hill and her classmate Grace Soong were both involved with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Tanning is Out initiative last year in addition to the school’s Youth Against Cancer group. “Skin cancer is the most common and deadly form of cancer among young people and this is a good time to make sure people know about this,” Soong said.

Skin cancer risk factors Light coloured skin, eyes or hair Freckle easily and having a large number of moles Family history of skin cancer Several blistering sunburns as a child Using certain drugs or cosmetics that make you more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation Taking medications to suppress the immune system Being a recipient of an organ transplant Working outdoors Participating in outdoor activities and outdoor sports

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Amy Hill, left, and Grace Soong hand out information on the Canadian Cancer Society’s Tanning is Out initiative to classmates at Oak Bay High this week.


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Oak Bay High grad Mary Elrick has been working with her former high school on the campaign. Elrick said even though the ban on tanning for youth under the age of 18 was implemented by the CRD in January 2011, every year students get better at turning youth towards a perspective of being healthy outdoors. “We’re really encouraging people to own their own skin tone,” said Elrick. “That’s a big part of the campaign, and it’s tough to get the message across but once students get it, it’s really significant.” But the Tanning is Out initiative isn’t just focused on grad. Students like Hill and Soong have been going into classes all week talking to younger students in hopes they will continue to cary the message forward. The students at Oak Bay High school wrapped up Tanning is Out today.

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Media landscape in Victoria changing at top levels Don Descoteau News staff

Viewers and readers might not notice much difference when they flip on CHEK-TV or pick up the Times Colonist newspaper. But both media outlets have made big changes at the top recently, one slightly more controversial than the other. CHEK has a new president, but Roy Gardner is a familiar face, a man who spent 15 years with the station in the 1970s and ‘80s. He replaces John Pollard, who helped a group of employees, along with other investors, buy the station from CanWest Global Communications in 2009, averting its closure. At the Times-Colonist, David Radler, former partner in the Hollinger newspaper chain with convicted fraudster Conrad Black and a man who served jail time himself for fraud, has been brought in as acting publisher. He replaces Bob McKenzie, who stepped down last week after 46 years in the business. Radler, who has 40 years’ experience overseeing dailies, is known as an operations spe-

cialist, a man with a history of trimming jobs to shore up the bottom line of a publication or company, said David Black, associate professor of communication and culture at Royal Roads University (no relation to the Black Press co-owner of the same name, or Conrad Black). Despite media reports Radler has no plans to make job cuts at the TC, Black worries what his installation – however temporary – might do to morale at the daily. “From what I know of the Hollinger story, they were into lean organizations,” he said. “You may see some of those incremental changes that allow newspapers to outsource and cut costs.” Gardner takes over a uniquely independent company – one of only two in Canada – that is not linked to any corporate news organization, a factor Black said leaves them fighting an uphill battle for viewership. However, revenues for network television have remained fairly constant in this country, while newspaper revenues in general have not, he said. The way readers consume


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Connections key to plan Continued from Page A1

“It’s a really cool idea where you basically make a street accessible for everyone from eight years old, to 80,” said Oak Bay Coun. Michelle Kirby, who is also the council representative on the committee. “The policy aims to make the community walkable and easy for bikes to use, so there might be a bike lane and space for bikes, and also room for single occupancy vehicle or a bus.” The policy paired well with an accessibility report that was also endorsed by council last summer. Accessibility on Oak Bay Avenue was a priority identified by the committee in a presentation made to council in November 2012. “When we are looking at accessibility, we’re not just looking at bikes,” said Leach. “We’re looking at curb width and how people with disabilities or accessibility issues can better get around, which fits with our longterm project of making the central street in Oak Bay more accessible.” Various cycling connectors which better incorporates Oak Bay into the regional network were also included in the priority projects. The committee would like to see improvements around an east-west and north-south connector. “There are some ideas around investigation and possible funding around a multi-use pathway that is being called the Henderson Pathway,” Leach said. “It would run all the way up to the Henderson Rec Centre.” The committee hopes to take the existing

trail and expand and upgrade it to a northsouth route. Oak Bay’s steps towards an active transportation plan is in co-ordination with a larger regional plan initiated by the Capitol Regional District. Sue Hallatt, regional planner with the CRD, said even though cycling and pedestrian plans may have started as a response to climate change initiatives, it has now become part of what residents want as quality of life. “The demand from citizens for more walkable and bikeable communities is less about the environment – although that certainly plays a role – but we hear with some regularity that people link active transportation with quality of life,” she said. In addition to exercise as a motivator for active transportation, Hallatt added that parents want their kids to be more free ranging. “Riding their bikes to school or after school activities cultivates independence,” she said. According to Hallatt, the CRD’s masterplan is a good first step in establishing a common language for the municipalities and CRD around cycling, and establishing a framework for creating bike facilities. While council has been enthusiastic about the recommendations made by the advisory committee, Leach said constraints around funding have limited the progress on some of the priority projects. “We are just an advisory committee, and all we can do is just advise council and hope


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Liberal secrets can’t be denied Politics is never as exciting as in the weeks leading up to an election. And this year’s provincial election campaign season is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in decades. The latest carbuncle on the Liberal party’s elbow has cost premier Christy Clark her long-time assistant, Kim Haakstad and Lessons to be multiculturalism learned from minister John Yap. Despite several latest scandal apologies, Clark and the Liberals are feeling the heat from their secret plan to woo ethnic voters by using cheap apologies rather than solid policies. So, they had a plan to get the ethnic vote – so what, we’ll bet the NDP does too. The problem here is the government was apparently planning on using taxpayers money to do it, and they were using personal email accounts in order to hide their plan – which is unnacceptable on any terms. With the scandal uncovered it clearly shows the Liberals have a deceptive side. This government, which has always claimed to be open and transparent in its communications, has shown us its true colours. Their efforts to hide communications by using personal emails is a deliberate act that leaves voters uneasy and shakes the confidence of Liberal party members. What we are witness to now – some six weeks away from a provincial election – is the implosion of the Liberal party, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the demise of Bill Vander Zalm’s Social Credit party in the early 1990s. As it sets the stage for a potential NDP landslide, it also sets the stage for how future governments behave. The lesson here is stick to the rules and when you make a promise to be open and honest, take it as seriously as your constituents will. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: 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


Clean-tech sector valuable to region While many visitors to our part In Parliament, I work with a new of the world leave with images of all-party clean-tech caucus, chaired breathtaking scenery, gorgeous by Conservative MP Jay Aspin. We gardens, taste-tempting farmer’s have engaged MPs across party markets and great lines in the exciting restaurants, the Saanich potential for innovation in Peninsula is also home to clean-tech. a large number of thriving The sector is making industries, manufacturers gains in improving the and innovators. Quite energy efficiency of the a number fall in the mining sector, reducing category of clean-tech. wastewater in the oil The clean-tech sector sands and cutting deeply is identified globally into the price differential as having enormous between renewable potential. By 2020, it is energies and coal, to the Elizabeth May point that some new wind estimated the sector will Guest Column be worth $3 trillion to the and solar initiatives outworld economy. perform coal in terms of Certainly, investments price. in the U.S. have been outpacing A recent report by the Pembina Canada. U.S. President Barack Institute, Competing in clean energy: Obama’s new tone of resolve How Canada can capitalize on the in addressing the climate crisis global transition to clean energy, suggests that their previous level of (Jan. 22), based on a forensic support will be ramping up. Obama review of the sector and extensive highlighted the potential of cleaninterviews, concluded that Canada tech to stimulate the economy could expand our clean-tech sector and create jobs in his inauguration to $60 billion by 2020. address: “We cannot cede to That realistic assessment needs other nations the technology to be underscored. We have the that will power new jobs and potential for six-fold growth over new industries; we must claim its the next seven years. promise.” Vancouver Island Technology At the moment, Canada has Park has been an incubator for new only one per cent of the sector’s clean-tech firms, with companies current $1 trillion global value. working in bio-fuels, wind energy Still, that relatively small piece of and tidal power. the pie is responsible for 52,600 As well, the Saanich Peninsula Canadian jobs in 700 clean-tech hosts a number of firms working companies. The sector was worth in the clean-tech sector, from more than $10 billion in this Triton Logging, which accesses country last year, a jump of 18 per sustainable hardwood from tropical cent over the previous year. hydro-electric sites, to Aeolis Wind

and a number of environmental consulting companies. Our area benefits from jobs in clean-tech – more than 300 people are working at Stantec’s Sidney location alone. To help the sector reach its full potential, we need provincial and federal policies to align. It is excellent to know we can produce power from tidal action, but it would certainly help start-up companies if they could access a “feed-in” tariff and sell into the grid. The federal government needs to continue its support of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). Founded in 2001, SDTC has successfully completed 19 rounds of funding approvals. So far, more than $500 million has been allocated to 228 projects. That level of investment has resulted in a highly successful track record in leveraging funds from other project partners. The ratio is 2.4:1, with $1.4 billion leveraged from $560 million. Amazingly, two of the 14-member SDTC board are prominent local residents, including its chair, Juergen Puetter of Aeolis Wind, and former Saanich-Gulf Islands Member of Parliament Gary Lunn, who was recently appointed. I sincerely hope they will succeed in gaining replenishment of funding for clean-tech in this spring’s budget. It has tremendous potential for the planet, for Canada and for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Elizabeth May is MP for SaanichGulf Islands, leader of the Green Party of Canada and an officer of the Order of Canada.

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Modern rail, historic buildings able to co-exist Victoria council and city planners surely could have been more creative visionaries and developed a strategy to conserve the historic Roundhouse building, while also preserving our historic rail line. Huge successes have been realized by cities of all sizes across Eastern Canada and the United States that are reclaiming and modernizing rail for continuous connection to communities. Continuous modern rail could boost local economies, reduce social isolation and ease environmental stressors. Can we not learn from this? Recently presented demographic survey analysis from across Canada indicates that Vancouver Island (and specifically Victoria) will continue to steadily attract approaching retirees for permanent residency. It seems to me that this population would especially benefit from continuous, modern rail transportation.

By blending the old and the new, modern rail can be established in Victoria and must, once again, traverse the Johnson Street Bridge into Old Town. Current building standards indicate that modern rail could be supported on the new Johnson Street Bridge. One of the many reasons the historic Roundhouse building and rail must be preserved is the character it brings to this city. Buildings and transportation amenities with history are beautiful and serve as a reminder of days gone by. They add colour to the community and they are revenue generators. In short, historic structures are good for tourism and business and they add vibrancy to our city core. Why has our city council demonstrated a lack of forethought in some of its fundamental planning? Are their values in harmony with those of taxpaying citizens of Victoria? Marilyn Ferguson Victoria

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Blooms on the horizon Pedestrians pass by one of the sure signs of spring, a potted tree sprouting new buds and leaves, during a sunny noon hour on Oak Bay Avenue. Greater Victorians counted nearly 763 million blooms during the recent Flower Count. Victoria won the municipal challenge with nearly 300 million blooms tallied, while students in Susan Shemilt’s Grade 4 class at Frank Hobbs elementary in Saanich earned the top-counting school award. They received a trip to Butchart Gardens, with transportation courtesy of L.A. Limousines.

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Re: Ex-Liberal MLA backs up former colleague Clark (Letters, March 1) Sheila Orr’s letter about Christy Clark and women in public life is one of the strangest and saddest rants I’ve come across in 50 years following B.C. politics. She is right that female politicians in B.C. have generally not been treated fairly by the media or male politicians. There is no question we need more women involved in our

Re: The Don Cherry of TV science (B.C. Views, Feb. 27) Columnist Tom Fletcher’s red-herringheavy replies to David Suzuki’s fracking criticisms have me scratching my head. He seems to think that when it comes to science, we’re supposed to believe a newspaper columnist more than a scientist? I trust Dr. David

political process – women with ability and integrity like Grace McCarthy and Carole James. But Orr couldn’t be more wrong in saying that Clark is the kind of woman we need in politics. The kerfuffle over the “ethnic strategy” memo is just the latest in a series of incidents demonstrating that Clark is the kind of person we definitely don’t need in B.C. politics. Gordon Pollard Victoria

Suzuki over the industry spin doctors and their columnist lapdog Tom Fletcher. Murray Sinclair Victoria

Suzuki not above media criticism Re: The Don Cherry of TV science (B.C. Views, Feb. 27) Congratulations to Tom Fletcher for his excellent column on

David Suzuki. It’s very rare for anyone in the media to criticize the Mother Teresa of the environment. As an endangered species myself, being a Conservative here in the people’s republic of Victoria, I look forward to further honest commentary from Mr. Fletcher. John M. Tolley Victoria

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Krieger, a volunteer at the Wild Animal Rescue Centre (Wild ARC) in Metchosin, first got the call from staff at the building in the Tillicum area, who were concerned the mother owl was injured. Turns

out she was up to something else. ”I went and took a look and put two plus two together and found she was sitting on three eggs,” Krieger said. The owlets hatched over Feb. 13 to 14 and are now in transition from fluffy down to feathers. Wild ARC asked the precise building location not be identified to keep people away from the nest. Great horned owls are common for Greater Victoria, but as nocturnal hunters that tend to nest in rural and forest areas, they aren’t that visible. A pair

hatching their brood next to a building and below a window is almost unheard of, and allowed for Krieger to install three webcams relatively easily (including one with infrared), in partnership with the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. “If you climbed up there you’d have a face full of talons. They’re pretty aggressive with their young,” he remarked. Krieger, a specialist in raptors, expects the great horned owl family to stay in place for another six to eight weeks as the owlets gain their footing. Their mother will eventually start leaving the nest for

longer periods and join in the hunt with their father. If the pair survive into next year and their planter breeding spot is successful, there’s also a good chance they’ll return next season. “This is an opportunity to show people what really happens in nature,” Krieger said. “It’s an opportunity to watch nocturnal animals feed their young.” Check out under Live Cameras, and the cameras labelled “Victoria Wild ARC owls.”

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From the ice to the canvas her feet as a working impressionist, which shouldn’t be too hard. Her career is budding and already includes hundreds of impressionist paintings sold in the past few years, many from a gallery Travis Paterson she had in Loveland, Col. News staff “I still get sales from my website but the goal is to In order to pursue her true love, become further immersed Ashlee Comerford is falling back on in the community,” she said. her trade. “I’m still just checking it all It’s a story all too common with out.” artists. Sticking out a less than desirAnd there’s that award. able day job in order to stay up late Judged by jury, her piece making music, put a pen to paper or Labour of Love won second in a brush to canvas. its category in the American In Comerford’s case, though, it’s Impressionists Society show not so bad. in 2010. The 29-year-old is an award-winIt’s a career that was bound ning impressionist-style painter, to happen, though it took a which she currently does in the secsuggestion from a friend back ond bedroom in her apartment, a in St. John’s. stone’s throw from Macaulay Point. “I used to sketch with my She relocated to Esquimalt four pencil, and was pretty good at months ago from Colorado, where it, and my friend said ‘you’ve she lived the past six years. And until got to pursue this if you’re she can establish herself as a fullgoing to pursue anything.’ time artist, she’s working a part-time “I went to Denver for a onejob, and is on the ice nearly every month trial at the Arts Studay as a coach with the Oak Bay Figdent League, and then subure Skating Club. mitted my pieces for review. “It comes very natural to me. A I’d never picked up a brush long time ago, before I had ever before but they accepted me Sharon Tiffin/News Staff by jury. I returned for three painted, I was completely dedicated to skating,” Comerford said of her Artist Ashlee Comerford works on a painting in her years with two of the top home in Esquimalt. days growing up in St. John’s, Nfld. master-impressionists in the Perhaps not surprisingly, her talU.S.A., Quang Ho and Ron ents have come in handy, particureography, which not everyone can do, Hicks.” larly with choreography, said head believe me.” So far, Comerford’s completed some coach Jamie McGrigor. Last month, Oak Bay’s skaters won local commission work and next week “I haven’t seen her art but we’ve heard at the Island championships, a team is kind of a big one, as she’ll tie the knot she’s famous, and I wouldn’t be sur- that included Amanda Wright, who was with her fiance, who is stationed here prised,” McGrigor said. judged best elements skater in her cat- with the navy. “(Comerford) is one of our many egory. See her work at ashleecomerford. excellent coaches. She’s well rounded But that’s a day job for Comerford. com. at it and the bonus is she’s great at choAs an artist, her plan is to get back on

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Twisted art display Local sculptor Birgit Piskor, who is garnering international acclaim, is having an open house at her gallery/studio 560 Niagara St. in James Bay on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 from 12 to 6 p.m. Her current show is influenced by a neardeath experience involving an encounter with a whale. Thus as the whales start their spring migration, so Piskor reveals the migration of her sculpture from vertical works to spirals worked in a material a lot of people shy away from. Learn more about her work at

Fantastical Fairytales Be swept away by folk, fairy and fractured stories from around the world. For ages 6 to 9 at the Emily Carr Branch of the library on Saturday, March 9, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Register online at or call 250-475-6100 for more information.

Transforming the Haka ritual Dance Victoria presents New Zealand’s Black Grace on March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Theatre. With its unique fusion of Pacific Island (Maori and Samoan) traditional dances and contemporary dance, the company quickly achieved international audience and critical acclaim. Their work is extraordinarily athletic, percussive, spiritual and dynamic. Tickets start at $29 and are available from the McPherson box office at 250-386-6121. Go to for video and information.

Trombone on a mission The UVic faculty concert series presents Scott MacInnes, trombone and guests on March 10. MacInnes, UVic’s trombone instructor, has a mission: to prove this bellowing brass instrument is viable and versatile in the mainstream. Several members of the Naden Band, Victoria Symphony, and a few UVic alumni will join MacInnes on the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall stage in the MacLaurin Building at the University of Victoria. Tickets are $17.50 and $13.50 and are available at the door or through the UVic ticket centre at 250-721-8480, or go to

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with art The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria celebrates the positive power of women artists with the show, Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger: A Celebration of International Women’s Day, running March 7 to 17 at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. Organizers gathered more than 35 of Victoria’s esteemed women artists whose imagery will fill two of the large gallery spaces at the Arts Centre. “We wanted to create the feeling of a crowd of women standing together, standing proud,” said Joan McHardy, show co-organizer. The show includes work by Pat Martin Bates, Phyllis Serota, Yumie Kono, Avis Rasmussen, Millie Shapiro, and the two show organizers, McHardy and Betty Meyers. Michelle Jacques, chief curator at the Victoria Art Gallery Courtesy Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria will be the keynote speaker at Millicent Shapiro’s Bella, oil on canvas, is among the works on the opening reception March 8, display at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill. 7 to 9 p.m.

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Big line carries Braves into series VIJHL South final Game 4 tonight Travis Paterson News staff

Max Mois only scored once in the Saanich Braves 6-4 win over the Victoria Cougars in Game 2 of the South final on Monday night, but his play around the ice was noticeably different. Each player on the Braves’ top line of Mois, Josh Gray and Cole Golka scored once, as the Braves evened the series at one game apiece on home ice at Pearkes arena. But it was Mois who won puck battles, out-skated and outworked the swift moving Cougars defence, and symbolized a different look than the Braves who lost 5-1 in Game 1 on Sunday. “They had a fire in them, and were getting the bounces and getting pucks on net, which they didn’t do in Game 1,” Braves assistant coach Scott Hawthorne said. Despite how it looked from the stands, Hawthorne didn’t think Mois, Gray and Golka played that much of a different game than Game 1, but agreed there was some improvements. “Throughout the lineup our guys were definitely a lot more

willing to sacrifice the body and block shots (on Monday). We were able to rise to the challenge, we just needed to do a lot of the little things.” Results from Game 3 last night were past press time. Game 4 is tonight (March 8), 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes. “We outplayed them five-onfive,” Mois said. “But we have to continue to key in on their power play. If we can do that we’re good from here on in.”

“It’s going to be a very good series. You have to come out with desperation to start the games.” – Mark Van Helvoirt Game 2 was vastly different from Game 1, as Braves defenceman Liam Sproule scored to make it 1-0. Water on the ice delayed the second period. When play started the Braves quickly stretched the lead to 4-0 with power play goals from Golka and Gray and an even strength goal from Nick Guerra. It was only the halfway point, however, and when the penalties started to go against the Braves, the Cougars immediately capitalized with power play goals of

their own from Brody Coulter and Dane Feeney to make it 4-2. A minute later, and still only 11 minutes into the second period, the Braves struck back when Mois buried a pass from Gray to make it 5-2. The Cougars didn’t let up, but the big Braves defence, buoyed by the return of Brandon Parmar, seemed much more adept in using small surface of Pearkes to their advantage. Victoria sniffed a comeback with a power play to start the third period when Parmar poked the puck loose with a diving effort at the Cougars’ blue line. Braves forward Sam Johnston jumped on it for a breakaway goal past goalie Evan Roch. It all but sealed the game’s outcome as one could feel a gust of steam emitted from the Cougars’ bench. Feeney eventually completed the hat trick with two power play goals late in the third period. Braves goalie Tanner McGaw made 48 saves on 52 shots. Roch stopped 30 of 36 for the Cougars. “It took us 25 minutes to wake up and get some urgency into our game,” said Cougars coach Mark Van Helvoirt. “A couple bad bounces, couple bad calls and we get off the rails, focusing on the wrong things.”

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Victoria Cougars (No. 16) Mark Walton tries to steal the puck from Saanich Braves (No. 20) Chad Roorda at Archie Browning Sports Centre during Game 1 of the series. Game 4 is tonight at Pearkes.

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When his season didn’t start well, Nolan Mitchell contemplated his future in wrestling. But the 15-yearold and defending provincial champion didn’t quit. He just kept working, and on Saturday Mitchell won gold in the 45-kiloNolan Mitchell gram class of the B.C. high school wrestling championships, held at Duncan’s Island Savings Centre. “It was a big win and came with a big adrenaline rush. I like seeing that I can get better and I can continue,” he said. It’s the second straight year he’s won gold at provincials as the only wrestler out of Claremont secondary school,

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Nolan Mitchell of Claremont throws Jarred Beckett of Alberni District secondary during an Island meet earlier this year. though he actually trains with the Cowichan Wrestling Club. It’s also the second straight year Mitchell defeated Justin Cacatian in the final, and was a moment of retribution, as it was Cacatian who knocked Mitchell out at SFU’s War on the Floor in the fall. “It wasn’t a dominant win or anything but it was nice to get (Cacatian) back after

he beat me this (at War on the Floor).” In four fights Mitchell won by pin, then by technical superiority (leading by six points) in each of his next three, never needing a third round. About a dozen Greater Victoria wrestlers in all competed at provincials. Esquimalt’s Carlton Cochran (fifth) and Erin Geddie (sixth) and Reynolds’ Paul Aquino (fifth) placed in the top six of their respective weight classes. It’s a solid finish for Cochran, a Grade 10 and rookie to the sport. Two more wrestlers from the Victoria Bulldogs district team nearly medalled. Oak Bay High’s John Fayad pinned his second opponent but was knocked out in his third match. Stelly’s Donovan Huynh went 2-2, losing his fourth match by a point. “It’s exhausting to see one of your wrestler’s lose by a point, it just drains you,” said Huynh’s coach, Ed Ashmore. “But you gotta recover because you gotta get your kid recovered.” Mitchell is currently in fundraising mode seeking sponsorship to build on his national bronze medal when he attends the Canadian championships in Saskatoon next month. Fayad is also planning on attending.

Rodney Lavoie, Trevor McNeil and Pat Papineau scored as the Stars beat the Lions 3-0 in Game 1 of their Victoria Hockey League senior men’s semifinal playoff series on Saturday. The best-of-five series continued last night, results were past press time. In the other series the Penguins beat the Sharks 3-2 in overtime in Game 1 but the Sharks tied the series with a 4-3 win on Saturday. The Penguins and Sharks play tonight (March 8), 8:30 p.m. at CFB Esquimalt’s Wurtele Arena. The Lions and Sharks continue their series tomorrow night, 8:15 p.m. at Pearkes arena green rink.

Bays, Lakehill in VISL Jackson Cup semifinals Bays United face Nanaimo 7 p.m. tonight at Hampton Park in Saanich in one of the two Vancouver Island Soccer League Jackson Cup semifinals this weekend. The Div. 2 Lakehill Reds face Sooke Celtic at Braefoot Park tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Reds are the only non Div. 1 team remaining in the competition, having squeaked past Vic West 1-0 in quarter-finals last week. Sooke beat Salt Spring 4-2, Bays Utd. throttled Div. 2 Gordon Head 9-0, while Nanaimo won 2-0 over Cowichan Div. 2.

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If the Victoria Royals draw the Kamloops Blazers in the first round of the WHL playoffs — look out. The teams combined for 156 penalty minutes at Kamloops’ Interior Savings Centre on Tuesday, a 6-0 Blazers’ win. It was the Royals’ 10th straight loss, though the team has managed a paltry two points along the way. The Royals (37-27-2-4) played in Kelowna on Wednesday night (results were past press time) and are home tonight (March 8) to face the Vancouver Giants, 7 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Small as it might seem, those two points the Royals picked up in February, one an overtime loss and the other a shootout loss, are part of a four point cushion on which the

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Royals forward Mitch Deacon fights Blazers forward J.C. Lipon in Kamloops on Tuesday night. Royals are resting, having clinched sixth place and a playoff spot in the Western conference. The absence of 21-year-olds Alex Gogolev and now Tyler Stahl due to injuries have certainly hurt the team. Gogolev’s been out since Feb. 5. At that point Gogolev had a three-game goal scoring streak and had posted 22 points in 13 games in January, during which the Royals shot up to fourth place.

Despite dropping 10 straight, the Royals have clinched sixth place. With seven games remaining it’s numerically possible to catch the fifth place Spokane Chiefs, though unlikely. The seventhplace Seattle Thunderbirds are too far behind to catch the Royals. In the meantime, frustration is boiling over for the Royals. Ninety-three of the penalty minutes assessed on Tuesday night went to the Roy-

als in the third period. And there was controversy, when Tim Traber of the Royals jumped Kale Kessy of the Blazers in the third period. Perhaps unknown to Traber is that Kessy was being choked by his own jersey and, by many Blazers’ accounts, was rendered unconscious, said Kamloops This Week. Blazers goalie Cole Cheveldave only faced 14 shots to earn the shutout. Patrik Polivka started in net for the Royals, made 17 saves on 22 shots, and was replaced with Coleman Vollrath to start the third period. The Blazers are within a point of the B.C. division-leading Kelowna Rockets. Should the Blazers finish third in the West, a Round 1 series with the Royals — a roughand-tumble one, no doubt — will be in the cards. - files from Marty Hastings/Kamloops This Week

Belmont bomb Oak Bay for spot at AAA provincials Bulldogs win AAA Island basketball championships challenge game Travis Paterson News staff

With five and half minutes left on Tuesday night the Oak Bay Bays were within a point of the Belmont Bulldogs, at 49-48. At that point, neither team’s players were thinking that this was the last quarter of their season, or high school career. But it was. The Bulldogs went on a dominant fourth-quarter run and won the challenge game 71-54, taking the second and final Island berth for the AAA Boys Basketball Provincial Championships in Langley, March 12 to 16. The game came about because Belmont, which finished third at the Island AAA boys championships at Mount Douglas on Saturday, hadn’t played second-place Oak Bay in the tournament. The Bulldogs had the right to chal-

lenge the Bays for the spot at provincials, and they did. Belmont’s Erik Spaven scored 19 points to lead all scorers, but it was the clutch three-pointers hit by Bulldog Dan Massy, six of them for all 18 of his points, that was the difference for the Bulldogs. “It’s huge to get that scoring from Massy with Spaven and Owen Vaags getting so much attention,” said Bulldogs coach Kevin Brown. It was the first time the Bulldogs beat the Bays this year, but it’s not as cut and dry as it might seem. Brown sees it as a threeway tossup between Island champs Claremont Spartans, who Belmont beat this year, and the Bays. “A lot of people looking from outside might think it’s a big deal that we upset Oak Bay but us, Claremont and Oak Bay can all beat each other. It really could have been any three of us winning Islands or in the challenge game.” Belmont nearly defeated Claremont twice in season play this season, and also lost by a point

in overtime at home to Oak Bay. “We weren’t expecting to win the challenge game but we weren’t surprised either, it’s just so close between us,” Brown said. The unranked Bulldogs will face South Kamloops at provincials while Claremont will face St. George. “Any time your high school career is over, there’s going to be disappointment and sadness. It’s just a natural situation,” Bays coach Chris Franklin said. Among the graduating seniors with the Oak Bay Bays are allstars Matt Hampton and Liam Horne. Replacing them will be difficult, Franklin said. “It’s a great group of boys, I really enjoyed coaching them, unfortunately we weren’t able to get off the Island.” On Wednesday morning the St. Michaels University School Blue Jaguars won Game 1 of the boys AA basketball provincials and Oak Bay Breakers won Game 1 of the AAA girls provincials. See and for updates. • A17

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A20 •

Friday, March 8, 2013 - OAK

This Weekend’s

Select your home. Select your mortgage.

OPENHOUSES Published Every Thursday

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

206-1030 Meares, $399,900 Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jeff Shaw, 250-474-6003

104-2608 Prior St., $305,000 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer, 250-384-8124

302-1025 Meares St, $329,000 Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

pg. 5

pg. 9

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ed Ho, 250-477-7291

pg. 8

Saturday 3-4:30 RE/MAX Camosun April Prinz, 250-744-3301

7-126 Hallowell, $399,900 pg. 10

Saturday 2-4 Brown Brothers Real Estate Robert Young 250 385-6900

Saturday - Tuesday noon - 5 pm Fair Realty Ryan Bicknell 250 883-2715

Saturday 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Guy Effler, 250-812-4910

Sunday 2-4 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay, 250-217-5091

pg. 11

pg. 3

pg. 5

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Alli Munro, 250-477-5353

pg. 12

pg. 5

317 Bessborough, $1,000,000

Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Frank Chan, 250-477-7291

pg. 17

pg. 23

pg. 22

303-7088 West Saanich Rd, $319,900 Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608

Sunday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Ian Heath, 250-655-7653

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun David Silletta, 250-744-3301

pg. 9

Saturday 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Guy Effler, 250-812-4910

2215 Spirit Ridge Dr, $939,900 pg. 3

pg. 22

205-732 Cormorant St, $212,900 pg. 22

Sunday 2:30-4:30 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Betty ‘K’, 250-479-3333

pg. 20

pg. 9

Sunday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

pg. 9

1054 Colville, $524,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

654 Langford, $395,000 Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Brian Meredith-Jones 250 477-1100

A-1142 Craigflower Rd, $369,900

Saturday 3-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

103-982 Rattanwood, $319,900 pg. 13

pg. 20

pg. 16

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Susan Pipes, 250-656-0131

Sunday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608

1742 Tiffin Pl., $649,900

pg. 13

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Bev Carey 250 477-7291

pg. 6

307-4480 Chatterton, $515,000 Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

pg. 8

2941 Cedar Hill Rd, $485,000 pg. 8

Saturday 12-2 Sotheby’s International Don St. Germain, 250 744-7136

pg. 5

Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

pg. 6

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Plank, 250-360-6106

pg. 13

Saturday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Scott Garman, 250-896-7099 pg. 6 Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Kathryn Alexander, 250-881-4440 pg. 5 Sunday 2-4 Brown Brothers Real Estate Robert Young 250 385-6900 pg. 3

pg. 10

pg. 3

2386 Dalhousie, $845,000 Saturday 1-3 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Julie Rust, 250-477-1100 pg. 1

pg. 11

244 King George Terr, $1,199,900

208-300 Waterfront Cres

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Doug Poruchny, 250-474-4800

Saturday & Sunday 1-5 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Charles Murray, 250 812-8983

118 Ladysmith, $649,900

pg. 12

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Laurie Abram, 250-385-2033

pg. 11

pg. 9

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Susan Carley, 250-477-7291

110 Beach, $799,900 pg. 8

Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Mike Van Nerum, 250-477-1100

701-845 Yates, $249,900

308-1450 Beach Dr., $415,000

Saturday 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Rick Shumka 250 384-8124

pg. 9

pg. 3

2832 Heath Dr., $459,000 Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Deanna Noyce, 250-744-3301

5255 Parker, $1,850,000 pg. 23

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Sandy Berry, 250-818-8736

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Karin Amorim, 250-588-5585

pg. 11

10-3235 Alder St, $249,900 pg. 9

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Goran Tambic, 250-592-4422

pg. 13 Saturday 3-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911 pg. 13

Sunday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Michael McMullen, 250-744-3301

pg. 2

Sunday 2-4 Sutton group West Coast Inez Louden, 250-812-7710

pg. 20

pg. 13

pg. 9

pg. 11

316 Brunswick Pl, $499,500

pg. 13

217-9805 Second, $254,900 pg. 12

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Inez Louden, 250-812-7710

pg. 6

3230 Admirals

9708 Fifth St, $599,900

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Rick Shumka 250 384-8124

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608

pg. 13

106-631 Brookside Rd., $244,900 pg. 8

1015 Braeburn Ave.

2868 Ronald, $449,900 Saturday 2:30-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Deidra Junghans, 250-474-6003

pg. 18

3629 Coleman, $668,888 Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Blair Watling, 250-385-2033

pg. 15

1024 Grob Crt. pg. 13

205-2349 James White, $289,000 Saturday 2-4 Holmes Realty Magdalin Heron 250 656-0911

pg. 5

Friday-Monday 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Mike Hartshorne, 250-516-7772

7-8025 East Saanich Rd., $528,000

107-40 Gorge West, $284,000

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-727-5448

pg. 14

pg. 23

102-2733 Peatt Rd, $344,900

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jean Omelchenko, 250-474-6003

pg. 12

pg. 5 Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

pg. 14

8712 Bourne Terr, $628,000 Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608

117-643 Granderson, $365,000

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance Karen Love, 250-386-8875

201-2421 Sidney, $379,000

1170 Gerda Rd., $588,000

6-759 Sanctuary, $415,000 Sunday 1:30-3:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Don Thome, 250 477-5353

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Roy Stevenson, 250-477-7291

2-4530 Pipeline, $509,900 Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Suzanne Mitchell, 250-477-7291

768 Piedmont, $595,000

pg. 13

2367 Tanner Ridge, $889,000

250 Meadowbrook, $1,199,000

Saturday 2:30-4:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Brad Forrest, 250-508-1973 Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Gregg Mah 250 384-8124

7179 Skyline Cres, $559,900 Sunday 1-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Patti Locke-Lewkowich, 250 477-7291

Sunday 2-4 Address Realty Ltd. Patrick Achtzner, 250-391-1893

1177 Bewdley Ave, $499,988 pg. 17

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Peter Gray, 250-744-3301

pg. 7

644 Baxter Ave, $629,900

Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Zane Willis, 250-479-3333

pg. 20

pg. 5

pg. 12

pg. 16

pg. 3

2586 Legacy Ridge, $499,900 Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

4568 Montford Cr., $689,000

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Dean Innes 250 477-5353

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Lynne Sager 250 744-3301

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808

9883 Seventh St, $489,900

11-864 Swan St, $316,000

1141 Hampshire, $749,900

802-139 Clarence, $389,000 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay, 250-217-5091

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jeff Shorter, 250-384-8124

pg. 8

pg. 14

pg. 12

220-1680 Poplar Ave, $169,900

Saturday & Sunday 10-12 Re/Max Camosun Deana Fawcett, 250-744-3301 Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Mark McDougall, 250-477-5353

312-2245 James White, $224,900 pg. 11

pg. 8

4980 Deer Park Trail, $1,099,000 Saturday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Ian Heath, 250-655-7653

11-4318 Emily Carr Dr., $519,000 Sunday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Marilyn Ball, 250-655-7653

206-1148 Goodwin, $319,900

201-55 Songhees, $725,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Mark Lawless, 250-744-3301

pg. 10

1720 Beach Dr, $1,050,000

1494 Fairfield, $299,900

Saturday 2-4 Brown Brothers Real Estate Robert Young 250 385-6900

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar, 250-592-4422

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Wendy Herrick, 250-656-0131

pg. 12

1687 Brousson, $519,000 Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

204 Casa Marcia, $629,000

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Cathy Duncan & Associates 250-658-0967

2740 Dewdney Ave, $995,000

304-320 Menzies St, $315,000

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Brown Brothers Real Estate Robert Young 250 385-6900

pg. 7

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

7-626 Goldstream, $278,800

11075 Salal Pl., $599,900

4030/4040 Borden St

306-75 Songhees, $698,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Bill Knowles, 250-656-0131

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

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty June Wing, 250-479-3333

304-1665 Oak Bay, $289,000

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

Saturday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Scott Garman 250 896-7099

982 Mckenzie, $324,900

3648 Doncaster Dr, $849,000

101-75 Songhees, $685,000

401-670 Dallas Rd, $559,000 Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Deborah Farley, 250-479-3333

pg. 9

676 Strandlund Ave, $334,900

pg. 3

12-942 Boulderwood R, $734,900

306-525 Broughton, $795,900

Saturday 12-2 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

pg. 11

8865 Park Pacific, $819,000 209-165 Kimta

pg. 15

107-627 Brookside Rd., $289,000

2333 Gullhaven, $824,900

Saturday 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Marilyn Ball, 250-655-7653

Sunday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

402-635 Brookside, $389,900

205-9840 Fifth St, $429,500 pg. 8

pg. 14

pg. 22

1590 Ash Rd, $1,099,000 Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Re/Max Camosun Ed G Sing, 250-744-3301

Sunday 2:30-4 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

pg. 7

3557 Quadra, $575,000 Sunday 2-4 Burr Properties Shirin Purewal 250 382-8838

pg. 20

pg. 13

9490 Eastbrook Dr, $499,900

4009 Cedar Hill Rd, $550,000 Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast James Gardiner (250) 507-4333

Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

8410 Alec Rd., $799,900

3672 Queensbury, $549,900

pg. 1 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Lynne Sager 250 744-3301

pg. 9

3996 Birchwood, $574,900

8-2311 Watkiss Way, $497,500 Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Cathy Travis, 250-384-8124

Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty Marie Blender, 250-385-2033

pg. 14

306-1240 Verdier, $299,000

106-820 Short St., $359,900

9-2311 Watkiss Way, $497,500 Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Cathy Travis, 250-384-8124

pg. 12

307-10016 Third, $209,000

401-670 Dallas Rd. Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

1115 Sluggett Rd, $599,500

Sunday 12-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Deidra Junghans, 250-474-6003

605 Cornwall, $599,000

1-928 Empress, $424,900 Saturday 1-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Patti Locke-Lewkowich 250 477-7291

512 Crossandra Cres, $324,900

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Fred Hiigli 250 385-2033

607 Cornwall, $599,000

1738 Kings Rd, $499,900 Saturday 1-2:30 Re/Max Camosun April Prinz, 250-744-3301

3290 Maplewood, $489,000

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jasmin Gerwien, 250-384-8124

733A Humboldt (200 Douglas)

2858 Scott St, $545,000 Sunday 2-4 Boorman’s Graham Bavington, 250-415-1931

1004-1034 Johnson St.

201-55 Songhees, $725,000 pg. 8

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the March 7 - 13 edition of Real Estate Victoria

460-B Chester, $589,900 pg. 8


Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Mike Hartshorne, 250-889-4445

991 Rattanwood, $495,000 Sunday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

pg. 15

912 Neff, $474,900 pg. 14

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

2860 Santana Dr, $514,900 pg. 13

Saturday 12-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Deidra Junghans, 250-474-6003

pg. 18 • A21

OAK BAY NEWS - Friday, March 8, 2013

This Weekend’s Published Every Thursday


Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the March 7 - 13 edition of

633 Rason Rd., $539,900

875 Wild Ridge Way, $369,900

3537 Promenade, $778,000

110-1177 Deerview Pl, $659,900

Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

Saturday 2:30-4 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Lynn MacDonald, 250-479-3333

Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Inder Taneja, 250-479-3333

pg. 18

223 Portsmouth Dr, $565,000

pg. 18

Saturday 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Allen Tepper 250 686-6325

101-982 Rattanwood, $319,900

2351 Coopers Hawk Rise, $698,000 Saturday 2-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

4859 Rocky Point Rd, $399,900 pg. 15

3146 Lynnlark, $569,900 pg. 15

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808

pg. 16

B-2720 Phillips Rd., $449,900 Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Gregg Mah, 250-384-8124

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Julia Abraham, 250-744-3301

463 Avery Crt., $369,900

404-866 Goldstream Ave., $319,900

2363 Sunriver, $432,500

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Ltd. Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Doug Poruchny, 250-474-4800

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Sue Daniels, 250-642-3240

pg. 15

pg. 18

All of Victoria’s breaking news online at

pg. 19

3311 Raymond Cres, $474,900 pg. 23

637 Rason Rd, $489,000 pg. 15

Breaking News

pg. 14

512-2745 Veterans Memorial

Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Jodie Farup, 250-477-1100

Sunday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

pg. 15

Sunday 2-4 Address Realty Ltd. Rob Angus, 250-391-1893

3582 Pechanga, $459,000 pg. 18

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Gary Bazuik, 250-477-5353

pg. 19

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Stepping into the lobby of the Milne building at 560 Johnson St., one’s eyes immediately dart left, then right. Before long the visitor realizes they’re in a retail shop. But it’s not just any store selling cards and other miscellaneous paper products. There’s a sense this is something special. Most of the unique cards and paper at Regional Assembly of Text are displayed under the building’s grand staircase. But against the other wall, surrounded by colourful stationery, are four stations with typewriters, available for rent to the public by the hour for a small fee. The quaint arrangement harkens back to a slower time




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Rebecca Dolen, front, and co-owner Brandy Fedoruk pose at one of the typewriter stations in their newly opened Regional Assembly of Text location on Johnson Street. when computers and the Internet were the stuff of futuristic fantasy. The idea of sitting down to type out a note comes from the successful “letter writing club” co-owners Brandy Fedoruk and Rebecca Dolen began when they opened their first shop seven years ago, in Vancouver’s Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood. “It’s kind of a challenging space,” Mount Doug secondary alumnus Fedoruk says, looking around the lobby. “But we were up for the challenge and

fell in love with this space.” Unlike at their other store, where once a month 20 or 30 people gather to click-clack away at whatever kind of notes they wish, the Victoria typewriters are expected to have a different use. “I can imagine tourists coming in and writing a letter to someone,” Fedoruk says. “The pace is slower. You can’t delete things so you have to compose your sentences (a little) ahead of time,” Dolen adds. The women liken their business model to the back-to-the-land trend toward single-purpose specialists, such as butchers, bakers and fishmongers. The unique cards and paper are all designed by the women, who graduated in 2003 from Emily Carr School of Art and Design and have developed a thriving wholesale business that ships around North America. They’ll be based in Vancouver, but plan to arrange their schedule to be able to spend time at the Victoria location as often as possible. “It’s nice having a little space where you can see people enjoying what you do,” Fedoruk says. – Regional Assembly of Text, lobby 560 Johnson St., open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Call 778-265-6067 or visit

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Walk, run and roll to find a cure for MS By Jennifer Blyth Make every step count April 14 and join hundreds of others in the community to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. The annual Scotiabank MS Walk kicks off at Willows Beach Park and takes participants along the Oak Bay waterfront, where more than 600 people are expected to walk, run and roll in this annual fundraiser in support of the MS Society’s South & Central Vancouver Island Chapter. Among those leading the way will be Andrew Kempton, owner of Mortgage Alliance Cutting Edge Lending and one of the Tiddleywinks Tip Toers team. Andrew joined the MS Walk several years ago when his sister-inlaw was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 22. “She is such an inspiration and that’s what prompted me to get my company involved as well,” Andrew says, noting that events like the annual walk help raise awareness of the disease while at the same time raising funds for invaluable research that brings Canada one step closer to a cure. “Supporting something like this starts with your inner circle of friends and family and when you take it one step further, it touches clients, friends of friends, etc. “Many of my supporters know someone who is also facing something similar and are happy to support this worthy cause with the hopes

that their support will somehow make one person’s life just that much easier,” Andrew says. Multiple sclerosis is a complex, unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40 and can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. The MS Society, through events like the annual Scotiabank MS Walk, MS Awareness Month in May and the MS Bike Tour – Cowichan Valley Grape Escape, raises money to support local programs and support research to find a cure. The atmosphere on walk day is exciting. As walkers proudly wear signs noting they’re walking for their sister, daughter, mother or husband, “it turns it from a fundraising event into something more real and it truly makes your efforts seem that much more appreciated in the end,” Andrew says. For Andrew, being part of a team makes the MS Walk all the more special. “The team experience is everything to me,” he says, and the Tiddleywinks Tip Toers, founded by Courtney Surdu, “is a fun way to show togetherness.” And as word spreads, the team is growing. This year Andrew will welcome all his co-workers along with a whole host of other new Tip Toers.

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In addition to receivvm ing donations, team d members have raised thousands of dollars over the years through dances, silent auctions and raffles, which always generate significant interest when Andrew m mentions that 1 per cent of 100 t proceeds go to the t MS Society. the At the same time, his goals are as m much about raising awareness of t disease and people living with the it it. “The more we support charities s such as the MS Society, the more w are helping our friends, family we a colleagues within our commuand n nity,” he says. That same community-minded a approach is a key reason Andrew a also involved his business in his

fundraising efforts. “Philanthropy is ingrained into our business philosophy and we participate jointly to support many community charities,” he explains. “We appreciate the business we’ve gotten through our connection with community events and we hope to build on that. By working with us, not only do people save time and money, they are helping us give back to their community.”

Sunday April 14, 2013 Victoria Register now to end MS 250-388-6496

6,000 Scotiabank MS Walk participants will gather in communities across BC and Yukon to raise funds for research and to enhance the quality of life for those living with MS. Canadians have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada; every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS. Women are three times more likely than men to develop MS. Here in Victoria, join the walk Sunday, April 14 at Willows Beach Park (Beach Drive at Dalhousie). Choose a 3km, 6km or 9km route, all wheelchair/ scooter accessible. Dogs on leashes welcome. Register or donate at: 250-388-6496 or online at

CO COMING UP: ✦ Lend your support on Mother’s Day weekend, May 10 & 11, by participating in the MS Society’s annual Carnation Campaign. ✦ Take a spin with the Cowichan Valley Grape Escape, July 6 & 7, and enjoy a carefree weekend exploring the region’s wineries, art studios and scenery. MORE INFORMATION: ✦ For more information, contact the South & Central Vancouver Island Chapter of the MS Society of Canada at 250-3886496, email info.victoria@ or visit www.

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