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Industry questions tax plan Town of Sidney’s plan to raise industrial tax rate meets with opposition Steven Heywood News staff

Industrial companies in west Sidney are concerned the town’s plan to increase their tax rate this year will have a negative impact on their bottom line, even forcing some businesses to reconsider their growth plans. The Sidney and North Saanich Industrial Group met with town council over its plan to bring the class five (light industrial) tax rate in line with the town’s commercial rates. Those rates have been on par prior to four years ago, when the industrial charge was gradually lowered. Town staff want that levy to get back up to its traditional levels and policies put in place to prevent such a slide in the future. John Juricic, executive director of the Industrial Group, John Juricic says such a plan could have long-term negative effects. He said the state of the manufacturing sector in west Sidney is somewhat tenuous, as companies face issues such as a lack of housing affordable enough to keep their employees closer to the area, thin profit margins and a lack of growth in their businesses in the current economy. Greg Ramsay, owner of Ramsay Machine Works, said the impact on his business alone from current municipal and other taxation is around $23,000 per year. Please see: Town facing challenges, page 7

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre volunteers Mikes Patterson and Cliff Cunningham tend to the aquarium’s touchtanks. For the story, see our Seniors in Focus section starting on page 8.

Homeless in the election spotlight Daniel Palmer News staff

Greater Victoria residents want action on homelessness and the government needs to deliver. That’s the message the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness wants provincial politicians to hear as they move into campaign mode. “The community awareness is there,” said Andrew Wynn-Williams, coalition executive director. On Wednesday, Wynn-Williams released the results of a survey that

shows 84 per cent of Capital Region residents believe affordable housing is the responsibility of the government. More promisingly, nearly 60 per cent of people believe homelessness can be ended. The survey, completed by R.A. Malatest and Associates, was conducted before the coalition rolled out its “Unacceptable” homelessness campaign in February. “We need to take the results back to whoever gets elected and say you have both the mandate and responsibility to act,” Wynn-Williams said. More than 1,600 people used a Greater

Victoria shelter in 2011, according to the coalition’s most recent numbers. While B.C. Housing has been making gains to increase housing options, the Capital Region is losing out on federal funding compared to other Canadian cities, Wynn-Williams said. “The federal government has just announced they’re extending the homelessness partnership strategy, but Victoria will only get about $1.8 million over the next three years.” Please see: Addiction is a factor, page 7

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Grassroots group pushes for amalgamation vote Amalgamation Yes hopes to advance the idea of redesigning the way Greater Victoria is governed Daniel Palmer

last year after many of the region’s mayors failed to identify amalgamation as a priority. Autonomous citizen groups eventually found one another, and after much discussion they emerged as a nonprofit society known as Amalgamation Yes. “The mission is to achieve more effective governance,” says PART 3 Gudgeon, one of the OF 5 society’s founders. “This has been an experience of amalgamating the amalgamators (and) it’s not been easy. Our group is a living example that we can achieve success by listening to each other and by working together.” The society’s founders include a former B.C. deputy minister, a retired RCMP officer, a Victoria neighbourhood association chair, a lawyer and communications experts. For a complete list, see “I have yet to find anyone at any of my talks who said they wanted to keep 13 municipalities,” Vickers says. While member opinions vary on what amalgamation should look like, Amalgamation Yes is focused on one goal for the time being: asking voters what they think at the 2014 municipal elections. “If we can have a loud, clear voice at the ballot box, that people want change … the onus is then on the provincial government to respond,” Vickers says. If voters give a thumbs up to study amalgamation, it would

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Driving from one job in Saanich to another in Victoria, Mike Miller describes the varying development bylaws he needs to remember each time builds a new home in the Capital Region. “There’s really nothing the same between each municipality,” says Miller, Victoria president of the Urban Development Institute and local residential developer. “You apply for rezoning, apply for a development permit, go through council, but there isn’t one system or set of processes.” Miller is one example of a local business owner who struggles with a mixed bag of bureaucracy working in the region’s 13 municipalities. Members of real estate boards, chambers of commerce and industry professionals quietly lament the inefficiencies of the current system, while local politicians get distracted by the immediate needs of their taxpayers. Amalgamation advocate John Vickers counts himself among the voters who had hoped things would change after the 2011 municipal elections. “There were a multitude of community discussion groups popping up on their own around amalgamation … people who just didn’t feel their voice was heard,” he says. Victoria Coun. Shellie Gudgeon and others began holding public talks on regional government




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implore municipal councillors and the provincial government to begin work on specifics, says society co-founder Mat Wright. “Until we have a comprehensive study, it’s kind of irrelevant to come up with maps and models because we all come at it with a different knowledge base, which is not complete,” he says. Voters would then vote in a referendum to approve or reject amalgamation. Wright believes opposition isn’t going to come from the public, but rather “the city managers and senior bureaucrats who are afraid

of losing their jobs.” The group also hopes to debunk the idea that amalgamation will only benefit the core communities, by pointing to initiatives from West Shore and Peninsula councillors. Colwood Coun. Shari Lukens has ignited a discussion that could lead to a study of the potential benefits of amalgamation in her region. Lukens stresses the study would need to be approved by residents at the ballot box in 2014. “Colwood and View Royal basically have a regionalized fire department and it works

In 1950, there were only four municipalities in Greater Victoria: Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria. By 1988, there were 10. Langford, the Highlands and Sooke carved out their own borders in the 1990s to round out the current 13 municipalities.

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John Vickers of Amalgamation Yes stands outside his office in The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria. He and fellow members of the non-profit society hope to see voters in all Capital Region municipalities choose whether they support studying amalgamation.

beautifully,” she says. “The regionalization of services is a good start, but how do you rationalize saying ‘let’s amalgamate?’ You need a business case and we don’t have that yet.” Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney have also batted around ideas on shared resources. However, talks with senior staff are in the early stages and mayors won’t move forward without seeing benefit to their communities, says Sidney Mayor Larry Cross. “The other side of this is access,” he says. “People get to me pretty readily in the Town of Sidney right now. If your organization is too big, you’re kept from meeting with the public.” Provincial and federal funding would also be easier to access without competition from other municipalities, Wright says. “When you increase the population size over 100,000, the municipality can then apply for federal grants without having to go through the CRD. There’s only one municipality out of the 13 that can do that right now and that’s Saanich.” For now, Amalgamation Yes members plan to ignite dialogue with dissenters and supporters alike, and anticipate the first definitive read of what Greater Victoria residents think of amalgamation come 2014. “I just know there’s a better way of governing ourselves,” Vickers says. In Part 4, the News looks at the fears and disadvantages of an amalgamated Capital Region.

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Housing issue election fodder

People working with Greater Victoria’s street population have said for years that having a roof over a person’s head is the first and best hand up toward a healthier life. That message is clearly getting through, as the results of a Coalition to End Homelessness survey of area residents show. A vast majority of respondents agreed that more affordable housing would reduce homelessness, but also agreed that government is in the best position to ensure access to such housing. Experience has shown that housing people can save money in the long run, as opposed to covering the health and policing costs associated with a larger street population. And Greater Victoria is chipping away at its homelessness problem by creating housing affordable at every level. That said, the Coalition’s decision to release their survey results on the eve of the 2013 provincial election campaign was a good way to place the ongoing problem onto the front burner for candidates. With few specific local issues having yet emerged, other than the general dissatisfaction of some with government, hearing MLA hopefuls of all political stripes talk about how they might fight homelessness could help make the campaign a little more interesting. The issue of homelessness is by no means specific to Greater Victoria, but there is a definite history to how the Liberal government has approached the problem. In the early 2000s the province did little to provide incentives or funding to help belowmarket rate housing projects get built in our region, claiming the financial responsibility lay with federal or local governments. Local jurisdictions and private developers became tired of waiting for funding from upper levels of government, rolled up their sleeves and found ways to get people off the streets and housed. The province, through B.C. Housing, has gradually loosened the purse strings and provided funding to ease the burden on local governments and developers. We look forward to more of that kind of co-operation happening, regardless of who forms the next B.C. government.

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One acre of farmland intensively ccording to the American managed can produce $40,000 Farmland Trust, the U.S. is worth of food per year, which, if losing farmland at a rate consumed locally, would of one acre per minute. also reduce the negative “America’s cities sprang environmental impact up where the land was associated with food the richest. Today, the transportation. farms closest to our When confronted with urban areas produce an these concerns, many astounding 91 per cent development proponents of our fruit and 78 per are quick to say that cent of our vegetables, “nobody is wanting to but they remain the develop agricultural most threatened … land,” and while some say Farmland that has the Bernadette they feel strongly about ideal combination of Greene protecting ALR land, they good soils, climate and Guest column seem to have no problem growing conditions – with putting higher [is] being converted at densities on land zoned agricultural. a disproportionately higher rate.” Take, for example, the Reay Given that most of our food comes Creek Meadows proposal. The from the U.S. those are alarming proponents plan to take six lots,13.5 statistics, but I suspect that those acres zoned Rural Agricultural, for Vancouver Island would not be rezone it Comprehensive much different. Development and build a total of Fifty years ago, Vancouver Island 114 units. The application for 9395 produced more than 50 per cent of East Saanich Road also proposes its own food; now that number is building 40 units on four acres less than 10 per cent. Not only is zoned Rural Agricultural. this a potential food security crisis, The RCM land is flat and mostly but it’s also a missed economic cleared, was once in the ALR and opportunity. currently has some agricultural The average B.C. resident spends $260 per month on food. With about activity on it. The soil is rated Class 3, supporting a fairly wide range 11,500 people living in Sidney, and approximately that many also living of crops and, with some drainage, could be improved to Class 2, in North Saanich, that adds up to supporting an even wider range of more than 70 million food dollars crops. More importantly, the lots per year spent by those residents, are small, making them affordable with a significant proportion of that to young farmers wanting to expenditure going to the U.S. and acquire good farmland in this area. Mexico, where most of our food However, that land, once approved comes from.

for development, is estimated to be worth $19 million, much more than its value as farmland. When it comes to protecting ALR land, it’s easy to be in favour of it when you’re not allowed to develop it. But what if it were no longer protected by the Agricultural Land Commission? Have you driven past the airport lately? That land is in the ALR, but because it’s federal land, those ALR restrictions are pretty much ignored. Only a few years ago, a local farmer was haying that land, but these days the major crop there is large warehouses. So, while some may say that developers are not “coming after our agricultural land,” it seems that that is mainly what they are coming after. With the population of the planet expected to reach 10 billion by the end of this century, how long can we count on other countries to provide our food? We have everything we need here to feed ourselves and provide meaningful work and economic growth. With good planning, we can accommodate more people here and feed them as well. It’s not selfish or backward-looking to plan for the future food security of our children and grandchildren. Saving our agricultural land for future use is akin to setting aside money now in an RRSP or pension: it’s merely prudent and responsible to do so. Bernadette Greene is a market gardener, North Saanich native and fourth-generation grower.

‘It’s not selfish or backward-looking to plan for the future food security.’

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Proposed Kitimat refinery not worth the risk


may not have Jim Shepard’s credentials but I have no trouble seeing the errors in his editorial (PNR, April 5). Tar sands product is so toxic it should be refined as close to the source as possible, not a thousand kilometres of pipeline away through pristine wilderness to Kitimat. We see the damage done when ill-serviced, corroded pipe-

lines burst and ruin the local landscape for years to come. Better still, the tar sands should be abandoned for a few million years to give them time to separate. We should do everything we can to convince the Chinese the Western way is not desirable. We have ruined so much of our continent with our consumerism. They are

Readers respond: Choose those who will speak for you Adam Olsen in his letter to the editor (April 5, ‘Go Green’) attempts to devalue the contribution of elected representatives if they happen to belong to a party. I believe he is wrong and that it’s a strange position to take considering he is running under the banner of a party, not as an independent. Electors choose those candidates they believe can best speak for them. There is considerable evidence that B.C. NDP members of the provincial opposition (soon to form the government) have continuing freedom to voice our views, not those of the party. Under the leadership of both the highly-regarded former leader, Carol James and also the evidently strong and capable leadership of current chief, Adrian Dix, it has been amply demonstrated that all members of caucus are respected for the views they bring to the house from their respective constituents. Gary Holman, the B.C. NDP candidate in Saanich North and the Islands will speak for this riding and for me. I respect him and support him, and urge my friends and neighbours to so do as well. Jane Hall Sidney (Editor’s Note: With the writ being dropped for the provincial election this weekend, this is the final politically partisan letter to the editor the Peninsula News Review will publish until after May 14. During the election period, letters must address specific issues and

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already wearing masks to filter the pollution in their large cities. They need to move full steam ahead on developing clean, renewable resources and public transportation just as we must. Free trade is desirable only with countries with similar standards of living. As much as the Harperites would love it and do their best to cause it, we cannot live on

China’s wages. Free trade with China is a nightmare. B.C. has thousands of good jobs including tourism, fishing, forestry and hydro power. These jobs would be seriously threatened by new pipelines carrying toxic dilbit. It’s not worth the risk. Pat Carson Sidney

Provincial election, housing debate, halibut, BIA and amalgamation

cannot profess outward support for any one candidate or party over another.)

Council bypassing OCP Thank you for your coverage of the North Saanich housing debate (PNR, April 3). What sometimes seems to get overlooked is the essential role of our democratically-implemented Official Community Plan (latest version 2007). The current council majority seems to be trying to bypass the stipulations and guidelines of our OCP. This is not a legitimate way to increase housing density in our district.  Instead it’s an overturning of the intent of our OCP by piecemeal, slice-and-dice spot rezoning, thereby undermining strategic and large-vision planning.   The one fair and democratic way to change density and zoning regulations is to initiate a review of our community’s foundation document, the OCP.    Jack Thornburgh North Saanich

Just for the halibut The new catch limits and rules for sport caught halibut are more than just confusing. The latest out of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans seems to be designed to make it  impossible for the majority of us to be able to  share  these tasty fish.  Commercial licence holders  are not subject to the new rules and will be allowed to continue to take more than 80 per cent of the halibut. The new rules will  result in more mortality because of the danger of trying to bring a halibut

on board to measure it. The rule makers have obviously never caught a halibut. You don’t  handle a live one if you value your limbs. It’s like a line in a Goldilocks tale, not too big and not too small but just the right size. The next thing will be to demand urine and D.N.A. samples from both fish and fisherman. I think D.F.O. should work for the majority of us and not just a few licence holders.  Mike Morry Brentwood Bay

BIA reservations I’m a resident Sidney property owner, taxpayer and buyer. This refers to the mayor’s and council’s approval of “A Bylaw to Establish a Business Improvement Area …” bylaw 2045, on March 11. On February 26, before the vote, I encouraged the mayor and council to refrain from proceeding with its approval because, at the present time, the town cannot afford it and it is unlikely to provide much of any solution to the problems businesses in Sidney are facing. Recent reports encourage me to have even more reservations about it now. Aside from the fact that it will increase some tax rates here and then the prices we face when we buy here. The funding formula is like a cheque swap — what the Canada Revenue Agency takes exception to when it comes to using public funds like our taxes. The town is to collect taxes from commercial property owners in the downtown area, then give it back to their representative, the BIA Society, to spend it

on promoting their business interests. In tax jargon it is a scheme to give a personal benefit to a select group of businesses. Under the Community Charter, a municipal bylaw is not valid if it is inconsistent with, or contravenes provincial (and as happens in this case, federal), legislation (S.10 (1) and (2)). The Sidney BIA Society has never held an annual general meeting to make its financial situation and management transparent to its members and the public — what all registered societies are required to do.  The current provincial guidelines for granting taxpayer funds to those who want to provide public services in our community mean that the Sidney BIA Society is ineligible for a grant of any kind because it is not an operating society and it is not in the business of providing public services in the community.   It’s interesting that almost 40 per cent of those who were given a chance to vote on the by-law said no. Many of Sidney’s property owners, taxpayers and buyers weren’t given the same opportunity to express their views of

the matter, even though they will be affected by it. Isabel Anderson Sidney

Thanks for the facts Once again North Saanich Mayor Alice Finall gets it right. She concisely and factually states the reasons why amalgamation of Capital Regional District (CRD) municipalities is not good for residents. She states correctly that amalgamation of CRD municipalities would increase taxes, debt and costs. This has proved the case time and again in cities that have fallen into this trap. Just ask Toronto: now more expensive and run less efficiently, resulting in deterioration of services and infrastructure since the amalgamation of the erstwhile municipalities of what is now Greater Toronto. Let’s learn from the mistakes of others. Let’s listen to reason.  Let’s thank Mayor Finall for the facts. Gail Bradshaw North Saanich

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Central Saanich voters go to the polls in by-election

Addiction is a factor Continued from page 1

Electors to choose two new councillors on Saturday CENTRAL SAANICH — There are eight candidates running in the April 13 by-election for two seats at the Central Saanich district municipal table. Voters go to the polls Saturday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will select two out of the following candidates on the ballot: Alicia Cormier, Christopher Graham, John Hannam, Susan Mason, James McNulty, Bernie Struck, Robert Thompson and Ryan Windsor.

The Central Saanich by-election candidates. The council seats became vacant after Adam Olsen resigned after accepting the nomination in the provincial riding of Saanich North and the Islands for the B.C. Green Party and Terry Siklenka resigned

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after moving away. The general vote on Saturday, April 13 will be held at the Central Saanich municipal hall or at the Central Saanich Cultural Centre. — News staff

The cash works out to about $4.50 per person, while Vancouver’s funding equals about $9 per person, he said. Victoria isn’t getting its fair share of funding because of an “arcane” formula that distributes cash based on city size, not region size, said Murray Rankin, Victoria MP. “We have 78,000 Victorians, and that’s how the money is allocated,” he said. “We don’t get our fair share.” Wynn-Williams said he’d like to see the federal government distribute funding based on census metropolitan areas, which

accounts for the population of the Capital Region. The survey also asked residents what the primary causes of homelessness are. Most said mental health issues and alcohol and addiction abuse. “Those are risk factors, but the cause of homelessness is the environment we put those people into,” Wynn-Williams said. High rent combined with low vacancy rates means people on income assistance are still at risk for homelessness, despite receiving some support, he added. For full results of the survey, visit

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The town’s planned tax standardization, he said, will add $5,000 to that bill over the next two years. “That’s an additional $10,000,” Ramsay said, noting that amount to a tax increase of around 40 per cent over the two years. Juricic said the consequences of the town’s tax plan could create the risk of some operations moving

elsewhere. He said the group wants to keep meeting with the town to work out a compromise. At its April 8 meeting, council agreed to meet further with the Industrial Group but were clear Sidney faces its own challenges. “We are trying to be fair,” said Councillor Mervyn LougherGoodey, adding even if the town levels out the class five rate in line with its commercial

tax, its still quite low among south Island municipalities. He added with costs such as a growing fire department, police contracts and infrastructure costs, Sidney needs to be able to pay its bills. Councillors Melissa Hailey, Tim Chad and Marilyn Loveless asked staff about the tax impact. Director of Corporate Services Andrew Hicik said rough estimates indicated busi-

nesses would see an increase of between $1,300 and $8,700, based on an equal increase among 10 properties in the west Sidney industrial area. He did add one property will see an increase of $10,000-plus, due to the increased value of its land. The bottom line, he noted, will depend on each property’s assessed land value for 2013. Hicik did add these businesses have ben-

efitted from four years of significantly lower taxes. Council voted to meet again soon with the Industrial Group (they initially met on this issue at the beginning of the month) and continue the conversation and seek a deal.

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Seniors in Focus is a new feature in the Peninsula News Review. Running once a month, these pages showcase the local and regional issues and events important to area senior citizens. As well, they will present profiles of people in our communities. The goal is to offer information and even some good stories to our local seniors. Do you know of a senior citizen in Sidney, North Saanich or Central Saanich who deserves a little attention? Do you have a senior-specific event coming up soon? What about an important issue, affecting the elderly, that you think needs more coverage in our community? Let us know. Call the editor at the PNR, 250-6561151, ext. 28 or email editor@peninsulanewsreview. com.

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) is run almost solely by volunteers, among them, several active seniors who do more than their fair share around the local aquarium. “I know for me, and I think most seniors who end up volunteering, previously led very active lives,” said SODC volunteer Mikes Patterson. “For people like that, to retire and not have something to do, it can be very difficult.” Paterson has been involved with the SODC since its inception four years ago and before that she volunteered with the marine ecology centre. She holds a unique volunteer role with the SODC working as a specimen collector. “Collecting specimens, working by myself and getting out into nature is something I love doing,” Patterson explained. “That’s the nice thing about the Centre is that once you’ve done the training you can kind of

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Volunteers (from left to right in middle photo) Anne Watt, Mikes Patterson and Cliff Cunningham enjoy spending their days volunteering with the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney. things. I do a lot of cataloguing and keep track of the volunteer hours so I’m always using the computer which is a good way to keep my skills relevant.” Cliff Cunningham, who has been volunteering with the SODC for three years, said it’s the interaction with the guests that keeps him involved. “One of the things I learned from volunteering here is how much I enjoy interacting with the public,” said Cunningham, adding he especially enjoys seeing children learn and absorb from their visits to the Centre.

decide where you want to be volunteering.” Much like Patterson, Anne Watt got involved in volunteering with the SODC two years ago because she missed working life. “I was no longer working and I missed having something to do during the day, so I thought why not volunteer? I tried a couple of places before I came to the Centre and it was just a perfect fit for me,” Watt said, adding that her time spent volunteering also helps keep her sharp. “It’s a great way to continue to use your mind and learn new

Cunningham also agreed with his fellow volunteers that working at the SODC constantly keeps him learning. “I have lived on the coast for the most of my life so in my retirement I thought why not learn more about what goes on in our ocean? It’s just a great way to not only get out and socialize but also to keep learning about the Salish Sea.” Christina Smethurst, who works in innovation advancement for the Centre, said volunteers, especially seniors, keep the Centre running like clock-

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A unique program at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) is offering seniors new ways to interact with the aquarium. Every Thursday, the SODC offers Senior Sessions, a pre-planned hour of activities or tours specifically designed for seniors who want to learn more about the Salish Sea. “It’s a really great way for seniors to get into the programming here at the Centre,” said SODC Innovations Advancement Specialist Christina Smethurst. “We gear the afternoon, which is already a quieter time, to seniors. We turn down the ambient noise, offer seating for those who want it, have a dedicated oceaneer with the group and offer tea and cookies afterwards. It’s a really nice way to spend an afternoon.” The programming runs through

the winter and spring and features a different theme or topic each week. Once the summer months arrive, the program takes a hiatus until fall. Smethurst added the sessions are also a nice way for seniors to meet other people with similar interests. “We get a lot of the same participants coming back each week,” she said. Seniors who participate in the programming also get to see some behind the scenes things other patrons might not always get to see. “We always feed the eels at the end of each session so the participants get to see them come out and feed. Other than feeding time, the eels don’t spend a lot of time out of their dens so that’s something unique you can see.” SODC’s Senior Sessions series happens each week on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 250665-7511.

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Sister Cities calendar seeks photo entries SIDNEY — The Sidney Sister Cities Association is gearing up for another 12 months of picturesque Sidney. The association is seeking images for the 2014 calendar. “This is the third time for the Sidney Sister Cities Association to be producing the calendar,” said Bob McLure, Chair of the SSCA calendar committee. After four years of producing the calendar the Town of Sidney handed over production to the sister cities group which uses it as a fundraiser. Sales of the calendar continue to grow each year as has the number of photos of Sidney submitted for the committee’s consideration. For the 2013 calendar, 196




photos were submitted from which 45 photos were selected for the calendar. Seventeen local photographers were represented and total sales reached 860 copies. Funds raised go to SSCA projects and activities including student exchanges (a group of 10 students from sister city, Niimi in Japan, visited Sidney last fall), events such as participation by the association’s float, members participating in the two annual Sidney parades and currently the mounting of the association’s new website ( Again this year Tanner’s Book Store and other businesses in Sidney will have the calendars


in stock by the end of June in time for the busy tourist season. The calendar committee uses a blind selection process to choose the photos to be included in the calendar. Criteria include sharpness of the image, subject matter and how well each photograph illustrates a facet of Sidney life. Each image should be submitted on photographic paper in a borderless, glossy, four-by-six inch format by noon on Tuesday April 30. Mail or deliver photos to Bob McLure, 9-2235 Harbour Rd., Sidney, V8L 2P7. For a copy of the guidelines contact McLure at 250-654-0488 or — Submitted

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Mark and Cora Lijek made a presentation about their experiences in Tehran.

U.S. couple share Iran story SIDNEY — Mark and Cora Lijek of Anacortes, WA, visited Sidney’s Star Cinema on April 6. The couple made a presentation about their experiences in Tehran, Iran following two showings of the movie Argo. The Lijeks were two of the Americans given shelter by the Canadian Embassy after the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979. — Submitted

SPAC marks 60 years SIDNEY — The Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society (SPAC) is hosting their 60th annual arts and crafts exhibition and sale this month. On Saturday, April 27 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 28 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) the show and sale will take place at the Mary Winspear Centre. Guest artists will include Pat Bennet (structural weaving) and Shannon Proctor-McLeod and Bob McLeod (glass blowing). Other mediums featured in the show will include jewellery, painting, sculpture and pottery. The event will also feature door prizes and demonstrations. Admission for SPAC’s 60th annual arts and crafts exhibition and sale is $4 and accompanied children get in free. For more information visit www.spacsociety. com. — News staff

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The Masterminds series is co-hosted by the University of Victoria Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging, with support from the university. Registration: 250-721-6369 or email More info: Please plan to arrive early because seating will be limited. UVic is accessible by sustainable travel options including transit and cycling. For those arriving by car, parking after 6 p.m. is $2.25. The stadium parking lot is recommended.

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of directors, including four new individuals. At their first official meeting on March 28, the board ratified and confirmed the appointment of the executive committee and also appointed an additional three board members to vacant seats. The 2013 board: • President: Wendy Everson, Wendy L. Everson Law. Past-President: Mark deMedeiros, Island Savings. • First Vice-President: Ian Brown, Tower Kitchens and Millwork. • Second VicePresident: Dale Ryan, Butchart Gardens. • Treasurer: Elaine Hughesman, Hale Hughesman Chartered Accountants. • Secretary: John Treleaven, Treleaven Consulting Group. • Board members: Ginny Alger, Horizon Power; Graham Bell, Butchart Gardens; Fredy Boese, Island Trade Link; Kerry Broome, Panorama Recreation Centre; Art Finlayson, Finlayson Bonet Architecture; Tim

Wendy Everson Flater, Knickerbocker’s; Erik Gault, Peninsula Co-op; Christopher Graham, A Paddle in the Park; Joe Jansen, Wilson’s Transportation; Reg Mooney, Penta Recources Coporation; Kelvin Scheuer, Beacon Law Centre; Terry Stewart, Victoria Airport Authority, and; Doug Wedman, Partners in Planning — Chambers Group Insurance. The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the 2013 board of directors and thank them for their commitment and service to the Chamber and its members. — Submitted by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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Sidney AnglerS AnnuAl Salmon Derby happens May 4. Funds raised through the derby go back into salmon enhancement projects. Registration for the event is required and information and tickets are available at www.sidneyanglers. com. StAnd up Comedy at Mary’s Bleue Moon. Host Darren Millar brings Ryan Bangma and the critically acclaimed Mike Delamont to lay down the funny at Mary’s (9535 Canora Rd) Saturday, April 20. Doors at 8 p.m. show at 9. Tickets, $5, available at Mary’s. Reservations strongly recommended, 250655-4450. CentrAl SAAniCh lAwn Bowling Club Open House Sunday, April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park clubhouse (1800 Hovey Road.) For more information contact Margaret Smith at 250-6559249. Please wear

flat shoes. Coaching available through first week ($20 applied to membership.) downloAdAble bookS At the Sidney North Saanich Library. Learn how you can download ebooks and audiobooks to your computer, eReader or mobile device. Tuesday, April 16 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. iPad, iPhone and tablets; Thursday, April 25 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Kobo, Sony and similar readers. To register, call 250-6560944.


in Support of the Sidney Literary Festival, Red Brick Cafe in Sidney is hosting An Evening Reading with Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane combined with a silent auction on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for early viewing and tickets, $5, are available through Tanner’s Books in Sidney or Munro’s Books in Victoria. Visit www. sidneyliteraryfestival. com for more

information. regiSter now for the Winspear Cup Pro-Am Charity Tournament. The tournament is being held August 13 and registration can be done through the Mary Winspear Centre. Call 250-6560275 or visit www. for more information. the well Community Carnival is being held Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7577 Wallace Drive (The Well Church.) Admission is free and there will be many of free carnival games. For more information, find us on Facebook, or check our website at www.


SAAniCh peninSulA better Breathers invites Saanich Peninsula and area residents to learn about respiratory medications (those attending are asked to bring their respiratory medications.) Monday, April 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the SHOAL Centre in Sidney (10030

Resthaven Dr.) For more information call Kelly at 1-800-6655864.


the royAl CAnAdiAn Legion, Branch #37 (1665 Mills Road) will be holding their monthly meeting on Sunday, April 14 starting at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend. A meeting of Sidney St. Andrews Grandmothers Helping African Grandmothers will be held Tuesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in the church hall (9686 Third Street.) Our speaker, Linda Hallett, will talk about her trip to Uganda. Sidney SiSter CitieS ASSOCIATION meets the third Thursday of every month at the Sidney North Saanich Library in the Nell Horth Room at 7 p.m. Our guest speakers April 18 are Peter Wainwright and Peter Garnham from the Sidney Museum. For more information check www.sidney sistercities

Playing aPR 12 - 18 Olympus Has Fallen 14A

Fri Sat @ 6:45 • Sun Mon Tue @ 7:00 • Tue @ 2:00

Chasing ice G Sat @ 10:30am* (this show only $4.50) Sun Mon Tues @ 7:15 • Tue Thu @ 2:15

The Host PG

Fri Sat @ 9:00 • Sat Sun @ 2:00 • Wed @ 7:00

Searching for Sugarman PG

Fri Sat @ 9:15 • Sat Sun @ 2:15 • Wed Thu @ 7:15 argo PG - Fri Sat @ 7:00

national Ballet’s

alice’s adventures in Wonderland Sat, April 13th @ 10am - Ballet Tickets: Adult, Senior, Student -$15.00 - Child - $10.00


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Thu, April 18 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm Theatre Tickets: Adult, Senior, Student -$15.00 Child - $10.00



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Lovingly missed and remembered Marolyn Alice Reiten “Minnie� Feb. 2, 1950 ~ April 3, 2013 A Celebration of Life will take place. For details please visit MAY 11, 2013 The GVHPA (Greater Victoria Horseshoe pitching Association est. 1935) will be having a MEMORIAL DEDICATION FOR PAST MEMBERS. We are seeking contact information on past members, or their families to attend this event. If you are or know someone who should be there, please call Sam at 250-727-7879 for more info. or email us at or our website





Registrations are now being accepted with the DEADLINE of July 19, 2013. This is very important to remember as there is a LIMITED number of spaces that we will not exceed so early registration is strongly encouraged. This unique outdoor event is open to fine artists living on Vancouver Island, the surrounding outer islands and Powell River. This is a juried show but the jurying process allows for the inclusion of artists working at various levels. All work must be original and conform to show standards of acceptable media and art forms. Further information is available on the Originals Only website at:

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INFORMATION KING, Robert Dalton Wallis On April 4, 2013, Bob joined his love of 49 years, Pam, and succumbed to his battle with cancer. Born in Victoria in 1941, Bob is survived by his children Mike (Trish) and Trish (Glenn), six grandchildren and many cousins and friends. Bob will be remembered for his devotion to family, his love of boating and his ability to fix or build anything. The family thanks the staff and volunteers at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Please join the family to share memories at Bob and Pam’s home, on April 20th, from 1-5pm. Email: RememberBobandPam


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HELP WANTED THE LEMARE GROUP is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Coastal Certified Hand Fallers-camp positions • Coastal Certified Bull Buckers • 980 Operator-Dryland sort • Grader Operator • Line Machine Operator • Heavy Duty Mechanics Fulltime camp with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to 2 AND 4 strk small engine mechanic. Chainsaws,lawn mowers,outboards. Wage negotiable, benefits aval. Start today! Resume to CLUXEWE RESORT Mgr. required by Kwakiutl Band Council in Port Hardy to manage cabins, campground and restaurant. Enquire for job description or apply to or fax 250949-6066 by midnight on April 12, 2013. F/T. Salary commensurate with experience. FULL TIME/PART TIME Class 1 or 3 driver with air, required immediately for Port Hardy. Bulk fuel/off road exp. an asset. Clean abstract. Competitive wage package w/benefits. Send resume by fax to 250-949-6381 or email NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. HAIRSTYLIST WANTED full time/part time for First Choice Hair Cutters in their Victoria location. Guaranteed $11/hour, 25% profit sharing, paid overtime, benefits, paid birthday, vacation pay, annual advanced training and advancement opportunities. Call 250360-1923 today for an interview. HEALTH DIRECTOR required by Kwakiutl Band Council in Pt. Hardy, VI. Enquire for job description /apply to or fax 250-949-6066 by midnight on April 30, 2013. P/t (0.7 FTE), salary commensurate with experience.

Horticultural Labourer needed at Eurosa Farms, Brentwood Bay.

Duties include picking and packing flowers and crop maintenance. No experience necessary. $10.25/hr. 40+ hrs per week. 5-6 days/week. Work available in 2013: June 1 to Dec. 15. Send resume to Fax: 250-652-6949






FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391.

ADRIENNE’S RESTAURANT and Tea Garden at Mattick’s Farm has following job positions open: Prep Cook/Dishwasher, Deli/Cashier. Only experienced & mature individuals apply to:

MEDICAL/DENTAL Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses Bayshore Home Health Bayshore Home Health is currently seeking Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses to support our Pediatric clients for home/school care in the Victoria area. Pediatric experience is an asset, although we do offer client specific training, Trach/Vent courses and other on-going training supports. If you are an RN or LPN and love working with children, we would love to hear from you. Interested individuals are encouraged to Fax resume to our Burnaby ofďŹ ce: 1-866-686-7435 or Email:pedsvancouver@


FRICTION CRANE OPERATOR PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. is accepting resumes for the operation of a 230T Lattice Boom Friction Crane for the new Johnson Street bridge project in Victoria, BC. Certifications, qualifications & experience in a Friction Crane are required. Send resumes via fax 604-241-5301 or

WORK WANTED MATURE, CHRISTIAN lady looking for work. Housecleaning, light gardening, cooking, personal shopping and trips to Doctor’s etc. Caregiver with class 2 driver’s licence. Ref’s. Call Karen at (778)351-1149.

PERSONAL SERVICES PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RETOUCH, RESTORE, Edit Photos. Portraiture, Baby +Family, Maternity. Home Movies to DVD. 250-475-3332.

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FRIENDLY FRANK 2 MAPLEWOOD dining chairs $25 ea. Sofa chair $30. 2 scatter mats $5.ea. (250)656-7089 ADDIAS TRACK Spikes, Ladies size 7 - $50, like new, comes with extra spikes and wrench. (250)656-6413. MENS 2-piece suits, sizes 32 & 36, very fine cond, $44 (each) obo. (250)727-9425.

DJEMBE DRUM. 11� diameter, good sound. with stand, Reduced $250. Victoria (250)380-8733. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.

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UNIVERSAL GYM $150. Dumbbells $75. Senya fax machine $25. Please call Dean at 250-727-7905.

VACATION HOME. Penthouse Condo, great view, La Penita (Mexico), 3 bdrms, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies. For sale by owner. Please see: or email


UPTOWN AREA, 5 bdrm, 1/2 Duplex, avail now, $1650 mo. Call Harj at 250-686-8847.

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewelry. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700


HOUSES FOR SALE 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 PORT HARDY SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT 8535 Shipley. Offers are now being accepted to purchase this premier .6 acre downtown oceanfront property. One blk. from Govt. Dock. As improvements are not yet complete the price may vary as will offers. Interested? Please contact us at the property or phone Gerd 520-955-7461 or Dan 250949-1055. All offers considered.

GARDENER’S PARADISE 1 acre. 4-bdrm character home, 1800 sq.ft. Wired shop, Shed. 1720 Swartz Bay Rd., $555,000. (250)656-1056.

Sidney luxury Condo- beautiful 2 Bdrms, 2 full baths, close to downtown, ocean views. #201-9942-Third St. $498,000. 778-351-1239 ID#192331


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MILL HILL area- 2 bdrm on bus route, W/D, nice yrd/porch, priv, sm shed. N/S sm pet ok. $1000 negotible w/yard work. (250)475-2303.

TILLICUM/ BURNSIDE area: 3095 Irma Street. 2 bdrm, $875./mo inclds utils, share laundry. Call 250-588-8885.

2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

UPTOWN- Large 1 bdrm, ground level. Private yard & deck. Share laundry. $850 inclusive. (250)386-0531.

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DOWNTOWN SIDNEY: Bright 1 bdrm deluxe suite. Short term. Call (250)514-7747.



BACHELOR PAD available immediately, hydro, wireless internet and cable included. Located at 1400 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. $500 per month. 250-954-9547

SIDNEY. FURN’D room. Satellite, laundry, heat, hydro. No drinking. $500. 250-654-0477.


LANGFORD MOBILE home in Seniors Park, upgraded interior, fully furnished, A/C, fenced yrd, shed & workshop. PRICE REDUCED to $35,000. Call 250-590-2450.

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO QUADRA, 11TH flr view, 1 bdrm, D/W, new lam flooring, N/P, N/S, $975. 250-361-9540

GOLDSTREAM AREA: 1400 sq ft, newly furnished, w/d, d/w, a/c, big deck & yard, hidef TV, parking. $650 inclusive. Ray 778-433-1233.

SUITES, LOWER BRENTWOOD BAY- Brand new 1 bdrm, 1 bath, ground floor, own entry NS/NP. D/W, W/D. $800 inclds utils. Call (250)652-1725. COLWOOD- BRIGHT, quiet 2 bdrm, $1100 incls utils, D/W, shared lndry, sat & int hookup, N/S, N/P. Ref’s. 250-391-7915. LANGFORD (Costco). Bus, shops, school. 2 Bdrm suite, fenced yard, 4 appls, water incl’d, shared laundry, $1050 mo + utils, NS/NP. Avail immed. Call (250)881-2283.


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250-686-3933 SPORTS & IMPORTS 2004 FORD MUSTANG Convertible, 40th anniversary Special Edition. Black Beauty! 56,000 km, V-6 automatic, new soft top, fully loaded. $11,500 obo. Serious inquiries only. 250-474-1293, Barb.

NORTH SAANICH: 1 bdrm, 900 sq ft, ocean views, lrg deck, lrg dining room. $900, all inclusive. Shared laundry. Call (250)656-9621.



SIDNEY- NEW 2 bdrm + den, W/D. NS/NP. $1600 mo. Avail now. Call 250-217-4060.

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4X4 Black Clear Title 42,420 KM $16,700 (905) 664-2300

WANTED TO RENT SIDNEY, MATURE lady, N/S, N/D, long term, (May or June), 2-3 bdrm, Pier or Landmark Building. Call (250)629-3102.

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BOATS 1993 BAYLINER 2452, in excellent condition, 2 sounders & GPS, head, galley, canopy, 9.9 hp 4 stroke Yamaha on hydraulics, downriggers, dinghy in 27’ newer Van Isle Marina boathouse near the ramp. Best offer. 250-656-6136. $$$$ BOATS WANTED $$$$ AlSO OUTBOARDS AND TRAILERS. CASH BUYER. $$$$$ 250-544-2628 $$$$$


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20% OFF! Mowing, Pruning, Clean-Ups, Hedge/Shrub Trim, Hauling. Call (250)479-6495. 22YRS EXP Garden clean-ups weeding, etc. All areas of city. $25/hr. No tax. 250-656-7045. (250)208-8535 WOODCHUCK Yard & garden overgrown? Aerating, pwr raking, pruning. Weed, moss, blackberry, stump & ivy rmvl. 25yrs exp. 250-216-9476 ACCEPTING new clients, From the Ground Up, custom landscapes, finish carpentry, garden clean-ups.

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CARPENTRY LAPWING CARPENTRY. Decks, fences, quality repairs, renos & insulation. 10 years experience. Call 778-967-1246 McGREGOR HOME Repair & Renos. Decks to doors. Small jobs OK. WCB. (250)655-4518

CLEANING SERVICES AFFORDABLE! SUPPLIES & vacuum incld’d. All lower Island areas. 250-385-5869. PAULA’S HOUSECLEANING $20./hr. Reliable, honest. Sidney, N.Saanich. 250-656-2401

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

ELECTRICAL 250-361-6193 Quality Electric Reno’s, res & comm. No job too small. Lic# 22779. AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

FENCING ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637.

250-479-7950 FREE ESTIMATES • Lawn Maintenance • Landscaping • Hedge Trimming • Tree Pruning • Yard Cleanups • Gardening/Weeding • Aeration, Odd Jobs NO SURPRISES NO MESS ACTION YARD CARE. 15 + years exp. Honest & reliable. Quality work. 250-744-6918.

ELITE GARDEN MAINTENANCE Renovating Older Gardens, Horticulturalist, Clean-ups

1 J&L Gardening yard cleanup and maintenance. Master gardeners. John or Louise (250)891-8677. SPRING CLEANups, complete maintenance. Residential & Commercial. 250-474-4373.




ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694.

FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544.

11 DIAMOND DAVE- window, gutter cleaning, roof-de-moss, gutter guards, power washing. Free ests. (250)889-5794.

THE MOSS MAN ChemicalFree Roof De-Mossing & Gutter Cleaning since 1996. Call 250-881-5515. Free estimates!

ROMAX MASONRY. Exp’d & Professional. Chimneys, Brick Veneer, Retaining Rock Walls, Cultured Stone, Interlocking Paving. Excavating. Fully insured. Estimates. 250-588-9471

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

A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220.

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


DALE’S PAINTING Int/ext. Prompt, courteous, 25yrs exp $25/hr Free est. 250-516-2445

RE-STUCCO & HARDY Plank/Painting Specialist. 50 years experience. Free estimates. Dan, 250-391-9851.

LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127.


High quality, Organized. Interior/Exterior Residential/Commercial Jeff, 250-472-6660 Cell 250-889-7715 Member BBB

Peacock Painting

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


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WINDOW CLEANING BLAINE’S WINDOW WASHING. Serving Sidney & Brentwood since 1983. Average house $35. 250-656-1475 BOB’S WINDOW Cleaning. Roof demoss, Gutters. Licensed and affordable. 250-884-7066. DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190.

Commercial/Residential Interior/Exterior

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

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





111 WRIGHT Moving-123 ton. $80/hr for 2 men. Senior’s discount. Call Phil (250)383-8283

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

JUNK BOX- We Do All The Loading

SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.

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

250-652-2255 250-882-2254

11 DIAMOND Moving- 1 ton 2 ton. Prices starting at $80/hr. Call 250-220-0734. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774


B L Coastal Coatings. Quality, reliable, great rates. All your Painting needs. (250)818-7443


AROUND THE ALL repairs & renovations. Call Ben 250-884-6603.


M&S OXFORD Home/Commercial Reno’s & Painting. Patio’s, Decks, Sheds, Hardwood and Trim. 25 yrs exp. Quality Guar. 250-213-5204.

CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee”. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942.


HANDYMAN SERVICES. Lawns, fences, pruning, flooring, painting, drywall, small reno’s. Mike/Chris 250-656-8961



MIKE’S LAWN and Garden. Weeding, Clean-ups, & more. Senior’s discount. Free estimate’s. Mike 250-216-7502.

250-655-1956 (Peninsula).


SMART GUYS Hauling. Garden waste, junk removal, clean-ups, etc. Reliable, courteous service. 250-544-0611 or 250-889-1051.

GARY’S HAULING. One call does it all. Small demos & yard clean-up. Vehicle & metal recycling. Call (778)966-1413.

HANDYMAN DAN. Quality workmanship. Free estimates. Call 250-656-6789.



FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463.


(Lawn and Garden services.) “Don’t let the grass grow under your feet.” Call us at


$20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164.

BIG BEAR Handyman. Decks, Stairs, Painting, General household repairs. Free estimate. Call Barry 250-896-6071




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