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Election battleground: Oak Bay-Gordon Head A B.C. Liberal riding for 16 years, the NDP and Green parties seek to seize the white collar neighbourhoods of Saanich and Oak Bay

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Shut out since 1996, the NDP is looking to finally retake the provincial riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head from the Liberals, as seen here from Mount Douglas looking south. But a Green Party candidate with name recognition could throw a wrench into the election for both provicial parties that have dominated the riding.

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The leafy neighbourhoods of Oak Bay-Gordon Head are poised to be a key provincial election battleground for Greater Victoria, featuring a potential three-way race between NDP-Liberal rivals from 2009 and a high-profile B.C. Green Party newcomer. In a region dominated by the B.C. NDP, veteran B.C. Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong held on to her seat by 561 votes, slightly more than two per cent, in the last election against NDP hopeful Jessica Van der Veen. The four-term MLA faces Van der Veen again, and Green candidate Andrew Weaver, a headlinemaking climate scientist from the University of Victoria. Neighbourhood voting polls

from 2005 and 2009 indicate the Liberals and Chong retained support in areas like Ten Mile Point, Uplands, Cadboro Bay and McNeill Bay. NDP support remained strong in Gordon Head and Mount Tolmie, and made inroads into neighbourhoods of Oak Bay. The Greens remained minor players. The question this election is whether Weaver and the Greens become a factor in this riding, and if they do, where will they draw votes from? UVic political science professor Jamie Lawson said that dynamic is a hard puzzle in an electoral area that is largely white collar, with some of the wealthiest postal codes in the city and has large population of seniors. Weaver could play the spoiler for the NDP and split the vote to

re-elect Chong for a fifth term – the race could be a “war between the non-Liberal parties and the centre-left,” Lawson said. On the other hand, Chong could fall victim to the flagging fortunes of a party beset with scandals, and which has seen many of its senior cabinet ministers abandon ship. “Ida Chong may face a meltdown by the Liberals. If that’s true, those voters may sit on their hands, or will chose between NDP and Greens,” Lawson said. “Voting Green isn’t as scary for a pro-market voter who might usually vote Liberal, but who believes climate change (is a problem).” It seems less likely for B.C. NDP supporters to migrate to Green, as the NDP vowed to shut down the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, what Lawson calls the

“Voting Green isn’t as scary for a pro-market voter who might usually vote Liberal, but who believes climate change (is a problem).” – Jamie Lawson UVic political scientist

“litmus test” for provincial environmental platforms. “For what reason would a NDP voter vote Green?” he asked. “They might because they know who Andrew Weaver is, or they like what (Elizabeth) May does federally, but otherwise they’ll get a (NDP) candidate in government to make sure the Enbridge deal doesn’t go through. “(Van der Veen’s) party is

against Enbridge, is going to spread the carbon tax and is a party that is going out of its way to reassure businesses. You could see votes going to the NDP.” As voters tease out how their own interests mesh with political party promises, Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidates – including B.C. Conservative Party newcomer Greg Kazakoff – officially launched their 21-day campaigns and door-knocking yesterday. Weaver is banking on recent federal Green Party support spilling over into the provincial election – voters in Gordon Head largely backed the federal Greens in 2011, as did large portions of Oak Bay in last winter’s federal by-election. PLEASE SEE: Incumbent MLA, Page A2

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“The (2009 provincial) polling is not indicative of reality today,” Weaver said. “We know from our evidence that the race is between the NDP and the Greens. We can’t find people who’d admit they’d vote Liberal.” Weaver took aim at the NDP’s fiscal platform which he, along with the B.C. Liberals, said would drive the province further into debt. He also called Liberal plans to develop liquid natural gas exports in B.C.’s north a “pipe dream,” which is at least a decade away, if ever, and faces serious competition from places like Russia. “I think there is a real chance for a Green breakthrough, to build on the momentum of (Donald Galloway) and Elizabeth May,” Weaver said.

NDP candidate Van der Veen doubts the Greens will find footing in Oak Bay-Gordon Head – she said it will be a “squeaker” between her and Chong. “Ida has a very strong base. She’s been here for 16 years,” Van der Veen said. “I represent the renewal of government. That is where my focus is. “What I’m hearing is that people are ready for change – they volunteer that word ‘change,’” she said. “They are very concerned about the lack of performance from this government and want a new kind of government.” Van der Veen said her focus in the riding would touch on health care for seniors, such as improving home care services so seniors can live at home longer. She said the provincial NDP is a “renewed” party distinctly different from

the 1990s, and that it has financial policies that make sense, including minor tax hikes for the wealthiest and an expansion of the carbon tax to the oil and gas sector. Chong, most recently the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, characterized this election a choice between NDP-driven debt and higher taxes, and a B.C. Liberal vision of balanced budgets and economic stability. “Today’s B.C. Liberals are not the same from even when I first ran. The premier (Christy Clark) has a vision to get the economy back on track and put us in the position to pay off the provincial debt,” Chong said. “The NDP wants to spend more with no plan on where to increase revenues. They said they wouldn’t balance the budget for four years or pay down debt. It’s a chilling

message to investors in B.C.” Chong agreed that Liberal scandals of the past months and years could hurt her at the polls. She said she’s been effective in government – reading the writing on the wall – and as an opposition MLA. “I think this is a three-way race. Yes it was hundreds (of votes) between me and the NDP. It might be hundreds between the three of us,” she said. “This riding is always a swing riding, a close riding. That’s why I don’t take the job for granted and people know they have a representative who is hard working and puts 100 per cent into the job.” editor@saanichnews.com See page A4 for upcoming all-candidate meetings for Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

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s discussion around amalgamation grows, regionalized services are increasingly seen as a good place to begin implementing the idea. Across the Capital Region, there are four police departments, three RCMP detachments, 13 fire departments and a transit commission dominated by urban representatives. During the half-hour drive from North Saanich to downtown Victoria, Daniel Palmer three separate 911 call centres are responsible Reporting for emergency dispatch. “We could, in theory, dispatch for the whole peninsula by adding one more console to our (communication) centre, but there seems to be a fear to push the discussion,” said Victoria police Chief Const. Jamie Graham, a vocal proponent for a single regional police force. Several integrated police units operate in the Capital Region, including the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, a homicide investigation unit and a domestic violence unit, the latter formed in the wake of a 2007 murder-suicide case in Oak Bay. But the units rely on a shared funding model, which presents an inherent problem each year as budget evaluations begin and cities look for cost savings. “As has been shown recently (when VicPD pulled one of two officers from the domestic violence unit), if I don’t think it’s working well for me, I’ll pull out and that leaves the other agencies in a lurch, which isn’t fair,” Graham said. Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, an opponent of municipal amalgamation, has shepherded a year of frustrating negotiations around regionalized police services, both with the B.C. Justice Ministry and the Victoria Police Board. (In June 2012, Esquimalt was forced to stick with VicPD services, despite its desire to save money by contracting the township’s policing to the RCMP.) But as Victoria and Esquimalt near completion of a framework policing agreement, Desjardins is singing a decidedly more optimistic tune, in hopes other municipalities will buy in. “If we are able to reach an agreement, then there’s a huge opportunity to go forward and be a model for further regionalization,” she said. The fear is that every municipality

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Victoria police Chief Const. Jamie Graham stands in his office at headquarters on Caledonia Avenue. Graham supports the idea of an amalgamated police service for Greater Victoria. outside Victoria and Esquimalt would lose service and pay more under a regional police force. But Graham said the framework agreement may be able to woo other municipalities with an easy cost-sharing template that would prevent ballooning property tax bills. “There is also this never-ending fear, I think most unfairly, that if we become a regional force, other officers will be sucked into the downtown core to deal with problems, but that’s simply not true,” he said. While Victoria struggles with its disproportionate expenses brought on by core-city syndrome, the region’s fire departments use mutual-aid agreements to balance and co-ordinate coverage across the region. “If there’s an issue, we call each other up and have that discussion,” said Lt.Insp. Brad Sifert of the Victoria Fire Department. Sifert and other fire prevention officers hold monthly meetings to discuss recent fires and public safety issues, an example of playing well together, he said. In 2011, Colwood and View Royal inked a progressive automatic aid agreement, where resources are shared without having to go through formal request channels. The model could prove viable for other adjacent municipalities in the future, Sifert said. Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Carole James said the community-led discussions around regionalized services and amalgamation is long overdue. Last week, she threw her support behind Amalgamation Yes, a grassroots

group lobbying for a non-binding vote on amalgamation to gauge public support on the issue. “It’s long overdue to give the public a voice in all of this,” James said. “There have been discussions about the cost savings … but nothing based on best practices or facts.” Liberal MLA Ida Chong and Green Party leader Jane Sterk have also said they support a discussion on amalgamation, as long as the majority of the population is in favour of it. Desjardins, who counts herself among the naysayers for the time being, said municipalities will likely fiercely oppose taking on debt from other communities, but anything that saves money is going to be an easier sell. “If there’s ever been an opportune time to have this discussion, it’s likely to be in the next little while,” she said.

Consistent transit funding critical: commission chair While emergency service providers dance around regionalized services, the jury is still out on the best way to make the Victoria Regional Transit Commission more accountable to taxpayers and the outlying municipalities. Right now, the commission is made up of seven municipal politicians who are appointed by the B.C. transportation minister. Both Saanich and Victoria have two elected officials each on the commission, while the remaining three positions are filled by mayors and councillors from other Capital Region

communities on a rotating basis. Last August, an independent review panel recommended changes to the urban-weighted commission, including opening the door to Capital Regional District control of transit or expanding to nine appointed members. “As we move forward to big investments like rapid transit and so on, we need very broad community support before we engage in that kind of expenditure,” said Saanich Coun. Susan Brice, commission chair. Regardless of the governance model, she said, the commission must be able to rely on steady funding beyond property tax revenue to create a functional regional transit system. “Just having another representative on the commission will not increase the dollars. You can put any level of service out there but you have to find ways to fund it.” Brice will hold talks with transportation ministry staff next week to discuss options for the commission. Meanwhile, B.C. Transit is expected to make public its short-term recommendations to improve rapid transit by the end of April. dpalmer@vicnews.com

Steps to amalgamation 1. Preliminary: At least two municipalities approach provincial government with intention to study amalgamation. 2. Committee: Local governments form a committee to oversee preparation of a restructure study and manage public consultation. 3. Study: Province hires consultant for formal restructure study. Report would offer objective information on financial impacts, implications for local services and political representation, etc. 4. Decision: Local government committee chooses whether or not to hold a referendum on amalgamation. A simple majority vote to approve amalgamation, in each affected municipality, would be needed to move discussion forward. 5. Implementation: Province pays for transition board to restructure local government and adopt best practices. Local governments would remain intact during this period, which could take several years. – Province of British Columbia

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The candidates vying to be elected Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA on May 14 begin the official first week of campaigning with all-candidates meetings. Mount Douglas secondary students will host the first one, Thursday morning, at the Saanich high school. “It won’t be too long until (these students are) bona fide voters and this will be an opportunity to have their voice heard and to get answers to questions on issues and items that are important to them,” said Caleigh Bachop, a member of the Mount Doug challenge program, which is organizing the forum. Students will then vote in a mock election after the debate. On Thursday night (7 p.m., April 18), a public forum will be held at Oak Bay United Church, 1355 Mitchell St. The format of that meeting will include opening and closing statements from candidates, and 90 minutes of questions from attendees. This riding is the one to watch on the south Island, as Liberal Ida Chong fights for her seat against the NDP’s Jessica Van der Veen. Chong won the 2009 election over Van der Veen by a 561-vote margin.

Many are calling this riding the Green party’s best shot at winning a seat, too, as high profile University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver is their candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Greg Kazakoff is the B.C. Conservative candidate. kslavin@saanichnews.com

Election forums n Oak Bay-Gordon Head allcandidate forum, Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Oak Bay United Church, 1355 Mitchell St. n Open all-candidate forum on energy and climate, Friday, April 19, 7p.m., Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave. n Oak Bay-Gordon Head allcandidate forum on poverty and homelessness, Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m. University of Victoria, Fraser Building, Room 159 n Open all-candidate forum as a part of Creatively United for the Planet’s festival, Sunday, April 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt St.

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Around 8:30 a.m. Friday, a fifth fire was found in the 3200-block of Eldon St., which is one block from the wooden shed fire. Police arrested a 25-year-old man early Friday morning, but he has since been released without charges. Sgt. Steve Eassie says he remains “a person of interest.” Because the Whittier Avenue fire began after police had arrested this person of interest, Eassie said investigators “believe there is a probability of another person involved.” Accent Inns spokesperson John Espley said hotel staff evacuated guests from 68 rooms at the 118-room hotel. Besides minor smoke damage, fire didn’t spread to the hotel due to the firewall between the restaurant and the main building. “(The evacuation) went smoothly. We have to commend our staff. They did a great job and got people out and into other accommodations,” Espley said. “Police and fire did a phenomenal job. It’s a shame (the fire) appears deliberate.” He expects the restaurant will be rebuilt, although “it will take a long time.”

to the ad by Monday. “It warms my heart to no end the outpouring of support from the local community,” she said. The ABC Country Restaurant at the corner of Burnside Road and Douglas Street is rejigging its schedule to offer shifts to as many employees as possible. Saanich police said on Monday they are still trying to link five arsons in a span of 12 hours in the municipality. Saanich fire crews found wooden pallets and two dumpsters with garbage on fire in an alley near Dupplin Avenue and Douglas Street at about 9:45 p.m. on Thursday. Fire crews responded to a dumpster fire a the ABC restaurant at 10:50 p.m., but it quickly spread to the structure. The hotel was evacuated and none of the staff or guests were injured. Then at 2 a.m., Saanich fire responded to a wooden backyard shed engulfed in flames in the 100-block of Burnside Road East, at the corner of Irma Street. Fifteen minutes later, Saanich and Victoria crews, 22 firefighters in all, responded to a structure fire in the 3300-block of Whittier Avenue.

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“It is terrifying to go to bed with a job and wake up without one.” Morgana Braveraven and 24 of her co-workers woke up Friday morning to find an arsonist had torched their workplace, the ABC Country Restaurant on Maple Street, attached to the Accent Inns hotel. “It is absolutely devastating and mortifying. These are people with families, people with financial obligations, people who live paycheque to paycheque,” said Braveraven, a supervisor and former hiring manager at the two-year-old restaurant. And then, out of the ashes, support for the displaced ABC staff started to pour in. Braveraven posted an ad on Craigslist Saturday morning, appealing to fellow managers in Greater Victoria who are looking to hire “stellar team members who are punctual, reliable, fun to work with, and who thrive in a very fast paced environment.” Half a dozen employers – from restaurants and cafes to adventure tourism operators – replied

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They’re the pride and possibly the fear of any parent – teenagers who are exceedingly smart and can argue just about anybody under the table. Two Grade 12 girls from Pacific Christian School fit that bill, and are the only students from Vancouver Island competing in this year’s senior national debate championships in Calgary. The team of Virginia Shram, 18, and Heather Cape, 17, under the guidance of teacher and coach Ruth McGhee, plowed through strong competition in February to lock the top spot on the Island. Then out of 38 debate teams at provincials in March in Trail, the girls earned fourth, and a chance to compete at nationals. The top five teams go to the championships. The Glenlyon Norfolk school team and 2012 provincial champions David Denhoff and Christian Taylor came in second overall. “We just wanted to do our best for our last year in high school,” Shram said. “It was a fun trip. But until the final round, we had no idea how we did.” Indeed, the Saanich-based Pacific Christian team sat through the final debate, a banquet dinner and speeches before judges announced the rankings

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Pacific Christian School secondary teacher Ruth McGhee, centre, helped coach Heather Cape and Virginia Shram through to the senior national debate championships in Calgary, starting April 25. Shram and Cape, both in Grade 12, were among the top five debate teams in the province. – it was a long few hours not knowing if they were third or 33rd. “I didn’t think we had a chance, and then Virginia came in first place for the

speaker (award),” Cape remarked, referring to Shram’s No. 1 individual ranking out of 76 competitors. “It took a while to sink in we were going to nationals.”

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Expansions planned for region’s Catholic schools Kyle Slavin News staff

If you’ve driven, walked or cycled past McKenzie Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway lately, you may have noticed work crews clearing the large plot of land at the north-west edge of the intersection. It’s not the beginnings of a wider highway or an interchange to ease traffic. The work is part of a $6-million expansion of St. Joseph’s elementary school, located at the corner of McKenzie and Burnside Road. “We’re very excited. The Catholic Schools plan has been in the works for four or five years,” said Joe Colistro, superintendent of Island Catholic schools. “We’re excited to be showing, visually, signs of moving forward and building for the future.” The existing St. Joseph’s was built in 1963 and accommodates some 200 students, kindergarden through Grade 7. But with the impending closure of St. Andrew’s elementary school (at Pandora Avenue and Vancouver Street), those students need to be moved to much-needed space. The upgrades at St. Joseph’s include building eight new classrooms, a new library and computer lab, and upgrades to the staff room. The school playground will be relocated and a new grass playing field will be installed – that’s what’s being dug up

at the corner of TCH and McKenzie. Once construction of the new wing is complete, the existing building will be seismically upgraded. The expansion project is expected to be complete in September 2014, on a $6-million budget. “That’s a tight budget for all the things we’re trying to achieve,” said Leah MacKenzie, chief financial officer with the Diocese of Victoria. “None of the capital funding is provided by the province, so any capital dollars we have to raise directly from parents or parishioners in our churches.” Money raised from the sale of St. Andrew’s downtown will help ease the financial burden of upgrading. St. Joseph’s is just the start. St. Patrick’s elementary and St. Andrew’s Catholic High School, both in Saanich, as well, will be expanded and upgraded in the future. “Those are on hold until more funding comes available, and we get through one successful project,” MacKenzie said. “We do have ideas, we do have plans – we’re excited about those (two projects), yet we realize we can only do one thing at a time.” In all, Island Catholic Schools anticipates the school upgrades will cost an estimated $20 million. Roughly 1,100 students attend the CathoSharon Tiffin/News staff lic schools in Greater Victoria. St. Joseph’s elementary school is building a new field on its property near McKenzie kslavin@saanichnews.com Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway as part of a $6-million expansion.

Saanich plan takes aim at invasive plants Kyle Slavin News staff

Garlic mustard sounds delicious. And blessed milk thistle sounds sweet and innocent. But don’t let their names fool you. They’re both invasive plant species, and they’re wreaking havoc on Saanich’s natural environment. “I think everybody realizes the importance of trying to make sure the native species can either rebound or stay dominant in the ecosystem,” said Doug Henderson, Saanich’s director of parks and recreation. Saanich council on Monday was expected to discuss a newly created Invasive Species Management Strategy that aims to target and tackle invasive flora in the municipality. “It’s a document that looks at making suggestions around starting to identify, inventory and map invasive species, and to look at how we support dealing with invasives on public and private land,” Henderson said. It also looks at how to restore areas that have been overtaken by invasive species, and how to properly dispose of the plants that are removed. If approved by council, Henderson anticipates the first step will be a

map to give parks crews “a better sense of what they’re out there dealing with and where it is.” Henderson said one of the municipality’s biggest assets in fighting invasive species is volunteer programs and organizations that maintain parks and public spaces. “We wouldn’t be able to get out there and have the reach that we have through the volunteer programs as part of the regular staff work. We’re greatly appreciative, as is council, of the work the volunteers do,” he said. “There’s a strong sense of ownership that folks are displaying when they go into a neighbourhood park or municipally designated park and try to reclaim it.” Among the top invasive plant species in Saanich are giant hogweed, purple loostrife, knotweed and lesser celandine. There are animals in Saanich that are considered invasive – American bullfrog, eastern grey squirrel, European starlings – but the management plan solely looks at plants. “The fauna side is a bit more of a broader piece. They tend to move around a lot faster than we can contain within a single municipality,” Henderson said. kslavin@saanichnews.com

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malgamation shouldn’t be a scary word. No one is taking an eraser to the Capital Region map and removing the borders that separate your municipality from those of your neighbours. Often the discussion around amalgamation tends to drift towards the hypothetical best-case scenario (or worst-case scenario, depending on who you ask) of creating one municipality that spans from Sooke to North Saanich. Talk of such a drastic change usually derails any objective discussion. That’s why the concept needs to be reframed. We need to get away from arguing about hypothetical borders and specific solutions and focus on studying amalgamation as a positive step for our region. Amalgamation Yes is taking the right approach by focusing on getting a referendum question onto the 2014 municipal election ballot. Put the question to the residents of the 13 municipalities and see if there’s an appetite to explore the option of amalgamation. Municipalities have nothing to lose by asking the question. The overarching goal of amalgamation is to save money by finding efficiencies in service delivery and by removing redundancies. What ithe end result would look like in Greater Victoria is still unknown. Proponents and opponents can point to Halifax or Abbotsford or Toronto and pick and choose their facts to back up their positions. But until we have a case study that properly examines the ins and outs of amalgamation as it relates to Victoria, no interest group, organization or politician can offer a definitive solution. Until something concrete happens, the conversation isn’t going to move forward in a meaningful way. Instead, people will continue to speculate about the potential successes and hazards of amalgamation, without a sound understanding of its local impact. Change can be scary. But looking at amalgamation as a potential option to save us time and money shouldn’t be feared.

What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@saanichnews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The SAANICH NEWS is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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continually remind people that the s the B.C. NDP launched carbon tax falls disproportionately its election campaign last on rural, remote and particularly week with a package of northern folks who face income tax hikes, higher long distances, long than those in the B.C. winters, and public transit Liberals’ election budget options ranging from slim of February, a third party to none. leader confirmed his own This has ceased to be plan to increase personal much of an issue for the and business income tax urban B.C. majority, who rates. are focused on bridge It’s not readily apparent tolls, ferry fares and the from his recently released like. “fiscal framework” The B.C. Conservatives document, but B.C. Tom Fletcher decry the population Conservative leader John B.C. Views decline of rural B.C., with Cummins told me his plan international immigration to phase out B.C.’s carbon almost exclusively going to big tax does indeed include raising cities, while temporary foreign income tax rates that were lowered workers increasingly fill agricultural to make the carbon tax “revenue and industrial jobs in the Interior. neutral.” The party’s still-evolving platform I reached Cummins in Prince echoes the NDP’s call for more skills George, where he was continuing his aggressive courtship of northern training and increased completion rates for trade apprentices. B.C. with an announcement that Cummins is in favour of the federal gas tax revenues would be proposed Northern Gateway oil redirected to a new fund for locally pipeline and the massive buildup determined road improvements. of infrastructure needed to add Earlier he vowed to study the liquefied natural gas to B.C.’s energy deplorable state of northern export mix. He sees that enormous ambulance service. industrial expansion as the path to Cummins has more good news shift population growth beyond the for the north: that’s where a regionally phased elimination of the south of the province. Cummins is surprisingly cool carbon tax would begin. to one industrial project, the It’s also the area of thinnest proposed Site C dam on the Peace population, meaning the impact River, calling himself undecided. on the B.C. treasury would be less. He also sounds skeptical about the This is, after all, a tax budgeted to B.C. Liberal plan to extend B.C.’s bring in $1.2 billion in the current electricity grid and use that to year. develop further independent power. The B.C. Conservatives

This sounds to me like political positioning rather than economic analysis. Anti-Site C independent candidate Arthur Hadland has significant support in Peace River North, creating a three-way struggle for a key B.C. Conservative target. The B.C. Conservative platform also totals up the billions in longterm electricity contracts with private power producers and suggests the price for this clean energy has been set too high. This is another echo of the NDP’s vague position. So if the B.C. Conservatives are gung-ho on oil and gas and think the carbon tax is a mistake, do they think there should be any effort to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions? Cummins sidestepped that question, preferring to talk about conventional air pollution, whether it’s in the Fraser Valley or as a byproduct of a northern industrial boom. As a longtime former Reform and Conservative MP, Cummins is acutely aware that the urban media will leap with extra vigour on any perceived gaffe of the right wing. Should a Conservative let slip that he’s skeptical about global warming, or worse, express a rustic view on social issues, all hell would break loose. The B.C. Conservatives have started with the most detailed, costed platform of any party. Don’t count them out. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Building a better tick-tacktoe machine Ten-year-old Peter Ochs, left, his mom Leila Thaiss and Zephy Tsang listen as 14-yearold Duncan Silverside explains his project, the Master of TickTack-Toe robot at the regional science fair at the University of Victoria on Sunday. The robot designed by Silverside and built with help from teammates was entered in the FIRST Tech Challenge where robots competed in a game of double-sided ticktack-toe. Silverside and his team will be competing in the FTC (First Tech Challenge) Championships in St. Louis against teams from around the world next week. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

LETTERS Driving rules unfairly tough for seniors Re: Driving under the influence of age (News, April 12) It’s one thing to voluntarily give up driving and another to be forced by the bureaucracy. A tougher test for seniors is now an ICBC policy. After a spell in hospital in September a doctor, not my physician, told me, as I was being checked out, not to drive. Several months later I received a letter from ICBC informing me that due to a medical report I had to have a check-up and a driving test. I learned that doctors can now, without warning, ask the medical association for a patient to be tested. It went into effect in November. There was nothing about my illness that affected my senses or my ability to drive. I was OK’d to drive by my own doctor  and was subsequently called in for a driving test.  I was checked out by a driving school then tested with some failures and told to come back. I went to another driving school for a check out, was declared a good driver and took my test. My test was full of “minor” incidents. I feel that’s discrimination due to age and therefore have voluntarily turned in my licence as a lost cause.

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Victoria should vote on amalgamation Re: Regional amalgamation I think we should have a referendum on regional amalgamation as all the mayors have fiefdoms they do not want to give up. They have a vested interest and should not be included in the decision much less make it. Elaine Moser Saanich

Misinformation mars carbon credit program Re: Greenhouse gas leaks from Pacific Carbon Trust (B.C. Views, April 3) Tom Fletcher’s column perpetuates factual errors that fail to inform any debate regarding a carbon neutral government. When The Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased Darkwoods in 2008, our expensive, long-term commitment to the conservation lands began. From the outset, revenue from carbon

sales was seen as critical to supporting this stewardship effort. Without the possibility of carbon sales, NCC could not have undertaken a project of this size and scope. Yet, those facts are conveniently overlooked by Mr. Fletcher.  Independent evaluations were not based on the possibility of NCC clear-cutting the property, but rather on what would have happened had NCC not acquired Darkwoods.  The alternative was acquisition by a market-based buyer and being intensively logged and subdivided. The difference forms the basis for carbon valuation. Mr. Fletcher asks, rhetorically, if NCC would have logged Darkwoods. “Legally, it could not,” he writes. On the contrary, NCC does log the site. We operate a small, sustainable harvest based on conservation values. In fact, overall our ownership of Darkwoods has resulted in a $13-million economic benefit to the community, to date. The Nature Conservancy of Canada spent three years developing the project while working with various industry experts. The project is certified under the Verified Carbon Standard; a standard that ensures a carbon project follows internationally recognized protocols and has tangible environmental benefits. Without revenue from forest carbon, the long-term protection of this 55,000-hectare

property would be in jeopardy. The proceeds from the carbon sales went back into the long-term stewardship of Darkwoods – for the sake of nature and the people of British Columbia. Tom Swann Nature Conservancy of Canada

Federal gas tax to pay for bridge Re: Craigflower should be a toll bridge (Letters, April 10) In response to toll bridges or any toll on any road way for that matter should not happen. That’s why there’s a gas tax. That was introduced to pay for infrastructure. That being said, there needs to be a restructure on how it’s redistributed from Ottawa. Quit squandering our taxes and use it for what it was introduced for. Trevor Patrick Saanich The News welcomes your opinions and comments. ■ Mail: Letters to the Editor, Saanich News, 818 Broughton St., Victoria, B.C., V8W 1E4 ■ E-mail: editor@saanichnews.com

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Commuter ferry from West Shore to CFB Esquimalt cancelled Daniel Palmer News staff

Employees at CFB Esquimalt are anticipating even more parking headaches next week, as the only marine shuttle service between the West Shore and the base terminates its service. The Baseline Ferry makes its last trip between Colwood and CFB Esquimalt on Friday afternoon (April 19). The daily privately run service began last year to replace the base’s Blue Boat service. Barry Hobbis, vice-president of operations at Victoria Harbour Ferry Co., was unavailable for comment, but the company website blames declining ridership numbers for its inability to continue the service. “The real gong show will be begin on Friday,” said Mark Miller, vice president of the B.C Union of National Defence Employees. “We had a labour management meeting yesterday, and they told us 200 people a day use this ferry. So that means another 200 vehicles are going to be added to the Colwood crawl.” The recent closure of the Craigflower bridge has added another layer of congestion to a bottleneck commute each day. To help relieve traffic, the base may create dedicated carpool parking, he said, adding public transit options from the West Shore to the base need to be improved. At its peak, the Blue Boat attracted 800 passengers daily, but budgetary restrictions and aging ferries spelled the end for the service last April. Baseline ferry has been operating since June 2012 and cost $5 for a return trip.

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Drunk man punches apart car on Shelbourne

One man faces mischief and attempted assault charges after punching in the windows of a car during an alcohol-fuelled argument late Saturday night. Saanich police were called to Kenmore Road and Shelbourne Street at 11:30 p.m. after four intoxicated pedestrians got into an argument with

a passing motorist. Sgt. Scott Treble says one of the pedestrians “became enraged and he punched out and broke the driver’s window and the passenger side window. He tried to punch the passenger but was unsuccessful.” A canine unit was brought it and the dog quickly tracked three of the four men to Majestic Park. Police arrested a 22-year-old man, matching the description of the suspect.

Man pulls replica handgun during fight near Tillicum

A man pulled out a replica handgun during an argument between two men near Tillicum Centre early Saturday,

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SAANICH NEWS - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The JENNER

2013 CHEVROLETTRAX

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SAANICH NEWS - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The JENNER

2013 CHEVROLETTRAX

TR8794 REG: $22,845

Sale Price:$21,999

2013 BUICKENCORE

2013 CHEVROLETSPARK

EC2660 REG: $28,545

SP2835 REG: $13,345

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Sweet week for ukulele fans

Symphonic fun with Judy and David The Victoria Symphony presents its popular series designed to engage children in the wonderful world of music with orchestral adventures and fun stories that will entertain and amaze children of all ages. Judy and David’s Symphonic Adventure is at the Royal Theatre, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets available at rmts.bc.ca.

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With its mild climate, lush parks, the Pacific Ocean hugging its shorelines and even the occasional palm tree, Victoria is Canada’s closest comparison to a tropical paradise. Perhaps that’s why a familiar Hawaiian instrument, the ukulele, has seen a resurgence in popularity as of late. “There’s been a growing ukulele community in Victoria,” said Paul Laverick, a manager at Larsen Music and organizer of the fourth annual Victoria Ukulele Week. “There’s a lot of young people playing it now. I think it’s the social aspect of playing and singing together.” Running April 18 to 28, Ukulele Week has been so successful partly because the ukulele is so easy to learn and play, Laverick said. Hawaiians created the ukulele in the 19th century, modelled on the Portuguese cavaquino, a small four-string guitar. The instrument generally appeals to people who like to “make their own entertainment,” Laverick said. “It is sort of a goofy instrument, and the people who play are usually up for a bit of silliness.” Self-proclaimed “uke guru” Laverick has been teaching ukulele classes at Larsen Music since 2008, and he has several workshops planned in Esquimalt and Victoria throughout the week. There are also several concerts taking place at venues like Black Hat Bistro and Hermann’s Jazz Club, while professional ukulele performer Ralph Shaw will strut his skills at Norway House, 1110 Hillside Ave., on April 26. Shaw will also be running his own workshop on April 27, which concert goers can attend for free. A decent ukulele costs about $40, but the top-ofthe-line instruments can cost $1,800, Laverick said.

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Paul Laverick, among a wall full of ukuleles at Larsen Music on Cook Street. “It’s a nice thing to carry around with you,” he said. “I got stopped the other day on the way to work, someone saw my ukulele and asked me to play Happy Birthday for their friend. … I definitely know people who have ukuleles stashed in every nook and cranny, so there’s always one to have around.” The week culminates in the annual Uke Mass Love-In finale concert, where last year about 250 people filled Market Square with the sweet sounds of the ukuleles in unison. The free event takes place April 28 between 1 and 3 p.m. at 560 Johnson St., and Laverick hopes to break last year’s attendance record. “We’re also doing a beginner workshop where you can show up at the music store with nothing and we can provide you with an instrument there to have a feel and try a few chords,” he said. “Otherwise, I would suggest keeping one on your person at all times during the week.” For a full listing of events, visit larsenmusic.ca or call 250-389-1988. dpalmer@vicnews.com

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If it wasn’t for a missed subway stop, a trio of Victoria residents would have been at the Boston Marathon finish line when two explosions occurred Monday. Saanich fitness instructor Pam Glover, who teaches at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, ran the marathon with a target of four hours and was redirected a half mile from the end within minutes of the finish. Her daughter Dana, Dana’s boyfriend Aztec King, and friend Susan Rogers had all made their way to the finish line anticipating Pam’s arrival. But the trio of supporters got off at the wrong subway station and were out of sight of the finish line at the time of the explosions, around 3 p.m. Eastern Time or noon Pacific Time. “They were minutes away and were trying to get to where the bomb hit but got off the train a stop early, and were upset

about that actually, so it’s like a miracle that none of us were there,” Glover said. Glover heard the explosions during the last mile of her race but had no idea what it was. “I heard two bangs like fireworks or some sort of celebration,” she said. “As I rounded the final corner and could see the finish line, there was a barricade with policeman telling people to go away, and I’m thinking, ‘this is not the finish line.’ I know my time was right on, I was about two minutes from finishing.” Police told runners and spectators to head to the nearby river. That’s when a Good Samaritan helped Glover connect with her family and get her bearings. “It was chaos … this woman, she was my angel, all of a sudden she was by my side and said, “I’ll lead you to safety.” The woman gave Glover warm clothes, and let Glover use her cellphone to text Dana. “We connected with my family and friends, and made sure they (Dana, King and Rogers) were safe. The woman gave me food and water – she was my angel.” Glover waited for about an hour before returning to her hotel, the Boston Park Plaza, which is a block away from the

explosion scene. Speaking from inside the hotel on Monday, Glover said the plan is to “hunker down” and wait for more information. The group was going stay until Friday but are now unsure about the trip’s itinerary. “We’re all safe, everyone’s been texting family and friends. We’re told the (local) cellphones are off and to stay in the hotel, and do not join any large groups or congregate with others.” It was Glover’s first Boston Marathon, one she thought would be “a dream come true.” Glover plans to reconnect with her Good Samaritan and send her flowers. “She was a typical person from Boston, she was so supportive. The people here in Boston are so wonderful. The whole event is so positive. The streets are lined with people high-fiving us the whole way. This is terrible.” Katie Munro, a Camosun College business student, spoke with the News from the home of a friend’s mother in Boston. After finishing her run, she left the finish line about 10 minutes before the first explosion. “I hung around the finish line (area) for probably 15 minutes, maybe 20 minutes, and was sitting a block and a half from where it happened for a while after that,” she said.

“Finally I decided to get up and move onto the subway, and I think (the explosions) happened right when I got down into the subway because a whole bunch of people came down the stairs. I was still totally oblivious. I thought ‘Oh, people in a hurry.’” Munro heard comments about an explosion, but she wasn’t aware of how serious the incident was until she arrived back to her friend’s home. “When I got back (my host) hugged me and I thought she was congratulating me at first,” she said. “And then she confirmed, it was all over the news. She said, ‘I can’t believe it. You’re so lucky, you’re fine.’” Munro was the only member of her Peninsula Runners running group to attend the Boston Marathon. She said the atmosphere in the city is tense, and she wasn’t sure if she’d be on her flight back to Victoria, scheduled for Tuesday morning. “I’m assuming lists of the travellers want to get out as soon as possible,” she said. At least 27 Greater Victoria runners were scheduled to attend the Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Athletic Association website. More than 230 British Columbians were scheduled to run the race. sports@vicnews.com

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Like it or not, the Victoria Cougars are settling for silver for the second year in a row. The Cougars lost 4-1 to the Richmond Sockeyes in the gold medal final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Comox on Sunday. Matthew Ho scored the only goal of the first period to put the Cougars up 1-0 and goalie Evan Roch held the Cougars in it with some good saves and some luck. But the luck ran out as the Sockeyes scored three goals in the second period to chase Roch. Michael Herringer, a Victoria Royals prospect, came in to replace Roch, though the Sockeyes scored once more. Jeremy Hamaguchi, Jake Roder, Liam Lawson and Rudie Thorstenson scored for the Sockeyes. The Castlegar Rebels took home the bronze medal with

a 5-4 comeback win over the host Comox Valley Glacier Kings. The Glacier Kings went up 3-0 early on goals from Sheldon Brett, Tyson Rennie and Nick Tupper. But the Rebels came back with five straight goals, from Jamie Vlanich, Kody Disher, Vlanich again, Erik Alden and Travis Wellman. Glacier King Rylan Ball scored the only goal of the third period but the Glacier Kings couldn't draw even. The Sockeyes, which three weeks ago won the Pacific Junior Hockey League title, went a perfect 4-0 in the Cyclone Cup provincial Junior B hockey championship. The Cougars finish 2-2, having defeated the Kootenay league champion Castlegar Rebels 1-0 and tournament host Comox Valley Glacier Kings 6-1. The Sockeyes had the Cougars’ number all weekend,

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Victoria Cougars goalie Evan Roch, Richmond Sockeyes forward Jeremy Hamaguchi, No. 8, and Cougars defencemen Graham Zagrodney, No. 24, look for the puck during the gold medal final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial junior B championship on Sunday. winning 5-2 in their round robin game on Friday and then 4-1 in the final. The Sockeyes now advance to St. Malo, Man., this week for the Keystone Cup, Western Canadian junior B hockey championship. “(Victoria) is a good team

and our guys had to play real hard,” said Richmond head coach Aaron Wilbur. The Cougars graduate several players from its core, including captain Brody Coulter and assistant captain Sam Rice. sports@vicnews.com

Rugby’s centre of attention Travis Paterson News staff

Rugby Canada’s Langford factory is now producing a full line of products. The nation’s locally based rugby program held its first annual awards dinner at the Westin Bear Mountain on Saturday. Of the dozen award winners, seven were players who’ve trained regularly with the under-20 and senior national teams at Rugby Canada’s Centre of Excellence at City Centre Park in Langford. It’s all part of Rugby Canada’s newly established development model, with players coming through the provincial channels and into the under-20 and senior national programs at the COE. Tyler Ardron was named the men’s 15s Player of the Year. He is quick to attribute his success to the amount of time he’s spent on the Island in the past few years. For Ardron, a former McMaster Marauders CIS rugby player, it’s meant relocating to Langford full time, twice. “When I came out in 2012 I didn’t know where to live,” Ardron said. “Now there’s about 10 of us who live in Langford. And it’s starting to catch on (with the community), people recognize me now.” Though the men’s and women’s national programs have been more-orless based in Victoria for over a decade, having players living in Langford is a new phenomenon. Next for the COE is a dormitory to

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house players for short and extended training camps, though Ardron was unsure about staying there over the long term. “I don’t know how that will change things but it will be very helpful to players coming here for the first time.” The 21-year-old captained Canada to second place at the 2012 Americas Rugby Championship hosted in Langford back in October. Since then he completed a full semester towards his economics and finance degree at McMaster University in Hamilton and is now back in Langford, continuing his studies online, while preparing for a massive summer schedule on Canada’s sevens

and 15s teams. Ardron’s 15s Player of the Year counterpart is Maria Samson, a second rower from Calgary. Eleven of the trophies are brand new. Prop Hubert Buydens, a former Castaway Wanderers player, won the resurrected Canadian Shield, the national 15s Player’s Player of the Year award, as voted on by his teammates. The Canadian Shield was last awarded in 2006-07, shared between World Rugby Cup veterans Morgan Williams and Pat Riordan, who both played club rugby in Victoria. Also winning awards on Saturday were Jen Kish and John Moonlight winning the respective women’s and men’s sevens Player of the Year trophies. Bianca Farella and Lucas Hammond were named the respective Young Player of the Year (under-20) awards. Coach of the Year awards went to Chris Silverthorn (male) and Jen Ross (female). The Match Official of the Year is Andrew McMaster and the Provincial Union Award went to the Federation de Rugby du Quebec. Volunteer of the Year Award went to Dean Kittleson of Calgary, Alta. “The players will get their recognition, so it’s really important to recognize everyone that makes the game happen, the volunteers, referees and administrators,” said Gareth Rees, manager of the men’s 15s team. “(The awards dinner) is something that can become an annual event.” sports@vicnews.com

The ice may be out at Bear Mountain Arena but there is already reason to look forward to the Victoria Grizzlies 2013-14 season in the B.C. Hockey League. Namely, the return of the Fitzgerald brothers. BCHL fans should rejoice the Grizzlies’ are retaining the services of arguably the league’s most electric line of siblings Myles, Leo and Gerry. Few lines bring highlight reel plays and competitive drive the likes of the Port Alberni trio. Their play carried the Grizzlies to first in the league for a good stretch of the season and, when an injury ended Gerry’s season, the Grizz’ season seemed to hit the injury reserve too – though the team bounced back to play two full playoff rounds. The fact the Fitzgeralds are returning to Colwood in September instead of entering Div. 1 of the NCAA to the Grizzlies is due to some missing pieces in their education to date. After their breakout year in 2012-13 it’s clear the bros were ready for Div. 1 this September. The yhave a scholarship deal with the Bemidji State Beavers, but not until 2014-15. “They’re Div. 1 calibre players, there’s no question about that, they just have to make themselves Div. 1 post-secondary eligible,” Bestwick said. “Their focus hasn’t been academics. They’ve been given that opportunity now to focus on academics while they play their last year of Jr. A hockey. I’m certain that they comprehend the value of the opportunity they have and I’m sure they’ll be successful,” Bestwick added. Many Div. 1 hockey programs showed interest in the brothers, but the best offer so far is from the Bemidji State Beavers, who are willing to give all three a chance together. Bemidji is also willing to wait while the brothers upgrade their marks at Camosun College in the fall and winter semesters. As for the Grizzlies, it will be hard for Bestwick to repeat the magic of this season. The esteemed coach, with help from Craig Didmon, overhauled the Grizzlies’ depleted roster last summer and created a league contender. The club never recovered from a series of gameending incidents against the Chilliwack Chiefs on Jan. 17. “Unfortunately for us (that) debacle with Chilliwack significantly impacted our uniform in relation to suspensions,” Bestwick said. From Jan. 17 onward the Grizzlies players were suspended a total of 33 games, including one to Bestwick. “We’re very proud of what we accomplished, we also know we came up short getting the league title. We came up short of getting to the Coastal final and beyond. And when you don’t win your last game I think you’re always disappointed,” Bestwick said. “We’ll make some changes, yes, but I don’t foresee ever making as many as last summer.” sports@vicnews.com


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Oak Bay Barbarian Conor McDiarmid is tackled by St. Michael’s University School’s Mark Kiggundu with Dawit Workie in support during the Boot game at Oak Bay High School last week. Michael’s won 10-5. Sharon Tiffin News staff

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brought the Gareth Rees Boot Game trophy home with a 10-5 win over the Oak Bay Barbarians in high school rugby play last week. The close-scoring game was played at Oak Bay with high winds making for an unpredictable kicking game.

Flanker Zach Khan scored the try for St. Mikes. Dowit Workie converted the try and also notched a penalty goal. Oak Bay's Matt Carson scored his team's only try. The win is a bit of an upset for St. Mikes. Oak Bay is

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much bigger, and is led by a core of provincial level players, Tyler McDiarmid, Conor McDiarmid, Jack Nyren and Morgan Tate (scrum half) in the backs and Evan Cambridge in the back row of the scrum. Which goes to show St. Mikes is also going to be a force among boys rugby high school teams this year. But instead of running with the bigger schools at the AAA level, St. Mikes has chosen to play within their numbers at the AA level, though they'll play crossover games with AAA teams in the city's high school rugby league. It should give St. Mikes a fighting chance when it comes time for provincials. The decision to play at the AA level is due to St. Mikes’ lack of physical size more than its lack of numbers, coach Ian Hyde-Lay said. “This year’s team is tiny, they more than punched over their weight class (Wednesday). “It will wear on them, we have eight games coming up, and it’s going to be an issue keeping them ready. “We have some guys who are at the provincial level in terms of talent, but are in different situations.” The boot game was St. Mikes’ second win of the season, having earlier defeated the Claremont Spartans 28-5. sports@vicnews.com

St. Mikes, Oak Bay qualify for rugby sevens provincials Travis Paterson News staff

The renowned Shawnigan Lake Stags rugby program reared reclaimed its dominant form winning the Vancouver Island Seven Aside Rugby Championships at UVic’s Centennial Stadium on Sunday (April 14). The Stags won the Radu Shield in the final, 31-7 over the St. Michaels University School Blue Jaguars. Saanich Police sponsored the tournament, as the Shield is named for Saanich Police officer Roy Radu, a former captain of Canada’s 15s team. The Oak Bay Barbarians finished third, defeating G.P. Vanier 19-15 in the third-place game. The top four teams, Shawnigan, St. Mikes, Oak Bay and Vanier all qualify for the high school boys rugby sevens provincials at the University of B.C., April 27 and 28. Brentwood finished fifth, Cowichan was sixth, Shawnigan Lake’s B squad was seventh and Ladysmith was seventh. The Glenlyon Norfolk School Gryphons took down the Pacific Christian School Pacers 24-12 for ninth place.

Over 1,200 visit for Scrum Fest Schools from far and near scrummed down in the Spartan Scrum Fest earlier last week, from Thursday to Saturday at Claremont secondary. The fifth annual Scrum Fest featured 30 high school teams in the senior and junior boys divisions. The event drew approximatley 1,200 visiting players, coaches and parents said organzier Phil Ohl, coach of the Claremont Spartans. This year’s tourney included a middle and elementary school clinic and jamboree with instruction from UVic Vikes coach Doug Tate and B.C. Sevens youth coach Shane Thompson. A high schoo. players clinic was put on by members of Rugby Canada’s men’s team. sports@vicnews.com

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ACCOUNTING Vida Samimi

ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637. THE LANGFORD MANdecks, fences, quality work, competitive pricing, licensed & insured. Fred, (250)514-5280.

GORDON HEAD - Dad and Son - Lawn and Garden. We mow and hoe. We also trim Hedges + Prune. Most lawns $30-40 then $20 hour. Gary and Michael 250-472-0635

Certified General Accountant Bookkeeping, Audit, Payroll, HST. Set up & Training. E-File

TAX

250-477-4601 TAX RETURNS $40 EFILE. Accounting, year ends. Call Mike 250-595-8110.

BUSINESS SERVICES ARE YOU applying for or have you been denied Canada Pension Plan disability benefits? Do not proceed alone. Call Allison Schmidt 1-877-793-3222 www.dcac.ca

CARPENTRY BENOIT CONSTRUCTION. Reno’s & Additions. Windows, Doors, Decks. 250-479-0748. McGREGOR HOME Repair & Renos. Decks to doors. Small jobs OK. WCB. (250)655-4518

CARPET INSTALLATION

GARDENING (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.

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. EXPERIENCED ELECTRICIAN. Reasonable rates. 250744-6884. Licence #22202. GNC ELECTRIC Res/Comm. Reasonable rates for quality work. #43619. 250-883-7632. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

HEDGES & EDGES- Residential only. Garden maintenance shrubs, hedges, gardening, mulch etc. Reliable & conscientious. References available. Call (778)425-0013.

VIP GUTTER CLEANING

Powerwashing, de-mossing, roof sweeps, repairs, windows, gutter guards. Insured. Free Estimates.

HANDYPERSONS

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

BIG BEAR Handyman. Decks, Stairs, Painting, General household repairs. Free estimate. Call Barry 250-896-6071 1 J&L Gardening yard cleanup and maintenance. Master gardeners. John or Louise (250)891-8677.

(250) 858-0588 - Tree Service - Landscaping - Lawn & Garden Clean ups - Hedge trimming & Pruning - Pressure washing - Gutters Free estimates * WCB www.mowtime.ca BEST DEAL Yard main. Lawns, power raking, hedging, power washing, clean-ups. 250-217-6850 DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141

ELITE GARDEN MAINTENANCE

LANDSCAPE & TREE- lawns, hedges-tree pruning, gardening/landscaping. WCB. 18 yrs exp. Andrew 250-893-3465. LAWN AND Garden Maintenance. Garden cleanups and upgrades. Premium Bark Mulch delivery and installation. Hedge trimming. Quality and value. 250-652-4879 LAWNCUTTING~ QUALITY mowing and trimming! Average size city lots around $30. Call Andy @ 250-475-0424. SPRING CLEANups, complete maintenance. Residential & Commercial. 250-474-4373.

HAULING AND SALVAGE $20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. CITY HAUL- a lot of junk won’t fit in your trunk, you’re in luck I own a truck. 250-891-2489.

JUNK REMOVAL 7 days / wk. Fast Service, Best Prices!! Free quotes. (250)857-JUNK. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774 SMART GUYS Hauling. Garden waste, junk removal, clean-ups, etc. Reliable, courteous service. 250-544-0611 or 250-889-1051.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETE HOME Repairs. Suites, Renos, Carpentry, Drywall, Painting. Licenced and insured. Darren 250-217-8131.

CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463. GARY’S HAULING. One call does it all. Small demos & yard clean-up. Vehicle & metal recycling. Call (778)966-1413.

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

WILL DO GARDENING etc. $15/hr. Your tools. Reliable. Call (250)383-3995.

Renovating Older Gardens, Horticulturalist, Clean-ups

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

778-678-2524 GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236.

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

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

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

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

MASONRY & BRICKWORK

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

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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. www.cbsmasonry.com MAMMOTH LANDSCAPING & Masonry - Have the luxury of masons and horticulturists working together on your project. For consult call Calvin Veenstra - 250-883-7666 ROMAX MASONRY. Exp’d & Professional. Chimneys, Brick Veneer, Retaining Rock Walls, Cultured Stone, Interlocking Paving. Excavating. Fully insured. Estimates. 250-588-9471

MOVING & STORAGE 2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)686-6507. DIAMOND Moving- 1 ton 2 ton. Prices starting at $80/hr. Call 250-220-0734. DONE RIGHT MOVING $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Est’s. No travel time before or after. SMOOTH MOVES. Call Tyler at 250-418-1747. WRIGHT BROS Moving. $80/HR for 2 men. Senior’s discount. Philip (250)383-8283

PAINTING

SMALL JOB RENOVATIONS & HOME REPAIR Phone: (250) 213-5781

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

Kitchen and bathroom Home suites to code Fencing, decks, porches 15% discount for seniors

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

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

QUALITY INSULATION blown fiberglass. Affordable rates. WCB. (250)896-6652.

JUNK BOX- We Do All The Loading

250-479-7950 FREE ESTIMATES • Lawn Maintenance • Landscaping • Hedge Trimming • Tree Pruning • Yard Cleanups • Gardening/Weeding • Aeration, Odd Jobs NO SURPRISES NO MESS www.hollandave.ca

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INSULATION

250-507-6543.

BEETLES RESIDENTIAL Renovations Ltd. Bathrooms, decks, painting, landscaping and handyman services. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free estimates. Call 250-889-4245.

CARPET, LINO installation restretches & repairs. 30 years exp. Glen, 250-474-1024.

COMPUTER SERVICES

250.388.3535

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

ST PAINTING free est, written guarantee and full ref’s. WCB ins. Call Kaleb (250)884-2597.

PLUMBING EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104. FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376. FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544.

PRESSURE WASHING DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm. ISLAND POWER Washing. Driveways, patios, walkways. Free est. Chris (250)885-7494.

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

TREE SERVICES BUDDY’S TREE SERVICESTrimming, pruning, chipping, removals, hedges, lawn care, Insured. Keith, (250)474-3697.

WINDOW CLEANING DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190. GLEAMING WINDOWS Gutters+De-moss. Free estimate. 18 yrs. Brian, 514-7079. WCB. NORM’S WINDOW Cleaning. 250-812-3213. WCB. www.normswindowcleaning.ca

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

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SAANICH SAANICH NEWS NEWS -- Wednesday, Wednesday, April April 17, 17, 2013 2013 

B.C. Rail conflict complaint rejected Tom Fletcher Black Press

A conflict-of-interest complaint against Premier Christy Clark for her role in the 2003 sale of B.C. Rail assets has been dismissed. Saskatchewan lawyer Gerald Gerrand reviewed the complaint made by Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen after he quit the B.C. Liberal Party last year. In a 40-page decision, Gerrand found that Clark had no way to benefit personally from the sale, and that her decision to absent herself from 2003 cabinet discussions did not demonstrate a real or perceived conflict of interest. Clark said she is relieved that the report is out, putting to rest what she described as “rumours, gossip and nasty untruths” about her conduct as education minister. “For me it’s proof that anybody can say anything, and it doesn’t have to be true for it to be hurtful, and it doesn’t have to be true for it to be reported again and again and again,” Clark said. Gerrand was harshly critical of some of van Dongen’s accusations, noting that they arose nine years after cabinet meetings that van Dongen attended as agriculture minister. Van Dongen’s complaints about Clark’s dealings with a lobbying firm representing one of the bidders for B.C. Rail are “replete with suspicion and innuendo,” Gerrand wrote. One of the accusations was that Clark may have been a source of confidential information that was passed to the bidder,

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U.S.-based OmniTRAX. The leaked information was central to the case against two former ministerial assistants in the B.C. government, Dave Basi and Bobby Virk.

Basi and Virk eventually pleaded guilty to breach of trust and accepting benefits for their role in the case, admitting to providing confidential bid information to

OmniTRAX in exchange for money and a trip to Denver to take in a football game. Garrand interviewed a long list of players in the B.C. Rail controversy, includ-

ing Clark’s former husband Mark Marrissen and Erik Bornmann, a lobbyist with Pilothouse Public Affairs, which represented OmniTRAX.

Its findings offer a preview of a commission of inquiry into the sale of the railway that NDP leader Adrian Dix has pledged to hold if he wins the provincial election.

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