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Going ‘green’ pays off for Saanich elementary Campus View awarded $25,000 leading into community EarthFest Edward Hill News staff

Two years ago, an ambitious gang of eight-year-olds walked into David Hovis’ office and kindly suggested their school needed an environmental club. The Campus View elementary principal is glad he said yes, for plenty of reasons. Today, the school is launching its second annual EarthFest community festival, and for its overall environmental efforts, last week Staples Canada awarded Campus View $25,000 worth of computer equipment. The festival and the award are in a large part thanks to the efforts of Reina GirvanRandall, one of the kids who helped launch the school “Green Team” club in 2011. The 10-year-old Grade 5 student penned an essay in February outlining what the school has done to boost its environmental participation and recycling program, and submitted it for the Staples Canada’s “Recycle for Education” contest. “I wrote (the essay) in one night, on the night before it was due,” Reina said. “I just wrote about the things we do to be Earth friendly.” “Twenty five thousand dollars for one evening’s work is a high return,” Hovis quipped. On Thursday at the school, corporate and local Staples representatives unveiled a poster announcing Campus View had won the $25,000 prize, one of 10 in Canada and selected from 600 entries. “It was shocking. I didn’t expect it. I was really happy and surprised,” Reina said laughing. She’d expected Staples Canada to tout its own environmental programs. “When they said you won $25,000 worth of computer equipment, I thought it was going to be a different thing. I kind of thought the chart would show how Earth-

friendly Staples had been over the year.” The school itself doesn’t have a computer lab, and Hovis said staff and students will give input on how to best improve technology at the school. “We want to look at different options, like the opportunity for a mobile cart of laptops or iPads,” he said. “This is well needed at the school and it’s very exciting.” Over the past two years, the Campus View school Green Team has grown from a few kids to 32, plus staff and parent volunteers. This year it helped push the school toward a full recycling program, including food scraps. Team members collect classroom recycling bins every Friday. “I don’t enjoy (picking up) composting, but I always remind myself it helps the environment by doing it,” said Reina, who, besides being an impassioned environmentalist, enjoys choir, gymnastics and piano. “Overall, EarthFest is my favourite event because all the stations are really fun. The stations are run by the Green Team, all Grade 4s and 5s. It’s nice to be part of that.” Reina herself had proposed EarthFest at an ecological summer camp called Friends Uniting for Nature, which granted her $400 for the initial 2012 event, and backed the festival with another $500 this year. Like last year, the school’s EarthFest will feature student-created environmental displays, and has expanded to include a bike rally. Last year Reina helped run “guess how long it takes to biodegrade.” Today she and a friend will host a station on endangered animal species. “Even if (the subject) isn’t fun, we try to make a game of it and give out prizes,” she said. Organizations like the Capital Regional District, the Victoria Natural History Society and Habitat for Humanity will set up booths. One time Campus View school parent and prolific climate scientist (and B.C. Green Party candidate) Andrew Weaver will give a talk. PlEASE SEE: First Nations, climate scientist, Page A7

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Two more fires thought linked to recent arsons

Federal forestry scientist Elisa Becker checks on Interior Douglas firs growing at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Saanich. Becker and her team are stressing out thousands of fir trees in an effort to pin down the genetic traits that allow some trees to grow through drought and disease.

Police still following leads in fire that destroyed restaurant Kyle Slavin News staff

A dumpster fire last Thursday afternoon has Saanich police believing it may be linked to a rash of fires last Friday, including one that destroyed the ABC Country Restaurant on Maple Street. Saanich fire crews responded to the 800block of Tolmie Ave. at 1:30 p.m. on April 18 after reports of a fire in a dumpster in the parkade below the Sears Home store. The fire is being deemed suspicious, and has caught the attention of Saanich police. The ABC restaurant that was set ablaze is two blocks from Sears. Police have yet to make arrests in the five fires that were set April 11 and 12. “Given the close proximity of the fires and given the type of incident, it would appear as though there is a likelihood that they may be related,” Sgt. Steve Eassie said, referring to the dumpster fires at ABC and Sears. Victoria fire crews also responded to a fire Thursday morning at the Vacation Inn on Douglas Street, just south of Mayfair Shopping Centre. The hotel is less than a kilometre away from the Sears store. Multiple fires lit from toilet paper had been set in the men’s washroom near the hotel restaurant, said to Lt. Insp. Brad Sifert with the Victoria Fire Department. “They set fires in two stalls, and then they actually took a garbage can and put it on top of a toilet. And there’s a room where there’s storage, it looks like they tried to (burn) that too by slipping something under the door,” Sifert said. Eassie said investigators are sharing information with Victoria police and fire, and believe there could be a series of other recent fires related to the arsons. “Investigators are going back looking over the incidents from the past month and are comparing notes,” Eassie said. “They’re going through methodically and trying to link any forensic evidence from either of the fires, trying to determine the source of all those fires, trying to determine concretely that they are related.” Eassie said on Monday that police investigators continue to follow up leads. Police believe there are at least two people responsible for the fires. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 250-475-4321. kslavin@saanichnews.com

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Search for the toughest of trees Pacific Forestry Centre in Saanich stresses out Douglas firs in a bid to create stronger forests Edward Hill News staff

It’s hard to tell at a glance, but greenhouses at the Pacific Forestry Centre are home to some stressed out trees. A veritable forest of 5,000 Interior Douglas fir seedlings, each in its own pot, are waiting for the hammer to drop. Half will be infected with a nasty fungus normally carried by the Douglas fir beetle. The remainder are fated to become blighted with two different kinds of often-fatal root rot disease. Three thousand other Douglas firs have already been squeezed dry from various levels of an imposed drought. Stressing out trees at the Saanich-based federal forestry lab is an effort to find Douglas firs that will not only survive through hard times, but are genetically hearty enough to thrive. It’s those rare genetic traits of both tolerance and resistance that research scientist Elisa Becker is hunting for. Facing a shifting climate over the long term and plenty of diseases and pests, zeroing in on genetic advantages will help promote higher survival rates for tree planting, and ultimately improve timber yield and quality for one of B.C.’s most economically valuable trees. “(Forestry managers) want trees that grow fast, but you might get less quality and get root diseases faster,” Becker says.

“It’s a bit of a trade-off. We realize now (growth) isn’t the only goal. You want fit trees that can withstand stressors and have quality. We want to see if we can get everything without trade-offs.” For the next few months, the seedling forest at PFC will be watered and grown, before fungus “lollipops” are inserted into PVC tubes that reach the roots in each pot. After a year, each of those thousands of trees will have employed strategies to combat infection – some might stop growing, while others may develop large lesions within the wood. Some, a small number, might fight off the fungus and keep growing dense timber almost as if nothing were there. Becker’s team has seen this tolerance and resistance in action in the drought phase of the study last year. “With drought, some handled being dry and grew, and some shut down,” she says. “Normally we’d look for resistance of what the tree can survive and how it limits damage. But tolerance is important. If there is a lesion or damage and there’s still good quality wood, we want that.” In terms of root rot, the PCF study plans to infect its Douglas firs with Phellinus, a coastal fungus, and Armillaria, found in the southern B.C. Interior. Root rot does just that – weakens roots in ways that are largely hidden until the tree falls in a windstorm. “Root disease is not like the pine beetle, which is bright red. Root diseases are underground eating trees,” Becker said. “It doesn’t impact mortality but it impacts volume, height and growth. If we can improve the quality of wood and volume, this (study) will make a difference that way.”

The work builds off similar research on increasing resistance to root-rot led by forestry centre scientist Mike Cruickshank. The study led by Becker is the largest, the first to stress out the same variety of tree in multiple ways. “Trees react differently to disease, but when tree growth is affected, wood quality will be affected as well,” Cruickshank said in a May 2011 edition of Information Forestry. “This is a major issue upstream on the value chain, where people rely on consistent wood quality.” Barry Jaquish, a B.C. Ministry of Forests scientist at the Kalamalka Forest Centre in Vernon, provided PFC with the Douglas fir seedlings, and is a partner in the study. Understanding resistance and tolerance could lead to improved tree breeding for the 15 to 16 million Douglas fir seedings planted each year in the Interior, he said. “We want to make sure the trees planted have a good chance to survive and grow. It’s not a huge problem, but it’s of economic importance,” Jaquish said. “If there is Armallaria (fungus), we lose a lot of those trees.” Building pest- and disease-resistant forests, which extends to other species like weevil-resistant spruce trees, is also about being prepared for impacts of climate change within British Columbia and Canada. The expectation is that the overall climate will be drier and more prone to tree diseases. “It’s a challenge. We think with climate change there will be more of these hostpest problems,” Jacquish said. “We want to be proactive and responsive to these things.” editor@saanichnews.com


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St. Luke Cedar Hill Church is hosting its spring fair on Saturday (April 27), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd. The fair features plants, antiques, collectibles, jewelry,

The Department of National Defence is warning people in the Willis Point area of Saanich that it plans to conduct weapons firing at night on Saturday. Night firing at Heals Range, west of the junction of Willis Point Road and Wallace Drive is expected to run from 5 p.m.

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The Victoria Regional Transit Commission has proposed a plan to designate busonly lanes on Douglas Street from downtown to Hillside Avenue during rush hour. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Meribeth Burton, spokesperson for B.C. Transit, said the goal is to also host public consultations by mid-June. Short-term plans don’t change the fact the region is still looking at a long-term transportation strategy that could include rapid bus or light-rail transit. “This is incremental. As we look out into the future, Uptown will provide the hub for whatever transit system is envisioned for our area,” Brice said. “So it’s important that all these steps lead ultimately to a regional system.” to midnight on April 27.

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right-of-way would save up to four minutes on each bus trip. “It’s a practical plan, and a relatively inexpensive way we think we can get some immediate gains,” Brice said. The proposal sees the outer lanes along Douglas Street used for buses for two hours during the morning commute and two hours during the evening commute. The lanes would have normal use outside of these hours. Slightly longer-term goals, which will continue to be discussed, include creating bus queue-jumper lanes in Saanich on McKenzie Avenue, at Quadra Street and Shelbourne Street, and along the Island Highway in Colwood and View Royal. Constructing queue jumper lanes, which would give buses priority at intersections, requires acquiring land to build out the right-of-way. “They’re right on the immediate planning docket, as well, but the answers aren’t as obvious as just setting aside lanes,” Brice said. Saanich, Victoria, Colwood and View Royal councils, along with the Capital Regional District’s planning, transportation and protective services committee, will look at the plans for discussion and approval. Residents will have an opportunity at the meetings to voice their opinions.

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Donations of organic foods from Victoria farms and grocery stores will allow the event to feed several hundred people. “UVic is now involved with a traditional welcoming ceremony by an elder at the First Peoples House, it really feels like a community event this year,” said Reina’s mom Anita Girvan, a lead parent volunteer behind EarthFest. She credits Hovis with allowing the students and parents to grow the Green Team and its projects. “It’s not every principal, who when kids come and ask to do this, says ‘Of course.’ He gave us carte blanche to do this (festival). It’s a lovely climate at the school with Mr. Hovis at the helm.”

“It’s really been about the kids in this creating a success behind this whole project. There’d be no Green Team or EarthFest without parent volunteers and Anita showing leadership with EarthFest,” Hovis said. “It takes the students and parents to make this special event happen.” Campus View elementary EarthFest is on Wednesday, April 24, 3900 Gordon Head Rd., and is open to the community. People are encouraged to bring plates and utensils and cups to sample donated food. The bike rally starts at 3:30 p.m. and goes from the school to the First Peoples House at UVic for a welcoming ceremony at 3:45 p.m. EarthFest activities at Campus View run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. editor@saanichnews.com


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Wright’s passion is his legacy T he passing of a local businessman is not usual fodder for editorials, but Bob Wright was not just any local businessman. Wright was the stuff of legends. A big man with big dreams, he built his multi-million dollar dynasty from humble beginnings, and he did it all from his home base in Oak Bay. Wright was a man moved by passion. His love for fishing and the outdoors brought him to Victoria. He translated that love into a fishing business that bloomed into a marina that blossomed into fishing resorts, restaurants, tourist attractions and a vacation resort in the Bahamas. Over the course of his career, Wright built an empire that took people out of their everyday existence and brought them closer to nature. It was not without missteps though. Even after his death Wright is being criticized for his takeover of the Pedder Bay manufactured home park to create an RV resort and for removing orcas from the wild to populate Sealand of the Pacific, an aquarium that operated in Oak Bay for 11 years, until the death of Kelti Byrne, 20, a UVic marine biology student who fell into the whale pool and was dragged by orcas until she drowned. Talking about that event, even 20 years later, brought tears to Wright’s eyes. One of Wright’s biggest assets was his giving nature, his willingness to lend a helping hand and the way he made time to talk to anyone who dropped by his office at the marina. His love of nature and conservation – which was also his motivation to capture whales, thought of as predators at the time – was what moved him to make an $11 million donation to UVic for scientific research on climate change, which led to the creation of the Bob Wright Centre for Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The gift will go well beyond the boundaries of Greater Victoria and the university and will make a difference to the future of our oceans and potentially the planet as a whole. Not bad for a gumboot fisherman.

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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he B.C. Liberal Party deserves on that when it was announced, and the platform doesn’t shed credit for releasing its policy any new light. All we have is a big book in full on the eve of logo on the side of Clark’s the formal election campaign bus declaring campaign. “DEBT FREE B.C.” That’s about the only As I’ve written before, positive thing to be said there is plenty of real about it. evidence of a huge new For those who take the LNG industry in the time to read party leader making. As for paying Christy Clark’s 40-page off the $60 billion debt booklet, there are a few that the B.C. Liberals’ nuggets of news. For pre-election budget instance, a re-elected predicts will keep growing, B.C. Liberal government Tom Fletcher cartoonist Adrian Raeside would continue its B.C. Views summed it up best: LNG justice reform agenda revenues are “Christy by moving traffic ticket disputes out of courtrooms, as they Clark’s invisible friend.” Clark finished up last week with did with impaired driving cases. stops in Terrace and Prince Rupert, Most of it consists of glowing promising an LNG windfall for local descriptions of the government’s governments as well. She repeated 12-year record, and attacks on the platform’s attack line that the the NDP of the kind that are not NDP are going to wreck the trillionnormally seen in a platform. This is dollar LNG boom with a Quebecconsistent with Clark’s style since style moratorium on “fracking” she was anointed party leader two to extract gas from deep shale years ago. formations. The main focus, as revealed That’s not an outright lie, but it’s in February’s throne speech, is almost as speculative as Clark’s a plan to pay off B.C.’s growing notions of a 30-year windfall that debt and perhaps even get rid of could at best barely start during the provincial sales tax with an Alberta-style “prosperity fund” from the next four-year term. The NDP are not calling for liquefied natural gas exports. a moratorium on natural gas Whether this is from imposing a production. They’re calling for new export tax on LNG or simply yet another “review,” one of many from a windfall of gas royalties is vague, wobbly positions that have not clear. Clark and her energy been adopted by both minister contradicted each other

dominant parties. An earlier premier named Glen Clark became famous for “freezing” things like ferry fares and car insurance rates. Now Christy Clark is “freezing” personal income tax rates for five years, and carbon tax rates too. That implies she’s planning to win this election and the next one, at a time when it is unclear whether she can even hold her seat in Vancouver-Point Grey. The B.C. Liberals will cut small business taxes by a point, some time in the next five years. They will also increase income tax on large businesses and personal income of more than $150,000, but that’s not mentioned in their platform, since it goes against 12 years of their policy as a government. • A clarification of last week’s column on the B.C. Conservative platform. Leader John Cummins informs me his plan to phase out the carbon tax does not include reversing the personal and business income tax rate reductions that were legislated as the fuel tax reached its current level. The platform asserts that total provincial revenues will continue to rise in the next four years, despite the uncompensated loss of $1 billion from the carbon tax. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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companies, big and small, alue added products and have capitalized on marketing marketing get talked about and manufacturing spin-off a lot in B.C., but it we never opportunities from basic seem to be able to pull it off here concepts. in a big way for some reason. Take M&M candies for Gas and crude oil get shipped instance. Anyone who was born out of the country for processing, in the 1950s remembers the while cargo ship decks are TV ads in the early ’60s. The stacked with entire forests for ad tagline went something like milling overseas. “Melts in your mouth, not in The jobs of refining resources your hand,” and a woman would lie offshore while governments Chris Bush and labour organizations appear Guest Comment open her white-gloved hand – in those days women often still powerless to do anything about wore gloves when they dressed it. up – to reveal a glove unstained by the two Oh sure, we glue wood scraps together or three M&M’s she’d been holding. to make floor joists and roof trusses and Why make chocolate that doesn’t melt? smelt junked electronic circuit boards A lot of U.S. troops were fighting in hot for their metals. I think we even recycle climates during the Second World War and paper products into toilet tissue here too. needed an energy snack they could carry But whether you call it recycling or down with them. cycling, is any of it leading toward some A side benefit of chocolate with a high kind of value-added, job rich, economic melting point is riflemen wouldn’t get Nirvana? sticky trigger fingers from the candy. What surprises me is how some

Forest Mars, of the Mars Company, got the idea when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. He developed a process for making M&M’s, but he needed Bruce Murrie of Hershey’s Chocolate – who got a 20 per cent share of the product – which had control of chocolate that was rationed in the U.S. in 1941 when the candy was developed. So Mars and Murrie made a lot of money. Want to see what M&M’s have become? Check out M&M World online. Talk about value added. Down the road a ways one business capitalized on Americans’ love for Vegas weddings and guns. Shotgun Weddings by the Gun Store offers a, ahem, “range” of matrimonial wedding packages that include firing machine guns and other weapons to get couples started on their lives together with a real bang, so to speak. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself at shotgunweddings.com.

Speaking of ambush marketing, I’ll admit I’m no marketing genius, but I recognize good opportunities after brighter minds have spotted them. If I can’t capitalize on them I can at least enjoy watching the multi-million dollar corporate spats that often result like the ones that erupted between Kodak and Fujifilm, Nike and Reebok and Visa and American Express at world Olympics over the past three decades. I’m confident they will continue to entertain almost as satisfyingly as the sporting competition itself at future Olympics. But I really appreciate the simple, direct approach when it comes to ensuring business success. My all time favourite real world example of the old adage, location, location, location was in Seaside, Ore., where in 1995 I came across a taxidermy shop that had opened up right next door to a veterinary clinic. Chris Bush writes for the Nanaimo News Bulletin.

LETTERS No truth behind sewage treatment plant The Capital Regional District knows the truth about wastewater. Their engineers know the truth. The wastewater management committee knows the truth – but they hope that you don’t know the truth and they’re banking on it. They are hiding behind a smoke screen of flawed federal legislation and public perception. They will soon begin to pick the pockets of local taxpayers to the tune of a billion dollars – a billion dollars that could be used to improve our transportation system or address other matters of greater urgency. Instead, they plan to squander it on an unstudied and unnecessary mega-project that will disrupt the lives of thousands of people and cripple the local tax base.    The CRD has no right to build a sewage bio-solids facility in the backyards of Esquimalt residents. In fact, they have no right to build it anywhere until they can demonstrate that spending a billion dollars on sewage treat-

ment will be any better for the environment than what we are doing now.   Lingxia Li Saanich

No sense mashing together municipalities I read that another group is promoting the issue of amalgamation of the metro Victoria municipalities. I shake my head. Let me make the following two points for the new group. First point: the municipal model of government evolved approximately 900-years-ago (give or take a few years). Now, let’s use an analogy for what the group proposes. We have 13, 900-year-old cars and we want to amalgamate them into one car.  What is the result? A humongous, 900 year old car, with all the old problems of the smaller cars, plus a host of new ones besides.    Second point:  remember Pareto’s principle. Pareto says that 20 per cent of the group’s work will accomplish 80 per cent of what they want to achieve.  So how does that relate to their project? Well, maybe merging 20 per cent of the municipalities would

be a good first step.

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We don’t need this kind of an election promise Why do some people want to have marijuana legalized so badly? A newscaster suggested recently that the candidates running in the B.C. election should make it an election promise. Why? Does it not click in that drugs cause depression, and affects your heart and lungs? Any politician that thinks legalizing marijuana will be good for his career is living in la la land. Drugs, and marijuana is a drug, turns nice folks into rotters. We don’t need this kind of election promise. Eileen Nattrass Saanichton

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Chinese bank backs Kitimat oil refinery Tom Fletcher Black Press

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country’s largest bank, has agreed to take part in financing a large-scale oil refinery proposed for Kitimat. Kitimat Clean Ltd., a company owned by Black Press chairman David Black, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding Thursday. The agreement commits the bank to “be the Chinese financial advisor to Kitimat Clean and cooperate in the financing of the proposed Kitimat refinery and associated pipelines and other elements,” Black said in a statement. “Chinese companies will be involved in the engineering and construction of the refinery,” Black said. “Up to 100 per cent of the output from the refinery is planned to be sold to Asian markets, including China and India.” He added that majority control of the businesses will remain in Canada.

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Liu Yanping, deputy head of corporate banking, and Huang Jifa, deputy head of investment banking at the Chinese bank, said in the statement: “We are very pleased to be working toward a comprehensive agreement to finance a refinery in Canada, which is planning to export refined fuels to China and other Asian countries in the future.” Black released a Mustel Group poll in February that found three out of four B.C. residents support the idea to refine crude oil in Kitimat rather than export the raw product, diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands, by tanker. The same poll found that 57 per cent respondents opposed the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. Black has suggested his project may grow to include an alternative pipeline proposal, or oil shipped by the CN Rail line that already connects the Edmonton area with the North Coast. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Beacon Hill traffic complaints ease Ben Gawletz News staff

Its been nearly eight months since Victoria started its traffic pilot project in Beacon Hill Park. Any initial grumblings from motorists who found they could no longer take the same routes through the park have since quieted down, said Marg Gardiner, president of James Bay Neighbourhood Association. The traffic calming pilot project that started with some resistance last August has more recently been

“getting accolades,” she said. “It’s easier to walk through the park with mobility problems,” Gardiner said. “Even with the partial road closures, there are still lots of cars in the park. The more we make the park pedestrian friendly, the more we’ll see people use it.” The pilot, which was originally intended to last three months, has been extended to August. Victoria is still compiling public feedback on changes in the park to determine if they will be made permanent.

Public Tours of Water Supply Facilities May 6 - 11, 2013

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Integrated Water Services department is offering free public tours of the Greater Victoria water supply facilities including the Sooke Dam and the ultraviolet treatment plant. Learn how our high quality drinking water is delivered from the source to your tap. Three free bus tours will leave each day from the main parking area at Thetis Lake Regional Park from Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11. This year there are two tour options: a 5.5 hour tour leaving at 9:30 am and shorter 3 hour tours leaving at 9:15 am and 1 pm. Location: Main parking area at Thetis Lake Regional Park - end of Six Mile Rd Times: Long Tour: 9:30 am (returning at approximately 3 pm) Short Tour: 9:15 am (returning at approximately 12:15 pm) 1 pm (returning at approximately 4 pm) Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 250.940.0200. The tours are not recommended for children under 12. Free parking is available. Visit www.crd.bc.ca for more information.

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THE ARTS Victoria is feeling the blues HOT TICKET Cowboy Junkies

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If the blues is your genre of music then the Upper Deck Sports Lounge is the place to be on the weekends, as it hosts a variety of talent just waiting to entertain. Walking into the lounge, the first sight to see is the small stage next to the entrance, occupied by the Deb Rhymer Band. It’s hard to fathom how such a small space can hold such a big sound. The next thing you’ll notice is dozens of people already there, covered in smiles and bursting with conversation, or on the dance floor jamming with the band. It seems that no one is a stranger when they come to the lounge. Deb Rhymer, the lead singer of the band, is also the director of the Victoria Blues Society. Her band hosts the Sunday Blues Jam at the lounge where blues players from around the community can come and pick up instruments and jam with people they may

The Victoria Jazz Society presents Canadian alternative country/ blues/folk rock band Cowboy Junkies. The band has built up a dedicated following in the alternative rock community. Cowboy Junkies play at Alix Goolden Hall on April 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at rmts.bc.ca.

Neil Taylor of the Deb Rhymer Band is picking out some blues on Sunday. Ben Gawletz photo

have never even played with before. Rhymer is also starting a new monthly venue in May at the lounge: Saturday Night Juke Joint.

Juke joints were created in the South by African Americans to play blues music where everyone could dance and have a place to enjoy music and became the

voice of the blues, says Rhymer. “(The) Saturday Night Juke Joint is a great way to show the image of the venue we want,” says Rhymer on why she is

helping to create the event. “We want intimate, dancing and great music,” she adds. There are at least 15 blues bands in “We want Victoria and others up intimate, Island that dancing and Rhymer hopes to recruit for great music.” the Juke Joint. - Deb Rhymer The blues seem very popular within Victoria, and events are always busy, she says. Rhymer is hoping for the first Juke Joint event to sell out. So far a third of the tickets have been sold for the first show, which will be host to Suzie Vinnick, a Juno Award nominee and Maples Blues Award winner. The first show will be held 8 p.m., Sat. May 4, at the Upper Deck Sports Lounge at 229 Gorge Road. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You can buy tickets at the Sunday Blues Jam at the Upper Deck Sports Lounge or at Lyle’s Place at 770 Yates St. llavin@vicnews.com

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Earth Month…Act for the planet! FortisBC supports the environment in operations and services offered By Tom Loski

Through FortisBC’s PowerSense programs, electricity customers saved an estimated 32 million kilowatt hours of electricity last year.

Earth Day is celebrated annually April 22 with events held across the globe to demonstrate support for protecting the environment. FortisBC recognizes that sound environmental practices make good business sense and that’s why the company is committed to delivering safe, reliable energy in an environmentally responsible way to all of the communities we serve. We look for ways to support the environment in our operations and with services that we provide to our customers. One simple way customers can help the environment is to consider our paperless billing option, a fast and simple way to save paper and ultimately our forests. When customers go paperless, their bill is delivered directly to their email address as a PDF file attached to the email. The eBill service is a fast, easy and environmentally friendly way for customers to access both their electricity and natural gas bill. Another simple way customers can

look at reducing their carbon footprint is through rebates and financial incentives offered as part of our PowerSense and Energy Efficiency and Conservation programs. . Through FortisBC’s PowerSense programs, electricity customers saved an estimated 32 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2012. The PowerSense programs helps customers conserve energy and get the most out of their energy dollar by providing both finan-

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renewable natural gas comes from organic waste found at local landfills and farms. Instead of escaping into the atmosphere as a harmful greenhouse gas, it’s captured, cleaned and added to our pipeline, giving our customers a renewable energy source. For about $5 more per month on their natural gas bill, customers can designate 10 per cent of their natural gas use as renewable. We’ll then inject an equivalent amount into our system. To date, more than 60 businesses and close to 3,800 residential customers have signed up to be part of the renewable natural gas program. Helping customers conserve energy is one of the most cost effective ways for us to meet future needs. And by making thoughtful energy choices — whether it’s switching to paperless billing, installing energy efficient lighting or upgrading to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace — you’re supporting the environment. Tom Loski is the vice president of customer service at FortisBC.


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NDP offers two-year ferry fare freeze Tom Fletcher Black Press

An NDP government would cancel a four-per-cent increase in B.C. Ferries fares scheduled for next spring, freezing fares for two years as they conduct an “audit” to determine the future of coastal ferry service. NDP transportation critic Maurine Karagianis said last Wednesday the government would provide an additional $20 million in each of the next two years to make up for the fare revenue lost by cancelling the increase, which was ordered last year by B.C. Ferry Commis-

sioner Gord Macatee. The two-year freeze proposal is a repeat of the NDP’s 2009 election platform, which also promised a full review of the ferry rate structure. In an interview from the NDP campaign tour, Karagianis wouldn’t rule out further reductions in low-ridership sailings. She said the ferry commissioner would continue to operate, but “certainly the ferry corporation doesn’t always take every recommendation the ferry commissioner makes.” In fact, the B.C. Ferry Commissioner has authority under the Coastal Ferry Act to set rate

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but as someone who has been teaching the fundamentals of the game to girls in Victoria from as young as nine years old through night leagues and the more recently established Junior Vikes. “I’ve always loved coaching, any ages. When I graduated (UVic) 10 years ago I wanted to start with coaching regional teams and youth development programs. I really enjoy working with those age groups, just working on the fundamentals and passion for the game,” Sinclair said. She is also the head coach of Basketball B.C.’s Vancouver Island Training Centre and B.C.’s under-15 girls provincial team. It makes the recruiting process of local and regional talent that much easier. That includes current Vikes Jessica Renfrew and Shaylyn Crisp, who came from Claremont secondary who start their third year at UVic in September. Sinclair first coached them as pre-teens and right now they’re the only locals on the roster. “(Sinclair) is a strong leader and a role model for these young women,” said Tracie Sibbald of the hiring committee that selected Sinclair. “She has great experience coaching at the CIS level and brings a good energy to the team.”

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To the surprise of no one, Dani Sinclair was introduced as the new head coach of the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team last week. A former Vikes player and national CIS champion from the Kathy Shields era, Sinclair has been with the team as an assistant coach since 2006. When previous head coach Rich Chambers took a personal leave prior to the start of the season, Sinclair stepped up and guided the Vikes to a 16-6. She did so while carrying, and then giving birth to her second son, Joseph, on Dec. 12. Due to the timing of the Christmas break, Sinclair, often with Joseph in tow, only missed one practice. The Vikes were ousted in the playoffs before reaching the Canada West Final Four. But it was a solid enough season to confirm what many knew – that Sinclair is deeply rooted in Victoria and is qualified to lead the Vikes. “I’ve found the only way to get everything done is by multitasking,” Sinclair said by phone while pushing Joseph and older brother James in a double-stroller during her jog to the gym for her Monday morning workout. “James spent a lot of time on the road with the team. Now it’s Joseph’s turn.” Sinclair threw her name in for the head coaching position when Brian Cheng stepped down over two years ago, but wasn’t disappointed that she wasn’t selected. Chambers officially resigned on March 5

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Coach Dani Sinclair addresses the Vikes during a game at UVic’s McKinnon Gym this year. Sinclair’s eighth season with the club will be as head coach. and the Vikes removed the interim title from Sinclair’s head coaching position on April 18. Union rules state all positions must be opened to the public, but naming another coach at this point would have likely driven a wedge into a smooth running program. “Having a couple extra years made a big difference,” Sinclair said. “I think I would have done a great job if I was hired last time around, but feel I much more prepared this

time, especially with the mentorship from Chambers and (Kathy) Shields.” Originally from Guelph, Ont., Sinclair has become deeply embedded in Victoria’s youth basketball scene since winning the CIS championship with the Vikes in 2003. That was the last time the Vikes hoisted the Bronze Baby. If and when the Vikes win it again, it will be a team marked with Sinclair’s imprint, not just as the Vikes coach,

Vikes offseason moves Sinclair is considering a couple of recruits but next year’s roster is already at its limit with just two players graduating. Previously committed athlete Mikaela Turik from Australia will join the team for the 2013-14 season. Turik’s schooling didn’t finish until November. Former Vike Sarah Semeniuk will return after playing the previous three seasons. Semeniuk, a 6-foot-2 post, took this season off to rehabilitate her injured knee. sports@vicnews.com

CW steal playoff spot James Bay win rugby’s Barnard Cup Island championship Travis Paterson News staff

Meraloma rugby club had something the Castaway Wanderers wanted on Saturday. And the Castaway Wanderers took it. CW’s 26-10 defeat of the Lomas put the historic Oak Bay club into the CDI Premier Rugby semifinals and punted the Lomas out of the playoff picture. CW (7-6-1) will now face Burnaby Lake (10-4) in a semifinal playoff matchup in Burnaby on May 4. James Bay Athletic Association (10-4) will face reigning champs Capilano (10-4) in the other semi. CW deftly scored four tries for the playoff-clinching bonus point as powerful centre and national team prospect Mike Fuailefau crossed the line twice. Forwards Clayton Thornber and Dylan Jones also scored for CW, which led the game 12-3 at the half.

CW’s Ciaran Hearn, a 2011 Rugby World Cup veteran, converted three of the four tries. It’s CW’s fourth win in a row. The culmination of a big turn around from facing relegation at the season’s midpoint. “When we’re at full strength we have a pretty capable team, and we were at full strength,” said CW coach Ian Hyde-Lay. “We’ve had such a season of chopping and changing the lineup, with absent national players and injuries, but we’ve had some consistency in the roster the last month.” There’s little disparity in the remaining four teams, he added. “Burnaby are still the favourites but otherwise there’s not much difference.” Meanwhile James Bay lifted the 2012-13 Barnard Cup trophy as Island champions, thumping the much less experienced UVic Vikes 54-25 team at home on MacDonad Park.

The Bays and Caps meet in a rematch of last year’s final, May 4 at MacDonald Park. This year’s Rounsefell Cup provincial final will be played on the Island if James Bay and/or CW can get into the final. “It’s a little bit of revenge,” said Bays’ veteran Morgan Williams. “Hopefully we can come away with this win. Having the final here on the Island would be awesome for everyone here.” Both CW and James Bay will be without national 7s players for the May 4 semifinals. Ciaran Hearn and Nanyak Dala from CW and Tyler Ardron, John Moonlight and Thyssen de Goede of the Bays will be at the Scotland IRB World Series Sevens tourney. In the Adidas Women’s Premiership the Velox Valkyries defeated the UVic Vikes 42-12 on Saturday. Velox hosts SFU in the Adidas semifinal, this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. sports@vicnews.com

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Castaway Wanderer Ciaran Hearn slips Burnaby Lake player James Reekie at Windsor Park on Saturday, April 13. CW won 23-16.


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There will be no home team when the A Cup provincial men’s soccer final is played at Royal Athletic Park on May 4. Bays United, the 2012-13 Vancouver Island Soccer League champions and Jackson Cup winners, dropped its provincial playoff game 5-2 to West Vancouver on Saturday. The game was tied 1-1 until a penalty kick put West Van up 2-1. A late flurry of goals ended in West Vancouver’s favour. The VISL can still be represented in the final, however, as Cowichan FC moved on with a 2-1 win over Langley. Cowichan hosts a semifinal match on May 4. The situation was much better in the women’s A Cup draw as the Castaways defeated Rich-

mond 1-0 and Prospect Lake defeated Coquitlam 2-1. Both clubs move on to semifinals. Castaways will visit powerhouse Surrey United, which eliminated the Vic A’s 8-1. Prospect Lake will host North Shore. In women’s B Cup (Div. 2) play Vic West and Prospect Lake were eliminated. Gorge FC won 6-5 in penalty kicks over North Shore. That game ended 0-0 through regulation and 1-1 through extra time. Gorge will host the Magnuson Mariners (Abbotsford) in the B Cup semifinal at Hampton on May 5. In men’s B Cup (Div. 2) play, Prospect Lake lost 3-2 to the mainland’s Dynamos at Layritz. Down 2-0, Prospect came back to tie it 2-2, but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal and surrendered the winner with 10 minutes to go.

Comox (VISL) won its match 4-0 and will move on to the semifinals. Victoria’s chances looked promising in the under-21 provincial draw with two local teams. Westcastle (West Shore) lost 1-0 to Guildford and the Victoria Highlanders (U18) lost 4-1 to Port Moody. The Highlanders’ Mid Isle squad based in Nanaimo also missed out on its chance to make the semifinals. In the over-35 masters and classics category, the Gorge FC’s men’s team failed to advance as did the UVic Alumni’s men’s team, while the Gorge FC women’s team has an automatic berth in the classics final coming out of the South Island. A Cup, B Cup, masters/classics and under-21 finals all all be played May 11 at Royal Athletic Park. sports@vicnews.com

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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.

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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. 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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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. 1ST 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, 2 men/3 ton. Seniors discount. Philip (250)383-8283

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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.

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

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Great blue herons have returned to Beacon Hill Park and are ready to nest. This year the B.C Ministry of Environment and City of Victoria parks staffers have created new signage asking visitors to tread quietly near the heronry around Goodacre Lake. “The signs have been put in place because the (herons) are quite sensitive,” said Michele Gorman, the city’s integrated pest management co-ordinator. “The birds can’t handle loud noises like car doors slamming or gunshot-like noises. We are asking people to be sensitive to them.” Gorman’s title might make one wonder whether she considers the large birds pests. But her excited descriptions of their nesting grounds in the park quickly erase those thoughts. Parks workers accommodate the herons by doing a portion of the work for them. They leave piles of twigs and

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Jennifer Blyth Black Press

While teens today face issues in many ways different from their parents’ and grandparents’ generations, they also enjoy many exciting new opportunities. Through informative, entertaining speakers, demonstrations, exhibits and more, the inaugural Victoria Teen Expo, this Saturday at Pearkes Recreation Centre, will explore both aspects of teen life, while also celebrating their achievements and remarkable potential. “We recognized there was a gap for the youth in the community,” explains Ali Berman, co-founder of the Teen Expo, with husband Wayne Berman and Kim Garnett. “We want to provide opportunities for teens to interact with the resources and businesses that support them.” The only Teen Expo in Canada, there’s an exciting line-up planned to appeal to a wide range of teens, parents, social service workers and others involved with youth, Berman says, thanking community supporters for helping make the Expo possible, including Telus, which will be presenting a “Cool Stuff” area with technology displays and more. In addition to exhibitors such as schools, social service agencies, health, wellness and hair and makeup companies, there’s the Lizbell modelling agency and skateboard demonstrations from Sanction board shop. “We have a huge range because teens are interested in so many different things; all teens are different and all their needs are different,” Berman notes. Not only is the Expo a way to see some of the many opportunities available for teens in the community, but it’s also “a way for the youth to connect with their peers,” Berman says. Tickets also include the opportunity to register for informative workshops:

The Victoria Teen Expo this Saturday at Pearkes Rec Centre, will feature entertainment, speakers, door prizes and more.

•  Your Unlimited Potential, with Olivia Keane – Boost your confidence, increase your motivation, reach  your goals and learn how to live an awesome life on purpose. •  The Teen’s Guide to Beautiful Hair,  designHouse Salon – Learn what makes your hair unique, how to find a style that suits your face and how to inspire your own creativity. •  Just Wiggle Your Toes, Kevin Brooks – Hear about the nightmare that followed driving drunk after a party with Kevin’s life-changing story touching on topics ranging from poor decision-making and consequences to peer pressure and bullying. •  Financial Skills for Teens, Ruth Sanders, Island Savings – Learn how to take control of your money and start building the future you imagine with skills such as budgeting, building a strong credit rating and protecting yourself and your money. •  Drop it and Drive, Karen Bow-

Need to know: WHAT: Canada’s first-ever Teen Expo WHEN: Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Pearkes Rec Centre HOW: Tickets, available online in advance or with cash-only at the door, are $7 for those age 11 and older; $5 for ages six to 10 INFORMATION:  www.teenexpo.ca

man – Learn about the dangers of distracted driving with a realitybased presentation focusing on stories over statistics. • Standing Up to Depression: Breaking the Silence, Battling the Stigma, Kevin Breel – Still a teen himself, Kevin uses humour to deliver a serious message, opening up about his own experience with depression and removing some of the misconceptions about mental health. • Totally Teen Hair, Fish Hair Salon – Learn quick and easy styling tricks and how to create the latest styles. In addition to the workshops, a full day of entertainment is planned for the mainstage, beginning at 10 a.m. with a performance from the Larsen School of Music students. Performances continue throughout the day, exploring everything from drama and dance to musical theatre and Taekwon-Do. Keisja Cox, Vancouver Island’s own teen singer/songwriter and anti-bullying advocate, will offer two addresses, while Amy Candido,

with the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign, will speak about eating disorder awareness, prevention, intervention and treatment. For those with modelling aspirations, the Lizbell Agency Model Search will be on-site, and participants can hear from several BC talents, including Christina Scheurle, Miss Teen Vancouver Island World 2013, Brittany Clough, Miss Teen Fraser Valley World 2013, Anastasiya Toropova, Miss Teen Port Coquitlam World 2013, and Danica Tan, Miss Teen Richmond World 2013. And for sports fans, it doesn’t get any better than Saskatchewan Roughrider Geroy Simon, the CFL’s all-time receiving yards leader, and 12-season BC Lion, who will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. “We’re trying to provide teens with as many options and opportunities as we possibly can and let them make choices,” Berman says.

Workshop leaders Kevin Brooks and Olivia Keane, Keane2BeFit.

CANADA’S FIRST EVER

TEEN EXPO PEARKES RECREATION CENTRE

VICTORIA TEEN EXPO

1. You could win $1,500 for your school 2. To take part in free workshops 3. To enjoy live performances on the main stage 4. To connect with organizations and businesses that support you 5. The Lizbell Agency Model Search is on location 6. Wicked door prizes every hour, all day long 7. You could hang out with celebrities 8. To expand your interests and explore new activities 9. Because a portion of all proceeds go to the KidStart mentoring program 10. To hang out with hundreds of other teens!

THIS SATURDAY! April 27, 2013 1ST 2,000 PEOPLE TO ARRIVE GET SWAG BAGS!

LIZBELL MODEL SEARCH • GEROY SIMON MISS TEEN VANCOUVER ISLAND WORLD 2013 MISS TEEN RICHMOND WORLD 2013 MISS TEEN PORT COQUITLAM WORLD 2013 MISS TEEN FRASER VALLEY WORLD 2013 PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: TELUS • USEDVICTORIA.COM SPEEDPRO SIGNS WESTSHORE • ADAMS STORAGE ISLAND TENTS & EVENTS • FASTRAC PRINTING • BOOSTER JUICE BLACKPRESS • KOOL 107.3 • YOU THINK • CANDU MUSIC CROWE PHOTOGRAPHY • UBERVIDEO.CA • CHATEAU VICTORIA

Check us out at:

www.TeenExpo.ca


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