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Oak Bay High students are getting their ducks in a row as they prepare for the 15th annual Rubber Duck Race and Bowker Creek Clean-up this Sunday (May 5). The school’s Environmental Club hosts the yearly event to raise money for restoration work by the Bowker Creek Initiative. Students are selling rubber duckies at the high school and in the community leading up to the event. The ducks are each numbered and the proud owners then race their ducks down the creek starting at 1 p.m. at St. Ann’s Pond (across from the Oak Bay Fire Hall). It’s by no means a high-speed aquatic

“There’s just a lot of crap that we pull out grand prix; the rubber duckies sometimes need a little nudge to get going, but despite and then sort,” she said. “We have such a the slow pace, the excitement level is high. beautiful creek next door to the school, it “It’s a lot of fun,” said Grade 12 student makes sense to take care of it.” With the new school planned for Oak Bay, Grace Hatherill. there are plans to return some Last year, about 80 people “We have such a of the waterway’s habitat borturned out for an event as usedering the school to a more ful to the group’s cause as it beautiful creek next natural state. There is also was entertaining to the particidoor to the school, it the hope for natural learning pants. spaces where the school can The Bowker Creek Initiative makes sense to take use the creek to help educate is committed to restoring the students about ecosystems ecosystem of the creek and care of it.” - Grace Hatherill and the environment. works with many community “The idea there is if you groups and municipalities to restore one portion of it, you have one area make that happen. Anyone willing to lend a hand is welcome where you might be able to return some of to come and help remove trash from the the diversity to what it once was,” said Oak waterway starting at 11 a.m. It’s not uncom- Bay High teacher and enviro club sponsor mon to find anything from bottles and Derek Shrubsole. As a duck takes to water, so too has this bicycles to shopping carts that have been group of students taken to championing tossed into the creek, said Hatherill.

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Greater Victoria candidates weigh in on party leaders, policies

particular party or leader, unless they happen to be running in your riding. But not everybody sees it that way. Knowing many people have their eyes and hearts focused on the top, the News decided to ask Greater Victoria candidates from the four major parties to speak their mind about their party and their leader, to see where differences lie and what ties bind strongly. reporter@vicnews.com John Cummins

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Leader: Jane Sterk (Victoria-Beacon Hill) Candidate: Susan Low (Esquimalt-Royal Roads) Susan Low believes her party leader, Jane Sterk, has done an excellent job of getting people involved in the party and excited about provincial politics. “She’s mentored young candidates, she is focusing on the future and developing people (who are) not your typical politicians,” Low said. “The welcome I’ve received from Jane, as a new candidate, has made it possible to do this.” Low said Sterk’s biggest flaw is that she is not a showy, flashy politician and there- Susan Low fore doesn’t get the exposure other party leaders do. “By typical standards of politics, Jane doesn’t attract the cult of personality,” Low said. “I think that’s actually a strength, personally. … She’s been a behind-the-scenes type of leader, getting things done.” Looking at the overall party, Low said she is most attracted to the Green’s policy of encouraging individual thinking among its candidates. Party leadership emphasizes each candidate represent their constituency as a priority, over towing the party line. “Not to be a sheep, basically,” said Low. While her priorities, at times, may differ from the overall party, Low said she believes in her party’s general principles and policies. “I haven’t actually found anything yet where I look at it and I say ‘I completely disagree,’” Low said. “I think it’s pretty solid.”

Leader: Christy Clark (Vancouver-Point Grey) Candidate: Stephen P. Roberts (Saanich North and the Islands) Stephen P. Roberts finds his Liberal leader to be an upbeat, positive person who is looking to the future. Roberts said he is so supportive of Clark, he sees no weaknesses. “She has a game plan, so that’s really important,” Roberts said. “She’s pretty strong, she’s pretty high energy, she’s got the vision, she’s not afraid to put herself out there and explain it. So I don’t think there’s a lot of weakness in that.” In terms of his party’s policies, Roberts believes they do best in the area of economics, citing the management of Stephen P. the financial crisis as a feather Roberts in the party’s cap. “We’ve slayed the deficit and continue to get job growth and economic growth going in the province,” Roberts said. He also believes his party has a great environmental track record, with such initiatives as the carbon tax and greenhouse gas emission reductions leading the way for the province. “People just seem to not remember,” Roberts said. Where Roberts strays from the party slightly is when it comes to B.C. Ferries. An important issue to his voters, Roberts would like to see ferries considered part of the province’s transportation infrastructure and invested in by the province. “To keep our Island and coastal communities prosperous, because there are not just people living on these islands, but there are businesses that are trying to make a go of it as well.”

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Leader: John Cummins (Langley) Candidate: Greg Kazakoff (Oak Bay-Gordon Head) Greg Kazakoff admires his party leader’s sincerity, his passion for the province and his straightforward approach to leadership. “You never have to guess where he’s coming from, there’s never any hidden agenda with John,” Kazakoff said. If Cummins has a weakness, it might be speaking his mind a little too directly for voters, said Kazakoff. “He can be a little abrasive at times because he just says what’s on his mind.” In terms of policy, Kazakoff admires his party’s promotion of Greg Kazakoff a strong, growing economy based on natural resources and promoting business, in an environmentally responsible fashion. “We say the best way to have better government performance is to encourage industry and business to come to B.C. and make it a good place to do business,” Kazakoff said. “The development of the economy would do a lot to help B.C.” Kazakoff said he somewhat strays from his party’s platform in First Nations issues. He would like to see more recognition and inclusion of First Nations when it comes to economic decisions and provincial projects. “B.C. has a vested interest … in ensuring that First Nations people are consulted and participate in an equitable fashion in developments that accrue within their traditional land,” Kazakoff said. “I’d like to see our policy expanded to make that recognition.”

Leader: Adrian Dix (Vancouver-Kingsway) Candidate: John Horgan (Juan de Fuca) John Horgan ran for the leadership of the NDP in 2011. Even though he lost out to Dix, he has considered him a friend going on 25 years, and believes Dix is a hard worker. “(I have) tremendous confidence in his abilities,” he said. “Nobody works harder than he does. He is sharp as a whip and, I believe, will be an outstanding premier.” If Dix has any faults, Horgan said they can be found in Dix’s natural shyness. Even though he overcompensates at times, Horgan said, Dix has worked hard over the years to become more comfortable in John Horgan the public spotlight. “You can’t be a political figure, much less a leader, if you’re uncomfortable in crowds,” Horgan said. “I think he’s overcome that quite well.” The NDP’s focus on social issues is the party’s strength, said Horgan, but he would like to see more of a focus on economics, with an eye to growing the industrial base, along with new and emerging sectors. “Should we be successful, … we have to demonstrate to the public that we can manage the economy,” Horgan said. Beyond that, however, Horgan said he is in the party for a reason and supports its policies. “There’s been no instance where I felt that I was compromising my principles or my values to support the party position,” Horgan said. “People join political parties because the grouping best reflects their values, not all of their values but the majority. … I’ve always been comfortable with the NDP.”

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After 28 years with the Oak Bay Fire Department, with the last six as Fire Chief, Gerry Adam has come to believe people are generally good. “People watch out for their neighbours. People call when something doesn’t seem right,” Adam said. “People take an interest in what’s happening.” Big changes are afoot at the department as Adam retired at the end of April after 28 years of service. Adam started his career with the Oak Bay fire department in September of 1985. “I’ve had a perfect life. I was born in Oak Bay, I was raised in Oak Bay and I worked for Oak Bay and now I’m retiring in Oak Bay,” said Adam. “I’m not planning on going anywhere.” He describes himself as pretty

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Did you know? n Stepping into the role as the ninth chief on May 1 is current deputy chief Dave Cockle, who has served 26 years with the department. “I started as a probationer here back in 1987, and I’ve worked my way through the ladder and the chain of command,” Cockle said. “Got the nod from council, so I look forward to moving that forward.” Cockle intends to maintain and strengthen the connection the department has with the community. “I firmly believe that this is a community department,” Cockle said. “We’re completely entrenched in the community and we want to continue that service.”

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Oak Bay grad class Hospitals foundation scores big for neonatal unit preps for prom Oak Bay High school’s graduating class of 270 students and their families will celebrate together at the sixth annual Block Party. This event has been held in a different neighbourhood each year since its inception. This year, the parent organizing committee has received permission from Oak Bay council and Lulie Street residents near Fireman’s Park for this wonderful family celebration. The red carpet event will take place on Friday, May 10 between 4 and 6 p.m. and provides parents and family members an opportunity to see the grads in formal attire while enjoying refreshments generously donated by the local business community. Following the Block Party, the graduates head by bus to their formal dinner/dance at the Inn at Laurel Point. Oak Bay High School graduation ceremony will be held at the University of Victoria on June 18. editor@oakbaynews.com

Thanks to a sizeable donation from the curler-driven Sandra Schmirler Foundation, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation is on its way to raising $120,000 it needs to buy three neonatal incubators for Victoria General Hospital. A recent radiothon brought in $107,771 in donations.

Event organizers hoped the buzz surrounding the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championships would also help spur donations. The late Sandra Schmirler was a three-time world women’s champion and four-time Scott Tournament of Hearts Canadian champion. The Schmirler foundation chipped in

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Tourism industry at a crossroads In recent years, a number of factors have come into play that have hindered the tourism industry in Greater Victoria. Whether it’s a declining global economy, increased ferry fares to the Island, competition from Lower Mainland towns and cities, or U.S. President Barack Obama’s encouragement that American citizens travel more domestically, it’s been tough slugging for the thousands of people in our region who count on a healthy flow of visitors to make ends meet. Our region saw a slow, gradual climb back from the dark days of 9-11 and was hit hard again by the financial hardships wrought by the global economic crisis of 2008. While the picture hasn’t been entirely rosy since, there have been bright spots on the horizon for the local industry, as improved March visitor numbers showed. With the prospects for further improvement very real as travellers settle back into holiday mode, it’s important that Tourism Victoria make the most of opportunities to market the region to them. The recent announcement that president and chief executive officer Rob Gialloreto will be leaving the organization for a similar position at Consumer Protection B.C. should not surprise us – executive changes are inevitable. But it’s critical at this time that the organization install a person with the combination of experience, foresight and vision to latch the region’s tourism wagon to any upswing in public desire to travel. Diminished funding has hurt all tourism marketing organizations in B.C. In the case of Tourism Victoria, it has left them struggling to maintain the international reach it enjoyed in past years. It had to abandon the exit surveys that helped determine where visitors were coming from and forced it to primarily target visitors closer to home. It’s still uncertain how newly created Crown corporation Destination B.C. will help matters. Therefore, it’s even more important that Tourism Victoria find a leader who can help find creative ways to market the region to a wider audience, and bring the various players in the local hospitality industry closer together to present a unified front. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@oakbaynews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The OAK BAY NEWS is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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NDP plan is borrow and spend scheme is based on a “child Fourth and final instalment on poverty” claim that misrepresents party platforms. federal statistics of relative income NDP leader Adrian Dix has distribution. finally rolled out his “fully The program is costed” election platform. optimistically budgeted Major policy at $210 million a year. Dix announcements had been insists it isn’t a “big new released previously, but social program,” which there was plenty more makes me wonder what spending added to the would qualify. total. It would be partly The NDP’s health funded by cancelling care plan is surprisingly a B.C. Liberal plan to modest – more money for establish education home support, residential Tom Fletcher savings accounts for kids senior care, mental health B.C. Views born after 2006. Out with and addiction services self-reliance, in with the and a rural acute care nanny state. initiative totaling $159 million over Another $100 million is added to three years. hire more teachers, to address the As health critic Mike Farnworth teachers’ union’s often-repeated but points out, the residential care false claim of “a decade of cuts” in increase will allow seniors two education. baths a week instead of one. Full Another $100 million goes to marks to the NDP for this part of student grants, much of it further the platform. subsidizing the oversupply of Increases to Community Living B.C., children and families programs English, education, sociology, women’s studies, journalism and aboriginal friendship centres and other university grads who are also commendable. eventually discover there is little Other NDP proposals don’t demand for their degrees. As with inspire as much confidence. welfare, increasing support for bad Raise welfare rates $20 a month choices can only yield more bad and index them to inflation. Index choices. the minimum wage to inflation too, On a related note, the NDP at a time when inflation can only will revive a ministry of women’s rise. equality, “to promote social Set up a new child bonus and economic equality to all program to send $70 per month government programs....” As with for each child with family income female candidate quotas, the NDP under $25,000. Lesser payments would go to families with income up keeps the flame of ’70s socialist feminism alive. to $66,000. The party totals up its new This ’70s-style family allowance

program spending to $988 million over three years. That’s exactly the amount Dix estimates will be raised by tax hikes on corporate income, bank capital, personal income over $150,000, carbon tax on oil and gas drilling, and cancelling the B.C. Liberals’ RESP and child tax credit plans. As for deficits, the NDP claims the B.C. Liberal budget hides a deficit of $800 million this year and similar deficits in the next two years. The B.C. Liberals point to an impressive string of “net zero” wage settlements with public sector unions, the core of their spending control record. Would the NDP continue to hold the line on public service wages, as the B.C. Liberals have done? Dix’s NDP caucus and staff is stocked with former government union officials. Party president Moe Sihota is essentially a direct employee of the same unions. The B.C. Federation of Labour has shaped the NDP’s Labour Code changes, which we won’t see until after the May 14 vote. And how much money does the “fully costed” NDP plan set aside to pay wage increases for its government union brothers and sisters? Zero. Since this is the party that appears to be cruising to victory in the May 14 election, I’ll look at what’s not in their platform and other issues next week. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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LETTERS Tax money better spent on sidewalks

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Re: If you build it they will come (News, April 3) and Map a cheaper option (Letters, April 10). Coun. Michelle Kirby’s comments regarding cycling in Oak Bay and, in particular, Haultain Street and Foul Bay Road are worthy of comment. It is interesting that the demographics of Oak Bay – more than 30 per cent of the population is older than 65 – that l would be surprised that Coun. Kirby will live long enough to see the day that “cyclists rival the number of cars on Oak Bay roads.” While l support the objectives of the Active Transportation Committee, l do have concerns about priorities. Most days when l am on Oak Bay Avenue, the walkers and scooters outnumber the cyclists, perhaps with exception of weekends when the recreational cyclists are out in force, providing the weather is nice. At a council meeting some months ago l was horrified to learn that the corner sidewalk cutouts for people with mobility problems will take 60 years to complete. Sidewalks in much of the community are in poor and dangerous condition and require people with walkers and scooters to travel on the roads, a great number of which are in desperate need of repair. The sidewalks on Musgrave Street are a fine example. As for the remarks of Bruce Filan in his letter, l concur.   Cyclists travelling Haultain Street are required to stop at Foul Bay Road, so why not walk across the crosswalk, since they would be off their bikes anyway. I further agree that signs are not required particularly because we have enough sign pollution already and the costs of signs and intersection improvements could be assigned to sidewalks. It is time the mayor and all council members examine the priorities for Oak Bay with some relevance to the demographics of the community and its failing infrastructure. Claire Eraut Oak Bay

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Cheers to 71 years Alan McFarlane, left, Bobby Murray and Audrey Cridge Finch share a toast before a celebratory 71st anniversary Oak Bay High reunion lunch at Nar Café Bistro. The trio hoped to gather a larger group for their 70th anniversary, but illness and injury delayed the party. Though small in numbers and reaching age 90, they were prepared to ‘make the most of it,’ said Finch.

Bike crossing a winner One can only sigh at the vitriol generated by your letter writer Map a cheaper option (Letters, April 10) in response to Oak Bay’s plan to upgrade the Haultain and Foul Bay intersection. Why, in Oak Bay, does the mere suggestion of an upgraded crossing evoke such anger? As an active cyclist and pedestrian, I constantly experience difficulties crossing Foul Bay Road, the busiest arterial road in Oak Bay. The one kilometre long straight stretch from Fort to Lansdowne contains only three pedestrian crossings, none of which provide cyclist-activated signals. A pedestrian must walk up to 300 metres to find a crosswalk on this great divide, against a stream of fast-moving traffic. Good luck. This council was elected on a strong mandate to improve active transportation infrastructure, including pedestrian accessibility. In the past, Oak Bay has been a notorious laggard in making

necessary improvements, some of which are particularly acute on the busy arterial corridors (parts of Oak Bay Avenue, Foul Bay Road, north Henderson and Cadboro Bay Roads.) Councillor Kirby is providing refreshing leadership and a strong commitment to improve the quality of our transportation infrastructure and bring it up to a level seen elsewhere in greater Victoria. These are wise and modest investments that will make our community more accessible for the elderly, our children and grandchildren, or anyone using nonmotorized transportation (wheel chairs, scooters, walkers, strollers, etc.) It is widely recognized that getting people out of cars more often is good for business, the environment, eases traffic congestion, and promotes good health. Everybody wins. Lesley Ewing Oak Bay

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NDP leader Adrian Dix detailed new spending totaling up to $988 million over the next three years, as he released his party’s full election platform. Larger budgets are proposed for legal aid and crime prevention, a new ministry for women’s equality will be created, $4 million will be targeted for a review of oil pipeline projects the NDP opposes, and $10 million will be set aside

to hold an inquiry into the sale of B.C. Rail operations a decade ago. The new measures, unveiled last week, are on top of earlier NDP platform announcements to launch a $210 million-a-year child benefit for low-income families, boost seniors’ home care, add more teachers, raise welfare rates and index them to inflation. Minimum wage would also be linked to inflation and the lower wage for alcohol servers eliminated. The platform also promises to move the date of the 2017 B.C.

add a penny to the Liberal deficit,” Dix said at a news conference in front of the B.C. legislature. The platform puts numbers on the NDP’s promise to divert some carbon tax revenues to transit and green projects around the province. That spending would start with $30 million this fiscal year, rising to $40 million next year and $50 million in year three. The NDP platform proposes $2 million next year in new spending for legal aid through “community partnerships,” rising to $5 million

election to the fall, which would extend an NDP government’s mandate to four and a half years if the party wins the May 14 election. Dix emphasized that the B.C. Liberal pre-election budget is not balanced, as the government stated, but hides a nearly $800 million deficit by underestimating program spending in the current year and overestimating revenue from government asset sales. “Our spending commitments are in balance with our revenue measures, so our platform will not

the following year and $10 million in 2015-16. Crime prevention and restorative justice programs would get an extra $2 million each in the first year of an NDP government. Legal aid spending would increase $2 million this year, $5 million next year and $10 million in year three. The NDP budget totals include no new money for public service wage increases or capital projects beyond those already committed to. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Youth Week invites teens to get active Free drop-ins and special events for kids and teens this weekend Kyle Wells News staff

Recreation centres throughout the Capital Regional District are offering free admissions and hosting special events, all in celebration and promotion of youth

involvement in recreation. Recreation Oak Bay is offering free dropin for youth age 10 to 18 on Friday, May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. This includes access to the swimming pool, and the fitness room for those over 15 years old. Henderson golf course is offering $3 golf, not including club rentals, starting at 8 a.m. There will also be a free Glow in the Dark and DJ Skating Party from 8 to 9:15 p.m. for youth 11 to 18 years old. The night will feature plenty of of games, glowsticks and

prizes. Skate rentals are $2. “It’s just to incorporate youth in to recreation and recognize them,” said Lars Larsen, acting sports co-ordinator for Recreation Oak Bay. “There can sometimes be a gap in recreation programming with youth, and progressively people are starting to realize that’s not fair.” On the same day the City of Victoria is offering free admission to the Crystal Pool fitness room and swimming pool after 1 p.m. for youth. There will also be a free Water Wipe-Out Challenge from 7 to

10 p.m., with “epic” water obstacle challenges, prizes, a live DJ and a barbecue. Free drop-in fitness and swimming will also be offered all day on Friday by Saanich Rec at Gordon Head, Pearkes, Cedar Hill and Commonwealth place recreation centres. There will also be a free Mobile Skate Jam on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Flipside at Pearkes. A Limelight Youth Arts Show will be held on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. at Cedar Hill Arts Centre. reporter@vicnews.com

MAY 2013

GENERAL ELECTION The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Juan de Fuca for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Juan de Fuca Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

John Horgan BC NDP

Kathy Palmer 3696 Wild Berry Bend, Victoria, BC, V9C 4M7

Official Agent:

Kerrie Reay BC Liberal Party

Jeremy Kimm 101-866 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC, V9B 0J3

Carlos Serra Green Party of BC

Miyako Saito 3462 Bethune Ave, Victoria, BC, V8X 1W2

General Voting Places:

Jeremy Kimm 101-866 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC, V9B 0J3

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices: 108-1016 McCallum Rd Langford, BC (250) 391-2820

Crystal View Elem School 2662 Silverstone Way, Langford, BC

Luxton Comm Hall 1040 Marwood Ave, Langford, BC

SEAPARC Leisure Centre 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke, BC

Four Point Sheraton 829 McCallum Rd, Langford, BC

District of Highlands W. Fire Hall 1564 Millstream Rd, Highlands, BC

Metchosin Comm Hall 4401 William Head Rd, Metchosin, BC

Shirley Comm Hall 2795 Sheringham Point Rd, Sooke, BC

Gordon United Church 935 Goldstream Ave, Langford, BC

East Sooke Fire Hall 1397 Copper Mine Rd, Sooke, BC

Millstream Elem School 626 Hoylake Ave, Langford, BC

Sooke Comm Hall 2037 Shields Rd, Sooke, BC

Metchosin Comm Hall 4401 William Head Rd, Metchosin, BC

Forge Church 2612 Sooke Rd, Langford, BC

Otter Point Fire Hall 3727 Otter Point Rd, Sooke, BC

Willway Elem School 2939 Mt Wells Dr, Langford, BC

SEAPARC Leisure Centre 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke, BC

Gordon United Church 935 Goldstream Ave, Langford, BC

Port Renfrew Elem School 6633 Deering Rd, Port Renfrew, BC

Lakewood Elem School 2363 Setchfield Ave, Langford, BC

Royal Canadian Legion 91 761 Station Ave, Langford, BC

Sooke Comm Hall 2037 Shields Rd, Sooke, BC

The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Oak Bay-Gordon Head for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Oak Bay-Gordon Head Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Official Agent:

Ida Chong BC Liberal Party

Bernard Beck 514-737 Yates St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1L6

Bernard Beck 514-737 Yates St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1L6

Greg Kazakoff BC Conservative Party

Gregory Kazakoff 2947 Tillicum Rd PO Box 44133 Rpo Gorge, Victoria, BC, V9A 7K1

Jessica Van der Veen BC NDP

James Dopp 1850 Allenby St, Victoria, BC, V8R 3B7

Andrew Weaver Green Party of BC

Patrick von Aderkas 2696 MacDonald Dr, Victoria, BC, V8N 1X9

General Voting Places:

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices: 2780 Richmond Rd Saanich, BC (250) 952-7819

Arbutus Middle School 2306 Edgelow St, Saanich, BC

Gordon Head Middle School 1671 Kenmore Rd, Saanich, BC

Oak Bay Sec School 2151 Cranmore Rd, Oak Bay, BC

Cadboro Bay United Church 2625 Arbutus Rd, Saanich, BC

Cadboro Bay United Church 2625 Arbutus Rd, Saanich, BC

Hillcrest Elem School 4421 Greentree Terr, Saanich, BC

Torquay Elem School 4413 Torquay Dr, Saanich, BC

Emmanuel Baptist Church 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Rd, Oak Bay, BC

Church of St. Aidan’s 3703 St Aidans St, Saanich, BC

Knox Presbyterian Church 2964 Richmond Rd, Saanich, BC

Victoria Pacific Rim Alliance Church 1792 Townley St, Saanich, BC

Glenlyon Norfolk School 1701 Beach Dr, Oak Bay, BC

Emmanuel Baptist Church 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Rd, Oak Bay, BC

Maria Montessori Academy 1841 Fairburn Dr, Saanich, BC

Glenlyon Norfolk School 1701 Beach Dr, Oak Bay, BC

Monterey Middle School 851 Monterey Ave, Oak Bay, BC

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Construction site explosion deemed an accident Edward Hill Kyle Slavin News staff

The propane explosion heard across Victoria on Friday was possibly ignited by a pop machine in a shipping container, says a Saanich fire investigator. At 6:23 a.m., gas from a barbecue propane tank exploded inside an Alpine shipping container at the Midtown Park condo project, at the corner of Cloverdale Avenue and Inverness Road. The blast shattered windows and shot chunks of metal across

the neighbourhood. Saanich Fire Departmen Capt. Rich Pala said the barbecue-sized propane tank was likely left on overnight inside the locked container. “A small pop machine plugged into an extension cord from the outside is being considered as a potential ignition source for the gas vapour cloud,” he said. Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie says the police investigation is complete and the incident has been deemed an “industrial accident.” No criminal charges will be laid. The fire department is still investigating.

Both organizations will share information with WorkSafeBC for its probe. “We’ll be looking at any violations of occupational health and safety regulations and what the roles of the employer might have been in that event,” said Ally SkinnerReynolds with WorkSafeBC. One worker was on site at the time of the explosion, and was in the neighbouring container. The man, in his late 40s and a resident of Metchosin, had minor cuts and a concussion and was taken to hospital. He was back at work the same day, said Gerry Koutougas, owner of Midtown Park,

“We’re very happy that nobody got (badly) hurt. That’s very important,” Koutougas said. The explosion shredded one yellow Alpine container, shooting big pieces across the worksite and into Rutledge Park. Mark Jackman, who lives on Scotia Street, noted that Friday was a pro-D day for schools, and later in the morning the park would have been crawling with kids. The blast echoed across Greater Victoria as people from Oak Bay to Dallas Road and Saanich reported hearing the boom. editor@saanichnews.com

MAY 2013

GENERAL ELECTION The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Saanich North and the Islands for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Saanich North and the Islands Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Gary Holman BC NDP

Janis Gauthier 2161 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1Z7

Official Agent:

Scott McEachern Independent

Joseph McEachern 1756 McTavish Rd, North Saanich, BC, V8L 5T9

Adam Olsen Green Party of BC

Kenneth Johnston 10373 Patricia Pl, Sidney, BC, V8L 3J7

Stephen P. Roberts BC Liberal Party

John Vowles 2-2379 Bevan Ave, Sidney, BC, V8L 4M9

General Voting Places:

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices: 1528 Stellys Cross Rd Central Saanich, BC (250) 952-4100

Bayside Middle School 1101 Newton Pl, Central Saanich, BC

Galiano Lions Hall 992 Burrill Rd, Galiano Island, BC

Panorama Rec Centre 1885 Forest Park Dr, North Saanich, BC

ArtSpring Art Centre 100 Jackson Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC

Brentwood Bay Elem School 7085 Wallace Dr, Central Saanich, BC

Gathering Strength Facilities 7728 Tetayut Rd, Central Saanich, BC

Pender Island Comm School 5714 Canal Rd, North Pender Island, BC

Saanich Fairgrounds - Poplar Room 1528 Stellys Cross Rd, Central Saanich, BC

Capital City Yacht Club 10630 Blue Heron Rd, North Saanich, BC

Gulf Island Sec School 232 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Saanich Fairgrounds - Main Hall 1528 Stellys Cross Rd, Central Saanich, BC

Shoal Centre 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC

Community Gospel Chapel 147 Vesuvius Bay Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Highway Christian Fellowship Church 10364 McDonald Park Rd, North Saanich, BC

Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church 9296 East Saanich Rd, North Saanich, BC

Deep Cove Elem School 10975 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich, BC

Holy Trinity Church 1319 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC

Saanichton Bible Fellowship 2159 Mt Newton Cross Rd, Central Saanich, BC

Fernwood Elem School 150 Fernwood Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Keating Elem School 6843 Central Saanich Rd, Central Saanich, BC

Saturna Island Rec Centre 104 Harris Rd, Saturna Island, BC

Friendship Comm Church 7820 Central Saanich Rd, Central Saanich, BC

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC

Shoal Centre 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC

Fulford Elem School 203 South Ridge Dr, Salt Spring Island, BC

Mayne Island Agricultural Hall 430 Fernhill Rd, Mayne Island, BC

The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Victoria-Beacon Hill for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Victoria-Beacon Hill Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Karen Bill BC Liberal Party

Derrold Norgaard 100-848 Courtney St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1C4

Official Agent:

Carole James BC NDP

Paul Ramsey 1684 Chandler Ave, Victoria, BC, V8S 1N6

John Shaw Communist Party of BC

John Shaw 733 Claudette Crt, Victoria, BC, V9C 0A1

Jane Sterk Green Party of BC

Arian Acker 20-915 Glenvale Rd, Victoria, BC, V9A 6N1

General Voting Places:

John Sterk 919 Garthland Pl W, Victoria, BC, V9A 4J5

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices: 103-1803 Douglas St Victoria, BC (250) 952-4201

Central Middle School 1280 Fort St, Victoria, BC

James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies St, Victoria, BC

Sir James Douglas Elem School 401 Moss St, Victoria, BC

James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies St, Victoria, BC

George Jay Elem School 1118 Princess Ave, Victoria, BC

Marriott Inner Harbour 728 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC

Sundance Elem School 1625 Bank St, Victoria, BC

North Park Manor 875 North Park St, Victoria, BC

James Bay Comm School 140 Oswego St, Victoria, BC

North Park Manor 875 North Park St, Victoria, BC

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COMMUNITY NEWS IN BRIEF

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Camosun’s certified dental assistant students are offering low-cost preventative dental care for people age 5 to 21, starting today (May 1) until May 17. Selective polishing, x-rays, sealants, oral hygiene instruction and fluoride application available at the Dental building, Lansdowne campus, 3100 Foul Bay

Rd. Call to book an appointment at 250370-3184 or see camosun.ca/smile. Procedures $20 or less.

Fun Fridays for kids at St. Luke’s Hall

Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, games, theatre fun, songs and stories during Fantastic Fridays at St. Luke’s Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Events are free. See stlukesvictoria.ca.

Career day, open house at Camosun Interurban

Camosun College is hosting an open

house and career fair May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Interurban campus. The fair is open to adults and teens and all areas of the campus are open, from the trades shops to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE). Programs based at Lansdowne campus will also be setting up displays. See camosun.ca/openhouse.

Linden singers offer Cuban rhythms

The Linden Singers present a concert featuring music that includes jazzy 20th century American show tunes and the rhythms of South America and Cuba. Guest artist Kelby MacNayr & Friends will

present a set of songs from the of 1950s Cuba. May 15, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Cross, 3787 Cedar Hill Rd. See lindensingers.ca.

Youth choir hosts Island Ukuleles

Youth Choir 61, the school district honour choir, hosts its annual spring concert with special guests Island Ukuleles on Saturday, May 4 at St. Aidan’s Church, 3703 St. Aidan’s St. at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under, are available at the door. For more information call 250-598-4463 or go to choir.sd61.bc.ca.

MAY 2013

GENERAL ELECTION The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Saanich South for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Saanich South Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Joshua Galbraith BC Conservative Party

Joshua Galbraith 4841 Sea Ridge Dr, Saanich, BC, V8Y 2R7

Official Agent:

Peter Kappel Independent

Peter Kappel 646 Vanalman Ave, Victoria, BC, V8Z 3A9

Branko Mustafovic Green Party of BC

David Helland 4125 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria, BC, V8N 3C2

Lana Popham BC NDP

Forrest Nelson 180 Homer Rd, Victoria, BC, V8Z 1V6

Rishi Sharma BC Liberal Party

Harinder Jawl 4084 Hatfield Rd, Victoria, BC, V8Z 7J4

General Voting Places: Church of the Nazarene 4277 Quadra St, Saanich, BC

Lake Hill Elem School 1031 Lucas Ave, Saanich, BC

Royal Oak Middle School 751 Travino Lane, Saanich, BC

Claremont Sec School 4980 Wesley Rd, Saanich, BC

Lochside Elem School 1145 Royal Oak Dr, Saanich, BC

Salvation Army Citadel 4030 Douglas St, Saanich, BC

Cordova Bay Elem School 5238 Cordova Bay Rd, Saanich, BC

McKenzie Elem School 4005 Raymond St N, Saanich, BC

Spectrum Comm School 957 Burnside Rd W, Saanich, BC

Gateway Baptist Church 898 Royal Oak Ave, Saanich, BC

Northridge Elem School 4190 Carey Rd, Saanich, BC

Strawberry Vale Elem School 4109 Rosedale Ave, Saanich, BC

Glanford Middle School 4140 Glanford Ave, Saanich, BC

Prospect Lake Elem School 321 Prospect Lake Rd, Saanich, BC

Willis Point Comm Centre 6933 Willis Point Rd, Central Saanich, BC

Samuel Godfrey 670 Wilson St, Victoria, BC, V9A 3H2

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices:

Salvation Army Citadel 4030 Douglas St, Saanich, BC

220-4460 Chatterton Way Saanich, BC (250) 952-7826

The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Victoria-Swan Lake for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Victoria-Swan Lake Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Christina Bates BC Liberal Party

Derrold Norgaard 1173 May St, Victoria, BC, V8V 2S7

Official Agent:

Rob Fleming BC NDP

James Dopp 1850 Allenby St, Victoria, BC, V8R 3B7

Spencer Alexander Malthouse Green Party of BC

Genya Agathoklis 305-955 Cook St, Victoria, BC, V8V 3Z4

General Voting Places:

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices: 201-415 Gorge Rd E Victoria, BC (250) 952-4509

Braefoot Elem School 1440 Harrop Rd, Saanich, BC

Church of Latter-Day Saints 2990 Quadra St, Victoria, BC

Les Passmore Seniors Centre 286 Hampton Rd, Saanich, BC

Church of Latter-Day Saints 2990 Quadra St, Victoria, BC

Burnside Gorge Comm Centre 471 Cecelia Rd, Victoria, BC

Cloverdale Elem School 3427 Quadra St, Saanich, BC

Oaklands Elem School 2827 Belmont Ave, Victoria, BC

Les Passmore Seniors Centre 286 Hampton Rd, Saanich, BC

CDI College 950 Kings Rd, Victoria, BC

Craigflower Elem School 2766 Admirals Rd, Saanich, BC

Reynolds Sec School 3963 Borden St, Saanich, BC

Cedar Hill Rec Centre 3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Saanich, BC

Doncaster Elem School 1525 Rowan St, Saanich, BC

S.J. Willis Education Centre 923 Topaz Ave, Victoria, BC

Centennial United Church 612 David St, Victoria, BC

Garth Homer Centre 813 Darwin Ave, Saanich, BC

Tillicum Elem School 3155 Albina St, Saanich, BC

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THE ARTS Ancient poetry all the rage HOT TICKET Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end. The show runs May 2 to 5 at the Royal Theatre. Go to rmts.bc.ca for tickets and show information.

Theatre group tackles modern adaptation of Ovid epic Kyle Wells News staff

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Actors Ariel Glidden, as Goddess, top, Cole Bodin as Vertumnus, left, and Shayna Linds as Pamona, with the Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Studio, will perform in Metamorphoses: Based On The Myths Of Ovid. the troupe, both for its content and for the challenge. “It just stuck with me completely,” Linds said. “It’s got some gorgeous writing. … There’s 10 of us playing over 60 characters, so we all have to get out of our comfort zones at times.” “There’s a lot of teenage emotions that people can relate to within the play,” Merner

said. “A lot of the Greek myths, they’re very old, but they’re adapted so that they can be more modern and people can relate to them now.” Doing a show at a playhouse is a worthwhile experience for the students, said Rubin, as they learn firsthand how to stage a play with proper lighting, sets and acoustics. An added challenge to this production is a water feature that takes centre stage. A 16-inch high pool plays more than a small role in the retelling. “A lot of the action takes place in the

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A mythological hexametre poem from the time of Christ might not sound like first choice material for modern “yolo”ing teenagers, but a group of theatre students might just surprise you. The 15- to 18-year-olds take advanced theatre classes at Kate Rubin’s Theatre and Drama Studio and perform one major show at a professional venue per year. This year they are taking the stage at Intrepid Theatre, 2-1609 Blanshard St., starting May 8. “They’re a group of very committed, focused and experienced theatre students,” Rubin said. Metamorphoses is Roman poet Ovid’s epic masterwork, first published sometime around 8 AD. Through more than 250 myths, the work covers the history of humanity from the creation of the world to the times of the Roman Empire. Fast forward 2,000-odd years and American playwright Mary Zimmerman adapts the poem for contemporary theatre, modernizing the language and paring it down to a few select myths. The play ran on Broadway in 2002 and won several Tony Awards that year. Rubin hadn’t even considered the play for her class, but a couple of the students knew of it and asked for it as their major project. “They saw it when they were 10 years old and they loved it,” Rubin said. “There’s a lot of humour in it and the text is not dense, it’s modern so it’s easy to understand. It’s poetic but really accessible.” Actors Sara Merner, 16, and Shayna Linds, 18, were the two students to suggest the play. Merner read it last summer, while Linds saw it performed about five years ago. Each thought it a perfect project for

water,” Rubin said. “That’s going to be quite a cool and interesting moment to see how that goes.” One of the myths surrounds King Midas, who wishes all he touches turns to gold. The wish is granted and it goes swimmingly until the King’s young child jumps into his arms. Rubin has adapted the myth to a modern setting and to feature “There’s a lot a queen rather of humour in it and than a king because, as she the text is not dense, explained, she it’s modern so it’s usually has far more girls than easy to understand. boys in her It’s poetic but really theatre classes. “They’re not accessible.” just moral tales, - Kate Rubin there’s some that are more metaphoric,” Rubin said. “Sometimes they’re just more allegories or they’re myths that just tell a story. You put your own interpretation to them.” Phoenix Theatre put on a production of the play about six years ago in Victoria, to general acclaim. This is the first time the material will have been tackled by young actors here though. Rubin said they’re ready. “We make an assumption about teenagers sometimes about what they can handle. But I think it’s all about how it’s done and how they connect to it. “They’re high-functioning, committed, totally into it kind of teens. Lots of energy and really keen.” Metamorphoses runs from May 8 to 11 at 8 p.m., with 12:30 p.m. matinees on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 12. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and are available at the door. May 8 is a preview night, with tickets $9 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Advance ticket sales are available by phone at 250-370-9800 or email at kellgreenandgold@gmail.com. reporter@vicnews.com

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Vincent Gale (as Rupert Chase), left, and Nicola Lipman (as Nora Chase) in the Belfry Theatre’s production of Let Me Call You Sweetheart. Submitted photo

Fall in love with Nora Inspired by a chance meeting at Salt Spring Island’s Harbour House Hotel, the charming new musical, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, fuses nostalgic tunes with new compositions that swing, sway and syncopate. The story revolves around 85-year-old Nora Chase who has two new loves in her life, the joy of singing and her new beau, musician Murray Sullivan. Increasingly in need of extended care as her health

declines, Nora is being asked to leave her home at Autumn Park retirement home. Her son Rupert has been called to ease the transition, and is not thrilled with either of his mother’s new loves. Through the power of song the audience is transported back in time, to glimpse Nora’s past and to frame Nora and Murray’s future together as they learn to love and hope again. The play is on until May 19, at

the Belfry Theatre. Let Me Call You Sweetheart, with book and lyrics by Bruce Ruddell and music and lyrics by Bill Henderson is directed by Michael Shamata and stars Elizabeth Duncan, Vincent Gale, Megan Leitch, Nicola Lipman, Donna Soares and Alec Willows. Tickets for Let Me Call You Sweetheart are $25 to $40 (plus GST) at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. llavin@vicnews.com

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Stage 1 - Water Conservation Bylaw In effect May 1 to September 30

Lawn watering is permitted two days per week as follows:

Watering of trees, flowers, shrubs & vegetable gardens is permitted as follows:

Even numbered addresses may water Wednesday & Saturday from 4-10 am & 7-10 pm Odd numbered addresses may water Thursday & Sunday from 4-10 am & 7-10 pm

Established trees, flowers, shrubs and vegetable gardens may be watered any day and any time if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle, or a micro/drip irrigation system.

Newly installed lawns (sod or seed) may be watered outside the permitted days detailed above by special permit only.

Established trees, flowers, shrubs and vegetable gardens may be watered with a sprinkler any day from 4-10 am & 7-10 pm. For further information, please call 250.474.9684 or visit www.crd.bc.ca/water

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The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay

Five Year Financial Plan

The Community Charter requires that in each year, before May 15, a local government must adopt a five year financial plan which covers the current taxation year and the following four years. The financial plan must set out the following for each year of the planning period: ✓ proposed expenditures for operating ❏ and capital purposes ✓ proposed funding sources ❏ ✓ proposed transfers between funds ❏ Notice is hereby given that the Five Year Financial Plan for The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay is available for public inspection. Persons wishing to comment on the plan may make their views known in a letter addressed to the undersigned. Any letter received before the adoption of the Plan, which is anticipated to occur on May 13, 2013, will be placed on the Council agenda for consideration before a vote is taken. Loranne Hilton Municipal Clerk The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay 2167 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 1G2


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CIS Athlete of the Year Graduating UBC Thunderbirds volleyball player Shanice Marcelle of Saanich was crowned the top CIS women’s athlete on Monday. Story at Vicnews.com.

Gorge FC into B Cup provincial final Gorge ‘holding the torch’ in cup soccer Travis Paterson News staff

High schooler Olivia Cass scored the winning goal as Gorge FC defeated the Magnuson Mariners 1-0 in extra time at Hampton Park on Sunday. The semifinal win advances Gorge into the B Cup women’s provincial soccer final May 11 at Royal Athletic Park. “We could have pressed on the ball better but last week we beat (North Shore) in penalty kicks, so it’s nice not to have to go to PKs – you never like doing that,” said Gorge coach Rick Zaharia. Cayley Zaharia helped set up the Cass goal about eight minutes into overtime. “It would have been nice to get the results in regulation but they had some good players, they had some speed in the middle and we have to credit them.” It’s the fourth time in five years this Gorge team, with Rick Zaharia coaching, has qualified for provincials.

It’s the first time they’ve made the final. And what a year to do it, as the provincial A, B and Masters/Classics (over-35) and under-21 Cup finals are all at Royal Athletic Park on May 11. Win or lose in the B.C. final, Gorge is on its way to the premier division of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association next year. The team won 12 and drew once in 15 games to win the Div. 1 table and earn a promotion. Cass, a Grade 12 student at Spectrum Community school, is the youngest, though there are four more under-18 Gorge products on the squad this year. The youth is countered with a trio of classics eligible players (over-35), and a core of 22 year olds. In A Cup play on Sunday the Castaways FC fell to Surrey United while Prospect Lake fell at home to North Shore. “I guess we’re holding the torch (for local clubs) at provincials,” Zaharia said. Gorge’s classics team will also appear in the final with a bye as the region’s only classics team. sports@vicnews.com

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Gorge FC’s Jesse Johnston-Hill, left, clears a corner kick with teammates Tegan Lang, goalkeeper Kailee Mann, Joni Phillips and Olivia Cass, on the ground, during Gorge’s 1-0 win over the Magnuson Mariners at Hampton Park on Sunday.

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The Velox Valkyries are headed to the Harris Cup provincial women’s rugby championship final for the third straight year. The Valkyries defeated SFU 41-5 in the Adidas Women’s Premiership semifinal at Velox on Saturday. Burnaby Lake ousted United Rugby Club in the other semifinal, 13-5. It sets up a rematch of last year’s Harris Cup final won by the Valkyries. “We’re happy because we’re in the finals,” said first year coach Oliver Scott. “But it’s a bit frustrating to prepare for a bigger challenge without a more competitive opponent (in the semifinal).”

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Seven different Valkyries scored tries Saturday: Brittany Sims, Davine Burton, Kelsey Oetting, Lynzi Anderson, Courtney Sims, Frederique Rajoute and Monique Boag, who also converted three of the tries. Just as there is disparity in the quality of competition there is also disparity within the Valkyries squad. After the Valkyries won the Harris Cup there was an exodus of players. About half of last year’s starting premier players returned. Several times this season the team has run training with less than 15 players, far short of the desired 22 players on a gameday roster. This comes after the women’s program easily outnumbered the men during

training nights at Velox the past three years. Former national team prop and longtime Valkyrie Marlene Donaldson leads the forwards, which is the strength of the squad. “There’s been some frustrations but we also have a good core and everyone’s pulled up their socks,” Scott said. Burnaby thrashed the Valkyries 76-22 in the regular season. Velox’s top men’s side won the Cowichan Cup Div. 1 Island championship on Saturday, 46-20 over the Nanaimo Hornets. Velox is hosting an open house and community address Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 3957 Gordon Head Rd. sports@vicnews.com

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Pacific Christian School high jumper Luke Weaver, 16, reacts as he hits the bar during the high school track and field meet at UVic’s Centennial Stadium last Wednesday (April 24). The sixth and final meet of the school season is today (May 1) at UVic including the shot put, long jump, 3,000-metre, 100m sprint and 4x100m relay, among other events. The Lower Island track championship is next Wednesday (May 8) at UVic.

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ak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen officially opened Oak Bay’s first rain garden on Monday. The garden is located adjacent to the Monterey Recreation Centre and Oak Bay Library and includes a variety of tolerant trees, shrubs and perennials designed as a low-lying landscaped area. The purpose of the design is to capture rainfall and storm water from the adjacent parking lot. Below the surface, the engineered soil mimics the hydrological action of a healthy forest. The captured storm water is temporarily held, cleaned and reduced in volume once it enters the rain garden, which helps keeps our watersheds healthy. “This new rain garden will be effective in removing as much as 90 per cent of the surface pollutants and 80 per cent of the sediment picked up from rainwater runoff, and will provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other fauna. We hope to install these gardens in other areas of Oak Bay where runoff is an issue,” said Jensen. “This unveiling was a fitting start to Oak Bay’s Eco Week and an example of the direction the Oak Bay Council is headed as we strive to be the greenest municipality in B.C.” editor@oakbaynews.com

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Join the fight to end MS during May’s MS Awareness Month By Jennifer Blyth Amy Marle first joined the fight to cure MS by participating in her work’s Scotiabank MS Walk team. While she knew about multiple sclerosis, it was by learning more through volunteering that the 22-year-old realized how much MS affects people just like her, every day. A complex disease of the central nervous system, MS is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40. It is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility, and there is no cure. In many ways, MS also targets young women, who are three times more likely than men to develop the disease. That knowledge spurred on Marle’s volunteer efforts, and today she is a leader in engaging youth through a variety of MS events and fundraising. “It’s so nice to see people of all ages coming out to the events and working to support the MS Society,” Marle says, encouraged by the many young people who are contributing to the campaign efforts. “A lot of people know someone’s mom or dad who has MS, but they don’t really know what’s involved with that. I think these events are a really good way to educate people about it.” Today Marle is helping organize MS Carnation Campaign sites and volunteers and has been integral in increasing the number of younger volunteers participating in MS Awareness events and fundraising, says Ting Rattigan, MS Awareness/ Carnation Campaign co-ordinator. Marle is an organizer of a Bachelor/ Bachelorette auction fundraiser at the University of Victoria and the UVic End MS Club, and is a recent MS Hero Award recipient. The efforts of volunteers like Marle are essential to the MS Society and the MS Awareness Campaign. No longer just a weekend, May is MS Awareness Month. The annual MS Awareness Campaign takes place

✦ Canadians have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. ✦ MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada; every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS. ✦ Women are three times more likely than men to develop MS. ✦ There is no known cause and no cure for multiple sclerosis.

throughout May, with the goal of raising awareness of multiple sclerosis in addition to much-needed funding for research and programs right here at home for people living with MS. The cornerstone of the campaign is the annual Mother’s Day weekend CarMORE INFORMATION: nation Campaign, and as in ✦ For more information, years past, dedicated volunteers will be at various locacontact the South & tions throughout Victoria May Central Vancouver Island 10 and 11, sharing information Chapter of the MS Society about MS and collecting donaof Canada at 250-388tions. 6496, email info.victoria@ To build on the campaign mssociety.ca or visit and spread awareness throughwww.mssociety.ca out the month, the MS Awareness Campaign is adding new events and ways to donate. n kicks off this fundraising campaig n Among those are events that tio rna Ca MS al www.mssociety.ca nu The an d Greater Victoria. ts and locations aroun speak particularly to younger week. Watch for even people, Marle notes. more information, visit Highlights include two all-ages music nights at Hillside Moka House, www.1dayinmay.ca. Recognizing that the way people a brand-new event featuring talented May 4 – Moka House Music Night with Amy Wood; show local singer-songwriters Amy Wood, donate today is evolving thanks to starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Moka House. Admission by performing May 4, and River, per- developments in society and technoldonation. ogy, the MS Society has also develforming May 18. On May 9, Marle and her team of oped new ways for people to contribMay 8 – Students at participating schools will donate to volunteers will head out on a “Carna- ute to the campaign. receive red hair extensions to “Streak for MS.” For example, in addition to direct tion Crawl,” visiting local pubs and May 9 – Carnation Crawl volunteers will visit local pubs and restaurants to give out MS informa- donations at local shopping centres tion and fresh carnations by donation during the Carnation Campaign, restaurants sharing info and exchanging fresh carnations for a to patrons. Volunteers find the event people can now “Text-to-Give” donation. a great way to engage with individu- throughout the month of May and May 10-12 – Help end MS with Mr. Lube, as $2 from every oil als in a fun, social atmosphere and donate online via a cell phone-scanchange supports the MS Society. to get a conversation on MS started, able QR code. In addition to the donations, more Rattigan explains. May 10 & 11 – Look for Carnation Campaign volunteers at Engaging with students at local volunteers are always needed, Marle various locations during the weekend. schools has also generated a terrific says, encouraging people – especially May 18 – Moka House Music Night response, Marle notes. On May 8, stu- young people – to get involved. Not with River; show starts at 7:30 dents at local high schools, including only do volunteers feel good knowMt. Douglas, Reynolds, Oak Bay and ing they are having a positive impact p.m. at the Hillside Moka Spectrum, will “Streak for MS” – for on the lives of those with MS, but the House. Admission by a donation they can buy a red streak Society itself is wonderful to work donation. with, Marle says. “They are a remarkfor their hair to show their support. Through May – Text 1 Day in May, a new addition to able organization to volunteer for, “MS” to 45678 the campaign, encourages people to and they build such good connecdonate what they make in 1 day so tions between the staff and volunand donate $5. that 1 day there will be no MS. For teers.”

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BAY NEWS

POLICE NEWS IN BRIEF

Boat fire draws police attention

beach near the intersection of Beach Drive and Midland Road. On arrival, the boat and surrounding forest were fully engulfed in flames. Police believe that the boat in question had been abandoned for

On Saturday April 27, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Oak Bay Police Department responded to an abandoned boat on fire at the

some time. Oak Bay Fire, Saanich Fire, and the Saanich Police Department attended and determined that the blaze was suspicious. No one was injured in the fire, and no other property was damaged. The inves-

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One deer too many

On Monday, April 15 police pulled over a 1993 Asuna Sunfire with no passengerside headlight and flickering taillights. Police discovered the 33-year-old driver had just hit a deer, which had caused the damage to the lights. The driver was investigated for impaired driving and issued a 90-day roadside ban and a ticket for breaking a no alcohol condition on his licence. The vehicle was also impounded for 30 days and will have to pass a safety inspection before it can return to the road.

Pole crash driver sought

A red Ford Mustang ran into a power pole at the corner of Cadboro Bay and Eastdowne roads and then drove away at about 7:10 a.m. on April 15. Police are looking for the vehicle and its driver and are asking anyone with information to call the detachment at 250592-2424. The car will have damage to its passenger side.

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Life-size concrete statues of a Dalmation dog and a snow monkey were stolen overnight from a front lawn of a house in the 2600-block of Dalhousie St. on April 15. The dog statue weighs 200 pounds and the monkey weighs 55 pounds. The stamp “Art From Sculpture Studio” is on the bottom of each statue. Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 250-592-2424.

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