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† Will there be enough growth in the District of Will there be enough growth in in the the coming District years of North Saanich to warrant an North Saanich in extensive the coming years warrant antraffic? policy ontoparking and extensive policy on That parking and traffic? question was at a root of a long council That question was at over a root of a long 16-page council street and traffic debate a proposed debate over a proposed 16-page street and traffic bylaw that would cover everything from parking bylaw that wouldrestrictions cover everything from parking and traffic control devices, to railroad restrictions and traffic control to ice railroad crossings anddevices, snow and removal. crossings and snowThe and bylaw ice removal. only managed to get so far before The bylaw onlycouncil managed getagreed so farsome before and to staff of it needs change council and staff — agreed some of it needs change including the removal of some parts of the — including the document removal of some parts oftothe that do not apply the district, the raildocument that doroad not apply to the district, the crossing and snow and railice issues being two. road crossing and snow ice issuessaid being two. Someand councillors they felt 16 pages was too Some councillors said pages was too large a they bylawfelt for16 such matters. Councillor Dunstan large a bylaw for such matters. Councillor Browne suggested only Dunstan a single section was even Browne suggestedneeded only a— single section against was even a regulation the parking of comneeded — a regulation against the (specifically parking of commercial vehicles tow trucks) in areas mercial vehicles (specifically tow trucks) areas said he is not in zoned for residential use.inBrowne zoned for residential use. Browne said he is not Ritesh P., favour of “extreme regulation.”in favour of “extreme regulation.” “Our business is not to make laws,” Browne TM Walmart Rewards MasterCard® Cardholder. 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The department the entire bylaw, saying without it the district holds a public open house this Saturday at 1 p.m. of the entire bylaw, saying without it the traffic district public open house this Saturday at 1 p.m. won’t be able to handle and holds parkinga issues won’t be able to handle as theytraffic come and up. parking issues as they come up. “Otherwise, we’ll have to waste more of our “Otherwise, we’ll waste of more our things in later,” timehave and to staff’s timemore adding time and staff’s time adding more things in later,” she said. she said. Stock added creating an entire bylaw to deal Stock added creating an entire to deal with a single issue bylaw in the community — in this case with a single issueainlong-standing the community — in this case resident complaint about a tow a long-standing resident truck — complaint “is silly.” about a tow facilities, including a tower, and it’s a lot jobs. Steven Heywood truck — “is silly.” “This isn’t onerous,” she said. “ItSteven jobs. facilities, including a tower, and a lot improvements. Heywood News staff is a standard “The hall was originally bu safer, thanks to it’s seismic “This isn’t onerous,” she said. “It is a standard “The hall was originally built in 1970,” safer, thanks to seismic improvements. News staff parking bylaw that can be found anywhere else.” Wilton explained. “There was Fire Chief Gary Wilton says he’s very parking bylaw that can be found anywhere else.” Wilton explained. “There was nodays full-time Fire Chief Gary Wilton says he’s very Chief administrative officer Rob Buchan said the and the tru The doors of the new fire station on proud of the building, which is a combi- crew in those Chief administrative Rob Buchan said the council crew in the trucks a thr proud theupbuilding, a combiThe doors new fireinstation bylawofficer is forward-looking, adding is cur-of the lotand smaller. 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Will there be enough growth in the District of North Saanich in the coming years to warrant an extensive policy on parking and traffic? That question was at a root of a long council debate over a proposed 16-page street and traffic bylaw that would cover everything from parking restrictions and traffic control devices, to railroad crossings and snow and ice removal. The bylaw only managed to get so far before council and staff agreed some of it needs change — including the removal of some parts of the document that do not apply to the district, the railroad crossing and snow and ice issues being two. Some councillors said they felt 16 pages was too large a bylaw for such matters. Councillor Dunstan Browne suggested only a single section was even needed — a regulation against the parking of commercial vehicles (specifically tow trucks) in areas zoned for residential use. Browne said he is not in favour of “extreme regulation.” “Our business is not to make laws,” Browne said. “Our business is to regulate this community.” Councillor Celia Stock spoke strongly in favour of the entire bylaw, saying without it the district won’t be able to handle traffic and parking issues as they come up. “Otherwise, we’ll have to waste more of our time and staff’s time adding more things in later,” she said. Stock added creating an entire bylaw to deal with a single issue in the community — in this case a long-standing resident complaint about a tow truck — “is silly.” “This isn’t onerous,” she said. “It is a standard parking bylaw that can be found anywhere else.” Chief administrative officer Rob Buchan said the bylaw is forward-looking, adding council is currently considering new development that will have an impact on traffic in the community. The bylaw, he said, could help prevent messes in the future. Council voted to send the bylaw back to staff for some tweaking of parts of the bylaw — something the majority wanted done before they consider its final approval.

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North Saanich fire chief Gary Wilton stands in front of the upgraded and expanded Wain Road fire hall. The department holds a public open house this Saturday at 1 p.m.

Wain Road fire hall ready to go North Saanich Volunteer Fire Department hosts an open house Saturday Steven Heywood News staff

The doors of the new fire station on Wain Road in North Saanich will roll up on Saturday as the volunteer department hosts a public open house. After just under a year and just a little more than $1.6 million, the North Saanich Volunteer Fire Department has an upgraded fire hall — more room for its firefighters and trucks, better training

facilities, including a tower, and it’s a lot safer, thanks to seismic improvements. Fire Chief Gary Wilton says he’s very proud of the building, which is a combination of the original hall from the early 1970s and a whole new structure added on to it. The older building was refitted to help it endure an earthquake, while the new side was built to a very high seismic standard. The improvements, Wilton said, were done to ensure local volunteer firefighters have the room to do their

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staff’s communication with CTQ Consultants on a draft housing report was only in regards to the council’s North Saanich municipal staff were original terms of reference. Councillor Conny McBride counput on the defensive by a request by Councillor Craig Mearns Monday, tered McMurphy’s comments, sayJune 3 to see emails between them ing “you’re putting words in our and the consultant hired to prepare mouths.” “We shouldn’t be criticized for the district’s housing report. Mearns, in outlining the request, wanting information,” said McBride. “A lot of people in this said he wants to know what community are asking has been said and what questions.” direction staff has given The housing report is the consultant in preparing due any time this week a final report for council. or next, but has been “I want to see if there’s delayed. That has some been any influence on the councillors wondering consultant to change his why it has taken so long. conclusions,” Mearns said. Councillor Dunstan That comment prompted Browne said staff’s a quick response from response to have all of Councillor Elsie McMurphy, the communication put who said she was at a loss, Craig Mearns in a reading file is “a reaas acting mayor, as to how sonable one”, yet he wonto handle Mearns; “aspersions that staff may have influenced dered why the final report to council has taken so long. the consultant in this regard.” Councillor Celia Stock softened Chief administrative officer Ron Buchan said he, too, was concerned the debate by saying she felt Mearns’ about Mearns’ suggestion. He did, remarks weren’t meant in a negative however, say that to allay the coun- way. Council voted to have staff include cillors’ concerns, all of the correcommunications between them, the spondence will be made available. Director of Planning and Commu- mayor and all of council, and the connity Services Mark Brodrick added sultant in a reading file for review.

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• The Peninsula Agricultural Commission is looking at new terms of reference, says Councillor Conny McBride, council’s liaison to the group. • Council approved recommendations from its May 27 committee of the whole meeting including: improvements to be made at Cy Hampson Park for dog owners; a bylaw to allow the district to recover the costs of administration and inspection for works and services, and; changes to a municipal streets and traffic bylaw for housekeeping. • Council approved a zoning bylaw amendment to allow a rebuilt dock to remain at a property on McMicken Road.

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Peninsula Streams says Gardiner’s Pond project will be made public Steven Heywood News staff

Residents of Mulberry Place in North Saanich are worried that a plan to build a berm and boardwalk on Gardiner’s Pond will cause flooding and safety issues. They are more concerned, however, that they have yet to be told officially about the project. Ian Bruce, executive co-ordinator of the Peninsula Streams Society, says no one has been told about it because the plan is only in the concept stage. A group of concerned residents spoke at North Saanich district council Monday, June 3, expressing their worry that a berm could lead to localized flooding and that a proposed boardwalk linking Mulberry Place with the busier Tatlow Road might be a hazard for children. More worrisome, they said, was that they hadn’t been told about Peninsula Streams’ plans, even as surveyors and other workers have been working around the pond Bruce said for the most part, the plans are hypothetical. He said volunteers with the society have been helping bring back life to Chalet Creek, which runs out of the pond, for more than two years and the berm concept is something they have been considering. However, the plans have progressed beyond the hypothetical stage. Peninsula Streams has raised the idea with the district’s environmental and parks advisory committees. Bruce said surveyors have been on site with the knowledge of North Saanich municipal staff — all part of what he calls the due diligence stage. Both staff and some councillors have known of the idea in its basic form — even more so since the district had contact with a local land owner who was issued a stop work order recently, after a project they started was deemed too close to the pond. That incident has since been resolved and the remediation work has given rise to the idea for a berm and other improvements along an existing district road right-of-way. “We are looking to see if we can use the berm to hold back the winter runoff,” Bruce explained. “Chalet Creek needs more consistent summer flow to help bring back life.” The creek in summer, he said,

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Gardiner’s Pond in North Saanich. Nearby residents are worried about plans to build a berm to retain more water. tends to stop flowing and pools of water warm to the point of being unable to sustain insect and fish life. A berm, he said, would help ensure regular water in the creek and help prevent flooding downstream. Asked if the berm could cause flooding of people’s properties nearby, Bruce said the pond would only be as full as it is in the winter naturally and therefore would not affect nearby property. “The difference is only about one meter of depth,” he said. Bruce said people’s concerns about the project are premature, as Peninsula Streams would only look to start the project in 2014 or 2015 — and only once plans have been drawn up and presented to the public and to district council. “I think the whole thing with the neighbours is unwarranted,” Bruce said. “They don’t really have all of the information.” That’s the point of the work that’s being done now, he continued, to see if a berm is workable. As for a boardwalk, Bruce said the idea started with the berm, which could have a pathway on top of it. The idea was floated to extend a boardwalk 40 to 50 meters along the southern portion of the pond to

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That left very little room inside for firefighters to change into their protective gear. “We took over every nook and cranny in a building that was not designed for full-time staff.” The district hired Island West Coast Developments to build the addition and upgrade the old hall. Wilton said he was very happy with their work and their use of local contractors as much as possible. The new space, said Wilton, means the volunteers have room to train more and enjoy their work environment — an important consideration when looking to retain firefighters. Plus, if they are training in the hall, they are closer to the action when an emergency call comes in. The upgraded and expanded facility, said the chief, will meet the needs of the department for many years to come. On Saturday, the open house starts with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m., featuring local dignitaries including MP Elizabeth May and new MLA Gary Holman. Staff and volunteers will provide tours of the fire station and Wilton said they will be taking a straw poll of the public to see if they favour a paint job for the concrete tower. New signs and interior decorations are still going up and Wilton added the department plans to put a time capsule in the tower to commemorate the event — to be opened again in 25 years.

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You really cannot blame a few of the councillors in the District of North Saanich for not wanting a 16-page bylaw on traffic and parking matters. After all, plenty of the regulations within the document do not apply to the community and that level and amount of rules would make it hard for council to adjudicate concerns that arise from it. That’s especially true for a council that seems to want to be in the middle of most debates and conflicts that their staff could easily handle, given clear direction and then a little bit of trust from the politicians. Council is asking staff to reduce the size of the bylaw. Councillor Dunstan Browne even suggested the bylaw could be a single small paragraph — one that deals with only one specific parking issue in North Saanich. Councillor Celia Stock has it right, however, when she calls for a document that can handle a variety of issues. As long as they are relevant issues, certainly, but more than just a single issue. Stock sees the potential for change in North Saanich and she appears to want at least one bylaw in place that can deal with matters that right now might be unforeseen. Isn’t that one small aspect of proper planning — thinking ahead? There are an estimated 300 to 360 planned development units on the books at North Saanich municipal hall. That doesn’t include any other plans that have yet come into the district. Those potential residential areas represent an impact on parking and traffic in North Saanich and that means, to some extent, conflict between neighbours. It would be prudent for the municipality to have a bylaw in place now, in anticipation of growth. Stock is obviously quite passionate about parking issues and is urging council to be professional and to prepare for change. Browne, during debate on June 3, said council’s business is not to make laws but to “regulate the community.” He’s half-right. Council’s job, first and foremost, is to look out for the safety of residents in the community they serve. Doing so means having bylaws in place to set out the rules so everyone knows where the goalposts are. Yes, have a bylaw that makes sense for North Saanich. Do not, however, shirk the responsibilities of an elected body to protect its constituents.

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Transit planning critical for cities exceptions, such as Vancouver and What makes a city great? Calgary, no successful rapid transit Among other things, great cities infrastructure projects have been are tolerant communities that built in Canadian cities for welcome and celebrate decades. ethnic diversity. They A recent survey of support and foster urban experts and local arts, have access other “city-builders” to venture capital to across Canada – spur entrepreneurship planners, municipal and innovation, and politicians, academics, benefit from healthy nongovernmental local environments with organizations, developers clean air, clean water and architects – and access to nutritious, concluded the abysmal locally grown food. David Suzuki state of public transit New York City is world with Faisal Moola is the Achilles’ heel of class, not just because it’s urban sustainability and a driver of global finance and a hotbed of cultural innovation; is holding many cities back from achieving greatness. it’s also known for its green space Toronto residents spend more like Central Park and the awardtime battling congestion to get winning High Line. San Francisco is celebrated for its to and from work than in any other city in North America. narrow streets, compact lots and historic buildings. These contribute This shouldn’t be a surprise, as successive governments have to the city’s old-world charm, but failed to sustain and expand transit they’re also the building blocks of systems, even though the region a more sustainable urban form. has grown by about a 100,000 new They facilitate densification and residents a year. Toronto now decrease the cost of energy and scores 15th of 21 on per capita transportation for businesses while investment in public transit among improving walkability. large global cities – well behind When it comes to urban sixth-placed New York City, which sustainability, cities in the U.S. spends twice as much. and Canada are employing This failure to address transit innovative programs and policies infrastructure is serious. The to improve the health and wellToronto Board of Trade estimates being of residents and their local congestion costs the economy $6 environments, like reducing waste billion a year in lost productivity. and improving recycling (Los Furthermore, air pollution from Angeles), containing urban sprawl traffic congestion is a major threat (Portland), conserving water to public health, especially for (Calgary) and passing policies to our most vulnerable citizens, like combat climate change (Toronto). children and the elderly. According But most cities in Canada and the U.S. are lacking in infrastructure to the Toronto Board of Health, pollution-related ailments result to move millions of people safely in 440 premature deaths, 1,700 and affordably. With some notable

hospitalizations, 1,200 acute bronchitis episodes and about 68,000 asthma-symptom days a year. Fortunately, politicians are starting to respond. Ontario’s government plans to spend billions to expand its regional transit system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, under a plan called the Big Move. It’s also looking at new financing tools to ensure funding levels are adequate and continue into the future. But before we spend enormous amounts on improvements, we need to ensure projects contribute to a region-wide rapid transit network using the latest technology and adhering to the highest sustainability and costeffectiveness standards. That’s why a proposal to use diesel trains for the Air-Rail-Link plan to connect downtown Toronto with its international airport in Mississauga is concerning. Heavy diesel trains emit particulates and other contaminants, including known carcinogens. Numerous experts, including Toronto’s Medical Health Officer, have urged the Ontario government to abandon its diesel plan in favour of electric trains that could be better integrated into a region-wide rapid transit network. Vancouver, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York City have consistently ranked among the most livable cities on the continent, in part because they take the environment into account in planning decisions. They all have world-class public transit systems that move residents in a safe, affordable and sustainable way.

‘The abysmal state of public transit is the Achilles heel of urban sustainability.’

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Readers respond: North Saanich politics, Sidney’s Beacon Avenue direction debate Two visions of North Saanich In North Saanich, we are poised between essentially two visions of our district. There is the developers’ dream, pave-it-over vision currently championed by the majority on Council. And there is the slow-and-measured-growth vision of those aiming to honour the spirit and intent of urban containment boundaries and our own official community plan.   Urban sprawl? Rural space and farms for the future?

Your choice. their way out of town”, Jack Thornburgh I would respectfully North Saanich                                 suggest those lost souls read the direc   tive signs in many straSidney shopping tegic areas. Moreover, in response to the few is a delight recent letters regarding return a two way I had to chuckle at system (which would Ms. Michel’s desire of how parking should be allow more cars to choke up space on an on Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Sidney is hardly already narrow street), I would like to suggest “the Uptown Mall”, any move in that directhankfully! The shoption would be a sigping areas of Sidney nificant relapse. After are a delight to walk all, we are living in a around and I believe society with a distinct that was the intention green approach to of previous councils many practices. Town when the one way sysand city planners are tem was implemented. steering towards elimiIf “visitors cannot find

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to the many restaurateurs that serve ‘al fresco’ on the wide areas of our sidewalks that the one way system created? It would be very sad to see our town lose those

delightful attributes. In my humble opinion, the future of Beacon Avenue would be more of a shopping arcade style pedestrian only area from Fifth St. to Second St.

Less traffic and more walking space is a very desirable alternative when compared to angle parking for more gas guzzlers. Adam Kanczula Sidney

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Responders challenged to stay dry Devon MacKenzie News staff

Members of the Central Saanich Police, the Central Saanich Fire Department and the municipal staff have been challenged by Corporal Pat Bryant to abstain from alcohol for the month of June as a way to show their appreciation and support of the 2013 Stelly’s Secondary School

graduates. “The grads will be celebrating with a big dry-grad event on June 28 and we just want to show them our support and encouragement for all their hard work. This is one of those nights in their lives that they will want to remember and we want to show that alcohol-free is the way to go,” said Bryant.

Peninsula Track regrets to announce the decision not to hold the SIDNEY DAYS 5K and CHILDREN’S 2K FUN RUN this year. We have concluded that continuing to hold the run along Lochside Drive on the morning of the July 1st national holiday with ever increasing traffic volumes is not safe. We are unable to vary the route or limit vehicular traffic to provide a safe lane for runners to use. We thank all of the participants for the last number of years and particularly thank the businesses in Sidney which have supported the Run with the draw prizes which have helped attract entrants and families.


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• On May 30 around 4: 30 p.m. a two-vehicle collision was reported at the intersection of Stelly’s X Road and Veyaness Road. The two Central Saanich residents were not charged with any driving offences and no injuries were sustained. • A 21-year-old man was stopped on West Saanich Road in Brentwood Village on June 4 around 9:15 p.m. after an officer noted the vehicle should have been displaying a new driver sign. The officer noticed the smell of marijuana and a search was done of the man and his vehicle. A small amount of marijuana was turned up and confiscated and the man was sent on his way with a ticket for not displaying his N. • Police were called just before 2 p.m. on June 2 to reports of a pack of confused geese causing a problem on the highway near the Tanner Ridge exit. An officer attended the scene but reported that he could not find the worrisome waterfowl. reporter@peninsula

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cellphone code caps roaming fees, offers early exit Jeff Nagel News staff

VANCOUVER — Consumer advocates are applauding a new wireless code of conduct that lets Canadians cancel mobile phone contracts without penalty after two years and sets caps on data roaming charges. The new code, unveiled Monday by federal regulators, applies on new contracts for mobile phones and other devices starting Dec. 2.

Besides the ability to escape three-year contracts without fees after two years, the new CRTC rules cap data overage fees at $50 a month and national and international data roaming fees at $100 a month, unless the user explicitly wants to use more. “Canadians may finally now be freed of the worst of cellphone bill shock,” Public Interest Advocacy Centre executive director John Lawford said. “We hope that consumers will now be able to enjoy

their wireless service fully and without fear.” He said the code should reduce the mobile device costs of many users. “It also makes it easier to switch companies because those costs are limited and are clear.” Individuals and small business users will also be able to have their phones unlocked after 90 days or immediately if they paid the full price. A 15-day return option is also promised to those who are

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District of Central Saanich Monday, June 3, 2013 Devon MacKenzie News staff

• Mayor Alastair Bryson officially thanked and recognized Central Saanich Police Chief Paul Hames for being named a recipient of the prestigious Order of Merit of Police Forces medal. • Council deferred making a decision on closing a soil deposit permit for a property on Puckle Road until staff can consult a professional on how long the deposited soil (and water on the property) should be tested to ensure no contaminants are

found in it. • Councillor Zeb King reported back to council on his attendance at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference held in Vancouver May 31 to June 3. He reported that B.C. now has 100 per cent membership in the FCM and made a motion to send a letter of thanks to Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson, for hosting the event. The motion was approved unanimously. • The audited financial statements for the municipality last year were presented at the meeting by Director of Financial Services, Rosalyn Tanner and a member from KMPG Chartered Accountants. The audit

results were clean and unqualified and Councillor Cathie Ounsted thanked staff for their hard work. “It takes a great deal of work to come out with a clean audit, so thank you,” she said. • A piece of correspondence from the Village of Cumberland pertaining to the promotion of pollination in the community was received for general information during the meeting. Councillor Alicia Cormier requested that staff look into the possibility of what it would take to place mason bee hives in public parks. • The next regular meeting of council is scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m.

unhappy with service, along with an easy-to-read contract and an ability to accept or decline key changes to a contract. “The wireless code will contribute to a more dynamic marketplace by making it possible for Canadians to discuss their needs with service providers at least every two years,” CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais said. It’s not yet clear how major phone companies will react to the new rules.

“We already do a lot of what is in the new code,” Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said in an emailed statement. He said Telus replaced contract cancellation charges with a device balance some years ago and already offers phone unlocking and a cap on international data roaming. “We are thus well positioned to support this new code,” Hall said, calling it “a strong and friendly set of protections.”

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The Peninsula News Review handed out dozens of awards to the businesses, places and people that make this a great place to live. A gala for the award winners and nominees was held at Muse Winery on May 28. Photos by Devon MacKenzie and Steven Heywood

Peninsula News Review publisher Jim Parker gets a big hug from award winner Yvonne Campbell of Exist Hairworx.

Damon Dubetz and Brad Williams from Sidney Capital Iron show off their first place award for Home Furnishings and Decor during the PNR’s 2013 Reader’s Choice gala.

Jim Parker presents manager of the Beacon Community Services@SHOAL Centre, Judy Wiggins, the first place award for Best Senior Health Services.

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Local mountain biker Dillon Morrison is climbing the ranks in the race world. Morrison, has been accepted to the Pacific Institue of Sports Training (for next school year), competed recently in two big races and finished within his personal goals for both. At the Mount Prevost race on May 19, which was a part of the Island Cup Downhill Series, Morrison finished sixth, even after crashing twice. “The conditions were really sloppy and greasy,” he said. “It was a pretty difficult race for the series and a really hard course

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Local rider Dillon Morrison placed eighth at the first B.C. Cup race, Race the Ranch,  in Kamloops last weekend in the U17 Expert Category. to do well on. It basically came down to just staying on the bike.” Morrison competed last weekend at Race the Ranch in Kamloops which was the first race

of the season in the B.C. Cup series. He placed eighth in the U17 expert category which was within his personal goal of finishing in the top ten.

“It was definitely different from anything else I have ridden before,” said Morrison of the dusty, jump-filled hard packed clay terrain. “It wasn’t a technical, tree-packed course like I’m used to. With the speed the terrain gave you, looking far ahead was a must because if you looked down it was over.” The Grade 9 Parkland Secondary School student, who was recently sponsored by Cove Bikes out of North Vancouver, is now looking forward to a course he knows better when he races July 7 at Sunpeaks for the second race in the B.C. Cup series. reporter@peninsula

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VICTORIA: 1208 Dallas Rd., Sat., June 8th, 9-1pm. General household goods and more.

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SIDNEY 1-bdrm, grnd floor corner. Laundry room, prkg. N/S. $820./mo (250)812-4154

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

Incredible 5 acre treed PARK-LIKE PROPERTY with Well-Maintained Furnished Home 1500 sq.ft, 3-bdrm, 2 bath. Extremely close to Pristine Cowichan Lake, in the town of Caycuse. Perfect for recreational property or full time living. Motivated seller $378,800. Exceptionally low yearly cost. Not leased land. Call 250-745-3387


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OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE- Sunday June 9th, 2-4pm. 1246 Hastings. Wonderful no-step rancher in desirable Strawberry Vale, with 3 bdrm, 2 baths, double car garage and main floor family room for only $499,900. Laura McCollom, Remax (250)588-8448.

SIDNEY. PATIO condo 45+, 1100 sq.ft. Upgraded 2-bdrm, 2 bath. N/P. Heat, H/W, locker, parking. $1350.(250)654-0230

SIDNEY 2 Bdrm main. Hrdwd flrs, garage, laundry, deck. Cat OK. N/S. $1300 250-812-4154



Spots available at great rates. Daily, weekly, monthly. Pool, Hot tub, exercise room, laundry, putting green, hiking, fishing. Free coffee in one of the best clubhouses on the island. Nanaimo area. 250-754-1975 or


VICTORIA HOUSING. $475$850, suits students, disability. Rent negotible. 778-977-8288.

HOMES FOR RENT NEAR COOK St. village, new 2 bdrm 5 apls prvt fenced yard small pet ok $1400 N/S. Refs. Avail. June 1. 250-383-8800


1990 CHEVROLET Cavalier Z 24, 3.1 Litre. Only 70,000 km on rebuilt motor. Newer Luc High Performance clutch, 5sp trans, near new Hankook tires. Red, sun roof, mint interior, power doors/windows (new motors and regulators). Pioneer stereo w/iPod adapter, sub woofer, Pioneer 6x9 3 way speakers. Same owner since 1990, have all receipts. $3000. Chris, 250-595-0370 lv mess.

SUITES, LOWER MARIGOLD AREA- 1 large bdrm, shared lndry, quiet. NS/NP. $850. 250-727-6217. NORTH SAANICH- bright 1 bdrm grd lvl suite, priv entry, storage, covered prking, $750+ utils, W/D. NS/NP. (250)656-5475. SIDNEY: BRIGHT 1Bdrm grnd level, private entry, $680 incls utils. No laundry. Avail now. NS/NP. 250-893-2622.


UVIC/CAMOSUN2 bdrm, priv ent, shower only NS/NP. $900. Sept 1. (250)477-6652.

SUITES, UPPER ESQUIMALT, MAIN floor Character suite, N/S, cat ok, $800 incls utils. (250)385-2846



SIDNEY. FURNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;D room. Satellite, laundry, heat, hydro. No drinking. $400. 250-748-1310.

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$50 to $1000 Scrap Junk Broken Down Cars Trucks Vans

1999 24â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Glendale Royal Expedition Classic Ford Econoline 350 Super duty Motorhome. V10, 125km. Please phone 250-655-4840. Located in Sidney.


$$$$$$$$$$$$$ MARINE BOATS $$$$ BOATS WANTED $$$$ ALSO OUTBOARDS AND TRAILERS. CASH BUYER. $$$$$ 250-544-2628 $$$$$ TOTAL PACKAGE now! 39â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tradewinds Asp Cabin Crusier, twin Cummins diesels, enclosed sundeck & bridge, 2 heads sleeps 4-6. Very well maintained, boat house kept in North Saanich Marina. Asking $116,000. 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 25â&#x20AC;&#x2122; enclosed boathouse available as part of complete cruising and moorage package. Ready to go! Call (250)361-7343.

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33â&#x20AC;&#x2122; RV Trailer at Winter Harbour. The Best Fishing on Vancouver Island! (Aug 1 (Long weekend available). Moorage, fuel, launch, store on site. 1(250)954-5272.

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

2000 JEEP Grand Cherokee Ltd. Gold, with tan leather. New Michelin, new brakes, service records avail. 193,000 km.$5500. Rob (250)517-0885






















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


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

M&S OXFORD Home/Commercial Renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Painting. Patioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Decks, Sheds, Hardwood and Trim. 25 yrs exp. Quality Guar. 250-213-5204.

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

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

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



CARPENTRY McGREGOR HOME Repair & Renos. Decks to doors. Small jobs OK. WCB. (250)655-4518

FURNITURE REFINISHING FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.



20+ YEARS Experience. Landscaping, Lawns, Pruning, Maintenance & more. Reliable. WCB. Andrew (250)656-0052.

QUALITY HOUSECLEANER or caregiver, very reliable. Sidney. 250-656-3362 after 6pm.

22YRS EXP Clean-ups, weeding, etc. $25/hr. All areas of city. Dave 250-656-7045.

SPOTLESS HOME Cleaning. Affordable, Expâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, Reliable, Efficient. Exc refs. 250-508-1018

(250)208-8535 WOODCHUCK Lawn or moss? No job too big. Aerating, pwr raking, pruning. Weed, moss, blackberry, stump & ivy rmvl. 25yrs exp.

CONTRACTORS GARDEN COAST Construction and renovations you can afford. Quality Licensed builders since 2006. Protect Your Investment call us today, 250580-0196.

Clean ups, Patioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & pathways, Landscaping projects, Horticulturalist


GARYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HAULING. One call does it all. Small demos & yard clean-up. Vehicle & metal recycling. Call (778)966-1413.

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

J&L Gardening yard clean-up and maintenance. Master gardeners. Call John or Louise (250)891-8677. MIKEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LAWN and Garden. Weeding, Clean-ups, & more. Seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discount. Free estimateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Mike 250-216-7502.

MASONRY & BRICKWORK CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quality is our Guaranteeâ&#x20AC;?. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS (250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave- window, gutter cleaning, roof-de-moss, gutter guards, power washing. Free est.

HANDYPERSONS ALâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397.


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

250-479-7950 FREE ESTIMATES â&#x20AC;˘ Lawn Maintenance â&#x20AC;˘ Landscaping â&#x20AC;˘ Hedge Trimming â&#x20AC;˘ Tree Pruning â&#x20AC;˘ Yard Cleanups â&#x20AC;˘ Gardening/Weeding â&#x20AC;˘ Aeration, Odd Jobs NO SURPRISES NO MESS

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

ACTION YARD CARE. 15 + years exp. Honest & reliable. Quality work. 250-744-6918.

$20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279.


KENDRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

AURICLE BSC 250-882-3129 For lovely lawns-spectacular hedges-healthy garden beds & renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164.

Lowest Prices Guaranteed! Laminates - $0.59/sq ft Engineered - $1.99 sq ft Hardwood - $2.79 sq ft

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SPRING CLEANups, complete maintenance. Residential & Commercial. 250-474-4373.

PARRYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774

ELECTRICAL 250-361-6193 Quality Electric Renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, res & comm. No job too small. Lic# 22779. AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550.

HANDYMAN SERVICES. Lawns, fences, pruning, flooring, painting, drywall, small renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Mike/Chris 250-656-8961


NO JOB too small. Multi unit to Home Renos. Free Estâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Call Green Bird Development. (250)661-1911.

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


Overnight Delivery in most of BC!



CUSTOM WOODWORK: Recovered wood; wine racks, shelving, picture framing and more. Built in or mobile at reasonable prices. (250)812-8646


A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. BIG BEAR Painting. Interior & Exterior. Quality work. Free estimate. Barry 250-896-6071 B L Coastal Coatings. Quality, reliable, great rates. All your Painting needs. (250)818-7443 DALEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PAINTING Int/ext. Prompt, courteous, 25yrs exp $25/hr Free est. 250-516-2445 LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127.


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

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(250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave Moving- 2 men, 5 ton, $85/hr. 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. DONE RIGHT MOVING $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Estâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544. LICENSED. QUALITY work guaranteed, great rates, WCB. Free estâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Seniors discount on labour. Norm (250)413-7021.

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

STUCCO/SIDING STUCCO REPAIRMAN- Stucco & Painting Specialist. 50 years experience. Free estimates. Dan, 250-391-9851.

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


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WINDOW CLEANING BLAINEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WINDOW WASHING. Serving Sidney & Brentwood since 1983. Average house $35. 250-656-1475 BOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WINDOW Cleaning. Roof demoss, Gutters. Licensed and affordable. 250-884-7066.

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DAVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190.

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

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Firefighter quartet riding to conquer cancer Members from the North Saanich Fire Department host fundraiser this weekend Devon MacKenzie News staff

Four members from the North Saanich Volunteer Fire Department are donning a different kind of gear this month. Kurt Barner, James Bridge, Pat Jordan and Tieg Clark will swap their firefighting gear for bicycle gear next weekend for the 2013 B.C. Ride to Conquer Cancer, an event which sees over 2,000 riders pedal 220 kilometres from Vancouver to Seattle, Washington. “This is my fourth year doing the ride, personally,” said Barner. He added that he began

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North Saanich firefighters Tieg Clark, James Bridge, Pat Jordan and Kurt Barnerwill wash cars and collect bottles to fundraise for their participation on the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer.

riding in 2009 after he found out his father had been diagnosed with cancer. “It’s great this year that some of the guys stepped up to do it as well,” he said. The team, who’ve dubbed themselves the Cove Crusaders, will have to raise $10,000 collectively ($2,500 each) in order to participate in the ride, which happens annually in a handful of Canadian cities. The proceeds ($11 million in B.C. alone in 2012) go directly to provincial cancer foundations. This Sunday, the four members will be hosting a car wash and bottle drive fundraising event at the

newly-opened fire hall (986 Wain Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We’ll also have 50/50 draw, which if we sell all the tickets, the grand prize will be $10,000 cash,” said Barner. To donate to the B.C. Ride to Conquer Cancer, visit the team’s donation page by searching Cove Crusaders from the main website at under the green ‘donate’ tab. Printable donation forms are also available on the same page. reporter@peninsula

Sidney student completes CA program VANCOUVER — Sidney chartered accountant (CA) student Kristen van Dinther graduated from the CA qualification program at a ceremony held May 25, 2013. Students recognized at the convocation are eligible for membership in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. this year. “Kristen earned her CA designa-

tion by successfully completing a rigorous and competitive academic program, focused on business and accounting competencies,” said Richard Rees, FCA, CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. — Submitted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.

Jamie Copeland performs Coldplay’s Yellow during the Peninsula Academy of Music Arts year-end recital in Sidney recently.

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NORTH SAANICH — The Peninsula Lacrosse Association and its Midget team host the annual Matt Underwood Lacrosse Tournament this weekend. Running today (Fri-


Centre of the Universe – July 2013

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Memorial lacrosse tourney this weekend


July 2013 Astronomy Camps

• 4 and 5 day camp options, 9am to 4pm • Grades 1 – 5 • $175 – $195 plus tax

Steven Heywood/ News staff

Bilingues. Amusants. Sécuritaires. Éducatifs. • Des camps de quatre ou cinq jours, de 9 h à 16 h • De la 1re à la 5e année • 175 $ à 195 $, taxes en sus

day, June 7) to Sunday, the tourney features Midget-level lacrosse teams from the Island and the mainland. Spokesperson Debbie Thomson says they hope to have 16 teams in the event — as they have in the past — representing A, B and C-level lacrosse divi-

sions. The 15th annual event is named for Matt Underwood, a local lacrosse player who died of cancer. There will be a head shave event on Saturday, June 8 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., with proceeds going to the B.C. Cancer Agency and to

Matt’s family. The tournament takes place this weekend at the Panorama Recreation Centre. For more information about the event, visit and click ‘Tournaments’ in the top menu bar. — News staff

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COMING UP IN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT • World renowned dog trainer, breeder and author Suzanne Clothier presents two lectures at the Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets for both talks are $45 each and are available through the Mary Winspear box office at 250-656-0275 or • Murray Hatfield and Teresa at the Mary Winspear Centre June 9 at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Mary Winspear box office at 250-656-0275 or

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Saanich Peninsula studio tour happens this weekend Popular tour features 27 studios and over 40 artists June 8 and 9 Devon MacKenzie News staff

The Saanich Peninsula Studio tour starts June 8 and is expected to bring art lovers from all over into local artists’ homes and studios. “We really try to reach the communities outside of the just the Peninsula,” said organizer Richard Julian. “We make sure the maps are in stores and public places downtown Victoria, on the Gulf Islands. We want people to come out to the Saanich

Peninsula to see the world class artists we have here.” Julian added that the event also traditionally attracts many locals who visit their favourite artists during the bi-annual tours. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the public to be able to go into a studio and see how an artist’s work originates,” he said. “Each time, we try and get a good

selection of artists so we have a variety. This time we have potters, painters, artists who work in bronze and glass, even jewellery, and the fact that it’s self guided means people can pick and choose the artists and Brochures are the mediavailable at the ums they CACSP Centre want to in Tulista Park. see.” The tour, which is self-guided with the help of a glossy map and

brochure explaining the various artists work, happens Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The map can be easily picked up at the Community Arts Council centre in Tulista Park or at various businesses on the Peninsula and beyond. Maps can also be downloaded and printed from the website www.cacsp. com. For more information on the studio tour, call 250-656-7400.

Celtic Vespers to celebrate Father’s Day this month at St. Johns

NORTH SAANICH — Award-winning guitarist Brad Prevedoros and acclaimed • A Retrospective multi-instrumentalist Greg Exhibition of SculpJoy combine technical brilture by Duncan Currie liance and a shared sense of titled Figures will take musical adventure to create place at the Tulista Park Arts Centre (9565 music that is grounded in many traditions and yet, is Fifth St.) from June 10 brand new. to 16. The show will Brad Prevedoros is a guibe open daily from tar virtuoso noted for his 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For Made for families: exciting live performances. more information, visitprint 10.3125 x 7 in Ad Born and raised in

ish Columbia, he has been performing professionally in North America and Europe since 1982. Prevedoros has released ten internationally distributed recordings of original compositions and innovative interpretations of a wideranging repertoire having sold over 400,000 CDs since his 1988 recording debut. The guitarist’s recordings have been chosen for over

20 CD compilations and his compositions have also been used on theatre and video productions. In 2003 he was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Instrumental Album of the Year and in 2006 he won Vancouver Island’s Monday Magazine Performer’s award. Greg Joy studied classical guitar and music theory at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

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His mastery of the guitar, flute, mandolin and hammered dulcimer has been well demonstrated in his live performances and in his 18 recorded albums which have sold over 250,000 copies world-wide. Joy’s music has also been used on many different compilation albums in Europe and South-east Asia. Inspired by the folkbaroque guitar style of John

Renbourn, Bert Jansch and Davey Graham, Joy’s playing features a unique fusion of Celtic, baroque, folk-rock and contemporary jazz. The Celtic Vespers service begins at 7 p.m. on June 16 at St. Johns United Church at 10990 West Saanich Rd. There is no admission charge and an offering will be taken. For information, please call Eve at 250-6565373. — Submitted

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