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Mistrust brewing between residents and CRD over Island View Park document Tim Collins

ests of park users. At the heart of the decades-long conflict is the question of what ideal of the propA new course for Island View erty’s past is the appropriate temBeach Regional Park will soon be plate for the future. “We just want them to leave our charted amidst a storm of conflicting opinions and brewing mis- park alone,” said Jason Austin, the founder of a loose organization trust. At issue is a document enti- of area residents and concerned tled the Draft Interim Park Man- park users. His organizaagement Plan tion, The Friends for Island View of Island View Beach Regional Beach, has been Park. The plan actively lobbying was prepared by for the park to be Capital Regional maintained in the District (CRD) state in which the staff and is slated CRD found it. for presentation Austin mainto the Regional tains the area has Parks Commitbeen grassland tee. The CRD and meadows – is still deciding agricultural land whether the plan – for generations. will be presented His group argues on Nov. 20 or at a date yet to be Tim Collins/Contributor that the CRD’s determined. This Vernon Michell of Michell vision of the park course of action is Farms says a mosquito as a wetland is an being maintained p l a g u e o c c u r r e d artificial construct despite continued when ditches weren’t and the result of the CRD’s environprotests from crit- maintained. mentalist agenda. ics of the plan and the launching of a website that They say it’s an agenda brought to severely criticizes virtually every life by the CRD’s intentional failure to maintain century old drainage aspect of the document. If passed at the committee level ditches and berms and by allowthe document will go to the CRD ing the flapper gates that prevent board where, if ratified, it will seawater from running backward become the governing document up the ditches at high tide to fall into disrepair. for the park. “Look at the original 1858 surCritics of the plan say it will enshrine a legacy of distrust, vey documents for this land,” said anger and frustration between the Austin. CRD and stakeholders by mapPlease see: ping a future not in the best interCRD saw park, page 3


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CRD saw park as a coastal wetland Continued from page 1

“The land is described as grassland and low rushes. There is no mention of a salt water marsh.” Austin also pointed to a document dating back to one of the original land owners. “In 1892, Puckle described it as 30 acres of good land. They grew oats here … vegetables. This was never what the CRD wants it to be now.” Lynn Wilson, Senior Park Planner and CRD spokesperson acknowledges there was an “agricultural overlay” imposed upon the property over the past 150 years, but suggests that isn’t the natural state of the property. “If you wanted that kind of landscape, perhaps it should have been kept in private ownership,” said Wilson. “But that isn’t the history of land acquisition.” So what is the CRD’s plan for the property? Critics maintain that it’s difficult to pin down. The plan, coupled with the CRD’s record in the park since 1989, seems to indicate a predilection toward allowing the property to become a wetland. Despite a legal requirement to maintain the historic drainage ditches on the property (set out in a 1989 bylaw) the CRD failed to do so for over 20 years, despite repeated requests from area residents and Central Saanich district council. This resulted in what Vernon Michell called a mosquito plague. Michell is an area resident whose family history on the land goes back over one hundred years, When asked for an explanation of this failure to adhere to the bylaw, Wilson was uncertain. “Maybe there hadn’t been a memory of that commitment,” said Wilson. When reminded of correspondence and two petitions that would presumably have refreshed the CRD memory of their commitment, Wilson responded, “it wasn’t a priority for us, the way we understood the park was as a coastal wetland. We saw it was a natural area where drainage wasn’t part of the mix.” That understanding of the park’s natural state is supported within the proposed plan. It says: “The veg-

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Jason Austin, centre, at an information session at Island View Beach Regional Park. His Friends of Island View Beach are critical of CRD plans for the park.

No return to the past for Island View Beach

According to Dr. David Blundon it’s unlikely that what existed one thousand years ago at Island View Park lands will ever truly be re-created. Blundon teaches at Camosun College’s Environmental Technology Program and has been supervising students’ research projects in the park. He has provided the CRD with information on the importance of the coastal wetland ecosystems. According to the CRD, Blundon’s input is “salient to our current policy directions around ditching, drainage, mosquito control, berm maintenance, etc.” Yet Blundon acknowledges that doing away with the berms and ditches and allowing some Island View Park lands to flood would not result in a return to a pristine wetland that may have existed there one thousand years ago. “We know that it was probably a wetland,” said Blundon. “Our soil samples show a level of salinity that indicates a salt-water incursion to the area over a long period of time.” Yet Blundon admits that the human overlay on the property has fundamentally changed the ecosystem there and it is unlikely that the original landscape can be resurrected. “About 95 per cent of the plant species there originated in England. They are invasive species and it would take a massive expenditure of money and effort to remove those plants and return native species to the park.” Blundon maintains that a balance between conservation and recreation is possible, but acknowledges that the balance is sometimes difficult to attain.

etation communities in the coastal wetland have been impacted by the presence of the coastal berm and drainage ditches.” It also states: “Within the park, the extensive system of drainage ditches has also contributed to changes to the wetland’s soil and vegetation composition.” “This land wants to be wet,” said Wilson. Yet the plan doesn’t specifically state that the ditches will be abandoned. “We have policy direction from the parks committee to maintain ditches and the berms and we are now maintaining the ditches,” said Wilson. “We have not called for the ditches to be filled in within the plan.”

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Wilson acknowledges environmental concerns are reflected within the plan that could lead people to believe that the CRD plans to allow the land to become a wetland. As well, there are aspects of the plan that allow that course of action. The plan calls for a continued study of what the CRD describes as the “natural ecosystem” and the ability to change the plan in lieu of such studies. “It’s what’s called adaptive management, if you get new information you may change management approach,” said Wilson. “We would still have to go back to the Parks Board to do that.” “I’ve read and re-read the plan,” said Austin. “There’s

nothing in it that requires that sort of approval.” And some area residents are distrustful of the CRD’s goals in the park. “There’s a hidden agenda and no one really knows what it is, but there’s an obvious ecological slant,” said Dan Van Stolk, an area resident not affiliated with Austin’s group. The mistrust between the CRD and some park users and area residents has resulted in the Friends of Island View Beach mounting their own public information strategy. They’ve posted a web site ( and have hosted independent information sessions at the park.

Wilson said these actions are nothing more than fear mongering — the efforts of a few people to influence the future of the park. According to Mark Hawkes, the president of Citizen Canine, the solution lies in better communication. “They need to stop talking about each other and start talking to each other,” said Hawkes. His group of dog owners was formed 11 years ago to present a united voice to confront what Hawkes said was a heavy-handed CRD approach to dogs in regional parks. “Years ago, we taught the CRD that they can’t just ignore dog owners,” said Hawkes, adding through respectful consultation his group has managed to make some inroads into the “us and them” mentality that sometimes develops in issues of this kind. His group has consulted with the CRD and he has a much more robust confidence that their needs will be respected in any park plan. But Austin maintains there have been no opportunities for his group and others to establish this sort of communication. “The public meeting they (the CRD) had in January was an absolute disgrace,” said Austin. “Much of the information they presented they knew to be wrong and there was no chance for us to refute anything they said or to educate others.” The CRD eschews the critics’ call for further consultation. “We have a report prepared by Elevate Consulting that summarizes all of the public input,” said Wilson. “We had a very successful online survey of park users and several information sessions during the preparation of the plan. All that information will be presented to the Parks Board (of the CRD).” In all, 77 survey responses were obtained. Wilson said the “town hall sort of meeting” called for by critics of the plan would serve no useful purpose. The proposed plan for Island View Beach is available at islandview/documents/2013IVBDraftInterimPlan.

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A realtor friend of mine phoned me from a shopping mall the other day, livid about something that had happened to him. He had left his son in the car playing a video game while he ran in quickly to grab a bottle of olive oil (er, wine). He was in the store for approximately 4 minutes and when he came back to his vehicle he said to his son: “everything thing ok buddy?” “Everything is great Dad, except for the lady that banged your door with her car.” “Whaaaa?” Another driver had pulled up next to him and opened up her car door into his new SUV and there was now a lovely little crease in his passenger front door. Coincidentally, the same thing happened to me on the ferry when my truck was less than two hours old. Now there is no way I could get the wording of my friend and my conversation past the editor here at the News Review but lets just say that the word “colorful” comes to mind. So what is the recourse for such an action? Well, if the person is still parked and you have noticed it, take

some really good photos with your camera phone (everyone has one of those now), including the license plate. When we photograph vehicles, we always take measurements of the height and width of the damage so insurance companies can correlate the damage to other vehicles involved. If the other party has fled the scene it will be a hit and run claim and your rates will not be affected. If you have the time to wait for them, you can insist that they open their door to make sure that you can photograph their door edge and your dent(s) if they have hit it with more than one door. Careless people do a lot of damage to other people’s vehicles. My advice to my friend after he had calmed down was to wait patiently for the third party to come back and document the damage. Then go home and open his bottle of olive oil to ease the pain.

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There are changes afoot for the Sidney North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) but users will have to wait nearly five years to see them. VIRL executive director Rosemary Bonanno and director of finance Adrian Mass recently presented Sidney town council with their longrange plans for the local library branch. As part of their ongoing planning, VIRL is looking to change the floor plan and interior elements of the Sidney North Saanich library — even expand the facility itself. Mass said the branch renewal is expected to take between four or five years, as funding and priorities are developed. “Before we can do anything, we have to have a toolkit in place,” Mass said. That toolkit is a proposed local service area (LSA) that would

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The Sidney North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. raise money in the form of a tax to help pay for the renovation of the library. Mass said meeting with the town and its partner in the library — the District of North Saanich — is a vital first step to gauge local interest and need. VIRL is also considering other funding options through all of its branch renewal projects. A facilities master plan not only calls on the VIRL to catch up on growth and upgrades to its libraries, but to look at direct ownership, partnerships and private-sector investment as ways to obtain fund-

ing. High on the priority list is direct ownership, which would involve seeking support for an LSA at the Capital Regional District level. That, Mass explained, would allow VIRL to borrow from a pool of money raised throughout the CRD. Mayor Larry Cross noted that Sidney would have to sign on to such a plan through the CRD. “Without that,” added Mass, “we would have no access to borrowed funds at all.” PLease see: Room to grow, page 5

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Food bank prepares for hamper season Devon MacKenzie News staff

The Sidney Lions Food Bank is preparing for its busiest time of year and is looking for donations to help make clients’ holiday season a little brighter. “Christmas hampers are really important to our clients because it can be a really tough time of year financially for a lot of people,” said Bev Elder, the food bank’s administrator, who added that the not-for-profit sees more people using the food bank over Christmas than they usually do. “We normally serve about 320 households on the Saanich Peninsula but around Christmas time we serve over 450,” she said. The Sidney Lions Food Bank

makes up their own hampers and includes in them things that help make the holiday season a little brighter for their clients. “We try and include things they wouldn’t normally get like chocolate, personal care items and a grocery store gift card to buy a turkey and veggies or whatever else they need for Christmas dinner,” Elder said. Elder said the challenge each year is competing with other, larger charities who exclusively seek donations around Christmas. “It can be hard because people like to spread around their donations and I think a lot of people see the seasonal charities and think to donate to them but might forget about charities like the food bank who operate

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Park plan needs bigger picture


t looks like there’s a no-win situation brewing over the future of Island View Beach Regional Park, as a small group of residents clash with the Capital Regional District over what’s best for the land. And the situation is being created by the stubborn positions being taken up by both sides and the rhetoric thrown back and forth — instead of respectful debate that could actually breach the gap of misunderstanding between the two parties. Mark Hawkes of Citizen Canine is correct when he says the residents and CRD must talk with each other, instead of talking about each other. Only then can progress be made. It’s getting to that point of realization that’s the tough part after taking up belligerent positions on the issue. There’s a balance here that must be struck, as it would over any park space that yearns to be as close to natural as possible — but is so close to urban populations that they cannot be ignored. From the debate outlined on today’s front page, it seems all sides have valid perspectives on what came before on the land that is now called Island View Beach. It was, at one time, all natural. It was, at one time, home to First Nations. It was, at one time, agricultural land. It is, today, a park operated by the CRD with its responsibilities to the public and to its own bottom line. From out of all of that history and current activity, there must be a balance point, where all interests are represented. After all, people aren’t going to vanish from around the park and the land probably isn’t going to revert back to any purely natural form. Whatever plan eventually comes out of the CRD will not please everyone, but hopefully it will address the major concerns around human activity in and around the park. Most people simply enjoy the area for its recreational opportunities and as long as this battle doesn’t impact that, the debate will be confined to the minutiae of planning, which generally interest very few. It’s time both sides address the bigger picture and work on a plan that lives up to that mission.

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Perils of an entitlement state Conservative federal government With the B.C. and federal has continued to pour out money governments once again struggling to every part of the country. But to climb out of deep operating I did not know Industry deficits, it’s a good time Canada grants were for the release of Mark handed out to pizza Milke’s book Tax Me, I’m parlours (including the Canadian. remote pizza-starved An update of the same village of Kamloops), or title published 12 years to help open gas stations ago, the book retains or convenience stores the history of taxes in in Kelowna, Vernon and Canada, detailing how Chilliwack. Canada’s tax system was Milke makes a useful initially built to mimic the point for B.C. about United States’ system in the late 19th century. Tom Fletcher royalty rates for timber, natural gas and other Beyond the history, it B.C. Views resources. They are is mostly new material. resource rents and if they Included are chapters on are too high the tenants will move the global meltdown of 2009, the out. Reducing them isn’t a subsidy, surge of pension liabilities as the baby boomers retire and the flawed especially if it leads to big revenue gains as B.C.’s unconventional shale logic behind the Occupy and Idle gas incentives have done. No More protests. On the Occupy movement: The Some readers will immediately note that Milke works for the Fraser infamous “one per cent,” who in Canada earn $250,000 a year or Institute and was previously B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ more, earned 10 per cent of all income and paid 20 per cent of all Federation. But the book is not just taxes in 2010. The bottom 73 per an argument for cutting taxes. It cent of tax filers paid just 17 per also dismantles persistent myths cent of all taxes. About a third paid that income taxes are illegal and launches a broadside on what Milke no tax at all. On Idle No More: When calls “Canada’s corporate welfare Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence carnival.” played to the Ottawa media with Many people will be able to her soup strike, former Liberal identify some top names in leader Bob Rae suggested a nearby the government subsidy game: diamond mine should share more Bombardier, General Motors, revenue. Milke omits the substantial even poor old Rolls Royce support and employment that Canada. Some will also be well mine provides and glosses over aware our supposedly tight-fisted

the misguided blockades that disrupted that and other jobcreating enterprises. But he does detail the disastrous effects of passive resource wealth bestowed on impoverished aboriginal communities and contrasts it with the success stories of reserves that build their own enterprises through hard work. On public sector pensions: Milke notes that historically, public employees traded higher wages for better benefits and job security. Now their wages are generally higher and taxpayers have to cover their personal pension contributions (as a portion of those wages) as well as the employer contributions, plus the defined benefit payout, which has to be subsidized far beyond what the pension fund can support. On the debt-financed welfare state, there are memorable observations like this one: “For the record, the generous Quebec welfare state and its ostensibly more progressive model are paid for in part with the taxes of other Canadians; Quebec is merely the North American equivalent of Greece.” The recent B.C. political crisis over adoption of the harmonized sales tax showed that there is too much emotion and too little knowledge about how taxes work. This book is a step towards addressing that. Twitter:@tomfletcherbc E-mail:

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all know, those are now the very concerns of the neighbours of Foundation Organics. A separate composting system needs to be implemented to handle the items mentioned above. This material should be placed in ditches that are at least 18” deep then moistened prior to covering with organic material. The breakdown is slower than with regular composting, but the odour factor and concern over flies and rodents is eradicated.  Inadequate time for decomposition results in  the fermentation process  which produces alcohol, rendering the material toxic to plant roots and should not be applied in your garden.

have followed with great interest the comments and ongoing drama regarding the CRD plan to divert kitchen and other organic waste for recycling. I have always maintained a backyard compost myself so I was horrified to learn that meat, poultry, bones, dairy products, solidified fats and grease were to be included (not separate) for pick up and disposal in the CRD bins supplied to the public. My first thought was how do they expect to process these items without attracting ghastly infestations of rodents and flies to the compost site? My next thought was what about the stink of such decomposing matter? Well, as we

Were these the recommendations that the CRD proposed in their bylaws, regarding compost facility regulations and approved operating plan? The recent announcement concerning the suspension of Foundation Organics’ license and the plan to transport 4,474 tons of food waste to an alternate site for disposal this month, only moves the problem to someone else’s backyard. The Victoria Compost Education Centre provides extremely helpful tips about separating various kitchen wastes and other organic matter for recycling if only someone would call them. Chris Brown Sidney

Readers respond: Climate change, Beacon Avenue, Brentwood Climate not following predictions Deborah Rasnick’s raising of alarm about climate change in your Oct. 11 issue may sound great until you understand climate is not following predictions of alarmist models — negligible sea level rise (according to Canadian and American government agencies), no warm spot in the middle atmosphere, and 16 years without statistically significant warming (even according to the alarmist organizations CRU and NASA). Such as that the Antarctic has not warmed, that the primary greenhouse gas — water vapour — is changing in a way not predicted by the models and that warmer weather has fewer storms. Peer-reviewed research shows alternative explanations for climate variation such as solar emissions spawning high altitude clouds and changing ocean currents — the ocean being a massive heat sink. Has Rasnick looked at that research? And there is a fundamental limit to the effect that CO2 can have, most of that already realized — even the

IPCC shows the limit in their documents, but starts the calculation at the wrong point in time. Alarmists don’t like to read history — they deny the Medieval Warm Period and the warmth of the 1930s, for example. They see every storm as proof while ignoring the one in New York in 1962 and destructive hurricanes going way back in the 20th century and earlier. All they have is their theories. It looks to me as though the climate is behaving as it did in the 1930s — still the hottest decade in history once NASA corrected its Y2K error, with the Arctic lagging. Why are people like Rasnick so willing to believe negativity about humans, instead of studying physics and looking at facts? Keith Sketchley Saanich

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What the hell is going on in the sleepy town of Brentwood Bay? There are empty store fronts, litter is getting out of control and graffiti is popping up everywhere. The broken window syndrome is in danger of taking over. I walk my dog past driveways full of ugly used cars and rusting boat trailers and find myself constantly picking up after people who just don’t seem to care. Town council better start passing some bylaws or dedicating some funding to clean up before this place loses what little charm it has left. C. Scott Stofer Brentwood Bay

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Haven’t yet experienced the fears and phobia that seem to become larger than life at Halloween? There is still one night left to experience Evil Acres — a haunted house in North Saanich. A haunted barn, actually, where the chills and thrills are brought to visitors by Randevil Mortimer, Hellson and an entire cast of creepy characters. Randevil says this is the first year Evil Acres has been in its current location but has roots in North Saanich (he credits district staff for helping get the place set up), having burst from the grave out on Glamorgan Road years ago. He said Evil Acres is a work in

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progress, but so far this season, reaction from visitors has been good.

“I do this because people have fun,” he said. When he started, Randevil wanted to give adults the thrills and chills that children enjoy at Halloween. To that end, he preys upon people’s fears, their anticipation and even their imagination. Mixed in are the work of 27 actors — from various walks of life — who enjoy scaring people half to death. As a result, Evil Acres warns it’s not for the faint of heart, or health. But don’t expect to learn the secrets of Evil Acres here — you’ll have to experience it for yourself. Randevil said he’s always improving his haunted house experience and already has some big plans for the 10-night run in 2014. “I’m going to take it to a dif-

ferent level,” he said. Evil Acres uses a portion of its proceeds to raise money for a Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock rider. They also accept donations for the local food bank. The big night of All Hallows Eve is the last show at Evil Acres out on Wilson Road in North Saanich. For directions, ticket prices and more, visit

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With Halloween here again, residents of Sidney might be forgiven for making their way to the Haunted Bookshop to see if they might discover a spirit lingering amongst the rare volumes. They’d be in the wrong place. The Haunted Bookshop isn’t haunted. The name is taken from a work by Christopher Morley and has nothing to do with ghosts. “In some ways the shop’s name has become the bane of my existence,” said Odean Long, the shop’s owner. “People come in here looking for books on the occult. We’re not that kind of shop.” Yet that doesn’t mean the Peninsula is without its own

restless spirits. John Adams, the operator of the Ghostly Walks (amongst other historical tours) in Victoria, maintains there are a locations in the area where ghostly sightings are common. Perhaps the best known of these spooky sites is Butchart Gardens. Adams has been told stories of the family home, Benvenuto, where a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen cruising through the rooms late at night. Adams said people have also reported feeling tugs on their clothing and hearing organ music that doesn’t originate from the sound system. The action isn’t restricted to Benvenuto. Adams said that late at night, after everyone has left the park, security staff have reported seeing a young

girl riding a tricycle and making her way down the paths. When they investigate, she disappears. But the action isn’t limited to Butchart Gardens. According to Adams, there was a house on Ardmore Drive so haunted that it needed to be demolished. No one would live there. Then there’s the strange case of the phantom tractor. It’s seen late at night in the area of Stelly’s X Road. Apparently the ghostly farmer can’t rest until his fields are tended. There are no reports as to what he’s growing. Horth Hill Park has a resident spirit as well, according to Adams. “I’ve had a lot of reports of people seeing a house on the property. They see it, and then

it’s gone. The sightings have been accompanied by a real sense of unease and anxiety.” The strangest haunting, though, takes place at the Stonehouse Restaurant at Canoe Cove. According to Ron Wolfe, the general manager, the building was constructed around 1935 as a personal residence. Sometime around 1940, though, it was the scene of a horrible accident (at least it was assumed to be an accident). A young boy, the eightyear-old son of the owners of the home was found hanged in his upstairs bedroom. Apparently, the unfortunate lad never left. PLEASE SEE: Hauntings just might, page 10



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Sidney Concert Band will give a nod to veterans this weekend during their 2013 Musical Salute to Veterans on Sunday, Nov. 3. This year’s show will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sidney on Third Street which will offer about 100 more seats than last year’s show. “In 2012 we had to turn away over 100 people who came to see the performance at the Charlie White Theatre,” said Terry Erskine, vice-president and percussionist in the band. “With the larger venue this year we’re hoping to be able to accommodate everyone who comes.” The show, which is sponsored by Michelle Holmes and Holmes Realty, will feature the Sidney Concert Band as well as the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band and vocalist Stephanie Benbow playing a musical selection that features something for everyone. “There will be music that everyone will recognize but especially our veterans,” said Erskine. The band is made up of close to 40 members ranging in age from 18 to over 80. This year will mark the fourth annual tribute show and Erskine said the caliber of music has continued to rise

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Sidney Concert band plays their 2013 Musical Salute to Veterans on Sunday, Nov. 3.

since the band’s inception in 1986. “Our sound has continued to improve each year as well as the caliber and selection of music. Our musical director Rob Bannister has really pushed us and we’re really looking forward to this show,” said Erskine, adding that the band has been rehearsing twice a week in preparation for the show. The show at St. Elizabeth’s on Nov. 3 starts at 2:30 p.m. and is by donation with proceeds going back into the community band. For more information, visit

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“There was one story I was told by a friend of mine; a friend who lives just up the hill here,” said Wolfe. “He had a little girl who started reporting that she was playing with what my friend thought was an imaginary friend. It was a little boy with bright red hair who liked to play tricks like playing with the hoses in his yard…” When his friend started paying attention to the claims and the hoses draped around the

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yard, he learned that the little boy who had hanged himself was a lad with bright red hair. His daughter had never heard the story. “It can get pretty weird up here at night,” said Wolfe. “No one wants to be the last person here, closing up for the night. It makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.” Ed Sum of the Paranormal Victoria Investigations and Research Society has heard a lot about the Stonehouse. “It’s one of those places we’d

love to investigate,” said Sum, adding he never assumes that reports of haunting are true. “But we’ve seen and heard some very strange things over the years. It might be best to keep an open mind.” If you’re inclined to visit ghostly locations in and around Victoria, go to for a list of times for John Adams’ ghostly walks. Otherwise, keep your eyes and ears open as you travel about on Halloween night. Who knows what you’ll see.

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Panthers skate back into winning column After a loss at home against the Victoria Cougars Friday night, Panthers take win over Kerry Park

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It took three minutes and 26 seconds of overtime on Saturday night in Mill Bay before Panthers’ rookie forward Braedan Pearce squeaked one past Kerry Park Islanders’ goaltender Jackson Jane to give the Panthers a 3-2 win. It was the Panthers’ 55th shot of the night but the most important one as it gave them the all important two

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but would have liked to see them put the game away a bit earlier. “It was our best team game of this season,” Passmore said. “We kept up the fight and it was great to see Braedan get his first goal in junior-level hockey and an overtime winner to boot. It’s

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KAMLOOPS, BC Starts $69.99 +taxes, Includes Continental Breakfast, WIFI & Parking. Close to Aberdeen Mall, Costco, Casino, Downtown and Grocery Stores. Call 250-374-8100 / 1800-665-4467 Off Hwy#1 on Exit 368, 1200 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC V1S 1N5

Call for Interest

Valid until April 31, 2014

The Victoria Regional Transit Commission invites residents to serve on the Access Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC). ATAC provides advice to the Commission and BC Transit regarding accessible transportation and custom transit issues. The Committee meets up to four (4) times per year.

With 57 years of cumulative experience, our professional Audiologists have been serving Oak Bay and Sidney for 19 years.

The Commission will consider applications from seniors, individuals with disabilities, persons representing organizations that provide services or represent persons with disabilities, seniors or caregivers. Appointments to ATAC are for two years. The application should focus on skills and experience that you can bring to ATAC including any experience with transit services. The deadline is December 14, 2013. If you have any questions, please call 250·419·5903.

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in customized clothing for groups, school uniforms and workwear. We also provide customizable services for suits, bed sheets and even cushions. Fine crafted cheongsam, genuine silk — made scarves and pajamas are available in store as well.

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The Capital Regional District (CRD) invites applications/ nominations from residents interested in sitting on the Water Advisory Committee to provide advice on water supply, water quality, the stewardship of the lands held by the CRD for water supply purposes and water conservation measures. There are vacancies for members representing Agricultural, Environmental, and Commercial/Industrial groups and organizations.


Meetings are held at 9 am on the first Tuesday of each month at CRD Integrated Water Services office, 479 Island Highway, Victoria, BC. Appointments will be for a two (2) year term commencing January 2014. Send us a one-page summary telling about yourself, which interest group you represent, your area of expertise, and why you would like to serve on the committee.

250-217-2200 Murray Savage, AMP

Deadline for receipt of applications is October 30, 2013. For a copy of the Terms of Reference contact CRD Integrated Water Services at the address below or visit our website: administration/advisorycommittee.htm .


Mail, fax or email your application to:

Sidney Branch 9771 Fourth St. Sidney BC V8L 2Y9

Water Advisory Committee CRD Integrated Water Services Phone: 250.474.9606 479 Island Highway Fax: 250.474.4012 Victoria, BC V9B 1H7 Email:




Attention, intention And Awareness: Creating Meaningful Connections is a three session course exploring emotional intelligence with Rev. Lynngood on Thursday, Nov. 7, 14 and 21. Course

Applications/Nominations for Membership Water Advisory Committee

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takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria at 5575 West Saanich Rd. or from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Centre at 1330 Fairfield Rd. A small fee will apply. For more information call 250-655-7149. leArn to skAte this fall and winter with the Peninsula Figure Skating Club. All ages and abilities welcome to join us in our Skate Canadasanctioned programs. Classes begin Oct. 6 but registration is ongoing. Visit pfsc. for more information. Morning MAt YogA at SHOAL Activity Centre, Nov. 14 to Dec. 19 (six sessions) from 9 to 10 a.m. with Instructor Kathleen Fournier. Cost is $67.50. Call to register at 250-6565537. Visa and MasterCard accepted. JuAn de FucA Pathfinders Volkssport Club 5/10 km walk on Saturday, Nov. 30. Meet at Travelodge (2280 Beacon Ave.) in Sidney. Registration 9:30 a.m. walk at10 a.m. Contact is Pat or Ed at 250-658-2325. the centre For Active Living 50+ in Brentwood Bay (1229 Clarke Rd.) invites you to a series of speakers through November. Sessions

will be held every Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome. Call 250652-4611 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for information or visit www.centralsaanich Nov. 1, Debbie York, a board member and board secretary of Seniors Serving Seniors.


suMMergAte VillAge Craft Fair and $5 luncheon at Summergate Rec. Center (2045 Summergate Blvd. Free parking on Canora Ave.) Sunday, Nov. 17 from noon to 3:30 p.m. Free admission and raffle proceeds go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Fair will feature home baking, seasonal novelties and more. the B.c. AViAtion Museum will be holding their annual Food Bank Drive Nov. 10 and 11. Admission to the museum for the two days will be by donation to the food bank (either food or cash). Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 250655-3300.


Free drop-in Flu

Clinic for Seniors, Nov. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at SHOAL Activity Centre in Sidney (10030 Resthaven Drive.) Clinic provided by Saanich Peninsula Heath Unit. the peninsulA stroke Recovery Club meets Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Willingdon Road in Sidney. Speech and exercise therapies offered. Spouses, caregivers, everyone welcome. Please bring a bag lunch. Contact Pat Brown for more information at 250-656-4753.

Kid stuff

good Morning rhYMe Time at the Sidney North Saanich Library. Bring your littlest ones to the library for songs, rhymes and stories until Nov. 14 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Ages 0-5. Free. Call 250-656-0944. lego stories At the Sidney North Saanich Library. Use our Lego to build your own creation. A new theme will be explored at each meeting and your work will be displayed at the library. Ages 5 years and up. Free. Nov. 1 and 15 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Call 250-656-0944 to register.


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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES JOBS IN Alberta. Large Beef Processor in High River, Alberta looking for experienced butchers. $17.00 - $18.70 hour. Call Laszlo: (403)652 8404 or send an email: WESTCAN - Interested In Being Our Next Ice Road Trucker? Haul liquid, dry bulk or freight to the diamond mines on the winter road (ice road) from mid-January to mid-April. Not Interested in driving on the ice? Drive resupply from southern locations in Alberta to Yellowknife, NT. Apply online at: or Phone: 1.888.WBT.HIRE (1.888.928.4473) for further details. DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

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LOST AND FOUND LOST: BROACH 2â&#x20AC;? long, 1â&#x20AC;? wide, very, very sentimental. Lost around Hatley Park laundry. Reward! (250)474-5514. LOST: CAT, young male, black and very shy. From Topaz Park area. Please check yards and sheds. Call if found (250)381-6009.


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ITALY- VILLAGE house in beautiful central Italy for rent. Call Anita 250-655-4030.

REALTOR ? Experienced realtor looking for younger computer savvy partner. Call (250)656-9194. PROFESSIONAL/ MANAGEMENT

THE Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is seeking a new Executive Director. Skills in administration, leadership, communication, marketing, and fundraising are important, as well as a passion for environmental education. A detailed profile is available at us/opportunities Applications will be accepted at until November 15, 2013.

TRADES, TECHNICAL JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages from $32/hour, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; or send an email to: JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC is required for coastal logging operations near Woss, BC. Year round employment with full benefits. Further details can be found at Please fax resume to 250-287-9259.



Journeyman & Apprentices (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th)







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CHAR BROIL BBQ with tank, rotisserie and motor, extension cord, heat gage, $100. Sears brown fabric rocker recliner, $220. Call (250)655-4185 (Phone # is now correct).


Respected Mechanical Contractor req. Journeyman & Apprentice Plumbers for all aspects of Commercial Institutional Mechanical work (New Construction). Previous experience is an asset. Team Environment. Long Term Opportunities Avail. Competitive Wages, & Excellent BeneďŹ ts. Fax: 604.576.4739 or E-mail:

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




CANADIAN RED Cross Society is looking for a customer service provider on a weekly basis to handle phone calls, perform clerical tasks, and assist walk-in clients with health equipment loans. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250-995-3509.

ANTIQUE LOVESEAT, green, Asking $200. Tea Wagon, walnut good cond. $200. Call (250)656-4853 or (250)8895248 (cell).

SHAW OCEAN Discovery Centre in Sidney has positions for oceaneers to share knowledge of the ocean environment with the public or students on a monthly basis. Other positions available. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250-6657511. VICTORIA BRAIN Injury Society needs walkers or runners to help clients of various abilities achieve their fitness goals at weekly clinics. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250-5989339.

WORK WANTED LOOKING FOR unsalaried position in property maint. in exchange for accommodations, shop space. (250)360-6277


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STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at:

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

BAR STOOL, new, brown with swivel seat $15. Call (250)652-4621.


ELECTRIC PRESTIGE oil heater, $22. 2 sm house heaters, $10/e. (250)656-7786.


QUEEN-SIZED DUVET & cover, great condition, $45. (250)477-8155.

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

CLOCK SHOP for Sale- repair watches, jewelry. Battery accessories. Established shop. Large clientele. 1046 Fort St. For more info: 250-361-4480.



MIND BODY & SPIRIT INTERLUDE MASSAGE: They are back at school!! Treat yourself to therapeutic, relaxing, massage now! In practice since 2000, offering Kripalu Bodywork, Acupressure, Hot Stone, Chair massage. Reiki Master. Contact Andrea at 250-514-6223 or online

BUILDING SUPPLIES SOLAR CONTROL glass films - (remnants) from major Sidney projects. Privacy and security films reject up to 85% solar heat plus 99% U/V rays. SolarGord (24hrs). Call 1-250864-5096 (Can be installed).

EARLY 1920-30 Original American gingerbread New Haven Chime clock $250. (250)656-7786.

4 LARGE containers, bamboo, 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122; high. $100. firm each item. Call (250)656-5824. ANTIQUE WALNUT cedar chest, $250. 7 Hummel figurines. (250)654-0056 NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.



SAANICH WEST- 1246 Hastings St, 3 bdrm Rancher, 2 garage, dining/living/family rooms, 2 bath (ensuite), F/P, appls incld, new roof. Walking distance to Interurban campus. Reduced price, $460,000. Call 250-477-4600.

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SIDNEY- 2444 Amherst Ave. 1300 sq.ft. updated character home looking for a family w/2 children and a dog. Fenced south facing corner lot near the Salish Sea. Walk to town and schools. Organic gardens & fruit trees, fireplace, hot tub, 6 appls. Free TV forever.... $499,000. (250)656-6136.

CENTRAL SIDNEY- bright, quiet, private, 3 bdrms, 1.5 bath, newly reno’d, grnd level, skylights, W/D, parking, storage, Gas F/P. Walk to beach & shops. NS/NP. $1440/mo. Call 250-544-1180.

LANDS End: large sunny water view, priv entry, parking, NS, $850. Adults, snow birds, refs. 250-655-4175,

MARIGOLDcozy 1 bdrm, woodstove. shared W/D, quiet. NS/NP. $850. 250-727-6217.

DOWNTOWN SIDNEY: 1 bdrm north facing condo in The Landmark. Close to sea with views, NS/NP. $1000, avail. Nov. 1. (250)655-4517.



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

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT Bright lg Bach 1,2,3 br. Units Fully reno 5 min drive to DT Victoria Full time on site manager SPACIOUS 742 sq.ft CONDO in the Wave, 705-845 Yates St. Great investment close to all amenities downtown Victoria. (250)380-6934. SUNNY COOMBS field/treed acreage. Room for revenue development. Comfortable 2 floors of 1400 sq ft. Wood, hot water heat $745,000. Phone/Fax 250-248-4495.

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO SAANICH: 55+ furnished 2 bdrm, balcony faces Swan Creek, 5 appls, in-suite W/D. $1200. utils incld 250-479-5437


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SHOP SPACE available MonFri in home based Sidney salon. Suitable for hair stylist, esthetician, or massage therapist. Wheelchair accessible. Available Jan/2014. Must bring own clients. Email:


SIDNEY- 3 bdrm sxs duplex, 1.5 bath, NS/NP. $1475+ utils. Available now (250)656-4003.

SIDNEY: COMMUNAL living in beautiful arts and crafts home. Walk to shops and ocean. Suitable for seniors. Light care avail. $995. Call (250)656-9194.

SAANICHTON: 1 bdrm furnished suite. $900 inclds utils, wi-fi, laundry. (250)665-7063.

AMITY AREA: 1 bdrm, new kitchen and bath. $850/mo. util’s incld’d. NS/NP. Avail. now. Call (250)889-2236.




TRANSPORTATION AUTO FINANCING AUTO SERVICES $$$ TOP CA$H PAID $$$. For ALL unwanted Vehicles, any condition. Call (250)885-1427.


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




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.

SIDNEYLOVELY 1 bdrm garden suite w/own laundry & wi-fi, priv exterior entrance in quiet area on 5th St. Avail now. $900. (250)665-7023.


SOOKE, 3-bdrm, 4-plex, $750 mo, on bus route, nice deck & yard. Call 250-478-2450.

MAYFAIR AREA, 1 bdrm main floor, close to bus & shopping. $950, all inclusive. Nov. 1. NS/NP. 250-380-2741.




2007 KIA RIO EX- 72,000 km, pl, pw, AM/FM/CD, heated seats, 5 speed, great cond, great mileage. Prefect for student or 2nd family car. $5495, obo. (250)514-7624. EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS


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Psychiatric Nursing (online): This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Special Education Assistant (online): In only 9 months you could be earning $17 - $25.99/hour. You will receive training and certification from the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology (online): Support and promote optimal health for seniors by planning, implementing and evaluation therapeutic recreation services. Earn up to $23.50/hour. Government student loans & funding (ELMS/WCB) & other financing options available to qualified applicants.


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

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

ARAM RENO’S Basement, bathrooms, additions Free est. WCB/Insured 250-880-0525

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

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


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.

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

CLEANING SERVICES EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPER. Honest, Reliable. $30./hr. Call (250)652-2042.


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

KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

CLASSIFIEDS WORK HARD! Call 250.388.3535

Lowest Prices Guaranteed! Laminates - $0.69/sq ft Engineered - $1.99/sq ft Hardwood - $2.79/sq ft

Overnight Delivery in most of BC!


GARDENING (250)208-8535 WOODCHUCK Fall clean-up, hedge & tree pruning, weed & moss repair on lawns, blackberry/ivy removal, gutter repair/cleaning.

PREPARE YOUR Lawn & garden for fall & winter. Glenwood Gardenworks. 250-474-4373.

JACK NASH, serving Victoria since 1980. We do it all! Free estimates WCB. 250-881-3886



250-216-9476 ACCEPTING new clients, From the Ground Up, custom landscapes, finish carpentry, garden clean-ups.

ABBA EXTERIORS Gutter cleaning & repairs. Seniors discounts. WCB, Insured. Free estimates. (778)433-9275.

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

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

(250)217-3090.ELECTRICIAN 30 yrs exp. New homes & Renos. Knob & tube replacement. Senior’s Disc. Lic.#3003 AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550.

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JUNK BOX- We Do All The Loading

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

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

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

JUNK REMOVAL 7 days / wk. Fast Service, Best Prices!! Free quotes. (250)857-JUNK. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774 SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.

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

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

PAINTING ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694. A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. DALE’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. OLD TIMER. Quality old fashioned service. Great rates. Excellent references. Call Al at 250-474-6924, 250-888-7187.



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

(250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave Moving- 2 men, 5 ton, $90/hr.

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

TELEPHONE SERVICES DISCONNECTED PHONE? National Teleconnect Home Phone Service. No One Refused! Low Monthly Rate! Calling Features and Unlimited Long Distance Available. Call National Teleconnect Today! 1-866-443-4408. Or online at

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


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PENINSULA NEWS REVIEW - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Winspear looking for tree donations


SIDNEY— Donations of six-foot artificial Christmas trees are being accepted at the Mary Winspear Centre for their 2013 Festival of Trees. The Festival sees many businesses and residents decorating trees and showing their spirit. The Winspear is partnering with the Peninsula Celebrations Society this year. Artificial trees can be dropped off at the Centre and those who want to decorate a tree can register at to take part. Viewing opens Nov. 21 and runs until Jan. 2, 2014. — Submitted

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