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Friday, November 29, 2013
Cops cut fuel costs on foot Christopher Sun News staff
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Jackie MacLean, left, Brenda Richardson and Anne McDermott will be warming up the runners and walkers taking part in the 34th annual Merrython Fun Run on Sunday, Dec. 1. The Jazzercise trio have been warming up the Merrython crowd for a decade.
Merrython fun benefits everyone Christopher Sun News staff
Lace up, dress warmly and put on some antlers to get into the festive spirit and join the 34th annual Merrython Fun Run on Sunday. The annual eight-kilometre run, four-kilometre walk and one-kilometre children’s event are organized by the Oak Bay Rotary Club, with proceeds going toward some of the causes the local service group supports. They include the Peter Pan water park at Carnarvon Park, the teen centre that will be built in the new Oak Bay High and bike
racks at Cattle Point. Last year, $3,500 was raised at the Merrython. “We are working with a couple of elementary schools to purchase literary tools such as smartboards for their classes,” said event chair Leslie RogersWarnock. “We try to keep the money invested, allocated here.” The Merrython was started by Henderson Recreation Centre staff to draw attention to its programs. Oak Bay firefighters then came on board and helped raise money for Santa’s Anonymous for 10 years. Three years ago, the Oak Bay Rotary Club took over the event. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for
kids. Runner’s gloves will be on sale and Jazzercise instructors will be there leading a stretch and warm-up before the event. Approximately 200 people participate in the event annually. The silent auction that is usually part of the Merrython will not take place this year. Rogers-Warnock is hoping cash donations from local businesses, participant fees and sales of running gloves will make up the amount made from the auction. The run starts at 10 a.m. at Henderson Recreation Centre, 2291 Cedar Hill X Rd. For more information or to register go to oakbay.ca. firstname.lastname@example.org
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More police on foot and bikes adds up to a lighter touch on taxpayers’ wallets next year. The Oak Bay police department is anticipating a slight decrease in its 2014 budget, saving taxpayers $39,000. Chief Const. Mark Fisher said he expects the 2014 budget to be $4,438,000, a decrease of just under one per cent from 2013. He attributed most Mark Fisher of the savings to retirements and a reduction in fuel usage. “We hired some younger members because we had some retirements in the past year and they come in at a lower cost,” Fisher said. “We used about 200 to 300 litres less fuel because of more foot and bike patrols. Foot and bike patrol is up 30 per cent.” The police budget has been stable, with increases of less than one per cent FINE CUSTOM JEWELLERS for each year in the last two years. Fisher also anticipates coming in one to two per cent under budget for 2013, unless a major incident occurs between now and the end of the year. “I’m thrilled to see the bike maintenance budget up and gas down, that’s wonderful,” said Coun. Michelle Kirby. “Thanks for the savings, it helps.” email@example.com
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Remembering loved ones through BY MARILYN McCRIMMON December is a month of celebration, but it is also a month of diminishing light, where the days shorten and the nights lengthen. People who have lost a loved one experience this contrast all too painfully—while those around them enjoy seasonal festivities, their feelings of loss are intensified as they feel out of step with the festive atmosphere surrounding them. While nothing can bring a loved one back, sometimes a simple symbolic gesture, and time spent with others who have experienced a similar loss, can be reassuring, healing and comforting. Again this year, Victoria Hospice honours those who are grieving in our community by offering the 28th annual Celebratea-Life event, beginning November 30 and running until December 11 at Hillside Centre. A few days later, on Sunday, December 15, Hospice invites the community to attend a Memorial Service at 3 pm at the University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel. Celebrate-a-Life volunteers at Hillside
tree in December. “It is a way to participate on the fringes of the festive season and still honour the people they have lost,” explains Marney.
Centre will invite you to share thoughts of your loved one by writing a personalized message on a tribute card to hang on the Celebratea-Life tree. There are many memories and stories behind the messages on those simple little ornaments.
and added that she was content knowing that he would bring up their children to have the same compassion he showed toward her. As soon as Halloween is over, says Hospice Bereavement counsellor Marney Thompson, many bereaved people worry about how they will get through the holidays. Every November, Hospice’s Bereavement Department hosts a seminar dealing with grief in anticipation of this stressful time. Many of the seminar’s participants then visit the Celebrate-a-Life
Some families make it an annual tradition to visit the Celebrate-a-Life tree to remember those they have lost, says Wendy Innes, Victoria Hospice Corporate and Community Relations Officer. The December 15 non-denominational memorial service, led by Victoria Hospice Coordinator of Spiritual and Religious Care Tammy Lindahl, is a simple, quiet ceremony based in spirituality rather than any one religion. “A harpist starts playing a half hour before the service, and often people come early to sit for some quiet reflection. The service will include music, poetry reading and candle lighting. It is a gift of time and space from Hospice to the community,” explains Tammy.
Please consider making One Christmas, a donation to Victoria an ornament was Hospice so that they inscribed by a Hospice may continue to provide patient, a young mother support to Victoria’s who was just days bereaved families. away from death. She wrote of her gratefulness for Donate today by calling Victoria Hospice 250-519-1744 her husband, and his care for her Give online at www.VictoriaHospice.org and their children,
A Royal Affair at Victoria Hospice
Hospice patient Rosemary Donison, a Victoria native with a soft spot for all things royal, dreamed of living long enough to see a bride in a golden carriage on her way to marry a prince. The bride was Catherine Middleton; her prince was William, Duke of Cambridge, and they were about to start a new life together in the wedding of the century. With the help of Hospice staff, Rosemary’s son Christopher planned a party for her. Guests were invited to her room, where on the eve of the wedding they all sipped champagne and toasted the young couple’s future happiness. A month later, Rosemary died at Hospice on her birthday. Though Rosemary’s story is magical, for Hospice it’s not unusual. Victoria Hospice is committed to helping patients and those who love them live each day in celebration. We depend on community donations for half of our necessary operating funds. This is why, in a very real sense, Victoria Hospice relies on the community for the same level of vital support that the community itself has come to rely on from us. Your support helps us provide care, comfort, and compassion to patients and their families. And it helps us celebrate lives – like Rosemary Donison’s.
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OAK BAY NEWS - Friday, November 29, 2013
Village artists open studios Christopher Sun News staff
Oak Bay artist Imke Pearson loves talking to people about her art. And because painting is generally a solo venture, she always looks forward to the Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Tour, happening this weekend from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. “During the studio tour you get to talk to everybody and get their reaction to your work. It’s really fun,” Pearson said. “I actually started doing this with a neighbour in 1986. We had studio tours with people coming to the house. It wasn’t official back then.” The studio tour allows artists to open their homes, using it as a backdrop to showcase their artwork for the public. The tour officially started in 1999 with the district actively encouraging “I’m quite and promoting excited to gauge the event. Recreation Oak people’s response Bay produces to the work that I a map with create.” addresses of the 27 participating - Nicala Hicks artists. Pearson said the tour has grown in popularity in the last 14 years. “I’ve actually had close to 300 people come through on the two afternoons,” she said. “I have the whole main floor of the house open and a couple of friends help me out.” Pearson paints regularly, with acrylic and watercolour, and she also does monotype art, which involves painting on glass and transferring it to paper. Nicala Hicks is a glass participating in the tour for the first time. She teaches art in Oak Bay and has recently done a few commissions in the Uplands. Participating in the studio tour allows her to introduce herself as a new artist in the community, although she has been in the field for more than 10 years. Hicks has been busy this week converting a garage into her new studio, which she plans to finish in time for the weekend tour. “I’m quite excited to gauge people’s response to the work that I create,” Hicks said. “I feel honoured to be part of the tour.” Other types of art featured include fibre, photography, tile, glass, film and pottery. The studio tour map can be found by clicking the event calendar at oakbay.ca. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Fromholt, with the University of Victoria planning and sustainability office, shows off the new bike centre under the University Centre, compete with room for 230 bikes, bike lockers and equipment lockers. The university used 28 vehicle parking stalls to build the space. Edward Hill/News staff
UVic swaps parking for bike centre Cycling facility, expanded exchange part of effort to reduce cars on campus Edward Hill News staff
The University of Victoria repurposed a swath of underground parking into an expansive bike centre as part of its ongoing effort to reduce vehicle traffic on campus. Housed below the University Centre, the campus bike centre opened last week to students, staff and faculty. It offers an indoor space that can hold 230 bikes, and has bike and equipment lockers for rent. It replaces 28 vehicle stalls and cost about $600,000, paid through parking revenues. About eight per cent of the campus population travels to UVic by bike, although that is a decline from nearly nine per cent in 2010. Rita Fromholt, with campus planning and sustainability, said the new bike centre will give cyclists a modern “end of trip” facility that is dry and secure. “People have been asking for more covered bike areas for years, and people want to ride (to UVic) year-
round,” Fromholt said. Students and staff also lobbied for better cycling facilities in the wake of the new 234-space parkade being built next to the new athletics centre. “We invested a lot in a parkade for cars, and students started saying ‘what about for bikes?’ This is a compromise,” she said. “It’s an example of the university’s commitment to alternative transportation.”
Transit exchange upgrade aims to boost bus use Along with cycling, UVic is trying to increase transit usage, but “pass-ups” on busy UVic-bound routes continue to frustrate students and staff, enough so that the problem has started to influence how people travel to the campus. In the mid-2000s, UVic saw a steady decline in cars and a healthy uptake of transit and cycling, but those numbers have levelled off, in part due to standingroom-only buses, Fromholt said. “We’ve absolutely seen fewer cars, but that has plateaued,” she said. “Because of the number of buses on key routes at peak times, we aren’t seeing huge changes anymore. Everyone recognizes ... transit needs better service.” UVic and B.C. Transit plan to expand
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OAK BAY NEWS - Friday, November 29, 2013
Beach Hotel celebrates anniversary with excellence award
he Oak Bay Beach Hotel is celebrating its first anniversary with a weekend of fun, starting today (Nov. 29). Today and Saturday, there will be dinner specials, discounts at the Boathouse Spa and Baths and dinner theatre featuring It’s Christmas in the David Foster Foundation Theatre. On Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., there will be tours, complimentary wine and beer tastings, cake cutting, tea service and the mineral pools will be open to the public. Advance registration is required for the mineral pool by calling 250-598-4556. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel was reopened last fall after a complete rebuild. The hotel has been located on Beach Drive for more than 80 years and has 100 rooms and 20 luxury residences. The fine-dining restaurant features a 1,600 bottle tasting room. To top the year off, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel has been honoured with the judges’ choice award for overall excellence at the 22nd annual Commercial Building Awards announced Wednesday. The award is one of 16 that honours excellence in new and renovated commercial developments in the past year.
“We had an excellent selection this year with 22 nominations from across Greater Victoria,” said Mike Lagadyn, chair of the commercial division of the Victoria Real Estate Board. “The Oak Bay Beach Hotel showed exemplary creativity in design and architecture for best use of a challenging property footprint. This project is a stunning improvement over the old hotel, while maintaining its former charm and serving the community.” To be eligible, all commercial new or renovation projects must have been completed between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Competition judges, made up from Victoria’s business community, look at the overall exterior of each building or development project and how it fits into the surrounding area. They base their final decisions on projects that are sensitive to the environment, are esthetically pleasing and answer a specific development need within the community. The Commercial Building Awards competition promotes advancement of excellence in commercial construction and design within Greater Victoria. More information can be found at http://cba.vreb.org. email@example.com
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A view across the smaller mineral pools toward the rear of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel which celebrates its first anniversary this weekend.
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Christmas season a time for giving There may not be snow on the ground, but Christmas is definitely in the air. You may have taken advantage of the recent dry spell to put up decorative lights. Santa’s helpers are now at local Take time to think of ensconced malls, and the those less fortunate hype for seasonal is in full while out shopping sales swing. It’s hard to escape the commercial trappings of Christmas. Nor should we. Livelihoods depend on it. But amidst the hustle and bustle of the next month, it’s important to take some time out, and reach out to those who don’t have the means to indulge, who can’t afford to get their kids the latest toy sensation, who don’t have proper winter coats in their closets, who can’t put a holiday feast on their dinner table or may not even have a home to keep them warm. There’s no shortage of groups and organizations who work hard all year to help make life a little easier for people who are struggling. Those struggles are magnified during the holiday season, with all the expectations it brings. For those of us hustling from store to store, fulfilling wish lists, it takes but a moment to drop some spare change into the Salvation Army red kettle at the front door, or to drop a winter coat, mittens or hats at a business holding a coat drive, or to place a few cans of hearty soup in the Food Bank box at the grocery store. Better yet, pitch in by volunteering some time and energy to those worthy groups. They’re busy this time of year, and would likely appreciate the help. Or pledge to make an effort to help out through the year. Need doesn’t go by dates on the calendar. They’re small gestures, but for those on the receiving end, they’re blessings. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about? – Black Press
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Ferries subsidy shakeup needed Re: Tough decisions needed by Ferries (Our View, Nov. 22) I agreed with your comments for the most part, but you were a little over the top about the slot machines. Their use is optional, so maxed-out passengers can just ignore them and thus incur no cost, but I do acknowledge that it raises the question of enabling those addicted to gambling. As a senior I am sorry to lose my free travel Monday to Thursday, but I do understand. I enjoyed it while it lasted. Maybe a happy compromise might be to give us old folks 50 per cent off seven days a week and thus encourage us to travel more often. Your comments about those living on smaller islands having chosen their lifestyles (“Forcing the majority to pay through ever-higher fares to service the minority doesn’t make sense”) are true and it had to be said, but I am sure it didn’t make you a lot of friends. It does raise another issue that maybe should be discussed. There is always talk that the ferries are part of the highway system and should be subsidized. Fair comments to be sure, but we must also address why the inland freshwater ferries, operated by the Ministry of Transportation, are 100 per cent subsidized and free to use. To follow your reasoning above, are we on the coast not subsidizing, through our tax dollars, the lifestyle choices of those who live in the B.C. Interior and use those ferries? Here’s two options: Make all
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ferries free. Can you imagine the boom in the tourism sector, among others, on all of the islands? Or, have the inland ferries charge a reasonable amount, with the revenue used to subside the coastal ferries. Either option is more fair than what we have now. Peter Dutton Central Saanich
Change in ferry revenue is just a smokescreen Re: Tough decisions needed by Ferries (Our View, Nov. 22) We are being led to believe that reducing the seniors discount is necessary to improve B.C. Ferries’ bottom line. Every free trip taken by seniors is paid for when BCF sends the government the bill. This change will save the corporation nothing, but may well save the provincial treasury a large sum. Payments from government to BCF will vanish and because seniors will now travel much less, the 50-per-cent fare they pay will be dramatically less revenue, hurting B.C. Ferries’ bottom line. Rein Nienaber Saanich
Broaden the benefit for Saanich park users Re: Cedar Hill Park users deserve more (Letters, Nov. 22) We have lived beside the golf course since 1967 and I agree with Andy Ruszel’s comments.
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When we moved here, many children played along the path or in the bushes beside the golf course. It was wonderful to hear their voices as I worked in my garden or walked the trail. Now life is different and children can no longer play in wooded areas by themselves. What a wonderful opportunity we have. The underused playing field would be an ideal location for an adventure playground. Parents could sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and watch their little ones play safely in the fresh air. We already have golf, tennis, walking, running and many activities available in the rec centre for adults and older children, but there is no playground for small children in the area between Cedar Hill Road, Cook Street/Maplewood Road and Finlayson Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road. Such a playground would indeed provide better substantial benefit for the largest number of community members, while actually costing us less. Then maybe we could have some money left to upgrade parts of the walking trail to make it safer for all ages. At the very least let us have more community input before we basically give away this beautiful public land to a private club. Once it is gone it is gone. Betty Miller Saanich ••• Let your voice be heard. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
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OAK BAY NEWS - Friday, November 29, 2013
‘Universe’ emerges from black hole
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Stargazers could once again be looking to the skies at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, thanks to a tentative deal to reopen Centre of the Universe on Saturday nights beginning in April. The National Research Council, operator of the Herzberg research centre and Dominion observatory, has committed to reopen public outreach and to have someone available to operEdward Hill/News staff ate the historic Plaskett telescope Seen here in front of the Plaskett telescope dome last fall, on Saturday nights, either by an Gregory Fahlman, director of the National Research Council NRC staff member or a trained astronomy and astrophysics programs, says negotiations to volunteer. The details have yet to reopen the Centre of the Universe are in the early stages. be worked out. Gregory Fahlman, director gen- from a meeting on Saturday at organization at UVic, has also preeral of the NRC Herzberg astron- the observatory. NRC vice-pres- sented a six-month pilot project omy astrophysics programs, said ident Dan Wayner, flew in from it wants to run with outreach for the intention has always been to Ottawa to speak with about 30 children, including workshops open the Centre of the Universe local stakeholders, including Uni- for school groups and spring and building for the public, it’s just versity of Victoria professors and summer break programs. Between 8,000 and 10,000 peothe “how” which needs to be astronomers. “(NRC) want to work with us. ple – many of them school kids – worked out. “There’s a sense … that a plan They said they will do everything have visited the national historic had been made, but I would say they can to make sure that works site each year since the Centre it’s more like the outlines of a well,” said Lana Popham, MLA for of the Universe opened 12 years ago. Saanich South. plan. There is a plan to Without NRC funding, Saturday The Centre of the get a plan,” Fahlman “Instead of Universe houses inter- night astronomy events can now said. “At least there looking at this as active educational be advertised, something which is a consensus as to displays and historic was not possible under the old how this large group an opportunity astronomy artifacts. It model. can move forward.” lost, we had to Two working groups have been was closed in August, NRC has commitdue to funding cuts struck to help the facility move ted to maintaining the start looking from the federal gov- forward. The short term group building and making it at it as a new will work toward having the facilernment. available to commuReopening the cen- ity open for Saturday nights by nity groups at a nomi- opportunity.” - Lana Popham tre would happen April. The long-term group will nal cost. without any direct look at the overall future of the “Everybody recognized that the draw is the (Plas- funding from the federal govern- observatory. Popham said a Friends of the kett) telescope, the observatory,” ment. Closing the centre saved said Nelson Walker, president of the NRC’s $900-million budget Observatory charity will also the Victoria branch of the Royal about $230,000 per year, mainly likely be necessary to organize volunteers and fundraise. from staff wages. Astronomical Society of Canada. Wayner has also committed to Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca MP Volunteers from the society, who are at the facility regularly Randall Garrison tabled a petition fly out again for the first Saturday on Saturday nights using their in November with nearly 2,000 night the facility is reopened for own telescopes, will potentially signatures calling to reopen the stargazing. “He knows it’s important and take on public outreach roles, centre. The government has until February 2014 to respond to the he wants to experience it too,” Walker said. Popham said. “The community “The NRC professional staff of petition. “We knew probably by the end was so incredibly disappointed the Centre of the Universe is who did that, and they’re not there,” of September (the federal govern- last summer. (NRC) hadn’t he said. “We feel bad about the ment) was a tree not worth bark- expected such a public backlash staff leaving. We don’t fancy just ing up,” Popham said. “So instead from closing it and I think they’re stepping into their shoes, but of looking at this as an opportu- inspired by our community.” More information is available who knows. That’s what we’re nity lost, we had to start looking at saanichobservatory.ca. at it as a new opportunity.” discussing.” email@example.com Science Venture, a non-profit A tentative plan emerged
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Monterey middle school students, Liam Carter-Sullivan, left, and Reid Adams take part in a United Way fundraising program on Oak Bay Avenue. The avenue was renamed United Way for two hours on Wednesday as students encouraged passing pedestrians to support the charity funding organization. Don Denton/News staff
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Royal B.C. Museum in mammoth of a mix-up Charla Huber News staff
Curators at the Royal B.C. Museum need help solving the mystery of a mammoth tooth unearthed in a Colwood gravel pit more than 40 years ago. The tale of the tooth came to light this month when the News made inquiries about the artifact after construction began on Royal Bay secondary school, about half a kilometre from the excavation site. The mammoth remains were uncovered in the early 1960s by Fred Willing and Alex Murray, said Fred’s son, Glenn. The men were scraping gravel and running a diesel shovel between Metchosin Road and the ocean when they noticed a strange-coloured mass along the freshly dragged bank. “The mass was between 12 and 14 feet in diameter. It was substantial,” explained Glenn, retelling the
took a closer look. “The piece he picked up was the tooth of a mammoth,” Glenn said. The bone was about a foot in diameter. Both men were disappointed when
skeleton. “He had the rest of the mammoth there, but it had been sent to the crusher,” Glenn said. Eventually a smaller piece remained in the crusher and Murray
story his father told him. “It didn’t look like gravel; they weren’t sure what it was. It was laying in the lower floor of the pit.” It was likely the remains of a mammoth
they realized what had happened. Glenn said the mammoth tooth was the only significant find at the gravel pit in the 100 years it operated before it was
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closed in 2008. Murray donated it to the museum in 1964, but during a museum inventory in 1990 it was discovered the tooth and its receipt had been separated.
The museum currently has two mammoth teeth and wants to determine which one came from Royal Bay. charla@ goldstreamgazette.com
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The Pinnacle Brass Quintet Christmas Concert MARY WINSPEAR CENTRE
Proceeds support the Times Colonist Christmas Fund. The Pinnacle Brass ensemble, based in Victoria, is one of the most prominent in the local musical scene, ranging from the Victoria and Vancouver Island Symphonies to the Naden Band.
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Palm Court: A Boston Pops Tribute Celebrate Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops including the music of Leroy Anderson, Henry Mancini, John Williams and Canadian Robert Farnon. Hits of the 1950's include Sleigh Ride, Peanut Polka and Moon River.
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Sears Hillside Full Line Store Quality products, customer service key to Sears’ success To say Domingo Daniels is an ideal sales manager is an understatement. His easy smile and natural manner with both clients and staff have helped him build a career he loves with a company that has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s – and Victoria’s – favourites. “I just like people,” he says simply. “I like Domingo the smiles you see on Daniels people’s faces when welcomes you help them find the you to Sears products and service Hillside Full they want – I just love it!” Line Store in Domingo joined Victoria’s Sears Home Victoria store two years ago, moving over to Sears at Hillside earlier this year to become Senior Sales Manager in the major appliance department. In addition to managing the sales team, Domingo is also responsible for between $5 million and $6 million in his department’s annual major appliance sales. While he has enjoyed a career in sales and retail for 11 years now, Sears’ reputation for customer service made joining the company an easy choice. “I had heard about the great customer service Sears provided, and when a friend who worked for the company confirmed it, I knew it would be a great fit,” Domingo recalls. When not at the store, you’ll likely find Domingo with his wife, Carolina, and their three busy boys, 17, 15 and 12-years-old. Sports, camping and other fun activities are often on their family calendar, and having moved to Victoria 11 years ago from Toronto, he appreciates the laid-back lifestyle and the ability to pursue many of these pastimes year-round. That Sears enjoys a reputation that stretches from St. John’s to Toronto to Victoria is a testament to the company’s commitment to quality products and service, and to its many long-term staff, he says. “I think people appreciate the variety of the items we carry and the customer service we provide. I see people who have been dealing with Sears for 40 or 50 years and I am very proud of that. “Because of the customer service we provide, we have the opportunity to meet repeat customers every day,” he adds, inviting customers new and old to come in and take advantage of this weekend’s amazing Black Friday sale. “Whether you’re looking for holiday gifts or new appliances for your holiday entertaining, Black Friday is going to be the best time to shop before Christmas Day!”
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TLC stands alone with creditor woes Edward Hill News staff
The Land Conservancy, a highprofile land trust saddled with $7.5 million in debt and under creditor protection, is an exception to the rule, according to a survey of land trusts across B.C. TLC, in its aggressive drive to preserve properties under threat of development, is the only land trust in B.C. to have taken on mortgages, often without a clear and sustainable revenue stream for paying debt or for long-term monitoring and maintenance. Paul McNair, executive director of the Land Trust Alliance of B.C., compiled an economic snapshot of land trusts in the wake of TLC’s financial woes, and found none hold mortgages and only two carry debt – $1,500 and $15,000 respectively. Together, the 31 land trusts own 700 properties covering 1.4 million acres in B.C. “Across the board for our membership there was no debt, except for two,” said McNair, who is based in Victoria. “They campaign (to raise money) and
pay outright. They are in really good shape.” McNair’s survey indicated B.C.’s land trusts either have stable or increasing funding, and have endowments worth an aggregate $15 million. A key part of land conservation is having a fund for monitoring and maintenance of conservation land in perpetuity. TLC holds covenants on 250 properties and purchased 50 through donations and grants. Court documents say it assumed debt in anticipation of donations and endowments that failed to materialize, and that over the decades it built up a portfolio of properties with little or no funding for ongoing monitoring. By 2009, it had monthly expenses of $300,000, with only $100,000 coming in from memberships and donations. “(TLC) has a completely different model than other land trusts,’ McNair said. “I’m not saying theirs is better or worse, but it has risk ... other land trusts purchase outright so there is no debt on the land.” Habitat Acquisition Trust, for one, holds joint covenants
with TLC on nearly 4,000 acres in Greater Victoria, and draws from an endowment fund to help maintain its obligation to monitor lands under protection. HAT executive director Adam Taylor said with TLC grappling with insolvency, his staff can fill the gap. “Fortunately we’ve got the capacity to do that,” Taylor said. “It’s a lot of work and planning to uphold the agreements.” Taylor said donations for HAT remain steady, but donors do have questions about giving money and the permanency of land held in trust, while TLC is obliged to explore selling properties to repay creditors. “For us, it’s about getting the message out that we’re not engaged in the same kind of financial transactions as the TLC,” Taylor said. “We have no debt and we’re not in a position to sell off properties. “For HAT, if donations dried up or if we lost our grants, we wouldn’t be talking about getting rid of land. There’s nothing forcing us to get rid of properties we’re trying to protect.” email@example.com
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Jazz Vespers: A Jazzy Christmas Also
On Sunday Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. join the Bob Watts Trio, with Pablo Cardenas on piano and Ross MacDonald on Bass for jazz vespers at St. Philip’s Anglican Church. Come for superb jazz with a Christmas theme, a short scripture reading and spiritual reflection. The event is free and donations are accepted. St. Philip’s Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Rd. stphilipvictoria.ca.
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Quick sip Three-year-old Emily Johnson gets a lift from dad Eugene, as the family stopped for a quick drink on Oak Bay Avenue while enjoying the sunny break in the weather.
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n a van outside of Carborro, North Carolina, Basia Bulat hears her words coming out fast and loud, an effect of over-caffienation and wavering cellphone reception. If the Toronto-based singer-songwriter seems edgy at all, it would make sense. Along with fielding questions related to her musical offerings, she has become somewhat of an unofficial commentator on her hometown’s now notorious political landscape across borders. “People are asking all sorts of crazy things. They’re curious,” she says, punctuated by a string of laughter. “But I just don’t know. I’m not there.” Since the beginning of October, Polaris Prize nominated Bulat has been taking her latest musical offering, Tall, Tall Shadow, a deeply personal and more electronically-informed, disc on the road. The third record to date for the 29-year-old is a departure from her first two indie-folk albums, which were recorded in the fully analog Hotel 2 Tango studio in Montreal. Tall, Tall Shadow was produced by Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, along with Mark Lawson and captures Bulat’s newfound fascination with a more plugged-in sound, of synths alongside her electric autoharp. “I’ve never really been attracted to synths and electronic music in the way that I am now, so that’s been really exciting, learning this whole other language.” And then there’s the Andean charango. “I’m not very good at playing it the traditional way, but the people who are, the traditional players have given me their blessing,” said Bulat of the instrument she first came across while in residency at the Banff Centre in 2009. Bulat, classically trained in piano and known for her use of the autoharp, took time away from piano before returning to write at the keyboard as an adult.
“I never felt confident in my piano playing and now I’m playing two keyboards at once, live, which is really exciting and scary. I feel like now, I’m really back in it. That’s what’s neat about all these synthesizers. In a way it’s new, but it also feels very familiar.” Charango, a stringed instrument in the lute family, is not as loaded with history for Bulat – yet scary in a different way, for the lack of classical education with the instrument and desire to create something new in her own way. “I hope I’m not offending professionals and traditional charango players because there is a real traditional method and there is a real traditional and canon of music. ... It is a bit difficult in Toronto to find a charango teacher – and I’ve looked. My YouTube history is full of charango videos.” From a colourful palette, Tall, Tall Shadow paints the image of a difficult time in Bulat’s life following the passing of friend just two months prior to when she was slated to enter the studio. She scrapped the original songs and rewrote the record. “When I look back at it now, it was about trying to reach out in a certain way and trying to lift myself up. It’s about me. I can only write from my own experience, but I was hoping that the people I was thinking about when I wrote it would like it. I was really making it with the hope that certain people would hear it. That’s already been done for me. Everything else on top of that is wonderful.” Tall, Tall Shadow is about joy and heartbreak and ultimately, looking forward towards the light. “I try to limit saying what the songs are about, because I want to give people the space of feeling what they feel for the songs,” she says. “I hope people will see themselves in the songs.” Bulat plays Sugar Nightclub (858 Yates) at 8pm Dec. 4, along with the surreal woodsman tunes of Jonas Bonnetta in Evening Hymns. Tickets, $18 advance, ticketweb.ca.
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t’s not often that Victoria’s homeless and disadvantaged people are behind a book launch or an art show, and are not just the subject. And it’s not often easy for them to express their inner struggles and feelings openly, but that is what they will be doing at the Downtown Story Collective’s opening reception, this Saturday evening at Dales Gallery. The Downtown Story Collective is a group of Victoria inner-city residents that have been meeting every Tuesday at Our Place Society to learn and practise ways to express themselves through different types of art, said co-facilitator Meghan Richey. “This is a culmination of what they have been doing all year,” Richey said. “They are excited and nervous about the reception.” The group started in January 2012 as a free drop-in class that offered a safe and nurturing place for people to explore their creativity. The supplies are donated by various individuals and the space is donated by the Our Place Society Chapel. The facilitators volunteer their time. Much of the work in the book will be displayed at the reception, which will also have an open mic for poetry readings. Original artwork will also be on display and for sale, with proceeds going towards keeping the non-profit group going, which is a struggle. “We rely on people’s donations,” Richey said. “The people who come every week want this to continue and I think we will continue. I hope it will continue.” The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Dales Gallery is located at 537 Fisgard. More information about the Downtown Story Collective can be found at thedscollective.wordpress.com
Fashion in action - The Out of Hand artisan fair is celebrating its25th anniversary with Fashion in Action, a show featuring fashions available at the fair. Christmas classics will Nursing • be on theMaternity turntable while•ballerinas from Ballet Victoria parade down the runway. Proceeds to benefit Ballet www. Victoria. At 7pm, Crystal Garden. $8/25.
JiM Byrnes - Blues musician/actor, Jim Byrnes stops by The Charlie White Theatre (2243 Beacon) in Sidney. 7:30pm. Tickets, $37.50, 250-656-0275. marywinspear.ca.
Sat. Nov. 30 Brendan canning - Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, Babies • Gifts & Toys touring with his second solo album, You Gots 2 Chill, plays Lucky (517 Yates) with guests Dinosaur Bones. .com Tickets, $15, ticketweb.ca.
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shad - Touring with his fourth album, the Juno-Award winning rapper makes a Victoria appearance with We Are the City at Sugar (858 Yates). Tickets, $20, ticketweb.ca.
Merry and Bright- Raise a glass at Intrepid Theatre’s annual fundraiser with the casts of Pick of the Fringe winners Grim and An Improvised Quentin Tarantino and bid on one of a kind experiences. Cash raised supports festivals, venues and programming. Tickets, $40, at ticketrocket.org.
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A letter to Santa could win a prize Kids! Send us your letter to Santa and we’ll publish it in a special letter to Santa keepsake edition and enter you to win a special prize, before we send it to the North Pole. To participate, write your letter and decorate it with hand drawn pictures and make sure to colour it. Colour will catch Santa’s attention and will standout when in the newspaper. Once you’re done, go online and visit vicnews. com/contests and upload your picture letter by Dec. 1. Ask a grown up to help you. Winners will be contacted Dec. 2. All letters received will be sent to Santa via Canada Post. The letter to Santa keepsake will come out in the Dec. 11 edition of the Oak Bay News. email@example.com
Want to take a vacation from winter without needing a passport? Try a Winter Guest Stay at your neighbourhood Chartwell retirement residence! Chartwell’s Winter Guest Stay program is designed to offer short-term accommodation with the level of support you need.
Help restore a rare Garry oak ecosystem Bring your friends, family, clippers, loppers and hand-saws to Uplands Park Saturday. Residents are invited to help participate in an invasive ivy removal event with the Friends of Uplands Park in the heart of one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems. No experience is required, training and tools will be provided for all those in need. The event takes place Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Uplands Park at the northwest entrance on Midland Road. For more information contact Kevin Webber at 250-857-7058 or firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com
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‘Repatriation’ designed to keep athletes in CIS CIS loosening strict rules to win top athletes back Travis Paterson News staff
As a desirable school with plenty of successful sports teams the University of Victoria could see a bump in NCAA student-athletes for the 2014 fall season. This week the Canadian Interuniversity Sport axed one of its strictest rules and removed the one-year penalty for Canadian athletes who transfer to a Canadian university from the NCAA. The one-year sit out penalty was originally put in place to prevent Canadians from taking the risk and going to the NCAA. But it isn’t effective, Hamilton said. The CIS also opened the door this week to increased scholarship packages for student-athletes, which will be explored through a pilot project that allows CIS women’s ice hockey programs to offer greater athletic scholarship packages. Instead of being limited to tuition and compulsory fees, as all CIS athletes are, women’s hockey programs can offer to cover room, board and books, as the NCAA does. The pilot goes hand in hand with the repatriation rule, and both were a long time coming, says UVic Vikes director of athletics and recreation Clint Hamilton, former CIS president. Hamilton was a co-chair of the
“It’s a double-edged sword, Canada West task force that was created a few years ago for this I’m not opposed to (the repatriation) as the hope is you get a few purpose. “These rules send a strong kids back,” Beaucamp said. There will likely be a signal to Canadians few Vikes athletes who who’ve chosen to lose their spot either attend U.S. destinanext year or in the tions,” Hamilton said. coming years because “Canada West and of the changes. HamilUVic are strong supton understands, but porters to create conit’s a casualty of the ditions for top Canaprocess. dian athletes to pursue “Our coaches are their post-secondary at Canadian instituArmando Tura held accountable to recruit (top student tions.” Clint Hamilton athletes). When it While he admits it’s ironic UVic doesn’t have a wom- comes to our rosters were looken’s hockey team – and no, there ing to sport the best student-athare no plans for UVic varsity letes we can,” Hamilton said. Beaucamp isn’t against the expansion, he affirmed – Hamilton says the women’s hockey repatriation but he is realistic situation was an obvious choice that it doesn’t fix the original because so many of its players problem. “Will there be an annual flow went to U.S. schools. As for the increased scholar- of Canadians coming back? Not ship packages, they will be lim- necessarily. You’ve got a few facited in that the team will still tors. Students can now go down be under the same cap, though (to the NCAA) without worry it will have flexibility in how it about wasting a year. If you do allocates its money to players. go, and you don’t really play, you Canadians can finally get a “full had to sit out another year and ride” scholarship here in their that was two years without playing basketball. That’s two years own country. The task force is not done yet, out of an already short university career.” either, said Hamilton. Beaucamp won’t, however, “We’re moving towards other types of things we can do to recruit Canadians already ensure Canadian student ath- enrolled at NCAA schools. If letes want to attend Canadian they contact him, however, he is open to the possibility. schools.” “There’s a high percentage of As for the potential bumper crop of Canadians transferring students who don’t have a sucfrom the NCAA this year, Vikes cessful career down there, so we men’s basketball coach Craig may see a bit of a bump back.” firstname.lastname@example.org Beaucamp is unsure.
How the Vikes shaped Nash Book features Steve Nash’s rise in Victoria Travis Paterson News staff
There are many in town who can recall the glory days of 1980s and 90s basketball in Victoria. Even if you were there, you won’t have seen it in the same light as co-authors Dave Feschuk and Michael Grange, who revisit Steve Nash’s Victoria upbringing in a new book, Steve Nash: The Unlikely Ascent of a Superstar. The bio piece brings Nash’s start in Victoria back to life with new relevance, with a revisionist approach based on modern sports science. Feschuk and Grange focus on the major elements which shaped Nash into a future NBA star, beginning with former national team player Eli Pasquale’s decision to leave Sudbury, Ont. for the UVic Vikes.
Perhaps Steve Nash would have leaned towards soccer if it wasn’t for the UVic Vikes dominant basketball teams. A series of links are made from the impact of the 1980s Vikes and how they ultimately affected Nash’s decision to make a goal of playing in the NBA.
The authors unearth telling data through interviews with legendary Vikes coach Ken Shields and 1980s Vikes players Ian Hyde-Lay, who later coached Nash at St. Michaels University School, and Pasquale, who should have played in the NBA. From the book: “While Pasquale was playing on the national team, it was the UVic campus where teenaged Nash went to basketball games and snuck in after hours to work on his game. It was also where Shields, the Canadian national team coach, gave that high school kid a chance to practice with the best players in the country, Pasquale among them.” It also keys on the influence of then-Vikes rower Silken Laumann, and how Shields re-appropriated the Vikes rowing team’s high performance strategies to his basketball team and how that, in turn, affected Nash. And it doesn’t end there, tracking the many instances a “butterfly has flapped its wings” in Nash’s direction.
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Q: WHAT WAS THE CLINCHER FOR YOU ON THIS HOUSE DEAL? SHE SAID: There’s three bathrooms and they’re all nice, but there’s lots of potential to make them even nicer. Plus being heavily pregnant, I liked the fact the house was move-in ready. HE SAID: The garage grabbed my attention. I’m into cars and have done lots of racing.
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Move fast on that home with everything Don Descoteau News staff Searching for a home that would meet their needs, not just now but years down the road, wasn’t a quick experience for Joscilyn and Brian Jupp. After spending five months looking at photos and property specs and trooping through numerous homes around the West Shore, the couple found what they wanted in Langford. “We were living in a two-bedroom condo with one child and we were lucky enough to get pregnant again,” Brian recalls. “We wanted a house regardless, but having a second child on the way put a little urgency into the situation.” For the Jupps – Brian, 36, manages the Caprice Theatre in Langford and Joscilyn, 26, is a nurse at Victoria General Hospital – a big part of the process was determining what features they wouldn’t budge on and where they might be willing to compromise. “We knew we needed at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms, because as girls grow up, we know they spend lots of time in the bathroom,” says
Joscilyn, who gave birth to their second daughter just six weeks ago. The couple had been looking casually at homes through last winter to get a sense of what was out there. In spring the search became more serious, as they enlisted a realtor and searched for new listings that matched their requirements. They found the market more competitive than expected and homes that met their needs on price and features were lost to other home buyers ready to pounce. When their realtor contacted them about the five-bedroom home they ultimately bought, they were away on vacation. But with more of a feel for the market after their house-hunting experience, they didn’t hesitate to make a deal when they returned, Brian says. The property appealed for many reasons. With very young children, having the bedrooms on the same floor was important. So was the idea of having a large yard. Shelley Mann, president of the Victoria Real Estate Board, says today’s real estate market
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Langford homeowners Joscilyn and Brian Jupp, with daughter Julia, 1-1/2, relax in their sizeable backyard last month. is far different than a few years back, when deals were written after a first showing and properties often entered a bidding war. Prices have remained flat for months on single family detached homes in the region and there’s good choices – nearly 1,300 are currently listed. Mann agrees with the Jupps about the need to act fast on quality homes, especially with interest rates still low. “If they’re looking for a pretty spe-
cific property and see one come up, they have to jump on it. There’s a lot of people looking for the same thing.” The previous owner of the Jupps’ house had completed much of the work toward creating a rental suite, a fact the busy young couple is thankful for and one that will boost their home’s resale value. Unlike some of their friends, they didn’t need that rental income to afford the mortgage pay-
ments, Joscilyn says. Converting the suite to usable family space has tripled their square footage. “A lot of people my age … are compromising their living space to be able to afford a house,” she says. “I’ve been starting to tell my friends to start saving for a house even if they’re six months or more out from seriously looking, so they’re ready (when they find that perfect home).” firstname.lastname@example.org
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