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Mayor pushes for regional 911 system “The current system just seems inadequate. Public safety, immediate response needs to be one of our top priorities.” – Mayor Dean Fortin
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As Victoria’s mayor promotes the need for a regional 911 call centre, a state-of-the-art facility in Saanich with room for expansion is being left out of the conversation. Last week, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin presented data to a Capital Regional District committee that shows the region suffers from a patchwork 911 system, where some
residents wait minutes before reaching local emergency services. “The current system just seems inadequate,” Fortin said. “Public safety, immediate response needs to be one of our top priorities.” Costs aren’t yet clear, but VicPD and West Shore RCMP are exploring the benefits of moving Victoria’s 911 dispatch to a facility in Langford. Not included in that discussion is Saanich, which spent $600,000 in 2008 for a purpose-built, three-storey 911 dis-
patch centre that meets provincial earthquake standards and is backed up by Lower Mainland services. The facility already dispatches police calls for Saanich and Oak Bay, and fire calls for Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich. View Royal and Colwood fire departments joined Saanich dispatch in May 2012 after cutting ties with Langford, citing better communication system redundancies and
security of the purpose-built building.” “Our door’s open,” said Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard. “The ground floor is used as an emergency operation centre, but we could convert it to a third floor of dispatch if we needed to. The technology is very, very easy and the space to co-locate people is easy, too.” PLEASE SEE: Victoria’s 911 system, Page A8
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Tarsands: from a sharp Lenz Victoria lensman wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
Victoria bar hit with drug charges, liquor infractions Three employees of a Victoria bar are facing drug charges after an undercover police sting netted cocaine and marijuana in the establishment. Victoria police set up the stings, dubbed “Hangover 1” and “Hangover 2,” at Soprano’s Karaoke and Sports Bar and Grill last summer after receiving reports that drugs were being sold by employees. Crown counsel approved charges last week against Emil Spelman, Brandy Coles and Lars Borgerson for trafficking in a controlled substance; Borgerson also faces a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking. VicPD officers also observed several liquor infractions and notified provincial inspectors, said Const. Mike Russell. “The mixing of drug sales and liquor infractions are very concerning to us and we’re glad we were able to have a successful project,” said Insp. Brian Fox, head of VicPD’s operational support division. “If we get information that this is happening again, you can bet we will complete the trilogy.” Appearance dates for the accused have not yet been set in Victoria law courts. Soprano’s management could not be reached for comment.
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From high enough above the ground, even the grimly denuded landscape of the Alberta tarsands holds an unexpected visual esthetic. Victoria photographer Garth Lenz discovered this in his effort to document the scale of devastation from bitumen mining in northern Alberta. At 2,000 feet, vast tailings ponds shimmer in rainbow colours, or hold the soupy swirl of an abstract painting. “Some have said I’ve made the tarsands look too beautiful,” said Lenz, half joking. “From the visual standpoint, it was remarkable to see the incredible scope of the landscape.” Lenz is one of three B.C. photographers among the 100 winners of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, a worldwide contest organized by the Natural History Museum in London, U.K., and BBC Worldwide, which attracted 43,000 entries from 96 countries. “The quality is so high that choosing a winner in 19 categories seems an impossible task,” said Jack Lohman, CEO of the Royal B.C. Museum. “Being awarded a top honour is a true accomplishment.” The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit opened Friday at the RBCM, and features the 100 winning nature photographs, backlit and in large-format. Lenz’s winning image depicts a bird’seye view of a muddy clay landscape of a bitumen mine bisected by wide dirt roads and pockmarked with tailings ponds. It’s a photo he captured in September 2010 on his fourth trip to photograph landscapes of the tarsands. “You are always at the mercy of light and air quality. The air was quite clear that day,” he said. Shooting from aircraft provides scope, but it also avoids trouble. Lenz said pri-
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Victoria’s Garth Lenz was one of this year’s winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for his shot of a bitumen mine in the Alberta tarsands. vate security guards have challenged him a number of times while he took photos of bitumen mines from shoulders of public roadways. “You can’t get a lot from the ground. (Operations) tend to be far away from the road and blocked by berms,” he said. “The only way to photograph the extent of it is by air.” For Lenz, the mine roadways look like “tentacles reaching out from the tarsands” into the greater world. “(The image) is emblematic of the impacts the tarsands have on our fragile home of planet Earth. It’s a cautionary tale of our continual over dependence of fossil fuels, and the very high cost of greenhouse gases and climate change.” Trained as a classical pianist and a former teacher at the Victoria Conser-
vatory of Music, Lenz transitioned to professional photography 20 years ago, without any formal training. His work on the tarsands emerged from a broader project to photograph boreal forests across Canada. Lenz said his work isn’t about vilifying oil companies, but is about documenting the toxic by-products of an industrial process, the damage to the land, and trying to get people to think about their choices around using fossil fuels. “I’m not producing enviro-propaganda. My driving force is to make powerful, evocative images,” he said. “It’s about my relationship to the subject and trying to tell a story.” The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit runs until April 6. firstname.lastname@example.org
CounterAttack campaign launches Dec. 6 in city and rest of region Victoria police will be out in force to target drunk drivers starting Saturday (Dec. 6) as part of ICBC’s CounterAttack campaign. Last year, VicPD’s efforts netted 29 impaired drivers and 143 driving infractions in the first weekend of the campaign alone. “Every December, we see people who think they’re okay to drive but end up causing crashes that change lives forever,” said VicPD Chief Const. Jamie Graham, chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police traffic safety committee. ICBC numbers for Vancouver Island show an average of 930 people are injured in 3,500 car crashes each December, while annually 16 people are killed in crashes involving impaired drivers. Police encourage anyone consuming alcohol to take public transit, a taxi or arrange for a designated driver. email@example.com
Aim of happiness packages to create Christmas smiles Chantel Stefan and Stephanie Dean believe everybody deserves a smile, so they’re putting together 1,000 care packages for low-income adults on Vancouver Island just in time for Christmas.
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Esquimalt property owners are bracing for a $60 increase on the average home as the Capital Regional District begins upgrades to the sewage system. But the extra cost, targeted to cover the township’s share of upgrading the CRD’s northwest trunk sewer line, wasn’t entirely unexpected, said Coun. Lynda Hundleby. “Those are upgrades that would need to be done anyway (as part of the sewage treatment project preparations),” said Hundleby, Esquimalt’s alternate director on the CRD board. The township has already spent millions of dollars relining its own sewer pipes in recent years. This latest increase may find its way onto 2014 property tax bills. Hundleby worries about the possible implications for the hundreds of apartment dwellers in Esquimalt, many on fixed incomes. “I feel for everybody who has to pay more, whether they’re a renter
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Hospital nurses protest new patient care plan Nurses demonstrate outside Royal Jubilee Hospital against transferring patient care from nurses to care aids Christopher Sun News staff
Nurses throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland are protesting changes that will see some of their patient care responsibilities transferred to health-care assistants. The new patient care model, to be implemented at Victoria General and Royal Jubilee in January, will see health-care assistants replace nurses in helping patients with bathing, feeding and using the washroom. Several hundred nurses protested outside Royal Jubilee Hospital Friday. Island Health officials say the changes will free up nurses to focus on patient assessment and care planning, which will decrease overtime and nursing burnout. But the B.C. Nurses’ Union disagrees. “Nurses need to spend time with patients and build a relationship,” said BCNU president Debra McPherson, adding that extra time spent
helping patients go to the washroom and bathing allows nurses to catch subtle health changes. “You cannot replace a nurse with two to four years of education with a care aid with four months of education,” she said. The new patient care model was implemented at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in September and BCNU chair Jo Taylor said it has been a negative experience. “Nurses were told this would free their time up to do what they are trained to do,” Taylor said at the protest. “The CDMR (care delivery model redesign) does not equal quality care. It’s so bad.” Taylor said patients are getting their medications up to eight hours late and that nurses are even more stressed because they cannot provide proper individual care to their patients. She’s calling for the provincial government to conduct an assessment on this new patient care model before it’s rolled out at
regional hospitals. Island Health spokesperson Sarah Plank said the change is being implemented to combat increasing costs and the shortage of nurses. No nursing jobs will be lost due to the implementation, she added. “We spend a significant amount of money on overtime and we spend a significant amount of money on sick time,” Plank said. “Staff are feeling pressured and they are burning out. We also have a looming wave of retirements coming.” According to Island Health, between August 2012 to August 2013, nurses Islandwide worked 268,136 overtime hours, costing $17.6 million. Sick time totaled 511,700 hours, costing $14.37 million. Registered nurses earn between $31.71 to $41.63 per hour and licensed practical nurses earn between $24.74 and $27.32 per hour. Health care assistants earn $22.60 per hour. Plank said Island Health is moving to a “team-based” model where nurses work with care aides in small teams responsible for a number of patients, allowing nurses to focus on more com-
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Time for mayors to chat on 911 In many ways, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin’s call for a unified 911 call centre for the Capital Region makes a lot of sense. The end goal has to be safety and reliability of services, quickly, for Greater Victoria residents in the event of an emergency. Read between the lines, however, and it’s clear this is the latest example of how Victoria, the commercial and governmental hub for the region, and Saanich, the region’s largest municipality, don’t seem to want to play ball together. Comments made to the News (story, Page 1) on this issue by Fortin and Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard boldly illustrate this problem. Saanich has a purpose-built, state-of-the-art 911 dispatch centre facility built to stand up in an earthquake. And it has space available. Victoria could potentially contract its services to Saanich or lobby for locating a regional dispatch centre where facilities already stand, but has yet to make moves in that direction. While Fortin argues that Saanich is not part of discussions around the creation of a regional dispatch centre, Leonard questions why it needs to be. It already has a near-new facility, he says, one that provides police dispatch services for Saanich and Oak Bay residents and fire dispatch for itself and five other Capital Region municipalities. While his track record proves otherwise, Fortin says he’s open to exploring all ideas for a regional call centre, regardless of municipal boundaries. Leonard could stand to weigh in on the discussion and sell the others on the idea of locating such a call centre at Saanich’s facility. Whether the two mayors have ever picked up the phone and had a conversation on this matter is unknown to us. But as leaders of the region’s two largest and most influential municipalities, they need to set aside any differences, show some leadership and begin looking at this issue from a big picture perspective for the good of the region. Otherwise, it comes off as just another case of municipal leaders playing politics in a fractured region. What do you think? Give us your comments by email: email@example.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Victoria News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
Greenhouse gas trial balloon leaks the pollution and greenhouse gas Last week I described the impacts. inevitable demise of B.C.’s “carbon As she left for the government’s neutral government” scheme, which largest ever trade mission continues to take millions to Asia, Premier Christy from hospitals and schools Clark dismissed a study to fund greenhouse gas that estimated the impact reduction projects of of three LNG plants. That questionable value. study, done by Kitimat It’s like the AirCare environment group program, a pollution Skeena Wild, assumed solution that sounded “direct drive” technology great at the time. AirCare to chill and compress gas soon found itself chasing for export. It concluded diminishing environmental that three plants would returns, made redundant Tom Fletcher burn two and a half times by new vehicle technology B.C. Views the amount of natural gas and the financial need to currently used in Metro save fuel. Public sector Vancouver. carbon offsets will suffer Clark and Environment Minister the same fate, growing as a political Mary Polak relied on the same liability as their effectiveness talking point to reject the study. declines. The technology of powering LNG is All this is separate from B.C.’s still being negotiated, as producers carbon tax and greenhouse gas work towards environmental reduction program, another permits, so the total can’t be environmental trial balloon that is calculated yet. sinking back to Earth. B.C. Hydro is predicting little Former premier Gordon electricity demand for LNG until Campbell’s climate goals officially after 2020, which suggests the early remain in place: 33 per cent development will either be direct greenhouse gas reduction by 2020 drive, the industry standard and and a whopping 80 per cent by simplest method, or building one 2050. If the gas boom proceeds or more gas-fired power plants as planned, B.C. domestic in northwest B.C. Even if gas emissions will not be down, but up usage is only equivalent to one substantially by 2020. Lower Mainland, it’s plain to see New liquefied natural gas export greenhouse gas emissions are going proposals continue to pop up, the up. latest ones on former industrial Clark has repeatedly argued sites near Squamish and Campbell that B.C. LNG should get credit River. And with the surge of LNG for displacing coal in China and activity around Kitimat and Prince elsewhere. Rupert already changing the I asked Polak if the international landscape, questions linger about
community would accept B.C.’s assertion that emissions from our LNG production shouldn’t count. “We haven’t said we won’t count them,” Polak replied. “What the premier’s talked about and I’ve talked about is that this whole issue of how one accounts for greenhouse gases in a particular region is one that is constantly evolving. There are regularly changes to the international standards for accounting for these things and reporting them. And certainly the ability for one jurisdiction to impact positively on the GHG emissions of another, we think is appropriately considered in how one accounts for these things.” Clark visited the Jiangsu LNG import facility in China that could be a key export destination. Globe and Mail China correspondent Nathan Vanderklippe covered the premier’s visit. He reports that the gas being imported at Jiangsu isn’t replacing coal. It’s being used in addition to coal in peak demand periods. Clark also visited Japan, another key customer for LNG. The whole world knows why Japan needs new energy sources. It needs to replace production from its disaster-tainted nuclear facilities. Will B.C. LNG be part of the solution to human-induced climate change? On the evidence so far, the answer is no. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalNews.com. Twitter:@tomfletcherbc Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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OPINION Environmentalists are still being targeted by some governments Last month marked the 18th and indigenous-rights activists anniversary of the tragic murder over the past decade – more than of outspoken writer and environ- one killing a week, on average. They reviewed databases, acamental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues by the Nigerian demic studies and news reports, government. Saro-Wiwa and the and found citizens are often harassed, intimidated, others had waged a long David Suzuki beaten up, sexually campaign to stop mulwith Faisal Moola assaulted and sometinational oil company times killed for opposRoyal Dutch Shell from drilling in the lands of the Ogoni ing endangered wildlife poaching, illegal logging, dams and activipeople in the Niger delta. Sadly, this is not an isolated ties of foreign mining companies occurrence. A recent report by – including some Canadian firms. I experienced this in 1988 when human rights organization Global Witness documents the murders we interviewed rubber tapper of more than 700 environmental Chico Mendes about his battle
to save the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. He was assassinated two weeks later. In 1989 Kaiapo Chief Paiakan asked me to help stop a dam proposed for Altamira, Brazil. My wife, Tara, and I helped raise $70,000 for a demonstration and the World Bank was persuaded to withdraw its project loan. Paiakan was later subjected to death threats. Many instances of persecution and killing have occurred in countries with atrocious human rights records, such as Sri Lanka, Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Yet surprisingly, most
attacks on environmentalists have been in countries such as Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines, with democratically elected governments, independent judiciaries and other institutions intended to protect citizens’ rights to voice concerns about the environment without facing harassment, intimidation and violence. As the recent incarceration of 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists by Russian authorities clearly demonstrates, human rights are vulnerable at a time when governments aggressively promote the interests of
corporations over a healthy environment, and are willing to use heavy-handed tactics to ensure people who disagree don’t stand in the way. Leaders of the Netherlands, Brazil and Germany called for release of their nationals and other members of the “Arctic 30,” but Prime Minister Steven Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird have so far been silent. You can sign letters at Greenpeace.ca asking Baird to bring the Canadians home and Greenpeace.org asking Russian embassies to urge their government to drop the charges.
LETTERS Power conserver frustrated with hikes So B.C. Hydro is increasing rates 25 per cent or more over five years. When was the last time you received a wage increase of that amount? They point to upgrades as justification of this rate hike. Like smart meters? This is robbery. They also want us to conserve. If power conservation is anything like the local watershed, they will turn around and charge you more because they are not generating the revenue they need due to less use, so it’s a no win. We changed our lightbulbs, installed thermo-pane windows and energy efficient doors, switched to a natural gas high-efficiency furnace, use LED lights at Christmas, bought high-efficiency
appliances and barbecue, run the dishwasher, washer and dryer during off-hours (thanks to built-in timers), enjoy using candles but not 24/7 – what else is a person to do? I’m so fed up with the cost of everything else increasing but wages, unless you are a CEO or in management. Teresa McFadyen Central Saanich
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Another vote against Internet censorship potential a threat Oak Bay deer cull There is nothing humane about culling deer, just because some feel there are too many of them. They have just as much right to be on this Island as we do as they were likely here first and we are living in their garden. We do not
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Part of Victoria’s motivation in relocating its 911 services is a need to upgrade dated technology and infrastructure, Fortin said. But when asked about the possibility of contracting out 911 services to Saanich, Fortin questioned Leonard’s absence from the CRD working committee. Leonard said Saanich chose not to join the committee because it already has what it needs. “We’re part of the standing committee that deals with regional dispatch. But when Victoria and Langford wanted to work on creating a new dispatch centre, we didn’t need to be a part of that discussion because we’ve got one,” Leonard said. Lower Mainland municipalities began consolidating emergency communications in the wake of San Fransisco’s 1989 earthquake and the 1994 Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver. E-Comm now serves 14 police and 18 fire departments throughout Metro Vancouver. Burnaby council signed on to the service in October and expects to save $100,000 annually by closing its city-run dispatch. “I think this issue needs to reach out beyond local government responsibility, it needs to be a provincial government responsibility to provide a
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mongst the faces in the audience in the Goh Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Royal Theatre last year, was one delighted 12-year-old who bought herself a ticket and took in the cultural experience on her own. This year Aleah Rodrigues will return to the theatre for the Christmas classic, but in a more demanding role. Rodrigues is one of the 60 young dancers gracing the stage with the professionals of the Alberta Ballet. “It’s really cool to work with a professional ballet dancer,” said Rodrigues, a North Saanich resident and student of Pacific Dance Centre. “You don’t usually get to perform with professional ballet dancers everyday. When they do come, it’s a really magical experience.” When the aspiring choreographer pulls on her palace page pink tail coat and wig this week, she’ll also be sporting more confidence in her abilities thanks to about nine hours of dance instruction weekly. Wendy Vernon, director of the Pacific Dance Centre junior school has shaped much of that development. Every Sunday since September, Vernon, also repetiteur for The Nutcracker, has wrangled the sheer energy of 60 young dancers from across the Southern Vancouver Island inside Dance Victoria’s
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Quadra Street studio. It’s not exactly a breezy task. “There’s a broad spectrum of ages and abilities. That can present problems. Some can learn it in one rehearsal and others will learn it in 10. Keeping all of those kids excited and motivated and striving presents a certain kind of challenge, but they’re wonderful kids. They all come very keen and interested.” For many of the eight to 14-year-old kids involved, the production is a once in a lifetime opportunity to move up to the major leagues on the Royal stage. For the parents, and first-time ballet audience members, it’s also an easy introduction to the art of ballet. “It’s not deep, but it’s not lacking in thoughtfulness,” Vernon said. “It’s designed to be accessible for all ages and anybody who’s not necessarily coming to the performance as an aficionado, or anything. For a lot of the fathers, they’re going to come bringing their kids reluctantly, then walk away saying ‘that was really nice.’ ... And let’s not forget the music. If you don’t want to watch, close your eyes. It’s a magical score with beautiful music and worth listening to all on its own.” The young dancers join the cast from Alberta Ballet, set to the sound of the Victoria Symphony, from Dec. 6 to 8. Children are invited to play dress up with costumes from The Nutcracker at a Sugar Plum Party in the Royal Theatre lobby prior to every performance. Tickets, from $29, at rmts. bc.ca.
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Arbutus singers give gift of song Set the mood for the season with a selection of holiday favourites with the Arbutus Singers, in support of developing young voices. The singers present classics such as White Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear? and When A Child is Born during the Making Merry Christmas Concert tonight (Dec. 4) at St. Aidan’s United Church (3703 St. Aidan’s). Proceeds from the show support a variety of charitable organizations, including the group’s after-school educational program, ChoirKids. The one-hour concert begin at 7:30pm and features non-seasonal grooves from Love Train to the Stevie Wonder hit, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by the 65-member chorus. “Plus, the members host a reception following the concert,” said music director Jack Boomer. “What better way to start off the Christmas season.” This is the first of several seasonal performances dedicated to the singers’ mandate of providing entertainment and support for music education. The Arbutus Singers will also perform at the Jenny Daniels Memorial Concert on Dec. 11 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, and the Jolly Nyeko Foundation Concert on Dec. 15 at Cadboro Bay United Church. Since 2008, the Arbutus Singers Music Education Society has worked with schools and charities to run ChoirKids. The program has seen hundreds of children from Grades 1 to 5 to participate in voice instruction at four schools in Victoria, Saanich and Esquimalt. Visit choirkids.ca for more information. Tickets are $10 students/seniors, $15 for adults or $30 for a family, available at the door or by calling 250-727-9146.
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MusIc thurS. dec. 5 Winter Wolfpack tour- Rolla Olak and Willhorse met when they were paired up in the songwriting collaboration for The Peak Performance Project and now they’re hitting Lucky Bar (517 Yates). Doors at 8pm, tickets $7 at the door.
Sat. dec. 7 tuBa christMas - The 35th annual tuba holiday performance takes place Market Square from 1 to 3pm. UVic students present the reprise at UVic’s Phillip T. Young Recital Hall Sunday at 2:30pm. By donation. tubachristmas.com. said the Whale - The Junonominated Vancouver group shares new sounds from their I Love You EP on their 2013 Canadian Tour, with Zerbin and Leisure Suit. Tickets, $22, ticketweb. ca. At Alix Goolden (907 Pandora). allison croWe - Catch the holiday spirit as the annual Tidings show brings together Christmas favourites with songs from the year-round canon to benefit Artemis Place and HepCBC. At Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield. Tickets from $20. Doors at 7pm. sounds of the season - The Greater Victoria Concert Band and Sidney Concert Band celebrate the spirit of the season. At 7:30pm at Esquimalt High School Theatre, 847 Colville. Suggested $15 donation to benefit the Mustard Seed.
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The three-peat is complete. The Mount Douglas Rams have stamped their names into the history books as B.C. champions for three straight years with the 32-27 win over the Terry Fox Ravens at B.C. Place on Saturday. After a dominating season in which the Rams destroyed the Western Conference, outscoring their opponents 315 to 27, the Rams eked out a one-score win for the second straight game. The Rams outdueled Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 39-33 in the semifinal. Both opponents were out to lay a lickin’ on the Rams and it showed as many of the Rams struggled to get to back on their feet in the Subway Bowl. Rams running back and linebacker Julian Luis was one of those players. “I took a beating out there and Lord Tweedsmuir was also a great fight. But Terry Fox was the most physical team, especially (linebacker) Isaiah Stevens. He hits like a truck and rocked me a couple of times.” If there’s a chink in the Rams’ armour, the fact the team is only 25 players strong might be it. Luis is one of many players who are on the field for nearly the whole game. No way was Terry Fox going to keep Luis down. The graduating senior was nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the final regular season game against the Belmont Bulldogs in Langford. He was able to sit out the quarterfinal win over the St. Thomas More Knights but his defensive specialty was called on against the Panthers and Ravens. “It’s definitely a lot of work. You need to be physically prepared for it and coming off an ankle injury was tough. I’m just really glad I got to stay in there and enjoy the championship.”
It’s Luis’ third title with the Rams as he was on the senior team last year and won the junior varsity championship as a Grade 9 student. He’s also part of the end of an era of a group of Oak Bay Vikings players on the Rams. Luis, Alec Wong and Peter Elwood originally started playing football together for the pre-atom Oak Bay Vikings as eight and nine year olds. There were more who most graduated from the Rams last year. “Mount Doug coach Dave Wong (Alec’s dad) was the Vikings head coach for all Christian J. Stewart Photography those years. I’m going to Offensive lineman Foster McGee celebrates the Subway remember those guys, all Bowl with quarterback Ashton MacKinnon. these guys for the rest of my and effort to get to this point good but it goes both ways, life,” Luis said. Banged up and injured, Luis and it truly is satisfying. Time says Townsend. “We all know Davis is an returned time and again and, to start preparing for the 2014 exceptional talent but we are in the final minute, was relied season.” Townsend used to coach a complete team and Maron to carry the ball as the Rams killed the clock on Sat- community football includ- cus has been supported on ing the Victoria the offensive side of the ball urday. Renegades with by a stellar offensive line,” Rams proLuis and many Townsend said. gram direc“Davis would be the first other Rams. tor Mark He is now dedi- to give credit to the big felTo w n s e n d cated to the las up front as you can be the said there Rams and has best back in the world but you was never also been on need the blockers up front to any talk B.C.’s U18 since open up those running lanes, about the even just for a second, which 2010. word threeLuis is eyeing is sometimes all Davis needs.” peat. Because Davis is so humup a spot in the “We just CIS, as is Ashton ble and grounded, as well as tried to MacKinnon, the being so talented, he inspires focus on the 6-foot-7 quar- his teammates to raise their next game terback, and game and play their very best, and getting 250-pound line- Townsend added. better.” The popularity of footmen Christan With the Krause and ball in Greater Victoria led to victory SatZach Wilkinson, the spawning of a third high urday night, school program this year, the among others. To w n s e n d W i l k i n s o n Spectrum Thunder. The Rams can now named expect to continue their run of look back Christian J. Stewart Photography was and know MacKinnon ran in a the outstand- excellence. “The success of football at it is a great touchdown and completed ing lineman of Subway Mount Douglas and others accomplish- 11 of 15 passing attempts. the Bowl and Mar- like John Barsby in Nanaimo, ment by the cus Davis was named Subway raises the sport’s profile on program. “We are very proud of our Bowl MVP, won by Rams run- the Island and will inspire success. Everyone involved ning back Mason Swift the other athletes to play football and other (high school) proin the Mount Douglas football past two years. It’s easy to point to B.C. grams to raise their own bar,” program, players, coaches, support staff and school Player of the Year, Davis, as Townsend said. firstname.lastname@example.org admin have put a ton of time the reason the Rams are so
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Youthful James Bay edge Vikes Travis Paterson News staff
The James Bay Athletic Association proved once again you can’t under value experience. Captain Spencer Dalziel and fellow veteran Nolan Miles each scored a try and led the Bays to a come-frombehind Barnard Cup victory over the UVic Vikes 26-23 on Friday night. It’s the Bays’ sixth Island championship in seven years, all against the Vikes, and this year’s win came in the last three minutes of the game. It’s also the 57th time the Bays have won the Barnard Cup in the trophy’s 102year history. “We’ve won over 50 per cent of the (Barnard Cups) so that’s always nice,” Dalziel said. “With the Vikes it’s always an 80-minute game. In our history (against UVic) we’ve been up 10 or 15 points with 10 minutes to go
Gold medal girl wrestles boys Eleven year old Zena Shew of the Victoria Bulldogs stole the show at the Island Novice wrestling tournament, pinning four boys in the 25-kilogram category on Saturday at Esquimalt High. Shew was the only 25 kg girl of the 133 participants and earned a gold medal. The worldclass martial arts competitor showed her experience competing in karate has transfered to the wrestling mat. Esquimalt was the top high school boys team and will head to the Abbotsford Invitational on Friday.
back with tries by prop Cole Racine and No. 8 Nolan Miles from the scrum. The Bays finally overtook the lead with three minutes remaining, when fullback Lucien Nels finished a bullish Bays’ effort. “I feel like we outplayed (James Bay) most of the game we just made some dumb mistakes and let them march down the field with easy penalty kicks,” Vikes’ MacKenzie said. “That was the difference. When it comes to point like Kevin Light Photography that (20-10 lead) in the James Bay’s No. 10 Connor McCann is raised game we need to learn above captain Spener Dalziel, centre, as the to close it out.” The leadership of Bays celebrate winning the Barnard Cup at Dalziel and others that UVic’s Centennial Stadium. helped make the differand they’ve found a ens player Luke McClo- ence with the youngest way to make it a game. skey. Fergus Hall was Bays team in at least You play the whole 80 strong for the Vikes as a decade, said Bays otherwise you’re in the fullback kicked a coach Peter Rushton. “It’s not like the days try conversion and two trouble.” of old, we had a relaThe Bays couldn’t penalty goals. The Vikes started tively inexperienced find their game in the first 30 minutes, as the the second half with group out there. SpenVikes took a 10-0 lead on McCloskey’s second cer’s guidance and tries by national team try to go up 20-5. But leadership was huge.” email@example.com scrum half Jamie MacK- the Bays turned it on enzie and national sev- and mounted a come-
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CRYSTAL POOL: 1 bdrm, full kitchen, shared bathroom, $565. NS/NP, non-drinker. Call (250)477-0686.
1 & 2 Bdrm suites & cabins. Perched on a cliffside with panoramic ocean vista, overlooking The Saanich Inlet. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $500-$1200 inclds utils. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references! Call 250-478-9231.
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COTTAGES PARKSVILLE- COZY cottage minutes to beach/shopping, self-contained. NS/NP. $600. Call (250)248-4902.
Newly renovated suites, Starting at $675 per mo
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JAMES BAY- bright, immaculate condo 55+ building with services. 250-652-9725. SIDNEY- DOWNTOWN. 1400 sq ft, $1800. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appls, 1 secure prking. NS/NP. Avail Now. (250)655-4184.
HOMES FOR RENT 4-BDRM HOUSE, near Commonwealth Pool. N/S, N/P. $1900 + utils. (250)920-6282
LANGFORD: 2-BDRM, in suite laundry, parking, lots of closets. NS/NP. $1100 heat & lights incld. (250)686-4445. MARIGOLDcozy 1 bdrm, woodstove. shared W/D, quiet. NS/NP. $850. 250-727-6217. ROYAL OAK: 2 bdrm on culde-sac, utils incld, close to all amens, laundry hook ups, NS/NP. $1000/mo. Avail. now. (250)361-7327, (250)658-3601 ROYAL OAK- grd level 2 bdrm, newly renoâ€™d, close to all amens, NS/NP. $950 heat & H/W incld. 250-704-6613. SIDNEY WATERFRONT home, 1 bdrm, fully furnished, all utils incld, F/S, W/D, small dog ok, N/S. $1100/mo. Refs. Call 250-665-6367. WATERFRONT. NORTH Saanich. Above grnd, large 2bdrm, 2 bath. $1800./mo + 1/2 utils. Possibly sm boat moorage +. NP/NS. (250)656-5999.
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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.
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AUTO SERVICES 1966 CHEVY Pick up, 1/2 ton short box, burgundy. 3 in the tree, 6 cylinder. Good condition, runs great, comes with second set of winter tires and rims. Second owner for last 45 years, in Victoria. $6,000 obo. Call: 250-479-0441 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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TRUCKS & VANS 2011 FORD RANGER Sport. 4WD, 6 cyl. 25,000 km. $20,000. (778)351-0852.
MARINE BOATS 14â€™ FIBERGLASS boat with 50 HP Suzuki, 4 stroke, used only for 13 hours. $6,000 obo. Call (250)652-1725. 1993 BAYLINER 2452, in premier condition. 2 sounders & GPS, head, galley, canopy, 9.9 hp 4 stroke Yamaha on hydraulics, downriggers, dinghy in 27â€™ newer Van Isle Marina boathouse near the ramp. $18,000. obo. 250-656-6136.
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CLEANING SERVICES ABSOLUTELY CLEAN. Family owned business. Free estimates Janis 250-857-5364. AFFORDABLE! SUPPLIES & vacuum incldâ€™d. All lower Island areas. 250-385-5869. STELLAR CLEANING Services. Carpet/ Window/ Gutter Cleaning. Call (250)294-5422.
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FENCING ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637.
FURNITURE REFINISHING FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.
250-479-7950 FREE ESTIMATES â€˘ Lawn Maintenance â€˘ Landscaping â€˘ Hedge Trimming â€˘ Tree Pruning â€˘ Yard Cleanups â€˘ Gardening/Weeding â€˘ Aeration, Odd Jobs NO SURPRISES NO MESS www.hollandave.ca DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141 GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236. PREPARE YOUR Lawn & garden for fall & winter. Glenwood Gardenworks. 250-474-4373.
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BILLâ€™S MASONRY. Brick, tiles, pavers. All masonry & Chimney re-pointing. F/P repairs. 250-478-0186.
OLD TIMER. Quality old fashioned service. Great rates. Excellent references. Call Al at 250-474-6924, 250-888-7187.
CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! â€œQuality is our Guaranteeâ€?. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942. www.cbsmasonry.com
BEETLES RESIDENTIAL Renovations Ltd. Bathrooms, decks, painting, landscaping and handyman services. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free estimates. Call 250-889-4245. BIG BEAR Handyman. Painting, household repairs. Free estimate. Barry 250-896-6071.
MOVING & STORAGE
HANDYMAN- Light maintenance. Leaky taps, caulking, stain fabric/floor removal, electrical outlets & switch. Call (250)818-2709.
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.
HAULING AND SALVAGE $20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. FAMILY MAN Hauling. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463. PARRYâ€™S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774
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SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS 250-216-9476 ACCEPTING new contracts; landscape and carpentry. BBB/Insured. Res /Comm. www.ftguland.com CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitchen/bath, wood floors, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877 JACK NASH, serving Victoria since 1980. We do it all! Free estimates WCB. 250-881-3886
D O N E R I G H T M OV I N G . C A $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Estâ€™s. No travel time before or after. BBB accredited. 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.
EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104.
FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376.
PRESSURE WASHING DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm.
TREE SERVICES BUDDYâ€™S TREE SERVICESTrimming, pruning, chipping, removals, hedges, lawn care, Insured. Keith, (250)474-3697.
WINDOW CLEANING DAVEâ€™S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190.
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VICTORIA NEWS - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Beat the Bah, humbug! blues this holiday season Each year it gets bigger, better and happier. The St. Barnabas Anglican Church Star Sunday Christmas crafting event takes place Sunday (Dec. 8). The afternoon is filled with fun and exploration and begins with the sight and sound of a crackling outdoor fire and an outdoor waffle stall. Once inside, find many ways to make new and appealing gifts including beeswax candle-dipping, transparent origami stars, a wooden manger with felted baby Jesus, scented bath salts, cards, giftwrapping, and much more. Each station is supervised by adults. “So much of the Christmas season is filled with garish glitter, noise and synthetic materials” said St. Barnabas rector Travis O’Brian. “We hope that Star Sunday will offer a time of beauty and pleasure in the midst of all those distractions.” St. Barnabas is located at the corner of Begbie Street and Belmont Avenue. nnn The 48th annual Carolling Week continues at City Hall
this week. This festive event will showcase choirs from Victoria area schools performing favourite Christmas carols from noon to 12:40 p.m. Today (Dec. 4), Strawberry Vale and McKenzie elementary schools performs, while on Friday (Dec. 6) St Joseph’s and Glenlyon-Norfolk hit the stage. For more information, visit: victoria.ca. nnn Ready to sing the praises of Christmas? Carol-Along with the Carillon outside Royal B.C. Museum on Sunday (Dec. 8). The Provincial Carillonneur climbs 75 spiral steps to ring out 22 seasonal favourites and everyone sings along. Hot chocolate, cookies and songsheets are provided. Members of the Newcombe Singers lead the carolling. When the singing ends, the carillon is lit up for the festive season. nnn Circle Dec. 14 and 15 on your calendar for the Moss Street Holiday Market, held at Sir James Douglas School and Fairfield Community Centre,
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eighty vendors will sell everything from bath products to baked goods. For more info, go online to MossStreetMarket.com nnn Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of an oldfashioned Christmas in Victoria, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5, noon to 4 p.m. Discover the Christmas traditions of early Victorians Christmas crackers, cards and carols.
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Heritage tea Dana Hemsworth, left, and Sherrie Dupont, right, learn a little history while having tea with the lady of the house Caroline O’Reilly (played by Barbara Forsyth) at Point Ellice House. For $17 guests enjoy a cup of soup, sandwiches, scones, cakes, cookies, a trifle and tea and also get a tour of the Point Ellice House. Tea will be served at the historic site, Dec. 1, 6, 7, 13 and 14, noon to 3 p.m. Tours can be arranged at other times by calling 250-360-6506.
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