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Just another CHRISTMAS Day Emergency workers find ways to celebrate with family around shifts. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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hristmas Eve and Christmas Day for most people mean time with family, opening presents and having turkey dinner with everyone around the dinner table. But for members of Port Alberni’s emergency services, those who work with the elderly and others, it means a day away from their families while they are at work. The holidays can still be celebrated with some deft scheduling. Despite the inconvenience and sacrifice, working on Christmas Day has its own rewards—some monetary (firefighters, ambulance attendants and elderly care workers all receive extra statutory holiday, or “superstat” pay to work on Christmas Day) and others less tangible. This year, Port Alberni Fire Department captain Ed Francoeur isn’t working on Christmas Day. But he’s worked nearly every Christmas Eve or Christmas Day in the 21 years he has worked with the Port Alberni Fire Department. “I can count the number of times WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS on one hand that I haven’t worked BC Ambulance crew chief Bruce Patterson has worked numerous Christmas Day shifts in his 27-year paramedic career. them,” the married father of four said. Firefighters work shifts of four Day will either have a turkey dinner Francoeur celebrates Christmas territory when you take this job,” days on and four days off. They or a special meal of some sort with his family as best as his shift Patterson said. “You know at some have no choice about whether or together. will allow. point you’re going to be away when not they work on Christmas Eve or But the bucolic stillness of a He can’t fool his now adult others are not.” Christmas Day. “That’s just the way Christmas Day at the fire hall children the way he did when they The split between married and the shifts fall: if you have a shift can be broken in an instant by a were younger though. “If I had to single paramedics is even at twothat day then you work,” call to respond to an work on Christmas Day two for the Christmas Francoeur said. emergency. we’d pretend Christmas Eve shift this year, while Firefighters don’t have Francoeur remembers was on Boxing Day,” he three married people control over whether a call to a house fire one said. and one single person or not they work a year. The fire caused Veteran BC are working Christmas shift on Dec. 24-25, But extensive damage to a Ambulance crew chief Day, Patterson said. there is wiggle room to home but firefighters Bruce Patterson has Paramedics will accommodate someone managed to save worked more Christmas deck their “buses”— – Bruce Patterson ambulances—with during a shift. much of the family’s Days than he can “A guy may stay late valuables including their remember over his 27 reindeer antlers or so that someone coming Christmas presents. years as a paramedic. a Santa figure on on shift can finish dinner Not all Christmas Day “I’ve worked both the day shift and Christmas Day. People often drop ED FRANCOEUR with their family. And stories have a happy the night shift,” he said. treats off at the ambulance station, ...firefighter someone may come ending for firefighters. Paramedics also work on a shift and if time permits paramedics will on shift early so that Francoeur remembers basis and someone’s shift has to fall drop by other emergency service someone else can go home for responding to a car accident. After on Christmas Day, Patterson said. offices to wish colleagues a merry dinner with his family,” Francoeur reflecting for a moment he declines Like fire and police the ambulance Christmas. said. to discuss the incident. “I don’t service must be available 24 hours Like firefighters, one tragic call If they can accommodate it, want to get into that further. I don’t per day for 365 days per year. can change the dynamic of the day. firefighters who work on Christmas want to dwell on it,” he said. “Working shift work comes with the Continued / A9

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Cartons And Jars The Rollin Art Centre is looking for donations of washed milk cartons (any size) and glass jars (baby, spaghetti or jam jar sizes). The cartons and jars will be used as luminaries for the children next year, at our Celebration of Lights Festival. The art centre will be collecting them all year in order to give to the schools to make the 2014 event even bigger. Please drop them off at the centre, but note it is closed Dec. 22– Jan. 6.

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ADSS out $60k in missing textbooks WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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ore than $60,000 in textbooks are outstanding at Alberni District Secondary School and officials are powerless to recover the money or the books. School District 70

superintendent Cam Pinkerton confirmed the losses on Dec. 10. The missing books are specifically from ADSS, he said. “They’re worth about $90 to $120 a piece to replace so it adds up,” Pinkerton said. “It’s a resource we expect to have back in the school.”

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school’s textbook tracking system so that the school knows which students has what books. Ostensibly, students return textbooks at the end of the semester or at the end of the year. Those students who don’t return textbooks are issued letters requesting their

return and even invoices for their replacement. There is no academic penalty if a text is not returned. “We can’t do that. The expectation is that we get the book back or money back,” Moncur said. New textbooks are issued in September when students come

back to school. Those with outstanding books are asked to return them but are still issued new texts, Moncur said. “The most we can do is encourage texts to be brought back and to send a letter home,” Moncur said. Calls or letters from the school prompt some parents to

look for and return overdue books, Pinkerton said. SD70 trustees are aware of the situation, Pinkerton said. “They’ve requested more information for clarity about this,” he said. “It’s worth it in the long run to collect that kind of money.” reporter@albernivalleynews.com Twitter.com/AlberniNews

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afternoon. Because fewer volunteers have signed up to take shifts at the kettles set up around the community, this year’s campaign is down around $20,000 from last year, she said. All proceeds from the kettle campaign stay in the community, and goes towards the Christmas hamper program, the food bank and emergency assistance. “One of the problems we’re having here locally is people either cancelling shifts or just not showing up and not calling,” said Salvation Army Major Bruce Mac Kenzie. “It really leaves us in a quandary.” Regular volunteers often fill in back-toback shifts, standing outside for four to six hours at a time to pick up the slack.

Gillian Shearwater is a long time volunteer with the Salvation Army. She can be seen outside of Fairway Market or Safeway, playing her tenor or alto recorders. She often uses the time to practice the songs she performs at seniors’ residences throughout the holiday season. Shearwater said music used to be a big part of the kettle campaign, which is why she plays her recorders instead of ringing the bells. “I had a partner for four years, from the high school, who played the bass clarinet. The first year he had three wobbly carols and I had one. By the end…people would walk across the parking lot to listen,” she said.

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Salvation Army volunteer Gillian Shearwater plays ‘Suki Yaki’ on her tenor recorder in front of Fairway Market last week. Shearwater has been a kettle campaign volunteer for many years in Alberni.

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eaction in the Alberni Valley is mixed about Canada Post’s decision to phase out door-to-door mail delivery starting next year. Last week, Canada Post announced it is phasing out home delivery and laying off approximately 8,000 mail carriers over the next five years. The letter giant will be replacing door-todoor delivery in urban areas with community mailboxes. And it is also hiking stamp prices from 63 cents to 85 cents per stamp when purchasing booklets or coils of stamps, while an individual stamp will increase from 63 cents to $1. The moves are needed to offset mounting financial losses, which last quarter amounted to $129 million, according to Canada Post. A recent

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Port Alberni Sunshine Club president Maureen Brechin says ceasing mail delivery to homes will impact more than 300 seniors in the club.

Conference Board of Canada report estimated that the postal service would lose $1 billion annually by 2020. Critics said that the move will impact seniors, those with mobility issues and shut-ins the most. Also, that the boxes present a crime risk. Local reaction to the plan was mixed. The move will impact the members

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of the Port Alberni Sunshine Club, president Maureen Brechin said. “It will mostly effect those of our members who are over 70 who have mobility issues or (are) house bound,” Brechin said. “It will affect about one third of our 1,100 members.” Walking to the mail box isn’t an issue for seniors who are under age 70 and still agile. “But trying to walk to the mailbox when you’re 90 and have mobility issues isn’t the same,” she said. According to Brechin affected seniors will have to find someone to get their mail for them. Home support workers are out because many aren’t allowed to perform

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the service. And switching to online bill paying isn’t an option for most seniors. “A lot of seniors don’t know how to use a computer. They still pay their phone and hydro bills by cheque and mail,” she said. The increased cost of stamps will also impact the elderly, Brechin said. “Seniors are the last group of people who rely heavily on the mail.” The issue hasn’t been raised at the Sunshine Club by members. “But this happened recently, and it’s the holidays so we haven’t been doing as much.” Not all seniors will be impacted by the move.

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John Howitt Elementary School students Gracie Aussen, standing left, and Brooke Mauke show four of 190 care packages they and other students have assembled. The packages are going to the Bread of Life and Port Alberni Shelter Society. The students also raised $600, and will be buying additional items for the hampers.

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ity councillors have put the brakes on an initiative that would see an outdoor exercise park installed at Bob Dailey Stadium. Port Alberni city council clarified at their Dec. 9 meeting that they had not debated then voted for the project to go ahead. “There’s been no debate so it isn’t going anywhere,” Coun. Jack McCleman said. The discussion was prompted by a question from audience member Neil Anderson, who

asked what council’s direction was with respect to the issue. “The surplus should be spent on a high need list and not a high want list,” Anderson said. The proposed workout area would have been located in the grassy area between Bob Dailey Stadium and Glenwood Centre. It would have been comprised of several pieces of workout equipment designed to use body weight as resistance. The project hinged on savings realized from the resurfacing of the track last summer. Some $60,000 in

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Firefighters prepare a hotdog lunch for a school meal; the kitchen at the fire hall will feature a turkey dinner on Christmas Day, provided there are no emergencies for staff on shift.

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“And we tend to answer more calls involving alcohol that day,” Patterson said. Celebrating Christmas with family takes some planning. “We’ll either celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day when I get home,” Patterson said. “You tailor it to fit the shift.” Patterson remembers one Christmas Day in particular when he didn’t work. He was sitting in his living room when he heard the voice of his adult son who was away in Calgary and he hadn’t seen in a year. Patterson’s wife had secretly arranged for their son to come home so the family could spend Christmas together. Christmas at home with family means something different for the 67 residents of Fir Park and Echo Village. And no one knows their day more than the 32 employees who work over two shifts on Dec. 24-25. “They are like our extended family and you can’t help but feel lots of love that’s around here that day,” said Kim Madsen, who has worked every Christmas Day for the last 10 years. “Not everyone likes working Christmas Day but I consider it a privilege.” Keely Wagner is also working Christmas Day. She will have Christmas dinner with her family on

Christmas Eve and enjoy the morning with her children on Christmas Day before she goes to work. Wagner remembers working her first Christmas Day when she was 21 years old. She went to work on a bit of a downer but upon arrival “I felt like I had all of these grandparents here,” she said. “I still feel that way today.” Madsen agreed. “I felt the same way,” he said. “It made up for that feeling I never had growing up.” Workers hand out presents the board bought for the residents, and serve a special Christmas meal later. Workers also serve as surrogate family members for residents, but especially for those who don’t receive visitors that day. Staff used to get together for their own dinner years ago but the practice stopped when care requirements expanded and took away the time to do it. Staff also work shifts, but workers will barter shifts to allow some married staff to spend the day with their families. Brad Coates has worked most Christmas Days since he broke into the care attendant business. Coates spends time with his girlfriend before his shift and makes time for her and other family when he gets off work.

“I choose to work on that day. But the way I look at it someone else gets a chance to stay home with their family,” he said. “In a perfect world we’d all be with our families.”

Several lucky shoppers filling their Christmas lists at local stores have been surprised with gifts of their own this month, courtesy of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. Chamber manager Bill Collette has been gifting shoppers with special $100 certificates offered by one of 43 merchants in the Alberni Valley. In all, 48 certificates will

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be handed out before Christmas. It’s a reward-based way of getting the “shop local” message out, Collette said. It’s different than simply telling people to stay at home and support local businesses this holiday season. “The idea behind this is we’re not telling anyone to shop local. We’re just going to reward 48 people who do,” he said. So someone could be shopping at West Coast Home Hardware and receive a $100

gift certificate to an automotive shop. Or walk into Char’s Landing and walk away with a $100 certificate to a retail store uptown. “It will make sure the ‘pay it forward’ part will be from a business in another part of town,” Collette said. Social media will ideally help both businesses with such exposure, Collette added. This is the second year for the chamber’s “shop local” program,

albeit different than last year’s inaugural campaign. “It’s a great program,” said Sarah Jones of Walk the Coast, who designed the poster for the campaign. “There is an incredible shopping experience here. I think if we can reward people and give them more reason to be here, that’s an exceptional program.” The chamber’s 24 Days of Christmas ends Christmas Eve. editor@albernivalleynews.com

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EDITORIAL

Charities need to follow tech wave Mailbag: Feedback on wish lists—for and about government This week’s plea from the Salvation Army for more bell-ringing volunteers to stand with its red kettles sounded familiar to last year’s call. The lack of people available for kettle duty is contributing to another tough year for the campaign across the Island. While we commend the Salvation Army’s mandate and the motivation behind its efforts, its struggles illustrate the challenges faced by organizations relying on traditional modes of gathering donations. Ours has become largely a cashless society and less people have money on hand with which to shop or donate on the street. Some enterprising marketplace merchants have addressed that by spending a little on electronic devices that facilitate cashless transactions. Some organizations have stepped up their social media presence in conjunction with their main website, many of which contain easy-to-find online donation options. Even organizations which use traditional methods, such as the United Way, are getting creative in how they promote them. Challenged with the same economic downturn as everyone else, this charity funder has made strides by focusing on its workplace payroll deduction campaign that makes giving more manageable for people on limited budgets. It’s not that we don’t have the disposable income to donate. Stories such as that of a Saanich family forced by fire from their Obed Avenue home, and the resulting outpouring of donations of lodging, household items and cash from neighbours, friends and complete strangers, proves the public will donate to causes they feel connected to. It’s no different than in business: organizations that don’t shift with the times are destined to be left behind. — Victoria News

Dear Santa: our PM’s wish list To the Editor,

The following Christmas wish list appeared in my Inbox, apparently due to a computer glitch. I’ve forwarded it on to the Jolly Old Elf himself, and figured your readers may be interested: “Dear Santa, Christmas will be lonely at 24, Sussex Drive, as former best friends Mike and Pamela won’t be dropping by in their Santa and Mrs. Claus costumes—on loan from some judges at the Supreme Court Of Canada. Mike and Pamela were always so welcome, bringing huge bags of money on their sleigh. Of course, I made them Senators to raise that money from the Conservative Party faithful, and for their broadcasting expertise about making those negative attack ads that so effectively eliminated three recent Liberal leaders. I have a couple favours

to ask, Santa, as I’ve been really good this year; well, good is only a relative term, after all. Firstly, will you please do something about that NDP man from Montreal who makes my life an absolute misery in the parliamentary Question Period every day? You may not be a vindictive guy, but I sure am, and would be eternally grateful if you send hornets to build a nest in that beard of his. Surely that would slow him down a tad. Secondly, there’s that young Liberal guy from Montreal with the movie star looks and hair. His party made very significant gains in the popular vote in recent by-elections; so please arrange that he has a bad case of acne to temper his pretty-boy appearance that women voters love. Except for a few more buses to throw former friends and employees under, that seems to be all I want this year. I still read from that “WannabePresident How-To Manual”

by Richard M. Nixon that you left under my tree the year we first moved in here. Finally, Santa, there are nasty rumours that some in my own caucus want to send me packing; if that should happen before you and Red-Nosed Rudolph set out on Christmas Eve, please find me at the nearest Motel 6. I’ll be the one playing the piano, and singing these Beatles songs: I Should Have Known Better, I’m A Loser and Help! Thanks in anticipation. Lil’ Stevie H.”

Bernie Smith, Parksville

Beautify, don’t scarify uptown To the Editor,

One major upgrade and a necessary beautification project would be the grubby, weed encircled parking lot in the middle of our uptown core. Is city hall that daft to not realize that simple enhancement would go a long way to transforming the overall look?

TO COMMENT … We welcome your original comments on editorials, columns, on topics in the Alberni Valley News or any subjects important to you. Only letters that include name, address, and day and evening phone numbers and that are verified by the Alberni Valley News can be considered for publication. Letters to the editor and articles submitted to the Alberni Valley News may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. The Alberni Valley News is a member of the B.C. 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. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. 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.

Start with a row of tall slender poplar trees along the rear of the lot to block that eyesore view— how easy would that be? Garden it up a little, similar to Harbour Quay: so far not too complicated even for city hall. A little asphalt here and there and “Boom!” you’ve actually accomplished something. Oh yeah, try not to hire a bunch of expensive consultants for such an easy no brainer.

Christopher Massop, Port Alberni

Feeding children most important To the Editor,

Re: Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa’s problem. In the Bible, Cain says to God “Am I my brother’s keeper?” James Moore has given us the definitive response from the Conservative government. Hungry children can fend for themselves; the government is too busy flogging pipelines.

Larry Kazdan, Vancouver

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Are naysayers over-reacting to the potential impact of increased oil tanker activity on the West Coast?

Yes – 45.5% No – 54.5% This week’s question: Should B.C. allow children into pubs?

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I really like my mail carrier. I confess that I haven’t asked her name, despite the fact she always has a smile and a “Good morning!” for me if I happen to see her. I feel bad for her when she walks up our long walkway with just a pizza flyer, but she waves it off—it’s her job. For me, door-todoor mail delivery is a luxury. I spent many years with a

post office box at the Courtenay depot or a community mailbox at the end of my rural road. So going back to a community box once Canada Post makes its changes won’t be a big deal for me. But I do worry about my mail carrier and what will happen to her. Canada Post says most of the estimated 8,000 jobs it will downsize will be lost to attrition. But what about the others? That’s a lot of people retiring, only to discover they will have to go pick up their own mail.

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Premier looks back on busy 2013 TOM FLETCHER B.C. Views After a whirlwind year that started with a come-frombehind election win, Premier Christy Clark sat down with me for the traditional yearend interview in her Victoria office. Here are excerpts from that discussion. A longer version with video can be found under the Opinion tab of this newspaper’s website. Tom Fletcher: Premier, you surprised a few people this year. What surprised you the most about 2013? Premier Christy Clark: I guess it was the disconnect between the pollsters and the pundits, and the public. I did have a sense all the time that the citizens were thinking something different in the run-up to the election campaign. I wondered, am I missing something here, or are they missing something? And I guess it turned out that it wasn’t me that was missing something. Fletcher: The liquefied natural gas export project is going to use a lot of natural gas, especially in the early years. Will B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets [20 per cent reduction by 2020, 80 per cent by 2050] have to be changed? Clark: I don’t have a clear answer on that yet. We are working with the companies on exactly how

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Premier Christy Clark talks about the year that was with Black Press legislative writer Tom Fletcher.

we are going to structure their environmental commitments and costs, and their electricity costs versus using gas, the total royalty tax regime. We’re looking at that as one package. However that turns out, though, this opportunity to export natural gas to Asia is the single biggest opportunity we have ever had as a province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. In shipping this to China, we are going to help them wean themselves off some of the dirtiest coal anybody’s burning anywhere in the world. Fletcher: If B.C. is going to get credit for displacing coal

use in Asia, shouldn’t B.C.’s coal exports, even though it’s metallurgical coal, count in our greenhouse gas total as well? Clark: I know that the academics and pundits are going to get all mired in competing sets of numbers and studies. For me, we have a chance to do good for the world, and we’re going to take it. Fletcher: On oil pipelines, your agreement in November with Alberta Premier Alison Redford involves B.C. supporting her effort for a national energy strategy. What do you see it doing in the future? Clark: The big idea that she’s trying to pursue with that is a strategy that will

connect us east to west in energy. Energy grids are much better connected north to south than they are east to west. So she’s trying to pursue a pan-Canadian strategy for the exchange of energy, whether that’s hydroelectricity or natural gas or whatever it is. We haven’t been intimately involved with it until recently, so we’ll see where it goes. Fletcher: There’s a perception out there, fuelled by the opposition, that you campaigned against oil pipelines and now you’re turning the tanker around, as it were, to be in support of them. What do you say to that? Clark: It’s typical of the other guys to reinterpret and misquote. That’s what they do. They’re in opposition. What I said was, we have five conditions that must be met in order for heavy oil to be considered to go ahead in British Columbia. That has not changed. The five conditions remain in place. As of today, none of them have been met. The only thing that is different today, from before the election, is that now I no longer stand alone in supporting the five conditions. I have one other premier supporting me, and that’s Alison Redford. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc E-mail: tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Santa looking to swap outdated ride for super economy sleigh NORTH POLE - Driveway can exclusively reveal that Santa Claus has been visiting local dealerships kicking tires—ahem, rails—in his search for a new ride. Ever conscious of the increasing cost of gas and effect his multi-million-kilometre Christmas flight has on the environment, Santa seems to have opted for 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his next sleigh. The wagon promises a fuel economy of 7.84 L/100 kms fuel economy,which means the sleigh will be kinder to the environment than his current means of transporting gifts to the world’s children. As an added benefit, the EcoBoost engine – which is finely tuned for high-speed performance – would offer speeds much faster than Santa ever travelled in his former 36-hoofpowered sleigh. The expected upgrade comes as a record number of children earn spots on the “nice” list, increasing the payload weight of his bag of gifts beyond the normal tow rating of his nine-reindeer team. Santa told me that changing his mode of transportation will not compromise his ability to remain true to his mission. “My goal is and always has been

giving presents to good the nine reindeer look girls and boys, and a new forward to some time sleigh will make that off. Every year, the process more effective,” flying animals travel he says. “Let’s face it, 200,194,557 kms and every year there are more they’d like some time to children who earn presrest, he says, explaining ents. Things are simply there are still splinters getting out of control, embedded in his hoofs and my old sleigh just from a particular wooden My goal is and isn’t going to be able to roof in northern BC. always has been hack it much longer. With “You really can’t beat giving presents to the new sleigh, I will be this new sleigh,” says able to travel faster and good girls and boys, Goddard. “It offers carry more toys.” and a new sleigh will outstanding fuel econFord engineers develomy without sacrificing oped the Transit Connect make that process power. It even offers more effective. Wagon sleigh concept an electric windshield weeks after hearing of defroster, making short Santa Santa’s dilemma during work of icy windshields cold weather testing in in wintry conditions. So, the North Pole. if there’s a foggy Christmas Eve, we “This is a winning situation for all,” won’t need a red-nosed reindeer to says Darren Goddard, chief engineer guide Santa around the world.” for Ford Transit Connect Wagon. “The Some extras appear to have swung increased efficiency means added time Santa in the direction of the Transit for Santa to enjoy milk and cookies at Connect. SYNC with MyFord Touch stops. His new ride will offer 100 cubic offers a touch screen display with feet of cargo space and versatility to navigation so Santa can easily find haul up to 2,000 pounds, which Santa all the good children, even in more will need.” remote areas. Reindeer spokesperson Dasher says The child observation mirror would

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‘‘At first, I was a little sceptical about this vehicle but . . . after the first few kilometres, I found it to be a very comfortable and. a fun to drive vehicle ’’ Ian Harwood

Mitsubishi has introduced a three-cylinder fuel saving car at the smallest end of the market. This, when subcompact and even compact sales are down but sales of small SUVs and even mid-sized vehicles are up. Bold. Tight. Mad props.

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Even though we have high fuel prices in Canada, the trend is away from small fuel-efficient cars to larger vehicles. Subcompact and even compact sales are down but sales of small SUVs and even mid-sized vehicles are up. There are a couple of things at play here. The first is the stronger (not so much in the last two months) Canadian dollar over the last several years has allowed carmakers to jam more content into their cars and often the retail price has dropped too. The second is that vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, so buying a slightly bigger car isn’t much of a hardship. With this as a backdrop, it is interesting to see that Mitsubishi has introduced a three-cylinder fuel saving car at the smallest end of the market.

Looks

The Mirage is sold in two trim levels; the base starts at $12,498 and comes pretty sparsely equipped. It’s a small car with a little price tag. The much bigger Nissan Versa is cheaper at $11,898 and has buckets more power. The car that most people will choose is the Mirage SE with many more goodies but the price jumps dramatically to $15,398 and with the automatic transmission it lands at $16,598. At this

The centerpiece features Bluetooth with streaming audio. price, there are plenty of options in the subcompact class. Styling is not what I would car eye-catching. Cars like the Ford Fiesta or the Kia Rio have much more appeal and features for similar money to this SE Mirage.

Inside

On the plus side, the Mirage SE does come nicely equipped. The front driver’s seat has adjustment and both front seats have very good seat heaters that bring your backside up to the appropriate temperature in short order. The centre cluster is nicely finished and it features Bluetooth with streaming audio. There is an auxiliary jack but no USB jack to charge your phone. The back seat is small and the rear cargo area is what one might

expect from a little car. But this vehicle does not live in a vacuum. The Kia Rio, with more features, like satellite radio, is only a $1,000 more and is way up on space and horsepower. The Nissan Versa Note is massive in comparison and for $1,700 more has push button start and even a backup camera. So yes, the Mirage is nicely equipped and has a good price but there are other options out there that are as good if not better.

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What this little car was designed to do is deliver impressive fuel economy. This is achieved by placing a 3-cylinder engine under the hood and matching it to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). With just 74hp, this

car is way down on power compared to the rest of the subcompact set, even the Fiat 500 has 101hp and the Nissan Versa has 109hp. This combination of small packaging and small engine deliver a rating of 5.3L/100km in the city and 4.4L on the highway. In my mostly city driving I was achieving 7L/100km. The problem with such a small engine is that t often needs to be pushed hard to accelerate and pass other traffic. The engine and CVT are loud, especially when the car is cold. The steering is very light for easy maneuverability but at higher speeds it feels too vague. This car is happy cruising because the engine settles down to a lower RPM and the noise level drops. Ask this car to perform and it’s an experience filled with noise and vibration.

The 2014 GMC Acadia Denali is truly a full-size crossover vehicle. That’s right, an eight-passenger crossover that is big enough to haul eight adults and room to store your gear. Saturday is my usual run around day; picking up things, dropping off people, some of whom I don’t know. You know the kind of day, the one that finds me buying things that we don’t need but can’t live without, returning things that apparently we can live without, and providing hourly updates to my wife on what I have accomplished thus far. Hectic and stressful. Well, this particular Saturday I had the Acadia Denali and with a few hours driving this vehicle I was actually relaxed. Luxurious seating and a premium Bose stereo system with steering wheel controls that drowned out all the chatter from the back seats. It also

came in handy for when they tried to include me in the conversation; with a simple push of the volume button I could yell back “sorry, I can’t hear you”. All three rows receive the same level of luxury. French stitching on all of the leather seats with a choice of colors, Ebony or Cocoa Dune. The second row seats are a SmartSlide flat-folding 60/40 split bench while the third row is a 60/40 split bench that folds flat as well. The third row is comfortable and enough leg room for adults. The steering wheel is leather wrapped with mahogany wood grain trim; it also features a tilt and telescopic steering column. The centre of the dash is the location for the colour touch Radio/ Navigation screen with IntelliLink. A 165 mm (6.5”) colour touch screen display, AM/FM stereo with CD player, auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth streaming audio, hands free calling, and a rear seat entertainment system. If you’re excited about cup holders then hold on to yourself, this vehicle has twelve. I know because I had to clean each one. Twelve in an eight-seater, go figure. The Acadia comes standard with driver and front passenger airbags, seat mounted side impact bags and side curtain air bags. Traction control and stabili-

ty control with roll stability control are also standard. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and side blind zone alert are some of the latest technologies that have gone into this vehicle. Power: The 3.6 Litre V6 engine puts out 288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm with 270 ft pounds of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic that can be shifted into manual mode. Pump frequency: 13.3/ 8.8 L/100 km (City/ Highway) Warranty support: Basic 3 year/ 60,000 km Power-train 5 year/ 160,000 km Roadside assistance 5 year/ 160,000 km At first, I was a little skeptical about this vehicle but after the first few kilometres, I changed my mind and found it to be a very comfortable and a fun to drive vehicle. Although there is lots of room inside it does not give the impression of a big SUV, and it manoeuvres quite well. With the latest technologies added, I found it easy to use and very useful. Shoulder checks are something I do by habit, but with the side blind zone alert feature it is like having someone else take a second look, which is comforting. Sticker price: $57,695 ian.harwood@drivewaybc.ca

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With a very low starting price and potentially good fuel economy the basic Mirage has a place for a buyer who wants a basic runabout that sips gas but if the trend away from small cars is any indication, that will be a small number.

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BREAKFAST OPEN: MON.- FRI.

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Phone: 250-720-0050 • Harbour Quay

For the Quilter • unique stocking stuffers • gift certificates • and so much more!

For the Non-Quilter Finished Gifts for Christmas • stockings • table runners • quilts from crib to king size

We have secondhand clothing upstairs

at Ecuador and More 5417 Argyle Street

Kismet Quilts 5334 Argyle St., Port Alberni, B.C. 250-723-6605

778-421-2292

S.P.C.A. THRIFT STORE

STARTING NOW: Happy Holidays from Every Monday Seniors 60 years or &offLinda better,Sherri receive 10% purchases of

10% off Gift Certificates purchased Dec 19, 20 & 21, 2013

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FRI. DEC. 20 ◆ TIME OUT FOR YOU at Trinity Church, Fifth Avenue and Angus Street. Come and sing your favorite Christmas Carols accompanied by organ and piano. Cash donations welcome. ◆ WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY improv comedy. Starts: 7 p.m. At the Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street. Tix: adults $5 and children $2 with food donation.

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annual general meeting. At the Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle St. Starts 7 p.m.

TUE. DEC. 31 ◆ FIRST NIGHT Family celebration event. Celebrate the New Year with Parks and Recreation. Events at Echo Pool, Glenwood Centre and the AV Multiplex. Events start between 5-7 p.m. and end between 8-9 p.m. Call 250-723-2181.

WED. JAN. 1 ◆ POLAR BEAR SWIM at Canal Beach. Starts at noon. The Kiwanis are helping this year, as are the Port Alberni Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service. Some of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs

are slated to be there as well.

SAT. JAN. 18 ◆ RELAY FOR LIFE event. From 3-4 p.m. At the Canadian Cancer Society Office, 3030 Third Ave. ◆ BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at the Hospitality Inn. From 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $11 adults, $6 children age 12 and under. Pictures with Santa (by donation) in the morning.

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SPORTS

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Alberni Wrestling’s Eryk Cardinal, top, pins an opponent enroute to a second-place finish in the 71-kilogram division last weekend.

Wrestlers prep for war on the floor Alberni Wrestlers from EJ Dunn, AW Neill and Alberni District Secondary travelled to Duncan to compete in the Cougar Invitational last Saturday. Wrestlers from all three schools had a strong showing at this tournament, which featured athletes from all over the Island and some schools from the lower mainland. The tournament awards their team titles by combining standings in the male and female divisions. At the end of the day ADSS dominated the tournament finishing 1st in the Senior Division and 9th in the Junior division. EJ Dunn had a strong showing in the Junior Division with 5th

place. Leading the way for Alberni with gold medals were Remi Wells (58kg), Jordan Wagner (60 kg), Jesse Wagner (58kg), Nolan Badovinac (84 kg), Christian Anderson (96kg) and Dean Leyland (76kg). Finishing undefeated for middle school was Kylea Anderson (64kg) from EJ Dunn and Scott Couthart (60kg) from AW Neill. Adding to the medal count for ADSS was Eryk Cardinal (2nd at 71kg), Johannes Kulich (2nd at 68kg), Michel Kurucz (2nd at 64kg), Oliver Witham (2nd at 74kg), Isabella Jones (2nd at 64kg) and Morgan Dagenais (2nd at 54kg). Neill Middle School’s medal count was increased

by Owen Spencer (3rd at 40kg), Lily Timothy (3rd at 43kg) and Spencer Lutar (3rd at 38kg). EJ Dunn had Sarah Matthews (3rd at 44kg), Phil Broadbent (2nd at 51kg), Isaac McDonald (3rd at 45kg), Jayce Clayton (3rd at 74kg), Jarrod Gagnon (3rd at 66kg) bring home medals. Helping with team points were Austin Patten (6th at 63kg), Russell David (6th at 54kg), Jarred Beckett (4th at 58kg), David Wilson (4th at 65kg) and Jarred Beckett (4th at 58kg) for ADSS. AW Neill had Damian Meaney (4th at 35kg), Shane Leeper (4th at 51kg), Leonard Nookemis (6th at 57kg), Daniel Spencer (5th at 63kg). EJ Dunn

had Ravi Manhas (5th at 35kg), Jayden Iverson (5th at 57kgs), Austin Saluk (4th at 66kg) and Aaron Badovinac (5th at 65kg) who wrestled up in the Senior Division which provided him with a great challenge. “Our team shows a lot of promise this year with so many dedicated athletes. It was nice to win the team title today to start of the season off strong. We are just getting our season going and still expect our peak performance in February/March. You have to build up to get to that point. I am happy about where we are in terms of our development,” concluded ADSS assistant Coach Chris Bodnar.

Neill coach Jen Johnson added, “There was some hard competition there this weekend and it was a great challenge for many of our wrestlers. The Alberni team is one of the best teams I have every coached as they are kind and watch out for each other. The high school wrestlers will check in and help out the new or young Middle School athletes and it is amazing to be a part of.” ADSS wrestlers will be training hard in preparation for the War on the Floor Tournament this week in Vancouver. On Wednesday the less experienced grade 9-12 wrestlers will compete in the Novice category.

The Van Isle Ford Alberni Valley Midget Bulldogs continued league play on Dec. 7, hosting Nanaimo’s Tier One team. It was a disciplined team effort and the Midget Bulldogs came away with a well deserved 5 – 3 win. With five goals from five different players; Ethan Sundstrum opened the scoring assisted by Keagun Selva. The next three goals came in a minute and a half. James McLeod scored, assisted by Sundstrum and Codie Beecroft, then Beecroft scored, assisted by Blake Sexton and Logan Henson, next Josh Harvey scored unassisted.

With two seconds left in the game Dave Friel sealed the win with an unassisted goal. “This is our team’s first league win of the season.  We have had many one goal losses, but the boys worked very hard to get this win,” coach Korey Sundstrum said.  “We had three key players out for this game which has been tough but the boys were disciplined in this game and it paid off.” This weekend, the Midget Bulldogs travel to travel to Peninsula for an exhibition game on Saturday, and then to Duncan to Play Cowichan Tier One for another league game on Sunday.

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The decision won’t affect the seniors who live at Pioneer Towers and Pioneer Cottages, said Ernie Bigelow, president of the Alberni Valley Senior Citizens Homes Society. “We already use box and kiosk so it won’t affect our residents.” Some seniors also live in areas of town where they already fetch mail from a mailbox, said Arnold

and Monique Begg, who live in West Porte Place. “We’re so used to it now that it’s really not an issue for us,” Monique said. What is an issue for the Beggs though is the plan to boost stamp prices. “We send more than 100 Christmas cards to people every year so I don’t know what we’re going to do,” she said. The plan isn’t expected to affect

the 120 clients who use the Port Alberni Association for Community Living, executive director Craig Summers said. The agency provides support to people with developmental challenges and children with special needs. “Our participants in residential settings have staff that can retrieve the mail and for our participants involved with our

other programs, they’re either quite independent or have a caregiver that can assist them,” Summers said. Repeated calls to Canada Post and to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers about how many staff are impacted in Alberni and how they intend to work with seniors weren’t answered by deadline. reporter@albernivalleynews.com Twitter.com/AlberniNews

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Peter Halliwell of the Shriners and Deb Dryden-Knoll of the Order of the Eastern Star presented $2,060 worth of $20 gift vouchers as well as 16 Q Birds from the money raised at the Masonic Family Dinner to Major Bruce MacKenzie of the Salvation Army.

Tammy Babych is the winner of the 2013 Bling Your Boot contest run by Walk the Coast and was presented her prize by Sarah Jones Manager/Buyer of Walk the Coast. Tammy along with many other talented local people entered the colouring/ design contest. Her design made the top 10 designs and was then chosen by public vote. Tammy chose a pair of Cobb Hill boots as her prize. Congratulations Tammy! Submitted photo

Major Bruce MacKenzie of the Salvation Army accepts a generous gift of food from Gord Groves the manager of Quality Foods and his helper Craig Filipchuk who was Santa and the donations of photos with Santa earned this bounty.

Andy Garcia chooses the winners of the Mid-Island Kidney Association (MIKA) raffle while on dialysis. MIKA member Ed martin holds the bag of tickets and the winners are; Al Falkenberg, the food basket, Eric Schmidt, the Christmas wreath and Wally the Afghan and Gift certificates for Sugar Shak and Curious Coho.

Alessandra Ashley and Ryan Jones wed on Friday the 13th at the Bavarian Centre and were caught at Harbour Quay in the Clock Tower Gallery. The couple said that the number 13 has been very lucky in both their families so they chose the 13/13 date.

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THE ARTS

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Rollin celebrates with Kurucz family generosity MELISSA MARTIN Arts Around

After a sold out concert on Nov. 10, and five years of playing at the Tea on the Terrace events, Paul, Tatyanna and Jairynn Kurucz—known as “The Travelers”—will perform again to benefit The Rollin Arts Centre. “A Splash of Tartan—A Tribute to Robbie Burns” will undoubtedly surprise and delight many of the audience with old Scottish favourites to reminisce and sing along to. Joining the travelers will be the PA Highland Band. After the short intermission, guests will be led down memory lane with an interactive, sing along afternoon with the likes of Al Martina, Elvis, Peter, Paul and Mary, Journey, Don McLean - completely different material from the last concert will be performed. With their “folk twist” to many oldies and more contemporary tunes, there will be more than enough music to satisfy everyone’s taste. Joining the Kurucz family again by popular demand will be Katelyn Perry, a bright up and coming young performer from the Comox Valley. Together they’ll attempt to perform acoustically music from every known genre. Join them for a fun afternoon on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Capitol Theatre from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:30

p.m. All proceeds benefit the Rollin Arts Centre. Advance tickets are $10, $12 at the door. Tickets are available at the Rollin Arts Centre at 250-7243412 or at Happy Soles Foot and Nail Care at 250720-0397.

Painter opens 2014 show “West Coast Composition as Expression” is the title of Rollin Art Centre’s first art exhibit of 2014. Local landscape and seascape artist Sally Walker’s exhibit of acrylic painting starts Jan. 10 and runs until Feb. 6, 2014. Come meet Walker at her artist’s reception on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1–3 p.m. in the gallery.

Follow yellow brick road Portal Players Dramatic Society presents one of the most beloved musical journeys, The Wizard of Oz in February. Dorothy and the entire cast of Oz characters will appear on stage at the Capitol Theatre next year, starting Feb. 21. It’ll be a spectacular production unlike anything ever mounted by Portal Players before. A delightful set and stunning costumes are just two of the elements that will engage audience members of all ages. Portal Players’ designers and technical crew have created colourful projections, amazing sound effects and, of course, an Oz The Magnificent like no other.

Tickets are available at the Rollin Art Centre and the Capitol Theatre Box office. Advanced Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for children 12 and under. 2013 BANNER PROGRAM The Rollin Art Centre still has some of the 2013 art banners available. People who painted their banners may come and purchase them for $25 at the centre, located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the community arts council.

Are you a bibliophile? Then you’re likely expecting more books for Christmas. If you find you have too many for your shelves, the Rollin Art Centre will begin accepting donations for its spring sale on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Please drop off all your gently used books at the Rollin Art Centre in our book box under the stairs. A reminder that the centre will be closed from Dec. 22–Jan. 6, and we cannot accept books until Jan. 7 at the earliest. Thank you for your continued support.

students to decorate for our annual festival. We would be grateful for any donations of washed milk cartons of any size, and glass jars from spaghetti sauce to baby food jars or jam jars. We will be collecting them all year to have many to give to the schools to make the 2014 event even bigger. Jars and cartons may be dropped off at the Rollin Centre during regular hours.

Happy holidays; see you in Jan.

Rollin needs glass jars, milk cartons When can a door hold jam? When it is ajar. We thought that would be a good introduction to ask for any extra glass jars or milk cartons you may have laying around.

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Sally Walker’s exhibit ‘West Coast Composition as Expression’, works in acrylic, will open the 2014 season.

We would like to use them for luminaries for our Celebration of Light next

year. We will be bringing as many jars and milk cartons to classrooms for

The Rollin Art Centre will be closed for its annual winter closure as of next week. We will re-open Jan. 7, 2014. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Happy Holidays!

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Artist seeks members for new creative circle Do you wish you were more creative? Or perhaps you already feel you are creative, yet are unable to effectively tap into your creative dreams and make them come alive? Sylvia Boss is such a person, and her New Year’s resolution is to work seriously with Julia Cameron’s

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beloved classic, The Artist’s Way, subtitled A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self. “There are various ways one can ‘do’ this 12-week course, and the way I would benefit the most is joining what [Cameron] calls a ‘creative cluster,’” Boss said. “We would meet weekly for two to three hours, and work through the exercises in the book, in addition to the daily morning pages and weekly artist dates and personal checkins.” Boss is looking for other like-minded artists to join her in her “adventure of creative rediscovery, as I embrace the ‘happy accidents’ that led me to call Port Alberni home. “Drawing a Sacred

Circle creates a sphere of safety and a center of attraction for our good. By filling this form faithfully, we draw to us the best. We draw the people we need. We attract the gifts we could best employ,” Boss said. This circle would start in mid-January and run until midMarch. “It is to be anticipated that despite our best efforts people will drop in and out of the group,” Boss said. There is no cost to join the group, although Boss encourages prospective members to find a copy of Cameron’s book to have on hand. The location of the creative circle is to be determined. For more information, please contact Boss via e-mail at <sylvia. boss@gmail.com>.

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Laurence Subra-Bieusses, a photographic artist who owns Alberni Photography, is holding an exhibit of her work entitled Path... at the Clock Tower Gallery until Dec. 31.

Passion, inspiration meet in photographic process AMYAH LABRECHE SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

An exhibition of 21 of Laurence SubraBieusse’s photographs is taking place at the Clock Tower Gallery from now until Dec. 31. Besides some breathtaking photos, “Path…” also includes an exceptional and unique collaborative work of art. This three-dimensional piece amalgamates one of SubraBieusses’s photos with glass art from Todd Robinson

framed into a vintage window frame. A must see! On Dec. 12, SubraBieusses hosted a meet and greet event at the Clock Tower Gallery. The place was crowded up to past 10 p.m. with friends, clients and photo lovers. Subra-Bieusses takes photos, but not ordinary snapshots. She has the talent to imprint emotions in them. She finds the angle to infuse life in her image, to draw beauty from the

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ordinary. Her photos are works of art as they are originals and non-Photoshopped. From her first photo taken in Germany at the age of 14, Subra-Bieusses never stopped improving her technique, challenging her passion for photography. She loves bringing us with her and sharing her unique vision of our world and the people she meets and photographs. Subra-Bieusses doesn’t take a photo

Quickfacts ◆ PATH... is on exhibit at the Clock Tower Gallery at Harbour Quay until Dec. 31. During regular gallery hours.

but creates a photo, rendering in the image the hidden face of nature or the secret beauty of somebody. Her work is best seen in person. I thank her for sharing her passion with us.


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Port Alberni Friendship Centre, 3555 4th Ave. Saturday Dec 21, 9-4pm. Vendors Wanted. Tables $10. Donation to auction appreciated. Grand prize PS4. For more info call or text Linda (250)730-0677.

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Bouchard - Louis Pierre (Lou) August 19, 1938 - December 4, 2013

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passed away peacefully in Port Alberni with his loving family by his side. Predeceased by his 1st wife Charlotte Bouchard in 1991 and a brother Raymond. Lou is Survived by wife Carol, son Kelly, daughter Sherri, brothers Roger and Leonard, sisters Denise and Gail, many grandchildren, nieces , nephews and a great grandson. Lou will be fondly remembered by his co-workers, friends and family as a highly skilled tradesman in the International Union of Elevators Constructors Union Local 82. Lou was an avid fisherman who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to eat fish, loved beer, wine, song and dance and cooked a delicious pig roast for 200 of his closest friends and family. Lou was always into building something be it a water wheel for the pond, outbuildings for his boats and enjoyed helping his family with various projects. Tragically Lou had an accident after a fabulous day of fishing that left him a quadriplegic. He faced this with not a complaint and great dignity for the last 7 years of his life. His children would like to thank the staff of Rainbow Gardens Lodge for their care and Carol for her tireless devotion to our Dad in the last years of his life. He will be missed and never forgotten. A Celebration of Louâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life will be held at 2 p.m. January 11 at the Langley Legion, 20570 56 Ave.

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ALBERNI VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RETAIL OPERATIONS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RETAIL OPERATOR:

We are excited to extend our invitation to partner with an experienced retailer who would sublet space from us at the Chamber of Commerce (Visitor Centre) on a year round basis. The opportunity is excellent for the right operator. Visit our website at: www.albernichamber.ca to find the full details of the RFP. Deadline to submit your proposal is December 20, 2013. HELP WANTED

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to be part of our already existing Grief and Bereavement Program. Responsibilities: ¡ Providing direct bereavement care to family members and caregivers of our Hospice clients/residents.  ¡ Ensuring that the services provided are in compliance with Hospice Care philosophies and procedures. Qualifications:  ¡ A bachelor degree from a recognized post-secondary facility ¡ At least 5 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience working with people at end of life, their families and the bereaved in the community ¡ Hospice Care experience in psychosocial care. ¡ Proficient with computers including MS Office Applications. Please fax or email a cover letter and your resume to: Fax: 250-723-4471 or Email: lenore@albernihospice.ca. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.  Thank you to all others who apply.

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Custodian Position at John Paul II Catholic School This position at 30 hours per week will commence on Jan. 2, 2014. Extensive school building cleaning is required. The successful candidate should have a general knowledge of maintenance within a school facility. A mandatory Island Catholic Schools Criminal Record Check will be conducted on the successful candidates selected following the interview. Submit resumes before Dec. 27th to: Kathy Korman, Principal John Paul II Catholic School 4006 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4S4

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PORTAL PLAYERS DRAMATIC SOCIETY

is seeking a customer service oriented Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the Society and to the program directors for our Glee, Wee Glee and Stages Programs. Additional duties include, but are not limited to delivering in-house, telephone, email, correspondence and box office services to the public. This part time position, accountable to a PPDS Board Member Supervisor, requires a highly organized multi-tasker with experience in standard computer programs and financial transactions. Hours are from Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Start date is January 6, 2014. Selected applicant must submit to a criminal record check. We thank all for applying, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Please email, mail or deliver your cover letter and resume by December 30, 2013 to: Portal Players Dramatic Society Attention: Hiring Committee 4904 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1V7 email: capitoltheatre@shaw.ca


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COMMODE, $50. Remote control bath seat, 2 yrs old, $500. Sectional couch with pullout bed and recliner, $300. L.R. cabinet, $30. Bed handrail, $40. 6 drawer dresser with mirror, $50. Back 5 motor seat massager with heat, $40. Upright vacuum cleaner, $40. 4-75R14 snow tires, $100. Call (250)724-2517. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper? LARGE JVC Cabinet TV. Will trade for firewood, fencing, bricks, etc. (250)723-2226. STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at: www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED SCRAP METAL; Fridges, freezers, washers, dryers, electric/wood stoves, lawn mowers & other recyclable metal, free pick up. Call Richard 250-723-0855.

NEW TO YOU 6 HP Yamaha engine. Compost tumbler. 2 incinerator/wood stove. (250)724-5504 BEAUTIFUL long length mink coat, size 14, dark colour, w/hat, $750. (250)723-0944. COLD WAVE ATV Jacket and Reima bibs, sz S-M, $250. 1(250)706-7512.

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3 BDRM rancher, completely updated. $1000/mo + utils. N/S. Call (250)731-4898. PORT ALBERNI- Available Jan 1. 2 bdrm house, 1 bath, F/S, W/D. $850. Refs. NS/NP, no partiers. Applications being taken. (250)724-5306.

STORAGE COVERED $1000/yr & Uncovered, $30/mo. RV/Boat/Vehicle Storage. Unlimited size. Beaver Creek. (250)724-7240.

SUITES, LOWER NORTH NANAIMO: Attention Students/Working Professionals: semi-furn private suite. New floors & paint. Shared lndry. FREE hydro & cable. N/S, No Partiers. $800/mo. Dec. 15th. 250-756-9746

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REAL ESTATE APARTMENT/CONDOS NANAIMO WATERFRONT 2nd floor condo. 1500 sq.ft. LR/DR/2bdrms with view, den, gas FP, secure bldg. 2 underground parking spaces. Maintenance fee includes hot water/gas/landscaping. 1 pet OK. $339,900 (250)753-9123

2003 Dodge Dakota 4 X 4 Pick up Model â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 Door Short Box Manufactured Date: 2003 225,208 kilometers VIN 1D7HG38NX3S321669 Minimum reserve bid of $1,500.00 Offer closes January 7, 2014 @ 4:00 pm. The truck may be viewed at the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, 3008 - 5th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC. Contact Rob Gaudreault, at 250-720-2703 or 250-720-5625 for more information. The truck is to be sold on an â&#x20AC;&#x153;as is, where isâ&#x20AC;? basis. The truck is currently in working order but may require some engine work. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District assumes no liability whatsoever for the removal and/or future use of the truck. Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope, titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;2003 Dodge Dakotaâ&#x20AC;? to the ACRD at 3008 - 5th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 2E3 Attn: Rob Gaudreault

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Geoffrey has been delivering his 45 papers in North Port since June 2013 with no complaints! Geoffrey likes to spend his free time hanging out with his friends and going swimming. His earnings are spent on books and movies. The best thing about delivering the Alberni Valley News is that he gets to go out for a walk and meet new people!

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has grown tedious. But change is a thread that weaves intricately throughout Stevenson’s life. She was born one of nine children in Los Angeles, Ca. in 1951. There was a pecking order in the family and being the oldest girl she was foisted into a leadership role by default. “I often found myself being in charge. That being said, everything took a total team effort,” she said. “Being the oldest girl I never had to wear hand-medowns either.” Stevenson attended a Catholic girls’ school as a child. She had a flair for math, which she liked because it involved problem solving, and she counts it as her favourite course. Stevenson’s late father was her role model all of her life, she said. He was an inventor who worked for NASA. “I remember we built a telescope together. He was very creative with

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electronics when they were new,” she said. The family moved to Cape Canaveral where her father worked with the space program. But they moved back to California after the Apollo One tragedy. Stevenson finished high school and

attended the University of San Francisco, where she took math and art. She moved to Canada, and lived in Victoria where she worked for an ad agency first, then ran an accounting business and later a toy store.

Stevenson met her husband Don, who was a teacher, and moved to Port Alberni with him in 1984 when he got a teaching job here. The two have a son: Seamus. She operated a toy business, worked at Gayle’s Fashions, and did set production with Portal Players Dramatic Society. Stevenson took a job as the business manager with Fir Park in 1988, then Echo Village when it opened in 1992. She became the acting director when the facility’s first manager Terry Whyte left after 11 years, and was subsequently replaced by Bill Clapperton, who stayed for three years. In 1995 Stevenson took the helm permanently. A lot has changed during Stevenson’s tenure. Care used to be more personalized but now requires more complex reporting. Residents are also arriving

with more serious health issues than in previous years. Every staff member has a funny story or two about working with residents and Stevenson has her own. One resident tried to pay their rent with their gold card. A female resident told her that she preferred the company of younger male residents because they don’t drool. But her favourite story is about a resident who asked how many years’ rent he would get for $50,000. She replied 10. “He said he just wanted to know how much it would take for him to live to be 100 years old.” There are difficult memories as well. Residents come and go but one month during her tenure more than 16 residents died. “They all died of natural causes but there was no chance for anyone to say goodbye,” she said. The fallout

required a debriefing to help staff work through the grief. “There’s only so much loss you can absorb,” she added. The death of two employees, one of whom was 32 years old, was the hardest, Stevenson said. “It devastated the staff and we all grieved,” she said. “When someone dies who shouldn’t die people don’t have a defense.” Fir Park/Echo Village has been a part of Stevenson’s life for more than two decades. But the closing of one door means the opening of another, or re-opening. She’s been taking classes in the software program Creative Suite and wants to devote time to making animated films. “I like to create things,” Stevenson said. “Dad used to tell me: ‘There’s no limit to what the world and universe holds.’ I’m really looking forward to this.” reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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The magic of snow When the Alberni Valley News asked students to consider why Olivia’s snowman might be smiling, we got a lot more than we expected! More than 100 students from Grade 2 to Grade 12 entered our annual story contest this year. To start things off, we gave them the following sentence starter:

“As Olivia closed her bedroom curtains she looked out at the snowman she had built. He looked like he was smiling ...” The magic swirled in a storm of creativity as Olivia’s snowman danced, sang, talked, and even played tricks on people in the stories created by the students. The stories were funny, dramatic, scary and even a little romantic. But all were enjoyed by our judges. Picking just a few to win prizes was a tough job, but these stories stood out because they were imaginative and descriptive. Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to all who took the time to write a story and enter. A special thanks to Barb Witte at School District 70 and to the teachers who worked with their students. So now, sit back and enjoy a little holiday reading. From all of us at the Alberni Valley News, thank you for letting us into your home every week as we share life in the Alberni Valley. Our best wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday season!

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First Place - Kindergarten to Grade 2

Alisha Dykstra

Grade 2 Port Alberni Christian School

The Animal’s Adventure As Olivia closed her bedroom curtains she looked out at the snowman she had built. It looked like he was smiling. Then she went outside and she looked at the snowman. Then she looked closely at the snowman. Then she laughed. “That’s not a real smile,” she said. “That’s a rock smile,” she said and she laughed. Then she went back inside and she asked for some hot chocolate. Then she looked out the window and she saw a little puppy. Then she said, “Awe, that’s a little puppy. That’s a cute puppy,” she said. “It’s time for bed. So she went to bed then she went to sleep. Then she played with the puppy and she said to the puppy, “I can’t keep you little puppy. If my mom sees you, you will have to go away.” So she showed her mom and her mom said, “You can keep this little puppy.” “I can?” she said. “Yes,” her mom said. “Yay!” said Olivia. But someone knocked on the door and the person said, “That’s my puppy.” Then Olivia started to cry. Then her mom said, “You do not have to worry.” He was my best friend and then the person said, “You can have my puppy.” So Olivia was so happy to have the person’s little puppy. The little puppy was really happy to have Olivia back. Then Olivia went for a walk and she saw a cat and the cat was cute. Then she started to play with the cat. Then the puppy and the cat came to play and they were having tons of fun. Then Olivia bought some new slippers and her puppy jumped in her slipper and my cat jumped in my other slipper. Then they jumped out of the slippers and they all jumped and they all played and they all had tons of fun. They all lived happily ever after. CATP_8214_Christmas_PortAlberniNews_ad_X1a.pdf

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First Place -Grade 3 to Grade 5

Kyla DeVito

Grade 3 Maquinna Elementary

My Friend is a Snowman As Olivia closed her bedroom curtains she looked out at the snowman she had built. He looked like he was smiling at a jelly bean she dropped earlier that day. She closed her curtains, slipped on her snow parka and her boots and whent outside. She then hid behind a bush and saw him bend down and eat the jelly bean! “Could it be true?” she said. “Could I have made an alive snowman?” Then all of a sudden her snowman made his way to Olivia. “Hi there, little chap! How ya doin’? My name is Clyde. How do you do? What’s your name?” “My name is Olivia. Nice to meet you.” “Oh, nice to meet you too!” “Well, I’ve got to go to bed now,” said Olivia. “No, no, I’ll only be alive at night. In the morning all I will be is a snowman.” “Well then,” said Olivia, “what do you want to do first?” “How about we go see my BFF?” said Clyde. “Well,” said Olivia. “I’m always up to make a new friend.” But what Clyde and Olivia did not know was that Clyde’s BFF was not a nice snowman, he was EVIL. They walked to Bradly’s house (that

was his name) and they hurd Bradly say…”Ma ha ha ha ha! Christmas will be mine, MINE!” “BRADLY!” yelled Clyde. “Oh no,” said Bradly to hisself. He walked to see Clyde. “Bradly, what are you doing,” said Clyde. “OK,” said Bradly. “You caught me. I want to take over Christmas.” “But why?” said Clyde. “Well, it’s been a dream of mine to take over Christmas since, well, I was not even made yet.” “But it’s still not right,” said Clyde. “I’m sorry, but we can’t be BFFs anymore. Sorry.” Olivia and Clyde went home and called Frosty the Snowman. Frosty came and said, “what’s the problem?” “Well,” said Clyde, “Bradly the snowman is trying to take over Christmas!” “Oh my,” said Frosty. “Well, let’s go get him and bring him to Good School.” So they all went and brought Bradly to Good School. Olivia went to bed and they all had an awesome Christmas and lived happily ever after. The End.

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Second Place -Grade 3 to Grade 5

Paige Miller

Grade 5 Wood Elementary

The Snowman As Olivia closed her bedroom curtains she looked out at the snowman she had built. It looked like he was smiling. Olivia thought to herself that he was missing something. Olivia asked “Mom, can I go to the attic to get something for my snowman?” “Ok” said her mom. Olivia ran to the attic. She looked in a box and picked up the scarf her grandmother made for her. She ran outside and put the scarf on her snowman. Just then her mom called her for dinner. “So have you found any friends in this city yet” asked her mom. “Not yet. Happy valley is so small and lately there is too much snow so we can’t go anywhere” Olivia mumbled. Just then she ran outside. “I wish you were real Snowy, then we could be best friends” Olivia sighed. Her mom then called her for bedtime. She went inside, but what Olivia did not know is that she wished on a shooting star. Later that night, something was throwing snow balls at her window. Olivia ran outside. “Hello?” she shouted. Then she sees her snow-

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First Place - Grade 6 to Grade 8

Alexander Hemminger Grade 8 Ucluelet Secondary

Olivia’s Snowman As Olivia closed her bedroom curtains she looked out at the snowman she had built. It looked like he was smiling. The snowman was made from three big snowballs, had a thick orange carrot for a nose, buttons for the mouth and eyes, and was wearing a blue sweater and a white baseball hat. After Olivia went to sleep for the night, something amazing happened outside. the snowman started to move. He walked all the way down the street to the huge hill by the garbage dump. There was snow and ice all over the hill. The snowman said, “This would make a great snowboarding hill, but where could I get a snowboard?” As it was close to a garbage dump there was lots of junk at the top of the hill. There were old cars, trucks, boats, and other things just lying around.

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Thankfully there was a snowboard leaning against an old wrecked car. It was scratched up and had some of the paint peeled off it, but it would still work. He walked over to it and picked up the snowboard. He then walked over to the hill, got on the snowboard, and jumped. ‘This is really fun’ he thought, as he slid down the hill. He kept sliding all the way until he hit a banana peel, and tumbled to the bottom. The snowman was even bigger then before because of all the extra snow. Unfortunately he also was completely covered in banana peels, coffee grounds, and apple cores. It was almost morning. He then walked back to the front of the house, cleaned himself up, stood still like he had never moved, and fell asleep until the next night, when he went cross country skiing.

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Second Place - Grade 6 to Grade 8

Nyla Haider

Grade 6 Neill Middle School

Olivia’s Guardian Angel As Olivia closed her bedroom curtains she looked out at the snowman she had built and it looked like he was smiling at her, which reminded her of her Dad. Olivia’s Dad was in the military and had not sent anything to her in months. All they had received was a letter that said he was missing in action. Olivia knew her dad might not make it home, but she still believed The next morning Olivia woke up, opened her curtains and waved at the snowman then imagined it waving back. She went downstairs and talked to her Mom. “Mom do you think Dad will make it home.” said Olivia

“I don’t think so honey it’s just so hard to believe.” “But Mom I believe.” “you can believe.” “I know he will come,” Olivia says crying. “I didn’t mean to upset you,” said Olivia’s Mom. “Go away!” Olivia says, then runs off. Olivia goes to her snowman. “ I know dad is coming” Olivia says. She goes back inside. “I’m sorry Mom I just really think he’s coming home.” “That’s okay.” Mom says. That night Olivia and her Mom are sitting by the Christmas tree when Ol-

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