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Christmas tradition Eight-year-old Anastasia Larson trims a wreath with the help of her mom, Sarah, at Beaver Lake Park during the annual event put on by CRD regional parks naturalists. Greenery was provided to participants to make their own festive wreath and proceeds from the event went to the food bank. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Gorge Road shutdown ends after six months Traffic detours to ease near Tillicum, Admirals Kyle Slavin News staff

Gorge Road between Admirals and Tillicum roads is expected to reopen today (Dec. 20) after a nearly six-month closure to install new sewer lines. The $1.7-million project took nearly twice as long to complete than expected, after crews unearthed a number of items underground that slowed work. “The contractor encountered extra rock

that was not shown on our geotechnical investigation, and we went through numerous archeological sites,” said Sean Elliott, senior sewer technologist with Saanich. Bone fragments, middens and small artifacts were uncovered throughout the project. There’s evidence that First Nations occupied the area as long as 2,800 years ago. Saanich had access to a contracted archeological monitor who ensured the safe removal of the culturally sensitive material, with direction from First Nations elders. The bone fragments were added to a burial ceremony held Dec. 11 for remains discovered during excavation for the Craig-

flower Bridge project earlier in the year. Jim Hemstock, Saanich’s manager of capital projects, says the simultaneous closure of the bridge kept traffic flows in the area lower than normal – which made it the perfect time to do the sewer projects. “Hundreds of cars an hour would come over the bridge and turn down Gorge Road, so with the bridge closed we figured that would be the time to do (this project) – we don’t have to detour several hundred vehicles through the neighbourhoods,” he said. The Gorge Road work was part of a Capital Regional District project to upgrade a sewage pump station at Austin Avenue. The first part of the project was install-

ing the new sewage lines along Gorge Road from Tillicum to Admirals. Gorge Road is expected to reopen by late afternoon today (Friday). Also open to traffic for the first time since April will be Admirals between Gorge Road and Cowper Street. That section of road was closed for the bridge project, resulting in north-south traffic cutting through side streets. Colquitz Avenue resident Geoff Godfrey says he’s looking forward to having that section of Admirals open again, so vehicles can access Gorge without cutting through quiet residential roads. – with files from Kyle Wells kslavin@saanichnews.com

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With Christmas Day fast approaching, the Salvation Army is starting to get nervous about low donations for its annual Red Kettle campaign. Volunteers out in the cold with jingle bells in hand are doing their best, but the campaign as a whole is feeling the pinch of a struggling economy and low numbers of volunteers. If not enough funds are raised, community ministries director Pat Humble said Salvation Army administrators will have to sit down and take a serious look at the level of support the organization will be able to offer in 2014. “It’s a big concern,” said Humble. “Can we keep them going? Can we offer the same services all year? … To be able to meet those needs with our counsellors or our training classes or emergency resources, it’s tough.”

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By Dec. 13, the most recent stats available, about $72,000 had been raised by the campaign. This is about equal with the same time last year, but the campaign started a week earlier this year. Last year was also a weak year for the campaign. Out of a goal of $250,000, only $170,000 was raised. Organizers of the campaign are hoping for a big final push in the days leading up to Christmas to help make up some of the shortfall. One of the primary reasons the numbers are down, organizers said, is there simply aren’t enough volunteers to go out and collect donations by kettle. The charity’s toy shop and food hamper have more than enough volunteers, but finding people willing to stand outside with a kettle can be challenging, Humble said. In terms of donors, Humble recognizes how strapped for cash most people are these days. Those in need are in greater need, but financial hardship seems to be more widespread. Humble has even seen previous donors coming in to get food hampers. editor@vicnews.com

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Steering students to the graduation track

Aggressive strategy in SD61 to keep kids in school paying off Edward Hill News staff

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Mount Douglas secondary vice-principal Phil Pitre, right, has kept a close eye on Grade 12 student Adam Johnson after the teen started skipping classes in Grade 10. The Greater Victoria School District is seeing higher graduation rates thanks to aggressively tracking and counselling students at risk of not finishing high school. ongoing and aggressive strategy to make sure they stay on track. SD61 superintendent John Gaiptman calls it a “whatever-it-takes” mindset. “We make it very hard to withdraw from school,” Gaiptman said. “We track at-risk students involved in things not helpful to graduate, or who are absent

a lot, or are failing courses or are in danger of failing. Anything that might trip up a student who might not graduate.” It’s a long-running policy that’s finally starting to pay off. For 2012-13, SD61’s six-year Dogwood completion rate hit a record high of 84.5 per cent, a measure of how many students

Three homes in Saanich hit with big thefts

Overnight Dec. 11 and 12, a 290-pound heat pump was stolen from a residence in the 6000-block of West Saanich Rd.

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Two years ago, Adam Johnson had a bad habit of skipping classes at Mount Douglas secondary. Hanging out with friends and procrastinating on schoolwork lured the teen away a few hours per week, enough to raise red flags with school administration. “It wasn’t an everyday thing, but skipping one or two classes per week builds up,” said Johnson. “You don’t realize until the end how much you’ve missed.” Vice-principal Phil Pitre intervened and started asking questions to drill down to the core problems. “The administration, especially Mr. Pitre, keep a close eye on me. It’s a school of 1,200 kids and he dedicates a lot of time keeping everyone on a straight path,” said Johnson, who is now on track to graduate next year. “He questioned why I was missing quite a few classes. It wasn’t hostile, there weren’t threats, but it was embarrassing. He helped me realize skipping isn’t the way ... to succeed.” The 17-year-old is one of many students in SD61 who have shown “at risk” tendencies – poor grades or poor attendance – in terms of graduating on time, and who fell under an

struggled with a completion rate of less than 70 per cent, more than six points below the provincial average. The following year, the district undertook fundamental reconfiguration to its grade structure – adding elementary grades to middle school (grades 6-9) and extending high school to four years (grades 9-12). Pitre said having an accurate and timely database of attendance and grades is key to catching students who might slip away, especially in a large high school. Administrators can also see attendance records from primary and middle schools, which tend to be better indicators of who will be at risk of not graduating. “We ID students at risk mainly in the middle school level, but the data picks up red flags in Grades 1, 2 and 3. It’s amazingly accurate,” Pitre said. “We talk to their teachers and facilitate with their parents. We involve whoever they need. It’s about checking up, it’s about conversation.” Gaiptman noted that while serious problems can emerge for students in high school, the war over graduation is usually won or lost in early grades. “It’s a lot easier in elementary and middle school to give foundation and focus to a student who needs extra support,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without support we get from elementary and middle school teachers. If you start this in high school, it’s too late.” editor@saanichnews.com

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A master of form and grace Saanich student invited to top martial arts tournament Edward Hill News staff

Justin Jubinville-Mah likens his katas as a type of dance – preset movements that demonstrate form, grace, timing and power. Although this dance can involve swords or spears or canes. The 17-year-old Mount Douglas student and Gordon Head resident has emerged as one of Canada’s top young martial artists after an exceptional year of competition. At the World Martial Arts Games in Austria in September, he won eight gold medals for his katas (traditional forms), which placed him as the most decorated athlete at the tournament. Not long after, he came out on top in three divisions in the Western Canadian championships in Vancouver. That earned Jubinville-Mah a chance to compete in the National Blackbelt League (NBL) Super Grands World Games, considered the peak of martial arts competition in North America. To get to the games in Charleston, South Carolina, Jubinville-Mah needs to raise $3,300 by Dec. 26 for flights and lodging. “The NBL super grand is legendary in martial arts in North America. It is a long-established tournament and the best of the best go,” he said. “I hadn’t dreamed of going to the super grand. I was shocked to get the invitation.” Jubinville-Mah is squeezing in fundraising and training for the Super Grands with high school, helping organize events like Mount Doug’s Fill the Foyer food drive and teaching muay thai and kickboxing. “I’m trying to juggle a lot of activities at once,” he said. “I love to volunteer and to be part of the community. I try to give back as much as possible.” Jubinville-Mah’s mom started him in martial arts training at age 8 as a means to keep him physically active. He took to training with exceptional discipline, and entered his first kickboxing competition at age 9. At age 15, he was the youngest person to earn a first Dan adult black belt under the Tracy Kenpo system. “To get ready for my first Dan I practised every day – I’d catch the bus to the dojo after school and not leave until after 9 p.m.” After a hiatus from competition for a few years, he represented Canada at the World Martial Arts Games in Austria in katas. “Katas remind me of dance – the sense of movement that is performed in a sequence. It’s sets of different techniques against an invisible opponent. It’s a way to show how different moves flow together and a way to keep traditional martial arts going,” Jubinville-Mah said.

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Justin Jubinville-Mah shows a position in a traditional form, an avenue of martial arts that the Saanich 17-year-old has dominated in national and international competition. Katas are judged on technique, energy and timing and can involve weapons or open hand. In Austria, he won first place in eight of the nine competitions he entered, despite being bumped up to an adult division. “I was competing against people a lot older and a lot more experienced. It was really nerve-wracking. These are respected masters of martial arts and I had to compete against them,” he said. “I got a lot of praise and was very humbled by it. Masters were saying it was an honour to compete against me. I was awestruck. I was very happy after Austria.” He had planned to ramp down from 40 hours per week of training, before the invitation to the Super Grands. “Some people train their entire career for this tournament,” he said. “I’d love it if I could go.” Jubinville-Mah is fundraising through gofundme.com/go4gold. editor@saanichnews.com Your Sight Is Our Vision

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or many students across Greater Victoria, graduating from high school can seem an insurmountable task. Stresses from family, substance abuse, peer pressure, poverty or learning disabilities can erode the chances a youth will graduate on time, or at all. Outcomes from this are predictable and dire, and Dogwoods are the bare minimum for most jobs higher than minimum wage. For the past decade, the Greater Victoria School District has recognized that with a specific grade structure, and a focused effort, it could boost what was a truly lousy graduation rate (called the completion rate) of less than 70 per cent. For 2012-13 it hit an all-time high of 84.5 per cent. There is no magic formula, and SD61 has seen declines along the way, but it has recognized that traditional approaches of punishment and threats are no longer seen as useful tools to get a student to change bad habits. Educators and administrators now strive to find the root of students’ problems and challenges. Teachers can’t force kids to go to school, but they can give them resources and strategies to change bad situations and realize what’s in their best interest. Keeping kids coming back to the building can be key, and SD61 superintendent John Gaiptman is proud to point out that the district has made it very difficult to drop out of school. Administrators in the district also comb databases of student attendance and achievement to gauge very early on who will be at-risk of not graduating without intervention and monitoring. Other school districts and educators in the region work hard to have their students graduate on time, but they might want to look at what SD61 is doing differently. Other than Greater Victoria, completion rates in the other local school districts remains below the provincial average of 83.6 per cent. Sooke district hit 73.3 for 2012-13 and Saanich district 69.7. Of course, any number below 100 per cent means kids are entering society without a basic education, and all school districts are still far from that ideal.

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Hydro cost analysis no simple matter Re: Hydro complaints off the mark (Letters, Dec. 13) As for Joe Sawchuk’s letter on Ms. McFadyen’s “shooting from the hip” with her comments on B.C. Hydro’s rate increase, I would suggest this might be a case of the pot calling the kettle black. To get a meaningful understanding of the validity of rate increases, one would need to do an in-depth financial analysis of costs over a number of years, compare this with other jurisdictions and see what corrective action could be taken. It’s not enough to simply state that we have the third-lowest costs in the country and should therefore be thankful. As a cost and management accountant, if I established that costs in my corporation were 41 per cent and 23 per cent higher than two seemingly comparable companies, as he states is the case with B.C. Hydro over Quebec and Manitoba, and that a nine-per-cent price increase was being planned when inflation is running at 2.4 per cent, I would want meaningful answers from management. I would also inquire as to the practice of reserve accumulation for funding development to avoid or minimize this being met by price hikes, which should be limited to covering inflation and minimized by aggressive cost-reduction programs. James McMillan Victoria

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Sewage treatment plan perfect premise for movie Someday, there will be a movie made about Victoria’s sewage treatment plant. It will be a comedy that ends as a disaster. The working title will be: “Just Following Orders.” The premise: A group of politicians are given $1 billion to build a state-of-the-art treatment facility. They follow an outdated blueprint that is a financial and environmental disaster. Due to climate change, the facility ends up below sea level. Presently, for those who can’t wait for the movie, this performance is ongoing in a Capital Regional District theatre near you. Art Bickerton Saanich

Create a better welcome to Butchart Gardens Central Saanich has a small stretch of roadway down which one million visitors annually are attracted to one of the most beautiful gardens on the planet. The narrow roadway, Benvenuto Drive, is lined with half-dead trees and made up of cracked and heaved cement slabs. Unfamiliar drivers careen down the curved steep hill at teeth-jarring, dangerous speeds. Cyclists and pedestrians wisely avoid the avenue. A handful of years ago, local politicians commissioned a study outlining options for a major fix.

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Resident in the dark over city’s lack of action I wonder how long we must wait before city workers replace the burnt-out bulb in the lamp standard at the entrance to Chown Place on Harriet Road? Despite repeated requests over two months, no action has been taken and this area remains in a dark and dangerous state. This is particularly disturbing since many of the elderly residents at Chown Place have difficulty walking. I have already observed one elderly gentleman stumble on one of the darkened curbs. Must we wait until someone falls and breaks a hip or leg before a new bulb is finally put in? Gordon Pollard Victoria ••• Let your voice be heard. Send your thoughts to editor@vicnews.com

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Tibetans start new lives in Victoria Displaced Tibetans living in India make long journey to Canada

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a recent public consultation on updating B.C. liquor laws. As with earlier rounds of liquor reform, Tuesday’s event was short on details and long on populist appeal. Some time next year B.C. will see the changes, and will also join all other Canadian provinces in allowing pubs to offer discounted drinks for happy hour. Permitted times and a minimum drink price are still to be determined. Children are to be allowed to accompany their parents into pubs up until an evening curfew time, also yet to be determined, but Clark said it will allow families to have lunch or dinner together at a pub. Royal Canadian Legion branches will have the same

freedom to admit under-age family members. Restaurants with “food primary” licences will still have to offer a full menu when liquor is available, Clark said, “but customers who don’t want to order food shouldn’t be forced to do so, and food primary businesses that want to fully transition away from food service after a certain hour, and operate for example as a night club, will be able to apply for a special licence to do so.” NDP critic Shane Simpson said the changes effectively erase the distinction between a licensed restaurant and a pub, and are being announced for popular effect without any research to support them. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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An hour a day of fitness can be made fun, especially when it is coupled with other healthy choices like eating right. That’s the goal of the 60 Minute Kids’ Club, a fun and engaging online program designed to help get elementary schoolaged children active. The 60 Minute Kids’ Club is now looking to expand its community reach by partnering with Black Press. “Our strong commitment to healthy communities is wellserved in our partnership with the 60 Minute Kids’ Club” says Randy Blair, president of Black Press’ Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island divisions. “The benefits of active families are so numerous, it will deliver Hill Xincreasingly Road) great news.”

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CFAX 1070’s Miracle on Broad Street radiothon raised more than $370,000 on Dec. 13 to go towards Christmas hampers and other needs in the community. CFAX’s Santas Anonymous money will lead to hampers and gifts wrapped and delivered to children from Sooke to Sidney, helping more than 1,300 families.

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The show will go on as Victoria Film Festival has raised almost enough money to buy a new digital film projector. The non-profit raised nearly $47,000 of the goal of $50,000 to purchase the equipment, which will allow them to show digital format movies at the Vic Theatre. The Victoria Film Festival runs Feb. 7 to 16. Visit victoriafilmfestival.com.

“We want to make (children being healthy) even more of a community effort,” says Gillian Thody, Western Canada manager of the 60 Minute Kids’ Club. That means engaging more parents on the importance of their children making healthy choices, while demonstrating healthy choices themselves. These include physical literacy (playing for at least 60 minutes each day), eating healthy (including five or more vegetables and fruits daily and eliminating sugar and sweetened drinks), and cutting back on computer and TV time (two hours or less). Two 60-day challenges and one 45-day challenge are held throughout the school year, skipping over busy times and holidays. The first challenge of the year

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Brian Nugent’s holiday return is happenstance, but it keeps his streak alive. The 24-year-old is 21 games into his pro hockey career with the Las Vegas Wranglers after wrapping up his NCAA career with the Northern Michigan Wildcats in May. With the Wildcats he was able to visit during his school holiday breaks, and because of a short break in the ECHL Wranglers’ schedule, he’s here until Boxing Day. Then it’s back to Vegas, where he lives with two teammates, one of them Geoff Irwin, a fellow Victoria product who won the 2006 RBC Cup junior A championship with the Burnaby Express. “The experience is unbelievable, Vegas is an incredible city and I’m enjoying it so much,” Nugent said. “We live about eight to 10 minutes from the rink. As soon as I’m out of the complex I can see the strip.” The trick with living in Vegas is picking your spots, he says. “There’s so much to do. It’s all business at the rink but on off days, or after practice, we take in a lot of shows.” The temptation of Sin City is often too great for visiting teams. ECHL scheduling limits travel by grouping games into two or three per visit, meaning visiting players are there for days at a time. “We usually figure in the (twoto three-game) series at least one of the games the other team should be hung over, guys have a tough time with that,” Nugent laughs. As much fun as it is there is a desire to move up. Nugent’s not sweating the fact his offence is dry with only a goal and two assists so far. “I’m an energy type player and I think the ECHL definitely suits my style of play more than the NCAA,” Nugent said. Back in junior he contributed 52 points in 53 games as the Victoria Grizzlies’ captain dur-

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ing the RBC Cup hosting year in played for the Wranglers in 20072008-09. But Nugent only scored 08 and one of his teammates was nine times in four years of Div. 1 Make Madill, the Wranglers curplay in the NCAA’s Western Col- rent head coach and general legiate Hockey Association con- manager. “Cracknell let ference. (Madill) know about He’s hoping his me and that’s how it two-way game will all got started. Basibe appreciated by cally I have Cracknell the many Amerito thank,” Nugent can Hockey League said. scouts who conOne of the reasons stantly comb the Nugent was keen ECHL for undiscovon the Wranglers is ered talent beyond because it is without goal scoring. an AHL affiliation. “Obviously there’s “Any AHL team still a system to folcan pick up players low in the ECHL Brian Nugent from the Wranglers, defensive and neutral zones. But in the offensive zone it doesn’t limit me to one AHL the Wranglers coaches tell us to team,” he said. Nugent saw what happened be creative. In college, anywhere on the ice you were a robot and to everyday Salmon Kings playyou were doing exactly what ers when its parent affiliates, the Vancouver Canucks and Maniyou were told to do.” To be fair Nugent is happy toba Moose (AHL), assigned with his time on the Wildcats. players to Victoria. “No one can get sent here He’s chasing a pro career with the comfort of having his bach- from the AHL and take your elor’s degree in business and job. When your’e on an affiliate team, it doesn’t matter if you’re marketing. He is following a very simi- playing better than the player lar to another pro player from assigned to your team. The get Victoria, Adam Cracknell of the your ice time.” In the meantime, it’s a pretty St. Louis Blues. Cracknell and Nugent are alumni of the junior good life in Las Vegas. sports@vicnews.com B Saanich Braves. Cracknell

Royals get revenge on Oil Kings It’s been a different Victoria Royals team ever since it suffered a 5-0 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings at home in Victoria on Nov. 6. Ever since the embarrassing blowout at home, the Royals have gone 13-3-1, including a 5-3 win over the Oil Kings in Edmonton on Tuesday. The Oil Kings scored first but the Royals soon tied it when 16-year-old rookie Matt Dykstra, an Edmonton native, scored his first WHL goal in his hometown in just his third WHL game. Then came Roy-

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Nine-year-old speed skater Kyle Brown takes to the ice demonstrating his skill at Archie Browning Sports Centre between periods of the Victoria Cougars junior B game versus the Westshore Wolves. It was fitting the Cougars were host to the Westshore Wolves as the Cougars were nearly forced to move to the West Shore in 2007 when Esquimalt announced it would close Archie Browning for good.

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Fans at the Victoria Cougars home game on Sunday were treated an expo of speed skating races by junior members of the Esquimalt Speed Skating Club. The co-tenants of the Archie Browning Sports Centre showed their speedy discipline during the first period intermission of the Cougars’ Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game. There were plenty of highlights in less than 10 minutes of racing, including a triple wipeout as all three skaters from one of the faster races slid into the wall padding. Perhaps most impressive was the efficiency with which the senior speed skating members and Cougars players set up the pads on the

boards. “We’re always looking for more members of any age and skill level,” said longtime Esquimalt Speed Skating member and organizer Ian Phillips. “It takes a back seat in Victoria but it’s really a lot of fun, I think people don’t realize that.” The Archie Browning arena, and it’s various users, are enjoying a new era. There was a time when the user groups hardly mingled other than at city events such as Buccaneer Days. Then came Esquimalt’s proposed closing of the rink in the spring of 2007. It unified the Esquimalt Curling Club, Esquimalt Figure Skating Club, Victoria Minor Hockey Association, Cougars and Esquimalt Speed Skating. They created a joint task force, which Cougars president Gary Boyer

headed, and overturned that decision within months. “That ‘proposed’ closing prompted a reaction from us and we’ve all kept a pretty strong partnership here at Archie Browning,” Boyer said. The rink has undergone considerable renovations and updates. “This was going to be what, a parking lot and commercial building?” Boyer said. “We’re very grateful for this facility and for the other members here. We don’t forget that.” Case in point, to start the 2012-13 season, the speed skaters bumped their Thursday night start time 30 minutes earlier to accomodate the Cougars, so the team could have a more family-friendly 7 p.m. face off for it’s weekly home games. sports@vicnews.com

Bulldogs, Rams football players on Team B.C. Four players from the Mount Douglas Rams and two more from the Belmont Bulldogs have been named to the prestigious U-18 Team B.C. team that will play two games in the upcoming Football University International Showcase in Texas. Representing the Belmont Bulldogs are Tristin Fourish as an offensive lineman and Sam Varao as a linebacker. From the AAA B.C. champion Mount Douglas Rams are Nicholas James as a defensive lineman, Sheldon Mack as a linebacker, Aarmin

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HomeFinder Find a place to call home

He Said, She Said Courtesy Victoria Real Estate Board

Q: WHAT’S THE GENDER TREND AMONG HOME BUYERS HERE?

SINGLE FEMALES: Made up 18.2 per cent of all home buyers in Greater Victoria, roughly matching a 2012 U.S. national home buyers and sellers profile. SINGLE MALES: Made up 13 per cent of all home buyers.

Do you have a house-hunting story you’d like to share with us? Email ddescoteau@ vicnews.com To advertise in HomeFinder, call John Graham at 250.480.3227 or email jgraham@ blackpress.ca

GREATER VICTORIA MARKET UPDATE » AS OF DEC. 16

195 » $778,900 » 3,709 »

TOTAL PROPERTIES SOLD OR DEALS PENDING THIS MONTH HIGHEST BENCHMARK PRICE (TYPICAL HOME) IN THE REGION: HIGHLANDS TOTAL NUMBER OF HOMES LISTED IN ALL CATEGORIES

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To renovate or not: that is the question Be realistic about cost, think twice about your motivation

Homeowners and prospective buyers come at the idea of renovations in a variety of ways. Some consider making improvements to add value to their home before selling. Others weigh the idea of enhancing their personal living space with shopping for a home that better meets their needs. Still others look at buying low and doing basic renos as a way to turn a quick profit. In the Capital Region, the last category is pretty much non-existent, given the relatively flat prices, says agent and Victoria Real Estate Board member Wendy Moreton. For other people, however, certain factors are important to consider. “The first thing I would look at would be the market conditions, to see who’s buying right now,” she says. “Are people wanting (the home) all done, or are people willing to roll up their sleeves and do

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Kitchen renovations, like those undertaken by Mereta Witt and family in their 1913-built Fairfield home, can add value to a property, but only if done with care and quality, says realtor Wendy Moreton. the work?” While kitchen and bathroom makeovers get many people excited, renovators have to be careful about how they go about such jobs. “There’s cost-effective, there’s thrifty and then there’s just plain cheap,” Moreton says. “Sometimes people will do cheap and quick, but the majority of people can see through those kind of renovations.”

Spending a little more on such features as proper cabinet installations, decent bathroom fixtures, and well-fitted carpet or flooring can pay off in getting more serious prospective buyers. Also crucial to consider is whether the property is a good candidate for a reno, Moreton says. If it’s “a good little house with a good lay-

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tions. When buyers purchase an older house that needs work, the upgrades frequently cost more than expected. A good idea is talking first to a professional with renovation experience. For homebuyers on a budget, create a list of improvement priorities, work with a builder from there and spread costs over a period of years. – Don Descoteau

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Select your home. Select your mortgage.

OPEN HOUSES | DEC. 19 - DEC. 25, 2013

Oak Bay 250-370-7601 Victoria 250-483-1360 Westshore 250-391-2933 Sidney 250-655-0632 Chatterton Way 250-479-0688 www.vericoselect.com

VICTORIA 606 Speed Ave, $215,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Scott Munro, 250 477-5353

5-1027 Belmont Ave, $639,000 Saturday Jan 4, 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Dennis Guevin, 250-477-7291

ESQUIMALT 404-520 Foster St, $199,900!

Saturday Dec 21, Dec 28 & Jan 4 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

SAANICH EAST 982 Mckenzie Ave, $299,900

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty James Liu, 250 477-5353

1025 Scottswood, $545,000

Sat & Sun Dec 21/22nd & Sun Dec 29th 1-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Maggie Thompson, 250-889-5955

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220-1680 Poplar Ave, $142,900 Saturday, Dec. 21 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jeff Shorter, 250-744-9903

3835 South Valley Dr, $769,000

Sunday, Dec. 22 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Anke Venema, 250-477-1100

SAANICH PENINSULA 7179 Skyline, $498,800

Saturday Dec 21 1-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Patti Locke-Lewkowich, 250-477-7291

9820 Seaport Pl, $499,500+

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

Saturday, Dec. 21 & Sunday, Dec. 22 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Bill Knowles, 250-656-0131

110-10461 Resthaven, $164,900

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Saturday January 4 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jenn Raappana, 250-590-3921

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17-2115 Amelia Ave, $349,000

Saturday & Sunday 12-4 RE/MAX Alliance Ron Neal, 250-386-8181

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Sun Dec 22, Sun Dec 29 & Sun Jan 5 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

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Tuesday-Saturday 1-3 except Dec 22-Jan 6 Gordon Hulme Realty Don King 250-516-1202

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Saturday, Jan. 4 & Sunday, Jan. 5 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Mike Hartshorne, 250-889-4445

3379 Vision Way, $339,900 Saturday Jan. 4 & Sunday Jan. 5 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Mike Hartshorne, 250-590-3921

19-848 Hockley Ave, $59,500

24-848 Hockley Ave, $74,500

3377 Vision Way, $339,900

Saturday, Dec. 21 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Eileen Jespersen, 250-686-4820

Saturday, Dec. 21 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Eileen Jespersen, 250-686-4820

Saturday & Sunday Dec 28/29th & Jan 4/5th 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jenn Raappana, 250-590-3921

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2655 Sooke Rd, $219,900

Thursday thru Monday 1-4 Re/Max Camosun Brad Gregory, 250 744-3301

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Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Kevin Seibel, 250-580-4878

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410 - 50 SONGHEES RD MLS 329685 Stunning decor; beautiful inner harbour condominium is nothing more than spectacular as you will see when you view this work of skilled craftsmanship. Fine attention to detail is wonderfully demonstrated in this tastefully renovated home. From the brand new high end kitchen cabinetry to the 5 star hotel like bathrooms. It can be yours for this more than reasonable asking price. Everything has been renewed and no expense spared. Amazing location and the “world is your oyster”.

105 - 2829 ARBUTUS RD MLS 327642 Views of everything from the San Juan’s and Mt Baker to the ever changing ocean and island vistas; 18 acres of natural surroundings combined with the beauty of the professionally landscaped grounds. Meticulously maintained, gated community indoor pool, hottub and sauna too. Walking trails, tennis courts & more. 3 bdrms, spacious lr & dining room, gorgeous kit., 2 fp, hdwd floors, two sun-decks & a patio. Db garage with loads of extra parking & more storage than you’ll ever need.

211 - 50 SONGHEES RD MLS 329439 WATER VIEWS of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Olympic Mountains; lovely vistas from this stunning SOUTH FACING condominium in Victoria’s world famous Inner Harbour. Lg END unit cond. offering 2 lg bdrms and two bathrooms. Wonderful floor plan is the beautiful and spacious open design FAMILY ROOM right off the kitchen. Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Stainless appliances as well! Great Views, downtown location, vacant and in move in condition! Excellent condition and is maintained impeccably!

413 - 50 SONGHEES RD  MLS 330895 Lovely calming views of Victoria Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Olympic Mountains are yours in this extra large, 1436 sq. ft., 4th floor, Inner Harbour condominium. Songhees Point complex features an impeccable depreciation report along with an ongoing commitment to easy care maintenance and high standard of living. Clean 2 bdrms, 2 baths, lg laundry rm. Large south facing mstr bdrm along with a balcony which conveniently bridges the living room and bedroom.

505 - 1433 FAIRCLIFF LANE MLS 330153 Best value in the complex!!! Million dollar view for only $249,900!!! Lovely south facing view, top floor home situated on a 2 acre parcel of land high atop of Moss Rock, popular,desirable Fairfield neighbourhood. Panoramic views of the ocean, the Olympic Mountains, Clover Point, cruise ships and sailboats; it’s an ever changing, therapeutic outlook, just feel the stress melt away. Imagine what a wonderful location for your retirement years or your “Home Away From Home”. Top floor, priced for immediate sale.

837 MANN AVE MLS 326680 Absolutely immaculate aptly describes this lovely, one level, home with many features. Naturally bright home due to its south facing back yard & 5 skylights; lg. windows and a glorious garden featuring a large modern patio & natural real rock fountain, peacefully & privately fenced. Open concept design kitchen, eating area and fam. rm; separate inline dr & lr for formal entertaining. $20,000 bathtub with side door, power lift seat & powerful massaging jets; there is a chair lift too in the garage.

1106 NEWTON PL MLS 330737 Pristine modern home with many features. Custom gourmet kit. with high end wood cabinets, lg. fr with fp, separate lr with fp, vaulted ceilings, lg. open sep. dr, gorgeous hd floors, classic staircase, 3 lg. bdrms and quality construction. Grand entrance area, 2nd fam rm, 4th bdrm or den, laundry and legal additional accommodation/inlaw suite. Rear lane access to lg db garage & private patio. The location is fabulous with easy access to schools, shopping etc. One of Brentwood’s finest developments!

1475 MILLSTREAM RD MLS 331119 Situated on pristine two acre parcels of property you will find is this lovingly maintained 3 bdrm 3 bath home. Beautifully manicured yard featuring a sprinkler system with Gazebo. Excellent floor plan with a large rec rm off the mstr bdrm & full four piece ensuite spac. kit. for even the most discerning of home chefs & a large separated dinning area.Lg. double garage (26’x21’) offers loads of height (10’+) with a couple of outbuildings. Tip top shape; just buy it and move right in.

3356 SEWELL RD MLS 325245 Quality built 2010 grand 4 bdrm plus large den/office home with a 1 bdrm legal suite. Main floor features open concept design with high ceilings, high-end flooring, lr fireplace, dining area, gourmet kit. with stainless steel appliances and gas stove, breakfast bar, powder rm, and laundry rm. Large deck with views, ozy up to the outdoor wood-burning fp. Mst bd with gas fp, juliet balcony, spa-like ensuite with soaker tub and separate shower. 1 bdrm legal suite with its own laundry located above double garage.


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