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Suzanne Samborski is moving into a new stage in her career with the City of Nanaimo as the new head of the city’s first ever Culture and Heritage department.

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Taking action on Nanaimo’s culture plan is top of the list for Nanaimo’s first independent culture and heritage team. A four-person culture and heritage department will kick off its two-year term this January with an aim to zero in on the city’s budding cultural

plan. It will be the first time culture has broken away from parks and recreation and merged with heritage – a move orchestrated by top bureaucrat Ted Swabey in a major shake up earlier this year. According to city officials, the change recognizes the growing importance of arts and culture to the community and the need to prioritize efforts to build on its momentum. The sector alone generates more than $150 million in economic activity and upwards of 1,300 jobs. By bringing together culture and heritage, the hope is the city will not

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Proponents of a potential waste-to-energy incinerator at Nanaimo’s Duke Point will fire up a major public outreach campaign this January. Representatives with Wheelabrator Technologies, Urbaser and Seaspan announced last week they’re set to launch an intense public education campaign on a proposed wasteto-energy facility, from stakeholder presentations to building tours and a new website. It’s all aimed at sharing their side of the story on waste-to-energy technology, which they claim is “more than safe enough” and environmentally sound. The project, proposed during Metro Vancouver’s site selection process, sparked concerns from residents and politicians about smell, pollution and possible health issues. The proponents have been urging Nanaimo to keep its door open to the concept, and thanks to a City of Nanaimo decision to do just that, they say they are ready to address concerns and help people make an informed decision on the proposed project. Metro Vancouver announced the city as a possible contender for a waste-to-energy facility and has given the companies consent to do public outreach. “It’s exciting and we are kind of looking forward to this,” said Mark Swartz of Wheelabrator. “It’s an uphill road for us on projects like this, but I have been doing this job for 26 years ... and I have no problem looking in the mirror as a committed environmentalist and knowing how good these projects are overall.” The outreach will include information from international studies, but proponents say it’s too early to do any local health, economic or environmental analysis. Carla Stein, spokeswoman for Sierra Club’s Nanaimo chapter, questions a campaign without local data. When proponents say information campaign, “I am hearing propaganda,” she said. The club will launch its own campaign. The proponents’ website goes online in midJanuary. news@nanaimobulletin.com

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Year-round farmers’ market prepares to put down roots By CHRIs BusH The News BulleTiN

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Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, front left, and Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto, front right, lead a group of municipal politicians who ceremoniously tore up old business licences in Parksville on Dec. 19. Politicians and business leaders gathered to announce the lunch of a Mid-Island Inter-community Business Licence.

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Business leaders and politicians say they have eliminated some red tape for local entrepreneurs with the launch of the Mid-Island Inter-Community Business Licence. Starting Jan.1, businesses can purchase a licence that allows them to legally operate in 12 communities from Duncan to Campbell River. “Up until now, there has been a lot of red tape for businesses,” Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell said during a news conference at a construction site Dec. 19 in her constituency. “This is a helping hand for them.” Contractors and others who find themselves doing work in, say, Parksville one day and Comox or Port Alberni the next, can now purchase a

business licence in their home community and add this new licence for a fee. To comply with the current bylaws of most communities, businesses must have a licence to operate in each separate community. The price of this supplementary licence has not been released. “Initiatives like this allow businesses to grow,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto. “These businesses can now continue to grow our economy and fill jobs instead of filling out paperwork.” There are a few wrinkles, questions without current answers from the politicians and business leaders regarding the new licences. There are no requirements, for example, for the many small businesses of regional district communities like Errington or Coombs to purchase any kind of business licence. There were also concerns raised by individual communities about losing businesslicence revenue from the new

program, money that many communities roll over to chambers of commerce to run tourist information booths and other programs. Kim Burden, the executive director of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce and one of the leading figures in the push to get municipalities to back this new licence, said data from other places in the province that have this type of mobile licence shows towns and cities don’t lose revenue. “We are within spitting spitting distance of four or five communities that all have business licences,” said Burden. “It’s great for our members to move freely between those jurisdictions without having to go through the process of getting a business licence in every jurisdiction they work in. And it brings other businesses into our jurisdiction that might not normally come here, to perhaps fill a void. And it opens up that co-operation between municipalities.” editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Island Roots Market Cooperative has found a place to permanently put down roots in central Nanaimo. The farmers market cooperative, which has already attracted upwards of 160 members, has hunted for a home since it was formed in July 2012, first at the old Medical Arts Building at 350 Albert St., which was torn down, and then at the former Sun Glo Lumber warehouse at 540 Milton St., which was determined by the city to need structural and seismic upgrades before it could be officially zoned as retail space. Seismic upgrades and rezoning are not issues at 625 Townsite Rd. where the market is set to sublet about 30 per cent of the space currently being used by commercial cleaning product supplier Planet Clean. “Hopefully we’ll have the keys today and we can then start doing a little cleanup and start organizing things,” said Larry Whaley, market cofounder, last week. The market should be open by the end of April, but in the meantime there will be lots of discussion with members over how the market will be laid out and organized and, of course it will have to be physically set up, too. “We’ll need some volunteers to assist with that and we’ll begin to make it happen,” Whaley said. Before it officially opens, though, smaller activities will be hosted at the Townsite location, including bake sales, the co-op’s annual general meeting and whatever organizers can come up with to get people familiar with the location and what the co-operative is planning for the space. “There will be an open house for members and wannabe members where we’ll have an opportunity to talk about what they would like to see as far as layout is concerned and what facilities they would like to see in there,” Whaley said. One group of products that could soon be available at the

market is locally produced craft beer, wine, cider and spirits. The B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets issued a press release Dec. 11 announcing the B.C. government supports sampling sales of alcoholic beverages at temporary off-site retail locations, such as farmers’ markets and that the decision about what items could be sold at a particular locate would be left up to the venue’s management. The release did not say exactly when the regulations are coming into effect. “We’d certainly want to talk to anybody who produces that kind of product locally and see whether they’re interested in our market and if they are we’d treat them the same as any other local producer, I would think,” Whaley said. “Maybe we’ll need to look at should our lunch counter have a local brew available for people when they want to stop in for lunch.” The topic is sure to come up at the open house, which is scheduled for sometime in January, but a firm date is yet to be fixed. Whaley doesn’t foresee any issues that could interfere with finalizing the lease on the property. “The problems in the past have been primarily we were trying to get in where it involved a change of use,” Whaley said. “We’re classified as retail and this is a retail location – has been retail forever – and I don’t think there will be any problems there, so I can’t see what might delay or mess this one up.” For more information about Island Roots Market Co-op, please visit the co-operative’s website at http://bbycoop. ca/IRCoop/, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ IslandRootsMarket, or contact Whaley at irco-op@shaw.ca. photos@nanaimobulletin.com

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u From /1 “To keep moving forward on the heritage plans and implement the culture plan ... it’s really exciting and then you kind of go ‘oh my gosh there is so much there,’ she said. “The most daunting piece of it is the expectations everyone will have of what we can do, including ourselves.” The new division was announced in late November as part of a series of staff cuts and department mergers. According to Swabey, culture and heritage was a good fit and ensures culture and the new cultural plan are made a priority. With culture highlighted as an economic driver in a recent impact study, it’s also a chance to build on arts and culture, he said. The primary focus of 2014 will be helping politicians finalize the

cultural strategy – a document seeking to grow the arts and culture community through efforts like increased grants and a mentorship programs for creative entrepreneurs. The culture and heritage department will also be juggling its regular activities while outlining priority actions for the cultural plan. The City of Nanaimo has yet to announce a budget for the department to work within but dollars could come from the parks and recreation budget. The city also hasn’t decided whether to merge the culture committee and heritage commission.

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Biologist adding up all of Gabriola island’s eagles

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mappiNg projEct will pinpoint new nesting sites and confirm current status of known nests. By Chris Bush The News BulleTiN

A count of bald eagles and their nesting sites will form the foundation for a new data base that can be updated in the future. The count by the Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society (GROWLS), is being conducted by Ian Moul, a registered professional biologist from Comox, who is compiling the data to create maps pinpointing eagle nesting sites.

“We’re just doing a real once over of all the nests we know, confirming that they’re there and getting a photographic record of them,” Moul said. “So often what happens is that someone will say the nest is gone, but we won’t even know where it was.” Existing records go back to the late 1980s, but many of the sites haven’t been revisited. The new survey will help confirm the current status of known sites. Eagles, primarily

fish-eaters, like to perch and nest in large old trees next to the shoreline from where they can spot their next meals. It also happens to be where people like to build new houses. Pinpointing eagle nesting trees can help prevent construction too close to the roots of the trees, which could damage them. “Big old trees have a possibility of falling on homes,” Moul said. “By knowing where they are it helps. Some jurisdictions put around known eagle nests.” Having those trees mapped also helps protect eagles by allowing communi-

so often what happens is that someone will say the nest is gone, but we won’t even know where it was.

down to get it out of the way. Moul said a nesting tree was cut down near Campbell River with eagles nesting in it. Moul said there are currently about 60 nests on Gabriola Island. Eagles nest in territories and there can be several nests within a territory. “They are very

territorial,” Moul said. “They defend their territory and the don’t like their neighbours coming too close, especially during the nesting season.” Once the map is updated it is easier for local conservation groups to update, maintain the inventory and

keep a running tally of which nests are being used versus those that have been abandoned. For more information about eagle related projects on Gabriola Island, please visit the wildlife rescue society’s website at www. growls.ca. photos@nanaimobulletin.com

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Council approves rezoning for medical marijuana facility Improved regulations coming for inspectors A medical marijuana producer is preparing to set up shop at Nanaimo’s Duke Point. Nanaimo city council unanimously agreed to rezone property in the Duke Point area last week, allowing Lafitte Ventures to grow

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The B.C. government is surveying the public and home inspectors so it can put together an improved regulatory model for the home inspection business. B.C. was the first province to license home inspectors and is still one of only two provinces doing so. To be licensed, B.C. home inspectors must meet specific education requirements, receive appropriate practical training, pass at least one peer-test inspection review, and meet continuing education requirements. In June, Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman was given responsibility to strengthen home inspection accreditation to better protect consumers buying a home by improving the qualification and training requirements for licensed home inspectors. To gauge public experiences with home inspectors, the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing ran two online surveys. One sought consumer opinion. The other survey took feedback from the construction industry and home-inspection professionals. “The good news is they took the first step about two years ago in actually licensing home inspectors,” said Bernie McCarthy, inspector with Nanaimo-based HouseMaster Home Inspections. “Prior to that if you wanted to hang out a shingle you could call yourself a home inspector.” McCarthy owned a building contracting company for 10 years, worked in the building trades for five years prior to that and was also a multilicensed exterminator who specialized in wood burrowing insects. He said he is in favour of anything that further improves the industry. photos@nanaimobulletin.com


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Nanaimo app developers win gold in competition By Beth hendry-yim The News BulleTiN

Winning $20,000 and an impressive trophy were only part of the perks Nanaimo based Shawn Adrian and Gavin Vickery brought home from Evernote’s DevCup 2013. Sponsored by the Internet app giant, the competition landed them an intimate soiree with Chief Executive Officer, Phil Libin, and a month hobnobbing with developers and potential investors in San Francisco. A note taking and archiving suite of services, Evernote boasts more than 65 million users. Tapping in to that market can be lucrative and life altering. When Adrian and Vickery got an invite to participate, they jumped at the chance to present their idea. “We put all other projects on hold and focused on raising capital and winning gold,” said Adrian. “Because earning that prize would mean access to significant investor dollars and validation for our ideas.” After landing startup capital from a Vancouver firm, they set to work, building and fine-tuning Postach.io, an app that allows bloggers to post content directly from their Evernote account to their own Postach.io blog. DevCup is an annual developer competition focused on apps and services using the Evernote platform. Nearly 200 submissions in 2013 were narrowed down, in a first cut, to category winners, where Postach.io won for best in publishing, and then sliced to six finalists. “Each of the six were more than worthy of winning,” said Adrian. “So we were unsure about our own status going in to the award ceremony.” The month long event, involves workshops, speakers, and brainstorming sessions geared to further marketing, product design and business developing. “We get access to Evernote experts,” said Adrian. “And venture capitalists that offer

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A.J. Hustins, left, supervises the installation of a wheelchair ramp at the home of Robyn and Steve Bull, while Chris Boyanton and Steve Taylor make it fit just right. Hustins’s company, Nanaimo Precast, made and installed the ramp at no charge for the Bulls’ two-and-a-half-year-old son, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

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The Christmas spirit of giving has been cast upon a Nanaimo family that could use a bit of a lift. Robyn and Steve Bull will have an easier time getting their son Nathan in and out of their home thanks to a new concrete wheelchair ramp. The ramp was designed, cast and installed for free by Nanaimo Precast. The family was selected for the ramp, worth about $4,000, by staff at the Nanaimo Child Development Centre. Nathan, 2, is wheelchair bound because of cerebral palsy. Until now Robyn had to carry her son to and from their car to their home or push his wheelchair over a

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makeshift plywood ramp on their back steps. “He’s a big two-and-a-halfyear-old, so he’s getting pretty heavy and I’m not a particularly large person,” Robyn said. “He’s just getting heavier and heavier so it’s hurting my back.” A.J. Hustins, Nanaimo Precast president, said the company was looking for a way to give something back to the community this year. “I can’t remember who it was, but one of the members of our group said the CDC has a long list of kids in need, so I phoned CDC and said we’re in the concrete precast business, what can we do that will be helpful for one of their people.” Steven Bowers, Child Development Centre resource development coordinator, said Hustins’s call came out of the blue. “It was quite amazing. We were all pretty floored,” Bowers said. “We set them up with a family that could make great

use of something like that.” Staff discussed the proposal with several therapists attached to the centre to see which family would most benefit from a ramp. The ramp is about three metres long by two metres wide and was installed at the family’s home Friday. The ramp will serve the family as Nathan gets older and is eventually switched into a much heavier motorized wheelchair. Word that the Bulls would be receiving the ramp came as a complete surprise since they had no idea the plan to give it to them was even in the works. “The plywood one is not particularly safe, but I needed something and that’s the difference that the new one makes, of course,” Robyn said. “I was so fantastic to find out. When the CDC called and told us about it we were just thrilled. We really needed a solution.” photos@nanaimobulletin.com

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Earlier this month, the Conservative federal government opted not to address the very urgent and growing problem that is the Canadian Pension Plan. Instead of offering any sort of meaningful reform or choosing to adequately fund CPP so that Canadians can expect to be taken care of – after having spent a lifetime of paying taxes – the Conservatives instead opted to do nothing, and presumably hope the problem just goes away. It’s no secret that CPP is underfunded. And given the country’s demographics – with millions of Canadians facing retirement in coming years – this is an issue that can’t be put off any longer. Seniors now make up close to 15 per cent of Canada’s population, totalling more than four million people. And with the median age in Canada now over 40 years old for the first time ever, the issue of our aging population and how to take care of them isn’t going away. The issue is clear to see: Canadians are living longer, and as a result, drawing on the pension plan more than in generations past. As result, we need to do a better job of funding CPP if we want it to work. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty needn’t worry about his own financial future, of course. As an MP who has served more than six years in the House of Commons, Flaherty has a gold-plated taxpayer-funded pension to draw on for the rest of his life, upon his retirement. The rest of us aren’t so lucky. Adequately funding CPP is the fiscally responsible thing to do, but it is also politically difficult. As a result, the Conservatives have taken the easy way out, opting for the instant gratification of low taxes in the present at the cost of a stable future for our citizens. And isn’t that how we got into this mess in the first place?

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Contracts likened to profit sharing One of Canada’s great entreB.C. Government Employees’ preneurial success stories in Union and other unions that recent years is WestJet, the have long been adversaries of Calgary-based airline that is the B.C. Liberals. expanding across the country John Fryer, negotiator for the and taking on European routes. BCGEU going back to the epic Clive Beddoe, the founding battles with Social Credit govCEO of Westjet, was famous for ernments and now a professor helping the cabin crew tidy up at University of Victoria, wasn’t the plane before getting off a impressed when he heard the flight. And the company is also news. “These deals reflect what known for its profit-sharing happens when public sector program, with all unions back the losing employees referred to party in a provincial B.C. as “owners” who have election,” he said. VIEWS a stake in the success “Union bargaining of the operation. power takes a trip Tom Fletcher I thought of down the pooper.” Black Press this management I think there’s more approach when than that going on. news emerged that Perhaps today’s union the B.C. government leadership is beginning was offering public to accept that its wage, service unions a new benefit and pension kind of contract, with arrangements look a five-year term and pretty good compared wage increases tied to to the harsh reality of improved economic growth. private businesses competing in The surprising thing is that a global economy. unions are accepting the idea, I asked Premier Christy Clark if even though provincial growth this new approach is inspired by must exceed the government’s private-sector profit sharing. She independent economic forecast agreed that is the model. council projections before it can “I think that’s a great principle take effect in a given year. for all of us to work from,” Clark The generally non-militant said. “Until now, the growth of Health Sciences Association public sector wages has been was the first to recommend completely insulated from acceptance of a five-year agreechanges in the private sector. ment with only 5.5 per cent And this is the first time we’ve raises guaranteed. Then they ever been able to successfully were joined by negotiators for link those two things. At this 51,000 health and social services point it’s still a small increemployees, represented by the ment wage growth, but it’s a big

change, and I hope we can continue to build on it.” From an employee perspective, it is indeed modest. If real gross domestic product increases one per cent beyond the independent forecast used in the provincial budget, employees get an additional half of one per cent raise for that year. Contrast this labour relations development with what’s happening on the federal scene. A classic confrontation is brewing between the Harper government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. A key dispute is over sick days, which the government estimates are averaging 18 a year. PSAC currently has 15 “bankable” sick days a year, which the union president refers to as a “negotiated right.” It takes me back to my first union job, where I was warned never to take just one sick day. We negotiated for two at a time, so always take two, the union rep told me. Implicit in this is the mindset that employees should give as little and take as much as possible. Looking through my files each December for the B.C. story of the year, I consider what is likely to matter five or 10 years from now. This partnership approach to building the provincial economy is my pick for 2013. u Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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We have been seeing some interference from politicians when their attempt to short circuit the Metro Van system failed. A recent column by Regional District of Nanaimo director Alec McPherson urges the public “to hold the feet of their elected representative to the fire” after the RDN attempt

failed to derail the project. Likewise provincial MLA Doug Routley spent hours last week on the Duke Point WTE Information Group, strongly supporting the RDN’s McPherson. The problem with that is the majority of Routley’s constituents reside in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and they have shipped their garbage off Island for incineration for years; only recently has it been voted to ship off Island to a landfill. Sounds like the goose/gander dilemma here. How can he now oppose

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Re: City spends to improve governance, Dec. 12. I am yet again totally flabbergasted that during this time of high-pressed economic recession that these elected Nanaimo officials still have the bloody nerve to continue to waste $75,000 of the taxpayers’ money on what basically amounts to conduct of behaviour. Because it’s all very obvious that to have manners in the first place – which their parents should have taught them, but did not – would not cost any money. In all, the writing is on the wall and if they continue to ignore it then there will be a lot of negative consequences for all Nanaimoites.

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inger-songwriter Andrea Smith has opened for plenty of artists, including Blue Rodeo, Trooper, and Shari Ulrich, and on Monday (Dec. 30), she will be displaying her musical talents at the Queen’s. Earlier this year, Smith released her latest album titled Transition, which she describes as “more roots and soul than R&B.” Smith said her biggest challenge in creating Transition was the financial aspect of the project. “It’s absolutely daunting,” she said. “I just can’t do as much as I should be doing in terms of promotion and song placement, which is ultimately what I would like to do.” The Kamloops native is no stranger to having to juggle the duties of a musician with a regular day job. She has previously worked as a registered massage therapist and as a farrier. “It requires so much time,” Smith said. “I just spent my life savings on this last album. I didn’t raise any funds for it.” “It’s hugely daunting financially,” she added. In 2005, she placed first in a songwriting competition at the Shuswap Lakes International Writers Festival. Smith

has also performed throughout British Columbia. She said she enjoys returning to her hometown of Kamloops. “I do a road trip every summer where I go to the Interior of B.C.,” Smith said. “I’ve got some friends that I play with out there … so that is always a ton of fun to go back home and sort of be received with open arms,” she said. She has also played shows in Australia, France and the Yukon. “Australia was pretty fun because I have family there,” she said. “I was actually there for my half-sister’s wedding. I got to meet some other musicians there and perform at the wedding. It was a really fun adventure playing down there. “The Yukon was really fun too. We were really well received up in the Yukon,” she added. Smith, who studied jazz at Vancouver Island University and graduated in 2011, currently teaches music to prospective musicians. “There is so much talent, especially with all these shows like The Voice and America’s Got Talent, everyone wants to sing and play now,” she said. “There is so much talent behind every door and people are realizing that they can go out and play and that it’s not isolated to select few.” As a music teacher, Smith has encouraged some of her students to head out and perform. One of her students, Olivia Marci, has accompanied Smith at various shows. “I’ve had one student that has come out to my gigs and

There is so much talent behind every door and people are realizing that they can go out and play and that it’s not isolated to select few.

I’ve got her to get up and do a couple songs with me… “I’ve got another girl right now who I would like to see get out in public and sing,” she added. “I am working on some ideas to help her achieve that goal.” Smith has plenty of advice for her students who are thinking about a serious career in music. “Be an engineer, go be a nurse, be a doctor, be a lawyer,” she laughed. “The music industry isn’t what it used to be anymore. You gotta have financial backing, you have to have incredible computer skills, you need to be completely self-motivated, you have to do all your own promotion. It’s a huge job now, the record companies aren’t coming around anymore and picking people up.” Smith is looking forward to 2014. “I just want to be out playing a bit more and selling CDs,” Smith said. arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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April 26, 1924 ~ December 16, 2013 It is with great sadness the family of Bernice Raffle (nee Carruthers) announce her quiet passing on December 16, 2013 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with her family at her side, after years of struggling with heart problems. Born on April 26, 1924 in Nanaimo, BC the daughter of Miriam (nee Maki) and Robert Carruthers. She was married on December 13, 1947 to her husband, Jim Raffle who predeceased her in December 1990. Although an only child, Bernice loved her large extended family and their yearly get-togethers keeping them up to date on the family. Bernice was a member of the Nanaimo Museum who enjoyed talking about the history of this town; that her family had played a part in the Chase River, Southend and Brechin areas and the life-long friends she made. Always referring to herself as a coal miner’s granddaughter/daughter she was proud of the fact that 6 generations of both sides of her family had lived in Nanaimo. As a 44 year member of Branch #10 Legion LA earning the Certificate of Merit and Golden Jubilee medal for her services to the branch; she was also a former CGG leader known to many Brownies as “Fluffy Owl.� As the consummate soccer mom for many years, she was a hardworking supporter of her husband, children and grandchildren’s endeavours, plus the co-convenor of the three Pygmy-Odd-fellows dance reunions and the Brechin School Reunion. Her working years were spent at David Spencers and Canada Safeway as a grocery clerk where she enjoyed chatting with her customers. Bernice is survived by her loving daughter, Joyce (Murray) Wenner; son, Robert (Lynne) Raffle; 4 grandchildren: Kari (Clint) O’Hara Nanaimo, Kristopher (Barb) Raffle Vancouver, Kimberlee Wenner, Victoria and Carly Wenner Vancouver; plus 1 great-grandson, Niall O’Hara - the light of her life. Also left to mourn are her three godchildren: Donald Marks, Gordon Pilling and Kim Wilson, plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Always feisty and independent, Bernice managed to stay in her family home till ill health necessitated the recent move to Lakeside Gardens where she lived until her passing. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff, of Central Drugs; Doctors R. Swain, N. Janssen, and K. King; plus Lakeside Gardens and the attendants for all their help over the years. There will be no funeral as per her request but a celebration of her life will be held later in the new year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the NRGH Hospital Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Cremation arrangements by the First Memorial Society.

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PERSONAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

GARDENING

MOVING & STORAGE

PAINTING A-ONE PAINTING and Wallpapering. Serving Nanaimo for 30 years. Senior Discount. Free estimates. 250-585-6499

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES CLEANING SERVICES LEMON TREE Housekeeping. Home and office. Call Heidi (250)802-1984.

MR. SPARKLE CLEANING SERVICES “Since 1992� Roof Demossing, Vinyl Siding Window & Gutter Cleaning

www.mrsparkle.net Call Jonathan 250-714-6739

CLOCK/WATCH/JEWELLERY REPAIRS CLOCK & WATCH REPAIRS 3rd generation watch maker. Antique & grandfather clock specialist. Call (250)618-2962.

COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER PRO.$30 service call. Mobile Certified Computer Tech. Virus removal. Seniors discount. 250-802-1187. U-NEED-A-NERD Friendly onsite professional computer, website and design services. Jason is BACK! 250-585-8160 or visit: jasonseale.com

HANDYPERSONS OLD FASHIONED HANDYMAN Drywall, tile, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, full baths, Quality work. Reasonable prices. 250-616-9095.

HAULING AND SALVAGE FREE QUOTES: Same Day Rubbish, any Hauling, Yard Waste. 250-668-6851.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS ALL TRADES- Home updates? Hardwood, Tile, Laminate, Kitchen & Bath Reno’s. All exterior Roofing, Siding, Decks & Fencing. References available. 250-722-0131. BLUE OX Home ServicesExpert Renovation & Handyman Services. Refs & Insured. Call 250-713-4409, visit us at: www.Blueoxhomeservices.ca

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Expanding or Renovating your home/bathroom/ kitchen/basement? Painting, Roofing & Finish Carpentry also available. No job too small. Free estimates. Insured

Richard 250-729-7809

MOVING & STORAGE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

FURNITURE

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

FOR SALE BY OWNER

2 QUEEN MATTRESS SETS. Still New. Never Opened. $200 ea. (250)713-9680 MOVING SALE. Matching oval glass top tables (two) $150. Matching 3-seat sofa & armchair $450. 250-586-7655, French Creek. SHERATON DINING chairs (5), $400; Piecrust coffee table, $150; Queen Anne bench, $150; 2 Occasional chairs, $150. (250)390-2805 Two matching Lazy Boy recliners. Clean, grey-brown fabric. $250 /pair OBO 250-246-1481

DOWNSIZING; Collectors 4 porcelain dolls, Pen Delfin plate, 5x7 carpet, 2 lamps, 3 English plates, Ken Christmas print, star bucks world mugs (14oz). Call 250-586-5528.

QUALITY GARDEN SHEDS Gazebos, pergolas, follies, greenhouses, studios, storage & more. Call 250-951-0855

A lovely 1650 sq ft rancher on .46 acre corner lot in a quiet, friendly rural neighborhood, close to storries beach&oyster rv. nicely landscaped,fenced backyard,garden,dogpen,new flooring,countertops,updated fixtures,bright D/R 3 bdrms,1.5 bth+ fam rm,mud rm,attached 19x11 shop, forced air natural gas heat. $287,000. 250-9233150

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MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Interior ~ Exterior FREE ESTIMATES.

STANNEH STRAIGHT chair lift, $1000. Power lift chair, new, $650. (250)760-7009.

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PLUMBING RETIRED PLUMBER Journeyman. Repairs & renovations. Call (250)390-1982.

PETS PET CARE SERVICES CAT SITTING in my home. Safe, loving environment. No cages. 7day to long term stay. Limited space. 250-740-5554

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE FRIENDLY FRANK COMPUTER HP 17� flat screen, good working order, $39. Call (250)755-1385. KITCHEN TABLE+ 4 chairs w/leaf rectangle shape, $60. (250)244-4415. SKIS & POLES; 2 sets; $25 each. 1 (250)754-0097 THERMOSTAT, Programable bought new for $80. Asking $30. 250-245-3307

FUEL/FIREWOOD

2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)753-6633.

APPROX 2.5 CORD loads of dry slab wood. Delivered. $160. Call (250)754-2276.

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MOVING, Deliveries. “Lower Price.� Job Quotes or hourly rate. Jason (250)668-6851

COASTAL MOUNTAIN FIREWOOD- Call 250-468-9660. 1-866-768-8886 (Nanoose).

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CONNECTING JOB SEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

TEMPUR-PEDIC,Single, Electric Bed. Swedish Mattress, hand control, hardly used. Paid $4400, asking $1250. Call 250-752-8158

DOWNSIZING Union 20� Planer Hand & Electric Tools Snooker/Billiard Slate Table Mahogany 4 Gun Rack & gear China/Crystal & punch bowl 91 Explorer, 2 briefcases Child’s 4 pce kitchen playset Wine Corboy Lifter 6�x20� Timber Steel Rollers Lrg.Cap. Sawdust Vaccum Tooled Saddle, Mens jewellry Walnuts, Garlic & Squash And more! 250-248-4495 ELECTRIC MEDICAL bed, foot, head and height raise, mattress new, has only been used with foam topper and mattress cover on it, has 2 sets of foot and head boards, 1 set dark other light, has attachable side rails. Retail$2500, excellent condition. Sell, $1000. (250)751-1714.

SEARS “FREE Spirit� treadmill, $800 obo. Entertainment centre, solid oak, fits 36� TV, $135 obo. Delco Car dolly, new tires and tilting ramp, $1000 obo. (250)723-8636.

SPORTING GOODS

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper?

Chartwell area. 3 bdrm, basement home, 12 yrs old, gas furnace & f.p. Double garage, large sundeck, close to school. Asking $370k, 250-752-8158

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 120 Bass piano accordion $390 OBO; Singer sewing machine & cabinet $100; Electric bass guitar & hard shell case $200; Student violin $90. Lrg set Royal Albert china “Peti Point� mint cond. $2000 OBO; Twin electr. bed, clean $500; 2 Lazy Boy recliners, clean $50 ea or $70 pr. 250-748-8270 29 ROYAL DOLTON Dolls, Ashley, Office Furniture ($2500),Robert Bateman Print, & Bev Doolittle Print, 64� Tall Floor Centurion Safe. Call 250-228-1362 2 fridge’s $70 each. 1 stove, $50. 1 Kenmore Dryer with new motor. Needs heat element. Open to offers for all 4. 250-752-0169 ADVANTAGE FITNESS. Retirement sale. Buy fitness equipment at cost and save 250-753-7368. 890 Crace St., Downtown.

AUSTRALIAN THEMED Christmas Light Display- 6 White Boomers, Emu, Platypus, Koala, Santa and sleigh, $500 obo. (250)756-6125. BLUE RECLINER, several lamps, TV (smaller, ideal for bdrm), small night table, downhill and cross country skis, downhill ski boots, reiki table. Call (250)752-8806. BROWNING 2000 Semi-Auto Shot Gun. $550/obo. Arrowsmith Golf Membership. $4800 reg price selling for $3200/obo. Excellent Xmas Gifts. Call 250-240-0007

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SNOWBOARD

Forum Bindings, Forum Boots (Ladies Size 6). Brand New! Used twice on the Bunny Hill! $250 obo. (250)591-8959 INDUSTRIAL BUILT log splitter. 30 ton, pull & electric start, Honda 13 hp with lift table. For more info call Doc 250-2468111

REAL ESTATE APARTMENT/CONDOS

Kenmore dryer, excellent cond. 7 y/o $75. Sm 110V hot water tank 10 gal, as new $40. Dan 250-749-3805 LARGE GLOBE w/light, $20. Webster dictionary 4x11, on stand, $20. Goose down duvet, queen size, $50. Portrait of a pretty lady, gold framed, 30x20, $20. Antique car collection displayed in frame, $50. Hospital bed, hardly used w/linens, $750.(250)751-2142. LIKE NEW, Lady Jazz golf clubs with 2 hybrids, new golf bag, and used cart $200. Call (250)756-4626.

ATTENTION SENIORS Central Duncan 954 sq.ft. second floor. Reduced to $151,900, 55+ building @ 650 Dobson Rd. Call 250-815-0866 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

DOWNTOWN NANIAMO: Luxury Waterfront Lifestyle; Elegant 2 Br, 2 bath condo, ocean, mountains, marina views. Lagoon, clubhouse, gym, swimming pool. Walk to Sea wall, near Port Theatre. Reduced for quick sale $349,000. Call 250-591-7800 agents welcome. Open House; Dec. 15th from 13pm LADYSMITH HANDYMAN Special. 3bdrms up, lrg LR, double garage, lrg storage. Ocean & city view. 1bdrm suite down. Owner will carry mortgage. $1200 month; or rent for $1,800 month. (250)753-0160.

DUPLEX/4-PLEX L-SHAPED jeweler’s showcase, 72�x72�Lx22�Dx44�H, comes complete with lockable display area plus drawers and shelving in one area. The cabinet is very solid however it needs some TLC. Price as is $195 or ask us for a price quote to restore it to its original beauty. (250)246-4409

OPEN HOUSE- Sat & Sun, every weekend, 1-4pm. New Duplex’s For Sale 5909 & 5911 Stone haven Rd in Stone Manor Estate’s (behind Hospital). 1850sq ft each, 3 bdrms, 4 bath, 5 appls and much more. $309,000. Call Gord (250)710-1947.

NEW KINECT X Box 360, 250 gb hard drive sensor - includes everything - wireless controller, head set, adventure game, etc. Retail $399.99 asking $325. Call 250-937-1542

FOR SALE BY OWNER

POTTER’S WHEEL for sale. Excellent condition. Asking $500.00. Please call to view 250-897-3142.

DOUBLE ELECTRIC Bed, with remote control, headboard & mattress. Exc. cond. $1000. (250)751-7941, Nanaimo.

UPHOLSTERY SELL OUT!! All upholstery goods, materials, some tools, some machines, hand tools and tables. Too many items to list here. 250-240-3091 or view at #4-147 Fern Rd. E. (behind Windsor Plywood Rentals)

MOBILE 14X56 w/8x12 addition in well maintained 55+ Upper Lantzville park. Lrg bdrm, kitchen & living room. 2yr old roof, furnace & oil tank, kitch counters & appliances. 14-6820 Parklands Place. $48,500. (250)390-3200

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DELUXE 1329 sqft rancher. 2 bedroom + den, 2 bath, dbl garage home. Spacious master bedroom has walk-in closet, ensuite has heated tile floors. Open living concept w/ gas fireplace, house also has a heat pump. Appliances & window coverings included. Landscaped front & back yard w/sprinkler system. Close to hospital & downtown Duncan. 10 yr New Home Warranty is in effect. 1 (778) 429-8645

LADYSMITH: SEMI-OCEANFRONT 6.5 treed acres, 2600 ft. 3bdrm home. Water view every from every room. $419,000. (250)245-8950

Location, Location! Walk to mall. 2 bed, 2 bath rancher in Ladysmith. Heat pump, wood fp, built-in vac. Sunroom, new windows, great home for seniors. $255,000. 250-245-1484.

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REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

FOR SALE BY OWNER

HOUSES FOR SALE

APARTMENT/CONDO

APARTMENT/CONDO

MISCELLANEOUS FOR RENT

SHARED ACCOMMODATION

AUTO ACCESSORIES/ PARTS

CLOSE TO Town - 1 bdrm, $650 inclds cable. Avail now. (250)618-6800, (250)753-4642

Meicor Properties Ladysmith: bachelor unit avail now $590/mo incl. heat & hot water, sm pets ok. 250-9246966. www.meicorproperties.com NANAIMO: CLEAN, quiet 1 bdrm suites. Hot water incl’d, on bus route. $545/mo. 1 yr lease, ref’s & credit check req’d. Avail. Jan 1. Call 250754-8411. NANAIMO: QUIET, clean and comfortable 1 bdrm. Central location, views, intercom, elevator. Free hot water. N/S, N/P. Refs. $650/mo. Call Mark/Don 250-753-8633. NANAIMO: TOP floor 2 bdrm. Private, spotless, quiet and bright. In good building, intercom, elevator. Free hot water. NS/NP. Refs. $795/mo. Call Mark/Don 250-753-8633. UPPER LANTZVILLE- 1 bdrm in detached house. F/S, WD, hydro and internet incld. Quiet! NS/NP. Long term, $750. Call 250-716-6797

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DUNCAN. Have money but can’t qualify? Purchase this new 3BR home on large lot for $339,000. Pay $60,000 (negotiable) down payment and seller will carry mortgage. National New Home Warranty. Mortgage is $279,900 Payment is only $1,100 /mth. Pictures on usedcowichan.com 250-858-4673

RENTALS

PARKSVILLESPACIOUS “Windsor Court� 1 level strata patio home, totally updated, 2 bdrm, 2 bath end unit, within walking distance to dwntwn, beach, Oceanside Health Centre and other amenities. Drive by #7 454 Morison Ave or call (250)586-3624 for viewing. $237,900.

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HOSPITAL AREA, 2 bdrms, 2 baths, clean, bright, spacious, well maintained. 4 appls, N/S, N/P. Refs. $750/mo. Avail now or Jan. 1st. 250-741-4699. HOSPITAL AREA: Bach/1 or 2bdrm. Free h/w, heat. Free cable or net for 1 year for new tenants only. 250-616-1175

HOSPITAL/BOWEN AREA 1 & 2 Bdrms, adult bldg, security cameras. New windows, flooring. Near shops. Sm pet ok. $695+ FREE Heat & H/W. Call 250-753-6656

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT $600 & UP

CONNECTING BUYERS AND SELLERS

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LARGE 1-BDRM. Ocean view, Terminal Park area. NS/NP. Heat/ hot water incld. $675./mo. Avail Jan. 1st. 250619-2910. Meicor Properties Chemainus: Lockwood Villa. Well kept bldg, 1 bdrm $625, available now. N/S, 1 small pet welcome. 250-246-1033. www.meicorproperties.com

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PARKSVILLE: LUXURY all seasons cottage. Indoor pool, hottub. Fully furn, 3 bdrm, 2 bath beside Rathtrevor Beach. 250-334-9443, 250-792-0174

QUATERWAY AREA: 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, 1200sqft. $1095/mo+ hydro. Swimming pool. No dogs. Steve (250)667-3009.

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES

ROOMS FOR RENT

4133 DEPARTURE BAY Rd. 3-bdrm 1.5 baths. Covered garage, near amenities. $975. Avail now. Call 250-758-7055. NANAIMO: NEWER 2 bdrm in 4 plex, 1000sqft. 240 Caledonia Ave. Near beach, surrounded by park, $850 & $900/mo inclds utils. NS/NP. (250)751-2918 or (250)7418831 after 6pm.

SINGLE & DBLE units; some w/kitchenettes. Pets ok. New monthly rates starting at $650; wkly starting at $340; 10% off end of 1st mo. 250-754-2328

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SUITES, LOWER CEDAR- LRG ocean view 1 bdrm suite, hydro incld. NS/NP. $745. 1 month free rent. (250)618-8800. 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 NORTH NANAIMO: Bright 1bdrm basement suite in newer house. Full size kitchen w/appliances, lrg living room, full bathroom, no laundry. Quiet neighborhood, walking distance to beach, Woodgrove Mall and other amenities. N/P, N/S, No Parties. Refs Req. $725 utils incl. (250)734-3477

CHRIS CRAFT Engines For Sale. 2 Chris Craft 350 cid gasoline engines. Matched pair left hand and right hand rotation. Circa 1965, rebuilt in mid 1980’s and kept in storage ever since. Bore: 030 Mains: 010 Rods: 010 Bore: 030 Mains: 020 Rods: 020. Asking: $1600 for the pair (obo). Contact: (250)245-3004 WINTER TIRES, mounted. 205/70R-15 Champion 96T Ice Pro. $375. (250)758-7145

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There is a lot of incentive to curl well. Provincial championships mean B.C. jackets and a berth in nationals go to the winners. Also, the provincial final on Tuesday (Dec. 31) will be televised at 10:30 a.m. on Sportsnet. “We really want to be able to go out there and perform in that final…” Kalia said. “It will be a big game to play in but it’s what you’ve been working for all year so we’re all really excited to try and make it there.”

The V.I. Raiders won’t face their former coach unless they make it to the biggest games. Matthew (Snoop) Blokker was announced as the new head coach of the Calgary Colts last Thursday. His new job begins Jan. 6. “Having a chance to be in a big market and a big city and coach football, it’s a pretty exciting time for me,” he said. The Raiders announced two weeks ago that Blokker had opted not to re-sign for a 10th season as head coach in Nanaimo. He wished to pursue a full-time head coaching job, he said, and that option presented itself right away – he said he was in a position where he was choosing between five junior football clubs and could have stayed within the B.C. Football Conference. The Colts made it clear they wanted him. “I can make football the No. 1 thing as far as income and my job and whatever else I do will be second,” Blokker said. “I’m excited for that opportunity.” The Prairie Football Conference is the highest-calibre junior league in Canada and the Colts play at McMahon Stadium, a CFL venue. The BCFC champions will host the national semifinal in 2014 and the Canadian Bowl in 2015, so depending on the fortunes of the Colts and Raiders, maybe Blokker will be back in Nanaimo before long, on the visitors’ sideline. “It would be awesome to be able to play a game in a new Caledonia Stadium,” he said.

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The Nanaimo Clippers want to try to fill Frank Crane Arena to the brim, so they’re throwing open the arena doors. The city’s B.C. Hockey League club announced Friday that children ages 12 and under will be admitted free for the rest of the 2013-14 regular season. Ticket prices for youths 13-18 have been reduced to $5. The Clippers believe they are the only BCHL team to be offering this sort of bargain on ticket prices. “It’s about turning the rink into the place to be in town,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. Ken Wagner, the team’s president, said junior hockey everywhere is struggling with declining attendance. He and the other owners think the Clippers are a good, exciting hockey club and they want the whole community to share in the fun and games. “We have to work harder at trying to put more people in seats,” said Wagner. “Winning is going to do that for us. Mike’s worked very hard to put a competitive team together that’s going to allow us to fill the Frank Crane.” Brendan Taylor, Clippers alternate captain, is from Nanaimo and liked coming to the arena as a kid to cheer on Tyson Mulock and Michael Olson and the 200304-era Clippers. “I wanted to be a hockey player, so it was fun to watch them make plays, score nice goals,” he said. “It was just a

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Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Connor LaCouvee makes a stop on Nanaimo Clippers forward Bo Brauer as Alberni’s Kurt Gosselin defends on the play during B.C. Hockey League action Friday night at Frank Crane Arena.

great time all the time.” Now that he’s one of those guys making those plays and scoring those goals, he sees what a difference the fans’ voices can make. “Atmosphere’s a huge thing,” he said. “It definitely gives you some extra energy when there’s lots of fans in the building and if the building is going it makes you play better.” GAME ON … The Clippers’ next home game isn’t until Jan. 10, when the Merritt Centennials visit Frank Crane for a 7 p.m. faceoff. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Clippers finish fall schedule on winning note The Nanaimo Clippers will have a merrier Christmas knowing they won their last game before the break. The Shipmen defeated the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-2 on Saturday in Duncan to end 2013. The Clips broke open a 2-2 tie late in the third period, then added a couple of late insurance markers. Devin Brosseau had two goals and an assist to lead the offence, Sheldon Rempal scored the gamewinning goal and Edwin Hookenson and Anthony Sabitsky also tallied. Jayson Argue was the winning

goalie as his team outshot the opposition 32-30. The previous night was an ugly 2-0 loss to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at Frank Crane Arena. Tanner Kovacs made 28 saves as his team was outshot 30-16. “We have lots of passion and lots of heart… It’s not that we don’t have it,” said Mike Vandekamp after the game. “We just don’t bring it all the time and that might be the frustrating thing.” Look for more on the Clippers in an upcoming issue of the Bulletin.

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No matter the competition, Kalia Van Osch’s curling team has been winning. Whether it’s versus their peers in the junior women’s division, the men and women in the cash league, or even the ladies on the World Curling Tour, the Van Osch girls win more often than not. So the Nanaimo skip has to be considered one of the favourites as the Tim Hortons B.C. Junior Women’s Curling Championship begins today (Dec. 26) in Chilliwack.

Kalia Van Osch and third Marika Van Osch are teaming this year with second Sarah Daniels, lead Ashley Sanderson and fifth Megan Daniels. “Everyone has high-level experience, everyone is really dedicated so it’s fitting really well and everyone’s playing great,” Kalia said. The team always had a strong defensive sort of style, but this year it’s rounded out its game. “We’ve really built into our strategy the ability to play aggressive, to put a

little more pressure on the other team,” Kalia said. With the fundamentals down, the curlers have been able to hone their finesse game and can confidently try to make harder shots. Every game at provincials will be difficult, the skip said, and her team intends to go “full out” in every draw. “It’s mostly just sticking to our game plan beforehand, our end plans and putting pressure on them to make their shots,” Kalia said.


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Scoreboard Dec. 9-14 Monday 55-plus - Mike Turner, 754 triple. Monday mixed - Keith Clarke, 329 single, 730 triple. Tuesday 55-plus - Mike Turner, 318 single; Gisela Sekoranja, 631 triple. Tuesday mixed - Devon Cowie, 338 single; Alec Miller, 758 triple. Wednesday ladies Evelyn Myskow, 232 single. Wednesday classic Tom Moore, 384 single; Shane Hall, 949 triple; Rose-marie Sloat, 299 single; Morgan Theedom, 751 triple. Thursday ladies Darlene Parker, 258 single; Angela Wunderlick, 676 triple. Thursday 55-plus Magella Dumai, 725 triple; Carol Wheat, 268 single. Thursday youth Daegan Haapala, 169 single, 306 double; Cheyenne Walker, 255 single. Thursday night - Bill Ritchie, 735 triple. Saturday youth Maranda Eby, 191 single, 376 double; Jarrod Nobel, 707 triple; Andrew Rigg, 340 single; Mikhayla Knott, 280 single, 771 triple. Special Olympics Lorne Haller, 220 single, 420 double; Kristeen Cooper, 241 single.

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Men’s Columbia Capilano VIU Camosun Douglas Fraser V. Rockies

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