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Bay, that was an operational gravel pit for 100 years. “This is $50 million and it is 10 times more important than any interchange,” said region. Mayor Stew Young at A big one this year the groundbreaking, was the opening of the June 27. Leigh Road interchange, The groundbreaking June 15. for the Colwood school The opening of the was on Sept. 27 and interchange closed included a visit from access from the Trans Tour de France cyclist Canada Highway and Ryder Hesjedal whom Spencer Road. Now the school’s road, access to Goldstream Avenue is only posCharla Huber Ryder Hesjedal Way, Reporting will be named after. sible from with Leigh or “This is what it’s all Millstream Road overabout,” said Peter Fasspasses. bender, minister of education. The interchange cost $25 mil“It’s about the future of our young lion paid for primarily by five private developers on Bear Moun- people, it’s about opening new doors of opportunity and providtain and South Skirt Mountain. ing facilities that will help them The province is also chipped in on their education journey.” $4 million. Both schools are set to open in A long awaited change came September 2016. in the spring as ground broke for The City of Langford spent the two new high schools on the some time in 2013 enhancing West Shore. two of its lakes with a new boat The new Belmont secondary launch at Langford Lake as well school is being built at the foras expanding the beach and mer site of Glen Lake elementary school and the Royal Bay second- playground area there. Glen Lake Beach Park was also created and ary school is being build at Royal hanges have been made on the West Shore this year, after all it’s the fast growing area in the

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gave a new home to the playground formerly at the Glen Lake elementary school. Opportunities for West Shore youths expanded this year, including positions for at-risk youth partnering with Pacific Centre Services Association. The association opened Skookum Food and Coffee in December providing jobs and training for 10 youth from the community. All of the youth employees of Skookum Coffee will be referred through the association’s youth programs at the West Shore Child, Youth and Family Centre. The Colwood Rotary playground at West Shore Parks and Recreation also broke ground, but fundraising is still ongoing to move onto Phase 2 of the project. As of now an area has been dug out, but the ground covering and playground equipment has yet to be added. Capital City Centre in Colwood was earmarked for the largest development on Vancouver Island is at a standstill. League Financial Partners, the group behind the Colwood development, filed for a Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, Oct. 18. The application for creditor protection was extended to June 28, 2014. During that time League is selling some its assets, not

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hough a great many things were reported in the pages of the Goldstream News Gazette in 2013, there were a few issues notable for what hasn’t changed over the course of a year. Articles throughout 2012 lamented the continued lack of emergency or transitional housing for youth in the West Shore. Here we are again. While strides have certainly been made with the Threshold Housing Society taking the reigns from the West Shore Youth Housing Task Force in getting an initiative off the ground, the fact remains there is still no housing. For another winter youth who leave their homes for one reason or another have nowhere to go other than downtown, with all that comes with it. Controversy surrounding the 40 Days for Life, and its related vigils outside of the Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic in View Royal, continued in 2013, as it has since 2011. In 2013 Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA Maurine Karagianis announced she would be appealing to the provincial government to increase the bubble around clinics which perform abortions, ostensibly pushing vigil participants out of the area. Members of the vigil have denounced the idea as a violation of their rights of free speech, while those in support say women should be able to visit the clinic without being bothered. Tensions reached a boiling point when a protestor allegedly entered the clinic, an incident still under investigation by West Shore RCMP. The debate continues and another 40-day vigil is likely in March. One thing that hasn’t

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Choose Life Victoria president Steve Weatherbe, right, and 40 Days for Life co-ordinator Alex Berns stand across the street from the View Royal health clinic. changed will be considered a success story by many and a disappointing failure by a few. A proposed development in the Royal Bay area of Colwood was shot down by a City of Colwood committee after neighbouring residents loudly opposed the density of the development. About 100 residents showed up to a committee meeting to voice their concerns with the project and in the end the committee voted to tell the developer to go back to the drawing board. The application was ultimately withdrawn, leaving the future of the parcel of land an unknown. The Capital Regional District’s sewage treatment is still the biggest question mark for the entire region, but in the West Shore the question is still, what’s the cost? Colwood especially is still in a bad way, trying to figure out how much to pay and how to pay it. Initial capital costs already threaten to increase costs by 100 per cent to current sewage users or a two per cent increase to all if spread out among the tax base.

With major components of the project still up in the air (including the most basic: where it will be), the final cost and timeline for the project are still unknown. Commuters travelling to and from the West Shore during peak periods of traffic know all to well one staple that hasn’t changed: the Colwood Crawl. Although many ideas are still being tossed around on how to ease the traffic congestion, they all remain talk, with no initiatives gaining any noticeable traction in 2013. In fact, there are even fewer options now with the commuter ferry from the West Shore to CFB Esquimalt cancelled in April due to low ridership. Talk surrounding the rebirth of the E&N Railroad or the creation of light rail transportation, or of any alternative to jamming our roads with cars, have been noticeably quiet recently. Perhaps the voice of the cyclist, still championing the convenience and benefits of the Galloping Goose Trail, can now be heard. kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

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Last year full of surprises Ah, the end of the year, a time for reflection and enjoying that one, last (really, we mean it) shortbread cookie. It’s also a great time to look back and compare what we thought might materialize in the Capital Region over the year and what actually occurred. We started 2013 looking ahead to a provincial election and undeniably (or so we thought) a new political direction for the province. Oops. We weren’t the only ones surprised by the outcome of the election which saw Christy Clark’s Liberals returned to power. As we poked through our predictions for the year looking for the outcomes, one thing became pretty clear: 2013 was the year of new beginnings. We saw the secondary sewage treatment project take tangible steps forward including the Capital Regional District’s purchase of the Viewfield Road site in Esquimalt. OK, that didn’t pan out so well. After spending some $17 million on the property, the citizens of Esquimalt, led by Mayor Barb Desjardins, closed the lid on that idea. Other start-ups that have moved ahead in proper order include the replacement of the Johnson Street Bridge. With early construction work on the new bridge taking place while the Blue Bridge remains open, commuters face minimal disruption. Speaking of bridges, we can’t say it’s been the same easy ride for the Craigflower Bridge reconstruction. With work starting in April, residents and business owners expected the bridge to re-open Dec. 1. With construction delays attributed to a North American steel shortage making it difficult to acquire materials, and the discovery that the bridge, as planned, would end up seismically unsafe, the span that connects View Royal to Saanich will not re-open until May. Though commuters may not be happy, students in the region will be cheerful on two counts. There were no disruptions due to job action in 2013 and new schools are on the way. The West Shore will finally see the construction of two much-needed high schools. They include the new Belmont secondary being built at the former site of Glen Lake elementary school and Royal Bay secondary school being build on what was an operational gravel pit for 100 years. And in Oak Bay, the new Oak Bay High is well underway adjacent to the century-old building. All three broke ground this spring. Two municipalities stuck their necks out on the deer issue this year. Central Saanich and Oak Bay have both okayed deer culls. While all residents are not on board with the idea, at least decisions have been made at an executive level – hopefully we can look forward to more of that in 2014. The News Gazette is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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Wishing West Shore well in 2014 customers. Be they retailers, As the year winds down, here are professional services, wholesalers some of our reflections on the past and hopes for the future of the West or manufacturers, in this day and age being small is harder Shore. than ever because more Special thanks and attention often goes to blessings should go out large national brands and the following groups and businesses. But big isn’t leaders who helped make always better. Most of the the West Shore a spenew jobs in Canada are cial place in 2013 and no coming from businesses doubt will continue doing with fewer than 50 so in 2014: employees. These West The volunteers and Shore firms bring many coaches who make the West Shore athletic activiDan Spinner jobs to us with more expected in the years to ties so vibrant and accesWest Shore come. These start-ups are sible for our children and Chamber typically entrepreneurs youth. Ever been to a cold who leveraged their homes and poorly lit hockey arena at 5 a.m.? borrowed from relatives to start up Those coaches, managers, referees their dreams. Kudos to these folks and helpers, not to mention the with the courage to follow their hockey moms and dads who transpassions and because they know port their kids, are all volunteering. survival depends upon treating you, Add to this list soccer, rugby, basetheir customers, right. ball, T-ball etc… Well you get the All our local non-profits including picture; the West Shore is a hotbed Pacific Centre Families, the of sports activities. We have one of Goldstream Food Bank and Worklink the highest rates of volunteerism – along with many others. These in the province – a sure sign of a folks are a vital part of the fabric of healthy community. our culture and society supporting Our municipal leaders. While we those less fortunate than most of wish they would collaborate more, they all work hard to represent their us. A healthy community should first be measured on how it helps communities in ways that their its neighbours and secondly, on constituents want. It is one of the the more traditional measures of strengths of the West Shore that success, and we are glad to report each community is different from that the West Shore is a very one another and our elected offineighbourly place. cials keenly protect and celebrate For 2014 we make the following each community’s interests and New Year’s wishes: strengths. Continued recovery for our All our small businesses that local economies and consumer battle every day to deliver quality confidence, so that West Shore goods and services to their

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retailers, developers, farmers, artists and businesses can get stronger and stronger as they still continue to come out of the recession. There continues to be many new businesses opening up in the West Shore and we wish the very best for them for 2014. We’d like to extend a special shout out to all our friends and neighbours in our local First Nations for a healthy 2014. Many of these friends have families and colleagues who continue to suffer the challenges of difficult economic and social circumstances. Their leaders are working hard to turn that around. A heartfelt wish for our local communities and municipal leaders to continue to learn to collaborate and co-operate on any number of fronts. This is a positive response to annual cries for amalgamation and can only produce more efficiencies and cost savings and better customer service across the region. Lastly, we’d like to extend New Year’s wishes to our remarkable young West Shore families (and the grandparents who are following them out) who continue to pour into this community, working hard, commuting where required, juggling their family pressures and somehow still filling West Shore facilities and events with smiling faces and good cheer. You are the reason we are all here – have a fantastic, safe and prosperous New Year for 2014! Dan Spinner is CEO of West Shore Chamber of Commerce dspinner@westshore.bc.ca

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With the end of the year upon us, this is a time to photos from the two-day music festival. - Sometimes social media can be useful in the reflect on the major events and moments of 2013. And thanks to social media we no longer have simplest of ways, for instance in helping spread to use our actual memories to achieve this. So the word about high levels of bacteria in Glen Lake here, in chronological order, are some of the Gold- in July. Over 800 people saw that post, with many stream News Gazette’s most talked about, liked, passing the word along by sharing the link. - A prison break from William Head Institucommented, shared etc. Facebook posts of 2013: - A posted photo and article on the Pacific Insti- tion in September had over 1,000 people taking to Facebook to see tute of Sport Excela mug shot of the lence donating 20 new considered-dangertrack bikes for Greater ous escapees. LuckVictoria Velodrome ily the two men were Association programs scooped up by the on March 6 got a huge authorities in short amount of traffic, with order and are back some 2,241 people behind bars. Another viewing the post and thought-to-be break14 sharing it. out 10 days later got - A post on March more than 2,000 hits. 27 about nine-year-old This time the inmate Katrina Van Winkle thanking View Royal File Photo was found still on firefighters and, par- A post about a nine-year-old girl thanking View prison grounds. - A photo of reporter ticularly, Chief Paul Royal Fire and Rescue for saving her life was one Charla Huber repelHurst, got a lot of of the most popular of the year on Facebook. ling down the side attention and a great of downtown’s CIBC many “likes.” Hurst had pulled the unconscious girl out of a house fire building for charity in September brought in a lot the week before she and her classmates went to of supportive likes and comments. - Nearly 1,500 people saw a Facebook post linkthe fire hall for a personal thank you. - Apparently photos of firefighters are a big draw ing to a story about a young man who had missed on Facebook, with a post on Colwood’s bravest Halloween due to the flu. His entire neighbourout to collect money for Muscular Dystrophy Can- hood took part in a late Halloween just for him, so he could still go door-to-door and get candy. ada earning nearly 1,000 hits back in May. - Earlier in December, a story on the Langford - A gas leak on Jacklin Road on May 27 caused the road to be closed and Gazette readers clearly Caprice closing down on Jan. 5, 2014 saw nearly turned to our Facebook page for the latest, with 2,000 views and brought in comments from many over 1,000 people finding out when the road had lamenting the loss of the cinema. “This was the only affordable place in town,” wrote Teresa Lonreopened from a post. - Both those at and missing out on Rock the sdale. Shores 2013 took to Facebook for live updates and

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1. Guerrilla gardener landscapes Admirals Road with marijuana (July 29) - 17,960 unique visits. Find this story at vicnews.com/news/217437291.html 2. Hotrods ticketed at popular collector car hangout in Saanich (July 23) - 10,623 UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/ news/216692331.html 3. You Win, Hollywood: Vancouver’s Gary Fung forced to

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shut down IsoHunt (Oct. 19) - 8,051 UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/business/ 228472911. html 4. Center of the Universe in Saanich to close at the end of summer (June 20) - 6,519 UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/ news/212384661.html 5. Shipping container explodes in Saanich after propane leak (April 26) - 4,159 UV.

Find this story at vicnews.com/ news/204847131.html 6. Fire engulfs Tudor House Pub (July 16) - 4,015 UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/news/ 215678221.html 7. Victoria News unveils 2013 Best of the City (June 27) - 3,729 UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/ news /213399341.html 8. Mega yacht Athena makes stop in Victoria (June 6) - 3,602

UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/ news/210494861.html 9. Cyclist injured by wire hanging across hiking trail in rural Victoria (June 6) - 3,240 UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/ news/210444241.html 10. Missile launcher found in Hartland recycling bin (Sept. 10) - 2,971 UV. Find this story at vicnews.com/news/223149081.html editor@vicnews.com

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January

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March

April

May

June

Jan. 1 – Scouts’ Polar Bear Swim at Camp Bernard. www.victoriascouts.ca Jan. 3 – Free skate for SD62 students, 4 to 6 pm at City Centre Park, www.eagleridgecentre.com Jan. 3, 4, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 26 – Victoria Grizzlies play at Bear Mountain Arena. www.victoriagrizzlies.com Jan. 4 & 5 – JDF Venturers’ Tree Chipping fundraiser by donation, 10am to 4pm at Luxton Fairgrounds. Jan. 4 & 5 – BC Lions’ Tree chipping at & Westshore Town Centre & Sooke Home Hardware. Jan. 11 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. Jan. 11 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, featuring Karel Roessingh, highlands.bc.ca Jan. 25 – Metchosin’s Got Talent, Pearson College. Jan. 28 – Free Coast Capital Swim, JDF Pool, www. westshorerecreation.ca

Feb. 1 – Enchanting Wedding Show, 10am to 4pm, Bear Mountain Arena. Feb. 2 – Westshore Rebels Superbowl Party fundraiser, Langford Legion, westshorerebelsfootball.com Feb. 8 – Metchosin Agriculture Workshop, municipal grounds, www.district.metchosin.bc.ca Feb. 8 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, featuring Wire Tap, highlands.bc.ca Feb. 8, 9, 21 & 23 – Victoria Grizzlies play at Bear Mountain Arena, www.victoriagrizzlies.com Feb. 9 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. www.bulldoggreen.ca Feb. 10 – Family Day swims & skates at JDF Recreation www.westshorerecreation.ca Feb. 21 – Pro-D skate (12:30 to 1:30 pm) and swim (3 to 5 pm) at JDF Recreation, www.westshorerecreation.ca

TBA – Victoria Grizzlies playoffs at Bear Mountain Arena. www.victoriagrizzlies.com March 7 – Pro-D Swim, 3 to 5 pm at JDF Recreation, www.westshorerecreation.ca March. 8 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, highlands.bc.ca March 9 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. March 9 – Spring forward for Daylight Savings. March 15 – Baden-Powell Dinner & Silent Auction, Royal Colwood Golf Club, www.victoriascouts.ca March 15 to 23 – Spring Break for SD 62, www.sd62. bc.ca March 25 – Free Coast Capital Swim, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Juan de Fuca Recreation, www.westshorerecreation.ca

March 26 to April 13 – Blooms, at the Coast Collective Gallery April 8 – BikeJam, 9 am to 4 pm at JDF lower fields, www.schoolbikeleague.com April 12 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, highlands.bc.ca April 12 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. April 18 – Good Friday April 19 – Kinette Easter Egg Hunt, 10am at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. April 25 to 27 – Victoria Spring Home Expo, Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, www.homeshowtime.com Enjoy the spring wildflowers in the West Shore... including Colwood’s St. John the Baptist Church, St. Mary’s Church in Metchosin and Mill Hill Park.

May 10 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, featuring Wire Tap, highlands.bc.ca May 11 – Mother’s Day Paint-in, Hatley Park. May 11 – Metchosin Farmer’s Market opens for the season, 11am to 2pm Sundays through October. May 10 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. May 17 & 18 (TBC) – Historic Military Encampment at Fort Rodd Hill. May 17 to 19 – Luxton Pro Rodeo. May 24 & 25 – Fired Up! Pottery show & sale, Metchosin Community Hall, www.firedup.ca May 25 – Highlands Market opens, 10am to 1pm, Caleb Pike Heritage Park. May 31 – Community Garage Sale, 10 am to 2 pm, JDF Curling Rink, www.westshorerecreation.ca

Visit the Goldstream Station Market, Saturdays, 10am to 2pm on Bryn Maur Rd, downtown Langford. Support your Victoria Shamrocks at Bear Mountain June 1 – Sooke Secret Garden Tour, sookesecretgardens. com June 1 – 2014 Victoria Goddess Run, Langford City Park, victoriagoddess.com June 14 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, highlands.bc.ca June 14 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. June 14 – Relay for Life, City Centre Park, 6pm to 6am, convio.cancer.ca June 15 – Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon, Elk Lake. June 28 – Run or Dye 5K, JDF Lower Fields, ca.runordye. com

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June 25 to July 6 – Showcase III, featuring Coast Collective associate members July – Music in the Park, Sundays 2 to 4pm at Veterans Park, www.cityoflangford.ca July 1 – Canada Day celebrations at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Sites. July – Watch for the Classy Caddies Vintage Cadillac Car Show at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. July 12 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. July 13 – Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra’s Philharmonic Fling, Ed. McGregor Park, www.sookephil.ca July 26 to Aug. 5 – Sooke Fine Arts Show, Seaparc Leisure Centre July 27 – Colwood Rotary Art & Wine Festival, Fort Rodd Hill

Support your Victoria Rebels football team at Westhills Stadium at City Centre Park, westshorerebelsfootball. com Aug. 4 – BC Day – watch for local events & activities. Aug. 9 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. August – Medieval Village at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Aug. 24 – Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria, www. tourdevictoria.com Labour Day is almost here...Time for back to school shopping! Harvest time: Savour the flavours at your local farmer’s markets in Metchosin, Langford and the Highlands.

Support your Juan de Fuca Grizzlies at Bear Mountain Arena. www.victoriagrizzlies.com Sept. 2 – Back to school! Sept. 7 – English Car Affair in the Park, Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Sept. 7 – Metchosin Day, Metchosin Municipal Grounds. Sept. 12 to 14 – Luxton Fair at the Luxton Fairgrounds,www.luxtonfair.ca Sept. 13 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. Sept. 14 – Highland Fling, Caleb Pike Heritage Park, www.calebpikeheritagepark.org Sept. 20 – Gorge Waterway Clean-Up, burnsidegorge.ca September – Fort Rodd Hill Lantern Tour, 250-4784389.

October – Black Press Women in Business Awards & Gala. Info: adminassist@vicnews.com To early October – Savour the local bounty at the Metchosin and Langford Farmers’ Markets. Oct. 13 – Happy Thanksgiving! Oct. 11 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. www.bulldoggreen.ca Late October – The annual Ghosts of Victoria Festival offers some special spooky activities around the region. Late October – Head to Goldstream Park to take in the fall Salmon Run. Oct. 31 – Happy Halloween! Find family fun at local firehalls and City Centre Park. Watch the Goldstream News Gazette for details about local events.

November – Browse your West Shore Recreation Active Living Guide for seasonal events and activities, www. westshorerecreation.ca Don’t forget those in need – support the West Shore Food Bank this holiday season. Nov. 2 – Fall back: Daylight Savings Time ends. Nov. 8 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day at Veterans Memorial Park,www.cityoflangford.ca Nov. 22 – Take on the Bear Mountain 10K, www.bearmountain10k.ca Watch for Santa’s arrival at Westshore Town Centre, www. westshoretowncentre.com Local artists & artisans gear up for the holiday season

December – Head to Westhills Arena for outdoor ice skating. Dec. 6 – Island Equipment Operators’ annual Lighted Truck Convoy, www.ieoa.ca Early December – Christmas Light-up at Veterans Park, www.cityoflangford.ca December – Watch for the Fleet Diving Unit Christmas Hamper Turkey Run. Dec. 13 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. Dec. 21 – Santa Run with the Metchosin Fire Department, www.metchosinfire.ca Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas! Dec. 31 – Farewell 2014, Welcome 2015!

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NEWS GAZETTE

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January

February

March

April

May

June

Jan. 1 – Scouts’ Polar Bear Swim at Camp Bernard. www.victoriascouts.ca Jan. 3 – Free skate for SD62 students, 4 to 6 pm at City Centre Park, www.eagleridgecentre.com Jan. 3, 4, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 26 – Victoria Grizzlies play at Bear Mountain Arena. www.victoriagrizzlies.com Jan. 4 & 5 – JDF Venturers’ Tree Chipping fundraiser by donation, 10am to 4pm at Luxton Fairgrounds. Jan. 4 & 5 – BC Lions’ Tree chipping at & Westshore Town Centre & Sooke Home Hardware. Jan. 11 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. Jan. 11 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, featuring Karel Roessingh, highlands.bc.ca Jan. 25 – Metchosin’s Got Talent, Pearson College. Jan. 28 – Free Coast Capital Swim, JDF Pool, www. westshorerecreation.ca

Feb. 1 – Enchanting Wedding Show, 10am to 4pm, Bear Mountain Arena. Feb. 2 – Westshore Rebels Superbowl Party fundraiser, Langford Legion, westshorerebelsfootball.com Feb. 8 – Metchosin Agriculture Workshop, municipal grounds, www.district.metchosin.bc.ca Feb. 8 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, featuring Wire Tap, highlands.bc.ca Feb. 8, 9, 21 & 23 – Victoria Grizzlies play at Bear Mountain Arena, www.victoriagrizzlies.com Feb. 9 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. www.bulldoggreen.ca Feb. 10 – Family Day swims & skates at JDF Recreation www.westshorerecreation.ca Feb. 21 – Pro-D skate (12:30 to 1:30 pm) and swim (3 to 5 pm) at JDF Recreation, www.westshorerecreation.ca

TBA – Victoria Grizzlies playoffs at Bear Mountain Arena. www.victoriagrizzlies.com March 7 – Pro-D Swim, 3 to 5 pm at JDF Recreation, www.westshorerecreation.ca March. 8 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, highlands.bc.ca March 9 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. March 9 – Spring forward for Daylight Savings. March 15 – Baden-Powell Dinner & Silent Auction, Royal Colwood Golf Club, www.victoriascouts.ca March 15 to 23 – Spring Break for SD 62, www.sd62. bc.ca March 25 – Free Coast Capital Swim, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Juan de Fuca Recreation, www.westshorerecreation.ca

March 26 to April 13 – Blooms, at the Coast Collective Gallery April 8 – BikeJam, 9 am to 4 pm at JDF lower fields, www.schoolbikeleague.com April 12 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, highlands.bc.ca April 12 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. April 18 – Good Friday April 19 – Kinette Easter Egg Hunt, 10am at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. April 25 to 27 – Victoria Spring Home Expo, Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, www.homeshowtime.com Enjoy the spring wildflowers in the West Shore... including Colwood’s St. John the Baptist Church, St. Mary’s Church in Metchosin and Mill Hill Park.

May 10 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, featuring Wire Tap, highlands.bc.ca May 11 – Mother’s Day Paint-in, Hatley Park. May 11 – Metchosin Farmer’s Market opens for the season, 11am to 2pm Sundays through October. May 10 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. May 17 & 18 (TBC) – Historic Military Encampment at Fort Rodd Hill. May 17 to 19 – Luxton Pro Rodeo. May 24 & 25 – Fired Up! Pottery show & sale, Metchosin Community Hall, www.firedup.ca May 25 – Highlands Market opens, 10am to 1pm, Caleb Pike Heritage Park. May 31 – Community Garage Sale, 10 am to 2 pm, JDF Curling Rink, www.westshorerecreation.ca

Visit the Goldstream Station Market, Saturdays, 10am to 2pm on Bryn Maur Rd, downtown Langford. Support your Victoria Shamrocks at Bear Mountain June 1 – Sooke Secret Garden Tour, sookesecretgardens. com June 1 – 2014 Victoria Goddess Run, Langford City Park, victoriagoddess.com June 14 – Highlands Folk Coffee House, 7 pm, Caleb Pike House, highlands.bc.ca June 14 – Bulldog GREEN recycling depot, Belmont Secondary, 9am to noon. June 14 – Relay for Life, City Centre Park, 6pm to 6am, convio.cancer.ca June 15 – Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon, Elk Lake. June 28 – Run or Dye 5K, JDF Lower Fields, ca.runordye. com

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The heroics of Bill Bestwick and strange ending to his abrupt term There are few tales stranger than that of Bill Bestwicks’ midseason dismissal, which is why he’s among our 2013 newsmakers. Maybe it’s because it was so recent, but nothing else came with as much disappointment as Bestwick’s firing. As for Bestwick: his players like him, his assistant coach Ciag Didmon (still) likes him and the fans like him. But apparently, there is more to winning in hockey than, er, winning. No sensible reason was ever given as to why Bill Bestwick was dismissed by the Victoria Grizzlies except for the obvious: that the team is saving money by not paying him, and believes in Didmon enough to put their

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ling hockey tale than that of Bestwick’s. He spun magic to turn the Grizzlies into a team that held first place in the B.C. Hockey League for a good chunk of the 2012-13 season and then defeated the Powell River Kings in the playoffs before losing to the Alberni Bulldogs in overtime of the fifth and final game of the second round playoff series. Everything Bestwick touched in his short time here, just about 16 months, turned to gold. The good news is Didmon (and maybe it’s what made Bestwick expendable in the first place) was in on all of Bestwick’s decisions and has a firm grip on what the Grizzlies need to do to get into the BCHL final for the first time in a long time.


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SAANICH WEST- 1246 Hastings St, 3 bdrm Rancher, 2 garage, dining/living/family rooms, 2 bath (ensuite), F/P, appls incld, new roof. Walking distance to Interurban campus. Reduced price, $460,000. Call 250-477-4600.

1966 CHEVY Pick up, 1/2 ton short box, burgundy. 3 in the tree, 6 cylinder. Good condition, runs great, comes with second set of winter tires and rims. Second owner for last 45 years, in Victoria. $6,000 obo. Call: 250-479-0441 or email: havoc@telus.net

PERSONAL SERVICES MIND BODY & SPIRIT Kripalu full body massage. Release your stress now. Over 13 years experience. Gift Certificates. Women only. Holiday special. Professional. 250-514 -6223, www.andreakober.com

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MOBILE HOMES & PARKS LARGE DOLL HOUSE (30�x36�) & Country Store (16�x25�) Both furnished with many collectibles inside & out. Can sell separately. Best offer. Come & see! (250)592-1690.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

SNOWBIRDS SOUTH PHOENIX, Seasonal - newer home. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, double garage. $1450. /mo. Nicely furnished, all included. For pictures and more info call (250)724-3606 or email: wavemagic33@yahoo.com

STEINWAY- BOSTON Studio Grand, model 178, ebony, 6 years, immaculate, references. Home studio professional quality. Custom cover included. $15,000. Serious enquiries only please (250)594-5072.

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DAYCARE CENTERS HILLTOP FRIENDS LICENSED

FAMILY DAYCARE Has full-time spot open NOW! LPN owned and operated Located in Colwood on Triangle Mountain, just off Sooke Road. 6:30am-5pm, Monday -Friday. Call Chrissie @ 778-433-2056

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RETOUCH, RESTORE, Edit Photos. Home Movies to DVD. Also, Portraiture, Baby, Family + Maternity. 250-475-3332. www.cwpics.com

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE BURIAL PLOTS 2 ADULT interment spaces at Hatley Memorial Gardens. Lots 215 & 216 in Colwood G. $4900. 1(520)825-1773.

SALES COSMETIC SALES PERSON for Outdoor Cart at Up Town Mall, shift work, $12/hr. Apply to mirjam@telus.net

VOLUNTEERS BC CANCER Agency needs energetic, outgoing cafĂŠ volunteers with positive attitude, weekdays, 3-hour shifts for minimum of 6 months, age 18 and up. Training provided. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250-3862269. BIG BROTHERS Big Sisters needs In-School Mentoring volunteers to spend one hour per week with a child at an elementary school. The hour is spent during school hours doing crafts, playing sports or games, or just chatting. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250-3862269.

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FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391. GREAT DEAL FIREWOOD. Winter Special. Split & Delivered. Call 250-881-4842.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE FIGURINES: ROYAL Doulton, Coalport, Armani, Mrs. Albee, & misc artists - some very old, some more recent editions. Call (250)474-2774.

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

DUPLEX/4-PLEX OPEN HOUSE- Sat & Sun, every weekend, 1-4pm. New Duplex’s For Sale, Duncan, BC at 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

FOR SALE BY OWNER 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.

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper? NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division. PENTAX CAMERA with 3 lenses and flash, good cond. 4 Michelin 17� snow tires, used 2 seasons. (250)479-5208.

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MISCELLANEOUS WANTED ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewelry. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700

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OTTER POINT RV Trailer Park. 40’ park model trailer (no pad fees) 3 slide outs + 30’x52’ lot, finished deck & shed in new cond. Reduced to $117,900. obo. Owner willing to look at financing. Call (306)290-8764.

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO 1 & 2 Bdrm suites & cabins. Perched on a cliffside with panoramic ocean vista, overlooking The Saanich Inlet. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $500-$1200 inclds utils. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references! Call 250-478-9231.

AUTO SERVICES $$$ TOP CA$H PAID $$$. For ALL unwanted Vehicles, any condition. Call (250)885-1427.

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

MOBILE HOMES & PADS LOT FOR Rent vacant mobile home pad. SL Home Park. Call 250-743-7535.

SUITES, LOWER MARIGOLDthe coziest 1 bdrm, W/S, shared W/D, quiet. NS/NP. $850. 250-727-6217. 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 WATERFRONT. NORTH Saanich. Large 2-bdrm, 2 bath. $1800./mo inclds utils. Possibly small boat moorage +. Pet OK. N/S. (250)656-5999.

TRUCKS & VANS 1990 TOYOTA 4x4. Extended cab, V6, 5-spd. 227,000 km. White, great truck! $6500. Call (250)479-3680.

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CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitchen/bath, wood floors, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877

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FENCING ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637.

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VIRGO INTERIORS- Certified Interior decorator specializing in color schemes that work the first time. Call (250)721-2777. designerg@shaw.ca

BILL’S MASONRY. Brick, tiles, pavers. All masonry & Chimney re-pointing. F/P repairs. 250-478-0186. CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee”. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942. www.cbsmasonry.com

ABBA EXTERIORS Gutter cleaning & repairs. Seniors discounts. WCB, Insured. Free estimates. (778)433-9275. (250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave- window, gutter cleaning, roof-de-moss, gutter guards, power washing. Free est.

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DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141

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JUNK REMOVAL 7 days / wk. Fast Service, Best Prices!! Free quotes. (250)857-JUNK.

BIG BEAR Handyman. Painting, household repairs. Free estimate. Barry 250-896-6071.

PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774

GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236.

WESTSHORE HANDYMAN SERVICES- Electrical, plumbing, carpentry, drywall repairs, haul-aways, clean-ups. Senior discount. Bob, 250-818-3529.

SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.

2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)686-6507. D O N E R I G H T M OV I N G . C A $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Est’s. No travel time before or after. BBB accredited. Call Tyler at 250-418-1747.

PLUMBING EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104. FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376.

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

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3467 Happy Valley Rd. Saturday, Jan. 4 & Sunday, Jan. 5 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Mike Hartshorne, 250-889-4445

SAANICH WEST 3795 Burnside Pl, $549,900 Saturday January 4 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jenn Raappana, 250-590-3921

SAANICH PENINSULA 110-10461 Resthaven, $164,900 Sun Dec 29 & Sun Jan 5 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

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HomeFinder Find a place to call home

Q: WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND BEFORE PUTTING AN OFFER ON MY DREAM HOME?

1. Are we pre-qualified for a mortgage? 2. Is the home in a neighbourhood that works for us? 3. What’s that smell? 4. Is it really a good deal? 5. How much are closing expenses? 6. What furnishings do I have that may not fit? 7. Are there any pending legal issues on this home? 8. Have I had the home inspected? 9. What is the appraised value of the home (not the assessment)?

GREATER VICTORIA MARKET UPDATE » as of DEC. 20

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BUYING TIP | Consult a realtor to help guide you through the foreclosure sale process

Foreclosure sales: more than meets the eye The chances of paying below market price on a home aren’t as great as you might think

As we roll into the fifth week publishing HomeFinder, we’re discovering there are always exceptions to well-established rules. Take December, for example. The number of listings traditionally drop a little lower as home sellers take a break for the holidays. But not everyone is content to focus mainly on socializing and enjoying some wellearned time off, as we discovered in a recent email from a HomeFinder reader. This correspondent told us about a townhome listing he and his wife checked out just before Christmas 2012 in Langford. Turned out it was a foreclosure sale and to make a long story short, they put in a relatively lowball offer and it went unchal-

building – the process somewhat resembles an auction. Additional bids to the original are presented and made known to all in attendance. Then, to level the playing field, the interested parties are sent out of the room to determine their final bid, which is put in a sealed envelope before everyone comes back into chambers. “Sometimes people will overpay for a foreclosure, because they get caught up in the whirlwind of (the bid process),” Sheppard says, adding it can be challenging for novices to know just how much to bid. “That’s why it’s important to work with a realtor who can give you the realistic fair market value of a home.” While it’s anyone’s guess who might show up at a foreclosure hearing, he believes that the initial “buyer” of such homes have a “homefield advantage” of sorts. By that, he means they’ve presumably done all the work, like having the appropriate inspections done and removing any outstanding conditions to be able to purchase the home.

lenged during the required court proceedings. We wondered just how common their experience is in Greater Victoria. Apparently not very, according to local realtor Dale Sheppard, who has worked on a number of foreclosure sales over the years. “For the most part (the home) generally goes for fair market value,” he says. There’s various reasons for that, Sheppard explains. Not only are lending institutions mandated to get as much as possible for the home, he says, once an offer is accepted and conditions lifted – as with traditional vendor home sales –  the accepted price is then made public and a court date set. That information usually attracts other potential buyers who usually drive the price up. Sheppard says the final decision on who gets the home lies with the presiding officer of the court, but it frequently goes to the highest bidder. Come court time –  hearings are almost always held in “chambers” upstairs in the Victoria Law Courts

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The number of people actively keeping track of foreclosure sales today in Greater Victoria has dwindled from the heavy growth period –  in terms of prices –  of 2001 and 2008, Sheppard says. With the market holding prices relatively flat, “flipping” houses doesn’t happen as often, he adds. “There’s a lot of buyers who ideally would like to do that if the opportunity arose,” he says, “but most are aware that it’s not the market for that right now.” – Don Descoteau

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Walk to Mayfair or Uptown, downtown is just minutes away. Ultra-modern styling combines with all the conveniences incl inunit laundry, undrgrnd parking & petfriendly. Stainless steel appliances, quartz counters and underhung sinks. Geothermal in-floor heating, green rebate, & decorating allowance. Move in February 2014

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$709,000 Metchosin Albert Head/Witty’s Lagoon Enjoy this custom built architecturally designed home of nearly 4,000 sqft on quiet acre. Main floor master suite with access to expansive brick patio with hot tub. Sunny kitchen with island, dining and LR. Three BRs up and legal self-contained furnished 1 BR suite over triple car garage. Extensive landscaping, workshop, and lots of recent upgrades.

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$539,000 Oak Bay - South Oak Bay Walk just a few steps to popular Oak Bay Village shops & services. Amazing opportunity for couple wanting to downsize, yet remain in very desirable neighbourhood. Main flr incl spacious living room w/fireplace, lrg kitchen, master bedroom w/ensuite & 2nd bdrm. Deck overlooking gardens. Downstairs incl storage areas, workshop, laundry & dbl garage. Well managed 50+ Townhome Development.

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Enjoy easy care living with nothing to do but move right in and enjoy this well maintained two bedroom and two bathroom home in a very well run, desirable 55+ park. Master bedroom with walk-in tub ensuite plus two closets! Updated laminate flooring plus a mix of thermo and storm windows and it’s earthquake proofed too!

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Amazing water & mountain views from this 9th floor corner south west facing 2 bedroom suite. Panoramic floor to ceiling windows. Oswego is deeded, whole-ownership recreational condo with all the service’s & amenities of a hotel. Completely furnished with high end finishings.

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We hope the coming year end finds you and those close to you in good health and spirits. It’s been a very full and truly amazing year for the Neal Estate Team; We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in 2014.

$495,000 Prospect Lake Discover this amazing five acre homesite ready for your dream home and immerse yourself in nature. Tucked well back from the road on the other side of the Interurban Trail. Serviced and ready to build with driveway in, city water, and perc tested. Building site is elevated. Seller may carry financing for qualified buyer/builder.

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$189,000 Saanich West - Tillicum $269,900 Victoria-Central Park $365,000 James Bay Great Revenue Property Move right in to this updated 2 BR third floor $885,000 Victoria - James Bay This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom unit is over 940 Enjoy ocean, mountain views from this condo conveniently located. Spacious living Revenue Conversion with four self-contained square feet. Front and back exterior doors AND 1,250 sqft 2 bedroom and 2 full bathroom room with cozy wood burning fireplace and cov- suites off Dallas Road and the oceanfront! Very windows on all four sides. Bright kitchen has home. Quality built with no pets or rentals ered balcony. Recent new carpets, tiled bath- well maintained & updated, this is turn-key with counter space which flows into the dining room and only 4 suites per floor. Huge living and room floor plus new fixtures and vanity, excellent tenants in place (under market rents). baseboard heaters and deck lumber also new. Two 2 BR suites and 2-1 BRs plus additional and large living room. Laminate flooring dining area with lots of light. Monthly fees Galley kitchen could benefit from updating and basement storage and coin-op laundry. Thor- throughout main living area, stainless steel ap- cover heat, hot water, pool, hot tub, covered is available for immediate possession. Includes oughly updated systems including baseboard pliances, and the balance of a New Home War- parking, rooftop observation deck, caretaker, parking. Rentals and cats allowed, no age re- electric heat, some thermo windows and more. ranty. This home has in-suite laundry, parking insurance, landscaping, garbage, two elestall, and allows large dogs! vators, and a guest suite. strictions. 6294833 Disclaimer: *Mortgage Payments OAC and subject to change without notice based on 20% down payment (as little as 5% down required), 25 year amortization @ 3.3%


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or many, the time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. These are days perfect for winter walks and skating excursions, for afternoons at the park and hillside hikes to work off some of those holiday leftovers. And while white Christmases might be few and far between here on the West Shore, there’s something to be said for a Canadian locale that offers the possibility of a late December paddle or New Year’s Eve turn around the links! So, what’s on the community calendar over the next week? Here’s a few ideas... Join CRD Parks naturalists for Who’s Hooting, a guided walk at Langford’s Mill Hill Park Dec. 29 for those age five and older. Meet at 1 p.m. at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue for this 90-minute stroll and come learn more about local owls. Other excellent choices for a winter walk include Thetis Lake Park in View Royal (also ideal for a quiet winter paddle) and Goldstream, but why not choose a park you might not have explored before? Other West Shore options include Matheson Lake in Metchosin, with its four-kilometre loop trail adjacent to the Galloping Goose, and Francis/King Regional Park, which straddles the Highlands and Saanich with its varied hiking trails through a towering West Coast forest.

250-590-6960

Join the folks at West Shore Recreation for a whole host of ways to get moving this winter, with a holiday schedule packed with public swims and skates, plus a New Year’s Eve Twoonie Skate at Juan de Fuca Arena from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 31. The pool and weightroom are also open until 3 p.m. Dec. 31 with Twoonie admission all day. Why wait for New Year’s Day to embark on your pledge to get active! Keep it up Jan. 3, when City Centre Park invites School District 62 students to enjoy a free skate from 4 to 6 p.m., complete with pizza, hot chocolate and give-

104 - 800 Kelly Rd • www.oakbaybikes.com

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Happy New Year!

Still looking for the perfect way to ring in the New Year? The West Shore is packed with possibilities, from the always fun Ma Miller’s Neighbourhood Pub, where great food and good music are the order of the day, to the warm, inviting atmosphere at Inferno Chophouse at the Four Points by Sheraton, where you can enjoy a delicious multi-course dinner and live music. Looking for something a little different? Try a New Year’s Eve dinner and bowling package from the Galloping Goose Grille and Langford Lanes, or check out the fifth annual Family New Year’s Party at Eagle Ridge Centre at City Centre Park. Wherever you choose to celebrate the New Year, whether at home with friends or out on the town, be sure to plan ahead to get home safely. Here’s to 2014!

778-265-5464

102 – 716 Goldstream Avenue

Tuesday, Dec 31st

New Year’s Eve Party Featuring: The Replacements Come and see what your local Restaurant/Pub has to offer. “There’s always something happening at Ma’s place.”

2903 Sooke Lake Rd | 250 478-3512


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Friday, December 27, 2013 - GOLDSTREAM

NEWS GAZETTE


Goldstream News Gazette, December 27, 2013  

December 27, 2013 edition of the Goldstream News Gazette

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