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Cold or warm, celebrate new year in the water Free family swim at Commonwealth; polar bear swim at Elk Lake on Jan. 1 Kyle Slavin News staff

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Hundreds of brave polar bear swimmers braved the frigid waters of the 37th annual Polar Bear Swim at Elk lake on Jan. 1, 2013.

After staying up late on New Year’s Eve imbibing in holiday cheer for the last time before you cut off sweets and focus on resolutions, take advantage of free recreation in Saanich on Jan. 1. For the second consecutive year, Saanich is offering a free family swim at Commonwealth Place, in lieu of a traditional, stuffy levée at municipal hall. “We thought we’d try and reach more people and different demographics than what the former had done. The attendance was

really sagging,” said Mayor Frank Leonard. “So last (Jan. 1) was a bit of a pilot project and it was extremely well received. We had hundreds of people in the pool.” This year Saanich is expanding its free recreational offerings by adding a family skate at Pearkes recreation centre, too. “It’s a way for us to offer something for families to do on New Year’s Day, and a way to celebrate our municipality at the same time, at two of our most wonderful assets,” Leonard said. “We just want people to kick off their New Year’s resolution right: get out as a family, get some exercise, spend some quality time together,” said Rob Phillips, Saanich’s community events coordinator. The Commonwealth swim is 10 a.m. to noon, and the Pearkes

skate happens from 1 to 3 p.m. Another free swim offered in Saanich on Jan. 1 – for the 38th year – is the annual Polar Bear Swim at Hamsterley Beach. Join hundreds of other brave souls for a quick dip in the cold waters of Elk Lake. The Polar Bear Swim kicks off at 2 p.m., and will be done – for most swimmers – before 2:01 p.m. All participants receive a ribbon, and someone in costume will be named 2014’s honorary polar bear. For those interested in attending a formal levée, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon hosts one at Government House from 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Day. There will be light refreshments and music from the Naden Band and the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums.  kslavin@saanichnews.com

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Top five unsolved crimes in Saanich from 2013 Saanich police caught their fair-share of bad guys over the year, but a few remain at large, including an arsonist and a guy repeatedly robbing a 7-Eleven location. Here are five serious crimes in Saanich in 2013 that remain unsolved.

1. Fire bug Saanich police have yet to identify the person or persons responsible for a string of arsons in April, including one that destroyed the ABC Restaurant at Blanshard Street and Cloverdale Avenue. Police and fire investigators believe at least seven fires – including five in one night – were deliberately set. Sgt. Steve Eassie says multiple arsons in a short timeframe are pretty rare in Greater Victoria.

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Police suspect this man has robbed the 7-Eleven at Carey and Tillicum roads four times this year, each time threatening the clerk with a weapon.

2. 7-Eleven armed robberies Police believe the same man could be responsible for three, if not four, armed robberies that occurred at a 7-Eleven store in Saanich this past summer. The outlet at the corner of Carey and Tillicum roads was robbed June 25, July 15, Sept. 10 and Sept. 14), each time by a man threatening the clerk with a weapon – a screwdriver, a tire iron and twice with a knife. Eassie says it’s not known why that location was targeted repeatedly, and says suspect descriptions in at least three of the robberies lead investigators to believe the same person is responsible.

3. Random attack Two people were randomly assaulted and their attacker remains at large, after back-to-back incidents at the Red Lion Inn and on the Galloping Goose trail behind the hotel on Aug. 7. It’s believed alcohol fuelled both unprovoked incidents, where a man described as being in his late teens or early 20s, punched a 26-year-old man and a 49-yearold woman without warning.

understanding that this may have been a group of youths, perhaps from a rival school, but that has yet to be confirmed.”

(Above) In April ABC Restaurant attached to the Accent Inns hotel was destroyed by fire in what police suspect is one of a number of arsons set in Saanich and Victoria. (Right) Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie stands close to where two people were randomly assaulted on the Galloping Goose Trail in August.

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“The severity of the attack, and it being completely out of the blue, are very concerning to us,” Eassie said. The suspect is described as a white male with shoulder-length blonde hair.

4. School vandalism Back-to-school week at Reynolds secondary was marred in September by a bout of

vandalism that saw 14 rooftop solar panels and 15 windows smashed. The needless mischief was done using baseball-sized pieces of concrete. The school has not replaced the solar panels, valued at $28,000, which the students won for environmental efforts. “This went beyond your common mischief. This was someone getting back at a particular school,” Eassie said. “It’s our

At least 14 windows – on cars and businesses – were broken this summer in vandalism incidents involving pellet guns. Damage from the mischief was valued at more than $20,000, including a glass storefront door that was replaced at a cost of $12,000. “The person or people responsible caused a considerable amount of damage in a short time period,” Eassie said. “Thankfully it just died off. Perhaps the increase in patrols in those areas was able to prevent anything further or influenced the individuals that may have been involved not to do so any longer. It could be, as well, they just matured.” Police are asking anyone with information on any of these crimes – or others that remain unsolved – to call 250-475-4321. To remain anonymous, tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. kslavin@saanichnews.com


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SAANICH NEWS YEAR IN REVIEW Difficult Craigflower Bridge rebuild starts

Delay after delay hampered the rebuild of the Craigflower Bridge in 2013, a short span that crosses the Gorge waterway between Saanich and View Royal. The 80-year-old wood-timber bridge closed in April to vehicle and foot traffic to make way for an overly optimistic eight-month build schedule. But by summer the municipalities were facing construction issues that pushed the timeline back another six months. First there was a North Americawide steel shortage, and the builders couldn't acquire the steel to build the bridge. Second was partway through the build, engineers determined the bridge – as planned – could collapse or be severely damaged during an earthquake. While the fix was simple, it was additional work not originally in the contract and the bridge is now set to open in late May. Despite the delays, Saanich says the project remains on budget. In December council was asked to approve another $1.17 million to spend on the project, but that's within the roughly $2 million set aside as a contingency, Saanich says. The cost of the project also rose $2.2 million in March, once contract tenders were received and came in quite a bit higher than anticipated. The cost of the project currently sits around $17 million. Of that, $10.775 million is being paid for by grants.

Business owners in the area expressed their frustrations to the News in November, as they were led to believe the bridge would be open by Christmas 2013. Instead, they continue to deal with considerable losses to their bottom lines. Once open, the new Craigflower Bridge will be a wider three-lane steel bridge, complete with bike lanes and sidewalks. •••••

Saanich on parkland buying spree Saanich's inventory of parkland just keeps growing and growing. The municipality this year officially took possession of some 47.4 hectares of land, including a significant portion of Haro Woods, at a cost of $1.488 million, and the entirety of the lands occupied by the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. The Haro Woods deal was done in partnership with the Capital Regional District, and will ensure the Cadboro Bay-area forest remains a natural area. The HCP land was transferred to Saanich on behalf of the provincial government. The municipality also announced land deals that have yet to be completed, which will eventually increase the amount of parkland in the municipality. In September Saanich announced it will acquire 31.4 hectares of farmland around Blenkinsop Lake for $1.25-million. That acquisition will eventually be used to expand Saan-

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Right bike, wrong man, says judge After a video went viral in 2012 showing a motorcyclist speeding down the Trans-Canada Highway and Saanich police publicly announcing they had seized the bike and charged a man for the 300 km/h joy ride, a judge this year found Randy Scott not guilty of dangerous driving. Justice Robert Higinbotam said Crown counsel didn’t prove the 26-year-old Scott was the one behind the handlebars. During the October trial, the judge blasted a Saanich police investigator for seizing and searching the bike without a warrant, calling the act “deliberate, and in no way can be considered to have been done in

good faith.” “We started with two issues – was it the motorcycle in the video and was Mr. Scott driving it?” said Crown prosecutor Steve Fudge after the verdict. “The judge had a reasonable doubt.”

Explosion rocks Greater Victoria It was 6:23 a.m. on April 26, when an explosion – heard clear across Victoria – rocked a quiet Saanich neighbourhood. The large metal door of a yellow shipping container at a condominium construction site on the corner of Cloverdale Avenue and Inverness Road blew clean

off, landing across the street in the middle of Rutledge Park. Investigators determined the explosion was caused by a small barbecue-sized propane tank, likely left open overnight inside the container. The gas was ignited by an extension cord plugged in to a pop machine. Fortunately there were no serious injuries in the explosion, although all the windows in a nearby apartment building shattered. A lone worker, who was in a neighbouring container, received minor injuries and returned the work that day. Midtown Park condo project is expected to open in early 2014.

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Contorted metal was all that remained of a shipping container that exploded on a worksite near Rutledge Park in Saanich.

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SAANICH NEWS YEAR IN REVIEW Saanich teens rock world of science Vicki Kleu, a teenage Saanich student, cleaned up at the Vancouver Island Regional and CanadaWide science fairs this past spring, for inventing a fully biodegradable adsorbent pad to clean up oil spills. The Lambrick Park student spent less than $10 to create the pad, which could revolutionize the way marine oil spills are handled. Her functioning prototype pads – called Oil RiDD’rs – are made of natural fibres and have proven to hold 50 times their weight of outboard motor oil. They also allow for 95 per cent of the oil to be recovered. Kleu, now in Grade 12, won multiple awards and scholarships for her invention, which is poised to garner national attention when it appears on CBC's Dragons' Den in 2014. A 15-year-old Saanich teen made headlines around the world in September after wowing judges at the international Google science fair with her invention: a hollow flashlight powered by the heat of your hands. Ann Makosinski won her age bracket at the science fair in California, earning a $25,000 scholarship she can put toward future education costs at either LEGO, CERN (the European Centre for Nuclear Research) or Google. In December Time magazine named the St. Michaels University School student one of 2013’s 30 people under 30 who are changing the world. She made the list alongside other notable names, including The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, and Snapchat creators Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy. ••••••

Oak Bay-Gordon Head turns a shade of Green Saanich can lay claim to being the Greenest community in Canada, after electing only the second Green Party candidate ever to a position of political power: Andrew Weaver. (The first being Elizabeth May – elected to represent Saanich federally.) Weaver, a notable climate scientist at the University of Victoria, defeated longtime MLA Ida Chong in May’s provincial election in Oak BayGordon Head. His victory was one of many surprises that came out of the May 14 election, in which the NDP were expected by many to win – but didn’t, and Premier Christy Clark lost her VancouverPoint Grey electoral district to the NDP candidate. Weaver won Oak Bay-Gordon Head with 40.43 per cent of the vote, while Chong and NDP candidate Jessica Van der Veen each received around 29 per cent.

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Tennis Society requesting a $100,000 grant and a $250,000 interest-free loan from Saanich to build the facility. Because of the high attendance at the November meeting, the public discussion before Saanich council will continue in January 2014. •••••

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Farm manager Don McHardie feeds a potato to a black angus cow at the Alberg cattle feedlot on Mount Douglas Cross Road.

Where’s the beef? Gordon Head. After failing to get permission from Saanich council to build a new residential subdivision in Gordon Head on designated farmland, landowners on Mount Douglas Cross Road turned their property into a cow farm. The Albergs were told repeatedly by council that they wouldn’t remove land from the Agricultural Land Reserve unless there was a compelling enough argument for it – not more homes. So the Albergs, under the Right to Farm Act, turned their property into a cow farm, despite being located in a residential neighbourhood. “The Albergs spent a lot of money historically to change the use and haven’t been particularly successful (dealing with Saanich), so they’re going to put it to the uses that are permitted,” said John Alexander, the family’s lawyer. While the family apologized to neighbours, saying they were backed into a corner and want to make some money off their land. Some neighbours complained about the sounds and smells. The first move-in in February saw 23 cows brought to the farm, but there’s upwards of 70 living in Gordon Head now. The Albergs say they are considering submitting another subdivision application to Saanich in 2014.

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Lambrick Park Secondary student Vicki Kleu won the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair with a biodegradable adsorbent pad that can help clean up small marine oil spills. the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre exploded in 2013, as proponents of the plan brought it to council in November. While community meetings and letters to the editor indicated there was pushback to the plan, which proposes to build the facility atop two ball diamonds at Cedar Hill Park, the November committee of the whole meeting drew some 300 people and a long line of opponents who wanted their voices heard. The main concerns continue to be around losing public greenspace, a lack of meaningful public consultation, and the Cedar Hill Clay Court

In June word slipped out that the National Research Council planned to close the Centre of the Universe astronomy interpretive centre at federal observatory based in Saanich. Two employees lost their jobs when the centre indeed went dark at the end of August. The NRC said the closure was related to “fiscal constraints.” The site cost about $230,000 per year to run, and it served 8,000 to 10,000 visitors. The move outraged residents across Greater Victoria and spurred local politicians to action in the form of a petition that would be carried to Ottawa. After behind the scenes wrangling, in November MLA Lana Popham and MP Randall Garrison announced a new deal with the NRC to reopen the site Saturday nights, under the watch of local astronomy volunteers. The Centre of the Universe and the Plaskett Telescope are expected to reopen to the public in April.

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h, 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 B.C. Liberals return 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 an 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 built 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 OK’d deer culls. While some 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.

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Kettle Drive not ideal to donate Re: Sally Ann Kettle drive feeling the pinch (News, Dec. 18) The Salvation Army kettles are a pleasant memory from my childhood. Dropping my few coins into them at Christmas gave me as much happiness as gifts at that age. Now that I am older and can offer more support, I am also more aware of the fact that government is also eager to help. Government cannot make good choices of charities to support, so they offer to supplement gifts we choose to give. Therefore, if I can afford to give, for example, $100, I write a cheque for $180. The receipt I get provides me with a tax credit of about $80. Because the kettle attendant cannot give receipts, I no longer use them as a means to contribute. When we contribute cash to the Mustard Seed food bank at Thrifty foods, their registers print a receipt, making much larger gifts affordable. Ideally, there would be a way for a kettle attendant to hand out receipts for larger donations. Because that seems impractical, kettle collections will mostly consist of small contributions, while more affluent donors will send in a cheque. Rein Nienaber Saanich

Clover trap for deer inhumane Research has proven that stress

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in animals can have serious adverse effects on meat quality. Anyone familiar with the Clover trap method will know that the deer are under a lot of stress. Physical stress can occur when the deer struggles and can get injured when trying to free itself or when the trap sides are forced down on it just before the kill. Animals need to be stress and injury free during operations prior to slaughter. When the Oak Bay mayor said that the deer meat would be going to the Songhees First Nations people, was he aware of this? Does Oak Bay want to kill innocent deer only to find out that their meat would not pass federal inspection and be discarded? What about liabilities? Besides being inhumane the Clover trap method of killing can also make the meat potentially unsafe to eat. William Jesse Oak Bay

Urban areas are not natural deer habitat As a long time Oak Bay resident with “on the ground” experience with the deer issue, any decisions made to address the problem should have their basis in fact rather than emotion. Opponents of the deer cull appear to believe that we should all be able to peacefully coexist, as we have “encroached on their natural

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habitat” and that the various problems associated with having these animals living among us, which are many and significant, is a small price to pay in the big picture. In reality, their natural habitat would contain their natural predators, cougars and wolves. These would keep numbers in reasonable balance with the environment. We have however, maintained a lush salad bar as an abundant food supply for them and diligently removed all the predators to protect ourselves, our kids and pets. The result is an unbalanced situation that is absolutely unsustainable. I don’t blame the deer for taking advantage of the situation, but this is not their natural habitat. If nothing is done, the resulting population increase will be staggering and the fallout will, I believe, shock even the opponents of a cull. The mayor and council have done an admirable job dealing with this controversial issue; the silent majority are fed up and want a realistic solution, not well intentioned platitudes about all living together in harmony.  I believe that the SpayVac option should definitely be pursued, but in the interim, a cull would appear to be the only realistic option. It could likely be made more humane by tranquilizing the deer prior to any euthanizing.  The status quo however, is clearly not an option.   Tom Pink Oak Bay

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SAANICH NEWS YEAR IN REVIEW Hotrodders ticketed at Royal Oak plaza A handful of classic car owners felt the sting of $32 parking tickets in July after the operators of the Royal Oak Shopping Centre decided to crackdown on the regular Saturday night gathering. Hotrodders had been meeting at Francelli’s Coffee House for more than a decade, but earlier that year mall operator Hansbraun Investments told the group that car shows weren’t permitted. Classic car owners argued it wasn’t an organized event, but rather an informal coffee night where they also took the opportunity to patronize shops at the plaza. The crackdown came on the same weekend as the busy Northwest Deuce Days car show, which led to local hotrodders being embarrassed and infuriated when their American guests also landed parking tickets at Royal Oak. The mall operators felt the full anger of passionate car owners – many who are retired and well into their senior years – with a surprisingly vigorous response through social media. Many took up Langford’s offer to have a weekly car show on Goldstream Avenue, and many vowed never to return to the Royal Oak Shopping Centre. •••••

Students come through for Tour When the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team sets out from Port Alice every year, the team always looks forward to the last day of the ride, when they pull in to Reynolds secondary. The school historically raises huge amounts of money, and this year was no exception. When the team rolled in to Reynolds on Oct. 4, the students presented a $75,000 cheque. But the money kept coming in well after Tour had ended, and in late November the school presented the Canadian Cancer Society with a cheque worth $101,134.

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At least they tried to recycle. Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie shows off a rocket launcher, that was found in a recycling bin at the Hartland landfill on Sept. 4. was inert, and was now considered “wartime memorabilia,” Sgt. Steve Eassie stressed that throwing such a large, conspicuous item in a recycling bin is not the proper way to dispose of a rocket launcher. Any weapon – active or inert – can be disposed of by contacting your local police department and requesting that the weapon be surrendered for destruction. The “Guided Missile System, Intercept,” was roughly four feet long and weighed under 10 pounds. The device was apparently produced as an inert training device.

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UVic athletics centre breaks ground After a lengthy process to get support from the community and Saanich council, the University of Victoria finally broke ground this year on its $77-million sports facility. Construction on the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities began in February and is expected to take a little over two years to complete, with an opening date set for spring 2015.

One of the more unusual stories to come from the Saanich police this year was the discovery of a rocket launcher at Hartland landfill. While the weapon

Phil Jacobs found guilty on one count A former Saanich priest was found guilty this year of touching a young person for a sexual purpose. After a trial that spanned late 2012 and early 2013, a Supreme Court judge found Phil Jacobs guilty on a charge related to the priest deliberately touching a high-school aged boy’s genitals with the back of his hand repeatedly during a private study session.

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High crash Saanch intersection upgraded One the region’s most dangerous intersections completed a multimillion-dollar facelift this year in an attempt to reduce accidents. Northbound acceleration and deceleration lanes were built on the Pat Bay Highway at Sayward Road in Saanich; a new bus pullout was built south of the intersection, and a transit priority queue lane was installed to give buses priority heading north. The $3-million safety upgrade was completed in October. The intersection saw 328 crashes between 2008 and 2012. Since the upgrades were completed, Saanich police have received one report of an accident at the intersection.

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SAANICH NEWS YEAR IN REVIEW Veggie garden OK’d for Gorge Park Saanich council gave a collective thumb’s up in November for a community group in the Gorge-Tillicum neighbourhood to repurpose 1,600 squaremetres of field in Gorge Park as a community garden. Construction is due to start next spring on building 60 allotment beds and common growing areas on a field that slopes toward the Gorge waterway. The Gorge Tillicum Community Association led the garden initiative, held community meetings and garnered local neighbourhood support. It the first new public garden in Saanich in decades. The project wasn’t without controversy and a number of Saanich residents argued the neighbourhood would lose valuable greenspace for a single user group and that Saanich has no long-term plan for the park. Proponents of the garden say the site won’t be fenced off and will help build community and provide a place for local apartment dwellers to grow their own vegetables. •••••

Colquitz survives, despite oil leaks The stream banks of Colquitz Creek had a rough year, while B.C. Hydro had an expensive year. This spring, B.C. Hydro blasted shotcrete under Interurban Road and along the creek bank in Colquitz River Park to keep a critical 230 kV

underground transmission line from being crushed by the road. The same transmission had leaked insulating mineral oil into an nearby creek bank, which was discovered in November 2012. From August to September this year, B.C. Hydro contractors dug out 850 tons of contaminated earth, and replanted the area with native plants. Not out of the woods, a oil tank from a nearby home leaked into the park in midDecember, but fastSharon Tiffin/News staff acting Saanich public Dorothy Chambers from the Colquitz works crews kept the Salmonoid Stewardship and Education fuel from reaching the Society nets a big one while emptying creek. the fish ladders in Coquitz Creek. The All this mayhem society has counted more than 1,200 didn’t stop more than returning salmon this year. Typical 1,200 coho from swim- returns are a few hundred fish. ming up the Colquitz to spawn, giving the creek a banner year for a fish run. •••••

SD61 lifts ban on primary Wi-Fi A three-year-long moratorium on installing wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) in Greater Victoria elementary schools was lifted in November after a lengthy consultation process with schools, parents and health officials. The board of education’s decision requires individual elementary schools to conduct a full consultation process with parents and its community before applying to the district to install Wi-Fi.

UVic student housing falls short

Fifty-five first-year students at the University of Victoria were set up in temporary apartments in September, when the school ran out of rooms. By the end of the fall term in December, 29 students remained living in dorm lounges, converted into twoand three-bedroom units. Remaining students will be moved into permanent residences in early January, said Joel Lynn, executive director of student services. Since 2007, the school has guaranteed it will provide a room to all first-year students who qualify for housing.

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February

March

April

May

June

Jan. 1 – New Year’s free swim, 10am to noon, Commonwealth Place; free skate, 1 to 3pm, Pearkes Rec Centre, www.saanich.ca Jan. 1 – Polar Bear Swim, Elk Lake, 2pm. Jan. 1 & 2 – Braefoot Christmas tree recycling, 9am to 4pm, Braefoot lacrosse box. Jan. 3 to 5 – Christmas tree recycling by Reynolds High School Band at the school. Jan. 4 to 10 – Get Fit Sampler Week at Saanich rec centres, www.saanich.ca Jan. 4 & 5 – BC Lions’ Christmas tree chipping at University Heights, Tillicum Centre & Broadmead Village; UVic Vikes, 9am to 5pm, Centennial Stadium. Jan. 6 to 12 – Arts Sampler Week, Cedar Hill Arts Centre Jan. 17 to 19 – Pacific Cup Oldtimers Hockey Tournament at local rinks.

Follow your Saanich Braves Junior Hockey Club into the playoffs with hockey action at Pearkes Rec Centre, www.saanichbraves.ca Feb. 2 to 8 – UVic Alumni Week, alumni.uvic.ca Feb. 1 – Waterfit-a-thon for Heart & Stroke Assoc, Gordon Head pool, 9 to 10am Feb. 10 – Family Fun Day at Pearkes Rec, 2 to 4pm, www.saanich.ca; Swimming at Gordon Head Rec, 1 to 4pm and 4 to 6pm Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Feb. 18 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Commonwealth Place; free, but pre-register at 250-475-7600. Feb. 21 to 23 – Victoria Boat & Fishing Show at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Start planning your spring garden – stroll local parks to enjoy early spring bulbs and flowers.

March 1 to 2 – Vancouver Island Bead & Jewellery Show March 8 to 23 – SD 61 Spring Break. March 11 – Seniors’ Expo, 9am to 4pm, Pearkes Rec Centre March 22 & 23 – Fossil Fair at Swan Lake Nature House, www.swanlake.bc.ca March 26 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Gordon Head Rec; free, but pre-register at 250-4757100. March 29 – Kids’ Humongous Garage Sale, 9am to noon, Gordon Head Rec Centre, 250-475-7100 March 30 – Hummingbird Day, Swan Lake Nature House, www.swanlake.bc.ca Late March – Black Press Women in Business Gala, adminassist@vicnews.com

April – Vote for the Black Press Best of the City awards! April (Date TBD) – Saanich Cycling Festival, www. saanichcyclingfestival.ca April 5 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Cedar Hill Rec Centre. Free, but pre-register at 250-475-7121. April 13 – Old English Car Club Restoration Fair & Swap Meet, Saanich Heritage Acres, www.oecc.ca April 15 – Adult Skate Celebration, 12:35 to 1:15pm, Pearkes Rec Centre, www.saanich.ca April 17 – Off the Grid Music Festival, Claremont School April 19 – Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 to 11:30am, Gordon Head Rec Centre, 250-475-7100 April 26 – Carnival of the Arts, 11am to 3pm, Cedar Hill Rec Centre. April 30 – Wildflower Weekend, Swan Lake Nature house, 12 to 3pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca

Watch for Saanich’s annual spring studio art tours, www.saanich.ca May 1 – Mobile Skate Jam, 6 to 9pm, Pearkes Rec Centre, 250-475-5427 May 2 – Youth Now Awards, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Cedar Hill Rec Centre May 3 & 4 (TBC) – Native Plant Sale, 9am to 3pm, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, www.swanlake.bc.ca May 11 – Free Mother’s Day Concert, 11am to 1pm at Playfair Park. May 14 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Pearkes Rec Centre; free, but pre-register at 250-475-5400. May 19 – Victoria Day May 24 & 25 – Vancouver Island Pet Expo, Pearkes Rec May 25 – Bee Day, Swan Lake Nature House, 12 to 3pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca

June – Peninsula Country Market opens at the Saanich Fair Grounds, 9am to 1pm Saturdays, www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca June 13 to 15 – Operation Trackshoes at UVic, www.trackshoes.ca Mid-June – Your community baseball teams are in playoffs. Cheer on the boys and girls of summer! June 15 – Happy Father’s Day! June 15 – Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon, Elk Lake, triseries.ca/victoria/ June 26 – School’s out for summer; head to the beach! June 29 – Going Batty, Swan Lake Nature House, 12 to 3pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca Catch your local Premier baseball teams, the Eagles & Mariners, playing at Lambrick and Henderson parks.

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Don’t forget to head to the local farm or market to pick the perfect pumpkin! October – Black Press Women in Business Gala, adminassist@vicnews.com Oct. 5 – Run for the Cure at UVic, www.runforthecure. com Oct. 13 – Happy Thanksgiving! Oct. 26 – Wild Mushroom Show, Swan Lake Nature House, 10 to 4pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca Oct. 31 – Celebrate the spooky season with the Halloween Spooktacular, 3 to 5pm at Tillicum Mall and Pearkes Rec Centre, 250-475-5400. Oct. 31 – Happy Halloween! Watch your Saanich News for local events.

November: League play heats up for local hockey and soccer players. Come cheer on the home team!

December – Watch your Saanich News for details about the Cadboro Bay Village’s holiday sing-along. Dec. 6 – Island Equipment Operators’ annual Lighted Truck Parade, www.ieoa.ca Dec. 6 – Deck the Hall - Winter Lights at Saanich Municipal Hall, 5 to 8:30pm. FMI: www.saanich.ca December (Date TBD) – A Day with Santa, 10am to 4pm at Silver City Tillicum, Tillicum Mall and Pearkes Rec Centre. Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas! Enjoy a tour of your neighbourhood to enjoy the colourful Christmas lights. Dec. 31 – Farewell 2014, Welcome 2015!

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January

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Jan. 1 – New Year’s free swim, 10am to noon, Commonwealth Place; free skate, 1 to 3pm, Pearkes Rec Centre, www.saanich.ca Jan. 1 – Polar Bear Swim, Elk Lake, 2pm. Jan. 1 & 2 – Braefoot Christmas tree recycling, 9am to 4pm, Braefoot lacrosse box. Jan. 3 to 5 – Christmas tree recycling by Reynolds High School Band at the school. Jan. 4 to 10 – Get Fit Sampler Week at Saanich rec centres, www.saanich.ca Jan. 4 & 5 – BC Lions’ Christmas tree chipping at University Heights, Tillicum Centre & Broadmead Village; UVic Vikes, 9am to 5pm, Centennial Stadium. Jan. 6 to 12 – Arts Sampler Week, Cedar Hill Arts Centre Jan. 17 to 19 – Pacific Cup Oldtimers Hockey Tournament at local rinks.

Follow your Saanich Braves Junior Hockey Club into the playoffs with hockey action at Pearkes Rec Centre, www.saanichbraves.ca Feb. 2 to 8 – UVic Alumni Week, alumni.uvic.ca Feb. 1 – Waterfit-a-thon for Heart & Stroke Assoc, Gordon Head pool, 9 to 10am Feb. 10 – Family Fun Day at Pearkes Rec, 2 to 4pm, www.saanich.ca; Swimming at Gordon Head Rec, 1 to 4pm and 4 to 6pm Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Feb. 18 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Commonwealth Place; free, but pre-register at 250-475-7600. Feb. 21 to 23 – Victoria Boat & Fishing Show at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Start planning your spring garden – stroll local parks to enjoy early spring bulbs and flowers.

March 1 to 2 – Vancouver Island Bead & Jewellery Show March 8 to 23 – SD 61 Spring Break. March 11 – Seniors’ Expo, 9am to 4pm, Pearkes Rec Centre March 22 & 23 – Fossil Fair at Swan Lake Nature House, www.swanlake.bc.ca March 26 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Gordon Head Rec; free, but pre-register at 250-4757100. March 29 – Kids’ Humongous Garage Sale, 9am to noon, Gordon Head Rec Centre, 250-475-7100 March 30 – Hummingbird Day, Swan Lake Nature House, www.swanlake.bc.ca Late March – Black Press Women in Business Gala, adminassist@vicnews.com

April – Vote for the Black Press Best of the City awards! April (Date TBD) – Saanich Cycling Festival, www. saanichcyclingfestival.ca April 5 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Cedar Hill Rec Centre. Free, but pre-register at 250-475-7121. April 13 – Old English Car Club Restoration Fair & Swap Meet, Saanich Heritage Acres, www.oecc.ca April 15 – Adult Skate Celebration, 12:35 to 1:15pm, Pearkes Rec Centre, www.saanich.ca April 17 – Off the Grid Music Festival, Claremont School April 19 – Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 to 11:30am, Gordon Head Rec Centre, 250-475-7100 April 26 – Carnival of the Arts, 11am to 3pm, Cedar Hill Rec Centre. April 30 – Wildflower Weekend, Swan Lake Nature house, 12 to 3pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca

Watch for Saanich’s annual spring studio art tours, www.saanich.ca May 1 – Mobile Skate Jam, 6 to 9pm, Pearkes Rec Centre, 250-475-5427 May 2 – Youth Now Awards, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Cedar Hill Rec Centre May 3 & 4 (TBC) – Native Plant Sale, 9am to 3pm, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, www.swanlake.bc.ca May 11 – Free Mother’s Day Concert, 11am to 1pm at Playfair Park. May 14 – Emergency Preparedness workshop, Pearkes Rec Centre; free, but pre-register at 250-475-5400. May 19 – Victoria Day May 24 & 25 – Vancouver Island Pet Expo, Pearkes Rec May 25 – Bee Day, Swan Lake Nature House, 12 to 3pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca

June – Peninsula Country Market opens at the Saanich Fair Grounds, 9am to 1pm Saturdays, www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca June 13 to 15 – Operation Trackshoes at UVic, www.trackshoes.ca Mid-June – Your community baseball teams are in playoffs. Cheer on the boys and girls of summer! June 15 – Happy Father’s Day! June 15 – Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon, Elk Lake, triseries.ca/victoria/ June 26 – School’s out for summer; head to the beach! June 29 – Going Batty, Swan Lake Nature House, 12 to 3pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca Catch your local Premier baseball teams, the Eagles & Mariners, playing at Lambrick and Henderson parks.

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Don’t forget to head to the local farm or market to pick the perfect pumpkin! October – Black Press Women in Business Gala, adminassist@vicnews.com Oct. 5 – Run for the Cure at UVic, www.runforthecure. com Oct. 13 – Happy Thanksgiving! Oct. 26 – Wild Mushroom Show, Swan Lake Nature House, 10 to 4pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca Oct. 31 – Celebrate the spooky season with the Halloween Spooktacular, 3 to 5pm at Tillicum Mall and Pearkes Rec Centre, 250-475-5400. Oct. 31 – Happy Halloween! Watch your Saanich News for local events.

November: League play heats up for local hockey and soccer players. Come cheer on the home team!

December – Watch your Saanich News for details about the Cadboro Bay Village’s holiday sing-along. Dec. 6 – Island Equipment Operators’ annual Lighted Truck Parade, www.ieoa.ca Dec. 6 – Deck the Hall - Winter Lights at Saanich Municipal Hall, 5 to 8:30pm. FMI: www.saanich.ca December (Date TBD) – A Day with Santa, 10am to 4pm at Silver City Tillicum, Tillicum Mall and Pearkes Rec Centre. Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas! Enjoy a tour of your neighbourhood to enjoy the colourful Christmas lights. Dec. 31 – Farewell 2014, Welcome 2015!

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Nov. 2 – Fall back: Daylight Savings Time ends. Nov. 7 to 9 – Creative Craft Fair, Pearkes Rec Centre. Nov. 11 – Don your poppy for the annual Remembrance Day services, 10:45am at the Saanich Municipal Hall Cenotaph. Nov. 23 – Duck Day, Swan Lake Nature House, 12 to 3pm, www.swanlake.bc.ca Local artists & artisans gear up for the holiday season – check your Saanich News for local events The holidays are coming – time to make your list and check it twice!

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Community office: 4085 Quadra Street Victoria V8K 1K5

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onday Magazine saw a year of big changes. On June 27the magazine transformed from an alternative weekly to a comprehensive arts and entertainment guide. Black press’ Greater Victoria community newspapers — Victoria News, Saanich News, Oak Bay News and the Goldstream News Gazette – all began hosting an expanded, Monday-approved arts and entertainment section on wednesdays and Fridays. Alongside the voice of arts writer Mary Ellen Green, effervescent film reviewer Robert Moyes and the ever-popular horoscopes by Georgia Nichols, Monday began featuring popular CtV entertainment reporter Adam sawatsky, arts maven Janis La Couvée, independent film advice from Victoria Film Fest director kathy kay, the contemporary musings of CBC Radio host Jo-Ann Roberts, tips from interior design consultant sheri peterson, comedic relief from Mike delamont, fashion it-girl Emma yardley and well-known gastronaut don Genova.

The Victoria Film Festival saw another record-breaking year, selling out 22 feature screenings over the 10 days for the 19th edition of the festival. The year also brought the renovation and reopening of The Vic Theatre, just prior to the closure of the Empire Capitol 6 Theatre, a screening venue for the festival, as well as its headquarters. The VFF also continued with The Art of the Cocktail festival for a fifth year and Free-B Film Festival.

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We present to you a selection of stories we felt represent the year in Greater Victoria sports. Sadly, we regret that not everyone who deserves it will make our list, so please, feel free to share your season’s highlights with us at Victoria News on Facebook and Twitter. Also, be sure to revisit our archives at vicnews.com, where our stories live forever. Volleyball player Shanice Marcelle ended her CIS career with the UBC Thunderbirds on a bit of a high note, to put it mildy. The leftside hitter was named the MVP of CIS volleyball for

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low Oak Bay resident. Hall was named B.C.’s High School Athlete of the Year. He played for Team B.C. at the Las Vegas International Sevens youth tournament and is a starter for the Vikes in the CDI Premier Rugby League. Hall played fullback in the 2013 Barnard Cup Island rugby championship and kicked a try conversion and two penalty goals, despite losing to James Bay. Ryder Hesjedal came under fire in Canadian media when the book by Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen, Yellow Fever, told of the author introducing synthetic erythropoietin (EPO), which boosts the red-blood cell count, to Victoria cyclists Hesjedal and Seamus McGrath during their world series mountain biking season in 2003. The media reaction forced out a public admission of guilt from Hesjedal and McGrath, though they are only the latest cyclists to do so.

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Born January 25, 1925, passed away in the ICU at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Jim leaves behind his loving wife Jean and two stepchildren Susan (Rob) Tompkins and Jason Hutchinson, brother in law John (Gloria) Mason nephews Gary (Bonnie), Clyde (Elsie) Hammond and niece Maryrose Lee. Jim also remained close to Margaret (Tom) Trainor, sister of his first wife Elizabeth. Jim was predeceased by his brothers George, Harry (WWII), and Ron, his sister Florence and first wife Elizabeth. Jim was a veteran from WWII. He loved singing and sports. He was an active singer with the Parksville Seniors Choir, and was still 5-pin bowling at the Sunset Lanes this season. My most sincere thanks go to all of the Doctors, nursing staff and specialists, in both the Nanaimo and St. Paul’s Hospitals, who tried valiantly to save a real gentleman. Jim is the son of a past era. He was a kind and loving man. Remember Jim, now he has gone away – gone far away into the silent land – now we can no more shake him by the hand. Yet, if you forget for a while, don’t be sorry, better you should forget and smile than remember and be sad. Contributions in Jim’s memory to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation ICU Fund, Room 178, 1081 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y2 would be gratefully received.

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logo, started at age six cleaning up her father’s workshop on Saturdays and has been full-time since 1991. While her dad’s affection for bees shows a gentle side of the man, she says he can still be the “temperamental artist” at times. “He is forthright, which is great in the jewelry trade,” she says. “But on the flip side, if he doesn’t like an idea, he’ll tell a person, and some people don’t want to hear that.”

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Sitting at his workbench in his eponymous Fort Street jewelry store, dazzling gemstones and partially done gold rings in front of him, Idar Bergseth speaks in subdued tones about his awardwinning work. Ask him about the colourful collection of large rocks and polished stones laid out on shelves behind and above him, however, and his eyes light up. He refers to a particular gnarly example – a chunk of meteorite he found in a cave in Mexico. “I actually made a ring from some of that rock,” he says. “From agate to rare gems, to me they’re both beautiful.” While creating more traditional forms of jewelry has been part of his roughly 50 years in the business, it’s the different and unusual that he is more known for (see sidebar). “The store’s style is Arabesque, very floral, botanical, organic. My favourite things are very structural, very geometric and stylized.” At 68, he shows few signs of slowing down and has developed a clear raison d’être as an artist and businessperson. “All jewelry is a talisman and what people ask for is something that represents them,” he says. “I feel kind of privileged to make something for someone that they love. The value doesn’t necessarily matter, it’s how the person feels about it.” While the beauty and creativity of finished works and those in process at Idar is unmistakable, something else catches one’s attention. Images of bees can be found everywhere here, from the sidewalk and awning in front of the store at 946 Fort St. to the company logo – even the goldsmiths’ coffee mugs are emblazoned with the black and orange insects. It all speaks to Bergs-

His tendency to pass off to coworkers requests he doesn’t believe he can do well is part of his personality, Lara says. It comes back to creating pieces the customer will love and constantly rediscovering himself. “I’ve been building a lifetime crafting and working on it,” he says of his style and skills. “I still have so much to learn and sometimes I feel I don’t deserve (the attention).”

Achievement award honours creativity Victoria goldsmith Idar Bergseth has spent most of his life fascinated by rocks and stones of all shapes and sizes. The last 50 years or so of that time has been spent perfecting the craft of jewelry art. His career creating wearable works of art for customers was spotlighted earlier this year when he was named one of three winners of the B.C. Achievement Foundation’s 2013 Carter Wosk Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design. The award honours B.C. artists whose work is judged to be “innovative, original and creative while having a practical function.” Bergseth, a modest man who apprenticed under noted Vancouver goldsmith Karl Heinz Stittgen, has won various trade awards for his work and has been commissioned to create pieces for organizations that include the Royal Ontario Museum. Bergseth admits his career and life have been filled with “ups and downs,” but says they have all been “very beneficial.” “This award puts the icing on the cake.” ddescoteau@vicnews.com

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Jeweller Idar Bergseth, who operates his eponymous shop in the 900-block of Fort St., demonstrates some of the tools of his trade in his workshop. Bergseth won a B.C. creative arts achievement award for applied art and design. eth’s love and respect for the honey producers. He lives part-time above the store when not on South Pender Island with his wife and business partner, Nikki, and for roughly 20 years he kept a hive on the rooftop. While those bees eventually

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B.C. Hydro’s imposition of manual meter reading fees has persuaded most holdouts to accept a wireless smart meter. B.C. Hydro imposed a $35 monthly fee starting Dec. 1 for customers who refuse to part with their mechanical electricity meters, after offering the 68,000 customers who still had them the option of accepting the new meter with the radio transmission function on or off. B.C. Hydro reported the results last week to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC), which is reviewing the fees. More than 48,000 customers chose the smart meter to avoid the meter reading fee. Another 450 chose the radio-off meter, which comes with a $100 setup fee and $20 a month starting April 1 to cover costs of collecting readings.

Another 6,270 customers chose to keep their mechanical meters, and 13,110 more did not respond to B.C. Hydro’s letters, so they will have the $35 fee added to their bills until they choose another option. B.C. Hydro reports that 99 per cent of its customers now have the wireless meter. Most of those have been switched to automated billing, and have their daily electricity use displayed on their online account pages. Claims of health effects from wireless meter transmissions have been rejected by health authorities, and also by the BCUC in a review of FortisBC’s wireless meter program. BCUC found that the radio frequency signal from a bank of smart meters is less than 10 per cent of the natural background level, and a tiny fraction of the exposure from a cellular phone. Citizens for Safe Technology, one of the more active opponents of the wireless grid, was represented at the FortisBC hearings by Donald Maisch. BCUC rejected Maisch’s claims of health hazards, noting that Maisch’s “consulting livelihood depends on public fears and concerns about radio frequency exposure.” tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Environmental groups and First Nations quickly condemned the National Energy Board’s recommendation to approve the Northern Gateway oil pipeline project and predicted it will never be built. Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs president Grand Chief Stewart Philip said the battle will likely move into the courtrooms as First Nations mount legal challenges to Enbridge’s project – assuming it is approved in the months ahead by the federal government. “This is about the environmental integrity of the watersheds we all share and we are willing to go to any lengths to defend our watersheds,” he said. “We are prepared to go to the wall against this project. We have no choice.” Wilderness Committee policy director Gwen Barlee called it a reckless, foolish, disappointing decision that will run into a wall of opposition in B.C. “It’s going to be tied up in courts for many, many, many years,” Barlee said. “Environmental organizations will be standing with First Nations and standing with the hundreds of thousands of other British Columbians who oppose this project and don’t want to see it proceed.” Barlee said the recommendation of approval flies in the face of a newly released federal report that flagged an insufficient capability to respond to an oil spill on the coast. “This is a project that’s dangerous to our climate, dangerous to our coast and dangerous to our rivers and our salmon,” she said. “We vow to stand shoulder

to shoulder with First Nations, and the thousands of others who oppose this project,” said Murray Minchin of Kitimatbased Douglas Channel Watch, which was an intervenor in the hearings. “We are determined to keep the north coast of B.C. bitumen-free.” The twin pipelines, carrying diluted heavy bitumen from northern Alberta to Kitimat and condensate used to dliute the heavy oil in the opposite direction, would carve across hundreds of creeks and rivers and send oil tankers out through the narrow passages of B.C.’s north coast. Ecojustice staff lawyer Barry Robinson said the NEB ignored a

huge volume of evidence indicating Northern Gateway is unsafe, unsustainable and unnecessary. Others argued Enbrige has not proven itself competent to be trusted with B.C.’s environment, citing its 2010 spill of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. Most environmental campaigners said they were not surprised, citing federal government moves to weaken environmental standards and gut protections for habitat in the Fisheries Act. Ninety-six per cent of written comments to the Joint Review Panel, including the submissions of the province, opposed the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Feds approve Enbridge pipeline A federal environmental review panel has recommended Enbridge’s Northern Gateway heavy oil pipeline can proceed if 209 conditions on environmental protection are met. After 18 months of submissions from experts and the public, the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel concluded the benefits of a twin pipeline from northern Alberta to a proposed tanker facility at Kitimat outweigh the risks. The panel said there would be significant effect on some populations of woodland caribou and grizzly bear, and uncertainty remains over the effectiveness of Enbridge’s plans to minimize the disruption the pipeline would cause. “It is our view that, after mitigation, the likelihood of significant adverse environmental effects resulting from

project malfunctions or accidents is very low,” the report states. Conditions include protection plans for whales and other marine mammals, measures to protect caribou and other land animals and development of methods to track and deal with diluted bitumen spills. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver reiterated his position that “no energy project will be approved unless it is safe for Canadians and safe for the environment.” The federal cabinet must make a final decision on federal permits for the project by July 2014. B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak said approval by the federal panel meets one of its five conditions, but doesn’t change the province’s position against the pipeline until its other four are met.


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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 unchallenged 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

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Having a low offer accepted in a foreclosure home sale can happen, but given the process also includes going to a court hearing, there’s no gurantees the original offer will be the price for which the home will eventually sell. 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 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,

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

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Entire Floor of Character Conversion! Ocean View Spacious Condo 8th Floor

$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 throughout main living area, stainless steel apcover heat, hot water, pool, hot tub, covered Galley kitchen could benefit from updating and basement storage and coin-op laundry. Thoris available for immediate possession. Includes oughly updated systems including baseboard pliances, and the balance of a New Home War- parking, rooftop observation deck, caretaker, ranty. This home has in-suite laundry, parking insurance, landscaping, garbage, two eleparking. Rentals and cats allowed, no age re- electric heat, some thermo windows and more. stall, 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%


Saanich News, December 27, 2013