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Baker turns adversity into positive action I t was early 2011 and something awful was happening to Nanaimo teenager Kennedy Baker. “I was crying all the time, but I didn’t necessarily know why,” Baker said. “I would come home from school and I would cry.” By February of 2011, Baker, who was attending Dover Bay Secondary School, weighed 90 pounds and was admitted to B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, where she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and an anxiety disorder. The chain of events that would trigger Baker’s stress and anxiety began in 2010 when her mother was sexually assaulted. Shortly after the incident, doctors discovered two lumps in both of Baker’s breasts and underwent surgery to remove them – thankfully, the lumps were not cancerous. In the weeks following the surgery, Baker was out for a routine jog near her home in Nanaimo when a man wearing a Halloween mask drove by and shot her, nicking her foot. It wasn’t long after her near-death experience when Baker learned that her estranged father had You get to died after a battle with alcoholmake yourself ism. But Baker rose above the be who you adversity. She got involved in various clubs and councils in want to be. school, such as the Me to We club, where she helped raise $11,000 for the construction of a new school in India. “You get to make yourself be who you want to be,” she said. “You don’t have to let other people make you be anything you don’t want to.” In 2012, Baker began volunteering at the Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society. It was during her time with the club that she yearned to do more for the community. “I was working in a soup kitchen and I noticed a lot of people going through the kitchen were having a lot of similar problems that I was dealing with, but I had a really supportive family and I was able to get the help, whereas they just weren’t able to get the help they needed,” Baker said. She formed her own organization called, STAND (Strength, Togetherness, Action, Non-Judgemental and Determination), which strives to eliminate poverty and promote mental health awareness. “Hopefully by sharing my story I’ll help people and get more people to share their story and in turn help even more people,” she said. ◆ See ‘CHARITY’ /4

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ithin four months of taking the helm at city hall, Nanaimo’s new top bureaucrat has steered the municipality into a major shakeup, a new budget process and governance changes. It’s why Ted Swabey has cracked this year’s top five most notable people. Swabey took over as the manager of the city’s 650 employees in September after advancing through the ranks of city hall for the past 23 years. He was promoted from general manager of community safety and development when longtime bureaucrat Al Kenning retired earlier in the year. Within two days of stepping into the new position, he helped introduce city council to a new approach to budgeting that allowed politicians greater scrutiny of service levels and spending early on in the financial planning process. He also announced plans to invest time into building relationships, change public perceptions around who’s in charge

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t wasn’t hard for the newsroom at the News Bulletin to find five people who made a significant impact on events in Nanaimo in 2013. The six of us brought our own lists of notable people to the table and we proceeded to discuss how each person’s actions or decisions made news in the past year – and how what they did would alter the city for years to come. From there, we reduced our list to the five people in today’s issue: Kennedy Baker, Ted Swabey, Jeff Solomon, Michelle Stilwell and Chief Doug White. But these five people were not the only people to affect the news cycle this year. The following people also made their mark on the Harbour City in 2013. Brunie Brunie – There is no cause that’s too small or too big for Brunie Brunie. She runs in almost every election – including the provincial election in May as an independent candidate for the Nanaimo riding – and protested the development of a parcel of land near Linley Valley. Sasha Angus – The head of Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation was a continual source for news stories with the announcement of a conference centre hotel, a potential downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver foot ferry, plus numerous studies on the economics in the Nanaimo region. Matthew (Snoop) Blokker – The longtime coach of the Vancouver Island Raiders junior football team made it yet another national championship in 2013, falling one win short of his fourth national title. The Raiders organizations has its work cut out for it as it tries to replace Blokker, as the beloved coach moves on to coach the Calgary Colts in 2014. Michelle Corfield – A 30-year lease of the Nanaimo Boat Basin by a private company was immediately met with opposition, most of it organized by Corfield, a commercial fisher in Nanaimo. After Corfield raised questions over access by not only commercial fishers, but also Protection Islanders and citizens to the public marina, opposition forced Northwest Pacific Marine Group to abandon the deal with Nanaimo Port Authority. Naomi Beth Wakan – Nanaimo’s first poet laureate was announced in 2013, with Gabriola Island author Wakan selected. She presented her first poem on the Harbour City during a council meeting in November. Those are the people we saw as newsmakers in 2013. WIth some of the year’s issues still unresolved, there’s a good chance many of these people will be under consideration as newsmakers less than 12 months from now. – Melissa Fryer

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and potentially restructure city hall. His appointment had come on the heels of criticism that senior management had more power than council and a review that flagged negative internal issues as undermining attempts at good governance. Fast-forward four months and the city is in the midst of a major shuffle, which is expected to wrap up this January. The move, which included two buyouts, department mergers and cuts to seven high-level positions, is aimed at cutting costs by $1 million each year and hitting the “reset button” on how the organization met the needs of the community and council, according to Swabey. The manager has also been involved in the release of in camera information, which started this month and remains a recommendation of a recent governance review. Swabey ends the year with a mandate from council on priorities for other governance changes. – Tamara Cunningham

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ore than a year has passed since the city first announced in October 2012 that the Colliery Park dams had to be torn out. Since then dozens of people have jumped on a bandwagon loaded with debate over whether to save or destroy the century-old structures, but the man pulling that wagon from the start is Harewood resident Jeff Solomon, who described the park, in a November 2012 letter to the editor, as a place that is part of Harewood’s heritage that defines the lifestyle in that district. Provincial Dam Safety Branch studies suggested an earthquake or extreme rainfall could cause the dams to collapse, triggering a flash flood down the Chase River watercourse through Harewood that could kill an estimated 150 people. Risk notwithstanding, there was a huge outpouring of support from Harewood residents for keeping the dams. In November last year, about 500 people who attended a rally, co-organized by Solomon at John

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u From /1 Baker’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Earlier this year she received the Young Women in Public Affairs Award from the Zonta Club of Nanaimo and was awarded the Costal Community Scholarship, worth $2,000. “I am always shocked when I get them,” Baker said about receiving the awards. “I don’t see them coming. I think there are a lot of people out there who are just as or more deserving.” In June, Baker took home the Me to We Award, which landed her a full-length feature in Canadian Living Magazine and provided her with a $5,000 donation toward any charity of her choice – she chose the 7-10 Club. “By winning a lot of these awards and scholarships I’ve

ultimately been able to spread my message,” she said. “It means more than just a scholarship or an award; it’s always been about being able to reach out to more people.” Baker, now 18, has come a long way since her admission to hospital in 2011. She recalled what doctors told her when she suggested leaving the hospital on her own terms. “They told me I would be back and that I wouldn’t make it but I have yet to go back,” she said. Baker now attends Vancouver Island University and still suffers from the occasional bout of anxiety, but has simply learned to cope with it. “You have to stand up and rise up above it,” she said.

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Stilwell keeps winning races White takes centre stage B on issues ritish Columbia has come too far, said Michelle Stilwell, not to keep going in the same direction. It was a month and a half before election night, and Stilwell was a rookie candidate for the B.C. Liberals in Parksville-Qualicum. “You’re giving me a funny look,” she said. She was probably right – the News Bulletin reporter was likely listening to Stilwell’s election pitch with skepticism. It was right about the time of the governing party’s ‘ethnic quick wins’ scandal, and the Liberals had the approximate approval rating of sludge. Yes, Parksville-Qualicum was one of the ‘safest’ centre-right ridings in the province. But in the big picture, this career move, this campaign, was going to be one of Stilwell’s toughest races yet, and that’s saying something for a woman who hurtles around a track at worldrecord speeds against broader-shouldered, bulgier-muscled competitors. We know what happened. The wheelchair racer from Nanoose Bay, a four-time Paralympic gold medallist, lived up to her billing as a star candidate and received more than 50 per cent of the vote in the May election. She finished more than 3,500 votes ahead of NDP candidate Barry Avis and almost 10,000 votes ahead of David Coupland of the B.C.

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nvolvement in two of Nanaimo’s high-profile news stories of 2013, amongst other things, has current Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Doug White III as a newsmaker in 2013. The Colliery dams were a polarizing topic and one that captured local, provincewide and national attention, as people and politicians debated the removal of the Harewood dams. The middle and lower dams were set to be taken down in July but thanks to a 30-day consultation process initiated by White and Snuneymuxw, Nanaimo city council eventually voted unanimously to cancel a tender that would have seen demolition of the dams, opting instead to examine short-term mitigation. Snuneymuxw pays $1 million a year Mayor John Ruttan said the consulta- to the school district and White said tion prevented any reasonable chance there was a lawful obligation for the of dam removal this season. district to consult with the First Nation Parents continue to fume about regarding school closures, something Nanaimo school district’s 10-year he says didn’t happen. Enhanced FaciliIn addition, ties for Learning White signed a Plan. As part of reconciliation the plan, schools agreement with were closed the provincial SNUNEYMUXW FIRST NATION launched a in 2013 but an government lawsuit against Nanaimo school district impending school in March and in 2013 over a lack of consultation with closure was the in May, he and the band for the closure of schools in basis of legal Snuneymuxw the Cedar area. action that White announced an and Snuneymuxw agreement with are taking against the school district. Waterfront Holdings Ltd. regarding colThe closure of Cedar Community laboration on current and future waterSecondary School at end of the 2013front development. Two weeks ago, 14 school year earned the ire of many White announced a $1.7-million project and Snuneymuxw First Nation first that will see a sewage line built for two announced it was launching legal reserves as well as a pump station. action in September, filing an applicaHis term as chief will end in February tion for a judicial review of the decihowever, as he was narrowly defeated sion to close Cedar-area schools in by 13 votes in the Snuneymuxw First December – Woodbank Elementary Nation election earlier in December to Lose weight & get and North Cedar Intermediate schools councillor John Wesley. Lose weight & get were also named. – Karl Yu

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Turn unhealthy ship around After a season of over-indulging, many Canadians will wake up tomorrow (Jan. 1) and say this is the year they get heart-healthy. That wake-up call to become more active and eat better can’t come a moment too soon, according to the Canadian Medical Association. The CMA’s latest report on the nation’s heart health says we’re not doing very well – in fact, we’re almost on life support. Across the nation, fewer than 10 per cent of Canadian adults meet the criteria for “ideal” cardiovascular health, which means most still don’t get enough exercise (at least 30 minutes of walking per day), and most don’t eat properly (consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day). People are getting heavier and we see this everywhere as own waistlines seem to expand with each passing year. But adults aren’t alone in risky health behaviours. According to the study, only about 20 per cent of kids between 12 and 19 years are making lifestyle choices to keep them healthy – including being active for an hour or more a day. Where is all this heading? The bad news is unless people’s habits change, there will be more incidences of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart attacks and stroke. If you think our hospitals are crowded now, imagine what the wards will be like a few years from now. The sad part is that many baby boomers are planning for long lives. Unless they make changes now, however, they will be sick or disabled for 10 of those years, according to a Heart and Stroke Foundation report released in 2013. Most boomers think they are healthy but in fact many are stressed, sedentary, eat poorly and drink too much alcohol. Could this be the year Canadians change those statistics and turn this unhealthy ship around? Pass the veggies while we think about it. The Nanaimo News Bulletin 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. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

Canada’s image can match its reality Canada is blessed with some vide limited environmental of the last vestiges of pristine rights. Worldwide, 110 countries nature on Earth – unbroken enjoy constitutional rights to a forests, coastlines and prairies, healthy environment, and 181 of thousands of rivers, streams 193 UN member countries supand lakes, open skies, abundant port recognition of such a right. fresh air. Many of us live in Canada and the U.S. are among urban areas, but our spectacular the exceptions. landscapes are embedded in our The benefits of constitutional history and culture. They define protection of the environment and shape us as people. are many and the drawbacks few. We are also defined by our In places with such a right, peoConstitution, which is ple have legal avenues far more than a set of to protect them from SCIENCE legal prescriptions. It activities that pollute MATTERS embodies our highest the environment and aspirations and values. put human health at David Suzuki As our nation’s top risk. with Ian Hanington law, one would expect For example, Argenit to reflect our contina’s constitutional nection to the land, environmental-rights air, water and wildlife protection was used that keep us alive and in a case where indushealthy. Our Constitutrial pollution was tion’s Charter of Rights seriously affecting the and Freedoms gives us health of people along freedom of expression, the Matanza-Riachuelo equal protection from discrimiRiver. After residents sued the nation and the right to life, libnational, provincial and municierty and security of the person. pal governments and 44 corpoBut it doesn’t mention the envirations, Argentina’s government ronment. How can we fully enjoy established clean-up, restoraour freedoms without the right tion and regional environmental to live in a healthy environment? health plans. It has increased Some Canadians are further the number of environmental ahead than others. Quebec’s inspectors in the region from Environmental Quality Act and three to 250, and created 139 Charter of Human Rights and water, air and soil quality moniFreedoms both include envitoring points. There’s still much ronmental rights. Other provto be done, but three new waterinces and territories – including treatment plants and 11 new Ontario, the Yukon, Northwest sewage-treatment plants mean Territories and Nunavut – promillions of people now have

access to clean water and sanitation. Many garbage dumps and polluting industries were shut down. And the local economy benefited. A legal right to a healthy environment is not about hamstringing corporations; it’s about ensuring they’re run responsibly and that people’s health and well-being come first. It’s also about ensuring laws are enforced and penalties imposed when they’re violated. The total amount of fines imposed under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act from 1988 through 2010 (about $2.4 million) amounted to less than what Toronto libraries collected in overdue-book fines one year. Evidence suggests that stronger environmental regulation spurs innovation and competitiveness, so the right to a healthy environment can benefit the economy. In the aftermath of the Walkerton disaster, Ontario strengthened its drinking-water legislation, which stimulated development and growth of the water-treatment technology sector. It won’t be easy to get the right to a healthy environment enshrined in Canada’s Constitution. But with public support and small steps along the way – such as encouraging legal protection from municipal, regional and provincial governments – we can make it happen. www.davidsuzuki.org

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Keep some pubs adults-only Fantasy every time. If I go into a McDonald’s for a coffee, I go in with the full knowledge that it may be noisy – if it bothers me, I can leave with my coffee in hand. My wish is that at least one pub in Nanaimo will have sense enough to remain adults only.

To the Editor,

2013 has been an extraordinary year marked by significant achievements under the Provincial Housing Strategy. Launched in 2006, Housing Matters B.C. remains the most progressive housing strategy in#30 Canada. With a focus on those in greatest need, our government has invested more than $2.5 billion into housing programs since 2006. Barb Millikin This investment has helped crevia e-mail ate more than 21,000 new units of affordable housing, renovate and upgrade Completely capable of existing housing stock and expand our services to reach being turned into reality more people in need, increasing vigilant to remain the number of households we totally Canadian serve by 20 per cent. owned and selfThis year alone, the B.C. governdetermined. ment invested more than $400 The more we million to provide a diverse range get in debt and of social housing programs that depend on govassist families, seniors, people ernment the with disabilities and those who are more our society homeless. Some highlights from becomes impo2013 include: tent and poweru Finalizing the contract on a less. It is better $143-million project to renovate live very simply and restore 13 provincially owned as opposed to single-room occupancy hotels in live prosperously Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. from the rapid u Providing rental assistance for exploitation of close to 27,000 low-income seniors Mother earth. and working families. It may be that u Officially opening 20 new buildour next evoluings, adding close to 1,000 new tion is to creunits of affordable housing and ate self-reliant beginning construction on another communities 14 buildings. and regions that u Transferring all remaining operate without Aboriginal Housing, 4,200 units in money, debt, total, to an Aboriginal self-managecredit, or foreign ment model ownership. Only Under Housing Matters B.C., we then could we have produced impressive results. be free to live The year ahead holds more prommore natural selfise as we continue to work with determined lives our partners to develop new in harmony with affordable homes for low-income nature. households.

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the tax money from these sort of projects to pay the bills? It is our extreme dependence on government and its well-paid legions that forces all government levels to court big industry and to hand over power to corporate

world dominion. We need to begin to make the essential paradigm shift and become regionally self-reliant without the need for much world trade. World trade was to add a spice to life but not dominate it and we must be

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Government must manage pension money responsibly To the Editor,

May her blessings now be upon your game.

Re: Pension plan needs overhaul, Editorial, Dec. 26. If memory serves, the reason the Canadian Pension Plan and most of the other pension plans in Canada are in trouble is that, rather than the government(s)

putting the pension plan payments into an investment fund, they chose to put taxpayers’ payments into general revenue and spend it. I believe that went on for decades but I think they finally did start investing the funds. Please have your staff inves-

tigate that. Because if they revise the fund but once again start grabbing it, we’ll all be even poorer and, as happens so often when the government gets involved, with nothing to show for it once again.

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Re: Raise the bar for the coming year, Opinion, Dec. 24. I admire David Suzuki and agree that we must do much more to protect the natural world from being ruined by the activities of humans. I fear though in our current consumerist, competitive, socialist and capitalistic world society, we are suffering from an illusion that we can have any significant power to end the destruction of our planet. How can we have power to tell government to stop projects like the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, when the government relies on

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Dance floor packed during Cash songs I DAVID JAMES and Big River perform at SimonHolt restaurant. BY NICHOLAS PESCOD THE NEWS BULLETIN

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Wyatt Flowerdew, left, Gabriella Dunn, Aunti Bobbi the Clown and Jaiden Lo are prepped to party at Finale 2013. Nanaimo’s family New Year event happens at Beban Park Social Centre with swimming, skating, games, entertainment, crafts and more Tuesday (Dec. 31) 5-10 p.m.

Plenty of parties to help ring in the new year BY NICHOLAS PESCOD THE NEWS BULLETIN

If you’re still looking for a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration to attend in Nanaimo then you’re in luck because there are a handful of celebrations happening in the city. It’s country-themed family fun for the City of Nanaimo this year. The city will be holding Finale, its year end festivities at Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Rd., from 5-10 p.m. “This really is the premier family New Year’s Eve event in Nanaimo. We have something for every member of the family from swimming and skating to great music and dancing,” City of Nanaimo recreation coordinator Deborah Brook said, in a press release. “This year we are pleased to have as our part-

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FINALE country-themed family New Year’s Eve party set for Beban Park tonight (Dec. 31), beginning at 5 p.m. Two countdowns happen at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets $10; $25/family of four from Beban Park box office.

ners the Nanaimo Clippers to help with games and Kool & Child who will be helping kids make some fantastic crafts.” The City of Nanaimo is encouraging everyone to bring out the cowboy boots, hats and vests. In addition to performances from Jake West, Bill Perison and The Big Mess, Sara Raymond and Foot Clan/Lost Boyz from Vibe Dancers, there will also be two countdowns. The first

countdown will begin at 8 p.m., and the final one will be held at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; $25 for a family of 4 and can be purchased at the Beban Park box office. If you’re looking for an alternative to the city-held family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration, then consider bowling. Brechin Lanes is offering family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve parties. Brechin Lanes is offering a $100 special of two hours of all you can bowl for a maximum of six people. The package includes glow bowling, a large pizza, bottomless pop, a ginger ale toast, party favours, games and prizes. Party times are from 5-7 p.m. and from 8-10 p.m. To book a lane call 250-753-2341 and for more information visit www.brechinlanes.ca. arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Seven years ago David James was watching the film Walk the Line with his girlfriend when he began to sing Ring of Fire. “She went ‘oh my god, do that again’,” James said. “You sound better than this guy.” That’s when James got the idea to form a Johnny Cash tribute band, known as David James and Big River. “I sounded so close to him, I guess to some people, that’s what they thought I should be doing this (covering his songs) for a living,” he said. On New Years Eve, David James and Big River will be performing at SimonHolt. “Its another gig and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” James said. “We’re going to be playing everyone’s favourite Johnny Cash songs.” James is originally from the small community of Tofield, Alta., approximately 68 kilometres Southwest of Edmonton. He explained that during his youth he listened to country music, but also enjoyed other genres. “I hung out on a lot of farms so there was always an old radio on in all the barns. I didn’t personally grow up on the farm but all my friends did, my dad ran a hardware store in town,” he said. “I listened to a lot of country and eventually I got into stuff that most teenagers were into in the day, like KISS and stuff like that. I wasn’t really a country fan for a lot of years.” However, it wasn’t until his girlfriend at the time suggested

that he should begin covering Johnny Cash that he really got into the legendary singer. “I’ve always really liked him, but I never dug into him until about seven years ago,” he said. Prior to forming the tribute band, James spent time in various other cover bands, but wasn’t singing too often. “I was more of a rocker,” he explained. “I had played in cover bands as a lead guitar player and people always said you need to sing more, Dave.” James said once he began paying tribute to Johnny Cash he noticed something had changed in the crowds the was playing too. “When I started doing Johnny Cash cover songs I immediately saw reactions in the crowd … the dance floor would be packed,” he said. Todd Sacerty, Colin Stevenson Duncan Symonds make up the rest of David James and Big River. “They’re all dynamite back singers, which brings a lot to the band,” James said about his bandmates. “Not to condemn Johnny’s band but they didn’t sing a lot and they weren’t all that good singers.” David James and Big River are no stranger to playing on the road. The tribute band have previously performed throughout British Columbia, as well as in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Washington State. They have even played to a crowd of 10,000 in Quebec. “I thought there must have been five or 10 bands when we got there,” James explained about the Quebec show. “But then they said ‘no it’s just you.’” “It doesn’t matter the size of the crowd, it matters if they’re into Cash,” he added. ◆ See ‘CASH’ /12


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Cash singer suggests buckling seat belt at show ◆ From /11 James said that anyone who plans on coming to the New Year’s Eve show can expect a good time. “If you are coming to the show and you’re a Johnny Cash fan you better fasten your seat belt and hold on tight because you’re in for a ride,” James said.

David James and Big River perform at SimonHolt tonight (Dec. 31). Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Tickets $25 in advance by calling 250-933-3338. For more information on David James and Big River, please visit www.johnnycashtribute.ca.

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Nanaimo homebuyers will now have access to a nation-wide plan that will enable them to have their dream home. The Canadian Home Renovation Plan will allow homebuyers to make renovations of about 10 per cent of the purchase price of a pre-qualified home, provided it is a single-family dwelling and meets minimum criteria of all the lenders. The cost is then added to the mortgage. “The way it works is if the home was purchased at $300,000, you can add 10 per cent,” said Joe Tomkins, a mortgage broker with DLC Canadian Mortgage Experts. “Now 10 per

cent is the general rule, you can go higher but most lenders allow 10 per cent or $40,000. There are certain lenders that allow more and the insurers will allow more as well but the baseline rule is add 10 per cent and you’re good to go.” Tomkins said the plan is buyer focused. He heard from realtors that clients were walking away from prospective homes because they couldn’t afford renovations after making a down payment on what would otherwise be a house they liked. If the buyer could change a few things to the home, they would’ve made an offer, he said. “At 10 per cent, what you do is, you go in, you get your quotes done [for renovation work] and I get them approved with a lender,” Tomkins said. “They say ‘yes,’ so your new working value is (with a $300,000 house) $330,000 instead of $300,000.” The lender will finance the clos-

ing of the mortgage, the buyer then makes the improvements to the home, the broker confirms work has been completed and a lawyer releases the money to the buyer. “You can do some of the improvements yourself, you can use contractors to do the other improvements but the whole point is this program is meant to make clients stop when entering a listing and make us change the conversation with our buyers,” Tomkins said. DLC Canadian Mortgage Experts and Universal Mortgage Architects were chosen as Nanaimo-area lending partners with the Canadian Home Renovation Plan. Any house that signs up with a Canadian Home Renovation Plan broker gets a designated text number, online listing, signs and open house support, with homes only listed with participating mortgage brokers.

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The home improvement industry has grown considerably over the last several decades, as homeowners increasingly took steps to turn their homes into personal oases. But these sort of renovation projects often produce substantial amounts of waste, negatively impacting the environment as a result. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 170 million tons of building construction, renovation and demolition-derived wastes were generated in 2003, a year when the housing market was thriving and homeowners were not shying away from costly home improvement projects. With the housing market once again on the rebound, the home improvement industry figures to benefit once again. There are steps eco-conscious homeowners can take to reduce waste while improving their homes. Save salvageable materials. Some materials simply must be discarded when making improvements to a home. But many more materials can be salvaged. When making renovations to a home, separate materials like lumber, hardware, fixtures, and even appliances that can be salvaged from those materials that must be discarded. Speak to contractors about recycling. Contractors working on a home typically know which materials can be recycled in a given area. Wood is a versatile material that can be turned into reclaimed or composite wood products, including decks or other items used around the home. Old wood being removed from a home may even work as mulch, which homeowners can spread around their yards to add esthetic appeal and protect plants on hot summer days. Even asphalt and concrete can be recycled into new products. Choose recycled content building materials.

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FOLDING LAP top table, 1’ height, $10. Call (250)7530744.

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

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

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ADVANTAGE FITNESS. Retirement sale. Buy fitness equipment at cost and save 250-753-7368. 890 Crace St., Downtown.

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

AUSTRALIAN THEMED Christmas Light Display- 6 White Boomers, Emu, Platypus, Koala, Santa and sleigh, $500 obo. (250)756-6125.

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QUALITY GARDEN SHEDS Gazebos, pergolas, follies, greenhouses, studios, storage & more. Call 250-951-0855 STEEL BUILDINGS/Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at: www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

BROWNING 2000 Semi-Auto Shot Gun. $550/obo. Arrowsmith Golf Membership. $4800 reg price selling for $3200/obo. Excellent Xmas Gifts. Call 250-240-0007

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L-SHAPED jeweler’s showcase, 72�x72�Lx22�Dx44�H, comes complete with lockable display area plus drawers and shelving in one area. The cabinet is very solid however it needs some TLC. Price as is $195 or ask us for a price quote to restore it to its original beauty. (250)246-4409 NEW KINECT X Box 360, 250 gb hard drive sensor - includes everything - wireless controller, head set, adventure game, etc. Retail $399.99 asking $325. Call 250-937-1542 POTTER’S WHEEL for sale. Excellent condition. Asking $500.00. Please call to view 250-897-3142.

2 fridge’s $70 each. 1 stove, $50. 1 Kenmore Dryer with new motor. Needs heat element. Open to offers for all 4. 250-752-0169

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

DOUBLE ELECTRIC Bed, with remote control, headboard & mattress. Exc. cond. $1000. (250)751-7941, Nanaimo. Kenmore dryer, excellent cond. 7 y/o $75. Sm 110V hot water tank 10 gal, as new $40. Dan 250-749-3805

Manager 250-618-4510 UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT $600 & UP ATTENTION SENIORS Central Duncan 954 sq.ft. second floor. Reduced to $151,900, 55+ building @ 650 Dobson Rd. Call 250-815-0866

TORO SNOW BLOWER, near new, used only 10 hours. 8HP, with chains, 26� cut. $700. obo. (250)724-1043. UPHOLSTERY SELL OUT!! All upholstery goods, materials, some tools, some machines, hand tools and tables. Too many items to list here. 250-240-3091 or view at #4-147 Fern Rd. E. (behind Windsor Plywood Rentals)

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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

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

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

NANAIMO 3 HOUSES. Gorgeous Ocean & City views. Easy to buy. Reasonable Down! Owner will carry mortgage. 250-753-0160

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

DELUXE 1329 sqft rancher. 2 bedroom + den, 2 bath, dbl garage home. Spacious master bedroom has walk-in closet, ensuite has heated tile floors. Open living concept w/ gas fireplace, house also has a heat pump. Appliances & window coverings included. Landscaped front & back yard w/sprinkler system. Close to hospital & downtown Duncan. 10 yr New Home Warranty is in effect. 1 (778) 429-8645 DOWNTOWN NANIAMO: Luxury Waterfront Lifestyle; Elegant 2 Br, 2 bath condo, ocean, mountains, marina views. Lagoon, clubhouse, gym, swimming pool. Walk to Sea wall, near Port Theatre. Reduced for quick sale $349,000. Call 250-591-7800 agents welcome. Open House; Dec. 15th from 13pm LADYSMITH HANDYMAN Special. 3bdrms up, lrg LR, double garage, lrg storage. Ocean & city view. 1bdrm suite down. Owner will carry mortgage. $1200 month; or rent for $1,800 month. (250)753-0160.

PARKSVILLE: 3 bdrm remodeled home w/ legal in law/rental suite and 2.5 car garage w/separate driveway ideal for a home based business. Immaculate inside and out, great landscaping, garden shed & small studio. Priced to sell at $349,900. Call (250)954-0227.

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

HOSPITAL/BOWEN AREA 1 & 2 Bdrms, adult bldg, security cameras. New windows, flooring. Near shops. Sm pet ok. $695+ FREE Heat & H/W. Call 250-753-6656 NANAIMO: QUIET, clean and comfortable 1 bdrm. Central location, intercom, elevator. Free hot water. N/S, N/P. Refs. $650/mo. Call Mark/Don 250-753-8633.

UPPER LANTZVILLE- 1 bdrm in detached house. F/S, WD, hydro and internet incld. Quiet! NS/NP. Long term, $750. Call 250-716-6797

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

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

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

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

Immed. & Jan. 1 Close to Hospital and bus, elevator, wheelchair accessible. Special incentives for seniors. Early move-in on some suites. Free Storage (depends on availability) CALL TODAY AND START PACKING!

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

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HOMES FOR RENT ARE YOU paying $1200+ for rent? You could own a new 1600sq ft townhouse with new home warranty for similar payments. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, garage & more. If interested, call (250)754-5327. QUATERWAY AREA: 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, 1200sqft. $1095/mo+ hydro. Swimming pool. No dogs. Steve (250)667-3009.

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

SHARED ACCOMMODATION CENTRAL NANAIMO- all inclusive, safe quiet area, clean furnished house, W/D. Looking for employed or student. NS/NP. $425. (250)667-2492.


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Karate champ wins at worlds I SHIMA STUDENT best in sparring at event in Mumbai, India. BY GREG SAKAKI THE NEWS BULLETIN

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ernadette Alvarez made ‘O Canada’ happen at the world championships this month. Never before had the Canadian anthem been played in a medal ceremony at the International Karate-do Gojukai Association world championships. But the teen from Nanaimo’s Shima Karate School beat all comers on the sparring mats in Mumbai, India, and got to ascend to the top of the podium as Canada’s first IKGA world champ. Originally from the Philippines, there was some question of whether Alvarez would even be allowed to compete for Canada. She was, she did. She earned gold; she earned the anthem. “Everyone’s looking at me; I’m like, well, shoot, I’m supposed to sing. Thank God they didn’t have a mike,” she joked. “I think that part was a bit more terrifying than fighting an Iranian girl.” Alvarez beat opponents from Australia, South Africa and India to reach the final, where she was matched up against an Iranian. “Iran was pretty good but she just couldn’t figure out Bernadette’s game plan,” said Kurt Nordli, Shima sensei, who accompanied his pupil on the trip. “What she did well was mixed up her game plan. She didn’t do the same thing twice.” Alvarez, amid the frenzy of fists and quantity of kicks, hardly noticed, at first, that she was building a lead. OK… OK… all right, she thought to herself as the points piled up, and she didn’t relent.

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Nanaimo’s Bernadette Alvarez, front, kicks an Iranian competitor in the final of her sparring division earlier this month at the International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association world championships in Mumbai, India. Alvarez outpointed the Iranian 8-0 to win gold and become Canada’s first-ever IKGA world champ.

“When she threw that last side thrust kick and I saw two flags go out, it made it all worthwhile, it really did…” said Nordli. “It was quite the moment.” The sportsmanlike Alvarez resisted jumping up and down, but she was ecstatic. “I was grinning so much right after that my cheekbones hurt,” she said. Earlier at the competition, she had won a silver medal in forms, so really, the world championships could hardly have been better. It was exciting, Alvarez said, to compete in an international event and see, for example, the 200-member South African contingent march into the stadium. With more than 1,000 athletes from

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“We still have a tendency to wait for somebody else to do it,” said Mike Vandekamp. “It’s a sign of a younger club, maybe. But there is no one else, that’s the problem.” The team captain said the team’s record is “just mediocrity” and he’d like to see the Shipmen higher in the standings. He lamented that on a lot of nights, if felt as though the Clippers gave other teams points they shouldn’t have. “There’s nothing you can do about the past, you can’t change it,” Scott Prier said. “You’ve just got to move forward.” He said all the Clippers are comfortable with the league by now. Being away from home for the first time would have been an adjustment for a lot of guys, he said, but now they’ve had a chance to reconnect with their

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families over the holidays and will return refreshed and re-energized. “After Christmas break I think we’re all going to be excited to be back in Nanaimo,” Prier said. “We know what we have to do. We’re all about playoffs.” The BCHL’s trade deadline comes quick, Jan. 10, so middling clubs like the Clippers sometimes need to decide if they’re going to be buyers or sellers. Vandekamp, the team’s general manager, doesn’t

plan any major shakeup. “We’re totally engaged in this year. We’ve got a young team, next year we have the eligibility to bring back a large number of players,” he said. “So I can already say we would be more inclined to be looking to add, get better, take the best run we can at it this year.” He said the Clippers will be responsible with any roster decisions that will impact the future, but will be primarily interested in trying to be a good team in the present. Both the captain and the coach said it’s up to the guys in the locker room to make that happen. “We need that extra push here,” Vandekamp said. “We need to find it.” GAME ON … The Clippers play road games Friday (Jan. 3), Saturday and Sunday in Salmon Arm, Vernon and West Kelowna, respectively.

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NANAIMO NeWCOMeRS Club, a women’s group for new Nanaimo residents, meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4235 Departure Bay Rd.

SONS OF Norway Lodge meets first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m., Bowen Park Activity Room 1. For information please call 250-756-2406 or 250-751-1435.

NANAIMO KIWANIS Club is looking for people interested in getting involved in the community. Phone 250-754-2675 for details. NANAIMO WeIGHT Loss Surgery support group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Inn on Long Lake at 6:30 p.m. Contact 250755-2058 or 250-7536224 for details. NANAIMO BOAT Modellers meet every Sunday at the north dock of Inn on Long Lake from 9-10 a.m.

HARBOUR CITY Senior Quilters meet Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. at Bowen Park. No experience necessary, all supplies provided. Please call Lucy at 250-756-9149 for information. THURSDAY NIGHT cribbage at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 on East Wellington. Starts at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. TROUBle HeARING? Canadian Hard of Hearing’s Nanaimo chapter meets the third Monday of each month at Christ Community Church, corner of Bowen and Northfield roads, at 1:30 p.m. For details phone 250-591-6206.

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December 31, 2013 edition of the Nanaimo News Bulletin