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o combat spiralling health care costs and overworked registered nurses, Island Health is revamping its patient care model at Vancouver Island hospitals. This April, Island Health plans to transfer a number of acute-care nursing tasks to care aides at Victoria General and Royal Jubilee hospitals, after the model was implemented at Nanaimo Regional Hospital last September.

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The B.C. Nurses’ Union staunchly opposes this move, which it argues will result in weaker patient care. In the first of a three-part series, The News explores why Island Health believes this new care delivery model is necessary, and why the nurses’ union is adamantly opposed. nnn Island Health plans to reduce chronic overtime

Did you know? n Between August 2012 and August 2013, nurses Island-wide worked 268,136 hours of overtime at a cost of $17.6 million. n Nurse sick time totalled 511,700 hours at a cost of $14.37 million Source: Island Health

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April after a rocky rollout at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in September. “We acknowledge the transition has been challenging for staff both in Nanaimo and Victoria in the lead up to the change,” said Sarah Plank, with Island Health. Care aides are already integrated into acute care at a few Island hospitals, including Port Alberni, Cowichan and Campbell River, which have less staff and lack many speciality units.

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Grocery staff lauded after freezer fire Tru Value Foods grocery in Cordova Bay reopened last Thursday after a fire in a freezer case on New Year’s Day. A four-door glass freezer unit started smoking and then caught fire at 10:10 a.m., about 10 minutes after opening for the day. Two staff members hit the flames with a dry chemical extinguisher and the store was evacuated. Saanich firefighters also hit the freezer unit with an extinguisher. “Our staff reacted and responded so well, and executed things perfectly. They evacuated the store and used a fire extinguisher and hit (the fire) immediately,” said Phil Greenhalgh, general manager for Tru Value Foods. “It was fortunate people were here, or it would have been another story.” Saanich assistant fire chief Rich Pala also lauded the quick action of Tru Value staff. “Staff did an excellent job containing the fire. Some of the bags had caught fire. Moulding around the door fell and ignited the bags,” he said. Pala said three grocery store staff near the freezer case during the fire received oxygen and a check by paramedics, as a precaution. Pala said the fire is accidental and caused by a florescent light tube in the case. The tube was either not properly installed or it’s ballast, the component that controls current entering the tube, failed, causing the light to heat up. This type of fire is not common, he said. “If the light isn’t properly seated, it can cause localized arcing. There were burns at the end of the light fixture. Or else the ballast had failed,” he said. “It could have been at the end of its life span.” editor@saanichnews.com

Rina Hadziev, collections and technical services co-ordinator, left, and Nathan Pagan, branch manager, help fill shelves for new Emily Carr Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. The new Uptown location opened on Monday. Don Denton/News staff

Airy Emily Carr library opens at Uptown Kyle Slavin News staff

The Emily Carr library is unrecognizable. Granted the branch is in a entirely new building, but the library is a bright and modern upgrade to an out-of-date facility. Nearly 360-degree panoramic views of Greater Victoria welcome users to the new, fully accessible branch. Windows encircle most of the floor, located on the upper level of Uptown, above the Scotiabank. In addition to reproductions of Emily Carr’s work hanging on the walls, massive coloured ceilinghung rectangles act as both library wayfinders and artwork. “One of the board members came in and said, ‘Emily Carr would’ve loved this. When you walk in and look out, you’re right up here in the trees,” says Olivia Anderson, Greater Victoria Public Library’s Saanich and Peninsula district co-ordinator. The modern library was built with users in mind, Anderson says, noting all services are on one level, and it’s fully accessible for all library patrons. Transforming the library to 21st-

century needs was next to impossible in the old space. So last year the GVPL board voted to move the branch across the street, with Saanich footing the bill to rent out space from Uptown. The most glaring issue about the old library was accessibility. Anderson points to the washrooms at the former branch to illustrate the problem. “In order for someone in a wheelchair or a family with strollers to use the (old) washrooms, they had to exit the building and go all the way around through the parking lot,” she says. “The washrooms were really cramped. We had real problems, because there was no staff on that main floor, with people using drugs and messing them up. They weren’t as safe as I would’ve liked them to have been.” While the square footage of the new branch is smaller than that of the old Emily Carr, the space is flexible: shelves are on wheels and can be moved, and the long reference and service desks are replaced by one small desk. “When the old Emily Carr branch was built, you required an awful lot of processing space.

Everything was checked in and out by hand using old stamps – there was no automation. You needed lots of space because you weren’t using computers,” Anderson says. “That space is something modern libraries no longer need. … The role of libraries have changed.” Apart from accessibility, key

Did you know? Features of the new Emily Carr branch: n Automated material handling system allows for check-in of books, CDs, video games and DVDs, and uses conveyor belts to separate materials n 10 Internet stations, plus free Wi-Fi n Outlets located in seating areas around the library to plug in laptops, tablets and cellphones n Outdoor reading garden, where flora inspired by Emily Carr’s book Wild Flowers will be planted

to creating the new library was responding to the needs of users, says GVPL CEO Maureen Sawa. “Convenience and speed, now more than ever, are becoming very important for all of us, and I think there’s an assumption that if you have a device you should have access to everything, including your public library,” she says. A GVPL cellphone app that responds with new tablet-based self-checkouts allows users to use their phone as their library card, and avoid printing a receipt by receiving a digital copy in via email. Sawa says this new branch will be used a model to show other municipalities how aging libraries can be replaced by modern spaces. “Some people have in their minds that with digitization people aren’t reading as much. That’s not the case,” she says. “By having this kind of space and new technologies, I think it will not only attract new users, but really assure our existing users that public libraries are more relevant than ever before.” The library opened to the public on Monday (Jan. 6).

Greener Garbage Collection Cart Delivery STARTS! Carts are sCheduled for delivery January and february 2014

Starting January 2nd through February 2014, garbage and organics recycling carts will be delivered to households. Please store your new carts until the program begins with your first scheduled collection pick up in April 2014. The carts will be clearly marked belonging to the District of Saanich and registered to each property address by serial number and electronic tag. Your Kitchen Container, which includes important information and a sample pack of compostable bags, will be delivered inside one of your carts.

Start separating your kitchen scraps from your garbage after your last scheduled garbage pick up in March 2014. Place your new carts, garbage and organics recycling (including yard trimmings) curbside by 7:00 am for your first scheduled collection pick up in April 2014. 2014 Collection Schedules are available on our website, while you’re there, sign up for a reminder and never miss a collection day.

For information and updates, visit www.saanich.ca/greenergarbage email us at greenergarbage@saanich.ca call 250.475.5533

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Nanaimo has seen challenges integrating the work flow of nurses and care aides in acute care wards. BCNU argues patient care has gone downhill since CDMR was implemented in Nanaimo. Registered nurses are now managing a larger team of health care providers to oversee an increased volume of patients, said BCNU president Debra McPherson. The result is less direct contact between nurses and acute care patients, where nurses can notice subtle changes in patient wellness during feeding, toileting and bathing, McPherson said. The union wants Island Health to hire more RNs, rather than care aides, to ease the workload and solve overtime problems. “The delay is just (Island Health) trying to have some more time to convince nurses that (CDMR) is a good thing, and they just won’t be able to do this,” McPherson said. “They are facing resistance from nurses and it’s time to get rid of it (CDMR).” McPherson notes that Island Health is delaying CDMR rollout in

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Victoria due to a lack of care aides. “Colleges aren’t churning out care aides fast enough,” McPherson said. “It’s going to be really interesting, throwing these very inexperienced members into very busy acute care units in Victoria.” In part two of this series, a registered nurse, an Island Health official and a nursing professor weigh in on the care delivery model redesign. editor@vicnews.com

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The Greater Victoria School District has seven outstanding comprehensive secondary schools that welcome all students to their respectful, responsive and safe environments. In order to learn about the many choices available at our secondary schools, grade 8-11 students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the Secondary Information Evenings that are listed below. The meetings will be held at the schools from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. École Victoria High, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Lambrick Park Secondary, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Esquimalt High, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 École Reynolds Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 Mount Douglas Secondary Monday, January 20, 2014 Spectrum Community School Tuesday, January 21, 2014 École Oak Bay High Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Filmmaker wraps up Malala documentary Saanich-based journalist tells story of famed girl from Pakistan Saanich-based journalist Mohsin Abbas, left, is shown outside Malala’s school in the Swat Valley of Pakistan last year. Abbas completed his documentary and is seeking a broadcasting deal in Canada.

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Last fall, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban found himself at the wrong end of a CIA drone strike. For veteran Victoria journalist Mohsin Abbas, the timing couldn’t have been better for his documentary film. The violent demise of the Taliban commander elevated another hardline militant named Mullah Fazlullah to the top job, the same man who caught in a number of bomb Valley are still as they were in ordered the assassination of 2009. The government has failed blasts. Malala Yousafzai, a teenager For his second trip during the to rebuild schools blown up.” now famous the world over for Abbas wrapped up interviews summer, he kept a low profile speaking out for girls’ right to and editing last summer and fall and grew out his beard, but the education. project still caught the wrong after trips to Europe and PakiAbbas, who lives in Saanich, kind of attention – one of his stan for his largely self-funded spent much of last year in his “fixers” ended up on a Taliban project. At the same time, home country of Pakistan filmhit list, he said. “Security guys Malala’s fame spread as she ing a documentary on Malala’s thought I was a driver. I had a spoke at the United Nations, life and work. Part of that little beaten up car and tradimet President Barack Obama, work included interviews with and appeared on the Daily Show tional dress,” he said. Fazlullah, Back home in Saanich, he’s with Jon Stewart, among other “We have details and excluconcentrating on landing a high-profile engagements. sive stuff on the new head of broadcasting deal and submit“She was high profile before the Taliban. He is featured in ting the documentary to film the film talking to my producer,” she left Pakistan. Now she’s festivals. He speaks regularly known all over the planet. To Abbas remarked. “That is a real with Malala’s father, and hopes me she is still a child and the bonus for me.” media should allow her to enjoy the teen can come to Canada His film, titled Malala: A Girl for a film screening. her childhood and teen life,” from Paradise, draws together “My film is a small project. Abbas said. “But all the pubinterviews with teachers and Hollywood is after them to licity hasn’t changed her. She friends of the charismatic and make a film,” he says. “I’m hates to skip school. When she brave girl who defied the Talimet the Queen, she scheduled it honoured to work on a project ban and blogged for the BBC which has the support of her during her time off.” Urdu service, effectively as a family.” Abbas, a 39-year-old newspa12-year-old war correspondent. Malala: A Girl from Paradise per journalist who fled Pakistan Her fight against extremdoesn’t yet have a release date. in 2002 after being imprisoned, ism and growing international Check out malala-film.com for risked his life filming in the profile became intolerable for updates. militant leaders. On Oct. 9, 2012, rough tribal areas of Swat Valeditor@saanichnews.com ley, and said he was nearly gunmen shot Malala, then 15, twice in the head in a school bus in her village. She survived and THE CORPORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF SAANICH now lives in the U.K. APPOINTMENTS TO “Why she got a bulSAANICH BOARD OF VARIANCE let is not well covered,” Abbas says. “It was The District of Saanich is accepting applications from interested residents wishing to serve a year ago she was on the Saanich Board of Variance. The Municipal Council will be appointing one member shot. Things haven’t effective 2014. The appointment will be for a maximum three-year term. changed (in Pakistan) since then.” In fact, The Board of Variance is an autonomous body with the power to vary Zoning Bylaw regulations he noted the shooting in situations where compliance with respect to the siting, dimension or size of a building or likely helped Fazlullah’s structure would cause a person undue hardship. The Board of Variance may not vary the density or use of land. In addition, the Board may grant minor variances, with limitations, to rise to power. “When the provisions of the Tree Preservation Bylaw and to requirements under Sections 911(5) and he ordered the shoot938(1)(c) of the Local Government Act. ing of Malala, his profile went up.” The five member volunteer Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm Abbas saw first for approximately 3 hours. In addition to this time commitment, members undertake site hand corruption and inspections prior to the meeting. Depending on the volume of applications, it is sometimes inaction at work when necessary for the Board to hold a second monthly meeting. All meetings are open to the his crew found a sign public and involve the weighing of information and evidence to determine if variances are to announcing a new be approved or declined. $500,000 school due to FOR INFORMATION: Contact Tania Douglas, Secretary to the Board at 250-475-1775, be finished in 2009, and extension 3505 or via e-mail to tania.douglas@saanich.ca. Information on the Board is nothing but an empty available online at saanich.ca. field. HOW TO APPLY: Saanich residents interested in being considered for the Board of “The film covers the Variance must submit an Application for Appointment with a detailed resumé outlining your challenges Pakistan occupation, community involvement, relevant history, technical or special expertise. Short youth are facing. There listed applicants will be requested to provide references prior to interviews. The application are about 27 million form is available online or by contacting the Legislative Division at 250-475-1775. children out of school. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30 PM, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014. More than 7 million have never been in priSubmit to the Legislative Division, District of Saanich, 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC, mary school,” he said. V8X 2W7, or by e-mail: clerksec@saanich.ca. “Schools in the Swat

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House fire on Shelbourne St. claims dog A house fire late Friday night claimed the life of a family dog, while occupants of the home managed to escape without injury. The fire began in the basement of a home in the 3300-block of Shelbourne St. around 11:55 p.m. By the time crews arrived, the fire had spread to the main floor of the home. Two people inside the home were able to exit without injury. Fire crews rescued the family dog from inside, but attempts to resuscitate the animal were unsuccessful. Damage to the home and contents is estimated at $300,000. As of Monday, the cause of the fire remained under investigation. kslavin@saanichnews.com

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON ZONING AND HERITAGE BYLAWS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a COUNCIL MEETING for the purpose of a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the SAANICH MUNICIPAL HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 2W7, on TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm, to allow the public to make verbal or written representation to Council with respect to the following proposed bylaws. A.(i) “ZONING BYLAW, 2003, AMENDMENT BYLAW, 2014, NO. 9258” PROPOSED NEW COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT GORGE ADMIRALS ZONE The intent of this proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment is to create a new CD-3GA (Comprehensive Development Gorge Admirals) Zone with the following permitted uses: In Development Area A: Congregate Housing; Community Care Facility; Retail Sales, Office and Personal Service Incidental to a Permitted Use; Accessory Buildings and Structures. In Development Area B: Restaurant; Retail Sales of Goods and Services; Accessory Buildings and Structures. Regulations with respect to Lot Coverage, Density, Buildings and Structures, Projection into Required Yards, Accessory Buildings and Structures and Accessory Off-Street Parking, are unique to this proposed zone and interested persons are encouraged to obtain a copy of the bylaw. (ii)

“ZONING BYLAW, 2003, AMENDMENT BYLAW, 2014, NO. 9259” PROPOSED REZONING FOR A SENIORS RESIDENCE AND COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ON GORGE ROAD WEST To rezone Lot 2, Section 21, Victoria District, Plan 39718 (994 GORGE ROAD WEST) and Lot 1, Section 21, Victoria District, Plan 4774 (998 GORGE ROAD WEST) from Zones C-3 (Shopping Centre) and C-10 (Tourist Accommodation) to a new Zone CD3GA (Comprehensive Development Gorge Admirals) in order to construct an independent supportive living senior’s residence and community care facility. A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT will also be considered to require the buildings and lands to be constructed and developed in accordance with the plans submitted. A COVENANT may also be considered.

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“PROPOSED HERITAGE REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT AUTHORIZATION BYLAW, 2014, No. 9260” PROPOSED HERITAGE REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT FOR THE CRAIGFLOWER BRIDGE STORE (BOOKMANS GROCERY) ON GORGE ROAD WEST The intent of this proposed bylaw is to authorize an agreement with the owners of the property at 994 and 998 Gorge Road West for the rehabilitation of the Craigflower Bridge Store and its relocation on the 998 Gorge Road West site.

The proposed bylaws and relevant report(s) may be inspected or obtained from the Legislative Division between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, from January 3, 2014 to January 14, 2014 inclusive, except for weekends and statutory holidays. The report(s) from the Director of Planning regarding the above application are available on the Saanich website at: http://saanich.ca/business/development/tillicum.html Enquiries and comments may be submitted by mail or by email and must be received no later than 4:00 pm on the day of the meeting. All correspondence submitted will form part of the public record and may be published in a meeting agenda. Legislative Division by email: clerksec@saanich.ca By Phone: 250-475-1775 Web: saanich.ca


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ublic perception is the victim in the turf war between nurses and Island Health. The health authority is revamping its patient care model at Vancouver Island hospitals in what it says is a bid to combat spiralling health-care costs and chronic overtime among registered nurses. The B.C. Nurses’ Union and Island Health are locked in a bitter dispute over the change that would see care aides take over some functions nurses currently provide. The public squabble hurts the perception of public health care and diminishes trust in the system. Frequently we hear of patients waiting for a nurse to take them to the bathroom or to bring medication. If this program means an end to that, and the overworking of nurses, then we’re all for it. If the new model increases the ratio of caregivers (of any level) to patients, that has to round up to a good thing. Perception is the key problem and Island Health could communicate better why this model of care will succeed. It needs to educate the public on the benefit of using more care aides, what role those staff already play and what skills and education level they possess. With little information out there, the public is left to sort out what ‘care aide’ even means. Aides have less training than licensed practical nurses or registered nurses, but patients aren’t exactly being put in the hands of custodians. While the level of care will be lower, the perception is it could be detrimentally lower. Perhaps Island Health should have started better communication earlier, consulting at greater length with nurses, perhaps even asking the public to participate in the conversation. A pilot project at Victoria General Hospital, albeit in the neuroscience department as opposed to acute care, showed some success according to participating staff. However, BCNU says the new model at times leaves nurses with no direct contact with patients, endangering their care. It again comes back to good dialogue. With less direct contact between nurses and patients, communication will be critical when the plan is implemented in April at both Greater Victoria hospitals. Caregivers in general will need to convey and discuss critical observances that can serve as life-saving clues in patient health. The pending patient care changes could work, without the public bickering. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@saanichnews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Saanich News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor 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.

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scientists please! he new year lurched to life In fact this ill-fated voyage was with a round of shouting a re-enactment of Sir Douglas about the environment, as Mawson’s 1913 our post-industrial, postexpedition, with proliterate urban society global warming news grapples with conflicting outlets BBC and The claims of impending Guardian aboard to doom. capture the melting The release of a group wrought by a century of Greenpeace protesters of industrial expansion. from a Russian prison was The rescue efforts welcomed by TV news (from a Russian ship by networks desperate to fill Chinese helicopters) also the holiday dead zone. disrupted an Australian Our intrepid Canadian Tom Fletcher icebreaker’s supply pair got to describe over B.C. Views trip for one of the real and over their bid to hang scientific expeditions a strongly worded banner working in Antarctica. from a Russian offshore Skeptics had great fun with the oil platform, and their horror when security forces boarded their vessel Antarctic debacle, as they did earlier with the resurgence of Arctic from helicopters and seized it. ice that trapped climate tourists. In all the fawning interviews, I As is normal in the Internet age, kept waiting for two questions to be asked. What did they think Vladimir the climate debate has split into two fanatical factions, each of Putin’s regime would do? And what which promotes the most extreme was the point? How is disrupting examples it can find to prop up one oil platform for an hour going its version of truth. They call each to save the planet? other “warmists” and “deniers” The Greenpeace “activists” among other pithy names. claimed this was the first oil Greenpeace is now known in B.C. platform to operate above the as part of our Team America antiArctic Circle. So it was a line in the tar sands brigade. They got off to snow, which I’m sure impressed a good start in 2014 by selectively Putin as he ramps up his territorial seizing on reports of a new study of claim to include the North Pole. mercury contamination in northern Meanwhile at the South Pole, Alberta. TV anchors remained carefully A “bullseye” of this dreaded sombre as they reported numerous neurotoxin has been drawn around bids to rescue a scientific vessel trapped in thick ice. No quips about oilsands operations by measuring traces in snow. The study by the predictive abilities of climate

Environment Canada scientists isn’t published yet, but Postmedia News reported on a presentation in November by the researchers. “The federal scientists stress the mercury loadings around the oilsands are low compared to the contamination seen in many parts of North America including southern Ontario and southern Quebec,” the news report states. This is like the study of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution in northern Alberta lakes that was twisted into propaganda and fed to the news media last year. This is another group of neurotoxins that are far more concentrated in urban areas than around remote industry. Consumption, rather than production of coal, diesel and other fuels produces the vast majority of these emissions. I look forward to the study of their effects around Lost Lagoon and Burnaby Lake. Of course safe levels of these materials have been set by Health Canada. You’re more likely to get significant exposure to mercury from a broken fluorescent lamp or the mercury amalgam in your old tooth fillings than you are from feeding ducks at the lake, although you might get a whiff of PAH when you gas up the car or board the bus. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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LETTERS Pipelines a matter of too much risk Re: Many benefits of oil pipelines (Letters, Jan. 3) The letter writer suggests that life is a crapshoot. To the question, “What’s the risk of an oil spill?” he answers in part: “These people get up every morning and do not know what will  happen to them.”  If such is the case, then why do we bother having a police department or fire department? Why do we have insurance companies?  The short answer is that most of us do not approach life with reckless abandon. We take measures to minimize risk.  The problem with the proposed pipelines is that the companies proposing them have yet to show how minimal the risk will be, never mind who will endure the consequences of such a calamity. It certainly will not be the oil company executives, or the federal and provincial government members. How about if we the people insist that, should the pipelines go ahead, that the executives and politicians at the time of signing agreements go to jail for the rest of their lives? At least then the risk will be shared with the perpetrators. And by the way, the Alaska fund referred to in the letter is 30 years

old. The Petroleum Fund of Norway was started in 1967, over 45 years ago. Where is Canada’s or B.C.’s equivalent for all that time? Just where has the money gone that could have funded such a program (as the writer suggests)?  Just asking.  Richard Weatherill Saanich

Feedback clear for biosolids plant Re: Rural residents aim to flush biosolids plant (News, Jan. 1) I was dismayed to learn from this article that Saanich will be compiling a request list of improvements to roads and trails based on community feedback to be presented to the CRD. Mayor Frank Leonard, the community has a clear voice. We have said that we need a plan that is affordable, with limited financial liability and that provides proportionate public and environmental benefit. We need it delivered by a forward thinking process that includes transparent and informed execution and public consultation. This is the community feedback from the Seaterra public consultation on Dec. 11, 2013. This is the list. We urge you to take this to the CRD.

Improvements to roads and trails cannot compensate for the potential danger to our water supplies and living under incinerator outfall. For some of us, any leakage will bring an abrupt halt to our livelihoods. Shellie MacDonald Saanich

Old trees a hazard in winter The extended time without power in parts of Ontario in December should remind people to be aggressive at trimming trees and diligent in monitoring their condition. Some years we have trouble here due to wind blowing trees on power lines. Given the impact of loss of electricity supply and the haz-

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ards of falling trees, including a case here of one puncturing the roof of an elderly lady’s house in the middle of a rainy winter night, why are politicians trying to force people to keep old trees? Have they not heard that trees grow, especially here on the “wet” coast? Keith Sketchley Saanich

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Re: Fees persuade most holdouts to adopt hydro smart meters (News, Dec. 27) I am not going to comment on the meters or their cost rationalization, but I wish to point out the value, or lack thereof, that the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) puts on public input. According to the article, Donald Maisch represented a group called Citizens for Safe Technology at the FortisBC hearings. The article then goes on to state that the “BCUC rejected Maische’s claims of health hazards, noting that Maich’s ‘consulting livelihood depends on

public fears and concerns about radio frequency exposure.’” If this is correctly reported, then shame on the BCUC. Because Maische supports a particular point of view and has presumably looked into his concerns thoroughly in order to “specialize,” does this make his submission suspect in some way? Does your physician not get most of his/her livelihood from treating diseases, sometimes a restricted number or kinds of diseases? Do these facts actually make you doubt his/her diagnosis within their specialty? How about the BCUC members themselves, where do they obviously get a part of their livelihood from? Maische’s credentials as a scientist can be challenged only if he claims personal credit for the facts, otherwise it is the facts being presented that the BCUC must challenge or accept. The scientific case is not yet closed on the long-term, and probably cumulative, effects of low levels of radiation on living tissues. Harold Gibbard Saanich

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Most people across Greater Victoria and Saanich have seen a decrease in the assessed value of their home, but that doesn't automatically translate into lower property taxes. The average Saanich residential property went down about three per cent in value, as assessed by B.C. Assessment in its annual publication of the value of every property in the province. Saanich finance director Valla Tinney said property assessment and tax rates are correlated, but year-to-year changes don’t directly drive tax rates up or down. Like every municipality, Saanich calculates its budgets to offer services like police, fire and public works, and then determines its property tax rate – after input from council politicians and the public – based on the assessed value of properties in the municipality. Saanich has about $25 billion worth of properties to tax, about $600 million less than last year. It had modest increases to its residential base with 72 new units on the assessment roll, and it lost eight properties designated as farmland. Mayor Frank Leonard said an individual's property tax will only change noticeably if their change in property value veered significantly from the average. If the assessment went down by 10 per cent, he said, the owner will pay less than the average tax increase. “The assessment determines your share of the pie, it doesn't make the pie bigger or smaller,” Leonard said. “If assessments go up or down the same, you have the same share of the pie.” Saanich department budgets will go to council in February and tax rates are set in April or May. “Last year was a 3.25 per cent tax increase. We definitely don't want to go higher than that,” Leonard said. editor@saanichnews.com

Did you know? n Average house value in Saanich (SD 61 area) for 2013: $497,000 ($515,000 in 2012) n Average house value in Saanich (SD 63 area) for 2013: $683,000 ($705,000 in 2012) n Saanich total residential units in 2013: 38,453 (38,362 in 2012) n Saanich total farm properties in 2013: 398 (406 in 2012)

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ate at night, after her children have gone to sleep, one Saanich mom revels in the silence in front of her computer screen. Author Christine Walde chips away at her next project in those precious moments of solitude – a concept familiar to parents, especially those whose passions require quiet reflection. Walde fantasizes about hiding out in a cabin and logging some writing hours. “I don’t have any extra spare time. I would like to create extra meditative space in my life. To be a writer I think you need to have meditative space around questions you have, to explore answers you’re never going to know. It’s a whole different way of thinking,” Walde says. “Working full-time, being a mom and doing all of the other shit that people do, is not conducive to creative thinking.” In 2013 Walde, a full-time librarian and mother to eight-and 12-year-old children, published her second book of young adult fiction, Burning from the Inside, with Cormorant Books. But don’t call her a YA author. “I wasn’t actively pursuing a career in young adult literature. I do not like myself to be confined within one type of writing.” Walde didn’t realize her first book, 2007’s The Candy Darlings, even belonged to the young adult genre until she met its publisher and would-be literary agent, who helped shape the flash fiction into the YA novel it became. “I was just writing the story that I wanted to write,” she says. “It’s more that the market found me than I went seeking it.” Walde, also a published author of poetry and creative non-fiction, is drawn to YA specifically for its role in docu-

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undercover to bust the G7 crew, the other is a member. I was interested They may just fall in in people actually love. The star-crossed writing in the plot circles around landscape, the existence of a legendary piece of literally. And graffiti, said to reveal being a voice that quintessential truths about the world. stands out from “They do discover that landscape. some quintessential truths, but it’s about Christine Walde themselves, not about their work,” Walde says. Walde found inspiration for the story during a time she was living in London, Ont. in an area well-marked with graffiti. “Not that it was that fantastic, Berlin Wall kinda stuff,” she says, “but it was important, these were people who had a voice to speak and they were using an expression often used.” Though conflicted on whether or not graffiti is art – JeSSe GIBB phOTO her current stance is closer to a no, than a yes, by the Local Christine Walde, author of two young adult fiction novels, way – Walde’s certain of its appeal as a backdrop for including Burning from the Inside, weighs in on crossing genres, the fiction. language of graffiti and finding the time for creativity. “It was this idea of a secret lexicon. In our landscapes we have corporate advertising, we have city signs telling us where to stop or what streets are called, but in terms menting the critical passages from one period of life to the of anything else, there’s not much out there. next. “I was interested in people actually writing in the landIn Burning from the Inside, two young graffiti artists scape, literally. And being a voice that stands out from that are the ones navigating such a passage – one of whom is landscape.”

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calendar EvEnts Sat. Jan. 11 Contra DanCe - Anne Glover will be calling to the tunes of Jeremy Walsh and Nancy Grossert at St. Luke’s Parish Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). Beginners welcome, no partner required. Contra is danced to live music with a caller prompting the dancers through each dance. Learn the moves at 7:00 pm, dance at 7:30 pm. Admission $8 at the door. Please wear soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing. Information at victoriacontradance.com or call 250-380-7602. DanCe - new ImperIal SoCIal Club - The club invites seniors and friends to move to the music of Pulp Mills at the Chief and Petty Officers’ Mess in Esquimalt. Doors at 7:30pm, dancing from 8 to 11:30pm. Tickets are $10/14 at the door (1575 Lyal), including tea/coffee and a snack. Contact Siggy 250-721-3799 or Bea 250-598-2183 for more info.

u-Jam’S Jazz In the new Year - The U-JAM – Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors – Young All Stars band opens the evening, followed by Jazzin’ with U-JAM, a group featuring singers accompanied by combos, and ensemble with a full jazz band. $5/10, U-JAM members/ non-members. U-JAM’s mandate is to promote jazz education, recreation and performance in the Victoria area. At Hermann’s (753 View). Doors at 6pm, show at 7:30.

Fri. Jan. 10 lonGwalkShortDoCk - The creative blend of synths, recordings, live vocals, drum machines and projectors – all harnessed by Dave King. Tickets, $22.50 at ticketweb.ca. At Sugar (858 Yates).

Sun. Jan. 12 alaSDaIr FraSer & natalIe haaS - Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the young California cellist Natalie Hass are in Victoria for one night only. This concert is part of the duo’s “Abundance” CD release tour. Youth string ensemble, Coastline, under the direction of Ivonne Hernandez opens up the show 7pm, First Church of Christ, Scientist (1205 Pandora). Tickets, $20, at Long & McQuade and Ivy’s Bookshop.

Music Wed. Jan. 8 the GalIano enSemble -The Galiano Ensemble of Victoria offers up a mix of compositions from Europe, including Josef Suk’s Meditation on an Old Czech Chorale “St. Wenceslas,” the Serenade Op. 2 by Polish composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, and Verklärte Nacht, an early piece by the Austrian composer Arnold Schonberg. At Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, UVic. Tickets $30/33. At Ivy’s Bookshop or Munro’s Books.

stagE thurS. Jan. 9 home IS a beautIFul worD - Playwright/journalist Joel Bernbaum, in a work commissioned by the Belfry Theatre, spent over a year interviewing hundreds of

people to form a portrait of homelessness in our community, in the words of our community. Described as moving, enlightening, funny and surprising. Tickets, $25, tickets. belfry.bc.ca. Until Jan. 19. IGnoranCe - The Old Trout Puppet Workshop presents an original piece dubbed “a puppet documentary of the evolution of happiness in an attempt to unleash the mightier shrieks that surge within us.” Whoa. At the Roxy Theatre (2657 Quadra). Tickets, $26.25-42. 250-385-4462. bluebridgetheatre.ca. Until Jan. 19.

Sat. Jan. 11 SnoweD In ComeDY tour Four internationally-recognized comedians come together to go play during the day and hit the Royal Theatre stage at night. Featuring Arj Barker, Dan Quinn, Craig Campbell and Pete Johansson. Tickets, $40, rmts. bc.ca.

Words thurS. Jan. 9 CroSSInG terraIn - Film artist Richard Raxlen speaks at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria as a part of an ongoing collaboration with MediaNet. 7pm at 1040 Moss. By donation. Up next: Isabelle Hayeur on Jan. 30 and brunch and conversation with Jon Sasaki on Feb. 9. aggv.ca.

Fri. Jan. 10 planet earth poetrY - The first installment of the reading series for 2014 goes down at the Moka House on Hillside (1633 Hillside) at 7:30pm. Sign up for the open mike begins at 7pm. Show begins at 7:30pm, with a featured reader closing out the night.

Sun. Jan. 11 women at Sea -Discussions tend to focus on men at sea, but what were the roles of women on board ship? The Maritime Museum offers an overview of women’s experiences at sea in a variety of different circumstances, including lives of captain’s wives and the role of bride ships in Victoria. Free with admission to the Maritime Museum of BC, 28 Bastion. 1pm.

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Johnson has long been involved in the Stewards of Irreplaceable Land (SOIL) apprenticeship program which provides education for new or prospective farmers. While gradually reducing the number of hours she spends in the field, Johnson continues to give talks on farming and has no plans to cut back apprenticeships on her farm – the only way to teach farming, she says. “It’s sustainable to the environment and sustainable to our health, but people are not willing to pay our local farmers enough to make sure that there’s amazingly wonderful, healthy, good, environmentally-friendly food on their tables,” she said. “So we have to break the law. I have to personally break the law.” Saanich Organics, a community of farmers who grow and distribute organic produce to homes and businesses across Greater Victoria is one of the direct products of Johnson’s program. Rachel Fisher of Three Oaks Farm in Saanichton was one of Johnson’s many protégés and now co-owns Saanich Organics, along with Robin Tunnicliffe of Sea Bluff Farm in Metchosin and Heather Stretch of Northbrook Farm in Saanichton. (Tunnicliffe and Stretch apprenticed with other experienced farmers in the area.) Since the trio purchased Saanich Organics in 2002, they’ve added crop production to the business model and built its box delivery program up to 80 households and about 25 restaurants and grocery stores. Each of their farms is buoyed by an apprentice program and Stretch has seen their apprentices go on to a variety of roles within sustainable agriculture. Still, the potential for each to become a successful farmer, is extremely slim. “It’s possible, but statistically, not likely,” Stretch said. “In the 13 years I’ve been doing it, we’ve seen a lot of farms come and go. Usually the underlying reason people quit farming is economics.” editor@vicnews.com

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Claremont’s senior boys faced a tough Harry Ainlay side in the championship game of the St. Michaels University School Invitational basketball tournament Saturday in Saanich. The visitors, led by tournament MVP Andriy Halusko’s 28 points, edged the Spartans 71-65 for the crown. Jamal Slack, with 19 points, and Alex Jordache, with 13 led Claremont. Both were named

The Saanich Braves T2 bantam reps wound up 2013 in style, winning the Richmond International Hockey Tournament with a thrilling 6-5 overtime win over the Everett Jr. Silvertips on New Year’s Eve. Ryan Strange buried the game winner 12 minutes into the extra frame, converting a pass from defenceman Jake Wilhelm. The Braves won their pool with a 3-0 record, then beat Richmond 12-1 in the quarter-finals and Cloverdale 6-2 in the semis to advance to the final. Marty Westhaver led Saanich in scoring over the tournament with 22 points. Goalies Lance Johnson and Stephen Neale were solid, posting a collective 2.00 goals against average over the weekend.

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mont earned team awards. In the girls’ draw, which was a round robin only, Wellington from Nanaimo topped the field at 4-0. Lambrick Park was the top local team at 2-2 while SMUS went 1-3 to finish fourth. Emma Entzminger of Lambrick made the all-star team, while teammate Stephanie Galitzane and SMUS’ Sam Colby won team awards. sports@vicnews.com

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ELECTRICAL (250)217-3090.ELECTRICIAN 30 yrs exp. New homes and Renos. Knob & tube replacement. Service calls. Senior’s Disc. Free est. Lic.#3003.

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

HANDYPERSONS BIG BEAR Handyman. Painting, household repairs. Free estimate. Barry 250-896-6071. HANDYMAN- Light maintenance. Leaky taps, caulking, stain fabric/floor removal, electrical outlets & switch. Call (250)818-2709.

HAULING AND SALVAGE $20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164.

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PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774 SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.

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GARY’S HAULING. One call does it all. Small demos & yard clean-up. Vehicle & metal recycling. Call (778)966-1413.

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

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

JACK NASH, serving Victoria over 30 yrs. We do it all! Free estimates WCB. 250-881-3886

2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)686-6507. DONE RIGHT MOVING $70/hr. Senior Discount. Free Est’s. No travel time before or after. BBB accredited. Call Tyler at 250-418-1747.

PAINTING A2Z PAINTING. Free estimates. Quality Interior Painting. Call Erin (250)294-5422. ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694. A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220.

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

PRESSURE WASHING DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm.

WINDOW CLEANING DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190.

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He thinkks they’re chatting abou ut the hospitall jello. His nurse is actually midwaay through dozens of assessmeents. During the minutes spent at the bedside, a professional nurse makes dozens of critical assessments. Any one of them could mean the difference between recovery and something that could result in tragedy. Take direct patient care away from nurses and vital knowledge affecting the health of patients is lost.

B.C. should be increasing the number of nurses, not replacing them with care aides. Ensuring nurses remain in direct contact with patients is crucial to you and your loved ones. While they may not be specialists in jello, when it comes to safe patient care, professional nurses are irreplaceable.

Please sign BCNU’s petition for an independent assessment of Island Health’s unsafe patient care model, at BCNU.org/takeaction.


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