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Start of ICF’s end? RDN will consider motion to ‘reinvigorate’ rail here JOHN HARDING editor@pqbnews.com

The Island Corridor Foundation’s days may be numbered. The Regional District of Nanaimo’s board of directors will receive a notice of motion tonight suggesting the “RDN board has lost confidence in the existing administrative function of the ICF” and a “task force of experienced individuals” should be formed to “assist in reinvigorating the ICF.” Parksville’s representative to the RDN, Coun. Marc Lefebvre, confirmed Monday he will put the notice of motion forward tonight at the board’s regular meeting. “We (Parksville city council) have never agreed with the fact it’s going to take $20 million to get that (rail) line up and running — it’s going to be much more than that,” Lefebvre told The NEWS on Monday. “I guess what we are saying is let’s look at this thing realistically. If it’s $120 million that’s needed, is that money available from senior levels of government?” The ICF is owned by five regional districts and five First Nations on the Island. Representatives of the regional districts — plus most of the Island’s towns, cities and villages — will be together for the annual convention of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention in Qualicum Beach and Parksville April 11-13. Levebvre’s notice of motion served last night could be passed by the RDN’s committee of the whole on April 8. The five regional districts, with matching funds from the provincial and federal governments, have set aside about $20 million to get the rail line up and running again from Victoria to Courtenay.

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BOOK WORMS CONVERGE ON NANOOSE: Volunteers Chris Barnes, left, and Sandra Dutton showcase just a few of the great reads that were for sale at Nanoose Library’s bi-annual book sale Saturday morning, which saw many book lovers come out to support the library. All books cost $1, with proceeds going to the Nanoose Library.

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A Qualicum Beach senior is criticizing B.C.’s driving system after having her licence revoked, despite her claims of a clean record and good reviews from her driving instructor. “Losing my driver’s license has impinged on every aspect of my life,” said 82-year-old Thelma Eckland.

“It changed everything.” Eckland said not having a license has affected her ability to work, attend regular fitness classes and volunteer with Hospice, among the myriad of other activities she said she has since forgone — and on top of that, she has to pay $12 for a taxi cab every time she goes to the grocery store. Eckland said she has undergone

two medical examinations since turning 80, both of which she passed. Eckland also claims to have a clean driving record, which is why she was so surprised when she received a letter from the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) last August. “I got this letter completely out of the blue,” said Eckland. “It said I needed to book a road test.” See ROAD TEST, page A7

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Kevin Clayton of Coast Realty Group is the new president of the Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA). Fresh off its recent annual general meeting, the PDBA has appointed officers to its board of directors. Joining Clayton as officers are vice-president Craig Carmichael of Island Exposures and Secretary-treasurer Michelle Jones of Timberlake-Jones Engineering. New directors elected to the PDBA Board at the AGM were: Cheryl Gray of Scotiabank, Judy Evans of Mercedes Lane, Arthur Wong of The Beach Club Resort and Melisa Beatty of Coastal Community Credit Union. They join continuing directors Neil Watson of HollisWealth, Heather Taylor of Blossoms ‘n Such, Carol Ormiston of Parksville Home Hardware, Sandy Herle of Close to You Ladies Fashion and Lingerie and Mark Chase of Cutting Edge Trophies and Engraving. The PDBA administers Parksville’s downtown Business Improvement Area. The association says its core programs include group marketing and promotion, website and online business directory, litter and graffiti removal, street banners and facade improvement and security grants. — NEWS Staff/PDBA

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Saturday night’s dance party in Qualicum Beach featuring Zachary Stevenson as Buddy Holly is sold out, but you still have a chance to enjoy the show if you can win a draw. See Pharmasave’s ad on page A4 and check out a story about the show, which is presented by the Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association, on page B2. — NEWS Staff

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hand to shave anyone looking for a spring cut, Organizers are gearing up for the ninth an- or wanting to sacrifice for the good cause. This nual Dashwood Fire Departyear there is even an extra cutment Head Shave for Cancer, ter available. hoping to continue the fund“We have participants from raising streak that has brought the ambulance, police and in more than $35,000. most of the other fire departThey struggled with poor ments in Oceanside,” Twidale weather last year, but often said. “Everyone is welcome to have good weather for the join in or just watch.” event that will include a car There will also be a “penny wash this year. pot” for unwanted pennies. Organizer Harvey Twidale For more info, or to pick said that while they never know up pledge forms, contact the how many they’ll get, they have fire department at 230 Hobbs been averaging around 30-35 Road, 250-752-5434, Twidale NEWS FILE PHOTO head shaves a year, done again The Dashwood Fire at 250-752-9882, or check the by the same two volunteers. Department is getting ready for website at www.dashwoodvfd. Running from 10 a.m. to 2 their ninth annual Head Shave com. The shaves, car washes p.m. (or as late as people still for Cancer event April 27. and refreshments are all availwant shaves, Twidale said) Evable by donation Sunday, April elyn from Evelyn’s Barber Shop 27 at the Dashwood Fire Hall and Cheryle from the Bayside Salon will be on on Hobbs Road at the Island Highway.

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ON DECK FOR DONATION: Maeve O’Bryne, left, president of Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, takes the helm of the S.S. Minnow with a little guidance from Dianna Rivard, centre, Quality Foods executive assistant, as Rob MacKay, Quality Foods marketing manager, presents a $15,000 donation to the foundation Thursday. The donation was made in memory of Shannon MacKay, Rob’s wife and Quality Foods co-owner Ken Schley’s sister. The S.S. Minnow, of the 1960s TV show Gilligan’s Island fame, has been owned by Quality Foods since 2006 and is used solely for charity fundraising. The show’s former cast members regularly attend events with the boat to help boost donations.

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on it, she wanted it to be environmentally friendly and 100 per cent natural, and it also had to be a certain thickness and be available at a good price point. LISSA ALEXANDER Since she couldn’t find this reporter@pqbnews.com perfect soap, she approached Soap created in Qualicum Quadra Island Soap and asked Beach is now being sold on Naomi Terry if she would take shelves around the world. on her endeavour. After sendAs a painter, Christie Car- ing samples back and forth in ter-Tokairin has always strug- the mail a number of times, gled with Carter-Tokairin finding enviYou keep things local, you had devised ronmentally her perfect give jobs to people, you keep money in the friendly cleanpaint soap. economy. That’s my ers for her “I loved it, driving force. I try and brushes. When so I named it keep my shop as local as she opened Reand put it in possible vived Vintage my shop,” CarCHRISTIE CARTER-TOKAIRIN in Qualicum t e r-To k a i r i n Beach last year, said. A couple one of the things of Island reshe wanted to stock for her cus- tailers heard of her magnificent tomers was a natural soap for soap and began carrying it, one cleaning paint brushes. Revived in Duncan and one in Victoria. Vintage sells refinished furniEarlier this year, Carter-Toture, home decor items, paints kairin was at that Victoria store and also hosts workshops. doing retailer training when the “It didn’t make sense to use president of Homestead House an environmentally-friendly in Toronto asked about her paint and then use a chemical to soap. Homestead House (home clean my brush with,” she said. of the iconic brand Miss MusBut she had some stipulations. tard Seed) makes milk paints She wanted the soap to be puck- that are organic, biodegradable shaped so she could hold it in her and zero VOC. hand and easily swirl her brushes The president of the com-

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pany asked if Carter-Tokairin would be interested in bringing her paint soap into the Miss Mustard Seed paint line. Now Carter-Tokairin’s paint soap will be made available at over 250 retailers in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. Carter-Tokairin said she was

impressed that the Toronto company went to the effort of supporting a small Canadian business that is making artisan soaps by hand. She has since been approached by Cloverdale Paint (another Canadian company) to make a paint soap its Van Gogh Chalk Paint line. Carter-Tokairin said local

businesses supporting local business is what she’s all about. “It’s the local domino effect,” she said. “You keep things local, you give jobs to people, you keep money in the economy. That’s my driving force. I try and keep my shop as local as possible.”

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Medical marijuana users win a reprieve Permitted home grows can continue pending challenge JEFF NAGEL Black Press

Medical marijuana users have won a last-minute court reprieve that allows them to keep growing their own pot at home instead of destroying it and turning to new federally licenced commercial suppliers. Federal Court Judge Michael Manson granted a temporary injunction Friday for those with a personal production licence to continue to grow medical marijuana, pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge still to be heard. Health Canada’s new regulation outlawing personal growing had been slated to take effect April 1, but the decision throws a wrench into the Conservative government’s pot reform plans. Medical marijuana users and their

supporters are jubilant. “I’m very excited,” said Sandra Colasanti, a member of a coalition seeking to repeal the new rules who said she doesn’t use pot but her husband needs it. “I’ve seen a lot of people who have everything from MS to cancer to full-blown AIDS and I’ve seen people die if they don’t have access to this.” She said she’s optimistic the action launched by Abbotsford lawyer John Conroy will succeed when it goes to trial. No date has been set but it’s expected sometime this year. The federal government cited widespread problems with the current system of permitted medical marijuana users growing pot at home or having other designated growers do it for them. Colasanti said the coalition doesn’t deny there are problems with the old system, which cities say create fire risks and

other safety hazards from mould to home invasions. Health Canada could have prevented such problems had it simply conducted regular inspections of permitted medical grows, she said. “Whose idea was it to have this important a program and not have mandatory inspections?” Colasanti asked. “The coalition is not saying there shouldn’t be some rules. We want rules. We have asked for rules.” Medical pot patients behind the court action feared they’ll pay commercial producers much more than it cost to grow themselves and end up with less access to the cannabis strains that work best for them. The injunction doesn’t stop the launch of new commercial pot producers, but it throws into doubt how large their market will be if many users don’t have to imme-

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The last passenger service on the rail line was in 2011 after Via Rail and Southern Rail discontinued service due to the disrepair of the line. The ICF has been negotiating with VIA Rail to re-start the service, without success. “This has to be looked at in the cold light of day,” said Lefebvre. “This has been going on for three years now.” ICF executive director Graham Bruce did not return a call for comment by press time Monday. Lefebvre supplied The NEWS with the notice of motion he said he was going to put forward at the RDN meeting tonight: “Whereas, due to the serious, ongoing deterioration of the rail line, lack of realistic capital funding dollars, the inability to negotiate an agreement with VIA Rail and lack of information on how current taxpayers dollars and ICF revenues are being spent on necessary repairs

to the rail infrastructure, the RDN Board has lost confidence in the existing administrative function of the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF). Therefore by it resolved that: • in order to resolve this situation the RDN proposes a meeting of all First Nations and Regional Districts be convened to discuss the future of the ICF; • and that such meeting should coincide with the 2014 AVICC Conference to seek input and advice as to how to proceed towards a successful rehabilitation of the aforementioned rail corridor infrastructure. • And that that a task force of experienced individuals be convened to assist in reinvigorating the ICF.” See Thursday’s edition of The NEWS for more on this story and other issues discussed at the RDN board meeting tonight.

Road test a ‘nerve-wracking experience’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1

The road test turned out to be “one of the most nerve racking experiences” for Eckland, who failed three times which she addressed to anxiety. “Your whole life depends on this bloody test,” said Eckland. “It’s an artificial situation because it’s so stressful.” Eckland said she took driving lessons in preparation for the exam, where her instructor said her driving capabilities were “excellent.” “I failed for minor technicalities like not shoulder checking enough,” said Eckland. “And at the end of the day it’s my word against theirs (ICBC staff) and I think that is unfair.” ICBC allows senior drivers to take the road re examination test up to three times. Eckland said upon her third and final fail she “felt like dying.” “It’s not so bad when you have a partner or husband to help you out,” she said. “But I don’t.” Since having her license revoked, Eckland said she has been “homebound and frustrated.” While

she has used some of the local services provided to people who lack mobility, Eckland said “nothing can replace a car or the ability to drive.” Eckland said she plans to appeal the results. “I just feel you should be judged on your current ability to drive and driving record, not on your age or the fact that you’ve been hospitalized or artificial tests,” said Eckland. “I’d give anything to have my license back.” Superintendant of motor vehicles Sam MacLeod said guidelines to determine a person’s fitness to drive were designed by the OSMV in partnership with Doctors of B.C. MacLeod said the guidelines serve “the safety of both the driver and the public.” “It is imperative that we all do our part to reduce motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on B.C. roads,” said MacLeod. “We know that health problems tend to manifest themselves, or become more prevalent as we age.”

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SPECIAL PRESENTATION: On Sunday Staff Sgt. Scott Warren, right, of the Vancouver Island District RCMP presented a framed flag and certificate to Branch 76 President Jack MacLean. The Qualicum Beach Legion gave the flag to Warren last year when he left to take on his assignment in Afghanistan. The flag was flown at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, then returned to Canada with Warren. The certificate accompanying the flag was signed by the last Canadian Police Contingent Commander of Afghanistan, C/Supt M. Lamothe.

THURSDAY IN PARKSVILLE

Seed-saving rights debated Speaker says Agricultural Growth Act will hurt farmers AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

Jan Slomp, president of the National Farmers Union, is in Parksville this week to speak against the federal Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act. The bill would make Canada compliant with UPOV 91 (Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants), an intergovernmental organization meant to advance the interests of plant breeders, which Slomp said will hurt farmers.

“It is obvious that UPOV ‘91 gives plant breeders significantly more “rights “ and tools for royalty collection, while farmers’ seed-saving right is reduced merely to ‘privilege’,” he writes on their website (www.nfu.ca). He argues that farmers should be free to save, reuse, select, exchange and sell seed unrestricted, which Bill C-18 would limit. Slomp, who holistically manages a 65-cow dairy farm near Rimbey, Alberta, said the changes will benefit international corporations but hurt Canadian farmers and consumers with higher prices. Slomp will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27 at the Parksville Community Centre.

SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS PROVINCIAL FUNDING

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A $20,000 Civil Forfeiture Grant will help prevent Parksville Qualicum Beach youth involvement in crime. School District 69 (Qualicum) recently received the grant from the Civil Forfeiture Office in partnership with the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the Ministry of Justice. “I want to recognize the incredible work that Janice McMillan, our District Child and Youth Care Worker, invested in visioning this creative approach to working with vulnerable youth in our community,” said Assistant Superintendent Gillian Wilson. “The project proposal builds on our past successes with partnerships such as the Words on Wheels Bus, and BLT To Go programs which seek

to break down barriers to accessing existing services and resources in our communities.” Under the Civil Forfeiture Act, assets linked to criminal activity can be sold and the proceeds are used for other purposes like crime prevention. The District 69 proposal was built around their program, The Connection, which is designed to connect with vulnerable youth in many ways including with an outreach bus staffed with support workers and peer mentors. The bus focuses on outlying areas and assists young people in developing direction and goals by re-entering school or gaining meaningful employment. There are also regular gatherings and activities at Family Place and the project goals include helping these youth access community programs and services.

Trio plays songs of love at the MAC on Saturday Take in an eclectic blend of songs this Saturday night in Parksville including music by The Gershwins, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim and James Taylor. The Small Talk Trio will be performing “Love Notes” — musical stories of love won, lost, and longed for, in both English and French. The trio is made up of Dave Klinger on piano, John Char-

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hile we have raised issues in this space about the relevance and authority of the Regional District of Nanaimo in regards to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, there is no question about the importance of this governing body to the unincorporated areas of our region. Each of the following communities has one representative on the 17-member RDN board of directors: Nanoose Bay, Coombs/Errington, French Creek and Qualicum Bay/Bowser/Deep Bay. That’s four people for a population larger than Parksville-Qualicum Beach combined, where there are (in total) two mayors and 10 councillors. It should be noted that the City of Nanaimo has seven people on this 17-member board. A few hundred years ago in Boston, a whole lot of tea was dumped into the harbour over the issue of taxation without representation. However, incorporation for these smaller communities probably doesn’t make sense. Policing costs alone would likely force residential tax bills through the proverbial roof. Nanoose Bay, with its current population and development plans in the works that could result in thousands more residents, might be a different story. People should concentrate on the nuts and bolts, the money, when considering a change from an unincorporated part of a regional district to city or town status. Hot-button issues and incidents, however, often trump logical study in these circumstances. And there sure is a doozy right now in Nanoose Bay. The one elected representative for the thousands of people of Nanoose, George Holme, told us last week it was more than a year before he was told by RDN staff that five million litres of water was wasted at the fire hall, due to what sounds like a faulty pump. Is it possible RDN staff did not think this was something the electorate should know about, like right away? Really? The RDN has still not issued a news release about this environmental nightmare in downtown Nanoose that happened in November-December, 2012. What does that say about what RDN staff think about the people of Nanoose Bay? These are the type of issues — and the type of attitude from taxpayer-funded staff — that foment incorporation discussions. — Editorial by John Harding

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Letters SCHOOL CLOSURES:

STEALING OPPORTUNITY When I first heard about the possibility of the closure of the elementary schools, and how all of the kids would be moved to the middle schools I was doubtful of the idea, I didn’t like it, for many reasons. Then several weeks later I asked one of my teachers if this would affect the elective courses. The teacher then told me what I dreaded to hear. If they do close the schools, and make middle school go from grades K-7, there is a very high chance of the elective courses getting dropped. Losing the elective courses is my main fear of this closure. If they get rid of electives, they are stealing great opportunities for youths to get into the shop to build magnificent things, learn to cook, sew and maintain a home. Or get into drama and put on great performances for the whole town to see, or to go to band to learn how to play an instrument and possibly begin a great career as a musician. I would want every teen to experience middle school, for it is also a great place for personal growth. I am in Grade 8, and am going to KSS next year, why should I care? Well because I want other kids to also experience and have fun at middle school. Middle schools are a great place that everyone should experience. If you take this away kids won’t be able to get half of what kids with middle school get to do. There could be no sports and teams, no electives, and they would be stealing all this from kids. Middle schools have been great for this community. Without middle school band it could affect the quality of the high school music program. There are many issues that could happen

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with these closures. They would be stealing many great opportunities for learning and personal development and growth with these closures. If you support the closures, please, think of the kids. JEREMY FENSOME Qualicum Beach

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WAYNE DUKE Parksville

TEACH MORE SKILLS

Skill shortages and education funding have been prominent in the media recently. WAVE FOR PEACE How will we balance the need for appropriNormally I would go about my daily ately well-trained people in the future? routine without mentioning the following. A person’s ability and proficiency is not However, just the other day while leaving a always related to their level of education, parking lot I was startled by the honking of in fact some highly skilled people have a car horn. very little formal education. Skills are usuThis is not the first time this has happen ally learned with observation and practice, to me, thus this letter, and I am sure it has and it is more effective if these abilities are happen to others as well. Due to this horn initiated with children at an early age, so blaring I quickly put on my brakes, and that practice, knowledge and technique luckily no one was behind me. Puzzled I can develop over many years. Introducing looked around to see if I had done some- children to a wide range of life experiencthing wrong or was on a collision course es, starting in kindergarten can provide the with another vehicle, luckily not.  Then I re- building blocks for future careers. alized that just off to my left was a group of Information on almost any subject can people holding placards with the wording now be conveyed and received in millisecHonk for Peace. onds; so it is possible that only 15-20 per cent Of course we would all like to see world of working people will require a high level of peace but really is this the way to go about academic education in the future. Our sociit? The more I thought about this incident ety will however, require significant numbers the madder I became. Could you imagine of young, practical, skilled people to replace some of our more senior drivers hearing the multitude of retiring baby boomers. horns honking and what their reactions The education system in Britain in the might be. 1960s produced the majority of the emInstead of doing what I would consider ployable young people at the age of 14 or 15 nothing for world peace other than create years old. Skills, work ethics and responsian annoyance and noise pollution, it’s time bilities were well developed by the age 18to get off a major intersection within our 20. Perhaps there are some lessons from the city and be more creative in making others past that will help facilitate the needs for aware of your worldly feelings. skills and education in the future. TREVOR WICKS It’s time to cease this type of noise Qualicum Beach demonstration — maybe change the placards to Wave for Peace or Flash your lights See more LETTERS, page A12

SCOTT FRASER, MLA Alberni-Pacific Rim

MICHELLE STILWELL, MLA

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Parksville Qualicum 250-248-2625 e-mail michelle. stilwell.mla@leg. bc.ca

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QUALICUM:

JAMES LUNNEY, MP Nanaimo-Alberni

TEUNIS WESTBROEK Mayor, Town of Qualicum Beach

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Town office: 250-752-6921 e-mail: mayor@ qualicumbeach.com

PARKSVILLE: RDN:

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JOE STANHOPE Chairman, Regional District of Nanaimo 250-390-4111 e-mail: corpsrv@ rdn.bc.ca

Rules to write by No, once regulations change it will be easier to regulate people. BRIAN BEDARD Parksville

No. (Licence holders) No, because people will still be able to get are taking advantage it anyway. of it.

SHERI BEDARD Parksville

COLETTE CHAUVIN Parksville

Yes they should. As soon as the government takes over the cost will be prohibitive for some people and their health could suffer. WENDY ROGERS Parksville

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We asked: Should people with medical marijuana licences be allowed to continue to grow their own plants?

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One of the best things about scribbling a newspaper column for a living is the people you meet long distance. Take Bob Pert of Shediac, New Brunswick. We’ve never met, but we’ve kept in touch for at least twenty years. Mostly Bob does the keeping in touch. Every few weeks a letter arrives with his name and address in the top left corner of the envelope. The envelope contains important news stories that Bob fears I might have missed. He’s usually right.  If not for Bob’s vigilance I might have completely missed the story about the giant lettuce that rules Mars.  I’m not making this up.  Well, maybe the lettuce bit — but a giant vegetable for sure.  Bob sent an illustration of the fantastic flora — just as it appeared on the front page of the magazine section of the Salt Lake Tribune. MARS PEOPLED BY ONE VAST THINKING

VEGETABLE the headline face. These may be accublares.  (They write kind mulations of snow and they of old-timey in Salt Lake have also been called ‘eyes’.” City. Mormons, you know.)  Fascinating informaThe article attion.  And tributes the hilariously discovery of wrong.  Oh, Mars’ leafy By Arthur Black wait — there is overlord to an water on Mars, observer at the but with an avLick Observaerage annual tory in Mount temperature Hamilton, Calof -55 Celsius ifornia.  you’d chip a But like any tooth if you good newspatried to drink it. per, this story And before has multiple you dash off an If not for Bob’s sources.  As indignant letter vigilance I might the reportto the editor, I have completely er notes:  “We should point missed the story must bear in out that the about the giant mind a few Martian story lettuce that rules of the proved appeared in the Mars. facts about Sunday edition Mars.  It has of the Salt Lake ARTHUR BLACK atmosphere, Tribune, Octoseasons, land, ber 13th… In water, storms, 1912. clouds and Gullible mountains.  It also rains times, you think?  Hey.  A and snows on Mars… Great century and a bit later we white patches appear pe- live among supposedly logriodically upon its sur- ical people who believe that:

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I read in The NEWS that BC Hydro has just announced that Qualicum Beach will be the recipient of a highspeed electric vehicle charging station, free, albeit paid for by BC Hydro rate payers. Did Hydro not just recently announce a five-year plan with rate increases of 28 per cent? Oh how easy it is to spend other people’s money. When I refill my vehicle with gas for say $65, about $18 dollars goes to taxes. When an electric car recharges the only expense is the cost of electricity. And now Qualicum Beach has kindly decided to pick up the tab for the cost of hydro to recharge these electric vehicles, by locating this station right downtown beside TOSH. Hey how sweet is that, do a bit of grocery shopping and get a free tank of electricity, all in less than an hour. Isn’t there something wrong here? JIM BERGOT Qualicum Beach

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• Our own government sends up airplanes to routinely spray us with a toxic cocktail of chemicals (chemtrails) designed to (pick one): sterilize our women; manipulate the weather; turn us into Harper zombies. • The Twin Towers were destroyed by (pick one): the Pentagon; Israeli agents; commandos working for The New World Order. • The moon landing was actually staged on a movie set in rural Arizona. Or maybe outside Sudbury. • The British Royal Family is really a race of shape-shifting reptilian aliens from a far away galaxy. Obviously these are all hallucinations conjured up by paranoid loons.  I know that for a fact. Otherwise I would have heard from Bob Pert. — Arthur Black is a regular columnist for The NEWS. He lives on Salt Spring Island, where he can be reached by e-mail: arblack43@shaw.ca.

ernment is planning on selling off all of the community-based recycling organizations to a group of international corporations.   The Regional District of Nanaimo has one of the most progressive and successful recycling programs in the country. Why would we even dream of privatizing something like that, and especially to companies based elsewhere, whose primary motivation will be their profits rather than our environment and jobs? Why are we not demanding that the provincial government provide the services that we had an implicit contract with them to provide when we elected them and when we contributed our tax dollars? Our agreement was that we would pay taxes and they would maintain our schools, hospitals, forests, parks, power, roads, ferries, recycling, and on and on. They have no right to sub-contract these services without our agreement. And why would we agree to sub-contract to companies which will provide minimal wages and, presumably, no benefits, and thereby an ever-decreasing amount of spending power and taxable income to our province? This will inevitably lead to

faster and faster decline of our communities to third world status with entirely foreign-based employers who have no concern for, nor investment in, the communities which are being exploited. LESLEY MCVEY Qualicum Beach

THANKING VIHA FOR GREAT SERVICE

On March 19 I had to call 911 with chest pains. The telephone response was calming and reassuring and they stayed with me until the ambulance arrived. The paramedics were professional, reassuring, kind and the response was timely and effective. When we arrived at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s emergency ward, I received the best and timely treatment from nurses, doctors and other staff. I couldn’t ask for more than was provided and the treatment was effective. Thank you to all the medical professionals we have through VIHA — we are very fortunate to have these services here and I’m very grateful for the wonderful care. BEVERLY HURD Nanoose Bay


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10,000

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49

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49

Bacon

99

Locally Raised BC Poultry

5.49 per kg

Island Pride

Assorted Sizes

2

Whole Frying Chicken

4$ for

Dare

Realfruit Gummies

Selected, 140-180gr

5

4$ for

Twizzlers

Haribo

360-504gr

175gr

Licorice

5

Gummy Candies

Q

points points

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Cheese 600gr

Dairyland

Feta Cheese

Cottage Cheese

170-200gr

320gr

4

3

6

Post

500gr

Shreddies Cereal 540-550gr

2

99

Knorr

2$ for

Post

Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal

Simply Broth

Mayonnaise

900ml

890ml

2

Arnott’s

Celebration Cookies

26-83gr

Tim Tam Chocolate Biscuits

270gr

3$ for

Kraft

Stove Top Stuffing Mix 120gr

3$ for

4

4

3$ for

5 3

2$ for

Chapman’s Collection

Mix

Shake’n Bake Coating Mix

1.75kg

140-184gr

2$ for

4

Plantation 8kg

3lt

2lt

3 Chef Boyardee

Granulated White Sugar

Beef or Mini Ravioli 8x425gr

10kg

99

8

99

9

99

99

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9

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5

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99

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2$ for

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Okanagan Energy or FruitActiv Bar

Juice

50gr

300gr

3$ for

Chapman’s

5

Plus Applicable Fees

5

for

Plus Applicable Fees

Demineralized Treated Water

Mio or Crystal Light Liquid Mix

24x500ml

48ml

3

3

2

Plus Applicable Fees

NEW!

5

5

5$ for

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Fruit Selected, 398ml

5

5$

99

for

LOADED WITH FRUITY SNACKABLE YUMMINESS!

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Yogurt

Fruit Salad & Orchard Peach Fruit Bowls

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Hunt’s

Olympic

Del Monte

Snowcrest

Original or Deep Browned Beans

for

4$

99

99

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3$

Aquafina

Slice Cream or Ice Cream Sundae

9x398ml

99

Selected 250-375ml

W IN A K EURIG M ACHIN E

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Natural 100% Peanut Butter

100% Juice

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4

99

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10kg

Chapman’s

Selected, Assorted Sizes

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2

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99

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Canola Oil

5

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4

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99

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6

3

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Folgers Gourmet Selection K-Cups

12’s

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99

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The Parksville Qualicum Beach News Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FINAL WEEK - Hurry in for your FREE DQ Grillburger with Pepsi 12pack purchase Armstrong

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Cheese 600gr

Dairyland

Feta Cheese

Cottage Cheese

170-200gr

320gr

4

3

6

Post

500gr

Shreddies Cereal 540-550gr

2

99

Knorr

2$ for

Post

Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal

Simply Broth

Mayonnaise

900ml

890ml

2

Arnott’s

Celebration Cookies

26-83gr

Tim Tam Chocolate Biscuits

270gr

3$ for

Kraft

Stove Top Stuffing Mix 120gr

3$ for

4

4

3$ for

5 3

2$ for

Chapman’s Collection

Mix

Shake’n Bake Coating Mix

1.75kg

140-184gr

2$ for

4

Plantation 8kg

3lt

2lt

3 Chef Boyardee

Granulated White Sugar

Beef or Mini Ravioli 8x425gr

10kg

99

8

99

9

99

99

Quattro Cookies

9

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5

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1-1.35kg

2

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5

2$ for

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Juice

50gr

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3$ for

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5

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5

for

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Demineralized Treated Water

Mio or Crystal Light Liquid Mix

24x500ml

48ml

3

3

2

Plus Applicable Fees

NEW!

5

5

5$ for

Del Monte

Fruit Selected, 398ml

5

5$

99

for

LOADED WITH FRUITY SNACKABLE YUMMINESS!

1.5kg

Family Pack Pudding Cups

Yogurt

Fruit Salad & Orchard Peach Fruit Bowls

Selectables Frozen Fruit

Hunt’s

Olympic

Del Monte

Snowcrest

Original or Deep Browned Beans

for

4$

99

99

Heinz

3$

Aquafina

Slice Cream or Ice Cream Sundae

9x398ml

99

Selected 250-375ml

W IN A K EURIG M ACHIN E

Robin Hood Oats or Red River Hot Cereal

Natural 100% Peanut Butter

100% Juice

1-1.5lt

4

99

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10kg

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99

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4

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99

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99

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3

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3

Sensodyne Toothpaste Selected, 75-135ml

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69 per 100gr

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49 per 100gr

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4295

per 100gr

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Fresh

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1

99

per 100gr

5

119

Spring Roll

each

per 100gr

Fresh

Fresh

Ling Cod Fillets

49

2

49

per 100gr

Fresh

Sockeye Salmon Fillets

Hand Peeled Shrimp

1

per 100gr

per 100gr

Frozen or Previously Frozen

Frozen or Previously Frozen

99

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Available at Select Stores

Skinless Halibut Fillets

First of the Season

1500

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1

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O.B. Tampons 18’s

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Garden Salad Mix Pastrami

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49

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Alexis De Portneuf

2

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3000

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3000

per 100gr

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49

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2$ for

3

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for

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Baby Cut Carrots

2$

2lb BAG

for

5

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2$ for

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BY BRENDA GOUGH bgough@pqbnews.com

The Career Centre in Parksville is holding a Spring Hiring Fair at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre April 30. With up to 40 employers in a wide range of sectors the event will help unite job seekers and employers in Oceanside. If you need help preparing for the job fair some free workshops are being held on April 24 and 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Career Centre. Pre-register and learn about what you need to prepare before, during and after the hiring fair. Visit www.careercentre.org or call 250-248-3205. Another jazz ensemble will be delighting music lovers as The McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) features The Arrowsmith Little Big Band April 11. Jazz concerts are being held on the second Friday of each month at the MAC and next up are Colin Campbell and Gary Hodi leading a group of local musicians who play a variety of musical genres including Latin, Swing, Bop and Blues. The Band members are all experienced players who bring a wealth of experience and passion to their performances. Chicks are hatching and there are baby goats galore at Tiger Lily Farm in Errington. You can cuddle and bottle feed some of the latest arrivals including Coco Puff, Mini Wheats, Honeycomb and Lucky Charm. The rare goat quadruplets were born on March 15. There will be plenty of family fun on April 18 to 21 for Easter at the farm. You can collect real farm eggs, decorate them and your basket to take home, visit with the Easter bunny, play Candy in the Hay, and enjoy some homemade goodies. Hop on down to the Bunny Trail at Milner Gardens & Woodland in Qualicum Beach April 18 to 21. Children can pick up maps at the Welcome & Interpretive Centre with clues to finding the hidden bunnies, and then return the maps to the Pool House and Gift Shop for an Easter treat. If your kids are looking for a nature adventure there are still a few spaces available Wednesday to Friday this week in the Shoots with Roots Spring Break Day Camp. For more information email:education.milnergardens.@ shaw.ca. Milner Gardens is open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through March but starting April 3, will be open Thursday through Sunday for the rest of April. Open hours will extend from 10:00 am to last entry at 4:30 pm in April as well. On March 22 the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise, which meets for breakfast on Tuesdays, held their annual Spring Ball at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. The evening included a three course Filet Mignon dinner and dancing afterwards. Event organizer Ron Stothers said it was a very successful night and while they didn’t have as many guests as previous years Rotary is pleased with the results. Proceeds from the live and silent auction raised funds for the work of the club. The major projects which are supported by the fundraiser include donations to Oceanside Hospice Society and Arrowsmith Search and Rescue.

Grade nine students Sara Stanley (left) and Sarah Clapoff are looking for summer jobs. The RDN youth recreation advisors and leaders in training were among some teens who attended an employment workshop March 12. Career Centre staff and the RDN facilitate the seminars twice a year.

Toe tapping Dixieland music filled the McMillan Arts Centre March 14. The Desperation Jazz Band led by Bill Cave on cornet, Claudio Fantinato on clarinet, Wayne Finucan on drums, Jean-Yves Belanger on trombone, Barry Miller on bass and piano player Tom Pagdin was enjoyed by a full house.

Do you sometimes find that dog owners look like their pets? Honorine Loader of Qualicum Beach and her 12 year old Mini Schnauzer named Ebenezer were the winners of the Pet and Owner Look-alike contest at the Dog Dayz of Winter Pet Expo March 15 at the Coombs Fairgrounds.

With some help from Tiger Lily Farm employee Sarah Hildebrandt three year old Atticus Delisle visiting from Catstlegar BC bottle fed the baby goats at the barnyard March 17. There are a lot of new babies at the barnyard which is now open everyday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Despite the cold, grey and drizzly weather March 22 members of the Milner Gardens volunteer team were outside preparing the woodlands for the spring season. Qualicum Beach resident Jan Graham and her 17 year old granddaughter Doinita Graham gave the plant nursery a clean sweep.

Some ladies wore gowns and the men looked sharp in their evening suits at the annual Spring Ball hosted by Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise March 22. Barbara Day Sort (left) and Dr. Valerie Gunn were impressive in their vintage attire at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

Submissions are welcome. Telephone Brenda Gough at 250-248-1188 or email: bgough@pqbnews.com

PHOTOS BY BRENDA GOUGH

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LOCAL BUSINESS PROFILE

Have your cake (& coffee), and eat it too The Coastal Cake Company is now operating out of a new location on Alberni Hwy in Errington BRENDA GOUGH

NEWS Contributor

The Coastal Cake Company has added another tier to its business and brought cake couture to Errington. Professional pastry chef and confectionery artist Marekie Nijenhuis and her partner Adam Skriver are now operating out of a bright new bakery cafe at 1306 Alberni Highway. The shop is a step up from their modest backyard studio bakery in Parksville. With more than 400 custom cake orders filled and delivered all over Vancouver Island since the two began their sweet business venture together three years ago the pair says their new location is the frosting on the cake. “We do a lot of wedding cakes and customers had to come to our house. Now people walk into the store and it is a totally different atmosphere. I have wanted to do this ever since I was little,” said Nijenhuis.

BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO

The Coastal Cake Company’s Marekie Nijenhuis will be offering samples of her sweet treats at Taste of Oceanside at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre March 29.

Her fiancé and business manager said they are excited about the move. “We had been looking at commercial real estate since

we started this venture because working from our backyard was not ideal. We made our first cakes in January 2011 and since then things have gotten better

and better,” said Skriver. Whether the occasion is a wedding, birthday, anniversary, baby shower or retirement some events call for some sort of sugary commemoration and Nijenhuis said a beautiful cake makes it even sweeter. Nijenhuis won best cake at the 2013 Vancouver Island wedding awards and looking at her creations it is easy to see why. Her flair for pastries and cakes began at a young age watching her mother in the kitchen. Her desire to create dazzling and delectable desserts brought her to the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where she graduated at the top of her class and went on to receive Red Seal certification. Nijenhuis was head pastry chef for the largest catering company in Western Canada for three years before starting her own business in Parksville. Once you walk through the

door, you are immediately swept up in the intoxicating aroma of vanilla and chocolate and an alluring palette of pastel coloured icing. Committed to using fresh, natural, high quality ingredients, Nijenhuis said she doesn’t substitute any artificial ingredients into her desserts and everything is made from scratch. Crafting chocolate and sugar into showpieces is what Nijenhuis does best and many of her impeccable cake designs are on the display shelves. Offering hard to find items like pure vanilla bean paste and satin ice fondant as well as paper crafts to make cards and banners to coordinate with your cake, Nijenhuis said people can purchase items for their own masterpieces because “making fondant from scratch can be a little bit of a nightmare.” If you want to have your cake and eat it too, drop by 1306 Alberni Highway.

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Tom (Ron) RODGER January 3, 1929 - March 24, 2006 Remembered everyday by his loving wife Patricia, and their daughters, Brenda and her husband Bruce, and Karen and her husband Murray and their families, as well as our extended family.

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Peacefully, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, Tom slipped away to begin the next leg of his journey. He leaves behind his loving partner and very best friend, Joanne Staley with whom he shared the best years of his life and who cared for him, laughed with him and eased his spirit during his final days with us. He will be sadly missed by his brother Joe (Mona), nieces Kelly (Rick) Strasser, Tracey (Rick, Taylor, Dani) Giacobbo and  nephew Ken (Jan, Brittney, Nicole) Timperley.  He is predeceased by his father, stepfather, mother and son Casey. Also survived by his daughters Barb Timperley and Jill Beach, grandchildren Morgan (Hannah), Eva Ann, Jack, Cory, Casey, Kate, and six great grandchildren. In Tom’s younger days, he worked as an outfitting guide in Jasper, Alberta, guiding for a very diverse group of people and making good friends along the way. He had many fond memories of his incredible experiences and adventures. Tom also worked  as a conductor for CN Rail for 38 years and retired in 1994.  He had many great “buddies� throughout his life and always enjoyed the reminiscing and laughs as they talked about old times. With Tom’s dedication to physical fitness, he also developed a great circle of friends through Northridge Fitness Centre in Nanaimo. His daily attendance was a constant inspiration and motivation for us all. The family would like to thank Dr. Fletcher, Melanie Young (Director of Care) and all the wonderful staff from The Gardens at Qualicum Beach. The care and compassion shown to Tom and our family was not only appreciated but  also such a blessing for  Tom and all who loved him.  Following his wishes, there will be no service, instead, Tom asked that the next time you’re out having a beer or favourite wine, simply raise your glass and toast to the memories. Donations of remembrance may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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January 5, 1924 – March 19, 2014 It is with great sadness our family announces the passing of our dear Mother and Nanny at the age of 90. Her rich laugh and beautiful smile will be deeply missed. Nancy was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and immigrated with her family to Victoria, BC in 1926. She attended school there and later worked at the Old British Fish & Chip Shop. She married George in 1951 and while he was in the Navy, she was a devoted caregiver to her mother who resided with them. In 1967 the family moved to Whiskey Creek and raised their four sons filling their lives with country living. There were always pots of homemade soup on the stove, baking on the counter cooling, flowers in the garden and an old movie playing on the TV (which she could name all the actors to the day she passed). Nancy was predeceased by all of her siblings and her husband George (2005). She is survived by her four sons Eric (Lorna), Ralph (Ann), Glen (Corinne), Darren (Deanna) and her three grandsons Brian (Britney), Chris (Haley), and Adam (Breanne). Nancy was a dedicated grandmother, mother, motherin-law and wife. We feel blessed to have experienced her unconditional love. She was always ready to go to family dinners and enjoy the laughter. Family was everything to Nancy. On March 19th, with the family by her side, the sun broke through the clouds, shone down upon her, and with her last breath she went directly into the arms of her loving husband George. We would like to thank Dr. Haslett and the 3rd floor staff at THE GARDENS for their kindness and respect for Nancy during her 8 years of residence. The family was comforted by knowing she was cared for to the very end. A Celebration A Celebration of Life of Life willwill be be held held at aatlater a later date. In date.In lieu of fllieu owers, of flowers, a contribution a contribution to a charity to of ???????? your choice would would bebe appreciated. appreciated.

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QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED Homecare available. Full-time, possible live-in. (250)468-0337

OCEANSIDE Lawn & Garden. Tree pruning, hedge shaping & trimming, gutters, & early spring garden clean-ups, powerwashing. (250)240-1116.

HOBBIES & CRAFTS GRINSHEEP FIBRE Productions. Felting, spinning, knitting & weaving supplies. Tues Sat., 1 - 5 or by appt. 250-2486306. grinsheep@gmail.com

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

WOODSTOVE, GREAT condition, nice and clean. Located in Nanaimo (you must be able to pick up). $500 obo. Call (250)933-5223

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED

DELUXE GOLDEN Breeza, power-lift recliner, tan leather. New at $3100; Sell $2200 obo. (250)754-3703.

FIREARMS. ALL types wanted, estates, collections, single items, military. We handle all paperwork and transportation. Licensed Dealer. 1-866-9600045. www.dollars4guns.com

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

1 stove, $20. 1 Kenmore Stacker Dryer with new motor. Needs heat element. $100. Deep freeze $80. 7 white aluminum windows all for $250 or sold separate. Various sizes. Open to offers 250-752-0169 ARROWSMITH GOLF and Country Club full membership for sale. Call (250)752-1490 CEDAR CHESTBBQ with tools and tank, patio table, umbrella and 4 chairs. 12.5’ Sail boat. Ikea bookcase and cupboard. Chesterfield with matching loveseat, 20 ft. flagpole, lawn-spreader. Call 250954-1771. HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, W/D, F/S, granite tiles, beautiful, 17-pce kitchen cupboards, jacuzzi. (250)753-0160 MACHINERY ESTATE SALE JD 350C dozer $6,400. JD 450C dozer $8,500. CAT D6C dozer with Hysterwinch $17,500. Kenworth dump truck with McCoy box, tandem axle, needs work $5000. Hank Dann 604 290-7117 MOVING MUST SELL: entrance table & mirror, roof carrier, sewing machine, storage cabinet, chess set, room divider/screen & 2 tables. Cerosun heater, collector plates and Phantom print. See website: www.greatstuffandmore.com (250)248-4393.

PIANO (SHERLOCK Manning), $600. Beautiful condition. Located in Qualicum Beach. Call (250)752-5373.

MT. ARROWSMITH golf membership for sale. Annual green fees paid for by the corporate passes. Contact for more info. 250-248-2210 or 250-240-0007. NEW AREA Rug red w/black & white, bought, $300, sell $100. 7’lx5w. (250)585-7744.

LADYSMITH: SEMI-OCEAN FRONT home on treed 6.5 acres. 3 B/R, 2 level 2,600 sq.ft 433,000. (250)245-8950

REAL ESTATE APARTMENT/CONDOS NANAIMO WATERFRONT 2nd floor condo. 1500 sq.ft. LR/DR/2bdrms with view, den, gas FP, secure bldg. 2 underground parking spaces. Maintenance fee includes hot water/gas/landscaping. 1 pet OK. View anytime. $339,900 Reduced to $329,000. (250)7539123

QUALICUM BEACH440 Schley Place. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 1049 sq.ft., top floor. Gas fireplace, elevator, N/S, 1 small pet allowed. $225,000. Seller will consider “agreement for sale�. Phone 250-594-8097

VICTORIA 2 BDRM CONDO 1380 sq ft. Quiet 55+ bldg near Hillside Mall & Jubilee Hospital. No-step entry. $195,000. Call Claire 1-250858-6775.

LIVE IN this 3 bdrm house with mortgage helper (legal 1 bdrm suite $750/mo). Have a home based business in the 2.5 car garage w/separate driveway (room for RV). New plumbing, windows, Valor F/P, laminate floors/ carpet, driveway, HW tank, D/W, W & D, all appliances stay. 2 blks to City Hall/Library. Low util’s w/2 natural gas F/Ps, stove, HW and dryer (separate meters). Garden shed/small studio, veg garden and xeriscaping front yard (no watering). A must see @ $349,900. (250)954-0227.

NORTH NANAIMO- 107 Harpooner Place (off McGirr) 2100sq ft, 4 bdrm, 3 bath, ocean mtn views, cul-de-sac, close to schools, lrg fenced yrd, new kitchen & roof, beautiful deck, lot size 7600sqft. $389,000. (250)756-6125.

FOR SALE BY OWNER

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

HAULING AND SALVAGE JUNK TO THE DUMP. Jobs Big or small, I haul it all! I recycle & donate to local charities. Sean (250)741-1159 or (250)667-1382. WAYNE’S HAUL-AWAY. Will haul away unwanted whatever. Bondable. 250-752-1639.

PAINTING A STROKE ABOVE Painting LTD- Liven up your space with a splash of colour! Spring is here book your projects now to avoid disappointment. Commercial & Residential. Interior/Exterior. WCB. Insured. Call Dave, 250-240-2310.

FURNITURE COFFEE TABLE, 60� x 19�, good cond, solid wood construction, $100. 2 end tables, $60 ea. 1 (250)756-2694 QUEEN MATTRESS & BOX New in Plastic. Pillowtop. $200. (250)713-9680 THOMASVILLE 2 piece entertainment unit, cherry wood. Excellent condition. width 45�, height 82� and depth 26�. TV included. $200. Call (250)7292690 (Nanaimo).

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QUALITY GARDEN SHEDS Gazebos, pergolas, follies, greenhouses, studios, storage & more. Call 250-951-0855 ROYAL DOLTON dishes “Japora� $350. Antique chair, $75. Call (250)933-3900. STEEL BUILDINGS/Metal Buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

1478 SQ.FT. RANCHER 6 years young. 3-bdrm, 2.5 bath. Double + attached garage, heat pump, 14x40 deck. Bowser/ Deep Bay area. $365,000. Call 250-757-8757.

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QUALICUM BEACH Ocean view 1600sqft built 2010. 2 bdrm 3 bath 3 levels walk to town beach. 20x12 shop carport, RV parking low maint high efficient home $485,000. Call 250-228-4623.

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COLLEGE HEIGHTS, Nanaimo. Beautiful ocean/city views. 4bdrms w/2bdrm suite. Owner will carry mortgage/reasonable down payment. Also LADYSMITH 3bdrm w/1bdrm suite, dble garage +1000 sq.ft. storage area. $25,000 down. 250753-0160

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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO PARKSVILLE SPACIOUS 1 bdrm apt. quiet bldg, centrally located. Hot water, storage, parking, included in rent. $725/mo. Avail April 1. 250248-5431


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RECREATION

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10 mins from Qualicum

RV RESORT ON THE LAKE

Recently re-decorated

1bdrm $450 NS/NP.

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Call 1-250-594-3004 EMERALD ESTATES- 245 McVickers. Bright & sunny, spotless, 2 bed/2 bath patio home in secure seniors independent living complex. Close to all amenities. Wkly hskpng incl’d and an optional evening dining program is available. Single occupancy $1250. Double $1300. Ph. (250) 248-2143

COTTAGES FRENCH CREEK area- furnished bachelor cottage, 350sq ft, own entry, newly renovated w/full kitchen, 2 piece bath. NS/NP. $700 inclds utils. Available Apr 1. References req’d. Call Brian to view, 250-248-6699. PARKSVILLE QUIET, 2 bdrm Cottage on acreage. Church Rd. $ 800 Call 250-937-2700

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES DOWNTOWN QUALICUM, 1 bdrm + den, laminate floors, blinds, f/s, coin laundry. N/S N/P, ref’s required $850. + utilities. Avail May 1. Call: 250752-9833 ask for Sian. FRENCH CREEK- reno’d lrg grd flr 1 bdrm on quiet street. F/P, patio, fenced yrd, covered parking, wifi, W/D. N/S, pets ok. Avail May 1. $925. Call 250-594-8447 or kaback@storm.ca

MOBILE HOMES & PADS PARKSVILLE-Newly ren’d 2 bdrm mobile. W/D, F/S,in adult park. NP/NS Ref’s req’d $800. Call 250-248-5542

HOMES FOR RENT COOMBS- 3 bdrms, F/S, W/D, deck, fenced yrd, pet friendly smoking unit. #1-1027 Virginia Rd. Available April 1. $800+ utils. Call (250)248-2285. DOWNTOWN QUALICUMnewly renovated 3 bdrms, 2 bath, dbl garage. $1400+ utils. NS/NP. Avail May 1. Call 250927-5742, 250-752-4842. ERRINGTON: 1.5 bdrm, quiet acreage, lrg apt. $650/mo + util’s. Sm. Pet ok. Avail. Now. Call (250)951-2995. NORTH QUALICUM: Recently reno’d, 2 bdrm with full basement, on waterfront acreage, enclosed garage, new F/S & DW. Avail. Apr. 1st, W/D, NS/NP, references req’d. $1100 negotiable with caretaking. Call (250)752-3417 SEAWARD WAY: Oceanside on Eaglecrest Golf Course, adult 50+ community. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl, NS/NP, $1100/mo Call 250-752-8605

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Spots available at Great Rates. Daily, weekly, monthly. Pool, Hot tub, exercise room, laundry, putting green, hiking, fishing, Pickle Ball Court. Free coffee in one of the best clubhouses on the island. Nanaimo area. www.resortonthelake.com 250-754-1975 or admin@resortonthelake.com

ROOMS FOR RENT RATHTREVOR BEACH area: Private bath, wifi, extras. Ideal for N/S student, working person, quiet, comfortable. Call (250)586-7280.

RV PADS SECURE YOUR Spacious RV pad on a nature park-like property near Parksville. $440./mo inclds utils - before the summer crunch. (250)927-5623.

CARS 1988 BLUE Dodge Daytona Shelby Z. Manual, hatchback, FWD. Very rare turbo charged. Beautiful condition inside & out. Mechanically sound. New all season tires 225-60R15 July 2013. One owner. $3475. Call (250)954-0101. 2001 CHEVROLET Impala. 185,000km. Good cond. Asking $2900. (250)756-9367

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RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

EMERALD ESTATES- (Parksville). 55+ independent living, 1 bdrm spacious, bright condo. Patio, new carpet. Homemaker & laundry included. Meals optional. NS/NP. $1150./mo + utils. Call 1-250-248-9249.

1993 CLASS A WINNEBAGO 23’ Excellent condition. Must be sold. Call 250-752-6484.

STORAGE MORE SPACE FOR LESS Storage Containers Currently available: 8’ x 20’ $105. + taxes. Open storage for RVs, cars, boats, trailers: $40. + taxes for first 20’ $2 each additional foot.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR RENT

2006 ARCTIC FOX, 22H all weather RV. Brand new condition. $12,700. (250)758-7531 or (250)616-8172.

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

250-248-7100.

SUITES, LOWER 1 BDRM bachelor, French Creek. Single occupancy only. N/S, N/P, private ent. Inlc Util. & cable. Avail. immediately. $625/mo.unfurn. / $700/mo furn. Call 250-752-1259

1997 MAZDA, 7 passenger 4wd automatic. 298,000 km. 4 snow tires on rims, well maintained, runs well, back up camera. Good work horse. Asking $1900. Phone 250-752-2249

SUITES, UPPER COOMBS - QUIET 1 BDRM, RV. W/D incl utils. $500. 250927-1113. EAGLECREST batchelor suite rancher. Separate entry $650/mo. plus hydro. Contact Richard 250-248-7777 Whiskey Creek-1bdrm, 2nd storey suite separate from main house. F/S, W/D. Quiet single working person with references. $600/mo.Util incl., except phone. Avail immed.. D/D req’d. N/P,N/S 250-752-0169/250-240-7999.

TRANSPORTATION AUTO FINANCING

2004 VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREGV8, All-wheel drive Volkswagen Touareg, leather interior, auto transmission, VW trailer package for towing, newer brakes & tire sensors, extremely well maintained clean vehicle, amazing safe ride in all conditions, heated seats, censored wipers, air, amazing sound system, plus many more extras. Locally purchased and serviced Call John 250-816-7368.

TRUCKS & VANS

OFFICE/RETAIL QUALICUM BEACH. Great private office space, approx. 100 sq.ft., ground floor; plus shared reception area. Avail. now. Call (250)240-4751 for more info & to view. SMALL DETACHED office is available, located in an Industrial Park. Ample parking & storage. $475. 250-716-6797.

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2000 FORD EXPLORER XL, under 190,000k, new battery, runs good, clean, good tires. $2950 obo. View at: 413 Selby Nanaimo. (250)618-6800

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NEW WHEELS: Parksville’s Art Smith and Betty Armstrong happily accept the keys to a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze from Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. dealer principal Mike Harris. The happy couple is the second-place winner of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation’s 21st annual Lotto for Life charity. All proceeds aid health-care needs within central Vancouver Island from Bowser to Ladysmith.

WALK FOR AUTISM

Thanks come from the heart Organizers said she has fundraising plans for this year AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

Local autism fundraiser Fran Duncan is thanking the White Spot among a list of businesses and individuals who continue to help her support the cause. Duncan said she didn’t know it would be the last of what became annual fundraising dinners at the Parksville White Spot in September, a couple months before the restaurant chain announced they were closing the location. Duncan, who’s grandson in the Lower Mainland has autism, leads the Aidan’s Avengers team which takes part in the Walk Now for Autism every September. “I do it for my grandson Aidan and all the families with these loving special children. Thanks from the heart,” she said. “A heart-felt thank you to all the businesses and individuals who have helped to raise funds for this special cause,” she said, pointing out she will still be raising funds in oth-

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Qualicum Beach resident Fran Duncan’s grandchildren, the youngest members of Aidan’s Avengers, from left: Aidan, Rylee, Nadia and Payton, after last year’s walk.

er ways including having an open account at the bottle depots people can donate to. This year Duncan will focus more on the Autism Society Central Vancouver Island

(www.autismsocietycvi.ca) which holds a walk in Nanaimo in April. To donate or for more information contact Fran at happytrails51@shaw. ca or 250-752-3744.

Homelessnes Task Force dinner set for Thursday The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness is hosting a light dinner and community meeting on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Forum in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre. This meeting is to share the information that

was collected during the homeless count of 2013, the successes of our community and the gaps that currently exist. We will also be looking to the future and where we can go from here. For more info, e-mail: homelessness@sosd69.com. — Submitted by Homelessness Task Force


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DO YOU HAVE LOCAL SPORTS NEWS? Contact: Tyson Taylor, Sports Reporter Email: sports@pqbnews.com Phone: 250-951-3809

LACROSSE

Buccaneers finish their big season Despite short bench, Oceanside team took Islands and bronze in provincials T YSON TAYLOR sports@pqbnews.com

It was a big season for the U16 Oceanside Buccaneers Lacrosse team. The short-handed squad managed to do big things, including coming away with a bronze medal for their efforts at provincials. The Buccaneers had a great group of players with all sorts of skill level. Holden Zaborniak, in his first lacrosse season ever, picked up a lot of skills and improved tremendously by the end of the season. The Buccaneers weren’t short handed when it came to leadership. The team’s three captains, Jory Clermont, Ian Whibley and Erik Johnston, provided leadership on the field for the Bucs when the going was tough. Shamus Koughan also chipped in as a leader and proved to be a great asset to the team. Goaltender Shane Houtman, who had never played goal before, stepped up for the team and stood on his head all season, according to coach Derek Gaughan. “Shane was great for us. He’d never even played as a goalie so for him to step up and take that on was huge,” Gaughan said. “He even got us a few shutouts which is really rare to see in the game of lacrosse.”

The Bucs big-stick defenders Cole Haider and Liam Lowery struck fear into the opposing offence all season, while left handed attack-man, Jesse Chiste had some moves like Jagger, leaving defenders on opposite teams feeling dizzy after he worked his magic multiple times through the season. “A lot of those guys are moving on, as this was their last year to play field lacrosse, so it’s going to be tough to see them go,” Gaughan said. “But we’ve got some guys who will be leaders on this team for next season in Eric Thompson, Stirling McCullough and Taylor Hutchinson.” Despite the Buccaneers’ small roster the majority of the season, they won the Island championship and the bronze medal at the provincials. “Yeah, we had very low numbers on the team this year. But we had a wide range of talent on our team and that helped us have a very successful season,” Gaughan said. “It was nice having both Evan Tuck out here to help coach when I wasn’t able to be there. We wouldn’t have been able to have the success we had if it wasn’t for him stepping up, as well as Cam Miller for filling in too when he did.”

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The Oceanside Buccaneers had their year end celebration last week and had quite the season to celebrate, capturing the Island Championship and bronze at provincials.

VIJHL HOCKEY

Generals looking to get out in the community With a new coach and some returning stars, the local team is looking for more community involvement T YSON TAYLOR sports@pqbnews.com

You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals this summer leading into their 2014-2015 season, if new head coach Jason Johns has his way. Johns, who was hired recently as the Gens fifth head coach in a year, will be looking to build a community-orientated team. In fact, the head coach reached out to two of the Generals leaders from last season, captain Travis Flug and assistant captain Liam Peel, for some input. “I got to talk to the two of

them last week, so that was nice. With the new standard that the Oceanside Generals will be having next season, I wanted to get some input from a couple of guys who were at the core of this team,” Johns said. “We have been checking out a lot of players and seeing who would fit what we’re looking for the best. It’s going to be great once it all comes together.” Peel, who was the recipient of the Fan Favourite award last season, gracefully returned the trophy to Save-On-Foods manager Bruce Brown. For Peel, it was an honour to be given the award and he was

more than happy to represent the Generals that way. “It’s a great honour to be voted as the favourite by our fans. It’s always nice when you see some fans or some of the younger hockey players around and stop to say hello,” Peel said. “I was really happy to represent this team in that aspect and to be able to be one of the faces that people recognize was great. Plus it gives us a chance to give back to the community too which is always great.” “Having a guy like Liam Peel, who’s the face of this team and same with Flug, to have them on board with wanting to get

out into the community more is good to hear,” Johns said. “We’ve got some events in mind through the summer that we’re going to be attending, and having these guys out there for the public to connect with, will go a long way in bridging the team with our community.” Both Peel and Flug have yet to commit to next season. For Johns, the chance to have both of them back would be a huge boost. “Of course we’d love to have both of those guys back if we could,” Johns said. “They’ve got some options out there and the goal at the end of the day is to

see them both succeed, wherever that might be.” The Generals Spring Camp takes place May 2–4 at Oceanside Place. Johns said he looks forward to seeing all the faces at the camp and is excited to see what the future holds for this team. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, getting to know as many of these kids as I can and to be able to see what they can all do,” said Johns. “The building starts at that camp and it’s going to be a lot of fun seeing the end result of it all.” See photo, page A30


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THE OCEANSIDE MINOR HOCKEY Novice and Initiation divisions held their year-end tournament last weekend. There was plenty of action spread over three days with 22 teams taking part. Here the Oceanside Canadiens took on the Cowichan Valley Red Rockets.

Cutting Edge take championship T YSON TAYLOR

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The Cutting Edge Dragons used their last re-scheduled game to record a 23-10 home win over the Short Sighted Crew and win the league darts championship for the second consecutive season. Sean Wallington won five of six games while Daniel Beijk, Lynda Beijk and Steve Collins all won four out of six. John Eyre was good on four of five attempts and Don Punter took three wins from five games for the away side. For more detailed statistics check district69darts.com. POST SEASON RESULTS: Men’s: First — Steve Collins with seven wins out of nine. Second Place was John Eyre with six wins out of nine, and Mike Bowen finished in third.

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Loss

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Cutting Edge Dragons

438

255

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Legion 49 Bristle Bashers

424

269

61.1

Oceanside Eagles

407

286

58.7

Short Sighted Crew

368

325

53.1

Straight Arrows

365

328

52.6

Legion 49 Arrows

301

392

43.4

Eagle Shooters

274

419

39.5

Legion 76 Flyers

187

506

26.9

Women’s: Viviane Papineau, Anne O`Sullivan, and Shirley Ewert all finished the round robin with six wins each. After a play-off, first place went to Viviane Papineau with Shir-

ley Ewert in second and Anne O‘Sullivan in third. Fun mixed doubles: First — Steve Collins and Lynda Beijk. Second place was Larry Fuller and Viviane Papineau.

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Attention Boaters Get ready for boating season by getting your pleasure craft licence and proof of competency now. Pleasure craft licence In Canada, all recreational boats with a motor of 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more must have a pleasure craft licence. A pleasure craft licence provides a unique identification number that must be displayed on your boat. This allows Search and Rescue personnel to access important information in an emergency. Pleasure craft licences are valid for 10 years. Operating a pleasure craft without one may result in a $250 fine. Proof of competency Everyone who operates a power-driven boat also needs proof of competency — something that shows they understand the basic rules and how to safely operate a boat. The most common proof of competency is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. You can get the card by taking a boating safety course in-person or online, and passing the test at the end of the course. For more information on how to get your card or to get an Application for a Pleasure Craft Licence, visit www.tc.gc.ca/boatingsafety or call the Boating Safety InfoLine at 1-800-267-6687.

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The BC Government is now off-loading our recycling decisions to Toronto.

Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose first responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. profits. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, and costs BC homeowners just

$35 a year on average. The new proposed system does not guarantee to keep our local environment as its first priority, nor does it guarantee that there won’t be job losses here in BC. It doesn’t guarantee service levels, or say anything about how big business will pass along the costs to you when you go to pick up a pizza or buy groceries. Yikes! Perhaps this is why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to sign onto the new program, calling it a “scam.” Given that, maybe it’s time you called Premier Clark to keep BC’s environmental decisions right here in BC where they belong.

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Electric Boom Booms return to Parksville The sound of this dance-generating band is always changing BRENDA GOUGH NEWS Contributor

Their live show has more energy than a hurricane and when The Boom Booms storm into the Parksville Community and Conference Centre (PCCC) March 28 the concert will no doubt be electric. The Vancouver-based indie soul band has been making original music since 2008 and gathering a huge loyal fan base over the years. The band mates have been friends since early childhood. Their camaraderie is played out on stage during their live performances. Roots, soul, hip hop, folk and dance are just a few of the genres their music incorporates. While their sound is always changing, one thing that remains constant is their energetic vibe. The Boom

Booms have fun when they perform which ultimately fills the dance floor. Their Latin inspired songs stem from the band’s travels to Brazil and adventures along the Amazon River but the six talented musicians also bring an urban edge to their sound. The Boom Booms have been on a wicked ride since they released Butterfly Man in 2008. In 2011 their debut album Hot Rum earned them a spot in The Peak Performance Project. Over the past year their musical journey has taken a huge turn as they endeavour to record a distinct new album. The process has seen the players re-examine their roles in the band and they are taking their music to the next level. They have gone from cramming six creative and individual people’s ideas into one song while at the same time working them out part-by-part with master producer Chin Injeti at the helm. See BEST STUFF, page B3

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Feel like a Friday night dance party? The Boom Booms are coming back to the Parksville Community and Conference Centre (PCCC) March 28 for another energetic live show.

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Acclaimed Canadian musician Steve Dawson will be performing at the Errington Hall March 29.

Guitar ace Steve Dawson wanted to take an old fashioned approach to his new album and that’s where a vintage microphone rescued from a church in Detroit came into play. “I’ve been looking for a special microphone for the past couple of years,” said the Vancouver-born musician, producer and sound engineer while on tour last week. “So this guy in L.A., who has his finger on the pulse of microphones, phoned me and said a church in Detroit was getting rid of dusty, old microphones that have been hanging from the rafters for 60 years. So I got one and they are fantastic.” Dawson recorded his new instrumental album Rattlesnake Cage using a number of old techniques and equipment, in order to create a vibe that was honest and raw, yet inviting and intimate. Dawson will be doing an acoustic performance with bass player Keith Lowe at the Errington Hall March 29. Dawson was born and raised in Vancouver, besides a

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Swan song for Buddy Holly? Ballenas grad estimates he’s played the role of Buddy Holly 500 times LISSA ALEXANDER reporter@pqbnews.com

Zachary Stevenson may be winding down his popular run of Buddy Holly productions, but he’ll still be available for dance parties like the one he’s doing in Qualicum Beach this weekend. Stevenson, who grew up in Qualicum Beach and graduated from Ballenas Secondary School in 1999, has starred as Buddy Holly upwards of 500 times in three provinces and one state. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre in Victoria, Stevenson landed his first gig as Buddy Holly in Toronto. That was followed by a successful run at the Art Club Theatre Company in Vancouver (which sold out 51 shows and earned him rave reviews). Last year Stevenson starred in The Buddy Holly Story at the Chemainus Festival Theatre and sold out more than 40 shows, and this year that cast was reunited for another bundle of packed shows. He also played the role in Kansas City last year. “For me, personally, I feel there’s a reasonable chance this could be end of road for the Buddy Holly story for me,” he said. “But I never say never.” He said for that reason it was a little emotional when the lights went down on the last show in Chemainus recently. But the Vancouver resident will continue to perform Buddy Holly and 1950s music at events like the sold-out affair the Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association is presenting March 29, for the second year in a row. Stevenson has even recorded a couple of CDs featuring Buddy Holly songs, along with tunes by Hank Williams and Jerry Lee Lewis. Sales from those CDs helped Stevenson raise over $10,000 for MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Stevenson said the show at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre on Saturday night will be a ‘50s and ‘60s dance party with Buddy Holly tunes along with other favourites from that rock ‘n roll era, like the Beatles and Elvis. He’ll be bringing his band from Vancouver to join him. “It’s always fun to take the trip over to the Island and play for the hometown,” he said. The event will also include a dance and costume contest. Beyond his work as Buddy, Steven-

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Zachary Stevenson and his band will perform music by Buddy Holly and other popular artists from the 1950s and 1960s to a sold-out crowd at the Civic Centre this Saturday night. Readers of The NEWS can win tickets to this soldout show — see the Pharmasave ad on page A4.

son has been keeping busy with other performing endeavours. He performed in a one-man-show called Never Shoot a Stampede Queen in Vancouver and Haida Gwaii and scored music for an internet TV series called The True Heriones. Stevenson is currently teaming up with his sister and her partner for a role in their web series for kids called Pancake Manor, which has had more

than 25 million views on YouTube. Stevenson will star as a character named Buddy in that series, inspired by the rock ‘n roll star. Stevenson is also in the early stages of creating a show about the late folk singer Phil Ochs. For more on Stevenson and his performance adventures visit his website: www.zacharystevenson.com.

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The band states on their website that they have written some of the best and most signature Boom Boom music in the past six months. And while their sound is changing—growing from a big mix of music from all over the planet into a more refined, urban and unique sonic experience, one element that hasn’t changed is their energy.

“The thing that has kept us all hanging out since the last official release is our live show—which will be undergoing some sleekafying as well – but we will always bring the BOOM on stage,” said electric guitar player in the group, Tom Van Deursen. The band is getting ready to embark on a B.C.-wide tour and said the Parksville show is

the last chance to hear some of their favourite old songs from way back because they will be re-inventing the set for summertime and won’t have as much room to play Hot Rum. The 19+ show with a cash bar at the PCCC in the big main room Friday, March 28. Tickets are $25 available at Natural Synergy Day Spa and Shades of Green in Parksville.

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The duo, known as Zubot and Dawson, won the Juno award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for a Group, for their album Chicken Scratch, among other awards. In 1995, Dawson founded the Vancouver music label Black Hen Music, where he has produced countless celebrated albums for the likes of Jim Byrnes, Kelly Joe Phelps, and The Sojourners, among others. He continues to work with musicians today in that role. Dawson has now won a total of seven Junos (five for his work producing) and 15 Western Canadian Music awards. Last year Dawson and his family decided it was time to

make a change and settled on Nashville as a new home base. “It’s a great time to be there, it’s really booming,” he said. Although he’s been back to Canada to work on his projects eight times since the move, he’s loving the American city for the music, the people and the history. “A lot of the great records that I love were made within a 200-mile radius from where I live and that’s pretty mind blowing actually,” he said. Dawson is currently on tour and said the stripped-down approach he’s taking, with no pickups on his guitars, is unlike anything he’s done before. He said the idea is to try and

recreate the vibe he achieved on the new album. “It’s a new experience in that way, and I’m really enjoying it.” Dawson will be playing some new and old tunes at the Errington Hall, some blues and Hawaiian music, and he and Lowe will do some improvising along the way. The show starts at 8 p.m. on March 29. Tickets $20 at the Errington Store, Cranky Dog Music in Parksville and Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach. Youth under 12 are $5 at the door and children under five are free. For more on Dawson visit his website: www.stevedawson.ca.

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Homeowners are often interested in projects to improve the aesthetic appeal of their homes, particularly those that may increase the curb appeal of their properties. But some projects, including improving attic ventilation, can benefit a home even when they aren’t especially eye-catching. Attic venting preserves the life of a roof while improving the energy efficiency of a home. Although it may seem counterproductive to let air into the attic when you are sealing drafts elsewhere in the home, there is rhyme and reason to venting an attic throughout the year. Attic ventilation is a system of air intake and exhaust that creates a flow of air through the attic. In the summertime, air flowing through the attic will cool temperatures within the attic, preventing damage to the underside of roofing shingles and preventing ambient heat from traveling inside of a home. In the winter, air flow helps to keep the attic cool and dry. This prevents moisture that can lead to mold and rot issues from building up inside of the attic. Attic ventilation also prevents warm indoor temperatures and rising heat from warming up roofs during the winter, creating the freeze-thaw pattern that results in ice dams. Many attics already contain passive ventilation in the form of vents or ventilation strips built into the edge of the roof. Other vents may appear in gables or eaves. Some homeowners prefer the addition of an attic fan to work in concert with existing venting. The spring season is an ideal time to have an attic fan installed because the weather is temperate, making it easier to work up in the attic. According to Natural Light Energy Systems, attic temperatures can exceed 160 F on hot summer days. Proper attic ventilation can reduce those temperatures by up to 40 F, prolonging the life of the roof. Attic ventilation also reduces the load on heating and cooling systems. No matter how much insulation is in an attic, some transfer of attic air will occur between the home and the attic, and that transfer makes heating and air conditioning systems run longer and harder to compensate. Homeowners who notice their HVAC systems running endlessly to keep the home comfortable can benefit from improved attic ventilation, as can those homeowners whose attics feature moisture damage in the way of rusty nails or moldy wood framing. An attic fan is often an effective remedy to these issues.

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Home improvement tips learned the hard way ‘Tis the season for home improvement projects, and weekend warriors will soon be visiting home supply retailers to buy everything from paint to plywood. There are many advantages to making home improvements on your own, including the opportunity to test your mettle at projects big and small. Many a novice DIYer has learned the ups and downs of home improvement through trial and error. But the following are a handful of lessons first-timers can heed before beginning their maiden voyages into the world of DIY home improvements. Measure twice, cut once. Perhaps this is the best-known mantra of home improvement, yet many still ignore it. Whether you’re anxious to get started or simply because you still cannot convert metric to standard formula, you must take the time to measure twice before cutting. Learning that you’re a hair too short later will be prove frustrating and time-consuming and often necessitates a last-minute run to the store for more materials. Always measure multiple times before making cuts. Enlist a helper. Having a partner helping with the work is the most efficient way to tackle a project. This person can

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Sealing a driveway can extend its life Installing an asphalt or a concrete driveway can be an expensive undertaking. To preserve the fresh, new look of the driveway, have the driveway sealed and then routinely seal it to keep it looking pristine. A good sealant can keep a driveway looking new longer and also can rejuvenate the appearance of an older driveway. Sealant can be compared to car wax. It provides an outer coating that will repel stains, stop UV rays from fading the driveway and help to protect against cracks and driveway degradation.

Over time, asphalt driveways will begin to fade in color and the stone and rocks used in the asphalt mix will appear more prominent. By sealing the driveway, a homeowner can maintain its original dark color. Another reason to seal a driveway is to reduce the chance of freeze-thaw damage. This type of damage results when water penetrates the surface of the driveway and then expands as it freezes. The expansion can cause cracks and fissures, as well as compromise the soil underneath the driveway, making it sink or become unstable. Sealed driveways help to keep water beading on the surface of the driveway, rather than being absorbed into the driveway material. When water no longer beads on the driveway, this is often an indicator that the driveway needs to be resealed. There are some guidelines to follow when sealing driveways. When starting, sealant should not be applied immediately after the driveway is poured. Concrete needs to cure for a period of up to one month before sealant should be applied. Fresh asphalt contains oils that eventually evaporate. The oils are what makes fresh asphalt pliable and soft. Once these oils evaporate, the asphalt gets harder and more durable. Sealers

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Eco-conscious ways to tend to your lawn Many homeowners are constantly on the lookout for ways to make their homes more environmentally friendly. Such a pursuit is both noble because it helps the environment and practical because it often saves money. While there are many eco-friendly improvements homeowners make inside their homes, it’s important to note that there are several ways for men and women to be more environmentally conscious outside of their homes as well. Lawn care can be done in a way that’s conscious of the environment, and the results can be just as appealing as if the lawn were tended to without regard for the planet. The following are just a few of the many ways homeowners can adopt more eco-friendly practices when tending to their lawns. Be conscientious when watering. Overwatering a lawn is pretty common, especially during the dog days of summer, when homeowners try to overcompensate for hot days with excessive watering. The growth of moss on sidewalks or the driveway is a telltale sign that you’re watering too much, as is a standing pool of water on the grass. Homeowners who find it difficult to determine when their lawns have gotten enough water can purchase an intelligent irrigation control system that adapts your watering to a

lawn’s needs as well as the weather. Turn back the clock on your tools. Before gas mowers became the standard, man-powered push mowers were used to cut the grass. Such mowers still exist, and they require no fuel, making them a more eco-friendly option than their gas-powered counterparts. Along those same lines, leaf blowers are a far less friendly way to rake leaves in the fall or clean the yard after a long winter. While there’s no denying their effectiveness, leaf blowers need gas to operate, while a rake just requires some elbow grease and a little extra time out in the yard. Stay local. If you need to plant new grass or you’re beginning a garden, then stick with local plants, flowers and grasses rather than more exotic options that are not native to your area. Plants, flowers and grasses that aren’t native to your region will require more maintenance and often more watering. That added maintenance might prove to be a headache, and that excessive watering will not be beneficial to the environment. Native plants, flowers and grasses have already adapted to your climate, and they can be provide just as much aesthetic appeal as more exotic alternatives. Avoid pesticides whenever possible. Many homeowners treat their lawns with

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The benefits of pruning trees and shrubs Pruning trees and shrubs is necessary to ensure they maintain their health and vigor. Trees and shrubs should be inspected annually to determine if they need to be pruned. Mature trees typically do not need to be pruned as frequently as young trees, which need pruning to establish branch structure. Trees and shrubs that go years without pruning can become overgrown and weak. In addition to promoting tree and shrub health, pruning pays a host of other dividends. Pruning removes dead or diseased branches. Pruning helps a tree or shrub maintain its shape and vigor by removing broken, dead or diseased branches that can be unsightly and make it more difficult for the tree or shrub to stay healthy. When broken, dead or diseased branches are removed, trees or shrubs look healthier and add aesthetic appeal to a property. Pruning trees and shrubs promotes growth of other plants. Trees and shrubs that go years without being pruned become overgrown, making it difficult for plants underneath or adjacent to them to grow in healthy. For example, grass beneath an overgrown tree might not get adequate sunlight, which it needs to establish strong roots so it can grow in lush and healthy. Pruning allows plants beneath the tree and shrub and even

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An indie roots band from Victoria that has been hailed for its innovative and adventurous approach to music is performing a house concert in Qualicum Beach this weekend. West my Friend is a quartet of classically trained musicians whose music has been described as chamber folk, indie-pop and Canadian roots. The group released its first full length album “Place” in 2011 which garnered multiple award nominations including Roots album of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards.

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Two Island writers will be sharing their original stories and monologues at the next Tales for the Telling this Friday, March 28 in Parksville. Cindy Shantz and Judy Millar, otherwise known as WordChickz, have both had numerous works published, and they will be entertaining at the McMillan Arts Centre (the MAC) with both humorous and poignant original stories this Friday.

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For more information visit www.ajac.ca. ^ 2014 Sierra 1500 with the available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission has a fuel-consumption rating of 13.0L/100 km city and 8.7L/100 km hwy 2WD and 13.3L/100 km city and 9.0L/100 km hwy 4WD. Fuel consumption based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Competitive fuel consumption ratings based on Natural Resources Canada’s 2013 Fuel Consumption Guide for WardsAuto.com 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest available information at the time of posting. **When equipped with available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine. Comparison based on wardsauto.com 2013 Large Light-Duty Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. † Comparison based on wardsauto.com 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. †† The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who have purchased, leased or financed a new eligible 2014 MY Sierra with an ACDelco oil and filter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 40,000 KMs, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM Dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Limited reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. + Whichever comes first. See dealer for conditions and limited warranty details. ‡ 0% for 36 month lease available on all 2014 Sierra 1500 Regular/Double/Crew Cabs. Sample lease payments based on 36-month lease of 2014 Sierra Double Cab 4x4 1SA + G80 + B30 on approved credit by GM Financial. Tax, license, insurance, registration, applicable provincial fees, and optional equipment extra. Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Monthly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. Example: Sierra Double Cab 4x4 1SA + G80 + B30 including Freight and Air Tax is $30,488 at 0% APR, $1,075 Down payment, Bi-Weekly payment is $139 for 36 months. Total obligation is $11,951, plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $18,538. ¥¥ 0% Purchase financing offered on approved credit by RBC Royal Bank/TD Auto Financing/Scotiabank for 48 months on new or demonstrator 2014 Sierra 1500. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $208 for 48 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. ¥ $4,250 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit has been applied to the purchase, finance and lease offers of 2014 Sierra 1500 Double 4x4 1SA, and is applicable to retail customers only. $500 package credits for non-PDU models. Other credits available on select Sierra models. Offer ends March 31, 2014. ‡‡ Offer applies to eligible current owners or lessees of any model year 1999 or newer pick-up truck that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six (6) months. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche, GMC Sierra or 2014 MY Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra or 2015 MY Chevrolet Silverado HD or GMC Sierra HD delivered in Canada between March 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Credit is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive). Offer is transferable to a family member living within the same household (proof of address required). As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Limited (GMCL) to verify eligibility. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. Certain limitations or conditions apply. Void where prohibited. See your GMCL dealer for details. GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate offers for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice. XRetail and basic fleet customers who purchase or lease an eligible Chevrolet, Buick or GMC delivered from dealer stock between March 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014 will receive one 40¢ savings per litre fuel card (fuel savings card) upon payment of an additional $.01. Cards valid as of 72 hours after delivery. Fuel savings card valid for 800 litres of fuel purchased from participating Petro-Canada retail locations (and other approved North Atlantic Petroleum locations in Newfoundland) and not redeemable for cash except where required by law. GM is not responsible for cards that are lost, stolen or damaged. GM reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer and/or the program for any reason in whole or in part at any time without notice. Petro-Canada is a Suncor Energy business™ Trademark of Suncor Energy Inc. Used under licence. Cards are property of Suncor Energy. To protect your card balance, register online at www.petro-canada.ca/preferred today.

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Although violinist Marjorie Cullerne has lived in Parksville for many years, the public performance she is presenting in that city this Sunday is a rare event. That’s because Cullerne often performs at private events, seniors homes and in elementary schools throughout central Vancouver Island, as part of the Vancouver Island Symphony’s ‘Send a Symphony Musician to School’ program. And beyond the Island she’s been known to dazzle crowds in far flung places,

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Rare local appearance for globe-trotting violinist performing in a Turkish mosque, a Mexican prison, in the Sydney Opera House, and above the clouds on Mount Washington. She’ll be performing an afternoon of romantic music including gypsy, Celtic and fiddle tunes with guitarist Peter Leclerc and accordionist Peter Wilk at the McMillan Arts Centre (the MAC) March 30 at 2:30 p.m. Cullerne has been playing the violin since she was six years old. “My first violin was way too big so I had terrible, droopy posture, as seen in an old pho-

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Getting up and active with PAL Spring is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and start getting active. Introducing regular physical activity into your life is an important first step towards better health, a happier mindset, and more. The whole family will benefit from increased activity and getting on the road to a healthier lifestyle. There are so many known benefits to physical activity and an active lifestyle. Among them are a reduced risk of heart disease, premature death and stroke. Being active has also been proven to help improve self-esteem and confidence, help you sleep better, increase your energy and reduce depression, among many other things. Furthermore, it helps maintain functional independence, mobility, and bone health. For many of us, it can be quite daunting to take that first step towards an active lifestyle. And it can be more challenging to start something new without any help. The good news is residents of BC have access to a free physical activity counselling service called the Physical Activity Line (PAL). Through a phone call or online, qualified exercise professionals are available to provide exercise and physical activity advice and help you develop a customized physical activity plan for every member of the family, from children to older adults. When it comes to physical activity, more is better. To achieve the health benefits, it is important to try and progress towards the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, which recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day for children and youth and 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity each week for adults. Adults and older adults should also add muscle- and bone-

strengthening activities that work the major muscle groups at least twice a week to help with balance and prevent falls for those with mobility impairments. Physical activity doesn’t have to mean playing a sport or going to the gym. Playing a family game of tag, going for a swim or taking a walk outside with the family pet or to the store to get groceries count towards the physical activity recommendations. Try out something new; you may find your new favourite activity! In any case, you’re bound to have some fun and feel like a happier and healthier you. The Physical Activity Line is available Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m in the Lower Mainland, toll-free at 1-877-725-1149. For more information, visit www.physicalactivityline.com or email info@physicalactivity.com.

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