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Acting the fool usually leads to trouble, but for 12 Victoria High school students, their class clowning landed them on a plane to Germany. Vic High’s Improv Club recently returned from the Die Gorillas festival in Berlin, a worldrenowned improvisation event that attracts Europe’s best spontaneous acts. “It was a dream come true,” said drama teacher Alan Penty, who organized the March 21 to 31 trip for the extracurricular group. “I’d heard of Die Gorillas for years, I just never assumed we’d be invited.” Penty’s colleague, Jonathan Argue, reached out to festival organizers, who had previously never considered inviting high school students to the event. But once approved, students put in hours of fundraising efforts – from tree chipping to metal drives to countless live shows – to offset travel costs. “We raised about $10,000 over the past year and a half,” Penty said. Once in Berlin, the students were exposed to

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Vic High drama teacher Alan Penty and his Improv Club students, from left, front row, Breyn Banks, Joe Traill, Nick Harrison and Cole Duthler, from left, second row, Eva Kyne, Aidan Lee Smith, Emily Fraser, Mia Kachman, Serenity Marsh, and Alan Penty, from left top row, Conall Argue, Gemma Tarling and Jacob D. Flower recently returned from the Die Gorillas improv festival in Berlin. Don Denton/News staff

The Victoria News is asking you, our readers, to tell us where to find the region’s best pubs, restaurants, art galleries, sports activities, festivals and much more. Today marks the start of balloting in our 20th annual Best of the City awards. In today’s newspaper – and online at vicnews. com – there are two full pages of ballots, featuring such subjects as shopping, entertainment, restaurants and recreation. The printed ballot is in today’s paper only, but online balloting will continue through to May 9. Look for the survey link at the top of our home page. Enter your ballot and be eligible to win $100 cash. You must vote in a minimum of 30 categories for your vote to count. The results of the reader survey will be compiled by our staff and published in a special magazine publication on June 27. Be sure to check out the ballot for entry rules. editor@vicnews.com

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Special teachers make a difference Nominate your favourite grade school teacher for going that extra mile Don Descoteau News staff

Schools are at the heart of our communities, from Sooke to Sidney and Oak Bay to Esquimalt, and educators play a major role in shaping our children’s lives. To honour them for helping young people gain skills, confidence and, in many cases, providing the inspiration for them reach a little higher, Black Press community news media is partnering with Staples in Greater Victoria to present the Great Teachers recognition program. From nominations received from readers, three teachers will be selected – one each from the elementary, middle school and secondary levels – to be honoured at a special recognition event in June and profiled in an upcoming edition of this newspaper. “I think most people would agree, there is nothing like a special teacher to make a difference in a person’s life. In our Black Press community newspapers we tell many stories about special teachers who are making a difference in their classrooms, science labs and gymnasiums. We wanted to recognize just how important these professionals are to families and to our future,” said Penny Sakamoto, Group Publisher. “So many teachers go the extra mile, giving extra time for after-school activities or even just spending a few extra moments helping a child who needs a little more attention. Teachers are often the ones who recognize the best in our children. Our Great Teachers program gives local families an opportunity to do the same for educators.” Harmen Berghuis, who oversees Staples’ School Tools program (staplesschooltools.ca) – it partners with parent advisory committees to streamline parents’ school supplies purchases – says the company connects with numerous teachers over the course of a school year. Along the way, he adds, store associates and managers get a feel for the kinds of initiatives teachers undertake to make projects special or learning fun for students. “We really admire teachers and the work that schools do,” Berghuis says. “I think they deserve all the recognition we can give them.” We’d like to invite those of you with children currently in the school system to nominate teachers whom you believe are worthy of special recognition for making a difference. To nominate a favourite teacher, simply visit vicnews.com/contests and find the Great Teachers icon. Tell us where they teach, what grade and why you think they deserve special mention. The nomination period ends May 23. ddescoteau@vicnews.com

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Two local Sasquatch experts are holding a forum to discuss the whereabouts of the mythical creature at Oaklands Community Centre next Wednesday (April 23). Cryptozoologists Bill Miller and Thomas Steenburg will present their findings and discuss evidence for Bigfoot, and share stories of their purported personal encoun-

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Esquimalt wants to hear from its 16,200 residents about how to spur on economic development in the seven-square-kilometre community. Over the past year, the township consulted eight local economic sectors: small business, ship repair and defence, tourism, arts and culture, development, education and training, environment and health and wellness. “Now we want to hear from the ninth sector, the public sector,” said Mayor Barb Desjardins. “They’re active participants. This isn’t just ‘read and explain what others have said.’ This is get your hands dirty and contribute to the process.” The township is hosting two public economic roundtable discussions on Wednesday (April 23), from 7 to 10 p.m. and April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Archie Browning Sports Centre lounge, 1151 Esquimalt Rd. An online survey is also also available until May 10 at esquimalt. ca, where residents can find economic development summaries for each sector. “We’ve put together eight backgrounders, now we’re asking the public which areas they think should be a priority, and what they think is missing,” said Bill Brown, Esquimalt’s director of development services. The township is using the gathered information to create an economic development strategy after council identified it as a priority. Brown said the township has already implemented some recommendations that stemmed from roundtable discussions, including the installation of a public washroom near the West Bay Marina earlier this year, and facilitating talks between private landowners and federal departments looking for office space near CFB Esquimalt. dpalmer@vicnews.com

ters with the upright beast. Steenburg's books include In Search of Giants, Meet the Sasquatch and Sasquatch/Bigfoot: The Continuing Mystery. Miller is perhaps best known for participating in the documentary, Bigfoot's Reflection. The duo also hosts a Sasquatch information booth in the summer at Harrison Hot Springs, where they run Sasquatch Country Adventures. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont St. dpalmer@vicnews.com

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Firefighters clean up the aftermath of a stubborn kitchen fire at Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 940 Fort St., on Wednesday. The fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage.

Fire guts Fort St. sushi restaurant Daniel Palmer News staff

More than 20 firefighters battled a stubborn kitchen fire at a sushi restaurant in the 900-block of Fort St. early Wednesday. Around 5 a.m., a passerby called 911 after noticing the blaze at Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Victoria fire crews encountered heavy smoke and fire upon arrival and traced the fire to the kitchen area.

Fort Street was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for about two hours while firefighters put out the blaze. There were no injuries, but some firefighters were treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation. Property damage is estimated at $300,000, while the building is valued at $500,000, said Victoria Fire Battalion Chief Paul Kowalyk. Sen Zushi opened in 1996. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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come together over a great meal knowing they’re helping to provide nourishment and care to others in their community, said Gill Scadeng, nutrition program co-ordinator at AIDS Vancouver Island. Participating Victoria restaurants include Canoe Brewpub, Ferris’ Grill, Tapa Bar, Brickyard Pizza, Yates Street Taphouse and Grill, The Sticky Wicket Pub and others. Information: 250-384-2366.

Students perform in front of international audience While Vic High’s band travels frequently to a festival in Denmark, the improv trip hopefully marks the first of many for drama students, Penty said. “We’ve been invited back, they loved us,” he said. “The director of the festival said he wasn’t just pleased with the students being there, but he was able to reach out to local high schools through us.” Improv club students are now incorporating their Berlin lessons into classes at home, but everyone needs a break before fundraising plans ramp up for the next trip, Penty said. “We learned so much about improv and the culture of Germany,” Fraser said. “It was so much fun.”

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“We get suggestions from the audience or coach, and do a scene or story with that idea in mind. But European style of improv is completely different. I learned so much.” Students received four days of workshops from Swiss and Slovenian performers before they tested their international appeal at a local theatre for a German high school class. And while the experience was amazing for all involved, there were inevitable misfires, Penty said. “It was like a large question mark that appeared over the audience when a line didn’t work,” he said. “We were advised to be very physical with the performance.”

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Soccer and human rights Victoria teen will travel to Brazil this spring for World Vision Cup Kevin Laird News staff

Jasper Johnston is taking on the world. The 16-year-old Victoria resident has been invited to Recife, Brazil to take part in the World Vision Cup, which brings together teens and young adults from 13 different countries to play, connect and advocate for the rights of youth around the world. Leveraging the global attention stirred by the FIFA World Cup in Recife, the sevenday event, May 10-17, combines soccer, cultural exchange, and discussions around the most pressing issues facing young people. It’s a dream come true for Johnston. “It caught my interest right away because it involves soccer, and it combines my love for volunteers work and passion for World Vision,” he said. In addition to the soccer tournament, the youth will participate in workshops where they learn and share their thoughts and experiences about how violence affects youth – violence in all forms including economic violence, child labour and sexual exploitation. Thirteen teens from across Canada will participate. “I hope to bring back some global perspective, including meeting these other youth and discussing issues surrounding child abuse,” said Johnston, who has played soccer for more than eight years and now participates at an elite level. Sarah Bartley, a communications officer with World Vision, said her organization operates numerous programs world-wide that work to prevent child abuse and violence aimed at steering youth in a different direction and give them alternate tools to solve problems. “We’ve helped youth become community

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Easter: a time for renewal Today marks the start of the annual Easter long weekend. A couple extra days of rest for some, a traditional religious holiday for others and a major magical event for many children. This weekend Christians will commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus today and celebrate his resurrection on Easter, the most important event in the Christian calendar. As always, special church services and events will be held on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Our Jewish community will celebrate Passover, commemorating their freedom from slavery from the Egyptians 3,000 years ago with special ceremonies and meals. Our Sikh neighbours may have celebrated Vaisakhi Day, their New Year, last weekend but they can take these holidays to enjoy their new calendar year. We can’t forget contemporary Easter celebrations either, certainly the children won’t. The spring visit of the Easter Bunny with his baskets of candy eggs ranks only second for some to Santa Claus and the treat-filled stockings we look forward to in December and has turned into a major commercial enterprise as well as a yearly children’s treat. Many of us will use this weekend, with its precious extra days off, to visit or host family or friends for our annual Easter dinner and catch up on both old and new news, meet the newest members of our extended families and make plans for the next time we’ll meet. The idea of rebirth, renewal and growth is wound through all of these events and is bolstered by the season, as we watch the trees bud and leaf and our gardens begin to bloom, our lawns to sprout. We see the births of bunnies, lambs, birds and other animals in both nature and on farms. We watch our days getting longer and warmer. We should all take a few moments during this holiday, no matter how we choose to celebrate it, and reflect on the ways we too can grow and renew ourselves, our communities and our country.

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Sewage site not the issue There have been numerous letters published lately, suggesting where the sewage plant should or could be sited. We’re not there yet. We need to first of all, study the options for sewage treatment. What is the best technology to fit our unique, local marine environment? Do we even need treatment in the near future considering the scientific evidence? Is this an environmental emergency? What is a realistic timeline? Instead of following this path of logic, the Capital Regional District has focused on deadlines and funding. It has designed a system based on expedience. It has grasped at straws to come up with a plan that will merely satisfy flawed regulations from higher levels of government. In its desperate search for property, it came up with a plan that will take wastewater on an amusement ride around the Capital Region at the taxpayers’ expense. It’s all a facade. The CRD has missed the mark. The real focus should be seeking a realistic deadline to get this right. A million dollars a month would go along ways toward establishing the facts with Ottawa. Then, somewhere down the road,

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Esquimalt and law getting no respect Re: Sewage talk clogs Capital Region (News, April 11) I first arrived in the Capital Region in 2001. As a young idealist newly recruited to serve within the provincial government, I was assigned to assist the minister responsible for the creation of the ground-breaking Community Charter legislation. For the next two years, we worked to make history in becoming the first province to officially recognize and empower municipalities “as an order of government” that would be fully “autonomous” to serve “the will of the residents of their communities.” These words are from the Community Charter passed into law on May 8, 2003.   My copy of the Community Charter is sacred to me. It is a first edition printing, autographed by the now deceased Ted Nebbeling, author of the Community Charter. He included a personal inscription to me that reads: “We made

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municipalities matter in ways that governments matter most. Governments closest to the people serve people the best.” Last week, the Capital Regional District voted to officially request the provincial government to overrule the legitimate, autonomous, and democratic decision of Esquimalt council. Not only is Esquimalt’s decision legally correct and protected in law by the Community Charter, but more importantly, it represents the will of our community. In Esquimalt, we respect the law and we respect the people. Clearly, the CRD respects neither. Tim Morrison Councillor, Township of Esquimalt

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One of the many flower gardens to explore within Beacon Hill Park. The 23rd annual Camas Day is back and experts will be on hand April 26 to teach amateur naturalists all about the park’s natural ecosystem.

Experts reveal centuries of Beacon Hill Park secrets Nate Clark News intern

Beacon Hill Park has changed drastically over the last 200 centuries, and Victoria archaeologist Grant Keddie wants to tell you all about it. The 23rd annual Camas Day is back and a crack team of local experts will be on hand April 26 to teach amateur naturalists of all about the park’s natural Garry Oak ecosystem. “It’s perfect for newbies who want to know about our local history,” says Keddie, who’s acted as archaeological tour-guide for Victoria’s Indiana Jones wannabes since the first Camas Day in 1991. “I give a big-picture overview of the natural landscape over the last 22,000 years and talk about what we know about humans in pre-historic times.” Park visitors will be in good hands, as Keddie probably knows the park as well as anyone alive. In 1986, after a team of city workers nearly (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX destroyed a First Nations burial site at the park,

Keddie personally directed the replacement of each and every stone. “We put [the stones] back in circles exactly as described by colonists in the 1800s. I’ll talk about those on the tour and I’ll explain how that fits into First Nations history.” For those whose interests fall outside the realm of archaeology, don’t worry; there is something to satisfy every nature lover on Camas Day. Rick Schortinghuis, of the Victoria Natural History Society will be on hand to explain everything you need to know about birds in the park, while Claudia Copely, resident entomologist at the Royal B.C. Museum, will answer any questions about insects. If wild flowers are your niche, have no fear. Paul Spriggs, a native plant expert, will show off his comprehensive knowledge of the local fauna. Some of the walks will be repeated during morning and afternoon sessions. Visit www.friendsofbeaconhillpark.ca for a full schedule.

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Vimy Ridge remembered Soldiers, cadets hear presentation of one of Canada’s greatest battles Stark and sobering lessons were shared at a recent candlelight commemorative service to mark the 97th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, where more than 15,000 Canadian troops fought and nearly 3,600 were killed. The service, held April 8 at Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Edward Branch #91 in Langford, included members of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps and a presentation by Randy Stewart, father of

Cadet Kathleen Stewart and owner of Stewart College in Victoria. Stewart presented his collected memorabilia from the Battle of Arras and the Battle at Vimy Ridge for cadets and supporters. Robert Russell, Vancouver Island South Zone Chair of the Army Cadet League of Canada (BC Branch), also gave an impressive presentation on the battle with accompanying pictures and artifacts. The Battle at Vimy Ridge took place April 9 to 12, 1917, and was a turning point in the First World War. Canadian troops spent weeks planning the assault before overtaking the Axis stronghold on the northern France coastline. dpalmer@vicnews.com

ICBC glitch means refunds for some drivers Jeff Nagel Black Press

ICBC says it accidentally overor under-charged nearly 600,000 of its optional auto insurance customers and will issue refunds with interest averaging $162 to those who paid too much. Most motorists aren’t affected by the glitch, which happened because incorrect descriptions were assigned years ago to some vehicles. The error was uncovered last year with ICBC’s move to a new computer system. About 1.8 per cent of optional insurance customers paid an

average of $21 too much per year as a result and 240,000 drivers are owed cumulative refunds stretching back as far as 2008, according to ICBC. The public auto insurer is updating vehicle descriptions for past years so it can accurately recalculate historic premiums and repay improper charges for the last six years – as far back as its legacy computer system permits. Another 350,000 customers paid less than they should have by about $34 per year on average but ICBC won’t bill them retroactively.

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Artist Jonathan Gleed will host guests in his Linden Street home as one of 38 artists participating in the 12th annual Fairfield Artists Studio Tour on April 25 and 26. Hundreds of curious art lovers are expected to partake in the event.

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A grey sky through a rain-covered windshield may not ignite the creative fire in most artists, but it’s exactly what inspires the hand of Jonathan Gleed. “I like to take what others would consider the mundane and bring out what I find beautiful in it,” says Gleed, one of 38 artists participating in the 12th annual Fairfield Artists Studio Tour next weekend (April 25 and 26). Once on canvas, the bleary scene transforms into curious images that highlight Gleed’s seasoned technique with acrylic paints. “I’m slowly transitioning from being a stayat-home dad to being an artist full-time,” he says. “I’ve always been into writing and illustration, drawing, computer illustration, but I really started seriously painting about five years ago.” The self-guided studio tour provides artlovers an opportunity to meet local artists in their homes and view their work: painting, pottery, glass, jewelry,

textiles and photography. The volunteer-run event attracted hundreds of people last year, and artists always enjoy the diversity of public turnout, from curious children to seasoned art collectors. The appeal of the artist studio tour is similar to that of the Moss Street Paint-In, Gleed says. “People like to be inspired, they appreciate art. They get something out of it personally, and it’s a great opportunity to get to know their favourite artists, see their studios and get inspired,” Gleed says. “I can’t explain exactly what it is about Fairfield and so many artists, but we’ve definitely developed a tight-knit community.” Participating artists are profiled weekly on the group’s Facebook page, and tour maps are available at Thrifty Foods in Fairfield Plaza, Serious Coffee in Cook Street Village and at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. A digital walking map is also available online at fairfieldartistsstudio tour.com, dpalmer@vicnews.com

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ARound town Tall Tree music fesTival launch parTy - Betty and Kora and Hi-vis Productions present the official Tall Tree 5 Victoria Launch Party. The legendary Fort Knox Five will perform along with Sam Weber, Thieves, DJ Nigel and visuals by GI BLUNT. Event begins 7pm tonight (April 18) at 1501 Douglas St. Tickets $12

TheaTre skam’s joan aT The meTro sTudio TheaTre - Projections, recordings and re-enactments examine the truth of late local arts maven Joan Mans and question the reliability of memory as Matthew Payne brings us into her world – with the help of her young and aged personas. Show runs April 18-19 at 8pm and April 20 at 2 PM. Tickets available at the door, $30 or $28 for students / seniors.

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Explore India with AGGV Daniel Palmer News staff

Travel back 500 years to India through a special lecture at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on April 24. Barry Till, curator of Asian Arts at the art gallery and one of Canada’s most respected experts on the topic, will explore the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire and the magnificent architecture left behind by rulers in the northern part of India. “The Mughal Empire was a place of wondrous luxury and the powerful empire extended to almost all of India and modern Pakistan as well as the eastern part of Afghanistan,” Till said.  Victoria’s art gallery has more than 8,000 pieces of diverse Asian art, making it one of the finest in the country. Till has been steward of that collection for more than 30 years. The lecture is a sneak peek of the gallery’s

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Feel the rush of riding on two wheels If you have ever looked longingly After getting your “L” permit upon a motorcycle as it whizzed by, you might have been bitten There are two steps in acquiring by the bike bug and didn’t even your full motorcycle license. First, know it. you’ll have to pass the MotorIf you have always dreamed of cycle Skills Test portion of the getting on two wheels but didn’t process. Then you’ll have your full know how to go about it, you road test. I absolutely, have been bitten by the bike bug. Riding training If you are contemplating a perfect 100 percent without I absolutely, 100 per cent without time to do it, the answer is now! a doubt recommend a doubt recommend going to a With spring-like weather manigoing to a good professional school to learn how festing itself and more and more professional school to to ride. I’m not saying your bff motorcycles appearing on the who has selflessly volunteered to learn how to ride. roads, it’s time to stop dreaming teach you everything you need to and start doing. Alexandra Straub know about riding isn’t qualified But where do you start? How do or unfit for the task, but they you go about it and what steps do might not be a “teacher.” Sure you need to go through? they have the skills, but can they communicate Over the next few weeks, we will feature a effectively the points that you need to be safe? four-part series on motorcycling. It will cover If yes, then go for it. everything from schools, to gear to buying a But professional schools have professional teachbike and more. As I said, there’s no better time ers. They also know the ICBC system and will than now to embrace your inner motorcyclist teach you above and beyond what you’ll need to and have the time of your life. execute in order to start riding on your own. And Take the test more importantly, to be safe! In order to get your learner’s license in BC, you They will also help build your confidence and try will need to take the ICBC Motorcycle Knowlto help you eradicate bad habits that you may or edge Test. To attain the handbook that you’ll may not know you are forming. need to familiarize yourself with, you can either Granted, most courses aren’t cheap. But they’re download it from the ICBC website, or visit a worth it and so is your safety. Check out regional branch in person to pick up a hard copy. schools or save up to come to the Lower MainAfter you have studied it from cover-to-cover, land. I wouldn’t have done my license any other you’ll need to take and pass the test at an ICBC way. branch, which will then give you your L. Some schools to check out are: Pacific Riding Visit www.icbc.com and type in “motorcycle” School, V-Twin Motorcycle School, the Justice into the search bar. That is the easiest way to Institute of BC, High Gear Motorcycle Training get you to the pages you’ll need to work with. (private lessons) and more.

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The introduction of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee showcased the direction of the new Fiat-Chrysler partnership. It went on to win more awards that any other SUV; in fact, I chose it as one of my favourite vehicles that year. Sales have been strong for not only Jeep but the entire Chrysler group. Freshness has been added to each new vehicle and this latest 2014 EcoDiesel version is another example. For this model year, the Grand Cherokee gets a refreshed front and rear, plus interior tweaks and a thrifty diesel under the hood. Looks The most noticeable updates for 2014 include a thinner front grille and narrower front headlights with LED accents. This

really makes the latest model pop. The EcoDiesel option is only available in two trim levels, and this an expensive vehicle. The Overland is the cheapest diesel and it starts at roughly $58,000, $3,000 more than a V6 model but the same price as the V8. The top of range Summit diesel starts at $62,000. In comparison, the base VW Touareg diesel starts at $55,000 but most of the other German mid-sized SUVs with a diesel, like the ML from Mercedes or the X5 from BMW also start in the low $60,000 range. Inside One of the biggest changes at Chrysler has been the attention to detail now placed on interior design and refinement. The latest U-Connect computer interface is one of the best in the business; many high-end makers could learn a thing or two from Chrys-

ler. The large 8.4-inch screen is one of the biggest on the market and it is very quick to the touch, going from one function to the next is logical and responsive. Pairing a smartphone takes under 30 seconds and the best feature is the map screen, which enables embedding a picture the same way a picture-in-picture TV does. The dash is covered in stitched leather and the cabin

overall is simple and elegant. All EcoDiesel models come with leather seats and the back seats can even be heated. Drive The biggest change for 2014 is the introduction of an all-new 3.0-litre direct inject turbocharged V6 diesel engine along with an eight-speed automatic. With 420 lb-ft of torque, this engine just rockets away from

a light and cruises effortlessly on the highway. There is a big premium to get this engine over a V6, or lower trim level V8 gasoline versions, but there are some compelling reasons to choose it. Fuel economy is No. 1. This heavy truck is rated at 9.8 L/100km in the city and only 7.0L on the highway. With aggressive driving and mostly city, I averaged 12L. I did notice on highway runs that the fuel economy improved radically and quickly. The towing capacity of the EcoDiesel is the same as the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 at 7,200 pounds, but this truck gets substantially better fuel economy. For those that drive a lot without a trailer, the improvement in fuel economy is something to factor in. If you don’t drive a lot each year, the diesel option might not be worth the added cost.

Verdict Chrysler considers the Jeep Grand Cherokee a premium offering but I would not put this on a par with the Mercedes ML, BMW X5, Audi Q5 or a very nicely equipped VW Touareg. It is a very nice truck with as much diesel power and efficiency as the competition but the German brands have been at the whole diesel thing a lot longer and are a known entity in the market. The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel would be an easy choice if it were about $50,000, not $58,000. If you drive a lot or tow, the diesel might be worth it, but as it stands the already capable and luxurious gas versions are less expensive and come with all the regular Grand Cherokee goodness. zack.spencer@drivewaybc.ca

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offering my unqualified support for the countrywide torrent of get-even-tougher legislation, designed to pick the pockets of delinquent drivers. Currently in B.C., the fine is $167 and last year police here issued 51,000 tickets for distracted driving. Victoria knows a vote winner when it sees one and it is pondering big fine hikes and additional demerit points. The local action comes on the heels of Ontario introducing legislation last month that increases fines from the already high $300 to $1,000. Fanning the public outrage, BC Attorney General Suzanne Anton announced that distracted driving is killing more British Columbians than impaired driving. I question the rush of statistics showing how deadly a crime this is. I have always advocated for hands-free calling while driving and figured “driving without due care and

attention” was a sufficient catch-all for those causing a collision. The fine is $368. When I began writing on this topic about five years ago, there were no such statistics available. It was all anecdotal because, let’s face it, it’s an offence very visible to other drivers. It’s always seemed to me that drivers who talk and text are reckless risk-takers, who run red lights, follow too closely and make dangerous lane changes even without a phone in their hand. My point being that when they crash with phone in hand it’s a little too convenient to blame it all on operation of the device. Much of the current public debate was spurred by the revelation that a serial offender in Vancouver racked up 26 tickets and fines of $4,300 for distracted driving since 2010. He may be the pin-up boy for those seeking tougher penalties but interestingly, it appears he never once caused an

accident. Now the law is in force, I’ve no problem in accepting it but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking this will stop idiots from taking risks that threaten us all. The fines are already high enough to deter regular drivers tempted to err occasionally. I do worry about how zealously this law is enforced. I frequently hear of tickets issued to drivers who merely glance at their device while at a red light or move it to a new resting place around the dash. I fear the debate about the fines is a distraction in itself from getting to the heart of dangerous driving. I am pleased to hear Anton is also considering public education campaigns on distracted driving, similar to previous initiatives targeting seatbelt use and drinking and driving. That is smarter. Research shows that many distractions contribute to road carnage. keith.morgan@drivewaybc.ca

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having another coach on the field when he was at Cuesta. I’m excited to add Chris to the staff. Charlie will bring an excellent set of skills to our staff, as an ex-pro player who had an outstanding college career as well. He is a lead coaching instructor for Baseball B.C. programs and will help us plan the youth program. We’re lucky to have him available to us.” Strandlund, 30, comes from a well-known local baseball family, and has represented Canada on multiple occasions, including the World Baseball Challenge. He played independent professional baseball for the Victoria Seals, and aside from his work with the HarbourCats players, Strandlund will be a key part of the HarbourCats’ skills camps.  Strandlund has served as president of the Mavericks league, has taught clinics throughout Victoria, and was part of the 2008 national champions, playing a key role. He once played all nine innings in a Golden League game. He will work home games for the HarbourCats. editor@vicnews.com

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Ice Hawks win provincial crown

The Masterminds series is co-hosted by the University of Victoria Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging, with support from the university. Registration: 250-721-6369 or email senage@uvic.ca More info: www.uvic.ca/masterminds Please plan to arrive early because seating will be limited. UVic is accessible by sustainable travel options including transit and cycling. For those arriving by car, parking after 6 p.m. is $2.50. The stadium parking lot is recommended.

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Public Budget Presentation Join us for a presentation and open house to learn more about the 2014 – 2018 Financial Plan. Public feedback on the plan will be collected at this session and online. Wednesday, April 23 4 to 8 p.m. City Hall Antechamber 1 Centennial Square An overview of the Financial Plan will be presented at 5 and 7 p.m.

The Victoria Ice Hawks Pee Wee A Rep team is B.C. champion. The Hawks defeated Vancouver Arbutus Club by a 4-2 count to earn the gold medal. Victoria defenceman Jacson Alexander was the top scorer in the tournament with 20 goals.  Head coach Bill Geddie led the team to an undefeated Island league title to qualify for the provincials. “Winning the B.C. championships was a great end to a very successful season,” said assistant coach

Tom Turnbull.

Cougars earn bronze medal The Victoria Cougars captured the bronze medal at the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial Junior B hockey championships in Nelson last weekend. The Cougars blanked the Nelson Leafs 3-0 in their final game. Beaver Valley was the tournament champion. In its 16-year existence, the Cougars have won the B.C. championship once, two silver and two bronze medals. The Cougars earned

the right to play in the Cyclone Taylor Cup by winning the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League championship earlier this month.

M’s dominant in season opener The Victoria Mariners opened the B.C. Premier Baseball League opening day with two convincing victories over the visiting Nanaimo Pirates. The Mariners bats came alive with 7-4 and 11-1 victories.

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Vinge earns Sooke 10K title Derek Vinge of the Comox Valley Road Runners won the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Sooke 10K on Sunday with a time of 33:14. Victoria’s Nicholas Walker (Frontrunners Athletic Club) was second in 33:26, with Thomas Holm (Prairie Inn Harriers) third in 33:39. Top Master was Vince Brotherston from the Comox Valley Road Runners in 35:01. He also set a new men’s age 50-54 course record. The race concluded the Island Race series that hosted races from Sooke to Victoria this year.

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LEGALS LECHNER, Edwin (Ed) Jan 21, 1943 - Feb 28, 2014 Died suddenly at home with his boots on. A popular horseman,mechanic, sportsman, and friend to everyone he met.Ed was predeceased by his father George, mother Susan, brother George, and his ex wife Carol. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Taylor, his daughters Cheri Cooper & Tracy Lechner as well as his 4 grandchildren Natasha Cooper, Chelsea Cooper, Chantelle Campbell, and Cole Campbell. The family invites friends to a celebration of his life to be held at the farm on April 27th from noon til 4:00PM.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING EVENTS CALL FOR ENTRIES 12TH ANNUAL Kitty Coleman Woodland Art & Bloom Festival. Fine Art and Quality Crafts Juried Show. Presented in a spectacular outdoor setting May 17, 18 and 19 Applications for Artisans are available at woodlandgardens.ca 250-338-6901

Easter Sunday Vintage, Retro and Collectible Show/Sale $4 @ Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC. April 20th, 9:30-4pm. 100 tables/60 dealers (Early Birds: $20 @ 8:30am) For info: 250.744.1807 or josiejones@shaw.ca

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Estate of DORCAS LYDIA NEATE, Deceased Date of Death: November 21, 2013 Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Dorcas Lydia Neate, late of 2251 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria, BC, are hereby required to send particulars of their claims to the Executor at 1721 Ashdale Place, Victoria, BC, V8N 1P1, on or before May 20, 2014, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor has notice. David Eric Neate, Executor By his solicitors: Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan

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HomeFinder Find a place to call home

Q: WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER STAGING MY HOME TO SELL? Pictures are worth a thousand words – Since the vast majority of people preview homes online first, it is essential to have beautiful photos of your home to capture people’s attention. Your home is your biggest financial investment – Statistically, the cost of staging is always less than your first price reduction. Removing clutter and organizing a home to its best advantage can help create a positive first impression. Most buyers can’t visualize the full potential of a home – On average, professionally staged homes sell for seven to 10 per cent more and often sell faster, because prospective buyers can imagine themselves using the space more easily. Do you have a homebuying or selling story you’d like to share with us? Email ddescoteau@ vicnews.com To advertise in Homefinder, contact Oliver Sommer at: osommer@black press.ca

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GREATER VICTORIA MARKET UPDATE » AS OF APRIL 16/COURTESY VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD

335/615 » 843/1,346 » 4,218/4,585 »

NET UNCONDITIONAL SALES, MONTH-TO-DATE/APRIL 2013 NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH/ TOTAL FOR APRIL 2013 TOTAL ACTIVE RESIDENTIAL LISTINGS/PEAK, APRIL 2013

SELLING TIP | Store synthetic plants before showings; they collect dust and can look dated

Staging your home for sale can pay off Decluttering before showings can also help sell home faster

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Coming up with visual ideas to make a home look more appealing, and ultimately make it more saleable, is something Cheryl Barnes was doing long before securing her real estate licence in 2006. She was adept at removing clutter, adding colour-co-ordinated accents and arranging furniture – removing it if need be – to give the impression of space. “When I started talking to people, meeting with them and helping them sell their homes, I would say, ‘we should do this, we should do that,’ she says. “It came natural to me, because I had bought and sold so many properties (of my own).” These days, the concept of home staging, as it is referred to in the real estate trade, can be a key marketing tool for agents with an eye to selling quickly and getting their clients’ asking price or close to it. “Selling a home is not just about sticking the sign on the lawn and hoping people will come to see you,” Barnes says. It takes work and sometimes weeks of preparation by home sellers to get their property into peak saleable condition. Garth and Jeannine Scoular had collected years’ worth of memories in their Royal Oak home by the time they decided to sell earlier this year. Having worked with Barnes once before, they knew what was coming. “We rented a storage locker and took a whole bunch of stuff out of the house,” Jeannine says. “We worked very very hard to

Realtor Cheryl Barnes sits in the front room of her own home, a spot where she tries out various designs and colour combinations for staging homes for resale. Spending time preparing a home for showings is critical for making a good first impression with prospective buyers, she says. Don Descoteau/News staff

make the house look very good. We ripped the carpet out and polished the mahogany floors. We took away a lot of furniture and we made sure the closets were half empty. We did a lot of work prior (to listing), but I think it was all worthwhile.” And how. The listing went up on a recent Friday, with an open house set for the following day from 1 to 3 p.m. “I think somewhere between 6 and 7 that night we had an offer, and by noon the next day we had a done deal,” Garth says. “We were fortunate enough to find someone who was very interested in our house.” Most people remarked how roomy the modest house looked, he says. “This is a not a big house – but how it appeared was the thing. We did the work, but Cheryl kind of gave us the heads up on some things.”

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Barnes, who keeps a storage locker full of staging items near her home, brought in some lamps, matched pillows and other accessories. During another two-day staging process, for an “overpriced” home that had been on the market a year and had dirty laundry on the couch in one photo, she instructed the owners to clear as much stuff as possible. She then focused on “making the master bedroom look sumptuous, to help create that spa effect.” She admits to being known as someone who tells it like it is rather than giving clients, prospective or confirmed, the “warm and fuzzy” approach. “I’m here to do a job,” she says. “We talk about what they need to do and I give them the list and we get going.” For people who have already

moved everything out, staging can help avoid the stark look. For homes with a lot of stuff in every room, less is more. It’s partly about achieving a balance, but it can allow viewers to better envision how the home might look decorated with their own items, Barnes says. Neutral, bright artwork, clean area rugs and simple furniture can help update an older home. But the key is to get clients involved in the preparations going in. While he and his wife were pleased with the result and know they played a major role in selling their home, Garth Scoular is convinced putting their minds to preparation and presentation, with the help of someone who knows its benefits, worked. “We think we got extra value for our home because of it.”

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SAANICH PENINSULA 2004 White Birch, $399,000 Sunday 1-3 One Percent Realty Tania McFadden, 250-589-0248

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974 Moss Ridge Close, $596,000 Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jenn Raappana, 250-474-6003

944 Aqua, $639,900 Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty - J Ross Bruce 2 50 479-3333

942 Loch Glen Pl., $424,900 Saturday 11:30-1:30 RE/MAX Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-7275448

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2320 Goldeneye Way, 6988 Allwood Terr, $464,900 $349,900 Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Goran Tambic, 250-592-4422

1136 Timber View, $774,900 Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-727-5448

613 McCallum Rd, $369,900 Saturday 1-3 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808

SOOKE 116-2260 Maple Ave. North Saturday 11-2 Pemberton Holmes Michael Dick 250-642-6056

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Brad Forrest, 250-508-1973

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Harbourview trails a boon for mountain biking Vancouver Island is home to some of the best mountain biking in the world. While some of the Island’s best trails are north of Victoria, the south Island is keeping pace as a hotspot. It’s never going to be Comox or Cumberland, known for some of the best trail riding in B.C. and beyond, but Greater Victoria offers more than enough options to keep serious riders content between destination trips elsewhere. Key to that is the addition of the Harbourview Road trail system in Sooke. It’s a major coup for the growing number of Victoria riders and gives another option, with 100,000 visitors already hitting the established Hartland/ Mount Work trail system each year. But the Capital Regional District isn’t keen on greenlighting Harbourview quite yet, as it’s not officially open.

Meanwhile the South Island Mountain Biking Society is doing its best to keep Harbourview from becoming another Broome Hill. Just down the road in Sooke, Broome Hill once offered multiple trails and built-up features. But it was taken apart and decommissioned by landowners. Riding is already happening at Harbourview on a basic network of trails, with endless possibilities for more. The plot is part of the massive Sea to Sea Green-Blue Belt. But it will require more work, not to mention permission to do so. The society has done wonders for the local scene, with monthly work parties at Hartland to ensure its sustainability. They’re also big proponents of the North Saanich Free Ride Park, with pump tracks and features ranging from beginner

to expert. When new trails are created at Hartland, SIMBS usually does so with the Capital Regional District on board. Sometimes there’s even a backhoe sent out to help get things going. The CRD has not permitted SIMBS or the Sooke Bike Club to perform any trail maintenance at Harbourview and there’s conflicting views from other user groups. But it’s all in the works, with SIMBS and the SBC advocating for trail usage. Right now the model for creating trails on the Island is the United Riders of Cumberland. They’ve purchased land from forestry companies to keep the trails going and have strong communication with foresters, making it a provincewide destination just a few hours away.

Riders get ready for the start of an Island Cup Series cross-country race at Hartland/ Mount Work Regional Park. The trails are used frequently by competitive and casual mountain bikers. File photo

Where to ride The top sites in Greater Victoria are the Hartland/Mount Work cross country trail system in Saanich, the pre-eminent spot, and the jump features of the North Saanich Free Ride Park.

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Feel the rush of riding on two wheels If you have ever looked longingly After getting your “L” permit upon a motorcycle as it whizzed by, you might have been bitten There are two steps in acquiring by the bike bug and didn’t even your full motorcycle license. First, know it. you’ll have to pass the MotorIf you have always dreamed of cycle Skills Test portion of the getting on two wheels but didn’t process. Then you’ll have your full know how to go about it, you road test. I absolutely, have been bitten by the bike bug. Riding training If you are contemplating a perfect 100 percent without I absolutely, 100 per cent without time to do it, the answer is now! a doubt recommend a doubt recommend going to a With spring-like weather manigoing to a good professional school to learn how festing itself and more and more professional school to to ride. I’m not saying your bff motorcycles appearing on the who has selflessly volunteered to roads, it’s time to stop dreaming learn how to ride. teach you everything you need to and start doing. Alexandra Straub know about riding isn’t qualified But where do you start? How do or unfit for the task, but they you go about it and what steps do might not be a “teacher.” Sure you need to go through? they have the skills, but can they communicate Over the next few weeks, we will feature a effectively the points that you need to be safe? four-part series on motorcycling. It will cover If yes, then go for it. everything from schools, to gear to buying a But professional schools have professional teachbike and more. As I said, there’s no better time ers. They also know the ICBC system and will than now to embrace your inner motorcyclist teach you above and beyond what you’ll need to and have the time of your life. execute in order to start riding on your own. And Take the test more importantly, to be safe! In order to get your learner’s license in BC, you They will also help build your confidence and try will need to take the ICBC Motorcycle Knowlto help you eradicate bad habits that you may or edge Test. To attain the handbook that you’ll may not know you are forming. need to familiarize yourself with, you can either Granted, most courses aren’t cheap. But they’re download it from the ICBC website, or visit a worth it and so is your safety. Check out regional branch in person to pick up a hard copy. schools or save up to come to the Lower MainAfter you have studied it from cover-to-cover, land. I wouldn’t have done my license any other you’ll need to take and pass the test at an ICBC way. branch, which will then give you your L. Some schools to check out are: Pacific Riding Visit www.icbc.com and type in “motorcycle” School, V-Twin Motorcycle School, the Justice into the search bar. That is the easiest way to Institute of BC, High Gear Motorcycle Training get you to the pages you’ll need to work with. (private lessons) and more.

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The introduction of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee showcased the direction of the new Fiat-Chrysler partnership. It went on to win more awards that any other SUV; in fact, I chose it as one of my favourite vehicles that year. Sales have been strong for not only Jeep but the entire Chrysler group. Freshness has been added to each new vehicle and this latest 2014 EcoDiesel version is another example. For this model year, the Grand Cherokee gets a refreshed front and rear, plus interior tweaks and a thrifty diesel under the hood. Looks The most noticeable updates for 2014 include a thinner front grille and narrower front headlights with LED accents. This

really makes the latest model pop. The EcoDiesel option is only available in two trim levels, and this an expensive vehicle. The Overland is the cheapest diesel and it starts at roughly $58,000, $3,000 more than a V6 model but the same price as the V8. The top of range Summit diesel starts at $62,000. In comparison, the base VW Touareg diesel starts at $55,000 but most of the other German mid-sized SUVs with a diesel, like the ML from Mercedes or the X5 from BMW also start in the low $60,000 range. Inside One of the biggest changes at Chrysler has been the attention to detail now placed on interior design and refinement. The latest U-Connect computer interface is one of the best in the business; many high-end makers could learn a thing or two from Chrys-

ler. The large 8.4-inch screen is one of the biggest on the market and it is very quick to the touch, going from one function to the next is logical and responsive. Pairing a smartphone takes under 30 seconds and the best feature is the map screen, which enables embedding a picture the same way a picture-in-picture TV does. The dash is covered in stitched leather and the cabin

overall is simple and elegant. All EcoDiesel models come with leather seats and the back seats can even be heated. Drive The biggest change for 2014 is the introduction of an all-new 3.0-litre direct inject turbocharged V6 diesel engine along with an eight-speed automatic. With 420 lb-ft of torque, this engine just rockets away from

a light and cruises effortlessly on the highway. There is a big premium to get this engine over a V6, or lower trim level V8 gasoline versions, but there are some compelling reasons to choose it. Fuel economy is No. 1. This heavy truck is rated at 9.8 L/100km in the city and only 7.0L on the highway. With aggressive driving and mostly city, I averaged 12L. I did notice on highway runs that the fuel economy improved radically and quickly. The towing capacity of the EcoDiesel is the same as the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 at 7,200 pounds, but this truck gets substantially better fuel economy. For those that drive a lot without a trailer, the improvement in fuel economy is something to factor in. If you don’t drive a lot each year, the diesel option might not be worth the added cost.

Verdict Chrysler considers the Jeep Grand Cherokee a premium offering but I would not put this on a par with the Mercedes ML, BMW X5, Audi Q5 or a very nicely equipped VW Touareg. It is a very nice truck with as much diesel power and efficiency as the competition but the German brands have been at the whole diesel thing a lot longer and are a known entity in the market. The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel would be an easy choice if it were about $50,000, not $58,000. If you drive a lot or tow, the diesel might be worth it, but as it stands the already capable and luxurious gas versions are less expensive and come with all the regular Grand Cherokee goodness. zack.spencer@drivewaybc.ca

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Mazda2 comes in just one body style, a four-door hatchback. Considering its diminutive proportions, that’s a lot of doors and “easy access” is big part of the charm. The trim lines offered were GX, GS, and a top-priced Yozora edition, which was limited to 500 in Canada. The GS trim upgrade includes air conditioning, au-

interior accents, and six speakers. The Yozora, which means “night sky” in Japanese, is a GX trim with air conditioning and a convenience package. Theme additions include its black exterior finish with decals, a spoiler, a chrome tailpipe, floor mats and 16-inch alloy wheels with performance tires. The Yozora also came

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Distracted driver fines a big distraction Keith Morgan

People that talk and text on their hand-held smartphones while driving are not nearly as smart as their technology of choice. There you go; I have made my position clear on the current red-hot driving topic of the day in the letters pages of every newspaper coast to coast. However, that does not mean I am offering my unqualified support for the countrywide torrent of get-even-tougher legislation, designed to pick the pockets of delinquent drivers. Currently in B.C., the fine is $167 and last year police here issued 51,000 tickets for distracted driving. Victoria knows a vote winner when it sees one and it is pondering big fine hikes and additional demerit points. The local action comes on the heels of Ontario introducing legislation last month that increases

fines from the already high $300 to $1,000. Fanning the public outrage, BC Attorney General Suzanne Anton announced that distracted driving is killing more British Columbians than impaired driving. I question the rush of statistics showing how deadly a crime this is. I have always advocated for hands-free calling while driving and figured “driving without due care and attention” was a sufficient catch-all for those causing a collision. The fine is $368. When I began writing on this topic about five years ago, there were no such statistics available. It was all anecdotal because, let’s face it, it’s an offence very visible to other drivers. It’s always seemed to me that drivers who talk and text are reckless risk-takers, who run red lights, follow too closely and make dangerous lane changes even without a phone in their hand. My point being that when they

crash with phone in hand it’s a little too convenient to blame it all on operation of the device. Much of the current public debate was spurred by the revelation that a serial offender in Vancouver racked up 26 tickets and fines of $4,300 for distracted driving since 2010. He may be the pin-up boy for those seeking tougher penalties but interestingly, it appears he never once caused an accident. Now the law is in force, I’ve no problem in accepting it but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking this will stop idiots from taking risks that threaten us all. The fines are already high enough to deter regular drivers tempted to err occasionally. I do worry about how zealously this law is enforced. I frequently hear of tickets issued to drivers who merely glance at their device while at a red light or move it to a new resting place around the dash.

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08 MERCEDES E300 4MATIC

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09 NISSAN MAZDA3 11 GX WAGON SENTRA

10 NISSAN MAZDA 5 08 GS WAGON SENTRA

14-0037a

Research shows that many distractions contribute to road carnage.

13 NISSAN ALTIMA S

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$ 17,990 11 ,425 9,998

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Local Islandrare, car, appointed, loaded, leather, factory body kit and Was $12,990 $ sunroof, serviced Was $7,990 spoiler, won’t last! $$ Now here, amazing value! Now JN1955A

SL model, very well

Local Victoria car,

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13-2439A

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$ $

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12,192 7,506 6,998

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I guess you could say I was addicted. Only my drug of choice wasn’t coke or meth. No - it was the thrill of getting away with it all. And the easy cash, of course. Throwing the camper into that last deal was a great marketing idea. And, like last time, I decided to branch out again. There’s so much more than just cars! This time I decided to go with a motorcycle. I purchased it off the internet – I guess you could call it a curber-to-curber transaction. Oh, of course I knew every trick in the book by now. The seller gave me my old story and said that he was the real owner. Did I care? Not a chance. It was a nice Harley. And, it was a steal. I knew I could flip it for more. Why? Because I was a better marketer. But I needed to do it fast. And, I had to make sure I had a buyer that was naive enough not to do a lien check through carproof.com, or the province (bcregistryservices. gov.bc.ca). As usual, I put up a generic, one-line Craigslist ad. With a price like mine, I had a buyer within an hour. I made sure the Harley looked its best. I polished it until it sparkled and filled it with gas. Hey, what’s a few bucks? Then I ran into a small problem. I found out that my seller was the real owner. Wow. But he sold me a vehicle that was about to be repossessed.

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The Nissan Rogue compact crossover has been substantially updated since its appearance in 2008. The current design is very similar to the Murano but on a smaller scale. It has a sleek profile and features a rolled back front grille, large moulded LED headlights and the roof rails combined with the rear spoiler give it a sporty look. There are three trim levels, S, SV, and SL. The base S comes standard with 17inch steel wheels, EZ Flex seating system, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and a USB connection. The SV model adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, power panoramic moonroof, heated front seats and a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support. The SL trim level starts with the SV model’s standard equipment and adds 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual zone automatic temperature control and auto dimming inside rearview mirror. The SL’s leather package includes

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There are dual stage front driver and passenger airbags with seat belt sensors, roof mounted curtain side-impact airbags. The vehicle is also equipped with four-wheel ABS and traction control systems, rollover sensor, anti theft with immobilizer key systems. Vehicle speed sensitive electric power steering adjusts automatically to become easier at lower speed and firms up at higher speed. This vehicle gets you around town but the four-cylinder engine just doesn’t have enough power on the highway. I found myself constantly pushing the gas pedal to the floor just to keep up with traffic. Perhaps it is the CVT transmission but I would

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