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Firefighter Doug Trumble was recently honoured as Victoria Minor Hockey Coach of the Year, and he says it’s all thanks to his teammates – at the fire hall. “I hadn’t been head coach before because of the shift work,” said Trumble. “The guys at work covered for me and made it possible for me to be the head coach. I work nights and weekends and that makes it hard, if I had a morning practice, guys would stay late or come in early to cover for me. They would trade shifts with me, do weekends. A lot of guys pitched in and made this possible for me.” Trumble grew up in Oak Bay playing hockey from age five. He rose through the ranks of Oak Bay Minor Hockey to play with the Junior B Saanich Braves. He continues to play the sport with a men’s

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Unlocked door an open invitation Businesses on Oak Bay Avenue are being targeted by opportunistic thieves. On May 8, a business owner reported someone had entered the business through the unlocked, rear door and helped themselves to condiments from the lunch room. The shop owner reported a thin, unkempt 25-year-old man, approximately 5’11”, wearing all black was seen inside the building. The owner also reported many “homeless” types have been frequenting the area and have invited themselves in through the unlocked rear door to use the washroom. Police urged the owner to employ better security measures.

trouble.” team, and has been active as a minor Eventually the loses turned to wins hockey assistant coach for about three and the team ended the season in second years. place. “We actually ended up in the “I have two great assistant coaches, playoffs winning against the team Jeremy White and Jason that beat us 9-1, that was hard Gammon and our manager “The to believe for a lot of people,” he Jenny Bishop was a huge part said. The team won the South of it,” he said. “I put the onus of guys at work Island Pee Wee C championship. team fun and team building on covered for Trumble used a traditional her. I’m more intense on the ice me and made style of coaching, making and she provided the fun.” team accountable for Trumble said his experience it possible for the themselves. “ I ran intense as a firefighter helped him as a practises and put expectations coach. “At the beginning of the me to be the year I said if I do anything this head coach.” on the kids … the spin off was year, it’s have the kids learn to - Doug Trumble the success of the team.” He was surprised and operate in a team environment. honoured with the coaching That’s my goal.” award. “I was pretty touched by it. But as The Pee Wee C2 team of 17 11- and I said before, the credit goes to a bunch 12-year-olds took time to gel. “We started of people. It’s nice, the recognition I got, the season by losing 10 games straight. We played 50 games in total. The first one but I sure wasn’t expecting it.” editor@oakbaynews.com we lost 9-1 – I knew then we were in big

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Vaccines not just for kids In the past 50 years, vaccinations have saved more lives than any other health intervention. Vaccines are very safe, safer than therapeutic medicines and far safer than the consequences of the diseases that they protect against. They are also highly cost-effective. For example, for every $16 invested into providing the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to children, a life is saved. This can be compared to other effective public health interventions such as driver and passenger air bags, which cost $61,000 per life saved, or smoke detectors in homes at $210,000 per life saved. But vaccines are not just kids’ stuff. Adults need them, too. While some vaccines provide lifelong protection after a short series of shots, certain vaccines need booster doses, most notably tetanus, which should be received every 10 years. Other vaccines are only routinely recommended once one becomes a senior. Young adult women are now being offered the HPV vaccine, which protects against 70 per cent of the causes of cervical cancer. Unlike other vaccines, the influenza vaccine is given annually. This vaccine is formulated each year based on the types of circulating influenza viruses that are causing the most serious disease. Response to the vaccine is best in healthy individuals and only partially effective in people who are frail, elderly or have significant chronic diseases. This is why it is so important for healthy people who live with or care for those most at risk of severe outcomes from influenza to also get the vaccine. If you are travelling abroad, going back to college, pregnant, entering into a health-care profession or have any chronic underlying health conditions, you should ask your physician or call your local public health unit to find out which vaccines are recommended for you. The best reason to get vaccinated is that it protects you, and it protects the people around you. This is an important concept because vaccinated individuals become a ring of protection around the most vulnerable people in our families and communities, such as infants and children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases. Vaccines have been a powerful tool to reduce disease, disability, death and inequities for people of all ages and in all places. But they can only work if people continue to be vaccinated. Are you up to date? Dr. Charmaine Enns is medical health officer for Island Health. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@oakbaynews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The OAK BAY NEWS is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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Farmland holy war falls flat topic in the quasi-religious climate The NDP’s holy war against change debate. changes to the Agricultural Land Meanwhile in the real British Reserve got nastier last week, as Columbia, life and it became clear it was farming go on under defenders of the status the existing farmland quo who were being protection regime. mowed down. The largest ALR Ever since legislation exclusion in B.C. history was tabled to divide the took a big step forward ALR into two zones, with last week, as a federalgreater emphasis on social provincial review panel and economic needs to issued its report on the help viability of farms in Site C dam proposed for the Kootenay, Interior and Peace River. North regions, almost all Tom Fletcher theThe panel noted the protest has been from B.C. Views that the dam would unaffected areas. And flood 2,775 hectares much of it depends on of farmland, representing all emotion rather than fact. seven categories of soil quality. In the legislature, Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog rose to praise the late Opponents use a figure about twice that size, as if all the affected land Dave Stupich, who birthed the ALR was farmable. sacred cow as agriculture minister The panel accepted that this in 1973. Krog likened Stupich to land, including the small amount the Biblical Daniel for his bravery of micro-climate bottom land, in preserving farmland for our represents 0.2 per cent of the Peace children’s children. Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley region’s farm receipts. I would add that’s because what is farmed at did his signature “jiggery pokery” all is mostly growing hay, which routine, this time accusing cabinet requires minimum capital and minister Bill Bennett of being “giddy” at the prospect of paying off labour. “It has potential, to be sure, his friends with development land. but its unique and irreplaceable Before he gets too jiggery outside contribution would be for those the protection of the legislative labour-intensive crops like chamber, he would be well advised vegetables, which are not remotely to find some evidence. practical in a labour-short region,” Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson, the report states. who at least represents an area We have to bring in Mexican being given broader latitude for guest workers to get vegetable and secondary uses on farmland, fruit crops off in the Fraser Valley warned of drought in California. The history of this is currently a hot and Okanagan. For a five-month

growing season in the bush outside Fort St. John? This is a classic example of the religious fervor that replaces reason among the southern faithful of the ALR. And how is the status quo working? Summerland council just voted to swap 80 hectares of flat farmland for 90 hectares further away in the Summerland Hills. The town is on restricted lakeshore terrain and the council wants to increase its urban zone, using the community need provisions that are enhanced by the current legislative amendments. This was after a loud demonstration organized with the help of a fake grassroots protest machine called LeadNow, complete with slick signs and website. (LeadNow also helped round up anti-pipeline protesters this past weekend.) The media were fooled as usual, but not Summerland council. LeadNow has moved on to lining up people to flood the Agricultural Land Commission with form letters and petitions against Summerland’s plan. The B.C. Agriculture Council, whose board first supported and then objected to the ALR amendments, has clarified its objections. It wants flexibility for secondary uses extended to the prime farmland zones of the Okanagan, Fraser Valley and southern Vancouver Island. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com

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Don’t be fooled Wheels don’t stop Congratulations! I could hardly believe my eyes that a newspaper would print such a clear cutting  analysis of what has been going on. It is as though the media has thought their job was to hold a curtain in front of Oz. The letter held such a roll call of beautiful phrases: “Emergence of sociopaths in positions of near absolute power.” “No sky-hook to rescue us.” “Mandatory psychological testing of all candidates, with stringent passing standards.” “Not going to be contributions from the failed priesthoods of religion and economics.” The letter was full of strong images and it is time we got used to them and started using them. Canadians have acquiesced to being led around by the nose for too long. It is time to challenge the false gods of religion, economics (and, may I add, sports). Invented gods may help us feel good for a time, but they do not prepare us to handle the urgent issues we are facing now. Kathleen Stewart Oak Bay

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Re: On the Road, Rick Anthony’s article Big Wheels must stop at the red octagon, (Opinion May 2). I was very glad to see that article, but from the look of things the drivers that continue to run stop signs in Oak Bay aren’t listening or reading. I live on Currie Road, just behind the Oak Bay Marina, and walk almost everywhere I go. The two main stop signs that I see everyday, Currie and Beach Drive and Windsor and Beach Drive, whether you’re turning right or left, are the worst. Today on one on my walks, I stood at the rail on the ocean side at the bottom of Windsor and watched the traffic coming up to those two stop signs. One in 10 cars actually stopped. The rest used it as a yield sign. Andrew Madding Oak Bay

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Young stars shine at honours The annual Young Exceptional Star awards were held at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre on May 7. This year’s recipients include (from back row left) Owen Jaques, Cam Henderson, Candra Barber, Isabella McNamee, Ruby Tang, Oleg Saldyga, Jean Newell, Owen Chow, front, Jessica Maitland, and Leah Smith. Students are nominated based on volunteerism, exceptional academics, athletics and ability to overcome obstacles.

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just north of Powell River) and David have been at it for a few decades,” said Campbell. Also joining the trip for the first leg to Savary will be Robert Dill from Pender Island. All five men are part of the Catfish Kayak Group which grew out of a still active men’s group formed in the early 1980s. Henry Graymen, from Vancouver, will join the paddlers in Prince Rupert for their final push into Alaska. “David Maxwell and myself will go the entire distance, others will just go as far as Savary, and Rob Zacharias’ will leave us in Ketchikan because his daughter is getting

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Sixty is the new 16 for a group of Victoria paddlers. Instead of putting their feet up and taking a break, the recent retirees have stuffed their packs with provisions and launched their kayaks into the adventure of a lifetime. Starting from Willows Beach last Thursday (May 8) Alan Campbell, 66, David Maxwell, 68, and Rob Zacharias, 60, are paddling north to Alaska. “I’ve been paddling for 20 years, others like Fred (Pishalski, who will paddle with the trio to Savary Island

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Victoria resident Alan Campbell launches from Willows Beach for a three-month journey by kayak to Juneau Alaska. Campbell and his two fellow kayakers, David Maxwell and Rob Zacharias, left Oak Bay on May 8 and plan to return by July 30. To track their progress check siska.ca and click on North To Alaska. took more advanced planning that what we’ve attempted previously,” said Campbell, explaining each summer the group takes an extended trip of up to two weeks with their kayaks. “The logistics of this one are significant but hundreds of people have done it. For many Americans it’s an epic journey that people dream of. We were able to consult others

who have done it. … We’ve come to terms with the fact that we can’t carry enough food.” They also added layover days, breaks from five- to six-hour days of paddling in the 84-day journey that will see them travel up the inside passage to Juneau, Alaska. They will then return home via the Alaska Ferry to Bellingham, Washington. At that point they will paddle

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expanded a bit, that’s probably how it got to be 80 days,” said Campbell. “Alaska is unknown to us. We’ve not paddled there. We’re assuming it’s going to be similar to here, a long, island-filled coast with more wildlife, more unpredictable weather. But I predict it will be lots of fun. … and it might inspire others to extend themselves a bit.” editor@oakbaynews.com

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