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Reynolds Secondary Vice-Principal Dean Norris-Jones acknowledges the crowd after receiving his jersey when it was announced that he would be the 2014 Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock guest rider. Norris-Jones, a cancer survivor, has helped with Reynolds annual campaign for the Tour. Don Denton/News staff
Reynolds VP revealed as 2014 Tour de Rock rider Christine van Reeuwyk News staff
When Dean Norris-Jones rides 1,100 kilometres this fall, he’ll have roughly the same amount of students supporting him. The vice-principal at Reynolds secondary attributes his role as rider on this year’s Tour de Rock to the students who
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“It’s a bit humbling because I’m being recognized as a rider, but it’s a symbol of what everyone else has done,” NorrisJones said prior to the announcement. “It’s recognition of all the hard work that the thousands of kids have put in.” The teacher battled and defeated thyroid cancer more than a decade ago and subsequently suggested supporting the
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Graphically inclined Joan Steacy demonstrates the techniques students learn at Camosun College’s Comics and Graphic Novels art program during the school’s open house while models Imogen Cookie-Bailey, left, (as Sonya Blade), Kelly Chase (as Freddy Krueger), and Christine Meyer (a pirate) pose for the piece.
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Calling Bob Skene a technology “expert” would be like calling Garry Kasparpov an “expert” chess player, or Eric Clapton an “expert” guitarist. The 74-year-old Saanich businessman deserves a more venerable title, perhaps “grandmaster” or “virtuoso.” The Victoria Chamber of Commerce awarded Skene their highest possible accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his 45 years of service to the community in the field of technology. “I started in tech in 1969,” says Skene, sipping decaf inside a Saanich coffee shop. “Back then, we used punch cards and wire panels to get the computers to understand what they were supposed to do.” Skene shakes his head as he recalls the sheer scale of early computer hardware. “We built a 100,000 square foot computer room in the basement of the BC Systems building down on Cloverdale and Blanshard. It contained the central processing unit, all the memory banks, the disk drives and all the telecommunications.” To put that in perspective, the 1969 Apollo 11 spacecraft had guidance computer that weighed 32 kilograms, held 4kb of memory and cost $150,000. Today, an iPhone 5s fits in your shirt pocket, holds 64GB of memory and will set you back a couple hundred bucks. “If airplanes evolved the same way as other technology,” jokes Skene, “a 747
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would be five-centimetres tall, and you’d fly around the world in a couple minutes.” Since becoming a chartered accountant in 1965, Skene served as CEO of several successful companies and was on the board of directors for a half-dozen more organizations like Royal Roads University and the Greater Victoria Airport Authority. Skene feels the biggest accomplishment of his long career was in founding the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) in Saanich, whose mission was, and continues to be, to
help grow the technology sector in Greater Victoria. “(In the 1990s) some of us saw what was coming,” says Skene. “We recognized the need for an organization that concentrated solely on helping Victoria technology companies. So VIATeC was founded, and they offered me the job as CEO.” Skene says hungry young entrepreneurs were on every street corner in those early days, but most had no idea how to run a business. “These were people in university, college and even high school. They needed a lot
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Gorge-ous student designs Grade 8 projects explore history plan for future Christine van Reeuwyk News staff
Battling gusts of wind, 135 middle school students manned tables in Esquimalt Gorge Park on Friday, sharing projects that explore the history and planning the future of the Gorge waterway. Grade 8 students at Glanford middle school in Saanich created the projects in response to a question posed by teachers “How have humans changed the Gorge waterway and what do you propose for its future? In groups of five or six they tackled recreation, pollution and myriad other topics in a cross-curriculum two-week project – meaning they worked into the history, science, social studies and English aspects of the project. “Essentially its us having them work through a real life project in their town,” said teacher Mark Gerhardt. Whitney Tran and Gemma Curdie were part of the group that created a native planting area. “Right here maybe,” Curdie said, gesturing the grassy area between the Gorge
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Glanford middle school students Gemma Curdie, left, and Whitney Tran hope to one day see native plantings, similar to the garden they developed as a project through a cross-curricular program. Waterway Nature House and the brackish water itself. “Maybe one of these (projects) could happen here one day.” The pair were struck by the First Nations traditional healing aspects they learned about while investigating the native plant species. Another piece of infrastructure history, the old dive platform that used to adorn the Gorge, seemed to strike a particular chord. “It was interesting seeing what happened here 100 years ago,” Curdie said. In an unfortunate
from World Fisheries Trust staff, who run the Gorge Waterway Nature House and helped the students with the projects, all about oil spills while looking at rainbow hue in person.
bit of kizmet, students take forays to the nearby bridge where a boom and absorbent pads spread to soak up a sheen of oil discovered on the water the night before. They walked over to learn
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MLA not green enough The prospect of my so-called Green MLA, Andrew Weaver, speaking on my behalf or that of other Oak Bay-Gordon Head residents at the Kinder Morgan pipeline hearings fills me with dread. The last time he claimed to be speaking on our behalf, he voted for the recent BC Liberal budget that enabled cuts to BC Ferries services, raising ferry fares, increased BC Hydro rates and Medical Service premiums. The first time he spoke on our behalf, he voted for the first BC Liberal budget, his excuse being that the Liberal party had been elected government – and the 70 per cent of his constituents who voted against the Liberals were, I assume, chopped liver? The BC Liberals are not a minority government – they don’t need his vote of confidence – but despite his constituents, he gives it. MLA Weaver has careened from supporting the natural flushing of sewage in the Strait of Juan de Fuca school of thought, to seeing the David Black refinery in Kitimat – and its associated oil super tanker traffic – as a worthy compromise. Green election promises or the Green book “policies” be damned. If it’s all the same to Andrew, I’ll count on our NDP MP Murray Rankin to present an informed, incisive intervention in the hearings as he draws upon several decades of expertise in constitutional and environmental law. The New Democrats – federally and provincially – provide a clear, coherent opposition to northern refineries and associated oil super tankers, while my Green MLA and my Green MP provide incoherent and contradictory views on a Kitimat refinery and related oil super tankers. My so-called Green MLA supports, and my Green MP opposes – go figure. The NDP speaks with a single, clear voice in opposition to BC Ferry service cuts and fare increases, vastly increased BC Hydro rates, and Medical Service premium increases, while the Green party is both for and against this unjust BC Liberal action, thanks to our Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA going against the Green MP and his constituent’s wishes. Ron Faris Saanich What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: email@example.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The SAANICH NEWS is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
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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 the Peace River. North regions, almost all Tom Fletcher The 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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A new battle of the pipes marks the 2014 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival this weekend at Topaz Park. New this year is the Canada vs. U.S. Grade 1 Pipe Band Competition which will pit the top Grade 1 pipe band from Canada (the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band) against the top U.S. pipe band (the LA Scots Pipe Band) as they prepare for the world championships in Scotland later this year. The Games association also added an elite women’s category in the heavy events, something Carl Jensen, a member and competitor for the last 10 years, says adds to the experience. “Spectators will be able to see both male and female worldclass athletes at the games representing the professional side of the sport,” he said. The weekend will also feature cultural endeavours such as Whisky School, sheep shearing demonstrations, sheepdog herding trials, Highland dance com-
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The school amassed $16,000. Since then students and staff have sculpted the two-week campaign designed to combat fundraising fatigue. It starts the Tuesday eight school days before the Canadian Cancer Society tour riders roll through the front door. “The kids have really come to own the fundraising and it really galvanizes the staff and students in the school,” he said. “This is a great 10th year for us, with any luck we’ll pass the half million mark in fundraising.” Last year they raised $101,000 “It’s pretty impressive stuff. The staff here is so amazing and the kids are just incredible,” Norris-Jones said. “It’s a cause that resonates deeply with everyone.” He’s training with the team in preparation for the 1,100-kilometre, two-week bicycle journey down Vancouver Island that starts Sept. 20. “I turn 55 this year, things that came easy at 25 and 35 aren’t coming as easy as they were,” he said. “For sure it’s testing me, but it’s kind of ‘hurts so good’,” Many a rider has attested over the past 16 annual rides that the emotional often outweighs the physical anyway. Things could get heady when he rolls back to the roost of Reynolds in early October, but he’s not phased. “I’m more about the journey than the goal, the end line. I’m going to take every day as it comes. I live in the moment more than looking forward,” he said, adding after a pause… “It will definitely be impactful for me.” reporter@saanich news.com
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LANDSCAPING 250-216-9476 ACCEPTING new contracts; landscape and carpentry. BBB/Insured. Res /Comm. www.ftguland.com ANDREW’S GARDENING Landscaping+ Carpentry. Clearing, weeding, pruning, rock work, lawns. 20 yrs exp. Insured. Call 778-967-1246.
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Wayfinding a sign of the times in Mount Doug Devon MacKenzie
Closure boosts numbers
Ever wondered what use a tree can have in its afterlife or how salmon bearing streams in urban areas can be kept clean of pollutants? The Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society and the District of Saanich hope to answer some of those questions through new interpretive signs being erected in the park early this summer. The two new signs will explain some of the parks interesting features. One, which will located just a short walk from Ash Road on the ocean side of the park, will explain the 229-year life span of a Douglas Fir which was recently topped and how it will serve the surrounding natural habitat in its afterlife. The other sign, located on the east side of the park at the Douglas Creek Weir will explain the function of the weir which helps keep pollutants like oil and silt out of the salmon-bearing creek. “The signs will give people something to stop and read during hikes through the park as well as give
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President of the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society, Darrell Wick, shows off a small version of a new interpretive sign will placed in the park in early summer. The interpretive sign will explain the 229-year life span of a Douglas Fir that was recently topped and how it will serve the surrounding natural habitat in its afterlife. them insight into some of the features the park has. For many people, I don’t think they even know the function of the weir so that sign will really help,” said President of the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society, Darrell Wick. The park currently has
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an existing interpretive sign along the edge of Douglas Creek explaining the salmon life cycle. Wick said the new signs will be very similar. “The sign explaining the weir is particularly important to the Society because it explains the watershed of Douglas Creek and how it is
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impacted by the urban environment,” explained Wick, adding that the sign will also offer simple tips for people who live in the watershed area on how they can help keep the creek clean. “Small things like building rain gardens or swales on your property or discon-
Mount Douglas Park saw a staggering 300,000 people and vehicles cross the gate at Churchill Road between July 2012 and July 2013. According to Darrell Wick, president of the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society, the large number of visitors can be attributed somewhat to the closure of Churchill Road before noon (the road which leads to the summit) about two years ago. “Since then the number of walkers and joggers using Churchill Road before noon has just skyrocketed and people absolutely love being able to use the road in the mornings without traffic on it,” said Wick. In hopes of increasing park usage even more and keeping walkers, hikers and runners on the correct trails, the society will work with the District of Sannich over the next couple of years to install way finding markers at all the trail intersections in the park. Three trails, the South Ridge Trail, the Irvine Trail and the Blenkinsop Trail already have similar markers. “It is a huge project and we’re still in the beginning phases but it will be wonderful when it’s complete,” said Wick, who added that over 80 signs will be erected beginning, he hopes, sometime this fall.
necting downspouts, which keeps the water out of the storm drain systems, are easy to do and really help the creek,” said Wick. The Society expects the project, which is a partnership between them and the District of Saanich, to be complete by early summer.
“The signs and frames are ready to go, we’re just waiting for them to be installed by parks staff,” said Wick. For more information on the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society, visit mountdouglaspark.ca. reporter@peninsula newsreview.com
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