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Anyone who’s worked out with kettlebells knows it’s one of the most gruelling exercises imaginable. And one District of Saanich employee recently proved that she’s as good as anyone in North America. Jenny Chan, 29, won gold on her first try at the Victoria Kettlebell Sport Classic a year ago, and since then she’s “My parents were repeated that result twice on larger stages – placing first all about academics, at the International Kettlebell but I’ve always had Competition in San Francisco in February, and then taking a passion for fitness.” home another gold in Van- Jenny Chan couver on April 12. Next Saturday (May 24) she’ll defend her title at the fourth annual VKSC at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Though she’s dominating her opponents at every event, Chan says she’s completely new to competitive sport. “I didn’t grow up doing sports-related, after-school activities,” says Chan outside Body Dynamics Headquarters – a downtown gym that rejects high-tech cardio machines in favour of old-school tools like ropes, dumbbells and kettlebells. “My parents were all about academics, but I’ve always had a passion for fitness.” Kettlebells look like cannonballs with an awkward metal handle and the mere sight of one can make a person not used to strenuous exercise feel a little panicky. Chan, however, tosses them around like they are filled with popcorn instead of steel shot.

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Jenny Chan, a District of Saanich employee, is a champion kettlebell lifter who will defend her title at the Victoria Kettlebell Sport Classic next Saturday (May 24) at Saanich Commonwealth Place. “Don’t worry, it’s only half my body weight,” she says as she poses – smiling – with two 12-kilogram kettlebells over her head. Competitive lifting has recently seen a surge in popularity

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Saanich is on board with asking the Minister of Children and Family Development to reopen discussion on the future of the Victoria Youth Custody Services Centre in View Royal. Minister Stephanie Cadieux announced April 28 that the facility is under-utilized and will close, meaning young offenders will be sent offIsland to Burnaby. She said the View Royal facility currently averages 15 secure custody inmates in a 60-bed facility. Youth facilities serve as remand centres for youth awaiting court, as well as for those sentenced for repeat or violent offences not serving a sentence in the community. Judy Brownoff “That just means our diversion programs are working really, really well,” said Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff. “We’re saying ‘Let’s look at how we can repurpose some of the space.’” Saanich will ask the ministry to consider options that would allow the facility to remain open as the provincial youth custody centre, such as utilizing space for mental health or addictions treatment programs or as a remand centre for female offenders. “It has been there just over 10 years now, but what’s interesting about the facility is it was really purpose-built – it was built to be a service centre for youth,” Brownoff said. On Monday night Saanich council approved sending a letter to the minister, joining other councils in the region, including Oak Bay and Victoria, to voice concern over the planned closure. reporter@saanichnews.com

Disaster prep includes financial side: Saanich When the tides rise, infrastructure should be in place to prevent tragedy as best we can, says one Saanich councillor. With that in mind, Coun. Judy Brownoff presented the idea to her colleagues Monday, citing reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the TD Economics highlighting financial implications of climate change and that the economic cost of severe weather is under-appreciated. “Now is the time for all levels of government to move forward, update our targets and climate action plans in the context of these latest reports,” she said. The TD report references estimates that every dollar

invested in climate change prevention will yield anywhere from $9 to $38 worth of avoided costs in the future, she said. “It must be cheaper if we start investing in some of these high-risk areas,” Brownoff said, citing a sewer pipeline near the waterline in Cadboro Bay as a prime example of a risk should the sea level rise. “It’s underappreciated the kind of disasters we’re having and the economic impacts.” Saanich supported a motion from Brownoff and will ask the province to establish a process, in partnership with local governments, to evaluate B.C.’s climate change targets in the context of the reports. reporter@saanichnews.com


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Ducks and turtles bask in the afternoon sun at King’s Pond, at the north end of Cedar Hill Park. Last week Saanich acquired an additional 2,352 square metres of land around the pond to protect and preserve the area’s ecosystem.

Preservation fit for a King Saanich acquires land around King’s Pond for habitat protection Christine van Reeuwyk News staff

A priority plan for King’s Pond is slowly falling into place, pleasing both Saanich and residents concerned about recent development plans near the oasis. Saanich last week came to an agreement with Cheenaht Holdings to purchase land around the pond, with an eye on protecting the natural area. “The pond continues through three parcels (of land),” explained Mayor Frank Leonard. “We have owned the middle parcel. What we acquired was the northernmost parcel. We still wish to acquire the southernmost parcel.” Negotiations settled last Friday between the two parties, with Saanich buying 60 per cent of the property at 3745 Ascot Dr. for $690,000. Money came out of Saanich’s sub-regional parks and land sales reserve funds. “There was a development application

(from Cheenaht) and our staff worked to mayor says it’s good to have it in public achieve our goals,” Leonard said. Under hands. “What we’ve done is really an environthat original proposal, the municipality would have acquired only about 11 per mental accomplishment,” Leonard said. cent of the land, leaving a portion of the “We’ve simply secured a wetland for the floodplain and the streamside area in pri- environment.” To complete the plan as outlined, Saanvate hands. “That was not going to meet the (pres- ich sees one more land acquisition in the ervation) objectives of our parks priority future, at Queensbury Avenue and Ascot plan,” Leonard said. “We went, ‘Let’s look Drive. “We always look for a willat using taxpayers’ money.’ ing seller. We’re a very patient We think it’s good value for “What we’ve government; to be impatient the taxpayer.” costs you more money,” LeonArea resident Andy Ruszel, done is really an ard said. “We would like that who has been vocal about environmental third parcel, we’ll achieve it at protecting King’s Pond, agrees accomplishment.” some point.” it was a good investment. - Mayor Frank Cheenaht Holdings has “Obviously you can’t say revised its subdivision prono development,” Ruszel said. Leonard posal for 3745 Ascot Dr. from “You have to respect the fact there’s little room for urban expansion, five residential properties to three propso all in all it came out very well. In the erties fronting Ascot Drive. “We very much appreciate the acquiend it’s Cedar Hill Park that benefits. We protected a very precious piece of wet- sition of this beautiful piece of parkland which will be a substantial step towards land and duck habitat.” While the muddy shores of this newly protecting the ecosystem of this very acquired segment of pond won’t ever be special urban pond and wildlife habitat part of an urban trail, and will likely stay that is enjoyed by so many in our comsecluded from the general public, the munity,” Ruszel said.

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The Capital Regional District’s sewage treatment project is a classic case of political optics over evidencebased policy, says a University of Victoria professor. In her paper published in Public Sector Digest this month, public administration associate professor Rebecca Warburton calls the Seaterra project a “political travesty” and argues the current disposal method of marine outfalls causes much less negative environmental impact than land-based treatment. “This is a very flawed public policy process,” said Warburton, a health economist openly associated with Responsible Sewage Treatment Victoria, one of several advocacy groups opposed to the current regional sewage treatment project. “If the CRD wants to claim this secondary treatment project is the most cost-effective and environmentally safe option, where is their cost-benefit analysis to prove it?” she said. Warburton said many in the scientific and academic communities are frustrated by CRD directors who continue to argue that federal and provincial regulations are forcing their hand. The CRD’s current disposal method of

screened raw sewage to marine outfalls has been categorized as high-risk under federal guidelines, stipulating a compliance date of 2020. Some CRD directors like Saanich Coun. Vic Derman have argued the CRD should work to get its sewage effluent recategorized as low-risk, pushing the compliance date to 2040 and allowing the CRD more time to come up with a more sustainable and cost-effective plan. “The CRD monitors those marine outfalls

carefully, and we have one of the best source control programs in Canada,” Warburton said. “All we really know is there will be minimal positive benefit to the marine environment, but massive negative effects if we move sewage treatment on land.” In 2006, the CRD commissioned the SETAC report, a technical review of regional land-based sewage treatment. The authors concluded that while there is a tremendous amount of scientific data, the benefits

of sewage treatment couldn’t be calculated with any precision. The authors argued public will should dictate the final treatment measures. A phone survey conducted by the Sewage Treatment Action Group found about three quarters of Oak Bay, Victoria and Saanich residents are negatively concerned about the current $783-million CRD project. Seaterra project director Albert Sweetnam criticized the survey questions as biased.

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2014 MUNICIPAL APPOINTMENT TO GREATER VICTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD Applications Being Accepted The District of Saanich is accepting applications from Saanich residents wishing to represent the Municipality as a member of the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) Board of Trustees. This is the remainder of a two-year term expiring December, 2015 (approximately 19-month term). We encourage you to apply if you are interested in serving your community while helping to further GVPL’s mission “to provide universal access to secure and safe library services, to foster the love of reading, and to enhance the quality of life in our community”. GVPL Board of Trustees As a Board Trustee, a municipal appointee must be prepared to represent Saanich and: • Attend and participate in Board meetings which are held monthly (fourth Tuesday at Noon) in the GVPL Boardroom at 735 Broughton Street. Meetings last 1 hour. • Commit 2 to 4 hours per month for Board and committee work, including scheduled attendance at special events. • Understand and agree to the terms of GVPL’s Code of Ethics (view at www.gvpl. ca/assets/PDF/policies/5.10-Code-of-Ethics.pdf). Additional information about the GVPL can be obtained from their website at www. gvpl.ca or by contacting Maureen Sawa, Chief Executive Officer at 250-413-0356. FOR INFORMATION: Contact the Legislative Division at 250-475-1775. HOW TO APPLY: Saanich residents interested in being considered for an appointment must complete an Application for Appointment available online at saanich.ca or by contacting the Legislative Division at 250-475-1775. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30 PM, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014 Submit to the Legislative Division, District of Saanich, 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 2W7, or by email: clerksec@saanich.ca.

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Christine Reimer emerges anew with Transition - Visceral Landscapes this month. The Saanich artist, well-known for her vibrant landscapes, effectively locked herself away in the studio to start 2014. “There were weeks I couldn’t do anything except think about what I was painting,” she said. “It was very cathartic.” There she slipped out of her three decades of stunning acrylic-on-canvas paintings capturing the rugged energy of B.C. and Alberta.  She layered and layered and layered acrylic, then scratched away before adding acrylic again until a full collection presented itself. “These pieces, they reference back to landscape and nature, but they’re quite abstract,” she said. “I’ve wanted to do this for some time. It’s a way to change by looking at things a little differently. You have to

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Christine Reimer shows off two acrylic pieces as part of her exhibit Transition - Visceral Landscapes, on now through May 27 at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill. keep changing.” The 35 works set to display in Saanich this month are thoughtful, with aspects of the artist looking at life, death, truth and beauty. She knows it’s a bit of a departure and it will be “interesting to see how people react” to the abstracts. “They’re interpretive,” Reimer said. “When I started I didn’t know what they would end up being. They’re very much an exploration. I’d like people to interpret. I want them

“There were weeks I couldn’t do anything except think about what I was painting.” - Christine Reimer to respond in a visceral manner.” Thus the title Transition - Visceral Landscapes on display this month at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. from May 15 to 27. As a well-established

artist, the dramatic shift in subject matter and technique is a risk, but one worth taking. “I don’t think it’s art unless your just doing it because you have to do it, it’s something that needs to be expressed,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll sell any paintings and that’s okay. Because I’ve learned an enormous amount … even if I go back to landscape painting tomorrow, I have changed.” Visit christinereimer. ca for more on this artist.

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Police forced into social work There’s a reason why we call them first responders. Police, firefighters and paramedics are the first people called when we need help. It used to be for fires, car accidents or falling from a tree. But soon emergency responders are going to have to add ‘social worker’ to their job descriptions. When they’re walking or biking the beat, police are often the ones contacting social service providers for people in need, checking on vulnerable people to ensure they’re safe, and diffusing dangerous situations. It’s a specialized skill set that used to fall to case workers. As the provincial government closes facilities for people with mental illness and reduces services and resources, case loads for social workers increase and people simply fall through the cracks. With fewer doctors available to take new patients, those high-maintenance clients are left calling crisis lines and walk-in clinics for stop-gap measures instead of solutions. Add in poverty, poor nutrition, and barriers to housing and it doesn’t take long for someone barely getting by to suddenly end up in crisis. It takes a community to raise a child, but it also takes a community to ensure that our most vulnerable people are safe and cared for. That means access to food and nutrition, health care, adequate social services and affordable housing – not a jail cell. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@saanichnews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The SAANICH NEWS is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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A needle in the haystack I wonder if the Conservative government of Stephen Harper realizes what the consequences will be owing to the flawed environmental review that has prevented the billion-dollar Prosperity mine from proceeding. Mining exploration, and the economic benefits we derive from that activity as British Columbians, is all about finding a needle in a haystack. Can you imagine how rare it is to find such a lucrative underground mineral deposit as the Prosperity mine? Yet, once found, a mineral deposit like that can result in scores of jobs and a big shot in the arm for the lingering malaise of our economy. Finding that needle in the mineral haystack is truly an amazing thing, and thousands of British Columbians, ranging from a variety of professionals and specialists in Vancouver office buildings to field geologists literally walking around and exploring the thousands of hectares of land throughout the province, are all gainfully employed in the search. We need to ensure that the Prosperity mine proposal gets a

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fair shake. The federal government needs to order a review of the flawed environmental assessment process around this mine proposal and ensure that the errors are never repeated again. Jesse McClinton Victoria

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Re: System can handle diluted bitumen (Letters, May 9) Greg Stringham of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers stated that “Earlier this year, the federal government released a research study that demonstrated diluted bitumen [dilbit] floats on salt water - even after evaporation and exposure to light”.

Mr. Stringham failed to point out that the Nov. 30, 2013 report also stated: “When fine sediments were suspended in the saltwater, high-energy wave action mixed the sediments with the diluted bitumen, causing the mixture to sink or be dispersed as floating tarballs,” and “Application of fine sediments to floating diluted bitumen was not effective in helping to disperse the products.” One thing we have no shortage of in our highly turbulent waters is suspended fine sediments. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers would do well to be more forthright with all available information if they hope ever to gain the confidence of the people of British Columbia. Andrew Weaver, MLA Oak Bay Gordon Head

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Take a morning stroll around the Cedar Hill chip trail and you could run into Mayor Frank Leonard, his wife Jackie and their young son. “We’ll take Atticus down and visit the ducks, as the trail goes by King’s Pond,” he says. The ducks are a mainstay at the pond, and duckling season makes it even more alluring on the trail section near Ascot Drive. “It’s a great place for exercise and family and you get a beautiful view of the Olympics as you come over the crest,” Leonard says. A rolling trail of roughly 3.5 kilometres, the chip trail features both tapered and steep hills. The varied terrain allows users to have a different experience with each lap by altering direction or cutting through the Cedar Hill Golf Course to make a figure eight. As for the scenery, you pass through fully treed areas to rolling greens as you circle around the municipally owned and 18-hole golf course. “There’s people coming and going both ways, not like Elk Lake where there’s Olympic athletes going by. … The Cedar hill trail is more of a social walk,” Leonard says. “It’s busy, but people are going at a pace where you have time to say, ‘Good morning, how are you?” The chip trail can be accessed at many points from the north, east, south or west. Drivers can either park at the golf course (on Derby Road off Cedar Hill Road) or the recreation centre (at North Dairy and Cedar Hill roads) to access the trail.

Centre of the Universe and Plaskett Telescope Little Saanich Mountain bustles with stargazers on a clear Saturday night, while in the daylight cyclists and dog walkers trek up and down the steep hill. A long, rich history steeped in astronomy ties residents and visitors to what’s also known as Observatory Hill. Off West Saanich Road, the national historical site Dominion Astrophysical Observatory houses the Plaskett telescope. Both it and the Centre of the Universe, a museum of interactive educational displays and historic astronomy artifacts, were closed to the public last August due to federal funding cuts. In recognition of the wonder on their doorstep, residents and local politicians lobbied furiously, with some success. The RASC volunteers opened the outreach facility and telescope just in time for International Astronomy Day earlier this month and

are working to hold regular Saturday night star parties this summer. The University of Victoria will maintain the tradition of inspiring science in children by extending its Space Venture camps to the Saanich location. “It was sad seeing the Centre of the Universe close because it was a rich learning experience for kids in our community,” says Melisa Yestrau director of UVic’s Science Venture program. “There’s a huge interest from the community for high-quality science and astronomy learning experiences for youth.” “The observatory is a landmark in Victoria, you can see it pretty much from anywhere in the city, and people are just naturally curious: ‘what the heck is that thing?’” says Greg Fahlman, director general of the NRC’s national astronomy and astrophysics programs, based at the Saanich observatory. Keep tabs on observatory happenings at victoria.rasc.ca or saanichobservatory.blogspot.ca.

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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Wrinkles (the second) is perhaps the most popular resident at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. The in-house turtle is certainly not lonely, with groups of kids visiting on a daily basis, and toddlers known to cajole parents to visit the nature house and sanctuary up to three times a week. Outside, the ducks get a lot of attention, scarfing down the flat seed oats OK’d by the naturalists and doled out by kids of all ages. Chantelle Tearoe, office manager for the sanctuary, attributes the wonder of the sanctuary and education programs

to a good strong staff, board and volunteers who come together to provide a natural education and resource centre for the entire community. “On a whole we just try to maintain the natural habitat that is here, so that people can come and walk around the trails and view the habitat that is here,” Tearoe says. “It’s a sense of trying to preserve something that’s natural in this part of Victoria. … People who care about those kinds of topics are dedicated to trying to preserve it.” Inside the nature house kids can touch turtles, watch swallows at home (on a screen fed by a camera from the rooftop

nest), get a buzz from the active bee hive or hear owls among the interactive displays. Volunteers that have been around for two decades or more attest to this wonder, which celebrates 40 years of operation come June 2015. The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary features marshy lowlands surrounding Swan Lake and rocky, oakladen highlands of Christmas Hill. The marsh offers ideal habitat for many birds and small animals, including muskrat, river otter and mink who make an appearance at the nature house. To learn more, visit swanlake.bc.ca.

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Lochside Regional Trail Two trails diverge in Saanich, and you should take the one less travelled. The Lochside Regional Trail begins at the trail junction just north of the pedestrian bridge that spans above the TransCanada Highway. Head west, and you’ll continue along the busier Galloping Goose Regional Trail as far as Sooke. Head east, and Lochside will take you 29 kilometres through picturesque Saanich, Central Saanich, Sidney and North Saanich all the way north to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Roughly 1.1 million users travel along Lochside each year, while the Goose attracts more than 1.8 million users. The Lochside Regional Trail is a former railway line, now popular with walkers, cyclists and horseback riders. Along the way through Saanich, the trail provides glimpses of the varied natural environments the region has to offer – from Garry oak meadows in North Quadra to usable agricultural land along the Blenkinsop Valley. As the trail takes you through residential Cordova Bay, you catch sight of the Pacific Ocean above the rooftops. The trail is mostly flat. While the majority of the route is paved, conditions vary along the trail, with some gravel and dirt pathway, as well as a wooden trestle to cross over Blenkinsop Lake. Surround yourself with the area wildlife – the deer and native birds – who make their home in the woods that border the trail. “Whether you’re commuting to work or meandering on a weekend afternoon, the Lochside is a treasure for residents and visitors alike,” says Laurie Sthamann, communications co-ordinator with the Capital Regional District.

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$

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$

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active wheel drive (AWD) system. Says Hyundai: “Performance of the vehicle’s all-new platform was validated in some of the world’s most demanding driving environments, including Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife and Korea’s Yeongam Formula 1 racing circuit.” The large variety of proving grounds offered by the northern Okanagan was much more appealing to me. And especially so in the car equipped with the 311 horsepower, 3.8-litre GDI V6 engine. Flipping between the Normal, Eco and Sport modes and tapping the gear-changing paddles on the steering wheel made for an enjoyable drive. Little lean in the corners and sprightly up hill. Both engines are coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a SHIFTRONIC manual mode. The base price is $43,000, $48,000 gets you the Luxury version, and $53,000 loads up the tech features. If you want the V8, get ready to spend $62,000. keith.morgan@drivewaybc.ca

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The all-new, third generation 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD tips the scale at 2,200 kg. It’s not a svelte vehicle. This Highlander can carry up to seven passengers. It’s not a cramped vehicle. And behind the third row of seats, there’s a cargo capacity of 385L. It’s an accommodating vehicle. So when I knew that I’d be logging more than 1,000 kilometres in a week, perhaps you’d think I’m a little crazy taking this (relatively) heavy and large SUV along for the ride. Normally, I would too. But there’s a word in its name that made me want to take this beauty of a beast for the long haul – hybrid. It has eco mode, a feature that lessens the throttle response in an effort to save fuel. You can still do all your normal daily driving duties, it just helps you keep money in your wallet, and fuel in the tank. Granted, in eco mode it doesn’t give you the peppy acceleration. Then again, if prompt acceleration is what you’re after, skip the eco mode. The Highlander has a smoothness to it that makes me love being behind the wheel. It cruises effortlessly and makes the driver and passengers feel at ease. I even had one passenger say, “If we were in here any longer, I could’ve fallen asleep. It’s so comfortable.” The suspension is composed of front Macpherson struts and a rear double wishbone type, trailing arms set up. Toyota gets an A+ for ride comfort and it’s arguably one of the best in its class. Aiding in establishing a serene setting is a host of creature comforts like heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, second-row

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We, 0803645 B.C. Ltd., Florence C. Davis (nee Alberg), Gordon S. Alberg, E. Donald Alberg of 1876 San Juan Ave., Victoria, B.C. intend on making an application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as, Lot 1, Section 54, Victoria District, Plan 5369 and located at 1516 Mount Douglas Cross Road. Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to, Planning Dept., District Municipality of Saanich, 770 Vernon Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8X 2W7, by May 30th, 2014. WAREHOUSEMAN’S LIEN ACT Notice is hereby given that Kustom Towing, (2009) Ltd, 3297 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, V8Z 3K9 will be selling: 1974 OLDSMOBILE 88 3N67T4M236396 Owner X. He 1967 FORD CS500 7P53C168331 Owner C. Hall Will be sold on May 30th, 2014. At 647B Dupplin Rd, Victoria, BC between 10am-2pm.

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RADIUM Technologies Inc. is currently looking for: PIPEFITTER’S Camp work 14/7 rotation. In Grande Cache, Alberta. Fax your resume to 780-567-3789 or email resumes@radiumtech.ca

VOLUNTEERS HELP FILL a Dream Foundation is sponsoring a street hockey event with family activities on Saturday June 14 at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Volunteers are needed as game monitors, referees, ticket sellers, parking, set-up and exhibits. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250-386-2269. MUSTARD SEED Street Church requires a volunteer cook 3 days per week to prepare lunch for volunteers. Several other positions available. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250386-2269. OPERATION TRACK Shoes for people with developmental disabilities needs counselors from June 13 to 15 to assist and encourage sports participants at UVic. Training provided. Call Volunteer Victoria at 250-386-2269. VICTORIA WOMEN’S Transition House, seeking board members. http://www.transi tionhouse.net/news-events/

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE APPLIANCES INGLIS 2 door fridge in white with ice and water dispenser. Like new. $500. Mans leather jacket, like new, size 38. $50. Call (250)744-1756.

FRIENDLY FRANK 4 JOHNNY CASH records, $75. Smurf record, $10. (778)265-1615. BOOKCASE OR china cabinet w/ removable sliding glass doors, $38. (250)598-0750. COUNTER ASSAULT backpack “bear� barrel, $55. Simonize polisher, $30. (250)7219271 NO NAME cell phone, barely used, leather case that straps to belt, $40. Drastically reduced! (778)432-2822 WHITE WHICKER dbl headboard, $20. Bath chair, $20. Walker, $20. (250)478-3797

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MAINTENANCE PERSON REQUIRED. This is a fulltime, permanent position starting immediately at our post mill and treating plant in Princeton, BC. Must have a minimum of 10 years maintenance experience on a variety of production and mobile equipment, with strong skills in welding, hydraulics and basic electrical work. Experience in a mill environment preferred. Must be able to handle a variety of tasks, work well with minimum supervision and be part of the team. Benefits include excellent wage, health spending account and profit sharing. Please submit resumes by fax 250295-7912 or email mcmike@xplornet.ca Please visit our website at www.pwppost.com for further information on the company.

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MISCELLANEOUS WANTED ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewelry. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700

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NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.

THE LEMARE Group is accepting resumes for the following positions: Boom men, Off Highway Logging Truck Drivers, Hydraulic Log Loader Operator, Processor Operators, Chasers, Coastal Certified Hand Fallers, Machinists, Millwright, Heavy Duty Mechanics. Full-time with union rates/ benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to office@lemare.ca

AFFORDABLE AND quiet. 55+ community in Ladysmith. Home of the famous Festival of Lights!!!! Carefree manufactured homes on easy care lots for as low as $119,700. Low monthly lot fee. On transit. Close to parks, community centre, pool and amazing trails. Only 50 minutes from Victoria and less than 20 minutes to Nanaimo. New Home Warranty. Contact Duck Paterson @ 250-246-0637 or email: info@lmfhomes.ca

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NANAIMO: 1450SQ.FT, Open concept, 2bdrm, 2bath Rancher on 1/2 acre. Dbl garage, mature trees, greenhouse, RV prkg. $359,000. (250)7535826 for more info google search 360264.

SAANICH: 979 McBriar Ave, Sat & Sun, May 17 & 18, 9am. Misc household etc. SAANICHTON2497 Mt. Newton X Rd, by MacDonald’s. May 17, & 18, 9am3pm. Household and misc.

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1 & 2 Bdrm suites & cabins. Perched on a cliffside with panoramic ocean vista, overlooking The Saanich Inlet. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $500-$1200 inclds utils. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references! Call 250-478-9231. FRASER TOLMIE APARTMENTS 1701 Cedar Hill X Road (at Shelbourne St) Deluxe 1 & 2 bdrm suites Beautiful grounds with resort style amenities INQUIRE TODAY: 250.477.6323 or frasertolmie@bentall kennedy.com www.frasertolmie.ca Proudly Managed By Bentall Kennedy Residential Services

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LAVENDER CO-OP accepting applications for a 1 bdrm, $620/mo. Quiet area, sm pet ok, W/D hook up, insuite storage, lrg bright kitchen. Gross income $25,000.+ share purchase is $2,500. Applications available in the glass case outside the Community Hall at 10A-620 Judah St.

GOLDSTREAM AREA- 1400 sq ft, newly furnished, w/d, d/w, a/c, big deck & yard, hidef TV, parking. Working male only. $650 inclusive. Call Ray 778-433-1233.

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

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CARS NISSAN MICRA 1990, 164K. Toyota Corolla 1992. Each $1300. obo. (250)704-8170 .

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SANNICH: 1450 sq.ft. 3 bdrm. 1 full bath in beautiful area. 7ft. ceilings. Tons of storage. Huge living room w/ laminate floor. Full use of back yard. Sep. driveway w/ 2 car prkg. $1350 N/S Avail. now. Sm. pet. nego. Call 250-595-6980 SIDNEY: 2BDRM bsmt, private entrance, NS/NP, ref’s req’d. $825/mo +utils. Call 250-514-9618

ARE YOU a daddy for this Caddy? 2010 Cadillac CTS, (silver with black leather), top luxury 4 door model, fully loaded, like new in every respect. Owned here in Toronto by local business man. Asking only wholesale price, $22,000 firm and fair, no offers, payments or tire-kickers. Call anytime (289)296-7411.

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CARPENTRY BENOIT CONSTRUCTION. Reno’s & Additions. Windows, Doors, Decks. 250-479-0748. DECKS, STAIRS, interesting projects,30 yrs exp. (250)4773315. fchester51@gmail.com JOURNEYMAN CARPENTER with 32 years exp in renovations, new construction+ all repairs. Spring Time discounts. Frank, 250-812-6199. mtnewtonconst@shaw.ca

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(250)217-3090.ELECTRICIAN Lic. #3003. 30yrs exp. Renos, Knob & Tube Replacement. Sr.Disc.No job too big or small 250-361-6193 Quality Electric Reno’s, res & comm. No job too small. Lic# 22779. AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550. GNC ELECTRIC Res/Comm. Reasonable rates for quality work. #43619. 250-883-7632. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

McGREGOR HOME REPAIR Renos. Decks to doors. Small jobs OK. WCB. (250)655-4518

VICTORIA ELECTRIC LTD. Small jobs, renovations, new construction, commercial. Lic# 92679. Insured & bonded. Call (250)818-6086. www.vicelectric.ca

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EXP. HOUSECLEANER and home care, bondable, have own supplies except vacuum, $20/hr. Call (250)220-4965

EXCAVATING, Grading, ditching, stumps, hauling, demolition, hoe ram. (250)514-8553.

HOUSEKEEPER EXPERIENCED, reliable. References. 250-920-6516, 250-881-7444.

CONCRETE & PLACING RBC CONCRETE Finishing. All types of concrete work. No job too small. Seniors discount. Call 250-386-7007.

FENCING ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637.

FURNITURE REFINISHING U-NEEK SEATS. Hand cane, Danish weave, sea grass. UK Trained. Fran, 250-216-8997.

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WESLEY’S ONE Hour Courier Service. Starting at $7.00 up. Call 250-920-9024.

20% OFF! Mow, Rototill, Hedge/Shrub Trim, Clean-ups, PowerRake. (250)479-6495.

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250-380-0481 AFFORDABLE Reliable Reg. Lawn care. Power Raking. Pruning. Cleanups. Lawn & Garden Renos. 30 Yrs. Experience. Visit us at: www.brincks.ca Free Estimates

SPRING CLEANUP special: $25/hr. Weeding, Pruning, etc: Free est’s. Steve 250-727-0481

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

RAIN HAPPENS Landscape & Stonework. Call Nicolaas at (250)920-5108.

EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104.

PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774 PETE’S HAUL A DAY- Junk removal. Airforce guy. Call 250-888-1221.

250-479-7950 FREE ESTIMATES • Lawn Maintenance • Landscaping • Hedge Trimming • Tree Pruning • Yard Cleanups • Gardening/Weeding • Aeration, Odd Jobs NO SURPRISES NO MESS www.hollandave.ca

SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS WILL DO GARDENING etc. $15/hr. Your tools. Reliable. Call (250)383-3995.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS (250) 858-0588 - Tree Service - Landscaping - Lawn & Garden Clean ups - Hedge trimming & Pruning - Pressure washing - Gutters Free estimates * WCB www.mowtime.ca ANNUAL PLANT sale for Rwandan Widows. Sat & Sun, May 17 & 18, 10-2pm, 178 Beach Dr at Victoria St, Oak Bay. 100’s of Flowers/Shrubs. AURICLE- Spring cleanups, lawns. Call for all your garden needs. 250-882-3129. DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141 GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236. J&L Gardening yard clean-up and maintenance. Master gardeners. Call John or Louise (250)891-8677. LANDSCAPE & TREE- lawns, hedges, tree pruning, gardening, landscaping. WCB. 18 yrs exp. Andrew 250-893-3465. Level Ground Landscaping Lawn and garden service and renovation. Arborist service. Call Neil 250-818-0587. MIKE’S LAWN and Garden. Clean-ups, weeding & More. Senior’s discount. Free estimates. Mike 250-216-7502.

250-507-6543. AL’S V.I.P. Gutter Cleaning, guards, power washing, de-moss, Insured. ABBA EXTERIORS Gutter cleaning & repairs. Seniors discounts. WCB, Insured. Free estimates. (778)433-9275. (250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave- window, gutter cleaning, roof-de-moss, gutter guards, power washing. Free est.

CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitchen/bath, wood floors, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877 COMPLETE HOME Repairs. Suites, Renos, Carpentry, Drywall, Painting. Licensed and insured. Darren 250-217-8131. JACK NASH, serving Victoria over 30 yrs. I do it all! Free est WCB. 250-881-3886.

INTERIOR DESIGN VIRGO INTERIORS- Certified Interior decorator specializing in color schemes that work the first time. Call (250)721-2777. designerg@shaw.ca

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HANDYMAN- Light Maintenance & Repair. Call for estimate. (250)818-2709. STUCCO, Hardy Plank siding, painting, carpentry & roofing. Free est. Dan 250-391-9851.

250-216-9476 ACCEPTING new contracts; landscape and carpentry. BBB/Insured. Res /Comm. www.ftguland.com

HAULING AND SALVAGE $20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. FAMILY MAN Hauling. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463. GARY’S HAULING. One call does it all. Small demos & yard clean-up. Vehicle & metal recycling. Call (778)966-1413. JUNK BOX- Junk Removal Company. Local guys. Low rates. Call (250)658-3944.

ANDREW’S GARDENING Landscaping+ Carpentry. Clearing, weeding, pruning, rock work, lawns. 20 yrs exp. Insured. Call 778-967-1246.

MASONRY & BRICKWORK BILL’S MASONRY. Brick, tiles, pavers. All masonry & Chimney re-pointing. F/P repairs. 250-478-0186. CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee�. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942. www.cbsmasonry.com

MOVING & STORAGE (250)858-6747. WRIGHT Bros Moving. $70./hour. 4 ton/lift. Sr. disc. Free est. Call Philip. DONE RIGHT MOVING $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Est’s. No travel time before or after. BBB accredited. Call Tyler at 250-418-1747.

PAINTING A2Z PAINTING. Free estimates. Quality Exterior Painting. Call Erin (250)294-5422. ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694. A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. DEPENDABLE PAINTER and drywall repair. Free estimates. References available. Call Joseph - 250-686-0663. I take pride in my work! LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127.

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High quality, Organized. Interior/Exterior Residential/Commercial Jeff, 250-889-7715 or 250-472-6660 Member BBB TOP NOTCH PAINTING Over 25 yrs exp. Interior/Exterior, Residential. Reliable, Reasonable and Friendly Service. Call Brad 250-580-5542.

FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544.

PLASTERING PATCHES,Drywall, skimming, match the textures, coves, fireplaces. Bob, 250-516-5178.

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

STUCCO/SIDING PATCHES, ADDITIONS, restucco, renos, chimney, waterproofing. Bob, 250-516-5178.

TILING SHAWN THE Tile Guy- Res/ Comm/ Custom/ Renos. Free est. Call 250-686-6046.

TREE SERVICES BUDDY’S TREE SERVICESTrimming, pruning, chipping, removals, hedges, lawn care, Insured. Keith, (250)474-3697.

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Q: HOW DO I APPEAL A VALUATION FROM ASSESSMENT BC? From Assessment BC’s deputy assessor, Greg Wood Typically, less than two per cent of assessments are appealed. This year it was just under one per cent. If a property owner isn’t satisfied with the assessment of their property, mailed out every January, they can call Assessment BC and speak with an appraiser. Step 2, the property owner may request an independent review, conducted in front of the property assessment review panel. Should the review prove unsatisfying, the property owner may then put the matter before the property assessment review board. There’s not many people who go to that level. It’s quasi-judicial and has a deadline to appeal of April 30 of each year. Compare assessments yourself at evaluebc. bcassessment.ca. 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

GREATER VICTORIA MARKET UPDATE » AS OF MAY 14/COURTESY VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD

270/659 » 663/1,428 » 4,530/4,783 »

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What’s your home really worth? The ins and outs of putting a dollar value on your biggest asset Natalie North News staff

Amanda Mills doesn’t work from home – not hers, anyway. The owner of Mills Appraisal Group in Saanich spends her days visiting homes, along with a range of residential and commercial properties around the Capital Region, to determine the value. Mills is a real estate appraiser and while seasoned home-buyers might have a solid understanding of her profession, the average person, she says, doesn’t necessarily know the value of determining a value. “In the course of your lifetime, you will have various issues to deal with, for example, appraisals for probate purposes,” Mills says. “If you’re the executor of an estate, upon the death of a parent, you have to arrange to get the estate in order and have an appraisal done to establish the value of a property. Not a lot of people realize that.” The list of needs for an appraiser – an arm’s length assessor of value, independent of government and a realtor – is lengthy. Appraisals are used for: mortgage financing and re-financing; marketing; setting an independent probable sale price; estate-planning in terms of inheritances or allocations; insurance; purchasing, such as when a buyer is seeking an independent opinion for a property they intend to make an offer on – perhaps an out of town buyer not familiar with the local market; tax purposes, such as when a primary residence ceases to be the primary and the last lived-in value needs to be determined; legal settlement, such as divorce; new construction, such as when banks determine

the value at the various stages of construction, in progress advance reports; subdivision development projects; and strata corporations, now obligated to provide a newlylegislated depreciation report. Mills begins the appraisal process with a visit to the property – one in which few discretionary notes are made. Mills or her business associate take note of the basics: the layout of the home, its square footage, the condition of the property, what amount of updating has been completed, what deficiencies may exist in terms of electrical or plumbing systems and building envelope. The bulk of the work then begins back at the office, when the property is compared to similar properties via the Multiple Listings Service (MLS). Condition of the property is one area where owners can expect the greatest return on their investment, with a fix as simple as a fresh coat of interior paint an easy first step to take. “If a house is not in good condition, people are going to come in and look at it and though it might only cost $3,000 to paint it (they might see) only the effort of doing it. With the added factor of doing it, they might see more than the bare cost,” Mills says. “These days houses are presented in a very good fashion. Sellers and realtors are very savvy about staging a house for sale, so that if a house is not in good condition paint-wise, that’s quite a negative against it.” Building envelope and kitchen and bathroom renos also make Mills’ shortlist of greatest returns on investment pre-appraisal, the latter a home-selling stereotype to which Guy Crozier, president-elect of the Victoria Real Estate Board can attest. On a functional level, swapping out an avocado toilet clearly isn’t as necessary as maintaining a

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Real estate appraiser and consultant, Amanda Mills, owner of Mills Appraisal Group, conducts the majority of her work here, at her Broadmead office, where she compares properties against similar types in the Capital Region via MLS. roof, Crozier says, but the benefits are plenty. “You do those things for two reasons,” he says. “You do them partially to increase the value and partially for your own enjoyment. I would say that on average, kitchens and bathrooms can increase the value – on the money you’re spending – probably by 50 to 70 per cent automatically. The rest you’re doing for your own enjoyment.” The most valuable resource for new home buyers to take advantage of when assessing value,

according to Crozier? Their own two feet. Get outside and see as many properties as possible. “Sometimes, a first-time homebuyer, buying the first or second home that they see can be detrimental. I think they need to see a good variety of homes in a couple of different areas in their price range so they can really start to assess. “And – ask their realtor: ‘What homes have sold in this area?’ So it’s almost like doing their own appraisal.” nnorth@saanichnews.com

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VICTORIA 205-1040 Rockland Ave, 257,000

Sat. 11-1 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay, 250-217-5091 1536 Bywood Place, 829,000

Sat. 11:30-1 Newport Realty Sandy Berry, 250-818-8736 1649 Haultain Street, 479,000

Sat. 2-4 Newport Realty Sandy Berry, 250-818-8736 1103-250 Douglas St.,

Sun. 4-6, Sutton Group West Coast Realty June Wing, 250-479-3333

1265 Topaz, 519,900

Sun. 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Mike McCulloch, 250592-4422 1806-620 Toronto Street

Sat. 2-4 Macdonald Realty Victoria Scott Vannan, 250-388-5882 1465 Bay St., 402,500

Sat. 12-1:30 One Percent Realty Guy Effler, 250-812-4910

Oak Bay 250-370-7601 Victoria 250-483-1360 Westshore 250-391-2933 Sidney 250-655-0632 Chatterton Way 250-479-0688 www.vericoselect.com

101-119 Ladysmith Pl., 399,000

OAK BAY 305-2587 Beach Dr., 275,000

604-760 Johnson St., 369,995

Sat. & Sun. 11-1 RE/MAX Camosun Diana Devlin, 250-744-3301

733A Humboldt (200 Douglas)

Sun. 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Alison Stoodley, 250-477-7291

1502-250 Douglas St.

Macdonald Realty Victoria Connie Brown, 250-361-8383

Sat. 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Arran McLellan, 250-884-3980 Sat., Sun. & Monday 1-4 Macdonald Realty Helene Roy, 250 883-2715 Sat. 11-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jandy Gruhn, 250-477-7291 818 Queens St, 549,500

Sat. 2-4 & Sun. 1-3 Boorman’s Real Estate Jane Lewis, 250-595-1535

307-1035 McClure St, 189,900

Sun. 1-3 Macdonald Realty Victoria Chris Brown, 250-388-5882

101-1148 Goodwin St, 329,000 2508 Florence St., 599,900 Sat. 1-3

1666 Hampshire Rd., 1,049,000

Sat. 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

VIEW ROYAL 2309 Francis View Dr, 669,800

Sat. 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Dale Sheppard, 250-478-9600

37-278 Island Highway, 319,000 502-21 Erie St. 769,900 Sat. 1-3 Sutton Group West Sat. 2:30-4 Pemberton Holmes Coast Realty Shelna Atkinson, 250-384-8124 Clifton Mak, 250-479-3333 606 Speed Ave, from 55 Kingham Pl., 759,000 235,000 Sat. 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun

Sat. & Sun. 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Scott Munro, 250 477-5353

Roy Coburn, 250-812-1989

Sat. & Sun. 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Sandra Govender, 250-888-3488

Marilyn Ball, 250-655-7653

83 Saghalie Rd., from 240,900

305-1351 Esquimalt Rd., 141,000

ESQUIMALT 513 Head St, 1,800,000

107-1366 Hillside, 242,900 Sat. 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate

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Sat. 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Sat. 11-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Capital Realty Lynnell Davidge, 250-477-7291 Cheryl Bejcar, 250-592-4422 108-545 Manchester Rd, 165,000



307-1083 Tillicum Rd., 244,900

Sat. 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921 Sun. 11-1 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

3434 Bonair Pl., 949,000

991 Admirals Rd., 448,900

Sat. 1:30-3:30 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Judy Gerrett, 250-656-0131

SAANICH EAST

403, 318 & 206-1620 McKenzie, from 300,000

Sun. 2-4 JonesCo Real Estate Ian Heath, 250-655-7653 305-1025 Inverness Rd., 184,900

Sun. 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

1581 Mileva Lane, 1,050,000

Fri. 1:30-3:30 Boorman’s Dean Boorman, 250-882-0234

Sat. 2-4 Newport Realty Laurie Abram, 250-812-1771

2490 Cadboro Heights Ln.

Sat. & Sun. 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Ed G. Sing, 250-744,3301

SAANICH WEST

202-1620 Mckenzie Ave, 319,000

Sat. 4-6 Sutton Group West Coast Realty June Wing, 250-479-3333 4016 Saanich Rd., 644,900

Sat. 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808 #12-3255 Rutledge, 274,900

Sun. 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Hiro Nakatani, 250-661-4476

4022 Grange Road, 449,500

Sat. 11-12:30 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Judy Gerrett, 250-656-0131 17-500 Marsett Place, 419,900

Sun. 1-3 Royal LePage Goran Tambic, 250-592-4422

SAANICH PENINSULA

8880 Park Pacific Terrace

#101-894 Vernon Ave, 239,900

Sat. 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Valentino Prundaru, 250-686-2242

Sun. 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608

2321 Island View Road, 412,000

Friday-Sun. 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Craig Walters, 250-655-0608

974 Fir Tree Glen, 799,900

708-9809 Seaport Place, 998,000

Sat. & Sun. 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Craig Walters, 250-744-3301

Sun. 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Dan Juricic, 250-655-0608

7-3981 Saanich Rd., 329,900

104-1959 Polo Park, 232,900

3712 Kootenay, 599,000

206-10421 Resthaven, 399,000

3545 Savannah Ave., 409,900

1733 Texada Terrace, 1,250,000

Sat. 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Rick Couvelier, 250-477-0921

Sat. 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Cheryl Bejcar, 250-592-4422 Sat. & Sun. 2-4 Newport Realty Gordon Lee, 250-385-2033

Sat. 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Roy Stevenson, 250-477-7291 Sun. 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Lynne Sager, 250-744-3301

301-1025 Inverness, 223,900

Sun. 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Elke Pettipas, 250-479-3333 4940 Haliburton Pl., 789,900

Sun. 1-3 RE/MAX Alliance Karen Love, 250-727-5868

Sat. 1-2 Holmes Realty Magdalin Heron 250 656-0911

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Sat. & Sun. 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Wendy Thompson, 250-479-3333

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This custom 4300sqft home by Architect W. Peerboom near St. Michaels, Camosun College, and UVIC is the perfect Brigadoon, my Heart Lies. residence for your there family’s needs. Entertain Forever colleagues from One of the loveliest beach fronts on the Gorge waterway! This 4-level a Chef’s kitchen,home or relax by the fireplace in the home oceanfront features oakdouble-sided hardwood floors, an open concept Great room, andBusiness 2 bed extra accommodation. A glassed-in Conservatory Family room. and Pleasure is perfectly balanced by covers a relaxing hot tub. Walk across 1/3 Acre of English country an Entrepreneur’s ce,launch far from thecanoe oasisfrom Master gardens, down to the private water’s offi edge; your your 130 ft ofSuite waterfront. This private Paradise The is a 2mere mins.istosoVictoria with Ensuite and balcony. bed15in-law useful! city centre. $750,000 $1,030,000

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Capture the feelings of childhood summers again, and move to this quarter acre sunny home in Deep Cove, across from the quaint Marina. The lovely home is nestled in very private gardens with views of the ocean and Mt.Tuam. Gorgeous new kitchen, windows, hardwood floors, and baths! A home for all... Water you waiting for? $629,000

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Birds of a Feather

Sophisticated Buyers, will flock to this Mid-Century 3/4 bedroom home, combining all the very best of the era, with modern upgrades like granite countertops, NEST thermostat, cherry hardwood and LEATHER flooring! Beautiful 1/3 acre sunny backyard; a gardener’s paradise located right in coveted Oak Bay! $720,000

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This well designed 3 bedroom home enjoys a garden view open kitchen, cozy adjoining family room, and rare formal dining room, complete with gorgeous rock fireplace. Custom design is evident in the avantegard open stairways and straight clean lines of its exterior. Beautifully landscaped Japanese zen-like terraced backyard takes full advantage of the one acre property. Call Now! $750,000

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