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The population in Parksville and the surrounding rural areas increased slightly, by 0.6 and 0.9 per cent respectively, while the population in Qualicum Beach dipped by 0.5 per cent. As of 2014 Parksville’s population was 12,227, Qualicum Beach came in at 8,500 and the surrounding areas cumulatively recorded a population of 39,085 which includes Deep Bay/Bowser, Coombs/Errington, Nanoose Bay, French Creek, Cedar and Pleasant Valley. The numbers come from B.C. Statistics 2014 Sub-Provincial Population Estimates, a report that came out in January stating the province grew as a whole by 1.1 per cent or 49,000 people. B.C. Statistics director Jackie Storen said the two biggest factors affecting population booms and dips are natural change (birth and death rate) and migration. “Rural communities seem to be getting smaller while metropolitan areas are getting larger,” said Storen. “People want better access to education, jobs and healthcare.” According to the report, neighbouring city Nanaimo grew by 1.5 per cent reaching a population of 88,869. Storen explains B.C. Statistics’ population estimates are based on hydro connections and health client registry. “Within Canada it’s really the job and where you can find work which will push people to go and live somewhere.” Parksville Mayor Marc Lefebvre echoed Storen’s comments that population is intimately linked to the economic cycle. See MAYOR SEEKING, page A9

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FESTIVAL FUN: From left, Tim, Angel and Brooke Delange pose for a picture on the old tractor at Morningstar Farm during the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Calving Festival this past weekend. Aside from the opportunity to view some baby pigs, lambs, calves and chicks, the festival also had a colouring contest for kids with great prizes.

PARKSVILLE BUDGET DELIBERATIONS

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The Parksville Curling Club will get a grant to cover its tax bill this year, city councillors decided last week. The city will lose money on the deal, providing the curling club with a $3,000 grant-in-aid that will cover the club’s total tax bill this year. However, about half of that grant money will

go to other taxing authorities like the school district, while the city will get back about $1,500 in tax revenue. It’s not likely a scenario the city envisioned when it looked to increase revenue by changing the tax exempt status of the curling club from 100 per cent to 50 per cent last year. The club has lobbied the city hard, saying the new policy would jeopardize its

operations. The club also challenged its assessed value with the provincial authority, which brought its tax bill down from $16,000 to $6,000. Coun. Al Greir, a member of the committee that came up with the 50 per cent solution last year, was opposed to the grant when council voted 6-1 in favour of the motion on Thursday night.

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The Parksville Qualicum Beach News has once again been recognized by its peers in the category of general excellence, this time on a national level. The NEWS placed third in its circulation category for Best Overall Newspaper, part of the 2015 Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA) awards announced Friday. Two Alberta publications, The Okotoks Western Wheel and the Fast Forward Weekly (Calgary) finished one-two in The NEWS’ circulation category (12,500 to 24,999). The only other paper on Vancouver Island to make the top three of its circulation category for Best Overall Newspaper was The NEWS’ sister paper, The Alberni Valley News, which was second in its category (6,500 to 12,499). The CCNA recognition follows the B.C.-Yukon Newspaper Association announcement last month that The NEWS was one of three finalists in its circulation category for general excellence. Those awards will be handed out in Richmond on April 25. — NEWS Staff

Rally planned for outside OHC this morning Details, including who was the organizer, were scarce, but a reader e-mailed us Monday wanting to spread the word about a “public health care rally” outside the Oceanside Health Centre today (Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to noon. There was a suggestion from the reader that unions and a labour council would be involved in the rally, but that could not be confirmed by press time Monday. “I am fighting for my health care system and your health care system,” said the reader in her e-mail. — NEWS Staff

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Interested in a long, healthy life? Lead researcher Angela Brooks-Wilson will be in Parksville to discuss “super seniors,” described as those age 85 and older who have never been diagnosed with cancer, heart disease or stroke, dementia or Alzheimer’s, diabetes or lung disease. Brooks-Wilson is studying what sets super seniors apart from the majority of individuals prone to common age-related diseases. She told The NEWS earlier this month that super seniors are “actually quite rare.” On average Brooks-Wilson said the parents of super seniors lived 14 years longer than their contemporaries and while lifestyle factors contribute to a long life, it’s possible shared genetics play a strong role in familial longevity. “The study is designed to identify genetic factors that contribute to healthy aging,” she said. “The idea behind studying people who are 85 and free of disease is that we want to look at health rather than just longevity.” Parksville Qualicum Beach is known as one of the oldest communities in Canada. According to Statistics Canada the average age in Qualicum Beach is 64. Brooks-Wilson will be discussing the Healthy

Aging study, a research she’s been spearheading for more than a decade. The study is now in its second phase and as reported earlier in The NEWS Brooks-Wilson is seeking super seniors to take part in the study. She’s also seeking centenarians, people age 100 or older, regardless of their health history for another branch of research. Brooks-Wilson is attempting to find out if super seniors lack genetic susceptibility factors that contribute to common diseases found in the majority of people, or if they possess special resistance factors that enhance their ability to enjoy long and healthy lives. She will be discussing the key findings of her study to-date on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Forum at the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre located at 100 Jensen Avenue. Admission is $10 at the door and the presentation is open to anybody interested in it. The presentation is sponsored by VIU ElderCollege as a Saturday Speaker event. According to a news release issued by VIU ElderCollege, members of the audience are invited to meet Brooks-Wilson to continue the discussion at a no-host lunch at a local restaurant after the presentation. If you’re a super senior or centenarian interested in taking part in the study please contact 604-675-8151 or e-mail rthomas@bcgsc.ca.

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The B.C. government announced last week that those who purchase battery powered and plug-in hybrid cars can save up to $5,000 through a revived emission-free vehicle subsidy. It’s welcome news for Parksville’s director of community planning Blaine Russell, an electric vehicle enthusiast and driver since 2012. “If we want to see a paradigm shift someone’s got to vote with their dollar once in a while,” Russell told The NEWS. “In the long run there are huge environmental benefits and right now we’re dependent on oil from places where people don’t necessarily like us — so there’s geopolitical and environmental reasons.” The program takes effect April 1 and is funded to continue until March 2018. Those scrapping a 2000-or-older vehicle can receive an additional $3,250 toward a new battery electric or eligible plug-in hybrid under the B.C. Scrap-It program. Even with the rebate, an electric car is more expensive to buy than a comparable gasoline-powered vehicle, but according to a government-issued news release the fuel savings average about $1,600 a year compared to gasoline. B.C.’s last electric vehicle rebate program ran from 2011 to 2014, subsidizing the purchase of 950 electric vehicles and more than 1,000 charging stations, several of which are in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Russell confirmed Parksville has three electric vehicle charging stations that take approximately four hours to

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However, while the region boasts more than a dozen electric vehicle public charging stations, none are high power stations, which take substantially less time to charge your vehicle. Deep Bay resident Dianne Eddy, who drives a Nissan Leaf, said the closest fast charging station is in downtown Nanaimo and it takes about 20 minutes to use. With the government’s revived incentive program, Eddy is hoping “perhaps we will also see a few more fast chargers around…This facilitates longer trips for those of us that can’t afford a Tesla.” Eddy said installations in Victoria and Courtenay would “really add to the service” as the only fast charging stations she’s aware of are located in Nanaimo and Duncan.

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Qualicum School District 69 has received $20,000 from the provincial government’s civil forfeiture grant funding program to help support the Reconnection youth employment project, according to a news release from the provincial government. “Giving young people hope and the skills to land a good job goes a long way in helping them avoid run-ins with the law and the legal system,” said Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell. “Some youth need that extra little bit of assistance and guidance; and programs such as School District 69’s Reconnection project help them develop and grow into confident adults.”  The school district’s Reconnection project helps young people overcome barriers to employment by providing them with employability skills, training, and work placement opportunities. Youth will also work on self- assessment, life and job skill development, career planning, and goal setting.   This year, the priority focus for civil forfeiture grants is on initiatives that address violence against women, and support the Violence Free B.C. strategy. Other areas where funding was made available included serving victims through restorative justice, community and youth crime prevention.   Since the civil forfeiture grant funding program became active, it has returned more than $16 million from successful forfeiture actions to crime prevention projects and to victims of fraud and phony investment schemes in British Columbia. Violence Free B.C. is the provincial government’s long-term strategy and commitment to end violence against women. Acting as a roadmap, Violence Free BC combines immediate actions with a long-term vision to end the violence, and to support women whose lives and well-being have been impacted by violence. — NEWS Staff/Province of B.C.

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GOOD DEALS: Shoppers browsed the large selection of books for sale at the Nanoose Library earlier this month. According to volunteer Mary Smith, there were people lined up outside before the doors opened on March 14 at 9 a.m. The sale was a fundraiser for the Nanoose Library Centre Hall.

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Dolphin Tales, a new non-profit, Reggio Emilia-style preschool has open spaces in Parksville. “We decided to develop the preschool because the Family Resource Association (FRA) has expertise in child care and we thought we could contribute something to the community,” said FRA executive director Deborah Joyce. “We did a feasibility study and found there was need both in terms of seats and style, so we’re introducing the fist Reggio Emilia style preschool in the area.”

“Reggio Emilia is a style that supports our philosophy at FRA, it is child centred where the children contribute to the way the facility is run,” she said of the system named after the village in Italy where it was developed after the Second World War. “Children are naturally curious so we facilitate their curiosity and it becomes based on their interests. It is not a pedagogical model, with children as receptacles,” she said stressing that it is a very inclusive model that welcomes all kinds of children. FRA is publicly funded, but the preschool is a separate, self supported, non-profit program, charging on a cost

recovery basis. Accepting children age three to five, about half of the 40 spaces are currently full, she said. They only really got started this January, partly due to the complications of the late start to the school year due to the strike. Joyce said they are excited about how the preschool adds to the professional mental health and social services the FRA has been providing to children, youth and families in the community for 25 years. For more information call 250-9510887 or 250-752-6766 or stop by 502 Bay Avenue in Parksville to see the preschool for yourself.

PARKSVILLE BUDGET DELIBERATIONS

Council nixes $600K archival storage building plan JOHN HARDING editor@pqbnews.com

Deliberations are far from done, but the city is currently looking at a two per cent increase in taxes for Parksville homeowners this year. Last year, when all the taxing authorities were factored in (school district, etc.), the 2.5 per cent tax increase on the average home in the city (assessed at $295,000) was $35. If city council doesn’t change much by the end of next month, it looks like city homeowners will face a similar increase this year. The increase includes provisions for borrowing charges on the new water treatment and storage facilities, although the fate of that project and its ultimate cost to taxpayers, remains unknown. Council got to some nuts and bolts of the budget during public deliberations Thursday night, focussing on special requests and some big-ticket items requested by staff. The biggest item to consider, the con-

struction of a $600,000 building for archi- time health and safety officer. val records storage, was squashed unaniStaff had explained bylaw enforcemously by council on Thursday night. ment files are piling up and response “If we don’t do this we are taking a risk,” times are lengthening. Chief Administrasaid Mayor Marc Lefebvre. “At some point tive Officer Fred Manson also explained we are going to have to bite the bullet.” that health and safety files and issues — “Right now we are in a difficult finan- much of which mandated for action by cial situation,” said Coun. the provincial governSue Powell. “I need to be We don’t have $600,000 to ment — are being done convinced.” spend. I can’t believe this is off the corner of senior “We don’t have staff’s desk. even in the budget $600,000 to spend,” said Council has Coun. Leanne Salter. “I squashed the notion of COUN. LEANNE SALTER can’t believe this is even a new bylaw officer and in the budget.” vehicle entirely and on “It’s not a question of if, it’s a question Thursday night they asked staff to come of when,” said Coun. Kirk Oates. “But I’m back with less expensive options for not sure this is when.” the health and safety officer, perhaps a Attempts by staff to add two positions part-time position. Those two measures to their ranks were also rebuffed by coun- shaved roughly $200,000 off the 2015 excil on Thursday night. Council has been penditures side of the budget. presented information in the past month Council did approve some less-expenshowing the need for both an additional sive expenditures on Thursday night, but bylaw enforcement officer (plus the cost not without some debate. The Vancouver of a new vehicle for the officer) and a full- Island North Film Commission will get

$2,500 from the city this year. “They have spent money in this community and I think we should be part of that,” said Coun. Teresa Patterson. “Many other communities in the area are contributing and I think we should do our part as well,” said Coun. Mary Beil. Council passed the motion to provide the film commission with $2,500 in a 6-1 vote, with Coun. Al Greir opposed. The Vancouver Island Tribute Festival will get $1,000 from council this year and Greir, consistently opposed to this type of request over the years, was in favour of this one, noting the success of the inaugural festival last year and saying he believed it would be the last year the festival would need to ask for financial help. Council still needs to make final decisions on a number of other issues in the budget — and give final approval to the entire budget — including increases to water and sewer rates and the possibility of establishing user fees for sports fields and Community Park.


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Scenery and you. Those are the two biggest attractions bringing tourists to Parksville Qualicum Beach, according to Dave Petryk, president and CEO of Vancouver Island Tourism. “When we see Vancouver Island win the award for Conde Naste Traveler, a travel leisure magazine, for best destination in North America…the top two things they rate us on are our natural beauty and our people,” Petryk told a crowd of about 80 at the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association’s annual general meeting Thursday evening at the Qualicum Beach Inn. Petryk, the event’s keynote presenter, said Vancouver Island holds the second largest marketshare in both visitation and tourism revenue, next to Vancouver’s coast and mountain region. He said close to $2 billion in revenue is made on Vancouver Island annually. But there appears to be a gap. “Often we’re not working

together with tourism and economic development,” said Petryk. “Although the messages tend to be the same.” He said it’s important for stakeholders to work together to build a strong brand first, then work on individual businesses. “The objective is to grow an awareness of tourism, to work in alignment together and to invest in each other,” he said. “It’s important to think about the value of tourism.” He said last year in B.C. the tourism industry alone created more than 18,000 jobs. Petryk said tourism brings in “fresh dollars” from outside the region, creates more services and attracts new residents to the area. “A lot of the things I like to do as a resident of Vancouver Island I might not be able to do if there wasn’t a tourism industry supporting it,” he said, noting the various golf courses, fishing lodges and adventure tourism organizations on the Island. He asked the audience, by a show of hands, how many had moved to Parksville Qualicum Beach after first coming as a visitor. About half the hands in the room flew up. Petryk said realtors often boast the importance of tourism for home sales as it strongly influences a person’s decision to

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MuSic At tHe GARdenS: Musicians Tatiana Kostour on violin and Douglas Hensley on guitar brought music to The Gardens at Qualicum Beach on March 24. The duo’s performance is part of the year-long concert series hosted by Retirement Concepts, who runs The Gardens. The general public is invited to join residents for the performances, which run on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

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“The economy is in a state of suspended animation in terms of growth and interest rates,” Lefebvre told The NEWS. “It (population) is related to what we have in terms of employment.” Given the mild climate and natural beauty of the region, he said retirees will likely continue to relocate to the area but he wants to encourage a younger generation to consider moving here as well. “While I’m mayor one of the things I’d like to do is work with the Chamber of Commerce to see if we can get other non retirees to move here, people who want to set up small businesses,” said Lefebvre. “With the downtrend in Alberta, people are going to be coming back here and it would be nice if we could get them to stay.” Regional District of Nanaimo chair Joe Stanhope said population fluctuation is “hard to explain.” Stanhope, who represents French Creek, said the region is seeing an increase in population because French Creek is “one of the most, if not the most, urbanized electoral area in the province” as it’s sandwiched between Parksville and Qualicum Beach. He said as people retire they tend to gravitate to urban centres in an effort to be closer to services and shopping.

“After this past winter in Eastern Canada there’s going to be a lot more people looking west in my opinion,” he said, noting record-breaking snowfalls on the other side of the country. “And look what we have here…this is a pretty neat community.” Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek was also asked for comment regarding the population statistics. “I don’t see the preservation of our smalltown atmosphere as competing with growth, however; growth that does occur needs to be compatible with our quality of life,” Westbroek wrote in an e-mail to The NEWS. “Our long term approach, as per our OCP, in the long term is about quality of life that will drive our economy and population growth. I consider the population statistics for last year as a minor fluctuation in our long-term plan which will see a build out to approximately 12,000.” According to B.C. Statistics, Surrey is the municipality that attracted the most newcomers in the 2014 year. Lake Country, Fort St. John and Sechelt also topped the list. On the other end of the spectrum Saanich, Prince Rupert and Smithers showed some of the fastest rates of decline.

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aved by the snow. In a story in today’s edition of The NEWS, French Creek regional district director Joe Stanhope surmises the rough winter in Central and Eastern Canada could mean an influx of new residents for the Parksville Qualicum Beach region. It’s a reasonable theory. Raise your hand if you have ever watched TV news coverage of the poor souls digging out of their snowbound houses in, say, Moncton and immediately sent an e-mail or text to your friends and relatives there with a photo of your blooming flowers or that day’s golf scorecard. Ice scraper for the windshield of the car? Sorry, not familiar with that product. If Chairman Joe’s theory has any merit, we could see frustrated New Brunswickers load up the truck with all their belongings and trek across the country to settle in this region. And once they see how much it costs to get their stuff here on the ferry they won’t be able to leave. However, relying on the weather advantage to ensure our population doesn’t drastically dip isn’t exactly a progressive strategy. The statistics in our story today don’t send us to the panic button. They show Parksville and the surrounding rural areas increased slightly, by 0.6 and 0.9 per cent respectively, while the population in Qualicum Beach dipped by 0.5 per cent. These numbers would be well within any plus/minus factor, and they are estimates from the provincial government’s stats bureau. They are not Statistics Canada numbers from any official census. One could also argue a dip, or flatline, in population is natural and healthy and will have little or no effect on the services we have come to expect for our tax dollar. Thing is, the cost of operating a town or city continues to rise, regardless of the population. Staff — union and non-union — generally get increases every year. The goods and services used by municipalities rise in price every year. Meanwhile, help in the form of transfer payments from senior governments aren’t increasing, and municipalities are being asked to do more with less. Without an increase in population and jobs and some kind of tax-generating new businesses, a town like Qualicum Beach will eventually — perhaps sooner rather than later — have to make tough choices about the services it provides taxpayers, or tough choices about tax increases. With our demographic also in mind, we can’t see why any municipality here would stand in the way of plans for new, job-creating businesses and resorts. — Editorial by John Harding

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water woes The headline in your March 17 edition screams “DFO causing water woes.” Really? It looks to me as though DFO is simply doing its job of protecting fish. If anyone is causing water woes, it’s us and our increasing demand for water to serve a largely unchecked population growth. This is contrary to the Nanoose Bay Official Community Plan which says that water, as a finite resource, should be regarded as a limiting factor to future growth and development. Yet, we have a local government water utility that seems to respond only to demand with little attention to waters finite supply. The public’s agents in all this — RDN, City of Parksville and the ERWS — have seriously misjudged DFO’s position regarding fish protection and have gambled that approval for its water withdrawal scheme would be forthcoming. RDN is blaming DFO for this, and now we have a spat. This rather juvenile posturing is not doing anyone any good. It’s   time to step back from this fighting and bickering and do what should have been done in the first place – that is initiate a more collaborative management system for the Englishman River Watershed that (1) recognizes the complexity of the various jurisdictions at play, (2) acknowledges the myriad of views, uses and values of the watershed’s resources, and (3) works towards cooperative resolutions (including water sharing) that would benefit all interests. Clearly the present system of posturing and acrimony isn’t working. A more collaborative approach isn’t impossible; others have done it, and we could learn from them. As I see it, there’s no other way, and it’s not too late. Ross PeteRson Nanoose Bay

out of water Reality has reared its ugly head. We’re going to run out of fresh water by August if we don’t get heavy spring rains. Is that supposed to be a surprise? Englishman River was on the endangered list during the Beach Club public forums. People concerned questioned council about water levels and the increase in population. Council ignored us. Summerland and Tofino ran out of water

in 2005 and 2006. The reason? Over development. What have we got? Over development. We have used all the water we have been allotted. DFO is correct in protecting what little remains of Englishman River. Nature provides only so much and it is short sighted to think we can keep taking more. Will we be able to flush a toilet by September? What about wild fires? Council said we had enough water. They were wrong. They said our sewage plant was large enough. They were wrong. They thought $37 million could replace water. It can’t. So, please stop the building permits. Put everything on hold. The inn is full. Council promised that our way of life would not be affected. Guess they were wrong about that too. Stop thinking bigger is better and taxes are king. I feel like we are on the deck of the Titanic. There must be balance and we are sliding towards the edge. elaine thomPson Parksville

iCBC Confusion Kudos to editor John Harding for stimulating a response from ICBC senior vice-president Steve Kendall. Unfortunately, Kendall’s comments continue to fuel added questions as to the purpose and design of ICBC. In his letter to the editor in response to Harding’s editorial, Kendall states that ICBC contributed about $7 million to mainland B.C highways last fiscal period. I may be confused, but is it not the B.C. Ministry of Transportation that handles highway infrastructure responsibilities for B.C.? At that, $7 million dollars does not seem to be sufficient to build/repair/improve too many kilometres of B.C.’s road needs. Many in the province seem to forget that we live on an Island. Therefore, we have no connection to mainland highway systems. Unlike PEI (population approximately 150,000 and a land mass area of about 5,660 sq km) that is connected to the mainland by highway/bridge, we on Vancouver Island (population approximately 790,000 and a land mass of about 31,285 sq km) are not connected directly to the mainland. We, on the Island, do not benefit from our share of the premium contributions we pay to ICBC. Aside from road limitations here,

ICBC must also understand that we pay about twice as much in premiums for auto insurance as opposed to other parts of Canada. My analysis is mostly Wikipedia referenced. What I pay ICBC in premiums is in excess of what my total auto insurance needs would be should I be driving in the most congested area within Canada. Camillo tofano Qualicum Beach

Change weed laws As the debate over cannabis’ legal status continues, and is poised to be a federal election issue this year, I’d like to recommend a film to anyone who feels that the status quo is working. “The Culture High” is a documentary produced by B.C. filmmaker Adam Scorgie, a follow-up to “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” (available on Netflix). It’s been listed for Oscar consideration and it delves into North American cannabis laws, featuring Vancouver addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Maté and others. It’s a hard-hitting exposé that everyone opposed to cannabis legalization should watch if they want to know who benefits from prohibition and who is hurt by it. The opening scene is pretty shocking, but it gets better as the film goes on to explain how we got here. Sensible B.C. organizers collected more than 4,500 signatures in Parksville-Qualicum last fall in our campaign to change cannabis laws. We’re most concerned with allowing patients to access low-cost, high-quality cannabis medicines, but we’re aware of the heavy toll paid by recreational users who are caught using cannabis instead of alcohol or other drugs. We advocate for a “wine model” to regulate cannabis, where adults are allowed to grow some of their own cannabis or buy it like they can buy alcohol now, with proper ID. The benefits of this model are many, including increased safety, reduced youth access, increased tax revenues (Colorado has raised over $15 million for schools), and reduced enforcement costs. Visit www.sensiblebc.ca to get involved.  CoRy Pahl Parksville See MORE LETTERS, page A13 & A14

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Nature Valley

Protein Crunchy Granola Cereal

Fibre 1 Bars

16x100gr

99

4

2$

99

Tropicana

LB

YOUR Q POINTS

Hurry... Limited Time Offer. Ends 04/05/15

Island Gold

Per

Quality Foods • Grocery

10X FREE Get a dozen

6

99

99

• Big Savings Make The Holiday Meal That Much Better! • Use your Q-Card

LB

15.41 per kg

375gr

99

Per

Boneless Skin on Turkey Breast

Hertel’s

Grimm’s

Smokies

A17

5

2$ for

311gr

Pillsbury

Grands Cinnamon Rolls 496gr

399

2

99


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Look for a new “Lucky Day” item on the QF app this April 1st! • All QF Stores open until 6pm Easter Sunday & regular hours Good Friday and Easter Monday Kraft

Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Armstrong

250gr

Cheese 600gr

7

MacLaren’s

77

Mayonnaise

for

120-129gr

3

3 Kraft

Kraft

Green Giant

414ml or 475ml

226-250gr

7

2$ for

for

5

E

Qu

Mott’s

6

Cashews or Dry Roasted Peanuts

Exel 0.5% Alcohol Beer

Planters

Clamato Juice

1.89lt

99

3

99

Molson

12x355ml

Nestle

275gr or 600gr

Aero Bunny or Smarties Friends

Uncle Ben’s

Cranberry Sauce

for

5

Toblerone

943gr

200gr

12

3

99

Kinder

Ice Cream Sundae

2lt

1.5lt

1lt

7

99

E.D. Smith

Tenderflake

540ml

255-397gr

E.D. Smith

Pure Pumpkin

Shells

Pie Filling

4

99

3

2$

796ml

3 Dad’s

99

for

Christie

Loacker

Crackers

Quadratini Bite Size Wafers

535-550gr

Selected, 175-454gr

250gr

Easter Chocolate Selected, 185-230gr

110gr or 3x20gr

2

Bick’s

Premium Pickles

1lt

3

99

Bick’s

McCormick

Pickled Beets

International Sauce or Gravy Mix

500-750ml

1lt

99

Dole

for

Club House

Knorr

Gravy or Yorkshire Pudding Mix

Pineapple 398ml

30-56gr

for

5

Quality Foods an Island Original

5

4$ for

5

3$ for

5

2$ for

2

99

www.qualityfoods.com

5

2$ for

5

3$ for

5

2$

2

99

2

99

Simply Broth 900ml

21-45gr

170-180gr

4$

5

2$

2

99

Cookies

Hershey or Reese

Mini or Milk Chocolate Egg

2

Bick’s

Frozen Yogurt

Slice Cream Ice Cream

for

99

99

Dill Pickles or Hamburger Slices

Chapman’s

Chapman’s

Chapman’s

77 920gr

Chocolate Easter Daffodil

100gr

2

Uncle Ben’s

Selected, 341-398ml

Lindt

99

Classiques Recipe Rice Selections

Vegetables

120gr

3$

5

99

LICABL PP

Green Giant

Stuff’n Such Stuffing

348ml

PLUS A

PLUS A

EES EF

Ocean Spray

4

99

EES EF

2

99

5

ality Foods!

Cadbury

Lindor Mini Easter Eggs

60-100gr

LICABL PP

for

Mini Eggs

154-200gr

5

5

2$

mad at e easy

Cadbury

2

for

300-340gr

99

750gr

4$

ntertainin E r e t s g a

Mini Eggs

99

for

300-500gr

2$

7

10

3$

Frozen Vegetables

Simply Steam Vegetables

Valley Selections Vegetables

Shredded Natural Cheese

250gr

3

Green Giant

Folgers

Classic Roast Ground Coffee

99

Green Giant

Kraft

Parmesan Cheese

Dressing

2lt

99

Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar, 230gr

99

Original Ice Cream

Selected, 454gr

600gr

99

Chapman’s

Creamery Butter

890ml

Crackers

Mini Cheese

4

Fraser Valley

3$ Stoned Wheat Thins

Babybel

Imperial Carefully Aged Cheese

10

Hellmann’s

5

4$ for

5

4$ for

5

3$ for

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Look for a new “Lucky Day” item on the QF app this April 1st! • All QF Stores open until 6pm Easter Sunday & regular hours Good Friday and Easter Monday Kraft

Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Armstrong

250gr

Cheese 600gr

7

MacLaren’s

77

Mayonnaise

for

120-129gr

3

3 Kraft

Kraft

Green Giant

414ml or 475ml

226-250gr

7

2$ for

for

5

E

Qu

Mott’s

6

Cashews or Dry Roasted Peanuts

Exel 0.5% Alcohol Beer

Planters

Clamato Juice

1.89lt

99

3

99

Molson

12x355ml

Nestle

275gr or 600gr

Aero Bunny or Smarties Friends

Uncle Ben’s

Cranberry Sauce

for

5

Toblerone

943gr

200gr

12

3

99

Kinder

Ice Cream Sundae

2lt

1.5lt

1lt

7

99

E.D. Smith

Tenderflake

540ml

255-397gr

E.D. Smith

Pure Pumpkin

Shells

Pie Filling

4

99

3

2$

796ml

3 Dad’s

99

for

Christie

Loacker

Crackers

Quadratini Bite Size Wafers

535-550gr

Selected, 175-454gr

250gr

Easter Chocolate Selected, 185-230gr

110gr or 3x20gr

2

Bick’s

Premium Pickles

1lt

3

99

Bick’s

McCormick

Pickled Beets

International Sauce or Gravy Mix

500-750ml

1lt

99

Dole

for

Club House

Knorr

Gravy or Yorkshire Pudding Mix

Pineapple 398ml

30-56gr

for

5

Quality Foods an Island Original

5

4$ for

5

3$ for

5

2$ for

2

99

www.qualityfoods.com

5

2$ for

5

3$ for

5

2$

2

99

2

99

Simply Broth 900ml

21-45gr

170-180gr

4$

5

2$

2

99

Cookies

Hershey or Reese

Mini or Milk Chocolate Egg

2

Bick’s

Frozen Yogurt

Slice Cream Ice Cream

for

99

99

Dill Pickles or Hamburger Slices

Chapman’s

Chapman’s

Chapman’s

77 920gr

Chocolate Easter Daffodil

100gr

2

Uncle Ben’s

Selected, 341-398ml

Lindt

99

Classiques Recipe Rice Selections

Vegetables

120gr

3$

5

99

LICABL PP

Green Giant

Stuff’n Such Stuffing

348ml

PLUS A

PLUS A

EES EF

Ocean Spray

4

99

EES EF

2

99

5

ality Foods!

Cadbury

Lindor Mini Easter Eggs

60-100gr

LICABL PP

for

Mini Eggs

154-200gr

5

5

2$

mad at e easy

Cadbury

2

for

300-340gr

99

750gr

4$

ntertainin E r e t s g a

Mini Eggs

99

for

300-500gr

2$

7

10

3$

Frozen Vegetables

Simply Steam Vegetables

Valley Selections Vegetables

Shredded Natural Cheese

250gr

3

Green Giant

Folgers

Classic Roast Ground Coffee

99

Green Giant

Kraft

Parmesan Cheese

Dressing

2lt

99

Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar, 230gr

99

Original Ice Cream

Selected, 454gr

600gr

99

Chapman’s

Creamery Butter

890ml

Crackers

Mini Cheese

4

Fraser Valley

3$ Stoned Wheat Thins

Babybel

Imperial Carefully Aged Cheese

10

Hellmann’s

5

4$ for

5

4$ for

5

3$ for

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Deli & Cheese Canadian

Mastro

Made In Store

Bothwell Muenster Cheese

Rosemary Ham

Large Seven Layer Dip

Min. 600gr

1

1

99 100 gr

Sunrise

Per

100 gr

Maplelodge

Made in store

Min. 400gr

• Bacon & Onion • Seafood

Cooked or Smoked Chicken Breast

Roast Turkey Breast

Min. 400gr

1

1

Served Hot & Fresh

per 100gr

Almond Chicken Chop Suey

Medium

Fried Rice

6

50

3

9

95

Medium

Available at select stores only.

2

49

per 100gr

8 Piece Happy California Rolls

9 Piece Yin & Yam Rolls

4

99

10

95

Medium

Dry Garlic Wings

Seafood • Quality Foods

Mushroom Caps

49

89

49

6

99

99

Per

per 100gr

9 Piece Philly Rolls

599 549

• Big Savings Make The Holiday Meal That Much Better! •

Fresh Halibut Fillets

Frozen or Previously Frozen

Raw Red Argentine Prawns 21/25 Size

2

Per

99

100 gr

Frozen or Previously Frozen

Digby Scallops 10/20 size

25

% off

4

Fresh Hand Peeled Shrimp

49 Per

100 gr

All Quality Fresh Tubs Excludes Organic

per 100gr

Price discounted at the checkout.

3

49 per 100gr

Children's Art Contest

Draw and Colour a way you can help our earth. Ages 2-12 The winner’s picture willget be published on our facebook page You could your picture Drop off your finished creation at your Quality Foods store by April 19

Winner will beon chosenour by randomFacebook draw by store and entry. Page published

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Bakery White or Whole Wheat Crusty or Dinner Buns

7” Strawberry Cheesecake

Chelsea or Raisin Bread

2

for

4

Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Original Cakerie

1/4 Slab Family Pack Squares

7

99

8” Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

3

4

99

99 6 pack

Chocolate Eclairs

Sara’s

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cake

12

99

2$

49

D’Italiano

Brownberry

Selected, Assorted Sizes

300gr

Bread Crumbs

Bread, Buns or Bagelli

1.4lt

14

99

5

2$ for

5

2$ for

5

2$ for

• Big Savings Make The Holiday Meal That Much Better! • Quality Foods • Taste for Life The Greek Gods

Ty-Phoo

Real Foods

500gr

80’s

125-150gr

Greek Style Yogurt

3

2

99

Paradise Island

Organic Pumpkin or Pie Mix 397gr or 398ml

1

99

99

Cereal

Healthy Grains Granola Bars

Selected, 400-475gr

400gr

175gr

399

599

399

Fantastik

Ziploc

All Purpose Cleaner

Sandwich Bags

299

for

Housewares

Gain

Gain

Original, 120’s

62’s

Flings

Dryer Sheets

650ml-1lt

100’s

3

99

4

2$

Kind

Weetabix

Lactose Free Cheddar Cheese

Farmer’s Market

Corn Thins

Tea

499

12

99


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NEW APPY SPECIAL!

Drop in between 4:00 & 6:00 PM for a fresh

Ea

69

ertaining made e t n E r asy ste

¢

at Q

uality Foods!

California “Dole Label”

Per

Fresh Celery

LB

1.52 per kg

California “King Label”

Premium Yams 2.18 per kg

1

Fresh Cauliflower 4.39 per kg

6

2$ for

B.C. Grown “Hot House”

Long English Cucumbers

99

California “Dole”

Per

LB

99

¢

per

LB

3

2$

California “Green Giant”

Baby Cut Carrots

for

2lb bag

Gerbmania Bouquet

99

¢

3

2$

Taylor Farms

Coleslaw Mix

for

1lb bag

Washington “Medium”

Yellow Onions 3lb bag

Natural Organics

Quality Foods

Easter Bouquet

22

19

99

99

California “Medium”

Organic Yams or Sweet Potatoes, 3lb bag

4

99

Canada Premium

Organic Russet Potatoes

5lb bag

4

99

California Grown

Organic Cello Carrots 2lb bag

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13 thAnnual Wine Fest Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach

Wine Tasting 7-9pm

Tickets $30 & Available at: (includes hot and cold Appetizers)

• Qualicum Medicine Centre • Memorial Compounding Medicine Centre - QB • Mulberry Books - QB & PV • Lady’s Mantle - PV

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 Qualicum Beach Civic Centre

Featuring Selected B.C. and Imported Wines, Cheese & Oysters

• QB Rotary Club Members Call: 250-752-8345 or 250-752-0929 • Email: rotaryqualicumbeach@telus.net

All Proceeds to Qualicum Park Village Affordable Housing • Safe rides home available!

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Photo submitted by Canada Post

Staff at the expanded Canada Post outlet in the Qualicum Beach Pharmasave.

Canada Post eXPansion Comes to QuaLiCum beaCh

New look at Pharmasave The store and its newlyexpanded Canada Post outlet, is open seven days a week

Pharmasave in Qualicum Beach now has a full postal outlet as part of Canada Post’s expansion which included 73 new outlets in 2014. Expanding an existing outlet in the store at 720 Memorial Avenue, the outlet is operated by owners Briana Barker, John Beever, Sandy Conn and Satnam Lalli and offers all standard Canada Post products and services. “Working with local entrepreneurs enables Canada Post to make postal services even more accessible to busy Canadians. We’re pleased to welcome Pharmasave as part of the Canada Post retail family in Qualicum Beach,” Doug Jones, a senior vice-president with Canada

Post, said through a news release. “We are very excited to offer our customers a complete shopping experience at Qualicum Pharmasave,” said Conn, owner and front store manager. “With our many departments, knowledgeable staff, convenient hours and accessible parking we believe our customers will benefit from the addition of Canada Post’s products and services within our store.” The outlet offers parcel pickup, shipping, stamps, post office boxes, money orders, government forms including Revenue Canada and Passport Canada, and debit/credit card payments. It is open seven days a week – Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — NEWS Staff

Scholarships available here Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville-Qualicum are offering 10 scholarships/bursaries in 2015 to women with strong connections to School District 69. First, there are three CFUW Parksville/Qualicum Memorial Awards of $2,000 each. These awards are available to women entering their second year, or beyond, in a Canadian university/college undergraduate program. There are also two Return-to-School Bursa-

ries of $2,000 each, which are open to women who are resuming their education at a Canadian post-secondary institution following an absence of at least two consecutive years. For information on all the scholarships and application forms, visit cfuwpq.ca/scholarship. You can also find out more through emailing scholarship@cfuwpq.ca The deadline for applications is June 1, 2015. — NEWS Staff/CFUW-PQ

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Dinner: 6pm

Enjoy a mouth watering meal at Lefty’s Restaurant and hear Arthur share stories from his latest book,

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SATURDAY AT THE ROD AND GUN IN PARKSVILLE

Wicked Grin rockets into the spotlight Band won the 2014 Maple Blues Award for New Artist/ Group of the Year JESSICA SKELTON reporter@pqbnews.com

It’s amazing what a year can bring. For blues band Wicked Grin, it finally brought them into the limelight and earned them the 2014 Maple Blues Award for New Artist/Group of The Year after 12 years of playing. “All of a sudden we were visible,” said guitarist Murray Kinsley. But, let’s start from the beginning. Wicked Grin’s rocket into the spotlight started with the release of their latest album Shame on Me in December, 2013 to great reviews across North America. The album also received attention in their home province of Ontario where the single Heaven was chosen by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the top ten songs of the year by local artists. From there, the band then represented Ottawa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, was runner-up in the Toronto Blues Society’s new talent search, played four major festival gigs, had a successful Western Canadian tour, showcased at the seventh annual Blues Summit in Toronto and earned the Blues Underground Network’s number one Canadian blues rock CD of the year award. All of this playing and travelling brought good connections to the band, said Kinsley. It also brought the band to the attention of The Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s national blues awards program that aims to promote blues music and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. As mentioned above, Wicked Grin was nominated for the new artist/group award despite the fact that the band had played in one form or another for a dozen years. This was possible, Kinsley said, due to the award’s criteria. According to the Maple Blues Awards website, a new group or artist must not have been nominated for any of the organization’s prizes

PHOTO SUbMITTED bY WICKED GRIN

Wicked Grin, the 2014 Maple blues Award winner of best New Artist/Group of the Year, will play at the Rod & Gun on April 4. The quartet will be paired down to the trio pictured here: (from left) Murray Kinsley, Leigh-Anne Stanton and Liam Melville. Harp player Rod Williams (not pictured) will not be able to make the show.

previously, have performed under its own name on a regular basis, and made “considerable advances artistically and/ or commercially” during the year. The nominations are made by a panel of some 50 radio hosts, journalists, festival organizers and other blues experts. “The nomination was really cool to get because they’re our peers,” said Kinsley. However, while the nomination panel is responsible for choosing winners for the instrumental categories, the winners in all other categories, including new artist, are selected by blues fans across the

country. This is where Wicked Grin’s skyrocketing popularity served them again. “We got votes from everywhere,” said the guitar player. With the award now in hand, Wicked Grin isn’t slowing down. In fact, the group is stopping in at the Rod & Gun in Parksville as part of the band’s latest Western tour. The night will give locals a chance to hear the group’s take of what Kinsley calls “stripped down” and “honest” danceable rock blues. “It’s a simpler sound,” he said. “A little rawer.”

The band will also be a little stripped down for the show. Joining Kinsley on stage will be bass player Leigh-Anne Stanton and Liam Melville on drums and percussion. Unfortunately, harp player and vocalist Rod Williams won’t be able to make it. Still, despite the missing band mate, Kinsley assured that Wicked Grin will still play a strong set of “truth telling, party starting, soul healing” music. Wicked Grin will play the Rod & Gun on Saturday, April 4 starting at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5 at the door.

APRIL AT THE MAC

Print making breathes new life into old stories In April, the McMillan Arts Centre will explore the exciting world of print making as an art form. In the Concert and Oceanside galleries, there will be three artists. First will be Clive Powsey, who currently teaches drawing at North Island College and has worked in animated films and television. His exhibition, titled Transmitted Drawings, will feature hand-pulled prints that contain figurative elements and describe organisms with human qualities, or hu-

mans with the qualities of organisms. Alongside Powsey, Sara Vipond will curate a duo exhibition of artists Sylwia Gustyn and Lukas Roy called Histories & Matter: Lukas J Roy and Sylwia Gustyn. In his work, Roy will appropriate, revive and alter the imagery and text of folktales and icons — breathing new life and posing new questions to these stories and images. Gustyn, on the other hand, will focuse on the ways in which we interact

with each other and the things around us shape the world we live in. In the Nemeth Gallery, Inge Riis McDonald will present 20 Shades of Grey. The monochromatic photography exhibition showcases a different view of the world around us. “Colour often dominates the subject in your image and by removing it you force yourself to think more about composition, light and shadow, textures and the story you are telling with your photo,” said McDonald in a

news release. The exhibitions run at the MAC from April 1-26, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 11 from 1-3:30 p.m. That day, the artists will be on hand to chat about their work and there will be a special presentation on printmaking techniques at 1:30 p.m. For more information contact info@ mcmillanartscentre.com or call 250-2488185. — NEWS Staff/MAC


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AT SMOKE ‘N WATER RESTAURANT IN NANOOSE BAY APRIL 17

Teen creates ‘indie quirky pop’

Spring cleaning should extend to us: Liver cleanses, colon cleanses, kidney cleanses, candida cleanses, etc.

Dr. Tara Macart

Naturopathic Physician

10 years healing Oceanside.

WHOLE PERSON, WHOLE FAMILY MEDICINE

Opti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine #4-161 Fern Road West, QB • 752-2711 www.opti-balance.com

Knox United Church Parksville invites you to join us for Easter Holy Week Services

EASTER HOLY WEEK SERVICES 7:00PM APRIL 2, MAUNDY THURSDAY We celebrate the Last Supper and the institution of the Sacrament of Communion.

10:00AM APRIL 3, GOOD FRIDAY A service to remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice.

10:00AM APRIL 5, EASTER SUNDAY Celebrating the promise of the Risen Christ through prayer, Word, Sacrament of Communion and music provided by the Knox Choir and Hand-bell Choir. Healing prayer stations will be available.

A place of worship and service, friendship and informality, open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Knox United Church 345 Pym St., Parksville (at the corner of Pym and Humphrey)

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17 year-old from Vancouver released an EP with her songs last year JESSICA SKELTON reporter@pqbnews.com

Alyssa Baker may not have graduated high school yet, but she is already taking some smart steps in the music industry. Last year, the Vancouver-based musician released an EP entirely filled with her own songs. “I realized writing is a really big part of the music industry,” said the 17 yearold. Writing isn’t a new venture for Baker, however. The musician remembers writing “some really silly songs about friendship” around the same time she started singing lessons at age six. That being said, Baker didn’t start writing seriously until age 12 or 13 and she then spent a few years creating music in different genres until she found her fit. Baker describes the sound she has settled into as “indie quirky pop with folk influences.” The combination, she said, suits her self-given criteria of having something that is “unique” but has “mass appeal.” This is the same sound showcased on Baker’s self-titled storytelling EP, which is a collection of four songs that follows the course of a relationship. “We narrowed it down to the ones we though were the strongest,” she said of the songs. While Baker mentioned she would eventually love to record a full-length album, the young musician also said she would like to take some post-secondary courses focusing on the music industry. In particular, Baker said she is interested in learning the business side of things in order to become a stronger artist. In the meantime, the young musician has taken other steps to get her name out. Last year, Baker had her first tour throughout B.C. and Alberta. She also made it to the second round of CBC’s Searchlight competition with her song Timebomb and took a trip to Nashville, which she had heard was a “really big writing city,” to look for industry connections. This month, Baker will continue showcasing her work, only this time on Vancouver Island.

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Country stars play Arbutus Meadows Former pro hockey player part of the ‘When the Lights Go Down’ tour Three celebrated Canadian country music stars are coming to Nanoose Bay this weekend. Juno nominated Chad Brownlee and Canadian Country Music Association award winners Jess Moskaluke and Bobby Wills will join other Canadian bands Midnight Sons, Dylan Stone Band and Dark Horse for the When the Lights Go Down Tour. The tour is hosted by Wideglide Entertainment ltd. as a way to build anticipation for this summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival in the Cowichan Valley, said Emmalee Brunt, PR Manager for Sunfest Concerts. British Columbian singer-songwriter and former NHL draft pick Chad Brownlee has received numerous accolades, including a Juno nomination for country album of the year and consecutive male artist of  the  year nominations from the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Brownlee previously performed at Sunfest in 2011 and 2013. Jess Moskaluke is a  country-pop songstress who rapidly rose to stardom in three years. Recipient of the 2014 CCMA award for female artist of  the  year, Moskaluke also has the highest charting song on the iTunes top 200 singles chart for any Canadian artist (Cheap Wine and Cigarettes). Her  single Light  Up  The  Night achieved gold record status in August 2014, becoming  the  first Canadian female solo country artist to surpass 40,000-plus downloads since Shania Twain. Finally, Bobby Wills amalgamates classic country with deep rock ’n roll undertones to create a dynamic sound. It earned him the nomination for male artist of  the  year at the 2014 CCMA awards, as well as 2013 CCMA rising star title and the  Alberta Country Music Association male artist of the year award in both 2012 and 2013. The event will be held at Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre (1515 E. Island Hwy) from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. General admission tickets are available online now at sunfestconcerts.com/ lights-go-tour. For more information, email info@ sunfestconcerts.com — NEWS Staff/Sunfest Concerts

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A local solution to waste-creating K cups Soft pod idea isn’t new, but it’s taking off and it’s part of a business in Parksville AUREN RUVINSKY writer@pqbnews.com

The inventor of Keurig “K-cups” regrets inventing them, according to recent interviews, and a local entrepreneur hopes to be part of the solution to the avalanche of waste they create. Ken Crause has been in the loose leaf tea business for 14 years with his Busch Tea and this year he stepped into the coffee industry when he realized there is a big market for soft, tea-like pouches for coffee makers. “We wanted to start selling coffee but I discovered the problem with K-cups and started looking for alternatives,” he said, referring to the K-cups company’s own figures that they sell 30 billion a year and aim to produce recyclable ones by 2020. Crause said the soft pod is not new, but until now there hasn’t been a high quality brewer, with hotels often using cheap, single serving brewers that don’t get the most out of the kind of quality coffee he sells.

In January CrauseCo, based in the Parksville industrial park, began marketing nine of its own custom coffee roasts and 15 tea blends in soft pods. He also went a step further and introduced a subscription program to provide the high quality brewer, which he called at least as good as a Keurig machine, free with a home delivery of coffee and/or tea. “You can just buy the brewer and coffee or tea whenever you want, or you can sign a two-year contract like a cell phone and get the machine for free,” he said from his little shop surrounded by a wide assortment of products, where he’s quick to offer samples to customers. They then deliver coffee and tea pods directly to your home or business. Crause, who came to Canada from Zimbabwe in 1973, specializes in rooibos teas from southern Africa and particularly stresses their health benefits. He markets a couple brands of “Willpower” teas with hoodia, a popular weight loss plant and matcha, which is considered a very healthy tea variety. The new company brings in custom roasted coffee and loose tea and packages and markets them out of Parksville.

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Most of their customers are currently in the local area with some online customers coming from across the country and into the U.S. Crause said that tea is actually more popular than coffee worldwide, and is currently the world’s fasted growing beverage with sales increasing around seven

per cent a year. “It’s really popular among young people because people love the health benefits,” he said. Anyone interested in their products or subscription service can visit www. crauseco.com or stop by the shop at #31003 Herring Gull Road in the Parksville industrial park.

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JOHN ANTHONY SHEA October 11, 1935 – March 17, 2015

It is with sadness we announce that John passed away at home, at the age of 79, after losing his battle with cancer. John was a loving husband to Dorothy; father to Mike (Sandy), John (Darlene), Robbie, Margaret (Ivan) Hiscock, Joey, Darren (Merley), Stephen (Heather) Morris; stepfather to Kelly Morris and Kevin Morris; brother to Josephine (Ernie), Agnes Morris, and Janice Pelton. He was predeceased by his brother Jim and brother-inlaw Reg. John will be greatly missed by his extended family and many close friends. A special thank you to Dr. Desai and the Palliative Care nurses, Lisa and Kelly, for the kindness and support shown to John. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Parksville Legion, 146 Hirst Avenue West. In lieu of flowers, please consider honouring John’s memory by making a donation to Camp Goodtimes at www.campgoodtimes.org or at 1-800-663-2542 ext. 7141. To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesfuneral.ca YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES MANAGEMENT position available in the recycling industry. Excellent salary available to the right person. Email to colrec1996@shaw.ca

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HELP WANTED QUALICUM BEACH MEMORIAL GOLF CLUB has opening for a Seasonal Greens Keeper from April to October Landscape or golf course experience an asset. Early riser and physically fit. Valid Drivers Licence, Golfer Drop off resume at Clubhouse administration office or Proshop THE LEMARE Group is accepting applications for experienced gradermen. Candidates will have a minimum of 5 years coastal logging road experience as well as public road works. Resumes to be submitted with covering letter via email at office@lemare.ca or via fax: 250956-4888. We thank all candidates in advance for their interest, but only those shortlisted will be contacted.

HOME CARE/SUPPORT LIVE-IN CAREAIDE F/T to assist young senior Couple 1 with MS. Help w/ADL, lots of free time. Call (250)752-7373. SENIOR WOMAN with low vision seeks companionship with another senior lady to help her with light duties. Call (250)753-6607.

LABOURERS LABOURER wanted w/ clean Class 5 D/L. Reply with hand written resume to Box 52 C/O PQB News, P.O. Box 1180, Parksville, BC. V9P 2H3

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Submissions clearly marked “NVFD - One 2015 Full Sized One-Ton 4x4 Cab and Chassis Truck with Four Door Crew Cab� will be accepted at the Regional District of Nanaimo, Main Reception desk, located on the 2nd Floor, 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6N2, until 4:00 pm, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The Regional District of Nanaimo reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to accept the proposal that is deemed most favorable to the interests of the Regional District. The lowest priced or any proposal will not necessarily be chosen. For further information please contact: Darren Marshall Acting Manager, Fleet Operations Phone: 250-390-6565 or 1-877-607-4111

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Transportation and Solid Waste Services Department Fire Rescue Engine Vehicle Purchase - 2015 Request for Proposal The Regional District of Nanaimo is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with corporate operations. Accordingly, the RDN is seeking to purchase one (1) full sized one-ton 4x4 cab and chassis truck with a four door crew cab for use at the Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department. Dealers are strongly encouraged to provide information on alternative fuel vehicles in order to highlight products that could be made available to meet the objectives of this Request for Proposal. A copy of the proposal document can be obtained from the Transportation Services Department by calling 250-390-6565 or toll free 1-877-607-4111.

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Knox United Church Parksville invites you to join us for Easter Holy Week Services EASTER HOLY WEEK SERVICES 10:00AM • MARCH 29, PALM SUNDAY 7:00PM • APRIL 2, MAUNDY THURSDAY 10:00AM • APRIL 3, GOOD FRIDAY 10:00AM • APRIL 5, EASTER SUNDAY

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A wildlife scene from earlier this month near Parksville that one might encounter from a boat.

NEW WEBSITE

Marine tourism gets a web boost The sector is estimated to generate $200 million/year

As a major marine tourism hub, the Parksville-Qualicum region is about to get a boost to its economy, according to a news release issued by a group that has the backing of the Crown corporation, Destination B.C. April 15 marks the launch of a website (www.ahoybc.com) devoted to attracting marine tourists to B.C. coastal waters and its communities. According to the release, AHOY BC will lure visitors to British Columbia’s coast with vivid photos, suggested routes, inter-active trip planning and things to do in every coastal community. Each coastal region will have its own section where visitors can select marinas and communities to visit, find services and learn what each community has to offer. The AHOY BC brand aims to align with the provincial tourism brand and its “Wild at Heart� brand essence. Few places on earth can offer an experience of wild, living coastal waters with services and amenities never too far away. Until now, every travel region in the province had a marketing organization, except the sea. AHOY BC markets the marine travel region. According to David Mailloux, Chair of B.C. Ocean Boating Tourism Association, “The tourist in a boat has very different needs than the tourist in car. The launch of the AHOY BC website makes British Columbia a world leader. No other place recognizes the marine tourism market like we do, and no other place can offer our mix of amenities and wild nature.�

The marine tourism sector is a $200 million dollar a year industry. The need to market the Coast as a world-class boating destination has been recognized for many years. Nearly $25 million has been spent on marina expansions on B.C.’s coast over the past six years. AHOY BC adds value to this investment by, as Project Manager Michael McLaughlin put it, “putting more boats in berths.� Destination British Columbia, the Crown Corporation responsible for destination marketing, supported the birth of AHOY BC through the planning and building stages. Additional funds came from Island Coastal Economic Trust, Coast Sustainability Trust and Northern Development Initiatives Trust. B.C. boaters should be happy about this site, too, according to the release. The website includes guides on environmental stewardship, safe boating, fishing, B.C. Marine Parks, Aboriginal tourism and has lots of links to things to do. As Mailloux said, “The site opens up the opportunity to explore new places. But, the biggest lure will be to people who have never been here. Wait until the world sees what we have to offer.� According to Project Manager McLaughlin, “Until now, the marine tourism sector had little opportunity to collaborate in a B.C. coastal brand that markets our super, natural coast as a destination product. Collaborative marketing will increase appeal and attract more tourists. Working with the private sector, AHOY BC hopes to expand the season of travel and stimulate more boating in northern and remote regions�. — Submitted by AHOY BC


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local boxer

Morrow goes for western title

Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow was ‘next’ for a long time and is now getting his chance T yson Taylor sports@pqbnews.com

The Western Canadian Middleweight title will be on the line when Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow steps into the ring May 23 at the “Rumble at the Rink” in Nanaimo. Morrow, who enters this fight on a two fight win streak (7-1 overall), will take on Paul Bzdel (5-6-1 overall) in what is scheduled to be an eight-round bout. The match between the two will be the main event on the card, which has been put together by Gloved Up Promotions. “We’re very excited about this match,” coach Rich LeStage said. “Aubrey is coming off an impressive performance against Cameron Rivera, who was a highly touted fighter in the United States, where he made it look rather easy.” “We know this is going to be a tougher fight for us. Paul has taken on a lot of the top names in the middleweight division and he’s had some great matches.” After making his return back to the ring last year, Morrow was successful last summer at the Port Theater with a victory over Jonah Arbuckle. He followed that up with another KO victory over Rivera

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Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow, training with coach Rich LeStage, is gearing up for his shot at the Western Canadian Middleweight Championship at the “Rumble at the Rink” May 23.

last November, setting him up for a shot at the Western Canadian Middleweight title. “Aubrey has been very impressive since his return,” LeStage said. “He’s matured a lot

as a fighter, which is great to see. He’s had lots of injuries in the past and it was something that we had to worry about.” “Now Aubrey is more focused, he’s more aware of what

he can do and he’s more mature about the way he goes about his business.” With the title fight being so close to home, Morrow will have the home-crowd advan-

tage on his side. It’s something that LeStage knows will help fuel his fighter that much more but knows it comes with the potential to be damaging as well. “It’s great that we get to be so close to home,” LeStage said. “Aubrey is used to fighting anywhere but here so it doesn’t really matter to us where the fight was going to be.” “We’re happy it’s here though and for Aubrey to have the chance to fight for the title in front of family and friends, that’s something, that doesn’t happen all that often.” “It’ll be a motivational factor but we can’t play it up too much, or it has that potential to backfire on you. But I know the kind of fighter Aubrey is and he’s going to give it his all no matter who he’s fighting and where the fight takes place.” Morrow will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Mark “Machine Gun” Woolnough, who won multiple titles in his career. LeStage knew from day one that Morrow was “next.” “I used to call him ‘Next’ when he first started,” LeStage said. “He’d come in to the gym and that’s what I’d call him, ‘Next.’ Aubrey didn’t know what I was talking about and I just said, ‘You’re next up to follow after these guys’.”

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Rumble at the Rink will include title fights T yson Taylor

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The final details for the May 23 card for the “Rumble at the Rink” at Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo are taking shape. Parksville’s Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow will battle Paul Bzdel for the Western Canadian Middleweight title. There will also be a rematch of the much talked about fight between Peggy Maerz and Alisha McPhee as they fight for the CPBC (Canadian Professional Boxing Council) Western Canadian title. It’s an event that should excite fight fans, much like last summer’s event at the Port Theater, now with space for more fans in the arena. “It’s been challenging but things are moving along,” Gloved Up Promotions’ Terry Strawson said. “Being able to finalize the deal for Aubrey to fight for the

title was a big one for said. “We get to showWe’re extremely happy to us.” be able to showcase such a case some of the great “We’re extremeamateur talent and they great talent and give him ly happy to be able to the platform to fight in get to have a chance to showcase such a great front of the hometown fans see some great profestalent and give him the sional talents as well.” Terry STrawSon platform to fight in front “For someone at of the hometown fans,” the amateur level, this Strawson said. “We want could be the difference the fans that come out to the fights to between going pro or not moving up at leave with a smile on their face and I all, being able to see what it’s like at the think we’ve the fighters to do just that.” next level. It’s great for boxing too beStrawson, along with Stan Peterec, cause you get to encourage the growth Wayne Willows and Dave Allison, were of the sport, being able to have both the able to bring in amateur fights on the amateurs and professionals on the same card.” card as well. Another name on the card is Dashon This allows amateur fighters to not only be showcased on a card but to also Johnson, who was slated to fight last get a glimpse of what could be right year at the Port Theater but had to pull around the corner for them once they out due to an injury. Johnson, who was recently in the turn professional. “It’s a win-win situation,” Strawson UFC, had two sparring sessions with

Manny Pacquiao recently and was just given the chance to continue sparring daily with Pacquiao as he prepares to fight Floyd Mayweather. “Another big draw for us, for sure,” Strawson said. “Having a guy coming to fight in Nanaimo who’s training with one of the boxers in one of the biggest matches in boxing history is pretty cool.” “Dashon has a lot of talent and it was clearly recognized to get this opportunity. We’re very proud of Dashon, we’ve known him a while now, and everything that he’s accomplished.” Tickets are available to the “Rumble at the Rink” event by calling 250-616-1070. Tickets range from $20 to $100 for ringside seats and every ticket purchased will give fans a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, drawn on fight night.


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charity hockey

All Stars take Team Switchblade NHLers and local hockey players played for a good cause and bragging rights T yson Taylor sports@pqbnews.com

Team Switchblade was back in Parksville this weekend to take on a team of Vancouver Island all-stars during the Grumpy Old Men tournament this past Saturday at Oceanside Place. Both teams put on a good showing for the fans in the stands, as it was the Vancouver Island All-Stars taking home the win by a score of 11-6 over Team Switchblade. This was the second year Team Switchblade has put on a charity game at the Grumpy Old Men tournament, raising money for the Society of Organized Services Recreation Assistance Program, which goes towards helping children to get a chance to take part in various sports. There were former NHLers on either team, including Wayne Van Dorp and Mark Lofthouse for Team Switchblade. The Vancouver Island AllStars, complete with Grumpy Old Men uniforms, saw a lineup that included Doug Bodger, Trent Kaese and goaltender David LeNeveu, who most recently suited up for the New York Rangers as the backup to Henrik Lundquivst in last year’s Stanley Cup Final. “Gotta stay loose,” LeNeveu said stretching before the game with a chuckle. “No matter the game, it’s

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Wayne Van Dorp slips past goalie David LeNeveu during action at the Team Switchblade Charity game this past weekend. The Vancouver Island All-Stars would go on to win by a score of 11-6.

always important to get that stretch in before you hit the ice. Don’t want anything to happen that might not usually happen in this kind of game.” Oceanside Minor Hockey Timbit players were the star at-

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