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Timber! A worker watches as a removed tree limb is lowered to the ground. A crew from Bartlett Tree Experts removed a tree from outside St. Andrews Roman Catholic Cathedral on the corner of View Street at Blanshard Street.

The City of Victoria is getting set to launch a new program that will turn a number of graffiti hot spots into murals. The program, slated to be launched later this month, will match professional artists with youth interested in public art, then create murals in six locations throughout Victoria and surrounding neighbourhoods. “It’s a form of trying to prevent some of the tagging, but it’s also to get people who are interested in street art an opportunity to work with a professional artist to do some beautification,” said Gary Pemberton, downtown programs liaison with the City of Victoria. “Graffiti is just ongoing. It’s like the mail. It never stops. It keeps happening every night.” Graffiti has been an ongoing problem in Victoria for a number of years. The subculture in the city dates back to the mid eighties when almost every alley in the downtown core was heavily tagged with large pieces. Today, Pemberton

said there’s about 10 to 15 active vandals, ranging in age from 12 to 40, who create the bulk of the vandalism. They tag all types of infrastructure, from power poles and mail boxes, to walls and etching glass. Every week, the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) removes an average of 100 tags that come in all shapes and sizes within their downtown boundaries. Most tags at street level in the downtown core are removed within 24 hours, but city staff are seeing a rise in larger tags high up on rooftops, which take more time to remove. Now that school is back in session, Pemberton expects to see an increase in graffiti vandalism not only on school property, but also in the surrounding neighbourhoods. Getting in front of the problem and prosecuting a vandal is difficult since the crimes usually take place in the middle of the night. The city often relies on video surveillance from businesses to help catch vandals in the act. A 17-year-old charged with more

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Detectives investigating more homicides this year Victoria police have recorded four homicides so far in 2015

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Detectives with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) have investigated more homicides in Victoria this year than in previous years. As of September, the unit has recorded six deaths in Victoria so far this year – four of which have been deemed a homicide and two still being treated as a suspicious death. Last year, the unit recorded one homicide in Esquimalt, a suspicious death in Victoria, and began investigating the disappearance of Dana McKeller, who went missing from his Victoria home on Sept. 2. The 51-year-old’s body was found nine months later at a rural property on Goward Road in Saanich. Sgt. Brad Fraser with VIIMCU said the number of homicides and suspicious deaths this year are a bit higher compared to the five-year average, but there doesn’t appear to be any trends. “Fortunately, Victoria doesn’t have any real big gang wars going on, nothing like the Lower Mainland. These deaths, for the most part, are associated,” said Fraser, adding it doesn’t appear any of the victims and their killers were strangers. “These deaths are the result of just people’s interactions with one another...But there are some historical files where it’s going to be a stranger that is likely responsible for that homicide.” In 2010, police recorded one homicide in Victoria,

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Victoria police investigate a stabbing in Esquimalt in January 2014. and three in 2011 (one was manslaughter). Other years, Victoria and Esquimalt haven’t recorded any homicides at all. But the numbers could easily be higher. According to Fraser, there have been a few situations where people have been severely injured due to violence, but paramedics have prevented them from becoming another homicide victim. Community involvement in safe streets has also helped keep the murder rate low. “There’s definitely some community involvement in people looking after one another,” said Fraser, noting police also receive a tremendous amount of support from the community when it comes

to homicide investigations. “You don’t always get that with every type of crime. Murders, it’s different. People say this person lost their life and I want to help.” The first death this year involved a female and occurred on Jan. 19. Fraser called the case sensitive as the investigation started with an assisted suicide and has yet to be determined whether there was anything criminal. On Jan. 25, Richard Pilling died after he was assaulted by another elderly patient in the seniors psychiatry unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Nearly a month later, Peter Hunter Thompson was found dead in his James Bay apartment in the 400 block of Michigan Street. Police said there were no

signs of forced entry into the 49-year-old’s suite. The cause of death has not been released. On March 13, Mary Caitlin Walton was found dead in the upper level suite of her Victoria duplex at 830 Queens Avenue. In an apparent suicide attempt, her husband was later found inside his running car in the closed garage of his Colwood home. Police said it appears to be a case of domestic violence. Daniel Blake Penney has been charged with seconddegree murder. The last death occurred on April 9, when the body of Shaun Alexander McGregor was found inside a second-floor suite in Fernwood Manor Apartments, located on 1575 Begbie Street.

Investigators have not released the cause of the 34-year-old’s death, who had an extensive criminal record mainly for offences in the Nanaimo area. Early Tuesday, police responded to the death of an 18-month-old girl in the 1200 block of Vista Heights. The girl’s death is being treated suspicious at this time. VIIMCU has a total of 21 sworn investigators from the RCMP, Saanich and Victoria police who investigate suspicious deaths and homicides throughout Vancouver Island and the surrounding islands. In Victoria, the unit is also investigating two historical homicides from 1996 and 1997. editor@vicnews.com

On Oct. 3, the Greater Victoria Public Library is encouraging residents to stay at home with a good book and donate the money they would have spent on a night out to support the library. Participants include Tania Miller from the Victoria Symphony, Downtown Victoria Business Association president Ken Kelly, and Habit coffee owner Shane Devereaux. Funds raised will be used to purchase e-books, magazines and children’s kits with puppets and toys for the library.

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Cameron Bradley has been compared to Grizzly Adams and a Sasquatch. “I take it as a compliment,” laughed the 28-year-old Fernwood resident. Bradley’s pride and joy is currently his big, bushy red beard — one that he’s been growing for the past nine months and will take him to the 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships next month in Austria. His fascination with beards began in high school. In Grade 9, he could grow a small patch of hair, but after years of shaving, he’s now able to sculpt his facial hair into almost any type of configuration. Bradley has grown moustaches, sole patches, a chin strap, a goatee, a mutton and sideburns, but has grown fond of the mother of all facial hair — the beard. “I like that you can totally change your image. My mom was always totally envious that she can’t grow a beard. She said it’s great that you can change your image,” said Bradley, adding he does attract attention with his beard. “You can play around with things.” Seven years ago, while Bradley was watching the Outdoor Life Network, he first

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Cameron Bradley, who will attend a beard contest in Austria, shows off his beard. heard about the World Beard and Moustache Championships. It was always in the back of his mind to both attend and enter as a participant. Last year, that’s exactly what he decided to do. As part of the championships, 21 countries and 350 participants will compete in 25 categories including sideburns, moustaches, beards and manipulations. Bradley and his beard, Honeybeard

(named because he loves honey), will be competing in the natural beard category, against the same men he would have seen on TV seven years ago. “It’ll be cool to see these guys with octopuses for beards. One made a cage and had a bird sitting in it. It will be cool to see these people and talk shop,” he said. While the past few months he’s been concentrating on growing the beard as thick and lush as it

can be, Bradley said he’ll start to maintain it more carefully in preparation for the competition, lathering on his own balm that he’s concocted from natural oils. “I won’t need a scarf when it gets chilly and I don’t need as much sunscreen,” he laughed. “Life’s too short not to grow a beard.” The World Beard and Moustache Championships take place from Oct. 2 to 4 in Leogang, Austria. kendra.wong@vicnews.com


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the Island to do so. “It’s not just what’s in the flyer, it’s everything in our store,” said store manager Lionel Gjerde. “There’s a lookup, so if you’re looking for a specific item, you just go to the lookup, you pick what you want, add it to your shopping cart and away you go. “Pharmacy, bakery, deli – you name it, it’s all on the screen.” Save-On-Foods currently offers its pickup service in Abbotsford, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, South Surrey and Langley. Gjerde said the Saanich Plaza location’s

proximity made it an ideal spot to kickoff pickup service on the Island. “It’s central, great parking, great access in and out with Vernon Avenue and Blanshard Street,” he said. “It just makes sense to be able to do your order online, drop in, pick it up and carry on.” The service is free for orders $40 or more. The store has converted two parking spaces into a pickup lane. Shoppers just need to use the intercom when they arrive and staff will rush out with their groceries. Orders placed before noon can be picked up the same day after

4 p.m., with orders placed after noon ready the next day. But Saanich Plaza won’t be alone for long with the pickup service. Gjerde said the Tillicum Save-OnFoods is about two or three weeks away from launching its own pickup service. He added that during the ordering process, customers can select which location is best for them to pick up their groceries. “Even if you lived over by Tillicum, if our location is better because that’s where you’re going to be that day and you want to take it home or take it to a barbecue, then you can pick whatever location you want,” he said. Gjerde said the service is convenient and ideal for anyone on the go, and can be customized to suit a variety of needs. He said orders can be placed for pickup at later dates, making the service handy when returning from a trip or vacation. “When you come back from a vacation, you go home, what’s the first thing? You open up the fridge and it’s empty,” he said. “You can order in advance and put it on the calendar. “There are lots of different ways to make it work for you.” Save-On-Foods is located at 3510 Blanshard St. To use the pickup service or for more information, go to saveonfoods. com/shop/deliveryarea-map. editor@vicnews.com


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Victoria mayor calls on feds for more social housing dollars Kendra Wong Victoria News

The memories from Bernice Kamano’s painful past are still fresh in her memory. Kamano was just nine months old when she was taken from her mother and father and placed in the foster care system in Vancouver. “I was a sick child. My mother took me to the hospital. Because my mother was aboriginal, I was apprehended,” said Kamano, who was a keynote speaker at the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness’ annual general meeting at the First Metropolitan United Church Tuesday. For years, she jumped from home to home, never having a stable roof over her head. As a child, she has very vivid memories of her experience living in an orphanage. Kamano’s picture was published in a local newspaper

asking for people to adopt her, but she never was. On another occasion, children in the orphanage lined up and adults would choose which child to take out on a day trip. “It was a painful life. I pretty much had no family and lived alone, isolated and abandoned,” said Kamano, adding she battled addiction when she was older. “That pain never leaves you. People think you should get over it, but you don’t. It’s part of who you are. But what the pain doesn’t do anymore is take you out.” Now, the 67-year-old Victoria resident is standing tall and living in a home she can call her own. “It’s really nice to be secure. Living in foster care all the time, the concept of living in a home wasn’t really a part of my reality,” Kamano said. “But now that I am in a home. It’s my place and I can do what I want.” Kamano, a member

of the Kwakwaka’waka Nation, is currently using her own experience to help the aboriginal homeless community and help end homelessness in Victoria. At the AGM, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps also kicked off a new homelessness awareness campaign, calling on the federal government to increase its investment in social housing by 0.6 per cent. “We can see this stepping back — ongoing homelessness, people who are housing in increasing housing need, unstable housing, increased health and social service costs, death due to lack of shelter,” she said. “All we need is to increase the investment in social housing to 1.6 per of the federal budget and we can solve the problem.” There needs to be 367 affordable housing units to end homelessness in the region, according to the coalition. kendra.wong@vicnews.com

Service B.C. opens one stop shop Victoria is now home to the province’s newest Service B.C. centre. The new Greater Victoria Service B.C. centre officially opened its doors last week, and provides a one-stop location for a variety of services ranging from liquor licensing to B.C. Hydro payments and voter registration. According to the province, the new centre will provide in-person, frontcounter service for B.C.’s vital statistics

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TAKE THE ENTERTAINMENT. Brent Butt kicks off the main stage entertainment at 11am At noon you can see the Derwin Blanshard Show, a sendup of the late night talk show format, with high profile celebrity guests to be announced the week of the show At 1pm let Dykstra & Randall, aka Ina Dykstra and Jan Randall from CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, tickle your funny bone while Jan tickles the ivories At 2pm Carolyn Harvey-Smith from Aurea Gems & Essential Luxuries shows women how to pack for a cruise or a European vacation with only five Sympli pieces At 3pm Dave Morris and Paper Street Theatre Improvisation Troupe will amaze you with their humorous inventiveness At 4pm you will be touched and amused by Real Stories Told Live by members of the Victoria Storytellers Guild. Then there is the Tasting Room. Seven local beverage providers: Victoria Spirits, Unsworth Vineyard, Sea Cider, Moon Under Water, 2% Jazz Coffee, Anteeo Tea and Jusu Juice have been paired with 7 local chefs from Vista 18, Six Mile Pub, Kitchens of Distinction, Charelli’s Cheese, Olive the Senses, Crumsby’s Bakery and Fairway Market to give your taste buds a workout. “The Tasting Room alone is worth the price of admission to the show” says Show Manager, Barbara Newton, “This is a perfect event for anyone interested in food and drink trends”. The Technology Petting Zoo will give you a chance to check out new devices, with staff from London Drugs, the Greater Victoria Public Library and 791 Technology standing by to answer your questions. Five panel discussions will give you a chance to hear and discuss issues related to housing, transitions, staying frisky, getting published and travel trends. The “Ask an Expert Series” allows you to sign up via the website to pick an expert’s brain in a one-on-one. That does not even mention the exhibitions and demonstrations. The event is designed to keep you engaged, leave you enriched and send you home with tools to move your life projects forward. For more information and tickets go to www.midlifecrisisshow.com

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Graffiti vandalism a never ending problem It’s hard to comprehend what goes through the mind of a graffiti vandal. Every year, they cost the city and property owners thousands of dollars and endless amounts of time to paint over the markings they leave behind. Some believe it’s art, but most of it is simply vandalism. Many of the vandals are “taggers” (illegal graffiti signature), who leave their mark on property for a number of reasons. According to police, it’s a destruction of property-type mentality for many graffiti vandals. They are also out there trying to get street credit and recognition within the graffiti subculture. This is something that’s important to them. The more their tag is splashed across the city, the more they are known. They paint tags on all types of infrastructure, from power poles and mail boxes to walls and etching glass. Officials with the City of Victoria estimate about 10 to 15 active vandals, ranging in age from 12 to 40, are responsible for creating the bulk of the vandalism. Every week, the Downtown Victoria Business Association removes an average of 100 tags that come in all shapes and sizes within their downtown boundaries. Getting in front of the problem is a never ending battle. The city is hoping a new program that matches youth interested in public art with professional artists to create murals in six “graffiti hot spot” locations will help curb the problem. But what’s stopping vandals from spraying their tag over the art work? Spray painting public and private property under the cover of darkness in the middle of the night is a criminal act. Unless these criminals are caught and handed hefty fines for their actions, they’ll continue painting their tag wherever they please. The Victoria 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-

Readers respond: Boycott U.S., refugees, and institutions Boycott the United States Recently in the news, so the big bad U.S.A has rattled its sabre again and immediately Mayor Lisa Helps jumps to attention saying that she’s ready and willing to go ahead with a sewage plan to stop raw sewage going into the ocean. When are they going to stop telling people what to do? We Canadians are a laid back lot and will get the job done when we are ready. The Seattle Times is telling Americans to boycott our fair city, but they should remember that it was Canadians who kept the stores in the Bellis Fair mall in Washington State in the black during their recession, so now it’s time for them to help us out during ours, or maybe we Canadians should boycott the U.S.A because of all the gun violence going on over there when we pull out of our recession. Food for thought.

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Refugees are a great asset I am delighted to see the premier take a positive position on the Syrian refugee crisis. Sadly it is too little far too late. Courageous men and women have been struggling for years to reach our shores and yet it wasn’t until a major tragedy shocked the world that the free nations acted. Shame! Far from being a drain on resources,

refugees are a great asset. They create an immediate stimulus to the economy. Over time the new energy and skills they bring with them create even more economic stimulus and a larger tax base to provide increased services to all. Canada could, in my view, accommodate 10 million newcomers without denting our land base or resources. I heartily endorse every effort to bring more of these people to our country. That said I have to ask this question: What conscience awakening tragedy will it take before all levels of government stop the mind numbing talk about ending the disgrace of our own homelessness problem here in one of the most affluent countries on earth? These are not strangers. These are our own sons and daughters, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and yes perhaps for some even a mother or a father. Our civic governments squander countless thousands on pop-up toilets and rainbow crosswalks. Authorize scandalous overages amounting to millions of dollars on an ill-conceived bridge project. The total of all these needless expenditures, if applied to addressing the needs of the homeless, would have seen the majority of these less fortunate individuals adequately housed and some at least on the road to a new and productive beginning. Why must we wait until another dead body shocks our social conscience before we stop talking and act? Raym Forbes Victoria

Restructuring Canadian institutions Over the past decade, I have watched the erosion of Canadian institutions. Our military lacks transport capability, our environmental protection agencies are reduced, gagged and underfunded, and our national broadcasting corporation is limping along on repeated and recycled programs. This could be the year the NDP is voted into power, but how will they revitalize these and other areas of our culture? With desperate need for a workable sponsorship program to accommodate refugees, rigorous application of environmental standards and so many pieces of past bad legislation in successive omnibus bills to repudiate, it will be a major endeavour to restore some functionality let alone pride and virtue in Canadian institutions. I expect deficit budgets, and I expect to be taxed; I expect corporations to be fairly taxed as well. The NDP must now clearly speak their plans for managing the nation’s business. Derek Peach Victoria

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Preparations are underway to restore a well-known mural in Fairfield and add one more to the community. The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association currently has two mural projects on large shipping containers on the go – one of them behind Sir James Douglas Elementary School at Thurlow and Moss Streets, and the other on the same grounds behind the community centre on Fairfield Road. Led by professional artist Carolyn Knight, members of the community were invited to contribute drawings, paintings, letters and prints for the new mural at the community centre. At least a few hundred people contributed art work to the project, and the artist is now working with a graphic designer to create the final piece referencing Gerry Oak Meadows

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own pockets to help pay for supplies. On Chan's birthday, instead of receiving presents, she decided to set up an online fundraising campaign to encourage people to donate to the garden. “I think the space is of great value to people. If people are in nature, they appreciate nature and they will actually fight for nature,” said Chan, who has been volunteering for the last six years. “If children are aware of being in a public space, in community, nature provides stress releases. It brings community together, people talk to each other, and they're more willing to help each other. Something like a garden fosters that.” Local visitors come to the commons with a book, and students and teachers from elementary school up to postsecondary visit the garden as an educational tool. They also grow a variety of produce such as

mushrooms, figs, buckwheat, herbs and fruit that visitors can pick at their leisure. Chan said she's met people from as far away as Europe visiting the garden. “The interesting thing is it's a small space but as you put more energy into it, the space expands,” said Newton, who has been volunteering at the garden since 2012. “This is a way to get to know where you live, connect yourself to the soil, connect yourself with the hummingbirds, squirrels.” So far, the fundraising campaign has raised more than $500, which will go towards paying workers who helped in the garden in the fall, cleaning up the area by the cistern, cutting down and clearing the Oregon grape, and replanting the area with kale and other winter vegetables, among other things. For more information visit springridge.rd123.ca kendra.wong@vicnews.com

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It’s a subject not everyone is comfortable talking about, but Brian Williams of Sidney is willing to speak up to encourage people to live healthier and help others catch cancer early. Williams, 71, is a bladder cancer survivor and is now speaking on behalf of the Bladder Cancer Canada Awareness Walk, an event coming to Greater Victoria in September. He says the issue tends to be quite personal for some people, not unlike how it was with prostate cancer — until people found the courage to talk about it. “People generally don’t like to talk about this stuff,” Williams said, adding that can be disastrous if a problem is left too long. The first indication he had bladder cancer was he peed blood. After a series of tests and an ultrasound exam, a tumour was found. Williams admitted he was naive about the entire process and didn’t know where to turn or who talk to about the diagnosis. “What I liked was that my doctor didn’t trivialize it,” he said. “They took it seriously and they made me feel like I could do this.” He began treatment right away. As he learned from doctors the extent of his illness, Williams underwent surgeries to try to get rid of the cancer. The first operation ended up damaging his bladder, so he had to undergo a six hour surgery to remove his bladder and replace it with a portion of intestine. Williams said it’s a relatively common procedure for bladder cancer. The recovery, however, was long and tough. He said his body had to re-learn how to pee by recognizing different signals from his makeshift bladder. It was hard, he admitted, but he did it and now, about nine years later, Williams said he’s living his life to the fullest.

“We have some excellent medical services on the Island,” he said. “I want people who are going through what I did, to know that there are experts here they can talk to.” Williams counts himself among those experts, although from a very personal point of view. He has offered his experience and expertise to other bladder cancer patients on the Island, who might be facing the same uncertainty he did. “When I went through this, I found there was no support. There was nobody I could go to, like some of the other cancer groups out there.” After mulling over the idea of starting his own support group, Williams opted instead to go to his doctor and offer his time as a mentor to others. “I know what I went through and I didn’t know who to call. This is a bit of a payback thing for me.” Williams also hopes to spread the word about the Bladder Cancer Canada Awareness Walk. The first walk took place last year and saw a small group of people turn out. He’s hoping to see that grow this year. The walk takes place Saturday, Sept. 26 at Clover Point Park in Victoria. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. It’s about education and awareness, Williams said, noting it’s also a fundraiser with a goal of beating the $5,000 raised in 2014. For more details about the walk, visit bccwalk.ca or call 1-866-674-8889. Williams said he’s looking forward to the event, and talking to people who might be in need of support. Since his treatment, Williams is rowing regularly and has gotten himself into pretty good shape. “Bottom line, you can have a full life after bladder cancer,” he said. “You can be as active as you want to be. Just set some goals and it can get you through this.” editor@vicnews.com

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Museum scores top marks for second year For the second year in a row, reviewers on TripAdvisor.ca have picked the Royal B.C. Museum as the best museum in Canada, topping a list that includes the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver and the Royal Ontario Museum.

the best museum in Canada for a second year in a row is obviously a huge honour for us and we’re truly delighted,” said Scott Cooper, vice president of collections, knowledge and engagement. “And to know the accolade really comes

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Most people don’t associate a pie in the face with feeding the homeless, but the Mustard Seed is trying to change that as part of a new campaign to help feed Victoria’s homeless population. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Mustard Seed is launching its second annual Pie-Off Challenge to encourage residents to raise awareness about hunger and help stock the food bank’s shelves. As part of the campaign, the Mustard Seed will challenge individuals and local organization leaders to a friendly pie fight. Challengers will be given 24 hours to accept and begin raising food and funds. Last year, they raised $43,000 and 44,000 pounds of nonperishable food. This year, their goal is to raise $100,000 in cash donations and 100,000 pounds of food. The donations will help keep Mustard Seed shelves stocked well into their next big fundraising push — Canstruction in the spring. “It’s the most impactful fundraising for us in the fall,” said

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toria. Forty-seven per cent of summer visitors were from out of province. The Royal B.C. Museum explores the

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HarbourCats place bid for baseball championships Bid to be awarded in November The Victoria HarbourCats have bid on the Baseball Canada Senior Championships in 2017 and 2018. The official national tournament for the best men’s amateur (senior) teams in Canada has never been hosted in Victoria, and has only been held in B.C. three times in the past 25 years (Kamloops in 2005, and Prince George in 2002 and 2012).

The nationals bid chair is Shawn Petriw, a member of the HarbourCats marketing team with extensive experience in bidding on and executing the hosting of major sports and arts events. “Our local ownership group pledged to do all we can to bring the best baseball events possible to Victoria, as part of our mandate to build the game of baseball and support community growth,” said Jim Swanson, general manager of the HarbourCats. “This is a premium event, and

we are hopeful the bid process will smile on awarding this tournament to Victoria. It would complement our HarbourCats season nicely, and give our fans and the community something else to look forward to in those summers. More baseball is a good thing, and we know this great community will support it fully.” The tournaments would take place in the third week of August, following the completion of the WCL season/playoffs. B.C.-based teams have won gold

recently -— 2013 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 2012 in Prince George, and 2008 in Brandon when the Victoria Mavericks claimed the national title. Ten teams from across Canada are expected to take part, adding to the sport tourism benefit for Victoria and the South Island. The tournament takes place Wednesday through Sunday with up to 25 games. The bid is expected to be awarded by Baseball Canada in early November. editor@vicnews.com

HarbourCats bolster 2016 roster The Victoria HarbourCats have confirmed half a dozen players are now coming back from the 2015 team. RHP Austin Dondanville and C Nick Meyer, both from Cal Poly, will be in familiar HarbourCats colours in 2016. Joining them on the roster that now sits at 12 players are RHP Colin Ashworth of Orange Coast College and IF Rykker Tom, a Team USA standout who has committed to the University of San Diego. “It’s always a good thing to have returning players and Austin and Nick both fit well with our program, and we’re glad to see them back,” said general manager Jim Swanson. “Cal Poly has come to trust our program

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OUR PLACE is planning to extend their winter hours to serve Victoria’s most vulnerable. This unique, inner-city community centre provides over 1,500 meals per day, hot showers, education, job skills, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Our Place is currently recruiting volunteers in all areas. Call 250-386-2269. RETURN TO Health Volunteer Visitors are needed to provide social support for isolated/lonely seniors following hospitalization. Training to address age related issues begins in mid October, Wed afternoons for 7 continuous weeks. Seniors Serving Seniors at 250-382-4331. SENIORS SERVING Seniors is seeking volunteers to provide social support and encouragement to isolated and lonely seniors following hospitalization. Volunteers will receive training and working tools to address age-related issues. Training begins in October 2015 on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for 7 weeks. Call 250-386-2269.

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6 Care Aide Positions available in Prince George. Currently offering guaranteed hour agreement of 35 hrs/week. Relocation option and bonus. DL/Vehicle required. Email hsellors@bayshore.ca or fax 1-250717-7538. RNs and LPNs also needed for Prince George and Quesnel area.

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

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TRANSPORTATION

FREE ITEMS

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HOUSES FOR SALE

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RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

FREE GRAY 3-seater couch, 7’x37�. Also, a futon & mattress 4.5�x69�lx53�w, great condition, you pick-up. Call (250)888-8426.

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

LOW DOWN PMT!

DEEP COVE: lrg 1 bdrm, acreage, hot tub. W/D, cats ok, N/S. $850+. 250-656-1312

1993 CORSAIR 36’ 5th Wheel. Reconstructed. Fully furnished. Everything included: dishes, Linens, pots and pans, outdoor furniture, maintenance tools. $5,750 obo. Serious inquiries, by appointment only. 250-532-5580.

FREE RECORDABLE audio cassette tapes, 40 tapes. Call (250)388-3572

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED

FREE- USED fireplace bricks and some cement blocks are looking for a new home. (250)595-7362.

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

FRIENDLY FRANK

REAL ESTATE

DR HOE’S back relief belt, hardly used, $49. Call (250)383-4586.

HOUSES FOR SALE

No Mortgage Required! Rent-To-Own 7 Homes for $10K - $20K down ea. (Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan). No mortgage needed for 3 yrs!

AUTO SERVICES

WeSellHomesBC.com Call: 1-250-999-2446

FREE REMOVAL of all vehicles, cash paid for some. Any condition. Call (250)889-5383

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

CARS

FORECLOSURE Free list

Call 250-590-7011

SMALL PORTABLE “Elna Lotus� sewing machine, $70. Call (250)886-9873.

TRANSPORTATION

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FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391.

GARAGE SALES

SELLING? I charge far less commission. For example only $6,900 on a $600,000 Sale. A Full commission realtor would cost you $21,000 at 6 and 3. âœąWhen you buy with me, I give you $2000 to $10,000 cash! www.JimParsons.com Call me now at 250-508-0739. JIM PARSONS

RENTALS MISCELLANEOUS FOR RENT PARKING SPACE near Lansdowne Camosun College. 3 min. walk to campus. Only $75/mo. Save $55/mo (more with reduced rate for two vehicles). Chris, 250-595-0370.

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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.

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2013 34’ Keystone Cougar 293SAB Fifth Wheel. Immaculate, only used 4 weeks. 5 year warranty available. 3 slide outs, rear room with bunks, 2nd bathroom, aluminum frame, bike rack, electric awning. Lots of extras negotiable. $35,500. 250-882-6707.

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2010 CHEVY Cobalt LT, 4 door, black, power everything, auto, A/C, less then 73,000km, $9000 with full tank of gas! Call 250-634-8586.

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FENCING

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AFFORDABLE, EFFICIENT bookkeeping or Payroll Services avail. Call (250)858-5370.

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

BIG BEAR Handyman. Decks, Painting, Repairs. Free estimate. Barry 250-896-6071.

CARPENTRY

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BENOIT CONSTRUCTION. Reno’s & Additions. Windows, Doors, Decks. 250-479-0748.

20% OFF! Mowing, power raking, hedge/shrub trim, cleanups. Call (250)479-6495.

HOUSE & Yard repairs. no job too small. OAP Discounts, free est. Andy, 250-886-3383.

JEREMIAH’S CARPENTRYInterior finishing, weather proofing, decks, fencing, laminate floors. Reasonable rates. Insured. Call 250-857-1269 or www.jeremiahscarpentry.com

(250)208-8535. YARD & garden overgrown? Lawn repair. Tree & hedge pruning. Soil & mulch delivery. 25yrs exp.

EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPER- Reliable. Call 250920-6516, 250-881-7444. Spik N’ Span Cleaning. Excellent rates. Esquimalt/Victoria. Senior Disc. (778)432-3588.

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

ELECTRICAL 250-361-6193 Quality Electric Reno’s, res & comm. No job too small. Lic# 22779. BERNIE OSBORNE Electric Res/Com. Reasonable rates. Lic #15478. 250-386-9108. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Company. Res/Com. Lic #86952. Call 250-415-7991. NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. Call (250)888-6160. Lic#13981.

(250) 858-0588 - Lawn & garden maint. - Landscaping - Fences & Decks - Hedge & Tree Services - Pressure Washing Free estimates * WCB www.mowtime.ca DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141. GARDEN OVERGROWN? Cleanups, lawn cuts, pruning, blackberry clearing. Call John 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236. LANDSCAPE & TREE Care Lawns, garden, tree pruning/shaping, hedge trimming, design, monthly maintenance. Insured, reliable. References. Call Andrew, 250-893-3465. MIKE’S LAWN and Garden. Clean-ups, weeding, painting & more. Senior’s discounts. Free estimates. 250-216-7502.

CLASSIFIED ADS MEAN MORE BUSINESS Call 250.388.3535

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

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HANDYPERSONS

HAULING AND SALVAGE

RENO SPECIALIST- Carpentry, drywall, plumbing, tiling electric. Kitchen & bath. 20yrs exp. Fully insured. Alain 250744-8453. www.justrenoz.com

HAULING AND SALVAGE

CLEANING SERVICES GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS 250-507-6543. AL’S V.I.P. Gutter Cleaning, guards, power washing, de-moss, Insured. (250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave- window, gutter cleaning, roof-de-moss, gutter guards, power washing. Free estimate

ABBA Exteriors Inc. “Fall Clean-Up Specials� Gutter & Window Cleaning Concrete Power Washing Vinyl Siding Cleaning Roof Sweep & De-Mossing Carpentry * Yard Cleanup Handyman Repairs Free Estimates WCB Insured, BBB Certified; Now accepting Visa/ MC *Seniors Discounts* (778)433-9275 www.abbaexteriors.ca Locally owned Family business

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$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. GARY’S HAULING. One call does it all. Small demos & yard clean-up. Vehicle & metal recycling. Call (778)966-1413. HAUL A WAY Junk & garbage removal. Clean & green. Free quotes. Sr disc. 778-350-5050 JUNK BOX- Junk Removal Company. Local guys. Low rates. Call (250)658-3944. JUNK REMOVAL 7 days / wk. Fast Service, Best Prices!! Free quotes. (250)857-JUNK.

MOVING & STORAGE

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

ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694.

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✓Garbage Removal ✓O.A.P Rates Attics, Basements, Compost, Construction Clean up, Demolition

Fast & Friendly Service .

Call Craig or Mike 250-216-5865

A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. HIGH QUALITY and FAST. Professional Painting. $20./hr. Free est. Glenn 778-967-3607. âœŤ DON’S PAINTING âœŤ (250)479-8748. 30 years exp. Free Est. Interiors/ Exteriors.

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MASONRY & BRICKWORK CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, fireplaces,flagstone rock, concrete, natural & veneered stone. Replace, rebuild, restore, renew! Free competitive est. www.cbsmasonry.com; Call (250)5899942, (250)294-9942. RAIN HAPPENS Landscape & Stonework. Call Nicolaas at (250)920-5108.

PETE’S HAUL A DAY- Junk removal. Airforce guy. Call 250-888-1221.

MOVING & STORAGE (250)858-6747. WRIGHT Bros Moving&Hauling.Free estimate $80=(2men&3tontruck)Sr Disc. (250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave Moving- Free estimates!

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

Done Right Moving $85/hr. A+ BBB. Senior Disc. No travel time before/after local moves. Penny 250-418-1747

PAINTING

PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Wes 250-812-7774.

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

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

SAFEWAY PAINTING

High quality, Organized. Interior/Exterior Residential/Commercial Jeff, 250-889-7715 or 250-472-6660 Member BBB

UPHOLSTERY UPHOLSTERER work. Your fabric 250-480-7937.

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WINDOW CLEANING ABBA EXTERIORS Professional gutter cleaning & repairs. Window cleaning. Roof de-mossing, package discounts. “Locally owned Family business�. WCB, BBB Certified; Now accepting Visa/ MasterCard. (778)433-9275. COME CLEAN WINDOWS. “Shining for You�. Fully insured. Free est. 250-881-6385 www.ComeCleanWindows.com DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190. GRAND XTERIOR Cleaning & Repairs- Gutters, roofs windows, PW. 250-380-7778.

DO YOU OFFER HOME SERVICES? Our readers are looking for you! Don’t be missed, call to place your ad today.

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VICTORIA NEWS -Friday, September 18, 2015

HomeFinder Find a place to call home

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN BUYING AND SELLING YOUR HOME The Victoria News is looking to help tell your stories about buying and selling your home. Homefinder is available to househunters and real estate agents with unique stories. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a senior couple looking to downsize, contact us to share your story and it just might help someone else going through one of the biggest events of their lives. You can call Don Denton at 250480-3264 or email editor@vicnews. com to share your ideas.

Do you have a house-hunting story or building experience you’d like to share with us? Email: editor@ vicnews.com To advertise in HomeFinder, call Oliver Sommer at Email: osommer@ blackpress.ca

MONTH TO DATE, SEPT. 14

COURTESY VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD

275/565 » 412/1,099 » 3,553/4,253 »

NET UNCONDITIONAL SALES / TOTAL, SEPT. 2014 NEW LISTINGS / TOTAL, SEPT. 2014 ACTIVE RESIDENTIAL LISTINGS / TOTAL, SEPT. 2014

Realtors donate to housing charities The 100+ Women Who Care making a difference in local community Pamela Roth Victoria News

It’s a concept that began in the United States in 2006 and continues to spread across North America, but now a group of Victoria realtors have made the concept their own. The 100+ Women Who Care movement started in Jackson, Michigan and the concept is simple. The groups meet for one hour, four times a year. Each member brings a cheque for $100 and nominates local charities, non profits or worthy causes, whose names are put into a hat. Three names are drawn at random at each meeting, and a member makes a five-minute presentation about each cause. The members then vote on which one to support. Local realtors Tara Hearn and Jane Johnston were both members of 100+ Women Who Care and decided it was time to start their own group with other realtors. Last January, Hearn and Johnson teamed up with Neil Bosdet and Joanne Broderson, and started working on 100+ Real Estate Agents Who Care Victoria. The group is focused on donating to charities in the Greater Victoria area that provide shelter and housing services to those in need. “Not everyone has the benefit of being able to own a home, but we are all about homes,” Hearn said. Their first meeting in May was attended by 60 realtors who raised $6,000 to give to the Laren Society, which manages a halfway house in Victoria. Hearn hopes to have 100 people at the next meeting on Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Max Furniture and Brown Window Fashions. The recipient charity will be

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Joanne Broderson (left), Jane Johnston, Tara Hearn and Neil Bosdet are the founders of 100+ Real Estate Agents Who Care Victoria. announced around 6 p.m. “It’s so exciting. To get 60 people to come together and support a local charity, it’s just an amazing experience,” said Hearn. “The energy level is so high. You know you are going to be making a difference. It just shows you what working together can do.” Members of 100+ Real Estate Agents Who Care Victoria can nominate a charity for consideration at

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the next meeting by completing a charity nomination form. Some of the recommended charities include the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Victoria Cool Aid Society, Victoria Youth Empowerment Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Greater Victoria Housing Society. All Hearn wants to do is make a difference in the community, and so far the concept seems to be tak-

ing off. “People are excited by the experience so they are going to be drawing their friends in,” said Hearn. “It’s a real feel-good experience and it only takes an hour of your time.” Anyone who wants to get involved can contact their local realtor. For more information visit 100realestateagents.com or visit their Facebook page. editor@vicnews.com

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2311 Evelyn Hgts $669,000 MLS 355863, Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Claire Yoo, 250-384-8124

ESQUIMALT 202-873 Esquimalt Rd., $262,500 MLS 355940, Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Rosemarie Colterman, 250-592-4422

SAANICH EAST 104-1514 Church Ave., $354,900 MLS 355745, Saturday 11-1 Engel & Volkers Jason Binab, 250-589-2466 5454 Fowler Road, $1,399,000 MLS 354674, Saturday 2-4 Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Glynis MacLeod, 250-661-7232 4468 Autumnwood Lane $749,000 MLS 354145, Saturday 2-3:30 RE/MAX Camosun Karen Scott, 778-426-0834

SAANICH WEST 14-4583 Wilkinson Rd., $479,800 MLS 356076, Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Claire Yoo, 250-384-8124

SAANICH PENINSULA 5-7925 Simpson Road, $344,000 Sunday 2:30-4 RE/MAX Camosun Daniel Clover, 250-370-7788

1930 Mt. Newton Cross Road, $499,900 MLS 356139, Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Paul Holland, 250-884-9667 9939 Swiftsure Place, $492,000 MLS 352767 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Ed G. Sing, 250-744-3301

HIGHLANDS 725 Skyview Place, $899,000 Sunday 2-4 Sotheby’s International Realty Glynis MacLeod, 250-661-7232

2583 Ruby Court, $979,900 MLS 355825, Sunday 11-12 RE/MAX Alliance Karen Love, 250-727-5868 944 Dunford Ave., From $359,000 Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Ron Bahrey, 250-744-8772 593 Latoria Road, From $299,000 Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Greg Long, 250-384-8124

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6520 Callumwood Lane, $409,900 MLS 350972, Sunday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun WEST SHORE 3080 Langford Lake Road, Blair Robertson, 250-642-6480 $429,900 37-7109 West Coast Road Saturday 2-4 Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. RE/MAX Camosun Mike Hartshorne, 250-474-6003 Deidra Junghans, 250-744-3301 2600 Rainville Road, $639,900 MLS 354090, Saturday 12:30-2 RE/MAX Camosun April Prinz, 250-744-3301

1526 Winslow Drive Sunday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Jean Omelchenko, 250-744-3301


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they were all near misses, but they’re still frustrating. The take home message is that drivers need to pay more attention. That said, riders, you pay attention as well! Safety is everyone’s responsibility and it doesn’t have to be a chore on either end. Along with paying attention, a way to mitigate damage done when riding is to wear all your gear all the time. There’s nothing more cringe-worthy than seeing someone captaining a motorcycle in a tank top or t-shirt, shorts, flip flops or canvas shoes. To top it all off, they’re carrying a passenger wearing just as little as they are. Though, they’re wearing helmets, so it’s okay, right? – No, absolutely not. Riders, have you ever banged your elbow on a hard surface? Or hit your ankle against something? Now amplify that pain by the weight and speed that you’re motorcycle is travelling at. Is it worth being a little less hot on a warm day?

rider was in relation to, “You’re spending thousands on your bike yet you don’t want to spend a few hundred dollars on a proper jacket and pants?” I certainly took that to heart. Included are a few links on the difference between various types of safety equipment and how they protect during impact. Helmet: http://tinyurl.com/nwyu86d Boots: http://tinyurl.com/pvu86gt Gloves: http://tinyurl.com/pd66ljn Pants: http://tinyurl.com/pl585a7 Check out http://tinyurl.com/ow5nlau for tips on becoming more motorcycle aware and a list of gear. alexandra.straub@drivewaybc.ca

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ANNIVERSARIES / BIRTHDAYS / GROUP PARTIES WELCOME!

6-7:30 PM ONLY

Hosted by Pipes & Drums

BUY TICKETS AT BAR THEN PROCEED TO REGULAR TABLE Master Card, Visa and Interac now accepted AS PER USUAL. DROP IN POOL TOURNAMENT 2nd SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH LEGION RIDERS 2nd WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7 PM BLUEGRASS 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS 3 PM

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SOOKEFOURCAST

Your weather forecast for the next FOUR DAYS!

What you need to know about the weather to plan your weekend.

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Mix of Sun & Clouds High 15 Low 12

Cloudy with Showers High 14 Low 13

Cloudy with Showers High 17 Low 14

Cloudy with Showers High 16 Low 12

Hours of sunshine 4

Hours of sunshine 1

Hours of sunshine 3

Hours of sunshine 2

W W W. S O O K E N E W S M I R R O R . C O M


Driveway • B8

BLACK PRESS GREATER VICTORIA-Friday, September 18, 2015

Strip Loin Grilling Steaks or Roast Naturally Aged 21 Days Family Pack Savings Size $22.02/kg

On Sale

Why is Sterling Silver Beef superior? It’s the best of the best

It’s aged just right

Sterling Silver Beef is more richly flavoured than lower grades of beef, providing exceptional tenderness, juiciness and taste in every bite.

Sterling Silver cuts are aged no fewer than 21 days to maximize tenderness and richness of flavour.

9

99

BC Fresh Chicken Drumsticks

Kellogg’s

Family Size Cereal

Product of BC Regular Retail: $4.39–$4.69/lb, $9.68–$10.34/kg

Selected 500–980g

On Sale

On Sale

3

9Each9

*SAME ITEM OF EQU LESSER VALUE.AL OR

Cracker Barrel

Island Gold

Selected 600–700g

Large, Brown Dozen

Cheese

Eggs

On Sale

8

9Each9

On Sale

2

8Each9

Specials in Effect until Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Pedal Power

Ride for JDRF

Raising funds to improve the lives of every person with Type 1 Diabetes

Look for Pedal Power Rides at these Thrifty Foods locations: Friday, September 18th Central Saanich & Fairfield Cheer on our teams as they power their pedals 8am to 8pm!

Per lb

Victoria News, September 18, 2015  

September 18, 2015 edition of the Victoria News

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