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OTTAWA — The speech from the throne officially launched the Justin Trudeau era in Parliament on Friday with a general sketch that was heavy on social policy but light on details about the government’s broader economic plan or its timetable for action. The brief speech read by Gov. Gen. David Johnston echoed the same optimistic themes of the winning Liberal campaign; openness and diversity. It promised a new spirit of civility in Parliament, in which all members — on the government and opposition benches — will be “honoured, respected and heard.” “Canada succeeds in large part because here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are celebrated, not silenced,” Johnston said. “Parliament shall be no exception.” The assembled guests inside the Senate appeared to be carefully selected to reflect the spirit of the document. Several new Canadians, including Syrian refugees, and local high school students, greeted Johnston and Trudeau as they walked to the Senate. The speech made specific mention of a promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by February 2016. “As a country, we are strengthened in many ways: by our shared experiences, by the diversity that inspires both Canada and the world and by the way that we treat each other,” Johnston read. Inside the Senate, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde had a prominent seat at the front near Trudeau and Johnston. The speech said the government would create a new “nation-to-nation relationship” with indigenous peoples, saying it was a path to economic growth. It also promised to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools and to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sharon Johnston listen as Governor General David Johnston delivers the speech from the throne in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday. [THE CANADIAN PRESS]

The speech expanded on other well-worn themes that were central to the Liberals’ victory in the Oct. 19 election, but provided few signals as to when it wanted to achieve its objectives. It reiterated Trudeau’s pledge to cut the tax rate for middle-income earners and provide a more generous child benefit to those who need it. It also promised significant new investment in infrastructure, including public transit, to boost the stagnant economy. The speech did not specifically reiterate Trudeau’s promise to run deficits of no more than $10 billion over the next three years and produce a surplus in the final year of his

mandate. Rather, it promised more generally to produce “a fiscal plan that is responsible, transparent and suited to challenging economic times.” Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose said the speech was about “big government and big spending,” and would mean higher taxes. “We saw no mention of the agricultural sector, no mention of the auto sector, no mention of the energy sector,” said Ambrose. “Bottom line is there is no mention of the private sector, which was very concerning when we’re thinking of the fact that we need job creation in this country and we have to focus on the economy.”


Couple guilty in horrendous abuse case ASTRID GALVAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TUCSON, Ariz. — A jury convicted an Arizona couple Friday of kidnapping and child abuse charges for imprisoning their three daughters, monitoring them through video feeds and forcing them to urinate and defecate in their closets. The jury found Fernando and Sophia Richter guilty on three counts each of kidnapping and child abuse. Fernando Richter was also convicted of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The jury is now deliberating the addition of aggravating circumstances to all of the charges, which could increase the length of sentences. Pima County Superior Court Judge Paul Tang has not yet set a sentencing date.

The girls testified to having been physically abused, taken out of school and held captive for several months before the two younger girls escaped through a window in November 2013. Police rescued the oldest girl, who was held in a different room. They were 12, 13 and 17 at the time. The Associated Press does not generally name minors who authorities say are victims of crimes. All three testified in the trial that began over two weeks ago. They described months of abuse and bizarre rules imposed by their parents. The girls were forced to wake up at 2 a.m. every day to march in place, sometimes for so long that their legs ached, they said. They said they were fed rancid food and forced to overeat or face punishment. The youngest said Fernando Richter made

her recite the dictionary at all hours and beat her if she mispronounced words. She described being moved around from bedroom to hallway to closet before her parents let her live in a room with her older sister. The oldest said she was not allowed to leave her bed, had to listen to a loud radio at all hours and hadn’t seen her sisters in months when she was rescued. Sophia Richter testified in court on Tuesday that the girls were free to leave their rooms and were fed properly. She denied all of the accusations against her, including that she force fed the girls a rancid pastatype meal. Police officers who testified described a house that smelled so bad of urine and feces they had to open all the windows to conduct their investigation.







Less spare cash for the kettle

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Fewer people carrying cash creates a big challenge for the Salvation Army


Anna Winter had to thoroughly check through her purse to try and find some money to place in the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle, located in Brooks Landing. Winter said she doesn’t carry much money around anymore because, like so many others, she depends on debit and credit cards for her daily shopping. “My dad used to contribute to the Salvation Army every Christmas, so I always try to do the same,” she said as she finally pulled a $5 bill from her purse for the kettle. “It’s a Christmas tradition that I’m more than happy to continue.” I spent an hour last Friday as a kettle volunteer in front of the Royal Bank in Brooks Landing. It was my first time in that role and it was an interesting experience standing there with a Santa hat on, ringing a bell and returning the many smiles that came my way. But, as friendly as the people were, most walked by just shrugging their shoulders and indicated they had empty pockets. I suppose some were simply broke and couldn’t afford to donate money, but some commented that while they support the Salvation Army and its programs, they don’t carry money around with them anymore to put into the kettles because of their increasing dependence on plastic cards. The Christmas kettle campaign is the biggest

A volunteer stands by a Salvation Army kettle Monday morning in the Brooks Landing shopping centre. [AARON HINKS/DAILY NEWS]

annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army branches on Vancouver Island. All communities on the Island, no matter how small, have Christmas kettles this year that are run by the nearest Salvation Army branch to each community. Nanaimo’s Salvation Army, which has 27 kettles in Nanaimo and Ladysmith this year, usually brings in more than $200,000 annually from the fundraising campaign. All that money goes toward the Army’s operational costs and services in the Nanaimo and

Ladysmith areas, so it’s a bit of a concern that changing times and technologies mean that many people just don’t have that spare change and bills in their pockets anymore to place in the kettles as they pass by. Salvation Army spokeswoman Dawne Anderson said the kettle campaign in Nanaimo and Ladysmith raised $216,000 last year, which was almost $9,000 more than anticipated. She said it’s hoped the campaign will raise close to the same amount again this year, although the issue of people not having

cash on them to put into the kettles has been raised. Anderson said the Salvation Army is working with local businesses on the possibility of having them introduce a voucher program in which customers would be given the option of adding an amount to their bills which would be contributed to the Salvation Army. But she said that program, if it goes ahead, will not be ready to be implemented this Christmas season. “We won’t know exactly how much was raised until after the campaign ends,” she said. “But our biggest problem so far this year is finding enough volunteers to have at the kettles. Anyone looking to help out can call me at 250-740-1004 or 250-716-6595.” Arlene Whalen said she makes it a point to have some money in her purse at this time of year to put into the kettles. “The Salvation Army does great work in the city and I know they can be trusted to put this money to good use,” Whalen said as she dropped several twoonies into the kettle. “We know exactly what the money will be used for, and that’s important to me.” Robert.Barron @nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4234

Newly-compiled data from the Canadian Rental Housing Index indicates the cost of housing in Nanaimo and other Island communities is drastically eating into household incomes. According to the data, Nanaimo ranks 53rd out of 72 municipalities in B.C. for affordability and a closer look at the numbers suggests that lower-income renters like single mothers, youth and seniors are suffering the most. The CRHI says that renters in Nanaimo spend, on average, 26 per cent of their household income on rent — less than the 30 per cent threshold for affordability the organization has suggested. However, 5,355 of the city’s 10,155 rental households exceed the 30 per cent threshold, with 26 per cent of households spending more than half of their income on rent and utilities. A majority of that 26 per cent make less than $16,847 a year. The CRHI data also says that the lowest-income households would need to make, on average, $10,306 more before-tax income a year to make renting a studio flat affordable, and $13,861 more for a one-bedroom apartment. The amount is $23,880 for a two-bedroom apartment. Single mothers, who make up around nine per cent of Nanaimo’s renting population, earn on average slightly more than $28,000. Thirty-nine per cent of them pay more than half of that to rent. Almost three-quarters paid more than 30 per cent of their income to rent. Senior-led renting households made on average $36,658, and 57 per cent spent more than 30 per cent of their income on rent and utilities. Similarly, youthled households (households with earners between 18 and 29 years old) brought in on average $38,410. Fifty-two per cent spent more than the 30 per cent proportion of their income.

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Organizations in Nanaimo are set to mark the anniversary of the murder of 14 women from the Dec. 6, 1989 shooting at Montreal’s l’Ecole Polytechnique. Women’s advocates also want the day to be one of reflection on the ongoing problem of violence against women and what can be done to stop it. Vancouver Island University’s status of women representative will be at Woodgrove Centre from noon to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow to hand out red candles for people to light at 8 p.m. tomorrow to mark the L’Ecole Polytechnique massacre. Cards from the YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign will also be handed out to highlight the need to reduce violence against women. Nanaimo’s Haven Society and other organizations have launched the Clothesline Project, which has residents shirts and other cloth with messages about violence against women. Haven executive director Anne Taylor said awareness is a big part of the solution to the problem. In B.C., she said, one woman dies every six days at the hands of an intimate partner. “One of the big problems . . . is it happens behind closed doors,” she said. “It takes a community to deal with this.”

With enrolment at John Barsby Secondary School projected to drop to less than 50 per cent capacity next year, solutions are being sought to attract more students to the facility. Trustees in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district decided this week to form a “visioning committee” to look at the school’s current programs and develop recommendations on what could be done to increase its enrolment. The committee will be comprised of staff, parents, community members and a representative from the school board. School board chairman Steve Rae said the main reason why John Barsby has seen its enrolment decline so dramatically is changing demographics and the fact there are fewer secondary students in the school’s catchment area. “There’s also the fact that John Barsby gets a ‘bad rap’ in the district, even though it’s an excellent school,” Rae said. “We heard a lot of feedback during the facilities planning process, and our proposal to transfer the district’s French immersion program from Nanaimo District Secondary School to John Barsby never went forward because many in that program didn’t want to leave NDSS.” Barsby has a capacity for 1,000 students and has a current population of approximately 770 students.

John Barsby has a capacity for 1,000 students, but is projected to have half that number next year. [FILE]

But student numbers at the school are predicted to continue to decline next year, particularly with many of the 163 students that are attending the school from Cedar expected to return to Cedar Secondary School when it re-opens in September. Rae said the possibilities to make John Barsby a “magnet” school that students would want to attend from across the district are endless. He suggested the school could specialize in high-tech courses, culinary arts, First Nation-based education or whatever the vision committee recommends after it

completes its research. “It’s a perfect school and we need to think way outside the box,” Rae said. The district is currently attempting to deal with over-capacity issues across Nanaimo-Ladysmith and is trying to reduce some of the approximately 1,000 empty seats in its secondary system. The school board decided this week to close Woodlands Secondary School this June and move its students to neighbouring facilities as part of its efforts to deal with the issue. The board has faced criticism over its decision earlier this year to

reopen Cedar Secondary School in the fall, particularly after a district survey recently indicated its enrolment will likely be just above 50 per cent of its capacity in September. “There will always be critics, but we’re not short sighted and we never decided to reopen Cedar Secondary just for next year, but for the next 10 and 15 years and we don’t have any doubts that the school will reach its capacity,” Rae said. Robert.Barron @nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4234


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Renovation a dose of what NRGH needs DARRELL BELLAART DAILY NEWS

A project to improve safety for patients prescribed medicine at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital starts to move forward in 2016. A $2.5-million renovation and expansion of the pharmacy at NRGH gets underway in early January. It’s part of Island Health’s $4.64-million Unit Dose Medication Distribution Project to reduce pharmacy dosing and delivery errors. Pharmacy renovations and

expansion are to accommodate implementation of that plan, which will allow staff to ensure the right drugs are administered, in the right dose. The project is to significantly reduce the likelihood of medication errors in the hospital as well as Island-wide. “We are in the process of doing Nanaimo and other areas,” said David Leadbetter, Island Health director of smart technology. “Every single pill, in future, will be individually pack-

aged with a bar code on it.” Funding is shared between the province, through Island Health, and local taxpayers, through property taxes collected by the Regional District of Nanaimo, on behalf of the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District. The improvements “will benefit both patients and staff,” said Joe Stanhope, NRHD board chairman. “We are proud to be cost-sharing in this important project and look forward to seeing the renewed space.” Island Health was unable to

provide data on the frequency of medication errors made at NRGH, or Island-wide, but drug dispensing errors are a recognized risk in health care, which with serious outcomes, including death. Medication errors are one of the most common harmful errors in healthcare, according to Island Health. Errors can happen when drugs are ordered, if the order is wrongly transcribed or the drug is dispensed incorrectly.


MP’s early impression a positive one


Home invasion leads to charges against pair Police are recommending assault and weapons charges against two men arrested following a home invasion and attack with pepper spray in Nanaimo on Friday. Nanaimo RCMP responded to a call from a Nicol Street residence shortly after 6 a.m. When a man answered the door, two men pushed their way inside and pepper-sprayed him then punched him. One or more women were seen outside the doorway.

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Treatment plant stalled boil advisory, says city


Nanaimo opposition MP Sheila Malcolmson welcomes some of the changes promised by Canada’s newly elected Liberal government. While the New Democrat MP has some reservations, her first impression is one of optimism for positive change for Islanders based on the content of Friday’s Throne speech. “The thing that I think resonated with voters in our riding would be initiatives around retirement,” Malcolmson said. “We’ve got a good level of commitment around infrastructure and affordable housing — those are things our region needs.” The speech sets the tone and general direction for a new session of the House of Commons. Perhaps not surprisingly, much of it follows the theme set by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during the recent federal election. In contrast to the Conservatives approach, early signs suggest fewer conflicts with the NDP under a Liberal government. The speech said the government would create a new “nation-to-nation relationship” with indigenous peoples and promised to implement recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools and an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. “There’s a common cause around the intention to transform the rela-

Kinetic Construction Ltd. is managing the renovation project, which will include expansion and modifications to existing pharmacy medication storage areas to assist the changeover to unit-dose medication packaging. The pharmacy will remain open throughout the construction period, so patient impact should be minimal.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson says her reaction to the first throne speech by the new Liberal government is one of optimism. [DAILY NEWS FILE]

tionship around indigenous people, also to recognize climate change as a real and present danger,” Malcolmson said. That doesn’t mean New Democrats will give the new government a pass. “The devil’s in the details, and we’ll be working constructively to ensure this works for people in our region,” Malcolmson said. “We’ll be looking for specifics on

water treatment on and off reserves and we were hoping for more specifics for boosting funding around education. “We also didn’t see any details around health care, and that’s important in our riding.” The speech reiterated Liberal promises to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana,” but Malcolmson said her party has been “asking

government to clarify their position,” as municipalities struggle to regulate cannabis dispensaries without guidelines or direction. “Telling them: ‘In a while,’ they leave them in limbo. They create great anticipation the rules will change and that uncertainty creates anxiety.”

The resident fought the intruders and the two suspects were pushed out the door. A resident knew one of the suspects and gave a description of the other man. The victim was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Police arrested three men and two women at a nearby hotel shortly before 7 a.m. Charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon are being recommended against a 33-yearold Ladysmith man and a 30-year-old Quesnel man. The three women were released.


yelled the suspect ran off. He was last seen running towards Milton Street,” stated the news release. Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian male in his early 20s or mid 30s in age. He stood approximately 6 feet, had a slim build and sported a long blond beard or goatee. He wore a blue hoodie, blue jeans, and a brown plaid shirt. Anyone with information can call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477. Text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit your TIP online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com


Attempted sex assault under investigation Nanaimo RCMP are asking for public help to locate the suspect in the attempted sexual assault of a teenager in the south end on Thursday. Mounties state in a new release that the 15-year-old girl was walking along the railway tracks near Pine Street when she was grabbed. “The male came up behind her and threw her to the ground. The female was yelling and fighting when a passerby came by and interrupted the assault. As soon as the witness



Nanaimo’s new water treatment plant is now operational and has already prevented a boil water notice from having to be issues, the city says. The $71-million project received an interim operating permit from Island Health this week, allowing water filtration to go ahead. Crews have been readying the new facility for weeks. “This is a major milestone in protecting Nanaimo’s drinking water for generations to come,” said Nanaimo water manager Bill Sims. “The city and entire project team is proud to have been able to prevent yesterday’s weather-related water quality event from reaching the city. From this day forward, Nanaimo can enjoy water that has been purified to a high degree.” Heavy rainfalls like those experienced in the area recently have typically led to boil advisories, similar to one issued the Comox Regional District Friday The water that supplies the Comox Valley water local service areas originates in Comox Lake and is taken from the Puntledge River and delivered to approximately 41,000 residents.


Liquor store move step away from adoption Nanaimo council has given third-reading to a rezoning bylaw to allow a liquor store to relocate in the Brooks Landing strip mall. The decision came after a public hearing held Thursday, as was approved in a 6-2 vote, the city’s planning department said. The rezoning was being sought by the mall owners and the Howard Johnson Hotel, who wants to move its existing Tally-Ho beer and wine store off its current site near Front Street to make way from redevelopment of the site for an arena-type development. The rezoning was opposed by at least one other liquor store owner and was not recommended by city staff. Council must still vote to adopt the rezoning bylaw at a later date. Proponent Dan Brady said the move will help clear the way for an $80 million hotel and an project at the Tally-Ho location.






Canadians are not exempt from tragic gun violence C anadians might be excused for thinking that the United States has a monopoly on gun violence. Sadly, that’s not true. There may be more gun violence in the U.S. than in any other democracy, but no country — including Canada — has been spared seeing violent deaths by firearms. We as Canadians have seen our share, and while the attack on Parliament and the death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo may be uppermost in mind, on Sunday we remember the École Polytechnique massacre. On Dec. 6, 1989 gunfire killed 14 women at the Montreal engineering school. To make a horrendous crime more ghastly, the killer Marc Lepine, who later killed himself, targeted women

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specifically. Canadians were doubly shocked. And today in Canada, 26 years and numerous shootings later, not much seems to have changed. Sadly, even Vancouver Island has been touched by such an incident. A Nanaimo man remains before the courts accused in a shooting at a Nanaimo workplace that left two men dead and several others injured. Has the message of the École Polytechnique massacre, to bring about a safe society for women, and one in which gun violence is eliminated, gone unheeded? Canadians continue to debate about violence, violence prevention, workplace violence, gun laws and the psychology of mass killers; but for some, the idea of violence as a means to an end seems to persist.

There are lots of theories. Some now blame the Internet. But the savagery of Marc Lepine preceded the digital age. Then, some in 1989 might have blamed television and movies. When we begin to think about this issue the lists get lengthy: The number of incidents, potential causes, ideas of how to prevent such tragedies. It can be a little mind-boggling. But what the commemoration of the École Polytechnique massacre reminds us is that more than confusing and perplexing, such incidents are devastatingly painful. There are those who lost loved ones who must now live with a kind of grief no one should have to confront. The survivors may suffer what we call post traumatic stress disorder.

It’s that, but it’s also incredible fear, guilt and pain. That circle of pain and fear then widens outward, and there is a collective pain in reaction to these bouts of violence that make absolutely no sense — probably not even to the killers. If stricter gun law are necessary, whether here in Canada, in the U.S. or elsewhere, it’s not because guns simply exist. It’s because too many people who will do harm with guns either have access to them or police don’t know that they possess them. Gun ownership laws in Canada are tight enough. The debate now is to resume a gun registry that the Conservative Party eliminated. While that decision was fiscally sound — the Liberal gun registry was a huge

boondoggle — it was morally wrong. Police across this country need to be able to account for every firearm as one step in fighting gun violence. A gun registry is one necessary piece, but it won’t address what motivates people like Lepine, and those who have followed in the intervening years, who have reached a point of no return. That problem won’t be solved by personality tests or more police with more firepower. How do we create a society in which gun violence is not even an option, no matter how disturbed or angry someone may be? Maybe that discussion should go to the top of the list.

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» YOUR LETTERS // EMAIL: YOURLETTERS@NANAIMODAILYNEWS.COM Navy warship program is costing us a bundle On Dec. 2 the head of Canada’s navy admitted that the estimated cost of building 15 warships has ballooned to well over $30-billion, from the original figure of $14-billion. A figure floating around was that the warships would cost $26-billion; Vice-Admiral Mark Norman explained that this figure was “locked in” in 2006, and announced two years later. Shipbuilding costs rise annually, and the final figure will be considerably higher in about ten years when building should possibly be completed. He blamed the confusion on a “lack of professional capacity and maturity” from navy officials, procurement bureaucrats and shipbuilders. Quite an admission from the navy’s head honcho, especially considering the fiasco with four submarines that were bought from the British navy about 12 years ago on the advice of Canadian navy top brass. Those subs were mothballed in U.K. for about a decade before they were sold to Canada and laid up after being commissioned only two years previously. The British Royal Navy rightly decided they were duds, but Canada has spent countless billions of dollars trying in vain to rehabilitate and recondition the vessels since arrival here. The subs have spent almost all their time in repair yards, and hardly any time at sea. The vice-admiral’s revised estimates do not include the cost to build new supply ships, Coast Guard ships and Arctic vessels, which the last government had also planned. And it should be noted that the Australian navy has just launched a warship very similar to those the Canadian navy have planned. That one vessel cost $3-billion to build. Surely, tax-paying land-lubbers can do the math. Considering the awful history of the dud subs, the same tax-paying land-lubbers will be feeling mighty sea-sick at the new revelations about

the cost of warships, and justifiably so. Is it really any wonder that so many consider “military intelligence” as the most fitting oxymoron ever? Bernie Smith Parksville

PM must act quickly to abolish Canadian senate Abolish the senate prime minister. Justin Trudeau ran on a campaign of hope and the promise of major reform. He can better fulfill that positive message by abolishing Canada’s disgrace. Abolish that gross insult to our democracy, the senate. Federal and provincial governments all claim they will “reduce the size and cost of unnecessary government.”

They all admit that Canada is over-governed. Memo to the prime minister and premiers: Do what your principles claim. Abolish the senate. The senate is an embarrassment to the very concept of democracy. It is a disgrace that Canada maintains an appointed legislative body when most of the world finally agrees an assembly elected by the people is the proper way to govern. Our senate is nothing more than a haven for political hacks chomping at the taxpayer funded trough. Enough. End this disgrace now. No real friend of democracy (federal or provincial) would stop a constitutional amendment abolishing the senate. Get on with it and save over eighty million wasted dollars ($80,000,000) a year and Canada’s democratic dignity.

In the interim, just fund it $1 per year. Let’s see if any senator stays on the job as a volunteer. There is no constitutional obligation to fund the senate. It should be ignored, like the Privy Council and other anachronisms of the 1800s. “Because it’s 2015.” Gary Korpan Nanaimo Letters must include your hometown and a daytime phone number for verification purposes only. Letters must include your first name (or two initials) and last name. We reserve the right to edit letters for clarity, taste, legality and for length. Unsigned letters and letters of more than 300 words will not be accepted. Email to: yourletters@nanaimodailynews.com





The wait is NOT over Island struggles to deal with backlogs created by increased demand


here is a great deal of variation in the waiting times for surgical procedures faced by patients across Vancouver Island. Depending on the procedure, available space and the number of specialists in the hospital where it is to be performed, patients from the Island can wait just a few weeks to more than a year. And different procedures can happen faster, or slower, depending upon which community your surgery is scheduled. For example, according to latest statistics from Robert Island Health, Barron most people Reporting waiting for hip replacement surgery at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital can expect to wait up to 63 weeks from the original referral from their doctor. Most patients waiting for the same surgery at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox can wait up to 51.2 weeks. Wait times for a breast mastectomy at NRGH can be up to just four weeks, while it’s up to eight weeks at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. The Fraser Institute’s 2014 edition of Waiting Your Turn, which catalogues waiting times for medical procedures across the country, indicates that the waiting times are getting longer everywhere. According to the report, specialist physicians surveyed across the 10 provinces and 12 specialties reported an average waiting time of 18.2 weeks between referral from a general practitioner to the medical procedure. This wait time is 96 per cent higher than in 1993 when it was just 9.3 weeks. In B.C., the average wait from referral by a general practitioner to treatment was 21.1 weeks in 2014, up dramatically from 10.4 weeks in 1993.

Alison Dormuth, director of surgical services for Island Health, acknowledged that the waiting lists are getting longer for many surgeries and other medical procedures on the Island, despite the small cash infusion from the government this summer. She said there are different demands for surgical services on Vancouver Island, but much of the increased demand is connected with the growing population of seniors who are moving here. “There’s no doubt that medical conditions related to aging, like the need for orthopedic joint replacements and cataract operations, continue to grow,” Dormuth said. “There’s not a lot health authorities can do to provide more specialists to help deal with the wait lists. “It’s really up to the Ministry of Health to address this issue by working with medical schools to try to fill these demands, among other initiatives.”

D Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has some of the Island’s best wait times for kidney stone removal and worst for cataract surgery and knee replacement. [AARON HINKS]

Research has repeatedly indicated that wait times for medically necessary treatment are not benign inconveniences: “Wait times can, and do, have serious consequences such as increased pain, suffering, and mental anguish,” the report states. “In certain instances, they can also result in poorer medical outcomes, transforming potentially reversible illnesses or injuries into chronic, irreversible conditions, or even permanent disabilities.” The issue is one this reporter is not unfamiliar with.

Last year, my walking turned into a stumbling gait and after a visit to my doctor, it was determined that both hips were in such a state of deterioration that they needed to be replaced as soon as possible. Of course, as soon as possible meant as soon as a specialist was available for the surgery and space could be found for me in a hospital. It took 36 weeks from the diagnosis before I was finally put under the knife, and those weeks were some of the toughest and most painful of my life.

How the wait lists of Vancouver Island communities compare Estimated maximum wait times for various surgical procedures in hospitals where they are available on Vancouver Island: Hip replacement • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (62.9 weeks.) • Campbell River & District Regional Hospital (61.4 weeks.) • St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox (51.2 weeks.) • Cowichan District Regional Hospital (59.9 weeks) • Greater Victoria’s hospitals (58.1 weeks) Knee replacement • NRGH (64 weeks.)

• St. Joseph’s General Hospital (56.8 weeks) • Campbell River & District Regional Hospital (72.8 weeks.) • Cowichan District Regional Hospital. (60.1 weeks.) • Greater Victoria hospitals (58.9 weeks.) Cataract surgery • NRGH (43.7 weeks.) • Cowichan District Regional Hospital (14.6 weeks) • St. Joseph’s General Hospital (30.7 weeks.) • Greater Victoria hospitals (40 weeks.) Breast mastectomy • NRGH (four weeks) • Campbell River & District Regional Hospi-

tal. (3.1 weeks.) • St. Joseph’s General Hospital (eight weeks). • Cowichan District Regional Hospital (4.1 weeks.) • West Coast General Hospital (3.4 weeks.) • Greater Victoria hospitals (7.4 weeks.) Kidney stone removal • NRGH (three weeks.) • St. Joseph’s General Hospital (10.7 weeks.) • Cowichan District Regional Hospital (3.8 weeks.) • West Coast General Hospital (8.6 weeks.) • Greater Victoria hospitals. (12.2 weeks.) SOURCE: ISLAND HEALTH WEBSITE

As my surgery was considered a special case because it required the unusual decision to replace both hips at the same time, the procedure was done at the hospital at the University of B.C. in Vancouver where some of the best hip specialists in the province are located.


s well, because of the increasing serious of my condition, I was put on the fast-track for the surgery and had it completed in about half the wait time it would have taken if it was done at NRGH. But most in similar situations have to just wait it out for a lot longer in anticipation for the call from the health authorities giving them their surgery dates. The provincial government announced in June that it will pump $10 million into the province’s health care system to help some of the patients languishing on surgery wait lists get treatment sooner. Health Minister Terry Lake said at the time that people who have already been waiting more than 10 months will be given priority when the funding kicks in. But Lake said the one-time funding is only designed as a short-term solution to B.C.’s long wait lists. He said his ministry has tasked the Provincial Surgery Executive Committee with coming up with a longterm plan to deal with the issue.

ormuth said there are a number of ongoing advances in medical technology that are helping to deal with some of the wait lists. She said, for example, that cataract surgery used to take more than hour and the patient would be required to spend several days in hospital. “Now the procedure takes 20 minutes and most patients are sent home on the same day,” Dormuth said. “That has certainly helped lessen the wait time for those surgeries.” As for patients being transferred to other hospitals that have shorter wait times for their required procedures, Dormuth said special referrals can be made by a patient’s family doctor. She said those referrals are often related to the seriousness of the medical condition and the availability of other hospitals and specialists to do the procedure sooner. But, Dormuth said, priority is always placed on those whose conditions are considered life threatening. “In a lot of cases, it’s up to the individual patients who know their own conditions best to encourage their family doctors to explore other options,” she said. Valerie Wilson, a spokeswoman for Island Health, said simpler medical procedures, like x-rays and blood samples, are usually done the same day in the community where they are required. She said they are usually done either at the local hospitals or at private labs and centres that Island Health contracts work out to. Robert.Barron @nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4234






Decision pending on best way to connect 600-home subdivision SPENCER ANDERSON DAILY NEWS

Nanaimo council will vote Monday on routing options to accommodate traffic from two subdivisions being built in the Linley Valley area in north Nanaimo. Approximately 600 homes are being built in the area, and estimates are that between 4,000 and 5,000 daily vehicle trips could be added as a result. Feedback from a public hearing earlier this year appears to favour construction of a new road called Lindquist Road to connect a future portion Linley Valley Drive to Rutherford Road, a main connector to the Island Highway, at an estimated cost of $3 million. However, there may be temptation

among some officials to support a second option, which would have traffic make use of a network of existing and future residential streets in the area, at a substantially lower cost estimate of $600,000. While cheaper, only 20 per cent of 400 surveys from the public supported the latter measure, with 58.2 per cent ‘strongly opposed’ to the option. By contrast, 64.8 per cent ‘strongly support’ building a direct route to Rutherford, where a roundabout intersection would be built. Northbound traffic from the new subdivision take the residential streets of Cascara Drive, Altavista Drive, Lost Lake Road and Vanderneuk Road to access Rutherford under the second option,

while southbound traffic would connect to Rutherford via Fairbrook Crescent and Brookwood Drive. Residents said their primary concerns are additional traffic and noise in the area, as well as fears that the roads were not engineered for major traffic flow, although some supported the option for its reduced cost as use of the existing road network. “When the subdivision reaches completion, traffic channelled through existing roads will be at a ridiculous level, making the streets unsafe for young families to live on,” one public response said. “There are too many twists and turns on option 2, leaving blind corners and high flow traffic with

children playing on the boulevard. Who’s child needs to be injured to see this was a bad idea.” “These residential streets were never designed to support these traffic options,” another comment said. “(They) should remain quiet family streets.” But council has rejected previous, more traffic-friendly options based largely on cost concerns. At a May council meeting, city legislators ruled out a longstanding plan in its official community plan to build out Linley Valley Road to connect to Rutherford Road — the fastest, most direct route — because of its estimated $5.6-million cost tag. The option was not presented during the public consul-

tation process that took place this fall. Nor did council allow a fourth option — a direct connector road between Linley Valley Drive and Rutherford alongside McGregor Creek — to proceed to public hearing, after hearing concerns from neighbours on the impact to the area. The option would have cost $1.5 million. If council votes to endorse the Lindquist Road extension, it will need to need to exercise an option to purchase agreement to acquire the land needed for a road right-of-way by the end of this month. Spencer.Anderson @nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4255



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Bridge area work halted by discovery of midden


Conservationists calling for government action on climate change with the protection of British Columbia’s old-growth forests say they’ve measured a near-record size red cedar in the central Walbran Valley. The Ancient Forest Alliance says the tree it calls the Tolkien Giant is

the ninth-widest western red cedar in the province, according to a list that has been compiled by the University of B.C. The alliance says the Tolkien has a circumference of 14.4 metres stands 42 metres high and lies within a reserve that is protected. However, the organization states logging is proposed for 200 metres

away in an area that includes another huge tree. Alliance executive director Ken Wu says old-growth temperate rainforests in the valley on Vancouver Island store more carbon per hectare than tropical rainforests. He says when the massive trees are logged they stop absorbing huge amounts of carbon and the province’s

current measures to protect oldgrowth forests don’t go far enough. Wilderness Committee spokesman Joe Foy says lawyers have negotiated a court agreement with the Teal Jones Group that allows its members to witness the forestry company’s logging activities in the central Walbran Valley.

SOUTH COAST Langford residents Roxanne and Alan Dunning ponder whether the tide is a king tide on a recent walk along the Esquimalt Lagoon last week. The pair often walk the popular shoreline in Colwood. [KATHERINE ENGQVIST]

Shoreline walkers warned of storm surges KATHERINE ENGQVIST GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE

The City of Colwood is urging residents to use caution while walking along its beaches this month. Higher than normal storm surges, caused by high winds pushing waves onto the shore, are predicted

between now and January for the Greater Victoria area. This, combined with expected king tides and the presence of El Niño conditions, is predicted to result in higher than normal water levels. A king tide is an extreme high tide (more than 3.1 metres) that results from the sun and moon aligning.

The phenomenon happens a few times per year, but tides are most dramatic during the winter months. This winter is also expected to be warmer, with El Niño weather patterns predicted for the area. This often results in extended periods of heavy rainfall. While these conditions can present great opportunities for storm watch-

ing along the Colwood waterfront, the city warns the public to remain a safe distance from the waterline because water levels can surge unexpectedly. For safety reasons, some pathways and beaches near the water’s edge may not be accessible during stormy days or when water levels are exceptionally high.

the suspect began asking questions of a vulgar and sexual nature to the girl, who is a student. “When the female student did not respond, the male pulled down his pants, exposed his penis and began to masturbate,” Sgt. Steve Eassie said, adding the male was about six feet away from the teen. “This was shocking for the female victim who did not expect this kind of interaction.” The female left the bus shelter to seek help and the male departed the area on foot towards Whittier Avenue. Females using public forms of transit are being asked to be vigilant and, if possible, travel in groups of two or more and carry a cellphone.


the courts is a fundamental right that must be protected and encouraged,” SRA president Calvin Cook said calling the alleged assault “deplorable.” The RCMP said Wednesday that an investigation into the incident is ongoing but that there is little more to report to the public yet.


Workers on a watermain project at the Davis Lagoon bridge in Saltair are preparing for an extended delay until archeologists can study the significance of a First Nations midden discovered on the worksite early in November. David Stalker Construction halted work when a concentration of shells and tools was found at the site along Chemainus Road. By law projects have to be stopped when a site of potential archeological interest is discovered. The archeological branch of Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has been notified. Madrone Environmental Services Ltd. has been brought on to help the project move forward, legally and with sensitivity to the potential of the archeological site. Even so, the delay will be significant, according to a Cowichan Valley Regional District press release. “Unfortunately, the length of time required to process the site registration and obtaining permits from the Ministry has taken longer than expected, and is still ongoing. At this point it is unlikely that the permits will be in place to allow the work to proceed prior to the end of the year,” said the release issued by CVRD engineer Brian Dennison. “Because of this delay, the final milling and paving restoration of the project trenches will likely not occur until early 2016, weather permitting.” The contractor has been tasked with patching up the area and making it safe for travel until such time as work can proceed. The lagoon area has long been a source of clams and oysters, so it is not surprising to have discovered a midden there.


Male exposes self to teen girl at bus stop An adult male uttered vulgar words and exposed himself to a teenage girl who was waiting in a B.C. Transit bus stop in a Saanich neighbourhood at 8 a.m. on Thursday. The male is described as Caucasian, 35 to 45 years old, approximately fivefoot-eight and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black undershirt, black jogging pants, and had no accent and clear speech. Shortly after he entered the bus stop

Protest groups claims assault on a member Shawnigan Lake RCMP are still investigating an incident on Friday, Nov. 27 that involved a confrontation between a protester and one of the drivers of the many trucks hauling soil to a controversial dumps site. The Shawnigan Residents Association issued a statement Nov. 28 alleging an assault on a demonstrator by a truck driver was caught on video last Friday. “The ability to demonstrate peacefully, within the parameters of the law and


Driver sought after man hurt in hit-and-run A hit and run driver knocked a pedestrian into the ditch on Tuesday and Campbell River RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the driver.

Nicholas Benner was walking along Petersen Road Dec. 1 at approximately 6 p.m. in pouring rain with poor visibility. Benner had his cap pulled down to protect himself from the rain while walking along the shoulder of the road. “Next thing I knew I got hit, spun around and went into the ditch,” Benner said. “The vehicle did not stop he kept going towards the inland highway.” The incident left Benner in pain and possibly a fractured arm. The suspect vehicle was described as a smoky-grey, newer model four-door SUV or Jeep type vehicle missing a passenger side mirror.



Seventy bags of asbestos dumped on roadside The bright yellow stood out amongst the gravel and grass on the side of the road. The passerby knew it wasn’t part of the natural landscape in Mill Bay, so they called officials. Brian Duncan, manager of inspections and enforcement for the CVRD was dismayed at what it was. “We found about 70 bags of asbestos waste dumped up by Butterfield Road,” he said on Tuesday afternoon. The bags could have been dumped late last week or over the Nov. 27-29 weekend, and possibly in the middle of the night. “The truck backed up to the bank and it must have taken a couple of guys a good half an hour to dump it all,” Duncan said. “It’s not a pickup truck load. We’re talking at least the size of a gravel truck if not bigger.” He added that they suspect it may be somebody coming north from Victoria “to save a few bucks on gas and dumping fees.” “This area is not well known, but coincidentally (it’s) the first light north of the Malahat, and only 30 metres from the highway.”


Schoolyard shooting part of a planned fight Police say the shooting of a 17-yearold this week was the result of a pre-arranged fight between two groups. On Tuesday at about 8:40 p.m., police were called to a shooting at Prince Charles Elementary, in the 12400-block of 100 Avenue. When Mounties arrived, they found a 17-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Surrey RCMP say the shooting was the result of two groups who gathered at the school for a fight. They also say they have received minimal cooperation from the victim or anyone else associated with the altercation. RCMP describe the investigation as being in the early stages, but police do not believe it is connected with the city’s ongoing turf war over dial-a-dope drug operations.


Pot shops warned Five Vernon medical marijuana dispensary and compassion businesses received warnings from RCMP that they are in danger of being shut down. They’re members of the chamber of commerce and Downtown Vernon Association. They say they have complied with all aspects of business licensing and they have helped police try and solve crime in the downtown core. “We received a verbal warning that we were in danger of being shut down,” said Jeff Gaudette, one of three co-owners of MMJ Total Health Care. “The officers would not leave a copy of the letter with us.





Supreme court refuses appeal to take a year off child-abductor’s sentence THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER — A child abductor’s claim of serving hard time wasn’t enough to convince a British Columbia Appeal Court panel to soften his final prison sentence. Randall Hopley snuck a three-yearold boy from his Sparwood bedroom while the rest of the family slept in September 2011. Kienan Hebert was returned four

days later physically unharmed, and Hopley eventually pleaded guilty to abducting the boy, breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. A lower-court judge determined Hopley, who is now about 50 years old, was a long-term offender and handed down a six-year sentence after 26 months were deducted for the time he served before sentencing. His lawyer appealed, arguing the

judge should have given Hopley a day-and-a-half credit for every pre-sentencing day he spent in custody because the man was segregated. Segregation was for Hopley’s safety but is usually viewed as “hard time,” his lawyer argued. But in a decision released Friday, B.C.’s high court refused to take the extra 13 months off Hopley’s sentence, ruling a longer prison term

was for public protection. “The judge found that it was unlikely Mr. Hopley’s substantial risk to re-offend would be sufficiently reduced to a level that could be managed in the community without a lengthy period of incarceration,” wrote Justice Daphne Smith in the ruling. The lower-court judge hoped that during that time he would complete a high-intensity, sex-offender program, the ruling noted.


Former premier Bennett dead at 83 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KELOWNA — Former British Columbia premier Bill Bennett, known as an architect of financial restraint in the province, has died in his hometown of Kelowna at the age of 83. Bennett had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years and died Thursday. His family said in an obituary that Bennett cherished his time with them and had a quick wit and great sense of humour. “Bill was competitive in all aspects of his life, whether in business, politics or the game he loved most — tennis.” Bennett used that competitive streak to lead the Social Credit party in a December 1975 landslide victory over Dave Barrett’s New Democrat Party. He took over the party from his father W.A.C. Bennett, who stepped down in 1972 after his 20 years in power ended in electoral defeat. Under Bennett’s helm, the Socreds took 34 of 55 seats in the legislature and more than 49 per cent of the popular vote. Former Social Credit cabinet minister Claude Richmond called Bennett “a good man, a great man, a wonderful premier. “A few things come to mind. The first two things would be the Coquihalla Highway. We got the go-ahead to do phase one of the Coquihalla. That was a great thing, being there for the opening of that,” Richmond said. “He made me the minister in charge of Expo ’86 and for four years we went through some very interesting times getting Expo ready. It was

Former British Columbia premier Bill Bennett, shown in this 1979 file photo, known as an architect of financial restraint in the province, has died in his hometown of Kelowna at the age of 83. [THE CANADIAN PRESS]

a lot of work but it was a lot of fun. And Mr. Bennett and I became really good friends and very close.” The youngest of three children, Bennett weighed slightly more than five pounds at birth and wasn’t expected to live long. Later there was jaundice, more time in hospital, and the future premier learned to fight early. From his father, a determined, single-minded man who built a prosperous hardware business, Bennett acquired an affinity for hard work. In high school, Bennett and his brother Russell — known as R.J. — were already in business on their own. His family said Bennett and R.J. first managed three Bennett’s Hardware Furniture and Appliance stores in the Okanagan for their father, who had entered politics. “Bill and R.J. continued their partnership, adding to the retail chain of stores, along with many real estate ventures until after Bill entered politics.”

In 1955, Bennett married Audrey James, a nurse’s aide at Kelowna General Hospital. She continued to work for three years as a receptionist in a local medical clinic until she left to have the first of four sons — Brad, Kevin, Stephen and Greg. After that came promotion of a $34-million development, a finance company, sawmilling, feed grain and 4,500-hectares bought from the estate of industrialist Austin Taylor. Bennett stayed out of active politics while his father was premier, explaining that “there was a family agreement that there wasn’t room for two or three of us in politics at the same time.” But he was involved behind the scenes in some of his father’s campaigns. In a 1972 byelection following his father’s retirement from politics, Bennett captured the seat with 39 per cent of the vote. A month after the byelection, he declared for the Social Credit leadership and won handily when his most

dangerous potential opponent — Phil Gaglardi, decided not to run. After toppling the Barrett administration, the new premier vowed to “get B.C.’s economy moving again” with measures such as a 40 per cent increase in provincial sales tax, 140 per cent increase in premiums under the government’s Autoplan insurance program and 100 per cent increase in B.C. ferry fares. In the early 1980s, Bennett gained a reputation as being hard-nosed after cutting thousands of jobs from B.C.’s public service despite massive protests from labour. He faced Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the other premiers in televised talks that would result in the 1982 Constitution that Quebec Premier Rene Levesque refused to sign. He resigned in 1986 and returned to private business. Bennett is survived by his wife of 60 years, his brother Russell, four sons, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.






Minister says DNA cost a federal issue

Couples may lose shot at any farm weddings



Weddings on Fraser Valley farms may become a thing of the past, if stricter rules for agricultural land use in B.C. are adopted. Caroline Mosterman, who owns CPM Farms on Sumas Prairie, has hosted weddings, fundraisers, and garden club events on her land for six years. With blueberry fields and a water plant nursery on the farm, the venue has built-in outdoor ambience. But on Sept. 28, the Agricultural Land Commission delivered a stop-work order, telling her to cancel all non-farm events. “It’s going to be crippling to the agri-tourism industry,â€? Mosterman said. There were five weddings scheduled for this fall, plus more in 2016 and 2017. She has been told she needs to apply for a non-farm use permit to start hosting events again — a process that requires local and provincial approval and can take up to two years. It was one of many stop-work orders issued by the ALC to B.C. farms this year, including some in Chilliwack, Langley, Kelowna and on Vancouver Island. Farm weddings may be permanently off the table if a proposal from the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, which specifically labels “commercial weddingsâ€? as a nonfarm use, is adopted. Serena Miller had her May 2016 wedding, booked at CPM, cancelled this September. “I’m absolutely devastated,â€? said Miller. She and her fiancĂŠ, Steve Kirton, live in Surrey, and they looked all over the Lower Mainland to find a unique site within their budget. “If we don’t find another venue we might have to move our date into 2017,â€? she said. Shyla Slade, an Abbotsford wedding planner and the owner of Valley Weddings, says her clients are more interested in different venues like farms than traditional spots such as hotel banquet rooms. “It will definitely affect my business,â€? said Slade. “I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of other options for brides in the Valley.â€? The proposal from the ministry of agriculture is would limit farms on ALR to only receive agri-tourism income equal to or less than their yearly farming income. Representatives from the ministry of agriculture did not return requests for comment by press time.

Gloria Zerbinos, right, was convicted in September of murdering her mother Yota Zerbinos, left. [FILE]

Husband plunks urn of ashes beside mom-killer SHEILA REYNOLDS SURREY NORTH DELTA LEADER

Just before a victim impact statement was read on his behalf, Trevor Forsyth walked to the front of the B.C. Supreme Court gallery and, with a loud thump, placed a large green urn bearing his wife’s ashes beside her killer. Gloria Zerbinos, sitting inside the Plexiglass prisoner’s box, looked at the urn containing her mother’s remains, up at Forsyth, and back to the urn. The Crown prosecutor proceeded with reading how the murder of Pangiota “Yota� Zerbinos – at the hands of her daughter Gloria – has caused lasting pain for Forsyth. “It has been over three years and I still can’t make it through the day without tearing up,� wrote Forsyth, Yota’s longtime common-law spouse. He talked about the trouble he has sleeping and how being in the kitchen, where he spent hours with Yota preparing Greek food, is nothing but heart-

breaking now. He also said he’s lost a lot of friends. “I have changed and not for the better,� Forsyth said. “My nieces wish they could have their uncle Trevor back . . . .� The statement was read during Gloria’s sentencing hearing on Friday in New Westminster court. She was found guilty in September of the second-degree murder of her mother, and while the conviction carries an automatic life sentence, a judge must decide the length of parole ineligibility, which can range from 10 to 25 years. Gloria appeared momentarily distraught upon seeing her mom’s urn – one of the first signs of emotion she has shown throughout the trial process, which began in January. She stared stone faced while victim impact statements were read. Friends and family in the gallery cried. The Crown is recommending Gloria not be eligible to apply for parole for at least 13 years.


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Jennifer Caballero places flowers at a makeshift memorial honouring the victims of Wednesday’s shooting rampage on Friday in San Bernardino, Calif. The FBI said Friday it is officially investigating the mass shooting in California as an act of terrorism. [AP PHOTO]

Islamic State-affiliated news agency Aamaq said Friday that the two shooters were ‘supporters’ of the group AMANDA LEE MYERS AND TAMI ABDOLLAH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The FBI said Friday it is officially investigating the mass shooting in California as an act of terrorism, while a U.S. law enforcement official said the woman who carried out the attack with her husband had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader on Facebook. The official said Tashfeen Malik made her posts under an alias. A Facebook official said she praised the leader of the Islamic State group in a post just as the first emergency calls came in from the shooting scene. The company discovered the account Thursday and removed the profile from public view. Malik and Syed Farook killed 14 people Wednesday at a holiday party for his co-workers. The Muslim couple were killed hours later in a gunbattle with police. Malik, 27, was a Pakistani who grew up in Saudi Arabia and came to the U.S. in 2014 on a fiancee visa. Farook, a 28-year-old restaurant health inspector, was born in Chicago to Pakistani parents and raised in California. Another U.S. official said Malik expressed “admiration” for the extremist group’s leader on Facebook under the alias account. But the offi-

“This was a person who was successful, who had a good job, a good income, a wife and a family. What was he missing in his life?” NIzaam Ali, attended mosque with shooter

cial said there was no sign that anyone affiliated with the Islamic State communicated back with her. The Islamic State-affiliated news agency Aamaq said Friday the two shooters were “supporters” of the group, but it stopped short of claiming responsibility for the attack. The two U.S. officials were not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Facebook official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed under corporate policy to be quoted by name. Separately, a U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday that Farook had been in contact with known Islamic extremists on social media. But FBI Director James Comey told reporters that the bureau’s investigation has not yet shown evi-

dence that the couple were part of a larger group or members of a terror cell. There “is a lot of evidence that doesn’t quite make sense,” he said. He said the suspects did not appear on the FBI’s “radar screen” before the shooting. Law enforcement officials have long warned that Americans acting in sympathy with Islamic extremists — though not on direct orders — could launch an attack inside the U.S. Using slick propaganda, the Islamic State in particular has urged sympathizers worldwide to commit violence in their countries. Two weeks ago, with Americans on edge over the Islamic State attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, FBI Director James Comey said that U.S. authorities had no specific or credible intelligence pointing to an attack on American soil. Seventy-one people have been charged in the U.S. since March 2014 in connection with supporting ISIS, including 56 this year, according to a recent report from the George Washington University Program on Extremism. Though most are men, “women are taking an increasingly prominent role in the jihadist world,” the report said. It was not immediately clear whether Malik exhibited any support for radical Islamists before she arrived in the U.S. — or, like scores

of others arrested by the FBI, became radicalized through online or in-person associations after arriving. To receive her visa, Malik was subjected to a vetting process the U.S. government describes as vigorous. It includes in-person interviews, fingerprints, checks against terrorist watch lists and reviews of her family members, travel history and places where she lived and worked. Foreigners applying from countries that are home to Islamic extremists — such as Pakistan — undergo additional scrutiny before the State Department and Homeland Security approve their applications. Pakistani intelligence officials said Malik moved as a child with her family to Saudi Arabia 25 years ago. The two officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said that the family is originally from a town in Punjab province and that the father initially moved to Saudi Arabia around three decades ago for work. Another person close to the Saudi government said Malik didn’t stay in Saudi Arabia, eventually returning to Pakistan and living in the capital, Islamabad, though she returned to Saudi Arabia for visits. The person was not authorized to speak publicly, and did so on condition of anonymity. Farook had no criminal record and

was not under scrutiny by local or federal law enforcement before the attack, authorities said. He and his wife built pipe bombs and stockpiled thousands of rounds of ammunition for the commando-style assault Wednesday on a gathering of Farook’s colleagues. “This was a person who was successful, who had a good job, a good income, a wife and a family. What was he missing in his life?” asked Nizaam Ali, who worshipped with Farook at a mosque in San Bernardino. Authorities said that the couple sprayed as many as 75 rounds into the room before fleeing and had more than 1,600 rounds left when they were killed. At home, they had 12 pipe bombs, tools to make more explosives and well over 4,500 rounds, police said. The dead ranged in age from 26 to 60. Among the 21 injured were two police officers hurt during the manhunt, authorities said. Two of the wounded remained in critical condition Thursday. The soft-spoken Farook was known to pray every day at San Bernardino’s Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah mosque. The last time a friend, Rahemaan Ali, saw him was three weeks ago, when Farook stopped coming to pray. Rahemaan Ali said Farook seemed happy and his usual self.







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Police are now investigating a case of cyberbullying involving an anonymous online poll ranking girls at a high school based on their looks, but legal experts say a criminal conviction is unlikely. Lynelle Cantwell, a student at Holy Trinity High School in Torbay, N.L., received national attention and support after she took to Facebook this week to denounce the “Ugliest Girls in Grade 12” poll and its creators in a post that has been shared thousands of times. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said in an email Friday that it and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary are looking into the poll, which first appeared on the social media site ask.fm. Police could not be reached for comment, but a Dalhousie University law professor said current federal cyberbullying laws only cover online sharing of intimate images, sometimes referred to as “revenge porn.” “In the unfortunately fairly unpleasant world of cyberbullying, it would surprise me if this rose to level of something that was criminal,” said Wayne MacKay, who is also a cyberbullying expert. Michael Lacy, a criminal defence lawyer and vice-president of the Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario, agreed with MacKay and said it might be time to update the law. “This highlights that our criminal code hasn’t yet caught up to the technological age,” he said. “I really think it’s time for the federal government to step up and look at things like this and see if it crosses over into the criminal sphere.” MacKay and Lacy said while this might not fit the criminal definition of cyberbullying, police could consider charges for criminal harassment — though that’s a charge that generally requires the victim to fear for their livelihood. Both experts agreed any sanctions arising from the incident would most likely be decided by the school. A school board representative said via email that the poll is contrary to the school board’s social media policy and the actions of the creators are unacceptable. “It is possible that school disciplinary action could result from a student’s actions on social media,” said Ken Morrissey. Ask.fm has been connected to cyberbullying in the past. British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a boycott of the site in 2013 after it was linked to the suicide of a 14-year-old girl.


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Lynelle Cantwell from Newfoundland and Labrador was named in a poll posted on the website ask.fm called ‘Ugliest Girls in Grade 12.’ [THE CANADIAN PRESS]

YELLOWKNIFE — The De Beers Group is shutting down its Snap Lake diamond mine in the Northwest Territories due to a softening market for the gemstone, resulting in the loss of more than 400 jobs. Kim Truter, CEO of De Beers Canada, said the company will evaluate market conditions over the next year to determine if the underground mine is financially viable. “The men and women at Snap Lake have put enormous effort into this challenging ore body over many years, but even the gains made this year are not enough to overcome the market conditions and put us in a profitable position,” Truter said in a news release Friday. De Beers said some employees will be required in the coming months to prepare the mine for a lengthy suspension. Truter said 434 employees have been notified that they aren’t required for the closure and maintenance work.

De Beers has been spending almost $200 million a year in local businesses plus all of the wages they pay for the workforce. The chamber estimates that De Beers and other businesses have spent more than $2.2 billion over the years on the mine, which began operating in 2008. Three diamond mines including Snap Lake contribute about 40 per cent of the N.W.T.’s gross domestic product and together are the single largest private sector contributor to its economy. The chamber estimates that 17 per cent of the mine’s workforce last year was aboriginal. Hoefer said the state of the diamond mining industry should be on the new government’s agenda. The territory held a general election on Nov. 23 but won’t select a new premier or cabinet until later this month. De Beers says it is the world’s largest diamond producer with other mines in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

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New suspects sought by France, Belgium after false IDs located EU moved Friday to grant law-enforcement access to information gathered by airlines LORNE COOK AND JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BRUSSELS — Belgian and French authorities were hunting two new suspects Friday in the Paris attacks who they say used fake identity cards around Europe and sent money to a relative of the man who orchestrated the attacks the day before the ringleader died in a shootout with French police. The two men, carrying bogus ID in the names of Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal, had been travelling in a Mercedes with another Paris attacks fugitive, Salah Abdeslam, when the car was checked Sept. 9 at the Hungarian-Austrian border, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday. The same Kayal ID was used to rent a house in the Belgian town of Auvelais that authorities have searched as a possible site for making the suicide bombs used in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, the prosecutor’s office said. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for those gunand-bomb attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds in Paris. Belgian authorities said about 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, four days after the Paris attacks, the false identity card in the name of Bouzid was used at a Western Union office in the Brussels area to send a 750-euro ($817) money order to Hasna Ait Boulhacen, cousin of the purported attack ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Both Boulhacen and Abaaoud died a day later when French police stormed their hideout in a Paris suburb. The two new suspects “are being


Man who killed flag worker faces jail time A man who struck and killed an 18-year-old highway flag worker in Saskatchewan has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail. Keith Dunford, a 47-year-old Regina resident, was found guilty earlier this year to dangerous driving causing death. Ashley Dawn Richards was killed during her first day on the job near the southeastern community of Midale in August 2012. Court heard that Richards, who had recently moved from Lakeside, N.B., was thrown about the width of a Canadian Football League field when she was struck by Dunford’s speeding SUV in a construction zone. Dunford, who is a professional truck driver from the United Kingdom, also faces a three-year driving ban upon release. His lawyer, who had argued for a suspended sentence, plans to appeal.


Transit station tagged with anti-Muslim graffiti Men on Thursday work on the shop front of the cafe La bonne Biere, one of the establishments targeted during the November Paris attacks. The cafe was expected to reopen Friday. [AP PHOTO]

actively sought by Belgian and French police services,” the prosecutor’s office said. Spurred into action by the Paris attacks, the interior ministers of the European Union moved Friday to grant law-enforcement agencies access to information gathered by airlines — data like passengers’ names, travel dates, itinerary, credit cards and contact details. The sharing of such data is meant to allow better scrutiny of known or suspected extremists. Under the passenger data deal, details would be collected from European carrier flights entering or leaving the EU, as well as from flights between member countries. Charter flights will be included, and all the

information will be kept on file for six months. Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, who chaired the meeting in Brussels, expressed his “pride that after so many years of negotiations, we have now been able to conclude an agreement.” The passenger record agreement proposal was first made in 2007, but it languished in the European Parliament for years as EU lawmakers struggled to strike the right balance between security concerns and privacy rights. The assembly must still endorse the deal but that is likely to happen within the next month. At least 5,000 Europeans are believed to have trained or fought in Syria and Iraq but authorities

are struggling to track their movements and prove their activities. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described the new system as “indispensable in the fight against terrorism.” The EU already has such data deals with the U.S., Canada and Australia. In Paris, patrons began returning as La Bonne Biere, a corner cafe in the trendy central district targeted by the gunmen, reopened Friday. Since the attacks, the shuttered cafe has been piled high with flowers. Paule Zlotnik, a neighbouring shopkeeper, praised the decision to reopen. “It’s time they open and that we continue life as it was before,” he said.

Calgary police are checking whether graffiti targeting Muslims and Syrian refugees that was spray-painted at a light-rail transit station is a hate crime. Calgary Transit notified police early Thursday evening that one of their C-trains had been sprayed. When officers arrived at the northwest Tuscany station, they discovered hate-fuelled messages laced with vicious profanity and death threats on many locations, as well as on vehicles in the parking lot. Investigators believe one or two people may have been responsible. They’re checking video from security cameras to help them identify potential suspects. Sgt. Ray Kelly, a police spokesman, says they will use their resources to bring the offenders to court.


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Angry exchanges end Tory insider testimony BILL GRAVELAND THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY — A lawyer for Arthur Kent suggested Friday it was anger that fuelled comments from one of the anonymous sources behind an article critical of the former journalist’s run for office. Party insider Alan Hallman spoke to columnist Don Martin about Kent’s campaign to win a seat for the Progressive Conservatives in the 2008 Alberta provincial election. Kent, who became known as the Scud Stud for his Gulf War reporting on U.S. television, filed a lawsuit over the article, which was headlined “‘Scud Stud’ a ‘Dud’ on the Election Trail.” It portrayed him as an ego-driven star candidate who had thrown his campaign off the rails by speaking



out against his own party and its leader. Kent was on record in a number of publications as criticizing Tory plans to proceed with a royalty review. In cross-examination of Hallman in court Friday, Kent’s lawyer Michael

Bates suggested Hallman was furious when he was rejected for a job with Kent’s campaign. “The whole problem here that has you so angry is that Arthur Kent rejected you,” said Bates. “Everybody loves Alan Hallman, but when Arthur Kent said to you he wanted nothing of you or your associates or your company on his campaign, that made you dislike him so much you get angry eight years later reading articles.” “You amuse me Mr. Bates,” Hallman replied. “You dislike Arthur Kent?” Bates asked. “Yes,” said Hallman. “He shouldn’t have been delivering friendly fire to our campaign, continuously, day after day, after day, after day, after day when he had been repeatedly told to

shut up by premier’s staff. “It was absurd. It was ridiculous. It was juvenile. It was amateurish. It was embarrassing.” Bates pointed to Hallman’s own political history, including being fired during Rick Orman’s PC leadership run in 1992 for lying to a reporter as well as trying to coerce a candidate to drop out during Calgary’s mayoral race in 2001.Hallman said he apologized and took full responsibility for his actions. “If we’re going to go through all my indiscretions and all of the scars on my back over 30-some years worth of political campaigns, you’re not going to get out of here for your 11 o’clock meeting Mr. Bates.” Hallman said he agreed to talk to Martin for the article under the condition of anonymity.

The jurors at Guy Turcotte’s murder trial will continue their deliberations on Saturday after failing to reach a verdict on Day 5. Turcotte, 43, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 stabbing deaths of his children, Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3. He admitted to causing the deaths but his lawyer argued the jury should find him not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder. The jurors began their deliberations Monday afternoon and can reach one of four possible verdicts: not criminally responsible or guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter. They have since been heard from twice: on Tuesday they wanted a copy of an article from the Criminal Code and on Wednesday they asked to listen again to the testimony of Crown psychiatrist Pierre Bleau. This is Turcotte’s second trial on the charges.






Class-action suit against CIBC can proceed, says top court ALEXANDRA POSADZKI THE CANADIAN PRESS

Stranded migrants await entry into Macedonia on the Greek side of the border near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija on Friday. [AP PHOTO]

TORONTO — The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by CIBC, allowing a class-action lawsuit brought by shareholders against the bank to proceed to trial. The bank is alleged to have failed to adequately disclose its exposure to the U.S. subprime market. “The bank now has to face the music, and we can move forward with this case on the merits,” said Joel Rochon, the lawyer representing the shareholders. The case will be heard in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Rochon said he expects the trial to begin some time in the next 12 to 18 months. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has said it would defend itself “vigorously” against the allegations, which have not been proven in court. CIBC’s appeal had argued that the lim-

itation period for the statutory action had expired under the terms of the Ontario Securities Act. “This is truly positive news for Canadian shareholders, because we now have a clear and effective remedy to pursue corporations, including banks, where there have been material misrepresentations made to the marketplace,” Rochon said. “It’s cases like these that need to be pursued, and the court has made it possible for shareholders to advance these cases, and to advance them effectively.” CIBC said it is disappointed in the ruling, but added the decision was a procedural one that would determine whether the case can proceed as a class-action. “We continue to believe that CIBC’s conduct was appropriate and that our disclosure met applicable requirements,” spokesman Kevin Dove said in an email.

EU aid for migrant crisis lacking, says Greek official ELENA BECATOROS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATHENS, Greece — The European Union has provided far less than is needed to help Greece deal with the massive influx of refugees and other migrants this year, the country’s European affairs minister said Friday. Nikos Xydakis gave the example of staff from the European border agency Frontex, saying that Greece needed 750 but initially received only 350, increasing by a further 100 or so in recent days. “Since May Greece has persistently been asking for technical, technological and staffing help, and what it has received from Europe is far less than what was asked for,” Xydakis told The Associated Press in an interview. Greece is the main point of entry into the EU for people fleeing war and poverty at home, with the vast majority of the 700,000 people who have entered the country this year reaching Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast. Few want to remain in the financially stricken nation, with nearly all heading on an overland route through the

“Since May Greece has persistently been asking for technical, technological and staffing help, and what it has received from Europe is far less than what was asked for.” Nikos Xydakis, EU affairs minister

Balkans to the more prosperous European north. The government says it has also received fewer fingerprinting machines than it needs to identify and register people, and not enough help to patrol the Aegean. “There is an inability of the member states and the European mechanisms to respond to the needs of this storm,” Xydakis said. He insisted Greece is meeting its obligations and adhering to all agreements made on the issue, saying small delays were “completely

explainable” by the sheer volume of arrivals. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Athens on Friday for talks on issues including the migrant crisis, and said the U.S. was giving $24 million to the UN refugee agency. Greece’s response to the refugee crisis has come under criticism from some parts of the EU. Suggestions have surfaced in recent media reports that Greece could be suspended from the EU’s borderless Schengen area unless it improves its border policing. A suspension, which would mean travellers from Greece would pass through passport control on arrival in other Schengen countries, would have little practical effect on the migrant flow as Greece does not share any borders with other Schengen nations. But it would be a humiliating blow. In Berlin, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert was asked about reports that some EU countries want Greece out of Schengen, but didn’t answer when asked whether Germany was among them.

Quebec updates animal protection laws THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Quebec national assembly has passed legislation that better protects animals and defines them as sentient beings. Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis, who spearheaded Bill 54, is hoping it will help transform Quebec from the jurisdiction with some of the least strict animal-welfare rules in North America — it is considered the puppy-mill capital of the continent — to one with

some of the toughest. The legislation was adopted by a 109-0 margin on Friday. The bill states that “animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs.” For many people, that might seem obvious, but until now an animal in Quebec has had the same legal rights as a piece of furniture. The bill states that animal owners must ensure their pets receive “care that is consistent with (their) biological needs.”

Farm animals don’t get the same protections. They must be treated “in accordance with generally recognized rules,” the bill reads. The legislation also gives inspectors the power to demand to see an animal if they have “reasonable cause” to suspect the pet is being mistreated. They can also obtain a warrant from a judge to enter a home and seize animals. First-time offenders face fines as low as $250 and as high as $250,000.

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Sex assault allegation on board Canadian navy ship


Airlift to Belize sought for Cuban migrants Costa Rica’s top diplomat says the country has asked authorities in Belize to accept nearly 3,000 Cuban migrants who have been stuck at the Costa Rican border with Nicaragua for weeks. The plan envisions flying the Cubans to Belize, which is on Mexico’s southeastern border. From there the Cubans would presumably continue north toward their stated destination: the United States, where Cuban nationals benefit from special migrant policies letting them stay in the U.S. Nicaragua closed its border to the Cubans in mid-November after Costa Rica granted them transit visas to travel across its territory, sparking a diplomatic spat between the Central American neighbours.


HALIFAX — The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy on the Atlantic coast confirmed Friday that military police are investigating an alleged sexual assault involving one male attacking another aboard HMCS Athabaskan. Rear Admiral John Newton said the incident is alleged to have happened Nov. 10 while the destroyer was docked in Rota, Spain, during a NATO exercise. The ship typically has about 250 sailors aboard. The two sailors in question are junior members of the ship’s company, he said. “In this case, we have a same-sex event report from a complainant who is the same sex as his attacker,” Newton said in an interview. The sex of those involved “doesn’t matter the least bit in our mind . . . . It’s always about bringing balance across gender identities,” said Newton, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic. No one has been charged and none of the allegations has been proven in court. Capt. Joanna Labonte, a military spokeswoman, says the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service was called in Nov. 10. The Iroquois-class ship returned to Halifax late last month after participating in multinational exercises as part of Trident Juncture. The exercise involved several other Royal Canadian Navy vessels, including HMCS Halifax, Goose Bay, Summerside, Winnipeg and Windsor. The military launched a review last year after media reports into what appeared to be a major discrepancy between official records of sexual assault cases and what was actually happening inside the Canadian Forces. In May, the federal government accepted all 10 recommendations from a hard-hitting report by a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice on sexual misconduct in the military. The report by Marie Deschamps recommended, among other things, that an independent agency be set up outside the military chain of command to handle sexual misconduct complaints. Since Deschamps’ report was released, the military has taken steps to educate its members about sexism through various means, including town hall meetings. “We’re fighting like crazy to make sure our people know that nobody in leadership or among subordinates can get away with abhorrent behaviour like this,” said Newton.


Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim Naimi prior to the start of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on Friday. [AP PHOTO]

OPEC ministers to keep oil prices at current level Effort to nudge cost even higher would mean lowering output GEORGE JAHN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

VIENNA — OPEC nations decided Friday to keep producing oil at their current high levels, effectively acknowledging their inability to push up crude prices. An attempt to nudge the cost of oil higher would have involved lowering output. Instead, the organization’s endorsement of present output, which is more than 1.5 million barrels a day above the formal ceiling of 30 million barrels, is likely to push the price of oil down further. The ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries appeared to have little choice. Major producing nations in the cartel were opposed to reducing output. Instead, OPEC is poised to produce more oil. Iran, which once pumped around 4 million barrels a day and is now down to about half that, is preparing to come back fully on line once it sheds nuclear-related sanctions in a few months. Senior oil official Amir Hossein Zamaninia said last week Iran hopes to bring an extra 500,000 barrels on the market by early next year. He said he hopes the extra output will be accommodated within OPEC’s formal ceiling of 30 million barrels a day. Arriving for Friday’s meeting, Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Iran is ready to discuss a ceiling for its production — but only after his country makes a “full return to the market.” Iraq is also resurgent. The country has seen the fastest rise in crude production in the world this year. It was pumping more than 4 million barrels

“At the end of the day every country has a sovereign right to bring to the marketplace its resources.” Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, conference president

a day last month and was responsible for last month’s biggest monthly rise in output among all OPEC countries. And the ministers agreed to readmit past member Indonesia, to expand their ranks to 13. While that country’s production goes mostly for domestic consumption, that move could also add some to the total amount of OPEC barrels on sale. A final statement on the meeting was unusual in not mentioning any decision on production ceilings. But conference president Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu told reporters that there was agreement to maintain “current actual production,” which is well above the formal ceiling set at 30 million barrels a day. Friday’s news pushed oil prices down, with the U.S. benchmark rate sliding 2.7 per cent on the day to $39.99. The decision effectively leaves it up to individual members how much crude to pump and was a strong signal of OPEC’s eroding ability to act as a group in efforts to influence supply, demand — and prices. Kachikwu acknowledged as much, telling reporters asking about Iran’s return: “At the end of the

day every country has a sovereign right to bring to the marketplace its resources.” “The logic is simple,” he said, of OPEC’s present clout in a market where non-members such as Russia and U.S. shale producers play an increasingly large role. “We are only 35 per cent of the producers an there are still 65 . . . per cent producers out there.” Some OPEC members are producing at their limit and like at previous meetings, the pressure was on swing-producer Saudi Arabia, which accounts for about a third of OPEC’s output, to cut back. But the desert kingdom remained opposed. The Saudis already resisted cutbacks a year ago, a strategy calculated to put higher-cost outside competitors — like U.S. shale oil producers — out of business. The hope was that would eventually lead to a drop in supply and a rebound in prices. That plan clearly hasn’t worked, with benchmark U.S. crude’s value falling by more than 40 per cent over the past year and now hovering around the $40 mark per barrel. Cushioned by past profits on oil, the Saudis can hold out, even if production costs exceed sale revenues. Not so much some others. Kachikwu, the conference president who also represented Nigeria at the meeting, acknowledged that continued low prices will hurt his country. » We want to hear from you. Send comments on this story to yourletters@nanaimodailynews.com. Letters must include daytime phone number and hometown.


116-year-old record falls with lack of snow A 116-year-old snow record has fallen in Buffalo. This time, it’s for lack of snow. The city had yet to see its first measurable snowfall by Friday, breaking the record for latest first snow set on Dec. 3, 1899. The wait will continue, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell said. There’s no snow in the forecast until at least mid-December. “This record is going to most likely be shattered,” Mitchell said. The start of the winter season couldn’t be more different from last year, when some areas of Buffalo and its suburbs saw an unheard of 2.1 metres of snow in November during what’s now called the “Snowvember” storm. During an average season, Buffalo gets its first measurable snow, considered a tenth of an inch or more, on Nov. 8 and sees about 236 centimetres through the winter. At the Streets Department garage, a dozen snowplows sat idle next to an untouched mountain of road salt. And at the Canalside ice rink, the only snowflakes were in the form of sparkling holiday decorations.


Officials say 16 killings are by the same person Colombian authorities said Friday they are now investigating the killings of as many as 16 women by the same person. The police said that since last Saturday, they have found the bodies of nine women they believe were killed by a man the press dubbed “The Monster of Monserrate.” Authorities have identified the man as 34-year-old area resident Fredy Armando Valencia. He reportedly has admitted to killing an additional seven women and burying them inside the Monserrate mountain that dominates Bogota and serves as one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Forensic specialists on Friday were searching the area for more bodies.






StatsCan figures show slow economic growth ANDY BLATCHFORD THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — Fresh bundles of disappointing data rolled out Friday are backing up expectations the Canadian economy is poised to close out the year with a whimper. On Friday, Statistics Canada’s latest monthly jobs survey found the economy shed 35,700 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate crept higher by one tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 per cent. Meanwhile, another batch of the agency’s data showed Canadian exports sagged in October, helping its trade deficit swell to $2.76 billion. These numbers added brush strokes to the fourth-quarter picture, which as the country learned earlier in the

“I’m concerned. Now we have even more recent data and those data have also shown some troubling softening in the Canadian economy.” Sherry Cooper, chief economist for Dominion Lending Centres

week, received a flimsy handoff from September. The economy’s performance — as measured by real gross domestic product — contracted by 0.5 per cent at a non-annualized rate in Sep-

tember, the final month of the third quarter. That monthly reading dampened the encouraging results for the third quarter as a whole. The period saw Canada’s real GDP rebound to grow by 2.3 per cent after it had hobbled through two straight quarters of contraction. Canada continues to limp from the pain of persistently low commodity prices and the failure of other sectors, such as exports and manufacturing, to pick up the torch from the resources industry. “I’m concerned,” Sherry Cooper, chief economist for Dominion Lending Centres, said Friday. “Now we have even more recent data and those data have also shown

some troubling softening in the Canadian economy.” The latest numbers Friday follow recent warnings from experts, including the new Liberal government, that Canada’s fiscal footing is now projected to be billions of dollars worse than anticipated. The situation could be particularly problematic for the Liberals, who were elected on a promise to cap annual budgetary deficits at $10 billion over the first two years of their mandate and balance the books by the fourth year. The party vowed to spend billions on infrastructure as a way to stimulate the economy and create jobs. However, Friday’s headline job number for November was, perhaps,

not as bad as it looked at first glance. Statistics Canada said the worsethan-expected drop was due to a reversal to the significant October increase in temporary work that was likely generated by the federal election. The November data also found the overall number of part-time positions declined by 72,300 compared to the previous month, while full-time jobs climbed by 36,600. Regionally, Alberta saw its jobless rate jump from 6.6 per cent to seven per cent — the province’s highest level since April 2010 — as 14,900 fewer people were working there. That drop in the number of jobs was the biggest decline from October to November of any province.



CP Rail’s takeover bid of U.S. rival takes testy turn

Putin critical of Turkey as he calls for international anti-terror front


MONTREAL — A proposal by Canadian Pacific Railway to create the largest railroad in North America took a testy turn Friday after the company accused Norfolk Southern of mischaracterizing the takeover deal. The Calgary-based railway said it was disappointed that Norfolk Southern, one of the biggest rail companies in the U.S., rejected its US$28 billion offer. “CP takes exception to the claims, misdirection and mischaracterization of its offer and the benefits such a combination would provide to customers, shareholders, the industry and the public,” CP Rail said after markets closed. CP Rail plans to hold a conference call Tuesday to respond in greater detail and “correct every inaccuracy” raised by Norfolk Southern about obtaining regulatory approval. Norfolk expressed doubt that the deal would clear regulatory hurdles in dismissing the unsolicited offer on Friday. The Virginia-based railway also called the offer “grossly inadequate.” “Our board is really confident in our strategic plan and that it is superior to CP’s inadequate and high-risk proposal,” Jim Squires, chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern, said Friday during a conference call. Squires said CP Rail’s short-term, “cut-to-the-bone strategy” doesn’t align with Norfolk Southern’s plan to boost revenues and reduce costs.

White House says it was ‘a little ironic’ for the Russian leader to point a finger at others VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for “one powerful fist” to fight terrorism, hinted at more sanctions against Turkey and accused Western powers of creating “a zone of chaos.” Speaking in his live state-of-the-nation address, Putin called for an end to what he called double standards that hampered uniting global efforts in fighting terrorism. Without naming the United States, he accused Washington and its allies of turning Iraq, Syria and Libya into a “zone of chaos and anarchy threatening the entire world” by supporting change of regimes in those countries. Putin didn’t address efforts to start a peace process in Syria in his speech, focusing on the need to pool global efforts in the fight against terrorism following the attacks in Paris and the downing of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt. The IS has claimed responsibility for both. “We must leave all arguments and disagreements behind and make one powerful fist, a single anti-terror front, which would work on the basis of international law under the aegis of the United Nations,” he said, addressing lawmakers and top officials in an ornate Kremlin hall. “That means no shelter to bandits, no double standards, no contacts whatsoever with any terrorist organizations, no attempts to use them for some selfish goals, no criminal, bloody business with terrorists.” Putin specifically targeted Turkey, accusing it of “allowing terrorists to earn money by selling oil stolen from Syria.” “For that money the bandits are recruiting mercenaries, buying

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday. [AP PHOTO]

weapons and staging cruel terror attacks aimed against our citizens, as well as citizens of France, Lebanon, Mali and other countries,” he said. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said it was “a little ironic” for the Russian leader to point a finger at others. “The ongoing and intense military effort by the Russians to prop up a dictator inside of Syria that is the root cause of so much chaos makes it a little ironic for him to be pointing the finger at anyone else,” Earnest said Thursday, adding that Washington “would welcome a constructive Russian contribution” to the U.S.-led coalition. “But Russia has different aims, apparently, if you look only at their

military strategy,” Earnest said. “We would like to see Russia be more constructive in trying to confront this problem.” Putin in his speech accused Turkey of a “treacherous war crime” in downing a Russian warplane at the border with Syria. “Allah must have punished Turkey’s ruling clique by depriving it of sense and reason,” Putin said. Turkey said the plane violated its airspace for 17 seconds despite repeated warnings; Russia denies that. The shoot-down, the first time a NATO country has downed a Russian plane in more than half a century, triggered a bitter falling out between the two nations, which had developed robust economic ties.

Moscow deployed long-range air defence missile systems to its base in Syria 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey and slammed an array of economic sanctions on Turkey, including a ban on imports of fruit and vegetables and the sales of tour packages. “We will remind them not just once about what they have done, and they will feel sorry about it more than just once,” Putin said without spelling out what other actions Russia may take. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Thursday that talks with Turkey on building a pipeline that would allow Russia to export natural gas to the European Union through Turkey have been halted.






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Boston Public Library curator of maps Ronald Grim, who helped reclaim a map from 1612 that was stolen from the library, looks at it closely in Boston on Thursday. [PAT GREENHOUSE /THE BOSTON GLOBE VIA AP]

Stolen Champlain map is recovered 1612 document shows Maritimes, East Coast BOB SALSBERG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON — A centuries-old map compiled by French explorer Samuel de Champlain and believed to be among dozens stolen more than a decade ago from the Boston Public Library has been recovered, library officials said Friday. The map, compiled in 1612 and named Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, was found at a New York City arts dealer, where it was on sale for $285,000, the library said. It was identified by Ronald Grim, curator of the library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, who spotted it in an antiques publication over the summer. Grim said he was stunned and delighted to come across the 17-inch-by-30-inch map, which depicts the coast of New England and the Maritime provinces and an area as far west as the Great Lakes, part of a region once known as New France. Champlain made numerous voyages to the region in the early 17th century and included the map in a book published in Paris in 1613. “Champlain was the one of the first Europeans exploring the East Coast, and this is his first published map showing his exploration,” Grim said in an interview. Grim, shortly after joining the staff in 2005, began an inventory of the library’s rare map collection and discovered that 69 were missing from atlases and books. The inventory was prompted by the arrest of E. Forbes Smiley III, an antique map dealer who had been accused of stealing maps from Yale University. Grim said the FBI asked other institutions to find out whether Smiley had visited their facilities, and determine if anything was missing. In 2006, Smiley was sentenced in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut,

“Champlain was the one of the first Europeans exploring the East Coast, and this is his first published map showing his exploration.”


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to 3 1/2 years in prison after admitting he stole about 100 maps from several institutions including the New York and Boston public libraries, the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Yale and Harvard University libraries and the British Library in London. Authorities said at the time that Smiley helped investigators recover many of the maps, stolen from the institutions over eight years, including 34 that were returned to the Boston library. Federal prosecutors cited his co-operation in proposing a reduced sentence. The Champlain engraving was not among the maps that Smiley admitted taking. The library did not identify the New York antique dealer that was selling the map, but it said the dealer had been retained by a third party to sell it on commission and fully co-operated with the recovery. To confirm the identity of the map, Grim said he compared it with a digital image taken from a previous photograph. The document had distinctive markings, including tears on the left side and a hole just above one tear. The library estimates the still-missing maps to be valued at about $750,000. Only one was photographed, so it would be “quite a task” for the library to prove ownership of any others that resurfaced, Grim said.

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Buffalo’s 2018 World Juniors will feature an outdoor game MARK LUDWICZAK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEET THE NEW BOSS New Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins answer questions during a press conference in Toronto on Friday. [THE CANADIAN PRESS]

Ross Atkins introduced as new Jays’ GM GREGORY STRONG THE CANADIAN PRESS


lue Jays president Mark Shapiro was the Cleveland Indians’ farm director when he first met Ross Atkins about 20 years ago. He was quite impressed by the young pitcher, who took a keen interest in what was happening on and off the field. Atkins moved into the Indians’ player development department in 2000 and both he and Shapiro would rise up the ranks of the team’s front office. On Friday, the two men were reunited as Shapiro proudly introduced Atkins — his longtime colleague and good friend — as the seventh general manager in Blue Jays history. “Ross is the best person to not just be general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, he’s the best person to lead this organization and build the organization,” Shapiro said. Tony LaCava, who was also considered for the job and filled in as interim GM after the departure of Alex Anthopoulos, will return to his previous role as assistant general manager. He was also named senior vice-president of baseball operations when the Blue Jays announced the Atkins hiring on Thursday evening. LaCava will lead the front office through the upcoming winter meetings and the off-season while Atkins settles into his new job and gets a

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feel for the inner workings of the organization. “I am really appreciative of this opportunity,” Atkins said at a news conference at Rogers Centre. “I understand that it’s a big one.” It’s the first GM job for the 42-yearold native of Greensboro, N.C., who spent three years as the Indians’ director of Latin American operations before running the franchise’s farm system from 2007-14. He inherits a Blue Jays team that’s coming off a 93-69 season and an appearance in the American League Championship Series. “I see this team as a very, very good one that people will fear,” Atkins said. “They’re going to be competitive.” Toronto’s offensive core remains strong and most of the position players will be back in 2016. However, there are holes in the bullpen and the starting rotation with ace David Price leaving as a free agent and Mark Buehrle likely set for retire-

ment or joining a team closer to home. “I think we’ll look to fortify the depth of pitching,” Atkins said. “And I think in addition to that there are some complementary pieces that we’ll need to think about improving upon. But this is, as it stands today, a very good team.” Shapiro, who replaced Paul Beeston after his retirement in late October, interviewed four candidates last month before narrowing it down to Atkins and LaCava. The two finalists went through another round of meetings over the last week before Shapiro made the call. “In the end, the toughest decisions are usually the best ones to have to make,” he said. “I was left with the decision between two right choices. There was no bad decision, there was no bad choice. “It was an extremely tough one for me just because there were two guys that could do a great job filling the role.” The Indians finished third in the American League Central last season while the Blue Jays won the East, dispatched the Texas Rangers in a five-game divisional series and then fell to the Royals. A few days after Toronto was eliminated, the popular Anthopoulos — the 2015 executive of the year — stunned many baseball observers by turning down an extension amid reports of a difference in vision with the new president. Shapiro said he was disappointed and surprised that Anthopoulos

declined the offer, and he turned to LaCava to handle GM duties over the last five weeks. LaCava responded by bringing back reliable right-hander Marco Estrada and signing left-hander J.A. Happ. In addition, first baseman Justin Smoak avoided arbitration by signing a one-year deal and backup catcher Josh Thole inked a one-year deal on Friday. The Atkins introduction came on the same day the Boston Red Sox introduced Price after he signed a seven-year deal worth a whopping US$217 million. Shapiro said the Blue Jays weren’t aggressive on the Price front. “It’s never a question of do you want David Price? I mean that’s silly. Of course, yes, we want David Price,” he said. “It’s a question of how do you build a championship team within the parameters you’re given. “It’s as simple as that. We have all the resources necessary to build a championship team but they’re not unlimited. It’s a business like any other business.” Shapiro would not offer specifics on overall payroll, but confirmed the team is not at its limit and noted his front office is open to being “very creative.” “We have the ability to examine a lot of scenarios as we head to Nashville (for the winter meetings) and as we go through the off-season and we’ll see what comes,” he said. “We’re going to look to get better. That’s going to be the key.”

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The world junior hockey championships are heading outdoors. USA Hockey officials announced Friday that the 2018 tournament will take place in Buffalo and that an outdoor game will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. The outdoor game will be the featured game from the preliminary round and will take place on Dec. 27 or 29, 2017. The outdoor game will all but certainly feature the United States and Canada. If the teams aren’t scheduled to be in the same group based on the results of the 2017 world juniors, officials have the ability to place the two countries in the same group for the benefit of the tournament. “That’s the goal for sure,” USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean said. “The IIHF allows some flexibility if the results of the 2017 tournament are such that we’re not in the same pool so that a country can be moved. So those early discussions on a ’what if’ basis have happened . . . We think the U.S.-Canada rivalry is the best in the game and that’s obviously what we’re designing this for.” Buffalo also hosted the tournament in 2011. It will also be the second outdoor hockey game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The NHL’s first Winter Classic took place at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Jan. 1, 2008. The NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are expected to submit a bid to host the 2018 Winter Classic, which would take place during the middle of the tournament. Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula said speculation over the 2018 Winter Classic is premature, however. “Right now the logistics of putting those two games together, it’s a total unknown,” Pegula said. “Why would you ask for something if you don’t know if you can do it? We’ve got another league involved in this decision, too. “It’s very complex.” Buffalo edged finalists Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa, Florida. Given its close proximity to Toronto and southern Ontario, Buffalo was considered a favourite to host the tournament. The 2018 event will have the ability to surpass those totals with the addition of an outdoor game. Ralph Wilson Stadium has a capacity of 71,857 for football games, and 71,217 people attended the inaugural Winter Classic that featured the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. This time around, Buffalo is even more equipped to host the tournament. Next to the Sabres’ home rink, the First Niagara Center, is the new HarborCenter hockey and entertainment complex.






Clippers drop Spruce Kings 5-2 Rempal gets 30th goal, Hoover posts hat trick; Nanaimo on longest winning streak under Mike Vandekamp SCOTT MCKENZIE NANAIMO DAILY NEWS

With a 5-2 road win over the Prince George Spruce Kings Friday night the Nanaimo Clippers secured their seventh straight win. It is the longest string of wins under head coach Mike Vandekamp, who is in his fourth season with the Clippers. It was also their fourth straight victory on the road and opened a three-day, three-game trip through the B.C. Hockey League’s Mainland Division. Parker Colley opened the scoring for Prince George 2:46 into the game on a breakaway shot that beat Clippers goalie Evan Johnson, but Matt Hoover scored 11 seconds later to tie the game at one. Then, BCHL scoring leader Rempal


beat P.G. goalie Liam McCloskey for his 30th of the year — the first time a Clipper has scored 30 goals since Kyle Kramer did in 2012-13. The last Clipper to score more than 30 in a season was Russell Goodman, who had 32 in 56 games in 2008-09.


Rempal is on pace for 58 goals and 116 points, and has rarely strayed from his average of two points per game this season. He now has 16 points in his last seven games. His goal forced the Spruce Kings to switch goalies. Hoover then took a feed from Rempal on the first shot of the second period to put the Clippers up 3-1. The Spruce Kings pulled within a goal of the lead midway through the frame, though, as Kyle Johnson snuck a bad-angle shot past Evan Johnson. The Clippers were heavily outshooting the Spruce Kings at that point, and finish the second period — they left the period up 3-2 and outshooting Prince George 30-11. And in the third period, the persistence paid off for the Clippers when

Chris Dodero scored his third goal in as many games to put Nanaimo up 4-2. Hoover later picked up his hat trick goal, the 21st of the year for the fifth-leading scorer in the BCHL. He was named as the first star of the game, ending a run of five straight games that Rempal took that honour. Clippers captain Devin Brosseau, Hoover and Rempal’s linemate, picked up two assists in the win to remain in his spot as the BCHL’s fourth-leading scorer. Evan Johnson also nabbed his fifth win in a row in the Clippers goal having stopped 15 of 16 Prince George shots. The Clippers hadn’t had much luck on three-day road trips so far this season as they were 1-4-0-1 leading up to Friday’s game but didn’t have

a problem breaking that trend in Prince George. Now at 19-10-0-1 on the season, the Clippers have extended their Island Division lead to six points over the Powell River Kings. They will try to continue their new trend today after a long road trip when they play Game 2 of the weekend in Chilliwack when they take on the Mainland Division-leading Chiefs. The Clippers wrap up the trip on Sunday at 2 p.m. against the Surrey Eagles in what will be their sixth game in a row on the road. They return home on Dec. 11 on their Teddy Bear Toss night against the Merritt Centennials. Scott.McKenzie @nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4243


Time to panic, says Daniel Sedin Jason Botchford The Province

D Audrey Mitchell, right, of the Dover Bay Dolphins stretches just far enough to make a play Friday during Quad A volleyball provincials. [AARON HINKS/DAILY NEWS]

Dolphins fall to Handsworth 3-0 in provincial quarterfinal DAILY NEWS

The Dover Bay Dolphins will be forced to watch when the provincial Quad A high school girls volleyball championship is won today. The Dolphins, ranked No. 5 in the province as hosts of the 2015 B.C. championships this week, were eliminated by the Handsworth Royals Friday evening in straight sets in the tournament quarterfinal in front of a capacity crowd. “The girls fought really hard,” said Dover Bay head coach Dave Nelson. “Handsworth was tough . . . It was a little nerve-wracking for them (playing in front of a full audience), because, when do you get that? But in the end I think it was beneficial.” The loss came after the Dolphins

won in straight sets against the Mt. Baker (Cranbrook) Wild earlier in the day in the first game of the knockout round of the tournament. The highest the Dolphins can finish now is fifth, as they join the consolation round with their first game today at 11 a.m. at Dover Bay. “We still have a lot to play for,” said Nelson, noting the Dolphins finished sixth in Triple A provincials last season before moving up to Quad A play in 2015. The fifth-place game will be played at 2:30 p.m. at Vancouver Island University. VIU also hosts the bronze and gold medal matches of the tournament at 5 and 7 p.m. tonight. Sports@nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4243

aniel Sedin is suggesting it’s time to panic. The coach is pulling out the “must” card. And, when things seem as bleak as they’ve been since the Tortorella year, in comes an old enemy, the Boston Bruins. Maybe the Bruins are exactly what the Canucks need right now. An old rival to stir their emotions. They need something. “We should be in panic mode, for sure,” Daniel Sedin said today. Wait, what? The Sedins never panic. The Sedins never flinch. If it’s Game 1 of the regular season or Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, the Sedins’ attitude has always been more similar than different. They have never believed in big swings of emotion, or panic. But here they are. They should be getting some help back with Ben Hutton, but Luca Sbisa has a swollen right hand from a shot block and is not playing. And then there is Bo Horvat: the ice-cold, struggling centre who is in the exact position the Canucks did not want him. They need him to score. He’s just 20 years old, but they need him to score. That could be an issue, because he doesn’t have a goal in 15 games. His bull-rushes to the net are being easily filtered by whomever he’s playing, and those scoring chances he had earlier in the season are drying up. I’m not sure how much longer the Canucks can expect him to produce

Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin, right, celebrates his goal with Yannick Weber on Tuesday in Los Angeles. [AP PHOTO]

offence this season. He may be better served by peeling away his powerplay time and allowing him to focus on defence. “He needs to get back to the kind of player he is,” GM Jim Benning said. “He’s good on draws. He wins battles. He’s good defensively. “His offence will come from his good defence.” We’re not seeing that. But what about streamlining things by taking him off the power play? “That’s more Willie’s thing. But in junior he scored a lot of goals, because he has the size and strength to stand in front of the net,” Benning said. “He’s a big strong guy and he’s hard to move.

“That was part of his skill set in junior; he’d deflect pucks and get rebounds. “Willie is using him as that netfront presence on that second power play,” Benning said. “Once he’s comfortable with everything, I think he’ll be effective in that role.” The Canucks need that to happen soon. They have one even-strength goal from a line other than the Sedins in the last eight games. What happens when the Sedins slump? You don’t want to know. JBotchford@theprovince.com Twitter.com/botchford


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Lynch, Richardson will sit out of Seahawks’ game The Seattle Seahawks will be without Marshawn Lynch and Paul Richardson and will be missing some depth along their defensive line for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. While Lynch’s absence was expected following abdominal surgery last week, head coach Pete Carroll had been optimistic about Richardson’s chances to play. Instead, Richardson was unable to practice all week and was officially ruled out on Friday. “His hamstring just isn’t coming back,” Carroll said.


Rio 2016 athletes will get A/C rooms after all Throw away the floor fans. Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers have changed their minds and said Friday that athletes will have free air conditioning in their bedrooms at the athletes village. The decision to have free air conditioning comes after The Associated Press reported this week that about 10,000 Olympic athletes would have to pay for it because of budget cuts. “The sports department found a solution that could allow us to have the air conditioning,” said Mario Andrada, the spokesman for the 2016 Games. “So were buying air conditioning for all the athletes’ bedrooms and social rooms.”


Barry Bonds hired as Marlins’ hitting coach If Barry Bonds thinks a full-time return to baseball will help his Hall of Fame chances, he could be disappointed. Maybe he’ll at least help the Miami Marlins. Bonds is joining the staff of new Marlins manager Don Mattingly as hitting coach. The media-shy, steroids-tainted home run king made a rare conference call appearance Friday to discuss his hiring, which raised his profile just as balloting is under way for 2016 Hall of Fame voting. “I’m a Hall of Fame baseball player with no doubt in my mind, no doubt in my heart,” said Bonds, 51. “God knows that. That’s all that matters to me.”


Tough guy John Scott leads All-Star voting Tough guy John Scott leads NHL all-star voting in the early going despite dressing for just six games this season and registering one assist. Meanwhile, the ageless Jaromir Jagr is asking fans not to vote for him to play in the new three-onthree tournament format. And last year’s leading vote-getter, Zemgus Girgensons, also doesn’t want his native Latvia to send him to Nashville. Safe to say all-star fan voting has gotten off to a bizarre start.





Raptors hope to end Warriors’ run DeMar DeRozan says he’s tired of hearing about Curry, Golden State’s undefeated start LORI EWING THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — The Golden State Warriors are chasing history. They’re unbeaten through their first 20 games, and on pace to break the NBA record for wins in a season. Just don’t mention that to DeMar DeRozan. “Me honestly, I’m getting tired of it,” the Raptors guard said. “It’s a helluva record by them, but we’ve got to treat it like another game that we need to win.” The Toronto Raptors host Golden State on Saturday, and would love to avoid being the Warriors’ latest victim. Led by reigning MVP Stephen Curry — who spent three childhood years in Toronto, honing his shot at the Air Canada Centre while his dad Dell played for the Raptors — the Warriors are beating opponents with lopsided scores. They topped the Memphis Grizzlies by 50 early last month. But the Raptors came close to handing Golden State its first loss back on Nov. 15 — on the Warriors’ home court. Toronto was within a point with 15 seconds on the clock, before the Warriors pulled out the win with free throws. Kyle Lowry had 28 points on the night, and said afterward: “We competed. We fought hard, man. It just sucks. We wish we could have pulled that one off.” They’ll get another shot Saturday. “We know we can go out there and

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball as Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple (17) slips during a game Saturday in Washington. [THE CANADIAN PRESS]

play with that team,” DeRozan said. “Just got to go out there and do what we need to do and execute from the start, and not wait.” He was referring to the Raptors’ habit of slow starts. They dug themselves an 18-point first-half hole Thursday night, before battling back in a 106-105 loss to Denver. The team’s inconsistency had head coach Dwane Casey furious after the game. “We’ve got to get to a level of play that we decide we’re going to play

at from the start of the game to the end of the game,” Casey said. “We can’t wait to get our teeth kicked in before we start to play. That’s been our M.O.” DeRozan said the team needs to be disciplined against Golden State. “Once we do that at the defensive end, we know we can play with that team, no question about it,” DeRozan said. “We proved that on the road at their place.”

Win No. 20 for the Warriors was a 116-99 victory in Charlotte on Wednesday. On a night the Hornets honoured Dell Curry, his son stole the spotlight, scoring 40 through three quarters before sitting the rest of the game. Curry hit 14 of 18 shots, and went 8-for-11 from three-point range. Golden State is chasing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who own the NBA single-season record for wins with 72.


Canadian sprinter signs shoe deal worth $11.25M

November 23 - December 17, 2015 Schedules are subject to change without notice.


Andre De Grasse has signed the largest initial shoe contract in track and field history. The 21-year-old sprint sensation from Markham, Ont., signed a multi-year deal with Puma worth approximately US$11.25 million. With bonuses, he could earn as much as US$30 million, according to his agency Doyle Management. “Signing this partnership with Puma is a major thing for me, in such an important phase in my career,” De Grasse said in a release. “I have massive dreams for what I want to accomplish and Puma clearly shares my belief, they will give me great support along my journey.” De Grasse is coming off a spectacular season that saw him win bronze in the 100 metres at the world championships at just 20 years old. He also swept gold in the 100


and 200 metres at both the Pan American Games and the NCAA championships for the USC Trojans. His professional deal means he must forgo his senior season of eligibility, but he’ll continue to work with USC coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert while he completes his degree. “Andre has risen to the top of the sport very quickly and I’m both happy and proud that USC could be a part of his journey,” Smith-Gilbert said. “What Andre accomplished in his short time here at USC was

nothing short of amazing, and we look to support him in any way possible as he embarks on his professional career.” De Grasse joins a star-studded group of Puma sprinters that includes Jamaican stars Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell. Bolt re-signed with Puma in 2013 for an estimated US$10 million a year, a contract that will take him to the end of his career. The world record-holder in the 100 and 200 metres signed with Puma as a teenager. De Grasse grew up playing soccer and basketball, and didn’t run a track race until Grade 12, when coach Tony Sharp spotted him at a meet at York University. Sharp said the decision to go pro was the “right thing to do at the right time.” “It’s going to be a busy time but I think it’s a win all around. One semester to go, managing school work and focusing on track,” Sharp said.

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Islanders edge Blues 2-1 on goals from Okposo, Nielsen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored in the shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Mikhail Grabovski tied it early in the third period for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss, making his third start in four games, stopped 31 shots through overtime. He also denied both St. Louis shooters in the tie-

breaker. The Islanders improved to 10-2-1 against Western Conference teams this season and are 5-0-1 in their last six games. They also won by an identical score against the cross-town rival New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Kevin Shattenkirk scored late in the first period and Brian Elliott finished with 24 saves through overtime. Elliott was starting for the first time in 17 days after Jake Allen started the last seven games for St. Louis.

PANTHERS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1, SO Aleksander Barkov won it in the shootout and Florida extend its winning streak to five games. The Panthers have also won five straight road games to tie the franchise mark set in 2007. Vincent Trocheck scored for Florida 1:16 into the second period and Al Montoya made 22 saves. Michael Chaput scored midway through the second period and Sergei Bobrovksy had 31 saves for Columbus. The Blue Jackets have

dropped three straight, all of which were tied 1-1 in the third period. SABRES 5, COYOTES 2 Evander Kane scored twice in the third period and Chad Johnson made 18 saves to help Buffalo beat Arizona. Sam Reinhart, Jamie McGinn and Marcus Foligno also scored for Buffalo. The Sabres have had at least four goals in four straight games for the first time in nine seasons, and have

won three of their last four games. Arizona has lost three in a row to begin a five-game trip. Max Domi scored both goals for the Coyotes, and Mike Smith made 23 saves. Kane scored on a short-handed breakaway 2:40 into the third period for a 3-1 lead. It was the Sabresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first short-handed goal of the season. He later added an empty-net score and has four goals and two assists in his last three games.







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» EVENTS // EMAIL: EVENTS@NANAIMODAILYNEWS.COM SATURDAY, DEC. 5 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nanaimo Artwalk is in the Old City Quarter and downtown Nanaimo. Artwalk runs December 5-6 with 30 locations and more than 45 artists working in various mediums. For a map, artist bios and more, pick up an Artwalk guide at downtown locations including Nanaimo Art Gallery, or visit http:// nanaimoartwalk.jimdo.com 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Bazaar and Craft Sale. Proceeds benefit the Nanoose Library Centre. 2489 Nanoose Road, Nanoose Bay. For more info, contact Mary 250-248-4773 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Mark’s Annual Very Merry Christmas Luncheon and Bake Sale. St.

Mark’s Church - 138 Hoylake W., in Qualicum Beach $10. 2-3:15 p.m. A Cappella Plus free concert in Santa’s Workshop Chamber choir under the direction of Patricia Plumley. Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon St.

7 p.m. Wil at Dinghy Dock Pub, 8 Pirates Lane, Protection Island. Tickets $23 in advance, $30 at the door. Ticket includes return ferry & the show. Tickets at Lucid, The Dog’s Ear, Desire Tattoo, Dinghy Dock Pub or ticketzone.com.

3 and 7:30 p.m. Vancouver Island Symphony presents music & theatre: A Christmas Carol Tickets: $38 or $67.50, Students $18, Eyego $5 available at porttheatre.com.

7:30 p.m. The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Music and Theatre presents Jeremy Webb’s one-man production of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’at The Port Theatre. Tickets: $38-$67.50 or students $18, eyeGo members $5. Call the Ticket Centre: 250-754-8550.

5 p.m. Bastion City Wanderers Volkssport Club invites you to a 6-km or 12-km Christmas Light walk in Ladysmith. Meet in Coronation Mall. Registration at 4:45 p.m. For information, call Ethel at 250-756-9796.

7:30 p.m. Western Edge Theatre presents the staged reading of‘Christmas Naughty and Nice’ at Kismet Theatre Academy, 55 Victoria Rd., Nanaimo. Admission by donation, with proceeds to Western Edge Theatre, or bring a

food item for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank and Western Edge will deliver it.

$250-324-2245; http://croftonhotel.ca/ entertainment.

8 p.m. WiL, at Dinghy Dock pub, 8 Pirates Lane.. Advance tickets $23 , $30 at the door. On sale at Lucid, Desire Tattoo, the Dog’s Ear, the Dinghy Dock pub or at ticketzone.

2:30 Parksville & District Community Choir and soloists present Noel from Charpentier to Irving Berlin, at Knox United Church, 345 Pym St. Parksville. Tickets: $18 at Mulberry Bush Bookstores and at the door.

SUNDAY, DEC. 6 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Bazaar - St. Anne’s/St. Edmund’s Church hall, 407 Wembley at Church Road, Parksville. 2-5 p.m. Ralph Barrat and the Sharp Seven pay tribute to Frank Sinatra to mark his 100th birthday at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave., Crofton. Admission: $15. Information:

5 p.m. Nanaimo Sons of Norway, North Star Lodge hosts a Lutefisk/Jul Fest at Bowen Park Complex, 500 Bowen Rd. in Meeting Room 1. Advance tickets $25 phone Linda at 250-7511435 or Ida at 250-758-2306. 7:30 p.m. Alfie Zappa Costa at Simonhold. Tickets $22 ( $20 advance only for groups of four or more, at Simonholt.



HOROSCOPE by Jacqueline Bigar ARIES (March 21-April 19) There could be an innate awkwardness between you and someone else in the morning. Fortunately this gawkiness fades quickly. You have a lot on your mind, as you seem to be caught up in a matter involving a friend. Tonight: Listen to what others have to say. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Pace yourself and get certain errands completed. You are likely to be involved with matters involving the holiday season. You could see a friend become unusually aggressive. Your vision of what is possible might change as a result of this transformation. Tonight: Make it easy. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your naughtiness could mark the next few days. You can’t help but get into the kidlike attitude associated with the holiday season. You are likely to be singing carols by the end of the day. A power play by a partner or loved one will backfire! Tonight: Add a touch of romance. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You might need some downtime at home because that is where you can relax. No matter what, you are likely to get into some form of holiday preparation anyway. You might be making cookies or decorating. You’re into the moment. Tonight: Go along with someone’s idea. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Your friendship is more important to someone than you realize. What starts off as a light encounter could evolve into a heavy but important chat. You







might be barking at each other rather than responding in a productive way. Be sensitive. Tonight. Be willing to change plans. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You might decide that today is the day to do your holiday shopping. You could make yourself crazy with this project, but you will be happier in the long run. Be careful not to go overboard. Establish strong limits. Tonight: Make sure you check your bank account. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You might be energized and want to cut down your own Christmas tree or go ice skating. Whatever type of indulgence you choose, you will have a great time. If possible, ask a friend or two to join in your pursuit of holiday festivities. Tonight: Add some spice to the moment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You might not care to be on top of what needs to happen; instead, opt for some personal time and perhaps take a lazy day. You won’t have another opportunity like this for a while. Jump on it as soon as you can. If need be, change your plans. Tonight: Not to be found. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Put greater emphasis on a certain friendship. Yes, you might have other plans, but what is going on here could be unusual and quite special. Listen to your sixth sense regarding a money matter. You might need to revise your budget before it bursts! Tonight: Where the action is. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Be willing to take a stand, yet be gentler than you normally are. Use the art of persuasion and tap into your

sensitivities to achieve the results you want. An older relative could become extremely demanding at a bad moment. Just go with the flow. Tonight: In the limelight. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Take an overview of what is happening. You understand others’ needs, but you need to know whether you can fulfill them. At times, you tend to withdraw. You might want to take a brisk walk in the cold winter weather. Tonight: Go to a concert, or put on some holiday music. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You easily could get drawn into a oneon-one conversation during the day. In fact, your day could be a series of these types of conversations with different people. Do not lose sight of your long-term goals and plans. Tonight: With a favorite person at a favorite place. YOUR BIRTHDAY for (Dec. 5) This year you become more sensitive to your family and their needs. At the same time, you become more tuned into yourself. Your serious dedication to work or to whatever you are doing points to success. If you are single, a friendship could be the key to meeting your next sweetheart. You won’t need to join a dating service. If you are attached, you two manage to realize a long-term desire or goal. You often can be found celebrating and enjoying the quality of your life together. LIBRA might be gentle and appealing, but he or she might not always follow through. BORN TODAY Walt Disney (1901), director Otto Preminger (1905), singer/songwriter Little Richard (1932)



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Wife needs to go with alcoholic sister to doctor Kathy Mitchell & Marcy Sugar Annie’s Mailbox Dear Annie: My wife’s sister is an alcoholic. Now in her early 60s, “Petunia” lost her well-paid job five years ago because of her drinking. She has been depressed and unemployed ever since. She tried three expensive, high-class treatment centers and each time has relapsed within days of leaving. Petunia lives alone and pays someone (we don’t know who) to bring her liquor every day. The rest of the family has given up on her. My wife, however, keeps calling, bringing her groceries and doing whatever else she can to keep Petunia from drinking herself to death.

Frankly, it’s costing us a lot of money that I think we should be saving for our own retirements. But more than that, I am concerned that my wife is spending all her time and energy helping her sister while neglecting our home, our children, our grandchildren and me. I’ve told her that I want her to seek professional advice so she can learn the best way to deal with her alcoholic sister before spending more effort on these futile rescue efforts. She says that won’t help Petunia. My wife is very smart about most things. I know she loves her sister, but why can’t she step back and accept professional guidance? — Sober Husband Dear Sober: Your wife’s reaction is emotional, not rational. And it’s also possible that your wife has a small martyr complex and likes being the only one willing to sacrifice for her sister. But taking care of Petunia’s needs while she continues to drink is a form of enabling. If your wife truly

wants to “save” her sister, she should accompany Petunia to her next doctor’s appointment and ask about newer medications that have shown some success in treating alcoholism. Then she should look into Al-Anon at al-anon.org. Dear Annie: I would like to give encouragement to “Embarrassed,” who won’t date because he feels inadequately endowed. I am a male in my mid-50s who suddenly found himself single again. I, too, felt that no woman would want me because I am on the smaller end of the scale. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is the person inside that makes the difference. — Content in the Northeast Dear Content: Thank you for saying so. We received many responses of encouragement. Here’s a small sample: From Blessed: Please reassure “Embarrassed” that women come in different sizes, too. Size does

matter — but that does not mean larger is always better. I was blessed beyond my wildest wishes to find a man who actually fit my petite size. Lovemaking was no longer a painful experience, and he lacks for nothing. Totally Satisfied: I am a happy, sexually active 55-year-old woman. My partner is adventurous, fun-loving, considerate and affectionate, in bed and out. He is paralyzed from the waist down. Please tell “Embarrassed” that the women worth having in his life will not judge him by the size of his “endowment,” but by the size of his heart. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@creators.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. You can also find Annie on Facebook at Facebook. com/AskAnnies.









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‘Orange’ star faces charge of assault THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — One of the stars of Orange is the New Black is facing assault charges after she was accused of punching and scratching a teenage girl. Dascha Polanco was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court. Court papers filed by the district attorney’s office say the attack on 17-year-old Michelle Cardona happened inside Polanco’s upper Manhattan apartment on July 29. They say Polanco punched the teen several times, pulled her hair and scratched her. Polanco’s attorney, Gerald Lefcourt, says the accusation is an attempt to extort money from the actress. He says he is confident the charges will be dismissed.


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BERYL EILEEN KEYES Beryl was a spirited 93 year old woman who passed away on November 14, 2015, two months prior to her 94th birthday. She led an incredibly interesting life, but was equally interested in the lives of her loved ones. Beryl was most thankful for her family, whom she loved unconditionally and appreciated everyone for their unique and best qualities. She was a descriptive storyteller who shared her life experiences and wisdom, but was also keen to hear what was going on in the lives of those around her. Her beloved husband, Arnold, predeceased her. Beryl is survived by her daughter Diana (David), her son Peter (Linda), her 6 grandchildren; Elizabeth (Scott), Dana (Shayne), Jennifer (Randy), Jeremy (Shawna), Christie (Shane), Corey (Jamie) and 12 greatgrandchildren; Laura, Graham, Rebecca, Tyler, Abigail, Katie, Dylan, Rhya, Levi, Hayley, Tyson, and Eli. Beryl was born on January 10th, 1922 in Knowle, Warwickshire, England. She went to boarding school in Ceylon before going on to graduate from Stonar School for Girls. Her first job was at famed fashion design house Norman Hartnell of London. Post graduation she studied art but had to leave college to care for her ailing father. Shortly after, at age 17, she joined the British Land Army during the Second World War. It was during this time that she met Arnold. They immigrated to Canada in 1957, where Beryl continued to study Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. Many years were fondly spent on their farm where she was able to combine her fascination of machinery, tractors and farming along with her love for animals while continuing her art. After the sudden passing of Arnold, she moved to Nanaimo where she had friends. Beryl immersed herself in the arts community, serving on the Arts Council and exhibiting her diverse artistic talents at the Madrona Exposition Centre. Beryl was also an original organizer and promoter for the Nanaimo Festival of Banners, in which many of her creative banners were displayed throughout the city for a number of years. She filled her time by volunteering at schools reading to children, as well as being an active member of the Field Naturalists. She generously opened her home up to several International Homestay students; one in particular had a deep impact on her, Tomomi. Beryl became her mentor as they shared a love of art, as well as her two dogs, and an everlasting friendship ensued. Her home was an art gallery of her lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work including paintings, pottery, embroidery, charcoal sketches, handcrafted teddy bears and individually personalized birthday cards she created for loved ones.

She was a creative, strong, unique, loving and devoted individual who left a heavy imprint on many lives. She will be greatly missed.

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FitzGerald Edward Maurice Nov. 17, 1921 - Nov. 22, 2015 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nedâ&#x20AC;? was born November 17, 1921 in Quebec City, died November 22, 2015 in Vancouver at the age of 94. Predeceased by loving wife Joan (nee Hall) and survived by daughter Anne (Joe), sons Douglas (Wendy), Desmond (Michelle), Donald (Cynthia) as well as 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Ned played hockey for the Quebec Aces just prior to WWII, was a WWII Veteran (thank you for your service Dad) and a loyal/retired employee of General Motors. Dad loved the open road and is now free to continue his travels. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, 1800 Ch. St. Louis, Quebec City with interment of ashes at Mount Hermon Cemetery. Date to be advised. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, donations in memoriam will be gratefully received at www.alzheimerbc.org.

Young, Jean Elinora October 15, 1926 to November 22, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Young on November 22nd at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Jean was born in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1926, and after graduating from high school she worked as a legal stenographer in the Melville courthouse. Jean met John Young in Melville, and they were married in 1955. John was a member of the Royal, Canadian Armed Forces, which resulted in postings to numerous RCAF bases across Canada. Upon Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement from the Air Force in 1969, the family moved to Nanaimo where Jean spent the rest of her life. In her younger years Jean enjoyed golfing, bowling and curling. She was masterful at knitting, crochet and petit point and was often busy making gifts for family and friends. She was well-known for her laughter and sense of humor, and she loved to spend time with friends and neighbours over coffee in the afternoon. Jean resided in Kiwanis Lodge in Nanaimo for the last two years of her life. She is predeceased by her parents, Jack and Anne Grosse, Husband John Young, and brother Jim Grosse. Jean leaves to mourn her passing two sons Jim Young of Nanaimo, B.C. and Rick Young of Vancouver, B.C., daughter-in-law Debra Lee Young of Nanaimo, B.C., grandchildren Sara and Matthew of Nanaimo, B.C., sister Ruth Chlan of Elliot Lake, Ontario, sister-in-law Agnes Grosse of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, nieces Maureen Reid of Vernon, B.C., Donna Blanchard of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, and Jaynee McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., and nephew Bryan Chlan of Markham, Ontario. A heartfelt thank you is extended to the care staff of Kiwanis Lodge. Donations can be made to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society of British Columbia in lieu of flowers. A celebration of life will be held December 11, 2015 from 1-3 pm at 6189 Brickyard Rd., Nanaimo, B.C.

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IN MEMORIAM In Loving Memory of Gladys Dalzell July 16, 1918 - Dec 5, 2015 Gone are the days we used to share. But in our heart youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always there. Never more than a thought away. Loved & remembered everyday. Words are few thoughts are deep. Memories of you we will always keep. Always Loved your Family

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hewbacca never had it so good. The ultra-hairy Star Wars character isn’t known for his fashion sensibility, but he was the inspiration for not one but two highly furry ensembles displayed Tuesday by designers indulging their inner Star Wars geekdom with new looks — to be auctioned off for charity — as fans hotly await the seventh installment later this month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The dozen or so garments in the “Force 4 Fashion” collection — by the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Rag & Bone and Opening Ceremony — were based mainly on new characters in the latest film, but also a few veterans. Most recognizable were the stormtrooper ensembles created by Ovadia & Sons, which presented a floor-length boxy white coat with black trim, and by Opening Ceremony, which displayed a more tightly tailored look — well, for a stormtrooper — in white microsuede. As for Chewie, he (or it?) inspired a luscious merino shearling coat by Billy Reid, lined with brown leather and paired with a white turtleneck sweater and grey wool track pants. The creature was also embodied in a furry Todd Snyder ensemble, pairing a brown coat with white top and tan pants. Some designers went for the glamour. Not surprisingly, Diane von Furstenberg incorporated her signature “wrap” effect into a gold, filmy ensemble for Rey, the new film’s female protagonist, played by Daisy Ridley. Parker presented a glittery Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), inspired by ancient tribal warriors; the same character got a dramatic printed gown from Giles Deacon. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone, self-professed Star Wars fans, also clothed Rey, but in a much sportier style emulating their athletic urban streetwear. (The designers also offered a darker look for villain Kylo Ren.) The Rag & Bone designers were among celebrities who attended an evening red carpet event for the charity collection. Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Maz Kanata, wore a dress by Zac Posen equipped with blinking LED lights, part of the Made With Code initiative with Posen and Goo-

Outfits will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Child Mind Institute.

Outfits inspired by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in New York. Fashion designers created outfits that pay homage to characters from the film as part of the ‘Force 4 Fashion,’ initiative. [AP PHOTOS]

gle to encourage girls to embrace computer science. Ridley and John Boyega , who is Finn in the film, also attended. There is some definite gender-bending happening in the clothes, particularly with Halston. The label’s designer, Maria Mazelis, decided to give the male Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) a female identity, probably because, well, gowns are a lot more glamorous than menswear.

“I was really excited by the idea of a villain,” Mazelis said, standing alongside her sleek dark gown, with a plunging neckline, sheer back and revealing side slits, topped off with a beaded mask that covers the eyes. “The complexity of this character was intriguing. It’s powerful, but emotional too. Strong and yet vulnerable. I wanted to show that duality.” And Cynthia Rowley gave a human character to the droid BB-8, putting the character in a

white pants, a sweatshirt with a big ’8’ on it, and a round football-style helmet. Disney and Bloomingdale’s are partnering for the fundraising initiative; proceeds from the auction will go to the Child Mind Institute. (There are, as yet, no plans to recreate the pieces for sale.) A separate auction will feature a custom, bejeweled BB-8 created by Kay Jewelers, weighing more than one and a half pounds and made of gold and diamonds. Proceeds from that auction will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a representative said, noting that the piece had been appraised at $135,000. Though a number of the designers are said to be big Star Wars fans, Mazelis was thinking of her kids, ages four and six, whom she called “superfans.” Will her design earn her some points with them? “One day they will appreciate it,” she replied hopefully.

Colours of the year are light pink, blue pairing LEANNE ITALIE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Serenity now, people, with some Rose Quartz mixed in. The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen not one but two colours of the year — named thusly — in a complementary pairing that spans fashion, media, packaging, housewares and a desire for more tranquility and calm in actual life. Or so they say — they being colour analysts, who span the globe in search of trends. Rose Quartz is a pale pink and Serenity is close but not quite what once was referred to as baby blue. In fact, Pantone believes the blend reflects a gender neutrality that has strengthened over the last year or so and is sure to carry through to 2016 and beyond, said Laurie Pressman,

vice-president of the institute, based in Carlstadt, New Jersey. It’s the first time Pantone has picked two colours of the year since it debuted the designation in 1999. “This is a fusion of two shades,” Pressman said in a recent interview. “Rose Quartz is a warm and embracing gentle rose tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity reflects a mindset of inner peace.” Those things, she said, are in short supply. “Our lives are stressful, and what we’re seeing is consumers trying to cut out that noise by balancing the fast pace, their fractured lives, their hurried lives, with some downtime and some calm, and the opportunity to just switch off,” Pressman said. But there’s more to the pairing

than a desire for emotional nourishment, more quiet and more relaxation. “There’s a calmness, but there’s also a happiness to it,” Pressman said. In travels to home and interior design shows around the world, Pantone came up with examples of the two colours in lighting, kitchen wares and home accents such as throw pillows for the living room and sets of bedding. Nowhere are the two colours stronger than in fashion — as seen on the streets, on the backs of celebrities and on catwalks around the globe, she said. Chanel put the two together in its haute couture collection for fall 2015. Prada did the same for spring/ summer, as did Fendi. Thom Browne put the colour merge front and cen-

tre for his 2016 resort collection for women, while Richard James and Roberto Cavalli used the two together for men on spring 2016 runways. Blurring gender lines on catwalks had Valentino showing pale pink athletic-inspired shoes for men with a band of Serenity blue, along with leather backpacks showing off geometric splashes of the same shades. In fashion, women have borrowed from men in suiting, colour and silhouette for years. And they still do. “But the real news is that men are exploring, and they’re experimenting with their other side,” Pressman said. Pink for girls and blue for boys hasn’t always been the norm: In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing gender-appropriate colours for girls and boys as reflected in the wares of major U.S. retailers, but

even then opinions differed, Pressman said. Filene’s in Boston suggested parents dress boys in pink, as did Best & Co. in New York, Halle’s in Cleveland and Marshall Field in Chicago. After World War II, with the return women back into their homes, pink rose to ultra-feminine levels. Today, retailers are promoting collections intended to be worn by both men and women. “People want choices. They don’t want to be pushed into a specific direction,” Pressman said. “They want to make that choice on their own. Today’s genderless styling is definitely a more modern approach than we’ve seen in the past, and it’s not necessarily trying to make a man look like a woman or a woman look like a man. It’s about creating a canvas.”






North Korea trip has its challenges So you want to visit the odd, dictatorial state: Watch what you bring; and what you do; and what you say ERIC TALMADGE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


o you’re thinking of taking an exotic vacation, having a little adventure and coming back with lots of stories for your envious friends and colleagues. Believe it or not, North Korea might just be the place for you. But watch what you bring. And what you do. And what you say. While North Korea is making a strong push to increase the number of tourists who visit the country each year — currently a few thousand come from Western countries and more from neighbouring China — it is stepping up its enforcement of a broad set of strict but sometimes ambiguously implemented regulations about what foreign visitors can bring with them or what they can do while in the country. North Korea’s push for tourists began in 2013 and visitors can now enjoy a surprisingly broad array of options, from helicopter rides over the capital to surfing on the country’s scenic eastern coast. With winter now setting in, the North is hoping its newly opened luxury ski resort near the city of Wonsan, which was largely empty of tourists last season while Pyongyang closed its borders over Ebola fears, will be a big draw. Even so, the pro-tourism policy, like many other business opportunities that involve dealing with and possibly making concessions to the outside world, poses an obvious conundrum for Pyongyang — the potential of economic gains that require change, versus concerns about how that might undermine regime security. “Despite the policy of getting more tourists, they still see security, or at least perceptions of security, as a bigger concern, and tourism is pretty far down the list of priorities,” said Simon Cockerell of Beijing-based Koryo Tours, which has specialized in North Korea travel since 1993. “It’s clear that the restrictions, rules and so on often act against increasing tourist numbers.”

Three elderly North Korean women support each other as they walk down a snow covered footpath which takes them over the Pothong River, the second largest river in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday. [AP PHOTOS]

On North Korea’s flagship airline, Air Koryo, cabin attendants sternly scold passengers shooting souvenir photos and delete anything they decide is inappropriate. English-language newspapers are available on most flights, but crumpling them will bring a lecture and possibly require a written apology. Newspapers inevitably feature photos of Kim Jong Un and defacing the leader’s image is a serious crime.



or those visitors who do break the rules, the risks of detention, arrest and possibly even jail sentences are real enough, especially if the offender is from the United States. The U.S. State Department recently updated and expanded its already blunt warning against North Korean travel. In a nutshell, its advice is simple: Just don’t do it. “While tourism and the flexibility of travel in the DPRK has expanded, there has been a measurable increase in security at the borders,” said Andrea Lee, CEO of New Jersey-based Uri Tours, which has been organizing tours to the North — officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — for 15 years. Detentions and arrests, while certain to grab international headlines, are actually quite rare.

A boy pushes a cart of cabbage along a main road in Hyangsan county, North Pyongan, North Korea on Thursday.

Most involve extenuating circumstances, such as illegal border crossings or religious or political activities that lead to fairly predictable problems. The vast majority of tourists also visit on carefully orchestrated tours arranged by major agencies that specialize in travel to the North and are well versed in the latest set of dos and don’ts, which they pass on to their clients before anyone boards the flight to Pyongyang. “I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble by accident or by

doing something that they genuinely thought would not cause them any trouble,” Cockerell said. “There are rules and laws, of course, that differ from those most visitors are used to, but they are not secret and responsible companies advise their clients in advance what can and can’t be done.” Just how does one toe the line in one of the world’s most authoritarian countries? For many, the first test comes while they are still in the air.

ustoms can also be a shock. Scrutiny of books is increasing to the point some agencies advise against bringing any at all. At Pyongyang’s new airport, officials recently started to not only turn on laptops but to also at times search whatever is on them extensively. They can and often do, as the most recent State Department warning noted, “inspect USB drives, CDs, DVDs, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, or any other electronic and multimedia devices brought into the country. Internet browsing histories and cookies on travellers’ computers and other electronic devices are subject to search for banned content, including pornography or material critical of the DPRK government.” Anything pro-South Korea, of course, is a no-no. And heaven forbid taking a Bible. Once inside the country, visitors can expect to have virtually no freedom to roam about unescorted.

But they can still land in hot water if they start up conversations with random people on the street, do anything that smacks of politicking or proselytizing, attempt to exchange currency with an unauthorized vendor, take unauthorized photographs, shop at stores not designated for foreigners or in any way show disrespect to the “Great Persons of Mount Paektu” — national founder Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il and the current dictator, Kim Jong Un. And, as the State Department warns, if you take a mobile phone and feel like calling home, “please keep in mind that you have no right to privacy in North Korea and should assume your communications are monitored.” “The DPRK is a much different place to visit now than it was a decade ago. Now, travellers can visit eight of the nine provinces and there are a wide range of activities available to tourists,” said Lee, of Uri Tours. “In our experience, the DPRK is a safe and rewarding place to visit. However, travellers are expected to follow the rules and to be escorted by our guides at all times.” So, is it worth it? Seeing North Korea first-hand can be a great opportunity to learn something about one of the most enigmatic places on the planet. But like the 24 million people who live here, for whom the pleasures of tourism abroad are not an option, you won’t have much freedom to really make the most of it.






Of communists, thugs and the Klu Klux Klan ANDREA DEMEER PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS


he Klu Klux Klan, communists, a hydrophobic newspaper editor, kidnappers and thugs — also the indomitable spirit of striking coal miners. They all lived in Princeton. And it was only 80 years ago. Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike is a carefully documented and well-textured chronicle of a class’ dangerous struggle for livable wages set against a landscape of political and social unrest. Authored by historians John Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat, Soviet Princeton was released this week by New Star Books to an appreciative buzz in a broad cross-section of academic and political circles. Already a BC BookWorld Editor’s Pick, Soviet Princeton was also discussed Sunday on CBC’s North by Northwest and subject of an official book launch in Vancouver this weekend. Events in Princeton in the early 1930s have nearly disappeared from living memory. Still, sensational tales of the miners’ strikes — when police on horseback bludgeoned picketers and crosses burned on hills — have passed through the town’s generations like sepia portraits. While there is no shortage of drama and intrigue, do not look for gossip, rumours or half-truths in the pages of Soviet Princeton. “In small towns such as Princeton there is often knowledge which is ‘secret’ or shared among a few people. Sometimes it means that A hasn’t spoken to any member of B’s family since 1947, when . . . you can draft the plot in your own mind,” says the authors in their introduction. “Often they are libellous, never actually complete, such knowledge can poison the atmosphere between new and old residents of the town. “We suspect that there are memories in our town which will be dislodged on reading this book, and perhaps the memories will not be pleasant ones. “For that reason, we have not included in the book any oral histories: our sources are all public documents, either the presses (pro and con), court documents, or specialist books.” In 1932 the town’s population was 1,000.

Authors and historians Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat explore the class tensions of 1930s Princeton in their latest work. [NEW STAR BOOKS]

There was a theatre, six cafés, a bowling alley and an undertaker. Copper Mountain Mine had recently closed, throwing hundreds of men into unemployment. Workers at the Tulameen coal mine earned

$4.50 a day and worked one day a week, while a newly constructed federal relief camp housed 130 men and paid them $7.50 a month for — among other things — building the airport. Princeton’s branch of the KKK was formed on the eve of the coal miners’ strike for the

purposes of routing out subversion in the working classes and intimidating labour union supporters. However the book is redolent of broader themes. It sets the struggles of B.C.’s small town interior within the fledging communist movement across the country, the advancement of organization labour and how those events were perceived and influenced by the press. Soviet Princeton follows the activities of Arthur Herbert “Slim” Evans, a powerful union organizer and proclaimed communist who was invited to Princeton by workers at the Tulameen mine after management backed out of a promise to reinstate a 10 per cent wage roll back. Evans was twice kidnapped and forcibly shipped out of town, warned to not return. He was later convicted of advocating the overthrow of the government by force. Soviet Princeton is Bartlett and Ruebsaat’s second book based on area history. It was while the couple was collecting material for Dead Horse on the Tulameen, (2012) that they unearthed information about the strike from the pages of the Princeton Star. The ensuing research was compelling for two people who have devoted much of their lives to social justice through music, activism and education. The importance of telling the story today, they agree, is to examine the still-relevant questions about how class interests form tension between management and workers, and how those dynamics impact a community. Bartlett, an admitted “red-diaper baby” adds, “Of course we have a point of view. You can’t write history without a point of view. If you do that, why are you even writing history?” Had Bartlett lived in Princeton in 1932? “Oh, I would have been right there with Slim,” he chuckles. Ruebsaat connects particularly with the stories of intimidation within Princeton’s borders. “Something that set off sparks in me were the threats from the KKK. I imagined what it would be like to be in a community where people were threatening me and in terms of an emotional resonance, that was a moment for me. I felt it was really sick.” Ruebsaat and Bartlett are now embarking on an ambitious promotional calendar for Soviet Princeton. In the next three months they are scheduled to appear at libraries, museums and schools.


Heritage camera captures scenes of Island farm life TRAVIS PATERSON SAANICH NEWS

The curious stack of wooden planks under the back left tire of Ken Miner’s van is telling. The van is carefully parked on the steep slope of Wilhelmina BouwsemaRaap’s Royal Oak driveway. Miner opens the back door to reveal a mobile darkroom complete with bottles of gun cotton and silver nitrate solutions, age-old chemicals used to prepare and process photographic film for a century-old camera. Miner needs his darkroom balanced so he can give the plate glass a silver nitrate bath. Bouwsema-Raap, clad in white beekeeping overalls, is the 18th subject to be photographed by Miner for his

project, an upcoming book by the Island Farmers’ Alliance called Of Land and Sea: Portraits of Coastal Food Producers. Miner is using his 1902-era Century View camera for all the shots, having visited Cortes, Sointula and Salt Spring islands, Bamfield, Mill Bay, East Sooke and three farms in Duncan, so far. “Meeting the people has been amazing,” said Miner, a Colwood resident who did some farming growing up outside of Winnipeg. “Everyone’s been so welcoming and shared their produce or product.” A member of IFA saw some of Miner’s wet plate collodion photos, also of a farm, at a Sooke food security event last year.

It inspired IFA to apply for (and receive) a New Horizons grant to create the project. “The project itself isn’t a fundraiser, however, the book that is published will be used as a fundraiser for the Island Farmers’ Alliance,” said IFA member Vanessa Goodall. Bouwsema-Raap was referred to Miner by a friend and agreed to be a subject without really knowing much about it. She’s had bees for 15 years and sells honey from her driveway on West Saanich Road. “I knew it was for a photo but I didn’t know it was going to be this kind of camera,” she said. Miner originally started by doing black-and-white darkroom work in 1994 with a contemporary camera

of the day. He became disillusioned with photography and to this day he rarely touches his digital camera. But with the vintage camera process, he’s found a way to do it regularly. Inside the van, Miner is prepping an eight-by-10-inch glass plate with gun cotton, or nitrocellulose, a mixture once used in rifles (and also to dress the wounds of the same soldiers who employed said rifles). When he appears from the darkroom, the plate is ready. Miner follows Bouwsema-Raap, clad in white overalls, along a path to where his 1902 Century View camera is stationed beside her beehives. Bouwsema-Raap takes her position among the hives and Miner affixes

the glass plate and disappears under a hood. “It’s a tricky operation but the process is fairly simple,” says Miner, who wears surgeon quality gloves while handling the plates. “Once you do it a few times you get the hang of it.” After 40 minutes Miner has his first photo. It’s overexposed, so they do it again. Bouwsema-Raap holds still, this time for six seconds instead of 15. “There’s no meters, you take a photo and then you do it again.” After an hour and 15 minutes the second photo plate is bathed and Miner is content. Of Land and Sea will be available in 2016.





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