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archives brings a host of holiday memories, shared in the “Christmas is for Kids” section. “I am very young but I remember other Christmases,” reflected Grade 2 Uplands student Alyson Foote in 1987. “I remember spicy, tasty Jennifer Blyth smelling good cookies hot from Pages Past the oven. I remember seeing beautifully decored-suited fellow we rated shopping malls know today. While and busy shoppers. there aren’t a lot of I remember hearing holiday images in the children laughing when archives, winter – and they opened their gifts. the blizzard of 1916 – I remember feeling glad generated a few more, my family is here with including the Oak Bay me...” public works crew Observed Grade 1 clearing local roads – Willows student Stepha daunting task more anie Field: “My Christrecent residents will mas stocking is red appreciate, given our and white. And it has own blizzard experimy name on it. Santa enced 80 years later! likes it too.” Thumbing through And in a little holithe Oak Bay News day wit from the advertising pages, Santa and Mrs. Claus reminded Ivy’s Bookshop readers that “A book is a present you can open again and again.” Jumping forward to 2004, The News challenged readers with a “super tough Oak Bay Archives, 1994-001-022 Christmas quiz” Public Works Crew clear street car tracks of snow for those seeking at Newport and Windsor in 1916. an intellectually Christmas, more time than any other time of year, brings to mind thoughts of holidays past, of special times shared with family and friends, special traditions handed down from one generation to the next, and new memories forged with each year’s celebrations. Long before the Oak Bay News – and even before the Oak Bay Star – brought the season’s stories and photos to local doorsteps, families were celebrating the holidays in Oak Bay. A search through the Oak Bay archives brought this image of Frank Burrell circa 1900, dressed as a rather intimidatinglooking Father Christmas, much different from the cheery,

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inspired break from the turkey-induced lethargy. For example, Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in: • 1944 • 1895 • 1976 • 1492 (Answer, 1895) The real St. Nicholas lived: • at the North Pole • on Malta • in Turkey • in Holland (Answer, in Turkey) Or how about, Which is not a name of one of Santa’s reindeer? • Comet • Prancer • Blitzen • Brazen OK, so not all the questions are “super tough” but the quiz likely generated some good-natured debate nonetheless. However you and your family mark the holidays, we at today’s Oak Bay News encourage you to enjoy your favourite traditions and savour the time to create many new ones. Merry Christmas.


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Christmases past: Locals share favourite holiday memories Kevin Murdoch, Oak Bay Councillor / Chair of the Greater Victoria Public Library Board

Barbara Adams, Oak Bay Arts Laureate Christmas has always been an enchanting time for me. I taught school for many years and every December would bring the Christmas concert. Many of my colleagues were not as enthused as I always was with the prospect of 30 children creating, rehearsing and putting on a grand spectacle. I loved it! For me it was a time for students to bond together to create a memorable experience, a time to help each other through the pre-show jitters, to help with forgotten lines or places, and to laugh with each other at unexpected occurrences which always seemed to happen. One memorable year my class decided to do a play based on the Polar Express, which reminds us the reason to believe in the magic of Christmas. That particular class loved the story. The storyline was recited by the entire class, while the students, individually or in small groups, took turns acting out parts. Everyone had their moment to act on stage, some with more

panache than others but all stellar, especially to the audience of families and friends. One group of fun-loving boys who played the part of Santa’s reindeer added their own twist as only boys of 9 or 10 can….they bounced on stage on cue, and when the chorus finished, they, in perfect unison, chanted the end to the Charman toilet paper commercial as they wiggled their behinds, then grinned. Of course they got a huge laugh! The play was a great success and the children never missed a beat. A couple of days later we went on a fieldtrip to Carr House for their program of Christmas in Emily Carr’s era. When it came to the story time, the leader pulled out the Polar Express...the class smiled and looked at me, then calmly proceeded to recite the whole story in unison to the astonishment and delight of the program leader. It was an example of how the Christmas concert experience could build a bond among children and adults, one fun and genuine way to enhance the positive spirit of the festive season.

Elizabeth Smith, Oak Bay BIA president My favourite memory of Oak Bay Village Christmas is returning from a very hectic London to the peace and tranquility of the village. The lights represented everything about winter festival and when we drove up it took my breath away. I don’t think that there is anywhere on earth quite like it! My children grew up in Oak Bay, in a house

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As a child, I knew Christmas was imminent when I was bundled into a small car stuffed to overflowing with luggage, presents, and a large panting dog. This heralded the start of the oneto two-day midwinter road trip to the home of my grandparents in Oak Bay. Inevitably I would fall asleep face down on the dog, my book, or on the vinyl seat of the car – only to wake up the next day wrapped in the same blue blanket that awaited me every year. Christmas in Oak Bay! Christmas holidays in Oak Bay were spent exploring Uplands Park or “log racing” on Willows Beach, followed by what are now hazy, warm memories of evenings filled with roaring fires, hot chocolate and grannie’s raisin cookies. Of course I now live in Oak Bay, and my parents now live in that same warm love-filled home of

roaring fires and hot chocolate. My family (wife and two children) have made our own traditions: singing the “12 Days of Christmas” as we hang ornaments, making blizzards of paper snowflakes, and preparing snacks for Santa and his reindeer (and a mat to wipe their feet). We have special Christmas breakfasts and Christmas dinners, but no matter what the traditions, my children, at ages 6 and 8, find everything about Christmas completely magical.

Dave Cockle, Oak Bay Fire Chief and emergency program co-ordinator Since joining the fire department in 1987, myself and my family have participated with Santas Anonymous each year, helping to deliver hampers. We have been very fortunate in our lives and take solace in making someone else’s life a little easier during Christmas. From a tradition point of view, we open our home to our friends and neighbours every Christmas Eve to enjoy each others’ company.  From the fire department, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

built in 1912. Christmases around the fireplace were cherished. The big snow storm in 1996 saw 19 teenagers stranded at my house for days. While we were not playing card games or cooking on the barbecue they were out helping the neighbours and the less fortunate in our community. A special occasion (once in 100 years?) got our kids to give back in a very meaningful way.

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Yes,Virginia... In light of this edition’s stories recalling the memories and magic of Christmases past, we thought we’d offer this gentle reminder of the sentiment of the holiday, first published Sept. 21, 1897 in the New York Sun. The paper published Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter, and its reply: Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@oakbaynews.com. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification.

YOUR VIEW

Oak Bay should follow Nanaimo’s lead Last week your sister paper the Nanaimo Bulletin reported Nanaimo city hall is eliminating three management positions and flattening their bureaucracy, saving $816,000 a year in costs. (nanaimobulletin. com/news/362658811.html) Meanwhile, here in Oak Bay, city hall is creating new management positions and raising taxes. Last year taxes rose 5 per cent and our mayor just approved a 2016 interim budget that will raise our taxes by yet another 5 per cent. It is time our council got serious about costs and ordered city hall to follow Nanaimo’s example. Rhondda Tolen Oak Bay

Why is mayor raising sewage fears? Re: Grant funding for sewage treatment at risk: Jensen, Oak Bay News, Dec. 16 The mayor of Oak Bay is again trying to make headlines by instilling fear to the taxpayers of the city over the potential tax hikes if

government funding for the sewage treatment facility is not obtained. Is he not the same person who nominated himself to lead the sewage treatment facility? And where did that go? He decided he had done enough work on the project and stepped down leav-

ing the dirty work to Lisa Helps. During his tenure as director of the project obviously nothing was decided. Nothing. This makes me ask why is this person spouting off on a project he is no longer associated with? J.B. Brown Victoria

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Willows students share favourite Christmas memories

Students in Grade 5 and younger shared with us their favourite Christmas holiday and traditions. One Grade 4 class at École Willows Elementary took the task on and used technology to add a little flair. Students in Mr. Walker’s class crafted pages on the computer complete with images. The teacher asked students to describe

Christmas at their house, and use descriptive phrases to emphasize their ideas about what makes Christmas special – traditions, food, places and events. The emphasis and extra effort paid off as all three top contenders in the contest hailed from this class at Willows elementary. Sloan Davison finished first, describing a tradi-

tional Christmas Day at the beach; Sebastien Bixby placed second with an exciting tale and Jonah Chang’s offers roast beef and cookies in his description that starts with joyful shouts. All three young writers will receive a gift card from Sweet Delights in Oak Bay.

It’s Christmas Time at Christmas at My House My House By Jonah Chang

My Christmas Tradition

By Sebastien Bixby Christmas time is very exciting at my house. The multi-coloured lights smother the bushes and the front of the house, and on the door a pine wreath hangs with holly berries here and there. When you open the door a blast of melodious Christmas carols will catch you off guard, you will quickly be met by the minty rich smell of baked gingerbread and other mouth watering treats and goodies. The smell will quickly guide you to the kitchen where the treats lie cooling, pleading to be eaten. You might wander around the house and into the living room where a majestic Christmas tree stands proudly with many decorations. It seems to be begging to be admired. When you go you may get a treat for the road, again when you step out you may admire the sparkling lights against the very dark night. Christmas is very exciting at my house.

By Sloan Davison s It’s Christmas Eve at my house. My enthusiastic Mom is happily baking deliciou cozy our into settle gently we as Day as blueberry chocolate scones for Christm beds, excitedly awaiting the big day. gs It is now Christmas Day and we’re thrilled it’s finally here.We open our stockin scones avorful fl the up warm We r. togethe be to d delighte family a joyfully as off and pour some rich hot chocolate into a couple of thermoses and we’re and e, everyon to feeling ly heaven a to the beach.The cold morning air sends as. Christm Merry rs whispe that breeze gentle the nothing makes a sound except are who earth on people only the be to seem We calm. bly Everything is incredi awake.The Christmas spirit runs through our bodies as we watch each other’s smell breath disappear into the chilling air.We’re so close to the beach we can old. gets never it but year, after year time, the sea; the smell we smell time after We step on the beach and our shoes partially sink into the sand.The waves have whisper, the seagulls start to wake up, and then we find a good spot, as we the and scones atering mouthw the take We es. ourselv to beach the whole to luscious hot chocolate out as we gently nibble and sip waiting for the sun then and beach, the along lly cheerfu come up.We talk and play, we chase crows keeps and sees he what likes He . horizon the over the warm sun peacefully peaks r anothe and as, Christm new a day, new a ed awaken has sky the coming. Finally as Christm people day to have fun.We play for awhile and then pack up. For some Beach. Willows at here s magic happens at their house, but for me it happen

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Keep the cheer going after Christmas with a little live hockey action Boxing Day. The seventh annual Oak Bay Xmas Cup features Team Christmas (two-time champions), Team Hanukkah (threetime champions) Team Festivus (last year’s winners and Team Feliz Navidad. “It’s all about having fun,” said organizer Sean Tack. “All of our friends and family that have moved away to different parts of the province, country or world, know they can count on seeing everyone on Boxing Day at the OBXC. It’s quickly become a holiday tradition for a lot of us.” The fun tourney

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Yet another sporty coupe crossover hits the market Will any manufacturer without plans for a small crossover please stand up? Barely a month seems to go by without a manufacturer announcing a new model aimed at the hottest market segment – crossover vehicles. It shouldn’t surprise because they check all the boxes for today’s drivers: they sit higher than the family sedan, thus providing a commanding view of the road, and provide the seating and stowage required by the modern active family. In appearance, they are modelled on much more expensive and larger sport utility vehicles and can even mimic an SUV’s roadholding abilities – to a degree – in poor weather, when equipped with all-wheel drive. Honda’s compact CR-V has been a winner for years and its prestige

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BOXING WEEK INVENTORY BLOWOUT! BOXING WEEK INVENTORY BLOWOUT! !

ARS E Y 5 2 OU FOR Y G N I ERV

S

3 0 6 7 -478-

– AND THE –

ALL INVENTORY REDUCED - PRICES WON’T LAST!

250

FIRST PAYMENT * IS ON US!

OUR T S E LOW ! S E C I PR ES DROPPED

*Some restrictions apply as not all lenders programs will support this offer, on approved credit. See dealer for details,

0 5 7 ! Y R O T OVER S I H N I Y R INVENTO S E L C I H VE

C VEHICLE PRI ONLY AND NT E V E S I H T R FO ! D E D N E T X E WON’T BE

T S E G G I B

NT E D N E P E D N I ST E G R A L S ’ C B ER! L A E D R A C D USE

2009 SUBARU OUTBACK LIMITED

2015 FORD MUSTANG GT COUPE

Stk D17906A

$16,816!

LEATHER! SUNROOF!

HOT! HOT! HOT!

2010 HONDA CIVIC SI

$14,816!

$18,816!

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

ENDS D

With your finance purchase. Some restrictions apply. See dealer for details.

2015 RAM 2500 SLT

2014 FORD MUSTANG PREMIUM CONVERTIBLE

Stk D19215

4,816 UNDER 2,816 4,816 $7,000

Stk A17813

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

Stk V18672

2007 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX Stk A17714C2.... $ 2005 KIA RIO Stk D17562C............................................. $ 2008 HYUNDAI ACCENT SPORT Stk D18141A

$2000 CASH BACK

! 6 1 ! 6 8 , 1 8 8 , 3 6 $ $3

2014 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT

Stk M18454

UNDER $5,000

HURRECY. !31

C18865

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

$

CASH BACK OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR UP TO

TES FROM

RA

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

%

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3

5,816 UNDER 6,816 6,816 $9,000

$ 2006 NISSAN SENTRA Stk X19231 ................................. $ 2005 TOYOTA COROLLA SPORT Stk M18882 ...... $ 2010 HYUNDAI ACCENT Stk T19137 ............................

www.galaxymotors.net

CREW C!AB! 4X4

$26,816!

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2015 NISSAN TITAN SV Stk D18744

CREW C!AB! 4X4

2012 CAMARO LT Stk X18515

$20,816!

$28,816!

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

8,816 7,816 8,816

$ 2009 CHEVROLET UPLANDER Stk D18734A... 2007 VOLKWAGEN BEETLE GLS $ LEATHER - SUNROOF. Stk A18395 .................................................... $ 2007 NISSAN MURANO Stk S19051A ..................

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

*Due to print schedule deadlines some of these vehicles may be sold already

DECEMBER HOURS:

26TH 27TH 28TH-30TH 31ST 9-6 PM 10-4 PM 9-8 PM 9-4 PM

COLWOOD 250-478-7603 1772 Island Hwy.

DL #30897

ALL INVENTORY REDUCED - PRICES WON’T LAST!

NO PAYMENTS FOR 90 DAYS!


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BOXING WEEK INVENTORY BLOWOUT! BOXING WEEK INVENTORY BLOWOUT! !

ARS E Y 5 2 OU FOR Y G N I ERV

S

3 0 6 7 -478-

– AND THE –

ALL INVENTORY REDUCED - PRICES WON’T LAST!

250

FIRST PAYMENT * IS ON US!

OUR T S E LOW ! S E C I PR ES DROPPED

*Some restrictions apply as not all lenders programs will support this offer, on approved credit. See dealer for details,

0 5 7 ! Y R O T OVER S I H N I Y R INVENTO S E L C I H VE

C VEHICLE PRI ONLY AND NT E V E S I H T R FO ! D E D N E T X E WON’T BE

T S E G G I B

NT E D N E P E D N I ST E G R A L S ’ C B ER! L A E D R A C D USE

2009 SUBARU OUTBACK LIMITED

2015 FORD MUSTANG GT COUPE

Stk D17906A

$16,816!

LEATHER! SUNROOF!

HOT! HOT! HOT!

2010 HONDA CIVIC SI

$14,816!

$18,816!

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

ENDS D

With your finance purchase. Some restrictions apply. See dealer for details.

2015 RAM 2500 SLT

2014 FORD MUSTANG PREMIUM CONVERTIBLE

Stk D19215

4,816 UNDER 2,816 4,816 $7,000

Stk A17813

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

Stk V18672

2007 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX Stk A17714C2.... $ 2005 KIA RIO Stk D17562C............................................. $ 2008 HYUNDAI ACCENT SPORT Stk D18141A

$2000 CASH BACK

! 6 1 ! 6 8 , 1 8 8 , 3 6 $ $3

2014 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT

Stk M18454

UNDER $5,000

HURRECY. !31

C18865

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

$

CASH BACK OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR UP TO

TES FROM

RA

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

%

9 9 CING N A N I F .

3

5,816 UNDER 6,816 6,816 $9,000

$ 2006 NISSAN SENTRA Stk X19231 ................................. $ 2005 TOYOTA COROLLA SPORT Stk M18882 ...... $ 2010 HYUNDAI ACCENT Stk T19137 ............................

www.galaxymotors.net

CREW C!AB! 4X4

$26,816!

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2015 NISSAN TITAN SV Stk D18744

CREW C!AB! 4X4

2012 CAMARO LT Stk X18515

$20,816!

$28,816!

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

8,816 7,816 8,816

$ 2009 CHEVROLET UPLANDER Stk D18734A... 2007 VOLKWAGEN BEETLE GLS $ LEATHER - SUNROOF. Stk A18395 .................................................... $ 2007 NISSAN MURANO Stk S19051A ..................

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

*Due to print schedule deadlines some of these vehicles may be sold already

DECEMBER HOURS:

26TH 27TH 28TH-30TH 31ST 9-6 PM 10-4 PM 9-8 PM 9-4 PM

COLWOOD 250-478-7603 1772 Island Hwy.

DL #30897

ALL INVENTORY REDUCED - PRICES WON’T LAST!

NO PAYMENTS FOR 90 DAYS!


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Castaway Wanderers chip trees

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The Castaway Wanderers invite you to recycle goddesses planning to lace up for the fifth annual your Christmas tree at Windsor Park Dec. 28 and Victoria Goddess Run June 5. This 5K, 10K and 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with proceeds supporting previously half-marathon (new for 2016 is a 15K distance) includes not only the races the local rugby program. but a full weekend of activities. The Those wanting to enjoy their tree a early bird registration special price is little longer can take it to Windsor Park available until April 15. for Castaways’ chipping Jan. 1 to 3, 9 Local lacrosse fans take note: Victoand 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ria Shamrocks’ season tickets are availShake off the turkey and stuffing and able at 250-478-7625 weekdays or visit head to Oak Bay Rec Centre for the 967 Langford Pkwy. Tuesdays, Thursseventh annual Oak Bay Xmas Cup days or Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26 from 3:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Those renewing season tickets before Proceeds from the seventh annual Thursday, Dec. 31 will be entered to fun tourney go to the Courtnall Celebwin their 2016 season tickets. rity Classic Society and Archie Courtnall Centre in support of mental health Colin Gall Colin Gall is a local athlete, avid care and services. sports fan and Grade 11 student at Mt. Oak Bay Rec Centre welcomes some Jock Talk Douglas Secondary. of the region’s top hockey players for Send your coming sports events to the Midget New Year’s Classic, Dec. 28 to 30. Hosted by the Saanich Minor Hockey Midget jocktalk@telus.net Tier 2 and 3 teams – which this year include players from Oak Bay and Victoria as well as Saanich – the annual tourney also plays at Archie Browning and Naden arenas. Here in Oak Bay, games are scheduled Monday, Dec. 28 at 3:15 p.m., 5:20 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, catch the action at 3:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 30, Oak Bay hosts the Tier 3 gold medal game at 5:30 p.m. Not all the sports action is on the ice. Head into Oak Bay Rec Centre from Dec. 28 to 30 to catch junior tennis players competing in the New Year’s Tennis Classic, hosted by Recreation Oak Bay. Coming up at the University of Victoria Dec. 31 is the Runners of Compassion Run Through Time 5K run, 3K walk and 1K kids’ run on New Year’s Eve. Check-in is from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at UVic’s McKinnon building lobby, with the race beginning on Ring Road at 6 p.m. Proceeds support Shoes for Youth and YW/MCA Camp Thunderbird. Register online at runnersofcompassion.com or in person at Frontrunners, 1200 Vancouver St. in Victoria. For Oak Bay runners looking ahead to next year, those eying May’s Oak Bay Half-Marathon, Relay, 10K and Kid’s Fun Run have until Dec. 31 to choose an early registration package that includes a gift. For more information visit oakbayhalf.com. Registration is also open for all those Oak Bay

Sports news to share? Special event or big game coming up? The Oak Bay News wants to hear about it. Email the details to editor Jennifer Blyth at editor@oakbaynews.com or call 250-480-3239. Submissions of information and high-resolution images are also welcome for consideration. Please be sure to include a contact name and phone number or email address.

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Personal Care • Light Housekeeping Meal Preparation • Transportation Caregivers Support • Nursing Services

Call to arrange a FREE nursing assessment Vic: 250.385.0444 • Toll-Free: 1.866.786.0444 www.saintelizabeth.com

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% off

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or Toll-Free 1-855-203-0857 or Toll-Free 1-877-452-5269 or Toll-Free 1-866-756-4114

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*See store for details. Financing on Approved Credit. An amount equal to the GST & PST (12%) will be deducted at time of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Hot Buys Excluded. No price adjustments Dec 26th or 27th. Although every precaution is taken, errors in price or specification may occur in print. We reserve the right to correct such errors. Not all items available at all locations. Offers end Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 5:30pm.


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It is agreed by any display or Classified Advertiser requesting space that the liability of the paper in the event of failure to publish an advertisement shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for that portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect item only, and that there shall be no liability in any event beyond the amount paid for such advertisement. The publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. Used.ca cannot be responsible for errors after the first day of publication of any advertisement. Notice of errors on the first day should immediately be called to the attention of the Classified Department to be corrected for the following edition. Used.ca reserves the right to revise, edit, classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answers directed to the Used.ca Box Reply Service and to repay the customer the sum paid for the advertisement and box rental.

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JOB Search Program WorkLink is offering a Job Search program for eligible Non EI adults living in Westshore, Sooke and Greater Victoria areas(except Sidney); 4 wk in class program with work experience option. Starts Jan 11th. Call 250-474-2598.

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Copyright and/or properties subsist in all advertisements and in all other material appearing in this edition of Used.ca. Permission to reproduce wholly or in part and in any form whatsoever, particularly by a photographic or offset process in a publication must be obtained in writing from the publisher. Any unauthorized reproduction will be subject to recourse in law.

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SPEAKWELL CONVERSATION Program seeks facilitators, child minders and an administrator on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–9 p.m. at the Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Club. The group facilitates discussions with new immigrants and ESL students to promote fluency and confidence in English, while deepening their connection with the community. Call 250-3862269.

The Oak Bay News and the Victoria News are looking to hire Zone Checkers to service our growing distribution needs in Victoria (North Park/Oaklands) and Oak Bay. The right candidates must have excellent communication and organizational skills. Basic knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook Express is recommended. Your attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision sets you apart from other applicants. Duties include supervision of newspaper carriers, recruitment and hiring of new carriers, canvassing new areas of delivery, monitoring carrier performance and follow-up on reader delivery concerns. A reliable vehicle is a must. A Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check is also mandatory. These part-time positions are ideal for applicants available for afternoon and weekend shifts. Please email your resume to Cindy Brown, Victoria and Oak Bay News Circulation Coordinator: circulation@vicnews.com No phone calls please.

HOME STAY FAMILIES HOST FAMILIES NEEDED! CPCI (Canada Pacific College Intl.) is hiring! Host two Japanese students, ages 13-14, Feb. 17-25, 2016. Remuneration is $640 for this program. Future opportunities possible. No experience required. Please e-mail victoria@toacpci.com.

VOLUNTEERS CATTLE POINT Arts, Science and Culture Foundation seeks one or two board members to serve as secretary and treasurer for this new organization. A passion for the Salish Sea is important, and legal or accounting expertise would be ideal. Call 250-386-2269.

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

CARS 2009 PONTIAC Vibe- charcoal grey, black interior, 4cylinder auto, A/C, cruise, P/W, extra options. 52,353km, exc cond. $10,200. (250)580-4104.

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CLEANING SERVICES

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EXPERIENCED CLEANER20 years in business. Very thorough, efficient. Reliable. Call Ann (250)516-8043.

GREAT TIME for pruning. Fruit, ornamental & native trees. Call Max for results. Senior disc. 250-634-0347.

ELECTRICAL

MIKE’S LAWN and Garden. Clean-ups, weeding, painting & more. Senior’s discounts. Free estimates. 250-216-7502.

250-361-6193 Quality Electric Reno’s, res & comm. No job too small. Lic# 22779. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Company. Res/Com. Lic #86952. Call 250-415-7991.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES HAULING AND SALVAGE

PAINTING

PLUMBING

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

A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220.

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

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

HIGH QUALITY and FAST. Professional Painting. $20./hr. Free est. Glenn 778-967-3607.

JUNK BOX- Junk Removal Company. Local guys. Low rates. Call (250)658-3944. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Wes 250-812-7774.

GARDENING 20% OFF! Raking, mowing pruning, hedge/shrub trim, yard cleanup. (250)479-6495.

250-380-7778 GRAND Xterior Cleaning. Repairs, Gutters, de-moss, roofs windows, PWash, Christmas lights. (250)889-5794. DIAMOND Dave- window, gutter cleaning, roof-de-moss, gutter guards, power washing. Free estimate

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RAIN HAPPENS Landscape & Stonework. Wishing all Happy Holidays! (250)-920-5108.

Fast & Friendly Service

(250)858-6747. WRIGHT Bros Moving & Hauling. Free Est $75=(2men&3tontruck)Sr Disc. ✱✱Happy Holidays✱✱

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

HAULING AND SALVAGE

SAFEWAY PAINTING

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

MASONRY & BRICKWORK

CLEANUP SPECIALS! Full yard maintenance. Home construction/reno’s etc. Call Chad 250-507-9933 for more info.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

RENOVATIONS SPECIALIST decks, fence Doors, windows, painting, drywall. Kitchen, bath, suites. 250-217-8131

CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, fireplaces,flagstone rock, concrete, natural & veneered stone. Replace, rebuild, restore, renew! Free competitive est. www.cbsmasonry.com; Call (250)5899942, (250)294-9942.

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

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

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HAULING AND SALVAGE

HANDYPERSONS

FENCING

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CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164.

Locally owned Family business

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It’s been a good year in Oak Bay real estate, but with limited houses on the market, buyers are yearning for more choice. “There’s no question it’s strong,” Oak Bay realtor Tony Joe says of the current real estate market. “It’s just a reminder of what a (special) place Oak Bay is.” While that’s good news for sellers, who have seen prices climb considerably since this time last year, it’s tough when those same sellers are also looking to move into something new in the same neighbourhood. “Most of our clients who sell end up wanting to buy, and that’s the rub,” Joe says. Advice to clients looking to sell comes down to being prepared. “The first thing is they have to be ready,” Joe says. “People will do best if the sell now and ideally negotiate a longer posession

date,” he adds, pointing out that typically inventory increases in February and March. “Definitely we’re going to see more inventory and I’m actually surprised we haven’t seen more yet,” he says. At the same time, Joe is expecting December to remain busy right through the holidays. While traditional thought has the Christmas season as a quieter time in real estate, recent years have shown that isn’t necessarily the case, he says. Looking ahead, while Joe expects the Oak Bay market to continue strong, he anticipates that additional homes coming on the market in the new year will help temper price increases. “It’s just indicative of supply and demand,” he says. Compared to 2007 when prices continued climbing, “I think we’ve seen the big bump.” As to why the local market – including similar

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Tony Joe predicts the housing market will remain strong, but price increases will be tempered with additional inventory coming available. areas like Fairfield and to some extent James Bay – have grown so hot while other cities haven’t see the same growth, Joe points to to the effect of high prices on the Lower Mainland, paired with the local quality of life. People can sell in Vancouver for top dollar and relocate to the south Island,

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Stay fire safe To help residents stay safe this season, Oak Bay Fire department offers their top tips: • Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are up and working. • Use the right extension cords for the job – don’t improvise with an indoor cord outdoors, or daisy chain several shorter cords instead of using one longer one. • Insert plugs fully into outlets. Poor contact may cause overheating or shock. Do not overload outlets.  • If using candles, burn them in proper holders, on sturdy surfaces away from children and pets. Put out candles before leaving the room or going to sleep.   • If you must use a space heater, plug it directly into a wall outlet, not into an extension cord or power bar. Give it lots of room -- at least one metre (three feet) of space on all sides – and turn it off when leaving the room or sleeping.  • Consider replacing old space heaters with newer models that turn off automatically when tipped or overheating.   • Use a barrier to keep children and pets away from gas or woodburning fireplaces when in use.   • Never burn gift wrappings, boxes, cartons, or other types of packing in the fireplace. 

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