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Retail pot store a non-starter Town says they will not issue a business license; police vow to enforce drug laws Steven Heywood News staff

A proposed pot dispensary will not be getting a business licence from the Town of Sidney. What proponents of the medicinal marijuana storefront might be getting, is attention from the police. A new sign was recently painted on a retail storefront on Second Street at Beacon Avenue in Sidney, advertising Dispensary by the Sea, directing people to an entrance leading to an upper floor. A sign on the door stated the dispensary would be opening soon, as it seeks an inspection. However Randy Humble, chief administrative officer for the Town of Sidney, said based on the proponent’s application, it will not get a “At the business license. end of the day, “They have applied for enforcement comes a marijuana dispensary business license under the into place if the health and wellness cateproduct (marijuana) gory,” Humble said, noting this is the first time that Sidis sold.” ney has had such a request. He said staff spoke with – Randy Humble the Sidney North Saanich RCMP who advised them the issue is over the legality of operating a retail marijuana dispensary. Corporal Erin Fraser of the RCMP said Health Canada, the federal body that regulates and licences medicinal marijuana production and delivery to patients, has stated that storefront dispensaries are not allowed. “There is no legal grounds for a storefront operation to sell marijuana,” she said, adding if the proposed dispensary were to go ahead and sell pot, police would treat the owners no differently than people who sell the drug on the street. Please see: Police targeting marijuana dispensaries, page 4

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Six-year-old master Lego builder Dante Dewey of North Saanich places a figure of Captain America on the roof of one of the buildings in his large Lego play area in the family home.

Family runs the table on Lego Six-year-old Dante Dewey just loves the building blocks Steven Heywood News staff

Dante Dewey and his family are the perfect examples of why the Family Day long weekend in Sidney has become such a big hit across the region. Dante, six, is what his parents San-

jeeta and Jeremy call a master Lego builder. Their son simply loves the toy and since he really got into it two years ago, the activity has changed their household. Or at least part of it. Jeremy says he had some friends to their North Saanich home to do a little work and thought, why not create a

play area for his son. They built Dante a large table, approximately seven feet long by five feet wide — taking up much of the family den — with a space cut out in the middle to allow access to all parts of the table. Please see: Family Day built for Lego, page 9

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Victoria Distillers drew a small crowd on Friday, Jan. 22 as it delivered its spirit distilling system to the Sidney waterfront. The company, formerly known as Victoria Spirits, is moving into an 8,500 square foot facility on Seaport Place next to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The company was purchased by local developer Grant RogCarlie Connolly/News staff

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like this in our town,” he said. Peter Hunt, the company’s master distiller and general manager said they want to make it an interesting place for not only tourists but locals as well. “It’s going to be a fantastic destination for Sidney. It’s going to revitalize the waterfront here a little bit, bring some foot traffic down this direction,” he told the PNR. Known for their Victoria Gin, they will also produce a “left coast” hemp vodka, Oaken Gin, Craigdarroch Whisky and a growing lineup of cocktail bitters. “So we’ll be continuing on with all of those products and still continuing to lead with the clear spirits,” said Hunt. Victoria Distillers hopes to be open in the spring of this year. reporter@peninsula


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The Town of Sidney will commence annual flushing of watermains in February 2016 with completion anticipated by the end of March 2016. The annual flushing is required to ensure ongoing health of the water system. Flushing will begin in the southern areas of Sidney and proceed north. The Town of Sidney advises consumers to be on the alert for possible temporary discolouration of water. This discolouration is not a health hazard. To clear your water lines, turn on your cold water tap until the water is clear. Upon request, we will provide advance warning of flushing for persons with special requirements for water clarity. Please contact the Public Works Department at 250-656-1034 if you require notification. Brad Thomas Foreman of Underground Utilities

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SIDNEY — Beacon Community Services, in partnership with the Peninsula News Review, is seeking nominations for the annual Hearts of the Community awards. The 18th annual Hearts of the Community awards gala event is coming up next month. Jan. 28 —this Thursday — is the deadline for Beacon Community Services (BCS) to accept nominations. Awards will be handed out to volunteers at a ceremony in February at the Mary Winspear Centre. Nominations can include youth, adults, seniors and groups — anyone who has made a difference in their community through volunteerism. The Hearts are awarded at a gala event at the Mary Winspear Centre each year. In 2016, it takes place Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. The deadline for Hearts of the Community nominations is 4 p.m. on Jan. 28. Get nomination forms at Beacon Community Services offices in Sidney or visit — News staff

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SIDNEY – A Sidney resident is inviting developers, residents, Sidney town council and municipal staff to a public meeting at the Mary Winspear Centre this Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. Judy Moscovitz, in an email to the PNR, states she booked the Charlie White Theatre to host a civl discussion on development and densification. For more information, call 778-351-1212 or email next-step@shaw. ca. — Submitted

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Sidney filmmakers debut doc on endangered Beluga whales Carlie Connolly News staff


idney-based film directors and producers Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm will debut their Call of the Baby Beluga tomorrow night on CBC’s The Nature of Things. The husband and wife team have worked hard on their one-hour documentary about endangered beluga whales of the St. Lawrence River. The two are known for their award-winning film, Saving Luna, which came out in 2008. It was about an Orca named Luna on Vancouver Island who got separated from his pod and tried to befriend people on the west coast. The film was a feature film shown in theatres around the world and on television in around 40 countries. Their new film begins with a baby Beluga whale washed up on a beach, with scientists deciding to try and save it — which Parfit says usually doesn’t work. Following the efforts of several Canadian scientists and conservationists, the film shows how the fate of one orphaned baby Beluga rests in the hands of those who populate this land. Parfit said the film really keeps the viewer hooked on wondering what will happen with the little baby Beluga. So why this fascination with these creatures? “We’ve done these kinds of stories for a long time. We’re very interested in the whole relationship between people and the natural world,� said Chisholm. Owners of Mountainside Films, the two have done human culture stories and some environmental issues, which have taken them to all seven continents. In terms of the directing process, the two travelled to the St. Lawrence River, Canada’s busiest waterway, for four to five months and went out on boats with different researchers. “The key was the drone,�

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Sidney filmmakers Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm used drones to capture images like these of Beluga whales in formation in the St. Lawrence River. said Parfit. “We were very worried about how we were going to film the Belugas before we started and after we started.� He added because the water is really murky, there are times one can see only a metre into the water, which presented a challenge for them to actually see the whales. He said they are also an endangered species and very skittish. To help overcome the challenge, they were able to use small drones. “We were able to fly over the Belugas and they paid no attention at all,� said Parfit.

The drone itself however was a challenge on its own to fly. He and their son David, who does the music in the film, had to team up to work with the drone — David acting as the catcher as they had to launch it off the boat. The drones have a built-in homing system, from which they get a signal on a GPS. When it takes off, the crew records where they are. If they get low on battery power or if they lose the signal, which was not uncommon, they just go back to where they came

from. Parfit said that is fine on land, but not so much on a boat. “So every day we flew the drone. When the drone is in the air, you’re not having a good time, you’re just really focussed.� “It’s very stressful,� added Chisholm. Another challenge was one typical of wildlife photography: the scheduling. “You can’t tell wildlife when to be where,� Parfit said. “So we would go places carrying a drone day after day after day and there wouldn’t be any whales there, and that’s just what you do.� Close-up shots of the Belugas were captured by luck . They are very curious creatures, said the filmmakers, sometimes coming up to the boats. With what was once more than 10,000 Belugas in the St. Lawrence, hunting, contaminants, cancer and more negative effects have left only 900 survivors to date, according to the filmmakers. Parfit said there has been a clean up of the Great Lakes and rates of cancer dramatically decreased, which he said is a good news part of the film. Please see: People want to protect Beluga, page 11

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District of North Saanich WATERMAIN FLUSHING NOTICE The District of North Saanich advises residents that flushing of watermains will commence February 8 and continue until May 31, 2016. Watermain flushing occurs annually throughout the District to remove sediment and maintain satisfactory water quality within the distribution system. Temporary water discolouration and/or low water pressure may occur as a result of this activity. This water discolouration is not a health hazard and may require you to clear your water lines by turning on your cold water tap until the water runs clear. Upon request, the District will provide advance warning of flushing in your vicinity for persons with special requirements for water clarity. Please contact the Public Works department at 250-655-5480 if you require advance notification. The District does not accept responsibility for damages caused by low water volume or the use of discoloured water. We therefore advise consumers to be on the alert for reduced water volume and/or temporary discolouration of water. Ron Maylen, Works Superintendent


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“It’s simply not legal,” Fraser continued. “We’ve never had one here in Sidney, so the RCMP here does not have a specific policy. There are something like 20-odd places like this operating in Victoria, none of which are legal.” Fraser added police will treat such an operation as illegal distribution of drugs. She added local RCMP have met with the proponent of the storefront dispensary, outlining the current law and ramifi-

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returned by press time. Similar marijuana dispensaries in Victoria and Nanaimo have been targeted by police. In late November last year, the Nanaimo RCMP executed search warrants at three dispensaries, close to three weeks after warning storefronts to close down or face potential enforcement. Police put 11 dispensaries on notice Nov. 12 that they had seven days to stop selling marijuana and marijuana derivatives or could be subject to enforcement, including the arrest of employees and patrons and seizure of “offencerelated” property. Some of the dispensaries reopened only a few days after the police raids. Humble said any illegal activity will fall to the RCMP to handle. The Town will only look to regulate business license applications in the matter. He admitted Sidney’s hands may be tied if proponents apply for a license calling the storefront a “health and wellness

centre,” as that could be allowed under current zoning bylaws. “At the end of the day, enforcement comes into place if the product (marijuana) is sold,” he said. Fraser said people are looking for a legitimate way to access marijuana for medicinal purposes after the federal court ruled in 2014 that people had a right to reasonable access to a legal supply of marijuana produced for medicinal purposes. That legal supply is regulated by Health Canada. According to Health Canada, the distribution of marijuana for medical purposes can only be conducted by licensed producers and only through direct delivery to registered clients, a person responsible for a client or to a client’s healthcare practitioner. On Health Canada’s website, the agency states, “The only legal source of marijuana for medical purposes is through commercial licensed producers responsible for all aspects of production and distribution.” In its frequently asked questions, Health Canada states production sites can only be located indoors and storefronts cannot be operated. — with files from Health Canada and the Nanaimo News Bulletin (Black Press)


Notice of Budget Meetings Please note that the Town of Sidney will be holding meetings over the next several weeks to consider the Town’s 2016-2020 Financial Plan, as follows: Monday, February 1st – Committee of the Whole Meeting – Initial Budget Consideration. Monday, February 22nd – Regular Council Meeting – Budget Deliberations (additional meeting(s) will be scheduled if required).

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Island grocery chain leads plans for Gateway Developer outlines potential tenants for Sidney Gateway Steven Heywood News staff

Island-based grocery store chain Quality Foods and the Western Financial Group credit union are two stronglyhinted-at tenants in the proposed Sidney Gateway commercial site. Peter Laughlin, the Vancouver Island director of Omicron Development Ltd., outlined potential tenants at the Gateway during a lunch presentation at Sidney’s Haro’s Restaurant. It was attended by local business leaders and municipal politicians as part of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Tour of Industry on Friday, Jan. 22. Laughlin pointed to Omicron’s current project — Eagle Creek Village — in View Royal, next to the Victoria General Hospital. He told the crowd that development is 90 per cent pre-leased, with the first retail spaces set to open in February. “It’s almost all national tenants in the site,” he said, counting Quality Foods and Western Financial Group among them. Laughlin added his company tends to forge strong relationships with their commercial partners — hinting strongly at what’s to come for Sidney. “Omicron tends to keep its tenants consistent,” he said. “I cannot say the names, but look

at Eagle Creek Village.” Laughlin said other proposed leases at the Sidney site would likely include a large medical office building, a fitness centre and day care facility, drug store, up to four drive-through restaurants, a furniture store and a Victoriabased, family-owned eatery. He noted Omicron is in talks with multiple possible tenants in those areas. Omicron was hired by the property owner, the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA), in 2014 to seek out tenants and develop the site as a commercial shopping area. In early January, the VAA announced the land had been excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve and could then take its plans to the Town of Sidney. “We identified five years ago the Peninsula was under served by retail,” Laughlin said. “At that time, the VAA land was our first choice, but it was not yet available.” Omicron worked with the District of North Saanich and the Randall Family, owners of the former Sandown race track, to develop a 12-acre commercial site there, but the company was dismissed from that project. Laughlin said Omicron’s lease with the VAA for the site at the corner of the Pat Bay Highway and Beacon Avenue West is for 62

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Peter Laughlin, Omicron Developments’ Vancouver Island representative, addresses a full house at Haro’s Restaurant in Sidney. He outlined the early plans for the proposed Sidney Gateway.

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years. The goal, he explained, is to create something that will help

“Our plan is to pull back some of the millions per year spent by residents here in other places like Broadmead and Langford.” He added the view is to make the entire commercial retail share larger — comparing it to making a bigger pizza, with existing businesses on Beacon Avenue able to take advantage of much larger slices. Laughlin noted the core service area of the Saanich Peninsula is around 39,675 people. In similar sized places like Duncan or Courtenay, there’s 6.4 to 6.5 square feet of grocery store space per resident, he said. “Sidney has only 2.4, so a much lower square foot average,” he said. Speaking to a mostly favourable audience, Laughlin was asked only about the impact the Gateway might have on local and highway traffic. He assured everyone right off the bat that there is no roundabout proposed for the highway intersection at Beacon.

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idney and the local police force seem to be doing everything they can to nip a proposed medicinal marijuana dispensary in the bud. Better to try and prevent a retail pot shop up front, one would suppose, rather than have police conduct raids later on. The proponent of Dispensary by the Sea — planned to open on Second Street just off Beacon Avenue, has applied to the Town to open the storefront facility. That’s not legal, according to the RCMP — and Health Canada, which states that legal, licenced and registered producers of medical marijuana can only direct mail the product to registered customers. Of course, that hasn’t stopped new dispensaries from opening up in what can only be called a largescale challenge to federal rules on the distribution of medical marijuana. The Liberal government has stated it plans on looking into ways to legalize pot — in one form or another — but as municipal staff and local police point out, that just hasn’t happened yet. And as such dispensaries of medicinal marijuana are still not legal. Hence the raids by police of such storefronts in cities like Nanaimo. That’s not stopping proponents of the drug. Some stores, raided by police, have already re-opened. Others may continue to operate under the radar, as they have for years. There is a lot of anticipation of change in Canada over its pot laws. And that is driving some to jump the gun — perhaps trying to push the agenda forward. Yet whether you wish to see marijuana legalized or not, flouting existing laws only makes a difficult situation worse and stands to muddy the waters should new rules come into effect under the current government in Ottawa. It’s easy to anticipate a variety of underground users and sellers stemming from these ad hoc and illegal pot shops and that stands to undermine progress towards legalization. That may be what some people are after, however. For some, legalization means unwanted regulation. For others, the debate means there’s a chance for its continued prohibition. In the end, legalization in Canada remains under a cloud. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: or fax 250-656-5526. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The PENINSULA NEWS REVIEW is a member of the National Newsmedia Council, which is an independent organization established to deal with acceptable journalism practices and ethical behaviour. If you have concerns about editorial content, please contact: or 250-656-1151, ext. 128. If you are not satisfied with the response and wish to file a formal complaint, visit the web site at or call toll-free 1-844-877-1163 for additional information.

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at their meeting. Ottawa will have a ith unlicensed marijuana “task force” too. dispensaries popping up in Vancouver descended into a urban areas and thousands pot store free-for-all due to benign of unregulated medical licences for neglect from council and police and home growing still in legal limbo, Victoria isn’t far behind. Vancouver the Trudeau government is starting Coun. Kerry Jang, a rare voice work on its promise to legalize of reason in the Big Smoke, has recreational use. protested dispensaries using street Marijuana was a media darling in hawkers to attract young buyers and the recent election, but meeting in pot stores setting up near Vancouver with provincial schools. ministers last week, federal Other communities, Health Minister Jane more aware of their Philpott found herself limitations, have resisted preoccupied with issues issuing business licences. deemed more urgent. One recent proposal in the These include Victoria suburb of View shifting our post-war Royal came from a fellow acute hospital model who insisted marijuana to community primary extract had cured his care, tackling aboriginal cancer. This is typical of health care needs, pooling Tom Fletcher claims that proliferate on pharmaceutical purchases B.C. Views the Internet and is one of to slow rising costs, and many warning signs about meeting an urgent Supreme dispensaries that put up Court of Canada directive red cross signs to sell pot products to legalize assisted dying. with exotic names. At the closing news conference B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake in Vancouver, Philpott was asked was more forthcoming a few days how recreational marijuana should earlier, responding to a Vancouver be sold. Licensed medical growers reporter who judged marijuana more want exclusive rights do it by interesting than his just-announced mail as permitted by the Harper plan to hire 1,600 more nurses by government, another measure forced by our high court. That would the end of March. Lake noted that Ontario Premier shut out the rash of supposedly Kathleen Wynne is keen to sell medical storefronts, which city halls marijuana through the province’s in Vancouver and elsewhere imagine monopoly liquor stores. B.C.’s they can regulate. government liquor store union has Philpott said the question is also endorsed this idea, forming “premature” and federal-provincial justice ministers were dealing with it an unlikely alliance with non-union

private stores to get in on the action. “There are public health officials that I’ve talked to who say that the co-location of marijuana and liquor sales is not advisable from a public health perspective,” Lake said. “I think whatever we do it has to be highly regulated, quality control has to be excellent and above all we must protect young people.” Yes, liquor stores check ID. But the notion that marijuana might be sold next to beer and vodka in government stores deserves sober second thought and serious scientific work of the kind that has shown damage to developing brains from teenage marijuana use. Of course all of this hand-wringing over pot stores ignores the de facto legalization that has existed across B.C. for decades. The Nelson Star had a funny story last week about a local woman’s discovery on Google Earth. Zooming in on area mountains, one finds not only the Purcell landmark Loki Peak, but also Weed Peak, Grow Op Peak, Cannabis Peak and Hydroponic Peak. Whatever the source of this cyberprank, it could also be applied to other regions of B.C. For the record, I’ll restate my longstanding position that legalization is the only logical answer. I’ll say the same about other drugs that drive most B.C. crime, but that’s a subject for another day. Tom Fletcher is the legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press.

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LETTERS Most folks don’t complain for the sake of complaining Referring to the PNR story, Petitions fly over growth (Jan. 22) , I am getting very tired of hearing and reading about property owners in Sidney having to do battle with Mayor Steve Price and Council over persistent plans to re-zone many parts of the town, thereby permitting absurdly congested new subdivisions. I was one of some 240-plus property owners who signed the petition referred to by

Christine Kollofrath. This petition opposed increasing the Ardlwell/Resthaven housing development from 11 to 18 houses. At the same time I emailed the Mayor and my neighbour, Coun. Tim Chad, expressing my position; namely, that I am not against development per se, but rather the kind of hyper-density reflected currently by such examples as Harbour Landing. I cannot comment on

Readers respond: Remember the voters Re: Taking the High Road on Hovey, PNR Jan. 22. Thank you for bringing to attention what needs to be the number one priority with regards to the use of commercial trucks on Tomlinson and Hovey Roads — safety. This is the paramount concern of our neighborhood.  The company, VI Pallet & Recovery, recently moved from Wain Road in North Saanich and has leased a parcel of land from a member of the Tsartlip First Nation. This company has com-

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mercial trucks travelling these roads daily. All of these trucks have huge blind spots and are also incapable of making abrupt stops for unforeseen incidents involving cyclists, horse riders, pedestrians or other vehicles.  In the United States there is a campaign called the “No Zone Campaign” which seeks to bring awareness to the issue of commercial truck blind spots and preventing related tragedies.   Currently the only way these massive trucks can navigate upon our narrow, one lane road

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for their support over the last 16 years. Sidney opened its doors to a young, brash Ex-Aussie and this quickly became the place he wanted to call home. I’ve had (and still have) a great time doing business in this little town. I simply love the place. It really is the best place in the world, and trust me I’ve been around the block. LOL. I am still around so if you see me in the street, continue to say g’day please. As for the shops, they have never been in better hands. Again, thanks to everyone that brought their cars, trucks, boats, canoes, refrigerators and anything else that we fixed. It was so much fun I can’t even begin to tell you. Signing off from the beach in Thailand. Steve


Well, what starts must have an end. This will be my last Street Smarts column. I am happy to announce that I have sold both my autobody shops to a fantastic Canadian owned company called Boyd Autobody and Glass. I was approached last year and struggled with the decision, but finally had to admit that the shops and my great staff stood a better future with them than with me. Our industry has changed so rapidly in the last 5 years that it has been difficult to keep up. What started as a passion for cars was built into something that was attractive to a larger organization. That cannot be called anything less than successful. All of Hi-Tech and Keating’s staff have been retained as well as some new additions. Dave, Andrew and Crystal are still steering the ship and I will even make an appearance here and there. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone

do not complain with such organized effort, just for the sake of complaining. In closing, I wish to say “kudos” to Tim Chad for his apparent stand. He will certainly get my  support again, should he continue in local politics. Regardless, I would urge all of us in Sidney to carefully monitor

the voting records of our elected officials on this housing density issue, and to send a strong negative message to those who oppose the public’s wishes. Remember, there will always be another election time down the road.  David Baxter Sidney



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Traffic woes worse than Wifi It would be foolish to dismiss electromagnetic (EMG) radiation as not presenting a probable (if undefined) hazard to humans. But it is even sillier to declare downtown Sidney as dangerous due to such microwave or WiFi coverage. It is unlikely the writer walks to Sidney from Central Saanich. He probably drives here, thereby ignoring the much greater danger to himself of injury or death in traffic. When microwave radiation is proven responsible for the equivalent of a tiny fraction of the 1,741 Canadian traffic fatalities (2013 annual total), it will be time for alarm. Until then, we should remain calm. Perhaps gridlock or carbon monoxide is giving him those headaches. K.M. McMullin Sidney


t is another one of those “nothing” days today: no rain, no sunshine (well, the odd flicker through the clouds. A promise maybe, of a nicer day tomorrow). But what can we expect? It’s still January but already the days are lengthening. I suppose I should take down the outside Christmas lights but I do enjoy their cheerful Helen Lang colours when it is dark as Over the Garden midnight outside. One of my Fence daughters said “It brightens up the nights.” I agree, but the decorum police suggest otherwise, so I better take them in and return them to their normal home in the big box that rests in my clothes closet. On Friday, two members of our so-called Writers’ Group brought me flowers. Ingrid, a soft yellow rose-bud and Anni, a nice fat collection of snow drops from what was my former garden. Welcome to my home you precious horticultural jewels! My friends are kind, knowing how I do love and enjoy flowers fresh from their gardens. My thanks again. This brings me to my crocus bulbs still sitting on the kitchen counter, madly sprouting, hoping I’ll be paying attention to their dire need to get under the soil. I don’t feel it would be appropiate for them to flower lying in a saucer, half-full of water! Tomorrow for sure. Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review’s garden columnist for more than 30 years.

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Standing in the midst of a Lego community, Dante Dewey and his family have created a playspace dedicated to the popular toy. game too, and enjoyed making Lego models of some of the places he’s seen online. Jeremy said his son and him spend around an hour a day on Lego, five days a week — depending on the family’s other schedules. Dante is also involved in activities other than the building blocks, such as soccer, baseball, hip hop dancing and more. The family has seen the Lego Movie, of course, and Sanjeeta added they were in California’s Legoland last year to celebrate Dante’s sixth

birthday. It’s a lot of Lego. Jeremy said it’s not overwhelming — in fact he finds time he spends with his son building things quite relaxing. The pair worked together on a large Star Wars Death Star model, and that took them maybe a couple weeks. The Deweys are looking forward to Sidney’s Family Day long weekend Feb. 6 to 8. The town is all about Lego, starting with the Sidney Museum’s annual display of Lego collections and continuing from one end of the commu-

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Sandy Bligh and Diane Thorp take creative break Artists in residence get together to enjoy a week of creativity at the Tulista Gallery Carlie Connolly News staff

Sandy Bligh and Diane Thorp are back at the Tulista Park Gallery this week to set up their Artists in Residence studio. Thorp is a weaver and painter who does mixed media work, whereas Bligh is a painter who focusses on realism and abstract patterns in watercolour and acrylics. This is around their fourth time showing at the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula’s Tulista Park Gallery together. “This week is just a way for us to get out of our homes and set some time to painting because both of us are really busy,” Bligh told the PNR. Bligh has been painting for as long as she can remember, getting her first oil painting set when she was six. “So that’s been more than

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Sandy Bligh, left, and Diane Thorp take a break from work and get in touch with their creative side as this week’s Artists in Residence at the Tulista Park Gallery. 50 years lets say,” she said with a laugh. For her work life, she is an accountant and she said painting is what she likes to do most in her downtime.

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Young photographer Payton Braun was the winner in the youth category in Canadian Geographic’s magazine ‘Show Us Your Canada’ photography contest.

Payton Braun, 13, wins youth category photo contest Carlie Connolly News staff

Thirteen-year old Saanichton resident Payton Braun was excited when he heard the news that he won first place in the Youth Category of Canadian Geographic’s ‘Show Us Your Canada’ photography contest. “It was really exciting, I really like photography,” he told the PNR at his family’s Saanichton farm. Braun won with his photo titled ‘Snail in Jail,’ a photo of a snail moving along his backyard farm fence. The photo was the winner in the Kid’s Perspective Category. He received his first small camera when he was just eight years old, and since then, the budding young photographer has acquired a fancy Canon he now uses to take photos. “I just like taking pictures, I don’t know why. I just find it really, really fun going out and taking pictures of everything…” he said. Braun even has his own website to showcase some of his work with different categories including animals, marine, scenery, automobiles and more. He likes to enter his photos in photo con-

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Braun has been taking pictures since he was eight. tests and enters quite a number of them. He said his favourite things

to shoot are flowers, wildlife and scenery in general. He uses three lenses; his long-range lens (18270mm), his macro lens and fisheye lens. His favourite? The macro lens, as he loves getting up close to the animals and flowers. And this photographer sure loves what he does. Aside from being home-schooled and taking award-winning photographs, Braun also serves as a business man. He has his own greeting card business on his website

where he sells photo greeting cards he makes from his images. He also sells calendars that he produces from his photos, using a system that allows customers to choose the photo for each month. As for his future in photography, Braun plans to keep snapping away. “I hope I can take lots of good pictures and keep doing what I’m doing.” People can visit Braun’s website to view his photos at paytonbraunphotography.


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“It’s not a gloom and doom film. It’s really interesting,” he said. “The other piece of the puzzle we try to show a lot in the film is the sort of commitment of these scientists. “They’re basically accepting the fact that they aren’t going to know whether what they are doing is successful, but they’re still pouring their lifes’ work into trying to figure out why these animals are not recovering so that they can maybe help them survive.” Chisholm said one of the interesting things they’ve noticed is in the last 30 to 40 years, the human attitude towards whales has changed greatly, with people really studying them or taking part in activities to just see a fin. “People worldwide are realizing these are intelligent social animals who have a lot of behaviours that are kind of like ours,” she said, adding the thing about the St. Lawrence Belugas is people want to protect them. “And we, as humans,

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VOLUNTEERS 1-UP SINGLE PARENT Resource Centre’s Moms and Mentors Program is looking for volunteer female mentors with parenting experience to offer support and guidance to isolated single mothers of all ages. You would be matched with one mom and spend time discussing parenting issues, working on personal goals and enjoying fun activities together. Please call 250-386-2269.



Multi-Media Journalist Black Press B.C.

The Abbotsford News, a twice-weekly publication serving more than 45,000 homes, has an opening for a full-time, permanent, multi-media journalist. Candidates will have outstanding and diverse writing abilities, including a flair for narrative. The successful applicant for this entry-level position will be a key contributor to the print product, while bringing creativity and innovation to our website and social media engagement. Advanced photography and video skills will be key attributes, along with a strong grasp of social media best practices (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and an understanding of how to tailor online content accordingly. You will have a diploma/degree in journalism. Extra attention will be given to related newsroom experience. Knowledge of basic Photoshop, InDesign and iMovie are valuable assets. You’re a self-starter and a critical thinker, with the ability to work well under deadline pressures. The Abbotsford News is part of Black Press, Canada’s largest private, independent newspaper company, with more than 150 community, daily and urban newspapers in B.C., Alberta, Washington State, Ohio and Hawaii. Those interested should submit a resume, writing and photography samples, and a cover letter to: Deadline for applications is Jan. 27, 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. X


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JOHN HOWARD Society of Victoria is looking for volunteers to visit prisoners at William Head. Volunteers would join a group that goes out to the Metchosin to visit prisoners on Wednesday evenings. Please call 250-386-2269. WEAR2START- A charitable organization that provides women who have completed a job training program with a wardrobe for interviews and the workplace, seeks board members. The working board is personable and effective. Time commitments vary depending on the role, but keeping it fun and manageable is a priority. Please call 250-3862269.

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JEREMIAH’S CARPENTRY Interior finish, weather proofing, decks, fences, laminate flrs, sm jobs. Reasonable. Insured. 250-857-1269.

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


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ELECTRICAL 250-361-6193 Quality Electric Reno’s, res & comm. No job too small. Lic# 22779. NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. Call (250)888-6160. Lic#13981.

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THE SAANICH PENINSULA Refugee Initiative Group (SPRIG) is presenting the West Coast Chamber Players and the Sooke Harbour String Quartet in Musicians for Refugees in a benefit concert. Sunday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd., North Saanich. Tickets are available from Tanners Books in Sidney. St. Johns United Church is located at 10990 West Saanich Rd., across from Deep Cove School. For more: www. WRITERS GROUP CRITIQUE at the Sidney North Saanich Library. Develop your writing in a supportive environment in this member-led group.  Writers of all genres welcome. Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Drop-in.  For information, call 250-656-0944. BOOK CHAT AT the Sidney North Saanich Library.  Looking for reading suggestions? Like to share good books you’ve read? Join us for an informal book chat and refreshments. Tuesday,  Feb. 2, 2 to 3 p.m. Free.  Drop-in. For information, call 250-656-0944. THREE WORLDS — Sunday Serenade Concert, Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m. featuring Brad Prevedoros, Greg Joy and Niel Golden at St. Mary’s Church in Saanichton (E. Saanich Rd. @ Cultra Ave.) Tickets at the door or reserve at 250-652-

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ca. LITERARY KITCHEN SINK Open Mic at the Sidney North Saanich Library. Writers are invited to read their poetry, story excerpts, memoir, or other written words for up to five minutes. Or join the audience and support local writers. Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (writers to arrive a few minutes early to register). Free. Drop-in.  For information, call 250656-0944.


THRIFT SALE AT St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Saanichton, Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Please bring your own bag to carry home your gems. St. Mary’s is located at 1973 Cultra Ave., Saanichton. For information call 250-6521611.


LEGO STORIES AT the Sidney North Saanich Library. Use our LEGO to build your own creation. Your creation will be displayed at the library.  Fridays Feb. 5, Feb. 19, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ages 5 years-plus.   Free. Register at 250-656-0944. THE JUAN DE Fuca Pathfinders Volkssport Club meets

Sunday, Jan. 31 for a 5/10 km walk at the Travelodge, 2280 Beacon Ave. Registration 9:30 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. Contact Pat or Ed at 250-658-2325. THE PENINSULA GARDEN Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. Linda Petite, Head Gardener at the Horticultural Center of the Pacific will share her knowledge about the best ways to sprout seeds. Timing is perfect, since planting season is just around the corner. Visitors welcome. Non-member drop in fee is $5. UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS Do you think you have United Empire Loyalist ancestors? The local branch meets Saturday, Feb. 13 at noon. Contact Irene at 250-6525773 or for more information/lunch reservations. FOLK DANCE IS Fun when you dance with the Sidney International Folk Dancers. Monday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Andrews Church hall, 9691 Fourth St. Contact Linda at 250-6525818.

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GOOD MORNING STORYTIME at the Sidney North Saanich Library.  Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and fun. Thursdays to

March 3, 10:15 to 11 a.m.  Ages 0-5 years. Free. Dropin. 250-656-0944. REGISTRATION IS OPEN through January for kids in North Saanich to play baseball or softball at Rotary Park Field of Dreams. Go to for details. Registration includes four winter clinics at Panorama Rec., uniform, team pictures, games from April-June and parents can drive our field raking tractor!


VOLUNTEER PEER COUNSELLORS are available to provide encouragement and support for seniors experiencing loss of a loved one, grief and lifestyle transitions. There is no charge. Phone Jane at Seniors Serving Seniors at 250-382-4331.


WANT TO KEEP your brain active? Learn Bridge with Absolute Beginner classes at SHOAL, Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m., to Feb. 18. Call to register 250-656-5537. SCOTTISH FOLK DANCERS need children and teens and adults to learn a few simple dances to perform at nursing homes. Email Janet at: Send calendar items to editor@

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VANCOUVER — B.C.’s economy is forecast to grow at a healthy clip of three per cent this year despite growing global financial uncertainty that has seen stock markets plunge and the Canadian dollar swoon in tandem with the dive in oil prices. That prediction comes from

Central 1 Credit Union senior economist Bryan Yu, who says the province will lead Canada in growth and should weather the global economic turmoil well, thanks to improved exports and tourism due to the weak loonie. “B.C. will continue to benefit from low interest rates and a lower currency, despite challenges presented by a weak commodity sector,” Yu said. “Lifted by household demand and housing investment, economic growth will ease slightly from 2015 but remain moderate.” Yu also expects economic growth to average three per

cent from 2017 on, with steady consumer activity and higher business investment tied to major project construction. His forecast assumes one large liquefied natural gas terminal will be built in B.C. and Yu cautioned growth would be slower at about 2.5 per cent and unemployment higher by 0.5 per cent if a new LNG plant fails to materialize. He predicts unemployment will edge up slightly in 2016 to 6.3 per cent before declining in subsequent years. The forecast is in contrast to a new Insights West poll that shows B.C. residents have become considerably more

pessimistic about the economy and many are adopting a frugal mindset as they hunker down for financial trouble. Two-in-five of those surveyed expect B.C.’s economy to decline and at least 40 per cent said they plan to slash spending on entertainment, new clothes or dining out to prepare for tougher times. The poll found 93 per cent expect to pay more for groceries over the next six months and 71 per cent expect higher real estate prices. Nearly half of respondents said they’ve worried frequently or occasionally about the value of their investments.

B.C.’s urban housing market sees surge in starts VICTORIA — Housing starts in B.C.’s urban municipalities of more than 10,000 people ended 2015 with a jump of 26 per cent in December, according to the latest Statistics Can-

ada figures. B.C.’s increase was mostly in multi-family developments. Single detached housing starts were up only 3.5 per cent. B.C.’s housing surge went

against the national trend, with housing starts down in seven provinces. Only B.C., Quebec and Manitoba saw growth in December, compared to a year earlier.

Housing starts dropped 39 per cent in Ontario and 41 per cent in Alberta, where the oil price slump has hit the economy hard. — Black Press

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Panthers looking to bounce back after loss Big weekend looms as Panthers near the end NORTH SAANICH — In control of their own destiny, the Peninsula Panthers are looking to put in a couple workmanlike efforts this weekend and a devastating loss. The Cats fell 6-3 to the visiting Oceanside Generals on Friday, Jan. 22 and this week, the Club is looking to get back into the win column. They will have a couple huge tests: on Thursday in Esquimalt against the Victoria Cougars, and; at home this Friday when they welcome in the rugged and hard-working Nanaimo Buccaneers. Last Friday night the Panthers never seemed to get on track. Although they outshot the visiting Generals, 45 to 36, they just could not score or did not receive the big save when they needed it most. It was a fact that was not lost on Head Coach Rob Mortin. “(Nanaimo’s) goaltender is a veteran and he made some huge saves when it really

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Nanaimo Buccaneers’ forward Patrick Poets pastes Panthers’ defenceman Ryan Warner in a game in Nanaimo on Dec. 20. The Bucs are at the Panorama Recreation Centre on Friday for what should be a hard-fought game. counted while their forwards seemed to capitalize on all of their chances,” he said. “We have a young rookie goaltender in Shawn Parkinson and a veteran in Alex Olson and we would love for one of these guys to really take the ball and run with it. “Any team that wins has to have exceptional goaltending and we are looking for a bit of that right now.” Parkinson played in Esquimalt when the

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Panthers played there three weeks ago and helped to take the Cougars to overtime. “Shawn had a nice game and we really had a chance to beat them. We will most likely give him the start on Thursday and see how he does and then make a decision after the game as to what our direction will be on Friday. “I think our two guys have it in them to be exceptional. Our group needs that right now and we need it right through the remaining six games and through the playoffs.” The Cougars saw their 22-game winning streak snapped last Sunday afternoon when the Buccaneers beat them 1-0 in overtime.

The Bucs’ goalie was the first star and was the difference in the game, the same result Mortin was looking for. “I think our guys are every bit as good,” he said. “We all really need them to steal games for us that we might not deserve.

“It’s the time of year when you see what players have inside. We need everyone to work, to perform. “It starts in practice and then carries over to the games. It will be a challenging weekend and I know our guys will be ready.”


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