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Skate park is ready to roll Sidney approves new design and $300,000 to build in Tulista Park Steven Heywood News staff

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Janet Munro sits at her son Bradley Munro’s memorial site at Royal Oak Burial Park with his graduation cap. Bradley died November 4, 2011.

Meningitis battle gets a boost As Janet Munro continues fight, the province introduces a new vaccine Carlie Connolly News staff

Looking down at her late son’s graduation cap, Janet Munro reflected on the last few years of studying, raising awareness and fighting for a new vaccine for meningitis in B.C. On April 25, her hard work paid off. The B.C. Ministry of Health recently announced a vaccine for Grade 9 students to protect them against four strains of meningitis bacteria instead of just one.

The vaccine is known as the MCV4, which protects against the A, C, W-135 and Y strains. Medical Director for immunization programs at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, Monika Naus told the PNR this is something they’ve been discussing for a few years. For the longest time, the only vaccine in the province was the Group C, which has been part of the routine immunization program since 2003. “As a result, we’ve not had a Group C case in British Columbia in a young person since 2008,” said Naus, adding they’ve

even rediced it in older individuals. Naus said there have been cases of the Y strain in B.C., the more serious ones resulting in death. “Our sort of peak of that was really back in 2011/2012,” she explained. “We did have deaths, one in each of those years in university age students. Those were tragic cases and we have been looking at bringing this vaccine in since that time, recognizing that it’s a very rare disease.”

A new skateboard park will be built at the north end of Sidney’s Tulista Park. Monday night, councillors voted unanimously to use that portion of the green space for a skateboard facility that will replace the town’s existing one south of the Mary Winspear Centre, next to the Pat Bay Highway. Park users, however, will have to wait until the spring of 2017 — the anticipated date of completion. Sidney will spend an estimated $300,000 on a design provided by consulting firm New Line Skateparks. The new facility was created after a pair of public open houses, during which users provided feedback on what they’d like to see built. Tim Tanton, Sidney’s director of development services, engineering, parks and works, says council chose New Line’s first option, which better reflected what people said they wanted in the new park. Full design details are available from the Town of Sidney. Tanton confirmed Sidney has set aside $150,000 this year and the same amount next year for the project. Staff will also be looking for grant money. “I think this is a great contender for grants,” Tanton said. Some of that money will be used for preconstruction costs, Tanton said. Council approved a plan to preload the Tulista Park site. What that means, Tanton said, is a pile of rocks and earth to help compress the soil at the site.

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SIDNEY — The Town of Sidney council ratified its 2016 general tax rate Monday night. The general municipal tax rate increase this year will be 0.81 per cent. That’s the portion controlled by the municipality. Other levies within peoples tax bills include Capital Regional District, library, B.C. Transit, school and hospital taxes, among others. Sidney’s Chief Financial Officer Andrew Hicik outlined the 2016-2020 finaincial plan on April 25. The Town is expecting an $848,000 surplus this year, based on a little more than $19 million in expenditures. The average homeowner in Sidney, Hicik said, is looking at a jump in their tax bill. On the average home, which in Sidney is worth $441,331 according to BC Assessments, owners will pay $1,368. In 2015, when homes were valued, on average, at $425,861, they would have paid $1,357 in municipal taxes only. That’s an increase of $11. The rate will vary, he noted, depending on the actual value of people’s homes. All tax sources combined, homeowners will, on average, pay $2,085 in tax — compared with $2,059 last year. — News staff

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Ian Hennigar remembered as dedicated to his community After a battle with cancer, Ian Hennigar died Friday, April 22 Steven Heywood News staff

A memorial service is planned for Thursday, May 5 to honour the late Ian Hennigar, who died April 22 in hospice care at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Hennigar had been the senior manager of the Panorama Recreation Centre since 2010 and involved in a variety of community initiatives and activities. He was, at one time, the executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre and enjoyed a long career as a speed skating coach. Hennigar and his wife Brenda, were instrumental in establishing the Saanich Peninsula Speed Skating Club, which continues to run out of Panorama. Ian was a nationallevel speed skating coach. Nineteen months ago, Hennigar was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Brenda said the family, who were all around him when Ian died, were very fortunate to have the extended amount of time they did, following that diagnosis. In the days before he died, Brenda said Ian was able to see some of the people in his life. One was Hamish Black, a speed skater who learned the sport from Ian and who has since gone on to national-level training. “Hamish saw Ian on the Wednesday,” said Brenda, “and (Hamish) was able to share the news that he’d been invited to the national team.” Ian was honoured late last year by Canada’s speed skating community during a trip to Calgary. Wayne Ruffle, chair of the Peninsula Recreation Commission for the last four years, said Ian was well-respected by staff at Panorama, as well as many other people across the

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Hennigar’s Heroes hiking for hospice this Sunday NORTH SAANICH — A team of 17 people from Panorama Recreation Centre have formed Hennigar’s Heroes and will be walking in this Sunday’s Hike For Hospice in downtown Victoria. Shannon Flaherty, an employee at Panorama who knows the Hennigar family well, created the team after visiting Ian Hennigar in hospital prior to his death late last week. “The Hike for Hospice sparked Ian’s interest,” she said, “and he wanted to be able to go.” She registered the team at the Victoria Hospice website — victoriahospice.org — Saanich Peninsula. “He’s going to be missed by everybody he worked with and by the people he knew,” Ruffle said. “He was good to work with and he really enjoyed working at Panorama. He did an excellent job.” Niall Paltiel, the District of Central Saanich’s liaison to the rec. commission, added Ian’s loss is a blow to the com-

and already they have raised more than $4,000, far exceeding their expectation in such a short time. “People close to the family have been looking for a way to help,” she said, “and this is an option for people to help make a difference.” All money raised goes towards Victoria Hospice. To donate to Hennigar’s Heroes, visit the website and search for the team name under the Hike for Hospice 2016 link. The Hike for Hospice takes place Sunday, May 1 at 10 a.m. in Fisherman’s Wharf Park in Victoria. — News staff

munity. “He was an outstanding volunteer and community person,” he said. “Ian is known and remembered as an outstanding man, father, husband, committed to his friends and family, the community and the citizens he served. “Not only is Ian well known for his CRD commitments, but also his work with the

Mary Winspear Centre and, of course, the speed skating and hockey community. “Our condolences go out to Ian’s family at this very difficult time.” The memorial service takes place on May 5 at 1 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. editor@peninsula newsreview.com

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said a pleased Mayor Steve Price on Monday, addressing a small group of park users at the council meeting. The Town decided to replace its skate park once they decided to proceed with plans for two major projects on the land south of the Winspear Centre — a large parking lot and a replacement fire hall. Residents and park users pushed the Town to look at replacing it, before they tore it down. Tulista Park was chosen as the site, according to the Town, based on location, access to services and available space. The choice to use the north portion of Tulista did, however, not go by unchallenged. Some nearby residents opposed the move. Councillor Barbara Fallot acknowledged those concerns and said she listened to people who were opposed to the move. “Now, I don’t see any real conflict there,” she said. “The skate park does not use up the entire north block of

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“But sometimes when young people get infected, they actually die from Group Y disease,” she said. Munro’s son, Bradley died in 2011 from the meningitis Y strain. Ever since his death, his mother, the founder of meningitusbc.org, has been working hard to create awareness on meningitis. “My son and four other B.C. kids died from the Y strain in the year 2011/2012,” she said. After fighting for the four strain vaccine and continuing to further her research over the past four years, April 25 was a good day for Munro, marking a real improvement in meningitis prevention in the province. “(April 25) was the brightest, sunniest day and it was like an explosion with our kids’ memories and feeling their energy. The skies opened up and finally, our children are being honoured. They’re not sacrificial lambs anymore, they’re being honoured …” “Providing the quadrivalent booster in Grade 9 gives adolescents the best protection as they enter the peak years outside of infancy for contracting meningococcal disease, which are between 15 and 24 years of age,” said Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.’s provincial health officer. Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain, and septicemia, an infection of the blood. Munro has sent information to graduating students in School District 63 (Saanich), in hopes that parents will think about protecting children from the five

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Janet Munro and her husband Brian with their late son Bradley Munro during his high school graduation

“The skies opened up and finally, our children are being honoured. They’re not sacrificial lambs any more, they’re being honoured.” – Janet Munro most common strains of meningitis. Shots are available for the multicomponent meningococcal B and the MCV4 (A, C, W-135 and Y) strains. Munro’s son was vaccinated in 2005 and graduated from high school in ‘06. Yet he was only vaccinated against one strain, Men- C. “I didn’t know that there were more than one strain. I thought it was one shot and he was good,” she said. With the four strain vaccine announced this week, implementation will take place in September. On average, Naus said there are around five cases a year, with half of the cases being in individuals from ages 15 to 24 and the other half being middle age. Naus said individuals get the infection from

what’s called respiratory secretion, which means that some individuals carry it in their throats for brief periods of time and contract it from kissing, sharing utensils, etc. She added the occasional person will become infected and will go on to develop the disease while others won’t. “The interesting thing about these vaccines is they actually reduce the carriage of the organism in the throat ... there are good studies to show that the peak for carriage of these is in late adolescence,” she said, adding that is a time when people are extensively engaged with their social network. Bradley Munro died at age 23 while at university. Since his death, his mom has been doing everything

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she can to make people aware of the vaccines and for parents and students to make an informed decision to get vaccinated. By spreading awareness, it helps Munro to talk about her son. “This is a way of honouring him, because we loved him so much and if we had known, he would have been vaccinated.” Bradley had flu-like symptoms before his death: fever; headache; vomiting. But the fam-

ily didn’t know it was meningitis. “I tried phoning him on the Wednesday … I knew something was wrong. I couldn’t get a hold of him,” said Munro. “When we got to Kamloops, we just couldn’t believe it.” Munro has been working to not only study the deadly disease, but also to try and come to an understanding of why the MCV4 hadn’t been implemented in the B.C. Public Immunization Program when it was done so in eight other provinces and territories. On April 25, Munro and Coquitlam MLA Linda Reimer announced a proclamation before the B.C. Legislature to recognize April 24 as World Meningitis Day in Victoria. The first dose of the Men- B strain will be available May 6 with the second given on June 10. The clinic for the MCV4 that Munro is offering is on May 18 at the Saanich Fairgrounds. For more information on the price and the vaccines, students and their parents are encouraged to visit her website at meningitisbc.org. reporter@peninsula newsreview.com

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here’s a common thread running through many of the stories on local women in the Peninsula News Review’s Women on the Peninsula special section included with today’s newspaper. That thread is community involvement. For each of the women profiled in this year’s publication, they have found success not only in their professional lives — but their personal as well — by stepping outside the office doors and getting involved in their communities. And by ‘communities’, we are talking about the different organizations and groups within their respective In other words, they municipalities — all of which are innovators in to the business as well as contribute greater whole, in their personal lives making the Saanich Peninsula a better place to live. In our special section, there are women who take part in local sports organizations — whether it be for themselves or their families — fundraising efforts, service groups and some have even gone so far as to create entities that fill a gap that no one had thought of filling before. In other words, they are innovators in business as well as in their personal lives. They don’t shut off the creativity just because they change from their work clothes to more relaxed apparel. Their efforts, or at least a small part of them, are on display in our annual publication and it serves as a positive example for other women — and men for that matter — on how to build community. In fact, more than one of the women who we’ve written about this month were quick to point out that the lessons they’ve learned and the advice they impart, apply to just about anyone. These are just some of the mentors that we have on the Saanich Peninsula. They have made themselves available to readers and are sharing their wisdom and experience to help improve their community. We would like to thank each and every one for participating and hope our readers find value in learning about what makes some of the Peninsula’s movers and shakers tick. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@peninsulanewsreview.com 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: editor@peninsulanewsreview.com 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 mediacouncil.ca or call toll-free 1-844-877-1163 for additional information.

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An honest response by people on Hovey Re: Our View, Road use debate unfair? A poor response by residents? I don’t think so. This is an honest response by people who care ,and who are not prepared to stick their heads in the sand and hope everything will be all right when they surface. The residents are feeling very frustrated with the lack of common sense. It should be immediately apparent that this road will not stand up to the kind of use Mr. Gray intends to inflict on it. Mr. Gray himself admitted in media reports that the road is not suitable for large trucks in the long term. There does not appear to be any long term plan in place. So, that would make us, the long term plan. This lane was not built with the intention to support consistent, daily, industrial, heavy truck traffic but only to access a few small acreages and the usual machinery and farm equipment associated with that. I would agree that all the complicated bylaws, etc. could have been avoided if some transparency and common sense had been shown in the beginning and some respect shown toward the people who would be most affected — the residents — and had the council backed their own plan of appropriate land use. Elizabeth and Larry Smith Central Saanich

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Rural road not suitable I found myself rolling my eyes while reading your opinion piece on Hovey Road. There’s a difference between hay delivered four times a year with a semi-truck and having semi-trucks roll by four times a week, along with daily passage of five-ton box trucks and other large trucks. And those semi-trucks have a hard time just turning the corner at Hovey and Tomlinson. From time to time it is necessary to have large trucks service farms and residences — for home or property maintenance or for farming purposes. That type of road usage is common sense and is very different from the daily truck traffic created by an industrial operation.

Even Kevin Gray, owner of VI Pallet which is responsible for the increased truck traffic, is reported as saying that “Hovey Road is not suitable for large trucks in the long term...” in media reports. The District of Central Saanich’s own Structural Analysis of Hovey and Tomlinson roads states “...the road was determined to be deficient as the loading exceeds the structural capacity by a factor of seven...” Businesses requiring heavy truck traffic should be able to be accessed by truck routes which have been designed with safety and load-bearing in mind. They should not be accessed by a single-lane dead-end rural road. Patricia Wall Central Saanich

Just what’s unfair? Re: Road use debate unfair. There is a lot about Hovey Road traffic that is really unfair. Hovey road was signed as a no through road for decades until some unknown person for an unknown reason removed that sign. A no comment from the municipal hall makes that unfair. Hovey road past the last farm was an undeveloped right of way owned by the municipality that one day was illegally developed by persons unknown and never prosecuted. Continued on page 7


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That seems unfair. Hovey road suddenly acquiring regular commercial use over five months ago, that the municipal council is reluctant to deal with for reasons they refuse to share with the residents, seems unfair. Hovey road even being characterized by our mayor as being an unsafe situation yet being allowed to continue to be such also seems unfair. Commercial truck traffic that runs a dozen or more times per day is much different from farm traffic that happens a few times per season. Residents here have no concerns with farm vehicles as most of us have farm backgrounds. We knowingly purchased and live on agriculturally zoned land not commercially zoned land. If you, the editor, had moved into the area knowing it was actually signed as a no through road and then one day you discovered the sign removed and a dozen commercial trucks going back and forth down the one lane which has no shoulder, you might think differently about calling the residents’ reaction a poor one. Before characterizing a situation unfair it might be a good idea to find out what is really unfair about it.   John Plantinga Central Saanich

Hospital parking Quadra Island-based Strathcona Regional District director Jim Abram makes a strong case for the elimination of parking fees at new hospitals on the north island. Parking charges flout the founding principles of the Canada Health Act. The Act sets out the primary objective of Canadian health care policy which is “to protect, promote, and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health care services without  financial

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or other barriers.” The sicker you are and the more you frequent hospitals, the more parking fees you pay. Visitors have to pay and yet by the very act of visiting they provide comfort and affection to patients which is all part of the healing process. People rushing to the emergency department with what they believe to be an emergency condition should not have to be fretting over finding change for the parking meter. I wonder if Judy Brownoff, or James Hanson or Health Minister Terry Lake realize that for a person of limited means, visiting a loved one over a period of weeks or months can impose a financial strain. The Canadian Medical Association Journal contained an editorial advocating the abolition of hospital parking fees as they are a barrier to health care. They have been abolished in England, Scotland, and Wales. Clive Bruton North  Saanich

Rejoicing premature? The BC Supreme Court recently approved a request by the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society to update their Trust Agreement (PNR, 15 April, 2016). Apparently initiated at the behest of the town of Sidney, this change claims to pave the way for construction of a new Sidney fire hall. The rejoicing accompanying this announcement may be

premature. In paragraph 31, “The Attorney General submits that the contemplated use of the Trust Property by the town of Sidney, even if focused on public safety, which may be of benefit to the Residents, does not constitute “use” by the Residents of the Trust Property for ‘community, cultural, athletic and recreational purposes’…”. In paragraph 123 the Judge underscores the concern that the proposed lease may not conform to the charitable purposes of the Trust. The Memorial Park Society Trust administers the Mary Winspear Center and associated properties for all Peninsula residents north of Central Saanich, not just those of the town of Sidney. The amended Trust Deed (para 111) requires that every Tenant shall permit Residents to use the lands in the manner stipulated above and to confirm this conformity every five years. Can a fire hall meet these constraints? In light of the above under reported aspect to this court ruling, one must ask if Sidney and the Memorial Park Society did very much homework on this file before approaching the BC Supreme Court. Now, with these opinions from the Attorney General and Madam Justice Dardi, a rethink might be in order before the hole they have started digging gets any deeper. Springfield Harrison North Saanich

BeefsAndBouquets This is in reference to the boy riding his bike on the Pier and being unjustly attacked by an older man. Perhaps teaching children proper biking etiquette and how to read road signs would go a long way for the safety of both bikers and pedestrians. And a bouquet to the constable for sending the boy home. Common courtesy is taught at home, and not by making excuses for bad behavior or calling down those who work hard to keeping us all safe. A.B. Smith  I have a severe vision problem, needing the use of a very expensive magnifying glass. I use it while shopping.

Unfortunately, I left it at the cash desk of my local grocery store. But it was not turned in to the lost and found — even though it was so obvious how badly I needed it. I lost it on Feb. 6. If anyone finds it, please contact the Peninsula News Review. Eileen MacFarlane Send your beefs or bouquets to us at 103-9830 Second Street, Sidney, fax: 250-656-5526 or email editor@peninsulanews review.com. Beefs and Bouquets is a free service provided by the News Review.

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Dr. Sherry Cooper: Housing Still Within Reach For First-Time Buyers By Gordon Hamilton Despite headline-grabbing stories about million-dollar houses pushing home ownership out of reach in Canada’s large cities, there’s still plenty of opportunity for first-time buyers in certain segments of the Canadian real estate market, says Dominion Lending Centres Chief Economist Sherry Cooper.

level. It’s stronger than what we have seen since the baby boomers came of age. Firsttime homeowners are still out there buying and in fact they represent roughly 30 per cent of new home sales, even in Toronto and Vancouver,” she says.

“What’s different is that it now takes two incomes to buy Dr. Sherry Cooper a home rather than one, as it Chief Economist for was way back when, and also Dominion Lending Centres your first home may well be a Single-family home prices have been surging in cities like condo and it may well be far Toronto and Vancouver, but that’s driven from the city centre and it may well be quite largely by a shortage of land: You practically small.” But the reality is that low interest need to knock down an older home in order rates have helped to make housing more to build a new one. It’s the supply-demand affordable. story, Cooper says. Land for single-family homes is in short supply while demand is “But once you get in the door, there’s the strong, driving double-digit price increases. whole notion that house prices will rise and you will have greater equity to move up But that’s not the case in the condo market, next time around,” she adds. where prices have not been escalating as quickly. Condos, and housing in those parts These differences between single-family of Canada where the land supply is not an housing markets and multi-family issue, are still an affordable option. housing markets need to be recognized by governments in their attempts to “There are differences in the housing make housing more affordable, Cooper market depending on the sector and the says. Housing and construction are key region,” she says. “For example, condo strengths in the Canadian economy right prices in Toronto are rising at single-digit now, and government intervention – like rates. Part of that is because there has been the B.C. government’s move to increase the a dramatic increase in construction, so property tax for expensive homes – needs that the supply of condos is increasing very to be carefully weighed. sharply.” “You don’t want to dampen what has been At the same time, retiring boomers are a very significant component of economic often helping their children buy homes. growth” Aid from mom and dad coupled with the increase in supply, has resulted in the rate of home ownership rising. “We are in a sweet spot in demand for housing right now because in Canada, the growth in the number of first-time buyers-roughly aged 25 to 35--is at a relatively high

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Sunday event highlights local disaster reception centres Steven Heywood News staff

When the shaking stops or the waters have receded, where will people go if their homes have fallen or they find themselves without shelter after a disaster? That’s a question that emergency responders and volunteers hope to answer this Sunday, May 1. Between 1 and 5 p.m., members of the Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization (PEMO) join volunteers at the Resthaven SDA Church for a community emergency fair. Members of PEMO — including ham radio operators, service providers and more — as well as the North Saanich Fire Department, Salvation Army and Central Saanich Lions Club, will be on site to help explain the role of the church as a designated reception centre in the event of a disaster. There are 13 such centres on the Saanich Peninsula, says PEMO Director Jean Galvin. They were chosen based on their ability to host a large amount of people, with the facilities to house them for an extended period. Most of the reception centers are churches and community halls, which always seem to fit

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Members of the Canadian Red Cross set up tents in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre for an emergency measures simulation in 2014. Other emergency reception centres on the Peninsula will be ready in times of disaster the needs required — such as adequate bathrooms and access points. “Do you know where your reception centre is?” asked Lauren Wiegel, a member of the Resthaven SDA Church congregation and one of the event organizers. She said this is an opportunity for education, a way to let people in the community know about reception centres and what to expect in an emergency. Galvin noted people are being asked these days to prepare for being on their own for up to a week. That includes having food, water and shelter available.

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If a disaster does happen, she said, even the emergency reception centers will take some time to open, as the people who run them have to care for their own families. Sunday’s Peninsula Community Emergency Fair, while a more festive event to bring people out, carries with it a very serious message. “We are passionate about being prepared,” Wiegel said. “Be prepared, not scared,” added Galvin. The Resthaven SDA Church is located at 9300 Willingdon Road, west of the McTavish interchange, on the road to the Victoria International Airport.

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Sidney veterans fight off large downtown development idea Steven Heywood News staff

Members of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans’ Association (ANAVETS) have fended off a proposal that might have seen a massive redevelopment of a portion of downtown Sidney. One week ago, their membership were asked to consider a plan, very much in its infancy, that would see the razing of at least four buildings between 3rd and 4th streets, bordering Sidney Avenue and facing the existing town hall. Art Finlayson, of Finlayson Bonet Architecture of Central Saanich, says they asked ANAVETS members during a meeting a week ago, if they liked the idea. It would have meant selling the property and either having to move or moving into a much different space. That meeting set off a series of emails and rumours that even Finlayson said he’d heard. “They said no,” Finlayson told the PNR

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Sidney’s local area plan for the 3rd and 4th street north block shows conceptual drawings for a revamped area (left) and a town square (far right). The aerial image outlines the subject area. Tuesday. “They didn’t want to do it. It died with ANAVETS.” Finlayson said the proposal dates back to 2008, when the Town of Sidney created its local area plans for various parts of the community. Those plans set out long-term revitalization goals in Sidney’s downtown core, with a focus on “a high level of design for buildings and public space.” The 3rd/4th street block north area plan set out a conceptual design that includes mixed use residential and commercial space,

“The whole thing was a dream. If it was able to go, it could have solved a lot of problems in Sidney right now, specifically parking.” – Art Finlayson a new town hall and significant pedestrian amenities — including a path link to Beacon Avenue. That concept is still on the books at town hall today.

Finlayson said during the years following the plan’s creation, three of the buildings were purchased by one group — buildings that are currently home to the Star Cinema, Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant and the nearby laundromat. Another area is owned by the Town of Sidney and is being used as a parking lot.

Finlayson noted that the Marker Group picked up a neighbouring site for their fivestorey Meridian Residences, but said they were willing to provide space to allow for the Beacon Avenue access point. “The whole thing was a dream,” he continued. “If it was able to go, it could have solved a lot of problems in Sidney right now, specifically the parking problem.” His proposal included approximately 200 new

residential units and underground parking. It also would have offered space for a new municipal hall and movie theatre. Finlayson added this plan was drawn up by his architecture firm and was being explored — no plans were ever shared with the municipality itself. Now that the idea has stalled, Finlayson said he’s not aware of any fallback plans by the property owners to develop.

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Clark rejected that suggestion, saying existence of the leader’s allowance has been a matter of public record since 1993. “The NDP raise money with exclusive soirees, and the B.C. Liberals raise money as well,” Clark told reporters. “The issue for us is to make sure that we always separate our public duties from any sources of funding for our political parties.” NDP leader John Horgan said he has received about $5,000 from his party since becoming leader in 2014, mostly to pay for clothing. editor@peninsula newsreview.com

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Operating in a Central Saanich converted church since 1995, the Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Centre has grown. The temple, which saw 50 families in its beginning, now sees around 200 families — or up to 800 people. With its growth comes tight space in the current building on Cultra Avenue, so board members are looking for land or an older church within a 10 minute drive from Saanich, where most of the members live. President of the Parishad Hari Sharma said they are constantly working to take part in various community initiatives but they are growing so much that people have to stand in the corners at times during service. “As we are growing, we want to complete almost two to three times the hall (size),” he said, adding that this will also allow more people to gather for some more cultural programs too. Trustee of the Parishad, Suresh Basrur added the temple was adequate until early to mid-2000, but that now with the membership growing with a newer generation of 30 to 50 year olds, they are on the search for land. “So the whole complexion has

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Deputy Chief of Central Saanich Police Derren Lench, from left, Chief Les Sylven and President of Victoria Hindu Parishad Hari Sharma. Two cheques of $1000 were presented over the weekend to support the family of the late RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett. The money was donated to the Beckett Family Trust. changed in terms of the number of members and activities and so on,” said Basrur, adding, “so that means providing more programs, requiring more space… because there are occasions where we don’t have enough space for all the attendees inside.” It was seven years ago when they started thinking of finding a bigger place but he said that requires a lot of lead time, money and availability of land. “We’ve developed a bunch of criteria based on our member feedback,” he said. One of the points was to find out what the members’ are looking for along with where the new

place is in terms of the distance from members homes. They’ve been raising money, and are almost ready should a piece of land become available. They have approached municipalities for options. Sharma said they hope to have the land acquired within a year. Coming up, the senior group at the Parishad will hold a garage sale on May 14, with all of the members donating various items to the temple. The sale will take place at the Parishad on Cultra Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, visit victoriahindutemple.com.

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Still timing the financial markets? Ignore periodic fluctuations A fter a tough 11.8 per cent downturn in TSX equity market performance in 2015, investors could be forgiven for expecting normal market cycles to lead to a dramatic recovery as 2016 unfolded. Unfortunately, in January oil prices continued to drop and stock markets followed, adding to the losses of the previous year. Time to bail from equities? The Royal Bank of Scotland certainly thought so, dramatically advising the conversion of all financial investments to cash, to wait out what they predicted would be another major Bear market, akin to that of 2008/2009. As oil prices sank below U.S. $30 a barrel, Morgan Stanley reinforced the negative sentiment by predicting oil’s further decline to as low as $20. These two major institutions were not alone in their doom-and-gloom predictions; many analysts and other market pundits followed suit. As has typically occurred over the

decades, these headline-grabbing predictions proved to be dramatically incorrect. Since, in the first four months of 2016, the directional performance of world markets moved in tandem with Canada’s TSX Index, we’ll use the latter to illustrate. During the first three weeks of January, the TSX fell by another 9 per cent, adding to its 2015 losses. Pity those who acted on the advice of the Bank of Scotland, cashing in all investments. After those first three weeks of swooning, equity markets rebounded, equally dramatically. Over the three months to April 22, the TSX had recovered 17 per cent, thus neutralizing not only the yearto-date downturn, but also recovering a good proportion of the 2015 decline. As could be expected, the prime driver of markets, over the same period, was a recovery in the price of oil. Far from plummeting to $20, it zoomed from its low of $27, to $43 — an increase of 55 per cent. So much for

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After studying him for years, Thompson felt ready to take to the streets of Victoria, dancing, busking and impersonating Jackson. On one Canada Day, the Grade 12 Stelly’s student drew a crowd so large on Government Street that the police had to break everybody up. “Everybody was dancing, it was such a good time,” he said. After singing at family functions, friends and family encouraged him to try singing professionally. And that he did, locking himself in his room, practicing his singing. He later got together with a local production company called BG Soldiers when he was 15. They recorded a cover song and made a professional video of Swedish House Mafia’s, Don’t You Worry Child, which got the attention of Chatter Records.

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Beginning tomorrow (April 30) and running until Sunday (May 1), the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC) Spring Show takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre. The show will see a variety of work including sculptures, pottery, fine arts, jewelery and more. The show runs tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 and accompanied children are free.

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The Parkland Jazz Band and the Grade 8 band from North Saanich Middle School will be performing this Monday, May 2 at the Sidney Bandshell as part of the Music Monday celebration. People can catch them perform at 10 a.m.

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Tonight the audience will hear from singer Maureen Washington and pianist Karel Roessingh as part of the Sidney Friday Night Jazz Series. The two have been working together for a few years and have sung together at various gigs around town. “We really create great chemistry working together because you know exactly where each other is at all times,” said Washington. Because of their connection, Washington said the music is elevated to a higher level, bringing a sense of humour and different emotions to the evening. “There will be moments of shock, moments of laughter, moments of sadness, little bit of everything,” she said. For Washington, singing has

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Maureen Washington will perform tonight at St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney. always been in her life, however she didn’t move into it professionally until her early to mid-30s.

“So I’m very late coming to the game,” she said with a laugh. She said her mother would always say she could sing before she could speak, humming melodies. Being busy with other things and having a family, Washington took a break before picking up singing again in her later years. “I always sang to my kids and taught them songs,” she said, adding that music and performing was always around. With a few albums under her belt, Washington isn’t stopping there. She will be heading into studio next week to record her next album, which she is calling for now, Harvest Moon, a title she said that could potentially change over the coming months. “The album will be quite eclectic. It’s almost like it

should be favourite songs, so when I tour and when I travel and stuff like that, certain songs that we play, people just fall in love with them and they go ‘do you have that recorded?’ because they want to take it with them,” she said. The main purpose of her upcoming album is its dedication to her late husband who passed away seven months ago. And so she and fellow musicians have created their own take on the Neil Young tune, Harvest Moon, one of her and her late husband’s favourite songs. “It’s still exactly like Harvest Moon but it just has a different feel to it. And my husband and I… during the instrumental, we’d always dance.” PlEASE SEE: Jazz performance, page 20

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Whether you’re looking for ideas on how to expand your home, build from the ground up or just enjoy seeing what other people do with their space, the Young Life Home Design and Renovation Tour has all those bases covered this year. The 26th annual fundraiser for Young Life Victoria, happening April 30 and May 1, features 12 finished projects in Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay. They range from a kitchen and dining room upgrade in a Songhees waterfront townhouse to a completely remodeled 1950s home in Oak Bay that went from 1,100 square feet to more than 3,400. Ed McDonald of MAC Renovations, whose company’s work is featured in the townhome renovation and in a complete home transformation project in Saanich on the tour, has been supporting the fundraiser for six or seven years. He said it’s a good way for people to see fresh ideas and bounce questions off representatives of the builders. The question of whether to renovate or move into something different is one he often helps his clients answer. He gave as an example a couple who hired MAC to do their renovations. “Their motivation was, they had a young family and they liked the area, plus it was going to cost them at least $15,000 to move with real estate fees and taxes,” he says. Even modest renos can easily run higher than that, but homeowners need to weigh various options, such as how long they plan on staying put, before embarking on a renovation project, McDonald says. “If you’re going to put that much money into it, it’s going to be something you’re not going to turn around and sell a couple years later.” While some homeowners leave the upgrades for the next owner in this hot real estate market, McDonald cringes when he

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This new home on Triangle Mountain, owned by Chris Bowness and his family, was built by Alair Homes Victoria. It’s among the dozen home projects on the 2016 Young Life Home Design and Renovation Tour. sees “home handyman” renos done by people hoping that will get them more for their home. “When I see that happen, I don’t see a quality reno put in there at all. And some owner ends up inheriting (the problems).” Also on this year’s tour, Chris Bowness, co-owner of Alair Homes Victoria, gets to show off his family’s brand-new, newly moved into Colwood home perched high on Triangle Mountain. Built by his own company, the home provides versatility with the ability to host offices for two family businesses, as well as being constructed with the option of having a legal income suite. A fusion of classic and West Coast styles, it’s a great example of the kind of work Alair does, Bowness says. “Whether (tour attendees have) heard of us or not, I think we’re happy to put one of

our show pieces of work onto the tour,” he says. “Having people be able to look at a finished product and have a bit of information about what we do, we can show people how we accommodate the lifestyle vision of the owner-occupant.” Home tour spokesperson Bill Okell says it’s good to see the event expand to 12 homes from 10 last year. The organization works with the Canadian Home Builders Association on the Island to get leads on contractors, and their clients, who are interested in having their special projects be part of the tour. One such standout stop on the tour is the Home of the Raging Bull. This remodeled Beach Drive house not only had a West Coast post-and-beam style injected into it, the formerly dark and damp garage has

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Softball season is in full swing on the Peninsula Steven Heywood News staff

Crosstown Under 16 rivals Central Saanich Extreme and Peninsula Baseball and Softball Association (PBSA) faced off in their second game of the early softball season Tuesday evening. For both teams, it was their fifth game of the young season. And for both, they are coming off successful 2015 campaigns that saw them advance to provincials. Tom Lebbetter, coach of the U16 Extreme, says his squad has most of the players from last season back again. They’ll be looking to improve on their second place finish in the district finals last time — they fell to the PBSA team. Coach Mark Simpson over in the other dugout said his group are half veterans of the last campaign and half newcomers to the team this year. He said for many of the young

players, it’ll be a learning year — but a fun one. PBSA’s U16 girls softball team won the Districts last season and also made the trip to provincials. Tuesday night’s game took place at North Saanich’s Field of Dreams, which was abuzz with activity. PBSA President Eric Van Rooyen says the league has seen a 20 per cent uptick in players this season. “We now have more than 100 kids on the younger teams,” he said. New fencing around the diamonds at the park was completed last year and he credited the VicFarmer Farmer toria Airport Authority (VAA) for accommodating them. PBSA the land from the VAA. The Connect – leases Share – Learn Authority also paid to chip seal the parking lot at the park — in exchange for being able to use it Steven Heywood/News staff the airport’s busy ChristCentral Saanich Extreme third baseman Paige Gudjohnson and pitcher Hailey Telford, left, react to during Saanich Fairgrounds | March 6-7, 2014 a hit. Right, PBSA pitcher Rachel Simpson delivers to an opposing hitter, as teammate Chloe Satre mas rush. Wanted:editor@peninsulanewsreview.com Sponsors and Vendors! awaits the result.

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Peninsula News Review, April 29, 2016  

April 29, 2016 edition of the Peninsula News Review

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April 29, 2016 edition of the Peninsula News Review