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Elite rugby makes its home in Langford Sam Van Schie

Esquimalt firefighters Andrew Zado and Chris Carragher crouch with Quinn Tyrrell, 2, who spent four months in the Victoria General Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. On Aug. 11 Greater Victoria professional firefighters announced a $250,000 donation over 10 years to VGH pediatrics.

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Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay and Esquimalt fire departments, under the Professional Firefighters of Greater Victoria Foundation, will direct their fundraising cash to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, which in turn will direct it to equipment in the NICU and pediatric unit. “Sustainable funding is different for us. Pledging $250,000 over 10 years allows us to do planning around that. It’s fantastic,” said Starr McMichael, chair of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

The country’s top rugby players will soon be training year-round at City Centre Park. Langford has partnered with Rugby Canada to becomes the national headquarters for Canada’s men’s and women’s rugby teams as they prepare for world and Olympic competition. Trevor Arnold, director of rugby based out of Rugby Canada’s Victoria office, said the organization was looking to move its teams to coastal B.C. to avoid winter conditions getting in the way of practice. “The rest of the world has gone very professional in rugby and we made the decision that if Canada is going to keep pace, we need to be training 12 months of the year,” Arnold said. “Langford stepped up and said we could go there, and we’re very excited about it.” City Centre Park’s turf field is already sanctioned for International Rugby Board games, such as when Team Russia met the B.C. Bears in 2009. Arnold expects there will be many more international teams visiting Langford in the years to come. Invitations are already in the mail to bring in teams touring January to April 2012. “We’ve never had a place to hold invitationals in Canada. It’s important for improving the team. We’ll want as many games as possible,” Arnold said.

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Firefighters give big to VGH pediatrics $250K committed over 10 years Edward Hill News staff

For her first breaths of life, Lucy Hannah had a hole in her lung. Wade McReynolds weighed two pounds when he saw the light of day as a preemie at 29 weeks. Victoria General Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit became home to their parents. A few years later, these kids and dozens of others run and play at the 27th annual NICU

reunion at the hospital, as parents swap stories and give hugs to medical staff who saved their children’s lives. “It was really hard at the time. The doctors and nurses were so helpful, they gave such good care,” said Katie Hannah, mother of one-year-old Lucy and her twin Emma. The girls were 33-week preemies. “Nurses and moms really bond when you’re in there. It’s an intense time. When I see them I give them a big hug, and the doctors too.” Nicole and Trevor McReynolds help two-year-old Wade blow bubbles at the outdoor party,

and recalled tough hours and days at the NICU. Nicole’s water broke at 23 weeks and she had to lie still for six weeks before her son was born. “They said the chances of him surviving and without problems was not good at all. But there’s nothing wrong with him,” Nicole said. “He’s as healthy as anything. He’s a real little miracle.” These stories of survival and strength of the smallest patients highlighted the importance of a long term gift announced Thursday — professional firefighters in Greater Victoria are donating $25,000 per year for the next 10 years to VGH pediatric care.

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Ground name tag spurs ground beef recall Charla Huber News staff

Thrifty Foods in Colwood is recalling ground beef after an employee name tag was ground into a batch of meat on Aug. 11. Only meat at the Colwood store at 1860 Island Highway is affected, as employees make and package ground beef in-house. A few packages of ground beef in a display case had bits of name tag mixed in. “We had an object that was unaccounted for. It was an employee name tag,” said Ralf Mundel, Thrifty’s director of marketing and communications. “We saw some product with pieces of (the name tag) in it. As soon as that happened we put the ball in motion.” The store removed all ground beef off the shelves and has alerted the public of a voluntary recall on all ground beef with a best before date of Aug. 11. “We like to err on the side of caution,” Mundel said. “Anytime things happen we review our food safety (protocol).” Any of the affected ground beef products listed below can be returned to any Thrifty Foods locations for a refund. No illnesses or injury regarding the ground beef has been reported to Thrifty Foods. For more information regarding the voluntary recall, call 250-544-1234.

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Concrete manufacturer to close Langford operation Deal could end City’s lawsuit and avoid trial Edward Hill News staff

Tower Fencing has agreed to shut down its concrete plant operation by July 31, 2012, a compromise that will end Langford’s ongoing lawsuit against the long-running company. Tower will be required to remove its batch plant silos and any equipment used to manufacture concrete, including truck wash stations and conveyor belts from its Goldstream Avenue properties, as outlined in a court order, said Lorne Fletcher, Langford’s senior bylaw officer. The order is subject to sign-off from Tower and Langford council before it’s submitted to the B.C. Supreme Court. Council was scheduled to review the agreement on Aug. 15 in a closed meeting. Tower owner Denis Madsen confirmed “there has been a resolution,” but declined to speak with the Gazette. “We’re not done yet, but we are so close I’m confident we’ll see tremendous progress,” Fletcher said. “The City and Tower came to a reasonable and equitable solution.” In July, after a few years of soured relations, Langford and Tower hashed out an “exit strategy” for the company during a meeting originally set as an evidence discovery proceeding. The alternative to the court order is a pricey fiveday trial. Facing a plugged court system, Fletcher said the City would expect to wait a year to 18 months just to receive a trial date. The court order, he noted, has

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the same force of law as a judge’s ruling and is a serious offense if breached. “Here we have an agreement that we can move on within 12 months,” Fletcher said. “This is a nice success for everyone. The cost saving is tremendous.” Langford initiated a court action against Tower in 2008 after the company installed new silos and ramped up concrete manufacturing operations to a point beyond, in the City’s view, what was allowed in the zoning. Tower denied it was doing anything illegal, pointing to long-standing zoning that allowed concrete manufacturing on that property.

In previous interviews, Madsen said his 150-employee company experienced rapid growth and success, and has outgrown its Langford property. Indeed, white and blue concrete trucks are a frequent sight rumbling along the 1000block of Goldstream Avenue, which holds a mix of residential homes, small businesses and a school. The court order doesn’t settle the dispute over zoning or the level of industrial operations on Tower’s property, and it’s likely those questions will never be answered. Langford stripped concrete manufacturing from permissible uses within the zoning in 2008. Residents living near Tower’s property have complained for years of noise from the company’s industrial operations and of concrete dust blanketing the surrounding neighbourhood. This summer the Ministry of Environment ordered Tower to start monitoring concrete dust emissions

from its batch plant silo, and to improve its dust control procedures. Two devices to measure particulate matter and five for dust fall are on the perimeter of the Tower site, as well as a weather station, for 60 days of measurements to quantify the levels of concrete dust coming off the property. Katherine Pearce with the Ministry of Environment, said when the results are in, MOE will decide on next steps, if necessary, for compliance. Lynne Hedstrom-McAuley, owner of Lynne’s Little Elf Garden Centre, has loudly lobbied Langford for five years to crack down on dust and noise coming from her neighbour, and admits she is skeptical that Tower will pack up and leave. “I’m happy about this, but at the same time I don’t trust either of them. I’ve been told so many different things over the years,” she said. “I will believe it when I see it.”

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The push is on to close the gaps on the Trans Canada Trail, including a missing link from Langford to Shawnigan Lake. The TCT foundation wants the 22,000 kilometre trail done by 2017, when the Canada turns 150 years old. The designated Pacific terminus for the trail is at Clover Point. Victoria is working on getting the trail from there to the Galloping Goose trail, which begins at the Johnson Street Bridge. Originally the TCT was to follow the full length of the Goose and continue on past Sooke Potholes, through the ghost town Leechtown and follow the former CN rail line to Cowichan Lake, the western most point on the trail. But Harold Sellers, project facilitator for the TCT in B.C., said changing water levels in the Sooke reservoir quashed that plan. “It was a setback, from the perspective of completing the trail,” Sellers said, citing

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and sustainability; ethical business practices; and community involvement. Nominees do not have to be associated with the chamber. “We want to recognize those the community sees as leaders in the community,” said Deanna Deacon, the chamber events coordinator.

See for details or to submit a nomination or call 250-478-1130 for any questions. The deadline is Aug. 26. The chamber will announce finalists in early September and the winners will be announced at a gala event at Westin Bear Mountain on Sept. 30.

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Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Brian Sinclair said the unit’s greatest challenge is the capital cost of new equipment — incubators, vital sign monitors and ventilators eventually need replacing. “We know we’ll need equipment updates and new technology, and knowing this money is there is great,” Sinclair said. “When the need comes up, this contribution will be in the back of our minds.” Neonatologist Dr. Cherrie Tan-Dy has her eye on updating the NICU family room, where aging furniture and a few beds allow out-of-town parents to catch a moments of rest. “Some preemies require intensive care for a long time. Babies can be in the NICU for four months at a time,” Tan-Dy said. “Every year we want to improve the family room, but it’s always at the bottom of the list. Maybe this can help make it happen.”

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Smoken Bones leaving Langford Charla Huber News staff

After six years of calling Langford home, Smoken Bones Cookshack owner Ken Hueston is moving his business to downtown Victoria. Hueston is giving up his Station Avenue location for a spot as an anchor tenant in The Hudson on Douglas Street. The Langford restaurant will close it’s doors Sept. 17 and reopen in Victoria in December. While Hueston lives on the West Shore, grew up here and graduated from Belmont secondary, he said for his business to thrive he needs to relocate downtown. Smoken Bones is a “destination restaurant,” he said, and being downtown will make it more accessible for patrons passing by. In Langford, Hueston came out of the gates strong. Smoken Bones was lauded as one of the top 20 new restaurants in Canada in 2007 by Air Canada’s En Route magazine, and Hueston was named the WestShore Chamber of Commerce’s entrepreneur of the year. The next Charla Huber/News staff year the B.C. Chamber of ComWest Shore native Ken Hueston is moving his merce ranked him as one of the top award-winning restaurant Smoken Bones to young entrepreneurs in the province. downtown Victoria.

While it’s hard to give up his Langford location, he said operating two restaurants wouldn’t be feasible. Leaving about seven years on his current lease, Hueston is signing a 20-year lease for The Hudson. One deciding factor for Hueston are B.C.’s tougher drinking and driving laws and leading to a decline in business. Prior to the laws coming into effect, he said about 60 per cent of his customers came from downtown. Now he sees about 30 per cent making the trip. “Now people tend to be more aware and question whether they should have that second beer,” Hueston said. In the new location, Hueston said his restaurant will be more pedestrian friendly allowing people to feel more comfortable while having a drink and dinner. While the move will be bittersweet Hueston said “(West Shore residents) are amazing, I wouldn’t be here without them. I am a West Shore boy. My heart is here. “Just like I say to people in Victoria, I now have to say it to people of the West Shore, it’s only 20 minutes away.”

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ast week’s announcement that the province would create a municipal auditor general department is good news for taxpayers around the province. Any move to make public bodies more accountable, even at the civic level, is a way to help ensure that they follow a closer path to the private sector when it comes to keeping expenses in check. Liberal cabinet minster and Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong said the oversight body would be good for small municipalities — those with 5,000 residents or less — that don’t have the resources to undertake such audits. But there is a real opportunity for a municipal auditor general to inspect the spending habits in larger jurisdictions such as Saanich and Victoria, and even mid-sized municipalities such as Langford, Colwood and Esquimalt. From constant increases in commercial and residential property tax by more than the rate of inflation and a shocking rise in six-figure administrator salaries to eyebrowraising benefits given to union employees — emergency services personnel — there are plenty of expenditures and decisions on which taxpayers would love to get an outside opinion. Taking the work of the provincial auditorgeneral as an example, it’s clear such bodies have no legislative powers. What they do have, however, is the ability to make public any discrepancies or inappropriate expenditures, which ultimately fall on the shoulders of the politicians who gave them final approval. The threat of having actions publicly criticized will hopefully provide enough motivation to prompt elected officials, as well as the employees who guide and are guided by their decisions, to take a closer look at how they spend taxpayers’ money. At a time when the public will be faced with helping pay for an light rail system and regional sewage treatment, the status quo just isn’t good enough.

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has been applied to other areas of t’s a basic strategy for the board the provincial government. A case game Monopoly. If you land on in point is the utility’s 650 staff engione of the utilities, buy it and neers, part of what the reap the steady revenues. reviewers termed a “gold Real-world investors standard” corporate culfollow the same rule. BC ture. Hydro’s debt may be enorWhy does BC Hydro mous, but it’s one of the have six times as many safest investments around. engineers as the TransThe crown jewel of B.C. portation Ministry, which utilities is such a money manages about the same machine that it can allow amount of complex conextravagant practices and struction? still deliver some of the According to Energy cheapest, cleanest, most stable energy in North Tom Fletcher Minister Rich Coleman, the Transportation MinAmerica. B.C. Views istry used to work the Some of those extravasame way. Staff engineers gances were described in would design a new bridge down a new report on BC Hydro by three to the specifications of the last bolt senior bureaucrats. Headline items that holds the handrail. Then this included a 41-per-cent increase in design would be put out to tender, staff in just four years, lavish manwith the winning bidder micromanagement bonuses and union overaged at every step. time pay, and a communications The remaining Transportation department almost as big as the Ministry engineers now speak wistB.C. government’s own. fully of this bygone golden age. You won’t find this kind of luxury Today they are expected to set cost in private companies that have to compete in today’s ruthless market- and performance specifications and let the private sector design and place. And you won’t learn much build the bridge to meet those tarabout it from listening to B.C.’s political debate, dominated as usual gets. Innovations are thus encouraged, not prevented, and their forby the NDP’s union-approved talkmer colleagues do just fine in the ing points. private sector. According to those, the only seriA brisk pruning — the report ous problem here is the intrusion of recommends reducing total staff private power producers onto the from 6,000 to 4,800 — gives Premier turf of this government monopoly Christy Clark what she asked for. An cash cow. expected 32-per-cent rate increase BC Hydro is only now getting a over three years will be limited to taste of the business discipline that

only 16 per cent. And it leaves BC Hydro’s huge capital works program more or less alone: rebuilding old dams, preparing for Site C and expanding both the grid and generation capacity. The review team also leaves the smart meter program alone, finding more evidence it will pay off in savings. The reviewers found that BC Hydro’s overtime costs are higher than other electrical utilities, and 84 per cent of that is paid to unionized electricians. The top five overtime earners doubled their base salary with overtime pay between $113,000 and $130,000 last year alone. With a smart grid, at least they won’t be collecting so much overtime to drive around searching for downed wires. And I suppose it would be nice to have all overtime paid at doubletime, and 17 to 20 “flex days” that can be taken off or traded for cash. But other public sector workers don’t get that. The government milks this cow too. It overcharges BC Hydro for water use, for one thing. What this overhaul may also lead to is an end to former premier Gordon Campbell’s aggressive climate strategy. That’s a complicated issue that I’ll tackle in a subsequent column. —Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and


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LETTERS No waiting for rapid transit Re: Rush to rapid transit too rapid, 11th Hour Musings, Aug. 12, 2011. There’s no covering it up — we need alternative transportation methods for commuters now. Commuter rail is a solution, as is light rail transit. The latter will cost us $950 million. While it’s a high price, we would not however, pay for this alone. Municipalities must call on the federal and provincial governments to financially support us in this endeavour. If we are to see our traffic resolved or at the least reduced, Greater Victoria must present a strong united voice with one message — the time for action is now, not later. As the writer mentioned, our population is growing and that will only further exaggerate our problems. Our unique geographic challenges also make this a necessary investment. The time for squabbling over necessity has passed. This is a real, urgent problem that is in turn affecting our economic growth. Holding back is hindering us in the long run and driving up costs for the plan. Let’s get to work and solve this long standing issue. Grant McLachlan Langford

Where does she think that federal funding comes from? Taxpayers, Denise. Allison Barber Colwood

PM riddled with hypocrisies None of us should be surprised Stephen Harper is at it again: calling the kettle. Smearing the NDP for having members who where are past members of Bloc despite having former separatist in his cabinet. Not unlike his fear mongering in the last election that a reckless coalition would take over when he tried to lead a coalition of his own with the Bloc and NDP to replace Paul Martin's minority Liberal government. His hypocrisy of blaming the opposition parties for forcing an expensive election no one wanted, though I believe he wanted one to get a majority after he passed a budget he knew the opposition parties could not support. It’s like a page out of 1974 when Pierre Trudeau engineered his defeat doing the same thing. He called the liberals and NDP “a reckless spend thrift coalition” in spite of his reckless multi-billion dollar bailouts to the corporate welfare bums of banks, auto industry and other companies

Public pensions unsustainable Re: Time for B.C. to get smart or go broke, B.C Views; Politicos call on feds to fund LRT, News, Aug. 12, 2011. There were two articles that struck me in the Gazette on Friday. One was the editorial from Tom Fletcher. How can it be sustainable to have more people with pensions in the public service than in the private? The private sector is losing jobs, closing stores, leaving the province for Alberta where taxes are equitable or leaving the country all together. That leaves a smaller tax base from which to pay these huge pensions. Look at Greece. There was also an article regarding light rapid transit, and a comment from Denise Savoie was especially disturbing: “it can’t be paid from taxpayer, property taxes or gas taxes alone.”

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without guaranteeing one Canadian job saved. It is “do as I say not as I do” on Parliament Hill for our corporate and UN puppet Harper licks the president’s boots any chance he gets, following the other UN puppet Barak Obama into war against Libya. Oops can’t say “war” gotta call it peaceful kinetic action or “humanitarian intervention.” To bad the UN did not launch such kinetic action for the poor souls in Darfur. Harper is entitled to not work with the other parties, or to appoint candidates defeated by the public to the Senate, despite once running with a party that campaigned on an elected Senate. He is entitled to impose martial law on Toronto while sending our armed forces to fight martial law in Libya: wake up and smell the oil. Look up hypocrite in your dictionary and you'll likely see Harper's picture. Andre Mollon Langford

Shouldn’t spend what you don’t have How do you explain Canada’s debt situation to the average citizen? We can’t pretend that we are rich. If we do not have the money, we cannot borrow it just to give it away. We also cannot compare situations with other countries, such as the United States, Greece, Ireland or Portugal. National debt is simply money spent that we did not have to begin with. Before we start spending non-existent money, the priorities should be questioned thoroughly. So far, the people in charge of our budget have brought forth a whole bunch of very socialistic ideas. Let’s have trustworthy, knowledgeable people in charge of finances, not just any politician. How hard is it to find someone with a “if I can’t make any money on a loan, why would I lend you the money in the first place” attitude? But anyway, if we have so much money to give away, why don’t we contribute to those who really deserve it, such as retirees. These people worked to establish the system that so many take for granted, yet they are more often than not ignored. Stefan Mieczkowski Langford


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Rugby players arrive in new year Continued from Page A1

Canadian athletes will begin arriving in January, including 40 men and 25 women from senior and under-20 teams, and their support staff. They’ll make use of existing training facilities in Eagle Ridge arena, which is being renovated to add a high tech scrummaging zone and clinic for sports medicine. A new building on Glen Lake Road will become Rugby Canada’s headquarters. Administrative and business offices from Victoria and Toronto will be centralized there. Initially athletes will be billeted in the community, and eventually they will move into a 70-bed athletes residence that will be incorporated into the Westhills development. Collectively, the offices, residence and training facility will be called Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. Langford Mayor Stew Young said details of where exactly everything will go are “We built still being worked out. really good sports “We’ve got lots of space to work with,” facilities to attract Young said, noting that attention, and we’re he doesn’t expect any teams will need to be starting to see that bumped out of Eagle Ridge or turf field facili- now.” –Stew Young ties to make room for Rugby Canada. Langford Mayor “It’s good for all the athletes to have a variety of sports going on, and especially having elite athletes will bring in sponsorship money to improve the facilities for everyone.” Currently the Westshore Rebels junior football and Highlanders professional women’s soccer teams use the turf, and there’s a deal with school district to allow future high school students to use it after a new school is built at the Glen Lake site to replace Belmont secondary. Young said the deal is a great economic opportunity for the city overall. He expects it won’t be long before a big funder such as Rogers wants to take over the naming rights for the Bear Mountain stadium, as it starts to attract larger crowds.

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*Campaign runs February 9, 2011, to February 9, 2012. Maximum total contribution is $500,000. Eligible for new TELUS TV activations in Victoria. †Offer available on a 3 year TELUS TV service agreement until November 1, 2011, to residential clients who have not subscribed within the past 90 days to TELUS TV service. Current PVR rental rates will apply at the end of the 3 year term. A cancellation fee applies for early termination of the service agreement and will be $10 multiplied by the number of months remaining in the term. TELUS Home Phone or Internet service required. Minimum system requirements apply. TELUS, the TELUS logo, Optik TV, TELUS TV and the future is friendly are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. © 2011 TELUS. • A13

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Following a decision from the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), many local Canadian television stations broadcasting over the air will switch to digital by August 31, 2011. If you are using:

À la suite d’une décision du Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC), de nombreuses stations de télévision locales canadiennes qui diffusent par ondes hertziennes passeront au numérique d’ici le 31 août 2011. Si vous utilisez :






For more information, visit or call 1-855-388-5050.


Pour plus d’information, visitez le ou appelez-nous au 1-855-886-5050.

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Susan Senecal

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Your vote made a difference. Thanks to our members who voted in this year’s Board of Directors Election.

Exercise programs can help seniors find balance I

home-based individualized n looking at our senior population, balance is key to many training which were found to activities that allow people to be successful in attempting to improve identified deficits remain independent. and improve clients’ Research has deterphysical performined that about 30 mance, stabilizaper cent of people tion or reduced disover 65 years of age ability. and living in the Specifically, community fall each home-based exeryear, with a fifth of cise programs that fall incidents requirincluded low-intening medical attensity strength and tion. balance training Simple tasks such improved balance as cooking, vacuumand reduced fall ing, cleaning, shoprates by about 40 ping, and travel will Evan McKay per cent compared require the ability to Active Living to controls — that’s stand, reach, turn and significant. bend down and pick Class-based exercise proup objects from the floor. grams in senior centres or However, when the key exercise centres have also been components of balance begin found to improve balance and to deteriorate, falls become a physical performance, and greater and greater risk. some have been attributed to Multiple interacting factors reduced falls in participants. are implicated in the deterioraResearchers have also identition of balance and researchers fied programs such as tai chi have developed several strateand social dance, which in gies to improve balance and their eyes of fall reduction, look reduce falls. promising. One of the leading researchResearchers such as Ian ers in this field is James Judge at the University of Connecticut, Cameron, from the University of Sydney, Australia, have also who in his research, devised

When the key components of balance begin to deteriorate, falls become a greater and greater risk.

found in research that vitamin D supplements reduced the rate of falls in seniors as well. In fact, some health authorities in our province have adapted vitamin D supplements in their residential care facilities. Of course, you should always consult your medical practitioner before beginning any medication or vitamin supplement. The take home message is that prescribed or formal exercise can be a contributing factor to maintaining balance in seniors, this can lengthen the time that seniors can remain independent and healthy. Good news indeed. —Evan McKay works in personal training, ergonomics and corporate injury prevention.

Half of 3 million HST ballots returned

Two new directors, Robin Chakrabarti and Susan Senecal, and incumbent Mary Jordan were elected to three-year terms. Their executive experience leading transformational change in national retail organizations and success in strategic innovation will help ensure our Board remains strong and effective in leading Coast Capital Savings. Other Board members include: Bill Wellburn (Chair), Doug Brownridge, Daniel Burns, Bill Cooke, Christian Findlay, Karen Kesteloo and Glenn Wong.

Doug Brownridge, ICD.D

Our Directors are committed to strengthening the quality and effectiveness of board governance. Congratulations to Doug Brownridge who completed a national directors education program and now joins the list of accredited Board members at Coast Capital Savings.

Vancouver Island Region Porsche Club of America and the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children present the 9th annual

Visit for more information about our Board of Directors. CIBC Wood Gundy

Funds raised at this event will support Jeneece Place, a Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children project and a home away from home for families traveling to Victoria for medical care.

More than 1.6 million voters sent in their ballots for B.C.'s referendum on the harmonized sales tax, a participation rate that matches the 51 per cent turnout for the 2009 B.C. election. Elections BC sent out just over three million ballot packages starting in June. Temporary staff at Elections BC are working seven days a week in two shifts, intending to have the ballots verified and counted by the end of August. A simple majority of votes cast will decide whether B.C. keeps the HST and lowers the rate by two points to 10 per cent in the next three years, or reinstates the former seven per cent provincial sales tax on top of the five per cent federal GST. The only other mail-in referendum in B.C. was the 2002 vote on aboriginal treaty principles, which saw a return of 790,182 votes, about one third of the total sent out. • A15

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WestShore Centre for Learning & Training


WestShore Centre is the school of choice for over 2600 students annually We have classes that run during the day, night and even on weekends. We are open 12 months of the year because any time is the RIGHT TIME to learn. What are you interested in learning? What would you like to change for your future? Check out the information below and find the right fit for you (any age, any time, any where). Come to join our growing WestShore family. You are sure to have a unique learning experience!

WestShore Centre, part of School District 62, has been providing academic courses, grade 12 completion and workplace training since 1986. Virtual Learning Anytime The newest and fastestgrowing phenomenon in education today is all about choice and connectivity. Courses are now available on-line so that learners can choose to study what they want, when they want, and where they want. There is an almost endless list of available courses that can be studied any place, any where, any time with the click of a mouse on your home computer or the touch of a finger on your iPad, and of course, because of the education guarantee from the Ministry of Education, all classes are FREE of charge for any BC resident. On-line learning enables everyone to have the opportunity to work around their personal schedules in order to access the great world of knowledge. Whether you are interested in updating a current certification, graduating from high school, or just learning something out of sheer interest, you will find the solution you are seeking

with on-line classes. With no scheduled classes to attend, you can work around your personal learning preferences. You also have the flexibility to finish your course in just a few weeks or conversely, you can take a full year to complete your learning. If you have not tried on-line learning before, now is the time to try something new. WestShore Centre operates a storefront classroom that is open 11 months of the year, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, to support you whenever you decide that you need some faceto-face time with your teacher or just a quiet place to work. Traditional or new age, it doesn’t matter… you have the choice in how you want to blend learning into your lifestyle and timeline. We offer solutions for all learners. We have courses and teachers who will help you build your skills and confidence with technology and help you navigate within the virtual learning world. Traditional learning, however, never goes out

of style and it is always available for those of you who prefer the paper version.

Join the FUTURE of LEARNING today. Make an appointment with our course counsellor and get connected! Join the other 1600 virtual students “learning their way” at WestShore!

What Is New At Westshore Centre This Year? Education is always growing and changing and at WestShore we make sure we grow and change too so that you get what you want and need.

Our New Line-Up For This Fall Includes: Introductory Spanish Bienvenido a español 11! This fabulous introductory Spanish course covers the basics from greetings and language structures to expressions and cultural understanding. You can use this course as a stepping stone to university entrance requirements, or to develop “survival Spanish” that is perfect for travel. Emphasis on communication will ensure that you are

speaking the language in poco tiempo. Don’t miss out on this clase excelente! Art Art will give students the opportunity to explore the principles and elements of art through drawing, painting and print making. A variety of projects will include pen and ink drawing, scratchboard art, figure drawing, still life drawing, water colour & acrylic painting, and lino block printmaking. Each project will demonstrate different elements and principles of design. Social Justice 12 This is a self-paced course for those who are passionate about today’s world and want to explore the “issues of the day” while earning high school graduation credits. Advanced Placement classes promote educational and individual achievement in the subject areas you are passionate about. This program prepares students for College or University and allows students the opportunity to gain college or university credits as well as earning Advanced Placement credits while attending high school. The program promotes strong curricula, and helps school-aged students navigate the assessment

tools required for the rigors of higher education. This year we have 3 classes to choose from: • Advanced Placement English 12 • Advanced Placement French 12 • Advanced Placement Calculus 12

First Nations Grad Program Connection to community is a priority in this program. Students participate in career fairs, field trips, attend First Nations community events and partner with local First Nations Artists for art class. Who should consider the program? School aged students, who have completed grade 10 and Adults who require Grade 12 graduation (over 19) Academic courses The core program courses include: • Communications and English • Principles of Math or Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus • BC First Nations Studies • Aboriginal Art • First Nations Leadership • Physical Education

101-814 Goldstream Ave., Victoria, BC • 250-391-9002

Electives: • Carpentry - Students construct a variety of projects for members of the community. • First Nations Art 11/12 - Explores the diversity of First Nations art forms and design using a variety of mediums. Guest Instructors from the local art community will provide their experience and guidance throughout the course. Schedule Core subjects are on Monday to Thursday, 8:45-3:00 and electives on Friday mornings, 8:45-11:30.

It’s Easy To Register! • Call 250-391-9002 for an appointment with our academic advisor • Complete a personal learning plan • No registration fees • No tuition fees for academic courses • Textbook deposit may be required

Camosun College University transfer courses, see Page 4 for details.


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WestShore Centre, Your School of Choice for Academic Courses 250-391-9002

Day & Evening Classroom Academic Schedule SUBJECTS


Mathematics Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 Pre-Calculus 11 Foundations of Math 11 Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 Principles of Math 12 (Sem 2) Sciences Biology 12 Chemistry 11 Physics 11 (Sem 1) Sustainable Resources 12 English English 12 Communications 12 Electives Art Foundation 11 or 12 First Nations Art 11/12 Carpentry 11/12 Physical Education 12 Accounting 11 Computer Foundations (Info Tech 10) Data Management 12 (DM12) Business Information Management 12 Musical Theatre 10/11/12

Semester 1 September 6 to January 27, 2012

Day Classes AM - 8:45 to 11:30 PM - noon to 3:00

Afterschool & Evening Classes Afterschool 3:30 to 5:30 pm Evening - 6:00 to 8:30 pm, or 6:30 to 9:00

Storefront Tutorial Support Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, and 3:30-6:00 pm

Tuition Free If you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and a resident of BC a refundable textbook deposit is all that is required for most classes and can be paid by a post-dated cheque, MasterCard or Visa. International Student tuition fee: $500 if registered with SD62, $750 if out of district.

Learning Support All students registered in any WestShore Centre course or program can drop in to the Westshore Storefront, Monday to Thursday, for homework support with a teacher. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 3:00 pm and 3:30 - 6:00 pm. Please check with your teacher on times for specialized tutorial assistance.

Online Academic Courses Classes starting each month. Westshore Learning Centre offers Grade 8 to 12 academic courses, leading to a BC Graduation certificate, through our school, Juan de Fuca Distributed Learning. Grade 8-9, JDFDL Online provides a more flexible learning environment and the opportunity for advanced placement or acceleration. Grade 10-12, Secondary school students may supplement their regular school schedule with additional courses through JDFDL Online. The Adult Program provides a number of choices, from online courses to teacher-led seminars. These programs provide you with flexible learning options to complete graduation requirements. One-on-one or Small Group Assistance with homework and assignments is available at the Westshore Storefront located at the Goldstream Campus. Grade 8 Mathematics 8 Science 8 Social Studies 8 English 8 Grade 9 Mathematics 9 Science 9 Social Studies 9 English 9




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Grade 10 Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10 Science 10 Social Studies 10 English 10 Spanish 10 PE 10 Planning 10

*Some courses may be paper-based or have a required classroom component. All students who register must meet the academic prerequisites of the course where applicable. For BC residents the tuition is free. A textbook deposit may be required.

Grade 11 Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 Foundations of Math 11 Pre-Calculus Math 11 Earth Science 11 Physics 11 Chemistry 11 Biology 11 Social Studies 11 English 11 Communications 11

Call 250-391-9002 for an appointment with our academic advisor.

Grade 12 Principals of Mathematics 12 Calculus 12 Physics 12 Chemistry 12 Biology 12 Geography 12 History 12 Law 12 Physical Education 12 English 12 Communication 12 Data Management 12 Graduation Transitions Family Studies 12* Business Information Management 12* Social Justice 12: Leadership & Global Studies* Studio Arts Drawing & Painting 11, 12 Art Foundations 11, 12

Complete your personal learning plan. Courses follow Ministry of Education approved curriculum and meet the BC grad requirements.

AP French 12 Experience has shown that BC students who have completed or who are in the process of completing Français Langue 12 (Immersion) have already acquired all of the language skills necessary for success on the Advanced Placement French Language exam. AP French 12 is a course created at the WestShore Learning Centre to prepare students to write the exam.

The AP French Language course is comparable in content and difficulty to a university course. This course is offered online (via the Internet) so students may complete the course when it is convenient for them (September – April). Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn 4 provincial graduation credits. WestShore Learning Centre will help students to register for the exam (registration usually happens in April).

It’s Convenient!

Juan de Fuca Online! Courses that fit into your schedule.


Take the courses you need to complete graduation requirements.

Secondary School Students!

Work ahead and finish early. Achieve the prerequisites needed for post-secondary education.


GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

250-391-9002 WestShore Centre, Your School of Choice for Academic Courses Medical Terminology This very intensive course will help you develop a solid knowledge of medical terms. Learn to spell, pronounce and understand medical words and phrases. Develop a basic understanding of body systems, anatomy, and medical disorders as well as word structures, prefixes, suffixes and root forms. This course is a fundamental prerequisite for many positions in the medical field. Expect extensive homework. This course is recognized by Camosun College for entry into certain healthcare programs and is the required prerequisite for VIHA and the Medical Transcription Program. Instructor: Angela Kemna 24 sessions Fee: $395 Location: WestShore Annex Text: The Language of Medicine 9th Ed. (Approx. $95) Prerequisite: English 12 or equivalent. Tuesday & Friday, Sep 20 - Dec 13, 2011 6:00 - 8:30 pm Tuesday & Friday, Jan 31 - Apr 24, 2012 6:00 - 8:30 pm

measurements. Medical terms in various medical specialties, proofreading and editing, dictating practices, as well as efficient use of medical references and professional ethics are emphasized and practiced throughout. Medical Transcription Practicum: Once the classroom instruction is completed, and learners have fulfilled the required practicum prerequisites, you will work with the instructor to find a suitable placement for a minimum of 40 hours of practical work experience. Program Prerequisites: Applicants must fulfill the following prerequisites for acceptance into the program: • English 12 or equivalent Medical Terminology (proof of 75% within the last 3 years or assessment) • Typing speed of 40 wpm minimum (documentation or assessment is required) • Good computer and word processing skills (documentation or assessment is required) • Expect regular homework. Over 700 dictation minutes out of class work expected. Program Fee: $1625 Registration fee (non-refundable): $50

Tuesday & Friday, May 1 - July 20, 2012 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Materials: $380 (includes books, CD’s & WAV pedal, USB headphones)

Medical Transcription

Tuesday & Thursday, Oct 11 – Mar 29, 2012 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Information Session September 1, 7:00 pm

Medical Office Assistant

The focus of the Medical Transcription Program is the use of digital technology to receive and transcribe medical reports, emphasizing a functional and comprehensive review of English usage and Medical Terminology. Learners will practice editing and proofreading techniques while building word processing skills and increasing their typing speed. The program combines traditional in-class training with a hands-on training experience (practicum) at a medical facility, or online organization. The Program consists of 115 instructional hours and 40 practicum hours. Digital Medical Transcription Discuss the importance of patient record confidentiality, the legal relationships between physicians and patients, the rules and application of punctuation, grammar, plurals, nouns, adjectives and proofreading and editing will be introduced. Using computers and medical transcription equipment, you will learn how to transcribe medical reports with attention to correct grammar, capitalization, numbers, punctuation, abbreviation, symbols and metric

Information Session September 1, 6:00 pm A skilled Medical Office Assistant is an invaluable asset to any medical office, able to work smoothly and efficiently with medical professionals and patients while performing a range of office duties. If you enjoy working with people in a dynamic environment, this program will provide you with the skills to get started in this exciting career. Designed for adult students who already have prior computer and typing skills, this program consists of four core topics which total 80 hours, Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s, Medical Office Assistant Procedures, Computerized Medical Billing and Medical Keyboarding. Adult students who do not have sufficient typing or computer skills are expected to achieve these skills prior to the Medical Billing and Keyboarding portion of the program. Assessment may be required.

Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s This eight session course introduces you to basic medical terms you may encounter in a medical office or clinic. This course is offered as a prerequisite for Medical Office Assistant Procedures but does not fulfill entry outcomes into VIHA and most college programs. Adult students who have completed the 60 hour Medical Terminology course within the past 3 years, with 75% or better are not required to take the Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s course. Medical Office Assistant Procedures Learn what is required to function efficiently in a medical office environment. Learn office procedures, medical records, communications, telephone techniques, how to assist physicians and the importance of confidentiality. Medical Billing & Keyboarding Learn computerized medical billing and scheduling using OSLER Medical Systems. A comprehensive medical billing program with varied and up-to-date modules that will assist the MOA in the medical office. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is a portion of this medical program and vital to an MOA. Instructor: Lee Price Fall 2011 Program Option A: This option includes Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s, for those who do not already have Medical Terminology. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Sep 26 – Feb 1, 2012 Feb 13 – June 6, 2012 Fee: $949 plus a $50 nonrefundable registration fee at registration. Texts: Medical Terminology – A Short Course - approx. $45 Procedures for the Medical Admin Assistant - approx. $95 Option B: For those who have already completed the 60 hour Medical Terminology course within the past 3 years, with 75% or better.

How to Apply for Career Programs Complete an application form; include all relevant documentation and $50 registration fee. Remainder of program fees are required on acceptance. Download an application from our website

Teaching Assistant Certificate Program (TACP) The Teaching Assistant Certificate Program (TACP) prepares students for a variety of para-professional duties in schools. Educational Assistants (EAs) work with pupils from K to 12 providing support with physical, learning, behavioral or emotional needs. Under the direction of a teacher, EAs perform diverse duties including coaching in basic subjects, preparing specialized teaching materials, meeting pupils’ physical needs, and maintaining progress records. The Teaching Assistant Certificate Program (TACP) consists of seven courses and two practicum placements. This is a part-time program. Classes are held Tuesday & Thursday evenings and alternate Saturdays. Evening classes are held 6:30 – 9:30 pm at S. J. Willis Education Centre, and Saturday classes are held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the WestShore Learning Centre, 814 Goldstream Ave. Applicants are encouraged to speak to people currently employed as EA’s and to look at the employment information on the site of the school district where you are interested in working.

For an application, contact S. J. Willis at 250-360-4332 Email: Medical Transcription Information Session September 1, 7:00 pm Medical Office Assistant Information Session September 1, 6:00 pm

Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Nov 7 - Feb 1, 2012 Apr 2 - June 6, 2012 Fee: $700 plus a $50 nonrefundable registration fee at registration. Texts: Procedures for the Medical Admin Assistant approx. $95

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WestShore Centre, Your School of Choice for Academic Courses 250-391-9002 Bookkeeping Basics

Learn the fundamentals of the manual double entry bookkeeping system. Learn how to maintain a set of books and understand the principles involved. Instructor: Kerry Hall-Jardine 8 sessions Fee: $225 + book Wednesday, Oct 12 – Nov 30, 2011 6:00 - 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb 1 – Mar 21, 2012 6:00 - 8:30 pm Text: Basic Bookkeeping - An Office Simulation (Approx. $95)

Bookkeeping Foundations with Simply Accounting

Learn how to cope with the bookkeeping demands of a small business. Explore the concepts and application of both manual and computerized bookkeeping through relevant, practical exercises and projects. The last 5 classes are on Simply Accounting. Instructor: Kerry Hall-Jardine Text: Basic Bookkeeping - An Office Simulation (Approx. $95) Simply Accounting materials included. 45 hours Fee: $549 + bookkeeping books Thursday & Friday, Feb 2 – Mar 22, 2012 6:00-9:00 pm

Keyboarding and Word 2010

Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, use various typing programs and MS Word to improve your typing skills and increase your speed and accuracy. Learn the main features, text enhancements and proofing tools of Word 2010 to produce professional business letters and documents. Timed typing exercises will be conducted each class. Monday, Sep 12 – Oct 31, 2011 - 6:30 – 9:00 pm Monday, Feb 6 – Mar 19, 2012 - 6:30 – 9:00 pm Bookkeeping and Accounting courses are conducted at WestShore Learning Centre.

Traffic Control Person

This course is required for construction and road maintenance workers or for those who deal with traffic as part of their work. You will cover the newest Ministry of Transportation and Highways & WCB regulations, plus safe traffic control procedures and set-ups. Must wear approved footwear. Dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Roadmasters Safety Group Fee: $230 Location: WestShore Annex Classes are Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sep 24 & 25, 2011 Oct 8 & 9, 2011 Oct 22 & 23, 2011 Nov 12 & 13, 2011 Nov 26 & 27, 2011 Dec 10 & 11, 2011 Jan 14 & 15, 2012 New classes starting in February

Air Brakes Certification

Learn the basic principles in the operation of air brakes. Prepare for the provincial certification exam. The interactive classroom instruction includes an air equipped training device, a demonstration brake wheel and audiovisual aids. This course includes 16 hours of classroom instruction and 4 hours of practical hands-on training on an air brake-equipped vehicle. Instructed by Roadmasters Safety Group Meets ICBC requirements Please bring a valid driver’s license to class. Fee: $200 Location: WestShore Annex Classes are Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sep 17 & 18, 2011 Oct 8 & 9, 2011 Nov 12 & 13, 2011 Dec 10 & 11, 2011 Jan 14 & 15, 2012 New classes starting in February

Forklift Training

This Safety training course meets the requirements of WorkSafe BC and Canada Labor code regulations. The focus is on the prevention of accident & injuries that may be caused by the improper and unsafe use of forklifts. The training consists of a short classroom session and one on one practical training. Upon successful completion, each participant will receive a wallet card with a 3 year record of completion. Instructed by Roadmasters Safety Group Fee: $200 Location: WestShore Annex Classes are Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sep 17, 2011 Oct 15, 2011 Nov 19, 2011 Dec 17, 2011 Jan 21, 2012 New classes starting in February

Composting 101

Learn the basics of composting in this two hour workshop. We will discuss several different methods for creating beautiful humus for your garden, including sheet mulching, trenching and hot composting, composter design and construction and the do’s and don’ts for backyard bins. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $25 + hst Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 - 9:30 – 11:30 am Monday, Feb 6, 2012 - 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Preserving the Harvest Learn about caning, dehydrating, fermenting and storage methods. First class will discuss theory and participants will decide what to preserve in following class. Please bring recipes of interest to be considered. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $45 + hst Saturday, Sept 17, 2011 - 9:30 - 2:00 pm Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 - 9:30 - 2:00 pm

Starting Seeds Indoors

Learn about soil mix, container options, seed selection, germination, planting techniques and timing. Please bring seeding questions and one variety of seed that you would like to start in class. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $25 + hst Monday, Feb 27, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Mar 12, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Apr 2, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Eat Fresh Veggies From Your Garden Year Round

Even the seasoned West Coast gardener is likely to learn a few new tricks, but this is also a great class to take as an intro to growing your own veggies. Learn about planting and harvesting timelines, crop and seed selection, and how to lay out, design and prepare garden beds. Please bring a diagram of your garden space with dimensions and sun exposure. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $45 + hst Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 - 9:30 – 2:00 pm Monday, Feb 13 & 20, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Mar 19 & 26, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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WestShore Centre for Learning & Training

Let college come to YOU this fall!

Camosun brings more university transfer courses to the West Shore Each course provides transfer credit to UVic, VIU, UBC, SFU, and other BC universities. Find detailed info online at

Intro to Anthropology

Computer Concepts

Criminal Justice System

English Composition

Intro to Philosophy

Contemporary Issues

ANTH 104-006 6-9pm, Thur. Sept 8-Dec 8, 1026 Goldstream Ave. Instructor: Karoline Guelke, MA This course introduces the four major sub-ďŹ elds of anthropology, including archaeology and linguistics as well as physical and cultural perspectives.

COMP 156-005A/B Sept 7-Dec 9, 814 Goldstream Ave. Lectures: W & Th, 4-5:20pm Labs: Fri 3-4:20pm (A) or 4:30-5:50pm (B) Instructor: Ken Hartman, BSc This course provides a solid foundation and practical exposure to the computer and can be used as an approved science elective for many university programs. Topics include computer terminology and environment, applications and usage, and a brief introduction to programming.

CRIM 154-004 6-9pm, Mon. Sept 12-Dec 5, 2139 Sooke Rd. Instructor: TBA In this course, you’ll examine the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the Canadian Criminal Justice system. You’ll analyze who does what (policing, courts, corrections) and look at how the system is supposed to function efficiently in our society.

ENGL 150-046 6-9pm, Tue. Sept 6-Dec 6, 2139 Sooke Rd. Instructor: Kari Jones, MA This is a required course in almost all university and college programs throughout BC and is equivalent to firstyear university English. As you develop your writing skills and learn to write in an organized, clear and effective manner, the course will prepare you to succeed in academic writing and research as well as critical thinking.

PHIL 100-006 6-9pm, Wed. Sept 7-Dec 7, 2139 Sooke Rd. Instructor: Craig Derksen, PhD Philosophy teaches us to think critically and clearly, and to develop valuable problemsolving skills. This course introduces issues such as the existence of God, the nature of knowledge, morality and justice, and the mind/body relationship.

PSYC 130-005 6-9pm, Tue. Sept 6-Dec 6, 1026 Goldstream Ave. Instructor: TBA This first-year course introduces you to major issues in psychology and considers their historical origins. Topics include personality, abnormal behaviour, and social interactions.

Less time driving means more time studying. And other fun stuff. For 40 years, adult learners have come to Camosun for university transfer courses. Now, at last, we’re coming to you! Continuing our partnership with the WestShore Centre for Learning & Training, Camosun is offering six of our most popular courses, using classroom space in West Shore facilities. These evening classes DUHDJUHDWRSWLRQIRUZRUNLQJDGXOWVDQG\RX¡OOEHQHÀWIURPWKHVPDOOFODVVHVDQGJUHDWLQVWUXFWLRQ Camosun is known for.

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Apply now to start in September 1. Go to to apply online or download an application form to submit by mail, along with your application fee. The program you’re applying for is called: University Transfer. 2. Enrolment Services will mail you details about how and when to register. 3. Once you are registered in your course(s), purchase your textbooks in the Camosun bookstore. 4. Your tuition fees will be due two weeks after classes start.

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Coffee show launches in Victoria Coffee lovers of Victoria are invited to the inaugural Western Canadian Coffee Show, called For the Love of Coffee. The event is both a trade show for industry, and a chance for consumers to watch some of Canada’s best baristas compete and “taste some incredible coffee,” said Julia Lotecki, of the Western Canadian Coffee Collective society. The International Pairs Invitational “is going to be loud and rowdy,” said Lotecki. During this event, she explained, two baristas have 20 minutes “to come up with a ridiculous amount of drinks.” During the national Brewer’s Cup contest, competitors from as far away as Montreal will manually make a single cup of specialty coffee using no machines. The winner will compete in the world competition in Vienna in 2013. The coffe show is Aug. 27 and 28 at Crystal Garden conference centre from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., $5 entry.

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AFGHANISTAN VETERANS APPRECIATION day and welcome home, Aug. 20, 1 p.m., Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave. FORT RODD HILL historic firearms demonstration with period costumes, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. during summer months. FORT RODD HILL presents the Lekwungen program, featuring local First Nations culture and heritage. Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m. during summer months. GOLDSTREAM STATION FARMERS’ market runs Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bryn Maur Road. See www. CANADIAN TIRE AT Westshore Town Centre is accepting gently used clothing, linens and cloth goods, Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


MUSIC IN THE Park series features Cynthia Davis and the Sugar Blues Band, Aug. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Langford.

METCHOSIN FARMERS’ MARKET, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4450 Happy Valley Rd. See com. METCHOSIN VILLAGE FARMERS’ market, old Metchosin elementary grounds, Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4495 Happy Valley Rd. WESTERN SPEEDWAY SWAP and shop flea market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, 2207 Millstream Rd. LANGFORD INDOOR FLEA market, Goldstream Lodge, 679 Goldstream Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.


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Feelin’ the fibre Fibrations is a one-day celebration of fibre art Travis Paterson News staff

It starts with a stitch and a knot, and leads to a cup of tea and a chat. On Sunday (Aug. 21) the inaugural Fibrations festival of fibre arts will bring together social groups and solo artisans who share a love for creating anything out of fibre. The event features a series of workshops and demonstrations to be held throughout the day in the orchard of St. Ann’s Academy. Local social knitting groups range from formal – the Victoria Knitters’ Guild has a president – to informal: the Bitchy Bees meet at pubs. But the fibre arts community is much more than that, says Sarah Thornton, who classifies herself as a spinner first, weaver second. There’s also felting, crocheting, sewing, quilting and more. “There’s nothing like knowing which sheep a handmade piece of clothing comes from,” she says. And that’s how Fibrations came about. Well, that and the fact the long-running Victoria Fibrefest was cancelled this year. Sunday’s gathering will boast tables of local crafters selling anything and every-



thing to do with fibre, from the functional to non-functional. Wares include sweaters, hats, scarves, wall hangings and sculptural pieces. “It’s not just the creators, but the suppliers,” Thorton says. “They’ll range, too, from freshly shorn Island sheep and alpaca wools in need of processing to the standard, ready-to-use materials found in commercial shops across Canada.” Local musicians will also perform, including the Singing Quilter. “It’s a community celebration of fibre art with demonstrations, some of them hands-on, for solo and social artists as well as for first-timers and kids. “In fact, it’s really a perfect place for newcomers to get their bearings on the logistics of how to get started and where to go.” A loonie-toonie raffle will feature 25 pieces of handmade merchandise donated by event volunteers in hopes of recovering the day’s production costs. Among the items is a sweater made from the wool of Mo, an alpaca from Morrison Creek in the Comox Valley. Other items offered as raffle prizes include books, wool roving, spinning and silkscreening, as well as handmade yarns, hats, shopping bags, scarves, weav-

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Nicole Brazier is co-organizer of the Fibrations fibre arts event happening Sunday (Aug. 21) at St. Ann’s Academy. ing lessons, purses, tea towels, dyes, an umbrella, an apron and a messenger bag. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt St. For more information, visit www.

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Play within a play performed

Actors of Tumbleweeds Theatre, a youth theatre group, present Daniel MacIvor’s This Is A Play. It’s a comedy about a play and the creative process. The show is produced by But We Digress Productions, an offshoot of Tumbleweeds, a company created for adults to continue exploring acting beyond youth theatre. The play will be performed at Merlin’s Sun Theatre, 1983 Fairfield Rd. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. An additional 2 p.m. performance happens on Saturday. Tickets are available at the door for $5. For more information visit www.tumbleweedstheatre. ca.





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Roots artists play coffee house

Island roots artists James Kasper and the Sound will perform an intimate set at the Hillside Avenue Moka House this weekend. Accompanied by percussionist Brad Hawkes, and vocalist-guitarist Geoff Howe, Kasper will bring his relaxed sound to the cozy venue. The Victoria musician plans to release a music video in September. The Aug. 20 all-ages show starts at 7 p.m., with $5 admission at the door, at 1633 Hillside Ave. For more information, call 250-885-5988.

Fabric art show at Cedar Hill

Fabric artists Jill Croft and Susan Turnbull Caton are teaming up for a show at the gallery at Cedar Hill Rec Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. Pieced Together is an exhibit of their works, running now through Aug. 28. Call 250-4757121 for more information.

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Hockey says goodbye to body checking Hitting removed from minor rec hockey for Vancouver Island Travis Paterson News staff

In an attempt to increase player safety, body checking has been taken out of the recreational level of Vancouver Island’s Amateur Hockey Association. Last week, members of the Island’s overseeing body for minor hockey voted in favour of implementing the rule change for this season. The new rule applies to recreationallevel bantam (13-14) and midget (15-17) teams on the Island, including eight bantam and midget teams in the 800-member Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Association, as well as the Victoria, Saanich and Peninsula associations. Body checking will continue to exist at the higher competitive “rep” levels. Until this year, body checking on the Island was introduced to boys at the rep level for pee wee (11- and 12-year-olds), but not until bantam for house level play. Now house division teams will play without body checking, right through midget. “It’s a big step forward. Every minor sport is supposed to be fun and now rec players can focus on their skills instead of worrying about getting hit,” said Andrew Holenchuk, president of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association. The decision can be pinned on a number of things, but ultimately came down to the safety of the players, he said. “We’ve been a proponent of banning body checking from the Island rec levels for a couple of seasons. It was already that way in some of the Island’s northern (associations).” Removing body checking from the recreational levels of minor hockey is a growing trend across Canada and was ruled province-wide by the Ontario Hockey Federation in May. Plenty of factors led to the decision, which has been debated as far back as 1981 in that province. The evolution of bigger, faster skaters and the modern armour


Westshore Rebels take down Huskers at home

The Westshore Rebels moved to two wins and one loss in the B.C. Junior Football Conference this season with a 28-14 win over the visiting Chilliwack Huskers at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford on Saturday. Jesse Fitch, Nile Goguen, Greg Morris and quarterback Cat Todorovich contributed to the Rebels’ rushing attack that totalled 209 yards to Chilliwack’s 63.

“protecting” them have changed the game. There’s also the newly understood danger of concussions. And the argument that hitting never really had a place in recreational hockey. Saanich minor hockey is also behind the decision, 100 per cent, said president Sylvain Fradette, who agrees it will lead to less injuries and concussions. But there is a minority backlash to the vote. With those players in mind, he wondered if the blanket rule change could have been phased in over a transition period. “It’s only three weeks before hockey season (September) and our players paid and registered for this season back in February,” Fradette said. “Granted we’re not hearing back from the (bantam and midget house league) players who are happy with the decision, but I got responses from 10 (bantam and midget) players who expressed concerns about the adjustments they have to make, it’s a much different game.” Not only do some rec players enjoy the physical nature of the game, but Fradette said as many as 30 per cent of the players on Saanich’s 20 house division teams are bubble players aspiring to play rep. For those players, the difficulty of playing up at the next level becomes even harder if they aren’t experienced with body checking. “We’ve discussed a new division, a (nontryout) level for players who wish to play a full-contact game, but it’s hardly feasible. “Instead we face challenges of running

Contact defined ■ A recent statement described “body checking” as an individual defensive tactic designed to legally separate the puck carrier from the puck. ■ “Body contact” is defined as an individual defensive tactic designed to legally block or impede the progress of an offensive puck carrier. The defensive player may not hit the offensive player by going in the opposite direction. ■ Nor can the puck carrier be pushed, hit or shoved into the boards.

Goguen, Todorovich and Eric Eggleston scored touchdowns for the Rebels and kicker Quinn Van Gylswyck converted all three while adding a kick for single point. Next up for the Rebels is a visit to the Okanagan Sun in Kelowna on Aug. 20. Their next home game is Aug. 27, 4 p.m. against Kamloops.

Vikes lead Canada at University Games

Swimmer and University of Victoria alum MacKenzie Downing carried Canada’s flag and led a team of 10 current and former Vikes at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Summer Universiade games in Shenzhen, China on Friday. The opening ceremonies brought together 12,000 athletes and coaches

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South Island Thunderbird Dayne Ellison is checked against the boards by Fraser Valley Bruin Devon Toews during major midget hockey at UVic’s Ian Stewart Complex in January. Body checking will continue at the higher competitive midget levels but is no longer condoned in midget house levels, causing a little concern for players who hope to move up from rec to rep levels. body checking clinics and other ways of preparing kids who want to play competitive hockey,” Fradette said.

Drawing players back “My understanding is that (non-body checking) helps bring more players to the game of hockey,” Holenchuk said. “And it’s still contact — you can never please everybody, but we were seeing a bantam drop off with boys and girls, and we think this makes a huge difference.” “Picture a 13-year-old playing for the first time, with limited skating ability, up against kids who’ve played over five years,” he continued. Holenchuk also hopes the new no-hitting, no-shoving rules will offer another avenue for girls to continue playing hockey in boys leagues.

from the Universiade’s 152 countries. The games run to Aug. 23. UVic’s contingent consists of swimmers Hilary Caldwell, Craig Dawgnall, MacKenzie Downing, Aimeson King and Nick Sinclair, golfers Anne Balser, Alyssa Herkel, Darren Hupfer and Megan Woodland, women’s soccer player Shayla Behrens and Vikes manager of athletics James Keogh, serving as Canada’s administration manager. On Monday Canada became the first women’s soccer team to qualify for the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Taiwan, ending pool play with two wins and a loss, beating Great Britain but losing to China. Also competing abroad is Vikes swimmer Richard Weinberger (Surrey), who won gold in the men’s 10-kilometre open

Advil for the soul One person who’s happy to see body checking ruled out is Colleen Butler, the motivator behind Brain Navigators. Butler is Nanaimo-based but regularly visits Victoria and other Island cities to hold clinics with youth teams in contact sports on the dangers of concussions. “One in 10 athletes will get a concussion this year,” Butler said. “This rule helps keep the kids safe and playing, it’s a total bonus. “There’s a lot of myths out there and one of them is that concussions come from knockouts. “Actually, less than 10 per cent of concussions are knockouts. It’s the smaller, repetitive collisions that it’s not OK to shake off and move on.”

water race at a test event for the London 2012 Olympics on Aug. 13. With the win Weingberger is looking like a medal hopeful in London. Fellow Vike Aimeson King (Toronto) finished 12th.

Victoria juniors row to gold

Four girls from the Victoria City Rowing Club made their mark at the 129th Royal Canadian Henley regatta earlier this month. The crew of Allie DeLarge, Keira Flanagan, Shannon Huff and Emily Lerhe pushed their junior-A girls quad boat to gold with a significant nine-second lead over the next boat. DeLarge also placed second in the junior women’s pair with Stewart while Huff and Flanagan won silver in the junior women’s double.

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Despite significant injuries UVic’s Nick Sinclair has climbed the ranks and is competing for Canada at the world’s university games in China this week.

UVic swimmer on Olympic radar Emma Prestwich News staff

Nick Sinclair is on his way. The 2010 Canada West swimmer and rookie of the year is hoping to bounce back from a rough sophomore season with a better result in 2012 and a trip to the summer Olympics in London. Although an arm injury last summer forced him to slow down this year, Sinclair is stepping it up as one of five swimmers representing the University of Victoria this month at the Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China, from Aug. 12 to 23. The graduate of Oak Bay High is one of nine Vikes competing for Canada at the Universiade. In Sinclair’s first year with the Vikes, he won four golds and two silvers at the 2010 Canada West championships. He broke UVic’s record for the 100-metre backstroke with a time of 55.24 seconds, and became the first swimmer in Canada West history to be named both the athlete and rookie of the meet. He also nabbed a gold at the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. Then last May, just before the Pan Pacific Swim Champion-

solyi said. ships, he developed thoracic One of the Canadian team’s outlet syndrome, which caused national training centres is pain, tightness and swelling located at Saanich Commonin his left arm and chest. The wealth Place, where Sinclair injury is common in athletes practises alongside Vikes openwho play sports with repetiwater swimming champ Richard tive overhead movement, said Weinberger and Olympian Ryan coach Peter Vizsolyi. Cochrane. Sinclair was able to compete Sinclair hopes to snag a qualiat the Pan Pacifics while using fying time at Olympic trials at blood thinners. He had surgery the end of March, where he in September and was able to plans to tackle the 200m backstart training again in Novemstroke and the 4x200 ber. Soon after, he freestyle relay. developed mononuIn the 200 back, cleosis which lasted he has to beat out until mid-winter. the two men who He still managed a have already made bronze in the 200m the Federacion Interbackstroke at this nacionale de Natayear’s CIS games tion (FINA) ‘A-time’ in February, but of 1.58.48 required doesn’t feel like he to make Canada’s was on top of his fitteam, said Vizsolyi. ness this year. But Sinclair has a Vizsolyi said SinNick Sinclair good shot at the clair hasn’t been 4x200 freestyle relay, able to train properly where four or five athletes are for six months. “He’s had more than one setback this year,” Viz- usually accepted. Sinclair is even considering solyi said. But Sinclair is hoping the Uni- compromising his full scholarship in the demanding engineerversiade, where he’ll be swiming program to take the second ming the 4x200 freestyle relay, semester off of school to prewill be the prelude to a better pare for next year’s trials. 2011-2012 season and a shot at Vizsolyi thinks his willingness the Olympic team. “This year was disappointing. to focus fully on training shows his commitment. Next year is the big year.” “He wouldn’t take the semesVizsolyi said while he has ter off if he didn’t believe in it. high hopes for Sinclair, the He doesn’t want to be out the swimmer is going to have to work hard to recoup a lost year. whole year — he’ll give it his best shot.” “We’re going to try and press two years into one,” Viz-

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