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Ammonia leak spurs evacuation Leak originated in Westhills Arena, cause unknown

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An ammonia leak kept emergency crews busy Wednesday morning and into the afternoon. The leak occurred from a cylinder in the newly opened Westhills Arena at City Centre Park. It was discovered around 8 a.m. “Ammonia is common for cooling arenas,” said Scott Davidson, assistant fire chief, Langford Fire Rescue. Witnesses saw a large cloud of ammonia hovering over City Centre Park shortly after the leak was detected. “The cloud was emitting from the left-hand side of the building,” Davidson said. Businesses in the area were evacuated as well as some residents on Jenkins Avenue. “We are asking that people stay away from the area,” said West Shore RCMP Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz while manning a road block on Langford Parkway. West Shore RCMP, several fire departments, Capital Regional District Hazmat team and BC Ambulance were on scene. All roads and pathways leading to City Centre Park were blocked off until shortly before 11:30 a.m. The arena and other facilities were deemed safe and reopened around 2 p.m. “Basically it’s self-mitigating. The hazmat team needed to


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West Shore RCMP officer, Const. Marc Julien wears a gas mask near the intersection of Langford Parkway and Jacklin Road, before attending the ammonia leak at City Centre Park. make an entrance to stop the leak first,” Davidson said adding that after the leak was stopped they worked on increasing the ventilation of the building. A comfort centre was set up by Langford Emergency Support Services at the Langford Legion. Nearly 40 evacuated people took refuge at the centre.

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“We were set up 45 minutes from the call out and staffed by seven people,” Tom Burchill, director of Langford ESS. The cause of the leak is still unknown. When the leak was discovered refrigeration contractors were on site, but it is not clear if they were working on the cylinder or not, Davidson said.


No injuries have been reported, but anyone showing any signs of ammonia exposure is asked to seek medical assistance, said Rochlitz. “Ammonia can cause serious health problems,” said Rochlitz explaining symptoms of exposure include burning eyes and difficulty breathing.



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Building a school on top of the world Ten Belmont students travel to Nepal this month to teach English at a new school

“It will be an experience of a lifetime for these kids.” – Troy Harris Belmont leadership teacher

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In a mountain village three days drive from Kathmandu, Nepal, each day hundreds of boys and girls and a dozen teachers pile into three school buildings. Less than three years ago, prospects of a quality education for these Nepalese kids were as remote as the village. But dogged, determined fundraising by a Belmont secondary teacher has left a legacy at the roof of the world. After a Himalayan trek in 2005, Troy Harris, a physical education and leadership teacher at Belmont, spearheaded the effort to build a school — any school — in the village of Sanitar, population 1,000. Four years after founding the Canadian World Education Society (CanWES), Everest English School has 17 classrooms in a three-building campus, employing a staff of 14. The third building was opened just a few months ago, giving the institution education from kindergarten to Grade 12. “No one has to leave the village for a quality education, or leave to get trained teachers,” Harris said. “If the kids have to walk an hour each way to school, they can’t do their chores, so parents will say it’s not an option to go to school. Now it’s a 10 minute walk.” Harris, fellow teacher Kevin Harrington, and 10 Belmont students plan to travel to Sanitar for three weeks this month. Harris will get to check up on the results of Can-

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The countdown is over for Belmont teachers Kevin Harrington and Troy Harris (rear) and students Grayson Kerr and Marie Schamhart, who are part of the group travelling to Nepal this month to visit a school built by Harris’s non-profit society. receive an education. When Harris opened his first school building, it was a fight to get girls in the classroom. Now he wants to start getting special needs kids into school. “Giving opportunities to women allows society to improve. It wasn’t easy, but that became a focus for me,” Harris said. “I wanted to educate girls and encourage education for girls.” Grayson Kerr and Marie Schamhart learned about the Everest school two years ago in Harris’s Grade 10 social studies class.

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Hamper Fund seeks donations Sam Van Schie

Each hamper recipient gets a box filled with all the fixings for a special holiday meal, including fresh vegetables and a grocery store gift card to pick up a turkey or ham. A hamper can be for one Last Christmas, Tracy had wooden train set person or a large family and they’ll be as full as wrapped under the tree for her daughter — a gift donations allow. that wouldn’t have been there if it weren’t for the West Shore Christmas Hamper Fund. “We like to put in enough food for three of Tracy, whose last name has been withheld for four days, so they have something to put in the privacy, is a single mother of two, cupboards,” Cancade explained. and her ex doesn’t paid child sup“Whatever we get through the port. Her family was among the door goes out in a hamper, as long 750 on West Shore to receive a as it’s not expired.” ■ Donations can be Christmas hamper last year. Expired food can be given to peodropped off at the “I’d just moved here and was ple who sign a waiver to accept it, West Shore Food starting over from scratch,” Tracy but it’s not included in the hampers. Bank, 761 Station recalled. “It meant a lot to me, Often the Hamper Fund will also Ave, Monday to Friday being able to have a simple Christreceive donations of hygiene prodbetween 10 a.m. mas with my family with gifts ucts, such as soaps and shampoo, and 2 p.m. For more under the tree.” and clothing such as socks and information call 250The Hamper Fund, which opermittens. Those get divided up and 474-4443. ates out of the West Shore Food put in the hampers as well. Bank, is now in full swing and Families with children under 12 accepting donations of non-perishalso get to pick out a present from able food, unwrapped toys and cash. the toy room, which Semenowich is in charge of. It’s a hectic time for the Hamper Fund — with “We get a lot of dolls and trucks (donated), and just over two weeks to collect everything it needs more stuffed animals than you can imagine,” she for the hampers, volunteers work around the said. “It’s nice the parents get to pick out something clock sorting donations. special for their kids, we don’t choose it for them.” Cec Cancade, 76, co-ordinates food donations, For teenage children, the food bank gives gift while his sister Anna Semenowich, 89, manages certificates to Walmart. the toy room. The pair have been helping out at Chiristmas hampers start go out between Dec. the food bank for eight and 20 years respectively, 19 and 23, and it will take a small army of volunwhich is long enough to know that donations teers to put them all together. always come through. “It’s a real community effort,” Cancade said. “We’re like elves in, working all night to make sure “We always come in here at the beginning everybody gets a Christmas.” of December thinking we don’t have enough, but this community is so generous — our shelves will be full by the time we start putting the hampers together,” Cancade said. News staff

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Put a price on your treasures Roadshow makes local strop, free appraisals offered Arnold Lim News staff

Aside from skeletons, have anything gathering dust in your closet? If you have antique collectables you are unsure of, there may be an opportunity to find out just where and when it came from — and it might even net you some cash. The Canadian Collectors Roadshow makes a stop at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Langford for a six-day visit where professional appraisers keep their keen eyes open for the next hidden treasure. “If there is anything out there you are not sure about, and it has just been sitting there and want to know about it or make

some money from it come to our show,” said collectables expert Eric Dvorkin. “There are people to help you and guide you in terms of what you have that may be very important to you you might want to learn about as well.” The free appraisals don’t require appointments and have yielded surprisingly big-ticket items including a Scottish painting from a resident of Nanaimo valued at $30,000, and a $20,000 solid gold chainmail purse studded with jewels traced back to the Kelowna resident’s mother who was gifted the item from a Russian general 100 years prior. “We give them knowledge and info from experts that have been in the business for a number of years,” Dvorkin said. “Then we give them an offer if we are interested in buying it.” Big ticket items get resold to big-time auction houses such as Maynards, Christie’s of Sotheby’s while the smaller-ticket

items are often sold to antique shows and private collectors. The road show will look at almost all items big or small regardless of value and it doesn’t need to be an extravagant item to appraise. He expects between 300 and 1,000 people during the visit bringing everything from War memorabilia, porcelain or wax dolls, and gold and silver in all it’s forms from jewelry and cutlery to coins. The more history the better. “We have helped a lot of people with information if anything,” he said. “I like helping people recover a lot of lost memories they weren’t able to uncover before.” The show runs Dec. 5 to 10 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. No appointment is necessary and is on a first come first serve basis.

Youth want affordable housing, higher wage: report Youth poverty and homelessness are the most important issues for young people who participated in the Victoria Foundation’s 2011 Youth Vital Signs report. Among respondents, 71 per

cent called for more affordable youth housing, and 55 per cent want a higher minimum wage. On the transportation front, more than half of respondents call for more frequent and laternight bus service.

Topping the list of suggestions for youth spaces was a bowling alley, requested by 59 per cent. The result parallels a survey done over the summer by the Victoria Youth Council.


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Don Clarke, 94,looks through spare change at his home at the Alexander Mackie Lodge. Clarke hopes that others will give generously to Black Press’ Pennies for Presents coin drive.

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sneaking onto the tops of trains and lived from meal to meal in search of his next penny and knows the feeling of having nothing. Don’t tell Don Clarke a penny “Those that have experienced can’t make a difference. The 94-year-old Langford resident, tough times like myself (understand),” he said. “People who have who grew up as a child during the been through it know great depression, what it is like to be recalls every penny without.” making a huge differThese days, dropence to him. ■ Cash donations ping a penny or a dime “For one cent you can be dropped off at might not be worth the could get five to six the Goldstream News effort of picking up -pieces of candy,” Gazette, 117-777 but it could make a difsaid the resident Goldstream Ave. ference in the lives of of the Alexander ■ For a list of the less fortunate. Mackie Lodge. “For a businesses accepting Black Press’ 15th nickel you could buy donations, watch for annual Pennies for a bag of candy you notices in the Gazette. Presents is an opportucould hardly carry ■ If your school or nity for those with a litout the door.” business would like to tle extra jingle in their Having lived collect pennies, call pockets during the through “the dirty Kyle Slavin, 250-381holiday season to drop thirties” where a 3633 ext. 269. off their change in supmulti-course meal port of those without. could be had for a Whether the need is dime, he still apprefood, services or support, the need ciates the value of a penny today. continues to be great. Clarke remembers shoveling Continuing on through Christmas a quarter-mile long driveway for day, all money collected in the coin 10 cents, before accidently dropdrive go to the Mary Manning Cenping his dime into the cracks of a tre, Threshold Housing Society, Vicwooden walkway and losing hours toria READ Society, the Young Parof his hard work for nothing. ents Support Network and suicide “Most people (today) don’t know prevention group, NEED2. The initiawhat a penny is,” he said. “They tive collected more than $12,000 in think it’s something to spend. We 2010 and more than $600,000 since thought it was something to save.” it’s inception. For years Clarke “rode the rods”

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Colwood seeks to expand park and ride lot $ Continued from Page A1 “We have been very generous to give up some our spots to Transit, this is just more about moving people,” Barnes said. “(Down below) they could have 500 spots if they wanted. “Last March, WSPR began asking its staff to park down below. We tried to free up spots, but we are still

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The toughest of B.C.’s new impaired driving penalties infringe people’s constitutional right to a fair trial, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled. Ruling on a challenge to the new roadside penalties Wednesday, Justice Jon Sigurdson said the increased roadside penalties for blowing in the “warn” range of blood alcohol, from 0.05 to 0.08 per cent, are permissible. But drivers who blow more than 0.08 should have a chance to defend themselves in court before their vehicles are impounded for 30 days and they face thousands of dollars in administrative penalties, Sigurdson said. Imposing the most severe roadside penalties “is not a reasonable limit which is demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society,” the judgment says. Defence lawyer Michael Shapray told Black Press the ruling leaves the B.C. government and the police with little choice but to back down on the harsher roadside penalties. “They’re going to have to revert back to the criminal law and take people back for breathalyzer tests at the [police] station,” Shapray said. “They’ll have

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GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE - Friday, December 2, 2011

Unplugged program seeks appliances

Ambulance chaser gets $483 ticket

Most small appliances can be recycled through provincial program

Kyle Slavin News staff

As a speeding ambulance raced through rush-hour traffic, a driver from Cobble Hill tried to slip into the wake of the flashing lights and blaring siren. She passed other drivers who had slowed down and pulled over, eventually driving right through a speed trap set up on the Trans-Canada Highway. Saanich police were set up, around 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, at the north end of Douglas Street near Uptown when they saw the approaching ambulance. “They saw a truck following the ambulance, with its lights and sirens on, trying to let it part the sea while she follows too closely behind,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. The grey Ford F150 was clocked travelling at 95 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. The driver, a 25-yearold Cobble Hill woman, was issued a $483 ticket and her truck was impounded for seven days.

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It has only been a couple months since the Salvation Army thrift store in View Royal has been collecting household appliances for recycling. Although some people are using the service, Jeff Reindl, warehouse manager, Salvation Army national recycling organization, said, “It’s been a little slow to get going. People don’t know about it.” The Unplugged program began Oct.1 across the province. It enables B.C. residents to recycle small appliances at more than 100 locations across the province. The View Royal Salvation Army thrift store is the only West Shore location. Almost all small household appliances are accepted from toasters to vacuum cleaners. While Reindl is happy to see people using the program, one issue is people dropping off unsanitary items. All items

dropped off for recycling need to be cleaned prior to arrival. “People bring in vacuums with the dirty bags still in them or deep fryers with fat in them,” Reindl said.

“We can take any household noncommercial items.” – Jeff Reindl Salvation Army

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Season’s started but don’t panic We’ve barely dipped our toes into December and already many of us feel like we’re running late for Christmas. It seems a sense of guilt has become one of the cardinal emotions of the holiday. In Oak Bay, for example, the Town’s business community has purchased carbon offsets to mitigate the environmental damage wrought by the exhaust fumes from Saturday’s lighted-truck parade. It’s likely just a clever move by the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association to earn a little extra publicity. But the need to clean our conscience in a season of excess can make the next few weeks feel overwhelming. Consumers are told they need to buy now while the deals are hot — an idea reinforced by the growing acceptance of the term Black Friday in Canada. It’s traditionally the busiest shopping day in the U.S. and falls on the holiday created by our neighbour’s November Thanksgiving. In Canada, the busiest day for consumers is usually one or two days before Christmas or on Boxing Day, which isn’t observed down south. However, more and more Canadians are buying into the message that the pressure is on to shop lest you drop before getting something for everyone on your list. It might be great for retailers and everyone getting presents but feeling like you’re failing will just take the fun out of what should be a happy time. So, before the crowds make you mad, relax, grab a hot cocoa and keep a healthy perspective. There are plenty of things to take in during these darks December nights. More importantly, this is a critical season for most charity organizations that count on the generosity and goodwill of the public to stay afloat. We encourage everyone to enjoy the light ups and sail pasts and truck parades happening in communities around the region. Now if only some kind of credits were available to offset the sense of envy many of us are feeling because our home’s Christmas light display seems so out matched by our neighbours’ technicolour wonderlands. What do you think? Give us your comments by email: or fax 250-478-6545. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Goldstream News Gazette is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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world, countries such as Greece are n Southern Vancouver Island we have 13 different districts, imploding because of the cost of retaining such a huge civil service. towns and cities as well as Municipalities in Canada are also one electoral area. Each of them flying headlong into the same sort supports mayors, regional direcof abyss. tors, councils, fire departments, Where is all of this money to supmunicipal hall staff, CAOs, buildport this political infrastructure ings, you name it. In the 14 differsupposed to come from? ent jurisdictions there Naturally it is the taxpaying are 77 councillors public. most paid more than Amalgamation is an issue $10,000, probably averthat would need to go before aging about $15,000. the voters and they should That’s about $1.1 mildecide whether it is an idea lion. whose time has come. For the mayors, add So what is the solution? another $500,000 or For one thing we already so. The CAOs each get have regional districts which, close to $150,000 per in a sense, are a fourth level year year depending Pirjo Raits of governance, which also on the size of the comHard Pressed gets paid through property munity. Then there are taxes. With a little creative the other well paid proadjustment perhaps we could amalfessionals, etc, etc. etc. The numgamate communities and have less, bers are huge. if any, use for a CRD. The same Yes, we do need professionals; people are already sitting around yes, we need councils and mayors the table making regional decisions. and fire chiefs; yes, we need to run We already have regional services, our communities. But are we at risk including the RCMP. Does Oak Bay of becoming even more overburdened with bureaucrats and govern- still need its own police force? Saanich? Does it cost taxpayers less to ment employees? have smaller police forces? The issues that councils face are On the south Island we have not unique to each jurisdiction but natural boundaries and these could each time something comes up the be used to divide the region into wheel is reinvented. I’m pretty sure four larger municipalities. What if there was a little more commuwould this look like? Could bigger nication and sharing of ideas and communities deliver more services solutions most municipalities could for less money? Or will this create a reduce their corporate structures, unimaginable quagmire of red tape legal fees and personnel. and inefficiency? We know residents We need to think about the cost want to be able to speak with the and the future of this ever expandelected people about their issues in ing public work force. Around the

their own community — and they could providing each community had representation at the table based on their populations. So, we would have the greater municipality of Victoria made up of Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich and Esquimalt; Peninsula made up of North Saanich, Sidney and Central Saanich; West Shore made up of the communities of Highlands, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and East Sooke. The Sooke municipality would consist of the area stretching from Sooke to Port Renfrew. No one seems to realize where the boundaries of each of these municipalities are anyway. We all realize that politicians, in whatever hierarchy they exist, want to keep control over their own fiefdoms. Planning advisory committees made up of un-elected community members could assess the municipalitys’ needs and make recommendations to their elected public servant. They would, of course, have to carry some weight and there should be some sort of obligation to take their recommendations seriously. So what would we end up having? Four municipalities with fewer councillors, CAOs and staff; an amalgamated police force; rapid transit paid for by all the municipalities; shared municipal works yards; a louder voice at the provincial and federal level; and broader planning for road networks, to name just a few benefits. What would we lose? —Pirjo Raits is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror.

‘ Could bigger communities deliver more services for less money? ’ • A11

GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE - Friday, December 2, 2011

Court system close to collapse O

have the B.C. court system “going ne of the last exchanges over a cliff in slow motion.” in the B.C. legislature’s fall The cuts are real. By next year, session was over the state court service budgets of the court system. are expected to be Drug dealers are walkdown 10 per cent since ing free, NDP leader 2008, and staff down Adrian Dix reminded 15 per cent. The proPublic Safety Minister vincial court is down Shirley Bond in the 17 judges from 2005. final question period. There aren’t enough Dix referred to a Prince clerks. And the federal George case this fall government is about where a convicted to push through new cocaine dealer racked up sentencing guidelines more trafficking charges Tom Fletcher that will add more while he was on trial, B.C. Views inmates to B.C.’s overand then was released flowing prison system. because he couldn’t be Bond, the overtried in a timely fashion. worked B.C. Liberal minister The NDP was picking up on doing double duty as Attorney an unusually political speech General, replied that some of the last week by B.C. Supreme Court budget cuts are being reversed. Chief Justice Robert Bauman. More sheriffs have been trained, Speaking to the annual B.C. and 14 provincial court judges judges’ conference in Las Vegas, Bauman warned that funding cuts have been hired in the past two

years. (Meanwhile, provincial judges are suing the deficit-laden government, demanding a six-per-cent raise.) Bond also pointed to long-term strategies being implemented to relieve the flood of court cases. It’s this kind of systemic change that has the most potential for long-term reform of our archaic system. Right now there are an estimated 2,000 cases in provincial court that are running long enough to risk being dismissed due to delays. It’s not a crime wave; a quarter of all cases in provincial and B.C. Supreme Court are family disputes over kids and property. The Family Law Act has been in the works for years, and it sailed through the legislature with NDP support. It encourages out-ofcourt settlements in family break-

ups, equalizes common-law rules with those for married couples and does away with the terms “custody” and “access” that suggest children are to be fought over as if they are property. Bond also pointed to B.C.’s harsh new administrative penalties for drinking and driving, which have kept most routine impaired cases out of court. Police have the authority to impound vehicles and impose heavy fines on the spot, when drivers fail a roadside breath test or even blow in the “warn” range of 0.05 to 0.08 per cent. Bond points proudly to a 40-per-cent decrease in alcohol-related vehicle deaths in the first year. Of course this is being challenged as an infringement of the right to go to court and try various drunk-driving defences. A judge will soon decide if the hazards of impaired driving justify

such an infringement. Justice Bauman acknowledges that courts have to clean up procedures too. Set aside the baseless conspiracy theories around the Dave Basi-Bobby Virk saga, and you have two smalltime crooks whose lawyers were allowed to spin the case out for seven years in a tangle of evidence disclosure demands. As the legislature adjourned, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson joined previous mayors, from Conservative Party member Sam Sullivan to Mike Harcourt, in calling for marijuana to be legalized and regulated. Not on my watch, replied Prime Minister Stephen Harper. So instead, we’re getting de facto legalization of crack cocaine. —Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

LETTERS Smart meters not best use of money BC Hydro appears to have missed the lesson learned by those who tried to shove the HST down the throats of British Columbians. I have a smart meter on the side of my house, and I have no health concerns about it being there. However, I do object to what residents of B.C. are being told

about the advantages to them — such as that it’ll save them money. That’s only true when day-oftime rates are imposed. Then if folks cook dinner mid-afternoon rather than around 6 p.m. or run the clothes dryer at 11 p.m., they’ll save money. Seems to me, with support from our provincial government, such utility efforts would be better directed toward alleviating our dependency upon the two

Retraction and apology The Nov. 25, 2011 edition of the Goldstream News Gazette included letters to the editor concerning the lands for the new Town of View Royal fire hall. Among other things, the letters stated that the Town, its council and town staff acted without due diligence in undertaking archaeological investigations of the lands, that the lands were bought with the knowledge that the lands contained graves of native and pioneers, that the Town removed graves and headstones from the lands, that the Town dug holes through graves on the lands. The Goldstream News Gazette accepts the assertions of the Town of View Royal that the above statements in the letters are untrue and without foundation. The Goldstream News Gazette unreservedly retracts and withdraws the statements made in the letters and apologizes to the Town of View Royal, the members of its municipal council, and the members of the View Royal staff involved with the fire hall project.

aging transmission lines that cross to the mainland, one of which we almost lost in winter a few years back. What we need desperately are alternate generating options, one of those not being running a gas line underwater from the mainland. Why not install wind turbines up Island where stiff winds are available? Why not put solar panels on top of commercial buildings and houses where appropriate? And, why not create some jobs by using some of our resident coal, along with the best current chimney scrubber technology, to produce electricity? Any added pollution can only be a pittance compared to the levels coming from the approved Alberta tar sands, with that being a pittance compared to what hovers above India and China, perhaps drifting our way. In Canada, rationally, we should be responsible, but need to strike a proper balance between society’s needs and what best suits our environment. Don Wilkes Langford

L i LLangford’s Loving f d’ Christmas lights As someone who works nights driving in the West Shore area, I just wanted to write in to commend the workers who were out putting up the Christmas lights and signage on Goldstream Avenue this past week. It was raining very hard and the winds were gusting, yet they still managed to do a fine job. Noel Vade Langford

View Royal must be business friendly Re: Town not to blame for Thetis Cove failing, letters, Nov. 25, 2011 Councillor David Screech blames the economic atmosphere for the Thetis Cove development not proceeding. If this were true, why has our neighbour to the west (Langford) moved ahead in leaps and bounds with developments? Speaking with residents and developers, View Royal has not been development friendly. I stand behind my statement

that delays in the development process are one of the causes why the developer ended up bankrupt and the project did not move forward. Council has to move ahead with projects to reduce the burden on residents and businesses. My mayoral campaign commitment was to bring economic sustainability to View Royal. I hope Mayor Graham Hill and council heard what is needed and proceeds accordingly. Andrew Britton Former councillor, View Royal

Letters to the Editor The Goldstream News Gazette welcomes your opinions and comments. Please keep letters to less than 300 words, and enclose your phone number and your municipality of residence. Send your letters to: ■ Email: editor@ ■ Mail: Goldstream News Gazette, 117-777 Goldstream Ave., Victoria, B.C., V9B 2X4

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NAVY DIVERS RUN through West Shore wearing diving equipment, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., fundraise for West Shore Christmas Hamper fund. LANGFORD LIGHT-UP CELEBRATION, Dec. 3, 5 to 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate, craft market, santa. Bring a food bank donation. TRUCK LIGHT PARADE, Dec. 3, scheduled to arrive on West Shore at 7:30 p.m., driving along Old Island Highway to Goldstream Avenue to Veterans Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road. Ending at Western Speedway at 8:15 p.m. SOROPTIMIST CLUB FOOD and toy drive to benefit Goldstream Food Bank, in the entry of Fairway Market at Westshore Town Centre, Dec. 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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PEARSON COLLEGE CHRISTMAS concert, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Metchosin Community Hall. Bring a food bank donation.


CRAIGFLOWER BRIDGE REPLACEMENT project open house for public review of design options, Dec. 7, 2 to 8 p.m., at View Royal town hall, 45 View Royal Ave.


HIGHLANDS FOLK MUSIC coffee house featuring Bowker Creek, Dec. 10, doors at 7:30 p.m., $5 cover, at Caleb Pike House, 1589 Millstream Rd. CHRISTMAS TREE FUNDRAISER to support Metchosin Co-op Preschool. Order trees for $35 before Dec. 7.


Pickup your tree at breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10. For info contact 250-4789241 or BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 4125 Metchosin Rd. Pancakes, kid’s activities, baking and craft sale. FOUR SEASONS MUSICAL Theatre presents Bulby the Christmas Jackalope, a Christmas comedy for all ages. Free preview at the Juan de Fuca library branch, Dec. 15, 7p.m. And at Isabelle Reader Theatre, on Dec. 17, 2 p.m. and Dec. 18, 1:30 p.m. Tickets $12/$8.


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Community is on the menu as the Salvation Army hosts a free Christmas dinner for those in need. “We want to be available for the community,” said George Katchanov of the Salvation Army. “It is really geared towards people who are finding themselves in a predicament financially. Shut ins, seniors, or someone who wants to have some fellowship.” The free annual dinner, organized with the help of a number of West Shore churches providing turkeys for the dinner and West Shore business donating to the cause, which served more than 220 people last year. More than 50 volunteers donate their time to make the event possible. “We want to offer some moments of joy and make someone’s Christmas more delightful,” Katchanov said. “That is what it is all about, bringing some joy and Christmas cheer to people.” Dinner is served Dec. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary church, 798 Goldstream Ave.

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Low Water Pressure Between Monday, December 5, 2011 and Monday, December 12, 2011 Capital Regional District (CRD) Integrated Water Services will be transferring the source of supply from Sooke Reservoir to Goldstream Reservoir in order to inspect the Kapoor Tunnel. While low water pressure may be experienced in Langford, View Royal, and Saanich north of the TransCanada Highway, no interruption in service is expected. Residents may notice a slight change in the colour of the water however, this does not affect the safety of our drinking water. Further information can be obtained by calling CRD Integrated Water Services at 250.474.9619.

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GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE - Friday, December 2, 2011

Transit ICBC seeks to increase rates by 2012 service levels safe, for now Tom Fletcher

income. ICBC president Jon Schubert said Tuesday the corporation’s bodily injury claims have jumped, contributing to a $200 million increase in overall claims in the first nine months of 2011. Annual bodily injury claims have climbed by

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The Insurance Corp. of B.C. is applying for an increase to its mandatory basic vehicle insurance for 2012 to help cover an increase in claims and declining investment

$350 million in the past five years, and are expected to reach $1.7 billion this year. “We have not increased our rates since 2007 and there have been a number of rate decreases during that time,” Schubert said. ICBC reported net income • A13 B.C. government’s worsening deficit position. Quarterly results for the provincial treasury show a projected deficit of $3.1 billion for the year ending in March, up $313 million. Falcon said insurance companies have seen investment income fall off with the continued economic slump in the U.S and instability in Europe.

for the first nine months of the year of $52 million, down from $331 million in the same period in 2010. Despite that, its rate change application to the B.C. Utilities Commission will seek to decrease rates on its optional coverage, where it faces competition from private insurance companies. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon cited ICBC losses in the

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With at least four members leaving due to retirement, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission left a firm message to newcomers: no reduction in service hours. The commission, which is made up of politicians from Greater Victoria, met Tuesday to consider a provisional budget for 2012/13. “Leaving it at status quo is a reasonable thing for this commission to do,” said Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard. While Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin suggested tapping the reserve fund for $1 million to balance the budget. “If we tap the reserves slightly, that will get us through to the new commission,” Fortin said. Transit staff had suggested leaving service levels as they are, which would cause a four per cent increase in property taxes. The reserve fund is at $2.3 million, but could be needed to cover rising oil costs and upcoming labour negotiations. “This is a provisional budget,” said Oak Bay Mayor Christopher Causton. “Personally I fall somewhere between what the staff has recommended and what Dean has said.” Causton said taking a lesser amount from reserves would lower the tax increase without compromising the reserve fund. “It will put the fund at risk, but we can draw it down slightly,” he said. “Then in January or February we’ll have a better idea of what the reserve fund will be.” Saanich councillor Susan Brice suggested they send a message to the new commission by making a motion that there be no reduction in service hours and that the tax hike be mitigated by some use of reserve funds or other options.

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Runners tackle challenge of Bear Mountain 10K & half-marathon If the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain is considered one of the most challenging golf courses in North America to play, it makes sense that running the course would be equally challenging. Just ask the participants in last Saturday’s sixth annual Bear Mountain 10K, one of the hardest 10k runs in Canada. In past years, world-class athletes have endured rain and sleet and even snow to try to best the record time of 32 minutes and 58 seconds set by former two-time Olympic Marathoner Jon Brown. This year, to add to the challenge, race directors Mark Nelson and Nick Walker, of Frontrunners Langford, added the half-marathon distance. Runners followed the cart paths of both the Mountain and Valley Golf courses and finished off at the doors of The Westin Hotel. As a reward, post-race activities included an After Party on the beautiful terrace of Masters Lounge, complete with live music by local Victoria band, Carmanah. For more details, visit

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Victoria’s heritage sites are decked in their holiday finery and ready to inspire: Top left, Craigdarroch Castle; above: Royal BC Museum’s Old Town; inset: Helmcken House.

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For the first time in many years, a genuine, Submitted photo honest-to-goodness Broadway show is making Mamma Mia! featuring the music of ABBA, comes its way to the Capital Region, as Mamma Mia! to the Royal Theatre next summer. comes to the Royal Theatre next summer for an eight-show run. map.” The arrival of the popular musical, which For most rights holders, “Their attitude was ‘We’ll do uses the songs of Swedish supergroup ABBA to this show in Vancouver and if Victoria wants to see it, tell the story of a girl and her mother searching they’ll come to see it,’” Fitzsimonds added. for the girl’s biological father, represents the But now that the case in Victoria’s favour has been culmination of nearly two years of hard work successfully made, he sees a large, untapped market of and negotiation on the part of Victoria native people who are eager for a chance to see a big show Henry Kolenko, whose company, Kolenko Pro- like Mamma Mia! in their own backyard. ductions, is presenting the show. “There’s a much, much bigger market of Victoria “If you look across Canada, Victoria is citizens who aren’t going to consider going to Vancouone of the largest markets that has yet to be ver to a Broadway musical,” Fitzsimonds said. “Who’s tapped by major productions,” got two days to go to Vancouver and Kolenko said. go to the theatre? We usually like to Get your tickets From day one, Kolenko think of ourselves as, we like to serve wanted the show to be prethe patron, and in this case the patron for Mamma Mia! sented at the Royal. “I’ve been is very well-served. I suspect and sinJuly 31 to August 5, at the Royal many times, I even cerely hope that there are thousands 2012; on sale today at did my classical guitar training of people in Victoria who will go to this the Royal & McPherson there,” he explained. “When show.” Box Office. Tickets can I saw they’d done a beautiful Kolenko hopes that Mamma Mia! will also be purchased by restoration at the front of the be the first in a series of summertime going online to www. house, I was thinking ‘How Broadway shows at the Royal. could we bring something “This is a bit of an experiment. Sumhere?’” mer is a bit of a slower time for theatre,” Having already established a he said. “For shows like this, summer working relationship with staff at the theatre, time is almost perfect. It will help put something into Kolenko’s biggest challenge was acquiring the Victoria that will be in the tourism portfolio, something rights to the musical. in the summer that’s going to be quite strong in terms “The rights holder views the rights for Van- of the quality of production.” couver and Victoria as one place,” explained There’s still work to be done before the curtain goes Lloyd Fitzsimonds, executive director of the up in July, but Kolenko’s very pleased with how things Royal & McPherson theatres. “On the map, have progressed to this point. we’re only 60 or 70 kilometres apart. Vancou“These things don’t happen overnight, and I’m really ver’s no further away than Nanaimo on the excited. I just hope people in Victoria get excited, too.”

Lavigne delivers holiday spirit Erin McCracken News staff

For many people, Ken Lavigne’s classically trained voice signals that Christmas is around the corner. For the professional tenor however, his busy schedule is a sign the festive season has already arrived. This week alone he had four performances, some of which required him to hop on a plane. Next, the Chemainus resident takes the stage for his Candlelight Christmas concert at the Royal Theatre on Monday (Dec. 5), at 7:30 p.m. Some of the holiday classics he will perform “are quite epic

Ken Lavigne in scope,” and he felt inspired to give them a new sound. “So we have a couple of old tunes that we’ve rearranged, (including) a new version of O come, O come, Emmanuel, which is an absolutely stunning piece,”

said Lavigne, who has four CDs, as well as a 2009 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, to his credit. The songs’ melodies remain unchanged, but the artist wanted to make the show an exciting experience. “Around Christmas, for me, there’s that sense of wonder, and we really wanted to instill that in the music,” said Lavigne, who will be joined on stage by a fivepiece ensemble. “We want people to be surprised and moved,” he said. “We want it to feel fresh and new to people.” Tickets from $25, available at or call 250-386-6121.

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his, that and everything has the Saanich Braves rolling through the Island’s junior hockey league on a seven-game win streak, unbeaten throughout the month of November. Coach Brad Cook is so enthusiastic with the way his team has come together, he can’t point to anything that isn’t going well right now. “I’ve told the guys it’s OK if we stumble, as long as we don’t fall. After you win seven or more — however long it goes — the next step (once the streak ends) is not to go out and lose seven of the next 10.” But losing is the last thing on this team’s mind. The stretch began with the team’s annual Pink in the Rink breast cancer fundraiser back on Oct. 30, a 5-3 win over the Victoria Cougars. It was the second night of a home-and-home series with the Cougars, who were the Braves’ latest victims on Friday (Nov. 25). That game ended 4-2 with a brawl that saw eight player ejections. It was a show of frustration from the Cougars though they retained the league’s best record. Of course there are a few key elements the Braves couldn’t do without. Goalie Tanner McGaw is in top form. The rookies are developing quickly, with Jack Palmer (25 points) and Connor Krupa (21 points) averaging more than a point per game. And perhaps most important, captain Ty Jones has racked up a multi-point

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Braves captain Ty Jones carries the puck into the attacking zone ahead of Cougars forward Steven Axford at Pearkes Arena on Nov. 25. Jones continued his hot scoring streak with two goals in the Braves’ 4-2 win. game for every win during the streak, totalling 30 points in the last 12 games. Overall, the team is buying every little thing Cook’s been preaching about. “All our systems -— team defence, guys back-checking, puck management -— they’re sticking to it.” Saying the Braves’ dressing room is a fun place to be right now is an understatement, Cook added. “It’s the time of their lives. The biggest thing I like is it’s 100 per cent about the team. We don’t have any one guy pulling in a different direction.” Cook knows a thing or two about upbeat junior dressing rooms. The Michigan native was on the “stacked” 1993-94 Detroit Jr. Red Wings in the Ontario Hockey League that finished second overall during the regular season and was defeated in the finals by the North Bay Centennials. The Jr. Red Wings were owned by current Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Kar-

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manos, and was coached by Paul Maurice with Jim Rutherford as general manager. It’s the same triangle of management that was only broken up Monday when Maurice was relieved as head coach of the Hurricanes. Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League North Comox Valley Oceanside Campbell Riv. South Victoria Saanich Peninsula Kerry Park

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Cook was cut in 1995, but found his way to the Vernon Vipers where he won an RBC Cup. He said his first step since returning to the Braves this year after a season away was teaching the team how to win. “We lost about six one-goal hockey games and our third periods were our worst periods. Now it’s like, where do we go from here? It’s only

November. So we’re taking these things in steps.” It’s about a mix of young guys finding their game and older guys getting back to theirs. “The younger guys were away at BCHL and WHL camps to start the year. They’re working their butts off all summer to make those other teams and when we finally get them they’re in great shape. It’s the 18-, 19and 20-year-old guys who take a couple of months to get in shape. They’re working full time, some live on their own, and they’re playing out their junior years. They’re not as fit over the summer but they know they’re going to be the better players in this league once they find their game.” General manager and part owner Norm Kelly has been with the team for four years. The biggest win streak in that time was six in a row in 2009, also with Cook as head coach. “This is the best year in terms of focus, drive and player dedication since I’ve been here,” Kelly said. “There are no bad apples, the guys love being together, they’re very self-motivated and want to succeed.” It means all kinds of options for Cook, who relishes having four lines he can rely on, with rookies he can play in any situation. Because the Braves started so poorly (2-7), they’d need to extend the streak a couple more weeks before they’ll be anywhere close to the Cougars for first in the south division.

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“When you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun, for un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” Wise words to be sure, but little did Dr. Seuss predict a predicament as un-fun as the Victoria Royals recent stretch. Be it one win or none in the last five or six, the Royals are still in the playoff mix. The Royals visit the Kelowna Rockets tonight (Dec. 2) and Kamloops Blazers tomorrow night. Things could be better. No team in the WHL has surrendered as many goals as the Royals though many have scored less. Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Blazers left the Royals on a most prickle-ly perch. Five games without a budge in the win column (Wednesday’s game was past press time). The eighth and final playoff spot is still the Royals’ to lose, but it’s the kind of scenario the Bruins, er... Royals, were hoping to avoid after starting over again in Victoria. Jamie Crooks scored twice on Tuesday and could have emerged from the dressing room a little less depressed after the game. He could have said it was frustrating. But he didn’t. “We had a few lulls in the game and that’s when they scored,” Crooks said. “You have to work hard. I feel we’re coming out of this.” There’s no reason not to believe Crooks. His team was right there, playing ’til the end. It’s more stormy weather than it is weathering a storm. Or, as Seuss put it, “Games you can’t win ’cause they’ll play against you.” The Royals could have won Tuesday just as they could have during Saturday’s 6-5 loss in Kelowna. In that game, the Royals actually scored on a late surge, but it was a fraction of a second too late as the final buzzer had sounded. Likewise on Tuesday, the Blazers scored against the flow – twice – while the Royals ended the game with a dominating effort, controlling the puck during a six-on-four advantage with the powerplay and goalie pulled for the extra attacker. But the puck had other thoughts. The Royals didn’t win because sometimes you won’t. Nor should the Royals stew. Because bangups and hang-ups will happen to the Blazers too. With their helmets full of brains and their skates full of feet (speedy ones, that is), the Royals are too smart to extend this not-so-good streak. The fans will be there again when Western conference leaders Tri-City (19-6) visit Tuesday (Dec. 6) and Wednesday. So be your name Hamilton, Sundher or Crooks, enjoy your time in the ‘Dub.’ You’re off to great places — like Kelowna today.



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A herd of Chilliwack Giants players tackle Carson Scotney, bottom right, of the Victoria Spartans during the bantam (12-man) semifinal game in Chilliwack on Nov. 26. The Spartans won 19-6 and continue on to the provincials in Langley this weekend.

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coach Paul Precious. “Our offensive line was fantastic all game long, and on defence, linebackers Matt Pastro and Bryan Galbraith-McTavish were standouts.” The Spartans (5-5) face the North Surrey Tigers (10-0) in the provincial final, Sunday in Langley. The Tigers edged the Spartans 17-14 during the regular season, one of the closest games of the year for the Tigers, who beat Langley 59-12 in the other semifinal.


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Television viewers across the country can catch the Mount Douglas Rams and W.J. Mouat Hawks tangle in the B.C. AAA football championship game on Saturday night. Cable network Sportsnet One will broadcast the final from B.C. Place at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 3).

Fri. Dec. 2: BCHL, Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Victoria Grizzlies, 7:15 p.m., Bear Mountain Arena. Sat. Dec. 3: BCHL, Powell River Kings at Victoria Grizzlies, 7:15 p.m., Bear Mountain Arena. Fri. Dec. 2: VIJHL, Comox Valley Glacier Kings at Saanich Braves, 6:30 p.m., George Pearkes Arena. Tues. & Wed., Dec. 6-7: WHL, Tri City Americans at Victoria Royals, 7:05 p.m. Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Basketball Mon. Dec. 5: AA Girls high school, Glenlyon Norfolk School at St. Margaret’s, 5:45 p.m. Tues. Dec. 6: AAA Boys high school, Belmont at Oak Bay, Mt. Douglas at Stelly’s, Spectrum at Claremont, 7:30 p.m. starts; A/AA Girls and Boys, Pacific Christian at St Andrew’s, Ed Milne at Vic High, 5:45 p.m. girls, 7:30 p.m. boys; A/AA Boys, GNS at Esquimalt, 6 p.m.

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PRESSURE WASHING DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm.

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RUBBISH REMOVAL MALTA GARDEN & Rubbish Removal. Best Rates. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

STUCCO/SIDING PATCHES, ADDITIONS, restucco, renos, chimney, waterproofing. Bob, 250-642-5178.

TILING A1. SHAWN The Tile GuyRes/ Comm/ Custom/ Renos. 250-686-6046

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GOLDSTREAM GAZETTE - December Friday, December 2, 2011  Page 32 NEWS week beginning 1, 2011 Real Estate Victoria

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Oak Bay 250-370-7601 Victoria 250-483-1360 Westshore 250-391-2933 Sidney 250-655-0632 Chatterton Way 250-479-0688

Published Every Thursday

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the Dec.1 - 7 edition of

1021 Craigdarroch

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty David Harvey 250-385-2033

103-205 Kimta, $645,000 Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Chuck Bennett, 250-384-8124

pg. 30

924B Richmond, $475,000 Sunday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

pg. 12

pg. 10

pg. 10

pg. 13

Sunday 2-4 Boorman’s Real Estate Rod Hay 250-595-1535 pg. 7

pg. 7

pg. 12

pg. 5

2205 Victor, $439,000 pg. 14

23-60 Dallas, $494,900

pg. 35

302-1110 Oscar, $349,000

pg. 35

pg. 10

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Paul Askew 250 744-3301

pg. 9

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

pg. 6

pg. 35

pg. 6

pg. 15

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Nicole Burgess 250 384-8124

pg. 12

1025 Colville Rd, $384,000 pg. 15

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Goran Tambic, 250-384-7663

pg. 19

927 Devonshire Rd., $439,000 pg. 1

Saturday 12-2 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

pg. 14

74-850 Parklands, $369,500 pg. 6

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 19

942 Reeve Pl, $399,900 pg. 15

Saturday 1-3 Address Realty Ltd. Rob Angus 250-391-1893

203-5350 Sayward Hill, $650,000 Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 6

992 Cloverdale, $499,000 pg. 30

3155 Westdowne, $948,000 pg. 36

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Lynne Sager 250 744-3301

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Diana Winger 250-999-3683

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Kellie Elder 250 384-7663

pg. 19

223-1680 Poplar, $179,900 pg. 18

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jacquie Jocelyn, 250-384-8124

pg. 20

pg. 20

Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Ross Shortreed 250-858-3585

2176 Amherst

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Megan John 250-477-7291

pg. 21

pg. 35

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Nicole Burgess 250 384-8124

pg. 22

2118 Weiler Ave $429,900 pg. 30

Saturday 12-2 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131

pg. 22

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Brendan Herlihy, 250-642-3240

7945 Arthur, $569,000 pg. 20

Sunday 1-3 JonesCo Real Estate Inc. Ian Heath 250-655-7653

pg. 3

107-10160 Third St, $262,500

Saturday 2-4 Boorman’s Rod Hay, 250-595-1535

107-10160 Third, $262,500 pg. 6

pg. 20

pg. 20

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Rick Shumka 250 384-8124

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance David Rusen, 250-386-8875

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Stephanie Peat, 250-477-7291

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Bev McIvor, 250-655-0608

8545 Bourne, $684,800 Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

pg. 21

pg. 21

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Inez Louden 250 812-7710

1826 Millstream pg. 22

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

pg. 22

2-1893 Prosser Rd., $379,900 pg. 2

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters 250-655-0608

pg. 21

44-2070 Amelia Ave, $279,900

4029 Providence, $969,900 Saturday 12-2 One Percent Realty Valentino 250-686-2242

pg. 14

pg. 5

1919 Venross, $549,000

4659 Lochwood, $819,900 Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

Saturday 12-1:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton, 250-477-5353

11061 Salal Pl, $799,999

1020 Lucas

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Bob Davies 250-384-8124

Saturday 12-1:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton, 250-477-5353

pg. 30

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Frances Wade, 250-656-0131

1224A Goldstream Ave, $389,900 pg. 21

231-2245 James White, $234,900 Saturday 2-3:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton,250-477-5353 pg. 20

pg. 14

870 Falkirk, $1,499,000 pg. 19

Sunday 2-3 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

pg. 24

103-996 Wild Ridge

Saturday & Sunday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

pg. 23

3067 Alouette pg. 22

309-9805 Second

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Inez Louden 250 812-7710

Saturday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

pg. 35

205-2695 Deville pg. 14

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer 250 384-8124

pg. 14

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pg. 21

10395 Bowerbank, $419,900

pg. 19

109-1505 Church Ave, $239,900

4763 Carloss Pl, $699,000 pg. 14

Sunday 1-2:30 Victoria Classic Realty Shaun Lees 250 386-1997

pg. 14

1268 Tall Tree Pl, $729,900

4459 Fairmont Pl, $599,900 pg. 8

pg. 21

618 Baxter, $524,500

2222A Arbutus pg. 19

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters, 250-744-3301

Saturday 12-1:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton, 250-477-5353

1761 Forest Park Dr., $559,000

4921 Prospect, $1,024,900

pg. 10

3362 Henderson, $799,900

1554 Montgomery

pg. 13

5024 Cordova Bay, $999,900

pg. 8

pg. 12

1663 Bisley, 629,900

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Brett Jones, 250-385-2033

pg. 13

pg. 14

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Laura Godbeer, 250-532-3272

Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Eamon Coll 250 479-3333

pg. 21

305-10160 Third, $239,500

203C-4678 Elk Lake Dr, $359,000

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance David Binab 250-360-1929

Saturday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

934 Craigflower, $449,000

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

Sunday 2-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

pg. 30

1698 North Dairy Rd, $499,900

pg. 12

402-1366 Hillside, $199,900 Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Michael Luyt, 250-216-7547

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Donna Foss 250 477-7291

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer 250 384-8124

982 Meadowview, $685,000

1430 Harvest Ln.

303-1366 Hillside, $220,000 Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Vicky Turner 250 592-4422

pg. 19

3205 Kingsley, $549,000

654 Langford, $399,900

Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Brian Meredith-Jones 250 477-1100

225-3225 Eldon Pl

5-881 Nicholson, $565,000

76-14 Erskine Lane, $419,900

1-2921 Cook St, $362,500 Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Bruce McCulloch, 250-479-3333

Sunday 2-4 One Percent Realty Valentino 250-686-2242

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Judith Gerrett, 250-656-0131

pg. 20

2927 Ilene Trc., $570,000

3229 Cedar Hill

2614 Scott St, $469,000

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance Ron Neal 250 386-8181

Sunday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Fran Jeffs, 250-744-3301

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Lee Johnston, 250-478-9600

308 Palmer, $824,900

13-949 Pemberton, $499,000 Saturday 2-4 Duttons & Co Real Estate

403-1241 Fairfield Rd, $299,900

Saturday 2-4 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay, 250-217-5091

pg. 14

1058 Summit

Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Vinnie Gill, 250-744-3301

301-2757 Quadra, $169,900

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Bill Carnegie 250 474-6003

pg. 11

17-315 Six Mile, $485,000

2239 Shelbourne St, $399,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Murray Lawson 250 385-9814

Saturday 2-4 MacDonald Realty Lorraine Stundon 250 812-0642

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Sharen Warde 250 592-4422

pg. 10

3-828 Rupert Terrace

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Laurie Abram 250 385-2033

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar 250 592-4422

Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

Sunday 1-3 Address Realty Ltd. Patrick Achtzner, 250-391-1893

pg. 14

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Paul Askew 250 744-3301

B-10470 Resthaven Dr, $549,000

4386 Elnido Cres, $594,900

614-68 Songhees

1035 Sutlej

Sunday 1-3 Sutton West Coast Realty Elke Pettipas 250 479-3333

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Cassie Kangas 250 477-7291

Daily noon-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 595-3200

20-126 Hallowell, $439,900

2731 Mt Stephen

208-11 Cooperage, $498,000 Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Lynn MacDonald 250 479-3333

pg. 13

308-300 Waterfront, $579,000

219-50 Songhees, $675,000 Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

10 Helmcken Rd

309 Kingston, $769,000

604-75 Songhees, $710,000 Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680

pg. 15

101-1610 Jubillee, $169,900

109-11 Cooperage, $948,000 Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Lynn MacDonald 250 479-3333

3463 Waterloo, $795,000

301-50 Songhees, $549,900 Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit


A28 •

Friday, December 2, 2011 - GOLDSTREAM


This Weekend’s Published Every Thursday 1193 Goldstream

Saturday 2-4 Sutton West Coast Realty Simon Sheppard 250 686-0011

pg. 25

201-3220 Jacklin, $259,900 Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

pg. 24

pg. 10

Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Fran Jeffs, 250-744-3301

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 595-3200

pg. 23

Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

pg. 22

pg. 10

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Bruce Hatter, 250-744-3301

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the Dec.1-7 edition of

2186 Stone Gate, $664,900 pg. 24

pg. 23

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shirley Zailo 250-478-4828

pg. 24

6995 Nordin Rd

101 & 201-608 Fairway Ave Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Sheila Christmas, 250-477-1100

Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Re/Max Camosun John Vernon, 250-642-5050 pg. 5

2425 Galland pg. 5

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Brian Meredith-Jones 250 477-1100

pg. 26

723 Windover Trc., $849,000 pg. 24

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Gallie Realty Barbara Gallie 250-478-6530

1224 Freshwater, $659,900 pg. 24

549 Delora Dr, $599,000 Saturday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Hans Hegen, 250-858-0424

Sunday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

302-627 Brookside Rd, $249,900

201-3220 Jacklin, $299,900

3067 Alouette

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

pg. 5

563 Brant Pl., $624,900

687 Daymeer Plc., $449,900 Saturday 1-3 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Barbara Scott 250-383-1500

2794 Lakeshore, $499,900

3348 Sewell, $599,900

304-611 Brookside, $219,000 Thursday to Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

608 Fairway Ave.

Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Chuck Meagher, 250-477-1100


1121 Fort, $183,900

907 Dawn Lane, $589,000

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Gary Bazuik, 250-477-5353

pg. 9

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Blair Watling 250 385-2033

pg. 11

Saturday & Sunday 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Deidra Junghans, 250-474-6003

2390 Echo Valley Dr, $684,900 pg. 23

pg. 24

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance David Rusen, 250-386-8875

3067 Alouette

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

957 Shawnigan Lake Rd, $319,900

108-6838 Grant Rd, $319,000 pg. 23

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jeff Shorter, 250-384-8124

pg. 10

Thursday-Friday 1-4, Saturday & Sunday 11-5 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Daniel Weiss 250 383-1500 pg. 13

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After very successful shows in White Rock and Duncan, The Roadshow is returning to Langford. So you had better search through your attics and garages, go through your lock boxes and jewellery, because you may be sitting on a small fortune and not even know it! Roadshow experts are here to examine all your antiques, collectibles, gold and silver.

Local Roadshow Expert Examines Some Gold Jewellery

noticed a substantial increase in the amount of precious metals such as gold and silver coming to the Roadshow, which makes sense considering how high it’s currently trading at. He added, “The Roadshow is great because it puts money in people’s pockets, especially during such hard times. Lots of items that are just sitting around collecting dust in basements and jewellery boxes can be exchanged for money, on the spot!”

At another Roadshow event, a woman, named Mira Kovalchek, walked in with a tin full of hundreds of old coins that During a show near Toronto, a woman were given to her as a young child by her came in with a jewellery box that she grandfather. She nally decided to come had just inherited from her late aunt. “I in to the Roadshow and see what he don’t wear jewellery,” explained Barbara had given her. She was ecstatic to learn Engles, “so it was an easy decision to she had coins dating back to the late come down to the Roadshow to sell it”. 1800’s, some of which were extremely She was very excited when she was able rare. Roadshow consultant Perry Bruce to walk away with a cheque for over explains “We had uncovered an 1871 $2,100 for jewellery she was never going Queen Victoria 50 Cent piece, valued at to wear anyway. over $2,000!! She had a nice assortment of coins that were not rare dates, but Expert Elijah Gold explains, “We have

she was able to sell them for their silver content”. She explains, “I never would have thought that my old tin of coins was worth so much! I can nally afford to renovate my kitchen”. Perry Bruce continued, “Canadian coins prior to 1967, and American coins prior to 1964 are all made with silver, and we have noticed a large increase of customers coming to the Roadshow with coins and cashing them in for their silver value”. Experts at the Roadshow will evaluate and examine your items, FREE OF CHARGE, as well as educate you on them. The Roadshow sees hundreds of people during a one week event, and they have been travelling across Canada to different cities and towns, searching for your forgotten treasures. Trains, dolls, toys, old advertising signs, pocket watches, porcelain and bisque dolls, pretty much everything can be sold at the Roadshow. Any early edition Barbie’s are sought after by the Roadshow collectors, as well as a variety of

Dinky Toys and Matchbox cars. Lionel Trains and a variety of tin toys can also fetch a price, especially if they are in their original box or in mint condition. If a collector is looking for one of your collectibles, they can always make an offer to buy it.

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A man brought in a 1950’s Marx Tin Toy Robot, in fairly good condition, still in its original box. They were able to locate a collector for that specic toy within minutes, and that gentleman went home with over $700 for his Toy Robot and a few other small toys. So whether you have an old toy car, a broken gold chain, or a Barbie sitting in the closet, bring it down to the Roadshow, they will take a look at it for FREE and it could put money in your pocket!

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In Langford: December 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Four Points by Sheraton, 829 McCallum Rd., Victoria (Langford) CANADIAN COLLECTORS ROADSHOW: 1-877-810-4653 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (except Saturday, December 10th, 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) Bring in your old unwanted or broken jewelry, coins, antiques & collectibles for the cash you need to help pay off those holiday season bills.

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• WAR ITEMS: WWI, WWII, War Medals, Swords, Daggers, Bayonets, Civil War Memorabilia, etc. • JEWELLERY: Diamond Rings, Bracelets, Earrings, loose Diamonds, All Gem Stones etc • PAPER MONEY: All denominations made before 1930, Confederation bills, Large Bills • OTHER COLLECTIBLES: Toys, Train Sets, Dolls, Advertising, Cast Iron Banks, Pottery, etc.

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A new headquarters is well underway at 443 squadron near Victoria airport. The land is being prepared for construction of a new hangar, which is slated to be in place sometime before spring 2014. “It’s just one more sign of progress that we get to look across and see,” said Lt.-Col. Peter Allan, commanding officer of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron. The combined operations and maintenance centre, budgeted at $155 million when it was announced in February, will consolidate all squadron functions under one roof. It’s going up across from the existing hangar off Kittyhawk Road. The project includes a 20,000 square metre facility to replace the 60-year-old-plus hangar currently in use. The building will house nine new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters scheduled to arrive in the spring of 2014. “We are looking forward to it,” Allan said. “The Sea King is a great machine. It’s been a workhorse and I still put a lot of faith in the aircraft, but the mission systems are old and tired. We can feel they’re holding us back from doing the work we could.” The Cyclones will replace the six Sea Kings currently in use. “The Cyclone is designed, at a more advanced level, to perform the same roles as the Sea King,” Allan said. In the meantime, the squadron continues to train while preparing for the new aircraft. “We continue to work the Sea Kings as hard as we can, as hard as they have ever worked, probably.” They’re doing incremental modifications to create a situation as similar as possible to the new helicopters “so we can start thinking about the processes we will have to use when we start using the Cyclone,” Allan explained. Squadron helicopters are frequently attached to HMCS Calgary, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver and Winnipeg in the Canadian Patrol Frigate class. The 443 squadron also supports government efforts to combat drug, fisheries and environmental violations in Canadian waters. Internationally, it supports operations in surveillance, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

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