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Making Christmas brighter West Shore community demonstrates generosity with food, gift donations Edward Hill News staff

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Erin McCracken The fate of CFB Esquimalt’s Blue Boat service, which has been shuttling military and civilian defence employees between Colwood and Esquimalt military properties for years, has not been decided. But there are concerns amidst rumours that the base’s oldest operating vessels, which are more than 50 years old, might not be repaired and returned to Esquimalt Harbour if they ever require servicing. That prompted View Royal’s council to write to Josée Touchette, Ottawa-based assistant deputy minister of the Department of National Defence, in November, urging the department “to maintain a reliable level of blue boat service in the Esquimalt Harbour, and ... that a timely replacement plan for the aging fleet is implemented to ensure the long-term viability of this regional service.” Spearheaded by View Royal Coun. John Rogers, but sent under a council banner, the letter was meant to show support for a service “that makes a difference to those who are enabled by it,” said View Royal Mayor Graham Hill. “It may indeed be something that is a privilege rather than a (right).” “Currently no official decision has been made regarding the future of the Blue Boat service and its longer-term maintenance,” navy Lt. Michael McWhinnie, base public affairs officer, said.

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With help from a volunteer Langford firefighter, Guy Brisbois unloads bags of donated food packed into his pickup truck. It’s his third run of the day. The goods are carted into the Christmas hamper headquarters, as food boxes are carted out past a lineup of patient people, a seemingly ceaseless conveyor of Christmas cheer coming out of the Langford Legion basement. “The community is very generous,” remarks Brisbois, the fire chief of Highlands. “The generosity gets bigger and bigger every year.” Highlands firefighters collected the food during that community’s fire department Santa run on Sunday. It’s one of a long list of donations — West Shore Christmas Hamper shelves are jammed packed after scores of food, toy and cash donations from citizens, businesses, school kids, and church and community groups. Paul Patrick says this might be one of the most successful hamper drives in his 13 years of being volunteer treasurer of Christmas hamper fund. This year there’s enough funds to bump up the dollar amount for meat vouchers, and for teens to get gift cards. “We’ve got way more groceries this year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many. They’re coming out of our ears,” Patrick says. “I’ve never seen a more generous community.” Indeed, the shelves are stocked with rows of non-perishables. Toys and candy line a storeroom as if it were the warehouse of Santa Claus himself. “You can see the generosity of the West Shore people,” Patrick says. “And all the volunteers deserve accolades. Without them we’d never be able to get this going.” Volunteer Walter Dubeau took the week off work as a navy fleet diver in Colwood to load food and run errands for the hamper fund.

Christmas hamper volunteer Geoffrey Yhde-Riis, right, helps Angela Dupuis and her dog Dora with a food hamper. The West Shore Christmas Hamper Fund expects to distribute about 620 food and gift hampers this year.

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Explosion rips through RV on Songhees land Occupant remains in intensive care Sam Van Schie Edward Hill News staff

Investigators suspect a leaky propane tank provided fuel for a fireball explosion in a RV on the Songhees Nation reserve Monday night. View Royal fire inspector Rob Marshall said the lone occupant, a 27-year-old male, was using a barbecue-size propane tank to feed a heating unit in the RV. “It looks like gas leaked out and ignited,” Marshall said. After the propane blast, the relief valve on the 20-pound tank failed, turning it into a large, out-of-control blow torch. As of Wednesday, officials had yet to speak with the man, who is in the intensive care unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital. He suffered serious burns to his face and neck, and lacerations to his legs from glass. View Royal fire, the B.C. Safety Authority and West Shore RCMP investigated the explosion on

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View Royal fire inspector Rob Marshall looks inside a burned RV located behind a home on the Songhees First Nation. A man was badly injured in a propane explosion on Monday night. Tuesday, and pieced together most of the sequence of events. The ignition source remains

unclear, although it could be the heater itself. It’s believed the occupant, who

lived in the uninsured vehicle parked behind his parents’ house, was sitting at his table when the

propane ignited at about 11:45 p.m. Monday night. “He was burned from the neck up,” noted Marshall, explaining that the uniform pattern of injury suggests it was likely a flash burn, meaning he was only in the fire for an instant. Officials initially thought the force of the blast ejected the man out of the camper, but Marshall said that based on witness comments, and despite his injuries, he likely managed to throw himself out, saving his own life. “We think he dove out the window,” Marshall said. The fire burned hot and fast, fully engulfing the 24-foot RV in less than five minutes. The fire was at least 660 degrees C as it melted the RV’s aluminum siding. “If he hadn’t got out instantly, the fire would have been unsurvivable,” said View Royal fire Chief Paul Hurst. “Burns aside, he is a lucky guy.” A total of 18 firefighters from View Royal and Colwood made quick work of the fire, knocking it down in a few minutes. The camper was destroyed, with it’s front and rear walls melted and all of the interior charred black.

Vandals destroy new garden at Lakewood Charla Huber News staff

SD 62 facilities manger Pete Godau shows a field of craters left in the wake of two nights of vandalism at Lakewood school in Langford. A neighbour rescued the pulled plants. Charla Huber/News staff

More than 100 plants were yanked from landscaping at Lakewood elementary school last Friday and Saturday nights in brazen acts of vandalism. Leaving cratered and pockmarked earth in their wake, a vandal or vandals tossed plants around the grounds and onto the school’s roof. The new garden was planted in September and abuts the new playing field. “This took place over two nights. They came on the 16th and then came back on the 17th,” said Pete Godau, SD 62 manager of facilities. “It is very disrespectful. It’s disrespect-

ful for all of the students that come to the school.” After the first night a neighbour of the school saw the mess and collected the scattered plants, put them in trays and brought them to his house, said SD 62 superintendent Jim Cambridge. After the second night of damage the same man again collected the plants, and even brought a ladder to the school and retrieved the plants from the roof. “He was very helpful, we have saved a lot of the plants,” Godau said. SD 62 staff have recovered the plants from the man, who hasn’t been named. The deciduous plants are dormant and cannot be replanted until the

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The cross on the front of All Saints church may be removed by a future owner. Although View Royal formally recognized the 56-year-old church as having heritage significance, along with St. Columba’s church, and listed it on a new heritage registry last spring, that doesn’t protect the building from being altered. It only stops it from being demolished. The cross came into question at a Dec. 13 council meeting, in light of a religious group considering the buying of the church on the condition that the cross comes down. Director of development services Lindsay Chase said the Town would have to create a bylaw to give the church heritage designation if it wanted a say in alterations. “The proposed alterations are sympathetic to the original look of the building,” Chase said, explaining the arms of the cross can be removed, and, if needed replaced, without damaging the building. The interested buyer, the Church of Christ, intends to leave in place the vertical beam of the cross, which is embedded in the steeple, and not make any alterations to the church interior. “Just removing the (arms of the cross) would satisfy the needs of my client,” said real estate agent Gord Hoshal of Permberton Homes, who represents a Church of Christ congregation, which has outgrown

its current meeting place at White Eagles Hall in Victoria. Neil Duazo, head deacon at the church, said his denomination does not believe in displaying a cross on its churches. So, the group wanted to be sure it wouldn’t run into problems removing the cross if the purchase went through. Council voted unanimously in support of assuring the buyer that the cross could be removed. “This is a relatively simple question to facilitate a sale,” Coun. David Screech said. “We have no say in the issue. All we can do is reassure them we won’t get in the way.” Duazo isn’t sure his group will go through with the purchase of the All Saints building, as it is currently considering several properties. Last December View Royal created a new zoning category for All Saints and St. Columba’s churches to limit the permitted uses for the properties. The zone permits, for example, government offices and preschools, but removed several uses council deemed inappropriate — including public utility, public transportation centre and public works yard. Council is not currently pursuing a bylaw for heritage designation for the churches, which were among several in the region disestablished and listed for sale by the Anglican Diocese last year. “We weren’t going to give the churches heritage designation unless the buildings are in peril,” Screech said.

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Joyride turns bad for Langford teens Edward Hill News staff

A suspected teenage drunk driver suffered serious injuries after careening a minivan into lamp pole at high speed on Helmcken Road early Wednesday morning. A southbound Toyota Sienna van lost control on Helmcken at about 1:10 a.m. after it plowed over the roundabout at Vickery Road, veered into the oncoming lane, sheared a tree and then crumpled head-on against a lamp standard. The crashed pinned the driver, a 17-year-old Langford male, between the dashboard and steering wheel. Firefighters extracted the teen using the Jaws of Life, a painstaking process

that took about 10 minutes. He was transported to nearby Victoria General Hospital with head trauma, among other injuries. “They hit the pole travelling well over 100 kilometres per hour,” said View Royal fire Chief Paul Hurst. “There were no skid marks. They just nailed it.” The passenger, a Langford male, either 18 or 19 years old, survived relatively unhurt, and was standing outside the vehicle when firefighters arrived. Hurst said he was wearing his seat belt. West Shore RCMP confirmed that alcohol and drugs are likely a factor in the single vehicle crash. RCMP officers are still investigating.


Pedestrians struck at Jacklin and Jenkins

Three pedestrians were injured after being struck by a vehicle on Jacklin Road on Sunday night. West Shore RCMP said three people crossing Jacklin at Jenkins Avenue were hit by a car turning left onto Jacklin, at about 6:17 p.m. They were taken to Victoria General Hospital with minor injuries. Police say the pedestrians were in a marked crosswalk, but the driver didn’t see the people. The driver wasn’t ticketed. The incident happened at the same time as the annual fire truck parade, but didn’t involve the event.

Scammer preys on ‘kind hearted people’

A scam artist demanded money from passersby on two occasions in Esquimalt. On Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., a man claiming he had locked his keys inside his car, demanded cash from passersby to pay for a tow truck at the Esquimalt Plaza. Police believe the same man asked people near the Esquimalt Recreation Centre for cash to get to the hospital on Dec. 16. Witnesses say the man was aggressive both times. “The claims made by the man were false and this approach is simply a scam to take money from kindhearted people,” Victoria police Deputy Chief John Ducker wrote on the department’s operations blog. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, five-foot-seven, brown and grey hair, a mustache and

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Santa Claus will riding around Langford this Saturday, Christmas eve, distributing candy canes and goodwill on three different fire trucks. The annual Langford fire department Santa run leaves from the three stations on Dec. 24 from about 5 to 8 p.m., touring virtually all Langford neighbourhoods. Trucks will accept food for the Goldstream Food Bank. The truck from Station 1 at 2625 Peatt Rd. will cover Mill Hill and north Langford. A truck from Station 2 at 3205 Happy Valley Rd. will cover the Glen Lake and Happy Valley areas. A truck from Station 3 at 2872 Sooke Lake Rd. will cover the Mount Wells area.

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Give peace a fighting chance


he word peace has been commodified over the last few decades to the point that it’s relatively meaningless to many people. Talk about peace and people will sing a refrain from John Lennon’s anti-war anthem released way back in 1969. The symbols of peace are also well known, though now they’re now more likely to be used to dress up a handbag or designer shirt than an actual, earnest plea for calm. But this weekend, as we warm to the spirit of the holidays, it’s a good time to renew our commitment to the idea of peace. The past decade has been marked by one of the longest wars in our nation’s history. Canadian troops have pulled out of conflicts in Afghanistan and the U.S. has finally pulled back from its controversial invasion of Iraq. For years, diplomacy has taken a back seat to shows of force. But recent history tells us that might is not the best way to put an end to violence. We just need to look at the events of this year’s Arab Spring. The best outcomes occurred when citizens became aware that there is a better way to exist than under the oppressive thumb of authoritarian regimes. Peace is the will of the masses. We just need to recall what happened at this time of year in 1914, on the Western Front of the First World War. The fires of this Great War were stoked by the governments of rival nations. But on the ground, amidst the death and the mire of the trenches, the common men who did the fighting chose to do something that seems more remarkable with every year that passes. On Christmas Eve, somehow there was an agreement to stop shooting. They were enemies but they were also humans, with families and traditions of song and celebration. It must have been incredibly brave of those first soldiers who crept from their fortified positions in direct opposition to their commanders’ orders. For a few hours or even days in some places, there was a stop to the killing and irrational hatred. And then, perhaps reflecting the naïvety of hope as well as the passing of the season, the fighting resumed as it had been before. Peace will take courage and the resolve of all of us to make that change. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: 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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In the interests of improving he Seattle Times runs a photo our views of our potential leaders, feature in their weekend here’s a few tips for veteran and magazine called Then And aspiring politicos regardNow (Black Press does ing their photographic something similar in the portraits. Oak Bay News and GoldFirst, invest in the local stream News Gazette). It’s economy and jobs market a simple idea, two photoand hire a professional to graphs taken of the same take your portrait. This view, one historical and isn’t just a sneaky way of the other contemporary, picking up extra work on showing the difference in the side for myself and the view over the years. photographer colleagues. The changes can be quite It’s just that it is obvishocking. Don Denton Having survived A thousand words ous that so many folks running for office have another round of elecsimply asked friend, famtions, I was thinking the ily member or possibly a passing next time we head to the polls, our stranger with a camera phone to newspapers might run a Then and quickly snap a photo of them. Now set of photographs of election That seems the only logical candidates. explanation why media outlets are The first could feature the candifrequently supplied with images dates’ press mug shots, the image of themselves they use for publicity. of women and men who are out The second would be a photograph of focus, have tree branches and more growing out of their head, we’d take during the campaign. I deep shadows hiding their eyes and think readers, and voters, would sport a skin colour that resembles at the very least be amused by the nothing in nature. fact that often our politicians are You would think people who, in misrepresenting themselves, at many cases, are investing a large least in a visual sense. amount of time and a not-inconseWouldn’t it be a bit of a shock to quential amount of money in a bid realize that youthful visage you’re for election would realize that a simvoting for is actually a rather older, ple clear portrait might go a long certainly more wrinkled, weatherways toward establishing a positive beaten and battered figure. identity in the minds of voters. The other issue with candidates Think about it. There’s an elecand their photographs is the shocktion looming. You’re planning to ingly bad quality of so many of vote, but like too many of us you them. The photographs that is, not haven’t made it to an all-candidates the candidates.

meeting. So, you’re flipping through your local community paper, checking out the candidates’ ads and the newspaper stories about the elections. There are photos of each of the candidates, and let’s say you’ve narrowed the choices down to two individuals. One looks back at you, is in focus, nicely dressed and has a pleasant expression. The other photo shows the person looking off into the upper left hand corner of the page, biting their lip and with one eye that appears to have twitched when the photographer snapped the shutter. Who are you going to lean toward voting for? Sure, I can hear you thinking we should be worried about the issues, not looks. You’re right. The reality is we do make choices based upon appearance. My advice to anyone considering a run for office in a future election is simple. Invest in a nice portrait with a professional photographer. Wear a clean shirt, comb your hair, check your makeup. If you can’t smile without looking like you’re in pain, then just relax and look directly at the camera. That way, even if you don’t make it into the electoral office of your dreams, you’ll at least have a photograph you’ll be happy to send to your mom for Christmas. —Don Denton is photo supervisor for Black Press South Island.

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long history of agricultural land use and timber harvesting has dramatically reduced old and mature forest in the area. Intact mature and old-growth forests are rare in northeastern North America, making up less than one per cent of forested land. Remnant patches of old forest are small and isolated within a second-growth landscape that continues to be damaged by human activities such as aggregate mining, industrial agriculture, and urban sprawl. Many scientists fear that further loss and fragmentation of remaining old forest cover will threaten wildlife that relies upon those conditions to survive. Plant surveys conducted since the early 1900s in southern Ontario, the Maritimes and New England have found, for example, that some plants, such as American yew, do well in undisturbed forests but are so sensitive to human land use that they are often absent or rare in

living outside its borders. Home he federal government is putting nature in millions of to a wealth of plant and animal life, such as snapping turtles, backyards by establishing butternut trees and Canada’s first urban rare wetland flowers, National Park in the the area’s significant country’s largest urban and growing human area. footprint is already Nestled in the east evident — two major end of the Greater highways, nearby Toronto Area, Rouge housing estates and National Park will be stormwater drainage. unlike any other. Managing existing and It won’t offer the future infrastructure in panoramas of Jasper the park, especially or Banff, or provide a David Suzuki roads, will be critical safe haven for polar Science Matters so the growth and bears, like Manitoba’s spread of surrounding Wapusk National Park, suburbs don’t adversely impact or be larger than some European its sensitive ecology. countries, like Wood Buffalo Some parts of the park have National Park. been degraded after decades But it will help connect of human use, so extensive urban dwellers with nature and restoration efforts will have to go ultimately protect and restore a hand-in-hand with formal federal once great forest. protection. Rouge National Park will be For example, restoring the established within the heart Rouge’s once verdant Carolinian of one of the fastest growing and Great Lakes forest canopy urban areas in North America, will be important because a with millions of people already

recovering second-growth forests. Scientists believe these plants are not able to fully recover in abandoned farm fields or old logging sites, even after hundreds of years, because habitat is no longer suitable. Use of mechanical logging and agriculture methods, such as wheeled skidders and tractors, often destroys rotten logs and compacts and levels the ground, removing the pits and mounds that are important for the growth of many forest-dependent species, such as Indian pipe, wood sorrel, and yellow birch. Given the importance of these habitat features to the recovery of forest plants and animals, Parks Canada, regional conservation authorities, universities and others will need to work to restore areas in Rouge Park by planting indigenous trees, removing invasive species, and in some places re-introducing and re-creating features largely missing from the park, such as old dead logs, mounds and pits,

and vernal ponds. Much of this restoration work is already underway. A local conservation group, Friends of the Rouge Watershed, has planted more than 100,000 native trees and wildflowers in a monumental effort to reforest a section of the park that was set aside in honour of the late Bob Hunter, who helped start Greenpeace. The group now hopes to restore critical features, such as old logs, ponds, and other habitat, in Bob Hunter Memorial Park as well as other nearby Rouge Park sites. It’s a fitting tribute to the memory of a great environmental hero, and it’s a wonderful gift to the people of Toronto, and indeed, all of Canada, who will see the lustre restored to this once great forest. Spending time in nature is good for physical and mental health. Having a National Park in the city’s backyard will offer benefits for generations to come.

LETTERS Bad drivers cause crashes, not roads Re: Poor planning creating Millstream auto crashes, Letters, Dec. 16, 2011. A letter about the lights on Millstream Road and the TransCanada Highway pointed to a far greater issue with the driving public. Driving in Victoria is like driving in a bumper car game. I cannot specify percentages accurately, but in my observance, most people do not: 1. Stop at stop signs; 2. Stop at yellow lights (I was once rear-ended for doing so on Millstream Road); 3. Observe the speed limit; 4. Stop before entering a crosswalk; 5. Stop before crossing a sidewalk; 6. Stay within the yellow and fog lines; 7. Use signals appropriately; 8. Follow at a safe distance. ICBC makes it very difficult for

young people to get a driver’s licence. It should be just as difficult to keep your licence. Tests should be conducted every few years to determine whether a driver is familiar enough with the rules of the road to hold a licence. This is not the Wild West. We live in a society with rules. You cannot idiot-proof the streets and highways. You can only keep the idiots off of them. Allison Barber Langford

Limit police powers to protect the public Re: Police powers must be limited, Our View, Dec. 7, 2011. The editorial states: “Keep penalties as a deterrent for impaired drivers.” This suggests the CounterAttack program is working. ICBC evidence presents no such conclusion. Public Safety Minister Bond’s politically expedient report neglects to say that before the CounterAttack

program there was already a 37 per cent decline in alcohol-related fatalities between 2007 and 2009. ICBC tells us why: “Many factors affect the safety of road travel and therefore influence trends in crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Road safety cannot directly influence all aspects of crash frequency and severity (such as the weather, economy, cost of fuel, and kilometres driven),” according to the 2011 Road Safety Business Plan. In a depression, it is known that auto deaths from all causes decline. People are driving less. The automobile lobby is getting off scot-free. We spend billions annually subsidizing them, according to Taken for A Ride, a free online video. Free bus service running frequently during peak inebriation times would be cheaper for society and nearly eliminate substance related deaths. And the cops could get much more paid time off to be with their families, instead of being

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Trustee candidate name unclear On Nov. 19, 2011 I voted in the municipal election. I reviewed the candidates and made my selections. Unfortunately, I was surprised to learn that one of the school trustees in the Belmont zone of School District 62, was not who I thought it was — Don Brown. My surprise was that Don Brown (a school trustee from 2008 to 2011) is the father of the person who was running. They apparently share the same name; however I have come to learn that the son commonly goes by Rob Brown. Now his name may truly be Donald Robert Brown, but should the chief electoral officer

have not provided some clarity? Should the SD 62 website not have provided some clarity? Should the civic info website not have provided some clarity? Chris Turnbull Langford

Letters to the Editor The Goldstream News Gazette welcomes your opinions and comments. Please keep letters to less than 300 words. Please enclose your phone number and your municipality of residence. Phone numbers are not printed. Send your letters to: ■ Email: editor@ ■ Mail: Letters to the Editor, Goldstream News Gazette, 117-777 Goldstream Ave., Victoria, B.C., V9B 2X4 ■ Fax: 250-478-6545

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Health agreement divides provinces Tom Fletcher Black Press

The federal government’s long-range plan for health-care funding has sparked an angry

response from provinces east of Saskatchewan, but B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon is praising the deal. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the new for-

mula to finance ministers meeting in Victoria Monday. It calls for Ottawa’s health-care transfers to the provinces to rise by six per cent in each of the next five years. After that, increases

are to match the growth of the economy plus inflation, with a minimum increase of three per cent per year. Falcon said he appreciates the “certainty” of steady increases for five years, and called the switch to economic growth “a reasonable approach.” But he is concerned about a change in the formula that will see payments based on population starting in 2014. B.C. and other provinces with aging populations could effectively lose their increases from extra costs, he said. “For a province like B.C. where so many people like to come to retire, and we welcome them, they are also entering into the years of their life where their health care costs are going to be the most expensive,” Falcon said. Falcon also called for Ottawa to offer financial incentives to provinces that innovate in health care and demonstrate they are slowing down increasing costs.

Flaherty’s announcement prompted a furious reaction from Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Manitoba Finance Minister Stan Struthers called the funding formula “un-Canadian,” and predicted that it will leave provinces without substantial resource revenues in a position of paying for health care in richer provinces. Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said ministers travelled to B.C. to negotiate a new formula, and were surprised when federal officials handed them copies of their announcement over lunch. Flaherty rejected Duncan’s claim that the new formula amounts to a cut in future years. Health transfers to provinces will grow from $30 billion in 2013-14 to $38 billion in 2018-19, and will continue to grow after that, he said.


CHRISTMAS EVE SKATE and swim, Dec. 24, West Shore Parks and Recreation beginning at noon, toonie admission, proceeds to Goldstream Food Bank. LANGFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT Santa run, Dec. 24, 5 to 8 p.m. Trucks from the three fire halls will tour Langford neighbourhoods, and will accept donations for the Goldstream food bank.


NEW YEAR’S EVE skate and swim, Dec. 31, West Shore Parks and Recreation, at noon, toonie admission, proceeds to Goldstream Food Bank. LANGFORD LEGION NEW years eve party, buffet dinner and live music by The Maxx, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Legion Hall, 761 Station Ave. Advanced tickets $45, for sale at the Legion of by calling 250-478-1828. JUAN DE FUCA Scouting Ventures Christmas tree recycling and fundraising program Jan. 3 to 8, 2012. Drop trees off at Race Rocks Automotive, 1057B Marwood Ave. in Langford, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 to $10 per tree. For pickup, call Curtis at 250-589-7715. CHRISTMAS TREE CHIPPING Westshore Town Centre, Jan .7 and 8, during mall hours. By donation. Sponsored by the West Shore Lions Club.

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Hampers help during hard times tiful. This allows us to have food on the table. I know my daughter’s Christmas will be a beautiful one.” Just getting by and little financial breathing room is a common theme among people receiving hampers. All are quick to thank the busy volunteers tirelessly assembling food bundles, and many remark how the food bank is generous, and needed, all year round. “Every little bit helps. The food bank helps make ends meet,” said Judi Champion. “Langford is lucky. They’ve got a good one out here.” “Langford is a community that gives to the community,” added Lynne Emery, 70, of View Royal, who lives on a government pension. “The hampers are the difference between just surviving and having a bit of fun.” Julia Gerrand, who accompanied her sister to pick up a hamper, said witnessing the constant stream of donations and the outpouring of giving is what the community is all about. “Seeing everyone come together like this is awesome. This helps a lot of people,” she said. “If everyone does a little bit, then everyone should have a merry Christmas.”

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“Helping the community is a good feeling. This is a time when people need help, and we’re able to provide it for them,” said Dubeau, who helped organize the fleet dive unit “Turkey Run” in early December, which raised $17,200 for the hamper fund. “It’s amazing the number of people who volunteer here. We deliver (hundreds) of hampers, and it takes a lot of background work to do that.” Volunteers expected to distribute 125 hampers on Tuesday, as a steady stream of people lined up outside hamper headquarters. In all, the annual effort will distribute at least 620 hampers to individuals, families and children from the West Shore. West Shore businesses, groups and agencies assembled at least another 40 hampers. For most recipients, food and gift hampers ease the stress and expense of the Christmas season. Many are for people on fixed incomes or who are under-employed — the donation means they’re not forced to choose between rent and buying gifts for their kids. “There wouldn’t be a Christmas without this place,” Angela Dupuis, 22,

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Langford firefighter Jason Bode helps Highlands fire Chief Guy Brisbois unload food donations for Christmas hampers on Tuesday. waiting in line on Tuesday. “This will help with a weeks worth of food. What they do here is amazing.” Amber Carnegie said she works part time and her husband toils seven days per week, but it’s still tough to keep their heads above water. The Christmas hamper eases the grind of daily life, and living in a tough economy. “So many families are struggling. This is such an expensive (city). Families can’t survive,” Carnegie said. “This makes Christmas beau-

who moved to Langford from London, Ont., in July with her boyfriend Daniel Roden. “I’ve been off work. It’s been tough.” Vickie Semenoff said community generosity, such as the food hampers and the Our Lady of the Rosary church Christmas dinner, make a big difference in people’s lives. “It’s great the food bank is here for us. Some days I’ve cried my eyes out because there’s nothing in the cupboards,” Semenoff said while

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Imagine Victoria in the 1920s – the Empress Hotel, the clock at city hall and Michael Jackson’s Thriller ringing out through the air at the stroke of midnight. Ballet Victoria’s Cinderella & the Fairy Tale Ball encompasses it all. While still the classic love story generations have enjoyed, it’s also a production that pays homage to the Capital City and contemporary comedy when the time is right. “The story is still very much the Cinderella story, but based here,” said Ballet Victoria artistic director Paul Destrooper. For this, his third year staging the show, Destrooper also tweaked some of the plot details. The prince character, for example, is now an actor looking for his leading lady. “The stepsisters and mother want to be rich and

famous,” he added. “Whenever we do a story, we put in these little flavours of what’s current. It’s contemporary, but at the same time it’s very traditional.” Adding much of that flavour is the character of Z Snap, the dressmaker, an over-the-top role based on reality television fashion designers. “It’s basically taking these characters and making caricatures of the present time,” Destrooper said. “It doesn’t look like a dusty old ballet.” Geoff Malcolm, a latecomer to the art of ballet via musical theatre training as a youth, was a perfect fit for the role of Z Snap given his natural ability for portraying characters, Destrooper said. “Because I grew up in theatre and it was always a part of my life, I do get to play some of these cooler characters,” Malcolm said. “I get to be a little more flamboyant.” Malcolm, who also works periodically in non-speaking

operatic roles, sees Cinderella as an ideal ballet for first-time audiences. “This is a great way to bring people into that because there is such a defined story, so their appreciation for the art form can grow, but there is still a very clear story.” It’s a show the kids will love and their parents will take something different away from, Destrooper added. “If you love ballet and truly understand the art form, you are going to be delighted by the level of technique: the choreography, the challenges and the musicality that is exposed,” Destrooper said. “But in the end it is a fairy tale about fighting adversity and finding success.” Cinderella & the Fairy Tale Ball runs Dec. 27 through 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Theatre. Tickets start at $25 and are available by phone at 250-386-6121 or online at

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Louise Rose performance highlights Christmas Day community celebration Louise Rose and friends highlight a music-inspired Christmas Day community celebration on Sunday at 11 a.m. at First Metropolitan United Church. The lively service will feature Louise Rose, her Open Door and Good News Choirs, and her jazz combo of Bryn Badel, trumpet, flugel horn; Barbara Callaghan, percussion; and Casey Rider, bass, joining organist and music director Fran Pollet and the First Met Choir. All told, some 50 singers and musicians will be raising the rafters for an informal Christmas morning service. In addition to the traditional favourite sing-along carols, many African-American and

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Filled with fun, friends and food, the holidays can pose a challenge to those wanting to maintain their healthy eating plan and start the new year without holiday guilt. Victoria nutritionist Danielle Van Schaick, from Dani Health & Nutrition Services, offers a few timely suggestions: 1. Prevent holiday weight gain by planning ahead – Create a plan to ease anxiety and help you stay on track between parties and events. If eating at restaurants, check their menu online beforehand to map out what you’re going to order. 2. NEVER go to a party hungry – We often eat faster and more (of the wrong things) when we’re hungry. Eat a balanced breakfast, lunch and snacks on the day to avoid overeating at the party.

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Winter warm-ups for your holiday season Whether you’re cosying up before the fire as the snow falls Christmas Eve or you’re looking for the perfect winter warm-up for welcoming guests over the holiday, the Hotel Grand Pacific has a few great ideas. Inspired by a few holiday favourites of their own – Rudolf fans will especially like the Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman – the lounge staff in the Pacific Lounge have created a few new cocktails to toast the season or bring in the New Year. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available, all specially created to capture the celebratory spirit. The Singing Elf: Spicy Mandarin tea with orange, cinnamon and clove, spiced rum and Grand Marnier; Yukon Cornelius: Van Gogh espresso vodka, Yukon Jack liqueur and Goldschlager; Trim the Tree: Kahlua, Goldschlager and eggnog, with shaved nutmeg and cinnamon; The Abominable Snowman: Silk Road “Jewel of India” black tea-infused

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3. Can’t resist pumpkin lattes? – Give yourself permission to relish the special foods you have only during the holiday, but don’t let a 300-calorie slip turn into a 3,000-calorie blowout; once you’ve had that slice of cake, get back to eating healthfully. 4. No time to exercise – Dust off the old pedometer and strap it to your belt. As you run around for your Christmas shopping, you may be surprised how quickly those steps add up. For weight maintenance, aim for at least 5,000 steps a day; for weight loss, 10,000 steps a day. 5. “I’ll be good starting in January” – Vowing to diet come Jan. 1? Knowing there’s a restrictive eating plan on the horizon encourages you to binge now because you anticipate giving them up. Instead, aim for balance now.

LOCAL BREWERS HONOURED Local breweries have scored well at the 2011 NorthWest Brewing News Readers’ Choice Awards, showcasing beer and cider brewers in Alaska, B.C., Washington, Oregon and Northern California. The annual competition invites readers to vote for their favourite breweries, pubs, beer store, as well as best beers. Best Brewery, B.C.– Phillips Brewing Company; Runner up – Driftwood Brewing Company Best Brewpub, B.C. – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

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While a few new owners have joined Vancouver Island’s two La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, their faces will be perfectly familiar to those who have visited in recent years. When one of the two founding partners chose to retire recently, several longtime members of the management team embraced the opportunity to take the next step into ownership. Joining founder Anthony Gray at the helm of La-Z-Boy are David Younger, Rita Roorda, Kim Lichtensteiger and Dana Wright, all keen to take their next step with the company. “We’ve all been together for a long time,” Wright says, pointing to shared values and a commitment to the staff and community as key to their success. Through the years, La-Z-Boy’s reputation for both service and impeccable quality has become well-known, though today’s furnishings may hold a few surprises for those who haven’t shopped

in a while. With actress Brooke Shields as their spokesperson, “we are not your dad’s recliner anymore,” Wright notes. For those looking to update their decor without replacing anchor pieces, La-Z-Boy is also the place for accessories, artwork, pillows, throws and more. Unsure how to put it all together? Take advantage of the store’s award-winning, complimentary in-home design service. A strong proponent of giving back both locally and internationally, Vancouver Island La-Z-Boy stores have embraced the micro-financing work of Opportunity International, offering loans to budding entrepreneurs in Columbia to help them work their way out of poverty. “One of our staff brought the idea forward and it became apparent that we could do more,” Wright says, noting one project where they helped build a school in Columbia. Efforts in Haiti are focused on helping mothers with young children, while right

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Dana Wright and Rita Roorda, two members of the La-Z-Boy ownership team. here at home, the store has lent a hand to the outreach group CARTS, which provides supplies and comforts to the local homeless community. Both the Victoria and Nanaimo stores are open daily. Visit in Victoria at the corner of Saanich Road and Blanshard, 3501 Saanich Rd., and in Nanaimo at 3200 North Island Hwy.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel offers sneak-peek to the public With the Oak Bay Beach Hotel set to officially open to overnight guests in five months, owners Kevin and Shawna Walker are welcoming visitors to come tour a new show suite this holiday season. The suite shows off the hotel’s standard guestroom features, such as coffered ceilings, spa bathrooms with oversized soaker tubs, views, heated floors and shower rooms, solid mahogany entry doors, premium in-room soundproofing, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed in a traditional English country manor housestyle, suites are outfitted with fireplaces, custom mahogany furniture, fine linens and duvets. Historically, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was the talk of the town for


many years, starting in 1927. In the 1940s the hotel welcomed The Snug, Victoria’s first neighbourhood pub. Set to open in May 2012, the new six-storey hotel will feature 20 private residences and 100 combination vacation suites/hotel rooms, fullservice spa, seaside mineral pools, the return of The Snug, a restaurant and dinner theatre, and round-the-clock butler, concierge and valet services. Visit the show suite, in the on-site sales office at 1175 Beach Dr., Dec. 26 to 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For hotel tours, book from Dec. 26 to 31 at 250-598-4556. The show suite will be fully open to the public in January. For more details, visit

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A large-scale redevelopment application for the Northern Junk buildings elicited a wide range of reactions last week. Despite being new on council, Ben Isitt launched the question period with guns blazing. “I think our council is being saddled with the poor decision of the previous council to allow the developer to entertain the idea that public land can be available,� he charged. “This has gone too far already.� Reliance Properties, which bought the heritage buildings two years ago, has included city boulevards to the south and east in its development proposal. Council last year agreed to consider the sale of the land to Reliance. One developer should not have an “inside scoop� on very lucrative land because they happen to own the adjacent property, Isitt argued. Some on council shared concerns with the scale of the project, likening it to the Regent Hotel which dominates the waterfront landscape. Others, however, saw the proposal as a positive development promising to transform a derelict noman’s land into a thriving hub. Coun. Geoff Young said he enthusiastically supports the project. The project makes better use of the land now used for parking and triangles of greenspace leftover from when city engineers in the 1960s “destroyed blocks of old Victoria buildings to serve the needs of the automobile,� he said. City heritage planner Steve Barber also supported the project, calling it a sympathetic redesign. “This is essential to the economic viability of the successful rescue of these very significant community

buildings,â€? Barber said. Views of the harbour will be altered, but not significantly blocked, he argued. “What in fact will happen, is that it will help to open up the waterfront for pedestrian use, with a vibrancy similar that to what you experience at the patio of the Canoe Club. This will help to recapture the harbour from some of the undesirable activities that have become prevalent,â€? he said. Council agreed on the need to evaluate the project in context of the new Johnson Street bridge. The applicant’s current drawings show the existing bridge, which doesn’t take into account the land opened up by the bridge’s relocation to the north. Coun. Pam Madoff argued in favour of taking a step back to reenvision the space, with an eye to recreating the landscape bulldozed 50 years ago. “I want to see a squared up intersection rather than a freeway offramp,â€? she said of the curved road leading away from the bridge onto Wharf Street. Her vision, however, doesn’t square with preliminary drawings of the road realignments. Project lead Mike Lai discussed the plans. “A lot of work in terms of configuration of that approach has been done by our design team ‌ It’s not a dramatic change from the configuration today, but one of the roads has been shifted further north to accommodate the new bridge,â€? he said. The curving roadway, connecting to the one-way traffic on both Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue, is essential to keeping traffic moving swiftly, and not backing up when the bridge is raised for passing boats, Lai explained. Council voted to get more information before deciding whether to send the application to a public hearing.

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Hozack rink aims for gold Junior curling provincials in Victoria Travis Paterson News staff

For the Josh Hozack rink, the mission is simple: win the junior provincials at home in Victoria next week and qualify for nationals. Team Hozack, along with Team de Jong, are the two home rinks who qualified for the 2012 junior boys provincials at the Victoria Curling Club next week, Dec. 27 to 31. Both are highly capable of winning B.C.’s this week. Each competed in September’s Cloverdale Cash Spiel, part of the 2011-12 World Curling Tour series of pro tournaments, though neither made the money round. But it’s team Hozack that holds an edge as the favourite. They came oh so close to winning the 2011 provincials last year, only to lose in the final. Going into this year’s provincials, they just happen to be tied for first in the Tuesday night super league, where both teams play in search of higher competition.

though Chester (19) and Reid (18) will “We’ve played well against some remain eligible. good teams in the Tuesday league,” “Playing at home feels great. It just said Todd Troyer, coach of the Hozack makes you want to win it even more,” rink. It’s no small task to lead the Hozack said. super league, home to the Jody rink, When they’re not curling, Hozack, which qualified for men’s provincials Capron and Chester study accounting on Sunday with a win over Victoria’s Neil Dangerfield rink at the Island play- at Camosun College. Coincidentally, coach Troyer is a chardowns in Campbell River. tered accountant with The success is weldowntown firm Norgaard come but not a surprise Neale Camden. for the Hozack rink, ■ Round robin: which started the seaTwo home teams Tuesday, Dec. 27 son early. “We’re more 3:30 p.m. confident and prepared Team de Jong is also Wednesday, Dec. 28 than ever,” Hozack said. known as the Wenzek 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., “There isn’t much ice rink, as third Daniel 7:30 p.m. in the summer, so we Wenzek calls the shots, Thursday, Dec. 29 were up at Kerry Park as though Cameron de Jong 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. early as July and went to throws the team’s last Friday, Dec. 30 Vernon for a week-long rocks. Thomas Thier9 a.m. camp in August. Our goal bach leads and Sanjay ■ Tiebreakers: is to go to nationals. We Bowry throws second. Friday, Dec. 30 believe we can.” The team is coached by 1 and 4:30 p.m. (if As skip, Hozack throws Donald McMullen. necessary) last with team memNo girls teams from bers Zac Capron at lead, the Victoria club quali■ Playoffs: Nolan Reid at second fied for provincials this Saturday, Dec. 31 and Corey Chester at year, also running in Vicsemifinal 9:30 a.m. third. It’s the final year toria next week. and final 1:30 p.m. of junior for 20-year-olds sports@goldstreamgazette. Hozack and Capron, com

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Victoria Grizzlies forward Myles Powell keeps control of the puck as he skates past fallen Cowichan Capital Troy Paterson during the Grizzlies 4-2 loss at Bear Mountain Arena on Dec. 17. The Grizz’ resume play Dec. 30 at home against the Alberni Bulldogs. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

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BCHL roster cuts make Jr. B better Travis Paterson News staff

Ty Jones’ incredible scoring run has not only picked the Saanich Braves up by the collar and dragged them to second place in the South division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, it’s resurrected his hockey career. The captain is considered the league’s MVP heading into the Christmas break. Needless to say, he’ll be representing the Braves when they host the VIJHL All Star Classic on Jan. 15. It’s quite the turnaround for Jones, who was released by the Cowichan Valley Capitals to start the B.C. Hockey League season.

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Ten-year-old hockey fan Keegan Small brings Christmas cheer to Bear Mountain Arena last week during the Victoria Grizzlies and Cowichan Capitals game. While the BCHL and WHL are on holiday hiatus, TSN is showcasing the world juniors on television beginning Boxing Day. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Vikes running ahead Oak Bay runners push new heights with UVic Vikes

committed to the Vikes for the fall of 2012. At the junior level, Restall is a 200m, 400m and 800m specialist, having raced the 400m at the 2011 World Youth Athletics ChampionTravis Paterson ships in France. News staff The Grade 12 student is easily the favourite to win the 400m again University of Victoria Vikes runner and this spring will help Oak Bay Dylan Haight is one of three Vikes compete for gold in the 4x100m who will represent Canada at the and 4x400m relays. At university, world university games cross counhowever, Restall will be making the try championships next spring. switch to the 800m, a challenging Lodz, Poland is hosting the Interblend of pace and tactic. national University Sports Federation “I haven’t really done many 800s, games in April, with the race on April so I’ll slowly transition to the 800,” 14. Restall said. Vikes associate coach Keith Butler, “For now, I’m keeping with the who worked with Haight at Oak Bay 400m for the next while. (The High, will lead the Canadian coach800m) is a whole different type of ing team. race, getting your mind around “(Butler) being named head coach that is an adjustment. It’s twice the is a show of the work that he’s put distance I’m used to and it’s such a into this program and how he’s estabcontinuous amount of speed. I feel lished himself as a coach within the like in the future it’ll be an excelCIS,” said head track coach Brent lent event for me to compete in.” Fougner on the Vikes’ website. “He’s Coach Fougner is big on Restall’s going to do wonders for our proability beyond the CIS level. gram.” “He’s someone who has the Vikes Stephanie Trenholm and Sharon Tiffin/News staff Cliff Childs have also qualified for the Brendon Restall will potential to go on beyond the race. suit up for the Vikes in university level to perform at the national level in the 800-metre Haight made the choice to attend 2012. distance. He’s also going to be a UVic two years ago after a standout high school career and now another Oak Bay High someone who is likely going to set some records in the CIS.” running prospect is doing the same. National 400-metre specialist Brendon Restall

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The Glanford Mavericks are the city’s top Grade 8 girls basketball team having defeated the Pacific Christian Pacers in the recent city final, 53-30. It was a packed house at PCS for the game. The Mavericks outscored the Pacers 18-6 in the last frame to win. “We avenged our only loss of the season, also to PCS,” said Glanford coach Derek Brooker. Calli McMillan-Beaucamp led all scorers with 33 points for the Mavericks while Cassandra Devries’ work on the weak-side boards earned her 11 points for the Pacers. The previous meeting was a low scoring affair going to the Pacers 36-31. Provincials for Grade 8 girls basketball is by invitation, with Glanford looking forward to attending the March 8-10 tournament in Pitt Meadows. The Mavericks went 8-1 in league play and earned a berth in the final with a 53-17 playoff victory over Bayside middle school. The Pacers (9-0) defeated St. Michaels University School in the other playoff. Earlier this month, Glanford won the Mark Isfeld Tip-Off Tournament in Comox.

Sports stats Speedskating Short track results from Esquimalt Speedskating Club Port Coquitlam, Nov. 19 Ben Weir: 1st in 1,500m; 3rd in 1,000m; 4th in 500m. Kelly Cayford: 2nd in 1,500m; 2nd in 400m; 4th in 200m. Cameron Nawosad: 2nd in 1,500m; 4th in 500m. Ian Phillips: 1st in 1,500m; 3rd in 1,000m; 2nd in 777m; 2nd in 500m. Maple Ridge, Dec. 11 Ben Weir: 3rd in 1,500m; 3rd in 1,000m; 2nd in 500m. Kelly Cayford: 2nd in 1,500m; 2nd in 400m; 4th in 200m. Cameron Nawosad: 1st in 1,500m; 3rd in 500m; 1st in 200m.

Wrestling Esquimalt Dockers results from Abby Invitational Wrestling tournament, Dec. 17 Junior boys Daniel Norwood - 57kg, Gold Jordan Merrick - 120kg, Silver Mitchel Keeping - 66kg, Bronze Senior girls Kasha Solley (female)- 60kg, Silver

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ARGYL MANOR, 9861 Third St., 1 BDRM, F/S, common W/D, N/S, N/P, HT/HW incl’d, $850/lease. Avail Jan 1. Call 250-475-2005, ext 227.

Jasmine Parsons

COOK ST Village area. 1bdrm, hardwood floors. Heat, hot water, storage, parking incl $795 ns or pets. 250-595-5162

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FERNWOOD AREA Apt, large Bach, $640/mo. Avail now. Call 250-370-2226 for viewing.



MERCHANDISE FOR SALE APPLIANCES WANTED: CLEAN fridge’s, upright freezers, 24� stoves, portable dishwashers, less than 15 yrs old. McFarland Industries, (250)885-4531.

Economic Development Manager

BUILDING SUPPLIES METAL ROOFING & siding sales. Seconds avail. Custom roof Flashings. 250-544-3106.

Kwakiutl Nation is seeking a creative and energetic Economic Development Manager (EDM). The successful candidate will possess a tightrope walker’s ability to balance Aboriginal Title & Rights interests with First Nations Economic Development aspirations.

FRIENDLY FRANK Artist Easel- $35. Computer desk, kid’s organ, tiny pine table, $15/each. 250-658-3948.


LAWNMOWER, INCLUDING Jerry can. $25. (250)4796287.

IN-HOME TUTORING All Grades, All Subjects. Tutor Doctor. 250-386-9333

NEW QUEEN size electric blanket, like new, $45, popcorn popper, like new, $20. Call 250-592- 8509



$10 MILLION AVAILABLE for Land Purchase/Development and Joint Ventures. Management Consulting and Business Plan services. Call 1-866-402-6464.

ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391.

250.388.3535 One Percent Realty V.I.

LOCAL HAY. $7.75 per bale delivered. Call 250-539-3049 or cell 360-305-1115.

DELUXE CAT carrier and litter box, in good condition, $45 obo. Call 250-598-0750.


CALL: 250-727-8437

ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewellery. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700


or fax 250-746-4799 Attn: Phil Humber.


SAVE ON COMMISSION Sell your home for $6900 or 1% plus $900 fees FULL MLS SERVICE!

SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.


Kwakiutl (pop. 755) is located in Tsakis, British Columbia, adjacent to the community of Port Hardy on the scenic north end of Vancouver Island.


WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

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Reporting to the Band Manager, the EDM will have the requisite skills to protect Kwakiutl’s Land Base, research and/or develop a statement of declaration and promote Employment and Job Creation. Further, the successful candidate will have experience in First Nations community economic development, strategic planning, project management and writing: funding proposals, TORs, and business plans. The position requires 35 hours per week in an ofďŹ ce environment with ex time (as needed), criminal records check and valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle. The closing date is January 12, 2012. Please apply by sending your cover letter w/salary expectations & resume to manager@kwakiutl. Thank you for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. A20 •

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SIDNEY: FURNISHED Deluxe suite, newer. Walk to ocean & town. All incl. 250-656-8080.

1 BDRM- grd floor. NS/NP. Quiet. Priv ent, incls utils, waterfront on Witty’s Beach, south view, unfurnished, $750 or furn’d, $850. 250-478-0056.

MALAHAT 1 & 2 BdrmsPanoramic views. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $700-$1200 inclusive. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references. 250-478-9231.

HOMES FOR RENT METCHOSIN/WITTY’S Lagoon- sunny 2 acre ocean view, 3 bdrm, 2 bath. $1600. Feb 1. Call (250)474-7202.

MCKENZIE AVE- in Tuscany Village (walking distance to Uvic), 2 bdrms, 2 bath. $1600. Jan 1. Call (250)472-6833.

NORTH SAANICH- lrg 1 bdrm loft in rural setting, lrg deck overlooking farmland. Shared laundry. N/S, pet friendly. $900. Available now. Call (250)652-7707.

OAK BAY Junction. Feb. 1st. 1-bdrm in quiet, senior’s 55+ building. $660. Heat, h/w incl. N/P. Share purchase required. 1678 Fort St. (250) 595-4593.

SIDNEY- 2006 1 level 3 bdrm, 2 bath executive home w/gas F/P, attached dbl garage, close to downtown. $2500. Avail Now. (250)652-7707.


SIDNEY AREA: 7 yr old, 4 bdrm, radiant heat, gas fire, garage, 5 appl’s, games room, and much more. $2500, Jan. 15th/Feb. 1st. 250-516-8086. SIDNEY: OCEAN view, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, close to town, $1950/mo. 1-877-353-5552 or

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CEDAR HILL Golf course- 1 bdrm, private entrance, off street parking, W/D, utils included. NS/NP. Available Jan 1. $800. Call (250)595-0505.


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COLWOOD LOWER suite, 1 bdrm, 1050sq ft, single $900, couple $950. (250)955-8757.



2009 HYUNDAI Elantra. 1owner, only 14,000 Kms, still on warranty, excellent condition, $18,500. 250-360-0892.




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SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.

Call us first & last, we pay the highest fair price for all dead & dying vehicles. Don’t get pimped, junked or otherwise chumped!


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QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (BBB) All reno’s, kitchen, bath, custom showers. Anything concrete. 250-658-2656.

DPM SERVICES: lawn/gard, cleanups, pruning, hedges, landscapes, irrigation, pwr washing, gutters 15yrs. 250883-8141.


PATCHES,Drywall, skimming, old world texturing, coves, fireplaces. Bob, 250-642-5178.



BEETLES RESIDENTIAL Renovations Ltd. Bathrooms, decks, painting, landscaping and handyman services. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free estimates. Call 250-889-4245.

Certified General Accountant Bookkeeping, Audit, Payroll, HST. Set up & Training. E-File


250-477-4601 PENNIE’$ BOOKKEEPING Services for small business. Simply/Quickbooks. No time to get that paperwork done? We do data-entry, GST, payroll, year-end prep, and training. 250-661-1237

CARPENTRY BENOIT CONSTRUCTION. Reno’s & Additions. Windows, Doors, Decks. 250-479-0748. QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (BBB) All reno’s, kitchen, bath, custom showers. Anything concrete. 250-658-2656.


AARON’S RENO’S Drywall, taping, texture. Insured/bonded. Free est. 250-880-0525. MALTA DRYWALL & Painting. Residential/Commercial. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

ELECTRICAL 250-361-6193. QUALITY Electric. Reno’s plus. Visa accepted. Small jobs ok. #22779 AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991. NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. $35/hr. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. (250)888-6160. Lic#13981.

DARCY’S CARPET & LINO. Install, repairs, laminate, restretch, 35 yrs. 250-589-5874.

WATTS ON ELECTRIC, Residential, Commercial, Renovations. #100213. 250-418-1611.

MALTA FLOORING Installation. Carpets, laminates, hardwood, lino. BBB 250-388-0278



BUBBA’S HAULING. Mini excavator & bob cat services. Call 250-478-8858.

FREYA’S HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES Professional, Dependable, Experienced, Ref Avail $25/hr 778-425-1371 HOUSEKEEPER EXPERIENCED, reliable. References. 250-920-6516, 250-881-7444. MALTA HOUSECLEANING. BBB. Best rates. Residential/Comm. 250-388-0278 NEED A House cleaner for the holidays? Reliable, friendly & trustworthy. Kim 778-440-3875

COMPUTER SERVICES A HOME COMPUTER Coach. Senior friendly. Computer lessons, maintenance and problem solving. Des, 250-6569363, 250-727-5519.

CONTRACTORS CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitch/bath, wood floor, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877

FENCING ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637. MALTA FENCING & DECKS. BBB member. Best rates. Please call (250)388-0278.

FURNITURE REFINISHING FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.


Booking Contracts for 2012 Commercial & Residential

MALTA HANDYMAN. BBB member. Best rates. Please call (250)388-0278.


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

PREPARATION FOR Fall, Winter & Spring. Professional garden & landscape services. Maintenance, design & installations. Call (250)474-4373.

FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463.

SEMI-RETIRED HORTICULTURIST looking to care for prestigious residential properties. Reasonable rates. Call Russ (250)686-2087

MALTA HOUSE Renos & Repairs. BBB member. Best rates. (250)388-0278. QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (BBB) All reno’s, kitchen, bath, custom showers. Anything concrete. 250-658-2656.

GUTTER CLEANING, repairs, de-mossing. Windows, power washing. 250-478-6323.

RENOS BY Don, 25 yrs exp. New, renos, repairs, decks, fencing, bathrooms, kitchens. Senior discounts. Licensed, Insured, WCB, 250-588-1545.

GUTTER CLEANING. Repairs, Maintenance, Gutterguard, Leaf traps. Grand Xterior Cleaning Services. WCB Insured. Call 250-380-7778.


PERIMETER EXTERIORS. Gutter cleaning, repairs, upgrades & maintenance. WCB, Free est. 250-881-2440.

MALTA BLOWN insulation & batting. Removal. Best rates. BBB member. (250)388-0278.


SENIOR HANDYMANHousehold repairs. Will assist do-it yourselfers. Fred, 250888-5345.


MALTA MOVING. Best Rates. BBB Member. Residential/ Commercial. (250)388-0278.

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

Peacock Painting

MALTA DRAIN Tiles. Replace and Repair. BBB member, best rates. (250)388-0278.

DIAMOND DAVE Gutter cleaning, gutter guard, power washing, roof de-mossing. Call 250-889-5794.

OVERGROWN GARDEN? Cleanups. Pruning roses, fruit tree, hedges. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236.

2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)686-6507.

IFIX HANDYMAN Services. Household repairs and renovations. Free estimates. Call Denis at 250-634-8086 or email:

AL’S V.I.P. Gutter Cleaning. Gutter guards, all exterior, power washing, roof de-mossing, spray, windows. Package deals! Insured. (250)507-6543.

BIG JOBS or small, we do it all. Weekly or monthly visits. Yard cleanups. (250)885-8513


CARPENTRY. ALL TRADES. 40 yrs exp. Free Estimates. BBB. Ref’s. 250-361-6304.


AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397.



Winter Clean-Ups! ALL, Repairs & Renovations Ben 250-884-6603

Custom Stone Fireplaces, Walkways & Patios. Custom Facing. Call for all your stonework needs.

MASONRY & BRICKWORK ✭BUBBA’’S HAULING✭ Honest & on time. Demolition, construction clean-ups, small load deliveries (sand, gravel, topsoil, mulch), garden waste removal, mini excavator, bob cat service.(250)478-8858. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774

C.B.S. Masonry Brick, Stone, Concrete, Paving, Chimneys, Sidewalks, Patios, Repair, Replace, Re-build, Renew. “Quality is our Guarantee” Free Est’s & Competitive Prices. (250)294-9942, 589-9942

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

ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS SHORELINE ROOFING. Reroofing specialist. WCB/BBB member. Quality & satisfaction guaranteed. 250-413-7967.

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

250-652-2255 250-882-2254 WRITTEN GUARANTEE Budget Compliance

15% SENIORS DISCOUNT YOUR PERSONAL Interior Painter. No Job too Big or Too Small. Call Gilbert today for free quote. (250)886-6446.

PLUMBING EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104. FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376. KERRY’S GAS & PLUMBING SERVICESRepair, maintenance & install. 250-360-7663.


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WINDOW CLEANING DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping Roofs, Pressure Washing, Roof Demossing. Call 250361-6190.

RENOVATING? Find an expert in your community

Select your home. Select your mortgage. • A21 This Weekend’s

GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE - Friday, December 23, 2011

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

OPENHOUSES Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

Published Every Thursday

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the Dec. 22 - 28 edition of 5-881 Nicholson St., $549,000 Saturday Dec 31 12-2 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131

1001 Foul Bay Rd, $860,000 403-827 North Park St, $249,900 Saturday Dec. 24 & Dec 31 1-2 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Larry Lineham, 250-661-7809

1959 Fairfield Rd., $859,000

Saturday Jan 8 2-4 Macdonald Realty Ltd Eleanor V Smith 250 388-5882

pg. 15

10 Helmcken Rd

Daily noon-4 (exc Dec 25, 26th & Jan 1) Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 812-7277

Saturday Dec 31st 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Bob Krueckl 250 477-5353

4942 Cordova Bay, $1,049,000 pg. 2

3818 Trailhead, $249,900

304-611 Brookside, $219,000

5149 Cordova Bay, $1,249,900

pg. 5

Saturday Dec 31st & Sunday Jan 1st 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Maggie Thompson, 250-889-5955 pg. 10

pg. 6 Thursday & Friday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

pg. 8

Wed Dec 28, Sat Dec 31 & Wed Jan 4 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Kevin Starling 250 889-4577 pg. 24

pg. 12

Saturday & Sunday 12-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Nancy Vieira 250 384-8124

608 Fairway Ave

Call for Open House Hours Century 21 Queenswood Chuck Meagher 250 477-1100

pg. 7

Tips on tipping your community newspaper carrier Throughout the year, your newspaper arrives at the doorstep full of local news and shopping information. You may not know who delivered your paper, but carriers are on the job... whatever the weather.

The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to express your gratitude


We get many calls from readers who want to reward their carrier. Here are some ideas: • Leave a greeting card or envelope in a secure spot your carrier will see. Mark it: Black Press carrier. • Gift cards are a good option. • Black Press cannot give out the names of our delivery people, but we can forward a tip on your behalf. Just drop off an envelope to our office at 818 Broughton Street or at 777 Goldstream Avenue with your name and address clearly marked. We’ll direct it to the your carrier. • Questions: call 250-360-0817 or email:

To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number 1 to 9 must appear in: • Each of the nine vertical columns • Each of the nine horizontal rows • Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes

Today’s Solution

Remember no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.


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Friday, December 23, 2011 - GOLDSTREAM


B.C. seeks extension to repay HST debt

B.C., chiefs sign child care agreement

Tom Fletcher

A new agreement with nine aboriginal communities on southern Vancouver Island to share authority for child and family serves is a model for the province, according to the minister responsible. Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil signed the agreement at the legislature Thursday, along with Premier Christy Clark and nine community leaders. The agreement covers Pauquachin, Esquimalt, Tsartlip, Tseycum, T’Sou-ke, Beecher Bay, Tsawout, Songhees and Pacheedaht First Nations, as well as urban aboriginal people through the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. Pauquachin Chief Bruce Underwood said the agreement sets up a “government-to-government” relationship to create a culturally based service system for the care and protection of aboriginal children. “Right now a child is taken away from us, or out of our home,” Underwood said. “Now we’re looking at a holistic approach, how do we surround the child with love and care. The parents need to be a part of that love and care. So instead of apprehending a child, we’re looking at ways of taking a look at the whole family.” McNeil said the agreement formalizes a 2008 arrangement with the South Island Wellness Society, chaired by Underwood and representing all the communities. She said the ministry continues to learn from years of efforts to

Black Press

B.C. will likely get extra time to repay the $1.6 billion transition fund it accepted when it implemented the harmonized sales tax, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says. “It’s clear the money has to be repaid, and the government of British Columbia doesn’t question that,” Flaherty said at the end of a finance ministers’ meeting in Victoria Monday. “Their view is that they’d like more time to repay it. It’s due at the end of March 2012. I had very good discussions with (B.C.) Finance Minister (Kevin) Falcon about that, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to come to an agreement very soon, which would give the province some additional time to pay the total amount.” Falcon had little to say about the discussions. “We’ve always been clear that we are going to uphold our obligation under the agreement, and that’s to pay back the amount,” Falcon said. “And what we’re talking to Jim about is the terms of the agreement. Those conversations continue and I’m not going to negotiate that in public.” After B.C. voters rejected the HST in a referendum last summer, Falcon and Premier Christy Clark have discussed the terms of paying the money back. Clark confirmed last week that she had asked federal officials to consider forgiving some of the money because the HST will have been in effect for more than two years by the time it is repealed. The B.C. government has booked the repayment as a cost on its books for this year and next, pushing the provincial deficit up substantially. Falcon has committed to balancing the province’s budget by 2013, in time for the next B.C. election.

Tom Fletcher Black Press

Tom Fletcher/Black Press

Pauquachin First Nation Chief Bruce Underwood and Premier Christy Clark sign agreement at a ceremony at the B.C. legislature Thursday. delegate child care to aboriginal communities, such as the program that led to the death of Port Alberni toddler Sherry Charlie in 2002. Sherry was placed in the home of an uncle by a community child-welfare agency, despite his record of violent offences. The uncle, Ryan George, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating her to death. McNeil said experience has shown that a strong relationship has to be built

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between the ministry and the community. Underwood agreed. “We need to draw on the resource people in our communities, who are the ones coming out and doing the training, understanding where the safe houses are,” Underwood said. “Right now there aren’t that many, and that’s what we’re working towards, identifying those homes that children can go to.”


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The Victoria Foundation & Black Press Working Together – how philanthropy shapes our community

The Victoria Foundation:

75 years of giving - highlights of a milestone year The story of The Victoria Foundation began 75 years ago in a soup kitchen - the Sunshine Inn on Pandora Avenue. The man who ran it, Burges Gadsden, knew this community could be improved by an organization that would support charities across all sectors. So in 1936, during the darkest days of the Depression, Gadsden founded The Victoria Foundation, Canada’s second community foundation (after Winnipeg). Since then, the foundation has granted more than $100 million to thousands of charitable organizations. It now manages assets of more than $180 million – making it the sixth largest of 180 community foundations in Canada. Here are some highlights of the Victoria Foundation’s 75th anniversary year: January – Foundation launches 75th anniversary website View the interactive timeline at Feb. 2 – Grants honour Victoria’s Chinese Canadian community The foundation gives $75,000 for four projects to protect and support Chinese history, culture and art. Later in the month, another $26,000 is granted to preserve the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s historical documents collection. Feb. 4-13 – Victoria Film Festival: Contemplating Victoria The Festival honors the foundation’s 75th with a showing of 10 films from the archives that reflect life in Victoria. April 10 – Launch of the Victoria Circle The Victoria Circle welcomes 97 people who have communicated their intention to make a future gift to the community through their estate plans. April 10-16 – Victoria Foundation steps up for National Volunteer Week The Foundation supports Story Theatre’s production of Stepping Up, a play for young people about the benefits of volunteerism. May 1 – Every Step Counts in 10K A 75-member foundation team enters the Times Colonist’s 10K road race. Members include participants and volunteers from one of the foundation’s programs, Every Step Counts. May 31 – Local students grant $17,500 Over 100 participants from Victoria Foundation’s seven Vital Youth high school programs present grants totaling $17,500 to 16 charitable organizations. June 11 – Foundation friends celebrate 75th A 75th gala features keynote speaker Tim Brodhead, CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Canadian comedian Rick Mercer. Sept. 12 – Victoria Symphony premieres orchestral work honoring the foundation The Victoria Symphony premieres High Tower, by Victoria-based composer Anthony Genge. The work was commissioned by a former Honorary Governor of the foundation, the late Jane Rogers, in honor of the community contributions of the Victoria Foundation and those of her late husband, former Lieutenant Governor Bob Rogers. Sept. 26 – Vital Youth welcome the Governor General Members of the foundation’s Vital Youth

program greet the Right Hon. David Johnston and his wife on their inaugural visit to Victoria. In honour of the visit, the City of Victoria contributes $5,000 to its Governor General’s Youth Legacy Fund held at the foundation. Sept. 29 – Study demonstrates high level of arts economic activity The first economic activity study on arts and culture in Greater Victoria is released. Funded by the foundation, the study shows the sector generated total economic activity of $170 million in 2010. Oct. 4 – Vital Signs community report card released The foundation issues its sixth annual Victoria’s Vital Signs report showing that Victoria residents are concerned about the cost of living but love the natural amenities of their community. Nov. 7 – National Philanthropy Day Awards Foundation board member Deirdre Roberts is awarded the Generosity of Spirit Award at the National Philanthropy Day awards. Nov. 11 – World premiere of Mary’s Wedding Foundation donors supported the composition of the World War I-based opera Mary’s Wedding for Pacific Opera Victoria. Nov. 15 – 18 – Victorians rise to the 75-Hour Giving Challenge Fifteen charitable organizations with endowment funds managed by the foundation raise more than $140,000 in 75 hours. The foundation contributed another $75,000 in matching funds. Nov. 19 – Victoria’s Youth Vital Signs released The Victoria Youth Vital Signs report is launched at TED-X Victoria. It’s the first time it’s released as a stand-alone report. Nov. 28 – Foundation awards $800,000 in community grants This latest round of grants brings the foundation’s annual total to more than $9 million. Dec. 20 – New fund brings history full circle The first organization to receive a grant from the Victoria Foundation becomes the most recent one to create an endowment to be managed by the foundation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria, originally the Victoria Boys’ Club, establishes a $100,000 fund.

Rick Mercer and board celebrated 75 years of the Victoria Foundation on June 11.

Victoria’s Vital Signs®, an annual community report card sponsored by Island Savings, was released Oct. 4 showing cost-of-living has become the top issue for Victorians.

Victoria’s Youth Vital Signs®, sponsored by the TELUS Victoria community board, was released Nov. 19 at the TED-X Victoria conference.

2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the Victoria Foundation. The donors of yesterday had the same vision as those who give today – to make our community stronger and to support causes that matter. Over 75 years, our endowment has grown, and as an organization, our ability to affect change has grown. Thank you donors and thank you Victoria, for counting on us for 75 years.

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