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Fire officials boarded up a house on Newcastle Avenue after piles of material too close to a wood stove ignited Thursday morning. Ennis Mond, fire investigator with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, said an elderly lady, whom he described as a hoarder, lived in the house with her dog. Both escaped unharmed and while the fire damage was confined to the piles of material near the stove with some smoke damage throughout the twostorey house, fire officials deemed it unsafe to live in, at least temporarily. “The house is so cluttered with combustible material, she’s lucky the whole house didn’t go up,” said Mond. “I’ve deemed it unsafe to live in right now. It’s hazardous for the crews, it’s hazardous for the neighbours.” When fire crews entered the house just before 9 a.m., they found the floors piled about one metrehigh with items that appeared to have been collected over the years, some of which crews had to move to get at the blaze. Only a patch of the stairs was free of piled items and there might have been rats living in the house, said Mond. The owner had no insurance and unless someone is willing to help her clear out the house, she will have to find another place to live, he said. ◆ See ‘LEGION’ /4

If you thought summer was a bummer this year, you aren’t alone – local flora wasn’t too impressed either. Local naturalist and phenologist Bill Merilees says the majority of the 180 species of plants on his Departure Bay property he has kept records of for the past 16 years flowered considerably later than usual in Summer 2011. Compared to the average first flowering date, 2011 was about 10 days later than the average of the previous 15 years, a significant difference says Merilees. “Normally, as Nanaimo experiences periods of warm and cool spring weather, flowering often shows a speeding up or slowing down – 2011 was different. This spring got off to a slow start and this trend continued in almost a straight line right into July,” said Merilees in a synopsis of his findings this year. Environment Canada shows spring and early summer temperatures and precipitation weren’t far off historic averages – June temperatures were bang on average – but the organization doesn’t track sunlight hours, which could have been the difference. ◆ See ‘NATURALIST’S’ /4

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Extension embraces playful purpose Lack of play facility in rural community prompts fundraising BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

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enn Stringer likes to spend time outside with her three young children. But if she wants to take them to a playground, the Extension resident has to pack the kids in the car and drive to another community. “We live out in the middle of nowhere – we’re constantly driving,” said Stringer. “It would be nice to be able to go to a local park and meet some of the moms in our area.” After talking with friend and fellow Extension resident Anita Pangborne-LaHue, the two launched a fundraising campaign for a playground in the rural community. “There are a lot of families in the area with children,” said Pangborne-LaHue. The nearest park – in Cinnabar Valley – is about 10 kilometres away. When Pangborne-LaHue and Stringer began knocking on doors to see if their playground idea would be supported, they found many parents with young children don’t have access to a vehicle during the day and would love a playground they could walk to. The pair took their plan to the Extension and District Recreation Commission, which receives a grant from the Regional District

ABOVE: Jace Brahniuk enjoys the inflatable water slide during a kickoff event for the Extension playground fundraising campaign earlier this month. LEFT: Extension resident Tina Hein shows off one of her hawks, which she brought to the kickoff to educate and entertain the children in attendance. The event raised $500.

of Nanaimo to maintain the baseball fields and community hall on a large piece of property in the area. The commission agreed to maintain a playground should the campaign raise enough money to build it. The effort will need $20,000 to purchase the playground equipment, said Pangborne-LaHue, and the women hope to get community members to donate the time, labour and machine costs to prep the site and install the play equipment. Besides the families in the area, Pangborne-LaHue said the playground would be used by families outside Extension – baseball teams from all over Nanaimo play on the ball fields and some Extension residents have grandchildren who visit frequently. The women held their first fundraising event at the proposed playground site on Sept. 3, which raised $500. The next fundraiser is a bottle drive today (Sept. 24) at the Extension Community Hall. The pair also plan to present their proposal to businesses and service groups. “We hope to make the $20,000 by next spring so we can have the park installed next summer,” said Pangborne-LaHue. Both women are on maternity leave, she added, which is another reason they hope to have the fundraising completed next spring. For more information about the campaign, please call PangborneLaHue at 250-753-7187, Stringer at 250-741-8515 or e-mail parkproject2011@gmail.com.

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A small wildfire in a gravel pit at the end of Weigles Road early Tuesday was highly visible to area residents.

Donna MacPherson, spokeswoman for the Coastal Fire Centre, said the centre recorded 15 separate call-ins from the public about the blaze, which turned out to be piles of forest debris burning in a gravel pit near the Wastelands Motocross Track. “It’s just basically a big campfire,” said MacPherson. “It was throwing up quite a smoke column and

some flame.” A two-person crew was sent to the fire around 2 a.m. Crews were on scene all day Tuesday and Wednesday ensuring the fire did not spread to the nearby forest and working with the landowner on a strategy for putting the piles out, said MacPherson. Coastal fire crews turned the fire back over to the

landowner Wednesday for mop up. The fire was human caused and is under investig ation, MacPherson added. M e a n wh i l e, a s t h e weather cools, so has the fire danger rating. Last week, due to a late-summer heat wave, Nanaimo was in the extreme fire danger rating.

Trustees share list of funding concerns BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

MacPherson said the city and the whole east coast of the Island from Courtenay to Victoria is now in the low danger rating, thanks to the rain that hit the area earlier this week. Centre forecasters expect that today (Sept. 24) and much of tomorrow will be dry, returning to rain possibly Sunday evening. reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Naturalist’s database covers past 16 years ◆ From /1 Phenology is the study of phenomena through time, in particular periodic biological events such as bird migration, the flowering of plants or the hatching of insects. For flowering plants, the dates of flowering are determined by a plant’s genetic code, and then correlated to annual climatic conditions that include temperature, soil moisture and rainfall, day length and hours of sunlight, and exposure. Because of the direct response of an individual plant or a population of plants to this diverse variety of environmental factors, said Merilees, there is possibly no better measurement for comparing and contrasting one location with another. His baseline for flowering median dates includes 2,068 observations over the past 16 years. In 2011, of the 180 plants he observed (the average plant was observed 9.6 times throughout the spring and summer), Merilees found that 171 flowered later than average, seven were earlier and two flowered on the expected date. Flowering on mid-Vancouver

Island begins in January with Surge Laurel and hazelnut, peaks during May when many plants flower, and concludes in July with Rattlesnake Plantain and the Vancouver Island beggar-tick. Some plants seem to prefer the less-than-stellar weather, however. Merilees’s notes say the evergreen huckleberry, which normally flowers in mid-May, bloomed on April 1 while bitter cherry and cleavers were about 20 days ahead of historic averages. “To determine if these observations are a true reflection of these species flowering responses to local environmental conditions we will have to wait for a repeat year with very similar conditions to 2011,” he said. “[Something] serious gardeners may not wish to repeat.” Phenology is first recorded in Solomon 2:12, who wrote of the activity in 974 B.C. The longest continuous record keeping of flowering plants in the world is believed to be record keeping of cherry trees in Japan, which have records dating back 12 centuries. In North America, the longest ongoing records date back to about 1850. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Legion trying to help ◆ From /1 The woman is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 10, which will help her find alternate accommodation, said Peggy Legault, legion member and a neighbour of the woman displaced by the fire. “We’re trying to get her into legion low-income housing,” she said. “We’ll do the best we can for her. We’ve had legion members come forth if she needs bedding and towels and things like that.” Emergency social services is providing her with a place to stay for three nights and after that the legion’s service officer hopes to put her up temporarily in a lodge while the housing situation is sorted out, said Legault. reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Jawn Lafratta hopes strong public demand will urge Greyhound to add bike racks to make it easier for cyclists to travel between Island destinations. Lafratta said many cyclists would like to take day trips to Island locations to take advantage of the diverse trails, but current Greyhound policies require cyclists to dismantle their bike and have it shipped on the bus. He said that can be arduous because the cyclists need to find a bike box, which could mean they have to drive to the bus depot instead of ride, dismantle the bike and find a spot to save the box once they get to their destination. Sometimes shipping is also more than the

cost of the ticket, he added. The Nanaimo man started an online petition, www.petitiononline.com/bikerack/ petition.html, which has surpassed 500 signatures, to show the company there is support for bike racks. “That’s a lot of potential customers. It’s a great business opportunity for Greyhound to allow anyone to travel anywhere they want conveniently,” said Lafratta. “Vancouver Island is well known as a cycling destination – it’s great for tourists and great for residents.” Lafratta received letters of support from cycling coalitions in Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Victoria and Juan de Fuca. Timothy Stokes, a Greyhound spokesman, said the company doesn’t have any

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plans to implement bike racks, but there could be a possibility in the future. “We always look at ways to improve or enhance the customer’s experience,” said Stokes. Stokes said the com-

pany has concerns about adding bike racks on its buses, because of highway speeds and frequent stops. “Safety is our main concern,” he said. Lafratta, who lived in Toronto before moving to the Island, cites Go Transit as a company that successfully installed bike racks on vehicles that travel highway speed. Stokes said Greyhound doesn’t compare its service to that offered by Go Transit. Go Transit started installing bike racks on its vehicles in 2008. The service is offered on both urban and rural routes on vehicles that can travel up to 100 km/h. Drew Davidson, a Go Transit spokeswoman, said bike racks were installed to provide customers with innovative, safe, convenient and environmentally conscious transportation options. The bike rack is the same design and technology used

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Up to one-third of Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their children in sport and recreation programs. Canadian Tire, Marks Work Warehouse and a team of 25 cyclists mounted up Wednesday to make sure underprivileged kids get the fun and benefits of sports

participation. The Jumpstart Pedal for Kids Cycling Tour pedals a 500-kilometre route across Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charity with more than 300 chapters across Canada that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation. It has helped more

than 3,400 children and raised $196,000 in Nanaimo since 1995. Sport and physical activity help kids develop athletic skills and build self-esteem, social skills, concentration and character. Sport activities also help children learn co-operation, sharing, and even develop leadership skills. During the ride, the team and corporate representatives will stop at elementary and high schools delivering Canadian Tire Jumpstart Kids Activity Kits. Two kits were

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Nanaimo was centre stage this week for tourism delegates from across the region taking part in the 48th annual Conference for Tourism Vancouver Island. More than 150 delegates participated in the conference, which ran Tuesday to Thursday, bringing with them an estimated $200,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. While dele g ates took part in many activities in Nanaimo, including tours of Newcastle Island, Wild Play Element Park and kayaking tours among them, they will also have a chance to network and showcase various regions of the Island. Chelsea Barr, of Destination Nanaimo, said an effort was made on several fronts to bring the conference to Nanaimo. “A lot of some of the bigger partners in Nanaimo have been involved in bringing this conference to Nanaimo,” said Barr. “It’s nice to be able to showcase Nanaimo to the people who work at the front desk right up to the tourism marketing managers. It’s a very diverse group of people attending.”

Hosted by Tourism Vancouver Island, the conference took place at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, which also provides an opportunity to show off some of the centre’s leadingedge features, said Denise Tacon, general manager of VICC. “The delegates from this conference will be exposed to all that Nanaimo has to offer as their agenda is both entertaining and informative, focusing on tourism as one of our biggest investments. We’re thrilled to work with our partners and simultaneously showcase Nanaimo in the heart of Vancouver Island,” said Tacon. Tacon said dele g ates would also get first-hand experience of the amenities at VICC, including 100MB high speed wireless Internet, VOIP phone system, digital way-finding and global broadcast capabilities. A.J. Hustins, co-chairman of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation, recently formed to take over economic development tasks for Nanaimo, said hosting the conference is an excellent opportunity for Nanaimo. But, he added, the timing could be better, as the corporation’s new CEO, Susan Cudahy, is completing her work in Ontario and is just a couple of weeks away from starting her new position in Nanaimo. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Peace please Parksville’s Mae Gracey marches along Terminal Avenue in the pelting rain during the International Day of Peace March to Maffeo Sutton Park Wednesday afternoon. The march was organized by the Immigrant Welcome Centre and drew several dozen people.

Smart meters are on the way and everyone in the province will have one by the end of 2012, regardless of whether they post signs of protest. “First and foremost, there is no opt-out,” said Gary Murphy, B.C. Hydro chief project officer for the smart meter program. “Every customer will get a smart meter.” A customer does, however, have the option of contacting B.C. Hydro and relocating the meter elsewhere on their property at their own expense, he said. “We’re saying opt out. They’re saying delay installation,” said Sharon Noble, chairwoman of Citizens Against Unsafe Emissions and co-ordinator of the national Wireless Radiation Safety Council. Noble organized a rally at the legislature Sunday that drew more than 200 people asking the B.C. government to impose a moratorium on the meters. “I do not have a smart meter and I will not have a smart meter,” Noble said. “As many people at the rally said, I will call the police first.” Armed with a petition of 4,000 signatures from B.C. residents opposed to the meters, Noble said the group is ready to fight the program any way they can. “They can take me to court. They can fine me. I am not going to have a wireless meter,” she said. B.C. Hydro has not yielded to any yard signs requesting to stop the replacement of analog meters, Murphy said. The Crown corporation has no way of identifying if such signs have been posted by residents, or by the less than 0.1 per cent of customers who have contacted B.C. Hydro with concerns, he added. “There’s a very small and vocal activist community out there that has been responsible for publishing a great deal of this information,” Murphy said, estimating the actual complaints lodged at B.C. Hydro to be around 100. Customers with concerns over smart meters can contact B.C. Hydro by e-mailing SmartMeters@bchydro.com. editor@nanaimobulletin.com

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Conservation is within reach It takes a lot more than singing shorter songs in the shower to reduce water consumption, but a Nanaimo family is finding out that reducing household water and energy usage is a goal well within reach. The first step, according to the Belbin family, which is one of six families participating in the Energy Diet Challenge hosted by Canadian Geographic and Shell Canada, is overcoming the preconceived notion that they aren’t wasteful. Upon closer inspection, they realized they were using 760 litres of water daily, 320 litres more than the city average. For Grant and Alison Belbin, who own a waste removal company, that alone sparked a family conservation effort which was enthusiastically embraced by their three children. They also pay closer attention to water and Hydro bills – learning how to read them was the first step. The three-month challenge is an effective way to initiate action at the household level. Locally, the city and region mail out newsletters and pamphlets to households encouraging household waste reduction, but until some kind of action is implored, it is likely they go unread and directly in the recycle bin. In Nanaimo, the city is on the verge of spending $65 million on a new water treatment facility. Much of the water from that facility will ultimately be wasted, based on current usage. What might spur local conservation would be a grassroots effort similar to the Energy Diet Challenge. The city, region, builders and private companies could partner to create a Nanaimo competition, challenging several households at a time to reduce their energy and water use. Just two weeks in, the Belbins are already realizing the benefits. They’re having fun, saving energy, and passing on what they learn to others in their community, which is something to sing about. The Nanaimo News Bulletin 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. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. 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 www.bcpresscouncil.org

Governments lose touch with reality transportation inconveniences First we had John Les in town experiences on the Malahat, a saying our out-of-work residents should simply look north for jobs. major body of water away on a completely different land mass There’s plenty of work up in – our ‘families first’ premier the northern communities, he simply considers Vancouver and said during a three-stop ‘consulVancouver Island all part and tation’ with Island Chamber of parcel of the same region. Commerce representatives a few Sure, if the federal shipbuilding weeks ago. contract Clark pledged millions Then Premier Christy Clark of tax dollars toward decides to skip an bidding on pans out, Island stop altogether WRIGHT the Harbour City is as she announced her likely to reap a few TURN jobs strategy this week. new good jobs down at Forgive us if we’re Mitch Wright Nanaimo Shipyards, feeling a bit slighted on Managing Editor and Vancouver Island the employment priorUniversity might see ity front. a surge in enrolment With an unemployin welding and other ment rate that topped shipbuilding-related out above 16 per cent trades, but it’s hard to earlier this year and stomach that our procontinues to hover in vincial leaders aren’t the double digits, jobs giving us the time of remain high on the day even as we have the highest agenda in Nanaimo, even if the out-of-work numbers anywhere provincial decision-makers don’t this side of the Rockies. care enough to even pay lip serClark poured money into vice to job-creation in the region. Prince Rupert – $15-million for Les’s ‘leave town for work’ comthe $90-million Road Rail Utility ment stings all the more since he Corridor project, Phase 1 of a was supposedly gathering input planned $300-million developin advance of Clark’s big jobs ment at that city’s port – at her strategy announcements this first stop Monday, reminding week. me that Nanaimo’s port authorThose announcements took ity has its own deep sea facility place across the province, with stopovers in all the major regions sitting mostly idle out at Duke Point. The most action it’s seen – except the Island, of course. is when the multi-million dollar Maybe – like the geography crane caught fire in the spring of whiz-kids at the Economist, who recently downgraded Vancouver’s 2007. There’s plenty of potential livability ranking due to the

there for economic development, with the existing resources and facilities in place but seldom used. Of course, most of the attention (and government dollars) out at Duke Point goes to Harmac. The employee-owned operation certainly deserves all the kudos and cash since it was rescued from bankruptcy, saving hundreds of jobs, but it wouldn’t hurt those holding the purse strings to look a little further outside the mill gates, where harsh economic reality is hitting this region hardest. Ignoring reality seems to be the way for the federal government as well. With its parliamentary majority, the Conservative government is barrelling ahead with its illconceived omnibus crime bill. With our inadequate prisons already overcrowded, our federal Conservative government is making things even worse, imposing harsher sentences that will put more people in jail, and spending billions on new prisons. Our government is getting tough on crime despite all credible evidence indicating crime in our country is falling, and has been for some time. While construction of those prisons might create some muchneeded employment, it’s a ridiculous waste of financial resources that are sorely needed in other sectors for jobs and services. editor@nanaimobulletin.com

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Leftist writer missing other writing To the Editor, Re: Columnist neither insightful nor amusing, Letters, Sept. 20. It seems typical of the leftwing that if they don’t like your views then you’ve “had your day” and it’s “time to be given a rest”. I’m reminded of the period before SUN TV came on the air, when some leftists were claiming it shouldn’t be granted a

To the Editor, Re: Program costs for green bins don’t add up, Sept. 15. Wendy Lueder’s letter on the green bin program most certainly requires a response. Clearly she must have missed the information provided by the city in its publication Waste Line about there being no charge for the green bins, as the cost is covered from a reserve fund of the Regional District of Nanaimo. Imagine that, all the negative talk about how expensive the program has become and now, finally, we are informed that there is no charge to the taxpayer for the bins. Surely it must also be true that the fancy new trucks purchased by the city for the waste collection were available at no charge, because the funds were somehow found in some mysterious reserve fund provided by a generous and anonymous benefactor, the same one who is funding the RDN. And of course the city staff, including and especially the individual who wrote to and informed taxpayers about the no-charge program, did so on their own free time and did not receive salary and benefits for the veracity provided in the publication. Wayne Schulstad Nanaimo

licence because they thought it could corrupt our minds with right-wing dogma. I think they were calling it Fox News North. If Greg Roscow is seeing only Tom Fletcher editorials “every time” he opens the News Bulletin, then he’s missing some good columns by other writers. Not that I agree with all of them (including Fletcher at times), but I’ve certainly seen diversification.

I noticed several cheap shots at Fletcher in Roscow’s letter, but nothing to counter Fletcher’s view. I’m sure that the ‘Readers respond’ section is meant to be an exchange of ideas as well as opinions. If Fletcher’s defence of the HST was so unpopular, consider the simple arithmetic that indicates the HST was rescinded by less than one-third of the voting public (52 per cent of

the 56 per cent who voted). While that’s the problem with people not bothering to vote, can it be considered a popular result? And as an aside, how many “fly-by-night” companies have gone on to become “multinationals”? Perhaps the left-wing would be happier with their own Pravda or a Peoples Daily. Jim Corder Nanaimo

Readers respond: Feedback on news items Outrage over ‘rubble’ headline misplaced To the Editor, Re: Headline insults victims of 9-11, Letters, Sept. 13. P. Pelletier’s recreational outrage is silly; the chunk of metal that came to us from New York City is rubble. Absent the context of 9-11, if you found it in your front yard you would either curse the person who littered or perhaps wonder what it would net you at the scrap yard. The piece of metal did not become sacred when terrorists blew up the building it was a part of and it won’t return any sentimental favours – just ask the 9-11 responders who are dying of horrible cancers from breathing in World Trade Centre dust. The outrage is a little late anyhow – how do you suppose the families of the victims must have felt when all that debris (including human remains) was trucked away to a landfill called Fresh Kills? D.W. March Nanaimo

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Social housing plan cause for concern To the Editor, Re: Site unveiled for north-end social housing and Housing needs open minds, Opinion, Sept. 15. I agree that we do need supported housing in Nanaimo and I think that the one on 10th Street is in a perfect spot, as it is situated in a sparsely

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populated area. But does the one on Uplands Drive have to be across from and beside seniors? Due to the lack of public consultation and input so far from people in the area, there is a feeling of terror and confusion about the whole thing. I have seen and heard outrage and a lot of scared tears. There are two schools nearby. Also families with young children. Every time the subject comes up in the paper, you read about it being next to a firehall and a seniors’ centre. There is also a large population of seniors across and all through the area. I think it was ill-considered

to even plan such a project in this area. Surely, the city has other properties available for use that are not in such close proximity to our children, schools and seniors. I fear for their health, safety and future there. Dagmar Wichary Nanaimo

Respectful citizens have housing worries To the Editor, Re: Social housing needed city-wide, Letters, Sept. 17. I live on the corner of Uplands Drive and Hammond Bay and am appalled and disgusted with the Uplands project. How is it that Gord Fuller

glorifies social living, when plain and simply it is wet housing? You have families, businesses, schools and the elderly all within a stone’s throw. Why is it that those who have wasted their lives continue to get second chances and why are these individuals placed back into our society, a society of innocence? In going through letters sent to the paper, it is amazing to me the lack of facts and weak comparisons that people are making to try and rally support for this project. If this was such a supported idea from the community, why haven’t the people who will be running and assisting with such a supportive housing system stood up and voiced support? As well, if people believe the schools are in support of this, why are there not teachers and principals up stating their support? It is the city’s responsibility to represent the citizens and that is what council agreed to when they accepted their job – to represent the people of Nanaimo, who are in essence, their customers. I believe the community of Nanaimo has presented many valuable points of view on why citizens are not in favour of the Uplands project. Some are fueled by emotion but all are from respectful citizens of the community of Nanaimo and their voices should be heard and acted upon accordingly. Paul Pipke Nanaimo

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Oceanside RCMP are warning Nanoose residents to lock their doors and windows following two daytime break-ins Tuesday. Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 3:25 p.m., suspects pried open the front door of a home in the 2300 block of Weeks Road and stole an undisclosed quantity of jewelry. A second similar break-in happened sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. at a residence in the 2900 block of Wild Rose Boulevard. Thieves stole jewelry after enter-

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Post-secondary graduates interested in a career in grocery retail can get a taste of the industry thanks to Loblaw Companies Ltd. Launched in 2009, the grad@ Loblaw program offers college and university graduates full-time positions and the opportunity to gain a foundation in a grocery retail store such as Nanaimo’s Real Canadian Superstore. Successful candidates enter into a 18-month program that offers mentoring and hands-on experience in various parts of Loblaw business. In the first five months of the program, participants work in a Loblaw retail store, learning operations and how to meet the needs of customers.

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Family takes on national energy challenge BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN

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s the owners of the central Vancouver Island 1-800Got-Junk franchise, Nanaimo’s Grant and Alison Belbin see firsthand every day how much physical waste households contain. But it wasn’t until the Belbin family was selected for the Energy Diet Challenge, a three-month competition designed by Canadian Geographic and Shell Canada Limited to encourage Canadian families to use less energy, that they realized how much energy and water a household can waste. From Sept. 12 to mid-December, six families with different lifestyles across the country will take part in the challenge, competing to earn points for creativity, participation, overall energy reduction and accumulation of audience votes at energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca. The winning household will win a grand prize consisting of a Toyota Prius or a high-performance bicycle package. “We are, I think, in our daily lives, far more aware because we see it every day, of physical waste and consumer waste,” said Alison Belbin. “And having seen that it has totally changed our family. The way we look at waste and consumer goods in general is different from what it used to be so we’re really good at physical waste reduction but to be quite honest, we didn’t know a lot about energy waste reduction.” All six families will have their energy and water use

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monitored by the contest organizers, and will also face ‘soft challenges’ along the way — this week families must go about their day-to-day lives without the use of a clothes dryer. Last week, they were challenged to keep their showers to just five minutes. “By following various families, we hope other Canadians will be inspired to improve their own energy efficiency,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada president and chairwoman. “As a major energy supplier, Shell wants to to be part of the solution by helping people use their energy resources we produce more wisely.” For the Belbins, being able to teach their children – Drew, 9, Kai, 7 and Mara, 4 – about energy use and conservation was a key driver in signing up for the challenge. “We’re participating because the challenge will

be something the whole family can experience,” said Grant Belbin. “It’s one thing if one person comes along and tells us what to do to conserve energy. It’s more fun if we’re all in it together.” Just two weeks in, it has already had a positive effect. At their school, Drew and Kai have initiated a challenge for other students to bike, walk, car pool or take transit to school. Each time they do, they receive a ballot that will be used for a prize draw at the end of the month. Both Drew and Kai go to school 30 minutes earlier each day to allot the ballots. On Monday mornings, they also go on to the school intercom to provide the weekly energy saving tip of the week. “The kids are the perfect age for this and are really embracing it,” said Alison. “The neatest part of it is

watching kids respond to our kids far better than they would ever respond to a speaker coming into their classroom and telling them how to reduce energy. Seeing our kids excited

about this opportunity seems to be having a far bigger affect.” Drew also suggested that every night for one hour after dinner, the Belbins turn out all of the lights and unplug everything and talk or play games as a family, something they hope to continue after the challenge is over. “We’re like any other busy family of five,” said Alison. “We’re busy. We own our own business, kids are into a lot of different activities. There are a million reasons not do to that. After three months I’m hoping it becomes our normal, everyday lifestyle. There are positive spinoffs, like quality family time, beyond saving energy.” One of the greatest surprises the Belbins realized after auditing their own energy use was how much water the family uses, which turns out to be about 760 litres a day, 320 litres higher than the Nanaimo average. By

installing low flow devices in their taps and showers, and installing a rain barrel, they’ve managed to reduce usage and monthly costs significantly. “Just knowing what our consumption was made us a lot more conscious,” said Alison. “We’ve never had sprinklers on or have a hot tub or anything, so we thought we were being fairly good when it came to water conservation. But when we looked at our water bill and saw how much we were actually using we were unbelievably shocked.” All six families will be blogging during the competition at energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca about their experiences. On Oct. 1 they will compete in an urban race in Calgary and on Oct. 29 they will be part of a challenge to see who can travel the furthest on a litre of fuel in Toronto. The contest winner will be announced Dec. 12. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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A team can’t have too many leaders, say the Nanaimo Clippers. At some point they’ll name a team captain. For now they’ll go with four alternates. And other guys, whether they have a letter or not, whether they’re a skater or a goalie, they need to show leadership, too. T h e c i t y ’s B . C . Hockey League club announced Thursday that Colton Cyr, Kyle Kramer, Andrew Gladiuk and Graeme McCormack will begin 2011-12 with an ‘A’ on their sweater. “As important as the decision is as to naming a captain, I think it’s important to allow the right amount of time…” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “When a captain arrives on the scene, we’ll name one. It could be somebody that has one of these letters on now, it could be somebody else, it could be somebody that’s not even on our team yet.” Fans might be surprised to see that Cyr, last year’s captain, isn’t reprising that

role immediately. But Vandekamp said he sat down with the vet well before training camp and said the new season would be a brandnew start. Still, said Cyr, it’s a bit of a change after wearing the ‘C’ for an entire season. “I saw my jersey today without it on and it was different. Hopefully I can earn that in the coming weeks … It’s up to us to figure it out ourselves. All four of us are excited to start trying to get this team on the right track and keep it there.” Vandekamp said he’s not trying to send any message to Cyr by not handing him back the ‘C’ right away. “Colton’s happy to do whatever he can to help our team. He’s worked very hard, he’s had a great attitude off the ice and he’s been tremendous,” said the coach. “So it’s certainly not a demotion in any way. We relaly believe in him and have been impressed by his leadership so far.” Gladiuk, the team’s leading scorer and MVP last season, was an alternate captain all of last season and Kramer was given an ‘A’ partway through the year. McCormack will be wearing a letter for the first time with the Clips.

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Sun rankled by Raiders’ ‘tampering’ BY GREG SAKAKI THE NEWS BULLETIN

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Nanaimo Clippers veteran forward Colton Cyr is one of four alternate captains on this year’s team. A captain will be selected at a later date.

ICE CHIPS … The Clippers played the Powell River Kings Friday on the road after press time, and the teams meet again tonight (Sept. 24) at

7:30 p.m. at Powell River. For more on the game, see page 18 … The Clips acquired forward Chris Allbee this week, a 19-year-old who played last season

with the Quesnel Millionaires. The six-foot, 170 pounder scored five goals and 10 points and tallied 52 penalty minutes last season. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

The V.I. Raiders’ deadline deal was a dastardly deed, according to the Okanagan Sun. Kelowna’s Canadian Junior Football League team accused its Nanaimo rivals of tampering in their acquisition of receiver Mitch Thompson last week. The player was released by the Sun in time to be signed by the Raiders. Sun general manager Howie Zaron said Thompson told that organization he was homesick and wished to return to Regina. Zaron wouldn’t sign a release without being contacted by a team from that city, but Thompson appealed to Sun president Bill Long and got the signature he needed. Raiders general manager Matthew “Snoop” Blokker said his team didn’t tamper with Thompson and has never done so with any player. “It’s just accusations by a team that’s crying sour milk because they lost a good player,” Blokker said. Zaron said it’s frustrating that the Raiders, in his view, break the rules. “I don’t think it could be any more frickin’ obvious,” he said. “And what’s going to be done? Nothing.” The Raiders GM suggested the Sun file a grievance with the league, but Zaron said it wouldn’t make any difference. “Do I think Nanaimo tampered with him? Yeah, I do. But unless you prove it or get caught, do you blame Nanaimo? They’re just trying to win.” GRID BITS … To read this article in full, please visit www.nanaimobulletin.com … The Raiders play the Chilliwack Huskers today (Sept. 24) at 2 p.m. at Caledonia Park. See page 18 for more on that game. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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execution, not about the scoreboard.” The Raiders spend the week practising with and against one another in order to be at their best, said linebacker Glenn Boyce, and game day is their opportunity to execute what they’ve worked on. “The work that we put into the week, it will show every weekend, regardless of who we play,” said Boyce. The Raiders’ coach said he expects today’s game to be tougher than last week’s blowout win at Kamloops. “I know their record doesn’t show it, but I think they’re better than the last team we played and I think they’re going to be excited about playing in our building,” Blokker said. GAME ON … The Raiders and Huskers kick off at 2 p.m. at Caledonia Park. Tickets will be available at the gate.

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Ah, the first faceoff of fall. Nanaimo’s highestcalibre minor hockey team, the North Island Silvertips of the B.C. Major Midget League, start the 2011-12 season tonight (Sept. 24) against the Kootenay Ice. The ’Tips go into the regular season feeling good about themselves after winning results in the pre-season. This year’s Silvertips team is a fast group with plenty of high-end talent up front and the necessary role players around them. “We’re moving the puck pretty quickly and I think we’ll be a faster and more skilled team … There’s still a lot of grit, though,” said Riley Medves, who will start in goal tonight. Dan Lemmon, the new coach of the Silvertips, said this year’s group of forwards make up three really good scoring lines and a really good checking line. Power forward Will

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◆ Sept. 24 - B.C. Rugby Union, Island First Division. Nanaimo Hornets vs. Cowichan Piggies. Pioneer Park, 1 p.m. ◆ Sept. 24 - Canadian Junior Football League. V.I. Raiders vs. Chilliwack Huskers. Caledonia Park, 2 p.m. ◆ Sept. 24 - B.C. Major Midget League hockey. North Island Silvertips vs. Kootenay Ice. Nanaimo Ice Centre, 5:15 p.m.

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North Island Silvertips goalie Riley Medves makes a save during the B.C. Major Midget League hockey team’s practice Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

McNamara is expected to be one of the offensive leaders, along with Chase Lang, Jo rd a n L eve s q u e, Garrett Dunlop and Corey Renwick. Jackson Robinson will crash the crease and Liam Shaw and David Osborne will get under opponents’ skin. The defence corps isn’t huge, but it’s a well-rounded group that can move the puck, play physical and score from the point. Team captain Quen-

tin McShane leads the blueline corps along with Ryan Coghlan and Quinlan Moore. Medves and Michael Herringer form the goaltending tandem. Lemmon said he asks the Silvertips to create heavy puck pressure and backcheck hard. “I expect our boys to put pucks on net, to stand in front of the net, to bang home rebounds and I expect communication all over the ice,” said the coach. The BCMML

includes many of the best 16-17-year-olds in the province and all of the best 15-year-olds. “It’s a really fast game out there, it’s highly competitive and it’s a real physical game, so it’s entertaining to watch,” Lemmon said. GAME ON … The Silvertips and Ice play tonight at 5:15 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The teams then meet again for a rematch Sunday at 9 a.m. at the NIC.

◆ Sept. 24 - Vancouver Island Soccer League. Nanaimo United vs. Victoria West. Merle Logan Field, 7 p.m. ◆ Sept. 25 - B.C. Major Midget League hockey. North Island Silvertips vs. Kootenay. Nanaimo Ice Centre, 9 a.m. ◆ Sept. 25 - Baseball exhibition. Nanaimo Pirates vs. Victoria Eagles. Serauxmen Stadium, noon and 2:30 p.m.

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As we near the end of September, curling is one of several fall and winter sports that is gearing up to start another season of play. It has been a busy time of preparation down at the Nanaimo Curling Centre on Wall Street, as manager Denise Wood and head ice technician Darren Horton have been working with staff members to get things in order. The eight-sheet facility is now set to go and ready to welcome curlers of all ages and ability levels to another season of the ‘roaring game’. To kick things off, the club is holding an open house today and tomorrow (Sept. 24-25) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The ice will be ready to practise on, staff will

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league curling for regbe on hand to register istered teams will get curlers and newcomunderway beginning ers are welcome to next Thursday. look around the facility. Then this coming From that point on, Monday and Tuesday, there will be somefree curling lessons for thing happening just novices will be offered about every day for from 2-4 p.m. and the next six months again from 7-9 p.m. at the curling centre. Club volunThe weekly teers will schedule THORPE be available for MonREPORT to explain days during the basics the upcomIan Thorpe of the game ing season Columnist and provide shows a some on-ice senior instruction. men’s There is no 68-and-over equipment league needed beginning except for play at 10 clean runa.m., folning shoes lowed by and comfortable cloth- a CIBC Wood Gundy ing. For more inforsenior ladies’ league at mation, or to register, 1 p.m. The ice is then contact the curling used from 3:45 to 5:15 centre at 250-753-3474. p.m. for junior players Returning curlers ages nine to 19. from last year should Returning for a sechave already contacted ond season on Monday their league reps to evenings is the Sleeregister a team for the man Six Pack League. coming season and are Starting at 6 p.m., encouraged to drop teams with six players by the club during the playing six-end games. next few days to pay Individual curlers are league dues. Then, welcome to enter and

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS & OTHERS. Regarding the Estate of DELORES JEANETTE MATHIESON, Deceased. Notice is hereby given to creditors and others having claims against the estate of Delores Jeanette Mathieson, late of Nanaimo, BC, who died on September 11, 2011, that the particulars of their claims should be sent to: the Executor at 840 Beach Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9S 2Y3 on or before the 22nd day of October 2011, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executor then has notice.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1920. Passed away on September 18, 2011 with his loving wife and family by his side. He is predeceased by his sister, Winnie. Bun is survived by Mary, his loving wife of 62 years; 3 daughters Janice (France), Kathy (David) and Susan; two grandchildren Andrew (Kristin) and Christopher; his sister, Edna (Ron) as well as several nieces and nephews. During his retirement years, Bun enjoyed golf, curling, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Bun was a long time member of the Nanaimo Golf & Country Club and the Nanaimo Curling Club. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Vaughan and Dr. Kurytnik, the kind and compassionate staff at Kiwanis Lodge, and the dedicated Community Support Workers who cared for Bun during the last 2 years. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, may make a donation to a charity of their choice in memory of Bun. A gathering of family and friends will take place at the Nanaimo Golf and Country Club on Saturday, October 1st from 2-4 pm. Condolences may be offered at telfordn@shaw.ca Telfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Nanaimo 250-591-6644

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS & OTHERS Regarding the Estate of Kevin James Smith; deceased. Formerly of #121074 Old Victoria Road, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6L7, having claims against the Estate are hereby notiďŹ ed that particulars of claims should be sent to the Administrator: Robert J. Smith, 4066 Magnolia Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6B9 before October 21, 2011, after which date the Administrator will distribute the estate among parties entitled to it.

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INVITATION TO TENDER SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF A DIESEL GENERATOR FOR THE DISTRICT OF LANTZVILLE MUNICIPAL OFFICE The District of Lantzville invites tenders for the supply and installation of one (1) new diesel generator. Sealed Tenders, will be received by Fred Spears, Director of Public Works, District of Lantzville, 7192 Lantzville Road, Lantzville BC, up to 2:00 pm on Friday, October 7, 2011. Tenders must be sealed and returned in an envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invitation to Tender for the Supply and Installation of One (1) Diesel Generatorâ&#x20AC;?. The responding organization or individual must have their name and full mailing address clearly marked on the outside of the Tender envelope. Tenders will be opened in public at 2:15 pm on Friday, October 7, 2011 in the District of Lantzville ofďŹ ces. Tender Documents may be obtained as follows: 1. From the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website www.lantzville.ca; or 2. In hard copy format from the District of Lantzville, 7192 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Facsimile and electronic tender submissions will NOT be accepted. Duration of offer must be a minimum of thirty (30) days. For further information, please contact: Fred Spears, Director of Public Works District of Lantzville Telephone: 250.390.4006 Facsimile: 250.390.5188 email: spears@lantzville.ca p

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INVITATION TO TENDER SUPPLY OF USED FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE BACKHOE The District of Lantzville invites tenders for the supply of one (1) used four-wheel drive backhoe. Sealed Tenders will be received by Fred Spears, Director of Public Works, District of Lantzville, Box 100, 7192 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC up to 2:00 pm on Friday, October 7, 2011. Tenders must be sealed and returned in an envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invitation to Tender Supply One (1) Used Four-Wheel Drive Backhoeâ&#x20AC;?. The responding organization or individual must have their name and full mailing address clearly marked on the outside of the Tender envelope. Tenders will be opened in public at 2:15 pm on Friday, October 7, 2011 in the District of Lantzville ofďŹ ces. Tender Documents may be obtained as follows: A) In PDF format from the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website www.lantzville.ca;; or B) In hard copy format from the District of Lantzville, 7192 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Facsimile and electronic tender submissions will NOT be accepted. Duration of offer must be a minimum of thirty (30) days. For further information, please contact: Fred Spears, Director of Public Works District of Lantzville Telephone: 250-390-4006 Facsimile: 250-390-5188 email: spears@lantzville.ca p


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• CPRC with AED - Oct. 22 (days) - Oct. 12 & 13 (eves) • CPRC for Healthcare Providers - Oct. 23 • CPRC Renewal with AED - Sept. 29 • Marine Advanced First Aid - Oct. 10 - 14

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LOG TRUCK mechanic for Kurt Leroy Trucking LTD. Welding an asset. Ben. inc. To start immed. Campbell River. Fax resume to 250-287-9914.

RECRUITING JOLLY Gentlemen for the 2011 Festive season this is a seasonal position within a retail environment. The applicant must be charismatic, jovial, patient and must be great with kids. Criminal Record Check will be req’d. Please email resume to spotlight@shaw.ca or phone Jacqui 250-714-2555. Deadline Oct 1, 2011.

We are still hiring - Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-723-5051.

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PARTS COUNTER PERSON Experienced parts counter person required for North Island Ford Store. We pay competitive wages and offer benefits package. Email resume to: dlsales@telus.net

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• CPRC Renewal for Healthcare Providers

• Transport Endorsement

- Oct. 23 (10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

- Oct. 28

• Emergency for Community Care

• Standard First Aid for Industry CPRC & AED - Oct. 11 & 12

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FREE QUOTES, Large Truck: Rubbish Removal, yard waste etc. Same day service, starting $35.- $65/load + disposal fees. Moving, deliveries. Jason, 250-668-6851.

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MUG COLLECTION: Lots of different styles $20. 753-6008 OFFICE SWIVEL chair, with lrg upholstered back, good cond $24. obo. 250-390-3126. PORTABLE WHEELCHAIR$75. (250)753-8536. RADIOFLYER WAGON for 2 very exc cond $60 ($99 value) 250-619-5629 RED DEVIL propane portable BBQ with accessories, used twice, $70. Call 250-729-7146. SHOWER GLASS door, 42â&#x20AC;?x66â&#x20AC;?, brass trimming, like new, $40. (250)758-7328.

ELECTRICAL 1A ELECTRICIAN, licenced, bonded, Small Jobs Specialist, panel upgrades and renos. All work guaranteed since 1989. Rob at 250-732-PLUG (7584).

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Ivan 250-758-0371 HANDYPERSONS OLD FASHIONED HANDYMAN Drywall, tile, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting. Quality work. No HST. Reasonable prices. 250-616-9095.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS ACORN HOME SERVICES Home improvements. Repairs. Doors/windows. Custom made arbors, decks, sunrooms, awnings, fences & lots more! Garry, 250-591-7474. www.acornhomeservices.ca AGILE HOME REPAIR & Improvement. Fully insured, interior/exterior repairs and upgrades. Ian 250-714-8800. ALL TRADES- Home updates? Hardwood, Tile, Laminate, Kitchen & Bath Renos. All exterior RooďŹ ng, Siding, Decks & Fencing. References available. 250-722-0131. BLUE OX Home Services. Expert Handyman & Renovation Services: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall, tiling, painting, lawn & garden. Refs avail. Insured. 250-713-4409. BRYAN GRIFFIN CONSTRUCTION experienced in new home construction, home renos, doors & windows , vinyl siding & sofďŹ ts and more. Free estimates. 250-390-2601. HOME RENOVATIONS: Carpentry, kitchens & baths; plumbing, ceramic tile. Free Estimates (250)756-2096. RENOVATE NOW! Expanding or renovating your home/bathroom/kitchen/basement? Roofing & ďŹ nish carpentry also available. No job too small. Free estimates. Guaranteed/ Insured Richard 250-729-7809

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MOVING & STORAGE 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)753-6633.

PET CARE SERVICES CAT SITTING: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll care for your cherished feline(s) in my clean, quiet, loving home (no cages). Now accepting bookings. 7 day minimum stay. Long term rates available. 250-740-5554

CHEST OF 6 drawers, great condition, $40. Call 250-7290444.

GOLF CLUB set, ladies custom made, right hand w/ bag & cart, $99. (250)758-0854. KITCHEN COUNTER Top, $75. Dining room lights, $24. (250)619-1254.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE BUILDING SUPPLIES Steel Buildings. Reduced Factory Inventory. 30x36 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reg $15,850 Now $12,600; 36x58 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reg $21,900 Now $18,800 48x96 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reg $48,700 Now $41,900. 81x130 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reg $121,500 Now $103,900 Source# 1G8 800-964-8335

PAINTING A-ONE PAINTING and Wallpapering. Serving Nanaimo for 28 years . Senior Discount. Free estimates. 250-741-0451 Vancouver Island Painting Interior ~ Exterior FREE ESTIMATES. (250) 667-1189

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RETIRED PLUMBER Journeyman. Repairs & renovations. (250)390-1982

ATTRACTIVE FREE standing gas ďŹ replace, natural gas only, $50. Call 250-714-3280.

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WHITE WESTINGHOUSE fridge, 30”Wx6’”Hx25”D, clean, runs well, $95. 250-751-5257.

DOWNTOWN AREA. Delightful ocean front condo in Promenade complex, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, close to all amens, N/P, N/S, ref’s. Avail immed, $1200 mo. Call Island West Realty 250-753-8111.

FUEL/FIREWOOD SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords, fast delivery. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com or 1877-902-WOOD.

FURNITURE BRAND New LUXURY Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set (in original Package) left over from LARGE hotel order.800 coils. MSRP$1299.00 Liquida- tion Price $490.00. (11 available) Kings $790.00. Includes both boxspring/ mattress.. Delivery available. text or call 1 250 334 7527 to reserve a set.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

REAL ESTATE ACREAGE 82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. www.bchomesforsale.com/ view/lonebutte/ann/

FOR SALE BY OWNER OCEANFRONT Fanny Bay BC, immaculate rancher in excellent condition inside and out, .48 acre property. Open concept living area, perfect for entertaining. Remodeled kitchen with hardwood and heated tile floors, 2 bdrms, 2 full bths. New price $615,000 (will look at all reasonable offers) 1305 sq.ft. (250)861-3218.

MORTGAGES Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-685-6181 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca

RECREATIONAL PROPERTY RARE OPPORTUNITY: waterfront property on beautiful Jim Lake, .83-acre with 360 sq ft insulated cabin, located near Green Lake/Watch Lake (70 Mile House). Rare privacy, only three lots on the lake, good fishing for rainbows to 10 lbs, nice swimming, surrounded by crown land. Great trails for hiking, ATV and snowmobile. Seasonal 10-km back road access in 4x4 or pick-up. FSBO. $230,000. 250-3950599. (Please see bchomesforsale.com/70mile/frank.)

DOWNTOWN NANAIMO: Lge 2 B/R, 1 bath, private balcony/ocean view. N/P $750/M. Also available, 1 B/R lower suite. 250-729-1997 HOSPITAL AREA- 1 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $700. (250)716-3305.

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NANAIMO- CLEAN, quiet 1 bdrm suites. Available Oct. 1. Hot water included, on bus route. $510/mo. 1 year signed lease required, ref’s & credit check req’d. Please call 250754-8411. NANAIMO (DOWNTOWN) ocean view, furnished luxury, 1 bdrm w/den condo, 3 yrs old “Vivo Bldg” $1050, inclds utils & underground parking. Call 250-510-6555. NANAIMO: FAMILY sized living, small or large families needed, lots of green space to grow & play. 2 bdrm only $875, 3 bdrm only $1050. Heat/water incld’d. Call 250268-7368. NORTH NANAIMO: large, quiet 2bdrm, 3rd floor with view, 4724 Uplands. Available Oct 1st. $850. (250)741-4706.

NORTH NANAIMO Must see! Updated 2 bdrm Apartment. Near Country Club Mall. Oct. 1or Nov. 1. Quiet bldg, intercom entry, on-site manager. Free H/W, From $815.

Call 250-758-1246. OLD CITY Charm, unmatched, beautiful building. Fabulous style. Clean & quiet 2bdrm condo. 5 appli’s and fireplace. N/S, N/P. $850. (250)754-2207. QUARTERWAY 1BDRM level entry, 55 yrs+, $575. incl cbl., avail now. 250-616-8755.

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ew, attractive and energyefficient homes built by local companies will be on display during the Canadian Home Builders AssociationCentral Vancouver Island inaugural Parade of Homes. Already a popular event in other B.C. communities, Parade of Homes is being introduced in the Nanaimo area to offer new home buyers and those thinking of remodeling an opportunity to see and ask questions about new products, technologies and designs from a variety of local professional builders, land developers and product suppliers, said Dayna Aysals, CHBA executive officer. “Parade of Homes in other parts of the country are huge once they’re established and like anything it’s challenging being the first annual because we need to get people to know what it is and secondly to get people to participate,” said Aysals. “And unlike Street of Dreams, which features elite houses, these are local, professionally built homes for the everyday person who is looking at building, renovating or remodeling.” All of the eight homes, which are in various stages of completion, are available for purchase and provide an opportunity for local homebuilders to showcase their high level of quality. This year’s parade will feature the CHBA’s Stonewater Showcase Home in the Hawthorne community, built on the

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site of the former Green Home that was the victim of arson last year. Through the generosity of the community and industry partners, the home has been rebuilt and will serve as a fundraiser for the CHBA-CVI and its provincial office. Scheduled to be fully completed by next week, the Stonewater Showcase Home won’t have the leading-edge environmental technology of its predecessor, but it will still be highly efficient and

esthetic, and sold at an attractive price. “Some of the things donated first time around, some people couldn’t do it again,” said Aysals. “When people donate it kind of takes the wind out of your sails to have something burn to the ground when you’re three-quarters of the way done. It took a while, everybody took a deep breath, and then we decided to do it all over again. Members were even more generous this time around.” The Stonewater house also features a

Home locations: ◆ Stonewater Showcase Home, Parade of Home headquarters, at 583 Stonewater Dr. ◆ 575 Sarum Way, located in Hawthorne Community and built by InSight ◆ 626 Sarum Way, located in Hawthorne Community and built by Palladian ◆ Lot 196 Westwood Road, a new development in Westwood Lake area by Westmark ◆ 3436 Ocean Mist Place, Rockwood Estates executive townhomes by Hazlewood Holdings ◆ 4821 Laguna Way, a contemporary home with panoramic views of Georgia Strait by Pheasant Hills Homes ◆ 6172 Nitinat Way, a Carmanah subidivision home built by Palladian ◆ 34-5251 West Island Highway, Qualicum Landing, CARE award-winning waterfront location built by Palladian

two-bedroom carriage house built above a two-car garage. The carriage house is a relatively new type of housing in Nanaimo designed to increase housing density and provide more and varied housing opportunities for residents. The parade, which takes place Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the first day of National Renovation Month in Canada, will have contractors, lighting experts, decorators, appliance specialists and designers stationed at each of the eight homes on the tour to offer assistance and ideas. The homes themselves were built by local developers including InSight Holdings, Palladian Developments and Westmark Construction, all of whom earned Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence awards last week at a ceremony in Victoria. A one-time fee of $10 per couple will provide people with entry to all of the participating homes along with a chance to enter to win a super deluxe gas barbecue worth $1,000 courtesy of FortisBC. Register online at www.chbaparadeofhomes.ca or call the CHBA-CVI office at 250-755-1366. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Developer picks up prizes at CARE awards A Nanaimo developer’s project picked up three awards at the 2011 CARE Awards, put on by the Canadian Home Build-

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Keeping heat in improves comfort the floor. It is usually With the sudden not expensive to seal advent of fall, we are these leaks. reminded that winter is not far away. It is One caution is that time to prepare our indoor air quality can homes and other build- be compromised if ings for the cold and there are not enough the wet. air exchanges. A How best house has to keep the to be able to ENERGY heat in, to breathe. SOLUTIONS make our Windows, Ian Gartshore homes and especially other buildin wellings cominsulated, fortable? tighter Here are a homes are few of the often the more comnumber one mon tips to source of consider. heat loss Air leaks (and gain in can account for up to the summer). 40 per cent of a buildMany homes and ing’s energy losses, other buildings still especially if there is have single-pane a fireplace or if the glass windows and building has many skylights, allowing air leaks – includabout 80 per cent of ing around fireplace the radiant heat to inserts. pass straight through. Otherwise, the most Double thermo-pane typical places to look windows are betfor leaks are around ter, but still offer doors and windows, at little resistance to heat wall receptacles and transfer. switches, and where Energy Star Zone C main outer walls meet and D windows, which have two or three thin inner coatings of radiant heat-reflecting layers, should always be considered. A common practice on the Prairies a century ago still works even better: rolling aluminum foil into

windows at night-time. All that radiant heat is reflected back indoors. There are other products that can also be used. Lastly, wasted hot water: we invest a lot of energy into heating up the water – only to throw it back down into the cold ground. Heat recovery systems are not expensive and can claim over 40 per cent of otherwise wasted energy by having it pre-heat fresh water before supplying the hot water tank. Provincial code should make this mandatory in new buildings as it could save us 15 per cent on our energy bills, extend the life of hot water tanks, and more. Other tidbits: install 12” of attic insulation, insulate basement or crawl-space concrete walls and floors (or the crawl-space ceiling), and insulate all hot water lines, especially if re-circulation pumps are in use. Staying warm and comfortable is possible while saving money and energy. ◆ Ian Gartshore is a certified energy advisor and chairs the nonprofit Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island.

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Province’s housing market to slow, credit union says The British Columbia housing market will slow this year and total sales will drop slightly from 2010, says a new report released today by Central 1 Credit Union. Total home sales are forecast to reach 88,200 units by the end of this year, a slight decline of less than one per cent from 2010. Resale home transactions are forecast to end the year 4.7 per cent ahead of 2010, but new home transactions will lag by 26 per cent. While sales will remain soft, the median price will rise 6.8 per cent to $417,000, says economist Bryan Yu. “The real estate market will remain stable for the next couple years, weighed down by global economic issues, moderate employment and population growth and changes to mortgage insurance rules,” Yu said. Next year total home sales are expected to increase by about 3.4 per cent, driven by higher new home sales, while resales of existing homes will decline. But home sales are unlikely

to drop dramatically because mortgage rates remain at record lows, maintaining home affordability, the report says. Plans to remove the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and return to a Provincial Sales Tax/Goods and Services Tax regime will probably result in some homebuyers delaying purchases until 2013. “People looking at new homes priced over $525,000 may very well wait until the tax changes lower the 12 per cent hit they face,” Yu said. Yu says concerns about a possible dramatic price drop in Vancouver are overblown. “Our research shows few signs that speculators are overly active in the Vancouver market, which means we are unlikely to see a speculation-induced bust,” Yu said. “As well, price jumps that have received media attention have been in localized areas and we have not seen a region-wide price surge.” The inventory of new and resale homes is not high so is not likely to lead to a substantial price drop.

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PARADE OF HOMES HEADQUARTERS: 583 Stonewater Drive, Nanaimo, the CHBA Stonewater Showcase Home at Hawthorne built by the professionals of the CHBACentral Vancouver Island

This Parade offers new home buyers and those thinking of remodeling, an opportunity to see and ask questions about new products, technologies and outstanding designs from a variety of local Professional Builders, Land Developers and Product Suppliers.

626 Sarum Rise Way, Nanaimo in the centrally located Hawthorne community built by Palladian Developments

This year’s parade will also feature the CHBA’s Stonewater Showcase Home at Hawthorne. This high-end residence has been constructed with the generous support of numerous local and national industry partners. The project originated as a joint venture between Vancouver & Central Vancouver Island CHBA’s to raise funds and awareness of the high quality of workmanship our local building community provides. It introduced the ‘coach house’ to our area and held educational demonstrations and seminars before arson took it all away. Now rising from the ashes, through contributions from our CHBA members for a second time, the Stonewater Showcase Home at Hawthorne is a beauty and will be open for tours next Saturday, October 1st! The Stonewater Showcase Home at Hawthorne will be the headquarters for the Parade of Homes and it along with the rest of the homes listed below will have CHBA members on site to discuss sustainable construction processes and products. CHBA Builders are opening the following homes to the public, Saturday, October 1st from 10am-4pm.

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