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Former Harmac mill employees seeking millions in lost benefits BY CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWS BULLETIN

Nearly 50 retired workers of the former Pope & Talbot Harmac pulp mill are part of a registered class-action lawsuit challenging reductions to their pension plan. The suit – against Alan Clark, retired superintendent of pensions for B.C.; the Financial Institutions Commission for B.C.; the Province of B.C.; and Morneau Sheppell Inc. – involves 88 retired Pope & Talbot salaried employees who worked at the company’s B.C. operations in Nanaimo, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Fort St. James and Midway before it went bankrupt in 2008. The employees, and widows of those employees, are suing because steep reductions to their pensions were ordered, resulting in losses of about $3 million and ongoing losses estimated to be more than $15 million. ◆ See ‘PENSION’ /4


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A Nanaimo school trustee has reversed her decision to give up her seat on the school board. Donna Allen, who was elected for a third term on the school board Nov. 19, announced Dec. 1 she would not take the oath of office because she wanted to campaign for legislative changes that would require all trustee candidates to undergo criminal record checks and disclose the results to voters. She changed her mind and was sworn into office Friday morning. In the two weeks since her decision not to take the oath of office, Allen said numerous people contacted her, urging her to continue campaigning for legislative changes, but to do so while remaining a school trustee. “There’s been so much pressure to go back on the board, to work from within,” she said. “People believe I can do my best work from there.” Allen previously believed she could not lobby for changes and remain on the board because she thought she would cause a distraction, as newly elected trustee Bill Bard has a criminal record. Bard was found guilty of production of a controlled substance in 2006 and given a one-year conditional sentence. ◆ See ‘ALLEN’ ‘ /6





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RCMP arrest trio with stolen items Bikes, computers and car parts were among the stolen items netted when Mounties searched a residence in central Nanaimo Thursday. Police moved in on the residence on Lorne Place, in the hospital area, at about 4 p.m. Thursday. One man, 27, and two women, 27 and 25, were arrested in the home. Police seized computer towers, three laptops, eight USB memory sticks, personal credit card data and identification from a variety of people. Mounties also found high-end mountain bikes, four truck tires, rims and a small amount of marijuana and crystal methamphetamine. The male suspect was held in custody and was scheduled to appear in court to face charges of possession of stolen property Friday. Both women face recommended charges of possession of stolen property and were released on promises to appear in court March 13.

Mounties identify man found dead Nanaimo RCMP have identified a man found dead in the backyard of a home in the 700 block of Fitzwilliam Street Christopher William Lauzon, 37, a resident of Nanaimo, was found dead by a homeowner Sunday at about 3 p.m. Police remain puzzled as to how and why Lauzon ended up where he did, but preliminary results of a forensic autopsy show that foul play was not a contributing factor in his death. Nanaimo RCMP and the B.C. Coroners service are continuing their investigation and are asking anybody with information on the activities of Lauzon prior to the discovery of his body to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or online at www.

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Store’s community impact recognized I BUSINESS ON SHORT-LIST for provincial award.



Nanaimo mother’s dream of helping families and the environment at the same time has paid off with recognition through a provincewide contest. Kit n’ Caboodle Quality Children’s Consignment Ltd. on Bowen Road is shortlisted for Small Business B.C.’s ninth annual Successful You Awards in the best community impact category. Nominees in six categories were selected by residents who benefit from these businesses and 10 semi-finalists for each category were selected based on online voting results. Nicole Hindman, owner/operator of Kit n’ Caboodle, said she hasn’t found out yet who nominated her for the contest, but the publicity is more than welcome. “I want to let moms know I’m here,” she said. Hindman opened the business in December 2009 because there wasn’t


Nicole Hindman, owner of Kit n’ Caboodle Quality Children’s Consignment, cuddles up with some hooded bath towels made by a local mom that are for sale at her shop. The store on Bowen Road sells both quality used children’s items and some new products, including locally made wares.

another consignment store for children’s items in town. Her goals were to help parents save money and save the environment. “I know, being a parent of two, how fast kids grow out of stuff,” said Hindman. “A lot of used children’s stuff just ends up in the landfill because people don’t know what to do with it.”

The store sells quality used toys, clothing, furniture and other items, and gives parents who bring in the items either a portion of the sale or store credit so that families can purchase the next size up – or higher-end brands – at an affordable price. Hindman also carries new product lines and items produced by local moms.

People can shop in the store on Bowen Road or online at www.knckids. com. If items donated by the community stay on the floor too long, Hindman gives them to the CrossRoads Crisis Pregnancy Centre and The Ferns Association for Young Children and Families. Bonnie Moody, executive

director of CrossRoads, said the donations are a significant help for the organization, which provides mothers in need with clothing and other items for children up to two years old. The top five finalists in each category will be chosen by a panel of staff from Small Business B.C. based on a more in-depth application from each semi-finalist. The finalists will then do an oral presentation in front of a panel of judges from the B.C. business community in February. Final winners will be announced Feb. 28 during a ceremony at the Pan Pacific hotel in downtown Vancouver. Bridget Field, products and services coordinator for Small Business B.C., said winners benefit from the increased exposure the contest gives them and also get a chance to get tips from business experts during the oral presentation. She said the 60 firstround finalists were chosen from 162 nominees. Best community impact is one of two new categories added this year. For more information, please go to

School trustees head to class to improve board effectiveness BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

Nanaimo’s new school board started its first day of trustee school Thursday with an eight-hour training session. In September, the previous board approved a $25,000 program of board development led by Craig Melvin, former CEO of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Jamie Brennan, school board chairman, said the sessions, which are slated

to take place between December and March, will help the board work better together and be more effective. The sessions focus on relationship building, identifying differences and challenges, acknowledging common ground, goal setting, and determining how relationships between trustees and staff and between trustees themselves should be established. “If the result is we form a board that is respect-

ful, purposeful and gets things done for students, it will be worth it,” said Brennan. The program is a recommendation from new superintendent Dave Hutchinson. During the superintendent recruiting process last spring, the previous board identified three priority areas it wanted the new superintendent to focus on: board performance, labour relations and student achievement.

A consultant’s report made public earlier this fall found that trustees and staff are spending too much time attending committee meetings, discussions are sometimes repeated at dif ferent meetings, some trustees were suspicious of other trustees’ motives and senior staff sometimes felt that their advice was not believed or valued. Recommendations from the report, which was referred to the board development process, included


that trustees meet informally with senior staff to help develop a mutually supportive professional working relationship, and for the board to ensure it focuses more on creating policy and less on operational management.

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Pay-penalties sought for teachers I EMPLOYERS ASK for reconsideration by labour board.


The B.C. Public School Employers’ Association wants the Labour Relations Board to reconsider its request to charge the teachers’ union for work teachers are refusing to do as part of job action. Last month, the board denied the employers’ association’s application that would require teachers to prepare and distribute report cards and require the B.C. Teachers’ Federation – upon notice from the association – to pay school districts an amount equal to 15 per cent of teachers’ gross salaries and benefits each month for work that teachers are not performing during job action.

On Tuesday, the employers’ association applied for reconsideration of the financial part of the decision, arguing that an imbalance in the controlled strike environment was created by the union carrying out job action without any financial consequences. “We have a strike and there’s lots of pressure on the employer, but there’s none on the union,” said Melanie Joy, BCPSEA chairwoman. “We’re trying to use all the tools we possibly can to move [bargaining] forward.” Justin Green, first vice-president of the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association, said if the board grants the employers’ association the power to charge the union 15 per cent of teachers’ salaries and benefits, it would cost the BCTF millions of dollars every month. “It wouldn’t take us long to be out of money,” he said. “If they’re suggesting that report

cards and supervision is 15 per cent of our job, I’d like to see them prove that. We’re still working the same hours.” Green said teachers are fulfilling all requirements set out for job action last summer – teachers are still teaching and assessing students, parents are getting feedback, albeit not in the form of a formal report card, and grades will be provided for those students who need them for graduation, post-secondary and/or scholarship applications. For all other students, he said teachers are maintaining records for students, but these records will not be sent to administrators. Meanwhile, the union and employers’ association concluded the 62nd day of bargaining – and the final day of talks before the Christmas break – on Monday. Green said discussions are not moving anywhere because

on top of the employers coming to the table with no extra money, the association also wants to make changes that put more power in the hands of administrators. “They’re really pushing towards complete managerial rights,” he said. “It’s not just net zero, it’s sub-zero.” He said one proposal from the employer’s association would take out seniority provisions for filling vacant positions, which is a problem in terms of employment security. Joy said the two sides are still far apart and the union had refused to discuss anything the employer has proposed. “There has been some discussions on a couple things, but until the BCTF recognizes and comes to terms with the net zero, we have a long ways to go,” she said. Bargaining resumes Jan. 4.

Pension underfunded when mill’s former owner went bankrupt ◆ From /1 William Faminoff, lawyer for the retired employees, said in a press release that at the

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The suit alleges the superintendent of pensions contacted Pope & Talbot’s management in the company’s final months, demanding it get rid of the priority provisions, and when it refused to do so, he took matters into his own hands and ordered that the provisions be disregarded. The pensioners claim the superintendent had no authority to overrule the terms of a registered pension plan. Donald Stewart, a member of the suit’s steering committee, worked at Harmac as a maintenance supervisor from 1968 to 2004 and had no idea there was trouble with the plan until a 2010 letter from Morneau Sheppell, the company hired by the superintendent of pensions to administer the pension plan, indicated the pensions

would be reduced by 30 per cent retroactive to 2008. “There was a contract in place that we would receive the pension for the rest of our lives and all of a sudden it’s reduced 30 per cent by no fault of our own,” he said. “It’s less retirement income and now we have to rework our priorities.” Stewart wants the pension plan reinstated but has no idea on a timeline for the suit. “It’s been registered in the courts and right now lawyers are talking to lawyers,” he said. “There’s no real timeline but we’re hoping it’s sooner than later.” The Harmac mill was bought out of bankruptcy by a group of employees and private investors in 2008 and is running profitably.



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Fatal-crash trial put over BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

The trial of a Nanaimo woman facing impaired and dangerous driving charges following a tragic car crash three years ago will not be over before Christmas. Clare Bekkers, 38, is facing eight charges following a car crash on the Island Highway Dec. 22, 2008 that killed her two sons and injured her two daughters. Bekkers, driving northbound on the Island High-

way, crossed the centre line into southbound traffic, triggering a multi-car collision. Her trial in Supreme Court in Nanaimo started in September and was adjourned several times over the past few months. The trial was scheduled to continue this week, but Crown counsel Frank Dubenski said court proceedings adjourned after about one hour Wednesday. “The Crown asked for an adjournment in order to obtain our own mechanical engineer

to consider the evidence of the defence expert,” he said. “We were taken by surprise by certain aspects of the expert’s opinion that hadn’t been previously disclosed to the Crown.” Last week, the defence called Geoff Evans, a civil engineer with a background in forensic accident analysis, to give his opinion of what happened leading up to the car crash. The case is back in court Jan. 16 to fix a date for continuation of the trial.

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A coalition of 22 health and environmental groups is calling on the provincial government to implement a provincewide ban on pesticides for cosmetic use. The challenge was issued in the midst of a government-led public consultation on the subject, which wrapped up Friday. The group, which includes such organizations as the Canadian Cancer Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace and the Public Health Association of B.C., says the province needs to act fast to protect the health of its citizens, especially children. “There are a number of municipalities – now 39 – that have adopted pesticide bylaws, but this doesn’t protect all British Columbia children from the unnecessary effects of these chemicals,” said Kathryn Seely, public issues director with the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. & Yukon division. Those effects can be very serious, even deadly, said Gideon Forman, the executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, a Toronto-based group with more than 5,000 members nationwide. “Science that we’ve reviewed suggests that kids, in particular, are at a much greater risk for cancer and neurological ill-

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Parents join push for trustee background checks BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

Two Nanaimo parents are lobbying for provincial le gislation requiring school trustee candidates to undergo criminal record checks after a trustee with a crimi-

nal record was elected last month. Kerry Gaultois sent e-mails to provincial politicians, including Nanaimo MLAs, the education minister and Premier Christy Clark, asking that the le gislation be amended to require

disclosure of each candidate’s criminal background. “I’m sure it must be an oversight,� she said. “I think it’s the public’s right to know – this is our kids’ safety we’re talking about.� People are only

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restricted from running for office or holding office if they are serving time in jail for an indictable offence. The issue was brought to Gaultois’s attention when she read in a newspaper that Bard has a criminal record. Bard was found guilty of production of a controlled substance in 2006 and given a one-year conditional sentence. “I thought, ‘How can this be?’� said Gaultois. “I started looking into it and discovered they didn’t need criminal record checks. It’s a gap. [Trustees] go into schools and they interact with kids.� She’s concer ned someone with a history of violence or child exploitation could be elected. Trustees are supposed to serve as role models for students, Gaultois added. J a c q u e s M a j o r, whose youngest child

graduates from sec- written in legislation, ondary school this political parties do year, also plans on their own screening writing letters to local of candidates. MLAs. “My general view “The law is anti- is when you run for quated and has to be public office, your life updated,� is an open he said. “My book and complaint you have to is the law be prepared is not evento explain handed.� and account E v e r y for what you one else have done in who works the past,� he with chilsaid. “I file dren, such financial disas teachers, closure every has to have year, it’s just BARD a criminal part of it. If record check, said you’re bankrupt, you Major. can’t sit in the legisSomeone who has lature.� made a bad judgeBard said he didn’t ment in the past is not put his record in his necessarily the right nomination papers person to help man- because it wasn’t age public money, he required. added. “If the legislation is L e o n a r d K r o g , changed, I will hapNanaimo NDP MLA, pily do that,� he said. said at the provincial “The message I would level, while there is send to kids is, ‘Look no disclosure require- at what I’ve done and ment for nominees it’s cost me dearly.’ If

I could go back, everything would have been very different.� Ja m i e B re n n a n , school board chairman, said Bard followed the electoral process. “We’re just going to move on,� said Brennan. “We don’t need any more distractions. We’ve got work to do.� George Abbott, Education Minister, said in an e-mailed response that there is a criminal record check system for teachers and others who work with children, but applying that standard to someone who proposes to be a school trustee is a different question. “ I w i l l h ave t o explore that question, it’s not one that’s debated at the ministry or cabinet yet, but I’m glad to think about it, glad to consider it,� he said.

Allen aims to keep working for change ◆ From /1 problems with workAnother factor in ing with Bard on the Allen’s decision is cost board. of the byelection, she “As far as I’m consaid. cerned, Bill was simBecause she resigned ply the catalyst,� said so soon after the elecAllen. “This isn’t tion, Allen thought the about Bill. This is district could simply about are we going swear in the candidate to move forward and who finished tenth in make changes for the ALLEN the polls. safety of the children? “I don’t want to put I think people have to the people, the taxpayer, an shown clearly in the past two additional $100,000 expense,� weeks that they value my work said Allen. “I had never antici- on the board.� pated the need for a byelecAllen plans to ask the board tion.� to raise the issue at the B.C. She doesn’t anticipate any School Trustees’ Association’s

annual general meeting. Phil Turin, secretary-treasurer for Nanaimo school district, said holding another election would have been a tremendous amount of work for district staff. “It’s great that we’ll have a full board and that we won’t have to go through a byelection,� he said.

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New support group forms for epilepsy seizure sufferers BY RACHEL STERN THE NEWS BULLETIN


Paradise Cityscapes landscapers install the green roof at Vancouver Island University’s Shq’apthut: A Gathering Place.

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he Gathering Place for First Nations and other students at Vancouver Island University is now covered with native grasses and other species. A crew from Victoria-based Paradise Cityscapes laid a membrane, spread a layer of growing media and planted sedum, fescues and other plants that are well suited to growing conditions on the 3,000-square-foot roof of Shq’apthut: A Gathering Place. Some of the young plants were grown by students in VIU’s Horticultural Technician Foundation Program with others brought in. Laura-Jean Kelly, an instructor at VIU’s G.R. Paine Horticulture Centre, said the new roof is a valuable teaching tool for students in the horticultural technician foundation certificate program. Students who are just completing the one-year program have grown the plant stock throughout their term. They’ve learned about plant selection based on species that can thrive in a five centimetre thick mixture of pumice and compost and survive long spells of hot, dry weather as well as heavy rainfall and cold. New horticulture students starting January will have the opportunity to see the roof mature and learn how to keep it healthy. “With all the green roofs that are being installed, there’s a need to teach students about their design, benefits and how to maintain them,” said Kelly.

Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular in modern buildings for several environmental reasons. The plant material and soil absorb rainfall and slow down and reduce the runoff that ends up in municipal sewer systems – often after it has collected pollutants along the way. The organic material is also efficient at insulating buildings and reducing consumption of energy to keep the interior warm in winter and cool in summer. The roof was installed with the help of $25,000 donation from VIU Students’ Union.

It’s a big unknown and it’s an important question.

In addition to improved water retention and energy efficiency, the roof will be used for research into the capacity for green roofs to sequester carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. David Gaumont-Guay, a biology professor, will monitor carbon dioxide levels on the Gathering Place roof and other green roofs, including VIU’s new Cowichan campus, the Regional District of Nanaimo’s transit facility and the offices of Island West Coast Development.

It is part of a multi-year research project supported by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund. Gaumont-Guay’s Biometeorology Research Group uses instruments that measure weather conditions and carbon-exchange levels on each of the four roofs and track changes that occur throughout the seasons. “We want to find out how much green roofs can fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and put it into the biomass – the plants – or put it into the soil,” said Gaumont-Guay. Plant material is also effective in reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It’s one of the reasons forested areas are so important in mitigating the vast amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, said Gaumont-Guay. He was surprised at the lack of research into the carbon offset potential of green roofs and he sees a real need to measure levels of carbon dioxide on the roofs. “It’s a big unknown and it’s an important question,” he said. Kelly included a curving line of grasses in her design for the roof to pay tribute to Charles David Keeling a scientist who pioneered research into CO2 levels in the atmosphere starting in the late 1950s. The curve on the roof symbolizes the rise and fall of CO2 levels throughout the seasons. Keeling’s measurements showed the natural changes throughout the year as plants grow and later decay.

Seizure suffers now have a place to share thoughts and emotions with others facing the same issues with the creation of an epilepsy support group in Nanaimo. Kelsey Cullen began working on forming the group last summer and contacted the B.C. Epilepsy Society for help. “It’s very good. She’s gung-ho and really wants to start a good support group for people,” said Marlyn Chow, B.C. Epilepsy Society support service coordinator. The inaugural meeting was held in November, but there weren’t as many participants as Cullen hoped. She wants to spread the word that the group is available for peo◆ EPILEPSY SUPPORT ple suffering from group looking for a epilepsy, their place to hold January family and friends meeting. For more to talk in a safe information about the and welcoming Nanaimo epilepsy environment. support group, please Cullen was moticall 250-618-7034 or vated to form the e-mail efriendsnanaimo@ group because a friend suffers seizures and she has witnessed the effect it has on her friend’s life. When her friend has a seizure, she relies heavily on family and friends to help her. “It’s very dangerous after her seizures. Her body is tired because the muscles contract everywhere and she is really out of it mentally,” said Cullen. “It takes her a few minutes to recover before she makes any sense at all and she won’t remember things for hours afterward.” In her work as a psychiatric nurse, Cullen has also seen other people who suffer from seizures and knows the emotional and physical toll it can take. She has also seen the positive impact support groups have. Chow said support groups allow people to share their emotions and talk with people going through the same issues and facing the same stigma. Cullen is trying to arrange a meeting for January, but is currently trying to find a place to hold a meeting. She’s open to suggestions from group participants about how they want the group to evolve. For more information about the Nanaimo epilepsy support group, please call 250-618-7034 or e-mail For more information about the B.C. Epilepsy Society, please call 1-604-875-6704 or go to


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Leadership at topp needed Local governments are increasingly making efforts to reduce their environmental footprints, especially where it involves greenhouse gases. Most have emission-reduction targets in place. So what does it say to those municipalities and individuals when the top level of government is backing away from plans to be part of the global climate change solution? The Conservatives paid lip service to the problem when Environment Minister Peter Kent said Canada planned to “work toward a new international climate regime which will include all the major emitters.” Rather than continuing in a leadership position in this critical time of international co-operation and broad acknowledgement of the effects of climate change, Canada is saying it doesn’t want to play ball unless the U.S. – by far the world’s largest polluter, although China is fast catching up – is on its team. The U.S. has refused to join the Kyoto Protocol from Day 1 for wholly protectionist reasons. That the Conservatives are choosing a similar path – eyes sharply focused on the revenue-rich oil sands – shows more weakness than leadership. The fact emerging superpower China assumed a leadership position at the recent international climate conference in Durban when Canada, No. 8 on the polluters list, so clearly distanced itself from one, clearly indicates we’re moving in the wrong direction. The effects of climate change won’t get put on hold just because governments decide that for now, they must throw all their energies into economic recovery. Sadly, this step backward in Canada’s efforts to be part of the solution could have the net effect of reducing the longterm economic prospects. Ironically, the people making such decisions now likely won’t be around to witness the aftermath of their short-sighted choices. 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

Gas wars competition, not collusion

Gas always gets people talking. of times over the years, and read Gas prices, anyway, flatulence the reasoning in other reporters’ is slightly more taboo subject in stories, but it still doesn’t quite most social circles. add up. At least a few letters to the ediI guess it would suffice to say I’m tor (and phone calls) each month generally as confused as the guy at lament the disparity in prices the next pump over. across the Island, usually suggestExcept when it comes to these ing some form of price-fixing or recent price wars. That’s easy. collusion among the Big Oil comThey’ve both – in the Comox panies. Valley and Greater Sometimes the writVictoria – resulted from WRIGHT ers and callers even Costco moving more TURN suggest we’re in on it aggressively into the (the media, I mean), fuel retail business. Mitch Wright since we’re not putting The big-box retail Managing Editor our vast investigative giant is looking to resources into delving draw new customers to the root of the corwith low pricing and ruption. in order to compete, It happened a while the other stations must back when gas prices follow suit or lose their in the Comox Valley loyal (unless the goods dropped dramatically are cheaper elsewhere) and again this week as followers. That’s how the gas stations in Victoria began gas wars go. posting fuel prices under $1. It’s good for motorists looking Cue the lineups at the pumps to save a few bucks on filling the and the outcry over corruption SUV, and probably ffor the big guys from those of us left out of the setting the price pace, but genercost-savings loop. ally not good for business. I’m in Duncan a couple times Profit margins on gas and diesel a week for my volunteer involveare ridiculously slim once it reachments and generally fill up down es the retail stage, which would there, since pump prices are conbe why all but a few holdouts sistently a few cents cheaper. have moved to the convenience or Truth be told, I generally don’t corner store scheme – they make understand how gas prices are set their cash on the chips and lotto nor how they can vary so signifitickets and milk and bread. cantly from one community to the Gas is just what gets you on the next. lot. And until the province legisI’ve had the system explained lated pay-at-the-pump a few years to me by the experts a number back to protect late-night workers,

it was also what got customers in the door to buy all those goodies and pay the workers’ salaries. Pre-paying for fuel was a smart move on safety, but likely not so good for business, especially for the small, independent station owners trying to make a living. When the gas war erupted in the Comox Valley, several business owners in that exact situation were crying foul over the big-box bullies cutting them out of the market. They complied with lowered prices just to keep some money coming in on the revenue side, but claimed doing so was a losing proposition and wouldn’t survive if the price war dragged on. Sound familiar? It’s the same argument small retailers shouted a the big-box explosion started taking hold in the North American retail market. As customers flocked to the warehouses to save 30 cents on a four-litre tub of mayonnaise, their faithful corner stores worried they’d have few customers left. Many survived the challenge, but many others did not. When it comes to gas wars, there’s no real mystery – someone upsets the apple cart looking to draw customers away from competitors, who in turn follow suit trying to hold on to their clients. There’s no collusion or corruption, especially when the lowered prices often end up costing the retailer money.


Saturday, December 17, 2011 Nanaimo News Bulletin

Columnist’s eco-views raise questions

To the Editor, Re: B.C. an eco-propaganda playground, B.C. Views, Dec. 8. Although I usually try to avoid Tom Fletcher’s syndicated columns, as they make me queasy, I did happen to read his latest contribution. In it he attacks anyone and everyone who would be so silly-headed as to voice opposition to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, including the First Nations bands all over B.C. which are opposed to allowing pipeline construction on their ancestral lands. Fletcher cites findings by ‘independent researcher’ Vivian Krause that scathingly expose a ‘huge money spill’ – that of certain ‘obscure organizations’ such as the Natural Resource Defence Council and the Living Oceans Society receiving funding from U.S.based foundations (gasp). Krause’s work is very popular right now among the laissezfaire libertarian pundits. It’s being ‘parroted’ (to use a favourite word of Fletcher’s) in many places, notably on the website of the ‘Ethical Oil’ promoters. The ‘Ethical Oil’ site states that it is an ‘independent, nonprofit, grassroots organization’ that receives no funding from political parties, although they do gratefully accept donations from corporations, especially those who produce ‘Ethical Oil’ (also known as tar sands oil). As an interesting side note, that site was started and run until recently by Alykhan Velshi, who formerly worked as director of communications for Conservative Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and is now re-joining the (officially) political fold as a hireling in

the PM’s office. Ethical Oil managed to raise enough money with their ‘grassroots fundraising’ to run slick TV ads, something their supposedly moneyed environmentalist detractors have apparently not been able to do. One tends to wonder how many billions of dollars have been spent on corporate greenwashing and ‘astroturf ’ (read: fake grassroots) organizations over the years, in comparison to the money spent on campaigns in defense of the ecological systems we depend on. There is (used to be?) a maxim in journalism: follow the money. Asking ‘who stands to benefit from this kind of propaganda/spin/etc.?’ is always a worthwhile and telling question. It’s something I had to ask about our local astroturf campaign. And I certainly found myself asking it about Fletcher’s opinion piece. Claire Gilmore Royston

Surcharges on cards an inappropriate cost To the Editor, The Competition Bureau is currently considering allowing businesses to add surcharges to the bills of customers who pay with a charge card. Businesses claim the fees they have to pay the credit card companies unfairly penalize their cash customers. They seem to ignore the benefits they receive from the credit card companies. With charge purchases, businesses don’t have to worry about bad cheques, delinquent accounts or counterfeit money. And charge card customers, on average, spend more.

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Customers having to wait in line behind someone trying to pay with a cheque, could also result in lost business. Or will we all be expected to run around shopping with wads of cash in our pockets. That could explain the federal government’s plans to build more prisons – to house all the resulting pick-pockets and muggers. Also, getting customers used to carrying large amounts of cash to get the best price would be a boon for the underground economy. It’s bad enough that airlines are allowed to advertise prices without including all the added fees and surcharges. Extending this practice to the rest of the business community does not seem like a step in the right direction. If this practice gets approved, it would mean the advertised price for a loaf of bread or jug of milk would only apply to cash customers. Next, can we expect transportation fuel surcharges on every-

thing and added levies if you shop on Sundays or holidays when labour costs are higher? Rather than going down this Orwellian route, the Competition Bureau should introduce rules to disallow all price add-ons. That way the advertised prices for airline tickets, ferry tickets and automobiles would be the price customers actually end up paying (plus tax, of course). Now that would be a step in the right direction. S.I. Petersen Nanaimo

Railway refurbishing will be costly, futile To the Editor, Re: Liberals can save rail, win NDP votes, Guest Comment, Dec. 3. How desperate can the Vancouver Island railway supporters be to get the funds from the provincial government? NDP voters will no more switch allegiances than vote for higher taxes to pay for government services. It is obvious that George Mortimore likes the NDP, wants the rail line to be reopened at phenomenal cost for very little payback. The only people making money will be the contractors who will refurbish the line, the suppliers who will provide the materials and in the short term the workers who will get paid to do the actual work. After all is finished, then the taxpayers will be stuck with the ongoing bills of maintenance, etc. And remember the refurbishing does not include all of the trestles on the Island. That is a multi-million dollar job. J. Sharpe Nanaimo


Trustee’s history should have been known to public To the Editor, Re: Trustee position won by election, Letters, Dec. 13. The writer states that Donna Allen and Eric Ricker are taking us back to the “bad old days” by trying to deprive Bill Bard of his human rights in suggesting that school trustees should not have a criminal record. What about the voters’ rights to know about the truth? What about our right to autonomously run our country according to our own values? How can democracy be effective if the truth is not transparent on a candidate’s past? Morally, it is everyone’s right to know the history of anyone running for a trustee and the obligation for the candidate to disclose. Growing pot may be a minor offence, but we must have the right to demand that those in leadership respect the law and reflect our highest standards of character and thus be a good example for the kids. In what the writer describes as the bad old days, there was also a lot of good, like low divorce rates, close-nit families and communities, high voter participation, traditional values, traditional role models, less mental illness, less crime, cheap real estate, and much more economic and agricultural self-sufficiency. I know several old classmates who have not missed a day being incessantly stoned on pot for 30 years and are messed up. Both legal and illegal drugs can be devastating. My father was an English professor and after a doctor prescribed him demerol, he soon became a dysfunctional demerol junkie, which led to my parents divorce and to him committing suicide three years later when I was 14. Holden Southward Nanaimo

Marijuana prohibition a bizarre, expensive approach BY CHRISTOPHER FOULDS “To alcohol — the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems!” – Homer Simpson I wonder if Prime Minister Stephen Harper enjoys the occasional beer or scotch and soda while unwinding from a long day in politics. I wonder if Harper enjoys a glass of wine as he works on the passion that is his book on the history of hockey. I wonder this now because we are weeks away from stronger Conservative-created laws that will create criminals out of ordinary people while making real criminals all the richer. Bill C-10 has passed in the House of Commons and needs only Senate approval to become law.

The fact the Conservatives control the Senate – thanks to the prime minister stacking the upper chamber, despite promising not to – means the omnibus crime bill will become law in the new year. Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for OkanaganCoquihalla, penned an opinion piece that ran last week in our sister paper, the Merritt Herald. While Albas pointed to welcome mandatory minimum sentences for serious crimes – including sexual assault of a child and involvement in child pornography – he glossed over aspects of the bill that are simply ludicrous. This would include the Conservative government’s insistence on repeating the failures of

the war-on-drugs mantra. As has been documented elsewhere, the crime bill treats casual marijuana users with more force than it treats perverts. Consider: Under the proposed law, a pedophile guilty of coercing a child to watch pornography with him, or a man convicted of flashing children, would receive minimum 90-day sentences. Yet, get convicted of growing six pot plants in your home and you are looking at a minimum of six months behind bars. Growing plants for personal use will get you twice the sentence of being sexually deviant around kids. The Conservatives, like myriad American administrations before them, continue to treat



marijuana as empires have treated Afghanistan: Despite overwhelming evidence proving conquest is impossible, attempts are made again and again. Is it hubris or stupidity? Let’s coin a new word: Hubridity. Do North American politicians not realize the only groups that embrace prohibition are criminals and cops? The former group loves it because its profit margin grows with every new law; the latter group can’t complain as such laws lend weight to its argument for more resources at budget time. Harper was in Vancouver this fall and spoke about Bill C-10. “Drugs are not bad because they are illegal. They are illegal because they are bad,” Harper said, arguing they do “ter-

rible things to people.” If that is the Conservatives’ philosophy behind a pending law that will make criminals out of casual pot users, out of many people I know who grow their own to enjoy in the privacy of their own home, perhaps Harper or Albas or any other Conservative MP can explain why alcohol and tobacco are not being treated equally. If, as Harper stated, drugs are illegal because they do “terrible things to people,” how does he view the one substance – alcohol – that causes more deaths and creates more mayhem than all other drugs combined? If marijuana is illegal because it does “terrible things to people,” then that illegal list should include booze and cigarettes.

And mayonnaise. Of course, Harper’s words are foolish. Marijuana does not do “terrible things to people;” the prohibition of marijuana does terrible things to people, not the least of whom are upstanding citizens who simply prefer to smoke than drink. It’s a bizarre world – we have a federal government intent on spending upwards of $19 billion to build prisons to house a good number of marijuana users, yet true dangers like the KFC Double Down are allowed to be traded freely in Canada, ensuring our arteries and hospital beds remain clogged and our budgets remain in the red. ◆ Christopher Foulds is editor of Kamloops This Week.



Nanaimo News Bulletin Saturday, December 17, 2011

Compromise sought on exam-week worries BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

Students took their

concerns about the district’s decision to skip exam week to trustees Wednesday evening.

About 70 students – and a handful of teachers – rallied outside school district head-

quarters, then made a presentation at the school board meeting, said Tali Campbell, a

John Barsby Secondary School student and one of the organizers of the rally.

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Preserving traditional ways aids survival Before organized religions, the seasons dictated festivals of spring, harvest, winter. And every great festival is celebrated with special food. To enjoy these celebrations, it was necessary to have “free time” from daily routines, ultimately, from paid work. It is not for nothing that the English word ‘holiday’ derives from holy day, as the medieval church took steps to protect festival dates. The greatest were the seasonal holidays: Easter, harvest and Christmas. I remember when Art Griffin, the feisty and courageous minister of Brechin Church in the 1970s, threatened to organize a boycott of stores plan-

ning to open on Easter days are at their peak weekend. and we need colour Perhaps the harvest and relationships and festivals have the one last food blowout power to avoid the before settling in to religious override survive the bleak prosbecause harvest is one pects of January and of the most important February. So it is harbingers important of survival FOOD not to feel through the guilty about dark days, MATTERS eating rich and, regardMarjorie Stewart foods and less of the recognise increasthe imporingly seatance of sonless harspices and vests glosugars and balization flours in has brought tiding us to us, the through time when those winthe earth ter months. yields up its bounty is Carlos Monteira, a still sacred in its own U.N. food specialist, right. teaches that it is not Christmas mainnecessary to avoid tains pre-eminence as over-processed foods the festive occasion altogether, just not when food and family to make them your are central. The dark

daily diet. The same is true about the rich and spicy foods of Christmas. If we ate Christmas food all the time, we would lose the excitement of how special it is when the festive season arrives. Perhaps we treasure the special recipes for cakes and breads and forcemeats because there is still a vestige of memory that, before refrigeration, we needed spices and processed staples and fermentations to keep our food safe over the lean months when fresh was not available. In the days when Nanaimo was under heavy pressure to accept a nuclear power plant, proponents prophesied that one or two brownouts

Additional school money no help to Nanaimo BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

The province is handing more money to school districts, but funding levels for Nanaimo will remain the same. The province announced last week it is releasing $61.7 million to districts, including $57.4 million withheld to await revised enrolment numbers.

Phil Turin, secretary-treasurer, said the district is in funding protection this year, so its money won’t change. Funding protection prevents the district from receiving less money than it received the year previous, even though fewer students returned to school. The district does not receive more money unless there is a large jump in enrolment.

While the district’s portion of the holdback funds is more than $1.55 million, the money merely comes out of the $5.3 million the province allocated to the district to maintain its operating grant from the year before, Turin said. The district is currently receiving a funding protection grant of just over $3.8 million.




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After completing her Dental Degree at UBC in 2000, Dr. Depledge moved to Vancouver Island where she enjoys work and an active family lifestyle. She and her two boys, ages 7 and 8, like to hike, bike, ski and explore new places in their free time. The island is a wonderful place to raise a family, and she is looking forward to meeting new families in Qualicum Beach.


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The Pacific Salmon Foundation would like to thank our supporters, donors and attendees for a very successful 2011 Nanaimo Dinner/Dance & Auction: 2Chefs Ace Line Hauler Acme Prawn Traps Adventuress Sea Kayaking for Women Air Canada Alberni Out Post Anvil Island Design Art Knapps Assante Wealth Management Atlantis Kayaks Factory Outlet B.C. Hydro Bella Donna Esthetics by Lisa Bernie Heinrichs Betty-Ann Huberts Bodhi's Artisan Bakery Bowser Builder's Supply Ltd. Brechin Lanes Bruce Adkins Budget Car Rentals Campbell & Fairweather -Psychology Group Canadian Tires Canadian Western Bank Chemainus Theatre Cheryl Paterson City of Nanaimo -Parks, Recreation and Culture Coast Bastion Hotel Coastline Art Compass Resource Management Ltd. Connections Pacific Marketing Inc. Construction Drilling Core Essentials Curves Dover Road Dean Gaudry Dean Iverson Dr. Dick & Ann Beamish Dig This Dominion Lending Centres Vanisle Dorchester Hotel Doug Petersen Dover Bay Hair & Tanning Studio Dover Chinese Food Take Out Dr. Richard Robinson Dr. Skinsolutions Skinlaser Dr. P.J. Koltronis Inc. Dream With Me Ducks Unlimited Ecofish Research Ltd. Eye Care Nanaimo Fairweather Flying Fish Foenix Forest Technology Inc. Fortis Foundry Pub French Creek House Gallery 223 Great Canadian Oil Change Harbour Air Seaplanes Harbour Chandler

Harbour City Massage Therapy Clinic Herbal Magic Weight Loss & Nutrition Home Outfitters Hong Kong Kitchen Restaurant Hostelling International -Pacific Mountain Region Hub City Fisheries Hub City Paving ICC Group Illuminations Lighting Solutions Impeccable Jewelry Inc. Islander Reels Island Scallops Limited Island Water Fly Fishers J.T. Flair Hair Design Jeff & Julia Hickey-Somerville John Morgan Kal Tire Kellers Jewelers Kelly's Kitchen Café Ken Kirkby Kerr Wood Leidal Assos. Ltd. Lantzville Dental Clinic Latitude 49 Consulting Inc. Laura Nementh Leisure Suit Sport Fish Charters Lifestyle Health and Fitness Little Caesars Restaurant London Drugs Long Lake Chiropractic Lordco MacKay Whale Watching MacNutt Enterprise Limited Mac’s Oysters Mark's Import Auto Mary Fox Pottery Mayco Mix Ltd. Mel Sheng Michael Moore Fine Woodworking Midas Island Highway Midland Tools Miller Pub Milner Trucking Moxies Restaurant Mr Hobbie's Workshop Mustang Nanaimo Airport Nanaimo Athletic Club Nanaimo News Bulletin Nanaimo Fish and Game Nanaimo Marine Center Nanaimo Squash Club Nanaimo Theatre Group Nanaimo Yoga Sanctuary Nile Creek Fly Shop Nori Japanese Restaurant Northridge Fitness Club Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd. Oak Bay Bikes

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This year’s event sold out and raised $38,000 for the conservation, restoration and enhancement of Pacific salmon in the local region. Thank you to the PSF Nanaimo Dinner & Auction Committee: Mel Sheng, Chair z Jacky Sheng z Norma Lewis z John Morgan z Jean-Michel Hanssens z Willi Jansen z

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Christmas, with the giving of gifts, is one of the most generous times of the year. It’s also a season with one of the heaviest environmental footprints. “We collect more waste in the two weeks after Christmas than at any other time of year,” said Gary Franssen, city manager of sanitation and recycling. “Putting the 3Rs into practice is more important than ever at this time of year. “By using their green bin and curbside recycling program, residents can divert much of their holiday waste .” An easy and thoughtful way to reduce waste and save money is giving gifts of time or services. Options include donations to char-

ities in the recipient’s name, gifts of movie tickets, transit passes, skating or swimming passes. Gift wrap containing metal, wax or plastic coatings cannot be recycled and should not be placed in yellow curbside recycling bags. Most holiday waste is recyclable or compostable, though wrapping paper should be avoided. Before trashing it, check if paper or plastic, or metal containers can be recycled at the curbside or at the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange at 2477 Kenworth Rd. The recycling exchange accepts Styrofoam for recycling as well as computers, small and large appliances, TVs, cameras, stereos and household batteries. For more information, please call 250-758-7777.

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Places off Worship St. Philip’s-by-the-Sea Anglican Church

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St. Peter’s Roman Catholic

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Wanda Waksdale of the Salvation Army, second from right, accepts blankets from Gillian George, left, Erika Marocchi, Ruth Shanks and Christine Mcfarlane from Tru Spa Institute of Aesthetics. The school donated mittens, scarves, hats, socks and ear-wamers collected during its Warm Nanaimo Campaign and raised enough cash to purchase 72 blankets.

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Four-legged friends require attention over festive season

The holidays are an exciting time for families, especially with small children. Often priorities are elsewhere and our four-legged friends do not get the attention and time they require. The Alpha Dog House in Lantzville knows how important a pet is, and wants everyone to have a great holiday. Here are some helpful tips so everyone s t ay s h a p p y a n d healthy Chocolate and goodies – Chocolate contains the chemical theobromine which is problematic to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more of the chemical. Do your dog a favour and keep goodies out of reach. Wrapped boxes of chocolates are tempting for a dog if left

under the tree. If your dog does ingest a large amount of chocolate, contact your local veterinarian immediately. Travelling by car – If going on a long trip, exercise your dog before you leave and stop occasionally for potty breaks. Always keep water and a dish in your car as well as an extra dog blanket just in case. Use a crate in your vehicle as it is much safer than having a dog climb all over the vehicle while you are driving. That goes for pickup trucks as well. Staying with family and friends s – Consider your dog and your host. Is there access and time for regular walks and exercise? Will there be small children that your dog is not familiar with?

Some dogs experience high anxiety when put into a different environment. Perhaps your dog sleeps with you in your bed at home, but family members might not appreciate that in the guest bed. Having your dog crate-trained is an excellent way to go. If taught in a positive way and not a form of punishment, it gives the dog a safe den to go to. A crate can be transported so it’s easy to fit beside a guest bed. Make it comfy and include an item from home. Commit to exercising your dog daily, despite the holidays. Get the whole family involved and go for a group hike. It will help to burn off all those holiday calories.


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As part of its commitment to building relationships and creating opportunities for Canada’s aboriginal peoples, RBC donated $40,000 to Vancouver Island University’s aboriginal construction program. “We reco gniz e training and education help lay the g roundwork for future success of aboriginal youth in Canada,” said M o i r a Je n k i n s, RBC vice-president commercial financial services. “That’s why we are so excited to support the aboriginal construction program at VIU.” During the celebration at Shq’apthut, the university’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, Fred MacDonald, dean of trades and applied technol-


Moira Jenkin, left,and Mark Lovick, second from left, of RBC, present a cheque for $40,000 to Fred MacDonald, Vancouver Island University’s dean of trades and technology and Sharon Hobenshield, VIU’s director of aboriginal education, in support of the university’s aboriginal construction program.

ogy, asked the crowd to look up at the giant beams supporting the building’s roof. “This building was constructed with the help of students in the aboriginal construction program,” he said. “Not only is it one of the greenest buildings on campus but it’s also the most traditional.” It’s that combination


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work collectively and in partnership as we are doing here with RBC.” The program combines aboriginal cultural components with industry training authority Level 1 carpentry. Components include recognition of cultural issues regarding education and traditional construction, as well as skills development in areas such as mathematics and communications.

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VVolunteers fight back against cancer The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for passionate and dedicated volunteers to help kick cancer out of the community. Organizers for Nanaimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Relay for Life fundraiser are holding a volunteer recruitment night Jan. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office at 777 Pop lar St., to form the 2012 planning committee. Hundreds of volunteers are involved with all aspects of the planning and coordination. Volunteering is a great opportunity to make a difference in some-


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Brent Boehler and Woofy entertain a crowd of children during the Brent & Woofy Christmas Concert Dec. 10 at Fairview Community School. The audience and performers donated more than 180 kilograms of food for Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank.

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and services for women and their children who are seeking aid from domestic violence. Nine shelters across the country will undergo the paint makeovers, including Nanaimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Haven Society. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abuse against women is increasing at frightening rates in Canada, and it has contributed significantly to driving women and their children from their homes, onto the streets and seeking safe havens like those The Canadian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation works with,â&#x20AC;? said Mike Kolind, market general manager for Benjamin Moore Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those in shelters, it can be a demoralizing, and in some cases, a dehumanizing condition breaking the spirit of any family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benjamin Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aim in launching Colour Care Across Canada is to bring attention to the situation, and at the same time try and brighten, with the power of colour, the living environments of those who seek this basic human need for safe housing and a community of support.â&#x20AC;? The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise is to provide interior paint for all bedrooms at each shelter location. Often these spaces are shared by families and include bathrooms and play areas for the youngsters. The program includes the recruitment of local volunteer painting contractors who, in addition to undertaking the paint job, will handle minor repair on walls, ceilings and trims to properly prepare the surfaces to be coated. Topping off the paint contribution will be new bedding ensembles from GlucksteinHome provided by The Bay.


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Holiday spirit back on Selby During the busy season that seems to increase stress levels in everyone, the sight of Christmas lights can often bring a smile. One Selby Street resident is doing her best to bring some winter cheer to the Acropolis at Nob Hill apartment complex. “There has been a significant amount of strife on our street in the last couple of years, and last Christmas, not one person put up lights,” said Laurie Jones. “A new resident moved in last month and while unpacking, he found his lights and decided to string them on his balcony. That inspired me.” Jones approached Mike Atherton of the Firehouse Grill restaurant for assistance. “I asked him if he could donate a gift certificate for a Christmas light contest. This would not be for the best display, but just encouragement for people to put up some lights,” she said. “A random draw of those who participate will

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Advice Experts’ p Mindfulness can have many benefits for people suffering from difficulties such as anxiety and ANGELA SLADE depression. Practicing mindfulness can be an excellent way of coping. Mindfulness may help people get back in touch with the present moment, as well as reduce the extent with which they feel controlled by unpleasant thoughts and memories. So often in our lives, we are stuck in our heads, caught up in the anxiety and worries of daily life. Here’s a simple way to practice: Find a comfortable position either lying on your back or sitting. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breathing. Pay attention to what it feels like in your body to slowly breathe in and out. Then bring your attention to your belly. Feel your belly rise and expand every time you breathe in. Feel your belly fall every time you breathe out. Continue to focus your attention on the full experience of breathing. Imagine you are “riding the waves” of your own breathing. Anytime that you notice your mind has wandered away from your breath, simply notice what it was that took your attention away and then gently bring your attention back to the present moment - your breathing. Continue as long as you would like. Notice if there are any differences after implementing this exercise.

Recurrent cold sores are caused by a virus called DR. TONIA WINCHESTER Herpes simplex. They can manifest either singly or in multiple clusters on the skin or mucus membranes. The virus lies dormant in the skin or nerve bundles, and outbreaks may be due to various stressors such as too much sun, illness, physical or emotional stress, medications or certain foods. Initial sensations can include burning, tingling, itching or pain. Food, vitamins, and herbs help prevent these outbreaks and help them heal faster. A preventative diet avoiding foods relatively high in arginine (almonds, peanuts, cashews) and consuming foods relatively higher in lysine (avocado, cheese, yoghurt, chicken, salmon and sardines) can help. St. John’s Wort can be applied topically along with licorice, chamomile and echinacea. Lysine, quercetin, and selenium can also be useful. Cold sores can look and feel like other illnesses so it is important to get them checked out by your health care professional. Consults with Naturopathic Doctors are often covered by extended health care plans.


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The joy of living is expressed by spontaneous TED CARSON laughter. Uninhibited laughter is for those who can proudly display a complete row of naturally radiant teeth. Thanks to modern skills and the natural look of teeth used for dentures, it is possible to enjoy a lifelong natural, healthy appearance, while retaining chewing and speaking ability. In our practice, we have an extensive variety of tooth sizes, shapes and colours, so dentures can be made to measure, tailored to meet your own particular requirements and with excellent cosmetic results that are bound to delight you. The care and expertise needed to give dentures a life-like appearance - as well as the products used to achieve this are the main factors which determine the success of dental restorations. For all your denture needs in a caring and courteous manner contact us at Carson Denture Clinic for a free consultation.

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You’re right, there are several different options KRISTA HENLEY & SHARON FAUCHON for those who are looking for a mortgage. Some of which are traditional banks, local credit unions, online companies and mortgage brokers. Some basic information about each is as follows…. Banks are well known, trustworthy, but many different people will work with you and they only have their limited set of products available to you and only offer their best rates to high net worth clients. Credit Unions are much the same as Banks. Online companies have high instances of fraud, they are usually full of fine print and false rate promises plus you never meet a person it’s all by phone or email especially not ideal for first-time homebuyers or anyone with questions. Mortgage brokers are local people who you can go to an office and meet and have a lasting business relationship with one person, we have access to 75+ different banks, credit unions & lenders to get you the best product for your needs and always the lowest rate for everyone. A mortgage broker is more personal than a large company and we work for you not the company who is lending you the money meaning we always have your best interest at heart and best of all our services are FREE to you, we are paid by the lenders!

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Debts owed for unpaid child maintenance are not extinguished by an assignment in bankruptcy. A bankruptcy also does not restrict the family court from either granting an order to pay ongoing child maintenance or from varying an existing order. As such, your ex-husband would likely not gain any advantage or benefit from filing an assignment in bankruptcy. Any maintenance arrears existing at the date of bankruptcy would represent a valid claim in the estate and would share in any distributions to creditors. Any amounts owed in respect of the one year period preceding the bankruptcy, would also have a preferential status as compared to most other types of claims.





Depending on the age of the house, the answer will vary to some extent, but a good rule of thumb is that it costs five times as much for new heating than for improving the efficiency of your home (through insulation and the like). Homes that were built before the 80’s tend to be very drafty. Sealing them is very inexpensive, typically paying for the work in a few months, and making your home more comfortable. Our equipment can easily determine these leaks. We can also arrange to have your energy upgrades done, and guarantee satisfaction.



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We have an older hot tub and our monthly electrical bill is too high, is there anything we can do or should we be thinking time for a new hot tub? 1. Does your hot tub have a low energy consumption filter pump? Some models have. A single or dual jet pump system which doubles as a circulation pump and can be anywhere from $75 to $150 a month to operate. If you decide to look for a new hot tub check out the new LX models from Jacuzzi which have the lowest operating cost in their class coming in at around $10 per month. 2. How often are you cleaning your filters? If you are not rinsing them often enough this will produce flow restrictions which make your pumps run harder and hotter which reduces the life of your pump and increases the cost to operate too. We recommend rinsing your filters at least once a month and soaking them in an appropriate filter cleaning solution every other month. If your bather load is high we rinse them every week and clean every month. The SoakHouse does offer filter cleaning service if you are just too busy to do them. 3. Does your hot tub have proper insulation? Many of the older stand alone and built in hot tubs were installed with improper insulation which can make them cost prohibitive to continue operation compared to current models. These are a just a few of the most common causes for high operating cost if you would like to know more please stop in to The SoakHouse to review your current situation and we’ll do our best to help you lower your monthly operating of your hot tub. Owning a hot tub should improve the quality of your life not complicate it.

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Keep safety in sight when choosing children’s Christmas gifts DR. PAUL GENEAU Eye safety tips for choosing a toy: • Choose age-appropriate toys and carefully read the instructions and warning labels. • Check toys for rigid points, spikes, rods or dangerous edges. • Avoid toys that fly, shoot projectiles, explode, have shattering parts or include laser light pointers. • Avoid “play” cosmetics with younger children. The ingredients may contain eye irritants, and unsanitary application can increase the risk of eye infection. • If you buy a chemistry set, ensure it includes goggles and insist your child wear them.

This information is from sources deemed reliable, but it is not guaranteed and it should not be relied upon without independent verification. Not intended to solicit properties already listed for sale.

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If I want a more efficient home, what generally gives the best bang for the buck?

In contrast to downsizing it is a process, not an event, and its outcome has more to do with the “right” part of the word than the “size.” TIM WAIT It involves not just the square footage of a person’s living quarters but an approach to all aspects of living, holding out the opportunity “to get it right, once and for all.” Rightsizing is a conscious, practical process that enables people to create new surroundings that will profoundly impact the way they feel and behave. It leads to simplifying, decluttering, perhaps even redesigning one’s environment. It may even prompt a move — either to smaller, more practical quarters or to a larger home, but more suited your needs. If executed properly rightsizing will liberate you from many real-life burdens and free you in ways you cannot now imagine. I welcome the opportunity to listen to your family’s situation and perhaps assist you and your entire family in rightsizing your life. Please email me at for your personal appointment, thank you.

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I have prepared my own Will and would like to bring it in for you to witness for TIAH M. WORKMAN me. Is this considered a standard notarization? No it is not. I do not witness Wills that I have not prepared or have not been prepared by another notary public or lawyer. However, a notary public or lawyer does not have to witness your Will. The main requirements for the standard execution of a Will are that it must be witnessed by two witnesses over the age of 19 years (who must not benefit, directly or indirectly, in any way by the Will) and the witnesses must both be present at the same time as the testator and at the same time as each other so that all three observe each other signing and witnessing the Will at its end.

There are some great benefits to ROBERT BICHLBAUER purchasing Canadian made furniture. Quality control is a large benefit. Canadian Manufacturers have a Product Inspection Department. Should the product not pass inspection it is put back into production. Canadian Manufacturers also offer Custom Work on their product as well. This allows the client to find furniture that will suite their style and design ideas. Most Canadian Manufacturers are constantly working on protecting the environment, so using eco friendly products such as water soluble adhesives and soy based foam are some great ways for them to achieve these goals. Uncle Sam’s Furniture works primarily with Canadian made Furniture and are equally conscious of protecting our environment.



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Here is a list of some of the items you might want to consider keeping in your car. Add and remove items based on the needs of the season: •Cell phone and recharger (remember, if you’re going TERRY MORRISON to make a call, pull over to the side of the road first.) •Emergency contact number •Ice scraper and brush •Collapsible shovel •Sand, salt or kitty litter (non clumping) •Tow rope or chain •Jumper cables or a portable charger pack •Warning light, roadside reflectors or road flares •Whistle •Reflective safety vest •Road maps •Roll of paper towels •Flashlight and batteries, or a wind-up flashlight •Screw driver and duct tape •Fire extinguisher •Candle, a deep can (to put the candle in) and waterproof matches •First-aid kit •Blanket •Extra clothing, gloves, a hat and footwear •Emergency food pack (include non-perishable items like granola bars, nuts and bottled water) •Properly inflated spare tire •Wheel wrench and jack •Extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze Safety tip: learn about first aid. You could save a life. Along with making emergency plans and preparing an emergency kit, knowing first aid could save a life. Contact your local Canadian Red Cross or St. John Ambulance to find out about first aid courses offered in your area. Come see me at Newcastle Nissan for more winter safety driving tips. 250-756-1515


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Is it normal to gain weight when it’s that time of the month?

Weight gain, premenstrual and for the first few days CARA MARTENS of the menstrual period, is very common. Hormones shift dramatically during this time with progesterone rising then crashing and estrogen levels falling to low levels as well. These hormones shift because of water retention and constipation, which contribute to bloating and water retention and constipation. The hormone changes can lead to reactive hypoglycemia wherein blood sugar levels fall quickly and trigger irritability, hunger and intense cravings for sweets. Avoiding foods high in sodium like soups, canned foods and processed foods will help with the water retention as will drinking herbal teas and water regularly. Eating enough fiber is also key as it will help stabilize blood sugar levels and keep the bowels moving. Try to eat several small meals throughout the day with adequate protein and healthy fat as this will help prevent blood sugar levels from plummeting. Lastly – your monthly flow can be a time of mood swings and emotional lability – don’t use food to cope with these feelings as it will only exacerbate them. Instead – try exercise! You’ll feel better, shed some water weight and help your bowels move.


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Christmas Concert at the Port Theatre at 7:30 p.m., featuring Christms music from award-winning country artists.Tickets are at Proceeds go toward Nanaimo Community Hospice programs.

◆ UNITY SPIRITUAL Education Centre hosts a Christmas concert with Shine, three dynamic a cappella female performers. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at 2325 East Wellington Rd.


◆ NANAIMO AND Area Land Trust will be at Country Club Centre

during mall hours to sell NALT merchandise, and educate people on the land trust’s activities and membership. Until Dec. 23.

Wednesday ◆ SUPPORTING EMPLOYMENT Transitions hosts a free Digging for Camp Jobs workshop. Understand

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what is required to get a camp job, where the jobs are, how to get started, and what you need to take with you – from 9 a.m. to noon at 101-155 Skinner St. To register, contact 250-714-0085.

Thursday ◆ SUPPORTING EMPLOYMENT Transitions hosts a free E-mail: Send Your Resume workshop – learn how to send and receive e-mail for job search activities – from 9-10 a.m. at 101-155 Skinner St. To register, contact 250-714-0085.

Friday ◆ PIONEER PARK work party takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help restore the forest. Interested people can contact for details.

Nanaimo’s only hearing clinic owned and staffed by an audiologist Park Place 110-2124 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo


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Ongoing ◆ NANAIMO LIONS Club meets first and

“Home for the Holidays” December 3 to 23, 23 2011 Adopt “A Friend for Life” Be part of Nanaimo & District BC SPCA 9th Annual Home for the Holidays For more info call: 250-758-8444 Visit the Nanaimo and District SPCA at 2200 Labieux Rd. or check our homeless pets at: OUR GOAL: 200 HOMELESS PETS ADOPTED Let’s get them ALL home for Christmas!!

Thumper is a big, fluffy and very handsome guy. He’s just over 1 year old and seems like a nice quiet and friendly boy. Phone 250.753.1288

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Blue is a 7 month old Pit Bull who is deaf and needs an experienced home who can take care of a special needs dog. She is currently in a foster home and not available for viewing at the shelter. Anyone interested in her should come in and speak with a staff member and fill in an application.


third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Village at 1233 Kiwanis Cres. Prospective members are welcome to attend a meeting for a meal and an evening of fellowship. Call 250-3900730. ◆ ORDER OF the Eastern Star Nanaimo chapter No. 43 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ashlar Masonic building at 101 Commercial St. ◆ DEALING WITH the Dragon anger management course for men. An eight-week course with flexible start times. Runs every Tuesday, 7-9:30 p.m., Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre, 418D Fitzwilliam St. Pre-registration required at 250-7161551 or e-mail info@ ◆ ALATEEN HOSTS meetings for teens aged 12-18 from 8-9 p.m. in the basement of the Church of Christ, 1720 Meredith Rd., each Tuesday. Visit for details. ◆ WELLINGTON ACTION Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. in the Wellington Community Hall, 3922 Corunna Ave. Visit for more info. ◆ CEDAR HERITAGE Duplicate Bridge Group fall session begins. Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 MacMillan Rd. Newcomers wel-

come. 250-722-2656. ◆ NANAIMO ACCORDION Band meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the Old Harewood Firehall on Fourth Street. 250-753-2730. ◆ PARADISE ISLE seniors’ drop-in centre hosts a variety of activities Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 201 Albert St. For details call 250-7549566 or e-mail paradiseisle_nanaimo@ ◆ WANT TO sing for fun? Non-audition choir. Thurs 10 a.m. to noon at St. Andrews Church, downtown. $8 drop-in or $25 for four consecutive weeks. For details e-mail info@ moresingingplease. com or call 250-7296135. ◆ POETRY ALOUD is an hour of poetry reading on the first Thursday of each month. 7-8 p.m. at the Wellington Library, 3032 Barons Road. Guests can just listen or volunteer to read. Call 250758-5544 or e-mail ◆ NANAIMO DUPLICATE Bridge Club games Monday and Wednesday, 7 p.m., and Thursday at 1 p.m. Legion No. 256, 1630 E. Wellington Rd., Nanaimo. Call 250-741-0877 or 250-756-0438. Speakers half hour before game time first week of every month October through May. ◆ ADULT MIXED recreational, non-competitive volleyball at John

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Big Boy is a fantastic cat. His photo doesn’t show how big he is. He is a typical loving and laid back tabby. He’s only about 1 1/2 years old and would love a home for Christmas. He is a staff favourite. 101 - 3128 Barons Road, Nanaimo 250-758-1162




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Willow is a beautiful pup. She is only about 4 months old and very big. She looks like some kind of Coonhound mix. She loves to play with other dogs and is very friendly with people. She’s quite needy so she will need someone who can continue to help her gain confidence and a little independence to help with her insecurity.

Toby is a fabulous 8 month old boy who is very mischievous and active. You’ll have to appreciate this personality and humor to bring him home. He’s a great little guy.

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Barsby Community School. Sunday nights 6:30-9 p.m. All are welcome. Call 250-7548325 for more info. ◆ NATURAL ABUNDANCE Native Plant Nursery, 3145 Frost Rd, Cassidy. Nursery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. For information, contact the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust at 250714-1990 or check for an updated inventory. ◆ THURSDAY HIKERS depart Bowen Park upper parking lot, 8 a.m. All day hike. Bring hiking boots, raingear and lunch. 250-7553066. ◆ NANAIMO EUCHRE Club meets for cards Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. New members welcome, teaching available. 250-758-0739 for location. ◆ ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL of Nanaimo, providing service to our community, meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. New members welcome. Phone 250585-7990 or visit www. ◆ NANAIMO PROSTATE Cancer Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Canadian Cancer Society office at 777 Poplar St. Newly diagnosed, survivor, or looking for information. Husbands and partners welcome. For more info call 250-756-3116. ◆ DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Club meets in Nanoose. New members welcome. For time and location call 250468-2364 or 250-7544363. Wednesdays.

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October 29, 1933 - December 9, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Gilmour, at the age of 78, due to the complications of breast cancer. He was predeceased by his wife, Lenny in 2002. Jack was born in Ladysmith and lived most of his life in the Nanaimo area. He was an avid sports fan, with a special love for lacrosse & hockey. Jack worked for many years for BC Tel, and then driving truck, hauling everything from logs to fuel to heavy equipment all over North America. In his later years, Jack could be found at the arenas & ďŹ elds, during practices & games, watching his grandson, Jordan & his teammates play lacrosse & soccer. Jack will be deeply missed by his daughter, Brande (Shane) Terris & grandson, Jordan of Nanaimo, and his sister, Olive (Jack) Parker of Qualicum, as well as many close family & friends. Special thanks to Dr Njalsson, Dr. Allen & the Victoria Cancer Centre, Dr. Most & the Nanaimo Cancer Clinic, and the staff at Nanaimo Serenity Lodge. At Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request, there will be no service. Donations, in his memory, may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.

 Allan James

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allan on December 10, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Allan was born in Pemberton on May 7, 1936 and is predeceased by his mother, Olive; father, Gordon and a brother, Bruce. He is survived by his beloved wife, Gail; his loving children, Allan and Jennifer; grandchildren: Frankie, Leah (Eric) and Alicia; also, his feline companion, Lily; as well as the rest of the Prendergast family. Allan loved the outdoors and travelling, and his passion was car and motorcycle racing. racing During his struggle with cancer he was proudly inducted, on October 9th, into the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Greater Vancouver Motor Sport Pioneer Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hall of Fame for oval racing. Allan will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his loving family and close friends for his kindness, generosity and his positive attitude to life. Private family cremation. There will be an informal Celebration of Life, to be announced at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. For those so desiring, donations in Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Telfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Nanaimo 250â&#x20AC;&#x201C;591-6644

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STAINED GLASS FUSED GLASS CHRISTMAS SALE Excellent prices!!! Dates: Fri. Sat., Sunday Dec. 16, 17, 18. Time: 10-4 Daily Place: 4018 Apsley Ave, Nanaimo (Long Lake area off of Norwell Dr.) ie: Dichoric glass Jewelry, DragonďŹ&#x201A;ies, StarďŹ sh, Candle holders, Plates, Many small items for Stocking Stuffers. Come and visit; you will enjoy the sparkle of glass.


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Mackenzie, Lila Madeline

February 4, 1918 - December 12, 2011 Lila died peacefully Garden at Rainbow Gardens, December 12, 2011 201 an with the dignity and grace that marked her he Lil life. She was 93. Lila Madeline was born in Alberni, February 4, parents Ivy 1918, totoparents Ivy and and McKenzie. Jack McKenz Jack She was She was always proud of her always proud of her pioneer rootspionee which roots back whichtowent with th went 1884back with to the1884 arrival of her arrival of her and grandparents and fami grandparents family in Ontario. Lila from Ontario. married in Ken Mackenz married Ken Lila Mackenzie Port Alberni n 1936 Port and Alberni in there 1936 until andretiring resid in in resided there untilBeach. retiringFollowing to Qualicum Qualicum Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sBeac death Following Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in 2001 live in 2001 Lila liveddeath at Berwick on Lila the Lake at Nanaimo Berwick on in Nanaimo in butthe hadLake recently returnedbu to had recently returned Port Alberni. Li Port Alberni. Lila was atofounding member wasthe a founding member and of the Alber of Alberni Museum Historical Society and a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi. Lila was predeceased by her parents, Ivy vy John and McKenzie; John McKenzie; herhusband lovin and her loving husband of 65Ken; years, Ken; grandson of 65 years, grandson, Dennis Dennis Mackenzie, andAlex brother, Ale Mackenzie, and brother, McKenzie. McKenzie. She isbysurvived by sons, Lar She is survived sons, Larry (Wendy), Wendy), Jack (Marilyn), and daughte Jack (Marilyn), and daughter, Maxine xine(Bud); Munsil (Bud); grandchildren Munsil grandchildren: Cathy Bernar Cathy Bernar (Marco), Alison(Brian Mackenz (Marco), Alison Mackenzie Hoy), (Brian Hoy), Maureen (Dan Mackenzie (Da Maureen Mackenzie Goddard), Goddard), Kenneth and Kev Kenneth (Ruth), Kevin (Ruth) (Karla) Mackenzie, (Karla)Musil Mackenzie, Janet Brian MunsilMunsil; (Pa Janet (Paul Terry), Terry),grandchildren: Brian Munsil; great grandchildren great Luchia and Portia Luchia and Portiaand Bernar, Matthew an Bernar, Matthew Joey Banys, Sarah Joey Banys, a Ralph, TannerSarah and Ralph, Taylor Tanner Mackenzie, Taylor Mackenzie, and Bowen Jordy Lauryn and Jordyn Lauryn Mackenzie, and Valen Munsil; sister, Donna Fitch,; brother, Wilfred McKenzie, and sister-inMcKenzie, sister-in-law Marjori law Marjorie and McKenzie. McKenzie. Many thanks to the kind and caring staff Manylooked thanksafter to the caring that herkind at and Berwick onstthe that looked after her at Berwick on th Lake and Rainbow Gardens. In accordance with the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes there will be no service held at this time. A family gathering will be held in time.summer A familytogathering held the celebrate will the be McKenzie the summer celebrate the McKenz History in the to valley. History in the valley. Sands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nanaimo 250.753.2032

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Margaret Alice Philips July 6, 1913 ~ November 22, 2011

We ffondly remember Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wit, compassion, love of music and endless curiosity. Born in Canada two years after her parents moved from Ireland, she was the youngest of three children. Margaret had a successful career as a secretary and legal secretary, beginning at Great West Saddlery in Winnipeg, where she met her partner for life, Doug. Doug and Margaret were married in 1939. During World War II Margaret and baby Carol relocated to Halifax in order to greet Dougâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ship whenever it pulled into port. The family returned to Winnipeg after the war, where a second daughter, Norrine, was born. Margaret and Doug traveled extensively and moved to California in 1954. Margaret played the piano well and sang in choirs throughout her life. She was a masterful baker and took pride in continuing a family tradition of beautiful knitting, sewing and needlework. She maintained her sense of humor to the end and often said her life was â&#x20AC;&#x153;full of fun.â&#x20AC;? Margaret is survived by two daughters, her son-in-law, and 2 grandsons. Contributions in Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory can be made to: the Victoria Symphony, Victoria Symphony Box OfďŹ ce, Suite 610, 620 View Street, Victoria BC, V8W IJ6.


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We require 1) operators and owners operators for processors, 2) owner operators and truck drivers. Work in the Vanderhoof, Fort St. James & Prince George areas. Call or send your resume. Gulbranson Logging Ltd. 250-567-4505 Fax: 250-567-9232 email:

TRADES, TECHNICAL LOG SCALER needed, experience necessary. Fax resume to 250-758-8787.


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WFP is currently seeking a fully qualified Hooktender to join our Holberg Forest Operation. This is a perm. USW hourly union position required on a full time basis. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Marty Gage - General Foreman Facsimile: 250.288.2764 Email: mgage@ For more info. Visit: www.western

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WORK WANTED AN OLD truck. An older man. We’re just trying to make a buck. Could you use a hand? Call Gerry at 250-729-8030.



Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Dec. Dec De ec. ec c. 19, 19 9, 20, 20 0, 21, 211, 2011 201 20 0111111 6:00 - 8:30 pm | Ages 4-122 Songs, crafts, snacks, and games.

Contact: 250.753.7374 - LEGALS

ART/MUSIC/DANCING SINGING LESSONS with pro singer-recording artist, Anna Lyman, B.Mus. Christmas GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE. Your mp3 demo included. (250)754-4982

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KENMORE RANGE2 yrs old, white, self-clean, like new, $200. Call (250)390-6852. 250-714-6739

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CLOCK/WATCH/JEWELLERY REPAIRS CLOCK & WATCH REPAIRS 3rd generation watch maker. Antique & grandfather clock specialist. (250)618-2962.

COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER PRO $25 service call for home or office. Mobile Certified Technician. Senior’s Discounts. 250-802-1187. COMPUTER SERVICING. Minimum fee $24.95. (Haiti to Nanaimo). Call 250-591-5442. I need the work for long johns. U-NEED-A-NERD Friendly onsite professional computer, website and design services. Jason is BACK! 250-585-8160 or visit:



BULLY’S LANDSCAPING. Fall Clean-up Specials: Pruning, yard cleaning, irrigation blow-outs. Bobcat & excavating services. Christmas light installation & takedown. 250585-7177

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.

ACORN HOME SERVICES Home improvements. Repairs. Doors/windows. Custom made arbors, decks, sunrooms, awnings, fences & lots more! Garry, 250-591-7474.


AGILE HOME REPAIR & Improvement. Fully insured, interior/exterior repairs & upgrades. “Now installing Christmas lights”. Ian 250-714-8800 BLUE OX Home Services. Expert Handyman & Renovation Services: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall, tiling, painting, lawn & garden. Refs avail. Insured. 250-713-4409.



Vancouver Island Painting

(250) 667-1189

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

RUBBISH REMOVAL DYNAMITE DEAN’S Rubbish Removal. Prompt, professional service. “No Messing Around!” 250-616-0625, 250-754-6664.

PETS PET CARE SERVICES CAT SITTING - NO CAGES. I will care for your much loved cat(s) in my home. They get their own room with a home setting. Min. 7-day or long term stay. Limited space, book ahead! (250)740-5554



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First Aid Training SAVING LIVES at Work, Home and Play! • • • •


Level I - Dec. 21 & 29, Jan. 4 & 10 Level II - Jan. 23-27 Level III - Jan. 9-20 Standard with CPR-C & AED

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• Transport Endorsement - Jan. 27

• Emergency for Community Care - Jan. 10

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UNDER $400 GE FRIDGE- white, 2 yrs, freezer bottom New, $1500. Sell, $380. (250)390-6852.

FREE ITEMS FREE: 2 Manual crank standard hospital beds. Phone 250-760-2150 8am-6pm

FRIENDLY FRANK 12 VOLT car battery, new condition. $35. (250) 714-5716. 2 BOOK shelves, medium brown, 29.5”w x 72”h x 12”d, $20 each. Call 250-758-1652. 4-WHEEL walker $45 and a 5’ pre lit Christmas tree, $10. Call (250)754-3583 after 5pm.

ATTRACTIVE, 3 candle set on base. Never used. Price tag still on. $10. Includes tea lights & rocks. 250-753-0253.

Interior ~ Exterior FREE ESTIMATES.


UNDER $300 KING-SIZED BED, very good shape, 2 end tables w/lights, $275. Queen-sized brass bed, $100. Metal Futon, $75. (250)618-6800.

7’ ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS tree, excellent condition, $70 obo. Call (250)390-0665.

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

GARY FORTIN’S HAULING. One call does it all. Clean-up and disposal. (250) 618-1413.


6FT. ARTIFICIAL pine X-mas tree, green.$15 (250)753-2883


It is the sole responsibility of the person(s) submitting to deliver the documents to the City of Nanaimo Purchasing Office before the closing time.

All inquiries shall be directed to Bob Kuhn, Manager, Recreation and Cultural Services, at (250) 755-7512 or email bob.




Documents are available on the City of Nanaimo Purchasing website at: www.,“Business”, “Bid Opportunties”.

Richard 250-729-7809

BRAD’S HOME Detailing. Cleaning vinyl siding by brush. De-mossing roofs. Gutter cleaning/repairs. Windows. Power Washing. Insured. Free estimates. Brad 250-619-0999

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

Documents clearly marked “EOI 1278 Beban House” will be received by the Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Department up to 2:00 PM local time, January 19, 2012 at the Purchasing Office, City of Nanaimo 2020 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6J9. Documents received after the noted due time will not be considered.

RENOVATE NOW! Expanding or Renovating your home/bathroom/ kitchen/basement? Roofing & finish carpentry also available. No job too small. Free estimates. Guaranteed/Insured


The purpose of this call for an Expression of Interest is to seek interested parties that have a desire to rent space in the building situated at 2290 Bowen Road, Nanaimo,BC (Beban House).



A-ONE PAINTING and Wallpapering. Serving Nanaimo for 28 years . Senior Discount. Free estimates. 250-741-0451

Expression of Interest to Rent Property from the City of Nanaimo No. 1278


BRYAN GRIFFIN CONSTRUCTION Home & Bath Reno’s, Doors & Windows, Vinyl Siding & Soffits, and more. Insured. Free Estimates. 250-390-2601

ELECTRICIAN: HOME or BUSINESS. No job too small. Renovations, Additions. Senior and Single Parent discount. Licensed, Bonded. Call George (250)619-1384




THE GIFT of Music Singing/Music with Susie McGregor Jan-March Private instruction & coaching 10 weeks/$500 more info or register at


An optional site visit is being held on January 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at 2290 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC (Beban House) which will provide an opportunity to inspect the building and ask questions.


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CPRC with AED - Jan. 7 (days) CPRC for Healthcare Providers - Jan. 7 CPRC Renewal with AED - Jan. 26 Marine Advanced First Aid - Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 CPRC Renewal for Healthcare Providers - Feb. 19 (10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

• Standard First Aid for Industry CPRC & AED - Jan. 10 & 11

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BEAUTIFUL MEDIUM Oak rocking chair, good condition, green chair pads, $50. Call 250-585-5890. CHRISTMAS/HALLOWEEN projector, brand new, never used, half price at $40. Please call 250-390-9506. CROSS COUNTRY Skis, Karho 210 waxless; Solomen bindings; Solomen boots (9.5) & poles, $60. (250)758-0964 HOTPOINT DRYERwhite, clean, excellent condition, $95. (250)751-5257. HOT WHEELS Collection; Carded. 199 for $99 or 50 cents each. 758-4473 PANASONIC GENIUS microwave, 1200 watts. New cond. $25. 1 (250)753-2883 RECLINING SOFA w/folddown table and matching rec. chair. $99.(250)390-0780


Call 1-866-768-8886 (Nanoose) 250-468-9660.

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.

REAL ESTATE APARTMENT/CONDOS SUPER MOVE-in ready 2 bedroom condo. Parking, storage, balcony, new appliances, washer,dryer,shelving. 250754-2552


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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO 1187 SEAFIELD- 2 bdrms, $700. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. 3270 ROSS- 2 bdrm, $775. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. 412 BRUCE- 1 bdrm, $625. 2 bdrms, $700. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. 550 BRADLEY- 2 bdrm, $700. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. CENTRAL NANAIMO. For Jan. 1, 1 bdrm, $685, 2 bdrm, $785. Quiet, clean, close to ferry and seawall walk. Call Mark/Don 250-753-8633. CENTRAL NANAIMO. For Jan 1st, 3rd floor Bachelor $585 or 1 bedroom with view $685. Quiet, spotless, good bldg. Mark/Don 250-753-8633. CLASSY DOWNTOWN 2bdrm Condo. Great building. 5appli’s plus fireplace & internet. $850. (250)754-2207

HOSPITAL AREA 1 & 2 Bedrooms Heat & H/W incl’d. New carpet + lino, 3rd floor, double sink. Adult building. Secured entrance with cameras, small pet ok.

Call 250-753-6656 HOSPITAL AREA- 1 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $700. (250)716-3305. HOSPITAL AREA- 2 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $750. (250)716-3305. NANAIMO, 1275 Dufferin Cres Across Gen Hospital. 1 & 2 Bdrms from $675/mo. Call Carman 250-740-1002 NANAIMO- TOTALLY reno’d 3 bdrms. Avail immed. Nice, clean, W/D. NS/NP. 1 yr lease req’d. (250)797-2411. N NANAIMO: large, quiet 2bdrm corner unit, 4th flr with view, 4720 Uplands. Avail Jan 1st. $950. (250)741-4706.


2 bdrm Apt. In-suite laundry. New flooring & paint. Large balcony. Avail Now or Jan. 1st. $865 mo. 250-729-9253


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RENT-TO-OWN in College Heights! Lovely 4-BR, 3Bath Family Home NO MORTGAGE REQUIRED!

CENTRAL NANAIMO: furn. $425. Chris 250-740-5332

N.NANAIMO. 1-BDRM + den. Main lvl, NS/NP, quiet person. $750./mo. inclds utils, no laundry. Avail. now. (250)618-6413

STEPHENSON POINT: 2 B/R, 1,350 sq.ft., private entry. Avail. January 1st. $950/m. 585-3777

N. NANAIMO- 2 bdrm. Close to Woodgrove Mall. NS/NP. Refs req. $900. utils/cable/hydro included. 250-390-4692.

NORTH NANAIMO- (Neck Point) 1 bdrm legal suite, 950sq ft newly reno’d, lrg living/dining rooms w/gas F/P, private W/D, separate kitchen w/den or storage (11x13), covered prking/separate driveway. Available Now. Must See! $950. Call (250)585-6079.

N.NANAIMO. NEW 2-BDRM suite, utilities incld. N/P. $850. Also 1-bdrm $700. Call 250732-3522 or (250)585-4689.

S NANAIMO 2bdrm, newly reno’d, 3mins to VIU & high schools, lrg fenced yard, prkg, W/D, $825 incl. utils. N/S, Sml pet ok. Jan 1st 250-544-0755

VIU/UNIV AREA: Brand new 2 bdrm bsmt suite, sep ent & prkg, very spacious, small patio, NS/NP. $875/mo, utils & cable incl’d. Avail immed. Call (250)619-7097.







HOSPITAL AREA Reno’d 2 Bdrm, new balcony, paint. Quiet bldg, near park, Prof. on-site mgmt. Prkg incl’d. Avail Jan. 1 From $775/mo. Call 250-754-2936

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HOMES FOR RENT 1363 CEDARWOOD- (Ladysmith) 3 bdrms, $1195. w w w. a r d e n t p r o p e r t i e s. c o m Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. 152 BONAVISTA- 4 bdrms, $1675. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. NORTH NANAIMO: large, quiet 2 bdrm, 3rd floor, 4720 Uplands. Avail Jan 1st. $850. (250)741-4706. TOWNSITE- 2 bdrms, 2 balconies, light & bright. Storage, shared laundry. NS/NP. $750. 1/2 month free rent with lease. Avail. now.(250)758-4871.

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES HOLLY HILL- 3 bdrm, 2 bath, F/S, W/D hook-up. Clean, new paint & carpet. Close to amenities. $975. NP/NS. Avail now. (250)758-4871.



2 SEPARATE complete well kept homes. $1500/mo ea. Both have 3-4bdrms and 1.5baths. Clean. Updated. Nice views. Quiet streets. Garage. F/S,D/W,W/D, 2400sqft. Bluebell Tc or Thetis Pl. Avail Jan 1st. N/S. Pets nego. 250616-8188 422 DAVIS- (Ladysmith) 1 bdrm, $500. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. 481 MILTON- 3 bdrms, $1100. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881.


Spacious 2-level family home on peaceful, private, treed 1/4 acre lot on Camosun Drive. Lovely living & dining area with vaulted ceilings & 2 wood stoves; ocean view through huge floor-toceiling windows, nice deck, 2-car garage, with a lower level that could easily be suited. Only 3 minutes to VI University! Deposit Required Monthly Rent: $1,800 $2,000 Call: 250-616-9053 DIVERS LAKE area, 3 bdrm upper level of home, 1.5 bath, new flooring & countertops throughout, new appls, shared lndry, small pet ok, $1200 mo hydro incl’d, avail immed. 250-585-7022, 250-327-9386. FIRST MONTH FREE with 6 mos lease. 3-bdrm, walk to hospital. H/W floors, heat pump, wood stove. $1400/mo Jan. 1st. (250)668-5954. HAMMOND BAY area, near new 3 bdrm, ocean view, upper home, 5 appls, fireplace, lam flrs/ceramic tile, garage, deck, views of Georgia Strait, small pets ok. $1545 mo. Roger at 250-713-1025. NORTH END. Oceanview. 3 level, sunny 3 bdrm. 4 new appliances, newly renovated carport. Ref’s required. $1150. + hydro. 1-778-883-8703.

SINGLE & DOUBLE units; some with kitchenettes. Pets ok. New monthly rates starting at $650 & weekly starting at $250. (250)754-2328

SUITES, LOWER 422 DAVIS- (Ladysmith) 1 bdrm, $500. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. 6583 JENKINS- 2 bdrms, $675. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881.

DEPARTURE BAY. Furnished 1 bdrm. Spacious, all inclusive - utilities, hi-speed internet, digital TV, basic phone, parking, shared laundry. $795. Jan. 1st. 250-751-3386. HAMMOND BAY- 2 bdrm executive on acreage. W/D, $1050 incls utils, pets neg. Avail. now. (250)616-8755 HOSPITAL AREA, 1 bdrm suite, $700 mo hydro incl’d, own W/D, pets neg, avail immed, call 250-755-6077. NANAIMO- (close to University) lake front suite, spacious 2 bdrm, quiet neighbourhood, walk-in shower, elevator, fully equipped kitchen, W/D. $900. Call Wayne (250)755-1926 or (250)802-3577.


LADYSMITH 6BDRM, 2bath or split 3-1. Near shopping & Golf Course. 250-240-7622

RETAIL SPACE FOR LEASE. Downtown Qualicum Beach, 702 Memorial Ave., 1640 sq. ft. & 730 sq. ft. Call: 250-5868806 or 250-757-9186

N. NANAIMO 1bdrm, beautiful bsmnt suite. N/S, N/P. Private entry, prkng, utils incl. No lndry. $700/M + DD. Avail immed. Ref. req.250-758-4963







BEBAN PARK remodelled 2bdrm, sep. entry, prkg, storage room, shared lndry. $900 utils incl. 1 (250)756-0801

NANAIMO- (College area), 2 bdrms, utilities included+ cable. $900 furnished, $800 unfurnished. Call 250-7542602 after 5pm.

CEDAR 4-BDRM exec, 2500 sqft, acreage, dble gar. Lease for $1950. Ref’s.250-729-0074


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Tipoff 2011-12: nothing but net I be looked to for contributions include Jaeden Gilles, Wes Richardson, Robbie Calvin and Spencer Hiemstra. “Because we have an inexperienced team, we need to work together in the improvement process,” said Fralick. “It all starts on the defensive end. It’s a lot of talk on defence and it’s a lot of buying into the systems and it’s our leaders stepping up and taking control of the game.” Dover will be an undersized team in AAA, so the team will have to play a style suited to its strengths. On defence that means a a focus on help-side D, boxing out and gang rebounding, said the coach, and on offence, the Dolphins will have to make quick decisions. “We need to look for a lot of penetration and a lot of quick, initial offence and look for the fast break,” Fralick said. The senior AAA boys’ basketball regular season doesn’t tip off until the new year.


High school basketball season might come down, as it often does, to a last-second shot. For now, the season has only just tipped off, so there’s still lots of time to work toward that final buzzer. High school teams have all stepped on the court in recent weeks, and Nanaimo will boast a full slate of squads. Every public high school in the city has both a senior boys’ and senior girls’ team this year. The only subtraction is at Nanaimo Christian School, which won’t be able to put a senior boys’ team on the floor again. (Athletic director Nathan Johnson said participation in the younger age groups bodes well for the team’s revival in the future.) But Dover Bay Secondary School, Wellington, Woodlands, Nanaimo District, John Barsby and Cedar will all have busy gyms this winter. Here’s a look at Nanaimo’s senior high school basketball teams:


DOVER BAY DOLPHINS SENIOR AAA BOYS Perenially Nanaimo’s strongest basketball team, Dover’s boys are in for a bit of a different season in 2011-12 with wholesale changes to both the coaching staff and the roster. The marked change comes on the bench, where Mark Simpson has stepped away after creating a powerhouse program on the Island that won a provincial AAA championship in 2007 and made return trips to the big tournament the last three straight years. Taking over from Simpson is Reid Fralick, a fresh graduate of Concordia’s CIS basketball team and newcomer to Vancouver Island.


Dover Bay Dolphins guard Jon Bethell, right, controls the basketball during a tournament game against Brentwood earlier this month at Cowichan Secondary School.

“I’m excited for the challenge,” he said. “I didn’t know anything, really, about Island basketball so it was interesting and it’s fun and I’ve

enjoyed the experience so far.” He likes the idea of having a young team to coach. Returning Grade 12 point guard

Jon Bethell is the leader and primary scorer on the team, while fellow guard Brandon Kumar is another veteran leader. Other players who will

Dover Bay Secondary School’s senior girls’ basketball team is also entering a year of transition. Dale Nicks takes over as the new coach of the Dolphins girls, leading a young but talented core of players who have moved up from junior. “[We’re] trying to find chemistry and getting them to be good teammates early in the season and jell,” said Nicks. The Dolphins have had encouraging early season results – they placed second at a challenging Victoria tournament earlier this month – and so there are signs that the group is building. The coach said the Dover girls are a rather “vertically challenged” team in AAA, so they’ve adjusted the game plan accordingly. “We press teams and we fast break and push


Dover Bay Dolphins player Robbie Calvin puts up a shot during a tournament game earlier this month.

the ball,” said Nicks. “Our practices are all run around that – high tempo, lots of running.” So far this season, Grade 10 forward Emily Shires and Grade 11 forward McKenzie Nicks have emerged as the top scorers, and Grade 12 vet Jamie Bassett, coming off injury, will also be a go-to player in the paint. Guards Gabby Jeffrey and Jenna Ziemanski are other contributors. Nicks said Dover’s juniors have reached provincials three straight years, so now that those girls have reached the senior level, they’ll have the same high expectations of themselves. “The group that we have right now is probably going to be pretty motivated to turn it on after Christmas,” he said. The Island’s senior AAA regular season doesn’t start until the new year.




Mariah Van Sickle will be one of Wellington’s go-to players this season.

The Wellington Wildcats go into the season as a favourite. The ’Cats have all the necessary dimensions, including depth and height. Coach Nicole McRae said a large roster allows her to play a style that will make things tough on opposing teams, as she can sub players on and off. “If they give three hard minutes, then I can put fresh legs in and then get another three hard minutes from the next group,” she said. With four players hovering around six-foot,

NANAIMO DISTRICT ISLANDERS SENIOR AA GIRLS Nanaimo District Secondary School’s senior AA girls should be able to get up and down the court without too much huffing and puffing. The NDSS Islanders consider themselves a fit, fast team. Already this fall, the ND girls were able to win a game in which they played most of the way with five players. The team expects to have better depth from now on, with 11 girls on the roster. “We haven’t had a chance to have the full team together, there’s been too many interruptions, it’s been very difficult,” said Jim Richardson, coach of the Islanders girls. “So we’re kind of learning on the fly right now.” Forward Leigh Richardson returns

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the Wildcats also have a greater post presence than past years. One of the team’s leaders will be returnee Mariah Van Sickle, who was a top scorer last year while still in Grade 10. A key addition is guard Sara Simovic, who transfers to Wellington after two years as Dover’s point guard. Grade 10 call-up Ally Keir is a strong two-way player and Taeler Keir, Vicky Brown and Julie Zhao are some other girls who will play a significant role. Wellington’s girls will host their Superball tournament Jan. 5-7, then play their home opener Jan. 10 against Isfeld.

as the team’s primary scorer, complemented by Megan Skeeles in the post. Versatile Carly O’Sullivan is the other key returnee and new guards Pauline Dawson and Jordyn Taylor are making their presence felt. “[We’re] going to have to be a hustling team, work hard on defence and offence all the time,” said the coach. Next action for ND is Jan. 3 on the road; the team’s home opener is Jan. 12. NANAIMO DISTRICT ISLANDERS SENIOR AAA BOYS The NDSS Islanders senior boys are coached by Brett Leggett. He could not be reached by press time. Look for more on the Isles in a future issue of the Bulletin.


Wellington Wildcats guard Kam O’Keefe fires a shot during a league game at Cedar Community Secondary School.

The Wellington Wildcats are going to be tough for teams to handle in AA. The ’Cats will tower over most teams, so they have an advantage in some key areas of the game. “We’ve got a fair amount of height so we’ve got to learn how to use that,” said Glenn Johnson, coach of the Wellington boys. “We’re young so we’re going to make a lot of mistakes.” Wellington will try to give itself easy looks inside whenever it can, both by controlling the boards and also by running plays designed to get the ball to the post. Aaron Copley is the team’s top scorer, with Brad Jenks another key forward. Kam O’Keefe and veteran Jin Han lead the group of guards. “We’ll get better as the season goes on,” said Johnson. “We’re pretty raw right now but with time and more games we’ll get better.” Wellington’s boys host the Barsby Blazers on Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Secondary School gym. The ’Cats then go on to host their annual Superball tournament Jan. 5-7.

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The Cedar Spartans girls should be a force in single A. The team moves back down after a year at the AA level, and does so with some key returnees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to look forward to having an exciting season with the girls,â&#x20AC;? said Launa Gannon, Cedarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-coach. The group of veterans is led by top scorer Megan Cawthorne, with Jordan Stotts and Cathy Jordan two other players who are strong at both ends of the court. Returnee Jessie Sharratt is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point guard and Grade 10 post player Hailey Bradley is one of the young players ready to contribute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to look in to the tall girls, into the post, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a big impact this year,â&#x20AC;? said Gannon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the guards have good shots, so we have lots of options.â&#x20AC;? Cedar plays an exhibition at Woodlands today (Dec. 17) at 2 p.m.

The Cedar Spartans senior boys are a collection of good athletes who compete hard. Those attributes will help them as they try to build chemistry and develop a game plan to suit their roster. Coach Rick Hart said there is work to be done at both ends of the court, but he thinks it will come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to somehow get it inside into our post players and then read the D and go from there,â&#x20AC;? said Hart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[On defence] weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really got to set up our team defence a little bit, blocking out and rebounding.â&#x20AC;? The Spartansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; primary scorer again this season will be post player Brendan McCarthy, and returning point guard Jake Crow is strong in all areas. Newcomers include athletic shooting guard Eric Sackey and intense swingman Ben Cawthorne. Cedarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next game is Jan. 3 at Ladysmith.


Cedar Spartans player Jordan Stotts, right, defends against a Duncan Christian opponent this month at the Cedar gym.


Cedar Spartans guard Jake Crow, middle, drives the lane in a game against the Wellington Wildcats at the Cedar gym.

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The Barsby Blazers are trying to keep things light and fun, and work their way into basketball season. Many of the players are coming off a physically and emotionally demanding football season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot different from football. The guys have to tone back some of that aggression,â&#x20AC;? said Kirstin Polz, coach of the Blazers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the beginning of the season itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really, really hard. Just having to think about dribbling the

The Bulletin was unable to catch up with the team by press time. The Blazers girls host Isfeld Jan. 5.

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A youth movement on the Woodlands Eagles senior boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team means a different approach this year. Whereas last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group was a veteran, hotshooting squad, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team has to work more on fundamentals, said coach Joey Spillman. The Eagles lost their first two league games, Spillman said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tried to stress to his players that good things will come through hard work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t guarantee that you guys make Islands,â&#x20AC;? he told them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you guys work your butt off, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a shot at it.â&#x20AC;? Woodlands doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of height, so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try to play an energy game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you can push the ball and you can battle hard on the rebounds and make the other team work for 40 minutes, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it easy on them, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of the strategy this year,â&#x20AC;? said the coach. Erik Van Waes, veteran point guard, is a dependable all-around player and Bryson Cox will be a high-scoring forward. Secondary scoring will come from Connor Robertson and Aaron Halsall. Woodlandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next regular-season game is Jan. 3 at Kwalikum.

The Woodlands Eagles senior girls know how close they were last year, and that knowledge drives them at the beginning of another high school basketball season. The Eagles narrowly lost a play-in game last March that would have put them in the provincial championship tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re] deciding where we want to go and working hard to get there,â&#x20AC;? said Carl Macdonald, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach. The team has a ton of veterans to lead the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our team is coming together very well,â&#x20AC;? said the coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a combination of strong outside shooting and some really strong post players.â&#x20AC;? Top scorer Ksenia Malenica returns, complemented by a lot of other capable point-getters. Raechell Sywak, Margaret Edwardson and T.J. Andjelkovic give the Eagles lots of options in the post and Michelle Berti can drive the lane and score. Also playing a role will be Adriana Medeiros. The Eagles play an exhibition game today (Dec. 17) against the Cedar Spartans at 2 p.m. at the Woodlands Secondary School gym. The team resumes its regular season Jan. 5 with a home game at Highlands.

Thorpe Report gets in yule spirit â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Twas eight days till Christmas, and all through the city, Dear Bulletin readers all thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What a pityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, While flipping sports pages in dissatisfaction, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cause Ian Thorpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column was missing in action! But â&#x20AC;&#x2122;tis not the case, and dear readers, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why: Our friend Ian Thorpe (whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a heck of a guy), Is busily penning a huge Christmas poem, It soon gets delivered direct, to your home. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all be patient, and wait one more week, I promise his poem has the sports that you seek. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Ianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got something fun up his sleeve, Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see, when the poem appears, Christmas Eve.

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A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS 2D Fri-Mon 1:00, 3:10, 7:00, 9:10; Tues 1:00, 3:10 * ENDS TUES* NEW YEARS EVE Dailyy 12:50, 3:40, 6:50, 9:40 MUPPETS Dailyy 12:45, 3:35, 6:45, 9:35 ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED Dailyy 12:55, 1:10, 3:05, 3:45, 6:55, 7:10, 9:05, 9:45 HUGO 3D Dailyy 12:40, 3:25, 6:40, 9:25 IMMORTALS 3D Dailyy 12:35, 3:20, 6:35, 9:20 * ENDS TUES* HAPPY FEET 3D Fri-Tues 12:30, 3:00, 6:30, 9:00 * ENDS TUES* OPENS WEDNESDAY,, DECEMBER 21st ADVENTURES OF TINTIN 2D 1:00, 7:00 ADVENTURES OF TINTIN 3D 12:35, 3:20, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20, 9:50 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO 12:15, 3:30, 6:40, 9:55 ADVANCE SCREENING TUESDAY,, DECEMBER 20th THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO 6:40, 9:55 * REGULAR ADMISSION APPLIES* FREE MOVIE WITH A NON-PERISHABLE ITEM DONATION: KUNG FU PANDA 2 DECEMBER 17th 10:00 am MEGAMIND DECEMBER 23rd 10:00 am


Nanaimo News Bulletin Saturday,, December 17, 2011

We’re ready for you!

Prime Rib Oven Roast


Cracker Barrel Cheese

Naturally Aged 21 Days $13.21/kg

Selected 600–700g

Limit 2 Total

On Sale

On Sale

Per lb


Christie Chri Chr Christ sttiiie st e F ozen Frozen, e , All Alll Sizes Siize S ze LLiim miit O On ne p pe er Fa Faamily mily mi ly Orde Order $2 $ 2 .0 .09/ 09/ 9/kg g Ov O ve err Lim imiitt Pri ricce e: $1 .4 $1 49/ 9/lb 9/lb lb, b, $3 $3.2 . 28/ 8/kg kg

Super sweet & seedless. Grown in California 5lb/2.27kg g Box


Selected,, 1100–250g 00–250g 0g 0g

On Sale Each

On Sale Per lb with minimuum m $500 fam fa

ily ordder err

On Sale Each

(inc luding turkey)

Christmas Store Hours

Dec. 14th –23rd

Poinsettia in Decorative Cover On Sale

6am–Midnight Each

Weekly W eek y Specials pec p ls in Effect ff ct until n l Tuesday, ue day, December D cem er 20 0th, 201 01

6” Pot

Saturday, December 17, 2011  

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