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Robin Roberts, one of the occupiers at Diana Krall Plaza, centre, clutches a notice to appear in B.C. Supreme Court served to him by RCMP constables Mike Gibson, left, and Dave Scherr Thursday. Occupiers and the city have their first court hearing Friday (Dec. 9) to determine the next steps to be taken to vacate people camped out in the plaza.

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The city has taken its first steps to get Occupy Nanaimo protestors to vacate Diana Krall Plaza. Nanaimo RCMP handed packages, containing orders to appear in B.C. Supreme Court and details of city grievances against the people camped out in the plaza, to about 10 people Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The occupiers named in the document must appear before a B.C. Supreme Court judge Friday (Dec. 9) at 10 a.m.

Matthew O’Donnell, Occupy Nanaimo spokesman, said the order was not unexpected, but he was surprised the orders arrived Thursday afternoon. “We didn’t expect it today,” O’Donnell said. “Mayor John Ruttan came down earlier today and he said – as he also said yesterday – that he would make sure that we were involved and that he would be communicating with us to let us know, basically, how the process is working.” Thursday at 9 a.m. was the city’s deadline to have the occupiers move from the site or it would start proceedings to move

those camped out in the plaza. Ruttan visited the plaza around 9 a.m. “I think that as a lot of these issues, as they unfold, maybe there will be some changes, but the nice thing is that we’re always able to talk,” Ruttan said . The mayor did not give any indication when proceedings might start. O’Donnell said he would be consulting with the group’s lawyer. “In the meantime we’re going to be here until the hearing happens – until we get our day in court,” he said. photos@nanaimobulletin.com

A Nanaimo school trustee-elect says she will not take an oath of office because she is fighting for legislative changes that would require all school board candidates to undergo criminal record checks. Donna Allen, who served two terms on Nanaimo school board and was elected for a third Nov. 19, said she plans to devote her time to lobbying for legislation that requires all trustee candidates to undergo criminal record checks and disclose the results to voters. To do this, she said she cannot be a part of the incoming school board, ALLEN as trustee-elect 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. Allen believes there would be a division of opinion on the new board about whether to pursue and support this issue and that her work on the issue would cause a distraction to the work the board needs to concentrate on. “I can’t continue on the board feeling as strongly as this,” she said. “It would cause problems. I’m feeling very sad about it because this board was working very well. We had done all kinds of good work.” ◆ See ‘CANDIDATE’ /4

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Operators look to real examples of social housing BY CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWS BULLETIN

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Curtis Spencer, Harmac bleach plant assistant, has worked at the mill for 35 years. His investment in shares when employees took over the operation in 2008 paid off Thursday when he and other employees received their first dividend cheques.

Mill workers given dividend cheques “Everybody’s worked really hard to get where we are today,” he said. “They kept telling us, ‘No, Three years of hard work is you guys can’t do it, it’s impossipaying off for employees at Har- ble.’ I think everybody who came back had confidence.” mac Pacific. Cur tis Spencer, who has The company announced Thursday it is handing out dividend worked at the mill for 35 years and is a third generacheques for the first time tion employee, said to all of its workers, givwhen an opportunity ing families some extra to become a part of the spending money this mill purchase came up, Christmas. he thought he might as In the fall of 2008, workwell take the chance – it ers returned to the mill was that or start a new as part-owners after the career at age 50. former owners, Pope & Getting the mill to Talbot, declared bankthis point has involved ruptcy earlier that year. working long hours, More than 200 workers SAMPSON said Spencer, especially each invested $25,000 and at first. private investors, includ“It’s paying off today and it’s ing Vancouver’s Sampson Group and Pioneer Log Homes, teamed going to pay off in the future,” said Spencer. “It’s not even about up to buy the mill. Proving all of the “nay sayers” the money. It’s about going forwrong and building a success- ward, it’s about the belief.” With employees owning a stake ful business is a good feeling for Doug Narver, a machine tender in the business, issues are solved who has worked at Harmac for locally and much more quickly, he said, and there’s a lot less conthe past 33 years.

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flict with management. “To know the ladder ends right here in this building is huge,” said Spencer. “We all work together to make it a safer and better place.” The dividends are also just a bonus for Dan Dieleman, who has worked at the mill for 36 years. “I’m glad to have my job back,” he said. “When the mill went down, I was 51 years old. We lost some benefits and some vacation to get the mill going. Slowly but surely we’ll get that back.” The amount on the cheques varies from worker to worker, depending on the number of years each employee has and how many shares they have in the company. While he could not disclose the amount of money paid out, Harmac president Levi Sampson said it averages out at about a few thousand dollars per person. “Nobody works harder then an employee/owner and we’ve seen it pay off in spades,” he said. “I’m pretty fired up and emotional today.” reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

The operator for one of Nanaimo’s new social housing projects wants the community to concentrate on real-life examples, not hypothetical issues that might come up. Operators for the latest B.C. government’s Housing First sites were announced Wednesday with Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society – in partnership with Columbian Centre Society and Haven Society – running the 35-40 units at 1621 Dufferin Cres., and Pacifica Housing, headquartered in Victoria, operating a similarsized facility at 6025 Uplands Dr. The September announcement of the locations created community backlash, with residents near the Uplands location in particular fearing an increase of crime in their neighbourhood. But Tom Grauman, executive director of Columbian Centre Society, said instead of talking hypothetically about crime that might take place, he wants to look at the real examples in Nanaimo. Columbian Centre operates five housing residences in Nanaimo, Pacifica Housing four, Nanaimo Affordable Housing four and Haven Society runs several aprtments. “[Columbian Centre] is not experiencing anything like that and I invite anyone to ring the doorbell of any of our neighbours on Rosstown Road and ask them if they have an issue with increased crime,” he said. “If I get one call a year from a neighbour, that’s a heavy year. Why people think this new location is going to be different is a mystery to me. The history of this type of project in Nanaimo is encouraging.” The two complexes will house single adults with

Uplands targeting 19-30-year olds and 45 and older; Dufferin is accepting tenants 19 years and older. Applicants must go through the B.C. Housing registry to qualify for housing, take part in an interview and sign a tenancy agreement. Karyn French, executive director of Pacifica, said they work with other service and housing providers in Nanaimo to determine the best fit. “It’s a fairly intensive intake process,” she said. “We don’t want to put people in a situation that won’t work for them.” Both locations are low-barrier with no restrictions on drug or alcohol use in individual units. “What people do in the privacy of their own homes is up to them. As long as their conduct doesn’t jeopardize the lives of anyone else, they’re free to do it,” said Grauman. “That’s not to say we condone illegal activity. That is not in our interest and if made aware of it, will stop it.” Both sites will be staffed with support workers 24 hours a day, though staffing numbers have yet to be determined. French said Pacifica is aware of the issues. “Staff are watchful of illegal acts and will call police,” she said. “We will work to quickly make it uncomfortable for anyone hanging around.” French said the next step is to meet with neighbours. “Not knowing who the providers are has been difficult and now we want to fill in the blanks, let them make infor med decisions,” she said. “They need to understand what this project is and not fear it.” Construction is expected to begin on both projects in early 2013. news@nanaimobulletin.com

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Candidate met all qualifications to be on the incoming ◆ From /1 Local gover nment school board. “My past is my past. I and school trustee candidates are not required paid dearly,� he said. “It to disclose criminal was no secret. Another records and are not sub- paper asked me about ject to criminal record this during the election process. If it checks. had to do with A person is violence or only restricted children, I can from running see how somefor office or body could be holding office concerned.� if they are He said he serving time qualified to in jail for an run like everyindictable body else and offence. that he is The issue BARD about to be was first pardoned. brought to School district spokesAllen’s attention when Bard ran for trustee this woman Donna Reimer fall. She said everyone said if Allen does not else who works with take the oath of office, children is required to a byelection will be have criminal record required. “We believe that checks. Bard said he was it will cost at least shocked to hear of $100,000,� she said. Allen’s decision not reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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The Labour Relations Board has denied the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association’s application that would require teachers to prepare and distribute report cards and require the B.C. Teachers’ Federation 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 the job action. The LRB ruling noted that there is no assertion that teachers are working only 85 per cent of their scheduled time while getting paid for 100 per cent and that both parties agreed to terms of the job action over the summer. The Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association has maintained that teachers are still assessing students and communicating with parents, just not in the form of a formal report card or meet-theteacher nights. Hollie Tarasewich, president of the District Parent Advisory Council, said she’s heard no complaints from parents regarding communicating with teachers about how their children are doing.

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More buses planned on busy routes BY RACHEL STERN

B.C. Transit and the Regional District of Nanaimo are rolling out another 5,000 hours of service to some of the busiet Nanaimo bus routes, starting in March.

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Transit commuters will have more choices and more efficient service next year as the Regional District of Nanaimo rolls out an additional 5,000 service hours in March. The expansion includes more frequent trips to commercial areas and major hubs, including routes No. 44 and 15, which operate in the Vancouver Island University area and routes No. 8 and 9 in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital area, and connecting as many routes as possible to the Departure Bay ferry terminal. Daniel Pearce, RDN transit and planning manager, said increasing service and creating more convenience and efficiency to get people to their destination is a step to attract people to the transit system for their day-to-day commuting. He said it has to be attractive to people to use it. “It’s hard to encourage people to take transit if the frequency and convenience isn’t there,” said Pearce. Joanna Linsangan, B.C. Transit spokeswoman, said the expanded service will benefit all customers by giving more direct service to a number of locations including the university, Woodgrove Centre and adding weekend service to the VIU

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Expanded class-size report still not enough BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

A re por t listing all classrooms in Nanaimo school district that are over provincial size limits or have more than three special needs students

in them fails to tell the true story of what is happening in schools, says the teachers’ union. Superintendent Dave Hutchinson gave school trustees the report last Wednesday. Of 333 elementary

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“Those needs are still present.” The report also lists all of the oversize classes. “There’s definitely more detail than the of ficial class siz e report that goes to the [Education Ministry],” said DeGear. But he still believes the report is inadequate because it fails to give each oversize class a separate rationale for why it’s over the limit. The union is on its third attempt to take its issues with the superintendent’s class size report to an arbitrator. Teachers believe a line in the report stating classes over size or composition limits are “appropriate” for student learning does not take the place of guaranteed supports for each student, added DeGear. Hutchinson told trustees at last week’s board meeting that many of the oversize classrooms were only one or two students over the limit. “I’m confident that t h e s e cl a s s e s a re worked out in the best way possible and that they are appropriate for student learning,” he said. The report has been referred to the education committee for further discussion. reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Police in B.C. won’t be imposing their toughest roadside penalties for impaired driving until they give accused drivers a way to appeal results of a failed breath test. Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond announced the change Wednesday after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that the most severe of B.C.’s new impaired driving penalties infringe people’s constitutional right to a fair trial. Ruling on a challenge to the new roadside penalties, Justice Jon Sigurdson said the increased roadside penalties for blowing in the “warn� range of blood alcohol, from 0.05 to 0.08 per cent, are permissible. But drivers who blow in the “fail� range above 0.08 should have a chance to challenge the decision if their vehicles are impounded for 30 days and they face thousands of dollars in administrative penalties. Bond said the court ruling means the B.C. government needs to amend its year-old impaired law to give drivers who exceed 0.08 on the roadside screening device a chance to appeal that reading. Until that is done, “the circumstances for those in the ‘fail’ range will revert to what was previously in place,�

Bond said. “Police will have the option of determining whether or not a criminal charge is warranted, and in that case you could face criminal charges and a 90-day administrative driving prohibition.� A blood alcohol reading in the “warn� range can result in a three-day driving ban, a $200 administrative penalty and another $250 fee to have a driver’s licence reinstated. Drivers may also have their car impounded for three days and be billed for towing and storage. For roadside readings of 0.08 per cent or higher, police have been imposing a 90-day driving ban, a $500 fine and impounding the vehicle for 30 days. That suspension can cost a driver $3,750, including $700 for towing and storage and $1,420 to take a mandatory “responsible driver� course. Sigurdson did not immediately strike down the new penalties, but asked for submissions from the province and the driver who challenged the penalties to determine what comes next. Last week Premier Christy Clark and Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond celebrated the results of the new roadside penalties, a 40 per cent decline in alcoholrelated deaths in the first year. The ruling comes as B.C. launches its annual Christmas CounterAttack campaign, with increased roadblocks across the province to look for impaired drivers. editor@nanaimobulletin.com

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Grocery gifts Laura MacLachlan, Quality Foods cashier, loads up paper grocery donation bags with food to help out Nanaimo’s less fortunate families. The bags are being distributed in the News Bulletin today (Dec. 3). Readers are asked to load the bags with non-perishable food items and drop them off at any of the three Quality Foods stores in Nanaimo, at Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank at 1009 Farquhar St., or at the News Bulletin offices at 777 Poplar St.

Parksville-Qualicum Liberal MLA Ron Cantelon is recovering well from heart surgery. Cantelon suffered a serious heart attack while attending the legislature in late October and was rushed to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, where he underwent surgery. Contacted earlier this week, Cantelon’s constituency assistant Caroline Waters said she talked to Cantelon last weekend and found him in good spirits. “He’s a trooper,� she said. “He’s out and about and walking his dog, changing his health patterns and changing his lifestyle.� Waters said the actual date of Cantelon’s return to work remains up to his physician, but added she expects him to be back at his seat when the legislature begins sitting in January. “He’s just remarkable,� she said. “I imagine a lot of that is because he doesn’t smoke or drink, so he has less far to come back. He tires out, but we keep him busy, but not stressed.�

Mounties pinch suspected drunk driver Police are crediting the RID 911 service with getting an impaired driver, who rear-ended an ambulance, off Nanaimo’s streets. The ambulance was slowing down on the Island Highway near Morden Road Wednesday at about 4:30 p.m. when it was rear-ended

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Drunk driving clarity needed The B.C. Supreme Court ruling this week that found the toughest of B.C.’s new impaired-driving penalties infringe on the constitutional right to a fair trial cannot be surprising to many. When the provincial government created the law that, in effect, gave police the power to be officer, jury and judge, more than a few people cried foul. At issue is the law that permits police to impose 90-day driving bans, impound vehicles for 30 days and levy significant fines that can climb into the thousands. Those penalties are issued to drivers who have a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. The problem with this tough new penalty, Justice Jon Sigurdson found, is that it offers drivers no recourse to go to court and challenge the charges. While Sigurdson found permissible the tougher penalties connected to bloodalcohol content in the “warn” range of 0.05 and 0.08, the confusion and fear the new penalties invoked in British Columbians cry out for the B.C. Liberals to cut to the chase and make a bold decision. It is either legal to drink and drive or it isn’t. Forcing the public to engage in a dangerous and potentially costly guessing game is ridiculous. If the B.C. Liberals are adamant that drinking and driving do not mix in any quantity, then let’s have a zero-tolerance law and dispense with the confusion now associated with what can only be interpreted as conflicting messages on drinking and driving. If that is not the B.C. Liberals’ intent, if they believe there is room for some amount of alcohol in the bloodstream of drivers, then let’s have rigid enforcement of the 0.08 law and stop criminalizing those whose only crime is not drunk driving, but having been caught in the Twilight Zone of 0.05 to 0.08. The Nanaimo News Bulletin is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org

Comments open online conversation Nanaimo, it’s time we had a chat. comment and a story link to your wall to share with your Facebook The News Bulletin has always encouraged community discussion friends. In short, along with our efforts of issues through our letters page, to use Twitter (we tweet every which we consider a forum that news story as its posted to our readers’ own as a place to express website) to keep readers/followtheir views on a variety of topics. ers apprised of the stories we’re It’s a lively place where a working on/publishing, this move healthy conversation generally helps us do a better job of bringtakes place. ing you the news you A few years back, we want to know about. added a commenting WRIGHT feature on our webIf a story is intersite, as a further way esting enough that TURN to encourage reader it elicits a comment Mitch Wright participation and from you, there’s a Managing Editor engagement, both with good chance your the newspaper and the friends might also be community. interested and want to Now we, as a comjoin the conversation. pany, are hoping to take Facebook’s platform that conversation even already enables that further. kind of interaction, so Earlier this week, our it’s a logical move to be commenting platform a part of it and, hopemoved to Facebook. fully, expand the conversation. To comment on stories you must But having accountability in the register with Facebook or already discussion is equally important. have a Facebook account. While other news outlets and Facebook haters and holdouts websites allow commenters to will likely decry the move, but as post anonymously with impunity, social media continues to grow we’ve tried to advance the conits role in the day-to-day lives of versation on community issues Canadians, it makes sense for our respectfully and without the guise newspaper to put itself in the mix. of fake names, pseudonyms, etc. The new system gives users We always asked online comof Facebook a stronger link to menters to register, now we’re our news site, and also increases more easily able to know whether accountability by making it tough- they’re using their true identity. er to post comments anonymously. As for those Facebook haters It gives you the option of postand holdouts, it’s true that social ing comments to our website media isn’t without its hazards – while simultaneously posting the Paulina Gretzky’s racy Twitpics

making her just the latest highprofile (or offspring of a highprofile, more accurately) victim of their own social media slipups. Like any information-sharing medium, probably far more so than any other, given the ubiquitous and all-encompassing nature of the Internet, social media use comes with a not-insignificant responsibility on the user. Whether it’s a comment or a photo, post only what you’re comfortable with everyone you know (and everyone you don’t) being exposed to. While some point to the insidious nature of Facebook and its attempts to get at and share personal information for profit, many serious Facebook follies are, to some degree, people’s own fault. They posted something they shouldn’t have. Regardless, the move to Facebook commenting platform occurred earlier this week. The hope is it makes for a better, more respectful and more engaged forum for readers and residents to carry on a discussion. Let us know what you think about this move, or about the continually evolving role of social media, either by the traditional methods (letter to the editor via snail mail, e-mail or fax) or by commenting on this column as it appears on our website (www. nanaimobulletin.com). We’re looking forward to chatting with you. editor@nanaimobulletin.com

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Liberals can save rail, win NDP votes bring about a wiser outcome for the benefit of the whole Island - even though the Victoria station has already been closed and the Budd cars used by Via Rail for its Victoria-Courtenay run have been shipped away East. The Libs can do it by matching the $21 million federal grant that drives the bridge replacement project, investing provincial money to put rail on the new bridge, starting Victoria-Langford track improvements and promising to upgrade the railway, step by step. Anti-rail campaigners will raise a minor stink, but at a time when both the U.S. and China are pushing ahead with energy-saving, greenhouse-gas-saving rail networks, the renewal of Island rail will gain wide approval. It will take strong yet friendly senior government pressure on Victoria council to bring back rail to the bridge, as Step One toward smart transportation. Step Two is starting to build the trackside economic sinews of the rail corridor while upgrading the line VictoriaLangford. You must do both jobs at the same time, like the old

spread pain and loss. But B.C. Libs – by their good luck – could inherit the creative-government role. Unless they do act immediately, we can say goodbye to rail and to any hope of using the historic E&N to lighten the costly load of clogged traffic on the highways linking Victoria with Courtenay and Port Alberni, which are dangerously narrow in places. For anyone who follows provincial politics, the opening for the Libs is in plain sight. I’m not sure the members of the Christy Clark gang have the courage and vision to pull off this coup, but maybe they have. We’ll see. Vancouver Island has a transportation problem. Re-routing part of the highway would cost $1 billion (nine zeroes) plus environmental damage. For onetenth of that amount, we could fix the whole railway, stations and all, and get it running. Victoria city council voted to build a new Johnson Street bridge without a rail link. But the B.C. Libs still can reverse that petty, shortsighted local decision and

BY G.E. MORTIMORE

B.C. Liberals have it in their power to steal thousands of Vancouver Island votes from the NDP. They can restore some sparkle to their clouded name by intervening at the last minute to save Vancouver Island’s railway from destruction. Through this move, Christy Clark and colleagues could capture a big chunk of what might be called the soft progressive vote on the Island. So it seems to me. The soft progressives are people whose election-day decisions are shaped by what they see as likely problemsolving performance, not by loyalty to a party label. Arguably most soft-progressive Vancouver Islanders lean toward the NDP because of that party’s proven record of useful social invention. The record stretches from Tommy Douglas’s leadership in launching medicare in Saskatchewan along with a balanced budget, to Dave Barrett’s startup of public car insurance in B.C. at a time when many uninsured drivers were roaming the roads and causing wide-

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Occupy encampment should be left alone To the Editor, Wanting to find out for myself what’s going on with Occupy Nanaimo, I visited Diana Krall Plaza a few times in past weeks and attended two of the occupiers’ general assemblies. We often lament the lack of engagement of the citizens, particularly young people, in our community and our society but when they do engage we react by marginalizing them and wanting to shut them up and down. I have been greatly impressed by the mostly young people involved and am heartened for our future. The participants, mostly, are articulate, passionate and very principled in what they are doing and

trying to accomplish. Their general assemblies are an outstanding display of democratic principles in real action. Oversimplifying their thoughts, they see the world we older coots have created for them and are now leaving as a legacy is clearly broken. They want our democracy, our society, to work better. Is that unreasonable? I wonder how many antiOccupy complainers have actually been down to talk to these fellow citizens who have equal rights to use the plaza. Mayor John Ruttan says business and residents are complaining, events have been cancelled because of the occupation and the plaza is for the use of everyone. I’d

be interested in specific facts rather than generalities. The occupiers might have enjoyed watching the Grey Cup, too, standing beside nonoccupiers. When I visited, the plaza was fully open, large spaces available to all and the tents were around the very edges, only a few even visible from Commercial Street. Whose rights to use the plaza are being infringed in the middle of the night? Not mine. There is a larger and more important principle beyond just a city bylaw and the personal comfort zone of a couple of grumpy old fuddyduddies at play here. Leave them alone Mr. Mayor. Jordan Ellis Nanaimo

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party stunt of simultaneously rubbing the head and patting the belly. Such wealth-building, job-making co-ordination requires a new partnership for mutual advantage linking federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments. If Premier Clark manages this feat, she will earn respect and challenge the inventive brainpower of the NDP to go one better. What if we do have to wait four years longer to balance the provincial budget? Economic revitalization and job-making has higher priority. Siemens Corporation was ready in the 1990s to lend a modern rail vehicle for a trial Victoria-Langford commuter service. A few fusspots in Esquimalt derailed the project. But Siemens or another builder of rail rolling-stock might be ready now to set up a factory and testing yards here. That would be a good start on TOD – transit-oriented development. ◆ G.E. Mortimore is a Langford-based writer for the Goldstream News Gazette.

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It’s still an “agreement in principle” that requires cabinet approval, but B.C. has reached a new 20-year deal for RCMP services on the day a deadline was set by Ottawa. Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond said Wednesday the federal government has agreed to B.C.’s key demand, a contract management committee where B.C. and other provinces can have their say about new RCMP programs or costs. “The Union of B.C. Municipalities made it very clear that they no longer wanted to have

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Sunday ◆ ISLAND BEL Canto Singers presents A Merry Little Christmas at 7:30 p.m. at Nanaimo Ecumenical Center, 6234 Spartan Rd.

Monday ◆ HUB CITY Stamp Club hosts its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. Christmas party and auction. All collectors welcome. 250-2458186 for details.

Wednesday ◆ COMMUNITY CAROL Festival catches the Christmas spirit as eight of Nanaimo’s finest community choirs entertain with festive carols. 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam St. Admission by donation. ◆ MID ISLAND Advanced Toastmasters invites past and present toastmasters to develop their public speaking skills at 7 p.m. at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. Call 250 619-1405 for more information.

Thursday ◆ BC HRMA Vancouver Island hosts its Ho Ho Holiday social from 5-7 p.m. at Acme Food Co. Purchase tickets and register before Dec. 4 at 1-866-883-4762 or e-mail spearse@ bchrma.org. ◆ NANAIMO RHODODENDRON Society hosts its Christmas auction and party at 6:30 p.m. at Beban Park Social Centre. Free admission. Visit http:// nanaimo.rhodos.ca. ◆ FREE PHOTOS with Santa at Santa’s workshop at the Nanaimo Museum from 3 p.m. to close.

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Friday ◆ UNITY SPIRITUAL Education Centre hosts a movie presentation of Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take? at 7 p.m., 2325 East Wellington Rd. Discussion to follow. Admission $10. ◆ FREE PHOTOS with Santa at Santa’s workshop at the Nanaimo Museum from 3 p.m. to close.

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◆ TEXAS HOLD’EM Poker River Riders host ongoing games Sunday through Thursday at the Wellington Pub. Visit www.riverriderspoker.com or call 250-616-7593 for details. Participants are encouraged to bring a donation for the food bank. ◆ NANAIMO ELKS No. 26 meets third Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10, 129 Harewood Rd. 250-7418308 for details. ◆ ALZHEIMER’S AND Dementia Caregiver’s support group meets the second Thursday and third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Alzheimer Resource

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To the Editor, The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive would like to thank two of our community sponsors for helping kick off the 28th annual drive in style. Thanks must go to Woodgrove Centre for not only hosting the kick off event, but for also making a cash donation of $1,000. A big thank you as well to the organizers of the inaugural the Nanaimo Toy Run. These dedicated community bikers contributed $4,425 in cash and more than $4,000 in toys collected at the July event. The cash and toys are greatly appreciated, as few toys were left after the 2010 Toy Drive. Our cupboard was

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APPLAUSE almost bare and after just two days of registration, we have more than 300 families who registered their children for this year’s event. We hope these examples of the Christmas spirit and giving to others will inspire more people throughout Nanaimo to donate toys or cash to the toy drive. We really need the help. Drop boxes are in Woodgrove, Nanaimo North Town and Country Club centres, all three Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire halls, the Port Theatre and Budget Self-Storage in north Nanaimo. For more infor-

mation, please go to www.thegreatnanaimotoydrive.ca. Carolyn Iles The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive

Grocer supplies legion dinner To the Editor, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 257 ladies auxiliary in Lantzville extends its deepest thanks to Quality Foods in Northridge Village and manager Randy Romano for donating all the food for the Remembrance Day dinner on Nov. 11. We served all the veterans, active service men and women and the RCMP free of charge and only had to charge $5 per serving for 152 additional

roast beef dinners to the public. The ladies auxiliary raised $760 which will be divided among some of the needy families in our area over Christmas. All the money raised by the auxiliary is always donated back into the community so Quality Foods should give itself a heartfelt pat on the back for helping us help others. As another way of showing our appreciation, we have purchased a QF $50 gift card to be used as a draw prize during out annual veterans’ Christmas dinner Sunday (Dec. 4). Maralyn Pritchard president, ladies auxiliary Branch 257

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST #1264 LARGE SCALE TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART CALL EXPRESSION OF INTEREST #1265 SMALL SCALE TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART CALL The City of Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Art Gallery are seeking both large and small scale temporary public art pieces to be installed in high profile locations such as Maffeo Sutton and McGregor Park Plaza from May 2012 to April 2013. A non-mandatory information meeting will be held: Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011 Start Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location: Nanaimo Art Gallery 150 Commercial Street Nanaimo, B.C. Questions posed by Artist(s) or Artist Team(s) and answered at the information meeting may not be further documented or disseminated. Expression of Interest documents are available by contacting the City of Nanaimo Purchasing Office 2020 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, B.C., Phone: 250.756.5319 or can be downloaded from the City of Nanaimo website wwww.nanaimo.ca under Bid Opportunities or the BC Bid website www. bcbid.gov.bc.ca Expression of Interest Responses will be received up to 2:00 p.m. (14:00 hrs) Pacific Time, Friday, January 13, 2012 (the “closing date & time”). Late responses will not be accepted. All inquiries regarding specifications shall be directed to Kirsty MacDonald, Parks and Open Space Planner, Phone: 250.755.7506 or email kirsty.macdonald@nanaimo.ca The City of Nanaimo reserves the right to waive informalities in, or reject or accept any Expression of Interest Response or cancel this process at any time before or after the closing date without award. SILVIA REID, SCMP BUYER PURCHASING & STORES 2020 LABIEUX ROAD NANAIMO BC V9T 6J9


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Planning, storing helps cut food waste Christmas is looming, the of ten ways to reduce food waste. annual lunches and dinOne – Plan how much ners, the gift chocolates, food you will need for spethe fancy breads, the famcial events and don’t cook ily visits, the parties with extra unless you have plans appetisers, cookies, fancy for the leftovers. desserts. Years ago, I challenged Every year we read about my Girl Guide how to eat wisely, group to plan diet after, but FOOD their weekend rarely do we get MATTERS camp food to advice about Marjorie Stewart have just enough how to reduce and bring nothbeforehand the ing back. I’ll colossal waste of never forget the food and related look of triumph energy costs. on the face of According one camper to the United who calculated Nations Food so exactly that and Agriculture she was eating organization the last piece of bagel and roughly one-third of all reconstituted hummus food produced for human as the ferry docked at consumption – about 1.3 Newcastle Island. See the billion tonnes – is lost or portion planner at www. wasted each year. lovefoodhatewaste.com/ About two-thirds of all perfect_portions for instant that food waste could have help. been eaten if consumers Two – make your shopbetter planned and stored ping list and stick to it. their food purchases. Plan your route around Worldwatch Institute’s supermarket walls avoiding Nourishing the Planet the unnecessary temptaproject has provided a list

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tions in the middle. Three – go small. Use smaller serving utensils and plates. Guests can always come back for seconds. This was one of our strategies for our children’s portions, so that they would not be faced with piles of food but could always have more. Four – let guests serve themselves. Most will take frugal portions. Five – take the time to store leftovers safely. Have the containers on hand for useful-sized amounts to go in the fridge or the freezer. Properly storing our leftovers will preserve them safely for future meals. Six – composting food scraps has never been easier unless you already use your scraps for your own garden. Use the local composting waste systems and save compostable scraps for the green bin. Seven – get creative with leftovers. Plan around the leftover bread and turkey and make tasty soups. Eight – give away extra

SPCA adoption drive underway for holidays All they want for Christmas is a home. The B.C. SPCA is trying to find homes for hundreds of homeless animals during the month of December through its holidays pet adoption drive. SPCA shelters, adoption centres and volunteer-run branches currently have 4,000 homeless cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, rabbits and small animals in care. “What better gift to give a homeless animal than a caring family and a warm home?” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the B.C. SPCA. “The SPCA strongly discourages giving pets as gifts. But if an individual or family has carefully considered the decision and the responsibility of a new pet, the holidays

can be an optimum time to adopt. Families are more likely to be off work or school during the holidays and have more time to spend with each other and with their new companion animal.” Chortyk said it is sad to think of animals having to spend the holidays at a shelter. “Our staff and volunteers do an outstanding job of nurturing the animals in our care, but there is no substitute for being part of a permanent, loving family,” she said. “Your love will change the life of a homeless animal forever.” Nanaimo and District SPCA is at 2200 Labieux Rd. For information on its I’ll be Home for Christmas campaign, please call 250-758-8444 or go to www.spca.bc.ca/ branches/nanaimo.

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November 3, 1918 ~ November 12, 2011 Doris peacefully passed away in Nanaimo BC. She is predeceased by her father, James Howell and mother, Alice Maud McCormack, as well as 2 sisters and 1 brother. Doris is survived by her children: Rosalie (Bud) and Jim (Betty), 4 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to all at Travellers Lodge for their kindness and care. No service by request. Telfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in charge of arrangements. Interred in Marden Hillside Cemetery, Holden Manitoba, beside her father. Telfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Nanaimo 250-591-6644

ANNABLE John Edward (Ted) July 13,1931 - November 27,2011 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of TED on 27 November 2011. He was a long time resident of Nanaimo and spent 30+ years working in Nanaimo Harbour on his tug â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE VAN WEST.â&#x20AC;? Upon retiring he was an active member of Branch 256 Legion and loved to camp, travel and spend time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pat: sons: Ken (Arlene), Steve (Christine); brother, Jerry (Barbara); sisters: Rae (Jake), Jackie (Stan); grandchildren: Courtney, Krystal, Ryan, Robert, Matt and 1 great granddaughter, Maddison. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan; brother, Buddy and son, Ted Jr. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 1:004:00 pm at Branch 256 Legion, 1630 East Wellington, Nanaimo. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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July 21, 1923 ~ November 27, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x153;When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.â&#x20AC;? Phil died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning at his home in Malaspina Gardens. He served in the RCN during WWII, and was an active member of the A.C.T. for over 50 years. He enjoyed his involvement with The Power Squadron and Harbour Watch and loved anything that got him out on the water. Phil was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian, and sister, Vera. He is survived by his daughter, Jonnie; sons, Barrie and Coli Colin; and grandchildren: Jaime, Marshall and William. No service at Phhilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, donations mayy be made in his name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 250.754.5274 or www w.heartandstroke.bc.ca First Memorial Funeral Services F 250.754.8333

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Due to growth Nanaimo Toyota Scion detail department is need of a full time detailer. Great pay with beneďŹ ts and great place to work. Will train right person to do the job. Must be ďŹ t and hold a valid BC Drivers Licence. Apply to Stephen Barr Detail Manager with resume. Must provide a criminal record check and driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstract. Mon to Fri 9am to 4pm. No phone calls! MATURE RELIABLE person needed at busy dog/cat boarding facility. Must be comfortable with animals and able to work weekends. OfďŹ ce work & some heavy lifting required. Bring resume to Del Norte Kennels 7491 Lantzville Rd Lantzville Nechako Northcoast Construction, Terrace, B.C. Has an opening for Mechanical Superintendent QualiďŹ cations: -A minimum of 3 years journeyman work experience, 2 years as a trade lead hand or equivalent. -Minimum driver classiďŹ cation requirement is a Valid Class 3 with air endorsement. -Must have technical competencies of troubleshooting, root cause failure analysis, general computer skills, work planning and estimating. -Ability to effectively supervise assigned work projects and/or activities involving combined resources of manpower, materials and supplies. -Ability to carry out related supervisory functions proďŹ ciently, under the direction of management personnel. -Must hold and maintain WHMIS certiďŹ cation and Level 1 First Aid. For a complete job Description please log on to our website at www.nechako-northcoast.com. Please Fax or email your resume and drivers abstract Debbie Russell, Manager of Human Resources drussell@nechako-northcoast.com Fax: 250-638-8409 Only those short listed will be contacted. PART-FULL TIME individual required for small appliance & electrical repairs. Experience preferred, but will train the right person. Drop resume at #602-5800 Turner Rd., Northridge Village, Nanaimo

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Gitmaxmakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ay Nisgaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a PR/PE Society As senior management in Gitmaxmakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ay Nisgaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a PR/PE Society (GNS), the CEO manages the society by making decisions which determine its identity, systems, internal organization and operations and by which direction is established, priorities are set and resources are allocated. The function of the CEO is to manage the day-to-day and business activities of GNS by enhancing the social, economical, physical, cultural and spiritual well-being of Nisgaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a citizens whose ordinary residence is within the city of Prince Rupert and the District of Port Edward. Education/Experience: -Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Business Administration -Minimum 5 yrs experience in senior management -Strong ďŹ nancial background Responsibilities: -to recruit, train, develop and motivate courteous, knowledgeable staff -to research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write fundraising proposals to increase the fund of GNS -to oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of GNS programs and services -to participate with Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide GNS Other Requirements: -Valid BC Drivers License -Knowledge of Nisgaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a culture an asset -Submission of a criminal record check Applicants are required to submit resume package consisting of a cover letter, resume and 3 work related references prior to 4:30pm on December 9, 2011. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information please contact Interim Manger Bess Leeson, 250-627-1595. ALL RESUME PACKAGES MAY BE DIRECTED TO: Gitmaxmakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ay Nisgaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a PR/PE Society Attn: Bess Leeson 301-860 3rd Avenue West Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1M6 Fax: 250-627-1575 Email: gitman@citytel.net

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

RANCHER, QUIET street 2 bed 1 bath. Gas heat & stove, W/D, 5 min walk to Brooks Landing. Available Dec 15, rent start Jan 1. $1200. 250756-1070

NORTH NANAIMO- 1 bdrm, separate entrance, close to Woodgrove Mall. $700 inclds utils. NS/NP. 250-713-0861.

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 CEDAR BY The Sea, lrg 2 bdrm duplex, ocean view, fireplace, washer/dryer, covered patio & prkg, private yard, $850, (Immed). 250-722-0044 Departure Bay- lrg 4 bdrm, 2 bath, sxs, 5 appls. RV prking, pets ok. $1250. 1st mo 1/2 price. Now. 1-250-598-6034. NANAIMO- 2 BDRM+ den. W/D. NS/NP, 1 yr lease. Avail Dec 1. $875. (250)797-2411.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION 1 FURN’D bdrm, quiet area. Spacious house w/ ocean views. Utils incl’d, wireless, internet, cable, W/D, N/P, N/S, female. $500. 250-751-2454. CEDAR: QUIET acreage, 2 br, bath, tv room upstairs. Share hot tub, indoor pool, kitchen, BBQ, organic garden, orchard. $1200. Working person(s). Call (250)734-1103 mornings.

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hosting the tournament. The host city will rotate throughout the four provinces. The deadline to submit a bid is Dec. 15, and the winning submission will be announced in mid-January. The tournament will take place from April 26 to May 5, 2013. Nanaimo council endorsed the bid Monday night and also approved a request from the Clippers to have exclusive use of Frank Crane Arena during the 10-day tournament. Coun. Diana Johnstone, chairwoman of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission, said the championship would bring about 150 players, coaches, support staff, scouts and officials to Nanaimo for a period of at least 12 days, providing an economic boost to the city. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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WE SEE A BUDDING ARTIST. This holiday season, you can help a family with a child in need by tuning in to the Timmy’s Christmas Telethon in support of the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities.

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Carpenter, and Roger Hermant. The previous weekend, the Nanaimo Curling Centre was the site of the annual men’s spiel organized by members of the Sunday Hangover League. Again this year congratulations go to league president and bonspiel organizer Ferdie Hobson for his hard work. Hobson along with various sponsors and volunteers including Randy Brahniuk, Tony Brocklehurst, Jim Forrester, and Zorka Smith helped make the event a definite success. A total of 28 teams, including six from out of town, took part in this year’s bonspiel. It was an allNanaimo final in the Midland Tools ‘A’ event championship game, which resulted in a 6-2 victory for the Steve

Waatainen foursome over the team skipped by Frank Smith. On Waatainen’s playdown team were third Kevin Weinreich, second Sean Krepps, and lead Keith Clarke, while Smith was backed by Ian Cook, Cam Foster, and Kyle Sedola. Finishing third in ‘A’ event was the Nanaimo team of Craig MacRae, Louie Cavezza, Tom Weinreich, and Paul Merkel, with fourth spot going to the Craig Kolman squad from Parksville. Sponsor for the bonspiel’s ‘B’ event was Marks Imports, and the winner was a Vancouver entry skipped by Craig Rampton. Rampton scored a 5-1 decision in the final over Nanaimo’s Doug McGlenen and his teammates Dan Allaire, Bill Shaw, and Kevin Conley. Third and fourth places in ‘B’ both went to local teams. Claiming third was skip Ferdie Hobson along with Brent Smith, Nolan Paquette, and Geoff Haslam, with fourth going to Tim Cullen and his team of Bruce Willgress, Murray Norby, and Ward Wiltsey. The final of ‘C’ event, sponsored by Christensen Collision, saw Cliff Carr-Hilton and his Courtenay team post a 6-2 win against Nanaimo skip Dan Somerville and his team of Rob Mitchel, Roy Prosser, and Dave Morgan. M. J. Chahley Construction Group sponsored the ‘D’ event of the competition, and the sponsor came close to winning his own trophy. In the closest of the four event finals, Joe Greene and his squad of Mark Knutson, Steve Anderson, and Gerry Coukell just edged out the Mike Chahley team by an 8-7 count. Others on the runner-up Chahley team were Tony Wright, Rick Herding, and Kerry Lucas. Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship. ◆ Ian Thorpe writes about sports Saturdays.


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Barsby running back Nathan Berg was named B.C. High School Football varsity AA MVP.

Barsby in title games â&#x2014;&#x2020; From /1 Kuziek, at 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;?, 260 pounds, is also on Barsbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrestling and basketball teams, and pulls double-duty on the offensive line for the Bulldogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he may be even more devastating on the O-line,â&#x20AC;? said Stevenson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For his size, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a phenomenal athlete.â&#x20AC;? Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work on the field has also caught the attention of the coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steve is a brawler,â&#x20AC;? said Stevenson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He executes the playbook real well, but he likes the physical aspect of the game. The Bulldogs are finalists in the senior and junior Subway Bowl provincial championship today, both taking on the Mission Roadrunners. Kick off for the juniors is 10 a.m. and the seniors play at 3 p.m. news@nanaimobulletin.com

When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ranked No. 1 in the country, every other team in the nation is gunning for you. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just how the 11-1 Vancouver Island Mariners menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team likes it. The Mariners have held the top spot nationally for five weeks and has just one loss â&#x20AC;&#x201C; against the Douglas College Royals on Oct. 28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like it this way,â&#x20AC;? said coach Abe Avender. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When everybody is looking to beat us, we get up for every game, the guys are into it and focused, and we keep finding new ways to win. It keeps us sharp.â&#x20AC;? VIU currently sits on top of the Pacific Western Athletic Association standings as the teams head in to the six-week Christmas break. Douglas continues to stalk VIU from second place with a 9-3 record, while Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Columbia Bible College, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national champs, is in third place at 7-5. CBC hosts the national championships this year. To prepare for what is expected to be a tough second half to the season, Avender and his squad will be heading to San Diego Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 with five other Canadian teams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; includ-

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