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BELOW: RCMP Const. Dave Scherr, left, and Const. Derek Balderston stop to watch a mother and daughter feed the ducks at the Bowen Park duck pond Thursday. Improvements in recent years and regular police patrols have helped draw families back to the park. RIGHT: Angela Neilson and her daughter Atley, 3, react to a flurry of wings and feathers when the ducks they are feeding are startled by a sudden movement Thursday afternoon. CHRIS BUSH/THE NEWS BULLETIN

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anaimo is again nominated as a great place in Canada. Bowen Park earned a nomination for Best Public Space in the annual Great Places In Canada competition, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Now the goal is to get the word out and get Nanaimo residents – and people who just love the city – to vote, said Susan Cudahy, CEO of Nanaimo Economic Development. “The most important part is to let Nanaimo know to go online and

Quickfacts ◆ DONATED TO THE CITY in 1855 and registered as a park in 1931, Bowen Park is up for one of the Best Public Space awards in the annual Great Places In Canada competition.

vote,” Cudahy said. Downtown Nanaimo’s Commercial Street won last year for Best Street in Canada, which helped the city market to tourists and businesses.

“It’s the cover story on our 2012 travel guide,” Cudahy said. Nanaimo’s parks, particularly Bowen, help connect the city to nature and gives residents and visitors access to outdoor activities. “All of the parks are just a stunning asset,” Cudahy said. The land at Bowen Park was given to the city in 1855 and registered as a park in 1931, according to the entry on the contest’s website. The Rotary Club of Nanaimo was instrumental in developing the park, building roadways and picnic shelters. ◆ See ‘PARK’ /4

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Hockey players suffer thief’s hit Players in a pick-up hockey game had their pockets picked in a dressing room at Nanaimo Ice Centre Wednesday. The thefts happened between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. while the players were on Rink No. 2. Police said surveillance video shows a man carrying a black hockey bag entering the unlocked dressing room and leaving a few minutes later. Some of the items stolen included rings, wallets and car keys, which the suspect used to get into several cars in the parking lot. Sunglasses, a Garmin GPS unit and cash were taken from the vehicles. The suspect is described as male, 18-25 years old with a slim build and wearing a grey hoodie. “Players at our local rinks are reminded to always lock their dressing rooms while on the ice,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-7542345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or online at www. nanaimocrimestoppers. com.

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Kara Rafuse and her daughter Miley Fontaine, 3, laugh at the funny antics of storyteller Clark Squared, of Around Town Tellers, during the Family Literacy Day Event at the Wellington Branch Library Saturday. Participants enjoyed songs, stories and crafts. Various literacy kits are available for families year-round at Nanaimo library branches.

Newsbriefs Police seize drugs, guns A 26-year-old man is in police custody on firearms and drug charges after Nanaimo RCMP carried out a search of his Somerset Drive home in north Nanaimo early Wednesday morning. Because weapons were anticipated in the house, police employed the use of the RCMP Emergency Response Team to arrest Alex William Laurie, 26. The investigation leading to the arrest, led by the Nanaimo Municipal Drug Unit, resulted in the seizure of two handguns, one of

them loaded, 28 grams of powder cocaine, 14 grams of heroin and $2,000 in Canadian cash. Laurie was charged Wednesday with possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property (the gun), careless use of a firearm, and possession of illegal drugs. Laurie is being held in custody by police and was expected to go before a provincial court judge Thursday.

Man jailed for trafficking A Nanaimo man will serve almost two years in jail for a drug trafficking charge after police seized close to half a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine from a northend motel two years ago. Ricky Tran recently pleaded guilty in Nanaimo provincial court to possession for

Job action is not preventing the teachers’ union from continuing its campaign against a set of standardized tests given to all Grades 4 and 7 students in the province. For the past several years, the provincial teachers’ union has campaigned against the Foundation Skills Assessment tests. Schools have between Jan. 16 and March 16 to administer the exams, which are meant to determine how well students are meeting prescribed learning outcomes for reading, writing and numeracy. Derek DeGear, president of the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association, said for the fifth year, the union sent home letters urging parents to withdraw their children from the tests and he’s been getting more calls than usual this year from parents concerned that schools are not allowing their children to opt out. He’s received between 20 and 30 calls or e-mails from parents who have been told by principals that their child cannot be excused from writing the tests. “They’re lying to parents in their communications,” said DeGear. “The School Act allows parents to withdraw their child for extenuating

the purpose of trafficking crystal meth and received two years less a day jail time, a lifetime firearms prohibition and a requirement to submit a DNA sample. Charges were stayed against a second man. Police reported the two men were stopped in early January 2010 while driving in Harewood and, based on $1,200 in cash found in the car and further intelligence, a search warrant was applied for and granted for a motel in north Nanaimo where they seized .45 kg of crystal meth. At the time, Nanaimo RCMP called the arrests a “significant blow” to the local drug trade. At the sentencing, the Crown noted an expert report stated the value to be $17,760 if sold at the ounce level, as it was packaged.

circumstances. A parent has every right to say, ‘I don’t want my son or daughter writing this.’” Last year, about 15 per cent of students did not participate, down from about 20 per cent in 2010 and about 25 per cent in 2009. Parents are telling DeGear that principals are pressuring them to allow children to participate and asking them to reveal the “extenuating circumstances” that they feel should excuse their child from the FSAs. The union’s main objection to the tests is the way the results are used by the Fraser Institute to rank schools. Donna Reimer, school district spokeswoman, said information about the FSAs sent home with parents includes the Education Ministry’s guidelines for excluding students. Students are excused if they have a mental or physical disability or do not comprehend or speak English well enough to be able to meaningfully complete the assessment. The ministry also allows principals to excuse students in “extenuating circumstances” – circumstances that are unforeseen, unexpected and significantly disruptive and beyond a student’s control. “The ministry has been clear with us,” said Reimer. “There has to be a reason for it. We’ve set out the expectations and asked principals to follow them. It will be up to each principal to talk to parents and determine if there are extenuating circumstances.” reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Nanaimo RCMP arrested a 47-year-old suspected drug pusher Monday as he walked off a ferry at Departure Bay on a trip that originated in Tsawwassen. At about 10:30 p.m., Mark Posin, of no fixed address, was taken into custody by the Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Drug Unit after being found in possession of three ounces of methamphetamine, drug packaging materials and a digital scale. Posin has a history of possessing illegal drugs and being caught with them after arriving in Nanaimo on a ferry. In December 2009 Posin was arrested at the Duke Point ferry ter minal with 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine on him. In February 2010, he was arrested again at the Duke Point ferry terminal with another two ounces of the same drug on him. In the first arrest he was sentenced to time served while in the second arrest he was acquitted. Charges from Monday include one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of breach of an existing undertaking, which were sworn on Tuesday. He was to appear before a provincial court judge Wednesday.

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cation board that consists of three RCMP officers. This board hears testimony, receives evidence and renders a decision. “Should formal disciplinary sanctions be imposed following a disciplinary hearing, they can range from forfeiture of pay for a period not exceeding 10 work days, to demotion or dismissal,” the RCMP website states.

“The board may also impose informal disciplinary measures in addition to, or as a substitute for, formal disciplinary sanctions.” Pompeo’s disciplinary hearing will not be scheduled until after his trial concludes. Meanwhile, Gillespie is becoming increasingly frustrated with the police’s handling of the matter and the delays to the court proceedings – he points out that three years will have passed before Pompeo stands trial. “And in the meantime, the waiting slowly wears you down, to the point where you become so depressed and so anxious that you don’t even feel like getting up some days.” Gillespie, whose civil case against the RCMP is set to go to court in May 2013, has been unable to work since the incident, as the bullet remains lodged in his spine. “It’s been torture,” he said of the pain. “And I’m not out of the woods yet with this injury. Anything could happen. If I get an infection in

there, I could lose the use of my legs.” Gillespie is supported by Eby, executive director at the Civil Liberties Association. “Bill’s case illustrates really well what’s wrong with this entire system,” said Eby. “There is no reason for it to take so long to investigate this incident and to come to the conclusion that the officer involved should be charged,” he said. Eby said the situation clearly demonstrates the need for the independent investigation office being established by the province, although even this will be of no assistance to Gillespie, as it will not investigate historic cases. “I just feel like if you’re up against one police officer, you’re up against the whole organization,” Gillespie said. “It’s a good old boys’ club, and they’re going to stick behind each other, right or wrong – and in the process, they’re going to wear me down.” editor@nanaimobulletin.com

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VIU offers peak at rest of world World-class international guests, music, films, discussions, photography and poetry all related to a theme about indigenous people will be featured during International Development Week at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus next week (Feb. 6-10). The events are open to the public and provide a window into countries where social justice does not prevail. Students, faculty and staff from Global Studies, Recreation and Tourism, Modern Languages, Nursing, Early Childhood Education, International Education and other program areas are involved with planning and hosting events, volunteering, and participating in IDW. Three international guests will be on campus all week, making presentations in classrooms and engaging with students, faculty and instructors. For a full schedule of activities at VIU, please go to www.viu.ca/internationalization.

Lunney pushes for Vitamin D Day Nanaimo-Alberni Conservative MP James Lunney wants more people to get their daily dose of vitamin D. Lunney introduced a bill Thursday to establish National Vitamin D Day. “Abundant scientific research over the past decade has underscored the vital role of vitamin D in boosting immune response and reducing the risk of serious diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, multiple sclerosis and even viral infections such as the flu,” he said. The bill would establish Nov. 2 as a national day of awareness.

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ecovery is a slow, painful and continuing process for a Nanaimo boy badly burned just over a year ago. Daniel Stump, 11, received second and third degree burns to his face, arms and upper body in a Dec. 30, 2010 accident. He later admitted to playing with fire in the family home. Daniel spent more than a month in hospital, receiving several painful skin graft surgeries, but the severity of his injuries has meant ongoing medical treatments and trauma counselling for the family of six. Since leaving hospital, he’s had to go back for four more surgeries as well as attend numerous physiotherapy, massage therapy and counselling sessions, said his mother Redene Stump. Daniel’s burns still itch and he has to wear special pressure bandages that are uncomfortably tight. The family pulled through with the help of the community – Coal Tyee Elementary School students, the Nanaimo Professional Firefighters’ union and others banded together to help cover medical supplies and some living expenses, as Redene took time off work to care for her son. Redene said her son, who had another surgery to remove some scar tissue on his stomach and break up scar tissue on his neck last week, is healing well and working to accept his new reality. “It’s changed the way he looks at life, other people, hardships,” she said. “He’ll look at pictures and

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sometimes he’ll get upset. He’ll probably need more surgeries in the future. It depends on how he grows. It was hardest for me, besides Daniel. It’s hard to watch your child in pain and not be able to do anything about it.” Redene said a turning point for her son – he was depressed and selfconscious about his scars for months after the accident – was attending Burn Camp, a one-week camp funded through the B.C. Burn Fund, last summer. “He was hibernating, hiding from everyone,” she said. “He came back a lot more confident, knowing he wasn’t the only person.”

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Cloud of debt over students The plight of B.C. post-secondary students was on clear display in communities across Canada Wednesday. The Vancouver Island University Students’ Union joined counterparts around the province to protest the rising tuition rates that are threatening to bury the next generation of Canadian workers beneath a mountain of debt. The Canadian Federation of Students’ day of action calls on the provincial and federal governments to work together to reduce tuition fees, drop student debt and increase funding for public post-secondary education. The biggest financial barrier to education got even bigger this year in B.C. Tuition fees have climbed more than $4,800 at B.C. universities, according to Statistics Canada. Average student debt in British Columbia is nearly $27,000 after a four-year program. With compound interest over a 10-year repayment period, that figure balloons to $34,000. Last week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published a study showing that post-secondary graduates pay more than the full cost of their diploma or degree in taxes after graduation. While there is no doubt a post-secondary education brings a dramatic increase to a worker’s earning power, an educated workforce also strengthens Canada’s economic foundation. All levels of government need to do more to make sure that a quality education is available to Canadians of all income levels. “A system of student loans places an unfair burden on low-income and marginalized students by making them pay more for their education,” said Zach Crispin, chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students for B.C. “This underscores the pressing need to reduce tuition fees and restore the B.C. grants program.” Hopefully Canada’s political leaders can hear the impassioned plea from the next generation before debt overcomes their once-promising futures. 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

Continued growth comes at a price

Five years ago, Nanaimo and To that effect, in 2020, 100,000 Area Land Trust hosted guest Nanaimo residents will be on the speaker Bill Rees, a professor of hook for about $125 million in community and regional planning water infrastructure alone, though at UBC. Essentially, he said if we a portion of that will be covered continue to grow our ecological by provincial and federal taxpayer footprint at the rate we are, we are money. basically on a sinking ship. Never mind the additional $2 bilAt the time, I was researching lion (yes, that is a ‘b’) in municipal the idea of population caps for citinfrastructure such as roads, pipes ies, specifically the town and wires that will also of Okotoks, Alta., which require maintenance SATURDAY had already impleand replacement in that BEAT mented one. I asked same time frame. Rees whether that was a Two years ago, when Toby Gorman possibility here and he the proposed developReporter p dismissed my question ment of Oceanview (forwith a flick of his wrist. merly Cable Bay) was Instead, his key soluon council’s agenda, tion was to “write to I asked another quesyour politicians and tion to a senior staff demand change.” member: Does growth That experience came ultimately result in a back to me last Monday better or worse deal for night while covering a residents of Nanaimo? regular city council meeting. The response was that, if done While discussing the future of right, growth would, at best, our water supply, and the fact that not present an additional finandemand could outpace supply as cial burden on taxpayers. If not soon as 2020 unless a major infradone right, then the entire city structure project is built to create would have to pick up the tab for another dam, Coun. Bill Bestwick increased infrastructure. asked the same question I did. In other words, for each new His question was met with a Nanaimo resident, chances are the similar response – that our Official people who already live here will Community Plan is designed to have to pay more money to help encourage growth and that, no, sustain a growing population. capping growth has not been conIf there is a better definition of sidered and is not desired. unsustainable, I haven’t heard it. The new dam will likely cost tens With respect to water, supply of millions of dollars, on top of is finite, and so is the financial the $65-million water treatment backing to build the required facility scheduled to be complete infrastructure to pipe water into in 2015. people’s homes and businesses.

Adding to the population doesn’t spread out the cost, it increases it per capita. Anybody who owns property in Nanaimo, or uses water or sewer services, knows their user rates and property taxes aren’t going down, they’ve been constantly ascending for years as our population grows. We live on an island. Space and resources are supremely finite. This point was driven home to me on a recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii. I understand that at any given time, visitors to Kauai equals the number of residents, of which there are about 60,000. People stream in to the beachside resorts and condos daily while 1,200 locals wait for a permanent home to be built for them by Habitat for Humanity because it is simply too expensive to purchase one. Many locals there are forced to work two jobs just to pay for basic needs. Common bell peppers are $8 per pound, and a loaf of bread easily hits $6. Gas is $4.28 a gallon. Currently, there is a strong movement in Nanaimo to attract more people, business and tourism. In Kauai, I saw a bumper sticker that read ‘My life is better than your vacation’ and a T-shirt that read ‘Keep the weeds out so that the Natives can grow.’ Obviously, all is not well economically in that particular paradise. Our community leaders should keep that in mind before soliciting growth that residents who live here now are not able to pay for. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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More theatre subsidies make no sense To the Editor, Re: Theatre mulling alternatives due to cash shortfall, Jan. 19. Are we nuts? Certainly the Regional District of Nanaimo will be if it hands over even more money to the Port Theatre by raising taxes by 2.5 per cent. So too will the City of Nanaimo be crazy if it bows

into giving an additional $164,000 handout. When your business or mine cannot pay the bills, we’re forced to cut back on staff or stock or eventually close our doors. In this case, the Port Theatre’s general manager, whose job should be in jeopardy because he’s gone in the red and now wants more gov-

ernment subsidies, has the audacity to say he’s not going to lay off staff and seems content on staying the merry course of bringing in acts only a few of the rich and famous types want to see. If someone – city/regional district staff or elected representatives – doesn’t keep these kinds of folks on track then money, money and more

of our money will continue to fly from our paycheques when tax season comes around. Where’s the leadership of a Donald Trump? What must be said to the theatre or anyone else with entitlement thoughts to our money is: “You’re fired.” John Malcolm Petersen Nanaimo

Readers respond: Feedback on news items Reserving on ferries will penalize tourists To the Editor, Re: Coastal ferry fares reaching ‘tipping point’, Jan. 26. Hopefully, somebody in the government who has the authority and a little bit of common sense will read this. It’s time people in B.C. realize that the ferry system is part of the highway system and as such, I do not need to make a reservation to use the ferry, anymore than I do to use the highway, or any other road in the province. Neither do the tourists that help this province’s economy. Does anybody in government have the slightest idea what would happen to this economy if tourists stop coming here? Do any of them have the slightest idea why any tourist or other traveller should call ahead to reserve a ferry, or have any idea of how difficult it would be for some, assuming they had the number, or that they knew how to find it? If they want to reduce fares for those who do call in advance, that is one thing, but to penalize those who do not is so ludicrous it doesn’t deserve any comment, except to say that this is just another example of the B.C. Liberals’ incompetence. P.D. Good Nanaimo

Senior not the same as retirement age To the Editor, Re: Seniors aren’t solution ffor labour shortage, Letters,

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Jan. 24. Obviously the letter writer equates “senior” with “retiree”, and was probably confused by the included photo accompanying my original letter. As someone offered seniors’ rates by many of the local stores (and gladly accepting them, I might add) since I turned 55, that definition seems more acceptable to me. The letter writer should be made aware that I am not retired and am not yet 65. I also feel sorry for the author, whose claims of work being not fun, as well as being “annoying, tedious and boring”. Perhaps this indicates a need for him to find something he might like doing to make a living. The claim that “one wellpaying job makes it possible

to retire with a sufficient nest egg to retire” belies the reality of the fact that those lifetime jobs are very rare, especially recently and many workers are forced to retrain and reinvent themselves during their working career. Finally, his statement, “On average, retirees would cash less (sic) than two dozen CPP cheques when retiring at 65,” causes me great concern. Does he mean after a lifetime of contributing, the government will only be paying me out for two years, or does he mean, on average, retirees die at age 67? Either way, it is not good news to me. Rod Hancock Nanaimo

Refunds deserved for meter opponents To the Editor, Re: People should pay for traditional meters, Letter, Jan. 31. Frank Stevens has a brilliant idea by suggesting consumers who refuse the installation of smart meters should pay extra costs incurred for meter reading, etc. Like the smart meter concept, this idea doesn’t need public input either – let’s get on with it. I am one such consumer to resist the ill-planned scheme of smart meters for many well-founded and substantiated reasons, so I will accept my fair share of costs in the form of refunds – no doubt for many years to come – for the millions of dollars squandered on providing Stevens and thousands of other consumers with an

‘untraditional’ (smart) meter of highly questionable value. This way, you don’t have to subsidize my traditional meter, and I get lots of money back because I have already subsidized your ‘smart meter’. Works for me. Shirley Lee Nanaimo

Meters intended for time of use bills To the Editor, Re: People should pay for traditional meters, Letter, Jan. 31. For years I’ve been on Hydro’s equal payment plan and every August, my payments get adjusted up or down according to the usage of electricity over the year. In order to adjust the account, I need only one reading in the year, and if I want to know what happened in the meantime, I go outside and read the dials. (Try that with the so-called smart meter). It’s common knowledge if you leave all the appliances and lights running you will pay for it, no smart meter required for this little gem of wisdom. Why I should pay $1,000 annually for having my meter reader come out once a year is beyond my comprehension, I am even willing to take a picture of my meter and e-mail it to B.C. Hydro. We all know the reason behind this unhealthy and expensive $1 billion changeover is time-of-use billing and nothing else. Egon Eilers Nanaimo

Indoor tanning just not healthy To the Editor, Being tanned wasn’t always associated with being beautiful. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 1920s, when a sunburned Coco Chanel returned from a trip to the French Riviera, that tanned skin gained popularity. Prior to that, skin of ivory monopolized the fashion industry. Today whiter skin is associated with youth, wealth, and attractiveness in China, Japan and Korea. Most cosmetic lines carry products to brighten skin tone. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. As a fourth year Vancouver Island University biology student working with the Canadian Cancer Society, I urge the public to look at the statistics associated with indoor tanning. According to the World Health Organization, even occasional use of tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) by 75 per cent. Along with tobacco, indoor tanning is a Class 1 carcinogen. UV damage is cumulative and permanent. According to the Canadian Dermatology association, exposure to UV radiation causes 90 per cent of premature aging and wrinkles. Despite the detrimental effects on health, tanning still somehow seems to be a rite of passage in some families. A recently conducted study found that 40 per cent of post-secondary students went tanning for the first time with their mothers. These girls were also five times more likely to become heavy tanners (tan twice a week or more) compared to the 20 per cent who went tanning alone for the first time. Your teenage children listen more than you think. Evoke their confidence by teaching them beauty is not defined by the cover of a magazine. The definition of beauty varies within each culture, geographical location, and age. Tanned skin is not universally beautiful, but confidence is. The B.C. government is considering restrictions on youth access to indoor tanning. I applaud this step and urge everyone to sign the Canadian Cancer Society’s online petition by going to www.cancergameplan.ca. I would also ask parents to think twice before taking children tanning or purchasing tanning minutes before prom. Our health and wellbeing is a gift and we will thank you for it later. Alysha Mutter Nanaimo

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Family continues energy-saving ways

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Linda Wong, chairwoman of the Yihai Group in Beijing, China, met with Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan, left, Neil Prashad, president and CEO of Origin at Longwood and Ralph Nilson, president of Vancouver Island University during a recent visit to Nanaimo. The Yihai Group has partnered with Origin to help bring Canada’s expertise in developing and operating seniors’ care facilities to China.

VVolunteers identify environmental health hazards Understanding environmental health hazards is a key element in emergency preparedness for seniors. Volunteers 50 or older, are needed in the central Island area to participate in a hazard identification study conducted by Gloria Gutman, professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University and a guest speaker last year at Vancouver Island University’s ElderCollege

Speakers Series. The study requires two hours of a volunteer’s time and includes information on microbiological contaminants in food, outdoor and indoor air pollution, carbon monoxide poisoning, pesticides, radon and climate change. For more information on participating in the study, please e-mail annelink@telus.net or call 250-7528214.

While most people think of competition as being sportsrelated, Nanaimo’s Belbin family engaged in a very different kind of competition, with some unexpected bonuses. They saved water and energy – a lot of it – and want to help others do the same. The Belbins came in second in The Energy Diet Challenge, a three-month energy conservation competition that pitted them against families all over Canada. They are the guest speakers at a free presentation Sunday (Feb. 5), and promise to pass on some conservation ideas they’ve learned so other families can put them into immediate use.

Since the competition, they’ve heard comments on how families are eating convenience foods because they are too busy to make meals from scratch, that they don’t have time to compost or recycle, and are too exhausted to spend an hour at night playing, etc. “We intend on showing families that there are things to do to get started that are not difficult,” said Alison Belbin. “One year ago we were that family. We wanted to make changes but just didn’t know where to start.” While not winning the grand prize, the Belbins firmly believe they won much more – a better family. Every night after dinner, the

family went around the house and turned everything off – lights, radios, cell phones, computers, dishwasher, TV – the works. Under the lights of candles, flashlights and a fire in the fireplace, the family spent one solid hour together every evening. “The kids lapped up the undivided attention from us, their sense of belonging and safety increased, and this voluntary simplicity gave us far more than we gave up,” said Belbin. The presentation, sponsored by Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island, begins at 2:30 p.m. at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. For more information, please call 250-754-0698.

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Charlotte Gill returns to Nanaimo Thursday (Feb. 9) to dish out the dirt on tree planting.

The author of Eating Dirt, Gill first strapped a bag of seedlings around her waist at the age of 20. She was like thousands of other adventure-

seeking young people looking for a summer job that paid well. Where most lasted a few months, Gill embraced the seasonal work and used down time for writing. “I’m a slow writer,” she said. “During planting I’d think about what I was going to say, and then between contracts I’d put it on paper.” The system obviously worked, her first book, Ladykiller, a collection of short fiction, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, won the B.C. Book Prize and was an Amazon Best Pick for 2005. Her latest work shares a candid and intimate portrait of Gill’s 17-year history planting trees on Vancouver Island, including the Nanaimo Lakes area, Haida Gwaii and the Sunshine Coast. Nominated for the

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Drums supply gift of music

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Free, downloadable music is just a mouse click away thanks to the Vancouver Island Regional Library and a new online music service called Freegal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our customers expressed a desire for free downloadable music, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pleased to offer this new feature,â&#x20AC;? said Fiona Anderson, director of library services. All music buffs require to access the entire catalogue of Sony Music Entertainment, and hundreds of

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A lecture on dream interpretation will keep people wide awake analyzing the link between their conscious ideas and unconscious motivations. Hosted by the Nanaimo C. G. Jung group at Vancouver Island University, the lecture features Jungian analyst John Betts on psychologist Carl Jungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approaches to the meaning of dreams and how to record and interpret them. It takes place today (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m. in Bldg. 180, Rm. 134. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Role of religion on tap for talk The need for religions to be more proactive in the community is the focus of an interfaith bridging dialogue Feb. 18. My Faith, My Community: Taking Action Together is hosted by the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society. Open to all faiths, it takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bowen Park Auditorium. Please e-mail sletourneau@cvims.org to register.

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Monday ◆ HUB CITY Stamp Club hosts its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. All collectors welcome. 250-245-8186 for details.

Tuesday ◆ NANAIMO FAMILY Life Association stress management workshop, 6:30-9 p.m., 1070 Townsite Rd. Preregister at 250-7543331, ext. 716.

Wednesday ◆ VANCOUVER ISLAND University hosts the Royal Society of Canada Governor General Lecture, featuring Jim Miller’s presentation titled We Are All Treaty People. 7 p.m. at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. Free admission but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, phone 250-753-3245, ext. 2810. ◆ NANAIMO HORTICULTURAL Society hosts its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Dr. Topic of discussion by speaker Hans Rhenisch is growing fruit in the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday ◆ PARENT’S NIGHT Out - How to Deal with Aggressive Behaviour, for parents of children two to five years old, takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Immigrant Welcome Centre, 101-319 Selby

St. RSVP by Feb. 3 at 250-740-3516. ◆ NANAIMO HISTORICAL Society hosts a presentation entitled The Private Journal of Capt. G.H. Richard. 7:30 p.m. at Beban Park Complex. All are welcome. ◆ NANOOSE NATURALISTS meet at 7 p.m. at the Nanoose Library Centre on Northwest Bay Road. Subject is by Stan Orchard on Bullfrogs - Scourge of the Island. Visitors and new members welcome. Visit www.nanoosenaturalists.org.

Ongoing ◆ MUSIC FOR Tots program runs Tuesdays from 9:30-10:15 a.m. for children one to four years old at 4235 Departure Bay Rd. 250-758-2676. ◆ NANAIMO HARBOUR City Senior’s Crafty Workers meet every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at the Bowen Park Senior Centre. Anybody over the age of 60 is welcome to attend. ◆ GREEN DRINKS, a group interested in sustainability and the environment, meets fourth Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Vault coffee bar. Google Green Drinks Nanaimo for more details. Open to the public. ◆ CLOGGING CLASSES take place at Cedar Community Secondary School every Monday

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TD Waterhouse IC, 5777 Turner Road Nanaimo 2nd Floor Light Refreshments will be served. RSVP to 250-390-5940 to reserve your seat in one of our upcoming seminars or visit us online at www.tdwaterhouse.ca for more seminar listings in your area. TD Waterhouse Discount Brokerage, is a division of TD Waterhouse Canada Inc., a subsidiary of The Toronto Dominion Bank. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. - Member CIPF. *Trade-mark of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. is a licensed user.

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from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 250-722-2953. ◆ ASTRONOMY SOCIETY meets fourth Thursday monthly at 7 p.m. at Beban Park Social Centre. Public welcome. Visit www.nanaimoastronomy.com. Educational services available for schools and businesses. ◆ HEART OF F the Island Chorus meets Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Lantzville Legion. 1-866-9238119 for details. ◆ 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. ◆ SATURDAY NIGHT Dance Society hosts dances at the Departure Bay Activity Centre first and third Saturdays of each month.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and dancing goes from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. 250-585-4154. ◆ 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 Centre, 200-1585 Bowen Rd. For information contact 250-7344170. ◆ MID ISLAND Metis Nation monthly meeting is held the last Thursday of every month at the Harewood Activity Centre at Fourth and Bruce. 250740-0223 for details. ◆ CAMERATA SINGERS welcome new members who have ability to read music and

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some singing experience. 250-758-0263. ◆ STUDIO 366 hosts an open house fourth Saturday of each month from 1-4 p.m. to allow people to learn more about its community art studio space. Visit www.startwithart.ca for details. ◆ COUNCIL OF F Senior Citizens Organizations is an advocacy group devoted to improving the quality of life for all seniors. Organizations or individuals wishing to affiliate can contact 604-576-9734 or e-mail ecbayer@ shaw.ca. ◆ SENIOR PEER counselling recruiting volunteers 60-plus years of age. Training begins Sept. 15 at Nanaimo Family Life Association. Contact 250-7543331. ◆ NANAIMO LIONS Club meets first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Village at 1233 Kiwanis Cres.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL FOR ENTRIES 10TH ANNUAL Kitty Coleman Woodland Art & Bloom Festival. Fine Art and Quality Crafts Juried Show. Presented in a spectacular outdoor setting May 19,20, 21 Applications for Artisans are available at woodlandgardens.ca or phone 250-338-6901

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INMAN, A. Frances

March 06, 1921 ~ January 19, 2012 It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Fran at the age of 90 years. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 69 years, James and daughters, Donna of Surrey, Dale (Ken) of Nanaimo, and son, Ted (Helen) of Calgary, as well as her only brother, Raymond (Lorna) of South Surrey, 1 nephew and 3 nieces. Fran loved her 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. They always brought a smile to her face. Fran was born in Newdale, Manitoba to Lionel and Alice Dennison. In later years she moved with her family to Regina to attend school. She met Jim in 1942 while living in Winnipeg and later married on June 26, 1943. They moved from Winnipeg, in 1956, to Edmonton, and after a number years on to Victoria and finally to Nanaimo. They resided in Sharman Park before moving to Nanaimo Seniors’ Village in 2007. Fran’s sports of choice were golfing and curling. She enjoyed them both immensely along with square dancing. After retiring, they loved to travel in their 5th wheel down to Arizona and throughout the US. Fran was also an accomplished artist, who loved painting into the wee hours of the morning. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. No service by request, but a Memorial Tea will be held in the springtime. Thank you very much to the Medical Staff and volunteers at NRGH Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion. Donations may be made, in memory of Fran, to NRGH Palliative Care Unit.

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DEATHS

ROXANNA MARY JONES (nee Bastian)

July 21, 1947 – January 18, 2012 Roxi was an amazing woman with a heart bigger than words can express. She was born in Oliver, BC to Albert and Joyce Bastian, but grew up in Ladysmith where she married Donald Arthur Jones (deceased). She is a much loved “Momma Bear” to her three children: Tami, Corey Jones, and Tina (Sean) Salway, as well as a loving grandmother to Brittany Van Riper; Madysen, Rebekah and Mason Salway; and Devyn, Brendan and baby Roxy Jones. Roxi will never be forgotten by her brothers: Richy (Donna) Bastian, Jamie (Barb) Bastian and sisters: Lori (Mike) Rogerson and Sandi (Richard) Hill, as well as her many nieces, nephews and her friend and partner, Don Hachey. As true to her nature, Roxi fought cancer for seven long years and managed to continue to create many happy memories, which we will always be grateful for. On the morning of January 18th, she lost her battle. She may be gone from this world but will never be gone from our hearts. Roxi always gave of her time, talents and love to anyone and everyone that was lucky enough to know her. Our family will be forever grateful for the love, care and support by all the staff at NRGH and her amazing doctors that helped her get the very most out of her precious life. Friends and family are asked to join together and celebrate her life at Cavallotti Hall, 2060 East Wellington Rd, Nanaimo, BC on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 from 12-2pm. In lieu of flowers, please give to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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DEATHS

DEATHS

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PHILCOX, JOYCE MARNIE I her 92nd year on the morning of 19th January, 2012 In JJoyce Marnie Philcox (nee Atkinson) released her ttenacious grip on life after a brief but courageous battle w with cancer. B Born in 1920 in the rural community of Yellow Point, she aand her family moved to England in the mid 30’s where sshe met and married Dr. Herbert Antony Philcox. She rreturned to Canada in the late 40’s with her husband aand the fifirst two of her six children and lived the rest of hher life in the Nanaimo, Cedar and Parksville areas. JJoyce spent many years as a successful and dedicated E Electrolux sales lady through which she explored the backroads of her local communities and made a legion of lasting friendships. She was a dedicated member and supporter of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Her service with the Red Cross in England during World War II started a lifetime of volunteering and collecting with organizations likethe Kidney Foundation. Joyce cultivated friends of all ages and walks of life and no passerby could resist the warmth of the friendship she offered. Joyce had an adventurous spirit. She loved walking and boating on the BC Coast, climbing Mt. Arrowsmith and in her late 80’s kayaking Clayoquot Sound. She was always the first fi to spot the wildflowers fl and was a passionate advocate for the Vancouver Island environment and its communities. Her kitchen was fifilled with the warmth of her love, the smell of her fresh baked bread, apple sauce on the go and the making of her world famous marmalade, all of which were generously shared with family and friends. She had a green thumb and many a problem was solved with friends over a cup of tea in her own beloved garden. She lived her life with honour, faith and integrity raising her six children with the same principles garnered from her strong will and remarkable determination to do things the right way with grace and class. She was an inspiration to all with her kind heart, amazing physical abilities, zest for life and her dedication to her family and friends. She will be truly missed. Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Niels and Millicent Atkinson, her husband Tony and her brother, Robert. She is survived by her six children – Susan, Antony, Nigel, Jane, Christine and Timothy, six grandchildren – Eric, Erin, Elizabeth, Melina, Mario, and Marina and three great grandchildren – Ethan, Ryan and Raina. A service to celebrate Joyce’s life will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist church, 2400 Highland Boulevard, Nanaimo at 3:00pm on Saturday, 11th Feburary. A reception will follow. Flowers are graciously declined. Donations would be much appreciated to either the Kidney Foundation or to the BC Cancer Foundation.


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BLUE OX Home Services. Expert Handyman & Renovation Services: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall, tiling, painting, lawn & garden. Refs avail. Insured. 250-713-4409.

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

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

GUNS WANTED Fully licenced Collector wants to buy your old guns or Military items. Justin (250)802-5669.

CLASSIFIEDS WORK HARD! Call 310.3535

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EAVESTROUGH 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

GARDENING SPRING YARD cleanups, pruning, shrub planting. Call Norm at Naturescape (250)585-7667.

TREE PRUNING HEDGE/SHRUB MAINTENANCE Call the qualified specialist... certified Garden Designer/Arborist

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

HAULING AND SALVAGE JUNK TO THE DUMP. Jobs Big or small, I haul it all! I recycle & donate any useable items to local charities. Call Sean, 250-741-1159.

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INLAND KENWORTH Inland Kenworth in Nanaimo Requires a Licensed Technician

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PETER’S MASONRY: 40yrs experience specializing in all types of stonework, brickwork, fireplaces & more. Call Peter (250)756-8569 or 250-4682706 for your free estimate.

Please submit resume to: jrainville@inland-group.com or fax to 250-756-1512

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.

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HUBCITY MOVERS: 2 men in cube van. $69p/hr. (250)7530112 hubcitymovers@live.ca

In Nanaimo Requires Licensed Equipment Field Service Technician Experience on Case/Linkbelt/Tigercat equipment an asset. Clean new shop with yearly tool allowance.

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

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AGILE HOME REPAIR & Improvement. Fully insured, interior/exterior repairs and upgrades. Ian 250-714-8800.

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FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

DEATHS

DEATHS

SO OCAL, LE LENORE L E ANNA

(Nee Brunner) With greaat sad sadness we announce the passing of Lenoree Anna Socal (nee Brunner). Lenore passed aw way at the age of 81 on January 26, way 2012, at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with her loving daughter and husband at her side. Len nore was born on July 17, 1930, in Lethbridgge, Alberta. She had many happy childhood d memories in Lethbridge and of her high school years in Cranbrook, BC. Lenore will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Domenico; her daughter, Bettina; her grandchild d hild dren, Lucia and Matteo; her son-in-law, Angelo; her sister, Dorothy; her niece, Heather and her nephew, Graham as well as many dear friends. She was predeceased by y herr parents. Lenore was an elementary scho school hool ool ol teach teacher h for 41 years. She loved teaching hing ng children. children. She began teaaching in Nanaimo o in in 1960 at Duffe Dufferin rin Crescent school and then att Georgia A Ave. sch schoo ool until her retirement. Len eno nore orre was as an n activ ac acti tive member of the Cavallot Caval allotti llotti lootti Italia Italian Ita an n Lodge. L Lodg Lo od dge. dg ge. e. Sh Shee was a kind and caring carin ng g person with wi wit ith th h tremendous ttrem tremendou mendous love for her family mily. ly. She loved loved d d dancing dancingg and nd getting togetherr w with t friends e d to to celebr elebrate ratee lifee. A celebration off L Lenore’s life will w l takee pla p place acee March 02, 2012 att 1p.m., 1p.m., Cavallo Caval o otti ot tti ti L Lodge Lodge, odg 2060 0 E. Wellington Rd, N Nanaimo. anaimo.

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Call 250-753-6656 HOSPITAL AREA- 1 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $680. (250)716-3305. HOSPITAL AREA- 2 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $760. (250)716-3305. Ladysmith: bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm suites from $700/mo incl. heat & hot water, ocean views, completely renovated, new management, on trolly route, small pets ok, rent incentives. 250-668-9086. LONG LAKE: waterfront 2bdrm in 5plex. $900 +hydro/cable. March 1st. 1 acre landscaped. (250)758-2158. LONG LAKE: waterfront 2bdrm in 5plex. Completely renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $1,250 +hydro/cable. Feb 15th. (250)758-2158 NANAIMO. 1 Bdrm, $675, 5 min to ferry, seawalk, parks. Spotless, sauna, nice views, N/S, N/P. Free Hot Water. Elevator. Intercom 250-753-8633 NANAIMO- CLEAN, quiet 1 bdrm suites. Avail February and March. Hot water included, on bus route. $525/mo. 1 year signed lease required, refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & credit check reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Please call 250-754-8411. NANAIMO- TOTALLY renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d 3 bdrm. Available Now. Nice, clean, W/D. NS/NP. 1 yr lease reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $900. (250)797-2411.

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TOWNSITE- 2 bdrms, 2 balconies, light & bright. Storage, shared laundry. NS/NP. $725. Avail. now. (250)758-4871.

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3BDRM, 2BATH, den, garage, in Ladysmith. 1yr. old. 5 appliances. N/S. Pets neg. Please call Leslee (250)714-4359

DEPARTURE BAY area. 3bdrm duplex, covered carport, large yard, W/D. $1100. Avail Mar 1. NP/NS. Call Karen at (250)619-1272. NORTH NANAIMO. 3 bdrm 2 bath. Clean, bright, new carpet, family home. W/D hookup. Close to amenities. $895. Avail. Feb 1, (250)758-4871

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CENTRAL NANAIMO: furn. $425. Chris 250-740-5332 contact_me@chrislesley.com

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DEP. BAY/ Brechin, bright, clean, 1350sq.ft. upper level house on cul-de-sac. 3bdrm, HW ďŹ&#x201A;oors, natâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l gas FP, W/D, level prking. Hydro incl. $1300/mo. N/S, N/P. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Req. March 1. (250)755-9329

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NEW, CLEAN, fully furnished 1bdrm (ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor). Private entry, prkng, shared lndry, wiďŹ & hydro incl. Towels, dishes, micro, toaster, dble bed, etc. Just bring your toothbrush. 3kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from VIU. N/S, N/P. $850. (250)802-3067

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

SUITES, UPPER BRIGHT & SPACIOUS, near new, 2 bdrm, upper suite near Parksville train station.1000 s/f, 5 appliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, deck with partial ocean view, NS, NP. Suit mature couple. $1050 p/mo + utilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Call: 1-250-716-6797 CINNABAR 2-BDRM, Private entry. W/D incld. N/S, no partiers. $800.+ hydro. Avail. now. 250-741-1049, 250-667-0886.

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Spartans in tough at tourney The Cedar Spartans were overmatched in their first game of their tournament this weekend, and will have to settle for the consolation side of the draw. The Spartans senior AA boys’ basketball team fell 94-39 to the Ballenas Whalers at the Cedar Community Secondary School gym on Thursday at the Cedar and Ladysmith Basketball Tournament. The home team kept pace early, as the game was tied 16-16, but the visitors took control from there, taking of advantage of a Spartans team that was missing its primary post presence. Cedar’s top scorers were Eric Sackey and Josh Seward who each scored 10 points. The Wellington Wildcats, Woodlands Eagles and Barsby Blazers are also participating in the 16-team tournament. The final will be played tonight (Feb. 4) at 5:45 p.m. at the Cedar Community Secondary School gym.

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Cedar Spartans player Josh Seward, back, gets off a shot against two Ballenas Whalers opponents during tournament action Thursday at the Cedar Community Secondary School gym. The Whalers won 94-39.

The Nanaimo Clippers are aware of the B.C. Hockey League playoff race and where they sit. But they’re not looking at the standings with a magnifying glass and calculator and living and dying with every point. “We know if we keep winning, we’re going to get a playoff spot,” said Trevor Fitzgerald, captain of the Clippers. “It’s kind of like during a game, you don’t watch the scoreclock and wait for the game to end. If you keep working hard to that buzzer, you’re going to win. The buzzer’s going to go no matter what.” So they’ll try to play hard until time expires in the BCHL’s regular season. They’ll seek to do that no matter the opponent, no matter the schedule. The fifth-place Clips went into this weekend facing the daunting task of playing the first-place Powell River Kings on Friday and then the second-place Surrey Eagles tonight (Feb. 4). Players said they weren’t intimidated by the opposition. “We don’t consider them better teams than us because they’re in a higher spot,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve beat both of those teams this year.” The idea of back-to-back games doesn’t faze the Shipmen, either. Fitzgerald said it’s preferable to play games close together, to maintain momentum.

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Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Ryan Wells competes for a puck in his own zone Sunday at Frank Crane Arena.

“We practise back-to-back and we keep our legs going so we’re in good shape,” said David Iacono, Clippers defenceman. “It’s not a big deal for us.” Nanaimo will have to keep their legs going to keep pace with a quick Eagles team tonight at Frank Crane Arena. “They are a north and south team, they do have a lot of speed and talent and that’s what we’ve got to defend against,” Iacono said. He said his team would much prefer to try to win the game 2-1 than 5-4. “We’ve got to keep it in one end and just grind it out, play a puck possession game, hang onto that puck as long as we can and then score off of hard work,” Fitzgerald said. GAME ON … The Clippers and Eagles play tonight at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. sports@nanaimobulletin.com


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With VIUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball teams both in great shape in the standings, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games like this that can really drive them at this point in the season. Vancouver Island Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball teams face the Camosun Chargers tonight (Feb. 4) in the annual Island Rivalry doubleheader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re treating this as the biggest game of the year so far, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re training hard for it,â&#x20AC;? said Greg Gillies, Mariners player. The Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (11-1) sit in first place in the Pacific Western Athletic Association table, with the Chargers (9-3) holding down second place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ll be a good game,â&#x20AC;? said Trevor

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VIU Mariners guard Jacob Thom, left, drives to the basket in league play last weekend at the VIU gym.

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McGirr, Davis Road capture soccer titles Among the many sports vying for attention last week, women’s soccer grabbed its fair share of headlines. So let’s head out to the pitch to acknowledge our national women’s team as well as local elementary school players… Last weekend the Canadian women’s soccer team defeated Mexico 3-1 at B.C. Place in the semifinal of the women’s Olympic qualifying tournament, assuring a berth in the 2012 Summer Games in London. At a slightly younger age level, there were also some exciting soccer games this year in the popular girls’ soccer league in local elementary schools. Alana Lavery took on the role of coordinator of the league. In the division for schools with more than 275 students enrolled, 10 teams took part in playoffs. The eventual final paired McGirr against Rutherford, and the evenlymatched teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation time. Overtime settled nothing, so the match went to a shootout, where McGirr emerged the winner. Blair Paterson coached the cham-

pionship team, consisting the consolation final. Lisa of players Sydney SaunderMarshall provided the coachson, Tannaz Fouladi, Taylor ing for Pleasant Valley playMatsuo, Katy McKillop, ers Brittany Amery, Mieka Sarah Zuccaro, Sara Spencer, Blokker, Mackenzie Boas, Haley Young, Jenelle Boutin, Jordyn Clement, Grace DomMaddy Kozubal, Biranna iny, Mary Dmytruk, Maddie Marusic, Melody Meadows, McDonald, Ashlynn Manson, Jessica Cyr, Hannah Rafuse, Kaesha Milne, Madison Alyx Largue, Nicole Bains, Resch, Amerynth Rose, Zoe Zoe Brown, Anna Blom, JenSaunders, Elise Van de Leur, nifer Renteria, Georgia Wheat, Chyna Maltby, and Makenna THORPE Gina Barale, Yoxall. REPORT Sophie Weaver, In the bantam Kimberly Purdy, girls’ soccer playIan Thorpe Emily Hanelt, offs for smaller Columnist Taydem Skirrow schools with a and Hayley Nixon. population of less The runnerthan 275 students, up squad from another nine Rutherford feateams took part. tured players The championMadeline Hart, ship final pitted Taylor Skjelstad, Pauline Haarer Keyana Faber, against Davis Hope Wilde, Mackenzie Beck, Road, with the Davis Road Neda Nateghi, Payton Bray, side coming away with a Jennifer Choi, Julia Clark, victory. On the team were Emma Thiessen, Alex Watts, players Amber Ree, Olivia Nicole Spilde, Lauren BeneMazurenko, Aurora Breitendict and Madeline McIntyre. stein, Grace Mannix, Paris Coaching the girls was MatHanke, Leah Reinhart, Jesthew Rolls. sica Stone, Moriah Buffie, In third place came PleasGeorgia Nicholls, Marina ant Valley Elementary, Anderson, Gina Cambran, thanks to a 6-2 win over Haley Martens, Mackenzie Ladysmith Intermediate in Purslow, Cassidy Place, Dela-

ney Hartell, Kasumi Robinson and Hannah Ronmark. Coach for the girls was Sean Walsh. Ian Johnson and Brian Kirkhope coached the Pauline Haarer girls to their second-place finish. On the pitch were Jessica WilsonRacette, Sara Strain, Raylene Clark-Rooney, Annica Crosby, Aramyth Pierce, Alex Behie, Moira Greenway, Jessica Johnson, Sarah Kirkhope, Esme Laidlaw, O-Lin Metz, Erin O’Sullivan, Isabella Rule, and Madeleine Thorkelsson. In the consolation final, Frank J. Ney Elementary downed Cilaire to place third in the large school division. Kim Stewart coached players Trejuanelle Dunbar, Emily Hoppe, Halle Berry, Madison Hoy, Allie Kerr, Taylor McEachnie, Jaidyn Durakovic, Rachel Milroy, Emily Till, Hannah Nordli, Claudia Knappett, and Tommylia Dunbar. Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship. ◆ Ian Thorpe writes about sports Saturday.

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