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The number of children entering Nanaimo schools unprepared to learn continues to rise. Research compiled by the Human Early Learning Partnership, a project co-ordinated at the University of B.C. with academic, government, school and community partners, shows that 34 per cent of Nanaimo children enter kindergarten vulnerable on at least one scale of development. That’s up from 31.6 per cent in the fall of 2010 and 27 per cent in 2009. “Unfortunately, vulnerability in Nanaimo is increasing,” said Elizabeth Pennell, the district’s early years coordinator. “When you consider the context of what’s happening globally, regionally and provincially, it isn’t such a big surprise. People are struggling to get work.” Kindergarten teachers measure student vulnerability in five core areas of early child development that are good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes: physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication skills. The assessment, called the early development index, includes questions such as whether a child is able to hold a pencil, tell a story, concentrate or share with others. The highest level of vulnerability was on the physical health and well-being scale, with 17 per cent of children coming to school behind their peers in this category. The smallest proportion of children vulnerable was on the communication skills scale at 12 per cent. ◆ See ‘EARLY-YEARS’ /4

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Canadian workers closing in on retirement have no need to panic over potential changes to government retirement plans, says James Lunney, Nanaimo-Alberni Conservative MP. Prime Minister Stephen Harper floated the idea of increasing Old Age Security eligibility age from 65 to 67 during a recent speech in Switzerland, causing a swirl of debate as Parliament resumes for the winter session. Harper said de-indexing OAS from inflation was also being considered as a means to save money, a key part of the upcoming budget announcement, which is the Tories’ first as a majority government. ◆ See ‘TWEAKS’ /6

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B.C. Lions players Travis Lulay, left, and Paul McCallum sign autographs for football fans on Tuesday morning at the Nanaimo Hornets RFC rugby clubhouse at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park.

appreciative so it’s really cool to see.” Even the early-morning autograph session on Tuesday didn’t deter diehard fans. “We’re here at 7:30 a.m. and there’s people that have got their [eye-black]

painted up and things like that,” said McCallum. “It’s really good to be able to come back and give to the community for all the support they have given us.” sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Care facility workers planning rally BY RACHEL STERN THE NEWS BULLETIN

Malaspina Gardens employees are rallying Friday (Feb. 3) to raise awareness about contracting out at the senior’s facility. The rally starts at 11 a.m. in front of Malaspina Gardens, at 388 Machleary St. It marks one month since employees were given layoff notices by Chartwell Senior’s Housing REIT, which operates the longterm care facility. Chartwell announced in early January it was contracting out 177 jobs and gave existing employees a six-month layoff notice. Kathleen Watson, a health care assistant, activity aid and chairwoman of the Hospital Employees’ Union Mid-

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repercussions the legislation has for health care and other sectors in B.C. “We as a community, as a province, have to take a stand against this because it’s not going to stop with us,” said Watson. Blamey said contracting out impacts seniors care because there is a higher rate of turnover as people seek higher paying jobs and better working conditions. That disrupts the strong re l at i o n s h i p s b e t we e n employees and residents, which helps create a better care environment. “Familiarity takes a long time to build up and create trust. Our members are sensitive to this,” said Blamey. “Personal care is intimate care.” Donna Marasco, senior

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Help to build a new home is rising from the ashes of a fire on the Nanoose First Nation (Snaw’Naw’As) reserve. The fire that broke out the morning of Jan. 25 claimed the lives of two boys and destroyed the home of the family with whom they were staying. The family was uninsured and is now in need of a new home. Ken Brownsell, who compiles contractors’ building supply orders at Slegg Lumber, thought he might be able to help out through his contacts in the industry. Brownsell started calling contractors and suppliers in various building trades to see who could pitch in donations of supplies and labour to help build a new house. “I just thought somebody needed a hand and I was in a position maybe to give them a little bit of a hand,” Brownsell said. “It just kind of snowballed from there.” So far, an excavation company and a concrete form supplier have confirmed they will dig the hole and donate forms for a foundation, a construction company has offered to manage the project, a roofing company is chipping in its labour and an insulation company has offered its labour to insulate the home. “I don’t have insulation donated yet, but I’m working on that,” Brownsell said.

Slegg Lumber supplied some of the materials when homes were built on the reserve several years ago. “So I know some of the people out there, some of the band members and the contractors that worked out there before,” Brownsell said. Brownsell said he is still at least a week away from knowing the total labour and supplies that will be donated to the project, but it will ultimately be up to the band council to decide when construction will start. “We are co-ordinating several initiatives right now,” said Brent Edwards, band manager, in an e-mail to the News Bulletin. “We are not in a position to comment on these initiatives until later this week as it takes a lot of co-ordination to ensure we are all working together. “The outpouring of support and generosity from the community has been overwhelming.” Brownsell said he especially needs to hear from businesses and individuals that can supply products Slegg Lumber does not handle, such as kitchen cabinetry and exterior siding. “Hopefully I’ ll get commitments from everybody for what we need and then we’ll be in contact with the First Nation as to what home they’re going to build,” Brownsell said. “We’ve got plans that have been built there before, so it will probably be something similar to what’s been put on site before.” To find out more about the project or to make a donation, please call Brownsell at 250-7588329. photos@nanaimobulletin.com

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◆ From /1 The results are also broken up into neighbourhoods in Nanaimo, with vulnerability ranging from 19 per cent in the Pleasant Valley-Rutherford area and 49 per cent in the Newcastle-Townsite neighbourhood. The province set a goal of reducing the provincial vulnerability rate to 15 per cent by 2015, but no neigh-

bourhoods met this target in Nanaimo. Provincially, 30.9 per cent of children are vulnerable on one or more development scales. While the district has upped its roster of programs for preschool-aged children in recent years, Pennell said what the district and the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership are able to provide is a “drop in the bucket”

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Bekkers trial to resume A Nanaimo woman facing impaired and dangerous driving charges following a fatal car crash three years ago will be back in court near the end of the month. Clare Bekkers is facing eight charges following a car crash on the Island Highway Dec. 22, 2008 that killed her two sons and injured her two daughters. Bekkers, driving northbound on the Island Highway, crossed the centre line into southbound traffic, triggering a multi-car collision. Her Supreme Court trial in Nanaimo began in September and was adjourned several times since then. On Monday, it was decided that the trial would continue Feb. 20, 21 and 22. Crown lawyer Frank Dubenski said he expects the trial will wrap up in those three days. reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Students interested in studying equinerelated activities will soon have three elective courses on the subject to choose from. This fall, a locally developed Introduction to Horsemanship 10 course was offered for the first time and attracted 40 students. Francine Frisson, assistant superintendent for Nanaimo school district and co-developer of the course, said because the course is offered through the distance lear ning pro g ram, students from other areas of the province have enrolled – 21 are local and others are from other parts of the Island, the Lower Mainland and Interior. Participants indicated a willingness to continue with horsemanship studies, so the district developed courses at the Grades 11 and 12 levels, both of which can be taken without taking the lower level. “The first course is just an introductory course,” said Frisson. “There’s so much more the students could learn.” The intro course covers safety, horse behaviour and psychology, the different ways horses are used by humans, breeds, health and care, and riding theory. Frisson said the senior courses cover

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TTweaks to OAS needed due to baby boom ◆ From /1 Tweaks to the system are needed, said Lunney, to manage the looming bubble of

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CPP changes coming also If money-saving changes to OAS are the shoehorn to push the baby boomer bubble through the retirement benefit system, then changes to the Canada Pension Plan can be seen as the lubrication. Those changes will be introduced from now through 2016, and will give retiring Canadians more options while keeping the pension plan sustainable. The contribution-based pension plan will provide greater rewards for those who delay receiving CPP after age 65, and penalize those who opt to take it earlier. Starting in 2012, Canadians who choose to receive CPP at the age of 60 or before will receive 36 per cent less than if they had waited to take it at 65, instead of a 30-per cent reduction prior to the change. For workers who choose to wait to collect CPP until the age of 70, the pension amount will be worth 42 per cent more than if collected at age 65. Other changes include: allowing people who choose to work between ages 65 and 70 while receiving CPP to continue to make contributions along with their employer to increase benefits; the number of years of low or zero earnings that are automatically dropped from the calculation of a CPP pension will increase from seven to eight years by 2014; and people will be able to begin receiving CPP retirement pension without any work interruption, while workers previously had to significantly reduce earnings for at least two months.

For Canadians aged 65 to 69, OAS, an asset-based fund paid through general revenue, makes up about 13 per cent of their income. The monthly limit for a person collecting both OAS and

Guaranteed Income Supplement is $1,240. Jean C r o w d e r, Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP MP, said changing the rules just as so many workers are set to retire is a big concern. “It’s not in stone yet,

but it’s a worry for people who have been planning their retirement, anticipating they could retire at 65,” said Crowder. “People are wondering if this is going to affect them.” Crowder advised that before seeking financial advice, which can cost money, people should wait to see if changes are tabled in the upcoming budget. Crowder added that changes to OAS are particularly worrisome for Nanaimo-Cowichan residents, which has a high number of seniors and is one of the poorest ridings in the country. “The other piece of this that nobody is talking about is if you push the retirement age up, what does it do to new entrants into the labour market? If you’re not giving future generations an opportunity to enter the labour force, or at least move up in it, you’re impacting on their earning ability right now,” she said. Lunney said Canada is experiencing a worker shortage already, and that will continue as boomers retire. The challenge, he said, is generating work where people want to live. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Nanny matchmaker up for provincial award BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN

It’s not always easy finding reliable child sitters these days. Historically, the nextdoor neighbour’s resident teenager always seemed available on a moment’s notice. But today’s reality is neighbours often don’t know each other well, teenagers are busy and parents have a hard time finding someone to look after their children for an evening, or longer. On maternity leave in 2002 while living near Toronto, Martha Scully became frustrated with the lack of resources available to her to find child care for her two young daughters – the local pool of potential sitters had virtually disappeared. So she did something about it. Scully developed a website called CanadianSitter.ca that put families in contact with university and college students looking to make a few extra bucks.

That service took off, and Scully quickly added CanadianNanny. ca and CanadianAdultCare.ca to the web. T hose succeeded, too, as people seeking care services and others offering them were matched up successfully over and over. In 2010, five years after moving from Toronto to Nanaimo, Scully merg ed all three services under the same website at www.CanadianNanny. ca, while expanding to offer pet services and housekeepers. The website now has a pool of more than 10,000 nannies over the age of 18 available nationwide looking for work, with thousands more looking to earn some money cleaning houses or pet sitting. “It works similar to Workopolis or the dating sites where individuals fill out profiles, and then people are able to find each other on the site. For parents, they’re able to find

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nannies, baby sitters, housekeepers, pet care and adult care givers and for job seekers they are able to find jobs in all of those categories,â€? said Scully. The site serves only as a venue for parents to meet people whose services they require. Each individual seeking work is required to fill out a three-page profile with a resumĂŠ and possibly a photo, and the parent then reviews the profile and determines if that is a person whose services they are interested in, following it up with a phone call and an inperson meeting. “The parent does all

of the screening,� said Scully. The site is so successful Scully won the SavvyMom.ca Entrepreneur Award in 2008, beating out more than 400 other entrepreneurs from across Canada, and this year she is a finalist for Small Business B.C.’s Successful You Awards, a process that sees more than 100 nominations from communities across B.C. CanadianNanny.ca is nominated for the best online marketer award and is up against four Vancouver businesses. “We were wonderfully surprised because the competition was pretty tough,�said Scully. “To be recognized by B.C. Small Business is especially touching to me – to be recognized in my own province is important.� Sara Couper, spokeswoman for Small Business B.C., said there is no cash prize, but winners from last year’s event earned the equivalent of $200,000 in

media exposure. “Winning certainly carries some weight,� she said. CanadianNanny.ca has already ear ned plenty of media response. Networks such as CBC, CityTV

and Women’s Network have all featured the website, as have the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Canadian Living magazine, among other print and online publications.

The winners of each of the six categories of the Successful You Awards, now in its ninth year, will be recognized at a public ceremony on Feb. 28 in Vancouver. reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Port passes on shore power possibility BY CHRIS HAMLYN THE NEWS BULLETIN

The Nanaimo Port Authority is taking a pass on a federal government initiative to install shore power technology at its cruise ship facility. The Shore Power Technology for Ports Program provides up to $27.2 million in cost-sharing funding between April 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015. Shore power helps reduce air pollution by allowing ships to turn off diesel engines while docked and connect to a shorebased electrical power supply. The new program mirrors Transport Canada’s 2007 Marine Shore Power Program, which provided $2 million to the Port of Vancouver for shore power for cruise ships and $1.8 million for the Port of Prince Rupert to support container ships. Canadian port authorities can apply for funding this spring, but Bernie Dumas, Nanaimo

Port Authority president, said the timing is not right to bring shore power to the Harbour City. “It’s a great idea for the environment and we’re looking at it, but it’s difficult as we would have to beef up our electrical lines and transformers,� he said. Dumas estimates developing shore power in Nanaimo would be about a $4-million project with the port authority’s share around $2 million. “That’s quite an expense and not all cruise ships would be able to use it,� he said. “Right now, we’re not sure of its value.� Five large cruise ships are booked to visit Nanaimo in 2012, nine are confirmed for 2013 and talks are underway with cruise lines for 2014. The port authority’s goal is 20-25 ship visits by 2015. Meanwhile, there are signs of growth at Nanaimo’s deep-sea terminal.

The port saw an increase in cargo movement in 2011 with lumber volumes the highest they had been since 2008 and representing a 200 per cent increase over 2010 volumes. Export log volumes increased 87 per cent over 2010 and 167 ships berthed in Nanaimo, up from 100 in 2010. Dumas said he is encouraged by the growth in what is considered the mainstay exports. “It’s a solid indication the Vancouver Island lumber industry has stabilized and is growing with the new export demands from the Far East,� he said. “The port is continuing to work on several projects which could come to fruition in 2012 and have a major impact on transportation services available on the Island as well as impacting economic growth and distribution services.� news@nanaimobulletin.com

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www.nanaimobulletin.com The Nanaimo News Bulletin is published everyy Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday by Black Press Ltd., 777 Poplar Street, Nanaimo, B.C., V9S 2H7. Phone 250-753-3707, fax 250-753-0788, classifieds 250-310-3535. The News Bulletin is distributed to 33,372 households from Cedar to Nanoose.

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OAS reforms badlyy needed A single sentence from Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a speech in Davos, Switzerland has this country buzzing about the future of Canada’s old age security. One suggested change to OAS could include increasing the age of entitlement from 65 to 67, a move every other G8 country has already implemented in an effort to provide long-term sustainability for the pension. OAS is money that every retired Canadian 65 years or older can claim as a retirement supplement. As the baby boomers start squeezing through traditionally narrow pension channels, changes are needed to accommodate all of them. Today, the taxes of four employed Canadians supports each retired Canadian through OAS. In the coming years, that ratio will drop from 4:1 to 2:1. In monetary terms, costs for the program are expected to rise 32 per cent over the next five years to $48.3 billion. By 2030, OAS will cost $108 billion. Based on demographics alone, OAS as it stands now simply won’t survive. Seniors advocate groups were quick to jump on Harper’s idea, shunning it as irresponsible. But changes would be phased in and aren’t likely to affect anybody nearing retirement now, and certainly not people already collecting OAS. If any group should be nervous, it’s working Canadians in their 30s, 40s or 50s who will be stifled from advancing because people are working longer, and who will be forced to pay more to support the bulging retirees ahead of them. By making changes to OAS, at least there is hope there will be a few pennies left for future generations. The baby boomers are the only generation in history to live better than both their parents and their offspring. Opposing reforms that will ensure the OAS program’s future is simply a characteristic forged from a generation that has had it better than everyone else. 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

BCTF skips out on math homework Teachers in parts of B.C. wore sitting, conflict-weary parents black on Friday to mark the 10th can expect to hear of new legisanniversary of legislation that lation to address the class size their union insists “stripped” and special needs support issue. their “right” to control staffing And there will likely also be an levels in public schools. imposed contract, with the twoThis crucial management tool year “net zero” wage mandate that was abruptly taken back in 2002 has already been accepted by most by the B.C. Liberal government’s other government unions. huge majority. Too abruptly, After months of fruitless meetaccording to a B.C. ings, political posturing Supreme Court judge and work-to-rule action, B.C. last year. the BCTF finally tabled VIEWS The court decision a revised contract offer stemmed from a landlast week, typically by Tom Fletcher mark Supreme Court of staging a news conferBlack Press Canada ruling that led ence in Vancouver to $80 million in combefore sharing the offer pensation for contractwith the government’s breaking in the B.C. bargaining agent. health care support secIt called for wage tor at around the same increases of three, six time. and six per cent, plus In the B.C. Teachers’ benefit improvements Federation case, the that tinkered with judge gave the provincial govthe breathtakingly extravagant ernment a year to consult and demands the union tabled last come up with a replacement to year. the offending legislation, which The BCTF estimated the packwill then cease to be in effect. age would cost a mere $300 milThat year is running out, with no lion in the first year. “Show your more progress being made than work,” my math teachers used to the talks to replace the BCTF’s tell me, but the BCTF didn’t show expired union contract. its calculations. Union officials The pattern of all this is drearily dismissed the B.C. Public School familiar. The B.C. government has Employers’ Association’s $2 bilalready tabled legislation to wrest lion cost estimate of the their control of teacher discipline away initial demands as “enormously from the union, after an outside inflated,” but didn’t show how or expert found that a convicted drug by how much. dealer and a sex offender had manBCPSEA crunched what numaged to get their teaching credenbers the union gave them in the tials restored. new proposal, and came up with a After the legislature resumes first-year cost of nearly $500 mil-

lion. The BCTF, again to the media rather than at the bargaining table, allowed that its total package would cost $565 million. Again, no calculations were produced. BCPSEA estimates the union’s proposal would cost an additional $880 million over three years. And that’s not counting the union’s demand for $300 million a year to reduce class sizes and increase special needs support staff. Teachers are still being compensated under the final terms of a contract that provided 16 per cent in wage increases over five years, in the midst of a harsh recession. And here’s a fun math fact. With percentage wage increases, three plus six plus six doesn’t equal 15. It’s closer to 16, because later raises are calculated on a larger base. So on wages alone, the BCTF wants the same in three years that it just got in five, at a time when private sector unions take layoffs and wage cuts, and the province is billions in the red. The president of the Langley Teachers’ Association went on CKNW radio and succinctly summed up the BCTF’s position. Raise income taxes across the board. Gordon Campbell cut everyone’s taxes by 25 per cent in 2001, and cut education to pay for it. They’re still fighting the 2005 election. ◆ Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com.

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Conservation is best for savings To the Editor, Re: Saving water saves money, Opinion, Jan. 26. You have hit the nail on the head. A principal reason our taxes and utilities keep on rising is because we continue with a model of development that costs us a lot more than it would if we instead focused on efficiencies. In 1986, the town of Qualicum Beach was similarly facing the need to increase their water supply. With a very simple program, it was able to reduce the maximum per day consumption of

3.29 cubic metres per capita to a mere 1.36 cubic metres/day/ capita in 2010. The initial program paid for itself in less than a year. Maintenance, pumping, energy and treatment costs were reduced, delaying the need to connect to the RDN Arrowsmith Water System. The community still hasn’t connected to this system, fully 25 years later. We in Nanaimo could get soaked for about $130 million to grab more water, or we could instead pay less than $1 million to duplicate Qualicum Beach’s success story.

Encouraging various officials at city hall to consider this option has evidently fallen on deaf ears. OK, so if spending $1 million seems too paltry to avoid another dam, let’s really splurge and outfit every home with a greywater recycling system costing about $1,300/home – saving about 20 per cent of the city’s water. We’d still have $100 million left over. Plus savings on pumping, sewage, etc. Anybody else out there who likes lower taxes through conservation? Ian Gartshore Nanaimo

Readers respond: Feedback on news Vulnerable children need good parenting To the Editor, Re: Daycare must develop our children, Reporter’s Viewpoint, Jan. 24. I agree that investing in the future generation is important, but I don’t believe it is up to some public-funded daycare to raise today’s children. Just when did parenting become a part-time position? When was it deemed that staying home to raise a family was like taking a holiday? I know many families that made the sacrifice of one income so one parent could stay home and raise their children. It wasn’t easy but these parents managed to raise wonderful, loving kids who have grown into responsible tax-paying adults. Some of these children never even attended preschool, yet still managed to be good students throughout their academic lives. I also know children who struggled academically, but had great family support and also grew into responsible, working, tax-paying citizens. My career was in daycare. I am all for good quality daycares and I agree with subsidies for low-income families, but I disagree with universal daycare – we cannot afford it. A quality daycare provides a warm, caring, and safe environment for children –

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that may be a licensed facility, a family daycare, or even grandma’s. As long as a child’s mind and imagination are stimulated, as long as they are encouraged in their interests and kept interested, they will learn. Whether raised by a stay at home parent or working parents, all children need to feel secure, loved and wanted – there needs to be family time and it needs to be quality time. Many of the children who are vulnerable when they enter “the system” can often be attending a very good daycare setting – they may even know their ABCs, are able to read and can print their names.

If the home life is disruptive, and if parents cannot give their children “adequate support” their worlds will always be scrambled and they will be at-risk. These children are usually vulnerable due to their home life, not because of the daycare they are attending. The day we solve that problem will be the day when most everything else will fall into place as it should. Kathryn Seaker Nanaimo

Legitimate concerns exist about meters To the Editor, Re: Safety of meters far from certain, Letters, Jan. 26. I read this letter and couldn’t help but shake my head. A close friend of mine works for Corix Utilities and is directly involved with the installation of the smart meters in the Nanaimo area. Does the writer not see the necessity for requiring special gloves when being within inches of exposed live 220-volt lines with bare hands? Would he not be concerned that a contact spark that close to the eye could cause significant and permanent damage? The answer should be yes to both. There are some legitimate concerns regarding smart meters, but this is most definitely not one of them. Cody Salter Nanaimo

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Brett Bourcier, 17, is one of dozens of students performing in JazzFest Friday (Feb. 3) at the Port Theatre. Bourcier’s primary musical interest is blues and he’s looking forward to sharing the stage with JazzFest guest artist David Gogo.

teenage music student gets the opportunity to play with Nanaimo’s resident blues musician at an annual fundraising concert. Brett Bourcier, 17, is one of dozens of students performing in JazzFest, the annual fundraiser for Nanaimo music programs, featuring David Gogo as guest artist. JazzFest supports music programs at Wellington, John Barsby and Woodlands secondary schools. Students from each school perform in jazz festivals across the country, winning awards and scholarships, travel to distant places to perform and go on to learn at prestigious North American schools, like Berklee College of Music in Boston. The brightest and most dedicated students from each of those schools performs in the honour band, while all students have the chance to attend a clinic with the year’s guest artist. “The music’s a step up,” said Bourcier. Last year featured Jodi Proznick on bass, while this year, Gogo takes the students through the guitar’s spectrum. Bourcier said he’s looking forward to Gogo’s showmanship, which in the past involved playing his guitar with an open and full bottle of beer. “It’s going to be interesting to see him perform without busting a beer open on his guitar,” Bourcier said. “It’ll be interesting to see what he does.” Although Bourcier is most passionate about the blues, playing all styles – like jazz – only helps, adding to the musician’s knowledge and repertoire. At age 10, Bourcier wanted to play the piano, but a guitar was a much easier instrument to buy. “I went at my own pace and

started to realize this is really cool,” he said. He now plays not only guitar but also bass, keyboard, harmonica and drums, and plays in Woodlands jazz band and combo in addition to his after school rock and blues bands. Nearly four years ago, Bourcier was introduced to the blues through workshops with Gerry Barnum. From there, Bourcier went to the weekly Thursday jam sessions at the Blues Underground. “That’s when I feel I really learned to play the guitar,” Bourcier said. “I went there religiously.” Older players took the teenager under their wings, particularly Rick Becker, who later became Bourcier’s music teacher at Woodlands Secondary School. His view of the blues changed drastically, and now it’s the style he prefers to play. “I thought it was prehistoric records with one guy talking about his dog,” Bourcier said. He said he can get more emotion, thoughts and ideas across in one note in blues than he can in rock or heavy metal. “I’m never going to be a shredder,” he said. Thanks to the credit Bourcier earned for playing in bands at community events, he graduates a semester early – JazzFest will be his last performance with Woodlands. He heads up the hill to Vancouver Island University’s renowned jazz program to continue studying music. The future holds some sort of career in music. “If I end up working at a music store, that’s fine with me,” he said. “There’s a lot more to the music industry.” JazzFest is set for Friday (Feb. 3), 7 p.m., at the Port Theatre. Tickets $12. Please call 250-7548550 or visit www.porttheatre. com. arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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Students in Vancouver Island University’s wind ensemble want to take their music to the next level – but they need the proper equipment to do so first. Students, faculty and local musicians are donating their time for a fundraising concert at Diners Rendezvous Feb. 8-9. “We have no percussion instruments,” said instructor Greg Bush. The money raised will go toward timpani, cymbals, drums and other percussion instruments. The new instruments will allow the group to expand their

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Murder mystery thrills while raising money for theatre BY NIOMI PEARSON BLACK PRESS

The Yellowpoint Drama Group’s latest murder mystery Saturday Nite Murder will offer dinner, dancing, and a little death at the disco. The Cedar Community Hall will be transformed into The Palace disco club in 1976 where the ‘murder’ will take place, leaving participants to mull over the evidence and question the

suspects. Murder mystery dinners are an interactive form of theatre where the show is done on the floor with the audience instead of a stage. Cast members will provide the colourful characters and set the scene. “The characters are all connected to the club in some way ... there’s the owner of the club, one of the regular dancers there (the John Travolta type), and his girlfriend, and another fellow who’s a musician who’s upset

about the fact that disco has taken over and musicians are now out of work,” said Brian March, Yellowpoint Drama Group president. “The characters have a lot of fun with the audience.” Attendees are encouraged to dress in the ’70s disco theme. A short dance lesson will take place on the dance floor during the night, adding to the fun. “You can change your name, you can be anybody you want to

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t’s a good thing Nanaimo’s Van Osch sisters like curling so much – they’ll be doing a lot of it. The Canadian Curling Association’s junior nationals start Saturday (Feb. 4) in Napanee, Ont. There, the B.C. champions will play against the champs of every other province and territory. Northern Ontario crowns a champion, too, so the round robin consists of 12 games over the course of a week. “We’ll all be really tired when we get home,” said Kesa Van Osch, skip of the Nanaimo Curling Centre entry. “I expect we’ll be in the moment when we’re there and when we’re done, we’ll crash and burn.” Kalia Van Osch, who plays third, said her team’s stamina is a strength. “We’ve been doing our cardio and our training,” she said. “We just need to continue with the program and we’ll see where it gets us to.” Of course, the physical challenge is only one of a hundred factors that will determine the Canadian champion at the end of next week. Kesa, Kalia and Marika Van Osch and

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lead Brooklyn Leitch played with enough skill and strategy to bring them the Curl B.C. title on New Year’s Eve in Victoria. In the month since, excitement has been building. They’ve heard all kinds of congratulations and well wishes from the community, and some advice from curlers who have been on the big stage before. “They say it’s totally different than anything you’ll ever be at and the biggest thing is to go and enjoy yourself,”

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said Kesa. “Winning’s always nice, but make sure you enjoy the experience and get everything you can out of it.” Especially since it’s the first trip to nationals for the Van Osch sisters and their first chance to curl in B.C. jackets, they intend to savour the experience. “Your first national event … only happens once to you and you never know if you’re going to get to go back,” Kalia said. A lot of the other teams at nationals will

be just as wide-eyed as the Van Osch rink. Kesa said there will be a few repeat provincial champs there, but it’s hard to identify any favourites going into the competition. All the teams are champions, all are capable. “It’s going to be intimidating, at least first off…” said Kalia. “They’re all going to have their jackets but we have to remember, we have our jackets, too, and we’re going to be just as intimidating.” ◆ See ‘NANAIMO’S’ /B6

QQuickfacts ◆ KESA VAN OSCH and her teammates Kalia Van Osch, Marika Van Osch and Brooklyn Leitch begin play at the Canadian Curling Association’s junior nationals Saturday (Feb. 4) in Ontario. ◆ THE TEAM is the Nanaimo Curling Centre’s first B.C. championship rink in a decade.

Clips chase conference’s top teams The Nanaimo Clippers took their last loss hard, since it came against the team they were chasing in the playoff hunt. But as Clippers coach Mike Vandekamp pointed out, his fifth-place club isn’t chasing only the fourth-place Coquitlam Express in the Coastal Conference standings. With 16 games still to go in the B.C. Hockey League’s regular season, the Clips are targeting any and all teams. “It doesn’t really matter who we’re playing at this point,” Vandekamp said. “We’ve got to get as many points as we can get.” On Friday (Feb. 3) the Shipmen host the conference-leading Powell River Kings at Frank Crane Arena, and then on Saturday there’s another home game on tap, with the second-place Surrey Eagles visiting Frank Crane. Even though both opponents are tough, the Clippers won their last meetings with both the Kings and the Eagles. As well, the Nanaimo squad feels it has taken great strides the past two weeks while skating to a 4-1-0-1 record during that span. “We’ve g ained some points in the standings…” said Josh Phillips, Clippers defenceman. “It’s definitely a momentum booster and it’s a step forward for us.” GAME ON … The Clippers’ home games Friday and Saturday are both 7 p.m. faceoffs at Frank Crane Arena. Tickets will be available at the door. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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Some of Nanaimo’s high school basketball teams might have been a step out of synch after a week off. Others were on the ball. Most of the city’s senior boys’ and senior girls’ teams were in action Tuesday. One of the all-Nanaimo matchups took place at Cedar Community Secondary School, where the host Spartans defeated the Barsby Blazers in senior AA boys’ league play. The boxscore was not available, but Cedar had the game well in hand. “We played five on, five off, so everyone got lots of playing time,” said Rick Hart, Spartans coach. Eric Sackey and Brendan McCarthy, he said, had strong games for his team. Another local matchup saw the Woodlands Eagles senior AA girls beat the Nanaimo District Islanders 52-36 at the NDSS gym. The game was a defensive battle, with both teams shooting poorly in the first half.

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“We started playing some aggressive defence and causing turnovers and that resulted in us getting some baskets,” said Carl Macdonald, coach of the Eagles. Michelle Berti scored 13 points for Woodlands and Pauline Dawson led ND with nine points. The other game in Nanaimo on Tuesday was played at the Woodlands Secondary School gym, where the Eagles senior AA boys fell 71-62 to the Kwalikum Kondors. The game was tied 61-61, but with Eagles star Bryson Cox fouled out, the home team couldn’t keep pace with the visitors. Erik Van Waes and Connor Robertson played well in defeat. In out-of-town action, the Dover Bay Dolphins defeated the Cowichan Thunderbirds 66-60 in senior AAA boys’ play led by Jon Bethell’s 25-point effort. Also, the Wellington Wildcats senior AA girls thumped Timberline 89-24 – Mariah Van Sickle scored a game-high 22 points on her birthday – but Welly’s senior AA boys lost to Ladysmith down the highway. For more stats and schedule information, please visit www.nanaimobulletin.com.

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Nanaimo United knocked one team out of first place last week and could conceivably knock another team out of first place this week. The city’s Div. 1 Vancouver Island Soccer League team tied Cowichan FC 1-1 on Saturday at Merle Logan Field, and is preparing to face Gordon Head on Friday (Feb. 3), also on home turf. United coach Scott Davison said in the draw with Cowichan, his team was able to take some control after getting outpaced early and falling behind 1-0. Scott Newlands’ header 20 minutes into the second half knotted the score.

United (6-6-3) has upped its training and expects to be ready for the challenge of facing Gordon Head (12-2-1). “They’re one of the better ball movement teams in the league so we’re going to need to be able to run with them and match that in order to come away, at least, with a draw,” Davison said. GAME ON … United and Gordon Head play Friday at 7 p.m. at Merle Logan Field. Nanaimo’s Div. 1 men will also be at home on Sunday to face Prospect Lake (3-9-2) in a 2 p.m. start … To read an expanded version of this article, please visit www. nanaimobulletin.com.

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HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

INLAND KENWORTH In Nanaimo Requires Licensed Equipment Field Service Technician

PERSONAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HEALTH PRODUCTS

CLEANING SERVICES MR. SPARKLE CLEANING SERVICES “Since 1992” Roof Demossing, Vinyl Siding, Gutter & Window Cleaning

SHAKLEE- over 55 years of scientific research. Your results guaranteed. Please Visit: www.dlk.myshaklee.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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Call Jonathan

Experience on Case/Linkbelt/Tigercat equipment an asset. Clean new shop with yearly tool allowance.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

REAL ESTATE

GARDENING

RUBBISH REMOVAL

HOUSES FOR SALE

TREE PRUNING HEDGE/SHRUB MAINTENANCE

DYNAMITE DEAN’S Rubbish Removal. Prompt, professional service. “No Messing Around!” 250-616-0625, 250-754-6664. FREE QUOTES, Large Truck: Rubbish Removal, yard waste etc. Same day service, starting $35.- $65/load + disposal fees. Moving, deliveries. Jason, 250-668-6851.

Call the qualified specialist... certified Garden Designer/Arborist

Ivan 250-758-0371

CLOCK/WATCH/JEWELLERY REPAIRS

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

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

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

FREE ITEMS FREE ANTIQUE Pump organ hand engraved wood. “Estey Organ Co”. (250)591-4949. PLUSH CHAIR (chair and 1/2) ivory colour. $75. Call (250)245-4386.

COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER PRO $25 service call for home or office. Mobile Certified Technician. Senior’s Discounts. 250-802-1187. U-NEED-A-NERD Friendly onsite professional computer, website and design services. Jason is BACK! 250-585-8160 or visit: jasonseale.com

Client Services Coordinator, Nanaimo IRS Independent Respiratory Services Inc. is a BC-owned and operated full service respiratory company that has been providing sleep apnea and home oxygen therapy to British Columbians since 1996. We are currently looking for a highly motivated individual to join our Vancouver Island Team. The successful candidate must be: • Committed to Customer Service • Comfortable in a dynamic team environment • Meticulous and detail oriented • Organized, Efficient fi • Confifident, Outgoing, Independent • Professional in Approach and Appearance • Skillful in all forms of Communication Education and Background: • Strong computer skills • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office fi applications • Certificate fi in Business Administration • 1 to 2 years of general office fi experience IRS offers competitive remuneration and benefits. fi To launch an exciting career with IRS today, forward your resume in confidence fi to hr@irscanada.ca or Fax to 1-888-713-6505. Closing Date: February 4, 2012 We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about our company, visit: www.irscanada.ca

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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

ELECTRICAL 1A ELECTRICIAN, licenced, bonded, Small Jobs Specialist, panel upgrades and renos. All work guaranteed since 1989. Rob at 250-732-PLUG (7584). ELECTRICIAN: HOME or BUSINESS. No job too small. Renovations, Additions. Senior and Single Parent discount. Licensed, Bonded. Call George (250)619-1384

HELP WANTED

INLAND KENWORTH Inland Kenworth in Nanaimo Requires a Licensed Technician Cat/Cummins certification an asset. Modern clean shop with yearly tool allowance & benefits.

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

TRADES, TECHNICAL

FRIENDLY FRANK 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.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS ACORN HOME SERVICES Home improvements. Repairs. Doors/windows. Custom made arbors, decks, sunrooms, awnings, fences & lots more! Garry, 250-591-7474. www.acornhomeservices.ca AGILE HOME REPAIR & Improvement. Fully insured, interior/exterior repairs and upgrades. Ian 250-714-8800. ALL MANNER of Home Repairs, New Construction, Reno’s, Framing, Sheds, Decks, Fencing. Great rates & Refs. Call Derrick (250)816-8646 BLUE OX Home Services. Expert Handyman & Renovation Services: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall, tiling, painting, lawn & garden. Refs avail. Insured. 250-713-4409.

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

Richard 250-729-7809

FUEL/FIREWOOD

HOME REPAIRS

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

FAUTH’S Releveling Service. How level is your mobile home? (Qualicum Beach), call Harvey at 250-752-8086.

MASONRY & BRICKWORK

Certified Electrician

Western Forest Products Inc. is currently seeking a Journeyman Electrician Certified for the Province of British Columbia to join the Duke Point Sawmill, located south of Nanaimo, BC. Reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor, the Certified Electrician will perform a full range of journeyman level Electrician duties utilizing considerable initiative and judgment and in accordance with blueprints, diagrams, electrical and building codes, regulations and company policy. A detailed job posting can be viewed at http://www.westernforest.com/careers/current_openings.php This is an USW hourly union position with a Certified Rate of $33.47 per hour and a comprehensive benefit package. Details of the collective agreement can be viewed at http://www.westernforest.com/careers/collective_agreements.php The successful candidate will be team orientated with an ability to deliver results that are aligned with the strategic objectives of the business. He/she will have the ability to adopt and encourage innovative thinking that contributes to achieving practical solutions to complex problems. Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 866.840.9611 Email: resumes@westernforest.com Application Deadline: Fri., Feb.10/12 Reference Code: Electrician, DP

13 AMP Roybi 10” sliding compound miter saw w/ laser and table. $99. 250-591-4949 27” JVC TV, Shaw digital box, DVD player and a mixture of DVD movies, $99 obo (all). Call 250-758-4786. ADMIRAL ELEC. range, top element, works good, clean, white, $85. 250-751-5257. ARMOIRE W/ 2 drawers, dresser w/ mirror & headboard, side table, kids/guest room, $99 (set). 250-756-2572 CARPET, TURQUOISE green. 12.6’ x 13.6’. $90. Pls call 250-753-3588. DOUBLE SIZED futon, tan, like new, $99. Call 250-7569448. FAX MACHINE - Panasonic model KXF880, $65, like new. Call (250)751-0815. H.O. Scale trains. Steam & Diesel, $85. Also track & power packs, $25. (250)758-5073 LIKE NEW, cedar wishing well, $75. Call 250-758-0112. OLIVE GREEN sofa & chair, good cond. Both for $99. 250751-1305. QUEEN SIZE sheep’s wool mattress cover, washable, immaculate. New $300, asking $75. (250)758-8145 QUEEN-SIZE Sofa/ Hide-abed. You pick up. $95. (250)756-2962. TAN FUTON with wooden arms, in good condition, $75. Call (250)390-0656. WOODEN Kitchen table, 54” round diameter. Very good cond. $75; 2 matching wooden chairs, $24. (250)758-6898

STOCK UP NOW COASTAL MOUNTAIN FIREWOOD (SINCE 1999) BEST WAY TO BURN YOUR MONEY!

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.

Call 1-866-768-8886

MOVING & STORAGE

250-468-9660.

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

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

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

(Nanoose) REAL ESTATE ACREAGE LANGLEY, BC, 31.24 acres In ALR, flat land, good drainage, creek. 10 acres in cottonwood trees balance in mixture of pasture & bush. Qualifies for farm taxes. Older barn. Lovely building site for dream home. Drilled well, plentiful excellent water, designated septic field. 5 Mins to hospital, shopping complex, and indoor pool. $1,800,000. (604)534-2748

FOR SALE BY OWNER GRAND HERITAGE HomeCraftmans style, original stain glass, fir flrs, excellent wood detailing, claw ft tub, electrical upgrades, oil heat, 1350sq ft on main flr, 3 stories. $389,900. (250)716-9340. PORT ALBERNI- (central) cozy 3 bdrm home, many updates, roof 2yrs old, close to amenities, 4743 Bute St. $109,000. (250)735-2546.

HOMES WANTED

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

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO

HOSPITAL AREA 1 & 2 Bedrooms FREE Heat, H/W & storage. New paint, carpet & lino. Secured bldg with security cameras, From $700 & $795

Call 250-753-6656 NORTH NANAIMO Updated top floor 2 Bdrm Near Mall. Quiet building. On-site manager.

Free H/W

Avail Now. From $810

250-758-1246 NANAIMO- CLEAN, quiet 1 bdrm suites. Avail February and March. Hot water included, on bus route. $525/mo. 1 year signed lease required, ref’s & credit check req’d. Please call 250-754-8411. 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 N. NANAIMO spacious 1bdrm. Walk to Longwood and North Town Centre shops, grocery stores and restaurants. March 1st. $675/mo. (250)754-5930 LONG LAKE: waterfront 2bdrm in 5plex. $900 +hydro/cable. March 1st. 1 acre landscaped. (250)758-2158.


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RENTALS

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RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

APARTMENT/CONDO

APARTMENT/CONDO

HOMES FOR RENT

SUITES, LOWER

SUITES, UPPER

AUTO FINANCING

QUARTERWAY 1BDRM level entry, 55+ or disabled, $575. incl cable. 250-616-8755.

NANAIMO- (near VIU) 3 bdrm upper w/1 bdrm lower suite. F/P, 7 appls, security system, fenced yrd, deck, new bath & recent upgrades. $1575/whole house. 778-686-8526

NANOOSE (near Petro) 1bdrm, 1bath w/shower, priv, grnd floor suite. F/S, W/D, internet/cable incl, phone/hydro not incl. $600 +$300 DD. Avail. Feb 1st. (250)468-1634

NANAIMO(UNIVERSITY area) lrg renovated 3 bdrm upper, decks, F/P, D/W, W/D, parking. NS, no partiers, cat ok. Refs. Avail Mar. 1. $1250 inclds utils. (250)713-9486.

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NEW, CLEAN, fully furnished 1bdrm (ground floor). Private entry, prkng, shared lndry, wifi & hydro incl. Towels, dishes, micro, toaster, dble bed, etc. Just bring your toothbrush. 3k’s from VIU. N/S, N/P. $850. (250)802-3067

NORTH NANAIMO: new 2bdrm, ground level in quiet, safe neighbourhood. 6 new appli’s, sep entry, prkg, own lndry, storage. N/P, N/S, RR. $1100 +utils. (250)729-9263

GORGE VIEW APT 258 Gorge Road East Stes avail. - Some Immed. 1 Bdrm $860; 2 Bdrms $1120; 2 Bdrm & den $1125. Amenities incl’s indoor pool, fitness facilities, above grnd and parkade pkg, on site laundry. Onsite staff avail. Please call Sue or Elena 250-380-6566 Email: gvapts@shaw.ca PARK WEST APTS 55 Bay Street Stes avail. - some immed. 1 Bdrms from $875; 2 bdrms from $1125. Close to Victoria downtown, Save-On, Starbucks & transportation. Please Call Wendy 250-590-7505 Email: pw@ramco.ca WETHERBY APTS FOR SENIORS ONLY 55+ Spacious stes Avail. - some immed. Bach $750; 1 bdrm $890; 2 bdrms $1075 & up. Close to buses, Hillside Mall, doctors, dentists all within walking distance. Seniors lifestyle of convenience & comfort. On site laundry, social room. Staff available. Please call Bonny 250-598-1650 Email: weth@ramco.ca SEAGATE APTS 707 Esquimalt Road Stes avail. - some immed. 1 bdrm $875 & up; 2 bdrms $1010 & up. Indoor pool, exercise rm and many other fitness amenities. Full view of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Please call Sylvia 250-383-1731 Email: sea@ramco.ca

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

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES 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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ROOMS FOR RENT SINGLE & DBLE units; some w/kitchenettes. Pets ok. New monthly rates starting at $650; wkly starting at $250; 10% off 1st month. 250-754-2328

SHARED ACCOMMODATION CEDAR: QUIET acreage, 2 bdrm, full bath, TV room upstairs. Share hot tub, kitchen, BBQ, organic garden, orchard. $1000. Working person(s). Call (250)245-0014 mornings. CEDAR: SML cottage for rent. $775/mo. all inclusive. DD. Available immed. Phone Nick 604-649-4606/ 250-323-0803

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774 RAILWAY, lrg 1 bdrm main level. $550 + shared utils & lndry, 4 appls. Ref’s req. (250)933-5679 after 6 PM CENTRAL NANAIMO 2-bdrm, lrge, quiet, near bus, hospital, VIU. Parking, shared W/D. $1050./mo. incl. utils. Pets welcome. N/S. Avail immediately. 250-797-2156.

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HOMES FOR RENT 3BDRM, 2BATH, den, garage, in Ladysmith. 1yr. old. 5 appliances. N/S. Pets neg. Please call Leslee (250)714-4359 4B/R, 2 BATH, Executive home, oceanview, 5 acres, 6 appl, two decks. Jinglepot area. N/P, N/S. Avail. Mar 1, $1700. ref’s req. 585-4776.

LONG LAKE: waterfront 2bdrm in 5plex. Completely reno’d. $1,250 +hydro/cable. Feb 15th. (250)758-2158

HAREWOOD 3BDRM +den, 1.5baths, $1000 +60% hydro. Near schools, shopping, bus. F/S, Washer. (250)753-6273

NANAIMO- TOTALLY reno’d 3 bdrm. Available Now. Nice, clean, W/D. NS/NP. 1 yr lease req’d. $900. (250)797-2411.

LANTZVILLE OCEAN view. 3 bdrm Rancher. Large yard, 5 appl’s, N/S, small pet ok. Mar. 1st. $1100/mo. 250-390-9298.

CLOSE TO College, reno’d 2 bdrm bsmt suite, $800/mo, incls heat, hydro, laundry, A/C, N/S, N/P, avail now. Call 250753-8797. COUNTRY LIVING- 1 bdrm, no steps, new kitchen, laundry lrg yard & view. Pets ok. $750/mo. 250-753-1200. DEPARTURE BAY. Furn’d 1 bdrm. Spacious, all inclusive utilities, hi-speed internet, digital TV, basic phone, parking, shared laundry, N/S, N/P. $795. Avail now.250-751-3386 HAMMOND BAY area, brand new, level entry large 1 bdrm suite, sep ent, N/P, N/S, laundry & hydro incl’d, avail immed, $700, 250-729-0313.

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SUITES, UPPER BRIGHT & SPACIOUS, near new, 2 bdrm, upper suite near Parksville train station.1000 s/f, 5 appli’s, deck with partial ocean view, NS, NP. Suit mature couple. $1050 p/mo + util’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. DEP. BAY/ Brechin, bright, clean, 1350sq.ft. upper level house on cul-de-sac. 3bdrm, HW floors, nat’l gas FP, W/D, level prking. Hydro incl. $1300/mo. N/S, N/P. Ref’s Req. March 1. (250)755-9329

TOWNHOUSES QUALICUM BEACH. 2 bdrm, 1 blk from ocean. 1200 sq.ft, 1.5 baths, D/W, storage room, covered prking, coin operated laundry. N/S. 10 unit complex. 1 pet OK. $1000/mo. 250802-7114. angela55@shaw.ca

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Grocer’s gift boosts meal programs Canadian students will see healthier meals added to their school nutrition programs thanks to the generosity of President’s Choice Children’s Charity. The charity donated $2.6 million to the Breakfast for Learning program that supports the healthy development of children and youth. A d m i n i s t e r e d by Loblaw Companies, the charity matches local stores, including Nanaimo’s Real Canadian Superstore, with schools in the community. With the help of thousands of volunteers nationwide, Breakfast for Learning has served more than 350 million meals in its 10 year history. Wendy Wong, president of Breakfast for Learning, said support from organizations like President’s Choice is critical to make sure students do not go to school hungry. Breakfast for Learning will serve close to 425,000 children across Canada in the 2011-12 school year. For more information on the Breakfast for Learning program please go www.breakfastforlearning.ca. For more on President’s Choice Children’s Charity, please go to www.pc.ca/charity.

Meat shop stafff serve up laughs M&M Meat Shops is helping customers beat the winter blues and brighten their day with a dose of laughter. Staff members at M&M’s 400 stores across Canada, including the Nanaimo store on Mary Ellen Drive, will donning red noses for the company’s 21st annual Red Nose Day Friday (Feb. 3). “Canadian winters can be cold and dreary and we want to give Canadians something to smile about,” said Mac Voisin, founder of M&M Meat Shops. “Laughter really is the best medicine and we encourage everyone to join us for our annual Red Nose Day. It will be good for you.”


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FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN MEMORIAM

INFORMATION

COMING EVENTS

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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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IN MEMORY OF MARTIN BACKMEIER Grandpa passed away January 18, 2012 and we learned too late of his passing to say goodbye. He was predeceased by my mother Margaret on Aug 1, 2008. They leave behind to mourn - John Bailey, husband of Marg and son in law to Martin for over 48 years; great grandchildren Ethan and Victoria and myself, David, Martin’s eldest grandchild. Grandpa, I will always cherish the memories of ďŹ shing in the old wooden boat and learning how to drive in your ‘77 Mailbu while listening to American Woman on the 8 track. I often talk about the time you took me to watch you fall trees in Nanaimo Lakes, an unforgettable experience. You taught me how to play chess and instilled in me your love of gardening. Thank you Grandpa. With love from the Bailey’s.

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TRAVEL GETAWAYS LONG BEACH - Ucluelet Deluxe waterfront cabin, sleeps 6, BBQ.Storm watchers 2 nights $239 / 3 nights $299. Pets Okay. Rick 604-306-0891

TRAVEL

In Memory of our son

PALM SPRINGS/ Desert Hot Springs: Mobile home/Senior’s Park. Avail. Mar, Apr, May. $1200/mo. (250)756-4937

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Be Your Own Boss! Attention Locals! People req. to work from home online. Earn $500$4500+ P/T or F/T. Toll Free 1.877.880.8843 leave mess.

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EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com

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HAIRCARE PROFESSIONALS

GREAT CLIPS Hair Stylists Needed!

Must be Flexible. Call 250-751-8633 Ask for Troy.

Looking for Hairstylists and Estheticians to join our team. Resumes can be dropped at: 3396 Norwell Dr., Nanaimo or email: fanny_usanahealth @hotmail.com to make an appointment.

An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty mechanic for ďŹ eld and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051

DEATHS

WILLIS, Robert, 75, passed away January 27, 2012 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria from pneumonia. He leaves his wife of 49 years, Annie; daughters Catharine A (Bill), Jennifer (Cameron) and Kimberley (Jonathan); brother Mike (Rosemary); grandchildren Isabella, Jasmine, Hailey, Brody, Nathan, Katelyn and Madison; Aunt Tonka Dosen; and many A nieces, nephews and cousins. Born and raised in Duncan, the son of Mike and Milka Willis, Bob was an avid sportsman who loved to ďŹ sh, and who loved all sports, especially his LA Dodgers and Vancouver Canucks. He was very involved in the Duncan Junior Baseball organization in his early adult years. His love for sport led him to become a competitive tenpin bowler. He built and operated BG Bowl, later known as Evergreen Lanes, in Nanaimo, where he coached and mentored many bowlers over the next 26 years. Bob was very active in the tenpin bowling community, holding positions on the local and provincial men’s and youth bowling associations. He was inducted into the American Bowling Congress and BC Tenpin Federation Halls of Fame for his meritorious services. Willis was the privileged recipient of a heart transplant 16 years ago. With this generous gift, he was fortunate to witness the weddings of his three daughters and the births of his six grandchildren. Deepest thanks to the donor family for the extended life of our father, and to the staff at the Heart Transplant Clinic at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, especially Andrea and Kendra; as well Drs. Szabo, Ganz and Swiggum for their ongoing efforts of his care. No  owers please, alternatively donations to the BC Transplant Foundation (1-800-663-6189) or consider registering as an organ donor with the foundation. Celebration of Life to be held Thursday, February 2 from 1 – 4 pm at the Ladysmith Eagles Hall, 921-1st Avenue.

KENNEL ASSISTANT

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DENTAL RECEPTIONIST REQUIRED for Patient-Centered Practice, 2-3 days/week starting Feb 13/2012. Must be experienced, a good communicator, caring, and able to multi-task. Please submit resume in person to Rutherford Dental Centre, 4555 Uplands Dr., Nanaimo, BC. 250-7513663

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DEATHS

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HELP WANTED

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HELP WANTED

THE LEMARE GROUP is seeking Forestry Engineers to assist in road and cutback design. For those that display the qualities we desire we will provide remuneration that is above industry standard. Send resumes to the Planning Manager at (250)956-4888 or email vstavrakor@lemare.ca.

Dec. 29, 1981 ~ Feb. 2, 2007 All our love, Dad & Annie, xoxo

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Busy veterinary hospital requires a Kennel Assistant to help deliver quality care to clients & patients. Applicants must be exible, hard working, willing to take direction and be team oriented. Weekend work will be required. Fax resume with references to 250-758-0539

HOOKTENDER

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

Seeking experienced PROCESSOR OPERATOR for falling & processing work on Vancouver Island. Full time & year round employment. Excellent wage & beneďŹ t package. Possibility of relocation cost coverage for the right applicant. TEL: 250-286-1148 FAX: 250-286-3546 kdcon@telus.net

PERSONAL SERVICES ART/MUSIC/DANCING

ORGAN & KEYBOARD LESSONS In your own home on your own instrument KEITH CLARKE 1-250-743-9669


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