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Crime report tags Nanaimo as dangerous BY CHRIS BUSH

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Nanaimo is a tough town according to Maclean’ss Magazine. For the second year running, Nanaimo ranks 12th on the national news magazine’s Most Dangerous Cities list. The magazine published its rankings Dec. 15, based on Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index scores for 2010. Maclean’s looks at six crime categories – homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, breaking and entering and auto theft – and ranks each community based on each crime’s annual rate of occurrence

per 100,000 people and compares those figures to the national average. Nanaimo sits at 50.1 per cent above the national average for the six crime categories combined, but compares favourably to Prince George, B.C., ranked as Canada’s most dangerous city with a crime rate of 113 per cent above the national average. The Maclean’s rankings never fail to generate plenty of discussion and disagreement. John Anderson, Vancouver Island University’s Criminology Department chair man, wonders if Nanaimo really is dangerous, and for whom. ◆ See ‘CRIME’ /3

City’s vacancy rate climbs, matched by rental costs BY MELISSA FRYER THE NEWS BULLETIN

Nanaimo renters won’t get a break on their monthly housing bill, despite an increase in the city’s vacancy rate. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s fall report on vacancy rates across the country shows Nanaimo’s rate increased to 6.3 per cent in 2011, up from 3.3 per cent last year.

That’s a trend that started with the economic crunch a few years ago, said John Horn, City of Nanaimo social planner. “The trend toward more vacancy in the market is continuing,” he said. But the average cost to rent a bachelor pad, apartment or a house doesn’t decrease as quickly. Average rent in Nanaimo actually went up to $720 in 2011, from $705 last year. By comparison, the vacancy rate in Kam-

loops increased from 2.6 to 2.9 per cent, with average rent increasing slightly, from $742 to $747. Victoria’s rental vacancy rate went from 1.5 to 2.1 per cent, with rent edging from $864 to $879. Over time, rental prices might come down with more units available for rent, said Horn. “The more stock you put in, the more competitive the prices become,” he said. ◆ See ‘AFFORDABLE’ ‘ /4

GRINCH GRINS Jameson Wood, 3, centre, and Adam Desmarais, 5, right, were among the audience for a dramatic reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library Saturday afternoon. RACHEL STERN/THE NEWS BULLETIN

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Burning debris pile doused Someone ignited construction debris at a work site on Metral Drive around 2 a.m. Sunday. Rick Kwasnecha, fire investigator with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, said firefighters were called to put out a pile of cardboard debris and other materials that was burning in a dirt area of the construction site, away from any structures. “Who knows what the intent was there?” he said.

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Cases involving Internet child pornography also skewed Nanaimo’s sexual offence rankings in the last two years. Nanaimo is not immune to violence, but police keep close tabs on gangs and organized crime to nip potential problems in the bud, he said. “Prince George has one of the highest murder rates in Canada,” O’Brien said. “Does that make it an unsafe city or does that make it unsafe for people who are involved in organized crime and are dealing drugs? Those are targeted hits.” Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan said he believes police in Nanaimo are doing a good job and the Maclean’s article is a disservice to the communities. “We find it a little bit hard to understand, if we have a 26-per cent decrease in crime and a high clearance of solved cases, how we could be considered in that high range?” said Ruttan. photos@nanaimobulletin.com

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LEFT: Betty Barr and Joe Watkin, members of the Bowen Senior Songsters, have a few laughs before performing during an event hosted by Big Boy’s Toys, Quality Foods and Coastal Community Credit Union in the Diana Krall Plaza asking the public to help fill a motorhome with food in support of Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. ABOVE: Larry Polnick, business manager of Big Boy’s Toys, snuggles up to some of the food jammed in the organization’s motorhome, which visited the food bank Friday to drop off all the donations from the campaign, which began in November.

When it comes I don’t think we to statistics, I rank up there guess there’s with Surrey or all kinds of anything like things you can that. I feel as read into it. I safe as you don’t see a lot can feel in a of crime here. community. – Larry Stone, 68 Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the Nanaimo detachment pays little attention to rankings and gives more credence to statistics from its criminal analyst. There have been shortterm spikes in robberies and homicides in

– John Shorrock, 40 Nanaimo in the past two years, he said. Spikes of even small numbers of a specific type of crime can significantly skew figures for that crime. For example, if a city has no homicides in one year, but has one murder the next year,

It depends on certain parts of Nanaimo that you live in, but I guess if you live in the safe parts you’d be all right. – Han Nguyen, 19 the homicide rate just jumped 100 per cent. Sexual offences, including a series of 13 cases where women were groped in 2009, helped push Nanaimo from Canada’s 21st most dangerous city in the Mclean’s rankings to 12th in 2010.

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Nanaimo’s new Economic Development Corporation is now in charge of promoting the city’s tourism industry. The corporation assumes operation of Tourism Nanaimo Tuesday (Dec. 20) and also brought Destination Nanaimo into the fold. “Combining the two departments is a better use of funding and resources,” said Susan Cudahy, EDC chief executive officer. With the formation of the corporation, Tourism Nanaimo lost its $310,000 funding from the city and Tourism Nanaimo Society members voted to discontinue operations by the end of December and dissolve by April 30. The tourism office at Beban House on Bowen Road closed Dec. 10. New operations under the corporation will run out of the visitor information centre at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre until construction of an office at the Northfield Road rest area off the Nanaimo Parkway is complete next spring. The seven Tourism Nanaimo employees all found employment, with two staffers making the move to the conference centre’s information kiosk. Mark Drysdale, Tourism Nanaimo executive director, won’t join the staff at the EDC, but starts work with Venture Connect, a Community Futures project in the new year. He said he has mixed emotions about the changes. “Tourism was kind of fractured in the community with several players, including ourselves and Destination Nanaimo involved,” he said. “The new format brings all the services under one umbrella, so that provides strength.” Cudahy said there will be some transition time, but work on tourism promotion begins in the new year. “We’ve started the process, taken over the website and people are going to start to see some new looks,” she said. Beban House is for rent and a site viewing takes place Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Bob Kuhn at 250-755-7512.

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Crime rates continue to drop ◆ From /1 “The problem is with the word ‘dangerous’, because a high crime rate does not in and of itself, imply danger,” Anderson said. “We have to ask the question, ‘Dangerous for who?’” Anderson said a young man, especially a minority male, living in an inner city or on an urban reserve in Canada, faces a higher risk of being affected by crime than a middle-aged, middleincome Caucasian man living in the suburbs. “Because we don’t expose ourselves to the same risks,” he said. “It really does depend on who you are and where you spend your time.” Anderson said crime rates across the country continue to drop and Statistic Canada is reporting Canadians are much less likely to experience crime of all types. Nanaimo’s crime overall continues to plummet, down 26.9 per cent from figures for 2005. Const. Gary O’Brien,

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B.C. ferries workers assaulted A c u s t o m e r wh o missed his sailing allegedly assaulted two ferry employees on the weekend. The incident happened in front of the

toll booths at B.C. Ferries’ Departure Bay Ter minal Saturday when a 26-year-old man became irate after the ticket agent told him he was too late to

board the 3 p.m. sailing to Horseshoe Bay and would have to wait for the next sailing. The man, a passenger in a car with two other men, got out of

the vehicle and started verbally berating the ticket agent. Deborah Marshall, B.C. Ferries spokeswoman, said the suspect allegedly punched the terminal manager in the head when he was called in to speak with him. An equipment operator was kicked as well. Terminal staff called police who peppersprayed and arrested the suspect.

Officers determined alcohol was a contributing factor and the man was held in cells at Nanaimo RCMP detachment until he sobered up. He was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Feb. 14. The corporation is considering per manently banning the man from sailing on B.C. Ferries, but no decision on possible penalties has been made.

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o close. After three months of striving to reduce household energy and water consumption, learning new ways to reduce garbage and inspiring people to do the same, Nanaimo’s Belbin family learned late last week it finished second in a national competition hosted by Canadian Geographic and Shell Canada. The Belbins – Grant, Alison, Drew, 9, Kai, 8, and Mara, 4 – were one of six households selected earlier this year to participate in The Energy Diet Challenge, a contest created to encourage Canadians to use energy more efficiently in their homes and make smar ter mobility choices. “At Canadian Geographic, we are dedicated to helping Canadians learn more about the country and its resources,” said John Geiger, president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in a press release. “Energy resources are a vital part of our country’s natural heritage and the Energy Diet Challenge will help all

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Canadians increase their energy literacy and make a hands-on difference every day.” Though disappointed they didn’t win, Alison said working together as a team to find ways to save energy and money has benefitted them far beyond any prize. And the Belbins will continue to practise many of the energyreduction habits started over the course of the contest. “The most important thing we came away with was reducing our energy did not in any

way reduce our quality of life, or did we feel like we were missing out on anything,” said Alison. “It was actually the complete opposite and that was a big surprise. We thought that we would be energy starved over the last three months, but we realized that we really didn’t need any of the things that we weren’t using or didn’t use.” The Kitchen-Kulak household from the Yukon were the overall champions of the contest and winners of a 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid car.

Over three months, the Belbins found ways to reduce water consumption by 50 per cent and energy use in their house by 47 per cent, and gasoline usage and costs were also reduced by 50 per cent. Alison said she is especially proud of her children’s ability to embrace the challenge and take their ideas to school and teach their peers how to consume less. Drew, 9, earned high accolades from contest organizers for his idea of a daily ‘No Power Hour’, when all energy-

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the school and had a lot of supporters behind them who they didn’t even know before.” Points for the contest were earned for creativity in reducing waste, participation such as regular blogs, overall energy reduction which included water and hydro use, community outreach and accumulation of audience votes throughout the contest. Though the Belbins led in many of the categories, audience voting tilted in favour of the Kitchen-Kulaks. The legacy of the Belbin’s efforts will continue throughout Nanaimo. Grant’s aunt and uncle, inspired by the family, said they will donate $1,000 to the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank, an amount that will be matched by Shell Canada. The family

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Rail advocates critical of counterparts I WATCHDOG FORMS to keep eye on Island Corridor Foundation. BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN

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group concerned the Island Corridor Foundation is heading in the wrong direction on re-establishing the E&N Railway is officially forming to serve as a watchdog. Jack Peake, co-founder and former co-chairman of the ICF, and Jim Sturgill, who operated trains on the E&N route for more than a quarter century, claim they’re worried about the board’s decision making and planning for the railway, and that the current approach by the board will jeopardize the possibility of passenger rail revival on the Island. They announced the formation of the E&N Action Group – which also includes Glenn Migneault, a founding member of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, and Patrick Hind, a railway historian who has published articles on the E&N for 50 years – on Thursday. Peake said the ICF board is shutting out input from the public and railway professionals that have, in the past, contributed to the decision-making process, and that the new action group will push for increased transparency for decision making and financial statements. “I am concerned that the ICF, a public non-profit organization, is not presenting any detailed plan for the future of the E&N,” said Peake. “I fear that without input from the public and professionals who have been involved with the railway for years, the E&N could be lost. With the VIA Rail cars having been removed from the Island Nov. 5, this concern has never been more real.” Last January, ICF executive director Graham Bruce notified the Rail Operations Advisory Committee, chaired by Peake and consisting of railway professionals, that its input into the decision-making process would no longer be considered. In May, the ICF decided to remove the cars from storage inside Vic West’s Roundouse to

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the Nanaimo Wellcox Railyards, where they were stored under tarps. That move drew criticism from Peake and Sturgill, who claimed damaging mildew would form from trapped moisture. Also drawing criticism from the action group is the ICF’s plan to ask for $7.5 million from the provincial government, with matching funds from the federal government, to begin repairs on the aging line to bring it pack to passenger rail standards. VIA Rail removed the Budd cars from the Island because the railway was deemed unsafe last spring for passenger service (freight service is still allowed). In 2008, with Peake as cochairman, the ICF announced it was making a funding request of $103.8 million, for which a detailed plan was presented to senior lev-

els of government. But the current board’s decision to ask for only $15 million – the province will provide funding only if the feds do, and Ottawa has yet to commit – enough to repair an adequate number of ties to resume the passenger service, led Sturgill to say he fears it won’t be enough to fix the entire Victoria to Courtenay line, and that future funding could be jeopardized. “Originally that $104 million was going to be spread out over five years but when Graham Bruce came on as our new executive director he said we’d never be able to get that much money up front or even over five years,” said Sturgill. “He said we needed to go for smaller amounts ... and then all of a sudden he came back over a year ago saying $15 million is all we need. We questioned that and shortly after we were told our

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committee was no longer needed. I think $15 million is a good start, but it’s not nearly enough to repair the whole line.” Bruce was not available for comment. But Graham Hill, an ICF director, said the entire 12-member board is comfortable with the direction the organization is taking to rejuvenate passenger service along the rail line, and that incremental steps are necessary to receive senior government funding rather than one large project. In 2010, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation released a viability study and concluded that due to limited volumes of freight and passenger service, the E&N did not support significant infrastructure investment. “The awareness of the $104 million, which was a robust model, was one that was supported by some 6,000 signatures and all members of the ICF board at the time,” said Hill. “The reality was that the province indicated to us, and so did the federal government, that they were not prepared, they couldn’t find, that kind of money. And so a choice was made ... so we ended up with a platform of decision making that was more acceptable to the province justified around the notions of individual lines of business.” Hill said that being a former B.C. cabinet minister, Bruce is well-versed in how the province operates and how it funds projects. He also welcomed the involvement and interest of the E&N Railway Action Group. “Jack Peake is a very significant community resource in the original work that went into shaping and forming the ICF,” said Hill. “We are only going to be as effective in drawing the attention of the federal government to the well-being of our Island and our interests, and the ICF is significant to the well-being of the Island, through having good public support and communication.” The ICF acquired the E&N Railway in 2006 as a donation from Canadian Pacific and RailAmerica. The E&N Railway Action group can be found online at www.saveislandrailway.org while the Island Corridor Foundation can be found at www.islandrail.ca.

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Homeowner lucky fire seen quickly BY JENN McGARRIGLE THE NEWS BULLETIN

Fire officials say a Nanaimo man is lucky his house was not damaged following a blaze in his carport Sunday afternoon. Rick Kwasnecha, fire investigator with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, said the man, who lives on Starlight Trail, was using a kerosene heater to warm the carport so he would be comfortable while working on restoring a 1979 Ford Mustang. The heater ignited fluid leaking from the car around 2 p.m. Kwasnecha said the man was out shopping at the time, but a neighbour and another person passing by noticed the smoke, grabbed a garden hose and a fire extinguisher, and put the blaze out before it could spread. Damage was confined to parts of the Mustang’s engine and some plastic bits that were also part of the car, as well as some smoke damage to the carport ceiling. But the minimal damage is thanks to the early detection, he added, as car fires can get extremely volatile. “It could have been a lot worse,” said Kwasnecha. “Now he’s got even more work to do on the car.” He said the blaze should serve as a reminder to people not to leave heaters unattended and to choose the type of heater wisely – a heater with a flame is not a good choice in an enclosed area around combustible materials.

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WorkSafeBC has stripped down Grant’s Law, allowing late-night staff at convenience stores and gas stations to again work alone. The legislation was put in place after Grant de Patie, a gas station attendant in Maple Ridge, was run over and dragged to death while trying to stop a driver from stealing gas. British Columbia was the first province in Canada to make drivers CHANGING pay before pumping gas. THE RULES Grant’s Law also forced employers to put in place for latesafety measures, such as night gas glass barriers to protect stations puts workers, and required that a price on life. no one have to work alone on graveyard shifts. But now that latter part has been repealed. Instead of having two people on shift, convenience stores can follow other safety procedures, including time-lock safes that can’t be opened during latenight hours, video surveillance and good lighting, as well as keeping limited amounts of cash and lottery tickets at hand. WorkSafeBC decided it costs too much to expect convenience stores and gas stations to have two people on late at night and to install protective barriers. Will a video camera stop an armed robber? The decision to amend Grant’s Law does nothing to improve or maintain workers’ safety. It suggests these minimum-wage workers aren’t worth protecting. Who cares if they are scared, or scarred? Apparently you can put a price on somebody’s life. If convenience stores and gas stations can’t make enough profit in the middle of the night to assure the safety of their workers, then they shouldn’t be open for business.

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Christmas countdown adds pressure BY GLENN MITCHELL

I’m not much of a shopper. If I’ve been in a store for more than 10 minutes without any kind of results I start to get sleepy, cranky and I feel warm and sweaty and consider bolting out an emergency exit (that’s what they are for, right?) but instead just walk quickly to the nearest door and ultimately freedom. Phew. So you can imagine I don’t look that forward to the Christmas season and all that ensues on the shopping side of things. However, I also love the holiday and, even if I have to say so myself, despite my obvious shopping deficiencies, I usually come through OK with the family on the present side of things. In fact the wife and kids are usually quite happy with the gifts from the old man (at least they say they are – maybe you should ask them and let me know), which, although pleases me, also puts some pressure on dear old dad to come through every year. It’s usually not that difficult as I try to pay attention to what they think they need as well as what I think they may need, not that they truly want for anything, prepare a reasonable budget, make a list, hit the right stores (hopefully) at a strategic time (again, hopefully) and I’m in and out and all done in, say, an hour and a half. No sweat, literally in my case, see problem shopper

description above. However, this year I’m starting to get a little nervous about pulling off the old Santa Claus routine without a hitch. All of a sudden there’s only a few shopping days until the big event, how the heck did that happen? And I have no clue what I’m going to do this year. Part of the problem is the boys are getting older and the usually reliable toy department is kind of a stretch, even if I sometimes fail to notice they’re almost all grown up, heavy sigh. Sometimes clothes can work, although it’s always a little risky having dad pick out things to wear for teenagers, and I’ve had some success in this department. At least they wear the stuff, although maybe just to make me happy but I don’t think so. But one’s already told me “no clothes this year” and is considering whether hockey equipment he wants actually qualifies as Christmas-gift status, the other one’s offered nothing, I assume just trusting that dad will come through as he always does. Right. Tick, tock. At least my wife is good about these kinds of things, plus she wouldn’t trust me to pick out any kind of clothes for her. I remember early on in the relationship I bought her a pink and white, and green, I think, hoodie (hey, pink is her favourite colour) that I don’t think I ever saw her

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wear. I recall asking her about it one day but I can’t remember what her response was. Good thing it wasn’t expensive, come to think of it maybe that was the problem, eh? Anyway one night this week we’ll hit the right store together and she’ll maybe point out something specific or two and then she’ll vanish and someone will buy it and it will appear under the tree. Yes, it’s a bit of a charade and there’s no surprise element anymore but once it becomes a tradition it can become almost sweet and everyone’s happy, OK? Anyway there’s still the boys to think about and the clock is ticking. However, I have some faith that a small miracle will happen, it always does, that’s what happens at Christmas, and it should be noted that they don’t have unrealistic expectations. I don’t want you thinking they’re spoiled brats or anything, even though they kind of are. However, I’m in the newspaper business and I usually react well to looming deadlines, actually if the truth be told that’s the only thing I react to. I’ve got procrastination down to an art form. And if all else fails there’s always the dreaded but oh-sohandy gift card. I can always blame it on my shopping affliction. ◆ Glenn Mitchell is editor of the Vernon Morning Star, a Black Press newspaper.

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To the Editor, Re: Trustee’s past not something to laugh off, f Letters, Dec. 15. Madeline Bruce has a lot of unknowns, but still seems to have the capacity to achieve her predetermined results regardless of her ignorance of the matter. Marijuana addiction is a myth. These teens she refers to are forced by the courts into rehab. If you have the choice, you’ll take a week of courses for an addiction you don’t actually have instead of serving jail time or getting a criminal record. Who wouldn’t take that option? Her instructions to start children off at the age of two is ridiculous, but when they turn 18, they should have the choice of what they wish to do with their lives and their bodies. School trustee Bill Bard paid the price for his involvement with marijuana to the courts, I see no need for him to give his blood to Bruce or trustee Donna Allen. The fact that he had charges was public knowledge that Allen had the opportunity to adddress during the run for the school board seat. She had her chance, now it sounds like sour grapes. Bruce should know better than she apparently does, the effects of marijuana and its therapeutic benefits. N.B. deWaal Port Alberni What do you think? Give us your comments by fax at 250-753-0788 or by e-mail: editor@ nanaimobulletin.com. Be sure to spell out your first and last names.

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Downtown decorations too bland To the Editor, Been in downtown Nanaimo lately to see the bland, no colour, Christmas decorations on the main street? Looks like someone couldn’t decide on a colour or couldn’t afford multicoloured bulbs so they went with the washed-out look. What you see glaring in your face are tree trunks wrapped with oodles of tiny white bulbs. The light strings don’t really even extend onto the branches, so at night you don’t even know a tree is being outlined. The whitish bulbs do nothing to add pizzazz to our city core at this very special, magical, joyous time of the year. This type of lighting could be left up all year long. Other cities do. For festive ideas, Nanaimo just needed to look to the little town to the south that did. Ladysmith has become a poster city for Christmas decorating anywhere in the world. Even Langford, once the ugliest city centre on the Island, shines with one of the best light displays in Canada. What could have set our city apart, and made it dazzle, would have been to install those bulbs which can be turned any color you want at the flick of a switch. There could be multicoloured lights for Christmas, red and white for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day and white for the rest of the year. All as it takes is some research, thinking, care and planning. Obviously that wasn’t the case here. Anyone got some paint? M.D. Stade Nanaimo

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groups unfairly represented, Letters, Dec. 13. In her support for selfstyled ‘environmental’ groups, letter-writer Liz Fox urges learning “the difference between fact and propaganda.” Both the British Courts and I agree. On Oct. 10, 2007, Justice Burton of the High Court, London, found that Al Gore’s global warming film An Inconvenient Truth contained nine factual errors. He ruled that it constituted “political indoctrination” under Section 406 of the U.K. Education Act. This ruling meant the film could not be shown in British schools without teachers “offering a balanced presentation of opposing views.” Similarly, the official Russell Review of the

first Climategate e-mails from the University of East Anglia exposed climate researchers’ “failures, evasions, misleading actions, unjustifiable delays, and pervasive unhelpfulness – all of which amounts to sub-optimal academic practice.” Yet the U.N. used Climategate “facts” to demand Canadians transfer millions of dollars to socialist countries. Direct observations are facts. Anyone in Nanaimo can look up and see we do not live under a thick sheet of ice. The global warming that melted the ice sheet at the end of the Ice Age 12,000 years ago was not caused by oil pipelines. Anyone can see tropical turtle and fern fossils in Canada’s Arctic; review the global warming of Mars; or visit Greenland’s Hvalsey Church ruins, once in a farming community which thrived during the Medieval Warm Period a thousand years ago, but was frozen out by the ensuing Little Ice Age. The Earth’s climate

has changed repeatedly over the past 95 million years. This is fact, not propaganda. Selfserving environmental groups should learn the difference. Bart Jessup Gabriola Island

Socialists show double standards To the Editor, Re: Environmental groups unfairly represented, Letters, Dec. 13. Liz Fox defends the funding of Canadian environmentalists by large American foundations. I recall her party, the NDP, crying foul when early in their first mandate the Conservative Party invited a Republican strategist to speak to their convention. Yet she’s fine with American foundations spending more than $300 million since 2000 to influence public policy through Canadian environmentalist front groups. The U.S.-based Oak Foundation for example, paid the Global Campaign for Climate Action $5

million, “To mobilize civil society and public opinion in Canada…to undertake massive public organizing”. Apparently an American colossus attempting to influence Canadian public policy is legitimate, while an American guest speaker at a party convention is not. Oh, but wait. Didn’t the B.C. NDP just have a wellknown American address their convention? A past member of the Obama administration, community organizer and self-proclaimed communist was well received and applauded by her party, once again affirming that if it weren’t for double standards, the socialists/ progressives would have no standards at all. Randy O’Donnell l Nanaimo

Columnist wrong about Islamicism To the Editor, Re: Harper’s stance not engendering pride, Appeal to Reason, Dec. 15. Ron Heusen should buy a dictionary and a few other books as well. Stephen Harper is perfectly correct in saying that Islamicism is the primary source of terrorism today; but not Islam. There is a difference between the two and the fact is that there is a fanatical sect of terror that hides behind Islam, but is not Islam. There is also another aspect of Islamicism that is equally as effective, but not as spectacular, nor as well-known, because it is much more subtle. It is known as citizenship jihad, because its objective is to have as many Muslims as possible become citizens and then change the existing laws to suit them. It’s already happening in Europe. Paul D. Good Nanaimo

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An educational program scheduled to start in the new year will provide Nanaimo caregivers an opportunity to deal with the loss and grief associated with dementia. Jane Hope, regional support and education coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., said grief is a constant yet unaddressed emotion experienced by many people caring for a loved one with dementia. “Grief is a constant yet hidden companion of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias,” said Hope. “The progression results in many changes in the relationship, in changed activities, in roles and responsibilities, in dreams and plans for the future, and in living circumstances, to name a few. The program, called Coping with Transitions in Dementia Caregiving: Dimensions of Loss and Grief, was designed to provide caregivers

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Members of the Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors Crafty Workers present Brenda Rositano of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, right, with a cheque for $1,700. The money goes toward the ER expansion at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Crafty seniors create funds for ER Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors Crafty Workers make everything with loving care for the community. At its annual Christmas bazaar last month, the group turned its homemade crafts into a $1,700 donation for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. The funds go toward the new emergency department expan-

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6 29 99

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4 $ 49

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35

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Continental

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Karina Strong performs at the Little Woodstock busker festival in Nanaimo earlier this year. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Clowning around A Nanaimo circus performer travels to Thailand to share joy with thousands of children living in refugee camps BY MELISSA FRYER THE NEWS BULLETIN

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Nanaimo woman and her family will help bring the joy of the circus to youngsters in Thailand. Karina Strong, owner of Vesta Fire Entertainment, heads to the South Asian country in January as part of Spark Circus’s work to provide joy and play to thousands of children living in refugee camps along the Thailand-Burma border. “My background is in social work,” Strong said. “It was a good fit for what I do with Vesta Fire.” She discovered Spark Circus during a spinning and juggling festival in Vancouver. Strong began practising circus arts

about six years ago, beginning with a poi spinning workshop at Soul Sister Studio. “It was a hobby for about a number of years,” Strong said. She opened Vesta Fire earlier this year, performing circus arts, like stilt walking, hula hooping and fire spinning, at festivals throughout the summer. When the opportunity arose to travel to Thailand and share her love of the circus, she jumped at the chance. Strong’s eight-year-old daughter will perform with her and the rest of the team of circus performers on the tour. Strong’s husband and three-year-old are also travelling. Organizers required a minimum $1,000 contribution, most of which Strong raised, includ-

It was a good fit for what I do with Vesta Fire.

ing a large donation from Cirque du Soleil. All of that money goes toward toys for the children in the camps – Strong and her family pay their own airfare and living expenses. “Every penny goes straight to the camps,” Strong said. The group arrives in a new camp each day, armed with hundreds of hula hoops, mask-

making kits and other playful items. The group performs a daytime circus show and then teaches the children some of what they saw. In the evening, the group performs again, this time with fire. The toys are left behind when the group moves on. “So that they have play as an outlet,” Strong said. Spark Circus reaches more than 4,000 children a year, who are held in refugee camps and traumatized by the ongoing war between the Burmese military dictatorship and the region’s hill tribes. The organization believes that in addition to shelter, clothes, food, education and other basic necessities, children also need hope, joy and play.

The goal is to develop creativity, physical fitness, communication skills, teamwork, confidence and cultural awareness. Play is a big part of a child’s development and the organization hopes to bring a spark of happiness, love and amusement to their lives. About 20 circus performers from all over the globe are participating in the tour through Thailand. Aside from the social aspect of the experience, Strong said she is looking forward to sharing skills with other talented performers over the two-month tour. For more information, or to donate to the tour, please visit http://vestafireentertainment. ca. arts@nanaimobulletin.com


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Festival seeks applications Planning is underway for the second annual Fringetastic Theatre Festival with a call for submissions of one-act plays for the summer event. Last year more than 500 people attended the four-day event, seeing theatre shows produced by artists in Nanaimo, Vancouver and as far away as Mexico. This year’s festival, set for Aug. 16-26 in downtown Nanaimo, will be bigger, said producer Jeremy Banks. “We want to provide local performers with even more opportunities to connect with the international and national theatre scene and experience innovative new theatre,” Banks said.

Interested companies can submit applications at www. fringetastic.com no later than Feb. 1. The following day will see entries to the festival picked by lottery. Fifty per cent of the slots will go to Vancouver Island-based companies, with 25 per cent reserved for national companies and 25 per cent for international applications. Companies selected to perform present six performances of the show of their choice – unjuried and uncensored. To enter, or for more information, please visit www.fringe tastic.com.

Radio fundraiser offers two shows

Two shows – one suitable for the family, the other just for the adults – aim to raise money for the Gabriola Radio Society. You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio features a variety of performances from Bob Bossin, Jake Galbraith, Ian Perry, Antonio Gradanti, Lou Gradanti and Shed. This all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre at The Haven, 240 Davis Rd., on Gabriola Island. The second show is more risque, simply called You Turn Me

On, moving to The Haven’s Blue Lounge at 10:30 p.m. The Gabriola Radio Society finally secured a place on the radio dial and is raising money to build a station for CKGI at 98.7 FM. Hats, T-shirts and memberships to the society will also be on sale during the performance. Tickets are $15; or $25 for both shows and available at Gabriola Artworks or Fascinating Rhythm. For more information, please visit www.ckgi.ca.

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Nanaimo musician John Lee takes a break from his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston to perform at Diners Rendezvous Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. Lee, known for his work on the drum kit, plays a number of instruments. The concert is free and open to adults. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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THEATRE SNOW WHITE annual pantomime by Nanaimo Theatre Group at the Bailey Studio Dec. 18-31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15. Call 250-758-7224. YOU TURN ME ON radio show at The Haven on Gabriola Jan 7 at 7 p.m. (all-ages) and 10:30 p.m. (adults). Tickets $15; $25/both shows at Artworks and Fascinating Rhythm.

EVENTS OF MUSIC at Nanaimo Centre Stage Dec. 27. Doors 6:30 p.m. Call 250-754-2264. THE GUARD Fringe Flick

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BOB SAGET performs at the Port Theatre Jan. 21. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets $59.50/VIP seating; $49.50/general. Call 250-754-8550. LE HAVRE Fringe Flick at Avalon cinema Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets $12. Call 250-7547587.

MUSIC MARTY STEELE Howe and James McRae play Diners Rendezvous Tuesday (Dec. 20), 8-11 p.m.

COOKIES, COCOA AND CAROLS sing-a-long with Allison Crowe at Fitzwilliam Gate in Old City Quarter Thursday (Dec. 22), 5-6 p.m.

www.nanaimobulletin.com for Compassion Canada. JOHN LEE TRIO plays Diners Rendezvous Dec. 27, 8-11 p.m. S.L.A.G.S. battle of the bands winner, plus Pistol Whipped and Stiltskins play the Cambie Dec. 30.

Peppers cover band plays New Year’s Eve party at the Cambie, beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets $10/advance; $13/door. THE JIM CUDDY BAND with Doug Paisley performs at the Port Theatre Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49.50. Call 250-754-8550.

THE NAKED GRAPES play Acme Food Co. Friday (Dec. 23) at 7 p.m.

BIG BANG BABY plays the Harewood Arms Dec. 31.

DOC plays Harewood Arms Pub Jan. 7.

LINDA WALKER and Marty Howe perform Christmas-themed jazz at Front Street Grill Friday (Dec. 23).

MARTY SHEPARD plays Acme Food Co. Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

EVEREADY plays Harewood Arms Pub Jan. 14.

MARDI GRAS New Year’s Eve party with The Mewwws at the Palace. Doors 9 p.m. Tickets $10 at Lucid, Tranceformations, Harbour City Music and the bar.

CLASSICAL COFFEE CONCERT with Sarah Hagen at the Port Theatre Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. Tickets $25; $22/members; $15/ students. Call 250754-8550.

DOC plays New Year’s Eve party at Patricia Hotel. Tickets $15.

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HEROES FOREVER with Vancouver Island Symphony at the Port Theatre Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $52; $49/seniors; $20/ students. Call 250754-8550.

CORTEZ THE KILLER TreeHead Woodfist and Moth’s and Locusts play the Cambie Friday (Dec. 23). GEOFF MOORE performs at Vancouver Island Conference Centre Friday and Saturday (Dec. 23-24), 6:30 p.m., as a fundraiser

DAVID VEST plays Diners Rendezvous Jan. 28. Tickets $25; $20/ preferred guests, Nanaimo Blues Society members, CHLY staff and VIU students. Call 250-7401133. RACKET CLUB plays Harewood Arms Pub Jan. 28. IRIS plays Harewood Arms Pub Feb. 4. SCRAPARTSMUSIC at the Port Theatre Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $40; $34/members; $15/students. Call 250-754-8550.

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ONGOING SUNDAY JAM at Patricia Hotel with Nightwatch from 3:30-7:30 p.m. All styles welcome. OPEN JAM at the Queen’s Monday, hosted by Kings Without. LADIES NIGHT at the Queen’s Tuesdays. JAZZ JAM at the Diners Rendezvous Tuesdays. OPEN MIKE JAM at the Cambie on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

ART ALEGRIA art exhibition by Jan Smart and Gerda Hofman at downtown Nanaimo Art Gallery until Jan. 7. VERY MIXED MEDIA by Lyla McLean at The Stitcher’s Muse, 70 Chapel St., throughout December. WATERSCAPES MIGRATION by Gu Xiong at campus Nanaimo Art Gallery until Jan. 8. PRESSED FLOWER ART at Art with Blooms Gallery, 2520 Myles Lake Rd., by appointment. Call 250-591-5190. MIRIAM DOV artwork using recycled material on display at The Vault.

DANCE BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA performs at Port Theatre Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $60; $56/members. Call 250-754-8550.

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In Memory of William Stanley Almas, Dec. 8th, 1925 ~ Dec. 19th, 2010 Nothing can ever take away The love a heart holds dear. Fond memories linger every day, Remembrance keeps him near. ~From the Almas Family~

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF JOHN EDWARD HOWARD-GIBBON also known as JOHN HOWARD-GIBBON, formerly of #204 - 2815 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo, BC.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS LEGALS NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is hereby given to Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Richard D. Zozuk, late of 441 Irwin St, Nanaimo, that the particulars of their claims should be sent to the executor at 3734 Mission Wycliffe Rd., Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E3, on or before 22 January 2012, after which date the executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executor then has notice.

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

EAVESTROUGH

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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

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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3270 ROSS- 2 bdrm, $775. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 412 BRUCE- 1 bdrm, $625. 2 bdrms, $700. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com 550 BRADLEY- 2 bdrm, $700. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com CENTRAL NANAIMO. For Jan. 1, 1 bdrm, $685, 2 bdrm, $785. Quiet, clean, close to ferry and seawall walk. Call Mark/Don 250-753-8633. CLASSY DOWNTOWN 2bdrm Condo. Great building. 5appli’s plus fireplace & internet. $850. (250)754-2207

2 SEPARATE complete well kept homes. $1500/mo ea. Both have 3-4bdrms and 1.5baths. Clean. Updated. Nice views. Quiet streets. Garage. F/S,D/W,W/D, 2400sqft. Bluebell Tc or Thetis Pl. Avail Jan 1st. N/S. Pets nego. 250616-8188 481 MILTON- 3 bdrms, $1100. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com CEDAR 4-BDRM exec, 2500 sqft, acreage, dble gar. Lease for $1850. Ref’s.250-729-0074 DIVERS LAKE area, 3 bdrm upper level of home, 1.5 bath, new flooring & countertops throughout, new appls, shared lndry, small pet ok, $1200 mo hydro incl’d, avail immed. 250-585-7022, 250-327-9386. FIRST MONTH FREE with 6 mos lease. 3-bdrm, walk to hospital. H/W floors, heat pump, wood stove. $1400/mo Jan. 1st. (250)668-5954. HAMMOND BAY area, near new 3 bdrm, ocean view, upper home, 5 appls, fireplace, lam flrs/ceramic tile, garage, deck, views of Georgia Strait, small pets ok. $1545 mo. Roger at 250-713-1025. LADYSMITH 6BDRM, 2bath or split 3-1. Near shopping & Golf Course. 250-240-7622 NORTH END. Oceanview. 3 level, sunny 3 bdrm. 4 new appliances, newly renovated carport. Ref’s required. $1150. + hydro. 1-778-883-8703.

6583 JENKINS- 2 bdrms, $675. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

BRIGHT, NEW 2bdrm, private entry & patio, 5appli’s and utils all included. $1,000/m Avail Dec. 15th or Jan. 1st. Contact Deb at 250-751-9640 or Kent at 250-740-1727 to view.

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

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

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

PLUMBING

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. BLUE OX Home Services. Expert Handyman & Renovation Services: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall, tiling, painting, lawn & garden. Refs avail. Insured. 250-713-4409. BRYAN GRIFFIN CONSTRUCTION Home & Bath Reno’s, Doors & Windows, Vinyl Siding & Soffits, and more. Insured. Free Estimates. 250-390-2601

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

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

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

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE UNDER $300

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE CAN’T GET up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. STEEL BUILDINGS End of season deals! Overstock must go - make an offer! Free delivery to most areas. Call to check inventory and free brochure 1-800-668-5111 ext 170

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

HOUSES FOR SALE

KENMORE WASHER- stainless steel tub, hardly used, apt size, $170. Fax, Scan, Copy, 7820N, never used, $125. 250-228-4272.

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Call 250-753-6656 HOSPITAL AREA- 1 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $700. (250)716-3305. HOSPITAL AREA- 2 bdrm apartment, W/D. Manager on site. $750. (250)716-3305.

HOSPITAL AREA Reno’d 2 Bdrm, new balcony, paint. Quiet bldg, near park, Prof. on-site mgmt. Prkg incl’d. Avail Jan. 1 From $775/mo. Call 250-754-2936 NANAIMO- TOTALLY reno’d 3 bdrms. Avail immed. Nice, clean, W/D. NS/NP. 1 yr lease req’d. (250)797-2411.

NORTH NANAIMO 2 Bdrm Apt. Bright, corner suite with balcony. Free HW, parking and storage. Jan. 1st. $820 mo

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

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2 CHRISTMAS tree stands, 1 heavy-duty (good for lrg tree), $40, $22. Call 250-753-3588. BLACK & DECKER hedge trimmer, 16”, $25. Craftsman belt sander, 3” x 21”, dustless, $55. Call 250-758-3410.

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES COLLEGE/BOWEN PARK: Clean 1 bdrm suite in 4-plex, fridge/stove, private entr., heat & hydro incld, $650. NS/NP. Ref’s. Call 250-753-7363. HOLLY HILL- 3 bdrm, 2 bath, F/S, W/D hook-up. Clean, new paint & carpet. Close to amenities. $975. NP/NS. Avail now. (250)758-4871.

CROSS COUNTRY Skis, Karho 210 waxless; Solomen bindings; Solomen boots (9.5) & poles, $60. (250)758-0964 DVD PLAYERS: unique 5-disc as well as a Zenith. $25. & $20. obo . Eric (250)741-1195.

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ROOMS FOR RENT CENTRAL NANAIMO: furn. $425. Chris 250-740-5332 contact_me@chrislesley.com SINGLE & DOUBLE units; some with kitchenettes. Pets ok. New monthly rates starting at $650 & weekly starting at $250. (250)754-2328

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DEPARTURE BAY. Furnished 1 bdrm. Spacious, all inclusive - utilities, hi-speed internet, digital TV, basic phone, parking, shared laundry. $795. Jan. 1st. 250-751-3386. HAMMOND BAY- 2 bdrm executive on acreage. W/D, $1050 incls utils, pets neg. Avail. now. (250)616-8755 HOSPITAL AREA, 1 bdrm suite, $700 mo hydro incl’d, own W/D, pets neg, avail immed, call 250-755-6077. NANAIMO- (close to University) lake front suite, spacious 2 bdrm, quiet neighbourhood, walk-in shower, elevator, fully equipped kitchen, W/D. $900. Call Wayne (250)755-1926 or (250)802-3577. NANAIMO- (College area), 2 bdrms, utilities included+ cable. $900 furnished, $800 unfurnished. Call 250-7542602 after 5pm. 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 N.NANAIMO. 1-BDRM + den. Main lvl, NS/NP, quiet person. $750./mo. inclds utils, no laundry. Avail. now. (250)618-6413 N. NANAIMO- 2 bdrm. Close to Woodgrove Mall. NS/NP. Refs req. $900. utils/cable/hydro included. 250-390-4692. N.NANAIMO. NEW 2-BDRM suite, utilities incld. N/P. $850. Also 1-bdrm $700. Call 250732-3522 or (250)585-4689. NORTH NANAIMO- (Neck Point) 1 bdrm legal suite, 950sq ft newly reno’d, lrg living/dining rooms w/gas F/P, private W/D, separate kitchen w/den or storage (11x13), covered prking/separate driveway. Available Now. Must See! $950. Call (250)585-6079. S.METRAL AREA 1bdrm, sep entry, covered patio, prkng, shared lndry. Hydro/Cable incl. N/S, N/P. Furn. $875, Unfurn. $750 single. (250)758-8785

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North Island Silvertips player Corey Renwick, front, looks for a path toward the net during a B.C. Major Midget League hockey game against the Greater Vancouver Canadians on Sunday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The Silvertips won 4-1, their fourth victory in a row.

Silvertips streaking at mid-season I MAJOR MIDGET team wins four in a row.

Whether it be blowouts or upsets, the North Island Silvertips are winning hockey games these days. Nanaimo’s B.C. Major Midget League team (11-11-2) won two more contests this past weekend to extend its win streak to four straight.

What’s more, the ’Tips swept a Greater Vancouver Canadians team that had been 12-6-4 before coming to the Nanaimo Ice Centre Saturday and Sunday. North Island won 4-3, then 4-1. Silvertips coach Dan Lemmon said his team played a full 120 minutes on the weekend. “We’re making good reads off the walls, we’re making good chips out of our zone and we’re outworking the

opponents right now,” he said. “We’re not going to be a team that’s going to go end to end, toe-dragging guys but we’re a team that’s going to put a puck in deep and be first on that puck. And if we’re not first on the puck we’ll be physical.” In Saturday’s game Jordan Levesque led North Island with two goals and Ryan Coghlan and Corey Renwick had the others. Riley Medves was the winning goalie.

On Sunday it was David Osborne with a two-goal game. Chase Lang and Quentin McShane also tallied and Michael Herringer earned the ‘W’ between the pipes. The previous weekend the Silvertips swept the Kootenay Ice by scores of 7-4 and 7-1. GAME ON … The ’Tips will participate in the Richmond International Midget Hockey Tournament over the Christmas holidays. sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Dover girls beat buzzer, win tournament

The Dover Bay Dolphins gained some experience playing a pressure situation. The school’s senior AAA girls’ basketball team won its own tournament on the weekend, defeating the Walnut Grove Gators in Saturday’s final on a buzzer-beater shot, 57-56. The Dolphins had defeated the Gators earlier in the tournament, but trailed the final all the way before narrowing the gap in the fourth quarter. As the final seconds ticked off, Dover’s Madison Rushton got off one final shot. “Literally it went through the mesh as the buzzer went, so it was pretty entertaining,” said Dale Nicks, coach of the Dolphins. Jamie Bassett was Dover Bay’s top scorer in the final with 19 points.

Earlier, the Dolphins defeated the Isfeld Ice 60-34, beat the Gators 60-51 and squashed the Kwalikum Kondors 65-26. Emily Shires scored 31 points in the win over the Ice, then led her team with 21 in Friday’s meeting with the Gators. In the win over the Kondors McKenzie Nicks scored a game-high 18 points. Dover Bay’s senior AAA boys were also in tournament action on the weekend, placing seventh at the Gary Taylor Invitational at Victoria’s Oak Bay Secondary School. The highlight for the Dolphins boys was a win Saturday versus the Lambrick Park Lions. GAME ON … Basketball season resumes in the new year; for more information see upcoming issues of the Bulletin … For more high school hoops, please see page 34.

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Dover’s Jenna Ziemanski looks to pass the ball Friday in tournament action against Isfeld at the Dover Bay Secondary School gym.

The Nanaimo Clippers will enjoy happy holidays after lighting up the scoreboard before Christmas and earning back-toback wins. The city’s B.C. Hockey League team won two out of three games on its road trip last week, scoring 15 goals along the way. Nanaimo started with a 6-4 loss to the Coquitlam Express on Wednesday, turned that around with a 6-4 victory over the Westside Warriors on Thursday, then finished with a 5-0 shutout of the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday. “Anytime you can get a shutout you’re pleased with that,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “That was a big one because we’ve been focusing so much on trying to clean things up defensively and get the goals against back down a little bit.” He said his team came out focused, forcing the play against the Smoke Eaters in a game where focus could have been an issue, being the last action before the break. “That’s something that we’ll actually always try to do is be on the road right before Christmas because I think it is a tough time to focus and yet we had no problem with it at all,” Vandekamp said. Newcomer Dan Correale’s first goal as Clipper, a short-handed marker early in the second period, stood up as the game winner. Ryan Wells and Mike Sones added to the lead, then Andrew Gladiuk scored a pair of power-play goals late in the third period. Billy Faust stopped the 23 shots he faced for the shutout. The road trip got off to a shaky start on Wednesday as the Clips fell behind 3-1 in the first period at Coquitlam, then got down 5-1 before managing to get back in the game. Graeme McCormack had two goals for the Clippers and Josh Bryan and Luke Gordon had the other tallies. Josh Phillips had three assists. Faust was pulled in the loss after allowing four goals. Vandekamp said starting the trip with a setback against a Coastal Conference team made the remaining available points on the road swing more critical. “It was really important for us to bounce back and play well, obviously, on the last two games of the trip and I felt like we did,” he said. ◆ See ‘SQUAD’ /33


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Squad striving for consistency ◆ From /32 The next day the Clippers got a goal late in the second period to tie the game 2-2, and outscored the Warriors in a wild third period. Gladiuk had a hat trick and Josh Bryan, David Iacono and Kyle Kramer were the other goal scorers. Faust made 30 saves for the win. Nanaimo’s offensive firepower on the road trip, said the coach, was largely due to better success on the power play. The Shipmen tallied six times with the man advantage over the three games. “We scored different types of goals,” Mike Vandekamp said. “We scored off the rush, we scored a couple of greasy goals – shots, rebounds, tips, that kind of thing.” They’ll take the 15 goals, but the coach said he’s probably more concerned about the 10 goals his team surrendered on the trip. “Our inconsistencies defensively are something that we’re focusing on more than anything right now…” Vandekamp said. “We haven’t been a consistent enough team. We have lots of work to do in the seond half in getting our consistency in order if we’re going to make the playoffs.” GAME ON … The next action for the Clippers is a road game Dec. 28 against the Coquitlam Express. The next home game for the Clippers is Jan. 6 against Langley, a 7 p.m. faceoff at Frank Crane Arena.

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United gets Gorged Nanaimo United Div. 1 player Christine Jenkins kicks the ball to a teammate during a Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association game against Gorge on Sunday at Merle Logan Field. The visitors won 3-0.

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low veteran Kevin Jeong plays an intense brand of basketball. Nanaimo District begins its regular season Jan. 10.

BARSBY BLAZERS SENIOR AA GIRLS

NDSS ISLANDERS SENIOR AAA BOYS The AAA schedule is always tough, so the Nanaimo District Secondary School senior boys won’t have any easy games this season. But with a seven-team league this year instead of four teams, there should be some competitive basketball games. Coach Brett Leggett said this year’s Islanders are a small, quick group used to playing at a height disadvantage. “We’ll be looking to come out pretty fast with a lot of intensity…” he said. “The biggest thing is just attacking the hoop, trying to get the ball inside to the paint, bring it to [opponents]. It’s always a good

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When basketball season resumes in the new year, the Barsby girls want to head straight for the paint. “Games are won inside, and that’s what we have to do,” said Paul Seward, the team’s coach. “We have some outside three-point shooters but I always say that’s not any way to win. When you go inside you’re working for it and you earn everything that you get.” The Blazers have several girls who also play all-Native basketball, so they get extra practice time, helping them to be a running team, said the coach. Jessie White, Brianna Seward and Jenna Keen play in the post and the group of guards includes Jaleena Greene, Ashley Milburn and Taylor Sampson. “They’re a great squad. They’ve got a lot of heart and they’re making the decision on their own to want to better themselves,” said the coach. Barsby’s next home game is Jan. 3 when it hosts the Isfeld Ice at 5 p.m.

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