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Vote-splitting stirs up byelection Candidates asked to get out of race to create strong labour support

“The fear comes the most from attacks from rational people. We really have a hard time with violent crime that we can’t make sense of.” Criminology professor John Anderson


Average family’s debt hits $100,000 Canadian families’ average debt has hit six figures for the first time — and what they owe now amounts to one and a half times what they make, according to the latest family finance checkup from the Vanier Institute of the Family. » Nation & World, A9

Alexx Howald, left, and Jo Emery visited Howard Avenue in Nanaimo on Wednesday, the location where two of their friends were viciously attacked just days before. [DEREK SPALDING/DAILY NEWS]

Random attacks are the rarest, and most feared, type of crime Passersby assist would-be Good Samaritans after vicious assault DEREK SPALDING DAILY NEWS

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o Emery quickly reached out for her friend’s hand when she posed for news photos yesterday. She and Alexx Howald returned to the sidewalk outside Fairview Elementary School where, within an hour of the bars closing on Saturday morning, they found two young men who were rapidly losing blood after a vicious stabbing just metres away. Understanding the rationale behind the horrific attacks in the streets of Nanaimo that morning can be a mind-boggling experience, according to experts. Two young men say they tried to help a stranger, but ended up the victims of a vicious assault. The chilling attack is one that will require people to understand that rare assaults like this happen. Unfortunately, there may not be a lesson learned, no logical explanation to take away. RCMP often issue safety precautions after they wrap up a crime scene, but this time, there is none. Academics say these

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types of crimes are the ones that people will fear the most. “This is something you have to put into perspective,” said Const. Gary O’Brien. “It is an extremely rare incident. Often if there is an altercation there are precipitating factors. Unfortunately, there’s nothing these guys could have done differently.”

2010 violent crime Dec. 22: 27-year-old man critically stabbed on Selby Street Dec. 9: 13-year-old boy stabbed on Wakesiah Avenue Nov. 28: 26-year-old woman sexually assaulted after hitchhiking Oct. 30: Murder-suicide at Departure Bay beach Oct. 23: Man attacked with a crowbar in motel May 25: 47-year-old man gunned down, another man also shot Aug. 28: Two masked men assault man in Waring Road home June 29: Cheryl Lynn Sim, 52, discovered dead in vacant lot June 24: 30-year-old man stabbed on Haliburton Street June 16: Four masked men pistolwhip man in south-end home April 5: Masked man pistol-whips man in East Wellington home March 4: Couple attacked with wooden walking stick at Woodgrove Centre Jan. 1: 20-year-old man stabbed, found lying on Milton Street

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Canadians excited about royal visit Prince William will be returning to Canada this summer when he and Kate Middleton take their first official royal tour as a married couple. The tour will kick off with the royal couple celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa. » Nation & World, A11

Raise healthy kids with good example If current trends continue, in 20 years Canada can expect 70% of the 35 to 44-year-olds in Canada to be overweight or obese. To avoid this prospect, parents need to get their children active and they have to show by example, experts say. » Health, B1

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Vote-splitting has already become a concern among some of the candidates who have officially filed their nomination papers for the upcoming Nanaimo civic byelection. At least two candidates report they have been asked to withdraw from the campaign and to throw their support behind another candidate. Gord Fuller was asked to step down last week because of a possible vote split between candidates who want to earn the support of the region’s labour council. He received several messages from Mark Robinson, who was a candidate for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district in the 2008 election. Robinson tried to coerce Fuller to throw his support behind candidate Ted Greves, promising that Greves would do the same in the regularly scheduled civic election in November. Robinson is a friend on Greves’s Facebook page, but Greves said he has no connection to Robinson, nor did he ask him to approach any of the candidates. “Pull out, say you support Ted, and he’ll march in,” the message from Robinson reads. “I am absolutely sure that won’t be forgotten in November and I will be there to remind Ted about it.” Fuller was insulted by the requests and put out calls to find out if Greves knew about the messages. “I’ve been upset by this,” Greves told the Nanaimo Daily News. “It can work against me, if people hear about it. I thought this person could have been a vote, which is why he’s on my Facebook, but I had nothing to do with this.” Candidate Murray McNab said he received a similar request from an anonymous telephone call. Neither man will withdraw. “If any candidate is involved in doing something like this, I think it’s a little bit underhanded,” said Fuller. “If one person is taking votes away from another person, it’s immaterial. Voters should get to know the candidates the best they can through whatever means they can and make their own decisions.” Fuller and Greves were close to getting on council in 2008. Greves picked up 5,968 votes while Fuller had 4,854. Both candidates are in a three-way race with candidate Darcy Olsen for the endorsement of the Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council. 250-729-4231

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The Treasury Board of Canada confirmed Wednesday night that the department had suffered â&#x20AC;&#x153;an unauthorized attempt to access its networks,â&#x20AC;? after a CBC report said a cyber attack originating in China had compromised the emails of topranking government officials. The attack, believed to have started more than a month ago, forced both the Treasury Board and Finance Department to limit employee access to the Internet at both departments while investigators attempt to ascertain the breadth of the hackersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; intrusion. Jay Denney, a spokesman for Treasury Board President Stockwell Day, said in an e-mail late Wednesday that â&#x20AC;&#x153;officials responsible for security have taken appropriate action in response to the threat.â&#x20AC;? In its report, CBC termed the attack â&#x20AC;&#x153;unprecedentedâ&#x20AC;? in that hackers hijacked the â&#x20AC;&#x153;online identitiesâ&#x20AC;? of top bureaucrats and then sent documents infected with a virus to employees throughout the departments. The hackers are believed to have accessed classified information. Denney said â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are no indications that any data relating to Canadians was compromised by this unauthorized attempt to access the (Treasury Board) network.â&#x20AC;?

A European rocket blasted off Wednesday bearing a 20tonne supply ship destined for a rendezvous with the manned International Space Station. The super-charged Ariane 5 ES rocket departed from Kourou, French Guiana after an initial attempt the day before was scratched at the last minute due to a minor technical glitch with the fueling system. The liftoff had to take place at that time and no other. The automated vehicle is slated to supply the ISS with life-sustaining air, food and spare parts, and to reposition the sprawling station â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which, tugged by Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere, has lost altitude â&#x20AC;&#x201D; into its optimal orbit.

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Self-portrait sells for $17 million An employee at Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auction house adjusts a massive self-portrait by Andy Warhol that sold for $17 million on Wednesday, doubling pre-auction expectations. The 1967 piece was only recently discovered. [GETTY IMAGES]

U.S. cocaine and heroin seizures up at Mexico border AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

U.S. border patrol agents seized 87% more cocaine and 108% more heroin in fiscal year 2010 that ended on October 1 compared to the year before, a report said Wednesday. But marijuana seizures were down 16%, according to the report, commissioned by the

Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a total of 115 tonnes of cocaine over the period, compared with 61 tonnes in the previous year. The report attributed the increased seizures of cocaine and heroin to better detection and border patrol personnel reinforcements.

Two die as Bahrain forces banish protesters AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Two people were killed yesterday as Bahrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security forces moved in to clear protesters camped out in a central Manama square, relatives of the dead said Thursday. At least another 50 protest-

ers were injured, of whom 10 were in a serious condition, said Matar Matar, spokesman for the main Shiite opposition group, the Islamic National Accord Association, or Al-Wefaq movement. Relatives named the victims as Mahmoud Makki Ali, 22, and Ali Mansour Ahmad Khoder, 52,

though they did not indicate the circumstances of their deaths. Bahraini security forces used tear gas as they moved in on the protesters, witnesses told AFP, and explosions and ambulance sirens could be heard a few hundred metres from the square, which had been sealed off.

Four die in Argentine train crash

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At least four people were killed Wednesday and 31 injured, 14 seriously, when two passenger trains collided in a northwest suburb of Buenos Aires, local officials said. Just before 7:00 p.m. a longdistance train rammed a local train that had emerged from the Retiro station, which connects the federal capital with populated north and northwest suburbs, officials said. Local fire chief Oscar Ferrari said rescuers freed survivors trapped in the wreckage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no more people trapped,â&#x20AC;? he told reporters, adding that the crash pushed several rail cars together, killing and wounding passengers.

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Workshop targets negative messages aimed at girls ‘Navigating Girl World’ offers tips for youngsters dealing with a multimedia society


Lindsey O’Donnell 9, had a chance to preview some of Kerri Isham’s ‘empower’ T-shirts at Randerson Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday. [CHRIS KOEHN/DAILY NEWS]

For example, models who look unnaturally thin: “That’s not reality. I think girls strive to be like that because they see it in the media.” Media exposure affects child behaviour, influencing everything from attitudes to spending habits. It becomes even more important to be involved with children early in life as each generation further pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable. “There’s a store in the U.K. selling pole-dancing kits for girls,” Isham said. “Clothes they’re modeling after Britney Spears and some of the more popular singers,

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Then she had the idea to arrange to have Isham come to her daughter’s school. “As a parent my concern is what my daughter sees day in and day out in the media, or listening to music,” O’Donnell said.

it’s everywhere. T-shirts saying Juicy Girl, and Eye Candy, I see so many inappropriate things.” Her program helps parents learn to teach girls how those messages affect their body image and undermine self-esteem. “It’s teaching media literacy kids need to know,” Isham said. The event is open to the public Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at Randerson Ridge elementary school. Tickets are $5 in advance, from Valerie O’Donnell at 250-756-9502, or $7 at the door. 250-729-4235


Budget ignores seniors in care: Advocates iors care in B.C. is so flawed, it’s pathetic,” she said. Alice Edge, the co-chairwoman of the B.C. Health Coalition, agrees with Slater and Ross. She points to increasing user fees as proof of the provincial government’s disregard for seniors on limited incomes. “These fees are causing extreme emotional and financial distress,” said Edge. “We are hearing from British Columbians who just can’t afford the cost for care, many of whom are now facing collection agencies.” None of the candidates running for the Liberal leadership has addressed the issue of rising health fees and Slater is concerned because former health minister Kevin Falcon, one of the frontrunners in the leadership race, has previously disappoint-


The B.C. government’s “no news” budget delivered by Finance Minister Colin Hansen on Tuesday was bad news for B.C. seniors and others who rely on the health care system, says the chairman of the Nanaimo Seniors Village family council. Kim Slater said he is disappointed but not surprised the budget did not address growing fees for seniors in residential care, recently imposed convalescent care fees or increases to medical services plan premiums. While B.C. is charging in excess of 70% more in MSP for monthly premiums than it did in 2002, other provinces, according to the government budget’s own appendices, charge nothing. Slater said the provincial Lib-


erals do nothing “but pay lip service” to health care, especially seniors in residential care facilities. Nanaimo seniors’ advocate June Ross called not addressing problems B.C.’s seniors face “criminal.” “The whole system for sen-











ed residential care home family councils. Slater’s elderly mother is a resident at Nanaimo Seniors Village. “When Falcon was health minister we contacted him numerous times to include family councils in the discussions regarding care and our requests were always ignored,” said Slater. He’s been involved with the Nanaimo Seniors Village family council for seven years and is also the vice president of a Central Island region family council. “One thing that has become abundantly clear to me is seniors and seniors’ care are not a high priority for this government,” he said. 250-729-4237

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steady stream of graphic sexual images, inappropriate messages and explicit song lyrics in today’s media make girls victims of unscrupulous marketing tactics, but with coaching they can be spared some of the harmful effects. Parents can learn techniques to reduce that harm during a twohour workshop the Randerson Ridge elementary school parents advisory council is putting on next week. In today’s fast-paced multimedia society, children are exposed daily to messages and images that would have been considered too risqué to air on television a generation ago. But TV, music videos and social media are constantly pushing the barriers. Today youngsters are exposed to images of children making gestures, wearing clothes and even using language more suitable to adults. To address the problem, the Randerson Ridge PAC is hosting an evening with consultant Kerri Isham. Her workshop on the topic, Navigating Girl World, teaches parents and daughters strategies for resisting the negative messaging. There is a small fee for the event, which is also a fundraiser. Half the proceeds go to the PAC group. Isham, who has 10 years of experience teaching sexual health, makes a point of sitting down to watch TV shows with her own daughter, and discusses the lyrics of popular music with her. “It’s about teaching them critical thinking skills,” Isham said. “We can’t protect our kids completely from the media because we don’t live in a bubble. We have to teach them skills to help them navigate through that.” PAC member Valerie O’Donnell was impressed with another workshop Isham put on, and wanted to see Navigating Girl World. She was disappointed when scheduling conflicts prevented her from attending.

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ur beloved Pale Pachyderm is back in the news again, and as usual, the news isn’t good. First, that smell filling your nostrils downtown for a change isn’t Harmac, it’s the reek of desperation from the officials at the Vancouver Island Convention Centre. During the same week that hundreds of Nanaimoites headed down to Victoria (and their impressive sports and entertainment centre) to spend their money in a different community watching music legend Elton John perform a pair of sold out arena shows, here in Nanaimo we get T-Pain. I pause here for dramatic effect as all of you who don’t have teenagers scratch your heads and ask: “Who?” T-Pain, for the uninitiated, is the guy who uses a voice modulator for a weird effect on a variety of rap songs. I personally recommend ‘I’m on a Boat’ by The Lonely Island as a source for a laugh or two. (Foul language alert). T-Pain is now apparently set to play the VICC on March 30. Promoter Jerry Hong is bringing in T-Pain (should I call him Mr. T or Mr. Pain?) after he was earlier rebuffed in his attempts to bring rapper Flo Rida to the VICC because it didn’t meet the centre’s mandate. However, times change. “We’re good with all business so long as it works within structures of licensing. It’s not about anybody’s opinion,” VICC general manager Denise Tacon told the Daily News. “At the end of the day, we’re here to generate new money to the region.” Let me translate for you: “We are abso-freaking-lutely desperate to attract any type of revenue into this epic money pit.” Since the horse is already out of this pretty barn and we’re stuck with it anyway, I suppose that makes good sense. The public funds the beast uses is to the tune of about a million bucks per annum, so why not bring down 800 people to watch a rapper and maybe hit the Dollar Store downstairs before the show? Since they aren’t allowed to stage a mixed martial arts fight and apparently the world is terrified of nipples covered in body paint, we might as well do something with the place. Of course, this makes me question why all this cash was shelled out to build a neighbouring competitor for the Port Theatre, since it can also host shows for a few hundred folks and is another grand project subsidized heavily by the public each year. Maybe we could fork over $20 million or so for a cruise-ship terminal so that a few more tourists could waddle by the building every year and buy a couple of postcards. Fortunately, we have the new downtown hotel on the way very soon, which will ensure can opener salesmen by the thousands flock to our city and save us from economic blight. What’s that? Oh. Well, at least we have T-Pain. I got my flippy-floppies . . . Contact deputy editor Philip Wolf at or phone 250-729-4240.

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French programs continue growth

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Parents reminded registration for immersion classes on a first-come, first-served basis ROBERT BARRON DAILY NEWS

Registration for the increasingly popular French immersion program in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district runs March 1-11. Parents looking to register their children who will enter kindergarten or Grade 1 in September are reminded that spaces in the program are filled on a firstcome, first-served basis at each of the four district elementary schools that offer French immersion. Priority is given to students who have a sibling already registered in the school. Early French immersion is offered at Ladysmith’s Davis Road school and Nanaimo’s Hammond Bay, Pauline Haarer


and Quarterway schools. Secondary students continue their French immersion studies Nanaimo District Secondary School. Unlike regular schools in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, there are

no neighbourhood catchment areas for students in French immersion programs and parents may register at the school of their choice, provided space is available. District spokeswoman Donna Reimer said Nanaimo-Ladysmith is expected to have enough spaces to meet the overall demand for French immersion in September, although there’s no guarantee that parents will get the school of their choice. “There’s no doubt that it’s a very popular program in the district, as well as across the province,” Reimer said. “We try our best each year to meet the demand. We expect about 125 students to register in September.” There are currently more than

1,200 students in the district’s French immersion program. Classroom instruction is completely in French until Grade 3, when English comes into use 20% of the time. When students reach Grade 8, French is used 50% of the time. Students who graduate from the program receive a bilingual Dogwood certificate. Reimer said, as with all kindergarten classes in the district, French immersion kindergarten classes will be full-day starting in September. She said the district has begun a review of its French immersion program, but couldn’t say when it will be completed. 250-729-4234

The B.C. Schools Protection Program has had to absorb most of the $690,000 in legal fees that Carola Lane, a former superintendent in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district, owed the insurance organization after her unsuccessful court case against a number of trustees. Court documents indicate that Lane, who sued four district trustees for $1.6 million over allegedly defamatory statements made before her dismissal in 2003, declared bankruptcy soon after Justice David Tysoe ruled in 2006 that none of the statements were defamatory. Tysoe ordered Lane to pay the legal fees incurred by the BCSPP during the court case. The documents state that while some of the owed money (the exact amount is classified) was recovered as part of the bankruptcy proceedings, the case is now closed and no further action will be taken.


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Howald. She and Emery were heading home from a night out with the girls when they saw what looked like two people relaxing while staring up at the sky. Two male bodies lied perfectly parallel, knees bent up. As the women got closer, they stopped talking and heard one man call for help. They’d been stabbed. Howald already dialed 9-1-1 on her cellular phone as the two ran across the street to the men’s aid. Howald realized she knew Henessy, an old but good friend. She checked him for wounds and applied pressure wherever she could. Emery’s hands kept slipping away from the holes in Rushton’s body. “There was so much blood,” recalled Howald. “She had to keep moving her hand back to keep the pressure on.” Within a minute, the cavalry arrived: police, paramedics and firefighters. “This is one of those frustrating incidents

The police and the young women all describe similar stories of what happened, told to them from the victims, who are both recovering in hospital. Devon Henessy, 20, and Brian Rushton, 25, left a James-Bond-themed party and were on their way home when they say they tried to help a man who was standing in the middle of the street. The stranger seemed all right at first, but within moments, he brutally attacked them. Henessy and Rushton eventually fought him off and ran away. It wasn’t until moments later they realized they were bleeding. What they thought were punches, turned out to be jabs with a knife. They made it as far as Second Street in front of Fairview before collapsing to the sidewalk. What happened next was the result of unexplainable good fortune, according to

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for us,” O’Brien explained. “We want to give a positive message to the community. We want to tell them what to avoid, but there were no danger cues.” It’s important to highlight how rare this event was, according to John Anderson, professor of criminology at the Vancouver Island University. “I think it’s helpful for them to comment on the rarity of violent crimes committed by strangers because it’s these kind of random attacks that people fear the most,” he said. Older people tend to fear crimes the most, according to Anderson, but they are the ones who are the least likely to experience violent crimes. Citing Statistics Canada victimization surveys, he said that young men between the ages of 16 and 25 are more likely to be attacked simply because they are more likely to be in public spaces at hours that other people are not around. Police have arrested Shane Alexander Parkin, 19, who faces two accounts of aggravated assault. Without understanding his mental condition, people will have a difficult time understanding the incident. “The fear comes the most from attacks from rational people,” Anderson said. “We really have a hard time with violent crime that we can’t make sense of.” Howald urges people not to fear for their safety at nights, insisting that she believes the streets are safe. This is just a random attack, she explained. 250-729-4231

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Assessment rolls for the purpose of levying Year 2011 parcel taxes are being prepared and will be authenticated on or about February 23, 2011. The purpose of the assessment roll review is to ensure that information is correct for billing property taxes for 2011. Parcel tax assessment rolls may be inspected at the Regional District of Nanaimo Administration Office, 6300 Hammond Bay Rd, Nanaimo, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, commencing Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Property owners may request an amendment to the roll only in respect to their own property for the following reasons: 1) there is an error or omission respecting their name or address; 2) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of their parcel; 3) there is an improperly allowed or disallowed exemption for their parcel tax. Requests for amendments to the roll will be accepted up to Wednesday, February 23 at 4:30 pm. By mail, fax or telephone to:

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Vehicles in Cedar destroyed by fire DAILY NEWS

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after several cars were torched in Cedar early Tuesday. Gasoline was used as an accelerant in three arsons, fire officials determined, which involved three different vehicles in separate locations in Cedar. The first fire, the pickup, broke out at an old firehall on Cedar Road. While crews were working to extinguish that blaze, another fire was reported at Friesen Rentals, also on Cedar Road. Nearby, a third fire broke out on Walsh Road, targeting a flatdeck truck owned by Cedar Excavating. Police say the brazen arsons are extremely alarming.

Two influenza-related deaths have occurred within the last two weeks, the Vancouver Island Health Authority confirmed on Wednesday. One woman and another person were seen at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Officials could not confirm exactly when or where the patients died but the deaths are believed to be linked to H3N2, a strain of influenza different to last year’s virulent H1N1 strain. These two confirmed cases are believed to be the only influenzarelated deaths in central Vancouver Island over this flu season. People infected can start exhibiting symptoms typical to influenza, such as fever, cough and muscle aches. VIHA was unsure of any underlying health conditions related to the recent deaths but said advanced age was believed to be a factor. VIHA has sent notices to physicians of a recent rise of influenza cases, reminding health officials to use anti-viral treatments for high-risk patients.


Seedy Saturday event coming on March 6 Spring is on the way, and gardeners can start planning their plots and exchange seeds at Bowen Park on March 6 during Seedy Saturday. Organic, non-hybrid and native plants as well as other foodindependence items will be for trade and purchase. Have a look at heritage and heirloom seed varieties and bring your own to trade. The Nanaimo Foodshare Society and the Nanaimo Community Garden Society sponsor the exchange.


King group not affiliated with bodypainting event Organizers who hoped to stage a bodypainting conference at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo (detailed in a story in Wednesday’s Daily News) are not affiliated with promoter Jeff King or the Canadian Bodypainting Festival. DAILY NEWS

Wayon Sound - A Recording Studio with a Difference If you’ve ever thought about making a recording you might want to stop by the Open House at Wayon Sound located in South Nanaimo. On February 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wayne Veillet, owner, operator and musician will be on hand sharing his wealth of musical experience. The studio has three rooms and Wayne says the largest one is definitely “large enough to hold a small orchestra”. Call 250-754-4599 for more information on the Open House. Having spent 35 years in Nanaimo, Wayne is very familiar with Nanaimo’s talented musicians. He is currently playing with “Littlehead” a 5 piece classic rock band and “Band from Glad” a 3 piece band featuring Sherry Smith who is a musical matriarch playing and composing all of her own lyrics and music. She is almost finished recording a CD at Wayon Sound with Dave Gogo recording all of the lead guitar tracks. A summer release is anticipated. Wayne’s world is most definitely a musical one and both bands have recorded at Raincoast Studio with Jerry Paquette. Wayne says “Jerry gave me some excellent advice and he was always very supportive of my opening this studio. He was a great mentor to me.” Recording music is definitely Wayne’s passion, but he is discovering that people also wish to record other

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 5-10 p.m. The North Island senior AAA high school hoop championships begin at Dover Bay Secondary. Dover Bay Dolphins open the tournament at 5 p.m. taking on Brooks Secondary School of Powell River. At 8:30 p.m., Nanaimo District Secondary takes on Alberni.



Oceanside communities enjoy big drop in crime rates Largest reduction took place in idyllic Qualicum Beach; police are ‘very pleased’ DANIELLE BELL DAILY NEWS

6:30 p.m. Author Gary Bauslaugh reads from his book ‘Robert Latimer: A Story of Justice and mercy’ at the Harbourfront Library. Call 250-753-1154 for more information. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The popular CBC business reality show ‘Dragons Den’ will be holding auditions in Nanaimo, searching for the show’s next group of entrepreneurs at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon St. This year the dragons are also looking for teens to submit their best websites, products and business plans. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m Fundraiser for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Community Lunch Program at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 4235 Departure Bay Rd. Soup and Sandwich Lunch — $5 minimum donation. 7 p.m. Poet G.R. Brijall will read from his anthology ‘King Alpha Songs’ at the downtown Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial St. Suggested donation $5-$10. Call 250-754-1750. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo invites everyone to attend the 2011 Maple Sugar Shack at Nanaimo District Secondary School, 355 Wakesiah Ave. The entire family will enjoy partaking in traditional sugar shack activities and French Canadian dishes. A breakfast will be served. For details, visit or call 250-729-2776. 12:30 p.m. Vancouver Island Symphony holds a free open rehearsal at the Port Theatre as the symphony prepares for its evening concert, ‘French Kiss.’ To get your free ticket please call The Port Theatre Ticket Centre at 250-754-8550. 12:30 p.m. An unemployment and discrimination rally has been scheduled for Commercial Street in downtown Nanaimo. The rally will be held by the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. For information e-mail 7:30 p.m. Vancouver Island Symphony presents ‘French Kiss’, with guest artist Nadya Blanchette, Soprano. The Port Theatre show features French love songs and arias. For tickets, call 250-754-8550. Adults $46, Seniors $44, Students $18. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 2 p.m. The Vancouver Island Symphony presents a unique adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev’s light-hearted classic ‘Peter and the Wolf,’ introducing children to the instruments and sounds of an orchestra. The Vancouver Island Symphony’s rendition will have a unique component with the addition of an original aboriginal Wolf Tale, with music that will engage children’s imaginations through storytelling and music. Tickets cost $20 adults, students $15, and children 12 and under $10. Call 250-754-8550. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 7 p.m. Nanaimo Screenwriters Gathering monthly meeting at Starbucks in Chapters. Focus: Logline and Synopsis Session. Info at or call 250-729-2673. Nanaimo locations of Domino’s Pizza will donate $2 for every order to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation when presented with a printed “donation coupon.” Proceeds will support the NRGH Emergency Department Expansion. Visit the Events Calendar at to print your “donation coupon” now, and order your pizza February 21st. To Feb. 26 The Nanaimo Museum and Harbourfront Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library are hosting free public exhibits in celebration of Black History Month. » Send community event notices to:


Retirement communities Parksville and Qualicum Beach are enjoying their lowest crime rates in a decade, according to Oceanside RCMP. Police and criminology experts say an aging population can be a significant factor in declining crime rates. Offences such as assaults, motor vehicle thefts, disturbances and mischief all dropped last year in Oceanside compared to 2009. Traffic offences rose but police attribute that increase to stepped-up enforcement. Oceanside RCMP patrols a jurisdiction of 48,000 people, which includes Parksville, Qualicum Beach and an area of the Regional District of Nanaimo. Both business and residential break-and-enters saw significant drops, of 58% and 55%, respectively. The biggest crime rate reductions were seen in Qualicum Beach. “It’s the lowest we’ve ever seen,” said Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter. “We’re very pleased.” Parksville has a higher crime rate than its counterpart but dipped below the

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Retirement hub Qualicum Beach, downtown pictured above, is enjoying its lowest crime rate in a decade. [DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO]

provincial average for the first time in years. Mounties say that proactive crime-reduction strategies, such as high visibility and targeting chronic offenders, can be partly attributed to these reductions but everything from the weather to who is in jail can contribute to crime rates going up

and down. An aging population, proliferation of cellphones and community-based policing initiatives can also factor into a decline in crime rates, say police and criminologists. Police also work to identify prolific offenders, a small group usually responsible for a large proportion of crime.

Last year, RCMP in Comox and Oceanside arrested a man who police say committed hundreds of break-ins. Police say property crime remains an issue. Police say males age 16 to 24 are the group most likely to commit crimes and that can greatly influence crime rates. Experts say property crime offenders tend to move away from the illegal activities in their early 20s. Police use data to review programs and other responses. 250-729-4255 WITH A FILE FROM POSTMEDIA NEWS

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Intense rain proof of human impact: Study University of Victoria researcher says people are responsible for increasingly severe weather and flooding MARGARET MUNRO POSTMEDIA NEWS

Canadian clima te sleuths have detected for the first time a human hand in the increasing fury of intense storms battering the Northern Hemisphere. According to researchers, greenhouse gases generated by human activity have intensified heavyprecipitation events since 1950 across much of North America, Europe and Asia, increasing flooding and devastation. “Human influence is more pervasive than just a response in surface temperature,” says senior author Francis Zwiers, of the University of Victoria, referring to

the rise in global temperature due to greenhouse gases. He says human influence is now evident in the planet’s “hydrological cycle, and the behavior of the hydrological cycle.” It has long been suspected greenhouse gases are playing a role in the increasing intensity of storms and floods, but scientists have had trouble pinning it down. Both Zwiers’ team and another group in Europe say they have now come up with incriminating evidence. In a study published in the scientific journal Nature, Zwiers and his colleagues report that there has been a “substantial” increase

in the intensity of heavy-precipitation events over large parts of the Northern Hemisphere due to greenhouse gas generated by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities. Storms that drop more than 100 millimetres of precipitation in 24 hours qualify as heavy-precipitation events. Meanwhile, the European team, also reporting in Nature, zeroed in on the rain storms that caused widespread flooding in the United Kingdom in October and November 2000 — the wettest autumn in England and Wales on record since 1766. Pardeep Pall, at the University of Oxford, led the research com-

paring what happened in the real world with what climate models predict would have happened in a “parallel world” — one without human-created greenhouse gases. Pall found that greenhouse-gas emissions substantially increased the odds of the 2000 flooding “with a likely increase in odds of about a doubling or more.” Zwiers’ team took a similar but more global approach. Looking a t da ta recor ded between 1951 and 1999 at 6,000 weather stations across the Northern Hemisphere, the researchers found that two-thirds of the stations saw “precipitation extremes”

intensify over the 50-year period, with a sharp upswing after 1990. The researchers say climate models show an increase in extreme precipitation in response to greenhouse gases. But it was even more pronounced in the real world, with the probability of the size of extreme events across the Northern Hemisphere increasing seven per cent over the 50-year period, “which is really substantial,” says Zwiers. “Our results provide, to our knowledge, the first formal identification of a human contribution to the observed intensification of extreme precipitation,” the study concludes.

Court orders release of Basi-Virk files Man traumatized POSTMEDIA NEWS

The judge in the Basi-Virk case has ordered the release of material to the news media that has up to this point been sealed by the court. B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie made the order Wednesday following an application by several news outlets. The material to be released includes several affidavits by the lead RCMP investigator on the file and comprises four binders. Special prosecutor Janet Winteringham told the judge that the Crown had notified a number of individuals who were named as third parties in the documents. She said 13 people, none of whom were identified in court, had been notified and she had heard back from five. All five of those who responded were either not taking a position on the release

of the materials or were not opposed. Winteringham said she was not taking a position on the issue and counsel for Basi, Virk and Basi’s cousin, Aneal Basi, also took no position. “Much of the information being sought has been widely published to date in any event.” The judge said that in view of the fact that there was no opposition to the application, she would allow the documents to be released. At the request of Winteringham, she ordered that the material be released to accredited media only. Kevin McCullough, a lawyer for Bob Virk, said any member of the public should have access to the documents. In October, Dave Basi and Virk, two former ministerial aides, pleaded guilty to breach of trust in connection with the $1-billion sale of B.C. Rail. Money-laundering charges against Aneal Basi were stayed.

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A man from Chilliwack says he is traumatized after he was punched, stabbed and tied up by home-invading thieves who made off with his life savings in silver bars. The two thugs, wearing what he described as fake police uniforms, unloaded a vault and spirited away with $750,000 in silver the man had bought as an investment last year. The 52-year-old victim, still shaking after the robbery on Feb. 9, now wonders who among his friends or acquaintances is behind the brazen midday theft. “Obviously some friend, or friend of a friend, or friend of a family member was told and they leaked it to the wrong people,” he said. Due to the circumstances, the man’s name is being withheld. The home invaders initially told the victim they were investigating a domestic assault. One carried a gun. After punching him hard in the face, they forced him into providing the combination for his vault. That vault, about one metre deep and a metre wide, was stacked with what Chilliwack police describe as “several thousand ounces” of silver. “It’s the bulk of my life savings,” said the man. The man, a former professional, wouldn’t say how much he had paid for the bullion, although $750,000 in silver bullion was worth about $415,500 this time last year.

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Tracker tries to find missing cat Couple turns to professional pet detective to find their beloved grey tabby, Luna ANDREW FLEMING POSTMEDIA NEWS

When a cat or dog goes missing, most pet owners canvass the neighbourhood, put up posters, check in with animal rescue groups and maybe put up a posting on Facebook or Craig’s List. One Burnaby couple, however, decided to go the extra mile when their one-year-old grey female tabby, Luna, recently went missing. They called on Harry Oakes, a professional tracker from Longview, Washington, who uses trained search dogs, to help locate their missing kitty. “He’s done search and rescue professionally for about 40 years,” said Robin Hoare, a clothier who designs custom business suits. “We brought him in maybe five days after she went missing as . . . a last resort.” Oakes, one of the only private search and rescue experts in North America, literally has a highly impressive track record and claims on his website — www. — to have a 95% success rate when it comes to finding lost or stolen pets, with 20 per cent found during the initial search and the remainder located later after owners know where precisely to post missing pet signs. Although Oakes and his dog team failed to turn up the cat after a five-hour search, Hoare said he and his wife, Lisa, at least now know exactly where Luna disappeared. Oakes’ dogs were able to track her to a nearby park where the rail went cold. The couple are also offering a small reward for their pet’s return, although there isn’t much left in the kitty after having to spend $1,000 US to bring in Oakes and his canine helpers. The couple still have Luna’s brother, Bear, and Hoare said they hope the other cat will come back. There’s also an added sentimental reason for them to not give up hope. “We figure they were both born the day that I proposed to my wife,” said Hoare.

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WASHINGTON — A coalition of American environmental groups on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to block construction of new oilsands pipelines from Canada, arguing the “highly corrosive, acidic, and potentially unstable blend” of crude coming from Alberta dramatically raises the risk of a major spill. In a report titled Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Risks, opponents of Calgary-based TransCanada’s Keystone XL project say plans to build the 3,200-kilometre pipeline should be shelved at least until U.S. regulators address the unique challenges posed by transporting diluted bitumen at high temperatures. “Bitumen is not the same as conventional oil; it has characteristics that make it potentially more dangerous,” says the report, prepared by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation and Pipeline Safety Trust. “Nonetheless, the safety and spill response standards used by the United States to regulate pipeline transport of bitumen are designed for conventional crude oil . . . Until (new) safety and spill response standards are adopted, the United States should put a

hold on the consideration of new tar sands pipelines.” The call for the Obama administration to hit the pause button on new oilsands pipelines comes as the U.S. State Department is weighing whether to grant TransCanada a “presidential permit” to begin construction on the Keystone XL, which would ship oilsands crude from Hardisty, Alta., to refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Just two weeks ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally asked U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the project, which would drama tically increase pipeline capacity from Canada to the U.S. The authors of the new environmental report identify a need for regulators with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to set rules specific to the transport of diluted bitumen. That’s because the U.S. is increasingly importing diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilfields instead of more-refined synthetic crude that has already been upgraded in Canada. Bitumen blends can contain 15 to 20 times higher acid concentrations than conventional oil, the report says, and five to 10 times as much sulphur.

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Canadian families’ average debt has hit six figures for the first time — and what they owe now amounts to 1 1/2 times what they make, according to the latest family finance checkup from the Vanier Institute of the Family. The Ottawa-based think-tank’s 12th annual report, released Thursday, finds that average

the good story or the aggregate numbers so we don’t look below to see that a significant number of families do continue to struggle economically.” The figures include mortgages, Roger Sauve, who authored the report, said Wednesday. The average mortgage in 2010 was $171,500. Sauve said the average household has a mortgage of $63,126 because not everybody actually has a

mortgage. In 1990, the average household debt was $56,800, the institute said, which means family debt has grown 78% over the past two decades. At the same time, savings have shrunk, with the average 1990 family managing to sock away 13% of their income, or $8,000, compared to a savings rate of 4.2%, or $2,500, in 2010. Canada’s debt-to-income ratio is now about even with that of the

United States — a finding Scott said may come as a surprise. “There is still this sense that we are a more frugal nation and that’s simply not the case,” she said. “It was the case 20 years ago, but it’s certainly not anymore.” The latest employment and GDP figures point to continued improvement from the low point of the recession, she said, but the momentum of early 2010 slowed.


Oda shielding Harper over altered document: Opposition historic debate over whether Oda has breached the privileges of her fellow MPs by being untruthful to them. The report to be tabled by the Commons foreign affairs committee will provide a factual summary of the conflicting statements made by the international co-operation minister in recent weeks. Speaker Peter Milliken likely will rule ultimately on whether there are grounds for a breach of privilege, which could then lead


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office was behind the controversial decision to doctor a bureaucratic memo and is being protected by embattled cabinet minister Bev Oda, opposition parties alleged Wednesday. Meanwhile, the political furor over the issue is about to intensify, as members of a Commons committee table a report in the House on Thursday that will launch a

to public hearings to investigate whether she should be held in contempt of Parliament. The developments signal that the Conservative government’s political critics are determined to pound away at the brewing scandal and link it to Harper himself as the possibility of a spring election hangs in the air. In the Commons on Wednesday, Harper refused for the second straight day to back down, but sidestepped questions about

how the memo was mysteriously altered. He said Oda made the right decision in over-ruling the advice of bureaucrats in 2009 who proposed continued funding for KAIROS, a church-based aid group that has been doing work in the developing world for more than 30 years. Harper said it is the politicians — not bureaucrats or outside aid groups — who are responsible for deciding how money should be spent.


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U.S. ponders $5.50 entry fee for Canadian travellers IAN MACLEOD POSTMEDIA NEWS

OTTAWA — The Obama administration wants Canadians to pay to enter the United States to help ease that country’s desperate financial crunch. A proposed “passenger inspection” fee is outlined in the draft 2012 U.S. federal budget that has been sent to Congress. If adopted, the charge is expected to be levied against millions of commercial air and marine travellers from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, the only nations now exempt from the fee, and generate $110 million annually. The fee would not apply to automobile traffic. With about 16 million Canadians flying to the U.S. each year, a $5.50 head-tax would raise almost $90 million of the annual total and help pay for more beefed up U.S. border security. The proposed tariff follows a 2009 U.S. entry law requiring Canadians to carry passports and dampens hopes that border issues would be less of a sore point under the new administration, especially as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama met in

Washington this month to seek a sweeping deal to establish a North American security and trade perimeter. “It’s an indication that the United States is going to be looking to generate new moneys to offset their budget deficit on outsiders who don’t vote — and that would be us,” said Birgit Matthiesen, of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest trade and industry association. “The raising of any fees on the Canada-U.S. border is troubling.” Colin Robertson, a member of the team that negotiated the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. and later helped implement the North American Free Trade Agreement believes more U.S. cash grabs are coming. “They will be looking everywhere to find money, so it wouldn’t surprise me that our exemption is being lifted,” said Robertson, a fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. “Do I think we can succeed in pushing back? Probably not given the desperate financial situation the States is in. But, obviously, we should make our best efforts.

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OTTAWA — Mayors from small Quebec border towns near the U.S., along with the Bloc Quebecois, are decrying the Harper government’s decision to reduce security at a handful of crossings and to transfer border services from four other offices. Although the government has said the changes, affecting 16 locations across Canada, provide “higher value for tax dollars,” the community leaders say the reductions are opening the door to more crime, illicit drugs and money laundering, as well as putting their local tourism industries and economy in jeopardy. “In our region, there are a lot of people with a green thumb, but not necessarily for (legitimate) vegetation,” said Pierre Pelland, the mayor of Sutton in Quebec’s Eastern Townships region, near Montreal. “Every time you reduce the control check points, you weaken the control, it weakens the security . . . between our countries.” Pelland made the comments at a news conference on Parliament Hill with other mayors from nearby border towns who were invited by Bloc MPs Maria Mourani, Claude DeBellefeuille and Christian Ouellet. The Canada Border Service Agency responded by distributing a fact sheet that explains the reductions affected locations where “security risks and threats” were “considered low

(and) the volume of traffic minimal.” It also noted that there were alternative service points in proximity to affected locations. “The Bloc propaganda continues,” said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews in response to a question in the Commons from Mourani. “This was a decision that was very carefully considered by local CBSA officials.” The changes, taking effect on April 1, 2011, will result in the closure of three border crossings in Jamieson’s Line, and Franklin Centre in Quebec as well as Big Beaver in Saskatchewan. There are also reduced hours at border crossings in Glen Sutton, East Pinnacle and Morses Line in Quebec as well as in Kenora, Ont. Nine locations in Ontario and Quebec will also see their services transferred to different offices. A senior agency official said the changes must be put in perspective, echoing the comments of Toews. “In addition there will be no job losses as a result of these changes of service and the security of the border remains intact,” said Pierre Sabouring, vice-president of operations of the Canada Border Service Agency, in a statement. “The CBSA remains committed to ensuring that travellers and local residents are informed of the changes and we will continue to work with communities and local stakeholders to minimize any inconvenience caused by these changes.”

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association wants the government to press the U.S. for legal safeguards for information provided to determine who can fly in U.S. air space. [POSTMEDIA NEWS FILE PHOTO]

Civil rights group wants no-fly list protection Critics call for clarity on passenger information shared with U.S. POSTMEDIA NEWS

TORONTO — It should be disclosed how Canadian passenger flight information is being shared with the U.S., even before a controversial bill permitting U.S. authorities to veto foreign travellers by putting them on a no-fly list officially passes in Parliament, a civil liberties group said Wednesday. “Our concern is that we want our government to press for fairness protection as to how the whole process is to be administered,” said Sukanya Pillay, a spokeswoman with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. “We know the no-fly list is being challenged in the States. . . . We want our government to try to press the U.S. for some legal safeguards for the information that is going to be provided.” Bill C-42, which is in its third reading in the House of Commons and is expected to go through, will essentially give the U.S. the final say on who gets to travel on Canadian flights that pass over its airspace. If passed, it would act as an exemption to Canadian privacy laws and require airlines to send on flight information through the

Opposition slams use of officers in F-35 campaign POSTMEDIA NEWS

Public servants are racking up overtime and generals have turned into salesmen for the Conservative party as part of the Harper government’s effort to convince the public the stealth fighter it wants to purchase is a good deal, opposition MPs charge. Figures obtained by the Liberals show public servants at National Defence headquarters charged taxpayers at least 600 hours of overtime to organize a news conference and seven events to promote the purchase

of the F-35 aircraft to defence analysts, academics and some industry representatives. At the same time, generals and other officers and public servants have criss-crossed the country promoting the sole-sourced deal. Various numbers have been produced by government about the cost of the public-relations campaign from last year but travel claims and other expenses are still being tallied. Indications are that the figure, which includes cabinet ministers visiting aerospace firms to promote the F-35 purchase, is more than $200,000.

International Airport Wednesday night. On Sunday, Hepplewhite was told by the Montreal-based airline that it couldn’t let him board a flight after they discovered his name was a “positive match” on the U.S. no-fly list. His name appearing on the list was a problem because his direct flight from Toronto to England was scheduled to fly through U.S. airspace. The father of three was also denied flights with Air Canada and British Airways. There are 8,000 to 10,000 people on the list, all prohibited by the U.S. from boarding flights that stop over or fly through its airspace. Pillay said it’s still unclear how the Briton was flagged by Canadian authorities — whether his information was shared by the airlines with the U.S., checked against an outdated list or if the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is approving Canadian boarding passes. Whatever the reason, the association says there should be safeguards to ensure the list is used fairly in Canada and ensure passengers can challenge and get their name off it.

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CALGARY— A 16-year-old boy has admitted to sexually assaulting a highly intoxicated 12-yearold girl on a Calgary schoolyard after they agreed to meet face-toface after they met on a socialnetworking site. According to an agreed statement of facts presented in a Calgary youth court Wednesday, the girl had claimed to be 14 on her Nexopia profile. She and the accused agreed to meet at a ball diamond behind a school on Sept. 6, 2010 — a day before classes were to begin. The 16-year-old brought his best friend along, while the 12-yearold brought a female friend for the meeting. By the time they arrived, the victim had already consumed about two alcoholic coolers and other hard liquor she and her friend had brought with them.

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A European Space Agency rocket blasted off Wednesday bearing a 20-tonne supply ship destined for a rendezvous with the manned International Space Station. The super-charged Ariane 5 ES rocket departed from Kourou, French Guiana. The Johannes Kepler — named for the 16th century German astronomer — is the second Automated Transfer Vehicle that Arianespace will have delivered to the ISS, which is in low orbit around Earth. The first was launched in March 2008.


Paramedics want bedbug finds public Winnipeg paramedics want locations that have been treated for bedbug infestations publicly disclosed in the same way the city publicizes restaurant health violations and city police reveal the location of indoor marijuana grow operations. Chris Broughton, president of Manitoba Government and General Employees Union Local 911, which represents Winnipeg paramedics, calls the bedbug scourge a growing health risk to emergency personnel and the general public.


MP wants Arctic to be nuke-free zone Yukon MP Larry Bagnell introduced a private member’s bill Tuesday to establish a nuclear-weapons free zone in the Canadian Arctic. Bill C-629 would also prohibit the dumping or disposal of weapons grade nuclear material in the Canadian Arctic. Bagnell, the Liberal critic for Arctic issues and northern development, said the bill was a response to hearing suggestions that Canada declare such a policy. “I believe Bill C- 629 will help eliminate a very dangerous threat — that of nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons waste material,” he said in a release.


Legislation to abolish early parole passes Legislation that would abolish early parole for non-violent criminals passed in the House of Commons onWednesday with support from the Bloc Quebecois. If approved by the Senate, Bill C-59, or the Abolition of Early Parole Act, would eliminate the Parole Board ofCanada’s Accelerated Parole Review for first-time, non-violent offenders, which allows them to seek parole after serving one-sixth of their sentence. Under the new legislation, those offenders would have to wait until six months before they’ve completed one-third of their sentence to apply for parole.


Stampede to change chuckwagon rules The Calgary Stampede is considering some tradition-breaking changes for this year’s chuckwagon races in an effort to make the popular sport safer for the animals, according to some of the derby’s participants. Although Stampede spokesman Doug Fraser said reports of the possible changes are “purely speculative,” it is known that significant rule changes are under discussion for the world’s richest and longest-running chuckwagon show — all aimed at enhancing the safety of the sport and welfare of the horses. NEWS SERVICES

Duo will come to Canada as married couple later this year, but only as far west as Alberta REBECCA LINDELL POSTMEDIA NEWS

OTTAWA — Tara Preston still remembers the day she saw her Prince Charming. It was 1998 and Prince William was in Vancouver for a brief stay before hitting the slopes in Whistler with his family. “We said we weren’t going to be like the crazy girls, but when we got down there and all the girls were there we got right into it,” said Preston, who was 15 at the time and — with her best friend, Erin Hochstein — was among the hundreds of devoted teenage girls who lined the streets outside Vancouver’s Waterfront Centre hoping for a fairy tale ending that year. Prince William will be returning to Canada this summer when he and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, take their first official royal tour as a married couple. But Preston won’t be among the throngs of royal-watchers this time. “I have my own prince now,” said the happily married Simon Fraser University student, who hails from Port Moody. Besides, Prince William and Kate won’t be going as far west as British Columbia. The tour, which comes in response to an invitation from the federal government, will kick off

Britain’s Prince William and his fiancé Kate Middleton pose in the State Rooms of St James Palace, central London. The couple will visit Canada. [GETTY IMAGES]

with the royal couple celebrating Canada Day on Parliament Hill. The couple will then travel to Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, according to a loose itinerary released Wednesday by the federal government. In all, Prince William and his future bride will be in Canada from June 30 to July 8, 2011. “Canada looks forward to welcoming the young couple this

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summer and providing them with all that our country has to offer — including, of course, the special hospitality and warmth reserved for members of the Royal Family,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a statement. “It is my sincere hope that their tour will be the start of a lasting relationship with Canada by the royal couple.” The trip will come just two months after their April nuptials

in London and royal observers in Canada say the visit has the potential to capture the hearts of a new generation of Canadians. “Because Will and Kate are so young and very good-looking and fashionable, it does present an enormous opportunity to reach out to a new demographic,” Robert Finch, chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada, said Wednesday. “It’s a chance for the Royal Family and the entire institution of the Crown to connect with young Canadians.” “It’s of interest to me simply because we are the same age,” said Hochstein, now 28. And while she still admires the prince, it’s his princess who most interests her now. “I love her. I think she is amazing, graceful, beautiful and represents 28-year-old women very well,” she said. “She seems to be one of the very first female royal figures to have a true sense of self and a lot of self-confidence.” The itinerary, which Heritage Minister James Moore called “very ambitious,” was decided in consultation with the couple. Exact details will be released at a later date as will the price tag to Canadian taxpayers for the visit. The cost of royal tours is covered by funds that Canadian Heritage designates for international visits every year, said Moore.

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Two southern Ontario women are suing Vince Li, Greyhound, the RCMP and the Government of Canada after being exposed to the horrific death of Tim McLean, who was brutally beheaded and cannibalized on a Winnipeg-bound bus in July 2008. Debra Tucker, of Port Colborne, Ont., and Kayli Shaw, of London, Ont., are each seeking $3 million in damages for trauma suffered as a result of exposure to the violent incident. The documents were filed in the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg on Wednesday. Li and McLean, 22, were both passengers on the Greyhound bus on July 30, 2008, when Li pulled out a knife and slashed the throat of the unsuspecting McLean. He later cut off the young man’s head. Li was found not criminally responsible and committed to a psychiatric institution in Selkirk, Man. A judge ruled Li was suffering from hallucinations and untreated schizophrenia at the time of the attack. Tucker stated in Wednesday’s court filing that she is suffering post traumatic stress disorder, severe distress and nervous shock as a result of “witnessing the defendant Li stabbing Mr. McLean Jr. to death, mutilating his body and performing acts of cannibalism.”

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he Vancouver Island Regional Library needs to examine new ways to deliver services to people in the communities it serves. The VIRL is planning two new area libraries, one in the city’s north end and the other on Gabriola Island. In an era when digitized books are becoming increasingly popular, the future role of taxpayer-funded bricks-and-mortar libraries must be examined. VIRL executive director Rosemary Bonanno describes library branches as “the living room of the community.” That may be true, but as the organization grapples with significant budget cuts and the rapidly changing world of books and media, it will take visionary leadership to keep libraries operational and

relevant in the future. An area that cannot be overlooked is digitized information. Vancouver, Victoria and other library systems have moved toward providing digital readers for their patrons, reducing the need and cost of housing and cataloging books. Capitalizing on the distribution of digitized information may provide opportunity for long-term savings and delivering the most complete and up-to-date material available for patrons. Libraries are becoming a less important source of reference material. The Internet provides that and authors and scholars repeatedly update the information in the journals, articles and books they have written. An author who published a

book about salmon farming in 2008, for example, may be able to update that information electronically to the book without having to reissue it. Libraries are not obsolete but the manner in which they deliver their services is becoming so. With so much information available free, online, their role as a source of information for the public is diminishing. Decisions made now will drastically impact the future role of libraries in our communities. It’s likely that a generation or two from now people will be puzzled by our sentimental attachment to printed books, because information will be delivered in a completely different, and more dynamic, manner. One of the frustrations people

in Nanaimo suffer is that the VIRL may have a book in its system but at another location. Yes, you can order it and receive it when it is available, but by purchasing an e-book it should be available to any patron who wants it as long as that patron has a digitized reader and licensing issues are dealt with. As libraries, out of necessity, embrace digitization, a key question will be the future of library buildings. As Nanaimo Coun. Bill Holdom states, there are some smaller library branches across the VIRL system that can only afford to stay open one day a week. Are the people in those communities getting their tax dollar’s worth? Perhaps a virtual library system would be able to offer

service seven days a week and presumably 24 hours a day. As people grow more comfortable with digital books, the need for physical institutions will diminish. School districts should also pay attention. Many struggle with the lack of funding available for school libraries. An investment in digital reading materials may pay off for students and the district in the long run. As organizations such as VIRL expand digitally, they will offer more value to their patrons. Libraries provide vital services in the community. With the right planning, they can lead our communities into a future where they can fully reap the benefits of evolving information technology.

social-economical problem be a priority for federal justice spending billions to get tough on ever decreasing crime rates in every other sector, with the exception of drug crime?

and portable collapsible dryer stands. How ridiculous is that? Coincidentally, I spoke with one of my tenants today who lives in an 800 sq.-ft. rancher with brand new thermopane windows, roof, insulation and siding. She’s very conscious of conserving energy. Her bill for the past two months went up $100. This is beyond absurd. I really worry for young families, seniors and lower income people.

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Re: ‘Province’s liquor regulator bars body paint from VICC’ (Daily News, Feb. 16)

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The convention centre was built for the use of the city of Nanaimo and taxpayers of B.C., to provide enjoyment and bring tourism dollars to the Nanaimo economy. I am very disturbed to hear, for the second time, that the use of the VICC is being adjudicated by a back office bureaucrat with the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. Even though I am of pearl and sweater age group, I would very much enjoy attending the bodypainting event and consider it a modern art form. If one would be offended, one need not attend. As far as unsuitable for minors, that is for parents to decide. The same logic applies to the mixed martial arts event. While I would have no interest in attending such an event, I would defend to the death other’s rights to attend what they find enjoyable. We are after all a democracy. As long as any event could attract an audience that views it as enjoyable, be economically successful, not draw the criminal element, nor cause physical damage to the centre or city then it should find approval by LCLB. The final adjudication of controversial events should happen by the councillors we have elected to run our city. To deny our city the right to enjoyment and financial success is unconstitutional and the mayor and councillors should stand up and be accountable. Linda McKnight Nanaimo

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Effectiveness of prison rehabilitation is proven Re: ‘Vital rehabilitation is overlooked in crime bill’ (Daily News, Feb. 14) I’d like to add to the recent letter concerning the federal government spending billions in Canada on new prison cells to meet the expected demand that new “tough on crime” legislation will surely result in. No additional funding to prison programming was announced as part of this new corrections strategy. Aboriginals in Canada, ( First Nation, Metis, Inuit,) make up about 3.7% of our population, and about 17% of our prison population. Aboriginal offenders who receive programming re-offend about 50% less often than those who receive no programming. Shouldn’t this horrendous

Electricity costs have risen dramatically Re: ‘Cost of electricity seems to be excessive’ (Daily News, Feb. 15) I couldn’t agree more with letter-writer Alan Whitzman who wrote to protest the high cost of B.C. Hydro. My husband and I are a retired couple with no children and no family, living in a newer rancher. When we went through an energy audit about two years ago our home was declared over 90% energy efficient. We installed a heat pump which was supposed to save us in energy costs. I do laundry in cold water, we turn off lights, keep the house temperature low, wear sweaters, reduce the heat at night and in decent weather dry laundry outside. We no longer use our electric fireplaces except perhaps for half an hour before bed to take the chill off our bedroom. Our last Hydro bill was $601 for two months compared to $341 for the same period last year. Yet, if anything we’ve decreased our usage. My first thought was that the bill was wrong or the meter functioning incorrectly so I called B.C. Hydro and they assured me the bill was accurate. There’s not much more I can do, except I’ve now turned my guest room into a giant dryer with laundry lines

Pat Weir Nanaimo

Entertainment need not be censored Re: ‘Province’s liquor regulator bars body paint from VICC’ (Daily News, Feb. 16) Welcome to Harperworld. A place where (gasp!) nudity is verboten. Thou shalt not look upon a naked body, no matter how it is disguised. Wake up people. Nanaimo started body painting years ago — it was a great event, and continues to be. There is absolutely nothing inappropriate in this event, and if it bothers you, or you don’t want your children to attend, the answer is simple: don’t go. These artists spend hundreds of hours planning this art event. It is an event known world-wide. Go Nanaimo. Stick your head in the mud again, and the world will pass you by. In the meantime, I don’t need to have my art, or my entertainment, censored. Go chase after the naked bungy jumpers. That event is more public than this. K. Wilson Nanaimo






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Time is on the side of young Canadians, even with nation’s high debt-to-income ratio

A Commons committee has voted to bring the newly appointed vice-chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission before them to answer some pointed questions about his qualifications and his vision for the role. Opposition MPs have accused the government of making a partisan appointment in former Montreal lawyer Tom Pentefountas, hired to the seniorranking CRTC position earlier this month. Critics have said that Pentefountas, who is the former president of the Action democratique du Quebec, a political party with ties to the Conservatives, does not have the credentials for the job. At a Commons heritage meeting Wednesday, MPs agreed to call on Pentefountas along with officials from Canadian Heritage, the Privy Council and the Prime Minister’s Office to describe the hiring process, from the criteria used in vetting applications to timelines for interviews. Heritage Minister James Moore insisted that Pentefountas is a “skilled individual” and that he “has the ability to do the job.”

Saving $1M for retirement is possible, but will it be enough? “The clients we have that have $1 million or more are not what you would think of as millionaires. They shop at Wal-Mart. They drive Honda Accords. They’re regular, middle-class folks.”


Becoming a millionaire in time for retirement is a more attainable goal than most young Canadians think, according to a major Canadian bank. But then again, $1 million isn’t what it used to be. TD Canada Trust on Wednesday released survey results showing three-quarters of respondents ages 18 to 34 said it is unlikely they’ll be worth $1 million or more by the time they retire. In fact, one-third said their best bet for becoming a millionaire is winning the lottery, while just one in 10 could see themselves getting there by saving money. But TD said accumulating seven figures in time for retirement is doable by following these steps: Start putting $100 a month into a registered retirement savings plan at the age of 25; increase that to $250 at the age of 30; $500 at 35; $750 at 40; and keep RRSP savings at $1,000 a month between the ages of 50 and 65. The calculations assume an annual return on RRSP investments of 6.8%. “Time is on the side of young Canadians, particularly if they get started saving early in a registered retirement savings plan,” said TD Canada Trust senior vice-

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president Carrie Russell. “With a plan that sees as little as $100 a month (in savings) starting at the age of 25, and then increases as they age and they earn more income, ($1 million) is a lot more attainable than (survey respondents) would have originally perceived it to be.” But is $1 million enough? Robert Abboud, an Ottawa-based financial planner, said having savings of $1 million can give someone a “comfortable” retirement currently, but “not outstanding if they have no other pension.” He added that there’s “no way” a person who’s 25 now and retires with $1 million in 40 years would feel rich.

No ‘sensational’ moves expected as G20 finance ministers meet PETER O’NEIL POSTMEDIA NEWS SERVICE

PARIS — The finance ministers and central bankers of the world’s most powerful nations gathering in Paris on Friday and Saturday are confronted with an array of potentially destabilizing challenges that range from debt, deficit and inflation concerns in major economies, to soaring food prices threatening the poorest. But only modest progress is expected at the G20 gathering, which will include Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney.


More Canadians cross the border before flying Canadian airlines, hoteliers and others in the tourism industry are urging Ottawa to eliminate the various taxes and fees charged on air travel, which they argue are raising fares and sending an increasing number of Canadians south of the border in search of cheaper flights. The percentage of Canadians who said they travelled to a U.S. airport for a flight in 2010 rose to 21%, aided by the strong loonie and increased awareness of the cheaper fares in the United States, says a survey conducted by the Hotel Association of Canada released Wednesday. NEWS SERVICES

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“We’re not going to see any sensational announcements,” said Domenico Lombardi, a former senior International Monetary Fund official now with the Brookings Institution. The G20 governments are acutely aware of the global economy’s fragility. A draft communique for the gathering, obtained Wednesday by Dow Jones Newswires, warns of rising commodity prices, excessive government debts and “overheating” emerging market economies. “Downside risks remain, including ongoing tensions on sover-

eign-debt markets in advanced economies, inflationary pressures — together with significant capital inflows in emerging economies — creating risks of asset bubbles, and rising commodity prices raising concerns for growth sustainability and food security,” the draft document says. Ministers are expected to agree only to the creation of a selection of indicators that would be used to detect major economic imbalances that could plunge the world into a second global economic crisis. But even that modest objective is no certainty.

Abboud noted that having $1 million at your disposal by the age of 65 would give a person access to $50,000 a year if they live for 20 more years, not including any investment income that might be earned with that money. “The millionaire concept, I think that was 20, 30 years ago,” Abboud said. “That should be changed. A million dollars is just a fun number, and I think that’s why there’s a connotation tied to it. But it is certainly no longer the wealthy. “The clients we have that have $1 million or more are not what you would think of as millionaires. They shop at Wal-Mart. They drive Honda Accords. They’re regular, middle-class folks.”

Abboud said TD’s suggested savings plan is reasonable. While the climb from $100 a month in savings at 25 to $1,000 at 50 might seem steep, he noted that people tend to make more money later in their careers, and are often not supporting their children anymore or paying down a mortgage. Still, he said achieving $1 million in retirement savings is “a challenge” for many, given the average debt-to-income level of nearly 150%. For those who can’t afford the monthly savings schedule laid out by TD, Russell suggested they “contribute what they can” — even if it doesn’t eventually lead to $1 million in the bank. The bank said a one-time RRSP contribution of $10,000, when factoring in compound interest and “modest” returns of six per cent a year, would more than triple over 20 years and be worth $57,000 after 30 years. TD said its survey suggests many young Canadians overestimate how much money needs to be saved to hit the $1-million mark. For example, 16% said it would take monthly savings of between $1,000 and $2,000, while just as many assumed it required more than $2,000 being put away each month.

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Dyslexia is not a disability: Centre As many as one in six children has dyslexia, which when undiagnosed is “the major cause of illiteracy,” says the Canadian Dyslexia Centre. Reversing letters when reading or writing is far from the only sign of dyslexia. Other characteristics can include trouble forming letters, linking sounds with letter symbols and telling left from right, even learning to tie shoes. According to the Canadian Dyslexia Association, it’s a myth that dyslexic people are learning disabled: “Usually they only become learning disabled because of ineffective teaching.” In contrast, the U.S. National Institutes of Health calls dyslexia “a brain-based type of learning disability” that impairs ability to read. After more than a century of research, the condition continues to be controversial because even the experts cannot agree on “a definition and underlying causes,” the journal ‘Dyslexia’ noted earlier this year. Karen Hope, a partner in Duncan-based Dyslexia Awareness and Teaching Solutions, dedicates herself to getting dyslexia accepted as a “learning difference” rather than a disability.


Running with her family, Mera Seyffer (center) pushes her jogging stroller as two-year old son Xavier gets a free ride while daughter Vayla, 17, (left) and son Calvin, 13, run on a jogging track. Seyffer’s fitness lifestyle has been a influence on her children as they are also active with various sports. [POSTMEDIA NEWS]

How to raise healthy fit kids? Try leading by example Parents who are hypocritical with their behaviour don’t influence children in positive way RACHEL NAUD FOR POSTMEDIA NEWS

Cruise control for runners invented Enjoy running but want to know how fast you’re moving? A pair of scientists at Simon Fraser University say they have invented a cruise control system for runners — one that uses sound to regulate the speed of paces. “This works much like cruise control in a car, where sound takes the throttle’s role,” said co-inventor Mark Snaterse who came up with the concept with fellow biomedical physiologist Max Donelan. “You can set the preferred speed for your run — say, 10 km in 50 minutes — before you head out. “During the run you just need to synchronize your steps with the sound, almost like you’re dancing. The tempo of the sound is automatically adjusted so that you reach your running goal.” For now, the metronome-like device is the size of a large backpack. But the inventors believe they can shrink it down, perhaps as an iPhone app.

Fitness has always been a family affair for Mera Seyffer. Growing up, the 36-year-old Hamilton, Ont.-based administrative assistant participated in track and field, baseball and volleyball. In her adult years, her love for fitness continued, and to this day the mother of three children runs marathons and volunteers at the YMCA teaching Aqua Fitness. But ask Seyffer what her greatest achievement is and it has nothing to do with ribbons or awards — it’s about being a positive role model to her children, Vayla, 17, Calvin, 13, and Xavier, 2. “It feels amazing,” says Seyffer. “I’m doing my job. I know, if anything, when my children get out there on their own, I’m not going to have to worry about them becoming unhealthy.” Vayla hits the gym four times a week for yoga, Pilates and core workouts and is considering volunteer fitness instructing alongside Seyffer. Calvin stays active through snowboarding and aqua fit classes, and little Xavier is getting into the action by singing the counting song as he climbs stairs with his mom. “If (parents) don’t show them how to be healthy, who else do they have?” says Seyffer. “We’re not sit-around people. If it’s nice out on a Saturday afternoon, we’ll play Frisbee, go for a walk or take the baby to the park and everyone runs around. In the winter we still

Children and healthy living • More than 60% of Canadian girls and 50% of Canadian boys under 17 are not active enough for proper growth and development. • Since 1981, obesity has tripled among Canadian children. • Money matters: 14% of Canadians said their finances are a barrier to getting their children active.

go for walks, we just bundle up. Or we play outside making snow forts.” Thanks to Seyffer’s efforts, her children won’t be among the 26% of children and youth in Canada considered to be overweight or obese. These obesity rates continue to increase into adulthood. Approximately one-third of normal-weight 20-year-olds will become overweight within eight years; approximately one-third of overweight 20-year-olds will become obese within eight years. If this trend continues, in 20 years Canada can expect 70% of the 35 to 44-year-olds in Canada to be overweight or obese. Currently 57% are overweight or obese. To avoid this prospect, parents need to get their children active and they have to show by example, experts say. “It’s often quoted that if a child has one overweight parent,

• According to the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey, children who eat five-plus servings of fruits and vegetables daily are less likely to be overweight than children who eat less than three servings. • Because of obesity, the younger generation today is the first generation of Canadians expected to have a shorter life span than their parents.

assuming a sedentary lifestyle there’s a 40% chance that child will have similar problems. If the child is raised in a home where both parents are overweight or obese, there’s an 80% chance that child will be overweight or obese,” says Dr. John Philpott, a Toronto pediatrician. Philpott works at the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic at Toronto’s East General hospital where he helps children ages three to 17 with their weight and lifestyle issues. He says to reduce the chance of Type 2 diabetes and other obesityrelated diseases, children need to be active from the get-go and parents need to establish rules and routines early on to incorporate fitness as part of the family culture. Philpott says if parents establish some healthy rules early on regarding TV time, activity time and meal time, there’s a 40%

reduction in the risk of obesity. “Why not have ‘silent Sunday’?” says Philpott. “Say between the hours of X and Z, there’s no TV. And during that time, if the weather is not dreadful, they are expected to be out of the house. If kids are outside, they’re not just going to stand there. They’ll organize themselves quite nicely to the surprise of their parents and have some unstructured play.” Paul Plakas, a personal trainer and fitness expert on the Slice Network’s X-Weighted Families, says parents need to create healthy habits for their children and become positive role models. Plakas says you don’t have to be a sports fanatic to encourage family fitness. “It doesn’t have to be a sport,” says Plakas. “It just has to be something the child likes that’s physical. It could be as simple as going camping as a family and enjoying the wilderness or getting the kids involved with the local Humane Society’s walking program with the animals. Kids will do it if you’re a good role model and do it with them.” Remember, he says, there’s strength in numbers. Having a strong support system within the family unit fosters an environment for healthy living. “It keeps everyone in check,” says Plakas. It’s going to be tough for one person to be lazy if the rest of the family is active. It keeps them going because everyone else is doing it.”

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Early balding linked to cancer Scientists say health of prostate might be connected to amount of hair you have at 20 “At present there is no hard evidence to show any benefit from screening the general population for prostate cancer. We need a way of identifying those men who are at high risk,” said Philippe Giraud of Paris Descartes University, who led the study. “Balding at the age of 20 may be one of these easily identifiable risk factors and more work needs to be done now to confirm this,” he said in a statement. Giraud, whose findings were published in the cancer journal Annals of Oncology, said men identified as at higher risk of prostate cancer could be selected for earlier screening, or for chemoprevention therapy using so-called anti-androgenic drugs like Merck’s MRK.N Proscar, or finasteride.


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LONDON — A study showing that men who start to go bald at 20 may be more likely to develop prostate cancer in later life suggests they might benefit from early screening or preventative therapy, scientists said on Tuesday. French researchers compared 388 men being treated for prostate cancer with 281 healthy men and found that those with the disease were twice as likely as the healthy men to have started losing their hair when they were 20. If the men only started going bald when they were 30 or 40, there was no difference in their risk of developing prostate cancer compared to the healthy group.

Finasteride is used to treat both prostate enlargement symptoms and baldness. It blocks the conversion of testosterone to an androgen hormone called dihydrotestosterone, which is thought to cause hair loss. GlaxoSmithKline GSK.L has a drug in the same class called Avodart, or dutasteride, and is currently seeking approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for a licence for use in men at higher risk of developing prostate cancer. But an FDA panel advised last month that GSK’s application should be rejected. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after lung cancer and kills an estimated

255,000 men each year. Androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, affects around 50 percent of men in their lifetime. Previous studies have established a link between baldness and androgenic hormones, and androgens also play a role in the development and growth of prostate cancer. Giraud and Michael Yassa of the University of Montreal, who also worked on the study, asked men to fill in a questionnaire about their history of prostate cancer, if any, and to indicate any hair loss they had at ages 20, 30 and 40 using pictures graded from stage I (no hair loss), to stage IV (receding hairline and balding from the top of the head).














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Don’t give in to selfish mother-in-law on smoking Dear Annie: I am having a problem with my mother-in-law. My husband is so upset that he doesn’t plan to speak to her again. My mother-in-law is a smoker. So are my husband, mother and father-in-law. We have asked everyone to smoke outside because I have young children and one has upper-respiratory issues. We have a screened-in porch with comfortable furniture where people are welcome to enjoy themselves. No one has a problem with this except my mother-in-law. She refuses to smoke outside. In addition, she refuses to visit unless she can smoke wherever she wants. Mom doesn’t believe smoking causes health issues, so we no longer allow our daughter to visit Mom at her home. In the past, our daughter has come home with inflamed bronchial tubes, requiring a nebulizer to breathe. Mom has turned this into a major feud, saying we are disrespectful to her. In her attempts to force us to allow her to smoke in the house, she has said some pretty nasty things to my husband. My husband is a wonderful son and has always been there for his mother whenever she needed anything. Now he is “dead” to her. Mom has told the entire family that we cut off access to the grandchildren “for no reason.” She sent my parents a lengthy e-mail to “let them know what we were doing to her.” She phoned our 10-year-old daughter and said Mommy and Daddy won’t let her visit. She told her to work on convincing us to let her smoke inside. We have never said a bad word to this woman. We always speak to her calmly, but we are not going to give in about the smoking. We’ve begged her to visit more often so our daughter can see her, but she refuses to abide by the rules. What can we do? — Texas Dear Texas: Nothing. You have made your home welcoming to smokers and non-smokers alike. Your mother-in-law is being a selfish pain in the behind and values her convenience over her family. This is HER choice. Continue to be calm, but do not give in. Shame on her. Dear Annie: I am a 46-year-old single mother of two. I recently had an interview at a small company and was asked whether I was married and had children. I thought this was against the law. I answered truthfully, and I believe that’s why I did not get the job, but how do I prove it? How am I supposed to answer such questions in the future without appearing rude or evasive? I know I cannot possibly be the only one who has had to face this sticky situation. — Discriminated Against Dear Discriminated: Prospective employers are not supposed to ask about your marital status, religion, age or whether you have children. Asking if you have children is another way of finding out whether you might have trouble working overtime or weekends. You can respond indirectly by saying that you are capable of performing whatever duties are required and putting in the necessary time. You also could say that you prefer to keep your personal life private and don’t feel comfortable talking about those things.





Shape your kids’ eating patterns

One sibling primary caretaker Generally caring for elderly parents falls to one child over the other, shows research her brother favoured waiting for an opening in a nursing home. After a battle that involved lawyers, Tenute was ultimately successful in getting her mom the care she thought she needed. However, she said the relationship between her brother who fought against her and all three of his siblings is “ruined.” “I wish that we had (worked this out ahead of time),” she said. “I never knew that (my brother) had these feelings.” Of those who said they had experienced that damaging fallout, 40% blamed it on the unwillingness of some siblings to share responsibilities in caring for parents. “Do what you can to maintain a relationship with your brother (or sister),” the study concludes. “Siblings are sometimes the only family relationships that endure. . . . That sibling relationship will continue after your parents are gone.” The study found that for siblings who are the primary caregivers of parents, they put in an average of 14 hours a week. That’s about three times more than their siblings. Some of the main factors that decided which sibling was the primary caregiver to their parents were location, or proximity, for 25%, while 17% said it was decided simply by “default.” The overall Canadian figures in this study were considered representative of the population within 4.2 percentage points, nine times out of 10.



It is amazing to observe my niece and nephew, who are almost two and four years old respectively, impersonate their parents. My sister Christa has been a devoted stay-at-home mom, teaching them life lessons, manners and healthy habits. Recently, my sister baked a fresh batch of cookies; Matthew, who doesn’t get treats every day, was ecstatic to have such a decadent snack. He loved them so much that after lunch he was allowed to have one more cookie. My sister declined his polite request to have a third cookie, so while she wasn’t looking, little Matthew snuck a cookie under his chair. Christa firmly said no, they would have some more cookies tomorrow — even after the little negotiator asked: “If I have fruit first, then can I have another cookie?” While his question was valid, it brings up some important lessons when it comes to eating with young children. Who Is In Charge? Childhood nutrition expert Ellyn Satter suggests the best way to set your kids up for healthy eating is to understand the division of responsibility for caregivers and kids. Parents should provide structure, support and opportunities. Children should choose how much and whether to eat from what the parents provide. From the time your kids are toddlers all the way through to a teenager, your job as a parent is to determine what, when and where to eat. Your children will be responsible for how much they will eat and whether they will eat at all. Once you accept this, feeding your family will become a lot easier. My sister did the right thing in offering well-balanced meals but still leaving room for some treats — this way, her kids will learn to enjoy all foods and respect that there are no good and bad foods. She did, however, structure what would be offered and when. This made sure that Matthew didn’t fill up on too many cookies, which could have interfered with his ability to eat other meals. Remember who is in charge. A four-year-old — or even most teenagers — do not have the wisdom to determine what to eat. Modelling Good Habits Your kids are like sponges. While external influences such as the media influence your child’s perception about body image and food, they absorb and learn the most from you. A 2008 research review article in Eating Behaviours suggested that moms directly influence their daughters’ eating habits and body image. An October 2000 study in the Journal of American Dietetic Association suggested that from 34 to 65% of girls aged five had ideas about dieting. In fact, when compared to girls whose mothers did not diet, girls whose mothers reported current or recent dieting were more than twice as likely to have ideas about dieting. Your kids see everything, even when you think they are not watching. If you skip breakfast, yet tell them it is the most important meal of the day, can you see this disconnected mixed message? Parents who model eating healthy foods and hold a philosophy that there are no good and bad foods set the stage for kids to have balanced eating habits.

Caring for an elderly parent can tear apart sibling relationships, especially when the division of responsibilities is less than equitable. That’s one of the conclusions of research released Tuesday that says when adult siblings have elderly parents who are in need of care, one sibling usually takes on the bulk of responsibility. The study, conducted by a group known as The Boomer Project, on behalf of home-service provider Home Instead Senior Care, looked at 383 Canadians with parents who need, or have recently needed, the help of their children to get by in life. Forty-one per cent said one sibling took on all or most of this responsibility. Just 3% said the division of labour was performed “equally.” The research resulted in a report called the 50-50 Rule; the first 50 refers to the average age at which people are likely to find themselves having to care for their parent. The other 50 refers to the need for siblings to share the responsibilities in a reasonable manner. “If you have become the primary caregiver and it’s getting to be too much, make sure your siblings know that you need help,” the report’s authors write. Of course, it’s not always a matter of lazy siblings letting another take on all the work. Sometimes, a domineering member of the family assumes control of the situation. But the results can nonethe-

When siblings don’t all take care of their aging parents, it can be very divisive for a family. [POSTMEDIA NEWS FILE PHOTO]

less, be divisive for a family. Jane Tenute of Hamilton said she no longer has any relationship with an older brother, who took it upon himself to call the shots with

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LONDON — People who don’t believe their pain medicine will work can actually reduce or even cancel out the effectiveness of the drug, and images of their brains show how they are doing it, scientists said on Wednesday. Researchers from Britain and Germany used brain scans to map how a person’s feelings and past experiences can influence the effectiveness of medicines, and found that a powerful painkilling drug with a true biological


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Canucks thrive in adversity

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Iain MacIntyre Opinion NASHVILLE — The Vancouver Canucks have gained more than they’ve lost in the last month, and that says something considering the defence’s earlier-thannormal annual mass migration to the medical room. We’re not talking about the wins gained, although those are nice, too. Eight in their last 10 games. We speak of the surviving Canucks’ mental strength, their confidence and conviction, their resourcefulness and resilience. “Guts” — or a more southern anatomical reference — is the technical term. Seven times since Jan. 14, a Canuck defenceman has hobbled away with a significant injury. It has been an unending conga limp. Yet, the team has not crumbled under the heft of the injuries as it has in other seasons. The Canucks, whose lineup now includes their 12th-string defenceman, had the day off Wednesday and the players who could tear themselves from the in-room movie system floated away to Music City’s honkytonks on a nine-point cushion atop the National Hockey League’s Western Conference. The Canucks sprinted into the playoffs the last couple of years only to discover they were neither deep nor strong enough to handle adversity. Now, in February, they’ve discovered there isn’t much that can stop them. “You have to learn to overcome challenges, but you can’t do that until you face them,” Canuck associate coach Rick Bowness said Wednesday. “Until you actually do it, it’s all bravado. Well, we’re showing we are a very resilient group. Poor play, bad scheduling, injuries, whatever ñ the playoffs are all about overcoming adversity. You have to overcome everything. And this should help us prepare for anything that’s going to come at us down the road.” And down the road, the Canucks won’t be much different than they are now. General manager Mike Gillis is so impressed — though not surprised


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Kevin Bieksa and Mason Raymond celebrate a goal against the Calgary Flames on February 12. [POSTMEDIA FILE PHOTO]

— by what he has seen the last month, he is inclined to let the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline pass quietly in Vancouver. He hasn’t the salary-cap space to get any player he wants, and he already has all the players he needs. He neither wants nor needs Ian White, the over-rated Carolina defenceman whose reported “trade” to Vancouver was Twitter’s April Fool’s joke for Feb. 16. “I don’t feel any compulsion that we need to do something,” Gillis said. “Last year, we had, in my mind, a very successful offseason in addressing the needs we felt we had to address. We have a really good mix of players and I’m not eager at all to disrupt anything we have going on in that room. It has to be exactly the right type of player to bring into this room if in fact we do anything. “We’re leading the league and have 200 man-games lost to injury. We’re pretty confident in the group we have.” More importantly, the group is confident in itself. Tuesday, they beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1. The Canucks won with top defenceman Kevin

Bieksa playing on one leg after a blocking a shot, and the bottom half of the blue-line comprised of Aaron Rome, Chris Tanev and Yann Sauve. They were playing one of the NHL’s hottest teams in a city where the Canucks’ last victory came against Gump Worsley. And still Vancouver won. Thursday, the Canucks plays another good team in the Nashville Predators. Win or not, the focus and confidence will be the same the next game against the Dallas Stars, and the game after that against the Montreal Canadiens. “There’s just sort of a quiet confidence about this group,” Gillis said. “They’re a really committed group that is determined to win games regardless of what’s going on around them. There’s just a different feeling about this team. “They come to work every day, they really like one another and get along really well. They hold each other accountable. They’re showing that on the ice. We’ve beaten every good team in this league. Our record is what it is. To even suggest that’d we’d take somebody off this team

to replace with somebody else, we’d have to be very, very secure with that idea. That’s unlikely.” Defencemen Alex Edler (back), Dan Hamhuis (concussion), Keith Ballard (knee) and Andrew Alberts (wrist) are gone but not forgotten. The Canucks hope to have all but Edler back before the playoffs, and Edler not long after they start. The foursome’s reintroduction to the Canuck lineup will have profoundly more positive impact than any trade Gillis could make. “How you deal with adversity and whether you continue to find ways to win are very important things that you build on throughout the course of a season,” Gillis said. “I think what happens when you get into the playoffs having gone through that, you’re much better positioned to deal with things that come your way. This is a much stronger team than we had, top to bottom, the last couple of years. I think it’s a number of different factors, not just one. But I do have a different sense about this team now than I’ve ever had before.” He’s not the only one.

Islanders rookie Grabner tells naked truth First things first, Michael Grabner was not sitting in the buff in his hotel room the other night waiting for room service to arrive. Rather, the New York Islanders rookie was relaxing in his hotel room in Buffalo watching TV and waiting for his cheeseburger. It’s amazing how these things can get lost in translation, especially on Twitter, where you’re limited to 140 characters or less. “It was a total misunderstanding,” said Grabner, stifling a

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Grizzlies forward out with injured shoulder A partially dislocated left shoulder will sideline Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay for at least four weeks as the team chances an NBA playoff spot, the Grizzlies said Wednesday. Gay, who is averaging 19.8 points and 6.0 rebounds a game, suffered the injury in the second quarter of a 102-91 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday and had the diagnosis and timeframe made after an MRI exam Wednesday. Memphis has not reached the NBA playoffs since 2006 but Gay looked to be a major reason why that drought might end, sparking the Grizzlies past Miami in November and hitting a last-second shot last month to beat Toronto.


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Vancouver Island University’s Jenny Aronson and partner Bryan Cassels, of Victoria recently won the B.C. College Athletic Association’s mixed double title, earning a berth at the 2011 National Badminton Championships in New Brunswick. Last season, Aronson partnered with Nanaimo’s Mike Clark to win the B.C.s but finish in fourth in the nationals, out of the medal standings. She was named the BCCAA female athlete of the week for the week ending Feb. 13. Last weekend Aronson and Cassels went undefeated in round robin play to clinch the gold. Their most challenging match was a match that went the distance against Douglas College’s Darren Cho and Amy Leung. VIU would defeat Douglas 21-17, 18-21, 21-14 in that match. BCCAA’s male athlete for the week is another badminton player — Langara College’s Pierre Tang. He and partner Chris Chung won the men’s doubles event and will join Aronson in New Brunswick to challenge for the national title.

laugh over on the phone from Long Island prior to the Islanders practice on Wednesday. “When I tweeted ‘Sitting in hotel in buff,’ I meant the city. You should have seen the comments from women, I can’t even tell you what they wrote . . . My teammates got a good kick out of it though.” The Islanders may well be the only ones laughing. Grabner’s 25 goals tops all rookies and his 35 points put him third in scoring for first year players. Pretty impressive stuff for a guy who was acquired for almost noth-

ing off waivers from the Florida Panthers at the start of the season. And it’s on that topic where Grabner also wants to clear the air. Based on his performance at Florida’s training camp this fall, he would have cut himself, too. So knock it off with the Dale Tallon jokes, already. Tallon has gone on the record to say Grabner’s poor camp led him to stick with players he knew over the 23-year-old native of Vienna, Austria. “I played tentative, I wasn’t even close to playing my game,” said Grabner.


Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was admitted to hospital early Wednesday and is undergoing tests for an “undisclosed health concern.” The 52-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., first went to the emergency room on Tuesday night. “Joel presented severe discomfort late last night at his home in suburban Chicago. He went to the emergency room and was admitted early this morning,” Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement. “He is currently in stable condition and is being treated for an undisclosed health concern today, not of cardiac nature. NEWS SERVICES


Pujols and Cardinals miss deadline for deal extension AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals missed their Wednesday deadline to negotiate a new contract before the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season next month. That means the 31-year-old Dominican slugger, a three-time National League Most Valuable Player, is all-but certain to test his value as a free agent after the upcoming campaign. “We are greatly disappointed at this outcome,” Cardinals chairman William DeWitt said Wednesday. “We will revisit it again following the 2011 season, at which

time we will again make every effort to keep him as a Cardinal.” The Cardinals are willing to negotiate but Pujols does not want such talks to interfere with the new season, in which he will be paid $16 million. Dan Lozano, the agent for Pujols, said in a statement that the passing of the deadline does not mean for certain that his “iconic” client will not be wearing a Cardinals uniform in 2012. “The expiration of today’s deadline does not eliminate the possibility of Albert returning to the Cardinals in 2012, but simply delays negotiations until the conclusion of the Cardinals’ season,” he said.



Heat’s Bosh gets the last laugh on return to Toronto Former Raptor got a rocky reception from fans as Miami team won 103-95 ERIC KOREEN POSTMEDIA NEWS

TORONTO — There was some hate. There were some signs. One Toronto Raptors fan depicted Chris Bosh as RuPaul, the flamboyant female impersonator. Another suggested Bosh was the adolescent cast member in the Miami Heat’s version of the sitcom Two and a Half Men. In his return to the city where he played for his first seven professional years, Bosh, however, showed he was worthy of playing next to his two Hall of Famebound teammates. On Wednesday night, Bosh did what he did so many nights in his seven seasons as a Raptor: He delivered a quiet, composed and understated performance. His 25 points helped his Heat top the Raptors 103-95 in his first visit to Air Canada Centre as an opponent. “I’m glad to get it over with,” Bosh said after the game. “The suspense is the killer. It was a different environment.” Bosh hit his normal collection of jumpers and layups, and seemed hardly affected by what was directed at him. Of course, he was in a favourable position, seeing as opponents cannot focus solely on Bosh, as they did while he was playing the Raptors. But if Bosh was the reason to come to the arena, Dwyane Wade was the reason to stay. Wade deftly sliced to the rim all night, finishing with 28 points. It was a relentless display. LeBron James added 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Give the Raptors credit, though. They did not turtle as the Cavaliers did when LeBron James returned to Cleveland more than two months ago. Many times, the Heat pushed the lead to double digits, and each time the Raptors fought back with a mini-run. Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani scored 38 points, including

Chris Bosh drives around Raptor Amir Johnson at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Wednesday. [GETTY IMAGES]

17 in the fourth quarter, while DeMar DeRozan added 24. There just was not quite enough help or resistance. “People are coming because it’s about him initially, and his return here,” Raptors coach Jay Triano said. “But I think in the end, they don’t (care about that.) Hopefully the fans appreciated the way our guys play, the fact that we’re young and a growing team. They got onside with us.” The crowd focused in and out on Bosh, serenading him with chants in both the first quarter — “over-rated” — and in the fourth — “Ru-Paul, Ru-Paul,” a nod to the nickname Shaquille O’Neal tried to apply to Bosh in 2009. The hate dissipated though, in no small part because of the Heat’s general

control of the game. Bosh was booed as he skipped on the floor with his teammates 18 minutes before tip, but it was tame. The building did not fill up until just before the starting lineups, although that did not stop those that showed up early from booing Bosh as his face flashed across the centre-court video screen. The disapproval continued as the starting lineups were announced, but it was not much louder for him than it was for James. “It’s more of a big deal now only because I’m not here,” Bosh said before the game. “It’s going to be an exciting night. They have fantastic fans here. This is a wonderful arena to play in. There’s going to be a lot of excitement. There

has been excitement before. A lot of people have been itching for that. We’ll probably see a lot of that tonight. “It makes it exciting. My nerves are working.” It was a glorious start for Bosh haters. An entry pass to him resulted in a turnover; Bargnani hit a three-pointer over him; Bosh missed a layup; Bargnani faked out Bosh on the post. The Raptors crowd was feeling good, but was never extraordinarily loud, at least in terms of unadulterated hate. So when Bosh got it going — a pair of free throws, two layups in the first quarter — there was not much vitriol. It was more resignation, perhaps the result of a brutal Raptors season.

Crabb sends Leafs past Sabres MICHAEL TRAIKOS POSTMEDIA NEWS

BUFFALO, New York — We know how it looks. Francois Beauchemin and Kris Versteeg have been traded. JeanSebastien Giguere is hurt. And Tomas Kaberle looks to be headed out the door. By all accounts, the Toronto Maple Leafs should be plummeting in the standings. But here they are, with a patchwork roster, looking like they just might make an improbable run towards the playoffs. A 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night moved the Leafs ahead of the Florida Panthers into 11th place in the Eastern Conference. With 24 games remaining, Toronto is now four points behind the Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers and trails the eighthplace Carolina Hurricanes by only six points. “We’re not giving up,” Joey Crabb, who began the season in the American Hockey League, said after scoring the gamewinning goal. “We’ve been checking the standings. We definitely have a shot. But you can’t look at it too much. I think you just have to look at it game by game, and I think we’ve been doing that. We know we’re not the most talented team in the league . . . but as long as you put in the effort, you have the chance.” A lot still has to happen before the Leafs are serious playoff contenders. But with a favourable upcoming schedule — Toronto next plays the East’s bottom two teams, last-place Ottawa on Saturday and the 14th-place Islanders on Monday — the Leafs could easily gain some ground. “We got it down to six (points) now,” head coach Ron Wilson said, “so if there’s six to eight weeks left, you just take a point a week — if you look at it that way — and we can get yourself in.” The key, for the Leafs, will be winning games against the teams they are chasing. Since 2005-06, the Sabres were 29-9-1 against the Leafs.


Stricker plans to keep a low profile AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES — Defending champion or not, Steve Stricker is happy to keep a low profile coming into the $6.5 million Northern Trust Open that starts Thursday at Riviera Country Club. “I really don’t feel like I’m the guy to beat by any means,” Stricker said. “I just try to fly in under the radar a little bit and try and do my own thing.” Stricker has two top-10 finishes in two US PGA Tour starts this year and a tie for 45th in his first foray to the Qatar Masters earlier this month. Stricker said he enjoyed the trip, although it gave him a new appreciation for players who routinely traverse the globe. “I found it very hard to go over there and concentrate and play well,” he said. “I can see when these guys travel across from Europe to here how difficult it has got to be for them.” While Stricker is back in his comfort zone, he has had little of the kind of practice he prefers as his native Wisconsin remains in the grip of winter weather that prohibits playing golf. “I’m a little rusty,” Stricker said. “This time of the year I never know really what to expect from my game.” Stricker was encouraged by his play in Wednesday’s pro-am, but noted that early rain already had the 7,325-yard, par-71 Riviera course playing longer with more rain forecast for Friday and Saturday. “It’s going to make it more difficult,” he said. Masters champion Phil Mickelson is the last player to win backto-back US PGA Tour titles at Riviera, a historic course tucked into the hills in Pacific Palisades west of Los Angeles. Mickelson won here in 200708 and the American reiterated Wednesday that he believes he is playing well, even though he has yet to claim a title in 2011. “I’ve got just a slight hurdle

Defending champion Steve Stricker of the US, tees off at the 8th hole during the Pro-Am event prior to the start of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday. [GETTY IMAGES]

to get over where I’ve got to get the scores down to how I feel I’m playing,” said Mickelson, who was runner-up at Torrey Pines in January and finished tied for ninth at Pebble Beach last week. “Some of that will be course management, some of that will just be getting a couple putts to drop. “But I feel like I’m right on the cusp of playing some really good golf.” Bubba Watson, who edged Mickelson by one stroke at Torrey Pines, is in the field, as is Venezuelan rookie Jhonattan Vegas, the surprise winner of the Bob Hope Classic in January. Mickelson will tee off alongside England’s Luke Donald, who came on strong in the final round to finish runner-up to Stricker here last year, and Paul Casey. The field also includes British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

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Past 10 W-L-OL-SL

Detroit 56 34 Nashville 57 30 Chicago 57 29 Columbus 57 28 St. Louis 55 25 NORTHWEST DIVISION

16 19 22 23 21

4 5 2 3 4

2 3 4 3 5

187 151 180 155 148

163 135 159 172 164

74 68 64 62 59

17-8-4 17-8-2 13-5-7 17-14-1 17-13-0 12-9-6 14-13-2 14-10-4 17-8-4 8-13-5

6-4-0-0 4-4-1-1 4-4-0-2 6-3-0-1 3-4-2-1

Vancouver Calgary Minnesota Colorado Edmonton

37 30 30 25 17

12 22 22 26 32

4 3 1 7 1

5 5 4 0 7

196 181 148 173 141

137 175 152 198 194

83 68 65 57 42

20-4-5 17-8-4 17-9-3 13-13-5 14-12-2 16-10-3 14-14-4 11-12-3 8-17-4 9-15-4

8-2-0-0 7-1-1-1 6-4-0-0 1-8-1-0 3-7-0-0

30 32 31 31 32

19 22 21 21 22

6 2 2 4 2

3 2 4 2 1

165 165 162 160 160

162 164 166 152 135

69 68 68 68 67

14-10-5 17-9-1 17-8-5 13-10-3 17-9-1

6-4-0-0 7-3-0-0 2-7-1-0 7-2-0-1 8-0-1-1

58 60 57 58 57

Atlantic Division W L Boston 40 14 New York 28 26 Philadelphia 27 29 New Jersey 17 40 Toronto 15 41 Southeast Division W L Miami 41 15 Orlando 36 21 Atlanta 34 21 Charlotte 24 32 Washington 15 39 Central Division W L Chicago 37 16 Indiana 24 30 Milwaukee 21 34 Detroit 21 36 Cleveland 10 46

PACIFIC DIVISION Phoenix Anaheim Dallas San Jose Los Angeles

58 58 58 58 57

16-9-4 15-13-3 14-13-1 18-11-3 15-13-2

Past 10 L OTL SOL F 19 2 5 175 20 4 3 153 23 6 0 165 27 3 3 150 30 5 4 129

A 139 146 166 178 190

Pts 69 69 60 56 45

Home Away 15-12-3 16-7-4 19-7-6 12-13-1 12-13-2 15-10-4 13-11-5 12-16-1 9-15-5 9-15-4


14 19 24 30 29

2 2 2 3 3

3 2 2 1 4

190 176 162 123 155

144 143 144 160 189

81 76 64 50 49

20-8-2 18-6-3 20-10-1 16-9-3 13-12-3 17-12-1 13-13-3 10-17-1 10-12-4 11-17-3

7-3-0-0 6-4-0-0 3-6-0-1 8-1-1-0 6-4-0-0

17 18 23 23 25

3 5 4 4 3

3 5 4 6 4

175 160 170 167 148

176 149 178 188 152

74 70 62 60 55

19-6-3 17-7-7 14-9-2 13-12-5 12-10-6

7-2-0-1 4-4-0-2 4-4-2-0 2-5-1-2 3-5-1-1

5-5-0-0 4-3-0-3 6-3-1-0 6-3-1-0 1-7-1-1

57 59 58 57 57

38 36 30 23 21

57 58 58 58 56

34 30 27 25 24

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS Toronto 2 Buffalo 1 New Jersey 3 Carolina 2 Los Angeles 4 Columbus 3 (SO) Philadelphia 4 Florida 2 Chicago 3 Minnesota 1 Pittsburgh 3 Colorado 2 (OT) Calgary 4 Dallas 2 Washington 7 Anaheim 6

15-11-3 13-11-3 13-14-6 12-11-5 12-15-1

TUESDAY’S RESULTS Toronto 4 Boston 3 Buffalo 3 Montreal 2 (SO) NY Islanders 4 Ottawa 3 (SO) Philadelphia 4 Tampa Bay 3(SO) San Jose 2 Nashville 1 (OT) Vancouver 4 Minnesota 1 Edmonton 4 Dallas 1

Boston at NY Islanders, 4 p.m. Los Angeles at NY Rangers, 4 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m. Vancouver at Nashville, 5 p.m. Montreal at Edmonton, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Phoenix, 6 p.m. Washington at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.


FRIDAY’S GAMES NY Rangers at New Jersey, 4 p.m.; St. Louis at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.; Boston at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.; Detroit at Florida, 4:30 p.m.; Philadelphia at Carolina, 5 p.m.; Anaheim at Minnesota, 5 p.m.; Columbus at Chicago, 5:30 p.m. LEGEND: G-Games; Pts-Points; W-Wins; L-Losses ; SOL-Shoot Out Loss; OTL- Overtime Losses; F-Goals For; A-Goals Against; Home-Record in Home Games; Away-Record in Away Games; P10-Record in Past 10 Games; Vs East/West-Record Vs Own Conference; GFPG-Goals For Per Game; GAPG-Goals Against Per Game; y- Clinched Division; zClinched Conference d- Division Leaders; x- Clinched Playoff Berth

Barcelona’s Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes shows his disappointment during his team’s UEFA Champions League game against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in London on Wednesday. Arsenal gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the Champions League by coming from behind to stun favourites Barcelona 2-1. [GETTY IMAGES]

First Period No Scoring Penalties — T Brent Tor (interference) 2:36; Bench Tor (too many men served by J Lupul) 14:22; M Grabovski Tor (hooking) 16:27. Second Period 1. Toronto, P Kessel 22 (T Kaberle, J Lupul) 04:36. Penalties — T Connolly Buf (tripping, roughing) 10:09; J Lupul Tor (roughing) 10:09. Third Period 2. Toronto, J Crabb 1 (sh) (T Brent) 08:29. 3. Buffalo, P Gaustad 8 (D Stafford, C Butler) 10:20. Penalties — N Gerbe Buf (slashing) 4:44; P Gaustad Buf (hooking) 5:10; C Gunnarsson Tor (hooking) 7:49. Shots on goal by Toronto 5 10 15—30 Buffalo 9 8 7—24 Power plays (goals-chances) — Toronto: 0-3, Buffalo: 0-4. Goal (shots-saves) — Toronto: JS Giguere (9-9), J Reimer (Start of 2nd period, 15-14, W, 8-4-1). Buffalo: R Miller (30-28, L, 24-16-5). Att. at Buffalo, N.Y. — 18,414.

6. Columbus, K Russell 3 (J Voracek, R Nash) 18:37. Penalties — K Russell Clb (high-sticking) 12:28. Overtime No Scoring Penalties — No Penalties. Shootout Los Angeles - M Handzus (saved), Jarret Stoll (goal). Columbus - R Nash (saved), M Calvert (saved), K Huselius (saved). Shots on goal by Los Angeles 10 10 7 2—29 Columbus 7 7 9 2—24 Power plays (goals-chances) — Los Angeles: 03, Columbus: 0-2. Goal (shots-saves) — Los Angeles: J Quick (2421, W, 26-14-2). Columbus: M Garon (29-26, L, 99-4). Att. at Columbus, Ohio — 12,442.

Penguins 3 Avalanche 2 (OT)

First Period 1. Pittsburgh, J Vitale 1 (B Sterling, P Martin) 17:27. Penalties — No Penalties. Second Period 2. Colorado, C Stewart 13 (D Jones, JM Liles) Devils 3 Hurricanes 2 03:24. First Period 3. Colorado, C Gaunce 1 (M Hunwick, P Stastny) No Scoring. 14:19. Penalties — T Bodie Car (major fighting) 1:47; M 4. Pittsburgh, J Staal 6 (N Johnson, K Letang) Fraser NJD (major fighting) 1:47. 14:51. Second Period Penalties — P Stastny Col (high-sticking) 0:43; R 1. New Jersey, I Kovalchuk 20 (N Palmieri, T Wilson Col (major fighting) 5:01; N Johnson Pit Zajac) 5:41. (major fighting) 5:01; R O’Byrne Col (holding) Penalties — C White NJD (hooking) 19:58; J 11:36; J Vitale Pit (hooking) 16:58; C Adams Pit Jokinen Car (diving) 19:58. (tripping) 18:20. Third Period Third Period 2. New Jersey, B Rolston 9 (P Elias, A Salmela) No Scoring 0:34. Penalties — R O’Byrne Col (cross-checking) 3. New Jersey, P Elias 14 (B Rolston, M Fayne) 3:33; C McLeod Col (holding) 10:06. 1:59. Overtime 4. Carolina, S Samsonov 10 (J Tlusty) 8:17. 5. Pittsburgh, T Kennedy 12 (pp) (A Goligoski, K 5. Carolina, T Ruutu 14 (E Staal, J McBain) 19:55. Letang) 04:10. Penalties — C White NJD (interference) 8:42; M Penalties — K Porter Col (tripping) 3:34. Fraser NJD (cross-checking) 11:02; J Skinner Car Shots on goal by (hooking) 11:42. Pittsburgh 10 13 11 2—36 Shots on goal by 11 12 7 1—31 Carolina 5 6 16—27 Colorado Power plays (goals-chances) — Pittsburgh: 1-5, New Jersey 6 8 8—22 Power plays (goals-chances) — Carolina: 0-2. Colorado: 0-2. Goal (shots-saves) — Pittsburgh: MA Fleury (31New Jersey: 0-2. Goal (shots-saves) — Carolina: C Ward (22-19, 29, W, 27-14-2). Colorado: P Budaj (36-33, L, 12L, 24-19-7). New Jersey: J Hedberg (27-25, W, 11-4).. Att. at Denver, Colo. — 17,357. 10-10-2). Att. at Newark, N.J.—14,445.

Flames 4 Stars 2

Flyers 4 Panthers 2

First Period 1. Calgary, O Jokinen 13 (M Giordano, D Moss) First Period 1. Philadelphia, M Richards 18 (K Versteeg, D 4:14. Penalties — M Fistric Dal (interference) 16:41. Carcillo) 8:36. 2. Philadelphia, A Nodl 10 (D Briere, S Hartnell) Second Period 2. Dallas, M Ribeiro 11 (B Morrow, J 9:41. Penalties — D Carcillo Phi (holding) 1:41; M Langenbrunner) 7:21. Santorelli Fla (slashing) 2:49; D Hordichuk Fla 3. Dallas, J Langenbrunner 6 (J Neal, T Daley) 10:47. (boarding) 10:48; S Weiss Fla (holding) 15:49. 4. Calgary, T Kostopoulos 5 (pp) (R Bourque, A Second Period 3. Philadelphia, J van Riemsdyk 14 (D Briere, M Babchuk) 14:09. Carle) 5:50. Penalties — M Giordano Cgy (holding) 8:42; J Penalties — B Coburn Phi (high-sticking) 10:28; Langenbrunner Dal (slashing) 12:19; K Skrastins M Santorelli Fla (interference) 18:12. Dal (holding) 17:49. Third Period Third Period 4. Florida, R Olesz 6 (pp) (J Garrison, M 5. Calgary, C Sarich 3 (M Backlund) 2:35. Reasoner) 1:40. 6. Calgary, S Staios 2 (sh) (R Bourque, M Stajan) 5. Florida, D Booth 16 (Unassisted) 12:29. 4:47. 6. Philadelphia, D Briere 28 (en) (A Nodl) 19:38. Penalties — J Bouwmeester Cgy (tripping) 3:04. Penalties — C Pronger Phi (interference) 0:44. Shots on goal by Shots on goal by Dallas 3 10 11—24 Philadelphia 18 8 9—35 Calgary 16 5 10—31 Florida 5 11 19—35 Power plays (goals-chances) — Dallas: 0-2. Power plays (goals-chances) — Philadelphia: 0- Calgary: 1-3. 4. Florida: 1-3. Goal (shots-saves) — Dallas: K Lehtonen (31Goal (shots-saves) — Philadelphia: S Bobrovsky 27, L, 23-17-6), A Raycroft (04:47 of 3rd period, (35-33, W, 23-8-3). Florida: T Vokoun (34-31, L, 0-0), K Lehtonen (05:00 of 3rd period). Calgary: 19-19-4). M Kiprusoff (24-22, 26-19-4). Att. at Sunrise, Fla.—17,077. Att. at Calgary, Alta.—19,289

Blackhawks 3 Wild 1 First Period 1. Chicago, B Campbell 3 (pp) (D Bolland, M Hossa) 12:59. Penalties — N Hjalmarsson Chi (hooking) 5:21; M Cullen Min (high-sticking) 11:37; Bench Chi (too many men served by P Kane) 14:52. Second Period No Scoring Penalties — C Stoner Min (hooking) 0:42; C Clutterbuck Min (high-sticking, high-sticking) 2:57; N Schultz Min (tripping) 11:57. Third Period 2. Minnesota, M Cullen 11 (pp) (J Spurgeon, M Koivu) 06:59. 3. Chicago, T Brouwer 17 (pp) (D Bolland, D Keith) 07:33. 4. Chicago, J Dowell 6 (en) (D Bolland, M Hossa) 19:01. Penalties — B Bickell Chi (goaltender interference) 5:22; C Kobasew Min (interference) 7:22. Shots on goal by Minnesota 17 8 9—34 Chicago 10 18 9—37 Power plays (goals-chances) — Minnesota: 1-3, Chicago: 2-6. Goal (shots-saves) — Minnesota: J Theodore (36-34, L, 10-8-2). Chicago: C Crawford (34-33, W, 18-11-3). Att. at Chicago, Ill. — 21,535.

Capitals 7 Ducks 6

First Period 1. Anaheim, R Getzlaf 14 (pp) (J Blake, B Ryan) 04:10. 2. Washington, A Ovechkin 22 (N Backstrom, K Alzner) 10:43. 3. Washington, B Laich 12 (Unassisted) 16:07. 4. Anaheim, T Selanne 18 (S Koivu, L Sbisa) 18:05. 5. Anaheim, T Lydman 3 (C Perry, R Getzlaf) 19:29. Penalties — T Sloan Was (interference) 2:40. Second Period 6. Anaheim, C Perry 29 (sh) (L Sbisa, B McMillan) 06:21. 7. Washington, D Steckel 5 (B Gordon, M Hendricks) 07:52. 8. Washington, A Semin 19 (M Johansson, A Ovechkin) 09:41. 9. Anaheim, L Visnovsky 9 (C Perry, R Getzlaf) 13:18. Penalties — A Sutton Ana (tripping) 5:04; J Erskine Was (major fighting) 16:47; A Sutton Ana (major fighting, boarding) 16:47; J Erskine Was (instigator, misconduct) 16:47; J Chimera Was (goaltender interference) 18:57. Third Period 10. Washington, M Knuble 14 (N Backstrom, K Alzner) 00:58. 11. Anaheim, B Ryan 28 (R Getzlaf, C Perry) Kings 4 Blue Jackets 3 (SO) 05:51. 12. Washington, A Semin 20 (S Hannan, M First Period 1. Los Angeles, J Williams 20 (A Loktionov, A Hendricks) 11:37. 13. Washington, A Semin 21 (B Laich, K Alzner) Martinez) 16:52. 2. Columbus, J Voracek 11 (D MacKenzie, R 18:13. Penalties — D Sexton Ana (tripping) 8:46; M Nash) 18:34. Penalties — G Clitsome Clb (high-sticking) 14:46. Perreault Was (slashing) 10:37; F Beauchemin Ana (slashing) 10:37. Second Period 3. Los Angeles, A Loktionov 4 (M Greene) 13:05. Shots on goal by 10 11 10—31 4. Columbus, R Nash 27 (D MacKenzie, G Washington Anaheim 9 7 5—21 Clitsome) 15:14. Penalties — C Clark Clb (elbowing) 4:55; D Power plays (goals-chances) — Washington: 0Doughty LA (hooking) 18:24; T Lewis LA (tripping) 2, Anaheim: 1-2. Goal (shots-saves) — Washington: S Varlamov 18:31. (9-6), M Neuvirth (Start of 2nd period, 12-9, W, 16Third Period 5. Los Angeles, D Doughty 8 (M Handzus, A 8-4). Anaheim: C McElhinney (31-24, L, 6-6-1). Att. at Anaheim, Calif. — 15,579. Kopitar) 06:08.

GB – 13.5 17 18 28.5

GB – 9 11 16.5 23 GB – 7 14.5 16 21 GB – 4 4.5 5.5 23

Memphis 102 Philadelphia 91 Phoenix 102 Utah 101 Golden State 102 New Orleans 89 Thursday’s Games San Antonio at Chicago, 5 p.m. Dallas at Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. Friday’s Game NBA Rookie Challenge Rookies vs. Sophomores, 6 p.m. Saturday NBA All Star Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday’s Game NBA All Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles East vs. West, 5 p.m. Monday, February 21 No Games Scheduled Miami 29 21 30 23—103 Toronto 27 19 26 23 —95 Miami - Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.784. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (E House 1-5, M Chalmers 1-2, L James 0-2, C Arroyo 0-1, C Bosh 0-1). Rebounds: 49, Assists: 22, Fouls: 14 Toronto - Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (A Bargnani 5-6, J Calderon 14, L Barbosa 0-2, J Bayless 0-1, D DeRozan 0-1). Rebounds: 41, Assists: 26, Fouls: 24 Technical fouls: Miami - 1 (L James, 10:29 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. T—2:15. Att. at Toronto, Ont.—20,156.

Tuesday’s Results (2) Ohio State 71 Michigan State 61 (15) Villanova 60 Seton Hall 57 (19) North Carolina 78 Wake Forest 64 (20) Missouri 92 Texas Tech 84 (22) Kentucky 85 Mississippi State 79 Thursday’s Games Washington State at (12) Arizona, 5:30 p.m. Richmond at (23) Temple, 4 p.m. Friday’s Game (13) Connecticut at (16) Louisville, 6 p.m.

WINTER GAMES Western Conference North Division G W L OL SL GF Manitoba 54 29 19 1 5 154 Lake Erie 58 28 22 3 5 154 Hamilton 53 28 20 1 4 152 Toronto 56 27 22 0 7 164 Abbotsford 56 27 22 2 5 131 Grand Rapids 55 24 24 1 6 154 Rochester 55 24 26 3 2 149 West Division G W L OL SL GF Houston 56 32 20 1 3 152 Peoria 55 31 19 2 3 150 Milwaukee 52 29 14 2 7 148 San Antonio 54 32 20 2 0 168 Texas 54 29 19 3 3 149 Oklahoma City 54 28 19 2 5 170 Chicago 56 27 23 2 4 182 Rockford 52 21 24 3 4 132

GA 136 155 132 159 150 172 173

Pts 64 64 61 61 61 55 53

GA 146 139 131 154 145 153 187 156

Pts 68 67 67 66 64 63 60 49

Eastern Conference Maple Leafs 2 Sabres 1

Pct .698 .444 .382 .368 .179

Wednesday’s Results: (5) Duke 56 Virginia 41 (3) Texas 73 Oklahoma State 55 (4) Pittsburgh 67 South Florida 55 (6) San Diego State 68 New Mexico 62 (13) Connecticut 78 (9) Georgetown 70 (11) Purdue 70 (10) Wisconsin 62 Cincinnati 63 (16) Louisville 54 (18) Vanderbilt 64 Georgia 56 (21) Texas A&M 71 Iowa State 66 (24) Xavier 74 Saint Joseph’s 54 (25) Utah State 100 Montana Western 66

The agony of defeat

AHL Season Series Boston 1-0 0-0 0-0 Van 1-0 Edm 1-0 0-0 SJ 1-0

GB – 5.5 6.5 17 25

Pacific Division W L Pct 38 19 .667 27 26 .509 26 29 .473 21 35 .375 13 40 .245 Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 46 9 .836 Dallas 39 16 .709 New Orleans 33 25 .569 Memphis 31 26 .544 Houston 26 31 .456 Northwest Division W L Pct Okla City 35 19 .648 Portland 32 24 .571 Denver 32 25 .561 Utah 31 26 .544 Minnesota 13 43 .232 L.A. Lakers Phoenix Golden State L.A. Clippers Sacramento

NCAA Top 25

Today's Games TV/Satellite

Pct .732 .632 .618 .429 .278

Heat 103 Raptors 95

SOUTHEAST DIVISION Tampa Bay Washington Carolina Atlanta Florida

GB – 12 14 24.5 26

MIAMI (103) Totals 36-73 29-37 103. Wade 10-18 8-10 28, Chalmers 2-4 0-0 5, James 8-18 7-10 23, Bosh 716 11-12 25, Ilgauskas 3-4 0-0 6, Dampier 3-3 24 8, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Arroyo 0-2 0-0 0, House 38 1-1 8, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. TORONTO (95) Totals 36-87 17-20 95. Calderon 2-9 0-1 5, DeRozan 9-20 6-6 24, Weems 0-2 2-2 2, Bargnani 15-26 3-4 38, Johnson 2-10 1-2 5, Davis 4-5 0-0 8, Barbosa 1-7 3-3 5, Ajinca 3-5 0-0 6, Bayless 0-3 2-2 2.

ATLANTIC DIVISION Philadelphia Pittsburgh NY Rangers New Jersey NY Islanders

Pct .741 .519 .482 .298 .268

Wednesday’s Results Orlando 101 Washington 76 Miami 103 Toronto 95 New York 102 Atlanta 90 Boston 94 New Jersey 80 Cleveland 104 L.A. Lakers 99 Detroit 115 Indiana 109 (OT) L.A. Clippers 98 Minnesota 90 Philadelphia 114 Houston 105 Dallas 116 Sacramento 100 Golden State 107 Utah 100 Denver 94 Milwaukee 87 Portland 103 New Orleans 96 Tuesday’s Results Miami 110 Indiana 103 Chicago 106 Charlotte 94 Oklahoma City 126 Sacramento 96

EASTERN CONFERENCE NORTHEAST DIVISION G W Boston 57 31 Montreal 58 31 Buffalo 56 27 Toronto 58 25 Ottawa 57 18

Western Conference

Atlantic Division G W L OL SL GF GA Pts Manchester 56 33 17 1 5 181 151 72 Portland 53 33 15 4 1 188 153 71 Connecticut 55 26 22 2 5 151 155 59 Worcester 52 25 19 2 6 141 154 58 Springfield 54 25 25 1 3 165 174 54 Providence 55 23 28 3 1 130 180 50 Bridgeport 54 19 28 3 4 144 179 45 East Division G W L OL SL GF GA Pts W-B/Scranton 55 40 15 0 0 184 127 80 Hershey 54 34 16 1 3 184 132 72 Charlotte 55 30 19 2 4 189 175 66 Norfolk 54 27 16 8 3 184 149 65 Binghamton 54 28 20 3 3 173 149 62 Albany 52 20 29 0 3 130 183 43 Syracuse 53 18 29 2 4 125 172 42 Adirondack 54 18 30 3 3 125 182 42 Wednesday’s Results Lake Erie 4 Texas 2 Portland 7 Providence 0 Springfield 4 Bridgeport 3 (SO) Adirondack 4 Syracuse 2 Grand Rapids 5 Hamilton 3 Rochester 6 Worcester 4 Rockford 2 Peoria 1 Toronto 5 Manitoba 3 Tuesday’s Results Albany 3 Charlotte 0 Hershey 2 Norfolk 1 Toronto 2 Manitoba 1 Thursday’s Game Chicago at Houston, 9:05 a.m. Friday’s Games Worcester at Albany, 4 p.m. Texas at Grand Rapids, 4 p.m. Hamilton at Toronto, 4 p.m. Charlotte at Binghamton, 4:05 p.m. Portland at Providence, 4:05 p.m. Connecticut at Adirondack, 4:30 p.m. W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 4:30 p.m. Manchester at Springfield, 4:30 p.m. San Antonio at Syracuse, 4:30 p.m. Hershey at Rochester, 4:35 p.m. Houston at Milwaukee, 5 p.m. Chicago at Rockford, 5:05 p.m. Lake Erie at Manitoba, 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma City vs. Abbotsford (at Calgary), 6 p.m. Saturday, February 19 Grand Rapids at Toronto, 12 p.m. San Antonio at Hamilton, 1 p.m. Charlotte at Adirondack, 4 p.m. Providence at Connecticut, 4 p.m. Bridgeport at Hershey, 4 p.m. Portland at Manchester, 4 p.m. Worcester at Springfield, 4 p.m. Albany at Binghamton, 4:05 p.m. W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 4:15 p.m. Rochester at Syracuse, 4:30 p.m. Texas at Chicago, 5 p.m. Milwaukee at Peoria, 5:05 p.m. Houston at Rockford, 5:05 p.m. Lake Erie at Manitoba, 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Abbotsford, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Stockton, 7:30 p.m. Las Vegas at Utah, 7:05 p.m. Reading at Wheeling, 7:35 p.m. Saturday, February 19 Ontario at Bakersfield, 7 p.m. Gwinnett at Florida, 7 p.m. South Carolina at Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Alaska at Idaho, 7:10 p.m. Wheeling at Reading, 7:05 p.m. Victoria at Stockton, 7:30 p.m. Kalamazoo at Toledo, 7 p.m. Elmira at Trenton, 7 p.m. Las Vegas at Utah, 7:05 p.m. All Times Local

East Division Team W Toronto 5 Rochester 4 Buffalo 4 Boston 5 Philadelphia 3

W 45 39 37 36 32 26 23 24

L 11 14 17 17 22 27 28 30

Swift Current Regina Lethbridge Calgary

60 58 57 58

24 20 18 18

35 31 28 36

OL SL GF 0 2 242 2 4 224 1 2 213 3 1 213 2 2 201 1 4 194 1 7 207 2 3 194 0 6 3 2

1 1 8 2

152 180 164 146

GA 171 134 167 162 195 197 227 231

Pts 92 84 77 76 68 57 54 53

208 249 233 219

49 47 47 40

GA 179 166 160 163 193 206 173 231

Pts 79 65 76 74 65 59 55 53

Western Conference Portland Kelowna Spokane Tri-City Vancouver Prince George Everett Kamloops

G 57 56 57 54 57 57 57 59

W 38 32 35 35 30 28 23 25

L 16 23 16 15 22 26 25 31

OL SL GF 0 3 234 0 1 193 4 2 245 2 2 226 1 4 192 2 1 210 5 4 142 2 1 181

Chilliwack 55 24 27 2 2 175 204 52 Seattle 57 20 28 4 5 150 210 49 x-clinched a playoff spot Wednesday’s Results Calgary 3 Moose Jaw 1 Prince Albert 4 Regina 3 Saskatoon 5 Medicine Hat 4 (OT) Kelowna 4 Vancouver 2 Spokane 7 Everett 2 Tuesday’s Results Prince Albert 4 Calgary 0 Brandon 7 Saskatoon 4 Kamloops 3 Tri-City 2 (SO) Thursday’s Games No games scheduled. Friday’s Games Swift Current at Brandon, 7:30 p.m. Kamloops at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Spokane at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m. Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 7 p.m. Everett at Prince George, 7 p.m. Lethbridge at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Regina, 7 p.m. Chilliwack at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 19 Vancouver at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m. Saskatoon at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. Regina at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m. Chilliwack at Portland, 7 p.m. Everett at Prince George, 7 p.m. Kamloops at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m. Brandon at Swift Current, 7 p.m. Spokane at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m. Sunday, February 20 Saskatoon at Medicine Hat, 6 p.m. Chilliwack at Seattle, 5:05 p.m. All Times Local


ECHL Coastal Conference Eastern Conference Atlantic Division G W L OL SL GF Reading 49 31 13 2 3 169 Elmira 49 21 21 6 1 179 Trenton 50 19 27 1 3 159 North Division G W L OL SL GF Wheeling 50 29 19 0 2 176 Kalamazoo 49 25 20 2 2 171 Cincinnati 50 21 20 6 3 143 Toledo 48 23 21 3 1 159 South Division G W L OL SL GF Greenville 51 30 19 1 1 171 South Carolina 52 29 20 1 2 148 Florida 55 28 24 0 3 183 Gwinnett 51 22 22 2 5 148

GA 148 182 182

Pts 67 49 42

GA 145 168 164 176

Pts 60 54 51 50

GA 142 149 173 170

Pts 62 61 59 51

Western Conference Pacific Division G W L OL SL GF 50 30 17 2 1 159 49 25 15 4 5 152 50 24 23 2 1 148 51 18 29 2 2 128 Mountain Division G W L OL SL GF Utah 52 28 19 4 1 147 Alaska 50 29 19 2 0 153 Idaho 51 24 17 3 7 155 Victoria 51 23 25 1 2 152 Wednesday’s Results Trenton 5 Elmira 4 Toledo 3 Cincinnati 2 (SO) Alaska 4 Utah 1 Ontario 2 Stockton 1 (OT) Tuesday’s Results South Carolina 3 Greenville 2 Alaska 4 Utah 3 Victoria 7 Bakersfield 2 Thursday: No games scheduled. Friday’s Games Ontario at Bakersfield, 7 p.m. Toledo at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. Trenton at Elmira, 7:35 p.m. Gwinnett at Florida, 7:30 p.m. South Carolina at Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Alaska at Idaho, 7:10 p.m. Las Vegas Stockton Bakersfield Ontario

GA 135 145 159 186

Pts 63 59 51 40

GA 144 130 144 158

Pts 61 60 58 49

GA 109 176 211 194 198 190 247 244

Pts 93 73 68 67 64 55 50 50

G W L T OL GF GA Vernon 58 34 11 4 9 190 139 Penticton 58 37 17 2 2 210 167 Salmon Arm 57 37 18 2 0 224 187 Westside 58 31 20 2 5 236 181 Trail 58 31 21 2 4 194 164 Merritt 58 21 30 1 6 151 210 Quesnel 57 13 35 3 6 138 236 Pr. George 57 12 39 0 6 150 264 Wednesday’s Results Surrey 7 Coquitlam 3 Penticton 5 Westside 4 Victoria 5 Cowichan Valley 1 Powell River 4 Salmon Arm 1 Tuesday’s Result Vernon 5 Merritt 2 Thursday’s Game Prince George at Merritt, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games Prince George at Penticton, 7 p.m. Quesnel at Westside, 7 p.m. Trail at Vernon, 7 p.m. Salmon Arm at Langley, 7 p.m. Surrey at Coquitlam, 7 p.m. Powell River at Cowichan Valley, 7:30 p.m. Alberni Valley at Nanaimo, 8 p.m. Saturday, February 19 Prince George at Westside, 7 p.m. Quesnel at Penticton, 7 p.m. Powell River at Alberni Valley, 7 p.m. Salmon Arm at Surrey, 7 p.m. Nanaimo at Victoria, 7:15 p.m. Trail at Merritt, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 20 Quesnel at Vernon, 2 p.m. Salmon Arm at Coquitlam , 2:30 p.m. END OF REGULAR SEASON

Pts 81 78 76 69 68 49 35 30

Pow. River Surrey Langley Victoria Nanaimo Alberni Val. Cow Valley Coquitlam

G 58 58 59 59 58 58 59 58

W 44 35 30 32 28 24 21 20

L 9 20 21 24 22 27 30 28

T 3 1 1 0 1 4 1 1

OL GF 2 214 2 211 7 233 3 213 7 197 3 173 7 182 9 201

Interior Conference

SOCCER European Cups: Champions League Arsenal 2 Barcelona 1 AS Roma 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 3

International Club Friendlies Zilina 3 Petrzalka 1 Videoton FC 2 Ujpest 1 Cadiz 2 Legia Warsaw 1

England FA Cup Wigan Athletic 0 Bolton W. 1

England League Championship Scunthorpe U. 1 Nottingham F. 0

GA 67 64 57 70 72

GB — .5 .5 .5 2

GA 78 64 101 85 62

GB — .5 1.5 2 2.5

West Division

Eastern Conference G 58 59 57 57 58 58 59 59

L PCT GF 2 .714 78 2 .667 61 2 .667 69 3 .625 85 4 .429 59

Italy Serie A Fiorentina 1 Inter Milan 2 Sampdoria 0 Genoa 1

Germany Bundesliga I. Hamburger SV 0 St. Pauli 1

Scotland Premier League Dundee United vs. Hamilton, ppd.

Scotland Division III. East Stirling 0 Queen’s Park 1

Team W L PCT GF Calgary 4 3 .571 79 Minnesota 3 3 .500 68 Washington 3 5 .375 95 Edmonton 2 5 .286 73 Colorado 1 5 .167 53 Friday, February 18 Rochester at Toronto, 4:30 p.m. Colorado at Washington, 8 p.m. Saturday, February 19 Philadelphia at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m. Toronto at Rochester, 4:35 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, February 20 Calgary at Edmonton, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 5 p.m.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia — Wednesday’s results and medal standings from the 2011 Canada Winter Games which bring our best and brightest athletes together to compete in over 20 sports from February 11-27:

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TENNIS ATP Regions Championships/ WTA The Cellular South Cup Memphis, Tennessee — Wednesday’s results from the $1,226,500 ATP Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the $220,000 WTA The Cellular South Cup:

ATP First Round Singles Milos Raonic, Thornhill, Ont. def. Fernando Verdasco, ESP (2), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) Lleyton Hewitt, AUS def. Yen-Hsun Lu, TPE (7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) Florent Serra, FRA def. Xavier Malisse, BEL, (9), 6-2, 1-0 retired Juan Martin del Potro, ARG def. John Isner, USA (6), 6-4, 6-3 Second Round Singles Mardy Fish, USA (4) def. Lukas Lacko, SVK, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) Robert Kendrick, USA def. James Blake, USA, 76 (7-5), 6-3 First Round Doubles Max Mirnyi, BLR/Daniel Nestor, Toronto (1) def. Yen-Hsun Lu, TPE/Janko Tipsarevic, SRB, 6-3, 6-1

WTA Second Round Singles Evgeniya Rodina, RUS def. Melanie Oudin, USA (3), 6-1, 7-5 Rebecca Marino, Vancouver (6) def. Sorana Cirstea, ROU, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Heather Watson, GBR def. Stephanie Foretz Gacon, FRA, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 Coco Vandeweghe, USA def. Alexandra Stevenson, USA, 6-2, 6-2 Lucie Hradecka, CZE def. Sandra Zahlavova, CZE, 6-4, 6-3

ATP Copa Claro Buenos Aires, Argentina — Wednesday’s results from the $544,300 ATP Copa Claro: Second Round Stanislas Wawrinka, SUI (2) def. Victor Hanescu, ROU, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) Albert Montanes, ESP (4) def. Fabio Fognini, ITA, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Juan Monaco, ARG (5) def. Eduardo Schwank, ARG, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Juan Ignacio Chela, ARG (8) def. Horacio Zeballos, ARG, 7-5, 6-2

ATP Open 13 Marseille, France — Wednesday’s results from the $576,000 ATP Open 13: First Round Ivan Ljubicic, CRO (5) def. Andrey Golubev, KAZ, 6-2, 6-4 Philipp Petzschner, GER def. Ernests Gulbis, LAT (7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 Edouard Roger-Vasselin, FRA def. Arnaud Clement, FRA, 6-3, 6-2 Gilles Simon, FRA def. Nikolay Davydenko, RUS, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 Second Round Jurgen Melzer, AUT (4) def. Andreas Seppi, ITA, 7-5, 6-3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA (6) def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, UKR, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

WTA Dubai Duty Free Womens Open Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Wednesday’s results from the $2,050,000 WTA Dubai Duty Free Womens Open: Second Round Caroline Wozniacki, DEN (1) def. Anna Chakvetadze, RUS, 6-1, 3-5 retired Vera Zvonareva, RUS (2) def. Roberta Vinci, ITA, 6-3, 6-1 Francesca Schiavone, ITA (3) def. Zhang Shuai, CHN, 6-3, 6-1 Samantha Stosur, AUS (4) def. Sara Errani, ITA, 6-0, 6-1 Yanina Wickmayer, BEL def. Li Na, CHN (5), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (10-8), 6-2 Jelena Jankovic, SRB (6) def. Chanelle Scheepers, RSA, 6-2, 6-3 Victoria Azarenka, BLR (7) def. Peng Shuai, CHN, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) Agnieszka Radwanska, POL (8) def. Anastasija Sevastova, LAT, 7-5, 6-4 Shahar Peer, ISR (9) def. Alexandra Dulgheru, ROM, 6-4, 6-2 Marion Bartoli, FRA (10) def. Timea Bacsinszky, SUI, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Flavia Pennetta, ITA (11) def. Klara Zakopalova, CZE, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 Kaia Kanepi, EST (12) def. Andrea Petkovic, GER, 6-3, 3-6 , 6-3 Alisa Kleybanova, RUS (15) def. Jamila Groth, AUS, 6-4, 6-3 Svetlana Kuznetsova, RUS (16) def. Tsvetana Pironkova, BUL, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 Ayumi Morita, JPN def. Sania Mirza, IND, 6-4, 6-2 Patty Schnyder, SUI def. Zheng Jie, CHN, 1-6, 60, 6-2

WTA Copa BBVA Colsanitas Bogota, Colombia— Wednesday’s results from the $220,000 WTA Copa BBVA Colsanitas: First Round Beatriz Garcia Vidagany, ESP def. Arantxa Parra, ESP (4), 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 Second Round Xinyun Han, CHN leads Julia Goerges, GER (1), 5-7, 6-3, 5-4, sspnd. Carla Suarez, ESP (5) def. Patricia Mayr, AUT, 16, 6-4, 6-2 Catalina Castano, COL def. Sharon Fichman, Toronto, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 Mathilde Johansson, FRA def. Yvonne Meusburger, AUT, 6-4, 6-0

Medal Standings Contingent Quebec Alberta British Columbia Ontario Saskatchewan Manitoba New Brunswick Nwfndlnd & Lbrdr Yukon Northwest Trrtrs Nova Scotia Nunavut PEI

G 14 8 6 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

S 16 7 6 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

B 9 10 8 5 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0

Total 39 25 20 14 6 6 3 2 1 0 0 0 0

Artistic Gymnastics Male All Around Pos. Name, Prov, Result: 1. Simon J.R. Porter, Ontario 79.35, 2. Kal Nemier, British Columbia 77.2, 3. Mathieu Csukassy, Quebec 76.95, 4. Curtis Graves, Saskatchewan 76.45, 5. Evan Cruz, Nova Scotia 75.85, 6. Zach Clay, British Columbia 75.8, 7. Damien Cachia, Alberta 75.5, 8. Bobby Kriangkum, Alberta 75.35, 9. Samuel Paquin, Quebec 75.3, 10. Nicholas Mallia, Ontario 74.85, 11. David Boucher, Quebec 74.85, 12. Josh Stuart, British Columbia 74.65, 13. Devy Dyson, British Columbia 74.5, 14. Julien Samson, Quebec 73.15, 15. Stephen Clouter, Nova Scotia 72.55, 16. Daniel Treleaven, Ontario 72.35, 17. Padraec Robinson, Nova Scotia 71.6, 18. Scott Nabata, British Columbia 70.75, 19. Christopher Morgan, Prince Edward Island 70.5, 20. Parker Ramsay, Prince Edward Island 70.15, 21. Blaise Roberts, Prince Edward Island 69.9, 22. Matthew Halickman, Quebec 69.65, 23. Teague King, Saskatchewan 69.05, 24. Luke Stretch, Alberta 68, 25. Wyatt Tyndall, Saskatchewan 67.65, 26. Jason Marks, Manitoba 67.05, 27. Tyler Gary Bryden, New Brunswick 66.4, 28. Campbell Bryden, New Brunswick 66.25, 29. Jean Bégin-Rainville, Quebec 61.25, 30. Tyler Franklin, Manitoba 59.65, 31. Griffin Brophy, Newfoundland & Labrador 59.45, 32. Taran Barrett, Manitoba 57.7, 33. Michael Thompson, New Brunswick 51.95, 34. Zack Sullivan, Northwest Territories 39.95, 35. Joshua Holloway, Newfoundland & Labrador 31.9, 36. Brett Mercer, Newfoundland & Labrador 17.7.

Semi-finals Alberta vs. Nova Scotia, 10 a.m. British Columbia vs. Ontario, 10 a.m. Crossover Manitoba vs. Newfoundland & Labrador, 7:30 p.m. New Brunswick vs. Yukon, 7:30 p.m. Northwest Territories vs. PEI, 7:30 p.m. Quebec vs. Saskatchewan, 7:30 p.m.

Freestyle Skiing Women’s Aerials Finals Pos. Name, Prov, Result: 1. Cassie Sharpe, British Columbia 56.6, 2. Jillian Gordon, Ontario 56.3, 3. Yuki Tsubota, British Columbia 56.01, 4. Julie Bureau, Quebec 56, 5. Katrine Bazinet, Quebec 55.6, 6. Emma Stevens, Nova Scotia 54.8, 7. Meagan Fiselier, Alberta 53, 8. Jackie Atkinson, Alberta 51.1, 9. Dara Elizabeth Howell, Ontario 50.73, 10. Alex-Anne Gagnon, Quebec 50.6, 11. Nicola Halliwell, British Columbia 44.18, 12. Myriam Leclerc, Quebec 44.07. Men’s Aerials Finals Pos. Name, Prov, Result: 1. Max Heard, British Columbia 75.9, 2. Noah James Edward Morrison, British Columbia 75.21, 3. Evan McEachran, Ontario 74.52, 4. Garett Northey, Alberta 72.35, 5. Aaron MacKay, Alberta 72.05, 6. Miguel Rodden, Yukon 71.77, 7. Connor Justin Spence, British Columbia 68.14, 8. Luke Ulsifer, Alberta 66.76, 9. Hugo Blanchette, Quebec 64.36, 10. Austin Landry, Nova Scotia 63.87, 11. Jack Irvine, Ontario 57.59, 12. Colin Sutherland, Nova Scotia 31.48.

Men’s Hockey

Wednesday’s Results Quarterfinals British Columbia 4 Manitoba 2 Quebec 4 Saskatchewan 3 Alberta 3 New Brunswick 2 Ontario 5 Nova Scotia 3 Placement Newfoundland & Labrador 7 Yukon 1 Prince Edward Island 8 Northwest Territories 3 Thursday’s Games Semi-finals Quebec vs. Alberta, 4 p.m. British Columbia vs. Ontario, 7:30 p.m. Relegation 5th vs. 8th, 4 p.m. 6th vs. 7th, 7:30 p.m. Placement Yukon vs. Northwest Territories, 11:30 a.m. Newfoundland & Labrador vs. Prince Edward Island, 11:30 a.m. Friday’s Games Bronze Medal Game, 4 p.m. Gold Medal Game, 7:30 p.m. Biathlon Relegation 5/8 loser vs. 6/7 loser, 11:30 a.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Pos. Name, Prov, Result: 1. Scott Gow, Alberta 5/8 winner vs. 6/7 winner, 4 p.m. 32:41.8, 2. Christian Gow, Alberta 34:32.2, 3. Women’s Ringette Stuart Harden, Alberta 34:53.8, 4. Aaron Gillmor, Alberta 35:08.0, 5. Aaron Neumann, British Wednesday’s Results Columbia 35:23.2, 6. Albert Bouchard, Quebec Quarterfinals 35:39.3, 7. Samuel Laforest-Jean, Quebec 35:50.4, 8. Vincent Blais, Quebec 37:20.4, 9. Kev Saskatchewan 3 Manitoba 2 Heppell, New Brunswick 39:01.5, 10. Carsen Quebec 8 Nova Scotia 3 Campbell, Prince Edward Island 39:12.8, 11. Ontario 12 New Brunswick 5 David Gregoire, Quebec 39:14.0, 12. Jasper Alberta 10 British Columbia 3 Playoff MacKenzie, British Columbia 39:31.4, 13. Ian Douglas Campbell, Ontario 39:43.8, 14. Menno British Columbia 10 Prince Edward Island 3 Thursday’s Games Arendz, Prince Edward Island 40:05.4, 15. Semi-finals Laurent Levesque, New Brunswick 40:53.8, 16. Joseph Lirette, Northwest Territories 40:55.5, 17. Quebec vs. Alberta, 2 p.m. Nicholas Dumontier, Manitoba 41:12.9, 18. Arthur Saskatchewan vs. Ontario 4:30 p.m. Roots, British Columbia 41:34.3, 19. Patrick Friday’s Games Skelton, Ontario 41:47.7, 20. Drew Bursey, Bronze Medal Game, 2 p.m. Ontario 42:46.0, 21. Devon Sylvester, Gold Medal Game, 4:30 p.m. Saskatchewan 44:00.5, 22. Bernard Short Track Speed Skating Wierzchoslawski, New Brunswick 44:08.8, 23. Erik Lockhart, Manitoba 44:10.9, 24. Matty Hudec, Women’s 1000m Final Saskatchewan 44:11.1, 25. Graham Mater, Ontario 44:28.7, 26. Spencer MacKinnon, Prince 1. Ann-Véronique Michaud, Quebec 1:36.5. 2. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Quebec 1:36.6. 3. Edward Island 44:43.0, 27. Rob Martin, British Columbia 45:17.5, 28. Michael Gallant, Prince Elisabeth Albert, Quebec 1:37.5. 4. Cynthia Mascitto, Quebec 1:37.9. Edward Island 46:00.0, 29. Martin Boissonnault, Men’s 1000m Final New Brunswick 47:06.8, 30. Kiernan Broda-Milian, Manitoba 47:32.8, 31. Patrick Hudec, 1. Maxime Gauthier, Quebec 1:29.0. 2. Yoan Saskatchewan 47:34.0, 32. Kjell Schmidt, Gauthier, Quebec 1:29.7. 3. Charles Evans, New Manitoba 47:49.0, 33. Ciaran Dunn, Nova Scotia Brunswick 1:32.0. 4. Vincent De Haitre, Ontario 48:00.5, 34. Cole MacDonell, Nova Scotia 1:33.0. 48:52.1, 35. Patrick Hennessey, Nova Scotia 49:13.1, 36. Jeremy Johnson, Yukon 50:18.0, 37. Speed Skating Brandon Norris, Northwest Territories 52:03.0, 38. Women’s 100m Final Mike Castein, Nova Scotia 54:34.3, 39. Evan 1. Heather McLean, Manitoba 00:11.3, 2. Izzy Bonk, Saskatchewan DSQ. Dilger, Alberta 00:11.5, 3. Kate Hanly, Alberta Women’s 10km Pursuit Pos. Name, Prov, Result: 1. Audrey Vaillancourt, 00:11.5. Men’s 100m Final Quebec 34:44.5, 2. Yolaine Oddou, Quebec 35:11.6, 3. Rose-Marie Cote, Quebec 36:21.8, 4. 1. Laurent Dubreuil, Quebec 00:10.0, 2. Hewson Julia Ransom, British Columbia 36:37.5, 5. Sarah Elliott, Manitoba 00:10.3, 3. Benjamin Tam, Lucy Croockewit Beaudry, British Columbia Alberta 00:10.3. Women’s Team Pursuit 37:33.2, 6. Emma Lunder, Alberta 37:52.9, 7. Danielle Vrielink, Alberta 38:48.6, 8. Emma Lodge, 1. British Columbia 3:36.6, 2. Quebec 3:37.4, 3. Alberta 41:27.7, 9. Catherine Niemi, Ontario Alberta 3:38.4, 4. Ontario 3:43.3, 5. Manitoba 42:19.1, 10. Jessica Paterson, Alberta 42:23.2, 11. 3:47.9, 6. Saskatchewan 3:50.8, 7. New Erin Oliver-Beebe, Yukon 42:49.3, 12. Karina Brunswick 4:27.8. Bakker, British Columbia 42:50.1, 13. Brenda Men’s Team Pursuit Marie Dickenson, Ontario 43:00.4, 14. Jessica 1. Quebec 4:23.6, 2. Saskatchewan 4:30.6, 3. Biggs, Manitoba 43:52.3, 15. Elyse Veillette- Manitoba 4:32.3, 4. Ontario 4:33.3, 5. Alberta Brosseau, Quebec 44:39.8, 16. Jennifer Curtis, 4:35.4, 6. British Columbia 4:36.1, 7. New Yukon 44:45.6, 17. Erin Yungblut, Ontario 45:36.4, Brunswick 5:14.5. 18. Brooke Christie, Manitoba 46:28.5, 19. Rachel Koroscil, Manitoba 46:38.5, 20. Miriam Squash Wierzchoslawska, New Brunswick 47:21.8, 21. Natasha Boyes, Saskatchewan 47:38.1, 22. Kayla Men’s Hartley, Saskatchewan 47:46.2, 23. Jacenta Wednesday’s Results Jones, Prince Edward Island 48:10.9, 24. Allie Semi-finals Dickson, British Columbia 49:02.6, 25. Gina British Columbia 3 Quebec 1 Heppell, New Brunswick 49:03.0, 26. Rebecca Ontario 4 Alberta 0 Rouse Sentner, Prince Edward Island 50:05.6, 27. Placement Gaylen Pischinger, Northwest Territories 50:51.2, Northwest Territories 4 Saskatchewan 0 28. Candace Glowa, Manitoba 53:51.0, 29. Manitoba 4 Nova Scotia 0 Gabrielle Landry, New Brunswick 54:42.2, 30. Thursday’s Games Becky Bend, Saskatchewan 54:53.5, 31. Helène Bronze Medal Game Levesque, New Brunswick 56:24.0, 32. Mairi Quebec vs. Alberta, 9 a.m. Brighid Woodman, Prince Edward Island 56:48.2, Gold Medal Game 33. Brynn Hartley, Saskatchewan 58:24.4, 34. British Columbia vs. Ontario, 6:30 p.m. Francis Castein, Nova Scotia 1:00:04.2, 35. Women’s Amanda McLaughlin, Nova Scotia 1:01:15.8, 36. Wednesday’s Results Victoria Dimick, Nova Scotia 1:08:37.9, 37. Semi-finals Charlene Deneyoua, Northwest Territories British Columbia 4 Quebec 0 1:10:59.2, 38. Becky Rigby, Nova Scotia DNF, 39. Ontario 4 Alberta 0 Alison Bortolon, Ontario DS. Placement Nova Scotia 4 Manitoba 0 Women’s Curling Prince Edward Island 3 Northwest Territories 1 Pool A GP W L Thursday’s Games Bronze Medal Game British Columbia 5 4 1 Nova Scotia 5 4 1 Quebec vs. Alberta, 12 p.m. Gold Medal Game Manitoba 5 2 3 New Brunswick 5 2 3 British Columbia vs. Ontario, 3:30 p.m. Northwest Territories 5 2 3 Target Shooting Saskatchewan 5 1 4 Wednesday’s Results Men’s Air Rifle Final Nova Scotia 5 British Columbia 4 Pos. Name, Prov, Result: 1. Mack Kohl, New Brunswick 9 Northwest Territories 3 Saskatchewan 680.5, 2. Chris Baldwin, Ontario Manitoba 7 Saskatchewan 5 Pool B GP W L 679, 3. Ben Taylor, Newfoundland & Labrador Alberta 4 4 0 672.1, 4. Jordan Sinclair, Alberta 663.2, 5. Jason Ontario 4 3 1 Harnum, Newfoundland & Labrador 662.9, 6. Yukon 4 3 1 Clayton Lorne Schlosser, Saskatchewan 662.8, 7. Newfoundland & Labrador 4 1 3 Patrick Webber, British Columbia 658, 8. Kyle Prince Edward Island 4 1 3 Jackson, Ontario 653.8 Women’s Air Rifle Final Quebec 4 0 4 Pos. Name, Prov, Result: 1. Aerial Ingiborg Wednesday’s Results Arthur, Saskatchewan 486.7, 2. Connor Deneka, Draw 8 Manitoba 486, 3. Cassandra Wilson-Anderson, Yukon 5 Ontario 2 Saskatchewan 484.1, 4. Ashley Knockwood, New Alberta 9 Newfoundland & Labrador 2 Brunswick 483.1, 5. Francis Bradley, British Prince Edward Island 8 Quebec 6 Columbia 477.7, 6. Sam Marsh, Newfoundland & Draw 9 Labrador 476, 7. Audrey-Anne Déry, Quebec Quebec 7 Yukon 5 475.1, 8. Heather McCrea, Manitoba 470.9. Ontario 5 Alberta 3 ALL TIMES LOCAL PEI 7 Newfoundland & Labrador 5





Teams busy as free agency opens Montreal signs DB Dwight Anderson to two-year deal but loses RB Avon Cobourne to Hamilton Tiger-Cats POSTMEDIA NEWS

The two-time defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes wasted little time in reshaping their secondary when CFL free agency opened Wednesday. The Alouettes announced the signing of defensive back Dwight Anderson to a two-year contract and also added safety Tad Crawford. However, the Alouettes lost a high-profile free agent on the other side of the ball when running back Avon Cobourne bolted for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. No teams made public the financial terms of any contract. Anderson was expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents this off-season. A shutdown cornerback with the Calgary Stampeders last season, Anderson was named to the CFL all-star team. He had five interceptions in 2010 and returned two for touchdowns. The 29-year-old from Spanish Town, Jamaica, also had 49 tackles, seven pass knock-downs and two forced fumbles. “It came down to a business decision. What’s best for me? What was the best fit?” Anderson

said. “If not Calgary, the next best option was Montreal. Montreal’s the best team in the East. I don’t see nobody beating them. “I’m happy and looking forward to it,” Anderson added. “I’ll add firepower to their firepower. It should be fun to watch.” Anderson, a product of the University of South Dakota, is entering his fifth CFL season. “We are excited to give Dwight an opportunity to come in and compete,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said. “He has been one of the top DBs in the league over the last couple of years. He is fearless in his approach and plays a physical style game. He can help bring our already-good secondary to another level.” The Alouettes didn’t announce the signing of Crawford, but according to a source it’s a done deal. The non-import safety brings Canadian depth at a position where the Alouettes already have Matthieu Proulx and Etienne Boulay. Crawford had 53 tackles and two interceptions with the B.C. Lions last year. The Stampeders, who also lost cornerback Brandon Browner

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to the NFL, had tried to re-sign Anderson, but the two sides were unable to come to terms. Calgary countered by signing defensive back Geoff Tisdale, ex of the Ticats. Tisdale had 58 tackles, four interceptions and eight pass knockdowns last season. “My philosophy about free agency is if there are good players available, and you can get them with reasonable negotiation, I would entertain that,” Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said. “I’ve also said that some time needs occur and when (Anderson) decided not to sign, there was a need. If (Anderson) isn’t the guy, then who’s out there? Geoffrey is a playmaker with outstanding speed. Meanwhile, Cobourne, a fiveyear CFL veteran, is reportedly headed to Hamilton. He ran for 956 yards last season on 184 carries and scored six touchdowns. In 2009 he had his best year in the league, racking up 1,214 rushing yards and making the CFL allstar team. “Avon is a proven, hard-nosed, all-around running back that will add a dimension of toughness to

our offence,” Tiger-Cats general manager Bob O’Billovich said. “He was a big part of Montreal’s championship teams, and we look forward to him bringing that winning attitude into our locker-room.” The 31-year-old from Camden, New Jersey, signed a three-year deal with the Tabbies, according to the Hamilton Spectator. He’ll battle incumbent DeAndra’ Cobb for the starting job in Hamilton’s backfield. The Alouettes may have found a replacement for Cobourne in former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Yvenson Bernard. According to sources, Bernard will sign a contract for one year, plus an option year, with the Alouettes. The Edmonton Eskimos were busy Wednesday, making two quick moves once free agency opened to beef up their Canadian talent base. The Eskimos added a pair of former Ticats, non-imports Brian Ramsay, an offensive lineman and Jermaine Reid, a defensive lineman. “They bring us quality, depth and also flexibility ratio-wise. Both of these guys are filled with

potential in terms of their abilities to play football,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “Very versatile individuals. Both can play two positions and, in Ramsay’s case, possibly three different positions. “We’re looking for those guys to, at worst, provide quality depth, but expect them to come in and vie for starting positions.” Also Wednesday: • Defensive tackle Kevin Huntley, a 2010 all-star, re-signed with the Toronto Argonauts through the 2013 season. • The Ticats signed import defensive back Daniel Francis, who played last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. • The Calgary Stampeders raided their provincial rivals to sign non-import long-snapper Tim St. Pierre, formerly of the Eskimos. • The Lions nabbed import defensive lineman Eric Taylor from the Argos. • The Bombers re-acquired nonimport defensive end Shawn Mayne after he spent a season and a half with the Alouettes. Mayne missed all of last season with a knee injury.

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he past two years, punctuated by bailouts, disappearing brands and the collapse of consumer confidence, played havoc with new vehicle sales across the board. But, contrary to the general experience, Kia Canada has enjoyed 25 consecutive months of increased sales (January 2009 – December 2010). The reason is a small but focused family of vehicles that combine generous standard equipment, eye-catching styling, excellent fit and finish and affordable price tags. Nothing better demonstrates Kia’s success than the Sorento CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle). Introduced for 2011, the Sorento is built in a dedicated, brand new ‘state-of-the-art’ plant in West Point, Georgia. It is Kia’s first North American production facility and represents a US $1 billion investment. It is a clear demonstration of Kia’s commitment and confidence in the North American market. The new 2011 Sorento is a complete redesign of the original model first introduced in 2002. The traditional SUV construction of body-on-frame with solid rear axle and low-range transfer

KIA SORENTO EX-V6 LUXURY Type: AWD mid-size CUV Engine: 3.5 litre DOHC V6 Horsepower: 276@6,300 rpm Torque: 247 ft-lb@5,000 rpm Fuel economy: 11.1L/100km; Hwy - 7.9L/100km Base price: $39,395 Price as tested: $41,145 Vehicle provided by Harris Kia

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case, has been discarded in favour of the more car-like, and comfortable, unibody construction. This is a logical transition to the more popular CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) that provides more comfort and better fuel economy, while maintaining FWD/AWD security. It also places the Sorento directly in the path of established brands like the Toyota RAV4, Honda



CRV, Ford Edge and Chevrolet Equinox. Designer Peter Schreyer (ex Audi and Volkswagen) has revitalized the line-up with a style that combines European sophistication with practical functionality. The Sorento sports the ‘tiger nose’ grille that has become Kia’s family trademark, flanked by neatly integrated projector beam headlights

and standard fog lamps. Charcoal Grey side sill and wheel arch moldings emphasize the flared fenders filled with stylish, 10-spoke alloy wheels. Chrome door handles and body-coloured outside mirrors give the Sorento a luxury look while the integrated roof rails and the wide opening rear liftgate, suggest a vehicle that’s ready for work or play.

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Range Rover a pack mule for fleet elite This remains one of the most luxurious vehicles also capable of tackling the toughest backroads out there DAVID BOOTH POSTMEDIA NEWS

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the hardest job in automotive design is replacing a successful model. Penning a more attractive SUV than the unappealing Aztek, for instance, is a doddle — most Grade One students’ crayon doodlings are considerably more stylish than the frightful Pontiac, so virtually anything is going to be an improvement. Mercedes’ recent redesign of its popular CLS, on the other hand, required a much more cautious design brief. Sold primarily because of its already iconic swooping roofline, too radical a redesign would have alienated current fans, while too little change might turn off future prospective clients. In the end, Mercedes chose (probably wisely) to go with the cautious approach; you can notice the changes, but the same, much-loved shape is all but intact. I heartily recommend that Land Rover take the same approach when it comes time to redesign its range-topping Range Rover. Only, in this case, I don’t think the styling it needs to replicate is the exterior (even though that, too, is plenty enticing) but the interior, particularly the dashboard. Simply put, the Range Rover’s interior is the most attractive in the business. The then-Ford-owned English marque originally told us the entire affair was inspired by the classic wooden motor boats of the early 20th century and, even if that’s a load of hooey (as are most of the verbal meanderings of artistic types trying to justify their work), I lauded the effort as the best not just in the SUV segment but in all of automotivedom when the car was launched in 2002. I see no reason to change my opinion almost a decade later, the Range Rover still being the epitome of luxury and style that should typify any upper-crust automobile. Central to the effect is the unique dashboard where some of the wood treatment appears to disappear behind the dashboard controls only to reappear later. Again, I’m told this has an aqua-

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The Range Rover’s interior is the most attractive in the business.

tic influence; I only know I find it attractive, especially in the versions that marry a light ash trim with a cream-coloured leather base. Every time I climb into the cabin, I can’t help but think I’ve “made it” if only, of course, I could actually afford a Range Rover. The interior is also fairly functional. The Terrain Response

system, for instance, has married the myriad controls needed to set up a four-wheel-drive system into one rotary knob. If you can recognize grass from gravel (and, one presumes, spell them as well, since the system’s readout does require basic reading ability), you can optimize your Range Rover for any terrain. There’s also a way

nifty TFT screen that replaces the normal analogue speedometer/tachometer gauge set. It’s far more attractive and offers few additions such as a digital readout of certain parts of the manual. Said interior, however, is not perfect; considering it’s almost 10 years old, it’s little wonder. Nonetheless, as attractive as the TFT gauges are, Land Rover hasn’t extracted as much utility out of the computerization of its gauge set as, say, Jaguar’s XJ, which uses a variation on the same theme. Additionally, the dash’s radio/ navigation controllers and LCD screen are a little idiosyncratic and not always the most easily deciphered. Again, sister company Jaguar does a better job with this, so perhaps Land Rover’s designers should just head over to Jaguar’s water cooler for some pointers. Overall then, my recommendation when a redesign inevitably becomes necessary is simply for Land Rover to improve some of the actual technology, but please, please, please don’t change the interior styling. The designers will have to work

a little on the cabin’s practicalities, though. The Range Rover is a huge vehicle, stretching some 4,972 millimetres from stem to stern and weighing in at a hefty 2,678 kilograms. And, while I would hesitate to call it small in any regard, there’s no doubt modern chassis techniques would find even more room for the same-sized vehicle. As well, as we Boomers age, Land Rover will have to find some solution to the Range Rover’s high step-in height; we, the soon to be infirm, will begin finding ingress/egress a little too much like a jump squat. Of course, that same height is responsible for the Range Rover’s incredible duality: It is one of the most luxurious vehicles yet also capable of going places that only Humvees dare to tread. I did not test the Range Rover’s off-road ability this time, but I’ve done so on enough occasions to know that if you need deeper woods ability than the big sport-brute offers then perhaps you’re better off shopping a trails type motorcycle. The long-travel suspension so crucial to off-road prowess also makes the big boat wonderfully compliant on our moonscaped roads. Big-buck sedans such as the S550 and the 7 Series wish they coddled their occupants in such comfort. Nor does the Range Rover handle badly. Once you learn to accommodate all that weight — i.e., don’t throw it into a corner like a Mazda Miata — the steering and handling are far better than three tons of automobile has any right to be. Roll is well mitigated and there are numerous more sporty vehicles with less sensitive steering than the big Range Rover’s. Perhaps, most incredibly, the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 manages to motivate the Range Rover’s avoirdupois with the élan of a sporty coupe. Thanks to its 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, the huge beast scoots to 100 klicks in barely more than five seconds. On the road, there’s always a surfeit of power, passing slower-moving cars always but an eye blink away.




Innovative EcoBoost V6 is the little engine that could GREG WILLIAMS POSTMEDIA NEWS

Torture testing has proved Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EcoBoost V-6 engine is a winner. A series of torture test videos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all narrated by Mike Rowe of Discovery Channelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dirty Jobs fame â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indicate that even after being punished for 265,550 kilometres, one particular EcoBoost V-6 engine was still within new build specifications. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty good indication of how the EcoBoost is expected to perform in real world conditions. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EcoBoost engine combines the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;powerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;fuel economyâ&#x20AC;? in the same sentence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusual. Unusual, because until recently, when it comes to the internal combustion engine, decent performance was often linked to poor gas mileage. Ford is breaking that stereotype with the EcoBoost engines, variants of which are starting to

appear in some of its North American models, including the Focus and the F-150. These engines are the 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder units (Ford Focus, Edge and Explorer), and the 3.5-L V-6 (Ford F-150, Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKS and MKT). Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so special about the EcoBoost? According to Ford: â&#x20AC;&#x153;EcoBoost combines turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to deliver up to a 20% improvement in fuel economy, 15% fewer CO2 emissions and superior driving performance compared with larger displacement engines.â&#x20AC;? Gasoline direct injection is nothing new, and several automakers are using the technology. Basically, highly pressurized fuel is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; injected directly into each cylinder. Traditionally, fuel and air would mix externally before being introduced to the combustion chamber.

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Small-car fans, get ready to embrace a real cutie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 2012 Fiat 500. On looks alone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to not get emotionally attached to this new entry, back in the North American marketplace after a 27-year absence. Get behind the wheel and the romance becomes even more intense. This iconic Italian car arrives with impressive credentials. It has earned 60 international awards, including European Car of the Year in 2008, and the enthusiasm and passion many show for the brand in Europe is unparalleled. My initial driving impressions during the media launch here in the Sunshine State were a bit tepid, but once I adapted my driving style to suit this little gem, things quickly warmed up. This 500 features the best of European technology and Italian style in a sweet subcompact twodoor sedan. And, like the original Cinquecento, which became an instant hit in Italy 50 years ago, this modern iteration adds a fun factor that makes it far more than mere transportation. The heart of the 500 is a 1.4litre four-cylinder â&#x20AC;&#x201D; built in Michigan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that generates 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque, thanks to its patented MultiAir hydraulic valve-timing technology. The problem is that peak power is well up the rev scale at 6,500 rpm. Drive it conservatively and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the response a bit unwilling, but wind this little puppy up and it comes alive. It needs to be driven like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dodging scooters in Rome â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pushing the little four-banger hard, stirring the five-speed gearbox frequently (or letting the optional six-speed Aisin automatic pick the gears) to keep the revs well spooled. Then it becomes a lot of fun. Once I adapted my driving style, the 500 had enough snap to keep a smile on my face, whether it was zipping up and down hilly roads north of San Diego or cruising at speed on the interstate (where the car easily maintained 130 kilometres an hour). For those

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NV2500: Pickup comfort with van security Nissan found that commercial vans were the least satisfactory of any vehicle segment on the market HOWARD J. ELMER POSTMEDIA NEWS

Habitat for Humanity has plenty of work to do in Miami. That’s the grim reality in the city proper, not glitzy Miami Beach, which is where most visitors end up. But, in a bit of a twist for a preview, it’s the former and not the latter where I drove Nissan’s new NV commercial vehicle. Cruising through downtown Miami, I got to pick up and deliver building supplies to a Habitat for Humanity warehouse. Frankly, this was a very apt introduction for a vehicle that will spend its life serving tradespeople, delivering packages and occasionally hauling cargo for a very worthy cause. The NV is a first for Nissan here, one that has arrived after several years of design work and industry consultations during which the automaker not only found that commercial vans were the least satisfactory of any vehicle segment but that many van owners had gone back to light-duty trucks despite the compromises. This is one reason for the NV’s pickup-like front end — Nissan wanted to combine pickup comfort, interior amenities and driv-

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ability with a cargo van’s capacity and security. This has been accomplished and, at a starting price of $30,998, this should make this 2012 NV a strong competitor in Canada’s commercial vehicle market. The NV lineup will feature the NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD. Built with a classic body-onframe platform, these trucks will support increasing payloads with

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George Wayne ROBINSON September 23, 1941 − February 17, 2007

Louie was born in Quebec City September 6, 1923. He was predeceased by his son Richard (Ricky) and his long time companion, Laura McVey. He is survived by his brother Emile (Denise) and family in St. Augustine, PQ, his wife Sally and his best pal, 'Scooter'. Louie was employed at the Alberni Plywoods for 35 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the RCL Alberni Valley Branch # 293. Louie was an active member of the Alberni Valley Curling Club for 44 years. He also floor curled with the Sunshine Club Floor Curlers. Louie was a member of the Buffalo Lodge and his Yorkie Scooter was inducted as a first degree Buffalo and regularly attended the lodge meetings with Louie wearing his regalia. Louie played crib with Sally and was a very well known poker player. Louie is loved and will be greatly missed. Donations in memory of Louie Houle may be made to the Ty Watson House, The Salvation Army, or the SPCA. A Memorial Tea for the late Louie Houle will be held at the RCL, Branch #293 (formerly Somass Branch #169), 4680 Victoria Quay, Saturday February 19, 2011 at 2pm. 216406

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passed away peacefully at NRGH on, February 14, 2011. Dave was born October 26, 1945 in Stratford, ON. He moved to BC as a young man, eventually settling in Nanaimo, where he worked for S. Madill for 35 years. Dave was predeceased by his loving wife Joyce in 2002, his parents Gerald and Jean and his father-in-law Russell Trites. He is survived by his children Jeff (Shelley), Clayton (Michelle) and two grandchildren Kaitlyn and Jacob. He is also survived by his brother Paul and family, mother-in-law Edna Trites as well as members of his wife’s family. He will also be fondly remembered by close friends Margaret, Piet and Joanne. There will be no service by request. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity.

Houle, Lucien 'Louie' September 6, 1923 − February 2, 2011


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4 years have passed, dear Wayne, since you were called away; How well do I remember that sad and weary day. We watched you suffer day by day, and could not help in any way, but stood by and saw you pass into the Saviour’s arms at last. Your presence often seems around us, in Heaven we hope to meet one day, where no one says good-bye. Days of sadness still come o’er us, Tears in silence often flow, For memory keeps you ever near us, Though you died 4 years ago. 'Thy will be done' is hard to say, when one we loved has passed away, Some day, perhaps, we’ll understand, When we meet in that better land. No pen can write, nor tongue tell our sad and bitter loss, but God alone has helped so well, to bear the bitter loss of you dear Wayne. Your daughters, Christine and Liana, their husbands, Christopher and Brian, and your grandsons (oh yes, your grandsons how the’ve grown) miss you so much, but no one knows the loss I bear as your loving wife. Gone dear husband gone forever, Your death has left a grief so hard to bear. Your car friends miss you very much and will always remember you, remember how much you loved working on your vintage cars. Will always hold you in my heart, dear Wayne, Your loving wife, Stella Your daughters, Christine (Brian) Liana (Christopher) And your grandsons, Josh, Brody, Anthony & Alex

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GRANT, Richard William March 30, 1949 to February 15, 2011 With deep sorrow we announce the passing of Rick Grant, our husband, father and friend. Rick’s life was cut short by the dreaded cancer just as he was about to begin his retirement. Rick leaves his wife Kathryn, daughter Christie and her partner TR and new baby Zoe, and daughter Joanna and her husband Jonathon, as well as a crowd of friends. Rick was lovingly embraced by the Hobbs family. Rick was born and raised in North Vancouver. He moved to Nanaimo in 1973 and served the community for 32 years working at the City of Nanaimo, first as a Surveyor, later an Engineering Technician and latterly as the Deputy Subdivision Approving Officer, a duty he performed with compassion and integrity. Rick was well respected by the development community of Nanaimo, and by his colleagues. Rick was a skilled woodworker, building several outstanding pieces of furniture. He loved music and theatre, and was a true movie buff. Rick was known as 'The Martha Stewart' of his neighbourhood. A memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 1:00pm. Donations in Rick’s memory may be made to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation (specify Palliative Care Unit or Emergency Department expansion) or to the Port Theatre.

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NEWSTEAD, Geoffrey May 2, 1922 - Feb. 3, 2011

is survived by his loving family: sons Dave (Bridget) of Nanaimo, Geoffrey, Jim and Andy of Victoria; daughters, Virginia (Reid) Walberg, Caroline (Murray) Webb of Victoria and Emily Newstead (Bill) of Nanaimo; grandchildren, Jennifer, Benjamin, Jamie, Heather and Dylan; great grandchildren, Shayla, Brechelle, Lily-Ann, Isaac, Joseph, Emma, Katlyn, Penolope, Juliet and Leah Jazmine. Geoffrey was born in Santa Cruz, California. He came to Canada at an early age. The family settled in Victoria. He joined the army and served in England where he met and married Barbara Warren. They returned to Canada and raised their family in Victoria. Approximately 16 years ago, Geoff moved to Summerland because he liked the Okanagan weather. All of his life he was an active volunteer in the communities he lived in including the Gleaners, Thrift Shops, Cancer Society, Lions Club and Legion. No service by request. Cremation. In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. 216602

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Origin at Longwood, Nanaimo’s Premiere Active Lifestyles Community, has an immediate opening for the following positions: ★ Maintenance Worker Full Time Temporary ★ Housekeeping Part Time Casual Our team members have a passion for caring like no other. We call this the Origin DNA. If you love what you do, are mature, flexible, able to work a variety of shifts including weekends and evenings, physically fit, and dedicated to providing an exceptional customer care this might be the position for you. Maintenance Worker: extensive knowledge of large facilities maintenance including HVAC, Pool, Fire and Safety, Commercial Kitchen, Suite Refurbishment, Small Repairs and Painting. Direct retirement community or related industry experience required. Housekeeping: Knowledge of individual suite cleaning, commercial laundry, commercial cleaning and the ability to work in a large fast paced environment. Direct retirement community or resort industry experience required. Applications in person or to 216569


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For the first time, the X3 will be offered with BMW’s Dynamic Drive control and its normal, sport and sport+ modes. [POSTMEDIA NEWS]

BMW X3 xDrive35i has matured like a fine wine Although this vehicle has a refreshed look, the real changes are subtle GRAEME FLETCHER POSTMEDIA NEWS

While the second-generation X3 arrives with a refreshed look — bolder fender flares, a taller beltline, a larger grille and some attractive character lines in the hood along with a revised front fascia — the changes are subtle. As such, nobody is going to mistake this sporty ute for anything other than an X3. Some might suggest this is disappointing. Scratch a little deeper and there is so much more to the rework. First, the new model is larger. When compared with its predecessor, the 2011 X3 is 12 millimetres taller, 83 mm longer, 28 mm wider and earns 12 mm more ground clearance. More significantly, it now rides on a 2,810-mm wheelbase, which is up 15 mm. All of this translates into more interior space, especially for the rearseat riders, and a larger cargo compartment — it now accommodates 27.6 cubic feet with the seats upright and 63.3 with them folded flat. So far, so good; however, it’s beneath the brightwork where you’ll find the X3’s more significant changes. While the X3 xDrive28i and its 3.0-litre inline six (240 horsepower) will be more than enough for many prospective owners, the engine of choice is found in the up-level X3 xDrive35i tested. In this case, the use of BMW’s Valvetronic valve management system — it replaces the traditional throttle by using the intake valves to control engine output — and a twin-scroll turbocharger combine to dish out 300 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. Decent numbers to be sure, but it’s the fact the torque clocks in at 1,300 rpm that really transforms the drive. It’s such that whenever the driver gets on the gas, the power is there — in an instant. Part of reason for the alacrity, the complete lack of turbo lag aside, is the new eight-speed automatic transmission (it’s also standard on the xDrive28i). The gear spacing is such that the first six ratios key on performance, while the other two bring an unflustered highway ride and take care of the quest for fuel economy. What really separates this transmission from so many other eight-speed boxes is the fact this one does not hunt and peck between the gears whenever the road begins to undulate. The xDrive35i’s drive is the epitome of seamlessly smooth. The engine’s work ethic combines with the transmission’s willing-

The new version of the X3 is larger and brings many other improvements. [POSTMEDIA NEWS]

ness to find the right gear — it can actually drop from eighth to second gear if that’s what required to satisfy the driver’s demand. And, the zeroto-100-kilometres-an-hour time drops from the previous X3’s 7.6 seconds to a much more rewarding 5.7 seconds. It also boasts the wherewithal to turn the 80-to-120-km/h passing move in a very tidy five seconds flat. Remarkably, the powertrain accomplishes these numbers while improving fuel economy — the new X3 is rated at 11.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 7.8 L/100 km on the highway, which is an improvement of 1.0 and 0.5 L/100 km, respectively. From the box, the engine power is relayed to the road through BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. On the drive up to Mont Tremblant, it handled the sometimes-snowy conditions in a very reassuring fashion. Under normal driving conditions, the system sends 40% of the power to the front wheels and the rest rearward. This gives the X3 a sportierfeeling rear-drive sensation. When the dynamic traction control side of the electronic stability control system is activated, xDrive alters the power split to 30%/70% front to rear. In many respects, this is the better mode, as it delivers the best of both worlds — the back end will drift, but if the driver pushes too far, the nanny is there to save the day. As an aside, the electronic stability control can also be turned off (and it is completely off with the exception of the

roll mitigation function). This allows the driver to power out of a corner with more than a little tail action! As for the rest of the handling, well, the X3 xDrive35i is all BMW. The suspension soaks up the rigours of a potholed road — and there are a lot of those in Quebec — while limiting body roll to a couple of degrees. This and the fine balance built into the platform (the mass is split almost evenly front to rear) allows the variable ratio steering to feed the right information back to the driver as it points the car into a corner with precision. As steering setups go, the X3’s is first-rate. For the first time, the X3 will be offered with BMW’s Dynamic Drive control and its normal, sport and sport+ modes. This system allows the driver to tweak the optional adaptive suspension, throttle response, transmission shift pattern and the stability control system’s intervention point to suit the nature of the drive. At $1,500, it should be considered a must-take option. While it’s true that the new look is evolutionary in nature, the undervehicle changes transform the overall driving sensation. The outgoing X3 was not shy in terms of the manner in which it handled a twisty road (or inclement weather for that matter); the new vehicle runs rings around it in just about every area. You could say the X3, especially in xDrive35i guise, has matured — like a fine wine.

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before the anniversary of 007 author Ian Fleming’s birthday. The book is partly set in Dubai, which is where the author and the new Bond car have been spotted, outside the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City. And, in keeping with the spirit of the super spy’s previous rides, Bond’s new Continental GT suits his character, with a 6.0-litre, W12, twin-turbo engine capable of producing 567 h.p. and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Exactly what special gadgets it will

feature have not yet been revealed, but this is not the first time the Bentley marque has been associated with 007. A fictitious Bentley Mark IV appears throughout the novels, and a Bentley appeared briefly in the opening sequences of From Russia With Love. According to media reports, casting for the 23rd Bond film is underway and the traditional villain’s role has been offered to Javier Bardem. The film is scheduled to appear in theatres in November of 2012.

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Inspired by Bob Dylan and the ocean waves, Kim Churchill is an Australian one-man band LYNN WELBURN DAILY NEWS


Three to see tonight on TV • The Bieb alert! Justin Bieber, another homegrown music luminary of some renown and notoriety, appears on ‘CSI’ as a troubled teen who reaches out to Nick (George Eads) to tell him of impending danger. You’ve been warned. (CTV, 7 p.m.; CBS, 9 p.m.) • Paris Hilton alert! Paris Whitney Hilton, socialite, hotel heiress, model, singer, actress, author, fashion designer and video star, is scheduled to appear on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman.’ Will Dave be on his best behaviour? Wait and watch. Edmonton native Nathan Fillion and musical guest Scissor Sisters are also scheduled. (Local stations, CBS, 11:35 p.m.) • Anxious to bring a little publicity to Pawnee’s pending Harvest Festival, ‘Parks and Recreation’s’ Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) hits the local talkshow circuit, only to have it all go awfully wrong when pushy reporters press Ben (Adam Scott) on his murky political past. The nerve. (Citytv, NBC, 9:30 p.m.)

e’s young, blond and tanned and his music is inspired by the surf. But if you’re thinking Beach Boys, think again. Kim Churchill is a young Aussie guitarist, surfer and singer/ songwriter whose musical style explodes with energy, is decorated with intricate fingerpicking and punctuated with percussive raps on his guitar and an earthy stomp box. He plays a mean blues harmonica and soulfully sings lyrics that are surprisingly profound given that, at 20, he’s not old enough to drink or vote in many parts of the world. Not only is his music full of energy, that’s also his lifestyle. “I’m generally on tour. I sort of tour non-stop,” he said from L.A. where he was preparing for a show, prior to his tour bringing him to Nanaimo on Feb. 25 to play the Diners Rendezvous. Opening acts here will be acoustic Flamenco rock musician Eric Harper and young blues singer/ songwriter Alysha Brillinger. “We’ll be doing a round robin through Canada for three or four weeks and that’s really exciting for me,” Churchill said. “I’ve been up there (Nanaimo before) and it’s great. I can’t wait to get back. This tour is getting my newer stuff out there. “Last time we had a blast playing all over the Island and I can’t wait to see it again after my gigs here (L.A.) and in Memphis and Nashville.” Churchill has recently released the EP Turns to Stone and admits to having dozens more songs roaming around his head, just waiting for a time that he stands still long enough to spend some

Kim Churchill started playing guitar at age four and has been playing, singing and writing music most of his life. He appears at the Diners Rendezvous downtown on Feb. 25 along with Eric Harper and Alysha Brillinger.

serious time recording. “I’ve been playing music all my life,” he said. “I got my first guitar when I was four. It was a three-quarter size guitar, but it was about as big as me.” He trained classically for 10 years and, in his teens, began to find his own sounds under the influence of Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and, more recently, Jack White. After high school he bought a camper van and has spent his time

since then living in the van, travelling around, surfing any place he can find a decent wave and making music. “I play acoustically, a kind of a one-man band show,” he said. “I try to create a kind of soundscaping, sonic works of art and then layer the music over top of that.” Living out of the back of his van, he tries to park near the ocean whenever possible. “I grew up on the ocean and my music has a serious connection

with the water. It’s been part of my life.” He tries, he said, to emulate one of his biggest influences, Dylan, in his songwriting. “I try to have an element of where he’s coming from, try to play from a similar place . . . that’s what I want to do with my songs.” For tickets, call the Diners Rendezvous at 250-740-1133 ex 1 or visitDelicado’s North. 250-729-4242


Gala masquerade will raise cash to aid abused What’s Happening

» And speaking of all things Bieber, boy, wouldn’t you love to know what Johnny Depp really thought about Justin Bieber crashing his news conference the other day? Depp, in L.A., was talking to reporters about his new movie ‘Rango;’ the picture’s co-stars were with him. Suddenly in strolls Justin, who instantly became the centre of attention. He shook hands with everybody at the head table, told Depp he was a fan, and left. Total time: maybe 30 seconds. Depp pulled it off with a smile, saying “Aren’t we all ‘Beliebers’?” But was he thinking “Hey, any publicity is good publicity.”? Or was he thinking “I’ve worked hard for decades to become what I am, and who does this little punk think he is”? Maybe both. Justin is 16. Johnny, at 47, is almost three times that age.


ome people exposed to abuse as children turn into damaged adults, people who have a hard time worrying about others. Others hide their whole lives behind a mask, a fearful, hard shell that keeps out true intimacy with others. Some even go on to be abusers themselves after being so badly scarred by the experience. Shelley Anderson, who grew up in an abusive household, has gone a different route. She has turned that experience into a burning desire to help other people. “I realized it had left a void in my life and I wanted to do something with that,” says Anderson who is currently promoting the fundraiser she created, Who’s Behind the Mask, a masquerade gala to help support Haven Society. The gala runs Feb. 25 at the Coast Bastion Inn and is a masked, black tie event with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., entertainment by singer Joelle Rabu, Bruce Williams, a

Get dressed up, put on a mask and come out to enjoy a gala night out that will help fund the services of the Haven Society. [POSTMEDIA NEWS]

short live auction and dancing to the music of DJ Clint Thompson of In The Mix Entertainment. Haven, says Anderson, is a vital service in the community: “Every year, over 3000 women and children in the mid-Vancouver Island area seek support to deal with issues of physical

abuse, sexual abuse and violence. Haven’s programs provide everything from shelter, emotional support, counsel, advocacy court accompaniment, and most importantly a safe place to begin healing from abuse.” While the society holds a number of small fundraisers during






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the year, Anderson hopes this gala event will offer a needed injection of cash. The masquerade idea came, she says, because “Women and children who are beaten hide behind something, put up some kind of mask to the world. I’m hoping by wearing masks, people will feel a little bit of that sense of hiding who they really are.” And while the reason for the event is grim, the evening will not be, she says. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. The Coast Bastion does a great job and the dinner will be excellent. Joelle is such a talented singer, Bruce is a great host and DJ Clint does an amazing job, he always knows what to play to keep people dancing.” Working to help groups like Haven give Anderson a good feeling. “I’m more at peace when I have the chance to give back this society. Haven does so much to help people.” If you’d like some of that good feeling, tickets can be purchased for $125 (or $1,000 for a table of 10) by contacting events planner Shelley Anderson at 250-268-2522 or via e-mail at




Learn to belt it out your way with vocal teacher Coach takes away the fear from warbling your favourite tunes CORRIE PETERS FOR THE DAILY NEWS

Many entries show some of the diverse cultures present in the community, but photos can be used more as a metaphor instead say photo contest organizers.

Snap diversity and win LYNN WELBURN DAILY NEWS

Diversity is all around us. It’s in nature, in the things that humans create and in our society. Terre Flower, manager of Diversity Programs for the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, is hoping people will think more about diversity in our community and send in photos that show examples of diversity. “When I first started in this job people said to me, ‘there’s not any diversity in Nanaimo’ and now, years later, some people still think that, so we (the Diversity Team) thought why not photos showing our diversity and that’s what inspired this whole project,” Flower says. Residents of Central Vancouver Island are invited to submit photos celebrating diversity in our community. Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submission of photos with a title and/or caption explaining how the image speaks of diversity. Photos will be judged based on the entrant’s ability to communicate the themes of diversity. They will be judged by a panel of judges. From March 15 to 20, the 25 finalists’ photos will be on display at the Nanaimo Museum for people’s choice balloting.

On March 21, the 12 images chosen by people’s ballots will be announced. These photos will be make into a Diversity Calendar which will be available next year. All finalists will receive a print of their displayed work and a Diversity Calendar. “We’re encouraging people to really think about diversity, to see it as a metaphor and submit photos of people or things that they feel represent that diversity. It could be photos of diverse kinds of people, photos from events held to celebrate diverse cultural or religious festivals, or buildings and other inanimate objects that reflect the diversity in our community,” Flower says, adding that diversity goes beyond ethnic diversity and includes people of differing abilities or sexual orientation. “We really hope people will think about diversity in its broader terms, think of the different ways groups have made contributions to what Nanaimo is today.” For full details on the contest and instructions on how to upload your photos to the contest, go online to: www.diversityteam. org. 250-729-4242

One of the most terrifying experiences for most people, including myself, is singing in public. I have no problem singing along to the radio in my car or in the shower. I’ll even wail along to Blue Oyster Cult in Rock Band. But sing alone? Into a microphone? Absolutely not. That is, until I tried a singing lesson with local singer Tamara Lea. Lea, a professional trained vocalist and classical flutist, holds vocal workshops in Nanaimo for soloists over a weekend each month. Her next workshop will be held from February 25-27. S u i t a bl e f o r b e g i n n e r t o advanced singers, Lea guides students through learning a song, mind-body techniques and finding his or her voice. Students choose a song to learn over the weekend and have a chance to record the song in a professional studio on the last day. Previous workshops included a concert for family and friends on the last day, but now participants can have the experience of working in a recording studio and given a digital copy of the recording to bring home. “A lot of people, their experience musically has been really negative,” Lea said. “Everybody has a musical ability. There isn’t anybody that can’t sing.” She adds

Tamara Lea, left, teaches Corrie Peters how to belt out some tunes in the small studio in her home. [CHRIS KOEHN/DAILY NEWS]

there are often a few ‘closet singers’ that attend the workshop. “They come from all walks of life,” from teens to retirees, she said. For many people the workshop is a life-changing experience. Lea said she is sure to always have a box of tissues on hand. Judy Whittingham attended one of Lea’s workshops after she started singing in the Island Soul Choir. “I was pretty nervous,” she said, “There’s a lot of fear around singing.” She described the experience as “amazing.” Lea leads me through some vocal exercises and teaches me the proper way to open my mouth while singing. As we head up to the microphone stand visions of

my rejection from fourth grade choir flash before me, especially when Lea goes first and sounds like a softer, sweeter Diana Krall. I begin to sing. Lea encourages me to try variations of our song “Jingle Bells” to gain confidence and find my style. I feel embarrassed at first and end up giggling awkwardly at my efforts. “It’s very emotional,” Lea says. “Some people go through decades of their life thinking they shouldn’t sing,” Lea said. “I try to create a really supportive environment. It’s your right to be able to sing.” For more information, contact Tamara Lea at 250-713-1812 or visit:

Pull the cork out and enjoy life in Parksville DAILY NEWS

Parksville Uncorked is an opportunity to savour and sip while you mingle, mix and learn from renowned chefs, sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs’ from all

over British Columbia. From the signature gala tasting event, to a variety of hands-on seminars, fascinating winemaker dinners and sizzling after-parties, Parksville Uncorked offers something for both the experienced

gourmet and those seeking to better appreciate the epicurean delights of wine and food. Now celebrating its third year, Parksville Uncorked runs Feb. 24 to 27. For full details, go to: www.


SPIRIT ‘20 March 13th at 7:30 p.m.

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DARWIN THE DINOSAUR March 17th at 7:00 p.m.

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RICHARD MARGISON March 20th at 2:30 p.m.

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Father and son duo evade the genre labels Derek Spalding Around Sound


arty Shepard and his son Kyle have had two very distinct musical careers until they performed for an unsuspecting audience in Victoria. They weren’t there as a band, they weren’t even expected to play, but for fun, the two of them stood together and performed a rendition of “Feed Me” from the Little Shop of Horrors. Kyle’s innovative musical style incorporates beat box, scat and singing. His innovative retelling of the classic song, coupled with his dad’s trumpet playing, “brought down the house” and the two of them knew they were on to something special. They immediately created The Big Mess, a duet like no other in the city and a band that fits many genres, but cannot be limited to any one of them. Actually, their performances border on live theatre, which gives even more depth to the dynamic. VoxMan Kyle is a high-energy young artist who will beat box, scat and sing in one verse, never mind one song. During a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, he was hanging from fixtures in the bar, which had his father a bit worried. “That theatrical component really comes from Kyle, he’s the one who brings that aspect,” said Shepard. “It’s just a lot of fun. We’re having a blast with this right now.” Shepard was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He boasts about leaving the ’80s hair band REO Speedwagon before the group launched into stardom. At least he got out before he was asked to leave, he quipped. On Saturday night, the Big Mess will play the Acme Food Co. lounge between 7 and 10 p.m. Check out this unique duet that has many influences, including jazz, latin and blues. “We have done little things together, but we had never thought of doing anything permanent,” said Shepard. “When you watch him do his beat boxing, then combine that with solo vocal or solo trumpet, you wouldn’t think it would work, but it does. That’s the thing that we’re so excited about. People don’t know what’s going to be next, but they figure out that they really like it.” Derek Spalding is a reporter and columnist for the Daily News. He can be reached at DSpalding@

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VIS offers shows of love, humour Weekend will bring a Valentine of love songs plus the classic tale of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ DAILY NEWS

This weekend there is music for all ages at two special shows. There will be love, passion, romance and seduction on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Theatre as the Vancouver Island Symphony presents their suave musical Valentine, French Kiss. This premiere performance of a one-of-a-kind concert features a potpourri of nostalgic music, surprises, fun and the unique teaming up of husband and wife — conductor Pierre Simard and soprano Nadya Blanchette. Says Simard, “We won’t hide the fact that we are married. Nadya is going to be the femme fatal, ingénue, Carmen — all rolled into one.” Says Blanchette, “We are presenting a selection of pieces the audience will love; some pop, some favourites of the opera, emotional, nostalgic and funny melodies that range from the French repertoire to Broadway. This is a blend of the most melodic arias you can expect, linked with the idea of seduction, love, fantasy, pleasure and desire — a real adventure for the senses and the heart.” Conductor and soprano play theatrical antics upon each other, the orchestra and the audience. While Simard conducts, Blanchette, whose warm voice has been heard at festivals, concerts and events across four continents will tantalize the audience as the seductive Carmen from the opera by Bizet and the coquettish Manon by Jules Massenet. She will charm with “Il Bacio”

Soprano Nadya Blanchette will sing a wide variety of romantic songs on Saturday night as the Vancouver Island Symphony performs ‘French Kiss.’

(The Kiss) by Arditi and “My Funny Valentine” by Rodgers and Hart, and entice with “Embraceable You” by George Gershwin and “So in Love” by Cole Porter. Hearts will melt with “Barcarolle” by Jacques Offenbach and


Musical festival planners gear up for two very busy years LYNN WELBURN DAILY NEWS

For the past 83 years, every year at this time, scores of talented young Nanaimoites join with their contemporaries and show off their skill singing, playing instruments, dancing and orating as part of the Upper Island Musical Festival. This year is no different and next week the performances begin around the city (full schedule is available online at www., but this time around, as well as rounding up volunteers and supporters of the arts, the festival organizers also have their eyes on a prize for next year. “Nanaimo has been selected for the 2012 provincial finals for Performing Arts B.C. (www. so we’re really excited by that,” says Andrea Bertram, president of the UIMF. “It’s the first time it has been here and it’s going to be a wonderful event. “It brings in lots of people — in excess of 500 performers plus parents and grandparents and instructors — so that means lots of revenue for the city with hotels, shopping, souvenirs and all of that.” Bertram says it will also be a great boon to talented local youngsters who, for the first time, won’t have to travel to


compete in the provincials. “The provincials are a really great opportunity for the youngsters. It’s not only about the competing, but it’s a place they can start their networking because there’s an amazing amount of talent at the provincials, people who will be walking on the world’s stages one day,” she says. “Those who go to provincials get a chance to meet the people they will be working with in the future and they always come back so motivated by what they see and hear.” But while Bertram and the others on the UIMF board and its volunteers will soon be gearing up to start preparations for next May, they also have plenty to do with the current festival and preparations for this year’s provincial competitions in Kamloops. “We have a great board, such hard-working volunteers but we can always use more people and that will be more true than ever for next year,” says Bertram. “There will be sign up sheets available at all the venues during the festival and people interested in getting involved can leave their names and contact information.”



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Christopher House’s Pteros Tactics — a vibrant, playful work inspired by Anne Carson’s essay “Eros the Bittersweet” — will be performed by Toronto Dance Theatre at the Port Theatre on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

In Pteros Tactics, House explores the space between the lover and beloved with intelligence and wit, the audience participating in the triangle as an active witness. For tickets to this compelling dance program, call 250-754-8550 or go online to: www.porttheatre. com.

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“Il était une fois dans L’Ouest” by Ennio Morricone. And there’s more. On Sunday — for children, grandchildren and the child in all of us — the Symphony presents Peter and the Wolves, with

two memorable stories at 2 p.m. in the Port Theatre. With Simard conducting and master storyteller Michael Kusugak narrating, the orchestra performs the light-hearted classic Peter and the Wolf, written by Sergei Prokofiev, and introduces the Aboriginal story Wolf and the Sea. Peter and the Wolf, originally an old Russian folktale, was written and composed in 1936 as an orchestral story by Prokofiev for the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow. The young boy Peter (played by the string section of the orchestra) strives to catch the wolf (played by the French horn), helped out by the Bird (flute), the Duck (oboe) and the Cat (clarinet). Add a grumpy Grandfather (bassoon), a bunch of loud hunters (woodwinds, timpani and bass drum) and an image-filled narration and the audience is taken away on a magical, musical tale that children the world over have loved for decades. Award-winning writer Kusugak, who was born in Quatikatalik, Nunavut and has lived in various parts of Canada, now lives on Vancouver Island. He will narrate the story of Peter and the Wolf and telling one of his own stories, Wolf and the Sea, about two wolf pups found on a beach and raised by a man. The story will be told with music taken from the great works of Richard Wagner — the symphonic poem Siegfried-Idyll. Tickets for both of these shows are available at 250-754-8550 www.

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Aegis Fang Performs at The Queen’s tonight. Born By Science Plus Ah Venice! play the Cambie Hotel tonight. Cherry Coolaid Performs at The Queen’s tonight. Dance to sexy Latin rhythms Manzavino’s, 8 p.m. Dress is typically upscale casual. Salsa lesson starts at 8:45 p.m. then dance the night away.

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Coastal rockers perform at Port West Coast avant-garde, indie pop-rockers Mother Mother play songs from their third album, Eureka, at the Port Theatre on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The opening act is West Coast rising star Christopher Arruda. For tickets, call 250-754-8550 or go to:

Nightwatch Hosts the jam at the Patricia Hotel every Sunday starting at 3:30 until 7:30. All styles welcome.

Lauren Bush Trio Play traditional jazz with vocals at Acme Food. Co. downtown tonight. No Operator Plus Louder Than Love play the Cambie Hotel tonight. Cherry Coolaid Performs at The Queen’s tonight. Ultimate Rock Jam Every Friday night at Headliners School of Performing Arts, open to all ages. 7 p.m. to midnight. Fully-equipped stage. Broadcast live at Info: 250753-2323 or 19

Jellycat Plus The ‘Mo play the Cambie Hotel Feb. 25.



The Big Mess Plays fusion jazz, funk and beat box featuring Voxman Kyle and Marty Shepard at Acme Food. Co. downtown tonight.


Monday Jam At the Queen’s Hotel tonight. Open Mike at The Vault Weekly at 7:30 p.m. open mic, all styles, up and coming musicians, singer/songwriters, great local foods and baked goods at The Vault downtown. 22


Cherry Coolaid Plays at the Queen’s Hotel tonight. Open Mike Every Tuesday at the Corner Lounge downtown at 9 p.m. Hosted by Mark Bunt. Eight-Channel PA available, players can use the host’s guitar as well. All styles welcome. 23


Gold & Shadow Plus Royal Angkor play the Cambie Hotel tonight.

Dragon Fli Empire Plus Hye Phive, Royal T and Lev play the Cambie Hotel tonight.

Jazz at The Vault Weekly from 4-7 p.m. one-hour set of great jazz followed by jazz open mic, local foods and baked goods. Then, at 7:30 p.m., all styles open mic, up and coming musicians, singer/songwriters at The Vault downtown.

Brave New Waves Performs at The Queen’s tonight.



Lance LaPointe Performs at The Queen’s tonight. Savvy Six This talented group of six musicians strives to reintroduce the fun and excitement of jazz from the 1930s to 21st century audiences featuring a horn section of trumpet, clarinet and alto saxophone. They perform at Acme Food Co. tonight.

advance tickets to this show, by calling Diners Rendezvous at 250-740-1133, ext. 1 or from Delicado’s North.

UPCOMING The Idlers 10-piece celtic-ska-reggae from Newfoundland performs at The Queen’s on Feb. 24. Entity Plus Ravensun play the Cambie Hotel Feb. 24. Concert Series at the Rendezvous Featured artist for Feb. 25 is Kim Churchill from Australia plus Alysha Brillnger and Eric Lee Harper. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Diners Rendezvous, 489 Wallace St. Book your

Island Chamber Music Festival Presented by the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, the festival features six acts in three top-quality shows performed by professional musicians. There are a total of 15 musicians involved and 10 of them teach at the conservatory. Shows are Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 and 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church downtown. Advance festival passes $20 (good for all three shows) available at the Port Theatre Box Office. Call 250-754-8550. Ken Hamm In concert at Headliners, 165 Fraser St. at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25. Juno winner brings his repertoirse of original and traditional blues and roots material to town. For tickets, call 250-753-2323, or pick up at Headliners. The Jessica Stuart Few Jazz-groove trio with Stuart on vocals, Taylor Emond on double bass and Tony Nesbitt-Larking on drums at Acme Food. Co. downtown on Feb. 25. Info at: www. The Naked Grapes Cover tunes and fan interactions, songs from the Tragically Hip, Johnny Cash, Steve Miller Band and more at Acme Food. Co. downtown on Feb. 26. Lance LaPointe Performs at The Queen’s Feb. 27. The Veer Union Plus Chasing Satellites will perform at the Queen’s Hotel on March 3 at 8 p.m. Info: Schizophrenic Plus Raw Hunnie play the Cambie Hotel March 3. Daniel Wesley With special guests will perform at the Old City Station Pub on March 4. First 50 tickets at reduced rate. On sale at Luck, Tranceformations, Harbour City Music, Old City Station Pub and online at:

‘Raccoon Nation’ Award winning producer/writer/director Susan Fleming (‘A Murder of Crows’ and ‘The Secret World of Gardens’) brings her new documentary ‘Raccoon Nation’ to CBC’s ‘Nature of Things’ on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. The premise of the film is that by putting obstacles in their way, we are perhaps creating “smarter” raccoons. Part of the documentary was shot on Newcastle Island.

||| ON STAGE/SCREEN ‘Barefoot in the Park’ Nanaimo Theatre Group presents a Neil Simon classic from 1963, a story about a couple of newlyweds just beginning life together in a tiny Manhattan walk-up. ‘Barefoot in the Park’ runs until Feb. 18 with evening shows at 8 p.m. in the Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road. Tickets available at Sea Drift Fish Market, the Nanaimo Museum, at the door or online at www. French Kiss Vancouver Island Symphony presents a concert where seduction, charm, wit, humour and love are at the forefront with guest artist, soprano Nadya Blanchette, femme fatale, ingenue and Carmen all rolled into one singing French love songs and favourite arias. Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre. For tickets, call 250-754-8550 or go to: Peter and the Wolves Vancouver Island Symphony presents a family concert with guest artist Michael Kusugak, narrating the program at 2 p.m., Feb. 20 at the Port Theatre. Stories to be narrated include Russian folktale ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and the First Nation tale, ‘Wolf and the Sea.’ For tickets, call 250-754-8550 or go to: Fringe Flicks TheatreOne’s next Fringe Flick, ‘Another Year’ by acclaimed director Mike Leigh, is in the running for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It runs Feb. 20 and 21 at the Avalon Cinemas. To order tickets, contact TheatreOne at 250-754-7587 or online at Single tickets may also be purchased within one hour of showtimes. Screening on Sunday at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. Pteros Tactics Modern dance piece by Toronto

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Baroque - Romantic - Contemporary - Twentieth Century St. Andrew’s Church - Wesley Street Junior Piano: Feb. 23rd - Feb. 24th Start 9:00am Adjudicator: Dr. Kathryn Koslowsky-Schmidt Senior Piano: Feb. 27th - Mar. 1st Start 9:00am Adjudicator: Dr. Jamie Syer Adults $300 Students/Seniors $200 Festival Pass: Adults $2000 Students/Seniors $1500 Festival Programme: $500 Dance Gala tickets available at the Port Theatre Admission:

Under the Stars Every Thursday at the Diners Rendezvous, 9 p.m. to midnight it’s open mike and karaoke with Todd Cameron. Prizes, deals on appetizers and more. No cover charge.

Dance Theatre exploring instant desire, inspired by poet Anne Carson’s essay “Eros the Bittersweet,” will be performed at the Port Theatre on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Pre-show chat at 6:45 p.m. For tickets, call 250-754-8550 or go to: Mother Mother West Coast avant-garde, indie pop-rockers play songs from their third album, Eureka, at the Port Theatre on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 250-754-8550 or go to: Mother Mother after party Takes place Feb. 24 at the Diners Rendezvous with a surprise blind date band (you will only know when you come down) and opening act Raw Hunnie. $10 cover or $5 with a ticket from the Mother Mother show. 19 and over only. Amateur stand-up comedy showcase Feb. 26, 8 p.m. at the Diners Rendezvous. The showcase is produced and hosted by two new contributors to local Nanaimo theatre, Tristan Rynsewyn and Joe Bergey. Come on out for some laughs and if you think you have what it takes to try stand-up comedy yourself just text “I’m funny” to 250-668-6997. Curtains South Island Music Society presents this musical comedy murder mystery at the Port Theatre, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. A great fun sendup of backstage murder mystery plots. For tickets, call 250-754-8550 or go to: ‘We Too’ Vancouver Island University theatre department presents this play about Nanaimo’s coal mining history by Jeremy Long running March 3 to 12 with both evening shows and matinees. For tickets, call the box office at 250-740-6100.

||| EXHIBITS Faculty exhibition The Nanaimo Art Gallery, VIU campus location presents: ‘prOcess: the faculty exhibition,’ running until March 5 with artists, Gregory Ball, Fran Benton, Jane Cole, Richard (Rick) A. Conroy, Jason Gress, Scott Leaf, Ellen McCluskey, Justin McGrail, Kevin Mazutinec, Nancy Page and Pamela Speight. Nanaimo Art Gallery The downtown gallery location at 150 Commercial St. is now featuring ‘Crows Revisited’ until Feb. 22 with works by Rod Corraini, Mary Jane Jessen, Marilyn Ridsdale, Julie Sabiston, Lee Stead — all with images of crows. For more information, call: 250-754-1750. Art 10 Gallery Featured artist for the month of February is Barbara Lorimer. Art 10 Gallery is in Nanaimo North Town Centre mall. Info: 250-756-6136. Featured artist show The Downtown Nanaimo Art Gallery at 150 Commercial St. will feature a show of new works by the Monday Morning Figurative Drawing Group. Show runs until Feb. 26. Works for sale at reasonable prices. Featured artist show The Downtown Nanaimo Art Gallery at 150 Commercial St. will feature a show of ceramic works by Elke Mihic. Show runs until Feb. 22. Mihic likes to bring out the whimsical in her clay creations, the latest being crows..




We are the City With Aiden Knight and Kingdom Cloud, now on a B.C. tour will perform at the Duncan Garage Showroom on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Info at:,

Out of the Vault Eunmi Conacher; Rod Corraini; and Marilyn Ridsdale will be showing their paintings at The Coffee Vault coffee shop downtown throughout February. The title of the show for these three Art 10 members is Out of The Vault.

Rachel Cardiello On her first Canadian tour with members of the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra will perform at the Duncan Garage Showroom on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Info at: www.

Nanaimo Arts Council Featured artist for February is June Raabe, with collection of watercolours, acrylics, pastel, pen and ink, have shown in many varied venues on Vancouver Island. Raabe will be at the gallery Thursdays from 1:30-5:30 p.m. throughout the show to answer questions. Nanaimo North Town Centre. For more information, call 250-729-3947 or visit

Sunday jams Eugene Smith hosts Sunday Jams at the Brigantine Pub in Maple Bay. Call 250-746-5422. Artists meeting Cherry Point Artists meet on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Moose Lodge in Duncan. Call 250-748-2355.


ONGOING Nia Dance Nia Dance every Monday and Wednesday at the Harbour Dancentre from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Nanaimo Arts Council The Nanaimo Arts Council hosts Creative Currents at the Harbourfront Library Downtown from 2-4 p.m. Readings and creative writing process with spoken-word host David Fraser.

||| COMMUNITY Poetry and Song Join local poet Ras Jubal for a reading in support of his book of poetry ‘King Alpha Songs,’ an anthology of his writings from 1980 to 2008. Takes place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery downtown on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Entrance by donation. Presented by Rebel Music on CHLY 101.7. Symphony Community Day Vancouver Island Symphony presents free events on Feb. 19 including a musical instrument zoo from 11 a.m. to noon, a Noteworthy Kids family event at 11:30 a.m. and an open reheasal from 12:30-1:30 p.m. All events at the Port Theatre. Free ticket reservations are needed for the open rehearsal. Call 250-754-8550. Black History exhibitions Month-long exhibits support Nanaimo’s Black history. The Nanaimo Museum and Harbourfront Library will host free public exhibits honoring Afro-centric contributions to our community running Feb. 1-26. Who’s Behind the Mask? A masquerade gala to raise funds for the Haven Society will be held Feb. 25 at the Coast Bastion Inn. Formal Black Tie event starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails, dinner at 7 p.m. then a performance by Joelle Raby, live auction and dancing. For tickets, contact Shelley Anderson at 250-268-2522. The Big Bust A mini music festival to raise funds for breast cancer research is set for Feb. 25

Savvy Six This talented group of six Victoria-based musicians strives to reintroduce the stylish fun and excitement of jazz from the 1930s to 21st century audiences featuring a horn section of trumpet, clarinet and alto saxophone. They perform at Acme Food Co. downtown tonight at 7:30 p.m.

at 6 p.m. at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, 46 Nicol St. Hosted by Headliners School of Performing Arts and Harbour City Music. Seven bands will play at the all-ages event including Ninja Spy, We The Undersigned, Whiteboard Project, Raven Sun, Eye of Odin, Foreign Influence and Scion. Tickets available at Headliners, Harbour City Music and Tranceformations.

Music on Sunday The Old School House arts centre in Qualicum presents classical music with flutist Mary Byrne and pianist Wendy Stofer with a program of adaptations and transcriptions of compositions for other instruments on Feb. 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For complete details, go online to www.theoldschoolhouse. org or phone 250-752-6133.

Guitar Workshop Learn fingerstyle and slide techniques for acoustic guitar at Headliners, 165 Fraser St. on Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with renowned picker and slide guitar player Ken Hamm. $35. Students should bring a guitar, a tuner and a slide, Guitar tablature will be provided for all songs.. Students may also bring audio and/or video recording devices to record the instruction sessions. Call: 250-753-2323.


Mail Art Olympics Oceanside Community Arts Council presents work by Ed Varney. Runs throughout February in theJoe Cunningham Ford gallery, 133 McMillan St., Parksville. Group Show Oceanside Community Arts Council presents works by the Arrowsmith Artists Group, a collection of art from many local artists. Runs throughout February at the Oceanside gallery, 133 McMillan St., Parksville. Art exhibition The Old School House art gallery in Qualicum presents a group exhibition featuring Painters Myshree Tsai in Brown Gallery, Annie Segal in Volunteer Gallery and Denise MacNeill in Dorothy Francis Gallery. March 7 to 25. 122 Fern Rd. West Qualicum Beach, 250-752-6133 or

Poetry Aloud Sessions are held on the first Thursday of each month at the Wellington Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Everyone is welcome. Seniors dance Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to the music of the Olympics at Bowen Park Centre. Join this friendly 60-Plus group of social dancers for fun and good exercise. Come as a guest and try it out. Call 250-716-5737.


tribute to the North American legend considered as one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century. The Playbill Dining Room offers a seasonal buffet open before every show. 2 p.m.: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 8 p.m.: Wednesday to Saturday. Box Office: 1-800-565-7738,

Art show Rollin Art Gallery presents Sacred Earth, a photography show by Gittan Klemtsrud, from Feb. 5 until March 2. 3061 Eighth Ave., Port Alberni. Call 250-724-3412.


Journeys The Old School House art gallery in Qualicum presents a group exhibition featuring Peter Kiidumae until Feb. 18. 122 Fern Rd. West Qualicum Beach, 250-752-6133 or

WordStorm WordStorm poetry and prose readings and open mike competition are held the last Monday of the month at the Acme Food Co., 14 Commercial St. Feb. 28 featured readers are Jenny Fjellgaard, Heather Haley, Blaine Marchand and Gabriella Goliger. Come early for dinner, or doors open at 6:30 p.m., readings at 7 p.m. Tickets $5. Reserve at ascentaspirations@ or phone 250-468-7313. Visit for more information.


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Local art The Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday. Current show features local artists in several mediums in a collection of affordable art for gift giving.

Jazz club The Courtenay Elks Hall presents a jazz club every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Martine’s Bistro Live music every Friday night at Martine’s Bistro in Comox at 7:30 p.m.

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Friday night rock The Griffin Pub presents live bands every Friday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Comox.

||| MUSIC Dress Rehearsal Tuesday Duncan Garage Showroom offers various off-duty musicans to get together and play some of their new works.

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The Children’s Hour Lillian Hellman classic play is presented by the Shawnigan Players at the Duncan Garage Showroom on Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at: Gallowglass Books, Ten Old Books and Mason’s Store.

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Bridge Club Nanaimo Duplicate Bridge Club games Monday, Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m., Legion Br. #256. Call 250-741-0877 or 250-756-0438. First week of every month, informal speaker series, 30 minutes before game time.

||| MUSIC Open mic The Dancing Bean Cafe in Chemainus presents Open Mic Songwriters Nite at 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. www.




‘A Closer Walk’ Back by popular demand! The Chemainus Theatre Festival is proud to welcome back to the stage, ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’ after last year’s phenomenal success. Runs until Feb. 19. Starring Sara-Jeanne Hosie as Patsy Cline, the show is a musical

Coffee House At the Errington Hall on Saturdays. Come out for some great local talent. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts around 7:30 p.m.

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Poetry Reading Group Meets March 1, 6:45-8 p.m. at the Harbour Front Library. Read your own poems or other poets work for discussion. Contact 250-755-7847.

New writer’s group New Writer’s Group meets the third Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Cowichan Valley Library.

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Philosophers’ Café in Nanaimo Feb. 28 topic: Is there a boundary between fiction and non-fiction? In briefly tracing the origins and shapes of three of his books, ‘Eyemouth’ (a historical novel), ‘Furry Creek’ (a contemporary novel filled with documents) and ‘The Missionary, The Violinist, and The Aunt Whose Head Was Squeezed’ (a non-fiction account of travel and family history), Keith Harrison will offer a writerly perspective on the sometimes elusive boundary between imagination and fact. Mrs Riches Café, 199 Fraser St. from 7-8 p.m. Admission is $5.


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BEVERLY HILLS, California — Filmmaker D.J. Caruso is about to unveil a youth-oriented thriller which has been generating huge buzz within the film industry and knocking them dead at previews. But when Caruso talks about I Am Number Four — with its unique plot about a teenage alien who tries to go undercover in order to escape the extraterrestrial killers who seek to destroy him — the 46-year-old director doesn’t just talk about the special effects, the nailbiting action sequences, the rampaging monsters, and his cautious belief that this marks the beginning of a lucrative franchise. Would you believe he also wants to take pay homage to the memory of John Hughes? More than 20 years ago, Hughes was the groundbreaking writer-director who brought freshness and originality to Hollywood’s often trivialized take on teenage culture. In classics like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and the immortal Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hughes dispensed with cliche characters and


situations and replaced them with meaningful, believable kids in entertaining, believable stories. Caruso hopes that he has succeeded in doing the same thing within the context of an out-and-out thriller which he believes will appeal equally to young and old. “I think that John Hughes was such a genius,” he says. “The movies he made for me, and for teenagers, were art movies in a way. We don’t make movies like that today, so that’s sort of my way to contribute and have the emotions we have inside come alive.” What’s interesting about the project is that Michael Bay, a director notable more for striking box-office gold than for dealing with

credible human emotions, served as producer. So, in putting his own personal stamp on the film, how did Caruso get on with the notoriously hot-tempered Bay? “Michael was making Transformers at the time, I was shooting this, so he was very busy,” Caruso says discreetly. The implication is that with I Am Number Four, he was able to stay firmly in control. But he also makes clear that there were areas where Bay was a resource. “Michael was a g reat asset in visual effects and in blowing things up and communicating to the visual effects people what was wanted. He literally helped me to develop the language I needed to communicate for the visual effects. So he was incredibly helpful because for him it’s like blowing his nose — it’s second nature — so that was really where he felt he could lend his talents and stuff, so it worked out to be a really good collaboration.” Caruso, who brings a boyish enthusiasm to his work, has done action thrillers before, but this latest was far more demanding than Eagle Eye or Disturbia.


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