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REJUVENATION: Eliminating the clutter in your life is just one way the you can use the renewal of spring to give you a fresh, new outlook on your home and your life. SPRING CUISINE: Our Chef Dez tells us that Greek food provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy fresh ingredients while firing up the barbecue for the first time. GOLF TIME: Golf pro Ward Stouffer offers early-season tips to get ready for that first round. But his bottom line is just to get out there, get active and have fun. GROWING SEASON: Nanaimo gardening experts Chris and Tex tell us that it doesn’t matter what you’re growing, the secret to success lies in properly preparing the soil. AUTO WISDOM: After a mild winter, we can expect the heat to rise quickly this spring and it’s important your car is prepared before you hit the pavement for that long road trip. TRAVEL TIPS: The thousands of apps out there for your smart phone can be an invaluable tool to find your way around airports and foreign countries.

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hen you have a wonderfully mild winter like the one we just experienced, it’s hard to tell when spring arrives (although I’m pretty sure it’s March 21). One clue is that you’re holding the spring edition (our second) of NDNmagazine, the fledgling quarterly lifestyle publication of the Nanaimo Daily News. As Shari Cummins’ Page 4 article explains, this issue is about “refreshing, renewing and reviving” this season. She touches on spring decluttering, getting fit on a yoga mat and maybe making some career changes. We also have Chef Dez to share some spring cooking ideas; golf pro Ward Stouffer will get you ready to hit the links; and garden experts Chris and Tex offer advice to prepare your soil for a great spring and summer growing season. We’re already planning for our summer edition, which will include a guide to enjoying the mid-Island’s wonderful array of festivals. If you would like advertising information, contact advertising manager Andrea RosatoTaylor at 250-729-4248. For all other enequiries, contact me. Cale Cowan, editor

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Refresh. Renew. Revive. Spring is the perfect time to take stock of what’s going on in your life — and then make some changes



pring cleaning is an annual chore that’s good not just for your home, but also for your personal well-being. Spring is a great time to shake off winter’s grip and tackle personal goals that were put on a shelf in the fall along with the lawn furniture. At home, anything from clean windows to a more ambitious decluttering can reduce stress and make a house feel comfortable again. And if winter has wilted your ambition and left you feeling sluggish, then maybe a new, healthy habit will boost your happiness quotient in time for summer. For those people who think they’re


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too busy to set a new goal, or have more trouble achieving them than dreaming them up, spring may also present the perfect opportunity to pinpoint a personal resolution and see it through to completion.


n every house there’s usually one dirty little – or large – secret. The room or drawer that is filled with clutter. Don’t feel bad, says Paula Colton. It happens to everyone. The professional organizer and self-described “de-clutter consultant” has seen it all, from out-of-control trinket collections to overflowing vehicles and downsizing dilemmas.

“It’s because the last person on our to-do list is always ourselves,” she says. Things creep up slowly until the stacks of filing and boxes of family photos are too big to tackle. “It starts to get overwhelming,” says Colton. “Most people don’t know where to start.” Colton helps people define their problem areas, decide what they want to achieve and then helps them, slowly and sometimes with difficulty, sort and organize their belongings, clean their spaces and remove unwanted or unneeded items. “I’m not the junk lady. I don’t come in and throw everything away,” she warns. “It’s not about getting rid of everything. »» It’s about organizing things.”


mong the most common resolutions people make any time of the year are those concerning health and wellbeing. From weight loss to stress management, health goals can also be the most challenging to achieve. Yoga, with it’s wide variety of disciplines, is popular with people looking to achieve goals in any or all of those area. Chiropractor Kristen Butler is very familiar with yoga and its potential benefits. The director of Nanaimo’s Moksha Yoga Studio and Island Optimal Health and Performance says yoga is an ideal exercise regimen because it can be pursued by anyone, with almost any level of fitness, even people with chronic health problems. “They can be stiff as a board or have injuries,” says Butler. “It’s a style of yoga that can accommodate so many people.” Butler, who discovered yoga when she was struggling with the high stress of university classes, suspects some people may shy away from trying yoga because of popular misconceptions about the practice: that it’s extremely difficult, only for people who are already fit and flexible, or that there is a strong spiritual component. None of those things are necessarily true, says Butler. Some people come frequently, others sporadically. Some savour the spiritual


Colton has some basic advice for anyone looking to tackle an organizing project. 1. “The first thing I tell people is: ‘Breathe,’” says Colton. “Calmly list what you want to achieve. And keep breathing as you go through the process. It can create a lot of anxious feelings.” Be very specific about what area you want to work on. Pick a single part of a room to start with. If you’re clearing shelves, for example, start with the top shelf. Clear it off, wash it down, organize the items that will go back and remove the items that are not. 2. When you’re ready to start, use an egg timer. “Set it for 15 minutes and start on your project. At the end of the 15 minutes, take a little break. Walk away and do something completely different. Give yourself a little reward.” 3. Take “before” and “after” photos. 4. Take your time. “You have to be gentle with yourself,” says Colton. “It can be exhausting.” The payback for getting a home organized can be tremendous, says Colton. “This will make you joyous when it’s done. There’s a huge sense of relief.”

Eliminating the clutter in your home can be a great way to feel refreshed this spring. side of yoga; others just come for the stretch. “It’s very individual,” she says. Her advice? If you’ve ever thought of trying yoga, stop thinking and just give it a shot. “The first class is the hardest, but when you get there, you realize that everyone is just there for themselves like you,” says Butler. And if Moksha isn’t for you? Try something else, she advises. “There are so many other great studios in town that offer something for everyone,” she says. And, of course, physical goals aren’t limited to yoga. “Just try something new,” says Butler.” It can be a kickboxing class you were interested in, or maybe you always wanted to see the top of Mount Benson. “Let go of an expectations that you have and get energized and excited about life.”


ike many people, Line Brunet had no idea how unhappy she was with her career until she slowed down enough to think about it. Raising a family and working first as a legal secretary and then as a busy executive assistant, Brunet’s life changed completely when, three years ago, she was forced to spend four months off work due to debilitating back pain. “There I was in the depth of winter, on the couch in my bathrobe, and it gave me time to think about what I really wanted to do,” she recalls.“I was really unhappy.” She considered her desire to help others, the habit of people in her life to use her as a sounding board for new ideas, and decided to embark on a new career as a life coach. She now runs Horizons Life Coaching in Nanaimo, writes a blog and an online radio program, Family »»

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Focus, on blogtalkradio. She’s never been happier. Setting goals and achieving them — whether it’s to lose 10 pounds, be more effective at work, or embark on a new career — is easier said than done, Brunet knows. “When we’re stuck in a rut, we’re not very creative,” making it difficult to imagine ways of achieving a goal, she says. Finances, family commitments, lack of training and fear of other’s opinions often top the list of stumbling

blocks people face when considering a new goal. Brunet tries to help people recognize the hurdles in their path and develop a plan to clear them. “I try to help people get excited about their lives,” says Brunet. “Once they do that, they seem able to be creative in their own lives.” Brunet offers some tips for people mulling over new goals. 1. “Be really, really specific about what you want your goal to be,” she advises. Make sure goals are measurable, adds Brunet. Write them down and post them in a visible area as a constant reminder. Consider adding a timeline or deadline for achieving your goal 2. “If you have something huge, break it down,” says Brunet. If, for example, a person has a goal to lose 100 pounds, they should break it down into smaller, manageable goals. Be realistic, says Brunet. “Don’t set yourself up for failure.” 3. “When you make a small goal, celebrate it,” says Brunet. Reward yourself for small achievements as well as big ones. And don’t be defeated when you suffer a setback. Focus on positive achievements, she advises.


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Cover Story » FOOD

Greek food celebrates spring




armer weather and the increasing presence of flowers are the occurrences most associated with the onset of spring, but what about the food? Springtime, to me, marks the culinary departure of the heavier comfort foods that have nourished and soothed us through the winter months. It is the representation of the arrival of lighter foods that enliven our spirits and also help us commemorate the annual unveiling and dusting off of the family barbecue grill. Greek food is the perfect cuisine to do just this. The refreshing tastes of fresh lemon juice, aromatic oregano and robust garlic are amazing combinations that grace many Greek food dishes. Greek salad is just the beginning of our gastronomic spring adventure. The crisp taste of a bounty of chunky-cut vegetables tossed in a bright dressing is amazingly satisfying. As a matter of fact, I see many people frequenting their supermarket deli to buy pre-made tubs of this all the time. The price, however, that one will pay for one of these Greek salads can be mind-boggling and


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as high as $8. I always have the urge to tap them on the shoulder and say: “You realize that’s just vegetables, right?” OK, the delis do include minimal amounts of feta cheese and olives as well, but the point I am trying to make is that one can prepare this at home with ease and put the money they save toward their retirement. Since the vegetables in Greek salad are cut into large pieces, the prep work is minimized dramatically. This, along with an easily made dressing, and you’re good to go. Living on the West Coast, you may have already fired up your home barbecue, or perhaps never even put it away for the winter. Regardless, what says grilled flavour better than marinated meat on a stick? Greek souvlaki is very popular and also very easy to make. Incredible lemon, garlic and oregano flavours dramatically emphasize the caramelized chunks of meat and is best kept warm on a bed of rice for serving. Marinades seem to be first and foremost in people’s minds when it comes to creating flavour in cooked meats. Although they »»

do create flavour, they are also important in making a cut of meat more tender. The best marinades are made from the simplest of ingredients that you have in your home already. Please don’t rely on the packages of powder you find at the supermarkets. Marinades are made up from a base, an acid, and flavourful ingredients. The base of a marinade is usually oil, as this will aid in the cooking process. An acid such as vinegar, wine, or lemon juice is added to breakdown the tougher proteins found in the meat. The acids in this souvlaki recipe are lemon juice and wine vinegar. Red meats, depending on the cuts and the amount of acid involved in the marinade, are the toughest and are better to marinate from one hour up to 24 hours. Chicken proteins are much more delicate and are more preferrably marinated for no longer than four hours. Over-marinated chicken will actually start to become tough. The same follows with seafood, as its protein composition is even more fragile than chicken. Seafood should usually be marinated for a mere 30 minutes to an hour. Tzatziki is almost always served with souvlaki and I have seen many recipes that request that the yogurt first be drained in a cheesecloth-lined colander for 24 hours. This is done to eliminate some of the water content, but who wants to wait 24 hours to make tzatziki? My recipe is made much quicker by squeezing the water content out of the grated cucumber. If desired, one may also choose to purchase a thicker yogurt to complement, such as Balkan style. This tzatziki, however, can also be made with non-fat yogurt if one chooses, but I find that the richness of a full fat yogurt, of 5-6% milk fat, makes for a more spectacular finished product. Roasted Greek potatoes are another favourite with many. The secret to my recipe is to choose a pan that accommodates potatoes nicely: not too crowded, not too sparse. If the pan is too crowded,

then evaporation of juices will not happen as quickly and the potatoes will boil in liquid rather than get brown. If the pan is too sparse with potatoes, then evaporation will happen too quickly and the potatoes will burn before they are cooked through. In the one-hour cooking time, the potatoes should absorb flavours while liquid is present and then brown once the liquid has evaporated in approximately the last 15 minutes. Also, for the best success in browning, choose the darkest pan you have. Black attracts heat and thus a darker pan will attract more heat to the surface in the pan to aid in caramelizing the potatoes. A crucial factor to the success of any great Greek food is to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Whether it’s Greek salad, souvlaki, or roasted Greek potatoes, fresh is best. Lemon juice comes from lemons, not from a bottle. The taste difference in flavour is incredible. Also, by utilizing fresh lemons in recipes, you can take advantage of the essential oils in the outer zest, either as an RECIPES »» additional ingredient or for garnish.

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Roasted Greek potatoes

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It is important to use a metal baking pan because it attracts more heat than glass casserole dishes. The darker the pan, the more heat it will attract to brown the potatoes properly. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dez

The longer the dressing stays on the salad, the more juices will come out of the vegetables. If you like it very crisp, serve within a couple hours; if you like the vegetables softer, then let it sit overnight. Either way, be sure to re-season before serving. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dez

5 large Russet potatoes, peeled 10 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 whole head of garlic, chopped 1 tbsp dried oregano 6 tbsp olive oil Salt & fresh cracked pepper to season Chopped lemon zest and fresh parsley for garnish, optional 1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. 2. Cut the potatoes into thirds or quarters, depending on how large they are. 3. Place all ingredients in a metal baking pan and mix to coat. 4. Bake until tender, approximately 1 hour, turning and coating every 15 minutes. 5. Lightly re-season with salt immediately after they are removed from the oven. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish

2 long English cucumbers, diced 1/2 to 3/4 inch 4 medium tomatoes, or 6-8 roma tomatoes, diced 1/2 to 3/4 inch 1 large yellow pepper, diced 1/2 to 3/4 inch 1 large orange pepper, diced 1/2 to 3/4 inch 1 medium to large red onion, diced 1/2 to 3/4 inch 1/2 to 1 cup kalamata olives Dressing 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp dried oregano leaves 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp sugar Salt and coarsely ground pepper to season Crumbled feta cheese to garnish 1. In a large bowl, toss the vegetables and olives together. 2. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients well and pour over the salad. Toss to coat.

3. Store in refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. 4. Scoop into salad bowl with a slotted spoon, and toss back in the desired amount of the dressing leftover. 5. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese. Makes 8 to 12 servings.

Greek souvlaki This recipe is best with metal skewers. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 24 hours to help prevent burning. Chicken breast proteins are more fragile than red meat proteins, thus requires less marinating time. Over-marinated chicken will get tough. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dez 1-1/2 to 2 pounds leg of lamb, approximately 1 inch cubes; or 1-1/2 to 2 pounds beef stew meat, approximately 1 inch cubes; or 1-1/2 to 2 pounds chicken breast filets 2/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp dried oregano (leaves, not ground) 2-3 bay leaves, crumbled Salt and pepper to season

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1. Place lamb, beef or chicken in a large, sealable freezer bag. 2. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and pour into bag of lamb, beef or chicken. 3. Seal the bag, leaving as little air as possible; toss around to coat. 4. Let marinate in fridge (24 hours for lamb/beef or 3-4 hours for chicken), tossing around occasionally. 5. Put meat on skewers; the number of skewers you will need will depend of the number of pieces you want to serve per portion. 6. Grill skewers over a medium to medium-high heat, turning occasionally until done, approximately 10-20 minutes depending on the temperature of your grill. 7. Serve warm, still on skewers, on a bed of rice, with tzatziki for dipping. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Spanikopita Little triangular pastry pockets of spinach and feta cheese. A Greek favourite. — Dez 2 tbsp butter 1/4 cup minced white onion 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1-300g package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

100g feta cheese, crumbled 1 tsp lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste 10 sheets frozen phyllo pastry, thawed, keep covered with a cool slightly damp towel Melted butter

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1. Melt butter over medium heat in a nonstick pan. 2. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. 3. Add the spinach and cook, stirring until all the moisture has evaporated. 4. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and let cool. 5. Preheat the oven to 375 F. 6. Stir in the feta cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper and set aside. 7. On a clean countertop, take one sheet of pastry, brush it with butter, and place another sheet on top. 8. Cut lengthwise into eight strips. 9. Place a teaspoon of filling on the bottom left corner of each strip. Fold over the right side to meet the left to form a triangle. Continue folding in this manner until you have reached the top. 10. Place on a parchment-covered baking sheet. Brush each one with butter. 11. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until golden brown and serve warm.

1 long English cucumber, grated 500g plain yogurt 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill 1 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper to season

A Greek mealtime favourite; serve it on grilled Greek souvlaki or simply use it as a dip for pita bread. Do not peel the cucumbers, as the skin adds a lot of colour. — Dez

1. Put grated cucumbers in a clean towel or cheesecloth and squeeze to remove moisture. 2. Place drained cucumbers in a bowl, and add all the other ingredients; stir to combine. 3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours for the flavours to marry. Makes approximately 3 cups

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Cover Story » GOLF

A quick guide for getting you back on the course BY WARD STOUFFER


ome golfers will wait to be inspired by the unnaturally awesome images from Augusta National Golf Club and the ridiculously talented players who are allowed to play in the Masters. Others wait for the temperature to match their best score. It doesn’t really matter when you decide to begin your golf season, but when you do, it may be beneficial to do a little bit of preparation. Sure, I could tell you that you need to sign up for a series of six private golf lessons with your local CPGA golf instructor.


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(By the way, I am one of those and know a few others). I might even suggest finding a qualified personal trainer to drive you through session after session of golf-conditioning exercises. I know a couple of those, too. Finally, I could direct you to the “candy store of golf.” You pick your favourite and arm yourself with the latest and greatest golf equipment available, until the next models come out. I am not going to do any of these things. When you decide to begin your golf season, the first thing »»

you may want to decide is how much are you going to want to play. Let’s face it, we all would like to play more than we do. Be realistic about this and then go to your nearest golf course and find out the best way to get involved. You may join a club or sign up for an annual pass or maybe purchase some multi-game passes. Why should this be your first step? Commitment. Make this year the year you get out and enjoy this great game because you live in a great place to play it. OK, after that, check the equipment you already own. The grips are the most important part and they should be relatively clean and not too slippery. It’s hard to get asked back to play with a foursome if you have almost taken their heads off with a club coming out of your hands. Before you run out and get them regripped (by that CPGA golf pro that you know) take the time to wash them with some warm to hot water and some kind of cleaner (I use Windex). Scrub them with a wire brush and watch all the dirt come out of them. They should get softer and have some more tack to them. If they don’t, do us all a favour and get them regripped. Clean the dust off your bag and you might want to check the strap. It sucks when that breaks and you have to carry your clubs like a suitcase. Check the pockets to see if any of your golf balls are left. Buy more, you’ll need them. Finally, as far as equipment goes, make sure you have all the clubs you are allowed: 14. I hate it when you hit a great drive and don’t have the right club for the second shot. I hate having to borrow someone else’s putter, too. How about your body? My bet is that you didn’t do much in the way of stretching those golf muscles during the offseason. It is actually hard to find a good stretch or exercise that incorporates


all of the muscles and joints used in a golf swing. So here’s an idea: SWING A GOLF CLUB. As simple as that sounds, it works the best. Start with small swings and gradually work up to your full swing. Keep your feet close together at first to develop a better turn or body rotation. Take it slow and if it hurts, stop. The other thing to consider is your fitness level. If you have been doing other sports or walk on a regular basis, you will probably be OK, but if you haven’t, you may want to walk the first nine and get a cart for the second. At this time, I would like to mention the importance of golf shoes and spikes – get them and replace worn ones. Thank you. Work yourself up to the full 18 holes because, let’s face it, if you are in pain or overtired, you won’t want to play again and we want you to play again and again. Don’t get me wrong, if you have the time and the money, you can go see your local golf pro and take some lessons. If you are trying to be the best that you can be, you should definitely seek out some performance-enhancing exercises from a qualified personal trainer. And you will absolutely benefit from the newest equipment that is on the market, specifically the technology that is now introduced in golf shafts and golf balls. They will help you maximize your potential in the game of golf. But to me, just getting out onto the golf course and the enjoyment of the game at any level requires just a few steps of preparation. So take the first step and make the choice to play. Have a great season, whenever it starts. Ward Stouffer is the director of golf at Fairwinds Golf Club

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Cover Story » GARDENING

Get your dirt ready for a good growing season STORY AND PHOTOS BY TEX & CHRIS


hat is the style of your garden going to be this year? Pots on the patio? Half barrels on the deck? Or gardening in good, old-fashioned dirt?

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Fertilizers: If you are using transplants, you can water them in after planting with a 20-20-20 fertilizer. Reduce the quantity of fertilizer that you add to the water, i.e. if it says one teaspoon (15 millilitres) to a quart (two litres) of water, just add two-thirds or three-quarters of the recommended amount of fertilizer. After the first three weeks, you can use one of the vegetable fertilizers that are available today. The one we use is 10-15-19. After the first feeding of synthetic fertilizer, you could use organics as long as your growing medium definitely has soil in it. Just remember, do not dry out your growing medium because this will damage the roots. And do feed your plants.

Half barrels on the deck: The vegetable crops to grow in these can again be your salad greens or bush peas with a few sticks to support them. You could always try dwarf beans: some people have success with them in containers, some don’t. Or you can go for the good, old regular tomato. The only recommendation there is to put at least three plants in the half barrel if you are using small plants sold in four-inch (10 cm) or six-inch (15 cm) pots. If you are using the giant-sized plants we sell, you would only put one plant in the half barrel, because with one of ours it will be for feet (1.2 m) wide and at least six to seven feet (2 m) high when reasonably fed with a good quality fertilizer (not a cheap one) and watered properly. If you want to grow potatoes in a half barrel, use the early »»

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maturing, short season varieties and skip the lime and the fertilizer, or you will have all leaves and no potatoes. You will have to feed them, of course, and the recommendation is to use and organic liquid feed. There is an organic product available called Tomato Supreme made by the Gaia Company. You just add it to water. But, like all organics, it does not come cheap and it takes a fair amount to do a good job of feeding. It is something that we have had good results with over the past couple of years and so have a lot of people who grow our tomato plants. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget a good strong tomato cage; ours are made out of rebar and they will last for 20 years or more. Growing in good, old dirt: You need to get organized early as to the location, loosen the soil surface up and give it a real good application of lime. Again, no lime if you are going to grow potatoes in it. The dolomite lime will provide the calcium, which is the main component of your vegetable fruits. Leave the lime on the soil for at least two weeks before you apply the fertilizer. If you have time and it is available, add a bag of steer manure to every square yard (square metre). This will help the growing medium to get air into it and also provide water-holding capacity. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to spread one bag over a bigger area. The higher percentage of manure, the better the soil will be. If you are lucky enough to get ahold of genuine farm cow manure, take it! One thing: If you are adding your own homemade compost to your soil, still add the cow or steer manure. It gives the microbes in the soil a wider choice of menu. This creates a good mix of microbes, bacteria and fungi and these are the guys that feed your plants. If you want to grow flowers instead of vegetables, the same rules apply if you want to have a superb show of flowering containers and/or gardens. Tex and Chris own Christex Nursery, three minutes from the Nanaimo Parkway, Exit 24 at the north end of Jingle Pot and Munroe roads, Nanaimo. E-mail

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Spring Calendar » What’s happening in March, April, May and June

MARCH An evening with Rick Mercer: “My Life in Canadian Television”

» Wednesday, March 31 (8 p.m.) A benefit event for The Port Theatre Society. Cost: $85. For information: 1-250-754-8550.

» Friday, April 2 at Westwood Lake. Annual event in memory of former Daily News editor Gavin Fletcher; cookie stations will be set up strategically around the lake. For information: Buttertubs Marsh Nature Walk

» Friday, April 2 (10 a.m.-noon). Join naturalist Bill Merilees for a walk around this special wetland in Nanaimo. Cost: $5. For information: 1-866-288-7878 ext. 226. Hamilton Marsh Easter Tour

» Saturday, April 3 (noon-4 p.m.). Meet at the marsh and explore local plants and creatures with the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society. Visit the Easter Bunny station. Cost: family $10, general $5. For information: 1-866-288-7878 ext. 226.

Easter Bunny hunt. Cost: adults and seniors, $7.50; students $4; For information: 250-752-8573. The Port Theatre Presents: David Gogo

» Friday, April 9 (7:30 p.m.). World-class musician from Nanaimo has earned multiple Juno award nominations. Cost: adults $32; children $5 (EyeGo); students $17; members $28). For information: 250-754-8550.

$5 general admission. For information: 250-898-8887. The Nanaimo Concert Band Presents: Annual Spring Concert 2010

» Sunday, April 11 (2:30 p.m.) at the Port Theatre. Join the Nanaimo Concert Band for their annual spring concert. Cost: $10 general admission. For information: 250-754-8550. Nanaimo Model Railroad Show

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20th annual Brant Wildlife Wood Carving Show and 12th annual Canadian Fish Carving Championship

» Saturday, April 3-Monday, April 5 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) at Milner Gardens. Bring the children or grandchildren for a children’s

» Saturday, April 10 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 11 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Parksville Community Centre. Cost:

» Sunday, April 11 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Beban Park Auditorium. Vendors from hobby shops will have new products to sell and offer advice. Cost: adults, $5; seniors $4; members $3 and families $10. For informa»» tion: 250-724-4698.



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» Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14 (8 p.m.). Cost: adults, $51. For information: 250-754-8550.

Dogs on leash invited, too. For information: 250-754-6321. Psychic Potluck

» Friday, April 16 (6-9:30 p.m.) at Beban Park Recreation Centre. Representatives from various breweries will be on hand. Cost: adult, $30. For information: 250-758-1131.

» Thursday, April 29 (7 p.m.) at the Nanaimo Curling Club. Presented by the Nanaimo Metaphysical Network and Mystic Vancouver Island, the Psychic Potluck is a fifth Thursday tradition where food, fun and mystical encounters meet. Cost: $20. For info:

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» April 16-May 21, various locations. RDN Recreation and Parks is hosting the Annual Golden Shoe Hunt. Check for clues each Friday online at This event is free. For information: 250-248-3252. Franklin The Turtle: The Adventures of Noble Knights

» Tuesday, April 20 (3 p.m.) at the Port Theatre. Cost: $25.50 plus s/c. For information: 250-754-8550. Scotiabank MS Walk, Run or Roll Fundraiser

» Sunday, April 25 (10:30 a.m.) at MaffeoSutton Park. Walk, run or roll three, six or 10 kilometres. Create a team of friends, family and/or co-workers. Win prizes, raise runds.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island: Bowl for Kids Sake

» Sunday, May 2 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Splitsville, 171 Calder Rd., Nanaimo. Annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island. For information: 250-756-2247.

Beach. The main street in town is closed to traffic and colourful booths are set up with up to 25 teams competing in the chili cookoff for the Peoples Choice Award. Mother’s Day

» Sunday, May 9. Make sure to pamper moms everywhere today. Canadian Pacific Ballet Presents: Victoria and Albert

» Friday, May 14 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, May 15 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) at Ergondragons Boating & Fitness Club Dock 1340 Stewart Ave. (Nauticals Marina).Canadian Pacific Ballet will bring back to the stage their full-length ballet, Victoria and Albert. Cost: adult $66.50, $56.50, $46.50. For information: 1-888-717-6121. Vancouver Island Symphony presents: Nanaimo Piano Festival

» Sunday, May 2 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Maffeo-Sutton Park. Registration for the walk is required. After the walk, enjoy a hamburger or a hot dog in the park. For information: 250-758-8857.

» Friday, May 14 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, May 15 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) at the Port Theatre. Cost: $88 (three performances); single performance $44; seniors $42; students $18. For information: 250-754-8550.

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Nanaimo Pirates Premier Baseball League schedule

Club. Annual fundraiser. For information: 250-754-6321.

Home games, all played at Serauxmen Stadium

Saturday, April 17 vs Okanagan; doubleheader (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) Saturday, April 24 vs. Langley; doubleheader (Noon and 2 p.m.) Wednesday, May 5 vs. Parksville (6 p.m.) Saturday, May 8 vs. Coquitlam; doubleheader (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) Saturday, June 5 vs. Fraser Valley; doubleheader (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) Sunday, June 6 vs. North Delta; doubleheader (Noon and 2 p.m.) Sunday, June 13 vs. North Shore; doubleheader (Noon and 2 p.m.) Sunday, June 20 vs. Vancouver; doubleheader (Noon and 2 p.m.)

The Eagles Experience: Hotel California

» Tuesday, June 15 (7:30 p.m.) at the Port Theatre. Join five highly respected, multitalented musicians in The Eagles Experience. Cost: adult $55; member $50. For information: 250-754-8550. Material Magic Quilt Show


May 19 (8 p.m.) at the Port Theatre. Cost: $51.50 adults each night. For information: 250-754-8550.

Vancouver Island Baby Fair 2010

» Saturday, June 5 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, June 6 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Beban Park Social Centre. For information: 250-686-5693.

Nanaimo Empire Days Society Annual Parade

» Sunday, May 23 (1 p.m.), downtown Nanaimo. Event wraps up popular springtime celebration. For information:

» Saturday, June 5 (5-7 p.m.) at Doumont Road. Arrowsmith Bikes’ staff will lead you through some skill-building activities. Cost: $30. For information: 250-245-9580 or

» Sunday, May 30 (10 a.m.) at Bowen Park Seventh annual Run for Life to assist with equipment purchases for the new emergency department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Cost: adults $20, children $10. For information: 250-755-7690.

4th Annual Great Nanaimo Poker Dive

» Sunday, June 20 at Neck Point Park. Open to all levels of divers, must dive with a buddy. All proceeds to directly to the poker pot. Cost: $25. For information: 250-758-7946.

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Spring Fling Massarelli Fountains Artists make and finish each piece by hand so each is a unique original. A composite of finished cement with several styles to choose from. Featured is the 54-inch Mirabella 3 Tier Scallop Fountain, which weighs 291 pounds and comes with fountain kit. Art Knapp Plantland 6469 Metral Dr., Nanaimo 250-390-1151

Tiella - Fiero Dome-shaped case glass shade, richly layered in brilliant color from $99. Mclaren Lighting 105-2520A Bowen Rd., Nanaimo 250-758-0138

Strawberry pendant Thomas Sabo Strawberry Pendant in red enamel and sterling silver opens up like a locket â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $239. Thomas Sabo Dragonfly is high-polished sterling silver with mother of pearl on the wings and encrusted with white crystal $105. Gloriosa Jewelers Country Club Centre, 3200 North Island Highway 250-756-9987 20

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Easter chocolate Spring into the festivities and add a touch of the divine by including Bernard Callebaut’s chocolates in your Easter celebration. Bernard Callebaut Chocolaterie Woodgrove Centre | 250-390-1560

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Make sure you and your car are ready for warm-weather travelling



veryone knows how important it is to prepare vehicles for the cold and ice of winter, but surprisingly few people make the same preparations for the season that is perhaps the hardest of all on vehicles: summer. Whether you are going on the road trip getaway or just driving around town, it’s important to prepare your car for the hot sun, unexpected rain, and blistering roads of summer driving. Automotive experts say getting your car ready for summer is critical, as the heat is actually a lot harder on your vehicle than the cold. A good place to start any maintenance is to consult your owner’s manual and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s suggestions, not just for the good of your car, but also for the good of your warranty. With the sun’s rays further elevating your car’s engine temperature, it is important to check coolant levels regularly and to take your car in for a presummer inspection to make sure that everything is ready for the heat. To avoid long days in a hot car, try out your air conditioner well before you »» need to use it.

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Wiper blades should be replaced every six months Check the tires for wear and pressure Cover any paint chips as quickly as possible Spring is an excellent time for waxing A change of season equals a change of oil Get a tuneup if necessary Check all fluids, hoses and belts Check the entire brake system Check the shocks or struts for signs of physical damage, such as leaking, rusting, or dents » If you notice any fluid puddles or stains under your vehicle, it is a good idea to have it inspected

Another change to make before driving in the summer is to switch your tires. While they may be great on ice and snow, winter tires will quickly wear down on the hot streets and highways of summer. Winter tires are so good in sub-zero conditions because they are significantly softer than all-season tires, which is the same reason that dry, hot pavement will wear them down quite prematurely. Summer or all-season tires should be used when temperatures get in the 12C to 15C range or higher. Another good recommendation is to get your brakes checked, along with other items that are prone to wear like belts and hoses. Most service centres offer comprehensive inspection packages that can catch problems before they start. While it is always a good idea to take your vehicle in for a full inspection before going on any holiday road trip, there are also a number of little things that can be checked at home in a few minutes. Tire pressure, wiper blades, lights and all fluid levels (oil, coolant, transmission, windshield washer, brake) are relatively simple to check and make sure that everything is still in top condition after winter. This kind of maintenance literally takes minutes, but can save a lot of heartache in the long run. Checking your tire pressure can be done in seconds with a tire-pressure gauge, available in any hardware or gas station for a couple of bucks. By following your vehicle’s recommended tire-pressure settings you can improve handling, cut down on tire wear, improve fuel mileage and lower the chances of blowouts. Some people have cars that wait out the winter months in storage. While it’s exciting to get them out on the road again, there are a few things to keep in mind while shaking off the cobwebs. Even though the vehicle hasn’t been driven for a while, check all the fluid levels. Check the battery for any buildup of corrosion. Unlike in years past, when you could just chuck a new battery into a car and take off, most new vehicles have intricate electronics that may be affected by disconnecting the battery, so it’s important to always refer to owner’s manuals first or have maintenance handled by a professional. Finally, take your winter-stored vehicle out for a 100-kilometre test drive before you trust it on any long trips.


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Find the travel app that best suits you


ondering what makes a good travel app? Travel enthusiasts who embrace this technology consider a good travel app to be one that displays precise facts in an easy-to-read format. Simplicity is the gold standard. BlackBerry and iPhone/iPod Touch users have embraced this new travel tool but face a challenge in finding the app that best suits their individual needs. Most business travellers consider their apps as a personal assistant that keeps them up to date with meeting schedules, flight times, hotel and car bookings. These apps provide pertinent details if there is a need to revise plans during the trip and are usually pre-programmed for constant communication. Apps have quite a different use for the vacationing travellers. Often plans are either set or are wide open, so there is no need to be in constant touch with airports and hotels. For these travellers, apps are a bonus with a wealth of information. Choosing the right apps means not having to take along ripped pages from heavy travel books, large expensive maps and hard-to-read timetables of planes and trains. The following categories are listed on and www.bestappsite. com as the most sought-after travel apps. Many apps are free, but you might want to consider add-ons. Check the lists and see which apps best suit your travel needs. N av i gat i o n is the most popular

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Modern Café 221 Commercial St., Nanaimo 250-754-5022

Alexandra’s Bistro “Voted Nanaimo’s Best Mediterranean Restaurant! Book Your Christmas Party Now!” 21-2220 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo 250-729-7134

Montana’s Cookhouse Saloon Restaurant 4715 Rutherford Rd., Nanaimo 250-758-2388 Moxie’s Classic Grill “Explore Your Many Moods” 102-6750 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo 250-390-1079

Amrikko’s Indian Grill 1-1400 Wingrove St., Nanaimo 250-729-7922

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Armani’s Grill 22 Victoria Cres., Nanaimo 250-754-5551 Astera’s Greek Taverna 347 Wesley St., Nanaimo 250-716-0451

The Granary 7-1533 Estevan Rd., Nanaimo 250-754-4899

Red Martini Grill & Market “Where Food & Music Soothe the Soul” 1-75 Front St., Nanaimo 250-753-5181

Buzz Coffee House “It’s Coffee — Perfected” 1-4515 Uplands Dr., Nanaimo 250-758-2881

Harewood Arms Pub 4-508 Eighth St., Nanaimo 250-754-2433

Sandy’s Ukranian Kitchen & Deli 21B Nicol St., Nanaimo 250-753-6677

In the Beantime Café 18 High St., Ladysmith 250-245-2305

Smitty’s Restaurant 117-50 Tenth St., Nanaimo 250-716-8887

Kasira Fine Thai Cuisine 6-6404 Metral Dr., Nanaimo 250-390-4299

SukkhoThai Gourmet Restaurant “Vegan & Wheat Free Friendly” 123 Commercial St., Nanaimo 250-591-8424

Cactus Club Café “House of Yes” 5800 Turner Rd., Nanaimo 250-729-0011 Cornerstone’s Restaurant & Lounge “Meet Me at the Grand!” 4898 Rutherford Rd., Nanaimo 250-758-3000 Earls “Great Food. Great Times. Great People” 100-2980 Island Highway North, Nanaimo 250-756-4100 Fast Eddie’s “Good Eats” 1-2220 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo 250-758-2274 The Firehouse Grill 7 Victoria Rd., Nanaimo 250-716-0323 Gina’s Mexican Café 47 Skinner St., Nanaimo 250-753-5411


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Landlubber Pub 10-2220 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo 250-758-9400 The Lighthouse Bistro & Pub 50 Anchor Way, Nanaimo 250-754-3212 Longwood Brew Pub “The Spirit of the Island” 5775 Turner Rd., Nanaimo 250-729-8225 Manzavino’s Pizzeria & Italian Grill 77 Skinner St., Nanaimo 250-754-7745 Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge “Nanaimo’s Premiere Dining Destination” 11 Bastion St., Nanaimo 250-753-6601

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill “Always So Good For So Little” 3290 Island Hwy. N., Nanaimo 250-729-7120 The Tenth St. Tavern 1273 Island Highway North, Nanaimo 250-754-7900 The Thirsty Camel 14 Victoria Cres., Nanaimo 250-753-9313 The Well Pub 3956 Victoria Ave., Nanaimo 250-758-5513 Wesley Street Café 1-321 Wesley St., Nanaimo 250-753-6057



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n February, the federal government introduced new measures to strengthen housing financing. All borrowers are required to meet the standards for a five-year fixed rate mortgage even if they choose a mortgage with a lower interest rate and shorter term. The maximum amount Canadians can withdraw in refinancing their mortgages has been lowered to 90% from 95% of the value of their homes. A minimum downpayment of 20% is required for government-backed mortgage insurance on non-owner-occupied properties purchased for speculation. Jane Yuen, senior mortgages, Bank of Montreal, recommends these tips for homeowners and prospective homeowners:

» Consider a shorter amortization: The shorter the amortization, the less you pay in interest. » Make a larger downpayment: If you can provide a bigger downpayment, it’s a great way to help you pay less interest over the life of your mortgage. Consider a minimum 10% downpayment. » Make sure you can afford what you signed up for: Stress test your financial budget using a mortgage payment based on a higher interest rate. » Make pre-payments when you can: Pay weekly or biweekly instead of monthly and take advantage prepayment privileges. » Always make sure you save up for a rainy day: If you’re up to your maximum in debt, you may not be well prepared for the leaky roof along the way. » Think carefully about fixed vs. variable: While variable rates mortgages have been a winning strategy over the long term, fixed-rate mortgages come with the peace of mind from being insulated against rate increases and knowing how much of your mortgage you will have paid down at the end of your term.

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» Control your viewing experience: Add a PVR (personal video recorder) box to your service for total control of when and how you watch TV. Record any show easily with the menu, guide, and remote control. It’s all built in, no tapes, no additional equipment. Record two programs at a time. Watch a recorded show, while recording another. To see something again, just rewind. To skip the commercials, hit fast-forward. And to avoid missing something, hit pause. With this technology, you can even pause, rewind, and replay live TV.


he soaring popularity of the highdefinition television indicates this purchase has become more than just a household upgrade. The HDTV sensation is catapulting every household right into the future. With its razor-sharp images, vibrant colours, and extreme depth in dimension, HDTV gives every viewer the sensory experiences of the most advanced entertainment technology. According to a study by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, approximately 45% of households in this country will have a high-definition television by 2011 In August, television stations countrywide will begin transmitting in digital signals only. More than just a deadline, this highly publicized date will serve to deliver both public and personal benefits. Immediately, it will free up big parts of the broadcast spectrum to be used instead for public safety services like police, fire, and emergency rescue. And in the home, since digital will be the only type of signal for television viewing, why not go for the ultimate upgrade to HDTV?

Getting the most of the upgrade requires guidance however, so here are some viewing options: » Make high definition work for you: With HDTV you now own the most advanced television technology available so enjoy everything it can give you. For example, if you subscribe to on-demand HD services, you automatically get more high-definition channels plus dozens of movie titles in HD, including new releases. Sports games will make you feel like you are actually there, but with closeups and replays and the comfort of home to invite your friends.


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» Choose quality cables: The best possible high-definition signals are delivered through cables. For example, ask for the HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) cables to be sure you receive the best video and audio quality in one simple cord. Cost-efficient component cables are an alternative, but be sure the cables you choose are compatible with your HDTV. » For more specific information, contact your satellite or cable provider. [NEWS CANADA]


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Generally, 30-inch and smaller sets are great for bedrooms or guest rooms but too small for the main living room. Sets with bigger screens

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The game of a lifetime BY PHILIP WOLF

“Man blames fate for other accidents but feels personally responsible for a hole in one.” Martha Beckman



still remember the moment like it was yesterday and it’s a story that infuriates my pals who aren’t in “the club.” A nasty day in early 1981. Howling winds, occasional cloudbursts and an altogether lousy day for golf. Except, as a 14-yearold who was on a “real” golf course for only the fourth or fifth time, there was no such thing as a lousy day for golf. After years of hitting thousands of golf balls into the cow pasture behind our house, or spending countless hours trying to hit the goalposts on the fly at Duncan’s Drinkwater Elementary School (I wouldn’t go home until it got pitch dark or I hit the post twice in a row), an entirely new world had opened for me. Noting how much time I wasted hitting garage sale golf balls with my dad’s turn-of-the-century clubs, my parents got me two things for my birthday. One, a full set of Spalding Elite golf clubs — the $109.99 ones from Woolworth’s — complete with a hideous, shiny red golf bag that I kept for more than a decade. Second was a full-fledged junior membership at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club. Total cost for one year of golf? Fifty bucks. At that point, I had only been on a full-sized course once, the year prior at a baseball team bonding outing in Comox. So the prospects of getting out there and becoming the next Johnny Miller (I preferred his flashy game to the staid consistency of Jack Nicklaus) were thrilling, though I remember little about my first few rounds on the course other than the early1980s French fries at Cowichan remain unparalleled in their greatness. I remember my mother looking out the window the morning in question and saying my friend and I were crazy for still wanting to hit the links. We arrived at the course and there weren’t many folks there, which was good because we didn’t have a tee time, we were just hoping to squeak in somewhere. The two of us got paired up with a man, whose name I don’t remember, but whose age I can’t forget – a perfect par 72. After six holes and six straight bogeys, I stepped up to my all-time favourite hole, No. 7 on the old Cowichan layout. It was a shortie, playing less than 120 yards on the day. Our wise old partner teed off (with a wood) and rolled one perfectly onto the green, about 40 feet from the stick. My buddy cranked his over the fence and into the field on the left. “I think I can find it,” he lied, heading along the fence and fumbling for the old Titleist in his pocket. So I stepped up just as the rain began to pelt down and the

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wind was blowing directly in my face with hurricane force. I pulled out a 5-iron and crushed it, sky-high. I had no idea where it went because the weather was so foul. I started looking in the woods behind the green. As I was searching, the older gent shouted, “What type of ball were you playing?” “An old Top-Flite 1.” “Well, I found it. It’s in the hole. Congratulations young fella, you’ve got yourself an ace.” The next 11 holes remain a blur, though I could identify with the priest from Caddyshack who didn’t want to stop playing because he was having the round of his life in a lightning storm. We got back to the clubhouse and I turned white as a sheet when my older partner said I had to buy everyone a drink. I had enough for some of the fries, but nothing else. He laughed and ordered up a round for everyone. Longtime duffers shook my hand, patted me on the back and wistfully told me they had played their entire lives without counting a hole-inone. Heck, I thought, this game is easy, how can you play forever and not get one? Nearly 30 years later, I have never earned another “true” hole-in-one. I’ve knocked in a few on par-3 courses, but my golf buddies are adamant they don’t count. Nor do the handful of pitch-and-putt specials that I still secretly give myself full credit for. But to this day, every time I step up to the tee on any regular par-3, I’m 14 years old again and my next ace is just one shot away. That’s your game of a lifetime right there.

Hyundai Tucson Calls for Attention The 2010, second generation Tucson was styled by ex-BMW designer Thomas Buerkle. No surprise then, that it has a sophisticated European flavour, particularly those huge lower ports for the standard fog lights. A double set of shoulder lines sweep from the front grille, through the hood and all the way back to the rear tail lights giving the Tucson a lean, athletic stance that suggests power in an elegant package. Longer, wider and less top heavy, this is “look at me” styling and it works. The 2010 Tucson is available with Front-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive (now with AWD Lock) in the GL (starting at $22,999) and GLS models while the upscale Limited and Limited with Navigation comes with AWD only. The four-cylinder and V6 engines of the previous model have been replaced by one 176-horsepower, 2.4-litre inline fourcylinder engine that is more powerful than the previous V6 and more fuel efficient than the previous 2.0-litre “four.” A six-speed manual is the base transmission in the GL and GLS while a six-speed automatic with manual ‘Shiftronic’ mode is standard in both Limited models. This is a cabin that belongs in a much more expensive vehicle. The cockpit has been designed by a driver for drivers, starting with the leather-wrapped, 4-spoke tilt/ telescoping steering wheel with fingertip controls for Cruise, Audio and Bluetooth activation (Handsfree with Voice Recognition is standard on all models). The gauges for tachometer and speedometer are highly visible day or night thanks to the five degrees of white and blue backlighting available while a digital readout between them provides useful trip information. The heated, form-fitting front bucket seats of the Limited are richly upholstered with soft leather featuring handsome double stitching, active head restraints and 8-way power adjustments and lumbar control for the driver. The rear 60/40-split seats provide ample head and legroom for five plus adjustable head restraints for all three positions. When folded forward they increase cargo capacity from 707 litres to 1,840 litres. The dual cockpit design features a centre binnacle housing the controls and info screen for the 6-speaker AM/FM/CD MP3 stereo and XM Satellite radio (with 3 months complimentary service). Dual climate controls let driver and passenger select their own comfort levels and there are ample cubbies and cup holders plus three12-volt power points for your other toys.

With a stiffer unibody construction and re-calibrated fully independent suspension, occupants enjoy a firm yet supple ride that carves through the corners with train-like stability. In normal conditions, the All-Wheel Drive system feeds power to the front or rear axles as required but on variable surfaces – dirt, gravel, snow or ice – a simple pushbutton now lets you Lock 50 per cent power to front and rear axles. Other standard dynamic assists include Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, Downhill Brake Control that lets you descend steep hills at a safe, controlled speed and Hill Start Assist that prevents roll back when starting on a steep incline. The Tucson’s 176 horses respond promptly to accelerator inputs and the 6-speed automatic provides seamless shifting right up to the redline. The ‘Shiftronic’ mode lets you select gears manually, allowing you to ‘hold’ third or fourth gear when climbing or descending steep hills. And it’s quiet too. Power assisted front vented and solid rear discs with ABS and EBFD (Equal Brake Force Distribution) haul the Tucson down from speed with ease. All the standard power amenities are included in addition to three-point seatbelts for all five positions, dual front airbags, front side seat airbags and full-length side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. Packed with ‘no extra cost’ standard features and dressed in its new up market styling, the second generation Tucson is already grabbing the attention of shoppers in the compact SUV/CUV market.

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Introducing the all-new 2010 Accord CROSSTOUR Sophisticated style meets superior versatility and comfort. The all-new Crosstour offers one surprise after another. Like the eyeopening new style with subtleties that only a walk-around reveals. And the ride: surprisingly smooth and quiet. With standard Variable Cylinder Management™, the Crosstour is amazingly fuel efficient. In back, the space and utility is simply incredible: the removable cargo bin is just one example. Put simply, the all-new Accord Crosstour must be seen and driven to be appreciated. STANDARD FEATURES INCLUDE: • 3.5L 24-Valve 271hp SOHC i-VTEC® V6 Engine • 5-Speed Automatic Transmission with Grade Logic Control • Advanced Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) • 18" Aluminum Alloy Wheels • Six Airbag System • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with Traction Control • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure • Power Heated Folding Door Mirrors • Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control • 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seatback • Driver’s Seat with 8-Way Power Adjustment • Premium 360 Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with MP3/Windows Media® Audio Playback Capability and 6-Disc In-Dash Changer …and more.

Accord Crosstour EX-L 2WD model TF1H5AJN

MSRP for ’10 Accord Crosstour EX-L 2WD Includes Freight & PDI


‡MSRP is $36,450 for a new 2010 Accord Crosstour 2WD, model TF1H5AJN and includes $1,550 freight and PDI. License, insurance, registration, environmental fees and taxes are extra. Retailer may sell for less. Retailer order / trade may be necessary. See your Honda retailer for full details.

One surprise after another.

NDNmagazine — Spring Edition 2010  

The quarterly magazine of the Nanaimo Daily News.

NDNmagazine — Spring Edition 2010  

The quarterly magazine of the Nanaimo Daily News.