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AforNEW LOOK Oak Bay council Ryan Flaherty News staff

December will be a time of renewal in Oak Bay this year, as a new mayor and three new councillors get set to take their seats at municipal hall. Mayor-elect Nils Jensen, who spent the previous five terms as a councillor, will spend some time adjusting to his new role, which officially begins Monday. But he has the advantage of already being intimately familiar with how Oak Bay council operates, and the people behind the scenes who keep things running smoothly. But for the three fresh faces; Cairine Green, Michelle Kirby and Kevin Murdoch, there’s a lot more information to absorb. “There’s definitely going to be a learning curve for me, but it’s an Sharon Tiffin/News staff extension of what I’ve New Oak Bay councillors Kevin Murdoch, left, Michelle Kirby, bottom, and Cairine been doing already,” said Green await their first meeting in Oak Bay municipal hall. Kirby, who was heavily for the past two years,” she said. “The other thing is involved with the Community Association of Oak Bay ensuring that we take every opportunity to implement prior to being elected. “I’m obviously going to learn the pedestrian and cycling master plan. The third thing, something along the way – a ton, probably – but it’s just right off the bat, (is) that we see change in how council maybe a little bit more formal process.” does business.” Kirby has already pinpointed some key issues she hopes to start working on in short order. “I’d like to play a big role in the redevelopment of PLEASE SEE: Oak Bay High because I have been working on that New councillors, Page A6

Truck parade greened up in Oak Bay Carbon offsets purchase aims to make a difference Don Descoteau News staff

Anyone who is climate conscious may feel a little more comfortable watching the annual Truck Light Parade roll through Oak Bay this weekend. Aware of the growing concern over the amount of vehicle exhaust sent into the atmosphere, the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association took matters into its own hands last year. With the help of a environmental consultant, the association purchased carbon offsets to help mitigate the impact of the truck parade. “We are trying It has done so again to cover off the effects to make it carbon of tomorrow’s (Dec. 3) neutral.” parade. “People generally are – Liz Smith, Oak Bay conscious of the fact Business Improvement that we are in a situaAssociation tion where we need to be watching these things,” said association president Liz Smith. “We are trying to make it carbonneutral. We really try and work with a green mandate in anything that involves us as a group.” She wasn’t sure of the exact cost of the offsets, but noted, “It’s really not that much.” She added that Oak Bay is lucky to have the parade roll through the municipality and help generate donations of nonperishable items for the Mustard Seed food bank. The parade is due to arrive in Oak Bay Village at 6:30 p.m. and spectators are encouraged to get there early to gain a good viewing point. Food collection bins will be set up across the street from the municipal hall on Oak Bay Avenue, and at the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Oak Bay Avenue. Cash donations will also be accepted at both sites, with Mustard Seed representatives on hand (on the municipal hall lawn) to issue tax receipts, where applicable.

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April 7 was shaping up to be a typical work day for Oak Bay police Sgt. Donald Symes and Const. Larry Worock. That was until they responded to a 911 call from a distraught woman who was trying to wrestle a shotgun away from her suicidal husband. After making their way into the home and assuring the woman’s safety, the officers were confronted by the man in a stairwell. “He had a single-barrel loaded shotgun (pointed) under his chin and he was 10 to 12 feet away from us,” recounted Worock. The two officers talked to the man for 15 to 20 minutes. “I thought one of two things were going to happen: either we would watch him die, or we would have to shoot him. It was a very tense few minutes,” Worock said.

Using a combination of negotiating skills and establishing a rapport with the man, they were able to talk him out of his weapon. For their efforts, Symes and Worock received meritorious service awards Nov. 17 during the annual Police Honours Night at Government House. Among the six other Greater Victoria police officers honoured was retired Oak Bay chief Ron Gaudet, who was recognized for outstanding service to policing in British Columbia. He was with the Oak Bay department from 1980 to 2011, having served nine previous years with the RCMP and Edmonton police. “It’s a tradition that started many years ago at Police Honours Night, recognizing retiring police chiefs,” he said. “It is indeed an honour to be recognized, along with a couple of my long-time colleagues … There are better stories than mine based on

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Oak Bay Const. Larry Worock, left, and Sgt. Donald Symes stand outside the Oak Bay Police Department. The officers won an award for meritorious service for negotiating the successful surrender of a suicidal man armed with a shotgun. the merit and valour awards given across the province.” Gaudet recalled the arrival of Symes and Worock. “I worked with Don for many years,” the ex-chief said. “He came to Oak Bay about six years after I did. I hired Larry Worock from the Edmonton Police Service.” He said both officers have served the community well. “This is the second medal Larry Worock has received since he came to Oak Bay.” “Too often there are situa-

tions like these that are not reported,” said Worock of the incident that led to his latest award. “More often you hear about the bad side of policing than the good. This award was a humbling experience. There are a lot of people that do the same kind of work and don’t get recognized.” Split-second decisionmaking and a calm approach, along with back-up support from other officers helped defuse the situation. “It takes common-sense

negotiating skills to deal with a distraught individual. Going in, you don’t always know if it’s going to work out for the best. In this case it did and nobody got hurt,” Gaudet said. “It was an honour to get (the award),” said Symes. “It was unexpected and it goes to everyone as well, it’s a team effort. It was a difficult situation, but we worked our way through it and I’m very, very grateful it ended peacefully.”

Schools, business rally to support campaign Ryan Flaherty News staff

The students at George Jay elementary may not have much, but that isn’t stopping them from doing what they can to help the less fortunate this holiday season. “The kids here are so funny,” said Terri Smith, vice-principal at the Victoria school. “Many are food bank recipients and Christmas hamper recipients themselves, but they’re still scrounging their pennies and giving what they can.” It’s a perfect example of the type of selflessness that makes holiday charity drives like Black Press’ Pen-

nies For Presents campaign successful. Smith, in her first year at George Jay, is impressed with the kids’ commitment to the cause. “It is a bit surprising, because on the one hand, when we go on a field trip, the question is ‘do we have to pay?’ But on the other hand, when I ask them to help other people, they’re giving their own pennies, which is very cool.” It was eye-opening for many of the students to hear that although their families may be facing financial challenges, there are kids elsewhere with even bigger problems. “That had a lot of impact on them,” Smith said. “It

Pennies for Presents ■ Coins and paper cash donations can be dropped off at Black Press head office, 818 Broughton St. ■ For a list of businesses that are accepting donations, watch for notices in the Oak Bay News and Victoria News Daily.

was kind of neat actually. The kids had tears thinking about other kids that are having trouble.” Participating in the Pennies For Presents campaign is the school’s way of giving back to the community after being a charity recipient. George Jay is one of six Greater Victoria schools taking part in this year’s campaign. Local businesses are

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getting into the act as well, with 26 different locations in the Capital Region accepting donations of spare change. At University Heights Shopping Centre, the early returns have been greater than anticipated. “There’s a box for people to put the coins in, and a bigger bucket.” said manager Mary Wise. “It’s filling up to the point where it’s

almost too big to move. We had people coming in looking for where they could drop off their coins even before we had the donation box set up.” Wise thinks the mall has a responsibility to give back. “We like to think of ourselves as a community shopping centre. We’re pleased to be involved,” she said. Black Press has run Pennies for Presents for 15 years. In 2012, donations go to five Greater Victoria charities: Victoria READ Society, Threshold Housing Society, Mary Manning Centre, suicide prevention group NEED2, and Young Parents Support Network.

Patients receiving x-rays, CT scans and other medical imaging services on Vancouver Island will soon be able to rest assured about the accuracy of data interpreted by radiologists. Last week, the Vancouver Island Health Authority sent out a request for proposals in search of a software technology system to peer review medical imaging in B.C. The request stems from a report on medical imaging issued last September by Dr. Doug Cochrane, chair of the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council, who outlined the case of a radiologist in Comox who began using a new CT scanner without training on the equipment. “We’re going to be working together with coastal and Fraser health authorities who have recently begun a manual peer review process,” said VIHA spokesperson Shannon Marshall. “VIHA is taking the lead on the project because we do have advanced, existing infrastructure in our electronic imaging systems.” The system should allow random or selected interception of medical imaging interpretations to verify, or challenge, the initial interpretation. The first phase of this project, aimed at sharing data between health authorities, the ministry and the B.C. College of Physicians, is expected to be in place within VIHA late next spring. nnorth@saanich

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Bargaining breakdown stalls teacher dispute Natalie North It’s been a tumultuous week of gains and setbacks for the B.C. Teacher’s Federation. Despite a Tuesday ruling by the B.C. Labour Relations Board that deemed report cards a nonessential service, the union remains embroiled in stalled contract negotiations as the provincewide teachers’ strike enters it fourth month. This week’s ruling came in response to an application made earlier this month by the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, the bargaining agent for B.C.’s 60 boards of education. “It’s a message to our trustees to stop trying to put pressure on teachers and to redirect and focus their attention on the irresponsibility of this government,” said teachers’ federation president Susan Lambert. Employers’ association vice-president Alan Chell was disappointed in the ruling and the loss of what he called a consistent and important form of feedback. “The BCTF is on strike and that’s causing pressure on the education system,” he said. “We wanted to put some pressure back on the BCTF with the goal of speeding up the pace of negotiations. “Without that pressure, we’ll be back at the bargaining table focusing all of our efforts on trying to work toward a deal, but we are very far apart.” Teachers have been abstaining from administrative duties since the school year began. Meanwhile, no new agreement on class size and composition was reached before negotiations between the teachers and the Ministry of Education broke down this week. That, despite the fact a B.C. Supreme Court ruling last April found the 2001 removal of class size and composition restrictions in Bill 28 unconstitutional. “Where we go from here, I don’t really know,” Lambert said. “We have been told that government is crafting what they call corrective legislation, which we expect will be tabled in the new session of the legislature in the middle of February.” Government put a thoughtful, constructive proposal on the table, backed by a $165-million investment to better support teachers, Education Minister George Abbott said at a press conference on

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This is also the first foray into politics for Murdoch, who is eager to get to work with his new colleagues. “I’m really looking forward to it. We have six really different people – seven with Nils – with really different backgrounds, really different ages, really different experience,” he said. “Democracy as a big idea works best if you have (people with diverse backgrounds). The only way to have good debate is if you actually disagree on stuff and you can argue about it. On top of that, there’s a layer of respect that’s been shown at every stage so far. It could be a really, really amazingly strong council.” Given his background as an IT consultant, Murdoch

expects to spend some time in the immediate future working to make municipal communications more userfriendly, a topic that arose frequently during the election campaign. “It looks like I’ll be pretty heavily involved with the modernization of communications,” he said. “Just from my background, that probably makes sense that I’ll end up doing that.” Unlike her fellow newcomers, Green has previous political experience as a two-term councillor in North Saanich. Despite recently relocating from that municipality, Oak Bay is not entirely unfamiliar territory to Green, who lived here prior to 1987. “I love the old homes, I love the streetscapes. I think

heritage is a huge part of why Oak Bay is so attractive,” she said. Communication is a key issue for Green, who keeps a blog,, which she plans to update regularly with information about the happenings at municipal hall and in the community. “I got the blog going about four years ago to fill a gap in the community of North Saanich, and I’ve continued ever since,” she said. “I’ve made the same commitment to Oak Bay ... I still think if you don’t communicate, it will come back to bite you.” The trio, along with incumbents Pam Copley, John Herbert and Tara Ney, plus mayor-elect Jensen, will be formally sworn in at their first meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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Tributes flow for lost loved ones Victoria Hospice reaches out to those grieving through Celebrate-A-Life Erin McCracken News staff

For people grieving the loss of a loved one, Christmas can be a time of anxiety, sadness or turmoil, rather than a time of celebration with family and friends. Over the years, many Greater Victoria residents have found comfort in taking pen in hand and writing out a simple note in honour of someone they miss. Every year, hundreds of these notes are hung on Christmas trees set up during Victoria Hospice’s CelebrateA-Life event. The 26th annual tribute began this week at Hillside Centre near Sears, and continues until Dec. 10. The cards remind people they are not alone in their grief. “Grief is often a very isolating experience for people, so (the event) breaks some of that down,” said Marg Cooke, bereavement co-ordinator at Victoria Hospice, which cares for people in bereavement or who may be at the end of their lives. Trained volunteers will welcome people who wish to sit and chat or perhaps take a quiet moment to remember someone special, answer

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Marg Cooke, bereavement co-ordinator for Victoria Hospice, shows off a collection of tribute cards hanging on a Christmas tree. Victorians will be able to purchase the cards by donation in honour of a loved one who has passed away and hang them on trees at Hillside Centre. questions about Hospice programs as well as accept donations in support of core services. “We have people who have been coming for 25 years,” said Rob Janus, media relations manager at the palliative care organization. “I think

some people see it as a tradition. It’s a special way to recognize someone who’s been important to them.” The messages are very heartwarming, said Tamara Dean, who is organizing the event for the non-profit organization. “You can have a

message from a fouryear-old who says, ‘I love you, Dad,’ or a wife married for 50 years (who lost her husband).” For details, visit www.VictoriaHospice. org or call 250-9525720. emccracken

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Season’s started but don’t panic We’ve barely dipped our toes into December and already many of us feel like we’re running late for Christmas. It seems a sense of guilt has become one of the cardinal emotions of the holiday. In Oak Bay, where we’re used to seeing gestures that seem extravagant to other residents of the region, the town’s business community has purchased carbon offsets to mitigate the environmental damage caused by the exhaust fumes from Saturday’s lighted-truck parade. It’s likely just a clever move by the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association to earn a little extra publicity. But the need to clean our conscience in a season of excess can make the next few weeks feel overwhelming. Consumers are told they need to buy now while the deals are hot – and idea reinforced by the growing acceptance of the term Black Friday in Canada. It’s traditionally the busiest shopping day in the U.S. and falls the day after the holiday created by that country’s November Thanksgiving. In Canada, the busiest day for consumers is usually one or two days before Christmas or on Boxing Day, which isn’t observed down south. However, more and more Canadians are buying into the message that the pressure is on to shop lest you drop before getting something for everyone on your list. It might be great for retailers and everyone getting presents but feeling like you’re failing will just take the fun out of what should be a happy time. So, before the madding crowds make you mad, relax, grab a hot cocoa and keep a healthy perspective. There are plenty of things to take in during these dark December nights. More importantly, this is a critical season for most charity organizations that count on the generosity and goodwill of the public to stay afloat. We encourage everyone to enjoy the light-ups and sail pasts and truck parades happening in communities around the region. Now if only some kind of credits were available to offset the sense of envy many of us are feeling because our home’s Christmas light display seems so out matched by our neighbours’ technicolour wonderlands. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Oak Bay News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

Dare I say the ‘A’ word in public? On Southern Vancouver Island we imploding because of the cost of retaining such a huge civil service. have 13 different districts, towns Municipalities in Canada are also and cities as well as one electoral flying headlong into the same sort area. Each of them supports mayors, regional directors, councils, fire of abyss. Where is all of the money to supdepartments, municipal hall staff, port this political infrastructure CAOs, buildings, you name it. In supposed to come from? Naturally the 14 different jurisdictions there it is the taxpaying public. are 77 councillors Amalgamation is an issue each paid more than that would need to go before $10,000, probably averthe voters and they should aging about $15,000. decide whether it is an idea That’s about $1.1 milwhose time has come. lion. So what is the solution? For the mayors, add For one thing we already another $500,000 or have regional districts which, so. The CAOs each get in a sense, are a fourth level close to $150,000 per of governance, which also year depending on the gets paid through property size of the community. Pirjo Raits taxes. With a little creative Then there are the Hard Pressed adjustment perhaps we other well paid profescould amalgamate communisionals, etc, etc. etc. ties and have less, if any, use for a The numbers are huge. CRD. The same people are already Yes, we do need professionals; sitting around the table making yes, we need councils and mayors regional decisions. We already have and fire chiefs; yes, we need to run regional services, including the our communities. But are we at risk RCMP. Does Oak Bay still need its of becoming even more overburdened with bureaucrats and govern- own police force? Saanich? Does it cost taxpayers less to have smaller ment employees? police forces? The issues that councils face are On the south Island we have natnot unique to each jurisdiction but ural boundaries and these could be each time something comes up the used to divide the region into four wheel is reinvented. I’m pretty sure larger municipalities. What would if there was a little more commuthis look like? Could bigger comnication and sharing of ideas and munities deliver more services for solutions most municipalities could less money? Or will this create an reduce their corporate structures, unimaginable quagmire of red tape legal fees and personnel. and inefficiency? We know residents We need to think about the cost want to be able to speak with the and the future of this ever-expandelected people about their issues ing public work force. Around the in their own community. And they world, countries like Greece are

should and they could providing each community had representation at the table based on their populations. So, we would have the greater municipality of Victoria made up of Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich and Esquimalt; Peninsula made up of North Saanich, Sidney and Central Saanich; Westshore made up of the communities of Highlands, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and East Sooke. The Sooke municipality would consist of the area stretching from Sooke to Port Renfrew. No one seems to realize where the boundaries of each of these municipalities are anyway. We all realize that politicians, in whatever hierarchy they exist, want to keep control over their own fiefdoms. Planning advisory committees made up of un-elected community members could assess the municipality’s’ needs and make recommendations to their elected public servant. They would, of course, have to carry some weight and there should be some sort of obligation to take their recommendations seriously. So what would we end up having? Four municipalities with fewer councillors, CAOs and staff; an amalgamated police force; rapid transit paid for by all the municipalities; shared municipal works yards; a louder voice at the provincial and federal level; and broader planning for road networks, to name just a few benefits.What would we lose? Pirjo Raits is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror.

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LETTERS Put a halt to bad drivers with bad attitudes A huge proportion of Victoriaarea drivers are selfish. They park in handicap stalls just to visit the government booze store. Other jerks deliberately drive fast through playground and school speed zones, or weave in and out through heavy highway traffic. They deliberately endanger other people for their own perceived convenience. That’s irrationally selfish behaviour. And there’s another psychographic group I’ve noticed recently -- young females in old cars, complete with cigarette, cellular phone and bad attitude. They don’t know how to handle the vehicle either. When will voters demand that politicians fund police to get more feet on the street to curb dangerous drivers? Keith Sketchley Saanich

Start amalgamation with Colwood and Langford It’s nice to see more people talking about amalgamating. For too long my precious tax dollars have been spent on mayors, councillors, chiefs, deputies and managers rather than on the community. Having more than 90 elected representatives serving the region from Sooke to North Saanich is absolutely insane. And each has their own stipends and perks. I used to think small was good. But after seeing the success of neighbourhoods such as Cook Street village, Fernwood and James Bay, I now see these village concepts are the better way to go. That said, I also see the problems of Esquimalt trying to remain a municipality while it is totally integrated into the Greater Victoria area. Since all the core municipalities are interrelated, connected and share common resources, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Saanich should be seen as one city with numerous villages. One wonders why Colwood,

largely a residential “city” is falling over itself to build a downtown core when there is an active, vibrant one in Langford. It’s nice to have businesses and even offices to meet specific needs in specific areas but we do not need to duplicate entire downtowns just to keep up with the Joneses. Instead of reinventing the wheel, let’s put the barriers to amalgamation on the table and appoint non-elected officials to make recommendations to address those barriers. Of course, they will need the support and co-operation of our elected representatives. Let’s start by amalgamating Langford and Colwood and grow together and develop a community plan that is good for both. Barringer Young Colwood

Oak Bay Lodge needs reduced development Your writer is very astute in the article about the Oak Bay Lodge (More than meets the eye‚ Nov. 25) and the decision by a majority of councillors not to permit variances in the redevelopment of the lodge by the Vancouver Island Health Authority and its P3 partner, the Baptist Housing Society. Thankfully a majority of councillors were not “kowtowed” by VIHA’s CEO, Howard Waldner and his favourite P3 partner, Howard Johnson of the Baptist Housing Society. Hopefully the principals will come back to Oak Bay council with a dramatically reduced plan to replace the facility and redevelop the property for elderly residential care. And this

Walking on thin ice Emir Ishmael, owner of Centre Ice Rinks, sprays water on a form in Centennial Square that will become a skating rink. Once frozen, the water will create a base for refrigeration mats to stick to the bottom, keeping them from floating when the surface is flooded. The ice rink is set to open Saturday (Dec. 3)at noon. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

time may their plan conform to the wishes of citizens in the region as well as the needs of the elderly. As one of the protagonists living in the municipality, I only hope VIHA won’t attempt another sleight-of-hand maneuver and will come together with the Baptist Housing Society with a proposal that may limit their appetite to make a huge profit, in favour of a facility which provides inexpensive residential care for the elderly in our community. Dale Perkins, co-chair, South Island Health Coalition

HST fee a step too far for a bottle-deposit fee Recently we bought a bottle of juice at Fairway Market. The bill then listed a 12-cent recycle fee

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and a five-cent bottle deposit. Surprisingly, the recycle fee was assessed a further one-cent HST. Now I support recycling, and I dutifully bring bottles back for deposit, but the existence of the HST fee is just too much. The sooner the HST repeal is enacted, the better! Roel Hurkens Victoria

Smart meters not the way to save money B.C. Hydro appears to have missed the lesson learned by those who tried to shove the HST down the throats of British Columbians. I have a smart meter on the side of my house and I have no health concerns about it being there. However, I do object to what residents of B.C. are being told about the advantages to them -- such as that it’ll save them money. That’s only true when time-ofday rates are imposed, as done in Ontario. No doubt that province started with a two-tier system, with a low ceiling for the lesscostly bracket. Then if folks cook dinner mid-afternoon rather than around 6 p.m. or run the clothes dryer at 11 p.m., they’ll save

money. Seems to me, with support from our provincial government, such utility efforts would be better directed toward alleviating our dependency upon the two aging transmission lines that cross to the mainland, one of which we almost lost in winter a few years back. What we need desperately are alternate generating options, not running a gas line underwater from the mainland. Why not install wind turbines up island where stiff winds are available? Why not put solar panels on top of commercial buildings and houses where appropriate? And, why not create some jobs by using some of our resident coal, along with the best current chimney scrubber technology, to produce electricity? Any added pollution can only be a pittance compared to the levels coming from the approved Alberta tar sands, with that being a pittance compared to what hovers above India and China, perhaps drifts our way. In Canada, rationally, we should be responsible, but need to strike a proper balance between society’s needs and what best suits our environment. Don Wilkes Langford

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Tributes highlight final council meeting Ryan Flaherty News staff

An agenda light on official business gave way to a series of tributes and thank-yous Monday, as Oak Bay’s outgoing council held its final meeting. Mayor Christopher Causton cast his gaze downward and even turned a bit red as each councillor took a turn thanking him for his 24 years of service on council, 15 as mayor. “Your ability to bring people together has made you a strong leader,” said Coun. Pam Copley. “You will truly be missed.”

Coun. Hazel Braithwaite, who lost a close mayoral race to fellow council member Nils Jensen, was also acknowledged for her two terms of service. “There’s nothing I’ve ever asked you to do that you’ve refused to do, or declined to do, or been slow to do, and that’s the mark of a professional,” Causton said. Braithwaite singled out Coun. John Herbert for taking her under his wing as a new councillor. “You’ve always been there for me ... and even though we didn’t always agree on everything ... I will always consider

you a friend,” she said. Causton had advice for the incoming council, which includes three new members. “Council has to remember its ultimate responsibility is as keeper of the public purse.” He cautioned them not to let big-picture vision obscure little details. “It is the small things that make the biggest difference.” Members of the public can offer Causton well wishes at the Sports View grill in the Oak Bay Recreation Centre on Monday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fazioli Pianoforti founder Paolo Fazioli, left, and pianist Daniel Chow test out the first Fazioli piano to come to Vancouver Island, at a media event in Oak Bay last week. Don Denton/ News staff

High-end Italian piano sold into Victoria area Final location of Fazioli kept under wraps Laura Lavin News staff

A rare object made its way to Vancouver Island last week. The large, long, shiny-black behemoth filled the library of an Uplands home. And when Daniel Chow sat and placed his hands on it? It sang. “I believe that music comes from the heart. A good pianist can make a cheap piano sound good and a bad pianist can make a good piano sound awful,” said Chow, a Vancouver concert pianist who took part in a media event last week. “The Fazioli makes things easier. I can be more imaginative, more creative with my technical ability.” The instrument is the first of its kind to be delivered to Vancouver Island. The rare, six-foot grand piano, valued at $110,000, was delivered by its builder, Paulo Fazioli. Last week’s staged demonstration wasn’t held at the permanent home of the piano. The couple who bought the handmade instrument apparently live nearby, but chose not to be identified. Nonetheless, the arrival of the piano in Oak Bay was no less of an event, especially with the presence of Fazioli himself. Born to a furniture-making family in Italy, Fazioli turned his talents to

piano-making more than 30 years ago and made a name building the instruments by hand. His company creates as few as 100 pianos a year in a small factory just north of Venice. “Each one takes about 1,000 hours of highly specialized hand-work to make,” said Manuel Bernaschek, owner of Showcase Pianos in Vancouver, which sold the piano to the Greater Victoria couple. Fazioli grands include more than 10,000 parts, some plated in 18-karat gold. “Each key alone has 60 parts,” Bernaschek said. The pianos also include a soundboard made of unique wood, from the same forest in which Stradivarius found wood for his violins, he added. Devotees of this exclusive brand include jazz legend Herbie Hancock, and the world’s leading interpreter of Bach music, Angela Hewitt. Chow, clearly, is also a fan. “It’s quite stunning. A very beautiful work of art. The sound is very clear, almost like a laser beam cutting through the air,” he said. He played Volodos’ transcription for Mozart’s “Turkish March” to a hushed room. “When I read about how (Fazioli) had a dream to build the best piano in the world, I thought that was great. He was really shooting for the stars.”

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Cyclist killed in collision with truck identified A cyclist who died shortly after colliding with a dump truck at a busy intersection Monday afternoon has been identified as Mark Phillip Metcalfe, 50, of Victoria. According to witnesses, the cyclist and the truck were both

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travelling eastbound on Burnside Road East near Harriet Road. The collision occurred at the southeast corner of the intersection, which is at the border of Victoria and Saanich. Paramedics treated Metcalfe on

scene before rushing him to hospital, but he died en route. The intersection was closed for several hours while the Victoria police department’s crash team analyzed the scene. The investigation is ongoing, with the examina-

tion of physical evidence and witness statements. The truck driver remained at the scene following the collision and was co-operating with investigators, police said. The death is the second traffic

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In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Greater Victoria Public Library is inviting residents to help the less fortunate in their communities. The library has partnered with Nanaimo-based Everybody Deserves a Smile on its Islandwide Kindness Care Packages program. There are two ways library patrons can help: decorate a gift bag for a homeless person, or

donate such items as toques, mittens, wool socks, tooth brushes, tooth paste or scarves. All ages are welcome to decorate a bag. The filled gift bags will be given to members of the Greater Victoria homeless community in January. An open decorating session happens at the Oak Bay library, 1442 Monterey Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted during regular library hours, Dec. 10 to 24. For details, visit

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Victoria’s high-society roots revisited by local historian Early days of the city were marked by class distinctions Natalie North News staff

Valerie Green has gone on a journey to Victoria’s past – to a time, she writes, “when snobbery was rife, and when wealth, education, the right connections and an added touch of charm dictated one’s place in high society.” But if her knowledge of the area and its pioneers were firsthand, she’d be sure of one thing: She would have much rather lived “above stairs.” Green has revisited high society in Above Stairs: Social Life in Upper-Class Victoria 1843-1918. “I just love history and I wanted to do an upstairs-downstairs version of life in Victoria,” said Green from her home library, where she writes in the company of her maltipoo cross, Rupert. The work about the city’s upstairs scene was originally released in 1995 by Sono Nis Press. Five years later Green wrote Upstarts and Outcasts: Victoria’s Not-So-Proper-Past, an homage to those serving the rich and living “below stairs.” In light of reader demand, and backed by publisher TouchWood Editions, Green has updated and re-released Above Stairs with new material, including additional photos and added introductions to each of the eight families profiled in the book. Each chapter now begins with vignettes set in factual situations, but written creatively

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Saanich author Valerie Green holds a copy of Above Stairs: Social Life in Upper-Class Victoria 1843-1918. The book, originally written in 1995, has been updated and re-released. from Green’s interpretation of her research. “It was a long, long process, but rewarding,” she said. “It’s interesting that there’s still interest in the book 15 years later.” Many of the descendants of the featured families have passed away in recent years. Others, such as the Creases and the Pembertons, remain in the Capital Region. Although many of her readers assume she has the answer to every historical question about Victoria, Green suggests that anyone interested in the past can learn about it at the archives. “It is rather like being a detec-


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Mamma Mia! featuring the music of ABBA comes to the Royal Theatre next summer for an eight-show run. Royal. “I’ve been at the Royal many times, I even did my classical guitar training there,” he explained. “When I saw they’d done a beautiful restoration at the front of the house, I was thinking ‘How could we bring something here?’” Having already established a working relationship with staff at the theatre, Kolenko’s biggest challenge was acquiring the rights to the musical. “The rights holder views the rights for Vancouver and Victoria as one place,” explained Lloyd

Fitzsimonds, executive director of the Royal & McPherson theatres. “On the map, we’re only 60 or 70 kilometres apart. Vancouver’s no further away than Nanaimo on the map.” For most rights holders, “Their attitude was ‘we’ll do this show in Vancouver and if Victoria wants to see it, they’ll come to see it,’” Fitzsimonds added. But now that the case in Victoria’s favour has been PLEASE SEE: Broadway success, Page A15

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Lavigne delivers holiday spirit Erin McCracken News staff

For many people, Ken Lavigne’s classically trained voice signals that Christmas is around the corner. For the professional tenor, however his busy schedule is a sign the festive season has already arrived. This week alone he had four performances, some of which required him to hop on a plane. Next, the Chemainus resident takes the stage for his Candlelight Christmas concert at the Royal Theatre on Monday (Dec. 5), at 7:30 p.m. Some of the holiday classics he will perform “are quite epic

Ken Lavigne in scope,” and he felt inspired to give them a new sound. “So we have a couple of old tunes that we’ve rearranged, (including) a new version of O come, O come, Emmanuel, which is an absolutely stunning piece,”

successfully made, he sees a large, untapped market of people who are eager for a chance to see a big show like Mamma Mia! in their own backyard. “There’s a much, much bigger market of Victoria citizens who aren’t going to consider going to Vancouver to a Broadway musical,” Fitzsimonds said. “Who’s got two days to go to Vancouver and go to the theatre? … I suspect and sincerely hope that

there are thousands of people in Victoria who will go to this show.” Kolenko hopes that Mamma Mia! will be the first in a series of summertime Broadway shows at the Royal. “This is a bit of an experiment. Summer is a bit of a slower time for theatre,” he said. “For shows like this, summer time is almost perfect.” There’s still work to be done before the curtain goes up in July, but Kolenko’s very pleased

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said Lavigne, who has four CDs, as well as a 2009 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, to his credit. The songs’ melodies remain unchanged, but the artist wanted to make the show an exciting experience. “Around Christmas, for me, there’s that sense of wonder, and we really wanted to instill that in the music,” said Lavigne, who will be joined on stage by a five-piece ensemble. “We want people to be surprised and moved,” he said. “We want it to feel fresh and new to people.” Tickets from $25, available at or call 250-386-6121.

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scenic Gorge Waterway exudes the peace of its former quiet setting. At the holidays, the home is decorated in the style of the 1890-1920 era and will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Call 250-385-5578 or email for information and reservations. The grand dame of Victoria’s heritage scene, Craigdarroch Castle, truly shines at the holidays, offering a stunning look at how the upper classes lived – and decorated – around the turn of the century. From the sumptuously presented dining room to beautifully decorated mantels, the castle is a wealth of inspiration. A variety of special events and family activities are also planned throughout the holidays.

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his, that and everything has the Saanich Braves rolling through the Island’s junior hockey league on a seven-game win streak, unbeaten throughout the month of November. Coach Brad Cook is so enthusiastic with the way his team has come together, he can’t point to anything that isn’t going well right now. “I’ve told the guys it’s OK if we stumble, as long as we don’t fall. After you win seven or more – however long it goes – the next step (once the streak ends) is not to go out and lose seven of the next 10.” But losing is the last thing on this team’s mind. The stretch began with the team’s annual Pink in the Rink breast cancer fundraiser back on Oct. 30, a 5-3 win over the Victoria Cougars. It was the second night of a home-and-home series with the Cougars, who were the Braves’ latest victims on Friday (Nov. 25). That game ended 4-2 with a brawl that saw eight player ejections. It was a show of frustration from the Cougars though they retained the league’s best record. Of course there are a few key elements the Braves couldn’t do without. Goalie Tanner McGaw is in top form. The rookies are developing quickly, with Jack Palmer (25 points) and Connor Krupa (21 points) averaging more than a point per game. And perhaps most important, captain Ty Jones has racked up a multi-point game for every

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Braves captain Ty Jones carries the puck into the attacking zone ahead of Cougars forward Steven Axford at Pearkes Arena on Nov. 25. Jones continued his hot scoring streak with two goals in the Braves’ 4-2 win. win during the streak, totalling 30 points in the last 12 games. Overall, the team is buying every little thing Cook’s been preaching about. “All our systems -- team defence, guys back-checking, puck management -- they’re sticking to it.” Saying the Braves’ dressing room is a fun place to be right now is an understatement, Cook added. “It’s the time of their lives. The biggest thing I like is it’s 100 per cent about the team. We don’t have any one guy pulling in a different direction.” Cook knows a thing or two about upbeat junior dressing rooms. The Michigan native was on the “stacked” 1993-94 Detroit Jr. Red Wings in the Ontario Hockey League that finished second overall during the regular season and was defeated in the finals by the North Bay Centennials. The Jr. Red Wings were owned by current Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, and

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He said his first step since returning to the Braves this year after a season away was teaching the team how to win. “We lost about six one-goal hockey games and our third periods were our worst periods. Now it’s like, where do we go from here? It’s only November. So we’re taking

these things in steps.” It’s about a mix of young guys finding their game and older guys getting back to theirs. “The younger guys were away at BCHL and WHL camps to start the year. They’re working their butts off all summer to make those other teams and when we finally get them they’re in great shape. It’s the 18-, 19and 20-year-old guys who take a couple of months to get in shape. They’re working full time, some live on their own, and they’re playing out their junior years. They’re not as fit over the summer but they know they’re going to be the better players in this league once they find their game.” General manager and part owner Norm Kelly has been with the team for four years. The biggest win streak in that time was six in a row in 2009, also with Cook as head coach. “This is the best year in terms of focus, drive and player dedication since I’ve been here,” Kelly said. “There are no bad apples, the guys love being together, they’re very self-motivated and want to succeed.” It means all kinds of options for Cook, who relishes having four lines he can rely on, with rookies he can play in any situation. Because the Braves started so poorly (2-7), they’d need to extend the streak a couple more weeks before they’ll be anywhere close to the Cougars for first in the south division.

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“When you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun, for un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” Wise words to be sure, but little did Dr. Seuss predict a predicament as un-fun as the Victoria Royals recent stretch. Be it one win or none in the last five or six, the Royals are still in the playoff mix. The Royals visit the Kelowna Rockets tonight (Dec. 2) and Kamloops Blazers tomorrow night. Things could be better. No team in the WHL has surrendered as many goals as the Royals though many have scored less. Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Blazers left the Royals on a most prickle-ly perch. Five games without a budge in the win column (Wednesday’s game was past press time). The eighth and final playoff spot is still the Royals’ to lose, but it’s the kind of scenario the Bruins, er... Royals, were hoping to avoid after starting over again in Victoria. Jamie Crooks scored twice on Tuesday and could have emerged from the dressing room a little less depressed after the game. He could have said it was frustrating. But he didn’t. “We had a few lulls in the game and that’s when they scored,” Crooks said. “You have to work hard. I feel we’re coming out of this.” There’s no reason not to believe Crooks. His team was right there, playing ’til the end. It’s more stormy weather than it is weathering a storm. Or, as Seuss put it, “Games you can’t win ’cause they’ll play against you.” The Royals could have won Tuesday just as they could have during Saturday’s 6-5 loss in Kelowna. In that game, the Royals actually scored on a late surge, but it was a fraction of a second too late as the final buzzer had sounded. Likewise on Tuesday, the Blazers scored against the flow – twice – while the Royals ended the game with a dominating effort, controlling the puck during a 6-on-4 advantage with the powerplay and goalie pulled for the extra attacker. But the puck had other thoughts. The Royals didn’t win because sometimes you won’t. Nor should the Royals stew. Because bangups and hang-ups will happen to the Blazers too. With their helmets full of brains and their skates full of feet (speedy ones, that is), the Royals are too smart to extend this not-so-good streak. The fans will be there again when Western conference leaders Tri-City (19-6) visit Tuesday (Dec. 6) and Wednesday. So be your name Hamilton, Sundher or Crooks, enjoy your time in the ‘Dub.’ You’re off to great places – like Kelowna today.



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A herd of Chilliwack Giants players tackle Carson Scotney, bottom right, of the Victoria Spartans during the bantam (12-man) semifinal game in Chilliwack on Nov. 26. The Spartans won 19-6 and continue on to the provincials in Langley this weekend.

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coach Paul Precious. “Our offensive line was fantastic all game long, and on defence, linebackers Matt Pastro and Bryan Galbraith-McTavish were standouts.” The Spartans (5-5) face the North Surrey Tigers (10-0) in the provincial final, Sunday in Langley. The Tigers edged the Spartans 17-14 during the regular season, one of the closest games of the year for the Tigers, who beat Langley 59-12 in the other semifinal.

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Television viewers across the country can catch the Mount Douglas Rams and W.J. Mouat Hawks tangle in the B.C. AAA football championship game on Saturday night. Cable network Sportsnet One will broadcast the final from B.C. Place at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 3).

Castaway-Wanderers in B.C. U19 final

Oak Bay’s Castaway-Wanderers visit the Capilano rugby club at Klahanie Stadium in North Vancouver on Saturday for the B.C. U19 men’s championship. CW recently won the U19 Island championship Carson Cup over James Bay.

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Sports calendar Hockey Fri. Dec. 2: BCHL, Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Victoria Grizzlies, 7:15 p.m., Bear Mountain Arena. Sat. Dec. 3: BCHL, Powell River Kings at Victoria Grizzlies, 7:15 p.m., Bear Mountain Arena. Fri. Dec. 2: VIJHL, Comox Valley Glacier Kings at Saanich Braves, 6:30 p.m., George Pearkes Arena. Tues. & Wed., Dec. 6-7: WHL, Tri City Americans at Victoria Royals, 7:05 p.m. Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Basketball Mon. Dec. 5: AA Girls high school, Glenlyon Norfolk School at St. Margaret’s, 5:45 p.m. Tues. Dec. 6: AAA Boys high school, Belmont at Oak Bay, Mt. Douglas at Stelly’s, Spectrum at Claremont, 7:30 p.m. starts; A/AA Girls and Boys, Pacific Christian at St Andrew’s, Ed Milne at Vic High, 5:45 p.m. girls, 7:30 p.m. boys; A/AA Boys, GNS at Esquimalt, 6 p.m.

Soccer Fri. Dec. 2: VISL, Bays Utd. at Gorge, 7 p.m. Hampton Park. Fri. Dec. 2: VISL, Cowichan FC at Gordon Head, 8 p.m., Tyndall Park. Fri. Dec. 2: VISL, Juan de Fuca at Lakehill, 8 p.m., Braefoot Park. Sat. Dec. 3: VISL, Vic West at Prospect Lake, 4 p.m., Layritz Turf. Sun. Dec. 4: LIWSA, Gorge at Prospect Lake, 12 p.m., Layrtiz Tuf. Sun. Dec. 4: LIWSA, Vic Athletics at Lakehill FC, 12 p.m., Braefoot Park.

Sun. Dec. 4: LIWSA, Gordon Head Gold at Castaways FC, 12 p.m., Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence.

Field Hockey Sat. Dec. 3: Men’s, UBC at UVic Vikes, 2 p.m., UVic Field Hockey Turf.

Curling Sat. & Sun., Dec. 3-4: Junior Bonspiel at Victoria Curling Club. A21 •A21

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Sat, Dec 3, 2011 9am-3pm Ramada Conference Centre Rm 3 123 Gorge Rd East FREE ADMISSION

JESKEN AERIE ASSITED LIVING FACILITY CHRISTMAS CRAFT & BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER Sat, Dec 3, 11am-3pm 817 Goldstream Ave (extra parking in rear of Lawyers office). All proceeds from this community event are going to the Recreation Department of this non-profit facility. Delicious bake goods, handmade crafts & hot dogs for sale. STAR LIGHT star bright let’s put up your Christmas light’s tonight. Ticketed Roofer. Call Nathaniel at 250-208-4964.

CRAFT FAIRS KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BAZAAR & LUNCH, December 3, 10am-3pm, 2964 Richmond Road.









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

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

1930’s HANDMADE Quilt, not used, $95. 250-380-7559.

NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.

OPEN HOUSE: Sun Dec 4th, 1-4 pm at 10308 Bowerbank Rd, Sidney, BC. Your own slice of paradise! 3 bedroom, 2 bath family home. Beautifully decorated - wood floors, crown mouldings & trim throughout. New 3-tiered deck overlooking a large quiet park. Easy-care private gardens. Bright, sunny location. $575,000. 250-8934230.


Vancouver Island University training for over 50 years, No simulators. Low student / instructor ratio. 1-888-920-2221 ext: 6130 heavyequipment

HELP WANTED LABOURER WANTED for very physical labour work, should be well motivated, gardening/landscaping experience an asset. Please call 250-208-8535.

PERSONAL SERVICES EDUCATION/TUTORING IN-HOME TUTORING All Grades, All Subjects. Tutor Doctor. 250-386-9333


PERSONALS HOT GUYS! HOT CHAT! HOT FUN! Try Free! Call 250220-3334 or 800-777-8000.

MASTER LABYRINTH board game. $10. Near new condition. 250-380-8733. TECHNICS JUKE Box, 110cds player changer. $95. 250-370-2905.

FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391.



PETS CAIRN TERRIER Puppies. CKC Registered, vet checked, first shots, micro-chipped. Home raised, beautiful, healthy and happy. “Little Toto’s.� Ready now, $1000 each. Call (Campbell River) 250-923-8503. FREE BLUE eyed lovely kittens to good home. (250)8188813.

METAL ROOFING & siding sales. Seconds avail. Custom roof Flashings. 250-544-3106.

5 RECLINER Sofa, Loveseat & Chair, Leather or Microfibre $1199.; Storewide NO HST on All Like New & Used Furniture, Mattresses & All New Heaters, Tools & Hdwe. BUY & SAVE 9818 4th St., Sidney. We Buy, Sell, Trade. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837




COLWOOD, 2927 Yeta Terr., Fri, Sat & Sun, Dec. 2, 3 & 4, 9am-4pm. (ESTATE SALE). Water fountains, furn, tools.

JEWISH COMMUNITY Centre-Chanukah/Christmas Gift Sale, Sunday, Dec. 4, 10-4. 3636 Shelbourne. Jewish cookbooks, potato latkes.



REWARDING CAREERS ARE NEVER HANDED TO YOU. AT CDI COLLEGE, WE’LL HELP YOU EARN ONE. CDI College has been helping people like you launch successful careers for more than four decades. Choose from over 50 market-driven programs in Business, Art & Design, Technology and Health Care. A new career can be in the palm of your hand. Call CDI College today!

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to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewellery. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700

DIGITAL PHOTO retouch, editing, add/remove objects/people. Tribute posters, home movies to CD/DVD. 250-4753332.



DECORATIVE PILLOWS, six @ $6. ea, (250)595-5734.

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


WANTED: CLEAN fridge’s, upright freezers, 24� stoves, portable dishwashers, less than 15 yrs old. McFarland Industries, (250)885-4531.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR cat needs good home, black, female, quite young & friendly. Please call 250-384-9775, 250-888-5947.


1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)


FOUND GLOVE. Black leather, women’s sz 8, right hand, poly lining. Call (250)361-2045


Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET



ITALY- VILLAGE house in beautiful central Italy for rent. Call Anita 250-655-4030.


CHILD’S CANE Rocker $45. Padded top bench $45. Ironing board $9. 250-658-3948.

MUST GO! 7’ Bamboo Ent. unit, $200. Oval sectional, cream. $450. (250)361-3912.





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FIBRENEW Experts in leather, vinyl, plastic repair. Burns, cuts, pet damage.

(250) 891-7446


SUPER B DRIVER Req. for regional hauls within BC. Must have exp. Top Commissions Paid. Home Weekends, once during the week & Holidays! Fax resume: 604.856.9042 or e-mail:

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Friday, December 2, 2011, 2011 - OAK Fri, Dec 2, OakBAY Bay NEWS News















OAK BAY, 60 plus building, 1 Bdrm, 1 Bath above Oak Bay library, F/S, coin laundry $850. Call Complete Residential 250-370-7093.

SIDNEY: FURNISHED Deluxe suite, newer. Walk to ocean & town. All incl. 250-656-8080.

WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

Call: 1-250-616-9053



$50-$1000 CASH

BROADMEAD- clean, quiet furnished room. All utilities included. NS/NP. $450. Call 250-744-9405.

COLWOOD: UTILS incl. Furn, on bus route, walking distance to beach & Royal Roads. NS, pets neg. $550. 250-889-4499. One Percent Realty V.I.

JAMES BAY Village Penthouse, furnished, employed female. NS/NP. $750. (250)380-2737.

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


FERNWOOD AREA Apt, large 2 bdrm, $960/mo. Avail now. Call 250-370-2226 for viewing. FERNWOOD AREA Apt, large Bach, $675/mo. Avail now. Call 250-370-2226 for viewing. MALAHAT 1 & 2 BdrmsPanoramic views. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $700-$1200 inclusive. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references. 250-478-9231.

FREE Tow away


CALL: 250-727-8437


For scrap vehicle

COLWOOD, UNFURN’D room available, incls all utils, $580 mo. Dec.1. D/D. 250-858-6930

SAVE ON COMMISSION Sell your home for $6900 or 1% plus $900 fees FULL MLS SERVICE!

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2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $12,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

ROCKLAND AREA Apt, large 1 bdrm, incls heat & hot water, $780/mo. Avail immed. Call 250-370-2226 for viewing. SIDNEY, 2 bdrm suite, Senior Assisted Living. Shoal Retirement Centre, Resthaven Drive, Sidney. To view please call 250-654-0536.

858-5865 DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals




SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.

ESQUIMALT- 1 bdrm, self contained, new windows. Avail now. $650. N/S.(250)884-6790





LANGFORD. BRIGHT, new 1 bdrm. Lvl entry. W/D, NS/NP. $800. incl. utils (250)220-8750

all conditions in all locations

SAANICH: FURNISHED large 1 bdrm suite. NP/NS. Avail Now. Refs req’d. $900/mo inclusive. Call 250-721-0281, 250-858-0807.

Call us first & last, we pay the highest fair price for all dead & dying vehicles. Don’t get pimped, junked or otherwise chumped!

SUITES, UPPER QUADRA/MACKENZIE: 3 bdrms, $1400+ utils, sun deck, laundry incld, street prkg. Avail immed, 250-516-5556.



SIDNEY, 3 BR, RECENTLY reno’d, garage, fenced yard, great location. Available now $1350. Dean 250-857-2210

SOOKE, (2009) 3bdrm, 2.5bath avail immed, all appls incl’d, walk amens/bus/Sooke core, N/S. 250-642-0133.

$0-$1000 CASH

For Junk Cars/Trucks

Will tow away any car or truck in 45 mins. FREE!


BEATERS UNDER $1000 250-588-7172

toll free 1-888-588-7172 1987 FORD AEROSTAR- 7 passenger, in good running order. $790. (250)886-9173.



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HOUSEKEEPER EXPERIENCED, reliable. References. 250-920-6516, 250-881-7444.

KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

10% OFF! Fall Cleanups, Pruning, Hedge & Shrub Trimming. Hauling. 250-479-6495.

GUTTER CLEANING, repairs, de-mossing. Windows, power washing. 250-478-6323. GUTTER CLEANING. Repairs, Maintenance, Gutterguard, Leaf traps. Grand Xterior Cleaning Services. WCB Insured. Call 250-380-7778. PERIMETER EXTERIORS. Gutter cleaning, repairs, upgrades. FALL SPECIALS! WCB, Free est. 250-881-2440.

FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463.

Certified General Accountant Bookkeeping, Audit, Payroll, HST. Set up & Training. E-File


250-477-4601 PENNIE’$ BOOKKEEPING Services for small business. Simply/Quickbooks. No time to get that paperwork done? We do data-entry, GST, payroll, year-end prep, and training. 250-661-1237

CARPENTRY JEREMIAH’S CARPENTRY Small jobs, trim, finishing, renos, fences. 250-857-7854. QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (BBB) All reno’s, kitchen, bath, custom showers. Anything concrete. 250-658-2656. WESTCOAST DESIGNS. WCB, Insurance. No job too small. Call Rob 250-213-7725.

CARPET INSTALLATION MALTA FLOORING Installation. Carpets, laminates, hardwood, lino. BBB 250-388-0278


MALTA HOUSECLEANING. BBB. Best rates. Residential/Comm. 250-388-0278

COMPUTER SERVICES A HOME COMPUTER Coach. Senior friendly. Computer lessons, maintenance and problem solving. Des, 250-6569363, 250-727-5519.

CONTRACTORS CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitch/bath, wood floor, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877 QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (BBB) All reno’s, kitchen, bath, custom showers. Anything concrete. 250-658-2656.

DRYWALL AARON’S RENO’S Drywall, taping, texture. Insured/bonded. Free est. 250-880-0525. MALTA DRYWALL & Painting. Residential/Commercial. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

ELECTRICAL AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550.

ABSOLUTELY CLEAN. Husband & wife team. Power Washing. (778)440-6611.

EXPERIENCED ELECTRICIAN. Reasonable rates. 250744-6884. Licence #22202.

HOUSECLEANING. 15yrs exp cleaning homes/small businesses. Refs. 250-589-7851.

GNC ELECTRIC Res/Comm. Reasonable rates for quality work. #43619. 250-883-7632.

NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. $35/hr. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. (250)888-6160. Lic#13981. WATTS ON ELECTRIC, Residential, Commercial, Renovations. #100213. 250-418-1611.

EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE BUBBA’S HAULING. Mini excavator & bob cat services. Call 250-478-8858. RAINTEK SPECIAL! Keep your basement dry with RainTek! Camera inspection & roto-rooting of your perimeter drain tiles for $129. 250-896-3478.

AURICLE LAWNS- Hedge, tree pruning, fall/winter cleanups, power washing. 882-3129 DPM SERVICES: lawn/gard, cleanups, pruning, hedges, landscapes, irrigation, pwr washing, gutters 15yrs. 250883-8141.

ELITE GARDENING MAINTENANCE Property Maintenance Year Round Contracts Winter Clean-Ups and Drainage



PREPARATION FOR Fall, Winter & Spring. Professional garden & landscape services. Maintenance, design & installations. Call (250)474-4373.

ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637.

.... THE GARDENING GAL .... Quality Affordable Gardening. Renovations Maintenance & Cleanups.... 250.217.7708.

MALTA FENCING & DECKS. BBB member. Best rates. Please call (250)388-0278.


QUALITY CEDAR fencing, decks and installation, pressure washing. For better prices & quotes call Westcoast Fencing. 250-588-5920.

FURNITURE REFINISHING FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.

HANDYPERSONS ALL, Repairs & Renovations Ben 250-884-6603 AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397. RENO MEN. Ref’s. Senior’s Discount. BBB. Free Estimates. Call 250-885-9487. Photos: MALTA HANDYMAN. BBB member. Best rates. Please call (250)388-0278. MARTIN PROJECTS Home Repair & Reno’s; Tile, Drywall, Electric, Masonry, Complete Landscape Services & Drainage. Ref’s avail. Call Jeremy 250-812-9742.

✭BUBBA’’S HAULING✭ Honest & on time. Demolition, construction clean-ups, small load deliveries (sand, gravel, topsoil, mulch), garden waste removal, mini excavator, bob cat service.(250)478-8858.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS IFIX HANDYMAN Services. Household repairs and renovations. Free estimates. Call Denis at 250-634-8086 or email: MALTA DRAIN Tiles. Replace and Repair. BBB member, best rates. (250)388-0278.

HAULING AND SALVAGE Complete gutter cleaning, power washing and surface cleaning!

Rob: 250-882-3134 DIAMOND DAVE Gutter cleaning, gutter guard, power washing, roof de-mossing. Call 250-889-5794.

CITY HAUL- a lot of junk won’t fit in your trunk, you’re in luck I own a truck. 250-891-2489. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774

MALTA HOUSE Renos & Repairs. BBB member. Best rates. (250)388-0278.


QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (BBB) All reno’s, kitchen, bath, custom showers. Anything concrete. 250-658-2656.


OAK BAY News NEWS Fri, - Friday, Oak Bay DecDecember 2, 2011 2, 2011 

















QUALITY WORK.Experienced in Renovations & Repairs. Small jobs, Drywall repairs, Painting. 250-818-7977.


BIG BEAR Handyman & Painting Services. No job too small. Free Estimates. Get ready for Xmas. 250-896-6071

Peacock Painting

FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376.

SHORELINE ROOFING. Reroofing specialist. WCB/BBB member. Quality & satisfaction guaranteed. 250-413-7967.

FIBRENEW EXPERTS in Redye furniture, leather, Vinyl, plastic repair, auto, burns, cuts, pet damage. (250)8917446. Visa, MC, Debit.

INSULATION MALTA BLOWN insulation & batting. Removal. Best rates. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

Custom Stone Fireplaces, Walkways & Patios. Custom Facing. Call for all your stonework needs.





DISCOUNTED WINTER RATES on Installations. Oak Bay Irrigation & Landscape Lighting. 778.440.1883.

2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)686-6507.

High quality, Organized. Interior/Exterior Residential/Commercial Jeff, 250-472-6660 Cell 250-889-7715 Member BBB


MALTA MOVING. Best Rates. BBB Member. Residential/ Commercial. (250)388-0278.


C.B.S. Masonry Brick, Stone, Concrete, Paving, Chimneys, Sidewalks, Patios, Repair, Replace, Re-build, Renew. “Quality is our Guarantee” Free Est’s & Competitive Prices. (250)294-9942, 589-9942

KERRY’S GAS & PLUMBING SERVICESRepair, maintenance & install. 250-360-7663.

BLAINE’S PAINTING- Quality workmanship. $20 hr, 20 yrs exp. Blaine, 250-580-2602.

PAINTING A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wallcoverings. Over 25 yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220.

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PLUMBING EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104.

RAINTEK SPECIAL! Keep your basement dry with RainTek! Camera inspection & roto-rooting of your perimeter drain tiles for $129. 250-896-3478.


DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm.

NEEDS mine.



DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping Roofs, Pressure Washing, Roof Demossing. Call 250361-6190.

PATCHES, ADDITIONS, restucco, renos, chimney, waterproofing. Bob, 250-642-5178.




MALTA GARDEN & Rubbish Removal. Best Rates. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

PLASTERING PATCHES,Drywall, skimming, old world texturing, coves, fireplaces. Bob, 250-642-5178.

UPHOLSTERER work. Your fabric 250-480-7937.


Use our community classifieds Service Directory to find an expert in your community

A1. SHAWN The Tile GuyRes/ Comm/ Custom/ Renos. 250-686-6046

Crossword ACROSS 1. Peruse a book 5. Eating houses 10. Semitic fertility god 14. Protoctist genus 15. Lower in esteem 16. Having sufficient skill 17. Copyread 18. More lucid 19. Bleats 20. Baltimore footballers 22. Removes writing 24. Six (Spanish) 26. Santa & Rancho Santa 27. Computer memory hardware 30. Bangles and beads 32. (Latin) e’around time of 35. Saudi citizens 37. Ladies’ undergarment 38. Evoke or elicit 40. The central part of the Earth 41. Small amount


32. A citizen of Havanna 33. Very coldly 34. Singer Della 36. Wager 39. Arrived extinct 44. British School 46. The Education Project Asia 49. Raises 50. Madames 52. European Capital of Culture: Romania 54. Burn with a hot liquid 55. __-__-la-ma-ding-dong 56. Be next to 57. British beer unit 59. Overly precious (British) 60. An American 61. Cause cell destruction 64. Satisfaction 65. Small pin of wood 66. Relative Biological Effectiveness

To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number 1 to 9 must appear in: • Each of the nine vertical columns • Each of the nine horizontal rows • Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes

Remember no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.

Today’s Solution

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A24 • Page 32 week beginning December 1, 2011 Real Estate Victoria

Select your home. Select your mortgage.

Friday, December 2, 2011 - OAK


This Weekend’s


Oak Bay 250-370-7601 Victoria 250-483-1360 Westshore 250-391-2933 Sidney 250-655-0632 Chatterton Way 250-479-0688

Published Every Thursday

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the Dec.1 - 7 edition of

1021 Craigdarroch

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty David Harvey 250-385-2033

103-205 Kimta, $645,000 Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Chuck Bennett, 250-384-8124

pg. 30

924B Richmond, $475,000 Sunday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

pg. 12

pg. 10

pg. 10

pg. 13

Sunday 2-4 Boorman’s Real Estate Rod Hay 250-595-1535 pg. 7

pg. 7

pg. 12

pg. 5

2205 Victor, $439,000 pg. 14

23-60 Dallas, $494,900

pg. 35

302-1110 Oscar, $349,000

pg. 35

pg. 10

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Paul Askew 250 744-3301

pg. 9

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

pg. 6

pg. 35

pg. 6

pg. 15

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Nicole Burgess 250 384-8124

pg. 12

1025 Colville Rd, $384,000 pg. 15

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Goran Tambic, 250-384-7663

pg. 19

927 Devonshire Rd., $439,000 pg. 1

Saturday 12-2 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

pg. 14

74-850 Parklands, $369,500 pg. 6

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 19

942 Reeve Pl, $399,900 pg. 15

Saturday 1-3 Address Realty Ltd. Rob Angus 250-391-1893

203-5350 Sayward Hill, $650,000 Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

pg. 6

992 Cloverdale, $499,000 pg. 30

3155 Westdowne, $948,000 pg. 36

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Lynne Sager 250 744-3301

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Diana Winger 250-999-3683

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Kellie Elder 250 384-7663

pg. 19

223-1680 Poplar, $179,900 pg. 18

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jacquie Jocelyn, 250-384-8124

pg. 20

pg. 20

Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Ross Shortreed 250-858-3585

2176 Amherst

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Megan John 250-477-7291

pg. 21

pg. 35

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Nicole Burgess 250 384-8124

pg. 22

2118 Weiler Ave $429,900 pg. 30

Saturday 12-2 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131

pg. 22

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Brendan Herlihy, 250-642-3240

7945 Arthur, $569,000 pg. 20

Sunday 1-3 JonesCo Real Estate Inc. Ian Heath 250-655-7653

pg. 3

107-10160 Third St, $262,500

Saturday 2-4 Boorman’s Rod Hay, 250-595-1535

107-10160 Third, $262,500 pg. 6

pg. 20

pg. 20

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Rick Shumka 250 384-8124

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance David Rusen, 250-386-8875

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Stephanie Peat, 250-477-7291

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Bev McIvor, 250-655-0608

8545 Bourne, $684,800 Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

pg. 21

pg. 21

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Inez Louden 250 812-7710

1826 Millstream pg. 22

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

pg. 22

2-1893 Prosser Rd., $379,900 pg. 2

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters 250-655-0608

pg. 21

44-2070 Amelia Ave, $279,900

4029 Providence, $969,900 Saturday 12-2 One Percent Realty Valentino 250-686-2242

pg. 14

pg. 5

1919 Venross, $549,000

4659 Lochwood, $819,900 Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

Saturday 12-1:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton, 250-477-5353

11061 Salal Pl, $799,999

1020 Lucas

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Bob Davies 250-384-8124

Saturday 12-1:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton, 250-477-5353

pg. 30

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Frances Wade, 250-656-0131

1224A Goldstream Ave, $389,900 pg. 21

231-2245 James White, $234,900 Saturday 2-3:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton,250-477-5353 pg. 20

pg. 14

870 Falkirk, $1,499,000 pg. 19

Sunday 2-3 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

pg. 24

103-996 Wild Ridge

Saturday & Sunday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

pg. 23

3067 Alouette pg. 22

309-9805 Second

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Inez Louden 250 812-7710

Saturday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

pg. 35

205-2695 Deville pg. 14

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer 250 384-8124

pg. 14

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pg. 21

10395 Bowerbank, $419,900

pg. 19

109-1505 Church Ave, $239,900

4763 Carloss Pl, $699,000 pg. 14

Sunday 1-2:30 Victoria Classic Realty Shaun Lees 250 386-1997

pg. 14

1268 Tall Tree Pl, $729,900

4459 Fairmont Pl, $599,900 pg. 8

pg. 21

618 Baxter, $524,500

2222A Arbutus pg. 19

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters, 250-744-3301

Saturday 12-1:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton, 250-477-5353

1761 Forest Park Dr., $559,000

4921 Prospect, $1,024,900

pg. 10

3362 Henderson, $799,900

1554 Montgomery

pg. 13

5024 Cordova Bay, $999,900

pg. 8

pg. 12

1663 Bisley, 629,900

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Brett Jones, 250-385-2033

pg. 13

pg. 14

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Laura Godbeer, 250-532-3272

Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Eamon Coll 250 479-3333

pg. 21

305-10160 Third, $239,500

203C-4678 Elk Lake Dr, $359,000

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance David Binab 250-360-1929

Saturday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

934 Craigflower, $449,000

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

Sunday 2-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

pg. 30

1698 North Dairy Rd, $499,900

pg. 12

402-1366 Hillside, $199,900 Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Michael Luyt, 250-216-7547

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Donna Foss 250 477-7291

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer 250 384-8124

982 Meadowview, $685,000

1430 Harvest Ln.

303-1366 Hillside, $220,000 Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Vicky Turner 250 592-4422

pg. 19

3205 Kingsley, $549,000

654 Langford, $399,900

Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Brian Meredith-Jones 250 477-1100

225-3225 Eldon Pl

5-881 Nicholson, $565,000

76-14 Erskine Lane, $419,900

1-2921 Cook St, $362,500 Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Bruce McCulloch, 250-479-3333

Sunday 2-4 One Percent Realty Valentino 250-686-2242

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Judith Gerrett, 250-656-0131

pg. 20

2927 Ilene Trc., $570,000

3229 Cedar Hill

2614 Scott St, $469,000

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance Ron Neal 250 386-8181

Sunday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Fran Jeffs, 250-744-3301

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Lee Johnston, 250-478-9600

308 Palmer, $824,900

13-949 Pemberton, $499,000 Saturday 2-4 Duttons & Co Real Estate

403-1241 Fairfield Rd, $299,900

Saturday 2-4 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay, 250-217-5091

pg. 14

1058 Summit

Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Vinnie Gill, 250-744-3301

301-2757 Quadra, $169,900

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Bill Carnegie 250 474-6003

pg. 11

17-315 Six Mile, $485,000

2239 Shelbourne St, $399,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Murray Lawson 250 385-9814

Saturday 2-4 MacDonald Realty Lorraine Stundon 250 812-0642

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Sharen Warde 250 592-4422

pg. 10

3-828 Rupert Terrace

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Laurie Abram 250 385-2033

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar 250 592-4422

Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

Sunday 1-3 Address Realty Ltd. Patrick Achtzner, 250-391-1893

pg. 14

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Paul Askew 250 744-3301

B-10470 Resthaven Dr, $549,000

4386 Elnido Cres, $594,900

614-68 Songhees

1035 Sutlej

Sunday 1-3 Sutton West Coast Realty Elke Pettipas 250 479-3333

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Cassie Kangas 250 477-7291

Daily noon-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 595-3200

20-126 Hallowell, $439,900

2731 Mt Stephen

208-11 Cooperage, $498,000 Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Lynn MacDonald 250 479-3333

pg. 13

308-300 Waterfront, $579,000

219-50 Songhees, $675,000 Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

10 Helmcken Rd

309 Kingston, $769,000

604-75 Songhees, $710,000 Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680

pg. 15

101-1610 Jubillee, $169,900

109-11 Cooperage, $948,000 Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Lynn MacDonald 250 479-3333

3463 Waterloo, $795,000

301-50 Songhees, $549,900 Sunday 2:30-4 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit


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Saturday 2-4 Sutton West Coast Realty Simon Sheppard 250 686-0011

608 Fairway Ave. pg. 25

201-3220 Jacklin, $259,900 Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

pg. 24

pg. 10

pg. 5

Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Fran Jeffs, 250-744-3301

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 595-3200

pg. 23

Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

pg. 22

pg. 10

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Bruce Hatter, 250-744-3301

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the Dec.1-7 edition of

2186 Stone Gate, $664,900 pg. 24

pg. 23

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shirley Zailo 250-478-4828

pg. 24

6995 Nordin Rd

101 & 201-608 Fairway Ave Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Sheila Christmas, 250-477-1100

Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Re/Max Camosun John Vernon, 250-642-5050 pg. 5

2425 Galland pg. 5

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Brian Meredith-Jones 250 477-1100

pg. 26

723 Windover Trc., $849,000 pg. 24

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Gallie Realty Barbara Gallie 250-478-6530

1224 Freshwater, $659,900 pg. 24

549 Delora Dr, $599,000 Saturday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Hans Hegen, 250-858-0424

Sunday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown, 250-380-6683

302-627 Brookside Rd, $249,900

201-3220 Jacklin, $299,900

3067 Alouette

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

2794 Lakeshore, $499,900

563 Brant Pl., $624,900

687 Daymeer Plc., $449,900 Saturday 1-3 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Barbara Scott 250-383-1500

Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Chuck Meagher, 250-477-1100

3348 Sewell, $599,900

304-611 Brookside, $219,000 Thursday to Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

1121 Fort, $183,900

907 Dawn Lane, $589,000

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Gary Bazuik, 250-477-5353

pg. 9

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Blair Watling 250 385-2033

pg. 11

Saturday & Sunday 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Deidra Junghans, 250-474-6003

2390 Echo Valley Dr, $684,900 pg. 23

pg. 24

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance David Rusen, 250-386-8875

3067 Alouette

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

957 Shawnigan Lake Rd, $319,900

108-6838 Grant Rd, $319,000 pg. 23

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jeff Shorter, 250-384-8124

pg. 10

Thursday-Friday 1-4, Saturday & Sunday 11-5 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Daniel Weiss 250 383-1500 pg. 13






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Manslaughter charge laid in beating incident Erin McCracken News staff

The Victoria man accused of killing a 20-year-old Shawnigan Lake man faces a manslaughter charge, instead of the second-degree murder charge police initially recommended. Brandon Huth, 24, appeared via video conferencing in a Victoria courtroom Tuesday afternoon. Wearing red prison-issue attire, Huth sat and listened as defence lawyer Peter Firestone asked Judge Susan Wishart for a bail hearing Monday (Dec. 5) in provincial court. Huth will appear in person, and in the meantime will remain in jail. “(Manslaughter) doesn’t involve a specific intent to kill the individual necessarily, but it’s a killing that results from an unlawful act,” said Neil MacKenzie, spokesperson for the Ministry of Attorney General’s

criminal justice branch. After initially fleeing the scene, Huth turned himself in to Victoria police at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, four hours after he allegedly assaulted Tyler Noble. Police say the altercation happened at the corner of Douglas and View streets, outside McDonald’s restaurant. Noble, who was knocked unconscious, was rushed to Victoria General Hospital and placed on life support. He died later that afternoon. Outside the courtroom Noble’s close friend, Shane Stewart, said he “just had to be part of (the proceedings).” He said the case offers an important message. “We’ve all made dumb decisions, including myself,” he said. “Take two extra seconds to (think about your actions) … Something (can happen) so quickly … just like that.”

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Fred Martin, left, Marielle Audet, Baha’i representative Mead Simon and John Hall walk the labyrinth in the Interfaith Chapel at the University of Victoria.


Roadshow is coming to Langford: 6 Days Only! TERRY INKLER Canadian Collectors Roadshow Staff Writer

Labyrinth returns to UVic

For students at the University of Victoria, exam time, which gets underway next week, can be one of the most stressful periods of the year. For people without tests on their minds, the Christmas holiday season can be equally stressful. This combined scenario is what prompts the Interfaith Chapel at UVic to remind people of the availability of its labyrinth. The winding circular design, which is painted on canvas and spread out on the chapel floor, is patterned after a 12th-century labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral, 80 kilometres from Paris. “People report feeling more peaceful or having new insights or getting new perspectives on a personal issue after walking the labyrinth,” said Chaplain Henri Lock of UVic’s Multifaith Services. For those unfamiliar with calming the mind, instructions are posted at the door. “There’s really three phases to it. You let go and focus on your walking, focus on bodily movement and any anxious thoughts that come up, you let them go,” he said, noting people can walk or sit on the labyrinth. “On the way out, note the calmness that may have come, while still focusing on the walking, and let that inner change settle in.” The labyrinth is available from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays now until Dec. 15. A candlelit session is available from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 8. A meditation workshop led by Lock happens Monday (Dec. 5) from 7 to 9 p.m. To register, email, call 250-472-4159 or visit web.uvic. ca/multifaith/practicing/labryrinth.html.



After very successful shows in White Rock and Duncan, The Roadshow is returning to Langford. So you had better search through your attics and garages, go through your lock boxes and jewellery, because you may be sitting on a small fortune and not even know it! Roadshow experts are here to examine all your antiques, collectibles, gold and silver.

Local Roadshow Expert Examines Some Gold Jewellery

noticed a substantial increase in the amount of precious metals such as gold and silver coming to the Roadshow, which makes sense considering how high it’s currently trading at. He added, “The Roadshow is great because it puts money in people’s pockets, especially during such hard times. Lots of items that are just sitting around collecting dust in basements and jewellery boxes can be exchanged for money, on the spot!”

At another Roadshow event, a woman, named Mira Kovalchek, walked in with a tin full of hundreds of old coins that During a show near Toronto, a woman were given to her as a young child by her came in with a jewellery box that she grandfather. She nally decided to come had just inherited from her late aunt. “I in to the Roadshow and see what he don’t wear jewellery,” explained Barbara had given her. She was ecstatic to learn Engles, “so it was an easy decision to she had coins dating back to the late come down to the Roadshow to sell it”. 1800’s, some of which were extremely She was very excited when she was able rare. Roadshow consultant Perry Bruce to walk away with a cheque for over explains “We had uncovered an 1871 $2,100 for jewellery she was never going Queen Victoria 50 Cent piece, valued at to wear anyway. over $2,000!! She had a nice assortment of coins that were not rare dates, but Expert Elijah Gold explains, “We have

she was able to sell them for their silver content”. She explains, “I never would have thought that my old tin of coins was worth so much! I can nally afford to renovate my kitchen”. Perry Bruce continued, “Canadian coins prior to 1967, and American coins prior to 1964 are all made with silver, and we have noticed a large increase of customers coming to the Roadshow with coins and cashing them in for their silver value”. Experts at the Roadshow will evaluate and examine your items, FREE OF CHARGE, as well as educate you on them. The Roadshow sees hundreds of people during a one week event, and they have been travelling across Canada to different cities and towns, searching for your forgotten treasures. Trains, dolls, toys, old advertising signs, pocket watches, porcelain and bisque dolls, pretty much everything can be sold at the Roadshow. Any early edition Barbie’s are sought after by the Roadshow collectors, as well as a variety of

Dinky Toys and Matchbox cars. Lionel Trains and a variety of tin toys can also fetch a price, especially if they are in their original box or in mint condition. If a collector is looking for one of your collectibles, they can always make an offer to buy it.

A man brought in a 1950’s Marx Tin Toy Robot, in fairly good condition, still in its original box. They were able to locate a collector for that specic toy within minutes, and that gentleman went home with over $700 for his Toy Robot and a few other small toys. So whether you have an old toy car, a broken gold chain, or a Barbie sitting in the closet, bring it down to the Roadshow, they will take a look at it for FREE and it could put money in your pocket!

See you at the roadshow!


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• PLATINUM: Jewellery, Dental, Wiring and anything else made of Platinum

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