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Demand up, donations down: charities Tough season for service providers Roszan Holmen Erin McCracken News staff

Many Victoria charities spent the final days of their Christmas fundraising campaigns hoping to see more financial donations under the tree. Times have been tough at the Salvation Army, which, as of Wednesday, had generated more than $142,000 of the $250,000 it was hoping to raise at its red kettles in the Capital Region before Christmas Eve. Donors have also been feeling the financial pinch and giving less this year. “Their dollar has to stretch further just like everybody else’s,” said Kyla Ferns, the Salvation Army’s special projects officer. Kettle donations pay for 1,500 Christmas food hampers for Greater Victoria families, up from 1,200 last year as well as other programs and services. Mustard Seed staff and volunteers also have their fingers crossed. “We have a long way to go to reach our goal,” said Brent Palmer, director of the Victoria’s Mustard Seed food bank. With 7,000 people coming through food bank doors every month, up from the 4,000 people who needed food 10 years ago, the pressure is on to keep the shelves full and programs going. PLEASE SEE: Charity donations, Page A3

Oak Bay firefighters Jon Popham, left, and Kyle Beaumont do rooftop drills from the aerial ladder outside the fire hall on Monterey Avenue. Firemen working Christmas Day will do drills like this one as they do any other day of the year. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

(Not) home for the holidays Business as usual for those who work on Christmas Ryan Flaherty News staff


hile many people will spend Christmas Day with friends and family, opening presents and sharing meals, there’s a group of dedicated individuals for whom the holiday is just another day at the office.

Working Dec. 25 may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for emergency responders, transit officials and others who work on the holiday, it’s just part of the job. “It’s just a regular work day here for us,” said Oak Bay Fire Chief Gerry Adam. “In fact, when I was younger I enjoyed coming to work, because the house was kind of wild with the young kids – it kind of got you out of the house for a while, and you came home and dinner was ready.” On Christmas, instead of starting their shift at 8 a.m., the five firefighters who will be

working that day are permitted to come in an hour later, giving them more time with their families in the morning. And those members who have small children are often looked out for by colleagues who don’t. “Guys who have no kids at home will come in early and relieve the guys that do,” Adam said. It’s the same story at the Oak Bay Police Department. “It’s common practice here when we’re selecting our holidays,” said Sgt. Ray Maxwell. “We look and see who has young children and who doesn’t. Those

with young children, we usually leave the Christmas period available for them to select a couple days off.” For those who are working, there’s always a few members of the community who ensure that everyone gets a little taste of Christmas. Gifts of cookies, candies and chocolate are frequently dropped off at police headquarters for the officers on duty, Maxwell said. “There’s always a lot of citizens looking to fatten us up.” PLEASE SEE: Transit drivers, Page A3

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Controlling deer control possible, researcher says

Fear itself may be enough to control mammal populations: study Natalie North News staff

The results of a study on sparrows may provide good news for those who want the region’s deer population controlled without a cull. Predators lower the population of their prey, not just by killing them, but by scaring them. It’s a conclusion made by a team

of researchers who believe behavioural data collected on song sparrows in the Gulf Islands could be applied to predator-prey interactions of all kinds and used to manage their populations. “The fear of falling victim to a predator can also have significant effects and affect the number of babies you have,” said Michael Clinchy, adjunct biology professor at UVic and co-author of the study. “This can be as important as direct killing in reducing prey numbers.” Over the past 10 summers, Clinchy, along with University of Western Ontario biologist Liana Zanette and UVic grad students, used electric fencing and fish

These birds also spent netting to fully protect more time guarding their sparrow nests from natnests and less time feedural predators such as ing their young, which owls and raccoons, on also reduced their numPortland Island and surbers. rounding Gulf Islands. “It’s the first time in Through speakers hung any study of wild birds in trees, one group of or mammals that fear birds were subjected alone has been shown to recorded predator calls and sounds, while Michael Clinchy to unambiguously affect birth and survival and sounds of non-predatory animals such as geese played thus the individuals in wildlife for a second group of song spar- interactions,” Clinchy said. “Basically, we think that this kind of rows. Clinchy and Zanette observed fear effect is going to be pervasive the birds via video and learned on wildlife.” Clinchy links his work to the those exposed to predator sounds produced 40-per-cent fewer off- management of elk populations in spring than the control group. Yellowstone National Park in the

U.S. and doesn’t rule out the possibility that deer in Greater Victoria could be controlled using the same principle. When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in the mid-1990s, the elk population decreased by 50 per cent – a reduction far greater than what the wolves were capable of killing, Clinchy said. “It’s the fear itself that’s really responsible. If you can simulate that, you could have effects in reducing the deer population.” The study, Perceived predation risk reduces the number of offspring songbirds produce per year, was published in the December issue of Science magazine.


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Oak Bay’s newest police constable, Julie Chanin sits in one of the police cars at the station on Monterey Avenue. Sharon Tiffin/ News staff

ON THE SMILE PATROL Oak Bay PD’s newest constable is loving her new gig Ryan Flaherty News staff

One of the brightest smiles in Oak Bay these days belongs to its newest police officer, and considering her previous career choice, that should come as no surprise. Before becoming a cop, Const. Julie Chanin went to school to become a dental hygienist. “It was working with people and health care, helping people, and I liked that aspect,” said the Cowichan Valley native. “But I knew it wasn’t a job that I could see myself doing for 30 years, so after I graduated from dental hygiene school I applied for the RCMP.” The interest in oral health is one explanation for that grin, but there’s a more relevant one: she loves her current job even more. “There’s a good feeling in the building, and I’ve been very welcomed by the staff and my co-workers. The transition has been very smooth,” said Chanin, 39. Making the move from the RCMP, with whom Chanin spent the past 11 years, to the Oak Bay department, was prompted by a few factors. At the top of the list was a desire for a more geographically stable job within the law enforcement community. “I have a four-year-old son, and my stepson did five different schools in five years,” Chanin said. “I’ve seen the impact of that,

and my son, Sam, is starting school next year. that came in the wake of complaints of genIt’s not like the RCMP was trying to move me der discrimination made by another female or anything like that, but I really see the member, Const. Jennifer Gibbs, Fisher said importance of stability and family and put- that simply isn’t the case. “She was the ting roots in your community, and “The fact that she’s best candidate by far, regardthis is exactly younger and she only less of her sex, what that is.” and she came Chanin met her has 11 years’ police a whole husband Russ, a service, she’s somebody with bunch of training Mountie himself, we’ll see in Oak Bay for and experience when she was in which is very Port McNeill and a long time to come.” applicable to the he was stationed – Chief Const. type of work we a ferry ride away Mark Fisher do in Oak Bay,” in Alert Bay. he said. Shortly after Chanin says any past problems in the the two married, Chanin transferred to the West Shore detachment, where she remained department had no influence on her deciuntil learning that a position in Oak Bay was sion to apply for the job. “My understanding is that there were available. “Oak Bay is the best of all worlds,” she said. “It’s small-town policing, yet in issues that did come to light and that they’ve a city, and there’s an excellent amount of been addressed, and change is in the air,” she said. “So that really had no bearing one resources.” It also doesn’t hurt that she’s been reunited way or the other.” As for the job itself, Chanin’s philosophy with Oak Bay Chief Constable Mark Fisher, on policing is simple. her former boss. “When it comes right down to it, it’s about “I was quite upset with Oak Bay at the notice that (he) was leaving the West Shore,” problem solving, and doing whatever you can to make people feel safe in their comChanin joked. Fisher is extremely pleased to have Cha- munity,” she said. “And I’m pleased to say that Oak Bay is nin on his team once again. “She brought a great skill set to the table very friendly, very happy, and I’m very forand her age was a factor as well,” he said. tunate to be here.” Which makes it pretty easy to understand “The fact that she’s younger and she only has 11 years police service, she’s some- why she seems to always be flashing those body we’ll see in Oak Bay for a long time to pearly whites. “I’m smiling every day on my way to work, come.” As for the notion that the department hired and I’m smiling on my way home.” a woman to counter any negative publicity

Three new collective agreements have been signed, representing 11 bargaining units in Greater Victoria, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. On Dec. 14, the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association ratified agreements with bargaining units for the District of Oak Bay, the City of Victoria and Victoria Police Board (CUPE 50), the Township of Esquimalt (CUPE 333), the District of North Saanich, the District of Colwood, the District of Metchosin and the Town of Sidney (CUPE 374), the Greater Victoria Public Library Board (CUPE 410), West Shore Parks and Recreation, and the Capital Regional District (CUPE 1978). The agreements include two-percent annual wage increases, as well as “a few minor improvements to benefits,” according to a press release published by CUPE.

Charity donations down across the Capital Region Continued from Page A1

“We have a city to feed,” Palmer said. The charity is short by $500,000 of the $1.2 million it hoped to raise in November and December, a hefty chunk of the $2 million it needs every year. Many Christmas charities and nonprofits, however, are on track to meeting their goals. C-FAX Santas Anonymous Society is doing well. Its 12-hour radio fundraiser, called Miracle on Broad Street, raised $240,000 last Friday, exceeding expectations. For others, such as Black Press’ Christmas charity campaign, Pennies for Presents, donations to date are down slightly from last year. “But we’re flooded with coins right now, which is fantastic,” said Pennies committee chair Kyle Slavin. “We can always use more.” In 2010, Pennies for Presents raised $12,000. As of Wednesday, the total had yet to be calculated. Slavin, however, predicted the total could wind up close to last year’s amount.

Transit drivers enjoy relaxed schedule, holiday spirit on Christmas Continued from Page A1

It’s not just police and fire officials who punch the clock on the 25th. B.C. Transit buses in the Capital Region will continue to run on a holiday schedule. Roughly 300 operators will be working on the holiday and operations manager Kerry Gauvin says many of them actually look forward to their shift. “They get a real feel-good

feeling from driving on Christmas morning,” he said. “There are a lot of people trying to get to family members, who have no other way to get there … or sometimes they just get people that ride the bus because they’ve got nowhere to go. They may just ride one bus, then get on another bus, and that same operator may see them later on in the day get back on the bus again. “A lot of operators get some

satisfaction out of that.” The Guardian Pharmacy on Oak Bay Avenue is one of a handful of local businesses which will be open on Christmas. Owner Fitim Hajrizaj says closing up shop on the holiday would be doing residents a disservice. “People have to go to the hospital, and hospitals may not have all the medication people need, so it’s very important for a pharmacy to be open,” he said.

This will be the first Christmas since Hajrizaj and his brother purchased the pharmacy. They’re hopeful that by next year, they will have employees that can work the holiday, allowing them to spend the day with their family, who live in Burnaby. This year, they’ll have to be satisfied with a whirlwind visit. “We’re going to close earlier on (Christmas), and hopefully there will be a ferry. We can stay

overnight and come back in the morning,” Hajrizaj said. That’s just the way it is for those who work on Christmas. But if it means that everyone else can celebrate the holiday in comfort, it’s a worthwhile sacrifice, said Adam. “That’s just the nature of the beast, that’s the service we provide,” he said. “We just hope it’s a quiet Christmas.”

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Say please Julia Newcombe, 10, attracts a crowd as she feeds her pals dog treats during the Windsor Park Dog Group’s annual Christmas get-together, Sunday at the park and pavilion. Julia has been a part of the group since she was about a year old.

Delegates to assemble from across the province Laura Lavin News staff

More than 90 youth will arrive in Victoria from across the province to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s attending the B.C. Youth Parliament. “We had a large number of applications this year. We had a substantial waiting list by our Sharon Tiffin/News staff standards,” said Dora Turje, BCYP registrar. “It’s good to know BEST PRICE | BEST QUALITY | BEST SERVICE that a lot of people heard about it and were interested in joining.” The Youth 10'x10' Kitchen Parliament is in its 83rd year and is open $ Starting at to youth between the ages of 16 and 21. It is a non-partisan, Please read this notice and visit immediately non-denominational service organization $ sq.ft With the passage of the Teachers’ Act, all teacher certification in BC will be handled by Starting at that creates service the new Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education. If you have changed projects to help FREE! your contact information since the certificate renewal process in 2008, it is essential improve the lives of Italian that you update your contact information before January 6, 2012 in order to ensure young people. Stainless It also organizes you’re included in the electoral process for the new BC Teachers Council as well as other Steel Faucet regional youth With over $2,000 important communications regarding your certification. countertop purchase parliaments for This transition for independent school certificate holders is being managed by the BC participants aged 14 to Cowry Kitchen Station CORP College of Teachers before its transition into the Teacher Regulation Branch. Your revised 18, and held in various regions of B.C. The info can be emailed to or at 1-800-555-3684 x11. Visit our showroom, websilte or call today! sessions give more 863 View Street, Victoria youth experience For more information visit our website at 250.590.8556 in and education about debating and parliamentary procedures. One of the events is the British Columbia 53% OFF! 71% OFF! 55% OFF! 1.25L Vienna teapot 20pc Greenwich 17pc knife & block set. Kitchen Youth Parliament. with mesh flatware set. knives plus steak knives. $199.99. The young people strainer. $69.99. participating represent $129.99. all areas of the province. “It doesn’t $5999 $1999 match directly with the electoral districts 78% OFF! in the legislature, but 2L saute pan it’s proportional,” said with lid and Turje. 4 cup egg poacher insert. Fifteen youth from List: $139.99. Vancouver Island will in the $2999 $8999 participate session, which began in 1924 as the ‘older Up to 77% OFF! boys parliament.’ 20cm/8” fry pans in red and black and 30cm/12” Every year youth fry pans available in black, red and teal. meet in the legislative 20cm/8” fry pan. buildings in Victoria List: $79.99. Now $19.99! 30cm/12” fry pan. and debate a variety of List: $129.99. Now $29.99! legislation that outlines projects that BCYP will th st DECEMBER 26 to 31 ONLY AT: then run throughout the year. SAANICHTON SIDNEY VICTORIA Central Saanich Capital Iron Burnside Home Hardware In addition, private Home Hardware 202-9768-5th St 50 Burnside Rd. W. member’s resolutions Unit 2- 7816 East Saanich Rd. (250) 655-7115 (250) 382-4663 are introduced, giving (250) 652-2200 Sidney Home Hardware Capital Iron 2356 Beacon Ave 1900 Store St members the ability SALT SPRING ISLAND (250) 656-2712 (250) 385-9703 to debate any issue 10pc Cusino set. Heat conductive bottom pad for superior cooking performance, Love My Kitchen Shop Oak Bay Home they choose, while SOOKE 140 Fulford-Ganges Rd Hardware durable welded handles and a flared, no-drip lip. Set includes: 2L, 3L saucepans, PADERNO Home Hardware (250) 537-5882 1911 Oak Bay Ave. still participating in a 4L saucepan w/helper handle, 5L Dutch oven, 26cm/10” non-stick 99 6626 Sooke Rd. (250) 598-1620 fry pan, 18cm/7” steamer and 4 lids. List: $599.99. practical lesson on the (250) 642-6366 parliamentary process. Information & dealers: 1-800-A-NEW-POT or Not all locations open December 26. Quantities limited, please be early. Sale items may not be exactly as shown.

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In the above photo, circa 1905, nanny May Munson supervises the Burrell family children at low tide on Shoal Bay, now McNeill Bay. Anderson Hill (left) and McMicking Point (right) are in the background. Unlike at that time, the coastline is rather developed today, as the bottom photo shows from the same vantage point.

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Oak Bay: Then and Now The shorelines rimming Oak Bay have for many decades been popular with residents looking to spend time at the waterfront. At the turn of the 20th century, families living in the most settled areas of the soon-to-be incorporated municipality near Oak Bay Avenue enjoyed taking a trip south to Shoal Bay, now McNeill Bay, to enjoy a dip in the water. The older photo here, circa 1905, shows May Munson, nanny to the Burrell family, supervising children at low tide on Shoal Bay, with Anderson Hill and McMicking Point in the background. The Burrells – father, Frank was office manager for Pemberton and Co. real estate in downtown Victoria – lived in a home called Summerdyne at the corner of Oak Bay and Monterey avenues. Munson would take the children in a horse and cart down to the beach to explore or for picnics. The bay area became a popular spot for summer camps and recre-

ation. Artist Emily Carr built a oneroom cottage near Shoal Bay and frequently used the scenery as a subject for her paintings. Around 1925, Shoal Bay was renamed McNeill Bay, in honour of the early Oak Bay settler William Henry McNeill. As captain of the SS Beaver, McNeill scouted suitable locations on the southern tip of Vancouver Island for a site to replace Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Vancouver. Working with company chief factor James Douglas and others, they established Fort Victoria in 1843. Fort McNeill, on the north tip of Vancouver Island, is also named for the sea captain. Today, homes rim the entire fringe of McNeill Bay on the opposite side of Beach Drive, and on the water side of King George Terrace. The picturesque area continues to be a popular stopping place for Oak Bay residents and visitors alike. – courtesy Oak Bay Archives

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Let’s give peace a fighting chance The word peace has been commodified over the last few decades to the point that it’s relatively meaningless to many people. Talk about peace and people will sing a refrain from John Lennon’s anti-war anthem released way back in 1969. The symbols of peace are also well known, though they’re now more likely to be used to dress up a handbag or designer shirt than an actual, earnest plea for calm. But this weekend, as we warm to the spirit of the holidays, it’s a good time to renew our commitment to the idea of peace. The past decade has been marked by one of the longest wars in our nation’s history. Canadian troops have pulled out of conflicts in Afghanistan and the U.S. has finally pulled back from its controversial invasion of Iraq. For years, diplomacy has taken a back seat to a show of force. But recent history tells us that might is not the best way to put an end to violence. Sometimes, just having the eyes of the world on you can be enough to compel aggressors to choose a more peaceful tack. Look at the events of this year’s Arab Spring. The best outcomes occurred when citizens themselves, many times with little more than just observation from other nations, became aware that there is a better way to exist than under the oppressive thumb of authoritarian regimes. Peace is the will of the masses. We just need to recall what happened in 1914, on the Western Front of the First World War. The fires of the Great War were stoked by rival governments. But on the ground, amidst the death and the mire of the trenches, the common men who did the fighting chose to do something that seems more remarkable with every year that passes. On Christmas Eve, there was an agreement to stop shooting. They were enemies but also humans with families and traditions of song and celebration. Those first soldiers who crept from their fortified positions, in direct opposition to their commanders’ orders, were incredibly brave. For a few hours or even days in some places, there was a stop to the killing and irrational hatred. And then, perhaps reflecting the naïveté of hope as well as the passing of the season, the fighting resumed as it had been before. Peace will take courage and the resolve of all of us to make that change. 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

Vanity advice for future candidates In the interests of improving The Seattle Times runs a photo our views of our potential leaders, feature in their weekend magazine here’s a few tips for veteran and called Then And Now (Black Press aspiring politicos regarding their does something similar in the Oak photographic portraits. Bay News and Goldstream News First, invest in the local economy Gazette). It’s a simple idea, two and jobs market and hire a profesphotographs taken of the same sional to take your portrait. This view, one historical and the other isn’t just a sneaky way of picking up contemporary, showing the difference in the view over the years. The extra work on the side for myself and photographer colchanges can be quite leagues. It’s just that it is shocking. obvious that so many folks Having survived running for office have simanother round of elecply asked a friend, family tions, I was thinking the member or possibly a passnext time we head to the ing stranger with a camera polls, our newspapers phone to quickly snap a might run a Then and photo of them. Now set of photographs That seems the only logiof election candidates. cal explanation why media The first could feature outlets are frequently the candidates’ press Don Denton supplied with images of mug shots, the image of A thousand words women and men who are themselves they use for out of focus, have tree publicity. The second branches and more growing out of would be a photograph we’d take their head, deep shadows hiding during the campaign. I think readtheir eyes and sport a skin colour ers, and voters, would at the very that resembles nothing in nature. least be amused by the fact that You would think people who, in often our politicians are misrepmany cases, are investing a large resenting themselves, at least in a amount of time and a not-inconvisual sense. sequential amount of money in a Wouldn’t it be a bit of a shock to bid for election would realize that realize that youthful visage you’re a simple, clear portrait might go voting for is actually a rather older, a long ways toward establishing a certainly more wrinkled, weatherpositive identity in the minds of votbeaten and battered figure. ers. Especially since we’re living in a The other issue with candidates and their photographs is the shock- very visual world. Think about it. There’s an elecingly bad quality of so many of tion looming. You’re planning to them. The photographs that is, not vote, but like too many of us you the candidates.

haven’t made it to an all-candidates meeting. So, you’re flipping through your local community paper, checking out the candidates’ ads and the newspaper stories about the elections. There are photos of each of the candidates, and let’s say you’ve narrowed the choices down to two individuals. One looks back at you, is in focus, nicely dressed and has a pleasant expression. The other photo shows the person looking off into the upper left hand corner of the page, biting their lip and with one eye that appears to have twitched when the photographer snapped the shutter. Who are you going to lean toward voting for? Sure, I can hear you thinking we should be worried about the issues, not looks. You’re right. The reality is we do make choices based upon appearance. My advice to anyone considering a run for office in a future election is simple. Invest in a nice portrait with a professional photographer. Wear a clean shirt, comb your hair, check your makeup. If you can’t smile without looking like you’re in pain, then just relax and look directly at the camera. That way, even if you don’t make it into the electoral office of your dreams, you’ll at least have a photograph you’ll be happy to send to your mom for Christmas. • Don Denton is photo supervisor for Black Press South Island.

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Kudos to the advocates and families of people with developmental disabilities who have spent countless hours trying to get their concerns heard. Now if only similar attention could be brought to the many other neglected social concerns in B.C. Some changes have been made at Community Living B.C. Some new funding has been generated. It’s a testament to the effective advocacy of family members and supporters, and they know the hard work isn’t over yet. Other community members should be so fortunate. Plenty of British Columbians have needs as great as those being served by CLBC, but without the organized network of families and advocates to help them bring their issues forward. Parents of children who have a developmental disability are rightly upset when their child finishes

prepared them for? school at 19 only to learn Who speaks for aging family there are no programs members caring for a spouse available for them due to with Alzheimer’s disease long waiting lists. A child with virtually no support for sits at home losing many of the caregiver? Who stands their learned skills. A parent alongside the family member ponders whether to quit a ashamed to talk job to care for their adult children. It’s a Shane Picken publicly about their child’s stigmatized terrible thing. and illness – mental But it’s certainly Dave Stigant health, addiction, not just young Guest column brain injury? people with So many developmental issues face British disabilities Columbians after years of experiencing such a cruel pared-down social support. reality. Who stands up for We need a social strategy that those other children? addresses all those needs, not Who, for example, one that merely puts out the organizes public opinion for biggest fire. the 500 or so children who We applaud the hard-won leave B.C.’s child protection successes of communityprogram at age 19 every year living advocates, but needs with no consistent family are needs. We are a better connection or support? Who society and spend less money advocates for a better day for to boot when we provide all the young people who live the supports people need, through trauma and abuse, regardless of what label they and then shuffle through multiple foster homes, only to carry. Research has told us many, find themselves abruptly on many times that when we their own in a world nobody

Readers respond: We should be our brother’s keeper It is fortuitous that ’tis the season we dust off Dickens’ most beloved villain, Ebenezer Scrooge. I say fortuitous because Scrooge reminds us to choose between our conflicting natures: we can be cynical and selfish or we can realize we are our brother’s keeper. It is my Christmas wish that Canada would choose the latter, because we have been notoriously cynical lately. I wonder how many Canadians are aware that CIDA is the only federal department with a frozen budget? Millions of dollars of aid to the world’s poorest are being withheld in the name of austerity, although Canada’s aid commitment is far below that of nations who are struggling with much greater fiscal troubles. You can almost hear Scrooge saying: “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?” Such appears to be Canada’s attitude to the world’s poor. This is not just a wishful, Tiny-Tim thinking of a unique Christmas goose. Several programs that Canada has fully supported in the past have proven to be accountable, cost- effective and show proven results. Programs such as the Global Partnership for Education and the Global Fund to fight TB, AIDS and malaria. But it is

invest in prevention and intervention services, we spare ourselves vast expenses a few years down the line on crisis care for people who have poor health, more involvement with the police and justice systems, less education and lower incomes. We absolutely support the need to have adequate community supports for people with developmental disabilities, but we can’t stop there. For anyone facing difficulty in daily functioning, it makes good economic sense to provide the support people need to be healthy, engaged members of their community. Shane Picken is president of the Federation of Community Social Services of B.C., which represents 137 community social service agencies. Dave Stigant is chair of the Board Voice Society of B.C., a nonprofit that represents the viewpoint of B.C.’s volunteer boards of community-based social services.

Scrooge, wealth creation, school fees

easy to turn from the world’s poor, as they have no voice in Canada. We like to think we are being financially pragmatic, but as Dickens reminds us, “mankind is our business,” and we don’t know the length of burdensome chain we carry, forged of the bones of the silent legions that are passing beyond help. Scrooge had a glimpse of a future where children die because of his inaction and his own name is cursed, and this is the path we are on. The entire world is watching us; which Scrooge shall we be? Nathaniel Poole Victoria

Effort, talent and work will be rewarded Prosperity is quite distinctly a ground up process, not top down; millions of people bartering, trading, creating, selling and working to better their individual lives. A fellow named Dunsmuir came out to Vancouver Island from Scotland as a paid employee to manage coal mines and became one of the 10 wealthiest men in the world during his lifetime. Bill Gates started in his father’s garage and became one of the 10 wealthiest men in our contemporary world. I am sorry to say I knew a very wealthy Victorian who

owned a museum and a hotel who died penniless in a care facility. Huge corporations die just as small companies replace them. What a pity that the Occupy movement bemoans the wealth of others. There will always be those who make more money than you do. Effort, talent and work will be the end results of an individual’s life. If you think governments will better your life, think again. Prosperity starts with individuals, not collectivization. Governments redistribute wealth, they don’t create it. I suggest a great Christmas read to my fellow Victorians: The Rational Optomist by Matt Ridley Please note: I do not believe a life spent accumulating wealth is necessarily a life well spent. Patrick Skillings Victoria

Monarchy should pay its own way I hope that Canada becomes a free and sovereign dominion of its own. The best time for this would probably be when the Queen and Prince Charles die of natural causes. In the meantime, I feel that as one of the richest families in the world, they should pay for their royal visits out of their own pockets; airfare

(Canadian Forces), hotel, food, security and the extra police costs, especially in a recession. People who claim to be true supporters of the royal family can send cash, cheque or money order to Buckingham Palace on top of mandatory taxes. I hope for a peaceful, lawful separation from Britain some day. We can still be friends, but a foreign head of state is not a great idea, because we have different values. Sean Murray Victoria

School boards still skirt fee issue The article about former trustee John Young getting school boards to quit charging fees is misleading. Many of the classes do still have fees attached. The district gets around the law by calling the classes electives and declaring them options. I think this is exactly what Young was fighting against. Still many students are not able to take classes because of costs. This is discrimination. The new rock wall climbing class at Stelly’s secondary school costs students $1,000 each. That’s not within many parents’ budgets. And it was built with public funds. That’s very unfair. Mac Proctor Sidney

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Getting organized Vi Beresford peruses the 2012 calendars at Ivy’s Book Shop on Oak Bay Avenue. The items are always a popular gift idea for Christmas.

Last year Coats for Kids collected and distributed 3,500 coats to children and families in Greater Victoria. This year, the program was cancelled until a group of concerned community members, unaffiliated with any charity or non-profit organization, took it upon themselves to fill the void. “(The cancellation) left a gap in access to warm coats for many families, and particularly children, who would normally get up to 120 coats donated through their school, or a community centre,” said Rose Henry, who is helping with this

is to exceed the 3,500 year’s collection. coats donated last “Beyond the generyear and bring awareous giving at this time ness of this much of year, a coat is one needed program to of the basic needs for continue no matpeople and without ter what happens,” this program it will Henry said. increase the need on New or used items the existing commucan be dropped off nity services, like at the Victoria Antithe food bank,” she Rose Henry Violence Project said. “We’ve heard from other at the University of Victoria, community services that cloth- building B027; Hip Baby Clothing donations have dropped ing, 104A-560 Johnson St.; and in the carport at 222 Langford over the last several months.” The group is asking for dona- St. or at the Blanshard Commutions of coats, gloves, hats, nity Centre, 901 Kings Rd. For more information conshoes, socks or any winter or waterproof gear which will be tact distributed to those in need. “Our target for this campaign


Shoes go walking from rec. centre

A thief may be walking a mile in another man’s shoes, after a black Timex watch, a $600 pair of prescription glasses and a pair of size nine anda-half brown shoes were taken from an Oak Bay Recreation Centre pool change room. “(Thieves) will grab whatever they can,” said Oak Bay police Deputy Chief Kent Thom. The items were not secured in a locker. Police are reviewing surveillance footage of the Dec. 12 incident to try and get a suspect description.

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On Dec. 13, police were called about a laundry room door and lock set in an apartment building in the 2100-block of Cadboro Bay Rd. that suffered about $200 in damage. The laundry coin-operated machines, which are sometimes targeted by thieves, were not tampered with, police say.

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A Cinderella story that’s unlike any other Ballet Victoria stages modern take on the classic tale Natalie North News staff

Imagine Victoria in the 1920s – the Empress Hotel, the clock at city hall and Michael Jackson’s Thriller ringing out through the air at the stroke of midnight. Ballet Victoria’s Cinderella & the Fairy Tale Ball encompasses it all. While still the classic love story generations have enjoyed, it’s also a production that pays homage to the Capital City and contemporary comedy when the time is right. “The story is still very much the Cinderella story, but based here,” said Ballet Victoria artistic director Paul Destrooper. For this, his third year staging the show, Destrooper also tweaked some of the plot details. The prince character, for example, is now an actor looking for his leading lady. “The stepsisters and mother want to be rich and

famous,” he added. “Whenever we do a story, we put in these little flavours of what’s current. It’s contemporary, but at the same time it’s very traditional.” Adding much of that flavour is the character of Z Snap, the dressmaker, an over-the-top role based on reality television fashion designers. “It’s basically taking these characters and making caricatures of the present time,” Destrooper said. “It doesn’t look like a dusty old ballet.” Geoff Malcolm, a latecomer to the art of ballet via musical theatre training as a youth, was a perfect fit for the role of Z Snap given his natural ability for portraying characters, Destrooper said. “Because I grew up in theatre and it was always a part of my life, I do get to play some of these cooler characters,” Malcolm said. “I get to be a little more flamboyant.” Malcolm, who also works periodically in non-speaking

operatic roles, sees Cinderella as an ideal ballet for first-time audiences. “This is a great way to bring people into that because there is such a defined story, so their appreciation for the art form can grow, but there is still a very clear story.” It’s a show the kids will love and their parents will take something different away from, Destrooper added. “If you love ballet and truly understand the art form, you are going to be delighted by the level of technique: the choreography, the challenges and the musicality that is exposed,” Destrooper said. “But in the end it is a fairy tale about fighting adversity and finding success.” Cinderella & the Fairy Tale Ball runs Dec. 27 through 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Theatre. Tickets start at $25 and are available by phone at 250-386-6121 or online at

Ballet Victoria tells the classic tale of Cinderella – with a twist – in four shows next week at the Royal Theatre. Submitted photo

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3. Can’t resist pumpkin lattes? – Give yourself permission to relish the special foods you have only during the holiday, but don’t let a 300-calorie slip turn into a 3,000-calorie blowout; once you’ve had that slice of cake, get back to eating healthfully. 4. No time to exercise – Dust off the old pedometer and strap it to your belt. As you run around for your Christmas shopping, you may be surprised how quickly those steps add up. For weight maintenance, aim for at least 5,000 steps a day; for weight loss, 10,000 steps a day. 5. “I’ll be good starting in January” – Vowing to diet come Jan. 1? Knowing there’s a restrictive eating plan on the horizon encourages you to binge now because you anticipate giving them up. Instead, aim for balance now.

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La-Z-Boy ownership welcomes new additions While a few new owners have joined Vancouver Island’s two La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, their faces will be perfectly familiar to those who have visited in recent years. When one of the two founding partners chose to retire recently, several longtime members of the management team embraced the opportunity to take the next step into ownership. Joining founder Anthony Gray at the helm of La-Z-Boy are David Younger, Rita Roorda, Kim Lichtensteiger and Dana Wright, all keen to take their next step with the company. “We’ve all been together for a long time,” Wright says, pointing to shared values and a commitment to the staff and community as key to their success. Through the years, La-Z-Boy’s reputation for both service and impeccable quality has become well-known, though today’s furnishings may hold a few surprises for those who haven’t shopped

in a while. With actress Brooke Shields as their spokesperson, “we are not your dad’s recliner anymore,” Wright notes. For those looking to update their decor without replacing anchor pieces, La-Z-Boy is also the place for accessories, artwork, pillows, throws and more. Unsure how to put it all together? Take advantage of the store’s award-winning, complimentary in-home design service. A strong proponent of giving back both locally and internationally, Vancouver Island La-Z-Boy stores have embraced the micro-financing work of Opportunity International, offering loans to budding entrepreneurs in Columbia to help them work their way out of poverty. “One of our staff brought the idea forward and it became apparent that we could do more,” Wright says, noting one project where they helped build a school in Columbia. Efforts in Haiti are focused on helping mothers with young children, while right

Dana Wright and Rita Roorda, two members of the La-Z-Boy ownership team. here at home, the store has lent a hand to the outreach group CARTS, which provides supplies and comforts to the local homeless community. Both the Victoria and Nanaimo stores are open daily. Visit in Victoria at the corner of Saanich Road and Blanshard, 3501 Saanich Rd., and in Nanaimo at 3200 North Island Hwy.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel offers sneak-peek to the public With the Oak Bay Beach Hotel set to officially open to overnight guests in five months, owners Kevin and Shawna Walker are welcoming visitors to come tour a new show suite this holiday season. The suite shows off the hotel’s standard guestroom features, such as coffered ceilings, spa bathrooms with oversized soaker tubs, views, heated floors and shower rooms, solid mahogany entry doors, premium in-room soundproofing, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed in a traditional English country manor housestyle, suites are outfitted with fireplaces, custom mahogany furniture, fine linens and duvets. Historically, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was the talk of the town for

many years, starting in 1927. In the 1940s the hotel welcomed The Snug, Victoria’s first neighbourhood pub. Set to open in May 2012, the new six-storey hotel will feature 20 private residences and 100 combination vacation suites/hotel rooms, fullservice spa, seaside mineral pools, the return of The Snug, a restaurant and dinner theatre, and round-the-clock butler, concierge and valet services. Visit the show suite, in the on-site sales office at 1175 Beach Dr., Dec. 26 to 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For hotel tours, book from Dec. 26 to 31 at 250-598-4556. The show suite will be fully open to the public in January. For more details, visit

We’ve put our sink on a fat-free diet. That’s because, around here, we know that all drains lead to our water habitats. So we never put fats, oils or grease from cooking or leftovers down our drains. Instead, we put them in a used container, refrigerate them until they become solid and

discard them with our household garbage. It’s a good feeling to know that we’re helping to keep our water habitats healthy.

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Hozack rink aims for gold Junior curling provincials in Victoria Travis Paterson News staff

For the Josh Hozack rink, the mission is simple: win the junior provincials at home in Victoria next week and qualify for nationals. Team Hozack, along with Team de Jong, are the two home rinks who qualified for the 2012 junior boys provincials at the Victoria Curling Club next week, Dec. 27 to 31. Both are highly capable of winning B.C.’s this week. Each competed in September’s Cloverdale Cash Spiel, part of the 2011-12 World Curling Tour series of pro tournaments, though neither made the money round. But it’s team Hozack that holds an edge as the favourite. They came oh so close to winning the 2011 provincials last year, only to lose in the final. Going into this year’s provincials, they just happen to be tied for first in the Tuesday night super league, where both teams play in search of higher competition.

“We’ve played well against some Capron, though Chester (19) and Reid good teams in the Tuesday league,” (18) will remain eligible. “Playing at home feels great. It just said Todd Troyer, coach of the Hozack rink. It’s no small task to lead the super makes you want to win it even more,” league, home to the Jody rink, which Hozack said. When they’re not curling, Hozack, qualified for men’s provincials on Sunday with a win over Victoria’s Neil Dan- Capron and Chester study accounting at Camosun College. Coingerfield rink at the Island cidentally, coach Troyer playdowns in Campbell is a chartered accountant River. with downtown firm NorThe success is wel■ Round robin: gaard Neale Camden. come but not a surprise Tuesday, Dec. 27 for the Hozack rink, which 3:30 p.m. Two home teams started the season early. Wednesday, Dec. 28 “We’re more confident Team de Jong is also 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and prepared than ever,” known as the Wenzek 7:30 p.m. Hozack said. “There isn’t rink, as third Daniel Thursday, Dec. 29 much ice in the summer, Wenzek calls the shots, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. so we were up at Kerry though Cameron de Friday, Dec. 30 Park as early as July and Jong throws the team’s 9 a.m. went to Vernon for a weeklast rocks. Thomas Thi■ Tiebreakers: long camp in August. Our erbach leads and Sanjay Friday, Dec. 30 goal is to go to nationals. Bowry throws second. 1 and 4:30 p.m. (if We believe we can.” The team is coached by necessary) As skip, Hozack throws Donald McMullen. last with team members No girls teams from the ■ Playoffs: Zac Capron at lead, Nolan Victoria club qualified for Saturday, Dec. 31 Reid at second and Corey provincials this year, also semifinal 9:30 a.m. Chester at third. It’s the running in Victoria next and final 1:30 p.m. final year of junior for week. 20-year-olds Hozack and

Holiday break Victoria Grizzlies forward Myles Powell keeps control of the puck as he skates past fallen Cowichan Capital Troy Paterson during the Grizzlies 4-2 loss at Bear Mountain Arena on Dec. 17. The Grizz’ resume play Dec. 30 at home against the Alberni Bulldogs. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

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BCHL roster cuts make Jr. B better Travis Paterson News staff

Ty Jones’ incredible scoring run has not only picked the Saanich Braves up by the collar and dragged them to second place in the South division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, it’s resurrected his hockey career. The captain is considered the league’s MVP heading into the Christmas break. Needless to say, he’ll be representing the Braves when they host the VIJHL All Star Classic on Jan. 15. It’s quite the turnaround for Jones, who was released by the Cowichan Valley Capitals to start the B.C. Hockey League season.

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Ten-year-old hockey fan Keegan Small brings Christmas cheer to Bear Mountain Arena last week during the Victoria Grizzlies and Cowichan Capitals game. While the BCHL and WHL are on holiday hiatus, TSN is showcasing the world juniors on television beginning Boxing Day. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Vikes running ahead Oak Bay runners push new heights with UVic Vikes

committed to the Vikes for the fall of 2012. At the junior level, Restall is a 200m, 400m and 800m specialist, having raced the 400m at the 2011 World Youth Athletics ChampionTravis Paterson ships in France. News staff The Grade 12 student is easily the favourite to win the 400m again University of Victoria Vikes runner and this spring will help Oak Bay Dylan Haight is one of three Vikes compete for gold in the 4x100m who will represent Canada at the and 4x400m relays. At university, world university games cross counhowever, Restall will be making the try championships next spring. switch to the 800m, a challenging Lodz, Poland is hosting the Interblend of pace and tactic. national University Sports Federation “I haven’t really done many 800s, games in April, with the race on April so I’ll slowly transition to the 800,” 14. Restall said. Vikes associate coach Keith Butler, “For now, I’m keeping with the who worked with Haight at Oak Bay 400m for the next while. (The High, will lead the Canadian coach800m) is a whole different type of ing team. race, getting your mind around “(Butler) being named head coach that is an adjustment. It’s twice the is a show of the work that he’s put distance I’m used to and it’s such a into this program and how he’s estabcontinuous amount of speed. I feel lished himself as a coach within the like in the future it’ll be an excelCIS,” said head track coach Brent lent event for me to compete in.” Fougner on the Vikes’ website. “He’s Coach Fougner is big on Restall’s going to do wonders for our proability beyond the CIS level. gram.” “He’s someone who has the Vikes Stephanie Trenholm and Sharon Tiffin/News staff Cliff Childs have also qualified for the Brendon Restall will potential to go on beyond the race. suit up for the Vikes in university level to perform at the national level in the 800-metre Haight made the choice to attend 2012. distance. He’s also going to be a UVic two years ago after a standout high school career and now another Oak Bay High someone who is likely going to set some records in the CIS.” running prospect is doing the same. National 400-metre specialist Brendon Restall

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The Glanford Mavericks are the city’s top Grade 8 girls basketball team having defeated the Pacific Christian Pacers in the recent city final, 53-30. It was a packed house at PCS for the game. The Mavericks outscored the Pacers 18-6 in the last frame to win. “We avenged our only loss of the season, also to PCS,” said Glanford coach Derek Brooker. Calli McMillan-Beaucamp led all scorers with 33 points for the Mavericks while Cassandra Devries’ work on the weak-side boards earned her 11 points for the Pacers. The previous meeting was a low scoring affair going to the Pacers 36-31. Provincials for Grade 8 girls basketball is by invitation, with Glanford looking forward to attending the March 8-10 tournament in Pitt Meadows. The Mavericks went 8-1 in league play and earned a berth in the final with a 53-17 playoff victory over Bayside middle school. The Pacers (9-0) defeated St. Michaels University School in the other playoff. Earlier this month, Glanford won the Mark Isfeld Tip-Off Tournament in Comox.

Sports stats Speedskating Short track results from Esquimalt Speedskating Club Port Coquitlam, Nov. 19 Ben Weir: 1st in 1,500m; 3rd in 1,000m; 4th in 500m. Kelly Cayford: 2nd in 1,500m; 2nd in 400m; 4th in 200m. Cameron Nawosad: 2nd in 1,500m; 4th in 500m. Ian Phillips: 1st in 1,500m; 3rd in 1,000m; 2nd in 777m; 2nd in 500m. Maple Ridge, Dec. 11 Ben Weir: 3rd in 1,500m; 3rd in 1,000m; 2nd in 500m. Kelly Cayford: 2nd in 1,500m; 2nd in 400m; 4th in 200m. Cameron Nawosad: 1st in 1,500m; 3rd in 500m; 1st in 200m.

Wrestling Esquimalt Dockers results from Abby Invitational Wrestling tournament, Dec. 17 Junior boys Daniel Norwood - 57kg, Gold Jordan Merrick - 120kg, Silver Mitchel Keeping - 66kg, Bronze Senior girls Kasha Solley (female)- 60kg, Silver

Senior boys Tyson Atkinson - 100kg, Gold Angel Castillo - 66kg, Gold Andrew Heels - 60kg, Gold Kevin Lingenfelter - 60kg, Bronze Chris Dube - 84kg, Bronze Mohammed Abubakar- 84kg,Silver Mario Sanchez - 84kg, Gold Darien Lyons - 74kg, Bronze Middle school boys Cole Martin (Gr. 8) - 70kg Silver (Rockheights middle school)

Hockey Victoria Hockey League Standings GP W L Sharks 16 12 3 Stars 17 11 4 Stingers 17 10 4 Knights 18 9 7 Tritons 18 8 7 Lions 17 6 7 Brewers 17 0 12 Rangers 16 0 12 Recent scores Brewers 0 Sharks 1 Knights 3 Rangers 2 Scoring leaders GP G Trevor McNeil 16 22 Pat Papaneu 17 14 Jess Patterson 17 16 Rich D’Appolonia 18 16 Tom Lundrigan 17 12

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Economic Development Manager Kwakiutl Nation is seeking a creative and energetic Economic Development Manager (EDM). The successful candidate will possess a tightrope walker’s ability to balance Aboriginal Title & Rights interests with First Nations Economic Development aspirations.

Micksch Hanno Winfred

passed away with family by his side on December 8, 2011. He was surrounded by his belongings and memories that decorated his cozy apartment at the Comox Valley Seniors Village. He is preceded by his wife, Kathrin FlĂźgger of AumĂźhle, Germany (1978). Lovingly nicknamed O.H. (Onkel Hanno), he was an independent man of few words who enjoyed spending his leisure time reading and researching, but lived for family gatherings at his brother and sister-inlaw’s home in Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Hamburg, Germany, November 18, 1925 to parents Johann Georg and Annemarie (Sladeck) Micksch, Hanno was raised the eldest of two sons in the village of AumĂœhle. Hanno and his wife, Kathrin, relocated to Caracas, Venezuela in 1955 where he pursued a career as an import administrator. He later moved into optical sales, working for the Veneopt Company, owned by Gerd Ellerbroek, husband of his cousin, Marlies (Micksch) Ellerbroek. Upon retirement in 1991, Hanno moved to Canada to be closer to his brother Hans Hubertus (Peter) Micksch, sister-inlaw Renate (Buchholz) Micksch, and nieces, Stefanie, Annette and Julie. He lived happily in the municipality of Oak Bay, Victoria from 1991 to 2011. Biking and walking were part of his daily routine and he was a well-known figure about town on his vintage 1940s bicycle. Struggling with health issues, Hanno moved from Victoria to Courtenay in April 2011 to be closer to family. He was impressed by the warmth and caring attention of new friends including the health care professionals who improved the quality of life during his final year. Hanno’s family would like to thank all of the kind individuals at Casa Loma, Comox Valley Seniors Village and St Joseph’s hospital that made him feel welcomed and at home in the Comox Valley. Honouring Hanno’s last wishes, “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dustâ€? Hanno’s ashes will be scattered by family in a nature park of their choice. Condolences may be sent to and will be forwarded to the surviving family.

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This Weekend’s

OAK BAY NEWS - Friday, December 23, 2011 

Oak Bay 250-370-7601 Victoria 250-483-1360 Westshore 250-391-2933 Sidney 250-655-0632 Chatterton Way 250-479-0688 • A17

OPENHOUSES Check the page number below in Real Estate Victoria or visit

Published Every Thursday

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the Dec. 22 - 28 edition of 5-881 Nicholson St., $549,000 Saturday Dec 31 12-2 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131

1001 Foul Bay Rd, $860,000 403-827 North Park St, $249,900 Saturday Dec. 24 & Dec 31 1-2 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Larry Lineham, 250-661-7809

1959 Fairfield Rd., $859,000

Saturday Jan 8 2-4 Macdonald Realty Ltd Eleanor V Smith 250 388-5882

pg. 15

10 Helmcken Rd

Daily noon-4 (exc Dec 25, 26th & Jan 1) Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 812-7277

Saturday Dec 31st 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Bob Krueckl 250 477-5353

4942 Cordova Bay, $1,049,000 pg. 2

3818 Trailhead, $249,900

304-611 Brookside, $219,000

5149 Cordova Bay, $1,249,900

pg. 5

Saturday Dec 31st & Sunday Jan 1st 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Maggie Thompson, 250-889-5955 pg. 10

pg. 6 Thursday & Friday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

pg. 8

Wed Dec 28, Sat Dec 31 & Wed Jan 4 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Kevin Starling 250 889-4577 pg. 24

pg. 12

Saturday & Sunday 12-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Nancy Vieira 250 384-8124

608 Fairway Ave

Call for Open House Hours Century 21 Queenswood Chuck Meagher 250 477-1100

pg. 7

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On the hunt for artists Visual artists slow to warm to Cedar Hill studio space Natalie North News staff


tanding in front of a canvas bathed in the light of a floor-to-ceiling window, a solitary figure listens to unheard music on her pink headphones. Liz Dailey is one of the few artists taking advantage of available drop-in time at the visual arts studio in the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, now open for four months in the recreation centre. Having the space to herself is a luxury, but Dailey would prefer if fellow artists started benefiting from the resource sooner than later. “I would just really love to see other artists here,” she said. “There’s a real energy when other artists get together and I miss that. There are very few places that give people that opportunity and this is one of those places.” Dailey, a retired high school art teacher from Ontario, works in a range of mediums. She first read about the centre when she moved west in August. “I was just blown away that this had been built,” she said, noting the affordability of rental. “It’s a great idea because they’ve taken the arts and put it beside the rec (centre).” Similar to purchasing a recreation pass, once artists have registered for an orientation they can buy single drop-in studio visits at a cost of $6.50 for adults. Discounted punch cards are available at $51 for 10 visits or $120 for 25, and an unlimited use pass runs $100 for three months, $175 for six

months or $300 for the year. The studios include storage for tool kits and oversized canvases. While the visual arts studio has had a slow start, across the hall the ceramics studio is bustling. In addition to regular classes, the ceramics studio has drop-in time and includes the use of wheels and the kiln. “When we opened in September, people were waiting to use (the ceramics studio),” said Tom Severson, visual arts programmer for the arts centre. “But since we’re only three months old, some people are just now realizing we’re here.” Severson said he expects more people will use the visual arts studio as they find out it’s available. One way the word is getting out is through professional development series – including workshops on grant writing and income tax filing for artists – put on by the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. “Just by talking with people, I’m getting people interested already,” said Dailey, who volunteers with the arts council, which is also sponsoring an artist in residence program. The council also manages the centre’s art gallery and display spaces. Learn more about the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria at www.cacgv. ca or visit the district of Saanich website at for a run-down of classes and studio spaces available at the arts centre.

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Retired high school art teacher Liz Dailey works in the visual arts studio in the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill. Dailey pays a nominal fee to use the space and would love to have more artists working alongside her.


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The Victoria Foundation & Black Press Working Together – how philanthropy shapes our community

The Victoria Foundation:

75 years of giving - highlights of a milestone year The story of The Victoria Foundation began 75 years ago in a soup kitchen - the Sunshine Inn on Pandora Avenue. The man who ran it, Burges Gadsden, knew this community could be improved by an organization that would support charities across all sectors. So in 1936, during the darkest days of the Depression, Gadsden founded The Victoria Foundation, Canada’s second community foundation (after Winnipeg). Since then, the foundation has granted more than $100 million to thousands of charitable organizations. It now manages assets of more than $180 million – making it the sixth largest of 180 community foundations in Canada. Here are some highlights of the Victoria Foundation’s 75th anniversary year: January – Foundation launches 75th anniversary website View the interactive timeline at Feb. 2 – Grants honour Victoria’s Chinese Canadian community The foundation gives $75,000 for four projects to protect and support Chinese history, culture and art. Later in the month, another $26,000 is granted to preserve the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s historical documents collection. Feb. 4-13 – Victoria Film Festival: Contemplating Victoria The Festival honors the foundation’s 75th with a showing of 10 films from the archives that reflect life in Victoria. April 10 – Launch of the Victoria Circle The Victoria Circle welcomes 97 people who have communicated their intention to make a future gift to the community through their estate plans. April 10-16 – Victoria Foundation steps up for National Volunteer Week The Foundation supports Story Theatre’s production of Stepping Up, a play for young people about the benefits of volunteerism. May 1 – Every Step Counts in 10K A 75-member foundation team enters the Times Colonist’s 10K road race. Members include participants and volunteers from one of the foundation’s programs, Every Step Counts. May 31 – Local students grant $17,500 Over 100 participants from Victoria Foundation’s seven Vital Youth high school programs present grants totaling $17,500 to 16 charitable organizations. June 11 – Foundation friends celebrate 75th A 75th gala features keynote speaker Tim Brodhead, CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Canadian comedian Rick Mercer. Sept. 12 – Victoria Symphony premieres orchestral work honoring the foundation The Victoria Symphony premieres High Tower, by Victoria-based composer Anthony Genge. The work was commissioned by a former Honorary Governor of the foundation, the late Jane Rogers, in honor of the community contributions of the Victoria Foundation and those of her late husband, former Lieutenant Governor Bob Rogers. Sept. 26 – Vital Youth welcome the Governor General Members of the foundation’s Vital Youth

program greet the Right Hon. David Johnston and his wife on their inaugural visit to Victoria. In honour of the visit, the City of Victoria contributes $5,000 to its Governor General’s Youth Legacy Fund held at the foundation. Sept. 29 – Study demonstrates high level of arts economic activity The first economic activity study on arts and culture in Greater Victoria is released. Funded by the foundation, the study shows the sector generated total economic activity of $170 million in 2010. Oct. 4 – Vital Signs community report card released The foundation issues its sixth annual Victoria’s Vital Signs report showing that Victoria residents are concerned about the cost of living but love the natural amenities of their community. Nov. 7 – National Philanthropy Day Awards Foundation board member Deirdre Roberts is awarded the Generosity of Spirit Award at the National Philanthropy Day awards. Nov. 11 – World premiere of Mary’s Wedding Foundation donors supported the composition of the World War I-based opera Mary’s Wedding for Pacific Opera Victoria. Nov. 15 – 18 – Victorians rise to the 75-Hour Giving Challenge Fifteen charitable organizations with endowment funds managed by the foundation raise more than $140,000 in 75 hours. The foundation contributed another $75,000 in matching funds. Nov. 19 – Victoria’s Youth Vital Signs released The Victoria Youth Vital Signs report is launched at TED-X Victoria. It’s the first time it’s released as a stand-alone report. Nov. 28 – Foundation awards $800,000 in community grants This latest round of grants brings the foundation’s annual total to more than $9 million. Dec. 20 – New fund brings history full circle The first organization to receive a grant from the Victoria Foundation becomes the most recent one to create an endowment to be managed by the foundation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria, originally the Victoria Boys’ Club, establishes a $100,000 fund.

Rick Mercer and board celebrated 75 years of the Victoria Foundation on June 11.

Victoria’s Vital Signs®, an annual community report card sponsored by Island Savings, was released Oct. 4 showing cost-of-living has become the top issue for Victorians.

Victoria’s Youth Vital Signs®, sponsored by the TELUS Victoria community board, was released Nov. 19 at the TED-X Victoria conference.

2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the Victoria Foundation. The donors of yesterday had the same vision as those who give today – to make our community stronger and to support causes that matter. Over 75 years, our endowment has grown, and as an organization, our ability to affect change has grown. Thank you donors and thank you Victoria, for counting on us for 75 years.

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