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A Greater Victoria charity is $5,000 richer thanks to the hard work and passion of a trio of Oak Bay High students. The money was awarded to 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre after the team of Brynn Featherstone, Katrina Brindle and Abbey Sadler beat out nearly 175 of their Grade 11 classmates last week in a unique competition sponsored by the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). A program of the non-profit Toskan Casale Foundation, YPI sees students identify a local grassroots charity in need. The students visit the charity to better learn how it serves the community, then present a pitch to a panel of judges, explaining why the organization merits support. The winning group’s charity receives a grant from the foundation. This is the second year that students at Oak Bay High have taken part in the YPI competition. “The whole thing is an amazing project,” said Featherstone. “People became so passionate about their charities.” For Featherstone, Brindle and Sadler, that passion ran a little deeper. The judging panel, comprised mainly of Grade 12 students who participated in last year’s competition, cited the girls’ personal connection with 1UP as a primary

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factor in their winning pitch. “All three of us have single moms, and we could kind of relate to it,” Featherstone said. “We learned everything this charity provided, and seeing how it affected everyone made it more real.” A visit to the centre strengthened the trio’s desire to advocate on its behalf. “The first thing that struck me was that I’ve driven past that place so many times, but I didn’t even know what it was,” Brindle said. Scott Alexander, the Oak Bay High teacher who implemented the project as part of his Planning 11 class, said the girls’ experience is exactly the sort of thing that YPI is designed to accomplish. “It demystifies the bigger world,” he said. “They realize that these aren’t faraway problems. They’re pretty close to our society.” Although there was only one winning presentation, Alexander said several students told him they weren’t disappointed to come up short, because the money was secondary. “It was about bringing awareness to (their) group.” This is no one-off effort, either, said Featherstone. She and her teammates have already discussed remaining involved with 1UP in some capacity. The take-away from the YPI project is more than just a good grade and the positive vibes that come from helping an organization in need, added Brindle. “Seeing how hard these people work, I have a deeper appreciation for the importance of charity.”

Specific item targeted in boathouse break-in Pricey night-vision goggles must be replaced by society Ryan Flaherty News staff

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Oak Bay High’s Youth and Philanthropy winners Abbey Sadler, left, Katrina Brindle and Brynn Featherstone earned $5,000 for the 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre with their presentation last week.

A break-in at the Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society boathouse last week has members of the rescue crew wondering if the thief knew what they were looking for. Volunteers are thankful, however, that the item in question – monocular night-vision goggles worth about $2,600 – was the only thing taken. “There was a multitude of things that could have been stolen,” said Terry Calveley, society president. The theft was discovered last Thursday morning after a staff member at Oak Bay Marina noticed the door to the boathouse was open. A sea rescue volunteer who was at the marina on his own vessel checked things out, and realized it had been broken into. Police say the door of the boathouse was forced open. After gaining entry, the thief managed to open a locked cabinet which contained other valuables. However, only a screwdriver was taken, which was then used to pry open the bow hatch of the rescue crew’s primary vessel, where the night-vision goggles were stored. PLEASE SEE: Sea rescue’s, Page A18

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Strategies for a successful marriage are the focus of a talk in Oak Bay next week. Marriage and family therapist and sex counsellor Jayne Weatherbe hosts the session, which looks at five mistakes couples make that can wreck their relationship, and how to avoid them. The event takes place Feb. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oak Bay United Church, 1355 Mitchell St. There is no cost to attend, but donations of non-perishable food items are welcome. For more information or to register, call 250-388-6434.

Emergency prep workshop for seniors

An upcoming seniors preparedness workshop will offer participants advice on what to do in an earthquake, the importance of the buddy system, and how to develop a personal preparedness plan. Participants will also receive free items for personal “grab-and-go” bags. The workshop happens Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Monterey Rec Centre. Registration can be done at the reception desk or by calling 250-370-7300. Quote barcode number 103545.

Newcomers’ club invites members

Women new to the Capital Region are invited to an event hosted by the Victoria Women’s Newcomers’ Club. A lunch features guest speaker John Meldrum of the University of Victoria’s School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education. Meldrum’s talk is titled “Taking Leisure Seriously: How to Bring Fun, Engagement and Meaning to Your Everyday Life.” Information will also be available about other newcomers’ club events and activity groups. The event happens Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cedar Hill Golf Club, 1400 Derby Rd. Cost is $22. For reservations, call Kathy at 778-430-1892. For more details visit www.vicday

Naz sees silver lining in tough tasks Pharmacist/philanthropist honoured for life’s work Natalie North News staff

With a wide smile and a twinkle in his eye, Naz Rayani greets customers and friends who pop by his Peoples Pharmacy in Cadboro Bay Village. Most receive a hug, others a handshake – all offer kind words and congratulations for Rayani, a businessman, philanthropist and the latest recipient of a Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award. “I feel honoured,” he said of the outpouring from the community. “It’s an incredible feeling.” Rayani, the owner of five pharmacies in Greater Victoria, has recently returned to work after taking time off to recover from two strokes in 2010. Health issues have not dampened the 68-yearold’s spirit or drive, however, as he continues to conduct tours of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Burnaby, where he has led some 2,000 visitors. His next tour of the mosque is set for March 28. A devout Ismaili Muslim who immigrated from Kenya in 1974, Rayani’s work connecting people of different faiths reaches back to 1994 when he began work with St. George’s Anglican Church in Cadboro Bay. The church’s pastor at the time, Rev. Logan McMenamie, had corrected a parish member who felt Rayani was a good Christian, by underscoring that Rayani was also a good Muslim, too. When word got back to Rayani, a friendship was born. “I picked up the phone and I thanked him,” Rayani said. “In this part of the world Muslims are known as terrorists. I recognized him for saying I’m a good Christian, which is a privilege and an honour, but calling me a good Muslim is more important.” Rayani and the small local Ismaili Muslim community continue to support the church

of the Telus Community Board, the Rotary Club of Saanich, the Cadboro Bay Business Improvement Association and is a supporter of the Centre for Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. Yet he remains modest about the accomplishments that led to the recent honour. “I’m filling the shoes of (late Thrifty Foods co-founder) Alex Campbell Sr., (Mustard Seed pastor) Tom Oshiro and (community activist) Jane Heffelfinger – so they’re kind of big shoes to fill,” Rayani said of former Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. “He was far and away the best candidate for the award this year,” said Kate Mansell, chair of the Victoria Leadership Awards steering committee. “He embodies so many aspects Sharon Tiffin/News staff of good leadership. … When Naz Rayani in his Peoples Drug Mart store in Cadboro he puts service above self, it is Bay. Rayani is being honoured with a lifetime achievement really a good indication of what being a leader is all about.” award from Leadership Victoria. The father of two and grandthrough an annual samosa sale – an always father of five doesn’t hesitate to offer the next sold-out tradition that now coincides with a generation of community leaders a little advice: major focus of Rayani’s work: the World Part- “Never be afraid to say yes, even though it looks like it might be a mammoth task or incredible nership Walk. Sixteen years ago, Rayani brought the spring task, because there is always a silver lining.” In celebration of the award, Rayani will host event, aimed at raising awareness and funds to support developing countries through the an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 8, at Aga Khan Foundation Canada, to Victoria. It the Peoples Pharmacy in Cadboro Bay. He will accept his latest honour at the eighth grew from 500 supporters in the first year to about 3,000 currently. In 2010, the walk gener- annual Victoria Leadership Awards ceremony ated a record $250,000, with Rayani personally Feb. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. responsible for $60,000 of the fundraising. The event is a partnership between Leader“There was nobody in Victoria who could do this job and (neither could) I, but Aga Khan ship Victoria, UVic, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Foundation and the United found I was most capable. It was a risk.” In 2006, Rayani was appointed a member Way of Greater Victoria. of the Order of Canada. He is also a member

Government, community groups team up for fair Victoria MP will be playing host to first Community Services Expo held in Oak Bay Ryan Flaherty News staff

Government agencies and local community groups will be together under one roof in Oak Bay next weekend for an event that connects people with the services they need. The Community Services Expo at the Monterey Recreation Centre will feature displays from a wide variety of organizations that serve Oak Bay and Greater Victoria. Group displays will be in one room, while in another, workshops will be offered that help participants navigate a variety of government programs. The event is hosted by Victo-

ria NDP MP Denise Savoie. It’s the third such event in the past 12 months, though it’s the first to be held in Oak Bay. Accessing the range of government services available can be a daunting task, and an event like this aims to simplify the process, Savoie said. “So many people I hear from say, ‘I call and I get, If you want this, press one, press two, press 55,’” she said. “They get really frustrated. The idea of speaking to a real live person who can help answer their question ... I think makes a big difference.” It’s also an opportunity for the local MP to meet her constituents. With a riding known simply as “Vic-

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People of different faiths will get together to bake bread, before they break bread. The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Victoria Multifaith Society and the South Island Dispute Resolution Centre are offering free cooking classes hosted by the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish faith communities. The classes are free and will be followed by a shared meal and interfaith open house. This is the third phase of ICA’s interfaith bridging project. The project aims to foster relationships between different faith groups in the region. At the first meal, hosted Jan. 15 by the Sikh community at the Sikh Temple, 20 people of the Baha’i’, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Unitarian, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and First Nation’s communities cooked a meal of dahl, roti and samosas. They shared the meal with dozens more who came to learn about Sikh faith and culture. “This came from our partners’ interest in creating food together,” said Steven Baileys, multicultural program co-ordinator for ICA. “Food has an important role to play in our faith and our culture. When we break bread together, when we get our fingers dirty together, we create something together that we share.” The cooking classes are open to members of local faith

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Sheri Fisher and grandaughter Avalon Jourdenais, 4, enjoy Indian food at the Sikh temple on Topaz Avenue during the first monthly faith dinner of 2012. Subsequent dinners will be hosted by the Hindu, Muslim and Jewish faith communities. groups at no cost and are held at various locations around the city. Each one is followed by a shared community meal and interfaith open house. “We invite (other faiths) to come to the Muslim mosque, to the Hindu temple, to the Jewish community centre – it’s a chance to visit other places of worship and learn about their rituals, customs and history and create new friendships,” Baileys said. The next classes will be hosted by the Hindu (Feb. 12),

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Muslim (March 4) and Jewish (to be announced) communities. Cooking class enrolment is restricted to 20 people. The shared community meal and interfaith celebration that follows the cooking classes are open to cooking class students and their family members as well as members of the public. For information, or to register for an upcoming class, contact Baileys at sbaileys@icavictoria. org or 250-388-4728 ext. 116.

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Thieves target Cadboro Bay Rd. businesses The first of three break-ins in a relatively small area happened between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the corner of Cadboro Bay Road and Bowker Avenue. A couple out walking reported seeing a smashed-in window in the front door of a business. A computer was stolen from the shop. Two similar breakins, in the 2500- and 2000-blocks of Cadboro Bay Rd., took place the following night. In both cases, a rock was used to smash the front door glass and the cash register was entered. A canine unit called to both scenes determined the thieves exited the businesses by a rear door and likely got into a vehicle. The Saanich Forensic Identification Unit collected evidence at both locations, and in the second case, gathered video surveillance footage. Nothing was taken from the first location, but a small amount of cash was stolen from the second. In the wake of these incidents, police remind business owners to not keep cash on the premises overnight and to ensure valuables are not visible from the street.

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An overnight break-in at Willows elementary Jan. 26 saw a 16-channel sound mixer worth about $1,200 stolen. Police said the thief jimmied open a window to gain entry into the building, though no damage was caused. An alarm was set off at the time of the break-in, but the security guard who responded could not find where the school had been entered, so the theft was not discovered until the next morning. Saanich’s Forensic Identification Unit collected evidence at the scene and the investigation remains open.

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Taxes can’t prop failing business News that the publicly owned Cedar Hill Golf Course has been bleeding money has opened up a Pandora’s box for residents around the region. The facility operates at a huge loss covered by Saanich taxpayers, who will eventually have to decide on the fate of Cedar Hill. However, the golf course represents a much bigger issue. The vast majority of people in Greater Victoria acknowledge that public subsidies are needed to provide recreational facilities in the interest of the greater good. It’s the reason Peninsula municipalities kicked in for extensive renovations at Panorama Recreation Centre, as well as the growing number of taxpayer-subsidized recreation facilities on the West Shore. One of those is the publicly operated Juan de Fuca golf course, though it is closer to the Oak Bay recreation department’s Henderson pitch-and-putt than Cedar Hill’s full-size course. While none are money-makers, the latter will lose upwards of $300,000 this year – a much harder figure to swallow than the $23,000 the Juan de Fuca course will cost West Shore taxpayers. Cedar Hill also has a municipally operated restaurant that is pegged to lose an additional $500,000 this year. The restaurant, open for the past 15 years, will stop serving meals on Feb. 18 as Saanich tries to curtail its losses. Retaining this service as a municipal operation makes little sense and it’s expected that the facility will soon be privatized in some manner. Whether the restaurant forces the municipality to re-think its commitment to the golf course itself remains to be seen. Golfing at the Cedar Hill site has a long history, stretching back 80 years. Saanich has done an admirable job of providing an alternative to more expensive privately-run courses or the exclusive members-only clubs. For a long time, Cedar Hill served a purpose that was essentially the same as what is offered by skating rinks, swimming pools and leisure centres. These things give the masses access to forms of recreation that, if left to private interests, would be too costly for many. But rec centres, as with parks and public libraries, require subsidies and can’t exist solely on the income from user fees. However, a recent survey suggests Saanichites rank their golf course as among the least popular recreational service paid for by their tax dollars. As difficult as it will be for the passionate supporters of Cedar Hill to accept, it’s time for Saanich council to consider whether the pursuit of golf still merits such subsidies. With so many well-run private courses in the region, there’s simply no reason for taxpayers to prop up an operation if its better days are behind it. 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

Preserving built history is costly nothing as drastic as a subdivision I consider myself a history lover. or at worst, a razing, takes I enjoy reading about the past and place without further discovering interesting discussion. details about the people, The owners of a home places and yes, buildings, with historical, and that over the years have in the eyes of some, become woven into the architectural significance, fabric of our region’s recently defended to Oak story. Bay council their request I have great admiration for a permit to demolish for old buildings that are the house to make room close to their original for new structures on state, or at least relatively their double lot. so, given the necessity Don Descoteau To anyone who has to do earthquake Humble Pie worked hard for the upgrading and add other ability to either build, safety features to an old purchase or redesign the structure. house of their dreams, the strategy, I have little use for buildings or on the surface, would seem a logical homes that cling minimally to the step. initial design, having been added But Oak Bay Heritage onto, covered up or otherwise Commission members argued changed dramatically from their against the action. The house, original design or footprint. which served as a boarding home Should such structures qualify to in the 1920s for St. Michaels School, be on a heritage registry? Perhaps. is an excellent example of the Surely, making radical changes Craftsman style of architecture, disqualifies them from being considered for heritage designation, they said. It is part of an identified neighbourhood of similar style unless the owner plans to restore homes, and is, in their view, in the original exterior. reasonable enough condition to Homeowners often shiver when warrant saving. they believe someone in a position The situation begs the question, of authority considers their home should the owner of an older home a candidate for heritage protection. be permitted to let their house They worry that having their home deteriorate to the point where the identified as such heavily limits cost of upgrading is massive and and controls what they can do to leaves demolition as the primary change it. option? Or does a municipality For heritage designation, that spend money to keep closer watch much can be true. But far fewer on non-registered heritage homes, limitations exist for homeowners to head off the possibility of a whose houses are put on a local demolition request? heritage registry. Such a distinction Unless the state of such a house, only means heritage advocates are or the actions of its owner, are keeping an eye on the house so

causing problems for neighbours, there is little a municipality can do to guard against letting a house fall into disrepair. It can prevent the demolition of such homes where it sees a significant heritage threat. But that stance can be tested in court and local governments are often reluctant to commit to spending thousands on legal fees to defend their position. I appreciate that certain people and groups have taken a stand over the years to say our built heritage is important enough to preserve. That said, there needs to be some kind of incentive available to give homeowners with no intention of restoring or preserving their older home a viable alternative to knocking it down or trying to sell an old, run-down fixer-upper. The City of Victoria has had great success with its downtown heritage tax incentive program, which offers commercial building owners a 10-year property tax holiday in exchange for renovating or restoring the structure. Such a strategy could work for residential properties. The bottom line is, preserving heritage doesn’t come without a cost. It’s not as simple as saying a property has historic significance and leaving it at that. Those who argue for the protection of our heritage must somehow find a way to make such a concept a win-win situation. Otherwise, the value of heritage will be decided in the courts, where everyone loses. Don Descoteau is editor of the Oak Bay News.

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Harper should start with MPs to reform Canadian pensions guaranteed income supplement, spousal It might be understandable if a number and widow allowances and survivor of Canadians didn’t appreciate Prime benefits, and you’re looking at $36 billion Minister Stephen Harper talking recently of taxpayer cash. about reforming public sector pensions By 2030, if something and Old Age Security (OAS) isn’t done, Old Age Security social assistance payments. payments are expected to After all, nobody likes the balloon from $36 billion to $108 idea of their retirement plans billion – that’s quite a chunk changing, whether it is by way of change when you consider of a downturn in the market or a that the entire federal budget is change in a government policy. about $274 billion this year. This is likely especially true So how does the Prime recently, with Mr. Harper’s Minister start tightening the tap musings coming on the heels of on entitlements for the elderly, two reports on MP pensions, one by the not-for-profit Canadian Gregory Thomas when taxpayers contributed $23.30 for every dollar put into Taxpayers Federation and the the parliamentary pension plan other from the esteemed C.D. by MPs? Taxpayers paid $102.7 million Howe Institute. What these reports made last year, while MPs and senators chipped abundantly clear: Prime Minister Harper in $4.4 million. How do you explain to must reform MPs pensions first, if he has someone scraping for their retirement any hope of looking at anyone else’s. that Canada can’t afford $508 a month for Ultimately, Harper is quite right to a 65-year-old, when defeated 60-year-old tackle Canada’s demographic dilemma: backbench MP Yasmin Ratansi got $2,758 the tsunami of aging baby boomers does a month after just seven years on the job? indeed threaten to swamp the national Or the defeated Bloc Quebecois leader, safety net. A bit more than $6,000 annually 64-year-old Gilles Duceppe and his $11,730 for OAS payments might not seem like monthly pension - the gift of a grateful a whole lot of money, but multiply it by nation for 21 years of devoted service? 4.7 million retired Canadians, add in the

Readers respond: Ferry system is a provincial highway The recent publication of the ferry commissioner’s review of the Coastal Ferry Act means it is finally time to accept that the Gordon Campbell government’s ideologically driven decision to privatize B.C. Ferries has proved to be a wrongheaded mistake. The reason that his “user pay all” corporate initiative failed is to be found in his refusal to understand the basic principle of economics: the more prices go up, the more likely demand will go down. The proof is that passenger vehicle traffic is now at a 20-year low. Perhaps it was hoped that this predictable outcome could be avoided because the service provided by B.C. Ferries is essentially a monopoly and thus with no realistic, available alternative, travellers could be forced to pay ever-increasing tariffs. However, price gouging fare hikes of between 47 and 80 per cent while incomes were stagnant or increasing at a glacial pace proved just too much for the ferry-riding public. This is not the time for more tinkering with a “reverse reservation system” together with a form of three-card monte scheduling or a two-tier pricing system aimed at visitors to our province. Now that the man in charge of the failed experiment has sailed off into the sunset with a $300,000 annual pension after only nine years at the helm, it is time to get back to sensible basics: namely to acknowledge

Even Mr. Harper himself is in line for an annual pension payout of $223,517 if he packs it in at the end of his current term. Of course, the PM will only be 55 years old by then, and presumably, capable of doing something else to make ends meet. But if Harper were to find himself retired with no other means of support, $223,517 does buy a lot of cat food and kerosene to make it through a chilly Calgary winter. It’s a good thing – having studied piano rather than the guitar or the violin, the PM would face limited options as a street busker. You can’t defend these payments. And smart politicians are not even trying. Since the Canadian Taxpayers Federation published its report on MP pensions, we’ve heard some promising news from both sides of the House of Commons. It started with the Prime Minister’s own words – Harper said in an interview that the issue of parliamentary pensions “will have to be looked at.” Then Treasury Board President Tony Clement revealed that he was “tasked with putting some options forward” on MP pensions, saying the government needs “to be fair to the taxpayer.” “I think to have any legitimacy on that file, MPs are going to have to lead by example,” said Alberta Conservative MP

Brent Rathgeber, displaying both political savvy and moral fortitude from the government side of the House. Green Party leader Elizabeth May said MP pensions should be reviewed “in order to bring them more into line with norms for other Canadians,” calling it “the fair thing to do.” NDP industry critic Guy Caron said his party is willing to look at proposals to bring the MP pension plan “more in conformity, more realistic in relation to the people they lead.” And Liberal MP Marc Garneau, the former astronaut, said the CTF report was a “fair observation” of the pension landscape. Canadians have been phoning, writing, and emailing their politicians in huge numbers, letting them know how they feel about platinum-plated MP pensions. With the next federal budget coming soon, taxpayers need to turn up the heat, and make sure the pork-laden MP pension plan is put on the chopping block, front and centre, with a big carving knife close at hand for Mr. Harper. It’s the necessary first step in a long, but ultimately needed, process. Gregory Thomas is the Federal and Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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once and for all that former Premier W.A.C. Bennett was correct back in 1960 when he ruled that the ferry system is an extension of the highway system and thus entitled to the same kind of significant public subsidies already paid to build and maintain our blacktop roads. Even our neighbours directly to the south in the land of free enterprise recognize that marine highways need both public support and oversight. So please let’s stop the King Canute-like thinking that we can somehow sidestep or override the basic laws of supply and demand and get on with providing a publicly overseen basic, safe and reliable ferry service made affordable by an appropriate public subsidy. John Fryer Victoria

Improve communication and entertain passengers This is my idea to communicate with all ferry passengers who are stranded due to inclement weather. How about installing a large JumboTron TV that will communicate to everyone the status of the ferries? Also, if that is the case, let’s have a movie playing while people are waiting. You could be tuned into a radio station that people could access and listen to while patiently (or not) waiting for the next ferry. Rachel Hesse Victoria

Anti-Semitism is endemic across the world Not to belabour the point, but in support of Andy Mulcahy’s claim (Letters Jan. 20) that Christianity is mainly to blame for the desecration of the Jewish cemetery a few weeks ago, may I suggest that anti-Semitism appears to have been endemic in much of the world and especially in Europe for centuries? It may have been encouraged by Martin Luther but was certainly evident in France when, for example, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French artillery officer, was falsely accused of treason and defended by novelist Emile Zola. Luther was abetted by Huldrich Zwingli, also a reformation leader in Switzerland. A more recent example of anti-Jewish sentiment was the reluctance of some Western countries to accept fleeing refugees from Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Nevertheless, the subsequent service at the cemetery proved a resounding success of humanity over religious bigotry. Max Halber Victoria

Culture helps create and promote prejudice Re: Desecration: placing blame and finding forgiveness (Letters Jan. 27). Wow, I should have done a better job of getting my point across. I am certainly not in favour of burning books. It is only through books that we know that religious

leaders like Luther exhorted their countrymen to drive out the Jews. Nor do I see today’s more tolerant Christian religion as hostile to Jews. I do take issue with the idea that we can dump all the blame on individuals. The problem with cultures is that when they do something they are ashamed of they blame it on some scapegoat, thus learning nothing from the experience. We get to blame Pickton for murdering 47 women but what about the culture that let him get away with it so easily? Would Hitler have been an anti-Semite if he had been reared in China? And now it turns out that Mohammad Shafia has been found guilty of killing his daughters. Do we now say that the cause of their deaths is simply because their father is a murderer? That his culture was not involved? In perspective, we must remember Germany was one of the most civilized countries

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in the world until a serious depression and uncontrollable inflation generated considerable hostility towards their Jewish citizens. Meanwhile here in Victoria we all “understood” that the Jews caused the depression to grab all the money for themselves. (Canada was a truly Christian country back then.) I think it was about the same time that our government rejected Jews who were trying to escape from the Holocaust. We had all been brainwashed, not just the Germans. Once made aware of the horrors of the Holocaust, our attitudes changed and everyone agreed the Jewish people must have a place of their own like the rest of us. Most of us thought that was the end of anti-Semitism. Evidently not. Let’s bring this prejudice out in the open and cleanse our culture. Andy Mulcahy Victoria

If banks are making money – why raise fees? It was interesting to read that Canada’s five largest banks in the year 2011 made a combined net profit of $22.4 billion. It was also reported that these same five banks set aside $9.3 billion in bonuses for their top performers. Now the banks are raising their fees again. This may be an unsophisticated question, but why? Martin L. Battle Victoria

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Not your average summer job Author of tree-planting memoir to appear in Victoria next week

sons many do. It fit nicely between semesters at the University of Toronto, where she studied English literature, and it offered an opportunity to earn a lot more money than most other summer jobs. But where some do the job for perhaps a summer or two while they’re in school, Ryan Flaherty Gill found herself going back year after year, News staff starting in Ontario and eventually working Mention tree planters, and the first image her way west to B.C. “It’s one of those things that’s really that comes to many peoples’ minds is of a scruffy looking young adult, often a univer- appealing because of its adversity,” Gill says. sity student, who smokes pot and probably “We test the limits of our own human endurdoesn’t have a very large collection of per- ance, and there’s something very appealing in that.” sonal hygiene products. The simplicity of life in such Though there are tree plant“We test the remote areas was also a big ers who fit that description, draw. they’re certainly not represen- limits of our own “You go to work, you do tative of the group, says the human endurance.” your job, and at the end of the author of a book on the subject - Charlotte Gill day, you’re finished,” says Gill. who is appearing in Victoria “You don’t bring any stress next week. “If you’re out in the bush for most of your home with you. You have no briefcase full life it doesn’t matter if you have dreadlocks of homework.” After nearly 20 years on the job, including or a beard down to your chest, the only thing that matters is the job,” says Charlotte a dozen on Vancouver Island, Gill planted Gill, author of Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big her last tree in 2008. Eating Dirt is a collection of Gill’s experiTimber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe. “A lot of (tree planters) though look like ences as a tree planter, as well as an exploski instructors or golf pros. They look like ration of the value of forests and the relationship between humans and trees. regular, normal, average people.” She also examines the inner conflict Gill, 40, is a “career tree planter” who originally took up the job for the same rea- many tree planters go through trying to

rationalize doing something good for the planet on the heels of the destruction created by clear-cutting. “It’s hard to be an environmental idealist when your wage is being paid by a logging company,” Gill says. “It’s a complex issue with a lot of layers to it, and there are no easy answers.” The subject is one of many that Gill will address when she appears in Victoria on Tuesday (Feb. 7). The author will read from Eating Dirt and answer questions about her life “on the cut”. Gill will be joined by fellow author Barbara Stewart, whose book, Campie tells of another isolated job, that of a camp attendant for oil rig workers. Life in the forest is certainly not without excitement, says Gill, and the memories are plentiful. “It’s quite possible to see sea lions, a whale and a grizzly bear all in one day,” she says. In the book, there’s a chapter about an especially memorable encounter with a bear. “It’s one of those things when there’s danger, you really see what people are made of. It’s a really illuminating experience.”

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Author Charlotte Gill breaks the myths of tree-planting in her new book Eating Dirt. Gill hopes that in reading this book, people will gain a better understanding of treeplanting, and the people who do it. “I’m really proud to be a tree planter.” Charlotte Gill will be at Cabin 12, 607 Pandora Ave., at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. A9 ••A13

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Lola grabs the stage Laura Lavin News Staff

Victoria Dance Days culminates with an evening performance of the Lola Projects. The Lola Projects are named for the late Lola MacLaughlin, an important contemporary choreographer who worked with Dance Victoria producer Stephen White to devise a program that solicited proposals for new works from Victoria dance artists. On Sunday evening, artists Jung-Ah Chung, Anne Cooper, Robert Halley, Iris Wing-chi Lau, Kyung Eun Lee, and Treena Stubel will take the stage to premiere new works forged under the guidance of the Lola Project. “It’s an honour to be selected,” said Halley. “Unlike Vancouver, Victoria is a lot smaller outlet for professional dance artists.” Halley has choreographed a piece called Shift Happens for the performance. “I’m a yoga teacher so I’m always about trying to feel lighter – stress free.

Did you know? ■ Dance Days - Dance Victoria’s annual city-wide event, Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, offers 70 free classes and demonstrations in studios all over town. Go to www. for more information.

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Roots-rock group the Breakmen bring their indie-folk style to Victoria this weekend.

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Robert Halley performs his work Shift Happens at the Metro Theatre.

Going beyond bluegrass Take a few musicians with bluegrass roots, grow them up on Canadian soil, nourish them with influences like the Band, Blue Rodeo and Neil Young, and cultivate their talents in the tree-planting camps of Northern British Columbia and you’ll get the Breakmen. It is an award-winning West Coast indiefolk outfit and worthy heirs of the Canadiana tradition. Having won the Vox Pop Award

So I thought I’d explore it in a theatrical-dance way.” He has spent 10 years interpreting other peoples’ Miles Lowry photo work and embraced the Treena Stubel performs at the Lola chance to express himself Projects Sunday evening. fully. “It was nice to be and performing without having able to dabble in the creative outside perspective – someone and make my own work. It’s to bounce ideas off. In the hard when you’re alone in the time Joe was not here, Robert studio and you have a thousand and I have been there for each thoughts of your own that are other, watching runs, talking a source of inspiration – that’s back and forth about them. It’s where the joy of mentorship challenging to be alone, to have comes in.” someone to reflect with is great Halley and Stubel both – it’s a huge gift.” benefited from the talent of The Lola Projects is presented Vancouver-based choreographer by Dance Victoria, Feb. 5 at Joe Laughlin to help them 7:30 p.m. at the Metro Theatre, prepare their works. 907 Pandora Ave. Tickets, $15, “We create it ourselves, are available at the door. See but Joe Laughlin provides an outside eye,” said Stubel. “When a preview of Halley’s work at you’re working on a solo work you’re doing things, creating

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I Small Trees for Urban Yards Join the City of Victoria Parks Department for a public workshop, Small Trees for Urban Yards – Planting Tips and Pruning Guidelines this Saturday. Taught by Chris HydeLay, assistant supervisor of the arboriculture department, the session will explore how to choose interesting small trees for urban yards, pruning trees for structure and form, mature tree care and tree planting tips and guidelines. The course will be held at the Parks office classroom (accessed through the gate at Cook Street and Leonard intersection). Pre-register at 250361-0732.

n 1887, Robert Dunsmuir embarked upon the construction of a home befitting the Island coal baron’s family. While Dunsmuir died in 1889 before the house was completed, in 1890 his wife, Joan, their three unmarried daughters and two orphaned grandchildren took up residence in the castle, overlooking the city from its Rockland site. Today, the stately house museum invites visitors to see how life was lived by the upper classes in Victoria at the end of the 19th Century. During that time, handicrafts were a big part of daily life and locals can now try their hand at some of the projects their counterparts 120 years ago might have undertaken, with the castle’s Winter Craft Series. “In the Victorian age, handicrafts were a huge part of contemporary culture,” notes Elisabeth Hazell, Craigdarroch’s Manager of Operations and Development. In developing the series, Hazell looked for crafts not generally offered at other local venues and those that fit with the story the castle is telling. Taught by local experts in one of the unrestored rooms of the castle, the workshops have been well-received by the local community. Following the workshops, participants

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Victoria’s historic Craigdarroch Castle is hosting handicraft classes exploring skills of an earlier time. are also welcome to tour the nineteenth-century home. “This is a real treasure in terms of the city’s heritage and we want locals to be able to appreciate it,” Hazell says. Among the possibilities offered in the 2012 Winter Craft Classes for Adults are Victorian Embroidered Sachet Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost



Cadboro Bay Books hosts Poetry Night Cadboro Bay Book Company welcomes poetry fans Feb. 9 for an evening with Susan McCaslin, Ted Blodgett and Lorne Daniel. Beginning at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, everyone is welcome to come hear these award-winning poets. McCaslin’s most recent work is Demeter Goes Skydiving and is Faculty Emeritus of Douglas College in New Westminster. Formerly Edmonton’s Poet Laureate and a longtime professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, Blodgett’s latest work is Apostrophes VII. Daniel, author of Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump, has been published in dozens of magazines, literary journals and newspapers and has been included in such prominent anthologies as Al Purdy’s Storm Warning II and Writing the Terrain. For more information, visit

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on March 3, instructor Jean Betts will show participants how to make needle woven buttons using small amounts of yyarn, like those Victorian woven buttons used from about 1850 until 1920. Other topics include Intermediate Crochet, Feb. 18, Victorian Floral Watercolour Painting, Feb. 25, Needle Tatting, March 10, Fabric Flowers, April 14, and Leather Venetian Bookbinding, April 21. In addition to the adult classes, Craigdarroch Castle is also offering a series of Spring Break workshops March 12 to 23 geared to local teens: • Modern Day Silhouette Art • Introduction to Embroidery • Introduction to Knitting • Introduction to Crochet • Victorian Stencil Art • Teacups into Pincushions For more information, call 250-5925323 or visit

not for profit Through Feb. 15 – Stelly’s Secondary students are collecting donations of clothes, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, etc.) and warm socks for those in need tomhand out at Our Place. Donations can be brought to Stelly´s Secondary School, 1627 Stelly´s Cross Rd. to the main office or Mr. Syme´s class (room 152). The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is accepting submissions for its Artist in Residence Program. The program must engage youth 14 to 17 years of age in a visual arts project. Selection is by jury and artists may apply individually or as a team. The program provides funding for artist and materials. The application deadline is March 2. FMI: or 250-475-7123. Feb. 3 – Fantastic Fridays at St. Luke’s Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Road, featuring Messy Church. Free, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A family-friendly time full of fun, games, crafts, music and stories; dinner provided. Come as you are. FMI: 250-4776741 or Feb. 4 – Garage Sale, Oak Bay United Church, corner Granite & Mitchell, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Furniture, household goods, jewellery, books, art and a new children’s boutique. FMI-250-5985021 Feb. 4 to 6 – Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society exhibits in the annual Hobby Show at Westshore Town Centre, with model ships displayed and in action under radio-control in the club’s portable pool. Talk with members and vote for their favourite vessel. FMI: 250-3859552. Feb. 5 – Victoria Junior Field Hockey is hosting a free Come Try the Game

Day at the UVic turf, 10 a.m. FMI: or register online at Feb. 5 – Free introduction, 2 to 4 p.m., to free four-week meditation course, the Philosophy and Meditation of Sri Chinmoy, Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 1. Information and registration: 250-592-6211. Feb. 11 – Third annual Cardiac Café, all about women and heart disease, our No. 1 killer, 10 a.m. to noon, UVic’s David Strong Building. Registration $10, incl. coffee and heart-smart breakfast goodies. FMI: 250472-4747 or www.uvcs. Detail/?code=HPHE221 Feb. 11 – For the Love of Africa Society fundraising concert at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, “Sounds of Motown,” featuring the Vic High Rhythm & Blues Band, plus silent auction, appies and no host bar. Tickets $35, available online at or from 250891-0762.

Feb. 11 – The Victoria Fibromyalgia Networking (Support) Group meets, 1 p.m. at First Metropolitan United Church, Quadra at Balmoral. Speaker: Compounding Pharmacist Bob Mehr, on the benefits of taking a magnesium supplement to help with Fibromyalgia muscle pain. $2 donation at the door. FMI: 250-381-5202 or 250-381-1182. Feb. 16 – Saanich Newcomers Club for women meets, 11.30 a.m. at Cedar Hills Golf Club. A guest speaker from Rogers’ Chocolates will follow the meeting. FMI: www. Feb. 16 – Native Plant Study Group presents the Royal BC Museum’s Native Plant Gardens and Favourites for Your Garden with Charles Knighton, 7 p.m. at UVic’s MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D116. Nonmember drop-in fee: $3. FMI:

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Hospice Thrift Boutique auctions new bridal & bridesmaid dresses If there’s a wedding in your future, be sure the Victoria Hospice Thrift Boutique’s wedding dress auction is on your “to do” list. The boutique received a donation of 71 new bridal and bridesmaid dresses from a donor who was looking for ways to help others in a way that was in-keeping with her joy at helping brides-to-be find the dress they love. Beginning Feb. 13, the Victoria Hospice Thrift Boutique is featuring a special auction offering these

new dresses at extremely reasonable prices. View the dresses at 1315 Cook St. and place your bid before the auction closes on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. (the successful bidder may try on their dress prior to purchasing it). For more information or to view on-line photos of these dresses visit on or after Feb. 13. The generosity of donors and supporters of the Thrift Boutique and its auctions benefit the Victoria Hospice Society and its programs.

Harbour Towers’ Campaign aids Santas Anonymous Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites’ annual Friends in Need campaign raised more than $6,000 over the holidays for Santas Anonymous. “The successful holiday program benefits an incredible organization that focuses on children within our community, and the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites is thrilled to kick-off the New Year with a donation to an amazing local program,” says Ian Jones, Harbour Towers General Manager. Harbour Towers donated $10 from room reservations from Dec. 21 to 27 to the campaign. Associates at the hotel also got involved, donating $5 to wear their jeans every Friday in December and hotel guests donated a loonie or toonie on their room charge, all

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Bobby keeps promise Vikes set to host MLS Whitecaps at Centennial Stadium Travis Paterson News staff

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Vancouver Whitecaps residency player Dever Orgill, left, and UVic Vike Wesley Barrett battle for the ball during the annual matchup in 2010 at Centennial Stadium. On Feb. 19 the MLS Whitecaps and their “fully professional” squad visit the Vikes.

They might be the Canadian university champs but you get the sense from coach Bruce Wilson that the UVic Vikes are in over their heads for this one. On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Vancouver Whitecaps visit the Vikes men’s team at Centennial Stadium. It’s the latest exhibition match between the two teams, an annual affair that saw the United Soccer

League first division men’s Whitecaps and women’s Whitecaps visit UVic. But the tradition was in question when the Whitecaps franchise attained Major Soccer League status last season. In fact, Wilson said, Victoria can now count on an annual visit from the MLS Whitecaps. “(Whitecaps president) Bobby (Lenarduzzi) and I are very good friends, and he did agree always to have a preseason team here,” Wilson said. “Last year he was very apologetic, but they didn’t want to open the Whitecaps preseason in B.C. Instead, they wanted the debut to be their first league game, which it was.” The announcement is a coup for soccer fans in Victoria, who already have a top-level women’s

team, the W-League Highlanders. “This isn’t the old Whitecaps. This is a totally different level,” Wilson said. “Bobby said they’ll be sending their first team, so it’s a little scary, full-time pros versus full time students. We hope that we’re competitive for the Whitecaps.” The game also falls between major travel dates for both teams. The Vikes are in Florida for 10 days, playing three games in addition to warm-weather training, and return on Feb. 18. The Whitecaps leave for spring training in Florida on Feb. 20. Tickets for adults are $15, available online at,, and Spankitsports. ca. Game time is 1 p.m.

Shamrocks await Mainland decisions at WLA draft Stars Karsen Leung, Cody Bremner among coveted Island players Travis Paterson News staff

Draft day is near and decision time is always complicated for the Victoria Shamrocks. The annual Western Lacrosse Association junior draft is in Burnaby on Monday (Feb. 6) and this year’s crop of graduating B.C. Junior Lacrosse League players is a good one. Four players stand out on the Island, all originally from Victoria, said Junior Shamrocks general manager Rod Wood. Cody Bremner (Nanaimo Timbermen) and Karsen Leung (Shamrocks) are likely to go in the first round, followed by Casey Jackson

(Coquitlam) and Kyle Hofer winning Coquitlam Adanacs to get drafted on Monday. Ben Stebbins, Austin is the general consensus to (Timbermen). Few players in the draft go No. 1. He was the first Powell, Luke Acton, Tyler have the talent of Bremner player from B.C. to go in the Matheson, Mitch Meilleur and Leung, however, and 2011 NLL Entry Draft, sev- and Curtis McKinnon have the question for Shamrocks enth overall to the Calgary all played their last year of junior. fans is whether either of Roughnecks. Stebbins, a big kid them make it to sixth who moves fast and overall, when Sham“There’s so much talent plays with tenacity, rocks general manager has fallen off the radar Chris Welch makes his coming out of the mainland, a little bit and could go team’s first-round pick. in the second round, The Shamrocks don’t there’s a good chance Cody Wood said. “At one have a pick in the sec- Bremner and Karsen Leung point the (NLL) Washond round, but do have ington Stealth were three in the third round, could go to Victoria and interested, but passed including the 16th pick Nanaimo in the first round.” (from Burnaby), the – Jr. Shamrocks GM Rod Wood him up.” The other player 18th pick (from Langley), teams will like is Powtheir own at 19th, and ell, who won the Jr. the 27th overall pick in He is followed by offen- Shamrocks’ 2011 defensive the fourth and final round. “There’s so much talent sive stars Mark Negrin of the player of the year award as coming out of the Mainland, New Westminster Salmon- a 21-year-old box lacrosse there’s a good chance Brem- bellies, Logan Schuss of the rookie. A field lacrosse ner and Leung (not neces- Delta Islanders and Jaxson player from San Diego, sarily in that order) could Lee of the Burnaby Lakers. Powell plays with Leung go to Victoria and Nanaimo There’s also defender Tra- at Bellarmine University (seventh) in the first round,” vis Irving of the Salmonbel- (Kentucky) and is good on faceoffs. lies, among others. Wood said. “Powell said recently if A few Victoria players Transition stud Travis Cornwall of the Minto Cup- have a dark horse chance he’s drafted to the WLA he’ll

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Walker in the wings Minnesota high schooler coming to life Travis Paterson News staff

Like all players before their first game in the Western Hockey League, Ben Walker was nervous. The Victoria Royals forward debuted with the team in Kamloops on Nov. 25. He didn’t register any points in a 4-1 loss, but the speedy redhead did manage to keep up with his linemates and wasn’t on the ice for any of the Blazers’ goals. However, as a highly

Royals quietly fill niche in roster

Back when Marc Habscheid introduced himself to Victoria as coach and GM of the Royals, he also made it known this team had a deficit of 1993born players, with just Tim Traber and Jesse Zgraggen from the WHL’s 2008 bantam draft.

NCAA can wait Walker went against the grain by waiving his NCAA eligibility to play “professionally” in the WHL. Victoria (and B.C.) is a hotbed for NCAA hockey players, and Walker is the first to come the other way, having played youth hockey in the very rinks of NCAA teams back in Minnesota. “I talked to coaches and parents, and we kind of figured I could always go back to college at a later point,” Walker said. The Royals are in Spokane tonight (Feb. 3) and Tri-City tomorrow. Next week the Everett Silvertips visit for back-to-back

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one is bigger and faster but I’m just taking it day by day, playing my game,” said Walker, who could still add a little to his 5-foot-11, 175 lbs. frame. A lot went into his adjustment, including the switch to an NHL-sized ice. In the Minnesota state hockey league, some high schools have small ice surfaces and some use college rinks, which are Olympic-sized. “There were a few new things to get used to: learning new systems with the team, and a brief culture shock (attending) Vic High,” Walker said about the switch from a midwest suburb to the West Coast. “I’m pretty settled now.”

touted U.S. high schooler, more was expected from Walker than just keeping up. Last season Walker captained his junior Hornets with 32 points (18 goals,14 assists) in 24 games. The year before, the Hornets won their state title. After going scoreless in his first four games, Walker is finally showing signs of his potential with 16 points in his past 20 (as of Jan. 31). When the 18-year-old left Edina, Minn., to sign with the Royals, he’d never even seen a live WHL game. Neither had his parents until they made the trip to see the Royals in Brandon on Jan. 14. “For the most part, every-

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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

2239 Shelbourne St, $389,000

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333 Saturday 2-4 & Sunday 12-2 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Bruce McCulloch, 250-479-3333

pg. 12

8-130 Niagra, $349,900 Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Plank 250 360-6106

pg. 10

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2-1315 Gladstone Ave, $369,000 pg. 5

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Sunday 1-3 MacDonald Realty Lorraine Stundon 250 812-0642

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Lorraine Williams, 250-216-3317

pg. 13

pg. 12

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

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Debbie Hargreaves 250 384-8124

pg. 13

pg. 5

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

pg. 14

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

pg. 32

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Robert Nemish, 250-744-3301

pg. 5

3175 Midland, $1,450,000 pg. 27

pg. 5

pg. 12

pg. 13

10 Helmcken Rd

Daily noon-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 812-7277

pg. 5319242

121 Paddock, $459,000 Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250-656-0131

pg. 14

6 Governors Point

pg. 14

pg. 11

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680

pg. 11

1250 Craigflower, $449,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Paul Holland 250 592-4422

pg. 14

pg. 34

317-845 Dunsmuir, $829,900 pg. 7

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Jenny Stoltz 250 744-3301

pg. 18

pg. 7

pg. 19

pg. 15

pg. 27

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pg. 13

pg. 35

pg. 8

Saturday 1-3 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Guinevere Howes, 250-477-1100

pg. 5

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Norma Campbell, 250-477-5353

4582 Seawood Terr, $799,000 pg. 12

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Cheri Crause, 250-592-4422

pg. 35

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Rene Blais 250 655-0608

pg. 20

6681 Tamany, $699,900 pg. 18

14-3993 Columbine, $352,000 Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Valerie Edwards 250-477-9947

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Cliff Halayko 250 744-3301

pg. 21

pg. 12

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

pg. 3

303-2415 Amherst, $469,900

746 Gorge Rd W, $565,000 Saturday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Scott Garman 250 896-7099

pg. 31

7945 Arthur, $569,000

pg. 19

Sunday 2-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

pg. 31

104-9655 First pg. 34

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Bill Bird 250 655-0608

pg. 20

7-10471 Resthaven

17-478 Culduthel, $369,000

Sunday 1-3 Saanich Peninsula Properties John Romashenko 250 588-9246

pg. 35

1040 Burnside Rd W, $499,900 pg. 19

1622 Millstream, $799,900

33-610 Mckenzie Ave, $350,000 pg. 34

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

pg. 21

1616 Millstream, $799,900

5460 Old West Saanich, $1,199,000

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

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

pg. 21

pg. 3

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Rick Turcotte, 250-744-3301

pg. 19

356 Sparton, $659,000 pg. 15

4046 Cavallin, $749,500

Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Chris Markham 250 477-1100

pg. 35

304-4535 Viewmont, $239,900

831 Rogers Ave, $699,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun George Wall, 250-744-3301

Saturday 11-1 One Percent Realty Valentino Prundaru 250-686-2242

Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

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

3890 Braefoot Rd, $509,900 Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Norma Campbell, 250-477-5353

Saturday & Sunday 1-3:30 Saanich Peninsula Properties John Romashenko 250 588-9246

311-10461 Resthaven, $409,000

4674 Lochside, $1,088,000

Saturday 2-4 Boorman’s Michael Gill, 250-595-1535

Sunday 2-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

pg. 31

pg. 18

Saturday 11-1 Re/Max Alliance Ron Neal 250 386-8181

2298 Setchfield, $599,900 Saturday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Fran Jeffs, 250-744-3301

pg. 36

pg. 22

907 Dawn Lane, $579,000

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

568 Whiteside, $489,900

pg. 32

209-1335 Bear Mountain, $380,000 Saturday & Sunday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

pg. 23

pg. 11

3463 Yorkshire Pl.

9336 Maryland Dr., $439,900

305-820 Short St, $359,888

38-909 Admirals Rd., $384,900 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Plank 250 360-6106

pg. 18

Saturday 2-3:30 DFH Real Estate Ltd Bob Innes, 250 477-7291

5005 Cordova Bay, $869,000 Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Anke Venema, 250 477-1100

pg. 20

1875 Rye, $499,900

407-5332 Sayward Hill, $814,500 pg. 10

1013 DeCosta Plc., $432,900 Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Neil Rawnsley 250-592-4422

pg. 26

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

Saturday 2-4 Sutton West Coast Hiro Nakatani 250 661-4476

979A Landeen, $519,000 Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Dorothee Friese, 250-477-7291

Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Henry Van der Vlugt, 250-477-7291

2360 Amherst, $420,000

633 Jolly, $479,990

4520 Rithetwood, $799,000

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

934 Craigflower, $449,000 Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Nicole Burgess 250 384-8124

N601-737 Humboldt, $649,000 Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

pg. 6

1817 Rossiter Plc., $599,900

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Cheri Crause, 250-592-4422

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

pg. 18

110-1505 Church Ave, $229,000

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

pg. 20

2132 Brethour Parkway, $529,000

1190 Maplegrove, $689,900 Sunday 12-2 Re/Max Camosun Bruce Hatter, 250-744-3301

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Gary Anderson 250 744-3301

303-9880 Fourth, $269,000

33-5110 Cordova Bay

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Kevin Starling 250 889-4577

pg. 11

3-828 Rupert Terrace

404-1012 Collinson, $259,900

pg. 15

pg. 18

4942 Cordova Bay, $1,049,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Jonesco Real Estate Roger Jones 250 361-9838

203-1120 Fairfield Rd, $395,000

Daily exc Fri 12-5 Sotheby’s International Realty Scott Piercy, 250-812-7212

pg. 18

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Nicole Goeujon, 250-686-0078

pg. 8

pg. 13

pg. 15

43-901 Kentwood, $488,000 Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Michael Luyt, 250-216-7547

101-1501 Richmond Rd, $299,900

Saturday 1:30-3:30 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Betty ‘K’ 250-516-8306

9045 Lochside, $975,000

312-894 Vernon, $293,900 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jeff Shorter, 250-384-8124

pg. 33

Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Mike Van Nerum, 250-477-1100

pg. 12

pg. 14

3401 Clovelly Court, $569,900 Saturday 1-3 Newport Realty Glen Myles, 250-385-2033

Saturday 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Guy Effler 250 812-4910

620-188 Douglas, $599,900

Saturday 1-3 & Sunday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Cassie Kangas 250 477-7291

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd May Liu 250 477-7291

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Eli Mavrikos 250 896-3859

4424 Torquay, $499,900

770 Linkleas

620-188 Douglas St, $599,900

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

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Jim Bailey 250-592-4422

3155 Westdowne, $928,000 pg. 32

Saturday 2.4 Address Realty Ltd. Adam Hales, 250-391-1893

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

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

4017 Bow, $769,000

14-1741 McKenzie, $412,500

2226 Windsor, $895,000 pg. 32

834 Johnson, $349,000

6-407 William St, $698,808

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Shelly Reed, 250-213-7444

pg. 14

1216 Beach, $1,378,000

203-670 Dallas Rd

1486 Dallas, $799,900

1639 Pinewood, $649,000

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Pat Meadows, 250-592-4422

309 Kingston, $769,000

233 Irving, $829,900

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Roxanne Brass 250-744-3301

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

Saturday 1-4 RE/MAX Camosun Mark Lawless, 250-744-3301

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Rick Hoogendoorn, 250-592-4422

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Richard Gadoury, 778-977-2600

Saturday 11-1 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

1020 Richardson

3108 Mars St, $578,800

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

pg. 11

202-1807 Oak Bay Ave, $349,000

101-1235 Johnson, $328,000

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Veronica Crha, 250-384-8124

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Jeff Bishop 250-474-6003

1698 North Dairy Rd, $480,000

303-1400 Newport, $254,900

S805-737 Humboldt, $499,900

109-11 Cooperage, $929,900

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Troy Mitchell 250-896-9630

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Rosemarie Colterman 250 384-7663

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

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Jason Binab, 250-744-3301

Saturday 2-4 One Percent Realty Valentino Prundaru 250-686-2242

pg. 10

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

303-935 Johnson St.

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Lynn MacDonald 250 479-3333

pg. 13

580 Beach, $1,688,500

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-744-3301

5-675 Superior, $639,900 Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun John Percy 250 744-3301

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Shelley Saldat, 250 384-8124

1464 Begbie St, $464,900

2-1200 Richardson

Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty David Harvey, 250-385-2033

pg. 34

1159 Heald Ave., $439,900

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

23-60 Dallas, $474,900

1021 Craigdarroch, $739,000 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty David Harvey 250-385-2033

1929 Casa Marcia

pg. 8

301-380 Waterfront, $587,500

301-2757 Quadra, $167,000 Sunday 1-3 Sutton West Coast Realty Elke Pettipas 250 479-3333

pg. 13

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

Feb. 2 - 8 edition of

107-1618 North Dairy, $330,000

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Paul Holland 250 592-4422

2-1012 Terrace, $359,000

110-1035 Sutlej, $299,000 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Toby Trembath 250 385-2033

pg. 10

302-2747 Quadra, $224,900

1121 Fort, $183,900

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

937 Mesher, $859,900

2205 Victor, $439,000

504-373 Tyee, $310,000

103-3277 Quadra, $259,900 Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Erin Kenny 250 477-7291

Sunday 2-4 Boorman’s Real Estate Rod Hay, 250-595-1535

211-1525 Hillside, $229,900

S1006-737 Humboldt St., $868,800 Saturday 1-3 Macdonald Realty Ltd. Lisa Nohr 250-882-0729

pg. 8

206-1149 Rockland, $324,900 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Jim Reslein, 250-216-6967

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Find more details on the Open Houses below in the

107-75 Songhees, $850,000

314 Stannard Ave, $619,900

week beginning 2, 2012 Page 25 Friday, February February 3, 2012 - OAK BAY NEWS

pg. 6

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton,250-477-5353

pg. 21

pg. 24

2610 Selwyn Rd, $529,999

310-10459 Resthaven, $379,000 Saturday 1-3 Duttons & Co Real Estate

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Donna Gabel, 250-477-5353

pg. 1

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Lori Kersten, 250-474-4800

pg. 21 • A17

OAK BAY NEWS - Friday, February 3, 2012


This Weekend’s Published Every Thursday 119-2733 Peatt Rd, $379,900 Friday-Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance Karen Love, 250-386-8875

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319-1395 Bear Mountain, $189,000 pg. 5

Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

2246 Goldeneye, $569,900 Saturday 2:30-4 DFH Real Estate Deidra Junghans 250 474-6003

pg. 24

906-1400 Lynburne, $699,000 Sunday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

pg. 23

969 Glen Willow, $499,000 Sunday 2:30-4:30 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Chris Marrie, 250 920-8463

pg. 24

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

Saturday 1-2:30 RE/MAX Camosun Tony Wick, 250-478-9600 pg. 23

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

pg. 22

Saturday 12-2 DFH Real Estate Deidra Junghans 250 474-6003

pg. 22

594 Delora, $595,500

pg. 22

pg. 8

946 Gade Rd., $659,500

2078 Gourman Pl

Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Elaine Wright, 250-474-6003

Saturday 12-2 Re/Max Camosun Brad MacLaren 250-727-5448

Thursday - Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Greg Long, 250-384-8124

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Donna Gabel, 250-477-5353

pg. 24

31. Inflexible 33. Ancient Persian provincial governor 34. Article 35. Fallow deer 36. Barefaced 39. Small African antelope 40. Lower leg protectors 42. Poisonous hemlock alkaloid (alt. sp.) 43. Noah-like ships 44. Arabic word for miracle/sign 46. Social insect 47. Bast fibers come from it 49. Early TV comedian Imogene 50. Sheltered side 51. Stain for studying cell structures 52. Robin’s Friar 53. Contribute to

Today’s Answers

pg. 10

2141 Stone Gate, $652,900 Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra, 250-380-6683

pg. 21

B-8865 Randys Place, $429,000 pg. 22

pg. 24

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Jason Leslie, 250-478-9600

pg. 23

Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes-Sooke Fiona Phythian 250-642-3240

pg. 24

6539 Grant Rd. East, $398,800 Saturday 1-3 RE/MAX Camosun Mel Jarvis, 250-478-9600

pg. 24

3338 Myles Mansell Rd., $449,000 pg. 24

Saturday 2:30-4 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra 250-360-6683

pg. 24

957 Shawnigan Lake, $319,900

3134 Wishart Rd., $449,500 Saturday 12-1:30 Re/Max Camosun Brad MacLaren 250-727-5448

1019 Fashoda, $649,900 Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Paul Holland 250 592-4422

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Jim Fields, 250-384-8124

Saturday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Suzanne Mitchell, 250-477-7291

105-945 Bear Mountain, $499,000

507 Outlook, $749,900

Thurs & Fri 1-4, Sat & Sun 11-4 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty Daniel Weiss 250 383-1500

pg. 21

pg. 9

pg. 22

Saturday 2-4 Address Realty Ltd. Patrick Achtzner, 250-391-1893

3019 Dornier

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

Crossword ACROSS 1. Sections of a play 5. Staff musical notation 9. Rock TV channel 12. Afrikaans 13. Especially pungent pepper 14. Macaws 15. Short soloist song 16. Largest S.A. country 17. Auto 18. Resembling a rope 19. Old Italian money 20. Arugula genus 22. Huskier 24. Pre-Roman Europeans 25. Metal shackles 26. Arabian overgarments 27. University of Dayton 28. Member of U.S. Navy building battalion

828 Bexhill Pl, $659,900

2945 Andre Rd, $395,000 pg. 23

3352 Mary Anne Cres, $444,900 pg. 24

304-611 Brookside, $219,000

867 Arncote, $449,900

Saturday 1:30-3:30 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Morley Bryant, 250-477-5353

3686 Wild Country, $579,900

pg. 21

103-996 Wild Ridge, $308,900 Saturday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

563 Brant Pl., $624,900

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Mark McDougall 250 888-8588

108-644 Granrose Ter

47-2817 Sooke Lake Rd, $124,900

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the Feb. 2 - 8 edition of

6519 Steeple Chase pg. 22

Saturday 12-2 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra 250-360-6683

Park Place, $370,000 pg. 24

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Re/Max of Duncan Kim Johannsen 250 748-7200

pg. 28


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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

DOWN 1. Oil obtained from flowers 2. Chocolate alternative 3. Formosan capital 4. Dragon killer 5. Trout-like fish (alt. sp.) 6. Ms. Minelli 7. NY Quarterback __ Manning 8. Folder storage 9. Sunspots 10. Nerve pathways 11. Spanish units of length 13. Shouts out 16. Restricts vision 21. Pear-shaped medieval fiddle 23. Writing implement 28. Tree juice

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Patient pruner Oak Bay arborist Chris Paul stands in a lift bucket to reach a high branch while pruning a Douglas fir tree at the corner of Brighton Avenue at St. David Street. The work is part of the parks department’s regular maintenance program. Don Denton/News staff

Sea rescue’s night capabilities hampered Continued from Page A1

“It definitely appears that it was taken by somebody who knew exactly what they were looking for,” said Oak Bay police Deputy Chief Kent Thom. Items the thief passed over included a handheld GPS unit, binoculars and expensive flotation suits. Though sea rescue members are relieved nothing else was taken, the investigation has had an effect on their operational capacity. Their primary vessel was taken out of service for several hours while police gathered evi-

dence at the scene. The unit has a second nightvision viewfinder, but it’s currently being repaired, meaning the group’s ability to operate at night has been hampered. “We have some high-intensity spotlights that we use for illuminating water, shoreline and other objects in the water, but obviously that’s just a limited range and we can’t see that far off with them,” said station leader Kim Bentzon. “The night-vision goggles allow us to pick up the flicker of a flashlight or a small 12-volt light on a vessel quite easily.” The stolen item, which was

stored in a case, resembles a handheld video recorder, Bentzon said. Calveley said the fact that only a very specific item was taken suggests the thief is familiar with the organization, but added that she doesn’t think it was an inside job. Oak Bay police are waiting to hear from the Saanich police Forensic Identification Unit whether any evidence was collected from the scene. In the meantime, sea rescue personnel will likely have to purchase a replacement set of nightvision goggles.

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Spectrum hosts Islandwide parent conference

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Tarissa Watson, 4, snuggles between her mom Stephanie Rivard and 80-year-old Monica Day, who are taking turns reading a storybook. Before today, Tarissa had never met Day, but the opportunity to read together helps them overcome any shyness. Day turns the page and Rivard begins reading. This simple act of bringing three generations together for companionship helped inspire plans to relocate three non-profit agencies, which provide childcare and support for single parents and seniors, under one roof in Victoria. The new facility, which has yet to be built, would be home to 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, the Victoria branch of Silver Threads Service and Centennial Daycare Society. Their goal is to function independently of one another and expand their own programming, but also share space and offer programs to allow seniors and families to interact. “To our knowledge this would be the first intergenerational hub of services where individual agencies have come together in Canada,” said Liz Bloomfield, executive director of 1UP, which has 1,200 member families. “Others have come together inside a building, but not to share services,” added Edie Copland, executive director of Silver Threads Service, which receives about 1,200 requests a month for referrals and resources. Centennial Daycare Society cares for 25 children aged two to five.

Erin McCracken/News staff

Monica Day, left, Tarissa Watson, 4, and Tarissa’s mom, Stephanie Rivard, read at 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre. The groups hope to secure a parcel of land in Victoria for their new centre within three months, with the potential to open its doors by fall 2014. An $80,350 grant from the Victoria Foundation will cover half of the cost of designing the building and developing a plan to fundraise for construction costs, among other expenses. The wish list includes 18,000 square feet of space, a shared kitchen, multipurpose room, reception area and garden. “I imagine preschoolers going down to sing a song to the seniors, or make cookies together,” said Centennial Daycare president Karin Macaulay. “It’s about building community,” Bloomfield added.


Organizers of the fifth annual Vancouver Island Parent Conference expect to attract a record crowd to listen to two rock stars in the world of educational keynote speakers. Martin Brokenleg, an expert on the resiliency of children, and Stuart Shanker, a York University professor who deals in selfregulation from a neuro-scientific perspective, are slated to speak on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Spectrum community school. “We really wanted a conference where parents and teachers could

learn together,” said John Bird, president of the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. “This is really applicable in homes and in classrooms. “Our hope is that parents and teachers become partners in education in a real sense,” said Bird, whose organization co-organized the conference. A joint effort with the Sooke Parents’ Education Advisory Council, last year’s event drew an impressive 225 people, Bird said. The $75 registration includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. More information is available at

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