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Updated care home design on the way Baptist Housing tweaking design for Lodge replacement

On early snowman duty

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Travis Doerksen, 7, wields the shovel as sister Tait, 5, packs snow for the base of a snowman before school on Monday in front of their home on Armstrong Street. The siblings were hoping for more snow this week before the predicted rain comes tomorrow (Jan. 19).

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The possibility of a new dementia care and residential living facility being built in Oak Bay is still very much alive. Baptist Housing, whose proposed replacement for the existing Oak Bay Lodge was stalled when variances needed for the design were rejected by municipal council in November, is putting finishing touches on a new application it hopes to submit to the municipality this week. “We have listened carefully to the neighbours, as well as to the councillors, and taken all things into consideration,” said Baptist Housing CEO Howard Johnson. The organization’s original proposal was opposed by neighbours of the current lodge, where Baptist Housing hopes to build the new facility. Much of the negative attention surrounded the six-storey height of the proposed design, as well as the lack of available parking on site. Such details were the focus of the variance permit applications ultimately voted down. Though he wouldn’t go into specifics of the new proposal, Johnson said he’s confident it addresses those concerns. “From what I’ve understood and heard, the Oak Bay municipality would like to retain beds in Oak Bay.

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The perils of home construction Transit Road project has neighbours on edge Ryan Flaherty News staff

For Harp and Sukkie Sandhu, building a dream home has turned into a bit of a nightmare. The couple purchased a house on Transit Road last summer. They intended to deconstruct it and build a brand new one in its place. However, things didn’t go quite as planned, and as a result construction is behind schedule and the Sandhus’ rela-

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between the Sandhu property and that of their neighbours, which didn’t sit well with some fellow property owners. “They’ve taken our backyard,” said John Freeman, who lives next door. “They’ve put up a big metal industrial fence, they’ve torn down our cedar fence, and I’m standing at our dining room window looking at about a 30-foot hole.” But for Freeman, the fence and the hole are only part of the issue. “Legally, I guess you can do whatever you want when you buy the property. PLEASE SEE: Home project, Page A12

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Putting research into perspective Scientists kick off new year with a series of free talks, open to the public Natalie North News staff

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hen University of Victoria astronomy and physics professor Chris Pritchet held a talk about dark energy and cosmology at a Calgary pub, he knew he had to bring the initiative back to Victoria. “I was just blown away. The level of questions was really high, the enthusiasm of the audience was really high,” he said of the conversation he found when he wandered into the Ironwood Stage and Grill in October, 2009. “There is a feeling among scientists that we don’t do enough to communicate what we do to the public. And when we do, we use media such as Powerpoint (that) creates some distance between the speaker and the audience.” When Pritchet began organizing similar events in Victoria – independent discussions on popular topics, held in a casual setting, between scientists and the public – he discovered that he wasn’t the first UVic prof to do so. The Centre for Biomedical Research, led by E. Paul Zehr, had already hopped onto the worldwide trend in 2008 and has been hosting open casual discussions on medical issues – labelled Café Scientifique – at downtown Victoria locales ever since. “It’s a real first-person narrative,” Zehr said. “We’re really talking to the people who … in many cases are world leaders in what they’re discussing.” Last year Zehr welcomed Pritchet and the UVic Faculty of Science onto their slate of presenters. Due to growing demand, the

Mayor opens his office door to the public

E. Paul Zehr has been hosting Café Scientifique, an informal discussion between UVic researchers and the public, for five years. Each talk from the Centre for Biomedical Research takes place at the Strathcona Hotel in the Maple Room. Don Denton/News staff

two groups have split up to double their public outreach. “The Victoria community has really bought into UVic researchers coming out and working with them in an informal way,” Zehr said. “I’ve been keen to encourage

more colleagues to do these kinds of events, because there is a real appetite for them.” Colin Goldblatt, professor in the Earth and ocean sciences department, discussed the evolution of the universe in layman’s terms

on Jan. 10 when he presented The Physics and Chemistry of the Apocalypse: Runaway Greenhouses, Earth’s Future and Venus’ Past. He put such discussions into perspective with a quote from famed chemist Ernest Rutherford. “Back in the day, when you could say politically incorrect things like this, he’d say if you can’t explain your physics to a barmaid, your physics probably aren’t very good,” Goldblatt said. “If we can’t explain what we’re doing to everybody who’s intelligent and interested, but not trained, then I don’t think it necessarily helps us to learn anything. I’m a public servant and it’s my

Ryan Flaherty

10 a.m. to noon every Saturday, are designed to give Oak Bay residents an opportunity to speak with Jensen one on one. The mayor said he’ll meet with anyone with issues they’d like to discuss. Although appointments aren’t necessary, they are pre-

ferred, Jensen said, to ensure people have a chance to see him. The open door session is one of several initiatives Jensen is implementing to further engage residents. In addition to the creation of new citizens’ advisory committees

Next open discussion ■ All Café Scientifique events for the Centre for Biomedical Research will be held in the Maple Room of the Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas St. Events are free, but seating is limited. Reserve at cfbr@uvic.ca or 250-472-4067. ■ Up next: Dr. Alexandra Branzan Albu will lead ‘Artificial intelligence: friend or foe?’ on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. This season features an all-female lineup of neuroscientists in honour of the department’s new neuroscience biomedical grad program. ■ For a list of all Café Scientifique events, visit events.uvic.ca.

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As part of an effort to make municipal hall more accessible to the public, Nils Jensen has initiated mayor’s office hours. The weekly sessions, slated for

job to go tell people what I’m doing with their money.” To date, the Centre for Biomedical Research has held 30 talks and continues to fill the Maple Room at the Strathcona Hotel to capacity each month. Zehr hopes the success will inspire more of his colleagues to get involved, as faculty from UVic’s Centre on Aging has recently. “I think it’s really important to have this informal exchange between the university and the communities who are hosting these universities,” he said. “It’s really nice interplay between theory and the practical applications,” Pritchet added. nnorth@saanichnews.com on the environment and Oak Bay’s active transportation plan, he has directed municipal staff to look at amending procedural bylaws to allow for an open-mic format for the public to address council at its Monday meetings. editor@oakbaynews.com

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Thousands stolen from former UVic employee’s account University offering credit monitoring service free to affected employees Kyle Slavin News staff

Saanich police on Monday confirmed fraudsters took money directly out of the bank account of at least one former University of Victoria employee. They say the financial theft, worth thousands of dollars, is associated with the theft of a storage device that contained the social insurance numbers and banking info for 11,841 UVic employees, past and present. “It shows that whoever is in possession of this information does either have some knowledge in how to use it to their advantage, or knows who to pass it on to that might have knowledge to do these kinds of frauds,” Sgt. Dean Jantzen said. Three other cases of fraud had been reported to police. One was found to not be associated to the UVic theft. The other two are believed to be linked, but detectives are still investigating. “I think this is likely to get worse for us before it starts to stabilize,” Jantzen said. “It’d be foolish to say otherwise.” All the cases appear to have originated online, he added, noting that will make

investigating the cases more challenging. “This isn’t about going in and cashing a fraudulent cheque or making a withdrawal from somebody’s account,” he said. “When it’s Internet-based, we might be able to get an IP address, but whose fingers were on the keyboard?” Current and former UVic employees are being advised to minimize risk by first contacting their financial institution, then contacting credit bureaus to flag their account in the event of a new credit application. On Friday, the university announced it would pay for one year of credit monitoring services for any employee who requests it. “We’re hearing from our external advisors that (offering the monitoring service to our employees for free is) a very prudent action to take,” said Gayle Gorrill, vice-president of finance and operations at UVic. The service costs $150 per person, but the university will receive a discounted rate through agreements with credit bureaus Equifax and TransUnion. “It certainly does have a price tag, and it’s unfortunate that that’s what we’re using dollars for, but it’s an important thing we need to do,” Gorrill said. The monitoring service provides users with alerts to any changes in their credit, updated credit reports, ongoing monitoring, identity theft insurance and access to fraud

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The B.C. and federal governments have agreed to a five-year interest-free repayment schedule for the $1.6 billion harmonized sales tax transition fund, but the deal does not change the province’s deficit position. B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon said recently the interest break will save B.C. $118 million in interest costs, since the money doesn’t have to be borrowed all at once to repay by the March 31 deadline. Instead Ottawa will accept five annual transfers of $320 million each. The entire repayment is still being charged to the province’s books in the current fiscal year, which ends this spring. Combined with reduced provincial revenues and slightly increased spending, B.C.’s deficit for this year is forecast to be $3.1 billion. The terms of the referendum where voters opted out of the HST require the province to restore the PST with the charges and exemptions that existed prior to July 2010. A panel of tax experts has been appointed to review the PST for possible administrative efficiencies when it is reinstated in the spring of 2013. Following the referendum, the finance ministry estimated the HST would bring in an additional $600 million in revenues in each of the next two years, based on economic growth and extending the seven-per-cent provincial portion of the sales tax to a variety of services. Former premier Bill Vander Zalm, who spearheaded the petition to repeal the HST, said both the federal and provincial governments are dragging out the transition period to benefit their bottom line and that of businesses. Businesses will have to forgo input tax credits available under the HST, and convert cash registers and accounting systems back to collecting the GST and PST separately. Low-income B.C. residents will lose HST rebates starting in 2013. The total cost to B.C. of going back to the PST has been estimated at about $3 billion. In addition to the transition fund repayment, and the foregone extra revenue, B.C. has to re-establish a provincial sales tax administration and audit department. About 300 provincial tax collectors were transferred to the federal payroll when the HST took effect in July 2010. Transition rules for businesses switching from the HST back to the former provincial sales tax are expected to be announced by March 31, the end of the current fiscal year. editor@saanichnews.com


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The rebuilding of sand traps and drainage on the fairways at Victoria Golf Club hasn’t stopped golfers from playing at the private course.

Modest restoration underway at golf course Ryan Flaherty News staff

Looking so good at this age requires a little extra work now and then. At 120, Victoria Golf Club is the oldest course in Canada in its original location. It is also in the middle of a project that will help retain its pristine appearance well into the future. Work is underway at the Oak Bay course to restore the edges to sand traps which abut the fairways and greens on holes three through six.

“Being that it’s kind of a historic course, we’re trying to restore some of the bunkers to the way they used to look back in the ’50s,” said general manager Scott Kolb. Similar work was done last fall on the first and 17th holes. “What happens over time is that the edges – similar to your own gardens – get trimmed every year, (but) after 50 or 60 years the edges have gone past where they used to.” At the same time, liners are being installed and steps are being taken to improve drainage

on the course. With a price tag of more than $200,000, it’s not a cheap undertaking. But the A.V. Macan-designed course won’t be drastically altered by the project. “(It’s) nothing exciting in the sense that we’re changing much, it’s just trying to bring it back to what it used to look like,” Kolb said. However, he added, the course’s playability will be much improved, especially in the summer months. reporter@vicnews.com

Funding awarded for literacy programs Two Victoria literacy programs have been given funds from the B.C. government’s Community Adult Literacy Program. The $80,000 investment will help adults in Greater Victoria improve their literacy and numeracy skills. “Literacy is a skill that many of us take for granted, and yet one that is vital for success – both in life and in the workforce,” said Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong. Camosun College’s Learner’s Network and Aboriginal Tutor Training Program will each receive $40,000. Projects funded under CALP provide instruction and support to adult learners in everything from basic literacy to high school completion. The funding is part of $2.4 million being spent on adult literacy throughout the province for 2011-12. llavin@vicnews.com

First Nations on the South Island are the focus of a new committee being formed by the Capital Regional District. CRD board chair Geoff Young confirmed last week that the advisory group is being created partly to get out in front of any issues arising from the ongoing Temex’w Treaty negotiations. Coast Salish First Nations involved in those discussions include Songhees, T’Souke, Beecher Bay, Malahat and Nanoose. The CRD board already has a treaty advisory committee in place to represent CRD interests at the negotiating table, but Young said this new group will have a different set of responsibilities. “Some First Nations are not in treaty negotiations,” he said. “Even for those that are, there are other

issues that are not directly related, or not related at all, to treaty negotiations.” Those could include contractual delivery of services such as water and emergency response, access to reserve lands via highways, and zoning requirements, Young said. Land-use issues that may come up during treaty negotiations could also be overseen by the new committee, he added. Members will be appointed in the coming weeks, after the CRD board has had a chance to look at similar models from other regions. Young said he expects there will be partial overlap in membership with the treaty advisory committee, which is chaired by Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins. reporter@vicnews.com

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Premiers wield collective clout B.C. was among a handful of provinces comfortable with federal plans to base healthcare transfer payments more on the country’s gross domestic product starting in 2017-18. No surprise there. The stance ties right in with the B.C. Liberals’ current philosophy on labour contracts and other budgetary strategies. But at this week’s premiers conference in Victoria – since 2003 the group has been collectively known as the Council of the Federation – Premier Christy Clark expressed concern about the per-capita funding model contained in the plan. She argued rightly that the feds need to factor age trends into their calculation of transfer payments. With seniors making up an increasing portion of B.C.’s population, the cost of health care here has the potential to rise by more than the six-per-cent annual boost in funding the feds have scheduled for the next five years. And certainly so in the years after that, when the guaranteed part of the yearly increase drops to three per cent. Having already chosen to avoid negotiating with the provinces on its health-care funding plan past 2014, when the current intergovernmental agreement expires, the Harper government will have to be given a good argument why it should change course. That will take sending a unified message to federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. The split in opinions between provinces on the Conservatives’ health funding plan showed cracks in the Council of the Federation. Clearly some jurisdictions are in a tougher financial position than others and need more help paying for health-care delivery. Clark bringing up the age factor in health-care transfer payments offered a good opportunity for the premiers to speak with a unified voice. It’s a perfect chance for the provinces to exercise the clout envisioned when the Council was formed and provide taxpayers with a level of federal oversight that holds more sway than our now-toothless Senate. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@oakbaynews.com 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 www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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Enbridge pipeline won’t happen After following the opening phase the territorial claims involved, no matter what the B.C., Canadian or of the National Energy Board’s Chinese governments may wish to hearings on the Northern Gateway do with this oil. oil pipeline proposal, I The Haisla have have a prediction. embraced liquefied B.C. will never see natural gas ships, plants this pipeline. And that’s and pipelines, which probably the best may be all the industrial outcome. development the region The first reason is can handle. Condensate the nearly unanimous can continue to be opposition of informed shipped into Kitimat by Kitimat-area residents, tankers and sent by led by Haisla Nation Chief railcar to Alberta to dilute Councillor Ellis Ross and Tom Fletcher bitumen. Which brings skilled local volunteers B.C. Views me to the alternatives to who described the marine Northern Gateway. environment of the CP Rail just announced Kitimat estuary. a major investment in its U.S. There was speculation that main line south of Saskatchewan, Ross, who was just appointed to to transport crude oil from the chair Premier Christy Clark’s new Aboriginal Business and Investment Bakken Formation, an emerging source of shale oil and gas under Council, might bend on the oil Saskatchewan, Alberta and North proposal. His testimony put that Dakota. notion to rest. CP shipments out of North The Haisla, Haida, Gitga’at and Dakota went from 500 carloads in other members of the Coastal First 2009 to more than 13,000 carloads Nations group put their marker in 2011. The new target is 70,000. down on managed logging and ecoB.C.’s likeliest alternative for tourism years before this pipeline oilsands crude is the existing Trans debate heated up. California Mountain pipeline, which has been do-gooders may have coined the pumping Alberta oil and refined term “Great Bear Rainforest,” but products to the West Coast at make no mistake, these tribes run Burrard Inlet for nearly 60 years. the place. Port Moody’s Ioco refinery is Moving inland, the Northern gone, but Chevron’s Burnaby plant Gateway pipeline route is a tangle remains, and some crude goes out of dozens of asserted traditional by tanker or pipeline to refineries territories, some in the century-old south of B.C. Treaty 8 zone and others with no The current owner of Trans legal settlement. Our courts will Mountain, Kinder Morgan Canada, require at least another generation is naturally watching the Enbridge of millionaire lawyers to untangle

battle closely. A Kinder Morgan representative provided the following information about tanker traffic from their Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby. In 2011 there were 32 tankers loaded at Westridge, down from 69 in 2010. Demand varies widely (there were no tankers in 2000) and current traffic is similar to what went out of Burrard Inlet in the 1970s. Contrary to popular belief, there is not yet a major surge to Asia. For every 10 ships that load at Westridge, on average eight sail to California, one to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, and only one to Asia. Current Port Metro Vancouver rules allow Aframax-class tankers (80,000 to 119,000 dead weight tons) to pass under the Lions Gate and Second Narrows bridges, but they can’t take on a full load. That would require dredging in Second Narrows, which would increase general shipping safety as well as capacity. Kinder Morgan has not yet formally applied to twin the Trans Mountain line. If it does expand its priceless right of way, the capacity would be greater than the Enbridge proposal. One way or another, that oil will move. The professional environmentalist gong show over Enbridge is still to come. More on that next week. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Casting call Christian Turpin, 9, helps friend Seung Choi, also 9, practise casting on the beach at Turkey Head near Oak Bay Marina. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

LETTERS Reader casts another vote for raising chickens Re: No crying fowl over proposed chicken rules (News, Jan. 11) It is encouraging to see that Oak Bay council is considering ways to allow more households to keep chickens. Add my name to the list of people who want to keep backyard chickens but can’t. Last fall when I inquired into the bylaw relating to chickens, I was surprised to learn that our large north Oak Bay lot was just 40 square metres too small to allow a coop and a small flock. When I inquired into a possible easement of the bylaw, I was told there was no such thing. I thought surely there could be a way to present my coop plans (and the sad faces of my children) to council and appeal to their common sense. Both Victoria and Saanich have reasonable animal control bylaws. Hopefully our mayor and council can move ahead and give the opportunity to raise chickens to more that just eight households, and catch up with our progressive neighbouring municipalities. Krista Henry Oak Bay

Gardens more than just a source of beauty Here are some factors that I do not think have been given enough weight in the discussions about the deer problem. Gardens are not “just gardens.” They are the source of the unique and world-famous reputation of Victoria as “the Garden City.” As such, they attract tens of

thousands of tourists with all the economic benefits that they bring. They enhance both physical health in their creation and maintenance, and spiritual health by their presence. For thousands, gardening is their primary source of vigorous exercise and the healthy body and mind that results. Their beauty lifts the spirits, not just of the gardeners, but all the passers-by that view them. What will be the healthcare and other costs to society if they are destroyed by deer? Gardens provide hundreds of jobs in nurseries and other related businesses. Vegetable gardens are the most affordable source of quality organic food. And for many who cannot afford the premium prices of these products in food stores and markets, it is the only way they will get them. Personal urban agriculture is the most ecological way to put food on our tables. It is the zeromile diet. Food grown in our personal gardens means that much more wild land can be left for the deer outside the city, where they can lead their lives in a natural environment. For many, such as myself, who intentionally bought a home in (at the time) a deer-free area, saving money by growing our own food is an important part of the economic plan we had in mind when we bought our homes. Losing this source of inexpensive food could mean losing our homes. As deer populations increase, other flora that they eat and

the fauna like birds, butterflies, and insects that rely on that decimated flora, decrease. So, far from being the spokespeople for the natural world, those who oppose the control of deer populations are supporting the destruction of the diversity we currently enjoy. Jim Bartels Oak Bay

Conservation math doesn’t add up Re: Water and sewer rates increase (News, Jan. 13) I recently read that Oak Bay residents will pay more for water and sewer service, due to decreased consumption resulting in lower revenues. I am not an economist, so this confuses me. It reads like residents doing the right thing and reducing consumption will be penalized for their good efforts with higher costs. Shouldn’t the message be that residents have done their part by using less water so it’s time for government to trim administration of the service? Otherwise, one might argue residents should water their lawns often and flush twice to prevent paying more. I must be missing something. Eric Shafonsky Oak Bay

Regional police merger not for everyone The current structure of policing in the Capital Region permits individual municipalities

to maintain control of their own police costs. The amalgamation of police departments will drive up longterm costs, due to the expense of providing equal services to a wider area, and result in higher labour costs thanks to a larger, more powerful police union. For those municipalities that are thriving, such as Oak Bay, Saanich and Langford, they will have a hard time overcoming the questions raised when understanding the rationale argued by pro-merger Victoria: systemic problems within VicPD and the city’s budgeting, the distinction between amalgamation and absorption, and the driving forces behind mergers. William Perry Victoria

Time to install cameras on the Malahat Re: Dedicated Malahat police unit needed but ‘unrealistic’ (story in today’s News, page 10). Many of the crashes and deaths on the Malahat are a result of speeding. Speed cameras (also known as photo radar) have been shown in several countries (Australia, New Zealand, France, UK and Scandinavia) to result in a significant reduction of traffic crash fatalities. All that is required is for the province to pass an order-incouncil then to give the public adequate warning and install stationary cameras at places where the speed-related crashes

have occurred. Speed violations would result in automatic fines. The result will be reduced speeding, reduced deaths, reduced crashes, reduced police costs, reduced automobile insurance costs and reduced health care costs. It is a no-brainer. Surely most of the public will accept speed cameras in places where it is known there are a high number of speed related crashes. Speed cameras should be introduced before a more expensive dedicated police unit is considered. Shaun Peck Victoria

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Malahat police unit needed, but ‘unrealistic’ No simple solution to troubling road Erin McCracken News staff

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Vehicles travel the Malahat on a typical summer day. A focused enforcement campaign conducted last summer on the winding, hilly section of Highway 1 cut down on the number of crashes.

Sgt. Graeme LeBlanc was patrolling the Malahat Drive portion of the Trans-Canada Highway last summer when a call came in over the radio that shocked him. Another officer had clocked a vehicle travelling at 180 km/h. Despite their efforts, police weren’t able to nab the hazardous driver. “If something does happen ... how long is it going to take them to stop? Is there something wrong with them? Are they drunk? Are they high? Are there mental health issues?” asked LeBlanc,

a Victoria police officer with the Capital Regional District’s Integrated Road Safety Unit. “Why are they endangering the public? At a certain point we’re at a loss for an explanation.” He makes a strong case for the need for a police road safety unit dedicated to enforcing the rules of the road along the Malahat Drive, a notorious 24-kilometre stretch between Langford and Mill Bay. That’s one of the recommendations that came out of last summer’s two-month Making the Malahat Safer campaign. Those findings were released Jan. 11. From July 6 to Sept. 7, officers from the CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit, the Saanich Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit and several RCMP detachments and units, including South Island Traffic Services and West Shore RCMP officers, kept up a con-

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– 35 impaired drivers were taken off the road and risky driving behaviour was curbed. But Insp. Ray Fast, head of the RCMP’s Island District Traffic Services, said it would be “unrealistic” to ask for a dedicated 15-member Malahat patrol unit costing an estimated $1 million a year. The province will instead be asked for additional police resources for the Island, which, in part, could boost police numbers on the Malahat, he said. A feasibility study would be needed to look at the value of placing photo radar equipment, for example, on the highway. Some personnel would be needed to man the technology. “However, it is significantly less (cost) than the amount of resources used to deploy a fulltime traffic unit,” Fast said. emccracken@vicnews.com

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Christmas generated some big numbers for the Salvation Army’s seasonal campaign. Locally, its red kettles raised $204,000, and the money was put toward both holiday and year-round programs. The Salvation Army also handed out 5,200 toys to 876 children. Most of the toy donations were generated by the three concerts staged by the

CFB Esquimalt Naden band. Sally Ann’s Christmas hamper program also provided bundles to 1,300 families, each containing enough for a Christmas breakfast, dinner and a little extra to start off the new year. And the season isn’t over. The sixth and final community meal will be served Thursday (Jan. 19) at 525 Johnson St. editor@oakbaynews.com

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An Oak Bay resident with a keen eye for trouble helped lead police to a man seen peering into windows with the curtains open. The suspect, said to be in his 40s and of no fixed address, was spotted crossing back and forth across Foul Bay Road looking in the windows of homes in the 900 block on Jan. 8 around 10:30 p.m. Oak Bay police located and identified the man. He was not charged with a crime, and was taken to downtown Victoria where he planned to stay the night, said Kent Thom, deputy chief of police. “He does have a past, yes, not with Oak Bay (police) but with other police agencies,” Thom said.

Noisy B&E suspect attracts attention

A resident heard a banging noise in the the 2500-block of Cadboro Bay Rd. shortly after midnight on Jan. 11, and discovered someone dressed in

dark clothes banging on the door glass at the Food Forum grocery store. The witness saw the glass break and the person enter the premises. There was no trace of the suspect when police arrived and nothing appeared to be stolen.

Cougar spotted in O.B. neighbourhood

Oak Bay police responded to a report of a possible cougar sighting on Cedar Hill Cross Road near Henderson Road in the early evening of Jan. 13. The location is not far from the Ten Mile Point neighbourhood of Saanich, where numerous cougar sightings have been reported to Saanich police, said Thom. “It’s our first (cougar sighting) in the last little while. We’ve had them in the past.”

Smashed vehicle goes missing

Despite an eyewitness report of a man smashing the windshield of a car with a baton at 2 a.m. on Jan. 13, police didn’t

find any evidence of a damaged vehicle. The vanished car was said to have been parked near the corner of Haultain Street and Eastdowne Road. However, a report did come in to police later of a white vehicle leaving right after this incident and before police arrived. “We don’t know if that was the damaged vehicle or not,” said Deputy Chief Kent Thom, adding that police found no broken glass on the road.

Student driver learns difficult, pricey lesson

An adult learning to drive likely got a shock when punching the gas pedal instead of the brake. Despite being under the guidance of a professional instructor, the student miscalculated a turn at Henderson Road and Murdoch Crescent. The vehicle hit a tree, causing several thousand dollars in damage to the vehicle. The only injury was the driver’s sore nose. emccracken@vicnews.com

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“But it’s a travesty the way they came in,” he said. “They came in like a bull in a china shop.” Sandhu paints a different picture. “When you’re going through a project like this, obviously it’s going to be somewhat disruptive to those around you,” he said. “I made a point of going to my neighbours on either side, my neighbour behind me, my neighbours across the street ... passed on my builder’s card along with my own, saying ‘if there’s any

issues, let us know.’” “We’re not trying to make it adversarial,” added Sukkie Sandhu, “but I don’t know where they’re coming from.” Freeman and his wife have taken their case to the municipality, but were told all the appropriate permits were obtained, that the oil spill was handled appropriately and that any further disagreement between the Freemans and Sandhus may have to be settled in civil court. “It is a civil dispute, and so either they come up with an agreement to redo what they’ve had to remove or their lawyers

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The Sisters are taking centre stage. While it won't be for another two years, 18 pieces of art, including an early Emily Carr painting given to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from the Sisters of St. Ann, will be featured in an exhibition in 2013. While the wait may seem long, some have waited decades to see the Sisters finally getting the recognition they deserve. “I think they are a vital piece of the whole story of art and culture in our community and in B.C.,” said Art Gallery of Greater Victoria chief curator Mary Jo Hughes. “It is a part of the story people don't know about.” The four nuns, sisters Marie du Sacre Coeur Valois, Marie Angele Gauthier, Marie de la Conception Lane and Marie Lumena Brasseur travelled from Quebec and became the first nuns to arrive in British Columbia in 1858. Upon arrival they promptly turned a modest log cabin into a school for children and care home for the sick – eventually expanding their facilities over time to care for orphans and teach art to hundreds, if not thousands, of young girls. “If we do want to present the history of art-making and appreciation in the province this really adds a piece of the story we didn't touch upon before,” Hughes said. “It is also important to the history of wom-

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Sister Marie Zarowny, Sisters of St. Ann Provincial Leader and Jon Tupper, Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with some of the paintings from the Sisters’ art collection they have donated to the gallery. The painting between the two is of Mére Marie-Michel, one of the first four Sisters of the order. en’s art in B.C. Other than Emily Carr, we often just hear about the men in historical art. These were pioneer women artists that really made a difference in the community.” That difference was providing health care to the community which eventually led them to Carr’s sister Elizabeth, who suffered from cancer. As a thanks to the Sisters

who helped her, the artist gifted Wild Lillies, a painting she completed when she was 20 – which now resides in the AGGV as the oldest Carr in the collection. The Sisters’ vision eventually grew to include St. Ann's Residence (a care facility), Queenswood (a retreat centre) and national historic site St. Ann's Academy. After selling the academy to the province in the 1970s

and closing Queenswood after 43 years, showing the art became more and more challenging and the society gave the AGGV first dibs on the entire collection. “There is a certain nostalgia turning it over to the public but that is far outweighed by the assurance they will be well cared for and made available into the future,” said Sister Marie Zarowny, provincial leader for the Sisters of St. Ann. “There is no point having them and having them hidden in a cupboard. We felt they would provide really good stewardship of our paintings and provide them to the public in a way that was advantageous for the paintings, and make our legacy with regards to the art to the community known.” Other works from the collection include a Sister’s rendition of Raphael's Virgin and Child. Also included are local scenes of Clover point, Beacon Hill Park, the Gulf Islands and the Malahat – all from more than 100 years ago. Zarowny however, hopes the enduring memories will be of their influence on women’s art. “I would hope that what comes across is, even in pioneer times the recognition of creative expression being integral to the life of a human person is very important,” Zarowny said. “The importance of women artists … being recognized as valuable artists throughout history." editor@goldstreamgazette.com


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Ain’t that a kick in the head

The Victoria Symphony presents A Salute to the Rat Pack, Jan. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. with a matinée Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Multi-talented musician Matt Catingub is generating excitement throughout the entertainment industry for his unique abilities as a conductor, composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and singer. Catingub joins the Victoria Symphony for a celebration of the music, artistry, and songs of Las Vegas and the Rat Pack. Favourite songs from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and others include I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Ain’t that a Kick in the Head and A Lot of Livin’ To Do. At the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, tickets from $33. Beltone Pops series subscription from $132 for six concerts. For tickets call 250-385-6515 or visit www.victoriasymphony.ca.

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The Goward House Society presents Youthful Expressions V, presenting the artists of Frank Hobbs elementary, Arbutus middle, Lambrick Park secondary and Mt. Douglas secondary schools until Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2495 Arbutus Road. For information email gowardhouse@shaw.ca, or call 250-477-4401.

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angham Court Theatre invites you to visit the shabby Manhattan apartment of a quirky, lonely gentleman known only as Man in Chair as he speaks directly to the audience about life, love and his favourite pasttime – live theatre. The five-time, Tony Awardwinning Canadian musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison is directed by Langham Court veteran Roger Carr (The History Boys, The Laramie Project). Man in Chair welcomes the audience to listen along with him as he plays the album of his loved (fictional) 1928 musical comedy from musical theatre’s golden age called The Drowsy Chaperone. As the needle falls, the fourth wall shatters and the musical comes to life around him. The show previews tonight (Jan. 18), and opens Thursday, Jan. 19, running to Saturday, Feb. 4. Preview night all tickets are two for $20. Jan. 24 and 31 are Tuesday Students and Seniors

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Cougar Annie Tales brings life to light In the early 1900s the legendary west coast settler Cougar Annie was anything but a typical woman. She trapped more than 70 cougars, homesteaded a rainforest bog, opened a remote post office, and outlived four husbands. California-born Ada Annie Jordan settled in the Clayoquot coastal rainforest in 1915 with her first husband and three young children. A five-acre garden that she carved out of the wilderness provided food and income throughout her life. The bounty on cougars supplemented her income and she earned her nickname, Cougar Annie. Annie gave birth to eight more children in the remote location, and rarely left the property until old age and blindness forced her move to Port Alberni, where she died at age 97. Singer/songwriter Kat Kadoski lived in Clayoquot for three years care-taking Cougar Annie’s garden and immersing herself in the folklore surrounding the legendary pioneersettler. Drawing on many sources, including Annie’s family, Cougar Annie Tales uses stories, images, letters, and original compositions to celebrate the unconventional life of one of B.C.’s most colourful characters. Cougar Annie Tales is presented as a development workshop performance on Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., at Intrepid Theatre, Fisgard at Blanshard in Victoria. Tickets are $12 and $14 and are available at the door and at www. ticketrocket.org. For more information go to www. katrinakadoski.com.

Grow a Native Plant Garden. Residents of the Capital Region are invited to participate in a FREE workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Instructor Patricia Johnston will provide instruction on native plant identification, their benefits and how to use them. An overview of CRD Water Conservation programs will be provided and participants will be given a tour of a native plant garden. These informative workshops will be held at Swan Lake Nature House, located at 3873 Swan Lake Road in Victoria. Workshop Dates:

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The executive managers of Black Ball Ferry Line liked the service so much, they bought the company. Black Ball announced last week the management team had agreed to purchase the organization from the Oregon State University Foundation. Terms of the deal for the ferry service, which runs the M.V. Coho ferry between Port Angeles, Wash., and Victoria, were not released. The line was bequeathed to the foundation in 2004 by former owner Lois Acheson as part of a $21-million gift of her estate to establish an endowment in OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “This does justice to Mrs. Acheson’s gift,” said Victoria-based president Ryan Burles. The company was initially placed in a long-term trust with the intent of preserving its culture and commitment to its employees and the region. “My aunt Lois Bates Acheson’s wishes have been carried out exactly as she would have wanted to the mutual benefit of the Black Ball management group, the Oregon State University Foundation and the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Donna Lee Schoen, Black Ball Ferry Line trustee and board member. “It was her intention that the Coho ferry would continue to provide long-

The M.V. Coho sails into the Inner Harbour through the Songhees. Black Ball Ferry Line has been bought by the company’s executive management team. File photo

term employment and continuing service for the Port Angeles and Victoria communities.” The company’s management team includes Burles; CEO Capt. John Cox; senior vice-president of finance, David Booth; district manager, Rian Anderson, and marketing director Ryan Malane. Aside from Malane, who joined the company last year, the management team has dozens of years of experience between them. Burles joined Black Ball in 1981 as a dock hand. “I don’t feel any difference between managing and owning,” said Burles, who moved up through the company, joining

the management team in 2004 and taking the helm in 2007. “I still have a lot of pride and respect for it. My original boss was like a mentor and second father to me. Mrs. Acheson was a straight person who cared about the employees and passed on a legacy that I am truly honoured to continue.” Black Ball Ferry Line recently embarked on a multi-year program to improve the Port Angeles terminal and continue to renovate its Victoria facilities. The company employs more than 120 people and transports 400,000 passengers and 120,000 vehicles annually. llavin@vicnews.com

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great returns for their investment with Black Press,” Sakamoto said. “Our readers are taking advantage of local deals and high-end items.” Most said they have plans to travel in the next six months and 18 per cent plan to purchase a car. Across the province the trend for shopping locally is 89 per cent. In Oak Bay the trend is higher, at 98 per cent. “This survey will help us serve our community better,” said Black Press’ Greater Victoria editorial director, Kevin Laird. “Print media is relevant only as much as it reflects its audience. Our goal is to cover the stories and issues readers want to know about.” A total of 12,361 reader surveys were completed between September and November of 2011. The study data was submitted both online and in paper format and compiled to provide one of the largest data sets in British Columbia. The survey gauged reader habits and preferences, as well as purchase intentions in more than 70 communities in B.C. llavin@vicnews.com


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SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF League best Cougars clinch first round playoff bye

The Victoria Cougars locked up a bye through the first round of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoffs with a 7-3 win over the Kerry Park Islanders on Saturday. Down 3-1 in the second period, the Cougars regrouped for six unanswered goals. Alternate captain Steve Axford led the way with a goal and three assists. Also scoring was Mark Walton with two, and Sam Rice, Brody Coulter, newcomer Colin Minardi and Jake Nixon with one each. Kurtis Kunz picked up three assists. With 28 wins, five losses and one overtime loss, the Cougars are 18 points up on the Comox Valley Glacier Kings for first in the league with 57 points. Eight games remain for the Cougars in their 42-game schedule. Next up for the Cougars is a visit to Comox on Saturday (Jan. 21). This Friday, the Peninsula Panthers (14-14-2) host the Saanich Braves (15-13-4) at Panorama Recreation Centre at 7:30 p.m. Visit vicnews.com for coverage of last Sunday’s VIJHL All-Star game at Pearkes arena.

Coach Matt Willis, left, and skaters Elise von Holwede and Eric Streichsbier break during practice on the ice at the Ian Stewart Complex in Saanich. The skaters are competing in Moncton, N.B., this week for the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, Jan.16-22

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Catching up to nationals Racquet Club skaters on fast track Travis Paterson News staff

They came from afar and they’ve got far to go. But the amount of ice covered by Racquet Club of Victoria Figure Skating dance team Elise von Holwede and Eric Streichsbier in just six months is impressive, coach Matt Willis said. Seventeen-year-old von Holwede came to Victoria in July from Saskatchewan, though she most recently lived and trained in Ottawa. She came because girls looking for ice dance partners are a dime-a-dozen, but boys, especially someone as talented as 18-year-old Streichsbier, are a rare find. This week, the duo makes its debut at the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Moncton, N.B., running Jan. 16 to 22. “They complement each other so well, in many ways, with hair and complexion, and being the right height match,” Wilis said. “Eric has the power, presence and edge control that works well with the flair of Elise’s character expression.” Last year, Streichsbier relocated to Victoria from Port Alberni to focus on skat-

ing. Seeking a partner, Willis put the word out and von Holwede responded for a July tryout, her previous coach in tow. “My coach came to see how we would match up, said von Holwede, who’s in Grade 12 at Mount Douglas secondary. “Everyone has different techniques. Right away the coaches enjoyed (our chemistry).” Under the guidance of Willis the duet quickly put a routine together and at the Skate Canada challenge in Regina on Dec. 4 they finished 15th to qualify for nationals. “It’s a short time frame with a lot of improvement coming fast,” said Willis, Racquet Club’s coach and director of junior development. “Christmas break might have slowed that progress but we expect them to improve on that finish. We’ve made a lot of adjustments to add points (to the judges’ score).” Willis, from Courtenay, is a former national level skater who finished top-five in dance. He’s in his fifth year with Racquet Club and is a major part of its transition into a high-performance organization under director Deena Beacom. It’s the second straight year the Racquet Club has sent a dance team to nationals. Sister and brother tandem Pilar and Leonardo Maekawa went last year.

Skating to Peggy Lee’s Fever for their free program, von Holwede and Streichsbier are aiming for a top-10 finish in Moncton – which von Holwede missed by one spot last year. It’s Streichsbier’s first time at nationals. He’ll need a new set of goals going ahead. “Nationals have been my long-term goal. Right now, we’re working on weekby-week improvement,” Streichsbier said, who plans on enrolling in college next year. Getting better means twice a day sessions on the ice, skating together in the mornings and individually in the afternoons. Ice time will increase even more if they chase their international aspirations next year.

Junior hopes on hold The dance season is on hiatus for Pilar and Leonardo Maekawa due to a leg injury to Leonardo. The Sooke-based Maekawa siblings skate out of the Racquet Club but have missed out on a few competitions this year, including one in their home country of Mexico. Nineteen year old Leonardo has been out of commission since October, breaking his shinbone off a jump in practice. sports@vicnews.com

The UVic Vikes women’s field hockey team is hosting the annual five-on-five indoor tournament at the Ian Stewart Complex, Jan. 21-22. This year’s teams include the UBC Thunderbirds and club teams the Jokers, Rebels and Shawnigan. As well, a UVic alumni squad will feature players from the 2008 CIS championship team, including Perri Espeseth, Natalie Wise, Sumeet Aujla and Ali Lee. The tournament will be hosted in conjunction with an alumni field hockey dinner on Jan. 20, to celebrate members from the Vikes 11 national field hockey titles. The gold medal final goes at 2 p.m., on Sunday, with an awards presentation following the match. The Vikes wrap up their indoor season at the B.C. Senior Indoor Championships, Feb 4-5 in Duncan.

BCHL to host first Western Canadian Jr. A championship

The road to the RBC Cup won’t get any easier, but it will take a new path, starting in Nanaimo in 2013. No longer will the BCHL champion challenge the Alberta champion for the Doyle Cup. Rather, the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced a new regional playoff format for its four western provinces beginning in 2013. The BCHL, Alberta Junior, Saskatchewan and Manitoba junior A leagues will play in the five-team Western Canadian Championship. The host city, selected ahead of time through a bid process, will earn an automatic berth in the Western championship, alongside the champion from each of the four western leagues. The top two teams, the winner and runner-up, will then qualify for the RBC Cup national championship. After Nanaimo, the Western championship will move to Manitoba in 2014, Alberta in 2015 and Saskatchewan in 2016. There are 10 leagues and over 130 teams competing in Canadian junior A hockey. sports@vicnews.com


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The Victoria Royals ended their ten game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. It was the second stop of the Royals’ six-game jaunt through the prairies, which opened with a 7-3 loss to the Regina Pats on Friday. Saturday’s game came just five days after Victoria traded its top scorer, Kevin Sundher, to the Wheat Kings for defenceman Jordan Fransoo, forward Dakota Conroy and a first round bantam pick. As fate would have it, Sundher, Fransoo and Conroy all earned points in the game. Fransoo and Conroy even connected on the same goal. Sundher recorded two assists, but only after an uncharacteristic start. In the first 10 minutes he was called for high sticking, then slashing. Things got even worse when, with four minutes left in the opening period, Sundher was called for embellishment

on a hooking call against the Royals’ Tim Traber. However, any jokes about Sundher’s alliance were put to rest when he set up Mark Stone’s power play goal at the end of the first period to make it 2-0. Victoria had to come from behind to tie the game 3-3 on goals from Conroy (assisted by Fransoo), Brandon Magee and Jamie Crooks. Royals rookie Ben Walker scored in the third round of the shootout to win it. Prairie travels continue as the Royals visit Swift Current on Tuesday (Jan. 17), followed by Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Saskatoon.

Scouting Vic players Saanich’s Wade Murphy has joined a pair of Victoria Royals in the mid-term rankings of the Central Scouting Services top eligible players for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Listed at No. 204 among North American skaters, Murphy is low on the list. But just the fact he’s on the radar, is what’s most important. Having been traded from the Victoria Grizzlies to the Penticton Vees, Murphy’s stock should rise. The Vees are the toast of the

B.C. Hockey League with just three losses in the team’s first 40 games. Murphy will be on centre stage as the Vees are favoured to win the Fred Page Cup as BCHL champions and have a good chance to represent B.C. and Alberta at the RBC Cup. Ranking a little higher than Murphy are Royals players Steven Hodges (Delta) at 55th and Logan Nelson (Rogers, MN) at 108th. In his second WHL season Hodges has 28 points on13 goals and 15 assists. Nelson is third in rookie scoring with 42 points – 18 goals and 24 assists.

Grist gets first goal It was a long time coming for Sam Grist as the North Saanich defenceman scored his first WHL goal on the weekend. A member of the powerhouse Tri City Americans, Grist is 6-foot-4, 200 lbs., and plays a reliable, stay-at-home style of game. It took him 96 games – nearly two full seasons with the Americans – to get his first goal. It came in a 5-3 loss to the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday when Grist blasted a slap shot from the point that caromed in off a defender. sports@vicnews.com

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WETHERBY APTS FOR SENIORS ONLY 55+ Spacious stes Avail. - some immed. Bach $750; 1 bdrm $890; 2 bdrms $1075 & up. Close to buses, Hillside Mall, doctors, dentists all within walking distance. Seniors lifestyle of convenience & comfort. On site laundry, social room. Staff available. Please call Bonny 250-598-1650 Email: weth@ramco.ca

CAN’T GET Up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. **HOME PHONE Reconnect** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid Long Distance Specials! Feature Package Specials! Referral Program! Don’t be without a home phone! Call to Connect! 1-866-287-1348. SEALY POSTUREPEDIC Euro Pillow-Top King-Size Mattress Set $499.; Queen Sets from $139.; 39” Sleigh Bed $99.; Bunk-Beds $299.; Deluxe Sofa-Bed $499.; Sofa & Loveseat $199.; Leather or Microfibre Sofa, Love & Chair w/5 Built-In Recliners $1199.; Bookcases & Desks from $49.; Occassional Chairs, Rockers & Recliners from $69.; Wood 5Pc Dinette $159.; Dressers, Wardrobes, TV Stands, Lamps & More! BUY & SAVE 9818 4th St., Sidney. We Buy, Sell, Trade. buyandsave.ca STEEL BUILDINGS For all uses! Beat the 2012 steel increase. Make an offer on selloff models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free brochure 1-800-668-5111 ext 170

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SEAGATE APTS 707 Esquimalt Road Stes avail. - some immed. 1 bdrm $875 & up; 2 bdrms $1010 & up. Indoor pool, exercise rm and many other fitness amenities. Full view of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Please call Sylvia 250-383-1731 Email: sea@ramco.ca

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MALAHAT 1 & 2 BdrmsPanoramic views. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $700-$1200 inclusive. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references. 250-478-9231. OAK BAY, 60 plus building, 1 Bdrm, 1 Bath above Oak Bay library, F/S, coin laundry $850. Call Complete Residential 250-370-7093.

APARTMENT/CONDO FERNWOOD AREA Apt, large 2 bdrm, $930/mo. Avail now. Call 250-370-2226 for viewing.

Antiques, books, collectibles, furniture, china, jewelry. Estates/private libraries purchased.

HOMES FOR RENT NORTH SAANICHEnjoy views of farm lands from this lrg 1bdrm upper lvl suite, shared laundry, N/S, $800+ util’s. Call (250)652-7707. SIDNEY- 2006 1 level 3 bdrm, 2 bath executive home attached dbl garage, like new cond., $2500 incld’s lawn services. Call (250)652-7707.

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COLWOOD- 1 bdrm, shared laundry, priv ent, NS/NP. $795 incls utils, quiet, 250-391-7915

MORTGAGES

C. SAANICH, 1 bdrm bsmt, all utils incl, priv ent, shared W/D, N/S, N/P, $750/mo, avail immed, call 250-213-8852.

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PRIVATE MORTGAGE Lender. Funding smaller 2nd, 3rd, & interim mortgages. No fees! Please call 604-736-6914 or grpacific@telus.net. Courtesy to agents.

ROCKLAND AREA Apt, large 1 bdrm, incls heat & hot water, $800/mo. Avail immed. Call 250-370-2226 for viewing.

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

Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other financing options available to qualified applicants.

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

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

IFIX HANDYMAN Services. Household repairs and renovations. Free estimates. Call Denis at 250-634-8086 or email: denisifix@gmail.com

PRICED BY the job. No surprises. Guaranteed. 25 yrs, 2nd generation Master Plumber. 778-922-0334 Visa/MC.

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DESIGN FOR PERMIT. w w w. i n t e gra d e s i g n i n c . c o m Call Steven (250) 381-4123.

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

$20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279.

CBS MASONRY BBB A+ Accredited Business. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Patios, Sidewalk Repair. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee”. Free Competitive Estimates. Call (250)294-9942 or 250-589-9942. www.cbsmasonry.com

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

DRYWALL AARON’S RENO’S Drywall, taping, texture. Insured/bonded. Free est. 250-880-0525.

CARPENTRY

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CUSTOM PLANER- (Fir, cedar) baseboards, casings, crown molding (any shape). Call (250)588-5920.

250-361-6193. QUALITY Electric. Reno’s plus. Visa accepted. Small jobs ok. #22779

I’M YOUR man for all types of Renovations. 28 years experience. Call Phil 250-595-3712. QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (BBB) All reno’s, kitchen, bath, custom showers. Anything concrete. 250-658-2656. www.wingfieldcontracting.com

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

AT&T ELECTRIC. Renovations. Residential & Commercial. Knob & tube replacement. #26125. (250)744-4550. EXPERIENCED ELECTRICIAN. Reasonable rates. 250744-6884. Licence #22202. GNC ELECTRIC Res/Comm. Reasonable rates for quality work. #43619. 250-883-7632. KENDRA’S ELECTRICAL Co. #86952. No Job too Small. Kendra, 250-415-7991.

GARDENING DPM SERVICES: lawn/gard, cleanups, pruning, hedges, landscapes, irrigation, pwr washing, gutters 15yrs. 250883-8141. PREPARATION FOR Fall, Winter & Spring. Professional garden & landscape services. Maintenance, design & installations. Call (250)474-4373.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS A1 -DIAMOND DAVE Gutter cleaning, repairs, gutter guard, power washing, window washing, roof de-mossing. Free no obligation est. 250-889-5794. GUTTER CLEANING, repairs, de-mossing. Windows, power washing. 250-478-6323. GUTTER CLEANING. Repairs, Maintenance, Gutterguard, Leaf traps. Grand Xterior Cleaning Services. WCB Insured. Call 250-380-7778.

CARING BONDABLE work since 1985. Supplies & vacuum incld’d. Call (250)385-5869

NORTHERN SUN Electric Comm/Res. $35/hr. Work Guaranteed. Any size job. (250)888-6160. Lic#13981.

SPRING CLEANING/Gardening. Hardworking reliable lady. Excellent ref’s. 250-514-5105.

WATTS ON ELECTRIC, Residential, Commercial, Renovations. #100213. 250-418-1611.

PERIMETER EXTERIORS. Gutter cleaning, repairs, upgrades & maintenance. WCB, Free est. 250-881-2440.

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

BUBBA’S HAULING. Mini excavator & bob cat services. Call 250-478-8858.

Aroundthehouse.ca ALL, Repairs & Renovations Ben 250-884-6603

COMPUDOC MOBILE Computer Services. Repairs, tuneups, tutoring, web sites and more. Call 250-886-8053.

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

AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397.

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CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, kitch/bath, wood floor, tiles, plumbing, renos 250-213-6877

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

HIRE-A-HUSBAND, 250-5144829. Specialize in bath/kitchen reno’s and accessibility. Serving Victoria for 23 years. SENIOR HANDYMANHousehold repairs. Will assist do-it yourselfers. Fred, 250888-5345.

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250-888-JUNK www.888junk.com CITY HAUL- a lot of junk won’t fit in your trunk, you’re in luck I own a truck. 250-891-2489.

PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774

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CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164.

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

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

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GARDEN CITY Green Hauling & Recycle Chris, 250-2170062. junkremovalvictoria.com

HIRE-A-HUSBAND, 250-5144829. Specialize in bath/kitchen reno’s and accessibility. Serving Victoria for 23 years.

IRRIGATION/SPRINKLER SYSTEMS SUMMIT SERVICES. Total property services. Including certified Irrigation & Landscaping, Site Maintenance inside and out. See what everyone is talking about! 250-883-1041. james@summitirrigation.ca

LANDSCAPING AURICLE LAWNS- Hedge, tree pruning, winter clean, pwr wash, snow rmvl. 882-3129

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

CBS MASONRY BBB A+. Chimney, Fireplaces, Rock, Flagstone, Concrete, Pavers, Repair, Rebuild, Renew. “Quality is our Guarantee.” Free Competitive Est’s. Call (250) 294-9942/589-9942. www.cbsmasonry.com

PAINTING A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wallcoverings. Over 25 yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. NORM’S PAINTING- 15% offQuality work. Reliable. Refs. 25 yr exp. 250-478-0347. OLD TIMER. Quality old fashioned service. Great rates. Excellent references. Call Al at 250-474-6924, 250-888-7187.

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

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

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

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

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

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

TREE SERVICES LOCAL TREE CO. 30 yrs exp. Bucket truck, chipper. We buy logs. Insured. (250)883-2911.

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PLUMBING EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104. FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376. FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544. KERRY’S GAS & PLUMBING SERVICESRepair, maintenance & install. 250-360-7663.

WINDOW CLEANING DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping Roofs, Pressure Washing, Roof Demossing. Call 250361-6190. GLEAMING WINDOWS Gutters+De-moss, Pwr Wash. 18 yrs. Brian, 514-7079. WCB.


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Warship’s crew returning with ‘incredible’ tales HMCS Vancouver expected to return to CFB Esquimalt in midFebruary

“At night it’s almost like fireworks. The rocket fire would light up the sky at night and you could see explosions, and even during the day you would see the puffs of black smoke.”

Erin McCracken News staff

Watching the battle for Libya unfold before their eyes won’t be a memory hundreds of military personnel aboard an Esquimaltbased navy warship will soon forget. HMCS Vancouver is now heading home to CFB Esquimalt from the Mediterranean Sea, where it patrolled the Libyan coast with NATO allies last fall, and later hunted for terrorists in the politically fragile region. As rockets fired into the night along Libya’s coast last October, Vancouver’s crew marked the progress made by advancing Libyan interim government forces. Moammar Gadhafi forces finally fell in late October. “A lot of people fortunately don’t see this (type of conflict) every day,” the ship’s captain, Cmdr. Brad Peats, told reporters by phone from aboard Vancouver last week. “At night it’s almost like fireworks. The rocket fire would light up the sky at night and you could see explosions, and even during the day you would see the puffs of black smoke. “We understood the gravity of the situation that was going on there.” The frigate left CFB Esquimalt last July, carrying about 250 people, including an air crew and Sea King helicopter from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Pat Bay.

– HMCS Vancouver Cmdr. Brad Peats

That operation ended Oct. 31, but the work didn’t. The Canadian government announced it would maintain a presence in the politically charged region until the end of 2012, as part of the counter-terrorism mission, known as Operation Active Endeavour. HMCS Charlottetown, from Halifax, will take up where Vancouver leaves off. Vancouver’s long-term deployment, which touched the four corners of the Mediterranean Canadian Forces photo Sea, cost about $1.4 million a HMCS Vancouver is coming home next month after its mission in the Mediterranean Sea. month. Peats credited his crew for their hard “Being over there, and certainly during “Over three patrols totalling 58 days Vancouver travelled the Libyan coast, from Operation Unified Protector, I’ve no doubt work, and said everyone is now looking forward to seeing loved ones. Tobruk to Tripoli, conducting operations that Vancouver ... saved lives.” “You can see it in the crew’s faces that In fact, the ship’s crew collected intelsuch as escorting mine sweepers, boarding vessels of interest and gathering informa- ligence that, along with data compiled by we’re starting to think of home,” he said. “To tion on Gadhafi forces’ movements,” Peats, other allies, allowed NATO to conduct air say that we’re excited about coming home an Esquimalt resident, said adding that Van- strikes to take out scud-missile launch sites, would be a bit of an understatement.” emccracken@vicnews.com Peats said. couver’s crew boarded three vessels.

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Nice’N easy, Nice’N easy root touch up or Natural Instincts hair colour

Herbal Essences shampoo or conditioner 300 mL 548857

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Ivory bar soap 10’s or bodywash

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Goody hair accessories selected varieties

Softsoap liquid soap 340 mL

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505928

Aim toothpaste 696491

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PC® bath puff 218558

125 -170 mL

L’oreal Anti-Aging facial skincare

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