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Look for service to improve Changes at Oak Bay PD follow recommendations, more on way Erin McCracken News staff

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Oak Bay police Chief Const. Mark Fisher is a certified police bicycle trainer who plans to get more officers on bikes.

The Oak Bay Police Department continues to change the way it does business, after two external reviews identified several deficiencies that were plaguing internal operations and the overall organization. At the Oak Bay Police Board’s request, retired provincial court judge Alan Filmer launched an operational review, while Vancouver-based RCMP Insp. Alex Graham took stock of the department’s organizational structure. Their findings were released in February. Many of the recommended improvements were initiated by the department’s interim police chief, Derek Egan, but since taking over as chief constable in July, Mark Fisher continues to make a lot of progress in implementing change. “I would say the bulk of it is done,” Fisher said. “There is still some tinkering (left to do).” He plans to add crime maps to the department’s website in the new year to give residents a more accurate picture of what types of crime are happening in different neighbourhoods.

In the department’s 2012 provisional budget, the chief has also requested the hiring of a part-time front desk clerk early in the new year to assist with records management, exhibits and Block Watch duties.

“If you have people not getting feedback on how they’re doing and then you try to confront them on it a year later, it’s not very effective. – Chief Const. Mark Fisher Graham’s review found there wasn’t enough administrative help at the department, leading to overwhelmed members, especially Deputy Chief Kent Thom. “It means you do what you can in your time here and other stuff may fall off your plate,” Fisher said. The chief now tackles the budget, while the sergeants have been able to conduct personnel evaluations that were one to two years behind schedule. “If you have people not getting feedback on how they’re doing and

then you try to confront them on it a year later, it’s not very effective,” he said. The sergeants have also each been assigned traffic, special-event planning, high-visibility policing and patrol portfolios, which Fisher decided should be rotated among them annually. “I think what’s happening is the sergeants are getting more opportunity to get involved in some of the planning and practical initiatives within the department, which I think is a good thing,” he said. In keeping with Filmer’s report, the department is also conducting more bike and foot patrols. “I find the officers are much more engaged with the public if they’re out on the bike or on foot,” said Fisher, a certified police bicycle trainer who instructed two officers in September and plans to train three or four more in the spring. Internal communications are better and overtime has been reduced, Fosher said. By the end of October, $80,660 had been spent on overtime, compared to $106,685 in 2010. PLEASE SEE: Police dept. evolving, Page A4

Opposing views aired on effect of fee increases Premium hikes are necessary to maintain services: economist Rudy Haugeneder News staff

Despite keeping more money out of people’s pockets, premium increases for Can-

ada’s social safety net – Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Medicare – are necessary to keep them meaningful, financial experts say. Helmut Pastrick, chief economist for Central 1 Credit Union, the central financial association for B.C. and Ontario credit unions, said the pension plan premium increases are necessary to offset stock market losses in recent years and to pay the growing number of baby boomers who will

rely on it when they retire. If premiums into the self-funded plan were frozen at the current rate, he said, the pension benefits would not increase in the future and might even shrink. Travis Koivula, a certified financial planner with Island Savings Credit Union in Victoria, said CPP is “a primary source of retirement income” for most seniors – now and in the future. Canada Pension Plan, administered by

an independent financial investment management board that invests the assets to earn money to pay pension benefits, must “increase premiums or cut benefits,” he said. That’s something retired people can’t afford when they’re not working, he added. “Most people take far more out of CPP than they put in over the years.” PLEASE SEE: Taxpayer, business groups, Page A4

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Elderly boater left without home, dog Man known to most as ‘Fritz’ said to have lost everything in boat fire Rudy Haugeneder News staff

An 84-year-old man was rescued from his burning concrete-hulled sailboat by another boater just after midnight Thursday. High winds and rough seas hammered the 42-foot live-aboard vessel, anchored near Oak Bay Marina, and the boat sunk a few hours later. Teresa Kambites, who watched the vessel burn from her home on Beach Drive, said she’s known the elderly sailor, known to her only as Fritz, for several years. She believes his boat was uninsured and that he lost not only his home, but everything he owned. While Fritz Schreiner survived the shipboard fire with minimal injury – he was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation – his pet dachsund, Lucy, was not so lucky, Kambites said, and perished in the incident. Oak Bay firefighters responded to the blaze at 12:25 a.m. Along with Oak Bay Sea Rescue volunteers and an auxiliary Coast Guard vessel, crews unsuccessfully fought the blaze with portable fire extinguishers. Oak Bay Fire Capt. Ken Gill said weather conditions made it impossible to safely board the boat, which was anchored 100 metres north of the marina’s gas dock. By 3:25 a.m. the Coast Guard, which has

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The mast of a sunken sailboat pokes up out of the water between other boats moored in waters just north of the Oak Bay Marina. The boat sunk after catching fire, leaving an elderly live-aboard sailor homeless. jurisdiction where the boat was anchored, decided it was time to stop fighting the fire and let the vessel burn. It was not close to any other boats and sank at 11:30 a.m. Schreiner told firefighters he woke up to find his diesel stove on fire. He had tried to put out the fire before he was rescued.

Kambites is spearheading efforts to collect clothes, food and other items for Schreiner. Several have already done so, including one woman who dropped off rain gear and a sweater that belonged to her recently deceased father, who was an avid boater. To help out, send Kambites an email at

happymom2005@hotmail.com. Kambites said she expects another boat owner will likely to provide Schreiner with live-aboard boat accommodation rent free until he is financially back on his feet. She said she is willing to provide space in her own home until that happens. editor@oakbaynews.com

MLA Chong reflects on a ‘volatile’ 2011

Oak Bay mom dies in highway crash

Recall campaign, leadership race and HST defeat helped keep MLA busy Kyle Slavin

early December 2010. Petitioners were given two News staff months to gather 15,368 signaAfter what she describes as “the tures supporting her recall. The most interesting year” of her politi- campaign ultimately failed in early cal career, Ida Chong is looking for- February. “This time last year, regardless ward to 2012 as a year to “settle in, get some stability back and tackle of what people had to say, I had to still be out there. … It was in my the job at hand.” face the entire time,” The Oak Bay-Gordon she said. Head MLA had a busy “Looking back, I’m 2011, fighting a recall glad I can put that campaign directed at behind me, but I’m also ousting her from office. reflective that as hard She also watched the as it was, I learned a lot leadership of her Libthrough that process.” eral party switch hands, She said the greatest and dealt with the falllesson from this year out of the referendum came from fighting the that defeated the conrecall. tentious harmonized “You can work hard sales tax. as an MLA. You can “No question it was a think people are paying politically volatile year,” Don Denton/News staff she said, mentioning MLA Ida Chong attention to the good May’s federal election, and three-year- things you’re doing. But municipal elections old Ella Ng hold if you don’t communiin November and the a stick of incense cate and share the good opposition New Demo- prior to last year’s work, people don’t crats also seeing a lead- Victoria Dragon know – and that works against you. You can’t ership change. Boat Festival. take being a politician “I can certainly say this Christmas was less stressful for granted.” Chong said she was glad some than last Christmas.” The Fight HST recall campaign stability returned following the resnamed Chong its first target in ignation of then premier Gordon

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Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong says a flagging economy is the biggest challenge facing the government in the year ahead. Campbell in March, when Christy Clark was elected by the Liberal Party to be his successor. While fighting the recall, Chong held two ministerial portfolios – Sciences and Universities, and Regional Economic and Skills Development. She was moved to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in March. Some key initiatives she’s undertaken since taking on the new file are the community gaming grant review and the announcement of a municipal auditor general. “There were some pretty key things I had to deal with,” she said.

For 2012, Chong said, the biggest priority for B.C. will be to focus on the economy: balance the budget and create local jobs. “A big issue will be putting back in place a two-tax system, as opposed to one. It’s not simple … and it’s going to be a challenge to get that balanced budget. “Now I can focus on my ministry, and start getting things happening. Let’s work on the sports side of things and the cultural side of things to see how groups can contribute to our jobs plan. We all will have to work towards our common goal.” kslavin@saanichnews.com

The identity of a 55-year-old Oak Bay woman who died in a two-vehicle crash Dec. 28 on Highway 1 in B.C.’s southern Interior was still not released as of the News’ press time Friday. The woman’s 17-year-old daughter was taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops after the crash, which happened just after 10 a.m. Lytton RCMP reported that an 18-year-old Fort Langley man, driving north in a GMC Tracker, lost control on icy road conditions about five kilometres north of Spences Bridge and swerved into the path of a southbound Saturn SL1 car, driven by the woman. The woman, whose name was not being released pending notification of nextof-kin, died at the scene, while her daughter was driven to hospital by ambulance. The man driving the other car had to be extricated from his vehicle and was airlifted to hospital in Kamloops. There was no word at press time on the condition of either teen. The incident is still being investigated. editor@oakbaynews.com


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It is important younger people contribute more, to not only secure their own retirement futures, but take care of their parents and grandparents, Koivula said. No one likes to see their payroll deductions increase for CPP, EI or the provincial Medical Services Plan, he said, especially since average wages haven’t increased. “But if rates didn’t increase, the long-term viability of Canada Pension could suffer.” Pastrick agreed, adding the same applies to MSP and EI premiums. B.C. Medical Services Plan

premiums rose six per cent on Jan. 1, meaning a family of three or more will pay $128 monthly – up $7 from last year and $84 for all of 2012. Federal EI and CPP premiums will increase collectively by $306 per employee this year, with just under half paid for by employees themselves. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Canadian Federation of Independent Business say the increases are little more than taxpayer gouging and will prevent job growth. Taxpayers federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman said the increases will hurt the economy because “families and seniors are already finding

it difficult to keep up with rate increases at B.C. Hydro, ICBC, B.C. Ferries and tax hikes at the gas pump.” Federation of Independent Business B.C. chapter spokesperson Shachi Kurl described the CPP and EI rate hikes as payroll taxes that “make it harder for small business to create new jobs” during tough economic times. While her organization successfully lobbied the federal government to keep EI rate increases at half of what were planned, she said governments are “insensitive to (the) profits small businesses need to survive.” She added the increases come at a time

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Officer recruitment has also changed. One of the advantages of hiring Const. Julie Chanin a month ago was her relatively young age – she is still just 39 – coupled with her moderate level of experience. “You can’t have everybody on the brink of retirement,” Fisher said. Given the enormous amount of change at the department over the past year, he sees things shaping up for 2012. “The membership (has) been very open to change and (has), in fact, been instrumental in suggesting some of the changes we have implemented. Given that, I think 2012 looks promising.” emccracken@vicnews.com

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The courts have temporarily restored the power of B.C. police officers to issue immediate 90-day suspensions to impaired drivers caught with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jon Sigurdson, who, in November, struck down that part of the roadside penalty system, issued a follow-up ruling just before Christmas that suspends the implementation of his decision until June 30.

That effectively gives the provincial government six months to pass new legislation to ensure the roadside penalties and process to appeal them comply with the law. Sigurdson noted the government considers the automatic roadside penalties more effective than criminal prosecutions in fighting impaired driving. “I have concluded that an immediate declaration of invalidity of part of the (administrative penalty) regime may pose a danger to the public,” he wrote. Sigurdson’s original Nov. 30 ruling fanned fears that police pow-

ers to battle impaired drivers would be seriously eroded just as the holiday CounterAttack campaign was getting underway. Since the Nov. 30 judgment, police had been unable to issue the 90-day suspensions, 30-day vehicle impound, and related penalties and fees, which can cost up to $3,750 for drivers who blow in the “fail” range over 0.08. Instead, officers at roadblocks faced a choice: arrest the driver and administer a breath test at the police station, or issue only a 24-hour suspension. A roadblock that caught two

impaired drivers would lose its investigating officers to the criminal procedure and might have to halt enforcement early that night as a result. To comply with the court rulings, the province must ensure that drivers who blow 0.08 or higher and are handed the heftiest penalties get a chance to challenge the decision. “We will work to introduce changes to the Motor Vehicle Act as soon as possible in the spring legislative session,” Solicitor General Shirley Bond said. Sigurdson also found 90-day

suspensions are constitutional for drivers who refuse to provide a breath sample upon request. He upheld the use of the immediate roadside prohibitions for drivers who blow in the “warn” range between 0.05 and 0.08. Bond noted the roadside penalties resulted in a 40-per-cent drop in alcohol-related deaths in the first year. Sigurdson has yet to rule on whether B.C. drivers who were punished without sufficient right to appeal are entitled to compensation. editor@oakbaynews.com

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Moving forward isn’t impossible As we stand and look forward to what 2012 will bring, the word uncertainty comes to mind. With the national and local economies in a holding pattern at best, the ability to take charge of one’s future seems no closer to the average resident than any time in the past couple of years. A Bank of Canada promise to keep interest rates low through mid-2013 should help keep the local real estate market plodding along. But niggling things such as the upcoming carbon tax increase and the news that the average Canadian will pay about $300 more for Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance premiums this year continue to eat away at our purchasing power. While many of us may be personally creeping into the new year with a wait-and-see attitude, there are still some key issues that can be tackled head-on and help the region move forward. For instance, direct control over transitdesignated tax revenue must be placed in the hands of a regional board. And discussions on light-rail rapid transit must move past the consultation stage. For efficiency purposes, the integration of police services needs to continue to the point where RCMP and municipal police forces are linked in day-to-day operations. And let’s see the teachers’ strike come to a resolution. With no end in sight, it’s time for the province to appoint an impartial mediator with some chutzpah to sit the two sides down and hammer out an agreement. With an agreement in place, teachers would be free to once again be full participants in the education system and have their maximum talents be of benefit to students. Underpinning all of these decisions, however, is the state of the economy. With no certainty on the financial markets in which the province invests, it will argue it can’t fund anything extra until things improve. For 2012 at least, we hope someone points out that to stand pat on such projects and agreements is to move backward. 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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Harsh year ahead in B.C. politics George Abbott has launched The B.C. Liberal government a broad plan to “transform” enters 2012 with the weight of education. Along with “personalized its “golden decade” heavy on its learning plans” and “flexibility and shoulders. Having delivered a throne speech choice,” the plan promises “regular teacher performance and a raft of legislation evaluation sessions.” last fall, the government Buckle your seatbelts, must pick up where it left parents. off and build a February Health care: Premier budget from the wreckage Christy Clark hosts of the harmonized sales the annual premiers’ tax. This takes place conference in Victoria as growth and revenue Jan. 16-17. The provinces projections decline, and divided sharply in demand for government December, as the three services continues to rise. western ones backed The NDP opposition Tom Fletcher Ottawa’s imposition of finds itself in a frontB.C. Views a new funding formula, runner role, and now while those from Manitoba faces pressure to detail its east protested the news that sixlong-promised practical alternative. per-cent annual increases will slow A revived B.C. Conservative Party a bit in five years. must also move beyond protest to B.C.’s more immediate problem problem solving. is a shift to per-capita funding Here are some of the immediate that phases out targeted money problems that will face the for things such as our dedicated legislature when it resumes on hip and knee surgery program. Valentine’s Day. Provinces must now create such Education: It seems inevitable innovations for their own sake, that the B.C. Teachers’ Federation without further federal intrusion will once again have a new contract into provincial jurisdiction. imposed. In December, school That change will cost B.C. an support staff joined the parade of estimated $256 million a year, public sector unions that accepted starting in 2014. The B.C. Liberals the two-year “net zero” wage have this year to find savings, or mandate. face the task in an election year. Deficits that forced that mandate And NDP leader Adrian Dix is have ballooned again due to the restricted by his vow to make only HST mess, and the October throne spending promises that add up. speech hinted strongly that “net Energy and environment: As zero” will be extended in all but with the minimum wage, the B.C. name in 2012. Liberals are forced to tinker with Little noticed amid the usual the carbon tax. Taxing schools labour noise, Education Minister

and hospitals to fund natural gas and cement companies’ emission projects has to stop, as Environment Minister Terry Lake has admitted. Clark and Finance Minister Kevin Falcon must be tempted to borrow an NDP suggestion that carbon tax revenues be redirected more broadly to transit and energy-saving refits. But this means spending the money instead of reducing income taxes, as legislation currently requires, and both parties must face the fact that this entails a tax increase. A storm is about to begin up north as federal environmental hearings open on a proposed oil pipeline to Kitimat. Clark remains carefully non-committal, the NDP bitterly opposed. But the parties actually agree on liquefied natural gas exports from the same port. The NDP signalled cautious support for the plan before Christmas, with greater scrutiny of drilling and water use. We in the media do a poor job of reporting when parties agree. Debate will soon resume on B.C.’s new Family Law Act, aimed at avoiding courts and conflict, with bipartisan support. Fixing B.C.’s impaired driving legislation, to keep that out of our clogged courts, should also be expedited. B.C.’s traditional blame game won’t make the problems of 2012 go away. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Leading the way Jester the dog enjoys a Boxing Day run along Willows Beach with his owner, Cheryl Martin, as the surf rolls in on the sand. Dogs, leashed or unleashed, are permitted to be on the beach with their owners until May 1. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

LETTERS Drivers who drink deserve harsh penalties More than 20 years ago, I heard a lawyer telling TV viewers the same story about the unfair rap that impaired drivers get. In those days, they were getting off even more. Today, this bunk about their rights being taken away is pure baloney. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms cost Canadians billions of dollars because we have so many who abuse this Trudeau document. Too bad if your car is impounded. Tell me why you made the choice to drink and drive. So you have to pay a fine to get your car out of the impound – why did you drink and drive? If we live in tough times, how can you afford it?

Why do so many people have to die every year because stupid drivers don’t care? I say make the penalties tougher and tougher. Then maybe someone’s child can grow up into adulthood. I have worked for and supported Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for more than 30 years. It’s time drunk drivers pay big time. Give the police the power to save lives. You have no rights if you decide to drink and drive. Eileen Nattrass Saanichton

Reader believes in guardian angels On Dec. 14 I lost my ready-to-

be-mailed Christmas cards in the Cadboro Bay Village parking lot. With mad fury, I retraced my steps and lingered about as the kind and patient staff from the shops checked their lost and found. No cards. Eventually, I left dreary and dizzy. Imagine my delight later that afternoon when most of them appeared at my doorstep, including some decorated with tire marks. Two days later, another one was sitting on the railing, moist and marbled, yet still mailable. Now, I’m uplifted and filled with a great desire to say thank you to the wonderful people who took the time to deliver them to me.

Do drop by for a cuppa. M. Sonsa Oak Bay

There is such a thing as a free lunch We have just returned from a holiday in Oak Bay. During our visit we dined at Swans Hotel restaurant in Victoria and had an excellent meal and service. We spoke to a young couple at the table next to us, mentioning, among other things, that we were on holiday from the U.K. After finishing their drinks, they bid us good day and wished us to enjoy a happy holiday. A few moments later the

Occupy protesters help to build peace I’m all for giving peace a chance. However, we will not achieve peace until we stop fighting. Let’s keep on Occupying. Joanna Wilkinson Victoria

Letters to the Editor

Ex-trustee’s kindness a model for all of us Re: Forever Young (News, Dec. 14) I am writing in regards to the article written about John Young. Simply put, more people on this earth should be like him. It would be a much better place to coexist. Bless you, Mr. Young and may you continue being the good man you are for many more years. Tamara Shiels Victoria

waitress came and said the couple had paid our bill. We were bewildered and did not know what to say or do. We would like to express our thanks to this young couple and wish them well for a healthy and prosperous future. Brian and Glennys Benton-Smith Derbyshire, England

Former school board trustee John Young, photographed in his Victoria apartment, sits at his desk. One reader likes the way Young has lived his life. Don Denton/News staff

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Museum captures wild images for photo exhibit Wildlife photography exhibit includes Canadian amateur

Each photo and caption tells the inspirational and sometimes humorous stories of the fascinating world of nature. “It’s pretty exciting,” said Martin Cooper, the only Canadian winner, from Burnaby. Laura Lavin “I went to the premiere in London News staff and it was a black tie affair and to be Visitors to the Royal B.C. Museum can here in the B.C. museum and experiexperience nature like never before: through ence it again is brilliant. They’ve done the lenses of photographers from around a wonderful job presenting this at the museum.” the world. Cooper’s photo was chosen from The visually striking Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases pho- among 41,000 entries from 95 countries tographs in 17 categories, including Young by a judging panel that included some Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Underwa- of the world’s most respected nature ter World, Wild Places and Photojournalist photographers and wildlife experts. “Wildlife Photographer of the Year of the Year. is truly a treat and not just for Don Denton/News staff photography buffs – there is a Royal B.C. Museum volunteer Fred Pierce uses a flashlight magnifier to read the label beauty and majesty in the pho- for “In The Flick Of A Tail,” an image of a giraffe that is part of the museum’s current tographs that will appeal to all,” exhibit, Wildlife Photographer of the Year. said museum CEO Pauline RafSunday Mornings 10:00 The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Cooper’s winning image is of a coyote on ferty. Now in its 47th year, the annual a stretch of railway tracks near his home. exhibition at the Royal B.C. Museum, Monterey Centre, Oak Bay competition is run by London’s “That morning I was waiting for a beaver in opened Dec. 16 and includes 108 photoQuestions God Asks graphs displayed on large backlit panels. Natural History Museum and BBC’s the creek. This was a bonus,” he said. Cooper is an amateur photographer who Each has detailed captions telling the story Wildlife Magazine. Sermon Series This is the premiere exhibition of dusted off his camera a few years ago after behind the image and technical details on Nursery • Children’s Classes • Coffee 108 winning images, and the only moving from England to Canada. “Over the the photographic equipment used by each scheduled stop in North America. past five years it’s become a passion again – photographer. 250-519-0799 llavin@vicnews.com I love every second of it,” he said. The exhibition runs until April 9. www.providencecommunitychurch.com

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Family makes million-dollar memories Leafs travel against the economic grain

three story home with one other family, is an unwritten final chapter to Leaf’s book, Four Homeless Millionaires. The musician and television Travis Paterson host spent the past year writing News staff it, though it’s hardly his. Anyone From the third floor studio of who picks up Four Homeless Miltheir 1890s Fernwood mansion, lionaires becomes the fifth memRik Leaf overlooks Victoria all the ber of the Leaf family during their world travels from 2009 to 2010, way to Mount Tolmie. He flips the original brass latch with mom Zara, son Zion and of a giant wood framed window daughter Riel. It’s an intimate journal of the famand lets the December sun into ily’s adventure, having uprooted the room. “With these windows open in the from Winnipeg in 2009 to set themsummer, it feels like we’re camp- selves free from their middle class ing,” says Leaf. “We’re so happy lifestyle. No, they’re not actually millionwith this. Victoria is an incredibly aires. It’s a tongue-in-cheek referhard place to move into.” The house is said to have been ence, because at times, they felt built for the 10th mayor of Victo- like them. “We weren’t making a lot,” Rik ria, William Darby. That the Leaf family shares the nine bedroom, said. “And as a lower middleincome family, when we left our Winnipeg door (to start the trip) Each purchase of Four Homeless Millionaires we felt we were comes with a personal touch. unique. But we “If someone wants to buy my book, I will kept meeting other personally deliver a copy to their house, if they people on our travwant,” Leaf said. “I did it before. It’s fun.” els, families from Four Homeless Millionaires is also available by England, Sweden, emailing Rik Leaf at info@rikleaf.com, visiting and all over, and his website Rikleaf.com, or ordering online they were in the through Chapters and Amazon. Leaf also same boat. That has five music albums released under the became one of the collective name Tribe of One. motivators to write the book.” The idea for the Within Four Homeless Millionaires is a series trip began in 2008. of QR codes (quick response), graphics that “By the time we link smart phones to the Leafs’ adventures sold the house as documented on YouTube. The innovative, there was an ecointeractive model puts the reader into the nomic crisis. Genscene. eral advice sug-

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The Leaf family, Riel, Zion, Rik and Zara at Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand, just one of the stops in their year-long journey across the globe. gested we ‘buckle down, batten down the hatches and conserve,’” Rik said. “But once we sold our house we were in the clear. Our only bill during our travels was $168 per month for a storage unit. “The way it ended up, we were spending less money traveling than if we’d continued our lifestyle in Winnipeg. Of course, we didn’t have any income coming in.” Before they left for Hawaii, the Leafs crossed Canada. “We’d hoped a city would stand out as a potential home to return to, but noth-

all four of us ing really did. share every One of the “As a lower middle-income moment,” families we said. befriended family … we felt we were unique.” Rik “As parents was in Rik Leaf doing the Canmore, daily grind, Alberta, and we’d trade off with picking up and they took us in for a few days.” As the Leafs toured Malaysia, dropping off the kids. Each night Australia, New Zealand then Brit- the dinner conversation was all ain and Europe, they kept in touch about one parent and the kids with their Canmore counterparts. telling the other parent what had It’s that family who now lives with happened during the day. For a whole year, we never had that the Leafs in Fernwood. “The thing that stood out so conversation.” sports@vicnews.com much about our trip was having

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‘Good news’ for property owners Stable real estate market should present no surprises for 2012 Erin McCracken News staff

The majority of people who own property in the Capital Region won’t be disappointed when their 2012 property assessment notices arrive in their mailbox next week. “I think people are looking at what the value of their real estate is doing. Obviously, people have got a lot of money invested in real estate,” said Reuben Danakody, an assessor at B.C. Assessment’s Victoriabased Capital Region office, which services more than 141,000 properties, with a total value of nearly $92 billion. “Most want to see their values flourish. I think the fact that (market) values are stable and holding in (Greater) Victoria is probably going to be good news (to property owners).” Millions of B.C. property assessment notices were mailed Saturday (Dec. 31). They’re headed across the province and around the world, to anyone who owns property in

the province. Details of the 2012 assessment roll won’t be released until Jan. 3. Of those, more than 140,000 envelopes will reach owners of properties in the Capital Region, halfway up the Malahat Drive of the TransCanada Highway, the Tsawout and Songhees aboriginal communities and the Gulf Islands. More of the paper notices in the 2012 assessment roll will be sent out this year, reflective of an increase in the number of new homes that have been built, particularly on the West Shore where land is available, Danakody said. Though Greater Victoria’s housing market hasn’t seen the increase in activity that Greater Vancouver has, Danakody said locally, the market is strong and steady. “You didn’t see the leaps and bounds you saw in previous years, but I would describe it as a very stable market,” he said, adding that construction may not be as brisk as it was in 2010 and 2011, but people are, however, spending money on

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Slick roads prove dicey Freezing conditions turned Cedar Hill X Road into a skating rink of sorts Dec. 23. Three crashes happened within 15 minutes, beginning at 9:25 a.m. In the first incident, a Dodge Caravan overshot a curve and slammed into a curb near the corner of Crestview Road, causing it to flip on its side, then right itself. The 45-year-old Saanich man driving suffered minor injuries. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $15,000. Minutes later a B.C. Transit handiDART bus crashed into the side of a Toyota 4Runner. An icy road prevented the bus from executing a left turn onto Cedar Hill X Road from Cadboro Bay Road. There were no injuries. Then, a 1979 Ford pickup crashed into a parked 2009 Dodge pickup. The driver was allegedly attempting to pass another vehicle by moving into an oncoming traffic lane, but lost control on the slick surface. There were no injuries, but damage to the vehicles was estimated at more than $30,000. The driver of the Ford faces a charge of driving too fast for road conditions. emccracken@vicnews.com


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Wes Goldie is now in his second season with the Alaska Aces and is in search of his record-setting sixth straight 40 goal season in the ECHL. By far the greatest Salmon King, Goldie’s dismissal was big news at the time. Pete Vandemeer, his successor as captain, never finished the season, while the Salmon Kings have since folded to make room for the WHL Royals.

Victoria’s Taylor Ellington is playing the final year of his entry level NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks with the Kalamazoo Wings.

Milan Gajic tried to switch to pro lacrosse with the Washington Stealth. A late training camp cut, he came close to being the fourth Gajic brother in the National Lacrosse League.

These days Robin Gomez works as a mortgage broker. Last season he coached the Saanich Braves and he was recently named an assistant coach with the UVic men’s hockey team.

Kiel McLeod is back in Europe with Germany’s Ravensburg Tower Stars.

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Former Salmon Kings players, coach have moved on from Victoria

Hockey Night to spotlight Saanich Braves Pee Wees

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When the curtain fell on the Victoria Salmon Kings days as an organization last March, some of the more transient players were gone the next day. Others, however, weren’t in a hurry to give up their Victoria apartment until they’d signed their next minor pro contract. So when Victoria Royals players began showing up early for this season’s training camp, there was an odd mix of players on the practice ice at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Royals, Salmon Kings, players from the NCAA (Justin Courtnall, Brian Nugent), AHL (Lee Baldwin) and NHL (Ryan O’Byrne) all skated during the Royals’ official ice times. Two of those players were ex-Salmon Kings Matt Siddall and Mike Hamilton, now playing with the Fife Flyers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League. A check-in with the team reveals the pair have had a tough season on the ice, though perhaps a great one off it. The Flyers are last with just two wins in 22 games.

Hamilton leads the Flyers in scoring, 13th in the league. Siddall leads the team too – in penalty minutes, with the fifth most PIMs in the league. Kiel McLeod now plays in Gernamy’s top league. There’s are some of the better situations for ex-Salmon Kings. Many, such as Adam Taylor, have hung the skates up on the pro game. Others are likely starting their office careers as a lot of ECHLers are NCAA grads. Perhaps the most fascinating story is that of former Salmon Kings player Milan Gajic, who is taking a crack at pro lacrosse with the Washington Stealth. Gajic hopes to join brothers Nenad, Ilija and Alex in the National Lacrosse League. Most former players, however, are chasing the next step in their hockey career. Coach Mark Morrison was rewarded by True North Sports and Entertainment (longtime owners of the Manitoba Moose) with a job as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate St. John’s Ice Caps. Joining Morrison on the Ice Caps are tough guy Tommy Maxwell, who finished last season with the Salmon Kings, and Garth Murray, who resurrected his AHL career with a fiery month in Victoria last year. Defenceman Derick Martin and forward Derek Couture are still plugging in the ECHL. sports@vicnews.com

IN BRIEF

Crews from CBC’s venerable Hockey Night in Canada were in Saanich yesterday (Tuesday) to shoot the pre-game show and HNIC intro with a local minor hockey team. The Saanich Braves Pee Wee C1 team, made up of 11 and 12 year olds, will be featured on the Saturday, Jan. 14 broadcast. “It is a dream come true for the players (and their parents too) to be part of the great Canadian tradition of Hockey Night in Canada,” said head coach Gary Shumka. The pre-game Scotiabank Hockey Tonight kids program is open to minor hockey teams across Canada. The teams that get featured also win a pizza party and an official Hockey Night in Canada team towel.

VIJHL all-star, prospect teams announced

Twelve of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s top 20 goalscorers will converge on Pearke’s

Arena later this month for the 2012 All-Star Classic and Prospects Game. Ten of the 12 will play on the South Division team (Victoria Cougars, Saanich Braves, Peninsula Panthers, Kerry Park Islanders), which will battle for bragging rights against the North Division (Comox Valley Glacier Kings, Campbell River Storm, Oceanside Generals). The South team includes Cougars Brody Coulter, Steve Axford, Josh Wyatt, Trevor Chown, Rhys Williams and Evan Roch, along with Braves Ty Jones, Jack Palmer, Sam Johnston, Jaden Schmeisser, Hayden Long and Tanner McGaw. Cougars coach Mark Van Helvoirt will coach the South All-Stars. The Prospect game will feature four-on-four action between the south and north young guns, including Cougars prospects Mark Walton, Kyle Richter, Jacob Stolz and Robert Zadra, and Braves prospects Connor Krupa, Matt Biagioni, Shawn Mcbride, Brandon Parmar and Bowman Rutledge. kslavin@saanichnews.com


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Rock roller Josh Hozack, skip for Team Hozack from the Victoria Curling Centre, concentrates as he throws a rock at the Victoria Curling Centre during the 2012 B.C. Provincial Curling Championships last week. The top junior men’s and junior women’s teams in the province were in Victoria to earn a spot representing B.C. at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships, to be held in Nepanee, Ont. in February. For full results from the B.C.’s, visit www.playdowns.com.

BC Games spirit inspires thousands across province Kerry Vital

competition began at the BC Games. “My Olympic success can be traced to the provincial Games With the 2012 BC Winter in my native Manitoba and I see Games set to start in Vernon in the BC Winter Games providing February, spirit is building in every community across British the same opportunity for young athletes today,” says BC Games Columbia. Society Chair and 1976 Olympic The brainchild of Premier speedskating silver medalist, W.R. Bennett, the Games began Cathy Priestner Allinger. “The in 1978 in Penticton. Since BC Winter Games provide then, 38 communities across rising stars an the province opportunity have hosted the “The BC Games to benefit Games, some of from excellent them more than are an important coaching, once. More than stepping stone toward while testing 200,000 people their skills have volunteered the Canada Games against B.C.’s and over 150,000 and ultimately the best. Our next athletes have generation of competed since it Olympic Games.” Canada Games began. – Kelly Stefanyshyn, athletes and “One of the most former Olympic swimmer Olympians are important benefits getting ready of hosting a BC for the 2012 BC Games is how it Winter Games in Vernon.” brings a community together,” Participants are generally says Henry Pejril, President of under the age of 18 (depending the 2006 BC Summer Games on the sport), and have the in Kamloops. “There aren’t potential to move beyond local many opportunities like a and regional competition to the Games that can capture the full national stage and beyond. cross-section of a community. “The BC Games are an The feeling of pride and important stepping stone accomplishment lasts in a host towards the Canada Games city for many years to come.” and ultimately the Olympic Many well-known athletes Games,” says Kelly Stefanyshyn, had their start at the BC a former Olympic swimmer Games, including Tour de and BC Games Society France cyclist Ryder Hesjedal board member. “Learning to and 2010 Olympic women’s (compete) for a team beyond snowboarding cross gold just your sport and focus while medallist Maelle Ricker, who so many events are occurring are among the alumni who say is imperative to an athlete’s their dreams of international

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Haven for sweet-tooth tastes closing up shop Fat Phege’s Fudge Factory unable to renew lease past April 2012 Erin McCracken News staff

A couple and their young daughter walk into the small, cozy shop where the sweet smell of fudge has permeated the air for the past 35 years. The woman, a regular customer, greets Carol Friesen with a hug and says, “We love you.” Herman Friesen and his wife Carol have had to tell customers they will be closing after 20 years of owning Fat Phege’s Fudge Factory. It was the first business to open in Victoria’s Market Square 35 years ago. Market Square owners, Anthem Properties, informed the Saanich residents in October that their lease won’t be renewed past April 2012. “One gentleman has been coming here since he was this high,” Herman says, motioning his hand near his knee. “He said, ‘You can’t go. You’re not allowed.’ We hear that all the time.” In a letter to the Friesens, the company said it is changing Market Square “from a festival retail

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Fat Phege’s Fudge Factory, which was the first business to open at Market Square 35 years ago, will close its doors at the end of April. Current proprietors, Herman and Carol Friesen, say they will miss their regular clientele, many of whom have grown up coming to store. centre to a street-oriented mixeduse retail centre.” By upgrading the quality of retailers and their units, the firm said, it hopes to allow the market to stay competitive and appeal to

a more sophisticated clientele. “I don’t see how we don’t fit into that,” Herman says. The company told the couple it wants to combine their unit with a recently vacated neighbouring

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space that faces Store Street. Herman says he has no interest in expanding. “I’m sad I’m going to lose track of my kids,” Carol says, emerging from her side of the shop, where

she serves ice cream, french fries and mini doughnuts, among other goodies, to customers at her takeout window. “And when she calls them kids, they’re 35 years old now,” her husband says from his side of the shop, where a long counter holds dark chocolate-covered ginger, nuts, French nougat, Turkish delight, candies and several flavours of fudge, including maple walnut, chocolate chip cookie dough and Bailey’s Irish cream, among others. The couple has been tending to the sweet-tooth tastes of tourists as well as three generations of Greater Victoria residents since they first walked into the shop one Sunday afternoon in 1992. “I bought this place in 10 minutes on a gut feeling,” says Herman. He and his wife became the fudge factory’s third set of owners. Brooke Phemister first opened the shop in 1976. “It’s been a journey. I’ve learned everything the hard way.” Despite facing an uncertain future, he plans to stay positive and keep his options open. “Let’s put it this way, I always find stuff to do to keep me busy,” Herman says with a smile. “If building planes in Bolivia comes up, then I’ll build planes in Bolivia.” emccracken@vicnews.com

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