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strike vote called by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation Tuesday is creating unwanted uncertainty in School District 69, says board chairwoman Lynette Kershaw. “It is yet another layer in a very full plate that we’re dealing with,” Kershaw said Tuesday, referring to the impending closure of four local schools. “It’s uncertainty for all of us.” BCTF president Jim Iker said a strike vote will be taken next week with results announced March 6. A strike could begin 90 days later. The vote, according to a BCTF press release, is meant to push back against demands for contract concessions, the latest salary offer and Victoria’s decision to appeal a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision on class size, composition and staffing levels. Mount Arrowsmith Teachers Association president Debbie Morran said Tuesday that should teachers vote yes, “There would be no full-scale disruption, only minimal effects. “But we will not stand still to watch the government strip our contracts. We can’t say what the future holds.” The latest round of bargaining

From left, Parksville Elementary School students Brandy Sisson, Grace Blackthorne, Tyler Goodman, Renata Kamel and Jessie Waite wear pink T-shirts Wednesday as part of Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day 2014. It has grown to become the biggest anti-bullying awareness day in North America. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR] between the BCTF and the B.C. Public School Employers Association began a year ago. In January, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin ruled the province had acted unconstitutionally in enacting legislation

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ncreasing acidity in the Pacific Ocean is decimating Vancouver Island’s farmed shellfish, threatening a $32-million-a-year industry. The acidity, caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the water, is eating holes in the shells of scallops, says Rob Saunders, CEO of Island Scallops, which grows about 16 per cent of B.C.’s shellfish between Qualicum Bay and Fanny Bay. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed, though last summer we had 95 per cent fatalities,” Saunders says. “Last month, we had to shut down the processing plant and lay off 30 per cent of our staff” — 10 regular and 10 seasonal employees. A recently released report from the B.C. Shellfish Grower’s Association concludes that rising ocean acidity is killing oyster and scallop larvae in B.C. and Washington State. “Initially, the cause was looked at as a disease,” says Saunders, a BCSGA member. “We couldn’t grow any larvae. About three billion of them died,” a $300,000 loss to the company. In 2010, Island Scallops installed a carbon-dioxide dispersal system which lowers the acidity of the water in its inland nursery but the shellfish must then be moved to the open ocean to mature. “We put the seeds in nets (cages) and submerge them to about 20 feet below the ocean’s surface, where they stay for one-and-a-half to two years,” says Saunders. “At harvest, each hauled-up cage normally contains 300 scallops. Now, we’re getting less than five scallops per cage. These scallops have deformed shells and are smaller in size.” Scallops with holes in their shells are more susceptible to disease, he says. “Nobody expected ocean C02 to increase this rapidly and we’re now finding C02 concentrations in the water three times higher than in the air we breathe.” Saunders and other BCSGA members met Tuesday with a number of MLAs in Victoria and, “we had a very favourable hearing,” Saunders said. The BCSGA has also asked the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to help study the causes of the acid-related deaths and to help develop resistant strains of shellfish. The BCSGA is expecting a response within a month. The industry and DFO need to move quickly, Saunders says. “Currently, the local hatcheries can’t produce enough seed. The oyster growers need them and, if they can’t get them, the industry will fail. “It’s a world-wide problem. It’s about supply and demand. Obviously, when there is a shortage, the price will rise, if they don’t disappear. If we don’t solve the problem, there will be no supply.”

The Kathok Buddhist Meditation Centre in Coombs hosted a tsur or smoke ceremony Saturday in which people could bring small items or thoughts written on paper with negative energy attached to them to be burned while monks chanted a mantra of compassion. The items first were presented to Khenpo Umbar, the Abbot of the Longen Monastery in Golok, Tibet, where he presides over 2,000 monks and nuns, and then to Karzang Rinpoche, resident lama at the centre, before being taken out to be burned. At left: Melissa White presents a tray of offerings to be burned to Karzang Rinpoche after it was blessed by Khenpo Umbar. Above: Chris Duckworth adds offerings to the fire. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR]

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District’s official grad rate 68% JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR

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ate marks from Vancouver Island University and North Island College have put School District 69’s official graduation rate at 68 per cent, when the actual rate is 82 per cent, acting assistant super-

intendent Gillian Wilson told the school board Tuesday. The 2012-2013 graduation rate of 68 per cent — the rate now being cited by the Ministry of Education — was a shock, Wilson said, as the school district had compared favourably with neighbouring districts in previ-

ous years. In 2012-2013, 367 Grade 12 students were eligible to graduate but, according to ministry statistics, only 250 students graduated. “Out of those 117 students who did not graduate, we found that 52 students had graduated,” Wilson said. “So the graduation rate

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is 82 per cent.” There were 40 students in Head Start who were taking a course at VIU or NIC. Of that number, 12 students did not graduate and eight students are enrolled in the Collaborative Education Alternative Program. “Marks were not received in time for 28 students,” Wilson said. Fifteen additional students graduated in June, and another nine have since graduated. Of the 65 non-graduated students, 12 are registered in district schools, nine were international students and three received the Evergreen or a School Leaving Certificate. Wilson told the board the Ministry of Education won’t adjust the graduation rate for the school district. “That doesn’t mean we should stop trying,” she said. “That’s not who we are.” The school district will need to address the issue of colleges not giving marks in time, she said.

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How bad do conditions have to be for schools to be closed, president Kelly Wray asked school trustees and staff Tuesday. The district suspended bus service during Monday’s snowfall but schools remained open. “There were quite a few confused parents about the school closure on Monday,” Wray said. “Some students were arriving to school to find empty classrooms.” District 69 superintendent Rollie Koop said he consulted with transportation manager John Watson after five a.m., and they decided buses could run and schools would be open. Watson then called Koop back at 6:30 a.m. to say he couldn’t get enough bus drivers due to the snow, so they cancelled service. “[Closing schools due to weather] is not an exact science,” Koop said. “We don’t want to put people at risk.”

Union hoping for a strong vote STRIKE, from Page 1 The BCTF is hoping for a strong yes vote, Morran said. “It would provide a message to the government and the employer that we are very serious about learning conditions for children and getting a fair deal for teachers.”

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District shortfall grows School District 69 is projecting an additional $246,000 shortfall in its 2013-2014 final budget. School district secretary-treasurer Erica Bailey told Tuesday’s board meeting that, despite an increase of $49,587 in revenues, expenditures have also increased by $295,587 and bus transportation revenue has decreased by $40,000. “We saw a dramatic increase, about three times, in families asking for transportation fees waivers due to economic hardship,” Bailey said. “We will continue to revisit this issue.” Bailey acknowledged the amended budget had been late in coming due to the many issues the school district is currently facing.

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The current staffing in the Qualicum district exceeds what was in place in 2002, Koop said, so “we would not have to hire additional non-enrolling teachers.” Debbie Morran, president of the Mount Arrowsmith Teachers’ Association, said the 2002 contract would require new classes to conform to a limit of three learningdisabled students (students with an Individualized Education Plan) per class. “Some classes have up to six IEP students per class,” she said. Current IEP arrangements were reached following discussions on a school-byschool basis, Koop said. David asked district superintendents for two costing scenarios, the first being the cost of maintaining current operations while meeting the 2002 contract provisions, and the second being how to return to the old contract without any additional provincial funding. Koop said he wasn’t asked to report on the second costing option because the province’s lawyers were in a hurry to file the appeal and the Qualicum district is so small. “We’re quite uncomfortable about that second option,” he said. “It would add another layer of complexity to our [school closure] discussion.”

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articipants can expect future school-closure meetings to be different, allowing more dialogue with people and school district staff, School District 69 superintend-

ent Rollie Koop said Tuesday. “We know the process needs to evolve,” he told Tuesday’s school board meeting. “The next meeting will reflect that.” A month into a 90-day public consultation process on closing four schools, three meetings

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ounded Warriors ran into Parksville on Wednesday last week for a stop at the Mt. Arrowsmith Royal Canadian Legion. The team of six runners ran the length of Vancouver Island to raise money for the organization, which supports injured soldiers and their families, and to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder. “It’s a conversation we’ve

needed to have for a little while,” said Wounded Warriors Run B.C. co-founder Dan Bodden. The Wounded Warriors had left Comox around 6 a.m., stopped at the Qualicum Beach in the morning and arrived at the Parksville Legion shortly after 2 p.m. The six long-distance runners ran a relay of 77 kilometres in about eight hours, including stops. “It’s not a race. It’s a measured output of effort, with achievable distances and speed,” Bodden said. “There is no pressure to perform. It’s a chance to go out and run.” They were welcomed at the Legion hall by branch members, Mayor Chris Burger and Parksville Fire Chief Doug Banks. Mount Arrowsmith Royal Canadian Legion president Dave Doskoch said Legion and Ladies’ Auxiliary mem-

Wounded Warriors Run B.C. runner Jeremy Buckingham arrives at the Mt. Arrowsmith Legion Hall from Qualicum Beach. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR] bers had raised more than $400 for the Wounded Warriors. “We feel very privileged to have them here,” he said. “We have supported [Wounded Warriors] over the last two or three years.” Bodden said the run had

exceeded all their expectations. On that day, they had raised more than $8,000, which surpassed their goal of $5,000. “We’re overwhelmed with people’s support and donations,” he said.

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will cost $6 billion. Employers and employees resume bargaining. The province wants a 10-year deal with no retroactive pay. The union wants the old contract, as ordered by the judge. Once again, an impasse. This week, the union serves notice of a strike vote. Conclusion: the goading strategy may finally succeed! Except. Except these two foes have danced like this for at least a dozen years now and are well-

equipped to go for a dozen more. This, as evidenced by this week’s teacher sabre-rattling, is a victory for the province. It used to be that the cornerstones of a provincial government were health care and education. Health care, however, grew to the point where it ate education, just as it had eaten social services. The government, for political reasons, needed to buy time, and so it has created what amounts to a $6-billion education deferral account, much like the $5-billion

in BC Hydro deferral accounts. The government knows, and Justice Griffin’s ruling makes it pretty clear, that someday it will have to pay. But not today. Next fall, the teachers will begin limited job action, the government will impose this and that, the appeals will drag on through the courts, and contract negotiations will go nowhere because they have become meaningless. All, of course, for the sake of the children.

the federal budget.’ I provided a press release to all news outlets in Nanaimo-Alberni that pointed out benefits of interest to our region and our citizens and offered media availability to expand if desired. Since the Star did not avail itself of either opportunity, perhaps I can draw attention to the record financial transfers to BC for health and social services; at $5.3 billion these funds provide services that Islanders depend on. Your editorial suggests we should have balanced the budget earlier by slashing spending but we will have done so by next fiscal without slashing transfers to the provinces and while generating more than a million net new jobs with a financial stability unequaled in the G7. Nothing for seniors, you say? There is a $5-million boost to the New Horizons for Seniors program in budget 2014 There is a Search and Rescue Volunteer Tax Credit that will

benefit all of our first-rate SAR volunteers. There is $15 million more in this budget to advance fisheries projects and that’s in addition to the $1 million in increased funding annually to the Pacific Salmon Foundation supported by thousands of mid-Islanders. There is a $100 million increase in funding for low-income veterans’ funeral and burial programs and a $200 million increase for disaster mitigation. There is a lot in the federal budget to benefit British Columbia and Vancouver Islanders. James Lunney, MP, Nanaimo-Alberni

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>>Your Letters // email: letters@oceansidestar.com Small, rural school not the same as the others I am the mother to three kids, all of whom attend French Creek Community School in Coombs. Five years ago I decided to move to Whiskey Creek. I fell in love with my little community, all of the families and children on our street and the little school with the big heart: French Creek Community School. I chose to live in a rural neighbourhood because I wanted my children to attend a small rural school where parents know everyone, where the kids are all neighbours and the teachers and principal know everyone by their first name. This school is full of history. It has been educating rural children for over a century. It devastates me to think that because of budget cuts, this school has been grouped in with three others in District 69 to close. If Parksville or Winchelsea elementaries close, then all those kids still go to school in Parksville. If Qualicum Elementary closes, then all those kids still go to school in Qualicum. I understand if they close French Creek, my children will most likely get shipped to school in Qualicum. If I wanted my children to attend school in town, I would have moved to town instead of my close-knit rural neighbourhood. Summer Hurst, Qualicum Beach

Taxes support foreign growers, not local ones After reading about Nanoose Edibles and the struggle faced by local food producer, I went to my local grocery store, the only place you can get a $35 tomato for 75 cents. A tomato grown 4,000 kilometres away, with all the chemicals and fertilizers, refrigerated,

trucked, flown and or sailed to your local grocer and you get it for 75 cents, while the tomatoes from the local organic grower a couple of kilometres from my home are too expensive to make it into your grocery store. How is this possible? It is only possible because you and everyone you know are subsidizing a massive industrial food system. Your taxes do not support local growers. Your taxes do support growers in Mexico. It is time we had a conversation about the realities of the industrial food economy and the importance of the local food economy. Dallas Collis, Parksville

There’s lots for Islanders in the federal budget I must express profound disappointment in your Feb. 13 editorial ‘Oceanside’s invisible in

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dmit it. You hummed at least a bit of Hey Jude to yourself last week, didn’t you? With just a few carefullychosen words and a sprinkling of punctuation, I moulded your behaviour – and that of hundreds of others just like you. It’s a subtle art. If I were to straight-out tell you to put a pickle up your nose, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t do it. But if I tell an amusing anecdote that involves a pickle and a nose and a whole lot of fun, who knows? “Stupid idea,” you might say. “It won’t stay in!”

Don’t worry. I only use my powers for good. There are some who say however that I could use those powers to more effect and they have all sorts of ideas about the causes I should trumpet. One of these involves the need to put bells on all feral and domestic cats to stop the slaughter of birds. Another suggestion is to write an opinion piece about the upcoming election for the credit union board. Well just hang on a second. It’s all very well to for people to want me to deal with matters of import but, before I even think about dealing with issues of life and death or high finance, wouldn’t it be a good idea to start with something, well, smaller? Certainly it was a small thing that caught my eye as I turned the corner in the forest the other day, a splash of white against the green and brown of the forest path.

Like a Christmas present it was, the top of the baggie tied off in a neat bow. Christmas was long past though and the object’s proximity to the dog trail in Qualicum Beach made its contents no big mystery. It wasn’t the first of these presents I’d seen but it was the first I didn’t pick up and add to my collection. “Seriously? Who does this?” I grumbled to the dog. “Who do they think is supposed to pick it up, the Poop Fairy?” What goes through people’s heads as they deposit their neat little package of processed kibble at the side of the path? I suppose they expect some-

Think of it like doing dishes. It’s all very well to carry them to the sink but it’s no good if you don’t finish the job and actually wash them. So there you go, my first issue piece. I thought it went rather well. On to the next step. Next week: Can we avoid the upcoming Permian-style extinction? Neil Horner can be reached at neilinqualicum@gmail.com

one else, someone in charge perhaps, to come along on patrol. Maybe, like cigarette butt-flickers, it simply ceases to exist for them. True, it could be innocent. They might just be leaving it there as they complete a circuit and are disappointed and confused – maybe even angry — when I pick it up. That would be quite the police report, eh? “Somebody stole your what?”

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Counter-clockwise from top right: Neelam Nagra (left), of the M&N Mattress Shop, watches while Joie Borsboom, of RBC Life Natural Health Products, tries out an Ironman mattress during the A Healthier You show Sunday at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre. Sherai Guthrie (left), Vitamins and More Manager at Thrifty Foods, samples a healthy treat offered by Charlene Earle of the Rawthentic Eatery. Ron Hickey tries out a vibration trainer watched by wife Katie and Mike Annand of Flaman Fitness. Niki Stanford, a financial advisor for Edward Jones, says there’s definitely a connection between health and sound financial management. Dr. John Cline, of the Cline Medical Centre in Nanaimo, following his well-attended presentation on detoxifying your life. Eat organic, sleep well and exercise — “We just have to do it,” he says. “There’s no way of getting around it.” BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR

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standards brings external praise. However, if praise only came due to achievements (rather than including personal traits), this may have formed a rigid belief that, “People will only be proud of me if I am successful.” We also learn to strive for perfection when we have been punished for making mistakes. We may have been told, “How many times do I have to tell you not to make a mess?” We feel badly about ourselves and learn, “People are not proud of me when my work is less than perfect.” Another way we learn perfectionism is by others modelling it. A common example is children witnessing parents who work very hard in their jobs, often taking their work home, resulting in little time for relaxation or family. Here we learn the belief, “Succeeding at work is more important than most other things.” Regardless of the cause, the consequence is that perfectionists believe that the level of standard of their outcomes determines their self-worth and how they feel others think about them. Perfectionists often pour out increasing amounts of themselves in an effort to achieve impossible and elusive standards. They feel even more dissatisfied and empty inside not only because

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OCEANSIDE EVENTS

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ville. $10 at door or in advance at the MAC.

FEB. 27-28 ■ Whalebone Theatre at BalE-mail events@oceansidestar.com lenas Secondary presents ‘Mama Mia!’, a singing and dancing FEB. 27 extravaganza, 7 p.m. ■ Shadow Energetics Tickets at the door: $10, — who pushes your but- $5 students, $20 family tons? With Darryl Gurrate. ney, 7 p.m., Parksville Community & ConferFEB. 28 ence Centre. By dona■ iTunes, free worktion. Shift in Action, Eva shop, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 954-1002. Technology Learning ■ Free Dementia EducaCentre at Family Place, tion, DVD viewing with 494 Bay Ave., Parksville. discussion, 2-4 p.m., the Info: (250) 947-8258. 4th Thursday of each ■ First Open Heart Socimonth, Theatre Room, ety, Mid-Island Chapter, The Gardens, Qualicum meets 1:30 p.m., St. Beach. Connect to Andrews Presbyterian community resources. Church, 4235 Departure Reserve: 250-752-2818-0. Bay Rd., Nanaimo. Peter Sponsored by Oceanside Sinclair, executive direcDementia Education tor of Loaves & Fishes, Task Team. speaks on ‘giving from ■ Coombs Old Time the heart.’ Fiddlers’ Dance, every ■ Tales for the TellThursday, 7:30-10 p.m., ing, Stories for Adults, Rotary House, 211 Fern features Dying to Tell, Rd., Qualicum Beach. with Celtic storyteller All ages welcome. $2.50 Mary Gavan, 7:30 p.m., includes snack. Info: McMillan Arts Centre, ebfoden@gmail.com; 133 McMillan St. Parks-

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MAR. 1 ■ Ravensong Waterdancers synchronized swimming fundraiser, 9 a.m. to noon, Wembley Mall parking lot, and 14 p.m., Northfield Park ‘n Ride. Bring boxes of paper for shredding, $8 per box. Info: Heather Mahony 250-248-4634; mahony4@telus.net. ■ Storycrafting Workshop, with Mary Gavan, 10 a.m. to noon, McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan St., Parksville. $15. To register: www.midislandstorytellers.com. ■ CHRCO Dance with Vicious Fish, 8 p.m. to midnight, Coombs Rodeo Grounds. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door. Tickets at The Shoe Inn, Cranky Dog Music, Coombs General Store, Cruiser’s Grill. Info: www.chrco.org. ■ VIU ElderCollege Saturday Speakers presents China’s Industrial Development and the Problems Associated with It, with speaker Jack Hayes, PhD, China, Japan and Asia studies, at UBC, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at VIU’s Nanaimo campus, Building 250, Room 125. $30 plus tax advance or $10 at the door per session. See www.viu.ca/eldercollege or call 1-866-734-6252.

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MAR. 2 ■ Parksville Lions and Save-On Foods free family skate, 12:151:45 p.m., Oceanside Place. Skate rentals also free. Under 19 must be accompanied. Info: 248-3252. ■ Coombs Old Time Fiddlers’ Sunday Afternoon Dance, 2:30 p.m., first Sunday of each month, Rotary House, 211 Fern Rd., Qualicum Beach. All ages welcome, $2.50 includes snack. Info: ebfoden@gmail.com; 250-586-3743.

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Next Dance: MALOOMBA BOOGIE March 29th, 2014 OVERNIGHT CAMPING Visit our websitewww.chrco.org

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MAR. 9 ■ Double Life, the life and times of E. Pauline Johnson, performed by Margaret Murphy with music by Sue Averill, 1 p.m., Parksville Community & Conference Centre. By donation. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville-Qualicum for International Women’s Day.

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MAR. 6 ■ Parksville Newcomers Club meets 7:30 p.m., Parksville Community Centre, 132 Jensen Ave. E. Mr. Derry and Mr. Ball speak on estate planning. All welcome. ■ Coombs Old Time Fiddlers’ Dance, 7:3010 p.m., Rotary House, 211 Fern Rd., Qualicum Beach. All ages. $2.50 includes snack. Info: ebfoden@gmail.com; 250-586-3743.

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MAR. 5 ■ Parksville Qualicum Shrine Club meets 7:30 p.m., Concord Masonic Hall, 136 Memorial Ave., Parksville. All Shriners welcome. Wear your Fez. ■ Nada Jovic presents photos and describes her experiences at Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal, 6:-7:30 p.m., Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave. E. Free.

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meets 7-9 p.m., Arrowsmith Hall, 1014 Ford Rd., Coombs. Info: 248-6177. ■ Probus Club of Qualicum Beach meets 9 a.m., St. Stephen’s Church Hall, Qualicum. Speaker is pastel artist Joan Larson. Visitors welcome. ■ Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise meets 7 a.m. at Rotary House. Two women Rotarians will discuss their experience of Rotary and share their involvement with a team immunizing children against polio in Ethiopia. Breakfast served. To attend, call Allan Gannon 250 594 7752 or email Allan.gannon@shaw.ca.

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Glitterati crammed into the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort last Friday for Swirl, the wine-and-food signature event of Parksville Uncorked, the 6th Annual Wine and Culinary Festival. Above: Parksville’s Jenny and Chris Robinson taste caviar for the first time. Above right: Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond and employee Jessica McNeil show the special glass used during Swirl. Far right: Nanoose Edible farmers Kiyomi Ito and Caleb Huffman display a salmon salad made with local greens. Right: Jillian Paton dips fruit in the chocolate fountain. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR]

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out ďŹ rst thinking carefully. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, it may seem like you are being led astray by one thing after another, when all you want is to focus on one task at a time. Find a way to block out any and all distractions. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, work on a creative project with a sweetheart or friend early in the week. Ideas will ow easily and your imaginations will soar together. It is a productive pairing. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 This is not your week to mix love and money, Sagittarius. In fact, keep the two as separate as possible, and exercise caution before lending anyone money. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you want to play outside of the rules this week. You normally like to follow a relatively traditional course, so this catches others off guard. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 You don’t always have the patience to stick with the same routine, Aquarius. That means others cannot expect you to conform to their whims if they want you as a friend. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you may need to sacriďŹ ce some security for a chance to have a memorable experience. Do something out of the ordinary.

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SUPER DUTY

Eric’s Pick 2009 F-350 LARIAT CREW CAB

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Burgundy, 176,384 Diesel, 4x4. One owner, well maintained and priced to sell as a great towing or work truck.

27,995

2010 F-350 DRW LARIAT T CREW CAB B

2013 F-350 CREW CAB 4X4 LONG BOX

Pueblo Gold, 4x4, 6.4 L. V8 Diesel, Long Box, 85,694 kms..

Grey, 16,221 kms.

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Stock # 9 S 93472

264

$

BI-WEEKLY

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48,995

Dennis’ Pick

1997 FORD F-250 XL SUPER CAB

2014 F-350 LARIAT SWB 4X4

Long Box 4x4 7.3l diesel 246k This is the diesel truck to have. The 7.3l diesel engine is a proven engine for Ford and has an enviable following. Clean and tidy truck that has been well maintained and drives great, you should definitely put this truck on your shopping list. $

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Danna’s Pick

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Robb’s Pick

Stock # 93484A

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Stock # 14060A

Harold’s Pick

Stock # 93481

171

$

Stock # 14057

Very well equipped for towing. Great eye appeal. You can ride like luxury and do the hard work as well. Now get Costco and Ford Rebates and more!

339

$

BI-WEEKLY

SALE

$

69,984

Filip’s Pick

2011 F350 SRW SUPER R B DUTY CREW CAB

1998 F-250 SRX SUPER CAB

White, 62,952 kms, Power stroke, Diesel, 4x4. x4.

Red 192,388nkms. 4x4, 4.6 L. V8.

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205

BI-WEEKLY LY

Just out of the shop and ready to work! $6,000 in recent reconditioning for added piece of mind!

SALE

37,995

$

SALE

Stock # 14107A

8,995

$

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