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Vancouver Island Health Authority estimates cost of new health center will be $10 to $12 million Talks with the Arrowsmith Rest Home Society and Stanford Holdings Ltd. have cleared the way for the Vancouver Island Health Authority to fast track a proposed health centre in Parksville — one they will now own and operate. Howard Waldner, president
and CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), said they had been negotiating with Stanford Holdings — owners of the Stanford Place seniors facility in Parksville — to take over ownership and operation of the planned health centre — making it a publicly-owned building.
Town’s pesticide bylaw working Despite sparking heated debate around the council table, the Town of Qualicum Beach’s cosmetic pesticide bylaw is causing little stir in the ﬂower beds outside. The bylaw, passed on July 1 of
this year, prohibits the application or use of pesticides for the purpose of maintaining outdoor turf, trees, shrubs, ﬂowers, and other ornamental plants on public or private lands within the municipality.
Artists, start your engines The Old School House’s (TOSH) Grand Prix d’art will take place this weekend, where a number of artists of all skill levels will race to paint live scenes throughout Qualicum Beach. The artists will have three hours to paint from an assigned location in the town, and their work must be inspired by some thing or person visible from their spot.
There’s still lots to see at the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Exhibition, including the upcoming Big Splash Weekend of entertainment. See page A5. STEVEN HEYWOOD PHOTO
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More doctors, nurses for health centre Vancouver Island Health Authority takes over ownership of project; will cost $10 to $12 million to build
Talks with the Arrowsmith Rest Home Society and Stanford Holdings Ltd. have cleared the way for the Vancouver Island Health Authority to fast track a proposed health centre in Parksville — one they will now own and operate. Howard Waldner, president and CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), said they had been negotiating with Stanford Holdings — owners of the Stanford Place seniors facility in Parksville — to take over ownership and operation of the planned health centre. A previous deal had Stanford Holdings building the centre, then maintaining ownership in a private-public partnership. VIHA would have provided services and funding. Once Stanford agreed to the change, Waldner said they had to clear it with Arrowsmith — the other bidder on the construction and operation of the proposed facility. That, he said, was done on June 28, when Premier Christy Clark visited Qualicum Beach and committed
Center named • The new health centre is currently named the Oceanside Health Center. VIHA is open to other names.
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By STEVEN HEYWOOD NEWS EDITOR
VIHA will build the Oceanside Health Centre next to Trillium Lodge seniors facility in Parksville, at a cost of between $10 and $12 million. the province to the health centre project. “I’m pleased with the premier’s support when she was here,” said Waldner in an interview in Parksville this week. “We’ll do our bit to live up to the timeline that she has set out for us.” Clark told THE NEWS on June 28 that the province hoped the construction would begin in September and be open by 2012. “It’s going to happen. We are getting on with it,” Clark said at the time. Arrowsmith’s assent, said Waldner, prevents the health
centre project from having to go back to square one. This change means the health centre will be owned and operated by the public health authority. Had it gone private, as originally planned,
• Parksville native and VIHA employee Shiela Cruikshank will take over project management of the centre as of Aug. 1, 2011.
TOM DAVIES ... no emergency, but a good start
• Existing VIHA health services will be moved into the new center, including: home and community care; mental health and
land zoning requirements by the City of Parksville would have held up construction by a year, Waldner said. The change means the land — next to the existing Trillium Lodge on Despard Avenue in Parksville — does not need to be re-zoned and all VIHA needs now is a building permit, which is part of ongoing negotiations with the municipality. Waldner said the construction will cost between $10 and $12 million. He said VIHA has the money is its budget and support from the province. All that’s required to
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proceed he said the said building permit and a final signature from the province on VIHA’s health centre business plan. Tom Davies, spokesperson for a citizens’ group that has been lobbying for the health centre, said the move to a publiclyowned facility is a good one. Davies, a member of the Federation of Oceanside Residents Associations (FORA), said they met with Waldner July 18, who outlined the change. “This is one heck of a good start,” Davies said, noting that while the health centre does not currently include beds or emergency services, there will be room to grow. “It’s not a hospital. It won’t have emergency services here. But eighty per cent of the business that goes to (Nanaimo Regional General Hospital) now, can be handled here,” Davies continued. “And it should be handled here.” He added he’s pleased with how quickly things have progressed — after decades of almost no action on the community’s call for more health services. He said FORA’s work will continue — pushing
for more palliative care beds, for instance. Waldner presented the information to Parksville city council July 18 in a project update presentation. He was asked by councillor Al Grier about what primary care will be housed in the health centre. Waldner said it will be services built around people — no beds or hospitalization. It includes outpatient services like labs, pharmacy, clinics and before and after surgery consultations. There are plans for up to 10 doctors and/or nurse practitioners in the facility — over and above the estimated 36 doctors already practicing in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Getting them here will be the next challenge. Asked by councillors about various plans for the facility — ambulance service and access to Highway 4A, for instance — Waldner said that’s part of separate negotiations and permitting processes with the city. Acting mayor Chris Burger expressed council’s support at the end of Waldner’s presentation. firstname.lastname@example.org
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an access point to Highway 4A.
• VIHA is negotiating with the City of Parksville for added parking and
• The centre will be open later and longer. Hours are still being developed.
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FEATURE A Big Splash on Parksville’s waterfront Big entertainment weekend during the sand castle exhibition
The team sand sculpture Jungle Jazz sets the tone for the Big Splash Entertainment Weekend on Parksville’s waterfront in August. STEVEN HEYWOOD PHOTO
By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER
et ready for a full weekend of musical entertainment on the beach this August, with 10 acts providing something for every taste of music. With the initial competition weekend of the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition over, organizers are focusing on the complimentary events throughout the month long viewing period. The big new event this year, organized by the beach festival society, is the Big Splash Entertainment Weekend Aug. 5 to 7. Organizers wanted a bigger, more professional stage setting than previous years’ weekly Music in the Park concerts held in the picnic shelter and decided to go all out for a music festival weekend. A stage will be set up on the kite field in Community Park this year. The music starts at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 with Nanaimo’s ska-surf party band the Kiltlifters, followed by the 1980s pop/ rock classics of Johnny Inappropriate at 5 and the headline act for the day, Time Well Wasted hitting the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Time Well Wasted are a big 11-piece band doing a range of the classics from the Doobie Brothers and Eagles, to Aretha Franklin and James Brown soul and a mix of funky Kool & the Gang and the disco beats of Donna Summers thrown in for good measure. On Saturday things kick off at 1 p.m. with the wide ranging singer-guitarist stylings of Eric Harper, from flamenco to classical and jazz to rock. He’ll be followed by the 1960s hits of Younger Than Yesterday at 3 p.m. and four-piece country band Montgomery County at 5
contemporary/soft rock covers by Counting Time, followed by comedian Greg Kettner at 2:30. Organizers had originally thought they wouldn’t be able to afford a quality Elvis impersonator until last year’s popular Virtual Elvis (Scott MacDonald) offered to do it for a dramatically cut rate because he loves the event so much organizers said. Elvis will be on at 4 p.m. leading to The Pony Club, taking the headline spot a bit early at 6 p.m. They’ll be performing contemporary country along the lines of Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. All of the weekend’s music is free provided by the Beach festival society. Organizers are also still accepting applications for local artisans for the Artisans at the Beach event (Sun., July 24) and buskers who’d like to perform at the gazebo on weekends. Interested people can apply online or at email@example.com.
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Vex-rated video City council re-starts its online streaming bids BY STEVEN HEYWOOD NEWS EDITOR Councillors Carrie Powell-Davidson and Teresa Patterson admitted Monday night they didn’t understand the technical requirements in a request for proposals for the City of Parksville to broadcast their council meetings online. Yet the pair voted to quash a proposed tender that would have awarded a three-year contract to Ottawa-based iSi Global. With only four members of council at Monday’s meeting, the recommendation failed in the resulting tie vote. The awarding of the contract had been approved by city council at a committee of the whole meeting on June 20. It only required a similar vote July 18 to go ahead. The two councillors’ reasoning for voting against the contract this time, they said, was perceived ambiguity in the original request for proposals that went out to businesses in February — and the apparent lack of weighing the matter in favour of local businesses. Powell-Davidson, who admitted she didn’t read the request for proposals closely enough, led the opposition to staff ’s recommendation to hire iSi Global. “We should do our due diligence, yes, but what concerns me are local capabilities. We can get that human contact with a local provider.” She suggested council look at streaming their meetings online in a one-year pilot project, instead of in a three-year deal. She also claimed this was an openness issue for council, stating going with a local contractor would deliver better quality video and resident access. Upon trying to ask a question of Chris Raines, owner of Raines
POWELLDAVIDSON Broadcasting, who was in the audience, Powell-Davidson was shut down by acting mayor Chris Burger, stating that would fall outside of the legal parameters of the process. Doing so, he said, would be unfair to the other bidders. Raines Broadcasting had bid $12,000 for one year of online video service. iSi Global had bid $5,000/ year for $15,000 over three years. They were two of seven bidders in the project. Powell-Davidson, who works under contract for the Oceanside Star newspaper — whose editor co-hosts a video talk show with Raines Broadcasting — denied she was under outside pressure to force the bidding process back to the start. She said she was surprised by what the city was looking for in its request for proposals. “Maybe we’re not quite ready,” she said. Patterson claimed the process didn’t compare apples to apples — a claim
questioned by the city’s chief administrative officer Fred Manson, who said the request for proposals was open for anyone to bid. The city’s new director of administrative services, Debbie Comis, said in a report the process was fair, but was concerned that “certain vendors had requested opportunity to present additional information to staff and council.” Manson admitted there could have been some literary license taken, but the tender still gave service providers a wide variety of parameters on which to bid. “Can this go out to tender again?” asked Patterson. Manson said yes, as long as council gives staff their requirements. He asked council — specifically Powell-Davidson — what they were looking for. She emphasized getting quality video — something she said was being offered by Raines over iSi Global. After the recommendation was defeated and the process sent back for a re-start, Coun. Al Grier said he wanted a limit on the cost of such a service. “I’m not sure how many people watch these videos,” he said. “If no one is watching it, then it’s not worth it.”
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Full bid information on all seven proposals can be found at the City of Parksville’s website (www.city.parksville.bc.ca) by searching the June 20, 2011 committee of the whole agenda, via the interactive calendar on the home page.
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THE NEWS, Friday, July 22, 2011 •
Ferry fares Attack sur vivor ﬁnds new home too high: RDs By LISSA ALEXANDER NEWS REPORTER
Regional district representatives rail against BC Ferries rate hikes By LISSA ALEXANDER NEWS REPORTER Political representatives from surrounding regions, including our own Regional District of Nanaimo chairperson Joe Stanhope, travelled to Vancouver this week to share their disapproval of ferry fare increases with the B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “I know for a fact people in this area, regular visitors, aren’t as regular anymore and that’s basically because of the increases,” said Stanhope upon his return home. “This is big issue for the all of the regional districts and I’m really concerned.” Stanhope said the
cost to bring young families over is particularly worrying, and the forecasted increases on the horizon are simply not sustainable for islanders, he said. Chairs of the regional districts of Powell River, Strathcona, Sunshine Coast, Alberni-Clayoquot, Greater Vancouver and the Capital Regional District were among those present at a half an hour meeting with the minister, Blair Lekstrom, and Stanhope said the presentations were well received. “I think we made a good presentation and we’re going to meet again at the Union of B.C. Municipalities and maybe even ask for a meeting with the premier,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
A wild Canada Goose gosling that survived an attack at the rabbit sanctuary in Coombs last month has now been relocated to the B.C. SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild Arc) in Metchosin. Susan Vickery, founder of Earth Animal Humane Education and Rescue Society (EARS), who looks after the rabbits, said she received calls about the little goose, who survived the attack where 20 rabbits were stomped to death. “I didn’t think the goose was a centre piece but it seems that so many people were really moved by that.” Vickery acquired the goose after he was dropped off by a Port Alberni resident. The man found the goose wandering alone in his driveway, and since the SPCA was closed, he took it to the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs. President of the refuge, Wendy Huntbatch, didn’t think the goose would get along with the parrots, so asked Vickery if he could stay at the sanctuary. Vickery wasn’t sure if it
Andre the gosling has been relocated to an animal rehabilitation centre in Methcosin, after surviving a brutal attack at the Coombs rabbit sanctuary last month. SUBMITTED PHOTO would work out but she was pleasantly surprised. “It was sweet,” she said. “Just the way he curled up with these rabbits and they were grooming him and keep him warm ... it was very darling.” As the Andre the goose’s feathers came in it became clear that it was a wild Canada Goose, and the sanctuary could not legally keep him. After the attack Vickery
received an e-mail from Wild Arc asking if she’d like the goose to be raised there with other wild migratory birds, and then released. Vickery agreed. Andre has been at his new home for about a week now but has had some trouble fitting in. “There was a pack of them led by a bit of a bully goose picking on the one that came from Coombs and now they have been
released,” said Kari Marks, branch manager at Wild Arc. One smaller goose in that pack was held back, Marks explained, and is now residing with Andre. “He is now in with a lower ranked goose and he and his buddy are doing quite well actually.” For more information on the rabbit sanctuary in Coombs visit www.earthanimalrights.org.
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A8 • THE NEWS, Friday, July 22, 2011
By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER
with on a complaint basis, but to date only one such complaint has been made — and that prior to the bylaw coming into effect. “There haven’t been any complaints since,” Marshall said. “There has been very little reaction.” However, this lack of complaints doesn’t mean the issue has withered. Far from it. “We’ve had a lot of inquiries from landscapers about what can and cannot be used,” Marshall said. “Nobody has been angry, but they just want to be vigilant, do the right thing and comply.” The Bylaw applies to anyone who uses pesti-
Despite sparking heated debate around the council table, the Town of Qualicum Beach’s cosmetic pesticide bylaw is causing little stir in the flower beds outside. The bylaw, passed on July 1 of this year, prohibits the application or use of pesticides for the purpose of maintaining outdoor turf, trees, shrubs, flowers, and other ornamental plants on public or private lands within the municipality. Bylaw officer Don Marshall said the enforcement of the bylaw is dealt
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Despite the town’s pesticide ban, transportation right of ways are exempt. cides on public or private land, except on the residential areas of farms; to buildings or inside buildings; and on land used for agriculture, forestry,
transportation, public utilities or pipelines. As well, Marshall noted there are some excluded pesticides that can be used within municipal
boundaries. These include things like vinegar, insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, sticky traps, and diatomaceous earth. As well, insect pheremones,
pyrethrins, insecticides used on pets, insect repellents, laundry additives and pruning paints. For a full list of the excluded products, visit qualicumbeach.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList. aspx?ID=2091. The town passed the bylaw in response to repeated requests to do so from representatives of the Canadian Cancer Society and concerned citizens. The move came as the Regional District of Nanaimo was considering their own pesticide bylaw, along with similar deliberations by the provincial government. email@example.com
McMillan Street to get $1.9 million upgrade Parksville approves bid by Nanaimo’s Windley Contracting; work starts in a month By STEVEN HEYWOOD NEWS EDITOR It will cost the city $1.9 million to upgrade the condition of McMillan Street between Hirst Avenue and Highway 19A. That’s 22 per cent below the City of Parksville’s most recent cost estimate. Council on Monday night unanimously
approved a contract to successful bidder Windley Contracting Ltd. of Nanaimo. They were the low bidder for the project, at $1,906,155 and with the city’s assent, are expected to begin work in approximately four weeks. The construction is estimated to last 12 months. Back in February, THE NEWS reported that city hall had upped its estimate for the work from $1.5 million to $3.1 million. This was done to accommodate beautification measures and other features, such as the burying of power lines. The work had been deferred from 2010 to this year’s capital budget and subsequently estimated at only $2,437,430 after review by new engineering department staff. The work will see the widening of
The McMillan and Hirst street intersection will get new trafﬁc lights and better pedestrian visibility. STEVEN HEYWOOD PHOTO the road to include only two lanes and a centre turning lane. It will also include bike lanes, wider sidewalks, pedestrian signals, a full traffic signal at the Hirst Street intersection and decorative streetlights. Director of Engineering and Operations Robert Harary said to reduce impact
on drivers, there will be two lanes of traffic open for much of the project. When it’s required by workers, there will be only one lane. Council was quick to note the work will be taking place during two tourist seasons in Parksville. “Why are we always building roads in the summer heat
when people are trying to have fun?” asked acting mayor Chris Burger. Harary said that’s all to do with drier weather and better work conditions. “Our intent is to start now,” Harary said, “and try to finish before the next tourist season.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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asking businesses to ensure their employees are aware of $100 bills with the serial number JMM1M01001, which has been linked to all three incidents. He noted similar instances have occurred in cities across Vancouver Island including Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Saanich, Victoria, Campbell River, Duncan, and West Shore. Anyone who spots a fake is asked to contact the RCMP detachment immediately at 250-248-6111 if they find someone attempting to pass one of the bills. — NEWS staff
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Not local enough
omewhere between June 20 and July 18, a bid made on the City of Parksville’s proposed online broadcasting of council meetings suddenly wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t that it couldn’t do the job. It wasn’t that it was missing an essential requirement for the
work. It wasn’t that it was too expensive. In fact, the company chosen on June 20 by city council was the lowest bidder. It was, say two city councillors, that it wasn’t local enough. So, after council approved the one bid at its If no one is June 20 committee of the whole meeting, councillors Carrie Powell-Davidson and Teresa Patterson watching city used the opportunity of a depleted council (two council, we councillors were away) to force — almost a month later — a re-start of the bidding process. won’t know This time, they want more of an emphasis on if the deal is local bidders. worth it This, despite the fact the local bidder was more than double the cost of the initially-successful company. City hall should, without a doubt, seek out local contractors and suppliers at every turn. But how far should they go to maintain that policy with taxpayer dollars? Should city hall engage the services of a local business, even if that means paying a lot more money for the same service? And what if it’s an inferior service compared to that offered by another — not local — company? Obviously, Parksville councillors have some work to do on what, exactly, they want for this job. When the new tenders are released to the public, it will be interesting to see how the wording — and the priorities have changed. To twist the words of councillor Al Grier: if no one is watching city council, we won’t know if the deal is worth it. — editorial by Steven Heywood
After 20 years over here, I’m now one of the sights
’m shocked at how quickly so many of my friends and neighbours are aging. One would think that living the retirement dream in a beautiful setting would tend to delay the inevitable but it seems this is just not the case. I can’t understand how some of us retain our youthful vigor and appearance yet others don’t. Can it be a beneficial result of taking vitamin D or low-dose aspirin? Surely these other elderly looking people must have seen the advertising on television promising all sorts of good things for just pennies a day? What occurs to you when listening to reports from the World Health Organization and the World Bank Group? The former tells us that by and large we are all living lonThe Parksville Qualicum Beach 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. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. 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.
ger. The latter say the large number of thriving elderly pensioners is putting a strain on the capacity of governments to pay the pensions promised. Corporations are struggling to hide the fact that their pension plans are under-funded. I think I could safely speak for all people of a certain age when I say, “Gee, sorry about that.” Maybe we should all take up skateboarding to hurry things along. To be perfectly candid, I do see some minor signs of my own aging. Actually I prefer the term mellowing, like good cheese. Recently I found myself enjoying a book abut England
of old colleagues and favourite customers. Yes and I talk to my roses and swear at the weeds and rabbits. I have far less patience with politicians of all stripes in senior levels of government here and abroad. I put this particular foible down to the fact that I’ve been around long enough to have heard it all before and know that most of the stuff they spout is pure nonsense or half-truths. Yep, I’m getting older. I’m far less fussy about how I dress these days. I really don’t care if I’m wearing socks of different lengths although I still take care to wear the same colour on each foot. I’ve given up my distaste for socks and sandals. To heck with it, my feet get cold otherwise. I don’t care what Picasso
in the 15th century. There were plenty of details about clothing, medicine, housing, etc. I checked the library catalogue to see what other books By the author had Harvey written and saw a Dorval small notation that read, “Suitable for 9 to 12”. Crikey, I was reading a kid’s book. I now recognize other signs as well. For example, I simply cannot accept the fact our kids are all in their 40s. I still see them in an aura of training wheels, baby teeth, kindergarten handicrafts and scraped knees. I spend a fair amount of time trying to remember the names
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wore, I didn’t like him anyway. I still shave the first thing every day because that act signalled my emergence from adolescence and I don’t intend to regress. I hope I don’t sound like a curmudgeon. The good things in my life far outweigh the bad and I’m very conscious of that. It’s just that with age I’m realizing a lot of the things I fought against or complained about don’t really matter after all. They are trivial in the grand scheme of life and I’m not wasting precious time on them. I suspect that many of you, dear readers, are miles ahead of me. Above all, I’m beginning to see the irony in life. I came over here 20 years ago to see the sights and now I’m one of them. — Harvey Dorval lives in Parksville
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Lissa Alexander ran the brief report (THE NEWS, July 12), from Area H Director Dave Bartram, explaining that the Regional District of Nanaimo will provide their paper statement to the Agricultural Land Commission, that removes the RDN from providing any comment towards any property applications made to the ALC because the RDN directors do not have â€˜agrologyâ€™ trained backgrounds. Guess what? Thatâ€™s nothing new here as the ALC members, let alone area directors, have little knowledge or experience of any kind regarding actual land use, soil, water or topography or financial conditions acceptable to sustaining agriculture. Our meetings with Director Bartram were only met with contempt when we asked for his support on our applications to date. In Area H we can only hope for the next director to have common sense and an actual understanding of acreage usage towards the real need of property owners, given the RDN wants greater continued tax collections from us.
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Private system an obvious invitation Barry Avisâ€™s letter entitled, We were tricked, (THE NEWS, July 12), expresses the growing frustration of voters expected to swallow some prolonged political deception. The root of the interminable obfuscation surrounding an Oceanside health care facility lies in the 35-year old switch to private funding of all government needs, which is never mentioned and never explained. The system has continuously built unpayable debts for all administrations across the country, and BC is no exception; it is frightened stiff of new expenditure. Usury has been forbidden by economists for centuries for its inherent dangers; but Canada has been locked into it for 35 years now. Questions to politicians regarding a possible return to the previous 40-year-long program of funding at almost nil cost from our own Bank
uch has been said to justify the contract of David Hahn, so what is his contribution to the people of B.C. He has turned a transportation link into a tourist fleet, with expensive terminals designed to extract more funds from travelers â€” paid for by our fares. This is no benefit for residents going from A to B. He has had ships built that are not to Canadian shipping standards but allowed under import regulations. He has put a muzzle on employees. He has seen fit to make large donations such as the $5,000,000 to the Olympics â€” paid for by our fares â€” and spent much advertising a monopoly. He has introduced hefty reservation fees as a cash grab. The worse the service the more the need for reservations. This is especially hard on people in Monday to Friday jobs. Vancouver Island is hit with a double blow as the high fares apply to all goods brought to the Island and products sold off the Island. Tourists and locals think twice before taking RVs on the ferries. Routes and schedules have been revised without consideration for commuters and some runs eliminated at off-peak hours. David Hahn may have been well suited to New York but not to B.C. Any person with a marine background would have done a better job. I am sure many readers can add to the story and question other events such a the sinking of The Queen of the North. Now is the time to voice your concerns and frustrations.
Arthur Skipsey Qualicum Beach
of Canada meet with silence, broken by the sounds of shuffling feet and slamming doors. They could of course request information on their own history from their Auditor General, but may find it a little embarrassing. The almost farcical confusion in B.C. over the denial of an HST; then its introduction; then the dismay at public reaction; then the referendum with its glib offer of a modified rate â€” speaks volumes about the dilemma facing any administration locked into this system. I hazard a guess that this reluctance is due to none other than the (also private) donation method of funding political parties, which to all but a die-hard privateer is an obvious invitation to the purchase of influence.
Russ Vinden Errington
Being respectful works â€“ really One beautiful day a week ago, I hopped out of my vehicle to give a friend a quick hug. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a greyhaired athletic-looking woman riding her bike towards me. She came closer and then swerved around me, saying, â€˜idlingâ€™. Startled, I said, â€œpardon?â€? â€œIdling,â€? she said, eyes wide and glaring; her tone adding, â€œyou idiotâ€?â€™ to the word. Then, flinging her hand out from her forehead, she rode off into the distance. Startled out of our good-bye hug, my friend and I shared an ah-ha moment. We realized that she was talking about my idling vehicle. For those who do not know me, I would like to explain that I am a
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conscientious person, living green in my day to day life. On that beautiful day I made a mistake, I left my vehicle idling. And now, I have something to say to that woman. Actually I have something to say to all self-chosen environmental watchdogs. Thanks for caring about our environment. Really. I appreciate your commitment. Hereâ€™s a heads-up though. If you are truly concerned about environmental issues and sincerely want to educate the public and effect lasting social change, take a deep breath and be respectful. Involve people, encourage people, care about people. Social change movements can be fun and fulfilling, instead of shaming and mean. If I could go back in time, and if I could rewrite the script of what happened to me, that selfrighteous bike rider would have morphed into a bike rider who slowed down and smiled, who stayed out of my personal space and asked me if I wanted the â€˜This vehicle does not idle :)â€™ sticker she just happened to have with her. I would have made the connection and would have been even more careful about idling in future.
Hallie Walsh Qualicum Beach
I never got to have a say on salaries I am told over and over again that I reside in a democratic country. When I witness the remuneration such as salaries, benefits and expenses paid to, but not earned, by MPs, MLAs and senators and I have not been given the right to vote on this issue, I wonder about that democracy. The actions of these individuals, when the median wage for Canadians is about $44,000, is breathtaking, especially their attitude towards unions, minimum wages and teachers. They love to take but refuse to honour and reward the people who unfortunately put them into their positions. Does democracy still exist when people find out their assets have been conscripted by individuals that do not care about other individuals?
Don Walduck Qualicum Beach
Pages of the Past By Ruth Smith Five years ago â€˘ Serial killer, Clifford Olsonâ€™s federal parole hearing was a charade that should never happen again, says B.C. Solicitor General John Les. But that doesnâ€™t change his decision to disband B.C.â€™s parole board and turn provincial inmates over to the federal parole system. â€œI think it would be appropriate for the federal government to change the law for cases like Olson, so he would not enjoy any access to the parole board,â€? Les said. 10 years ago â€˘ In a scene some neighbours described as being out of a movie, police officers ribboned off a residence before dawn and began an investigation into Oceansideâ€™s first murder since 1995. RCMP arrested Iris Lynnâ€™s son and charged him with manslaughter after his 87-year-old mother was murdered. 20 years ago â€˘ A find of high grade marble near Port McNeil had geologists and investors excited. The find, was staked by Leo Dâ€™Or Mining of Vancouver. The company was owned by Shariat Madari.
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HST not so good for you Mr. Ashworth (THE NEWS, July 19) seems very well informed as to the benefits of having the HST in place of GST and PST. Depending on your source of information, I suppose one could debate endlessly the pros and cons. My question is, if it’s such a good thing, how come the other provinces that have HST are still “have not” provinces, with higher unemployment and lower economic growth?
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The manner in which this HST vote is being conducted is ridiculous. Many citizens that reside here and have a right to vote have not yet received their ballots! In our home, mine arrived shortly after the mail strike ended but my wife’s never did. After considerable time was spent on hold waiting for what must have been a single operator, it was stated that hers had been sent to the address we had three years ago!
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Others in the area have not gotten theirs despite having lived at the same address for many years. What would motivate the government to work from very old voters lists and how are we to trust them to return an honest count? The manner in which the vote is worded has been carefully made to cause confusion. The whole process reminds one more of a Third World banana republic than a democracy. The pittance of $175 given to a very few folks will be more than eaten up by their paying the HST in the remainder of this year and will be a millstone on the backs of citizens forever more. The tax upon tax upon tax mentality of the government must be halted. Ask yourself if the economy in this province has improved since the HST was slipped into law a year ago? The Liberals believe the citizens are very gullible fools. Don’t fall for it. Please vote Yes now. By the way, about the fact that we’re the only place with a carbon tax on gasoline: where has all that money gone?
R.S. Bothwell Parksville
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for the HST? Economists and accountants serve the business community. Economists strive to find what’s best for business, not necessarily best for you and me, especially when tax is shifted from business to the consumer. They back economic theory that gives business more cash. And how about accountants? Are they not the experts at tax avoidance, especially when that tax is shifted you know where? Newspapers and radio depend upon businesses for their bread and butter — the advertising dollars For those of us paying attention, it is clear then, that these groups, assisted by their business-oriented government, have joined together in their self-rewarding task of ensuring the continuance of the HST. The public is to be commended for its yearlong resistance to the government’s brainwashing campaign. Even recently, still over 50 per cent of the public wanted out of the HST, despite $10,000,000 of government and business advertisements — most of it with taxpayers’ money!
Mr. Moore’s rambling piece on the HST for your Guest Shot (THE NEWS, July 15) ends with a plea for more information about the new tax to replace the GST/PST. Most of the information he seeks can be found in the Independent Panel’s Report on the HST as well as on the HSTinBC website. But why does he really need more information when he states in his article: “Don’t get me wrong: I’m not against the HST no matter what facts are laid before me?” And this non sequitur from someone who is mad that the title of the HST Referendum Guide was missing an apostrophe!
Michael Berry Qualicum Beach
Who do they really serve? A lot is heard about what economists say about the HST, also the Society of Accountants, the Province and Sun newspapers, and some Radio and TV. What do all these experts have in common, I mean besides their eager support
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