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Two blocks of the Alberni Highway were blocked off by police Wednesday morning after a passerby noticed a suspicious looking suitcase leaning against a pole. After a tense few minutes, police examined the briefcase and determined it was just that — a briefcase. See page A8 for more.

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It has been seven years in the making, but Errington filmmaker Richard Boyce has completed his latest project, Rainforest, and the film, which details the amazing aerial gardens high up in the deep rainforest on northern Vancouver Island. The film has been accepted for screening at the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival, a coup for Boyce and his team and a treat for those who attend.

Former Liberal MLA and Parksville mayor Paul Reitsma has decided to throw his hat into the ring once again, declaring his intention this week to run against Chris Burger for the mayor’s chair. Reitsma said he has gone through what he called a soul scrubbing after his fall from grace for writing phony letters to the editor and now, years later, he is ready to move on with his political career.

The Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals are lacing up their skates and toning up both their bodies and their gear as they prepare for a busy weekend on the ice — both at the Howie Meeker Arena and in Saanich. The Gens are looking forward to a stellar year, with some returning top talent, as well as a cadre of new recruits who want to prove they have what it takes to put a few notches in their sticks and some points on the board.

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BOAT THIEVES KEEPING ACTIVE Just because boating season is wrapping up doesn’t mean boat thieves have gone into hibernation. That sad fact came clear to one Oceanside resident this week, when thieves made off with a 12-foot aluminum boat that had been anchored off Wall Beach on Tuesday. The boat, a Lund model with registration number BC974226, also had a black, 15-horsepower Mercury outboard motor on the back. Police estimate the value of the missing boat at $6,000. Anyone with information about this theft is requested to call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111. NO SMART METERS IN OCEANSIDE It appears that Barry Avis was right all along. In the debate Sunday to determine the NDP nomination for the ParksvilleQualicum riding, Avis said there were no BC Hydro smart meters being installed in Oceanside, a claim that was denied by his opponent, Leanne Salter. However, BC Hydro spokesperson Ted Olynyk, contacted Thursday, said Hydro has no plans to begin installation of the controversial wireless devices until March, 2012. — Neil Horner

Oceanside RCMP Staff Sergeant Brian Hunter examines the wreckage after a loaded flatbed truck overturned on Church Road on Tuesday afternoon. Road conditions were bare and dry at the time of the crash and the investigation into its cause is continuing. Nobody was hurt in the mishap and the truck was later righted and taken away by a tow truck. NEIL HORNER PHOTO

Reitsma to try for mayor’s chair Former Liberal MLA to try municipal luck By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER Former MLA and Parksville mayor Paul Reitsma felt “foolish, humiliated and ashamed,” of the way his last experience with public office ended, but 14 years later he’s ready to try again. First elected as a Port Alberni alderman in 1980, he spent nine years as Parksville mayor to 1996 when he was elected to represent Parksville-Qualicum in the legislature. In 1998, after he

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PAUL REITSMA ... has gone through a scrubbing of the soul was caught writing letters to local newspapers under assumed names praising himself and attacking opponents, Reitsma resigned to avoid becoming the first politician recalled in the Commonwealth. “I acknowledged I was wrong,” he now shakes his head still

appearing a bit surprised by his own actions, “I wasn’t raised that way, I didn’t raise my kids that way...” he said, adding that it led to a dark period of “six years of soul searching” before he reached a level of acceptance. “I could not ask people to vote for me if I couldn’t vote for myself,” he said indicating that he has gone through a “scrubbing of the soul,” and is ready to move on. Since 2004/2005 he’s slowly been getting back into political issues when people ask him for help with getting passports or dealing with the government. “For the last six

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[online first www.pqbnews.com years I’ve been trying to keep a low profile, which is hard for someone who’s 6’6”,” he quipped. “I never lost friends or family over it,” he said and he remained active in the community, volunteering and singing in choirs. Now 63 and “basically retired after 30-plus years in business,” he believes his experiences can be be of value to Parksville, including “the valuable experience of having made mistakes.” Thinking seriously

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Race to pit Paul Reitsma against Chris Burger runs for public office. On his community relationships, his professional campaign material has a dozen glowing testimonials from people like former Qualicum Beach mayor Jack Collins and Cy O’Leary, who spent 17 years on the Parksville Advisory

“To have to ask staff about procedure all the time like that is embarrassing,” he said but quickly added that while he disagrees with their decisions he respects the people on council, who he is friendly with. He congratulates everyone who

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Planning Commission. Clearly passionate about current local politics Reitsma talked about a wide variety of issues from BC Ferries, paving and traffic issues, the boardwalk and what he called his pet project of a pier at the end of Parksville Beach, the poor relationship between developers and the city, the ongoing official community plan update process and the impact the closure of Kwalikum

Secondary School would have on all of Oceanside. He was particularly passionate about the recent vote by council to increase the pay of the next council. “If elected I will bring a motion to reconsider the increase,” he said adding, if elected he would refuse the increase himself and return it to the city. “It’s an insult to give themselves a 23 percent increase, and then we’ll have to

have delicate negotiations with our union employees.” “How do you sit down with a shop steward and insist on only a one percent increase knowing you gave yourself 23 percent, it’s hostile. You have to lead by example.” Reitsma said he will not seek or accept donations from companies or individuals and he’s looking forward to campaigning on doorsteps. writer@pqbnews.com

Municipal deadline looms Stay Together and Let Us Care for You Chris Burger was the first to declare his candidacy for mayor of Parksville and is the only other declared candidate with Paul Reitsma. Current councillors Sue Powell, Teresa Patterson and Carrie Powell-Davidson have said they intend to run for council, while Al Greir

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hen Richard Boyce thinks about gardens, he doesn’t look in the dirt down under his feet, but rather, high, high up in the air. Those gardens, located deep in the old growth forests of northern Vancouver Island, are rare marvels, he says, natural wonders seldom seen. Boyce, a filmmaker from Errington, is sharing that wonder next month in Vancouver, when his latest work, Rainforest, screens at the Vancouver International Film Festival. “They accepted the film and will be screening it on October 11 and 12,” Boyce said. “The Vancouver International Film Festival is a world renowned film festival, and to be part of it is a real honour and a privilege.” For that honour, Boyce is giving viewers the privilege of joining him in the treetops in the ancient forests just north of the isolated Brooks Peninsula on Vancouver Island. It’s an unique perspective on an entirely unique world, far above the

ground. “I started the project seven years ago,” Boyce said. “A friend took me on a kayak trip to the most remote part of Vancouver Island, to Klaskish. When I got there it was just overwhelming, the beauty and the pristine nature of this place. It was obvious that First Nations had lived there for centuries and I immediately wanted to make a film.”

RICHARD BOYCE ... latest film was seven years in the making The film, he said, is about his journey to explore the aerial gardens, high up in the forest canopy. “These are places, hundreds of feet in the air, where soil has built up to the point where there is a wealth of growth, small trees, mosses, flowers and ferns, all suspended in the canopy of a tree,” Boyce

said. “I was lucky enough to meet a native elder, Kwatsistella, or Adam Dick, and throughout the film I refer to him and ask him for information about the things I’m discovering.” The film also explores some of the many examples of culturally modified trees in the area, some of which seemed to defy explanation, at first. “There was an abundance of culturally-modified trees and things that I just can’t understand,” Boyce said. “I looked at one tree and there was a huge, gaping hole out of the side of it, but the tree was doing fine and was healthy. Someone had altered that tree for a specific reason. When I showed Adam the photo, he said it was a pitch well, where they tap into the pitch of a particular tree, and those would be dotted around village sites all up and down the coast.” Making the film, he said, was technically difficult, with a team of highly-skilled climbers rigging a system of cables that allowed Boyce to get his shots. “The highest I got was 65 metres,” he said. “That always

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Boyce film set in treetops “We went to the Banff International Film Festival and pitched the idea to broadcasters,” he said. “We got lots of pats on the back, but no money. Then I decided to use climbing in the trees as one of the main factors of the film, so I learned for two years how to do that properly with a camera and eventually I was lucky enough to get funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the B.C. Arts Council.’ With funding in place, Boyce then began his adventure in earnest. “I went about filming the lion’s share of the film, which of course is over 400 kilometres from here. It takes 10 to 12 hours to get there, and even then you’re just at the end of a logging road and you either have to kayak or do some serious bushwhacking. I’ve done both.” Boyce then went into the editing process, working to turn the 80 hours of raw footage into a tight, informative and entertaining package. A pitch at the Whistler Film Festival also gave Boyce many pats on the back, but no funding. At that point, he decided to go it alone. “By this point it was on my own

dollar,” he said. “I finally spent six months in Montreal with some colleagues at EyeSteelFilm and spent that time editing with them. They believed in the project enough to provide me with in-kind services.” What they came up with, when the last edit was done, he said, is pretty entertaining. “Photography of incredible rainforest that nobody knows exists is the centrepiece of the film,” he said. “It is also presented in such a way that it is very unique, not your typical documentary. Much more is left to the audience to venture into a place they know nothing about and find things along the way.” If his showings at the Vancouver event proves as successful as he hopes, Boyce said he has visions of his documentary being picked up by a television station — and it doesn’t have to be one based in North America. Because of the festival’s international stature, the movie will get exposure right across the globe. The Vancouver International Film Festival runs Oct. 11 and 12. See website at www.viff.org/ festival/ for details on times and locations. news@pqbnews.com

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As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, the Parksville and Qualicum Beach branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library will be hosting a customer appreciation day on Sept. 28 and 29. “We wish to invite our customers to come and share their early library memories with us as we recognize our 75th year of providing library services,” said Jamie Anderson, Library Manager for Parksville at Vancouver Island Regional

Library. The Parksville event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28, while the Qualicum Beach event starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29. “Our regional library system was started under challenging circumstances during the Depression era, and many Vancouver Island citizens deserve our recognition and thanks for their pioneering efforts and perseverance,” said Janet Delgatty, library manager for Qualicum Beach. — News staff

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mendations. Designed by an independent 11-person planning committee, the dialogue process is modeled on similar ones around the province. The committee includes four representatives from the District Parent Advisory Council and representatives from the Parksville and Qualicum Beach chambers of commerce, Mount Arrowsmith Teachers’ Association, Canadian Union of Public Employees, a school principal, district trustee liaison and the superintendent. The community dialogues will be facilitated by noted local facilitator Dr. Neil Smith and they are hoping other people will come forward to help facilitate, which Smith will help train them for and supervise. The new process is in three phases, starting with the public sessions in October and November to provide background information and gather input on community values around education. Phase two will delve into the options

and look in detail at what sort of trade offs the community would make based on the priorities set out in phase one. The third phase will reflect the input, get more into the options and present a narrowed list of recommendations to the board. The phase one sessions will be facilitated in small groups in several locations throughout the district to make it convenient for people to get involved. Pre-registration is required to ensure there are enough facilitators and space for the small table discussions so everyone can be included, Flynn said. Register for any session through the school board office at 250-248-4241 or sthompson@sd69. bc.ca. The exact times and some locations are still to be determined and will be announced soon, but all meetings, with the exception of a November 5 daytime crossdistrict session, will be in the evening. reporter@pqbnews.com

Brain injury fundraiser set By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER

OctoberQuest is coming to Parksville with a host of fun events at the school fair like garage sale marking the first fundraiser of the Oceanside Brain Injury Society and Resource Network (OBISNet) Oct. 22 and 23. They are still looking for donations which can be dropped off at their headquar-

ters at 7 Constantine Place, off Wembley Road, in Parksville. Volunteers would also be very welcomed, said group founder Scarlette Lexington. OctoberQuest, as in the quest for brain injury awareness and prevention, will include the garage sale, silent auction, 50/50 draws, a cake walk, kids fishing pond, live music and more, all as part of a fun weekend for a good cause. The recently reg-

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Bomb scare closes highway An abandoned briefcase led police to shut down a section of the Alberni Highway in Parksville Wednesday morning as they checked to determine whether or not it contained a bomb. Sergeant Darrell Robertson said police received a report of an abandoned brown briefcase with wires hanging out of it at the corner of Alberni

Highway and Memorial Avenue just past 8 a.m. He said police raced to the scene and cordoned off a perimeter around the suspicious object, restricting access to the area in the interests of public safety. As other officers watched from a safe distance, police examined the briefcase, which had an

electrical cord draped over it. As it turned out, the briefcase was just that — an empty briefcase and posed no threat. Police retained the briefcase in an effort to determine who it belonged to. RCMP are attempting to locate a person of interest in regard to this incident and are looking for a man

described as between the age of 35 and 45 years of age with short, straight, salt and pepper colored hair, wearing a dark leather coat and dark jeans. A person matching this description was observed in that area carrying the briefcase shortly before the police were called.

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It is still not clear if there will be a plebiscite question included on the ballot in Electoral Area ‘E’ in the municipal elections November 19 regarding inclusion of a regional service strategy. At the Regional District of Nanaimo Committee of the Whole meeting September 13, area ‘E’ Director George Holme said he wasn’t happy with the report from the Regional Services Review. One of the recommendations would see electoral Area ‘E’ become a participant in the Ravensong Aquatic Centre swimming pool service with cost allocations based on participating area usage. Holme said Nanoose Bay taxpayers didn’t want to pay for part of the pool back in 1993 and they were not included in the referendum that saw

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“Lets face it we are protecting aquifer resources and everyone benefits,” Stanhope said. The RDN has been working with local environmental groups, government agencies, and residents to learn more about water and how to protect it. Stanhope said climate change is permeating almost every aspect of government decisionmaking because the potential impacts on watersheds could be profound. He said the purpose of the review is to protect our drinking water resources and he would like to proceed with it even if it means looking at other alternatives to get everyone on board. “It is important because 85 percent of our drinking water comes from aquifers in our electoral areas.” Stanhope said the regional district has been recognized as exemplary when it comes to being a functional district and he would like to maintain that status into the future.

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hen it comes to crime, it can be extremely difficult to take people’s motivations into account. If you have had your home broken into or you are the subject of a sexual assault, the motivations don’t usually come into it. However, there are times when motivation can be crucial to actualy solving or at least reducing a criminal issue. When we know why people do things we don’t like, this gives us a tool we can use to get them to stop. What it really It’s unfortunate then that the Conservative is all about is omnibus crime bill not only doesn’t take motivations into account in its crackdown on the illegal money. Full drug trade, but also appears to tie the hands of stop. judges to prevent them from doing so, too. Let’s be clear here. If the neighbourhood drug dealer asked for your daughter’s hand in marriage, you likely wouldn’t go bragging about it to the neighbours. Drug dealing isn’t about social status, after all. What it is really all about, of course is money. Full stop. That’s all there is. There is a reason for that. Drugs, because they are illegal, are extremely lucrative, for those willing to take the chance to sell them. Take the money away and you take away a large part of the problem. The Conservative bill does nothing to address this fact, or rather, it will likely serve, not only to put more Canadians in jail — at a hideously expensive cost — but will likely raise the risk, and therefore the price and thus profitability of the illegal drug trade. Yes, there will be more people in jail, but there will also be far more people willing to take their place on the street. — editorial by Neil Horner

Graduation? If I could do it, I bet you can do it, too “Here dad, let me help you.” “Sure.” The young man sitting across the table from me took the form from his father and carefully filled it out. His dad couldn’t read or write. Couldn’t do it at all. “I don’t want to be like that.” It was more than just a thought. It was visceral. At that point, I knew for sure I had to get out of Fort St. John, go back to the coast and finish Grade 12. I had been saving from my job in the radiator shop, but now I saved hard. I didn’t go out, stayed in my room mostly. There was nowhere to go but the bar anyway and it was usually 30 below outside and blowing. I had to go back to school. If I failed, it would be strike three for me. Strike one had been initiated by the BC Quest program in Grade 11, my educational Waterloo.

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Going back to regular classes at Prince of Wales High School for my final year just hadn’t sat well after the freewheeling, relaxed and loose atmosphere of the wilderness education program the year before. I didn’t thrive and for the first half of my senior year I was just pretty much waiting for it to be over, It was starting to look like I might not make it. When a buddy urged me to join him at a wilderness school and goat farm that was a 13 kilometre boat ride up Powell Lake on the Sunshine Coast, I jumped at the idea. My poor parents, at their wits’ end, eventually and reluctantly agreed that maybe … maybe this would help me graduate. I quit Prince of Wales and headed off into the bush.

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We didn’t know it a the time, but over the next year we gradually came to the realization that our goat farm could more accurately By Neil be described as a Horner cougar ranch. We lost one goat after the other, sometimes two at a time. The educational component turned out to be equally compromised. Yeah, there was some schooling, mostly by correspondence, but the farm was definitely my strike two. I made some effort, but everyone else was working in the barn or hiking up a local mountain, and, when summer came, swimming in the lake. So was I. I left Fiddlehead Farm eventually, without graduating and, after spending a couple of weeks living in an unwitting friend’s

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garage loft, headed north to Fort St. John to seek my fortune. And now, dollar by dollar, I was building my war chest to eventually come home and — somehow — finish what I started way back in Kindergarten. I made that move, when I was ready and one day found myself at a ramshackle collection of huts at 12th and Cambie in Vancouver. It was called Total Education, an alternate school run out of Eric Hamber. Teacher Richard Neil welcomed me to his class — all couches and pillows on the floor — and eventually became my mentor, my Go master and fondly remembered friend. Some months later, it was in the back yard of his house that I, dressed in tuxedo, cape, white gloves and cane and surrounded by a class of 12, finally accomplished my goal and graduated from high school.

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It was a first, halting step towards eventually getting a post-secondary education and becoming a contributing member of society… ha ha, just kidding, I’m a reporter. I get it. But at least I’m not on welfare. So you guys in high school, I guess my message to you is this: if an addled, rebellious hippie like me could keep it together enough, eventually, to graduate, I bet you can do it, too. I know the school year may seem long and the frustrations, disappointments, heartbreaks and even failures can grow to something that seems overwhelming and you might want to quit, but you know what? Don’t. Stick with it and do whatever you have to do over the next few months to get that piece of paper. Take it from me. It really is worth it. news@pqbnews.com

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LETTERS We worked hard to be able to be here The writer of the letter entitled Things not likely to get better (THE NEWS, Sept. 20) is attacking our council, is bitching about jobs, is critical towards life and finally is pointing towards our retirees with a comfortable income who worked their whole life very hard. If he would go and find himself a job â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where the jobs are â&#x20AC;&#x201D; away from Qualicum and work hard for decades then perhaps he can afford to come one day to Qualicum Beach for his hard-earned time in retirement. Perhaps he will then understand what he calls anti-development posture and NIMBY-ism.

Max Kellermann Qualicum-Beach

Support for dirty oil is simplistic I think Ms. Meadows got it wrong in her letter (THE NEWS, Sept. 16) in last Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of this paper unless of course she supports the Republican Tea Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position on this energy topic. Even some of the U.S. Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisors are against importing dirty oil from dirty coal. I suggest Ms. Meadows read Andrew Nikkiforukâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Tar Sands, dirty oil and the future of a continent. If Ms. Meadowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preference were to come true we could be looking at multiple nuclear power plants coming on stream, or nearly all the natural gas from northeastern British Columbia being pipelined to Fort McMurray. She might also read up on Dr. Shindlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research on all the negative health effects to native reservations downstream from the tar sands projects along the Athabaska river. Does she really want to see an area eventually larger than Prince Edward Island turned into a massive toxic wasteland? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read some time ago that over 25 per cent of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carbon dioxide emissions came from one source: the oil sands developments around Fort McMurray. Many politicians and well educated people believe that the

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his letter is in regards to the letter from Lesley Winter, entitled Staying small (THE NEWS, Sept. 20). I share Lesley Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiasm for Qualicum Beach, but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with the rationale that resisting appropriate development will preserve the town we love. It really is time for people to realize that a continually aging demographic is going to kill our town. This month we lost Elenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery, a long standing and much valued business. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s empty building is now keeping company with a number of properties and businesses that are â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Letâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Sale.â&#x20AC;? The fact is that if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start to encourage younger families into the area we run the risk of losing the wonderful selection of unique businesses that populate our downtown core. And, with elections forthcoming, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for all of our candidates to show some leadership and explain why we need to make some changes to preserve our town rather than entrenching themselves in resistance to appropriate development. Why not release land for development for houses that have a reasonable maximum square footage, minimum of three bedrooms and playground facilities in common space as part of the permitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conditions? The Town could play their part by linking developments to schools with safe routes for walking and cycling, thus sending a message that the area welcomes families. Let me be clear, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fully supportive of the senior community in Qualicum Beach, and intend to be a part of it at some point in the future. The reality, however, is that seniors have no reason to make use of our townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools and businesses in the same way as families whose needs change as their children grow. The community here does not owe me, or any other business owner, a living, but our businesses and schools need to operate in an appropriate demographic. With Qualicum Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population getting older by the year, be aware that the un-halted deterioration of our downtown core will oblige everyone to head for the strips we moved here to avoid.

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extremely expensive and polluting extraction of dirty oil from the tar sands development should be scaled back. To infer that if you drive a car then opposing tar sands development is moot, is ridiculous. The United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; connection to the Middle East and oil imports goes far beyond Libyan or Syrian oil. Buying more expensive and dirty oil from Canada will do nothing to stem the inferred mayhem.

Carl Hahn Qualicum Beach

Good news for Arrowsmith trail At the last West Island Woodlands Advisory Group meeting, Island Timberlands announced that they have changed their plans to put logging roads over portions of the Old Arrowsmith Trail. I would like to acknowledge Island Timberlands and commend them on this decision. It shows that they are willing to listen to and work with the local community. Due to two round table discus-

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sions, that Island Timberlands hosted, with various stakeholders such as the Regional District of Nanaimo, Mt. Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve Foundation, Alpine Club of Canada, Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. and especially the local Alberni Valley Outdoor Club, a workable solution was found. Communication, rather confrontation was the theme across the table and I would like to thank all of the people that participated in this process.

Peter Rothermel Parksville

No need for an oil pipeline up north The government is investigating a pipeline to take oil to the West Coast. We should take the opportunity to review Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan for all energy. Oil pipelines rupture and cost of cleanup is enormous. We have abundant and cheap natural gas. It could be shipped by pipeline to the coast, processed, and then shipped to the Far East. A gas pipeline rupture causes far less damage to the environment. On the way through northern communities, they could use the gas. Oil in Alberta and Saskatchewan should be refined here in Canada, especially for airplane fuel. Value added. We could take advantage of our position in the world, geographic position, with flights directly from Europe to Winnipeg or Calgary, then on to Japan, Hong Kong or China â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all these flights using gas refined in Canada. Ontario should be encouraged to use natural gas and get rid of their nuclear energy. The federal government is subsidizing this in Ontario by being responsible for huge insurance costs. Check how much Ontario pays and how much all taxpayers pay. Japan is planning to eventually try to eliminate nuclear, Germany also. Canada does not need it. We should develop wind, solar, thermal, etc. Try to use up all wood destroyed by the beetle infestation. The U.S. will be buying our oil for years to come. Refine it and use it here.

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After watching how Mother Nature’s wrath, in the form of Hurricane Irene, had wreaked havoc in cities along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, I switched news channels to watch how NATO’s wrath, in the form of fighter jets, had wreaked havoc on ancient cites like Tripoli and Sirte in Libya. Never far from my mind was the fact that, despite so many NATO member countries being in a steep economic decline, they are always financially willing and able to wage war and cause destruction in foreign lands — even while their own infrastructures crumble into neglectful disrepair due to lack of funds. Parts of Tripoli, founded by Phoenicians in the 7th century BC, lie in ruins as the world’s press cameramen gleefully lead us through the rubble; with little said about the NATO’s changing role. It had quietly and quickly morphed from implementing a United Nations and Arab League-sanctioned No-Fly Zone to protect anti-government rebels, into an all-out bombing onslaught to decimate all sites Colonel Muammar Gaddafi controlled. Tripoli and other cities weren’t devastated by the small machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched from the rebels’ pickup trucks; the depreda-

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agree wholeheartedly with George Lupton’s position (THE NEWS, Sept. 20) concerning our new glorified redundant walk-in clinic. If the powers that be feel that we need a walk in clinic, the option of having it at Arrowsmith Lodge with donated equipment from NRGH was far more feasible and intelligent than farming this project out to private practice and having the taxpayer fund a good portion of it to boot! Come on people, are we this easy a mark? It seems the trend today is toward privatization of everything, slowly eroding our health care system and destroying the very principles that Tommy Douglas fought so hard for. We are abysmally failing our seniors in particular with so little access to needed health care. It has been my personal experience that each time I have attended the already existing clinic here in Parksville, I was sent to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to have the problem looked after anyway. So what exactly is the point in wasting all this taxpayers’ money? What we really need is a modest hospital in Oceanside. This summer we were quite surprised visiting towns with a population of 10,000 or less that had their own hospital. Oceanside has a catch basin of over 50,000 people, with a large percentage of them seniors and yet we are still denied a much needed hospital. A further slap in the face is the fact that Campbell River and Courtenay/Comox are getting new hospitals when they already have existing ones. This whole clinic controversy is a joke strictly formulated to line the pockets of opportunistic private investors. And the chasm continues to grow between the haves and the have-nots and the middle class slowly disappears. What we really need is glaringly obvious. Let’s abandon this whole walk in clinic nonsense and campaign louder and stronger for a hospital. God forbid, if and when one of our loved ones doesn’t survive the current long trip to attain needed medical care, it will then be loud and clear that the medical needs of the population in Oceanside are sadly neglected.

Norma Hesby Qualicum Beach

tion came from the military might of NATO. I’m half expecting for the television cameras to focus on an all-too-familiar large Tory-Blue sign in the rubble that declares : “Canada’s Economic Action Plan — Brought To You By Your Conservative Government ...Your Tax Dollars Working For You!” If that billboard is not there now, the chances are it very

soon will be — when all NATO countries vie for the right to rebuild what they have destroyed.

Bernie Smith Parksville

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that as consumers, we have no opt out option with regard to installation of the meters. BC Hydro’s position is in violation of our Charter Rights. Our privacy and rights have been subverted by corporations and elected governments. The meters relay information about our private daily habits such as when we take a bath or turn on a light switch. Data mining,

without our consent, is inherently dangerous to our privacy and liberty as Canadians on many levels. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that we all have the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Person. We must remind our governments of this. Numerous counties, municipalities and states in the United States already banned smart meters. A mother in California had her power cut off when she refused to allow the installation of smart meters; another was arrested for civil disobedience. In Ontario, Europe and the U.S., electric bills have doubled since the installation of the meters. In addition, BC Hydro is laying off 300 front line employees. We are no longer governed by those we elect. We are governed by cartels, banks, and corporations. Big Brother is the political entities and doublespeak used to make us believe that having no option to refuse smart meters is for our own good. Surveillance on buildings and roadways, computers, cell phones and vehicles, through GPS is becoming standard. Now, surveillance seeps into our homes. This creeping scrutiny into every aspect of our daily lives is far too close to Orwell’s 1984 for comfort.

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By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER Fall is often overlooked by many as the gardening season being over but it is in fact one of the most productive times in the garden. So what better time than this weekend to come and see what piece of heritage you can take home from Milner Gardens and Woodland. Their propa-

Boot drive gets positive response Parksville firefighters are over the moon because of the strong community response to their Muscular Dystrophy boot drive campaign. The Sept. 10 event saw firefighters canvassing at highly-visible locations around town, collecting small bills and change in firefighter boots. The campaign saw a generous response from the community, as firefighters raised a whopping $1.735.90. The money will be used to improve the quality of life for people suffering from the neuromuscular disorder by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services and funding research. — News staff

gated plants are on sale and waiting for you to put in your own garden this season. The fall is an excellent time for dividing perennials, taking cuttings of many shrubs, transplanting, re-planting and seed collection. Autumn is also one of the best times to plant out perennials and shrubs as they have the whole fall and winter season to establish healthy root systems. Milner Gardens will be open to members on Friday evening 5 to 7 p.m. and

then open to everyone Saturday and Sunday Sept. 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance to the sale is by donation. Everyone will be able to select items directly from the enclosed nursery site and Master Gardeners will be on hand Saturday and Sunday to assist anyone with questions and plant selections. Once people have made their choices, their purchases can be put to the side so they can wander through the gardens, stop in

for traditional English tea, and freshly baked scones, visit the gift shop, and enjoy the ever changing fall colours. Customer service golf carts will be available to pick up visitors and take them to the nursery to pick up their purchases and take them back to the parking area. Milner Gardens is located at 2179 West Island Highway in Qualicum Beach. For more information visit www.milnergardens.org

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Electric vehicle idea to allow town access By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER

Qualicum Beach town council took two steps forward and one step back in their bid to become a green, sustainable community this week. At Wednesday’s special council meeting, councillors debated a proposal by Forever Green Electric Cars to slow down traffic to 50 kilometres per hour on a portion of Bennett Road to allow residents of the Eaglecrest and Chartwell subdivisions to be able to use low speed electric vehicles to access the uptown core. The proposal, by company president Ron Chiovetti, called for the town to provide access to the business core, as he had received several

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Speaking to the issue, chief administrative officer Mark Brown said making a short stretch of Bennett Road a 50 zone would provide the connectivity needed. Brown also agreed with Chiovetti’s suggestion of holding a one-day electric car demonstration day, suggesting this be the kick-off for the new

Intl. students an opportunity Player report takes on new relevance By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER A new focus by the provincial government to attract international students to British Columbia schools could prove

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said. “It would make sense if we had a number of vehicles, but we don’t.” Rather than acting right away, Wilson suggested the town hold the demonstration day first, assess the response and then determine if a speed limit change is needed. Mayor Teunis Westbroek agreed. “When we do have a day to promote electric vehicles, we should draw attention to the idea,” he said. “I’m all in favour of promoting electric cars, but I understand the concern of Coun. Wilson.” Westbroek also suggested using the Dollymount Trail for the low-speed access, rather than Bennett and he urged staff to look at this option as well, prior to the demonstration day. Council, which did not include the absent Barry Avis or Kent Becker, agreed.

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as 22,000 new jobs in the province. Speaking at a special council meeting Wednesday, Coun. Mary Brouilette said the new focus could prove valuable in the KSS fight. “The government is looking to attract 50 per cent more foreign students,” she said. “This certainly

would be something for our trustees and community groups to look at. Because of our circumstance, this could be really good timing.” Mayor Teunis Westbroek agreed, noting that the town’s KSS consultant is very familiar with the international scene. SEE

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KSS could benefit from premier’s student plan “He was actually a trail blazer on having foreign students come to B.C.,” he said. “He is highly regarded and has done a yeoman’s job of attracting students from all over the world.” In his report to council on the options

for keeping Kwalikum Secondary School open, Player noted that crowding all the area’s high school students into Ballenas Secondary would seriously jeopardize the thriving international student program in the district, a pro-

gram that brings in a significant revenue stream. Provincewide, international students generate $1.25 billion for the provincial economy. Brouilette said if the province is serious about increasing

the number of international students in B.C., providing such a disincentive in the Oceanside area would be a mistake. “If that can be reinforced with the province it would be very prudent for our school to access that,”

she said. “I think they would look very positively on Player’s report.” Again, Westbroek agreed. “It puts a whole new meaning on that report,” he said. news@pqbnews.com


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Qualicum Beach residents seem to be getting the message about dumping goldfish, and Pat Jacobson couldn’t be happier. The president of the local Streamkeepers organization, said Tuesday’s draining of the stormwater cleansing pond on the Dollymount Trail by the Town of Qualicum Beach found only a handful of goldfish on the bottom when the water was gone, a far cry from the first time they did it. “We started doing this three years ago,” Jacobson said. “People were noticing there were quite a few goldfish in there. It was drained and we captured about 1,000 goldfish, which were

relocated to self-contained garden ponds.” She said residents likely thought they were doing the right thing when they no longer wanted their goldfish, taking them to the pond and setting them free. However, Jacobson pointed out the pond is very close to Beach Creek, a salmon and troutrearing habitat. “In the event of really high water and they got into the nearby creek, they would have had a very detrimental effect,” she said. “They are very competitive, a very, very hardy species.” The pond was drained for a second time last year, with 30 goldfish captured. This year’s total of just seven, Jacobson said, is heartening.

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the province, there are still a few challenges to overcome before it becomes pristine again. “The Englishman River watershed recovery plan which has been in effect for 10 years is starting to pay off and there have been some good things happening,” she said. She points to the five kilometer side channel that was constructed by DFO over the last five years. “It has been a huge success for rearing of coho and other juvenile fish. That side channel produced 40 percent of coho production in the Englishman River.” She said that along with other installations has been positive. She said they have a core of about a dozen volunteers out of their 35 members who have been doing a lot in the way of in stream restoration at Centre Creek a tributary of the Englishman and the work has been labour intensive. “We’ve been dealing with a log jam by

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water quality through a monitoring program that is ongoing. “One thing coming up that will be a great benefit as we look ahead to increasing populations is the groundwater study.” She said they are now waiting for the hydrologists report anticipated this winter and it is expected to shed some light on our groundwater and the state of our aquifers. Smith expressed hope that people will be inspired by the work her group is doing and will join their ranks. “We’d like to see more people come out Sunday and especially young people because we will depend on them for carrying on the work that we’re doing,” she said. Smith said they are setting up at the estuary because of the work they have done there and they will also be joined by members of the Arrowsmith Naturalists who will be available to take people around and explain the work they have been doing to eradicate invasive plant species in the area. Though not a popular idea, there are some who would like to eradicate some of the Canada Geese who call the estuary home. Smith said the birds have had the biggest impact on the estuary. “It is not as healthy as it should be because geese chew off important vegetation that provide food for other migrating birds and cover for

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It’s basically a housekeeping item, but a public referendum is required to change the zoning of land at the eastern entry to the city. When residents vote in the municipal election Nov. 19 they will be asked to approve essentially switching the parkland designation from the Parksville and District Visitor Centre to the Craig Heritage Park Museum and Archives next door. Due to an error when land was received as part of the subdivision for the Craig Bay development, the visitor’s centre lot is currently zoned park, which doesn’t allow for the current use, while the heritage park next door is actually a fee simple lot. The parkland under the visitor’s centre will technically be “disposed of,” as required by provincial law for changing zoning on a park, and re-zoned as “closed park,” while the slightly larger Heritage Park property next door will officially become a park along with the legal protection that will ensure for the museum, which is an approved use of parkland. Acting mayor Chris Burger pointed out that while the legal wording about disposing of a park may startle some people, the city will actually be slightly increasing it’s parkland. Including the referendum question in the municipal election means it will not cost the taxpayers any additional money and the chamber and museum both support the switch.

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renowned Errington artist can add one more accolade to the list of accomplishments surrounding his outdoor-inspired pastel paintings. The first place trophy at the Steveston Grand Prix of Art this year has been rededicated as the ‘Gray Cup’ after artist Dan Gray. The local painter was the inaugural winner from 2010, for his dedication to plein air painting in British Columbia. Plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The Gray Cup trophy was given to the winner of the Steveston plein air event modeled after the Grand Prix d’ Art held in Qualicum Beach. Gray is the originator of The Old School House (TOSH) Grand Prix d’Art painting race that is the highlight of the Qualicum Beach summer calendar. 65 artists competed on September 17, painting along the waterfront and downtown Steveston in the Lower Mainland. The winner for 2011 was Kerry Erickson. Plans for next year include a circuit of events on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland with the trophy to go to the champion determined by a point system. Gray currently has an exhibit of pastels painted plein air during the 2011 Herring Spawn on now until October 8 at TOSH.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is putting the final touches together for its 2011 Gala Fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. DUC spokesperson Wayne Pritchard who is involved in organizing the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year in the Oceanside area said tickets are still available. Pritchard who is also the provincial Chairman for DUC said they raised about $50,000 at last year’s event and hope to reach that target this year but admitted with the troubled economy their ticket sales could use a boost. “A lot of people are scraping pennies together to attend this year,” said Pritchard. Tickets are $60 and include appetizers, a prime rib dinner, wine, dessert and coffee. He said it will be an incredible night with live entertainment, raffles, games, door prizes and live and silent auctions that feature famous Canadian wildlife art, outstanding collectables and more. The big quack, as Pritchard likes to call himself, said money raised is used for projects like the re-build at Qualicum Bay’s Echo Valley Farm. DUC installed two new water control structures on the ecologically important site this summer in order to help the farm continue producing potatoes and cranberries every year, as well as providing valuable habitat for wintering birds. “The retrofit has been completed successfully and we are looking forward to another 30 years of great winter habitat for the waterfowl and other wildlife on the farm,” said Pritchard. DUC entered into a conservation agreement with landowner John Walsh about 28 years ago, at which time two water control structures were installed at the farm. The initial structures needed replacing so DUC returned to install new structures as well as do some upgrade work. The structures control the water flowing in and out of the 400 acre farm, allowing for active farming during the summer months and a flooded wetland area for waterfowl in the winter months. One of the main benefits of the $250,000 retrofit is the mitigation of soil erosion. The farm is a peat bog, which is a special type of wetland made up of much decomposed moss, and is renowned for having poor drainage. Before DUC came in, the farm had trouble keeping the soil from running off during heavy rains. With updated water control structures and re-dredged ditches the soil is able to settle out and as a result much less is lost providing a great habitat for ducks, swans and geese that feed on remnant potatoes in the wintertime. For more information on the work of DUC visit www.ducks.ca and to get your Oct. 15 Gala tickets call 250-757-8978.

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Becoming a sustainable business

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dislike using the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sâ&#x20AC;? word as it has been overused to a point of irrelevance; however I have found a new respect and understanding of sustainability â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially as it relates to business. Since becoming the Host for the LiveSmart BC Business Energy Advisor Program I have been impressed with the value proposition related to businesses decreasing their energy footprint. At the Parksville Visitor Centre we have changed out our halogen lights and display lighting for LEDs, put motion sensors in all areas where lights are typically left on when not needed (public washrooms) and replaced outdated energy hogging fluorescents with bright-

Voice of Business By Kim Burden er, energy efficient fluorescents. I did not take on this work to save the planet; I took it on to save money and to set an example for other businesses. Will our actions contribute to saving the planet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sure they will â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and if others follow suit which they are, the impact will be that much greater. The other by-product of my dangerously minimal education in energy efficiency is an interest in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sus-

tainable Business Practices.â&#x20AC;? At the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce September general meeting, our speaker, Marten Martins spoke on that topic. The emphasis was on the adoption of John Elkingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triple Bottom Lineâ&#x20AC;? philosophy. His assertion is that when a business is aware of their Social and Environmental impact then their financial bottom line will reflect that awareness. I have always subscribed to the political policy that social and environmental programs are good, but that we as a society cannot afford to pay for them without financial success. It is through a successful business

environment that tax dollars are raised to support the other two components of the sustainability matrix. In his closing, Dr. Martin Martens proposed a challenge to the Oceanside Business Community to become â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Business Sustainability Capital.â&#x20AC;? I believe this is a challenge we should and can take on. Vancouver Island University will supply students to conduct business sustainability assessments at no charge. This community has already responded heavily to lowering their energy footprint and there is a growing realization that being socially and environmentally responsible in business practices will improve a busi-

nessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profitability. There are a lot of potential wins here, including the profile of being the business sustainability capital. In writing this, I hope that the various groups who promote unsustainable environmental or social action will also come to understand that sustainability requires a balance of all three elements. It takes a healthy economy to truly support social and environmental programs and neglecting any of these three legs of a three legged stool will result in an unhealthy imbalance. If you would like a Sustainable Business Assessment please contact me at 250-2483613 or by email kim@ parksvillechamber. com.

The U.S. Fed: twisting and turning

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hatever it is, the U.S. Federal Reserve is trying it. It is not new. It has been tried before â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in 1961 to be precise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and guess what, it was largely considered to be a failure then. The idea of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Operation Twistâ&#x20AC;? is to try to bring down longer term interest rates in an effort to stimulate the economy. Without getting into excessive detail, it works like this: the US Federal Reserve sells shortterm treasuries and uses the proceeds to purchase longer term treasuries. Presumably this would serve to bid up longer term treasuries thus pushing down their associated interest rates. Immediately after Operation Twist was announced, the stock

Dollars &

Sense

By Jim Grant market fell with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing the day down 283 points. Already the financial pundits were referring to Operation Twist (#2, I guess) as a failure. Why would they reach such a conclusion after only a few hours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most likely before even a single longer term treasury associated with the strategy had even been purchased? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because the stock market went

down. Since when was the goal of fed policy to prop up the stock market? Actually, for quite a while now, though thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole different story. In my opinion it is just plain bizarre, on a number of fronts: that the Federal Reserve would use a strategy that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been used in 50 years, and was a failure when it was used; that they would use a strategy that could potentially cause further damage to an already fragile banking system by flattening the yield curve; and that we have gotten to a point where Wall Street assesses the success of economic policies on the basis of the oneday performance of the stock market. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it, and

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure a lot of you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t either. But here is what I do understand. The economy is weak, and will likely remain weak for some time. And here is my advice: even if by nature you are an optimist, you would be welladvised to temper that optimism with a healthy dose of realism â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least as far as your investments are concerned. You should remain diversified. Make sure you have a healthy exposure to fixed income, own some gold, and be selective in terms of the stocks that you do own (if you choose to own stocks). Some exposure to hedge funds (assuming you are an accredited investor) may also be worth considering. If on the other

hand, you are a pessimist by nature, here is some more advice. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too pessimistic. The world is not about to end. There are still lots of successful companies out there (i.e. Apple Computers) that are and will continue making money and are still very good investments. For more on how to invest in such a crazy world, join us on September 28th at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre and learn what is working for us. Please call 250-5941100 to register for this event. The views expressed in this article are those of the author, and are not necessarily those of Raymond James Ltd.

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IN MEMORIAM

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COMING EVENTS

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www.smartrecovery.org Local Meetings . SOS Centre 245 West Hirst Ave. Parksville 7:30 Thursdays

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: THE ESTATE OF ANNA HIRSCH Deceased, who died on JANUARY 29, 2011 formerly of PARKSVILLE,B.C. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of ANNA HIRSCH, are hereby notiďŹ ed under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that the particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executors, Patricia Anne Perkins and Donna Lee Ferguson, c/o SOLOWAY & COMPANY Barristers and Solicitors 145 E. Hirst Ave., PO Box 1867, Parksville, BC V9P 2H6 on or before October 21st., 2011 after which date, the Executors will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. SOLOWAY & COMPANY Barristers and Solicitors

NOTICE TO ML PATERSON MISCELLANEOUS GOODS The above-mentioned goods stored at Eagle Mini Warehouse at 281 Fern Rd. East in Qualicum Beach will be advertised for sale and sold by Public Auction under The Warehousemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lien Act if outstanding charges are not paid in full by noon on October 11th, 2011

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JAMES (JIM) TIMOTHY RYAN December 29, 1948 - September 24, 2007

Your gentle spirit still encircles my heart with love... guiding me always. Greatly missed and never forgotten, All my love, Jude.

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DEATHS

DEATHS

HEBENTON, (Jake) John Scott

June 5, 1989 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept 17, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jake, tragically taken in an ATV accident, son of Scott Hebenton (Diane Carefoot) and mother Sheryl Thompson. Jake is also survived by his siblings; Carolyn, Summer, Joe, Natalie, Brady and Jeffrey, grandparents; Bernice and John Hebenton, Walter and Patricia (deceased) Piatocka, many aunts, uncles and cousins, his lifelong friend and cousin Myles Ross, his love Kylie Parker, the Fourneau Cr w, and many, many friends of Parksville and Campbell River. Also missing him are his friends in the ďŹ shing community and the Sparwood Coal Mines. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 1:00pm. Donations in Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory may be made to your local Food Bank. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

HARNISH, Vera (Eileen) Eileen passed away on September 18, 2011 at the age of 84. She was predeceased by her father, Edwin; mother, Vera and partner Howard Drodge. Survived by her brother, Don (Dorothy); sister, Myrtle (Lawrence) Janisse; nieces Brenda (John) Cairns; JoAnne Dore; nephews Gerry Harnish, Joseph (Dorothy) Janisse; Dale Janisse; Christopher (Jamie) Janisse and many great-nephews and nieces. She also leaves behind friends locally and extended family in the US. Eileen was born in Nanaimo on May 20, 1927, living most of her life in Parksville except for a brief time in Ontario with her sister, Myrtle. She was the historian in the family, keeping in contact with relatives in the US, and remembering fondly her younger days on Harnish Road. We are fortunate to have a well documented history and pictures of the family. She was very proud to have reached the grand old age of 84. Eileen was an excellent seamstress and made many spectacular Halloween costumes for her and Howie. She looked forward to making baskets full of baking and crafts for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. The last two years have been challenging for Eileen. Many thanks to all the staff and Dr. Fletcher at Stanford Care Campus for making Eileenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stay as comfortable as possible and to Pat Russell for her generous help that enabled Eileen to stay at home for two years before she moved to Stanford Place.

As requested by Eileen there will be no memorial.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In memory of Eileen those so desiring may make donations to; The Society of Organized Services. Condolences may be offered at jscairns@shaw.ca Telfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Ladysmith - 250-245-5553

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Our Church of the Ascension community will soon begin inquiry sessions to share with others the truths of the Catholic faith as well as the fellowship of our parish family. The sessions are open to anyone who wants to learn more about what the Catholic Church believes and teaches. Sessions will be held every Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm in our parish hall beginning on Thursday, Oct 6th with an overview of topics to be covered. Please phone our parish at 250-248-3747, if you need further information.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF EDNA MARY ROBERTSON, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, at 700 West Georgia Street, 18th Floor , P.O. Box 10083, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7Y 1B6, Canada on or before the 28th day of October, 2011, after which date the estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOST AND FOUND FOUND BRACELET Cameron Lake Sept 8. Call to identify. (250)738-0554. FOUND EARRING Silver on Black Drop with Turquoise Bead. Call Mike at Seniors Centre, 250-752-6037. (wrong phone number in previous lost ad). LOST HEARING AID in small gray, black case in August in Parksville. Reward offer. (250)594-4194. LOST. PARTIAL Dental Plate, Parksville beach. Reward. 250-951-2151,1-250-218-3127

CHILDREN CHILDCARE AVAILABLE FARRAHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Friends Playcare F/T & P/T for 2 yrs+ Call Erin at 250-248-6112. LITTLE TOTS FCC has openings starting in Sept. FT/PT. Ages 1+. Lic # 1381062. Call Corinne Purchase 250-7523263

SPACES AVAILABLE 452 E. Island Hwy (Next to Boston Pizza) Tel: (250) 248-8128 Preschool/Group Child Care Before & After School Care Pickupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s / Drop offâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parksville/Qualicum

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DEATHS

DEATHS

PLACES OF WORSHIP

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Edith Henrietta Thompson 1922 - 2011

The Canada Trust Company, Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

QUALICUM BAPTIST CHURCH 600 Beach Road Qualicum Beach

It is with sad hearts we announce the passing of Edith Thompson on September 14, 2011, at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach. Edith was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated with her family to Edmonton in 1955. They moved to Calgary in 1960 where she worked in retail sales until moving to Lethbridge in 1975. Edith was honoured for her 5 year service with Meals on Wheels in Lethbridge. Edith & Bob retired to Parksvile in 1985 where they spent many happy years camping and enjoying the outdoors. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. We will miss her wonderful cooking and especially her butterfly cupcakes. She always looked on the positive side of life even in her declining years had a story and a smile for all her caregivers.

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Edith is survived by her son Robin (Anne) and two grandsons Robert (Jocelyn), Glen (Natasha) and one great granddaughter Evelyn. She is also survived by three sisters and one brother in the United Kingdom and Canada. Edith was pre-deceased by her husband of 60 years, Robert (Bob) Thompson. After the passing of Bob in 2003, Edith moved into Arranglen Retirement Home then subsequently moved into The Gardens in Qualicum. The staff at the Gardens took wonderful care of Mother in her declining years. The family would like to thank all the staff on the 3rd floor for their professionalism and dedication to her care.

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will be starting classes soon. Now accepting resumes for instructors 162 Morison Ave., Parksville 250-248-3346 COMOX VALLEY RV requires a Sales Manager, Finance Manager and 2 Sales Representatives. Automotive sales experience an asset. Please email your resume to: danny@comoxvalleyrv.com DELIVERY POSITION, parttime for farm operation. Must have Class 3 with air. Fax resume to: 250-752-6277. We are still hiring - Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-723-5051.

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HELP WANTED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES at: STANFORD PLACE CARE CAMPUS: Licensed Practical Nurses: Casual positions (must have current registration & First Aid/CPR certificate.) Care Aides: Casual positions available (must have current registration) Cooks: casual positions (cooking certificate required) Please forward resume to:Human Resources, 250 Craig St., Parksville, BC, V9P 0A7 F/T POSITIONS open for Landscape Maint & Construction Co. Only persons with valid DL & exp need apply. Please reply with resume to: thesharpdesign@yahoo.com PARTS COUNTER PERSON Experienced parts counter person required for North Island Ford Store. We pay competitive wages and offer benefits package. Email resume to: dlsales@telus.net PART-TIME EXPERIENCED maintenance person with mechanical background. Knowledge of equipment maintenance and equipment operation required. This is a seasonal position for busy farm operation. Wages negotiated upon experience. Please fax resume to: 250752-6277. SOS THRIFT SHOP MERCHANDISER Duties: Sorts, labels, prices and culls donations; displays merchandise; attends to changing rooms. Qualifications: Training and/or experience in customer service. Knowledgeable of current fashions and trends. Initiative and ability to work with minimum supervision. Physically fit. Part-time: 21 hours per week, including weekends. Rate of Pay: $11.50 per hour to start (increases at 3 and 6 months, and annually). Start Date: ASAP. Submit resume and references to: Thrift Shop Operations Manager, Society of Organized Services (SOS), PO Box 898, 245 West Hirst Ave., Parksville BC V9P 2G9. Email: admin@sosd69.com. Deadline: September 30, 2011. Note: RCMP Criminal Record Check required. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. SOS THRIFT SHOP SHIPPER/RECEIVER Duties: Transports donations from loading bay to pricing/sorting room; operates/assists on Thrift Shop truck. Sorts, labels, and prices donations. Qualifications: Training and/or experience in customer service. Initiative and ability to work with minimum supervision. Physically fit. Valid Class 5 Driver’s License; able to drive 1 ton cube van. Hours: 35 hours per week, including weekends. Rate of Pay: $11.50 per hour to start (increases at 3 and 6 months, and annually) + Benefits. Start Date: ASAP. Submit resume and references to: Thrift Shop Operations Manager, Society of Organized Services (SOS), PO Box 898, 245 West Hirst Ave., Parksville BC V9P 2G9. Email: admin@sosd69.com. Deadline: September 30, 2011. Note: RCMP Criminal Record Check required. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Lemare group is currently seeking contract coastal hand fallers for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Email resume to: office@lemare.ca or fax 250-956-4888.

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HELP WANTED

PERSONAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

HAULING AND SALVAGE

AUCTIONS

ACREAGE

RECREATIONAL PROPERTY

APARTMENT/CONDO

ALL TYPES of hauling. Small loads, garden waste, construction debris & junk. Ron 250757-2094 or 250-228-1320

HUGE RESTAURANT AUCTION Deli & Food Services Equipment. Consignments now being accepted. Oct 1, 11am at Dodds Auction, 3311 - 28 Ave Vernon. View photos at doddsauction.com 250-5453259

82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. www.bchomesforsale.com/ view/lonebutte/ann/

RARE OPPORTUNITY: waterfront property on beautiful Jim Lake, .83-acre with 360 sq ft insulated cabin, located near Green Lake/Watch Lake (70 Mile House). Rare privacy, only three lots on the lake, good fishing for rainbows to 10 lbs, nice swimming, surrounded by crown land. Great trails for hiking, ATV and snowmobile. Seasonal 10-km back road access in 4x4 or pick-up. FSBO. $230,000. 250-3950599. (Please see bchomesforsale.com/70mile/frank.)

PARKSVILLE CONDO2 bdrms, 1 bath, shared laundry, close to downtown. Avail Oct 1. $1000./mo inclds water & cable. Call 250-951-3989.

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RETIREMENT living condo on Parksville Beach: Awesome east facing view, 2 bdrms, 2 bath, newly renovated, in-suite laundry, level entry, detached garage, extra storage, quiet, adult oriented environment. Non smoking, no pets, references please. $1375.00 month. 250-248-3544.

Sunridge Place A Residential Complex Care facility in Duncan is now hiring staff who are wanting to make a difference in the lives of seniors. Positions available include: - Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist - Rehab Assistant - Recreation Programmer (RT diploma preferred) - Registered Nurse - Licensed Practical Nurse - Resident Care Attendant Please send resume to apply@sunridgeplace.ca Thank you to all applicants for your interest in Sunridge Place, however, only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

HOME REPAIRS By The Bay Home Repairs and Sheet Metal Eavestrough repairs and cleaning, custom copper and repairs, aluminum and siding repairs. Roof repairs. 25 yrs exp. Seniors discount - free est

Call 250-650-6253

MOVING & STORAGE 2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)951-0010.

HOME CARE/SUPPORT CARE Aide required for a young woman with physical challenges. Must have care aide ceritfication, valid driver’s licence, be physically fit and enthusiastic. Please contact Program Coordinator at 250 752 0896 for information and interview schedule.

OFFICE SUPPORT CLERK EXECUTIVE Assistant needed for a forward-thinking company . Applicant should be competent with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Send resumes to ghuamane@gmail.com

TRADES, TECHNICAL ALTERNATIVE FOREST Operations is a dynamic growing BC Forestry business, providing extraordinary performance for our customers and crew. We have immediate openings for the following positions. . Skyline Hooktender . Rigging Slingers . Chokermen . Certified Fallers If you are a safe high level performer, experienced and work well with others contact us! Mail resume to AFO, 3818 Cowichan Lake Rd, Duncan, BC, V9L 6K2. Email: admin@heli-log.com. Website: www.heli-log.com HEAVY Duty Mechanic - Good Mechanical Aptitude - Welding an asset - Rate negotiable Benefits after 3 mths - Travel required - Email or fax resume to goatgroup@shawcable.com or Fax 604-485-6380 HEAVY DUTY or Commercial Transport Mechanic required. Competitive wages and benefits. Please email: reception@profabmanufacturing.net

fax (250-416-0232) or deliver resume to Profab Manufacturing Ltd. 3128 Hope Place, Chemainus BC. May consider 3rd year apprentice. MACHINE OPERATORS PIPELAYERS GRADEMAN Required by Established Construction & Development Co The successful applicants must be experienced in all facets of single/multi family & subdivision utilities construction. We are looking only for individuals who are versatile, reliable and are able to work independently Min 3 years experience, valid class 5 licence and own transportation is required. Medical/Dental available Please fax a detailed resume with references and wage expectations to 604-5348469 or email to lisa@verconholdings.ca

PERSONAL SERVICES ART/MUSIC/DANCING ORGAN & KEYBOARD LESSONS: In your own home - on your own instrument! Call Keith Clarke, 250-743-9669

FINANCIAL SERVICES NEED CASH TODAY? ✓ Do you Own a Car? ✓ Borrow up to $20000.00 ✓ No Credit Checks! ✓ Cash same day, local office www.REALCARCASH.com 250-244-1560 1.877.304.7344 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

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HOME CARE SUPPORT ANGELS HOME CARE CERTIFIED, INSURED MARCIA 250.594.7777 EARN $1200./monthly. Free accommodation w/privacy in a Qualicum condo w/private garden for assisting a senior gentleman with housekeeping, shopping. Has common AMD (eyesight decline). Plan winter holidays,passport needed; Cuba? USA? Curious? Call (250)752-3327.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

BOOKKEEPING SERVICES for small business, reasonable rates, ref avail - get organized, call 250 752 3833 today.

CLEANING SERVICES Carleen’s Clean & Green Housecleaning with an eye for detail. Home (250)594-8812 or Cell (250)240-4017. GRANDMA TRAINED cleaning service taking new clients. Efficient, friendly & fair. Call Heidi today 250-228-3637. NOT ENOUGH time in your day? Clone yourself-household cleaning, garden cleanup, errands, etc. Reasonable Rates. Call 250-248-0449.

CONTRACTORS J & S DESIGNS Yard and fence design, General yard maintenance, Painting, Reno’s, Finishing Work, House Washing by hand,Rubbish removal,and all aspects of snow removal including salting Seniors Discounts! Free Estimates! Call John and/or Sandy 250-586-3373 / 250-228-0147

DRYWALL FOR ALL your drywall and painting needs, reno’s and repairs. Textured ceilings, spray paint. Call a pro, no job too small. Phil 250-954-1859. PACIFIC RIM DRYWALL 21 yrs

experience, reno’s & repairs, no job to small, local references. Drywall, drywall finishing, ceiling texture & skylight repair. Guaranteed workmanship. We’re in the Parksville Telus Yellow Pages under Drywall. Call Parksville at 250-586-7426.

GARDENING WES-COAST YARDBIRDS Lawns, gardens, yard cleanup, large dump. Pressure washing, Irrigation. Tree Pruning, Topping, Removal. Please call 250-752-9444.

HANDYPERSONS OCEANSIDE HOUSE and home for repairs, maintenance and pressure washing. Pete, (250)927-2641. SMALL JOB Specialist. Experienced Contractor. At home or business. Small jobs a Specialty. Reasonable rates. Professional workmanship. Refs. Dave: 250-954-7877.

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PAINTING A STROKE ABOVE Painting. Commercial & Residential. Interior/Exterior. WCB, liability insurance. All jobs warranted. See what we can do! Dave 250-248-0335, 250-240-2310. POIRIER PAINTING, Residential/Commercial. Fully insured, Guaranteed Workmanship, Free Estimates. Call Dan 250-240-3528. WCB insured.

PLUMBING LEAKY PIPES? Dripping taps? Call Hudley Plumbing for all your plumbing needs Big or Small. Call 250-2486678 ask about our fall hot water tank specials.

WINDOW CLEANING

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

BUILDING SUPPLIES

Rebar For Sale Residential & Commercial ENQUIRIES WELCOME Fabricating & delivery available if required. CALL NORM AT Harbor West Steel anytime

UNDER $200 KENMORE FRIDGE, $125, couch hide-a-bed, $125, book shelf, $25, wine rack $25, Ikea chair $30, 250-752-2450.

ESTATE SALES MASSIVE 3 DAY Estate Sale - Major collection of metal toys, sports collectables military artifacts, fine art, antiques & collectables. See website www.finepointantiques.com for photos & more details. Held at Fine Point Antiques, 1209 E. Isl. Hwy., Parksville. Sep 23, 24, & 25

FREE ITEMS FREE: ABOVE ground soft sided swimming pool, (all complete) but no ladder. Call 250248-2454.

GLASSY TOUCH Window cleaning. Committed to quality service & results. Free est. Let the Sun Shine in! Call Roger 250-468-7731

PETS

RCA COLOUR track TV, with remote. Call (250)248-8458.

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FRIENDLY FRANK

PET CARE SERVICES CAT SITTING: I’ll care for your cherished feline(s) in my clean, quiet, loving home (no cages). Now accepting bookings. 7 day minimum stay. Long term rates available. 250-740-5554

PETS BOXER PUPPIES Champion European/American bloodlines. Puppies are ready for their new homes. call 250-331-1215 SHIH TZU female, home raised $650. Next litter due at Christmas. Deposits accepted. 250-204-4047

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE APPLIANCES

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE $$ CASH PAID $$ for NEWER FRIDGES, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS etc.

BELLEVUE RECONDITIONED APPLIANCES Sales & Service. FULL WARRANTY. Large Showroom

1040 BELLEVUE ROAD Parksville 250-248-8251 WASHER/DRYER Very good (250)752-3532.

set $325. condition.

WHERE BUYERS AND SELLERS MEET

4 RATTAN chairs, $99. 752-9652.

APARTMENT/CONDO

FOR SALE BY OWNER

250-954-5704

FREE DROP OFF: Oil, batteries, scrap metal. We pay $Cash$ for unwanted Cars & Trucks. Call anytime. Norm & Sons Towing, Salvage & Recycling. 250-757-8911 or 250954-7543

TOWN OF QUALICUM, various horses for free lease. Just pay board fees of $350 p/mo. Have your own horse without risk or investment! Board includes use of facility with indoor & outdoor arenas plus round pen! 250-752-3458.

Start your own Bridal Shop approx 130 dresses below replacement costs. Free Bride maids samples + flower girl & boys tuxedos. Asking $45,000. Will consider offers on Grad dresses. Phone 250-7579733 evenings & lv msg.

LITTLE QUALICUM Beautiful ocean view prop., on .56 acre. 3 bdrm + sunroom mobile home w/fruit trees & out bldgs. $235,000. 250-752-2543.

MORTGAGES Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-685-6181 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca

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255 HIRST- 2 bdrms, $925. Ardent Properties www.ardentproperties.com (250)753-0881. 297 HIRST- 2 bdrms, 2 bath, $1295. Ardent Properties www.ardentproperties.com (250)753-0881. AVAIL IMMED. Parksville 1bdrm patio home 50+ senior’s complex. $1050/mo incl. light housekeeping. Optional dining program avail. Long term tenancy preferred. 250-752-1583. COOMBS: 2 bdrm, bright loft apartment, 4 appls, W/D, utils incl, avail now, N/S, N/P, $950 mo + dam dep, 250-937-9945 OCEAN SANDS RESORT on Rathtrevor Beach. Fully furnished 2 bdrm condos includes utilities, cable, phone and internet. Available Sept 1. $1100/mo. (250) 954-0662 . PARKSVILLE: 2 bdrm, newly reno’d apt, Avail. immed. Heat, hot water included. $800/mo. Call (250)248-3350. PARKSVILLE – BRIGHT & spacious 2 bdrm. D/W, W/D option. Near schools, beach. downtown & on bus route. $825. Oct. 1st. 250-248-8592.

PARKSVILLE CONDO2 bdrm, d/w, free lndry, 2 car spaces, $825. Avail immed or Oct. 1st. Call 250-927-0287. QUALICUM BEACH: Downtown, 1000sf, 2bdrm, 1 bath, lrg living room & deck, $1000. Avail. Oct. 1st, 1 year lease, NS/NP. 2 refs. 250-240-0549, 250-752-3241, 250-752-7904.

SENIORS ONLY - Cubbon Apartments. We currently have 1 bedrooms starting at $775/month, a 1 bedroom at $1000. Cubbon is pet friendly - cats and small dogs, is close to downtown Victoria, buses and parks. 1035 North Park. Please call 250-383-1162 to view, email: cub@raamco.ca Wetherby Apartments for Seniors, 55+ only please. We currently have 2 bedrooms available starting at $1075 includes hot water. 3205/3215 Wetherby Road. Please call 250598-1650, email weth@raamco.ca Sorry no pets allowed.

APARTMENTS FURNISHED FURNISHED ONE and two bedroom units available. All utilities. Phone 250-248-6532. WATERFRONT CONDO, NANOOSE BAY: Fabulous ocean view, large 1 bdrm, top floor end unit, furnished, secure building & UG parking, recently updated, 4 appl, NS, $850 incl cable, avail Oct 1. (250) 469-7959.

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WINE MAKING equipment. Everything needed for making wine, incl. Filter & Corker. $60 takes all! Call 250-954-3738

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FUEL/FIREWOOD MAN WITH Chainsaw for hire hydraulic wood splitter & truck. 250-752-8624 / 250-240-0505 SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords, fast delivery. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com or 1877-902-WOOD. WOOD PELLET fuel for sale. We deliver. 250-757-9232

FURNITURE 5 PC Dark Honey Pine Bdrm Suite. Option of pieces to be sold separately $1000. 250752-5242 BRAND New LUXURY Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set (in original Package) left over from LARGE hotel order.800 coils. MSRP$1299.00 Liquida- tion Price $490.00. (11 available) Kings $790.00. Includes both boxspring/ mattress.. Delivery available. text or call 1 250 334 7527 to reserve a set.

HOUSEHOLD- SMALL Freezer, Garden Furn., Some Teak, Misc. Call: 250-927-0372

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE ARROWSMITH GOLF Membership for sale $2000. obo. Call 250-228-7270 for details. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? YAMAHA ELECTRONIC piano, $899 obo, dining table & 4 chairs, $599 obo (both in excellent cond), 250-248-0399.

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED GUNS WANTED: I want to buy your guns. Call (250)4687533.

GARAGE SALES

ESTATE SALE 127 FERN ROAD, EAST QUALICUM BEACH Wednesday, Sept 28 Thursday, Sept 29 Friday, Sept 30 10am-3pm. Many interesting items, come & see what we have! Hosted by Smart Move Services smartmoveservices.ca FRENCH CREEK 1295 Laydon Rd. Sept 23, (10-5) 24 (8-5) & 25th (11-3). Fishing tackle, garden tools, chainsaw, 2000 lb winch, camping stuff, household goods, books, LP’s, 8 track tapes, new champion 6.5 engine, freezer canning jars. Much, much more. Like new quad 4 x 2 Super 1 model # 901110. Hosted by Remember That Island Picker. Call 250-9270500 MOVING Sale Sept 23/24 2153 Pierpont Rd. Coombs. Mexican glass, travel treasures, art, bedding/textiles & other good stuff. Prefer no early birds.

NANOOSE BAY: 1391 Reef Rd, Sat., Sept. 24th, 9-2pm. Antique oak dbl pedestal desk, brown/rust 7’ sofa and chair, end table, lawn mower and assorted garden tools, ladders, 3/4” Conduit 100ft, blow up mattress and sleeping bag, 15 gallon compressor w/ attachments, cruising local waters books, and much more!

GARAGE SALES

GARAGE SALES

NANOOSE BAY- 900 Rivers Edge Dr, Sat, Sept 24, 8-5pm. Huge sale! household items, 2 love seats, 3 bar fridges, sm freezer, linens, sm appls, home decor, lots of stuff! (250)468-5453.

QUALICUM 1085 Ganske Rd. (Little Qualicum) Sept 24 (9-1). Rain or shine. Estate Sale. Electric scooter, lots of furniture, garden tools, fishing stuff, household items. All under cover. Something for everyone

PARKSVILLE- 118 Hamilton Ave, Sat, Sept 24, 8am-11am.

QUALICUM BEACH825 Fern Rd East, Sat, Sept 24, 9am-12noon. Including florist & gardening supplies.

PARKSVILLE- 1692 Admiral Tryon, Sat, Sept 24, 8am-? End tables, TV’s, sports items, household goods. PARKSVILLE 210 Cameron St. Sept 24 (8-1). Support 2nd Chances Small Dog Rescue. PARKSVILLE 215 Orchid Close (near Ballenas HS). Sept 24 (9-2). Multi family, sports & camping, canoe, furniture, pictures, electronics, videos, toys & games. Collectibles (Ty Beanie Babies), tools, auto, office & school, reference books. PARKSVILLE - 246 Cedar St. Sept 24th (8-2). Two houses into one, lots of household goods, furniture, prices to sell. PARKSVILLE 248 Butler Ave Sep 24 (8-4). Due to health, many wood working tools & machines. Reasonable prices. PARKSVILLE 310 Martindale Rd. Sept 24 (9:30-12). Kids stuff, apples & misc items PARKSVILLE- 731 Doehle Ave- Sept 24-25 (9am-5pm). Lots of stuff, $ negotiable. QUALICUM 513 Hawthorne Dr. Sep 24 (8-1). Toys, tools, vintage items, housewares, jewellry, something for everyone

QUALICUM BEACH- Moving Sale, everything must go! 218 Fourth Ave West, Sat, Sept 24, 8am-1pm. QUALICUM. SAT. Sept. 24, 9am. Tools, hardware, fishing electronics, electrical, misc. household. 1063 Seacrest Pl. QUALICUM (Whiskey Creek). 937 Poplar Way. Sep23/24 (9?). Moving Sale. Good variety of items.

UNION BAY PLANT SALE

5676 Green Avenue Saturday/Sunday Sept. 24, 9:00am-4pm Sept. 25, 9:00am-4pm Perennials, grasses, bamboo & roses. Low prices. Call for more information 250-335-1683. WHISKEY CREEK, 1045 Chatsworth Rd., Sat & Sun, Sept. 24 & 25, 9am-3pm. Huge Clearing Out Sale! Household, furniture, electrical equipment/supplies/heaters, tools, plumbing misc, bi-fold doors, skis & much, more. Everything Must Go!


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COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

HOMES FOR RENT

HOMES FOR RENT

HOMES FOR RENT

SEASONAL ACCOMMODATION

SUITES, UPPER

PARKSVILLE, 800 sq ft shop w/ attached office, great location, easy access to Island Hwy and (surrounding roads), suitable for small business or personal use. Avail immed, $600 mo + utils, 250-937-9379

2 Bdrm Errington shed appliances wood stove Non-smokers no dogs avail Oct 1st 925/mo 248-5108

PARKSVILLE, SHARED acreage, country living yet close to beach, schools, shopping. Spacious 4 bdrm, 3.5 bath, all appls, fenced yard, $1800 mo + utils, avail Oct. 1, 250-937-9379.

COTTAGES ERRINGTON, 1000 sq ft cabin for rent Must like horses $600/mo. 250-248-1156 PARKSVILLE: 2 bedroom, furnished, beach front cottage, downtown Parksville, Available until June 1/2012. Suit quiet people. $850 utilities included. N/S N/P. References required. 250- 248-3171. PARKVILLE. 2-BDRM cottage on acreage, 504 Church Rd. $850. (250)228-3177. QUALICUM Beach: 1 & 2 bdrm fully furnished cabins / townhouses for rent $800$950/mo incl ALL util. @ Riverside Resort. 400 yrds to beach. No smoking. Pets OK. 1/2 mo. deposit required. 250752-9544; drop in to view daily at 3506 West Island Hwy. www.MyRiversideResort.com

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES PARKSVILLE- LOWER duplex, 2 bdrms, clean, near City Hall. F/S, W/D, ample parking, back yard. Absolutely no pets & no smoking. $750. (250)954-0193. RENOVATED 2 bdrm suite in Parksville. Close to town & beach. Avail. end of Sept. $850/mo. Call 250-954-7088

MOBILE HOMES & PADS 2 bedroom mobile for rent with large deck, located at 1400 Alberni hwy, available Oct 1st for $850.00 per month 250-927-2900

2 BDRM MOBILE on shared property in Hilliers for rent. $700/month. call250-954-8415 WHISKEY CREEK- completely renovated inside/out mobile, 2 bdrm wood stove on shared acreage, long term. No dogs. $800 Available now. Call (250)954-1355.

MODULAR HOMES ERRINGTON, MODULAR home, clean 2 bdrm, 2 bath, F/S, W/D, pets ok, $800 mo, Avail Oct. 1, 250-954-2283. RENT OR Rent to Own RV’s in Coombs or Errington. Starting at $400. RV pads, $375 includes wi-fi & cable. (250)954-1355.

2 Bdrm house, 6 appliances. Close to beach. $1000. References. Available Oct 15. 421 Allwood Road, Parksville. 248-6778, leave message.

COOMBS, Bright Clean, 2 bdrm rancher, single garage, new propane f/p, 4 appls on priv acreage in Virginia Estates. N/S, N/P, one small pet OK. $1000/mo. Utils extra. Avail Oct 1st. Call Diana @ Bamboozle 250-954-2093 or 250-468-7794. Leave messge DASHWOOD. 800sq.ft. + storage. 3-bdrm, 1 bath, covered deck, lrg lot, quiet area. Water & garbage incl. N/S. Pets upon approval. Ref’s req’d. Avail Oct. 1st. $950./mo. (250)951-2906. HILLIERS - 2 bdrm, country home, suitable for retired independent person. N/S, pets OK, $750/mo. 250-752-8505 NANOOSE: ROCKING horse area, reno’d, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath rancher, $1565. Avail immed N/S, pets neg. (250)947-5629. NORTH QUALICUM- 2 bdrm, 2 storey on acreage, quiet Road, wood stove & electric. Available Oct 1. No dogs. $800. (250)757-9510. OCEANFRONT Beachcomber Nanoose- 2 bdrm, 3 bath, furn’d or unfurn’d, plus optional 1 bdrm cottage avail to same tenant, fabulous views, walk on beach, 5 appls, wood F/P, laminate flrs. Kayak, fish, golf. $1500 mo. Please call 250468-1608. ONE bedroom furnished garden suite for rent weekly or monthly in Qualicum Beach. 5 mins to the downtown and 2 mins to the beach. Includes utilities and appliances (f/s/w/d) No pets and No smoking. For viewing and rates call 250-752-8474 PARKSVILLE- 2 BDRM, sm garage, W/D, F/S, D/W, sm dog ok, no cat, N/S. Avail Now. $1050. 250-248-8338. PARKSVILLE: 2-BDRM loft home, large yard, 5 appl’s, long term lease option. New paint, great home. $1145 + utils. Call (250)248-6629. PARKSVILLE 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 baths, lrg family rm,2 f/p,close to downtown N/P, N/S, + util. 250-468-5451 PARKSVILLE, 4-5 bdrm, 2 bath, almost 3000 sq ft, all appls, big dbl garage + RV prkng, huge fully fenced yard, lrg garden area, many fruit trees, great location on water side of hwy, borders Foster Prk & blocks from Wembley Mall. Pets OK on approval. N/S. $1550 + utils. Avail immed. 250-954-2254

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nitely had lots of enthusiasm, she had some good jump and forced (the play),” said Mike Watson, who also had props for the play of Kelsey Mjaaland at the striker position, “and our defence. Our defence played really well — as usual.” Emily Towers was solid in her return as keeper. “It was good... it was (our team’s) first game so they were a bit out of shape... they got their legs as the game went on.” As for this, his third “and last” year coaching U18 Girls house soccer, Watson said he’s “really looking forward to the season. It looks like a real strong team and a nice mix of rookies and seniors, a real good bunch, and I think they’ll have a strong showing.” The U18 Girls are part of a nine-team league that includes a second local side (Oceanside 2), with the remaining teams from Nanaimo/Ladysmith.

The beautiful game is back up and running, and the teams of Oceanside Youth Soccer are shaking off the rust in a hurry. In U18 Girls action, Oceanside 1 kick started its season down at QB Rec Fields under ideal conditions last Sunday with a spirited 4-1 win over Nanaimo. Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Hebert staked the locals to a 1-nil lead off a crossing play about 25 minutes in, and Nanaimo tied it 1-1 off a penalty kick just before the break. The locals found another gear in the second half. Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Hopkins scored back-to-back goals, both of them breakaways off crisp through-passes — “both in the corner, both nice shots.” Hard-charging mid-fielder Alexa ‘Lexy’ Berg, one of five first year U18’s on the team, rounded out the scoring with a hard shot top left corner for her first of the season from just outside the 18 yard box — just reward for a strong game. “She played well — she defi-

GAME ON Oceanside’s two U18 Girls teams square off at QB Rec Fields for a leaguer at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The beautiful game is back up and running. Oceanside’s Lexy Berg (left) blows by a Nanaimo defender in U18 Girls soccer action at QB Rec Fields last Sunday. Berg would later score to cap off a well-earned 4-1 Oceanside win. JAMES CLARKE PHOTO

The Raquetman’s busy year By James Clarke PQ NEWS SPORTS

ver in June, the local tennis coach and mentor has competed in four tournaments and co-hosted a tennis camp. First up was the South Cowichan Grass Court Classic June 30-July 3 in which Verge played down in a lower age group (55’s) and competed in the Men’s doubles with Allan Gale from Nanaimo. The two made it to the finals “losing to a very good team from Vancouver,” 6-4, 6-2. Gordon also played in mixed doubles in a lower age group (65) and made it to the quarter finals with partner Lynne Cowan from Nanaimo.

It’s been a busy season for the Racquetman, Gordon Verge, “and it’s not over yet.” From winning a national title on the clay courts of Toronto, to giving enthusiastic youngsters private lessons up at Springwood Park, it’s no big secret this good natured senior takes his tennis seriously. Since winning provincial titles in both singles and doubles in his age division at the B.C. championships at Jericho Tennis Club in Vancou-

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forward.” “And better, I mean Grobowski is going to be our number one centre,” Johnston answered quickly when asked if the Generals have all of a sudden become a little bigger, a little tougher and a little more experienced. “The one thing about adding players this time of year, they are definitely impact players.” All great additions and sure sign Johnston and the rest of the Generals coaching staff have been working hard to right the ship. “We’ve added some depth to our line-up, for sure.” Going win-less in your first four games of the season may not sit well with the players and the coaches, but it is part of the process (in any sport), and in a league where everyone makes the playoffs, and where players are regularly plucked from the lineup by Jr. A clubs, the season really is about the journey. “That’s exactly it,” said Johnston, adding that while September and the start of a new season is always extra challenging, “the focus is still on results,” said Johnston, adding “there’s always lots of change sand lots of learning that goes on, but I want to be very clear that at the end of the day going 0-and-4 out of the gate is not acceptable for Generals hockey.” All three players will be in the lineup starting Friday.

Oceanside’s Save On Foods Generals head into a busy weekend in search of their first win of the season with some quality reinforcements. On Thursday, Generals’ GM and head of hockey operations, Dave Johnston, made it official the community-owned junior hockey club has secured the return of home-town D-man Nick Bell, 20. Nick played the last two seasons with the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers after being an integral part of the Generals VIJHL championship team. “We’re excited,” Johnston said of Bell’s return, adding “Nick will bring great leadership and experience as well as a work ethic that will be the benchmark for our young team to follow.” The six foot, 200 pounder from Nanoose Bay was an associate captain with the Jr. A Clippers last year, but was not invited back to camp this year as the team goes with a younger back end. Great news for the Generals, said Johnston, adding “he’s a rugged stay at home defensemen that’s going to provide our young team with much-needed leadership.” Johnston and the Generals also announced the signing of 17-year-old Taylor Grobowski who was recently one of the last cuts released by the Clippers after playing last year for the North Island Silvertips. “Taylor is a very skilled player who always plays with an edge,” said Johnston. The Generals have also added 6’5” forward Josiah Hobighorst from Colorado, who Johnston describes as “a big, very skilled

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Goalie Kolding Larson and the rest of Oceanside’s Save On Foods Generals head into the weekend looking for their first win of the VIJHL regular season.

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Local tennis star still climbing international rankings On Aug. 12-14 Verge and Cowan teamed up again at the Kay Wilson Memorial Mixed doubles tournament, “a great open age tournament,” and reached the quarter finals, only to lose to the tourney’s previous winners, the brother-sister combination of Jennifer and Jared Martin from

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The ‘I love tennis clubs’ newest member, nine-year-old Elijah Worcester tracks down a return from his instructor Gordon Verge at Springwood Park recently. JAMES CLARKE PHOTO Liang from Calgary 6-3, 6-2 to finish fifth overall. Not long after returning home Verge and Cowan were back on the grass courts in Cowichan for another Compass tournament. And he’s not done yet. From Oct. 9-23 Verge will be in Turkey at the World Team Championships representing Canada — his

fifth trip to Turkey and third straight as captain of the team — followed by the World Individual Championships, where he will be playing doubles with Ray Woodforde from Australia. But in the meantime, there are young players that need nurturing, that want to learn the nuances of the game, and in that regard, Verge said

teaching youngsters never grows old. “I love it,” Gord shrugged easily. “I love it,” a firedup nine-year-old Elijah Worcester offered up honestly last week after his first lesson. “I hit 319 balls today and next time I’m going to hit even more.” MOVIN’ ON UP The International Tennis Federation,

the world governing body of tennis located in London, England, released their most recent ranking for singles, and Verge is now ranked 48th in the world in his age division. “When I started this tennis circuit in 2005, I was 485th,” Verge chuckled when asked about his meteoric rise up the rankings.

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A musical harvest The Harvest of Music in Qualicum Beach to bring town alive By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER The Harvest of Music at The Old School House (TOSH) is about to embark on it’s annual festival that brings an incredibly eclectic variety of superb musicians from all over the world to perform in Qualicum Beach. TOSH Music Director Ron Hadley said he is proud to say this is their seventh annual Harvest of Music and once again the public can look forward to some incredible music performed in many different styles and a wide range of genres over four days. He said the events are always well attended and there are several concerts to suit everyone’s tastes. Even better he says with the ticket prices from only $10 to $16 you will get to hear the finest in live music with no stress on your wallet. It all begins Thursday, September 29 at noon with the spot-

Chieko Konishi-Louie will make local flute fans remember her performance for a long time. light on youth. Jillian Hanks, a brilliant young pianist and composer from the University of Victoria School of Music will fill the air with classical music until 1 p.m. From 7 to 9 p.m. there is a jazz quintet concert.

Great straight ahead jazz will be performed by a scintillating international group made up of Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax, Barry Wedgle on guitar, Dan Brubeck on drums, Rick Kilburn on bass and Ron Hadley on piano.

On Friday Sept. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. Barry Wedgle performs a solo acoustic guitar set. This will be a multi-genre concert that will include style blends of jazz, flamenco, country, rock and world music. From 7 to 9 p.m. the music continues with a performance of Absolutely Amadeus. This marvelous Mozart mixture is performed by four of British Columbia’s finest classical musicians including Gwen Thompson on violin, David Harding on viola, Eric Wilson on cello and Michelle Mares on piano. On Saturday Oct. 1 a four member Celtic band from Victoria will be performing from noon to 1 p.m. Cookeilidh’s music is described as “Westcoast Celtic” with traditional tunes from Scotland, Irleland, Cape Breton and Newfoundland. SEE

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Mr. Rickwood is also very public-service oriented, and is a well-respected member of the community. He served as a member of Rotary Club for seventeen years. During that time, he assumed a leadership role as President and PastPresident, and earned the honour of “Rotarian of the Year.” He has also taken the initiative to create a number of art and dinner fundraisers to benefit BC Children’s Hospital, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, VIU and the Haven Society. The SoakHouse’s owner, David Sauvé states in respect to our new hire, “We were looking to add a high calibre,

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ECHO wait is almost over For those anxious to attend the first play of the 2011/2012 ECHO season the wait is almost over. Laura, by Vera Caspary and George Sklar opens on October 13. Directed by the experienced ECHO member Werner Koch, this is a play

set in the 1940s. It involves the unraveling of the baffling murder of our heroine Laura and is a fine example of the American Detective genre. This moody play with a background of some of the best of early American jazz music takes you on a ride

of cross and double cross, lies, affairs and a surprise ending sure to thrill audiences. The first of this season’s comedies appears in February, 2012 with You can’t get there from here by Pat Cook and directed by Wendy Punter, who

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The night performance from 7 to 9 p.m. moves over to the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre for an evening in Brazil featuring Sao Paulo vocalist Fernanda Cunha. Hadley describes it as “a nice Brazilian evening without the airplane fare.” The Horns of Plenty will open with

compositions from Brazil, Bossa Nova, Samba, Brazilian pop and more with Barry Wedgle on guitar, Ron Hadley on piano, Joe Smith on bass, Dan Brubeck on drums and Jack Duncan on percussion. Two more performances wrap up the musical harvest on Oct. 2 with a classi-

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National Ballet coming Port Theatre to host Canada’s dance troupe By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER When the National Ballet of Canada comes to the Port Theatre in Nanaimo Friday, Sept. 30 one of the city’s own ballerinas will be performing on stage this time as a principal dancer. Gillian Vanstone, a native of Nanaimo, trained at the Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Arts and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 and was promoted to principal dancer in August this year. CONTINUED FROM

Vanstone who is currently on the road touring with the National Ballet of Canada said she is excited about her upcoming performance. “I love coming home to perform. The theatre is so welcoming,” she said. “The first time I performed at home I was nervous but the crowd was so warm and generous. All of our members feel that way about the audience in Nanaimo. The crowds are spontaneous and natural and we appreciate that.” Vanstone has good reason to be pumped up about her upcoming home town performance because artistic director Karen Kain has cast

her in a big piece. For one night only in Nanaimo she will be dancing the pas de deux from Act 1 of La Fille mall gardée. One of the oldest, yet most enduringly loved of all narrative ballets, La Fille mall gardée exudes the freshness, frothiness and sweet natured innocence of a lovely summer day. “It is a section of full length ballet. It was nice of Karen knowing it was my home town to include me in that part of the program,” she admitted. On tour, Vanstone has been performing in Emergence, choreographed by Crystal Pite. SEE

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their older brother Jack, a missionary priest and seven-year old Michael. Barely able to make ends meet, the sisters acquire their first wireless radio and dream of happiness and love. Years later, as Michael looks back at the events of that summer, a tender and passionate portrait of the Mundy sisters’ lives unfolds This production

will be ECHO Players’ entry in Theatre BC’s North Island Zone Festival. The season ends in May and June with the hilarious comedy Office Hours by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s best-known playwrights. Directed by Gerri Hemphill, it features the mores and morals of the contemporary office, some humorous, others savage and

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Dance celebrated at theatre It is a riveting, dark-hued work grit and the man whose voice that casts a swarming, scurrying embodied it so movingly, Johnny group of dancers, insect-like, in an Cash. It includes six Cash songs eerily subterranean all covers from the later universe. Vanstone part of his career. describes it as edgy Rounding out the bill but she is certain the are Emergence, choreaudience will love it. ographer Crystal Pite’s It is my “It is my personal physically dynamic look personal favorite. It is cool, with at insects and La Fille favorite. It is a lot of electronics. It mal gardée which buoys shows our versatility cool, with a lot the spirit and touches and audiences have the heart as few ballets gone nuts over it,” she of electronics. can. said. While in her homeIt shows our Heralded as one of town, Vanstone will be versatility the world’s top interteaching a master class national dance comat Kirkwood Academy panies, The National of Performing Arts in Ballet set the standard celebration of Culture in Canada and VanDays on October 1. JILLIAN stone said their 60th Vanstone said when VANSTONE anniversary program she returns to the studio is interesting. where she honed her “The company does Ballerina skills as a young dancer, so many different her advice to any young styles. We have great ballerina who wants it choreographers. We have some clas- will be to work hard and don’t hold sics but it really is a mixed bill.” back because the dancing years go When the Toronto-based comby fast. pany takes over the Port Theatre “The most important thing is do Stage September 30 their show will it because you love it and be pasconsist of four distinct pieces. sionate about it.” The Second Detail is an elecTickets for The National Ballet tronic feat of physical dance from of Canada at the Port Theatre the mind of innovative choreograFriday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. can be pher William Forsythe. purchased by calling 250-754-8550 The Man in Black is a celebraor on-line at www.porttheatre.com. reporter@pqbnews.com tion of American working class

Tutu project a visual treat By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER Ballet’s most universally recognized symbol the “tutu” is undergoing some artistic modifications in a project to celebrate the National Ballet’s 60th anniversary. Some volunteers from the Port Theatre in Nanaimo are re-designing one of 60 tutus that will be displayed during the 2011/12 season of the National Ballet of Canada. The 60 tutus will include costumes from some of the great moments in the company’s history. Tutus celebrating the company’s landmark anniversary will also be created by community groups and participants from the Port Theatre are hoping their creation will be chosen to go on tour during the ballet company’s 2011/2012 season. Gabriola Island resident Liana

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Pat Piercy of Nanaimo, Liana O’Brien of Gabriola Island and former Qualicum Beach resident Mary Parker work on a tutu original. O’Brien has been carting the special tutu on her ferry trips to Nanaimo over the past few weeks as she and a group of volunteers have been designing a tutu that reflects the harbor community. She said it has definitely sparked some conversations. “It’s amazing how so many people have asked me about it. It’s been a fun project,” she admitted. The tutu which was supplied by the National Ballet of Canada was basic when it arrived but

it is far from plain now. A group of talented volunteers have come up with a creation that reflects the “Salmon Coming Home” carvings, a permanent instalment in the Port Theatre lobby created by carver Phill Ashbee. The tutu is adorned with 60 fish, all hand sewn by some talented seamstresses in the group. There are 60 fish in total swimming around the costume, one for each year of the ballet. The band around the waist of the tutu depicts the

coast range mountains as seen from O’Brien’s home on Gabriola. Volunteer Pat Piercy quilted that section and O’Brien said they are thrilled at how the project has evolved. She said even Phill Ashbee has had some input. He recently stopped by the theatre to see the work in progress and was pleased to see that it was inspired by his fish carvings. “He was quite knocked out by what he saw. He said he didn’t expect the fish to be 3-D and he even gave some suggestions for the fish movement,” O’Brien said. When the ballet performs at the Port Theatre on September 30 the tutu will be on display in the lobby. O’Brien said the National Ballet of Canada likes the West Coast theme of their tutu and are featuring it on their backstage blog.

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Scarecrow contest one of the highlights Oceanside crows, look out! Tiger Lily Farm is gearing up for their annual scarecrow competition. The big kickoff is slated for this Sunday, Sept. 25, with their big harvest festival. Visitors to the Barnyard at the Errington farm will be able to take part in many activities at the festival, including a corn roast, with corn from Silver Meadows Farm, take a pony ride or a pony cart ride, or enjoy a wagon ride. They can also watch the Coombs Country 4-H Horse Club Drill Team at 1 p.m. and have their face painted as well as take part in all of the regular barnyard activities. During Harvest Festival visitors to Tiger Lily Farm will be able to watch some horseback riding demonstrations from some of the staff and friends of Tiger Lily Farm. Check out just how fast those little Shetland ponies can go and what the farm’s big guy, Mac — a full draft horse —

These participants in last year’s scarecrow competition at Tiger Lily Farm had a nursing them. SUBMITTED PHOTO can really do. The highlight, say organizers, is the chance to build a scarecrow to enter in the competition. As Harvest Festival is the kick off to Tiger Lily Farm’s Annual Scarecrow Competition, people are encouraged to create a scarecrow at home or build a scarecrow at the farm on Sunday. Straw, string, clothing and other odds and sods will be provided, but

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By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER With nose to the ground and some dogged determination some Jack Russell terriers will show off their skills at a competition at the Parksville Community Park Sunday, Sept. 25. The Vancouver Island Jack Russell Terrier Club is hosting a Go-to-Ground contest that will utilize a maze made up of scented wooden tunnels. At the end, a grill separates the dog from the protected quarry. The hounds must navigate the quarry using their nose.

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Each dog is individually timed and the pooch having the shortest time navigating to the end and staying focused on the quarry at the end for a minimum of one minute is given the highest mark. Points are deducted if the dog leaves the quarry.

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Certainty in an uncertain world WOOD CHIPPING PROGRAM The City’s Wood Chipping Program will take place this fall from October 12 to October 28, 2011, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. A schedule for pickup is printed below. Only the following items are to be placed on the boulevard before 8:00 am, prior to the first date the chipper truck will be in your neighbourhood: • Branches with a maximum diameter of 6 inches (15 cm), stacked with the larger end of the branch or trunk facing the roadway; • Woody shrub material, piled for ease of access by the chipping crew. Rocks, stumps and construction waste may cause injury to the chipper operators and must NOT be included in the piles. Please note that due to safety issues, materials such as pampas grass and clematis and wisteria vines cannot be chipped. These, along with other compostable vegetation, garden debris, leaves, and grass clippings may be taken to the Church Road Transfer Station. Piles containing the aforementioned items will not be removed by the chipping crew. Piles must be limited to a size of 5 feet wide by 3 feet high, and only one pile per residence will be removed by the chipping crew. Please do not combine piles from multiple households as it is more difficult and time consuming for the chipping crew to take apart large piles for chipping than it is for them to handle smaller piles. When placing your chipping pile, please be sure not to obstruct your property’s City water connection box in the event access is required for maintenance. Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14

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Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19 Thursday, October 20 through Friday, October 21

south of Highway 19A, including the south side of the highway, between Moilliet Street and Church Road, including both sides of Moilliet Street east of Moilliet Street to Corfield Street, north and south of Highway 19A, including both sides of Corfield Street

Monday, October 24 through east of Corfield Street, north and south of Highway 19A, including the Wednesday, October 26 resort area, to the eastern boundary of the City If you have any questions about the Wood Chipping Program, please call the Engineering & Operations Department at 250-248-5412.

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By Rev. Robert Kerr if I lose my job? Is this relationship in my life going as it should? Why don’t I feel closer to my kids or grandkids? Is that earthquake we felt, the forerunner of something much worse? When we are confronted by all of this, we wonder and we fret, we become worried, distressed, anxious, irritated, resentful about so many things. And none that helps us to deal with, to come to terms with, the challenges we face and the concerns we have. We can, however, take reassurance from God’s promise which Paul noted when he wrote to the new Christian church in Rome, “None of this

fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing — nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, from high or low, thinkable or unthinkable — absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8:37-39 from The Message by Eugene Peterson.). That promise does not exempt us from any difficulty or obstacle in life, but it does reassure us that through it all we are loved and cared for, and that love will surround us always, in this life and the next. Priscilla Jane Owens lived in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States in the 19th century. She was a school teacher, and taught Sunday School at Union Square Methodist Episcopal Church in her home town. She wrote hymns,

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Children’s Day at the QB museum Every September, Shoppers Drug Mart® stores across Canada put up a Tree of Life, and you, our customers give generously to fill it with paper leaves, butterflies and cardinals, with 100% of all proceeds going directly to women’s health initiatives in your community. Over the years, you’ve

Funding cutbacks aren’t going to put a damper on this Saturday’s Children’s Day at the Qualicum Beach Museum. Manager Netanja Waddell said the fun kicks off at 1 p.m. and runs until 4, with a variety of history-based activities, games and fun for the whole family.

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This free event will feature fossil rubbings, boat building, shake-splitting, bubble-blowing, wagon rides, face-painting, totem pole-making and much, much more. “This is a great, fun, free family event for all of Oceanside,” Waddell said. For more information about this event, call 250-752-5533. — by Neil Horner

difference again this year. Visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart between September 17 and October 14 and buy a leaf ($1), a butterfly ($5), or a cardinal ($50) to help women’s health grow in your community. To find out which women’s charity your local Shoppers Drug Mart store supports visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/treeoflife

SPECIAL EVENTS APPLICATION PROCEDURES The City of Parksville invites applications from community organizations and private citizens wishing to hold special events at a variety of City-owned venues. • The Parksville Civic & Technology grounds at 100 Jensen Avenue East • Parksville Community Park - Picnic Shelter - Waterfront Gazebo - Volleyball Courts - Kite Field - Skateboard Park • Springwood Park • Foster Park (Gazebo) • Off Leash Dog Park (Despard Avenue) • Individual City green spaces • City streets for walks, marathons, cycling events and/or parades For use of the Baseball/Soccer Fields and Lacrosse Box, contact Regional District of Nanaimo at 250 248-3252. Interested parties may obtain copies of the City’s Special Events Policy and relevant application forms from Public Works at 1116 Herring Gull Way, from City Hall at 100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville BC, or download the Policy and forms from the City’s website at http://parksville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=133. Applications for events to be held in 2012 will be received between October 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012. For more information, please call the Engineering & Operations Department at 250 951-2484.

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