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Do not pass go Police are not going to reduce roadside counterattack checks, despite a recent court ruling. After a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled last week that the most severe of B.C.’s new impaired driving penalties infringe on people’s constitutional rights to a fair trial, Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond announced police in the province won’t impose the toughest of the new roadside penalties until drivers are given a way to appeal the results of a failed breath test. But E Division RCMP Supt. Norm Gaumont says little will change.

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Juno award winner has a new album It is his most ambitious project yet, and acclaimed saxophonist/composer/band leader Phil Dwyer’s new CD has been getting rave reviews since it’s release at the end of October. Changing Seasons is a compelling violin concerto that bridges the jazz and classical worlds in seamless fashion.

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Got pennies? THE NEWS is still looking for people’s penny collections, as part of our ongoing Pennies for Presents campaign. Bring in your copper coins to THE NEWS office in Parksville and we’ll tally them up, exchange them for bigger cash denominations, and donate our collective fundraising efforts to the Society of Organized Services and the Salvation Army.

MISTIC booth kids making Goofy Putty Six-year-old Carter Brett, left, and seven-year-old Aedan Pasquill, both of Parksville, had fun making goofy putty at the Mid Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council booth at a weekend science fair. See page A5 for more. BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO

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Despite impaired driving court ruling, police still looking for drunk drivers

BC DEFICIT GROWS VICTORIA — Expected revenues to the B.C. government fell by $303 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year, due mainly to instability around the world, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon said recently. The drop in revenues will make it more difficult to meet the government’s target of balancing the budget by 2013. Falcon said he will wait until January, when the finance ministry has to finalize its next budget, to see if that target can still be met.

By TRICIA LESLIE BLACK PRESS VANCOUVER — Police are not going to reduce roadside counterattack checks, despite a recent court ruling. After a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled last week that the most severe of B.C.’s new impaired driving penalties infringe on people’s constitutional rights to a fair trial, Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond announced police in the province won’t impose the toughest of the new roadside penalties until drivers are given a way to appeal the results of a failed breath test. But E Division RCMP Supt. Norm Gaumont says little will change. “We will absolutely not be reducing counterattack roadside checks,” Gaumont said. “Nothing’s changed here. We still don’t want people to drink and drive. Let’s keep up the good work.” There was a 40-per-cent drop in alcohol-related vehicle deaths in the first year of the new penalties. In his ruling, Justice Jon Sigurdson said the increased penalties for blowing in the “warn” range of 0.05 to 0.08 per cent, are permissible. But drivers who blow in the “fail” range above 0.08 should have a chance to challenge the decision if their vehicles are impounded for 30 days and they face thousands of dollars in administrative penalties, Sigurdson said. Gaumont said police will revert to the old roadside impairment rules, which means impaired drivers can still face a 90-day administrative driving prohibition if they are charged. The newer penalties are more strict, allowing police to give drivers with a blood alcohol reading in the “warn” range a three-day driving ban, a $200 administrative penalty and another $250 fee to have a driver’s licence reinstated. Drivers can also have their cars impounded for three days and be billed for towing and storage. For roadside readings of 0.08 per cent or higher, police have been imposing a 90-day driving ban, a $500 fine and impounding the vehicle for 30 days. That suspension can cost a driver $3,750 for such things as towing, storage and a mandatory “responsible driver” course.

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The Society of Organized Services opened its toy shop on Monday. Theresa Antolick of Royal LePage Realty, left, helped fill the bookshelves with $1,175 in hand-picked paperbacks from Mulberry Bush book stores. SOS Christmas program co-ordinator Renee Caulder says the shelves were full — but since they will empty out fast this week, donations are still being accepted. Call the SOS at 250-248-2093 for details. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Science World Exhibits at Ballenas Secondary School in Parksville Dec. 10 included some bug stations, where participants got to see the critters that live in area ponds. BRENDA GOUGH PHOTOS

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the Salvation Army. These two local organizations use the cash to ensure families and children have enough food and support through the holiday season — and well into the new year. Pennies — as well as other cash donations — can be dropped off at The News office on Middleton Avenue in Parksville during office hours. — Steven Heywood

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When members of the Qualicum Beach Volunteer Fire Department joins up with Arrowsmith Search and Rescue, Oceanside residents can expect good things to happen. That’s doubly true when both town staff and members of the community rally to their cause, as was the case on Nov. 26 when the groups joined forces for their annual Christmas food drive in support of the Salvation Army Food Bank. Spokesperson Barry Blair said the food drive volunteers were able

to collect 7,241 pounds of non-perishable food items and a whopping $1,734 in cash. These, he noted, were well over the amounts collected in the 2010 campaign. In addition, numerous toys were collected for the Society of Organized Services. “We would like to express our thanks once again to the residents of Qualicum Beach for their generosity,” he said. “Thanks also need to go out to Qualicum Foods, Dolly’s Home Hardware, Bailey’s in the Village and Home Building Centre for their continued support of the food drive.”

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PARKSVILLE — The pennies keep rolling in and to date, The News has received $2,330 in copper coins from our readers. Great job! Still, there’s a way to go to reach our goal of $5,000 in this year’s Pennies for Presents campaign. The News is collecting pennies all of December, and will donate the proceeds evenly between the Society of Organized Services and

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The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation is accepting donations this holiday season toward the proposed Oceanside health centre. “We received our first donation and so now the account is open,” said foundation president Maeve O’Byrne. “The first donation is always the most challenging.” The donation is for equipment, but O’Byrne said donations can be general or towards anything within their mandate, including equipment, renovation, education and research. She points out they are still accepting donations for the expanded Nanaimo Regional General Hospital emergency room but they have opened the Oceanside account, as they promised to the community and MLA Ron Cantelon. People who want their tax deductible donation to go specifically toward the proposed Oceanside project need to make

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that clear when they donate. Asked what would happen to the donations if the health facility isn’t built, O’Byrne said they would have to go back to the donors and ask them what to do with the money. “ I know at this time of the year many of us donate to hospital foundations and charities and so I am hopeful that Oceanside residents might keep this in mind,” local resident Steve Anderson e-mailed THE NEWS. “ Although the centre is not built yet, it would let the powers that be know that we are willing to support a medical centre in our area.” Nearly 22,000 donors have given over $34 million to the foundation since 1991, including $2.7 million in 2010/11 alone. For more information, or to donate, call toll-free from Oceanside 250-947-8212, e-mail info@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com, check online at www. nanaimohospitalfoundation. com or stop at their office in the NRGH front lobby.

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Dave Kasprick at work in his Nanoose Bay studio where he forges metal into artwork. BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO at the open house. “I want to help the community. I have lived in Nanoose Bay for 26 years. After the studio tour I thought I would have my own show and raise money

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Artist uses blacksmith techniques from early 1900s Kasprick is a true blacksmith artist and when he is forging metal in his studio he prefers to use traditional tools to hammer, bend and cut and he is constantly striving to add even more historic tools to his workshop. He said if he makes a little extra money this weekend he will put it into his line shaft that he is putting together to make his shop more authentic. For those who don’t know what a line shaft is, Kasprick said it is a big power hammer. He also has a grinder and a power hack saw that all run off one common shaft — just like is was done in the old days. “The equipment I have

is from the turn of the century. It is from 1902 and I want to get it up and running so my shop lives and breathes art. I don’t want a plasma cutter. I want my shop to have some life in it,” admitted Kasprick. Blacksmiths work by heating pieces of wrought iron or steel until the metal becomes soft enough to be shaped with hand tools, such as a hammer, anvil and chisel. Heating is accomplished by the use of a forge fueled by propane, natural gas, coal, charcoal, or coke. There is an increasing interest and revival in the art of blacksmithing and Kasprick said he finds the craft very rewarding. An artist from an early age,

Kasprick began working with clay and drawing wildlife with pen and ink. The interest to heat steel in order to mold and ply it like clay became the focus of his art when he built his first forge in 2002. “The farrier was here doing horseshoes. I made a forge that evening after watching him. It was just like working clay. After I built my own forge my shop grew. One day someone said you have a blacksmith shop here.” That started his foray into the steel medium and ever since he has been continually practicing the ancient art and credits a metal artist in Nanaimo for mentoring him.

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n this frenzied Christmas shopping season, as consumers hurry from store to store seeking the perfect gift for everyone on their list, there appears to be a port in the storm. Gift cards are wildly popular. They’re easy to send in the mail or stuff in a stocking. They show at least a semblance of thought was given to the recipient’s desires yet still empower that recipient to get something they truly want. Canadians spend about six billion dollars a year on gift cards. A survey last year by Maritz Research suggested almost half of Canadians were hoping to find a gift card under their Christmas tree. They’re also popular with retailers. Statistics It’s time the Canada says more than 80 per cent of large Canadian retailers offer gift cards. federal For those shoppers still having a hard time government making a decision at the gift card display, the bring the rules credit card gift card issued by a number of banks seems like the perfect solution. But beware the for those fine print. There’s lots of it. Most of which works cards in line against the consumer. Gift cards issued by retailers are regulated by provincial consumer laws. In B.C., that means they can’t have expiry dates and consumers can’t be charged fees to acquire or maintain the cards. But bank credit card gift cards are regulated by Ottawa, which has yet to act to protect consumers against extra fees or expiry dates. Those fees can quickly chip away at the full value of the gift card. And if the card does expire, the bank will gladly issue a new one for a substantial fee, plus a cancellation fee equal to the balance still on the card. It all adds up to make a credit card gift card seem more a gift to the banks than the recipient. It’s time the federal government bring the rules for those cards in line with those that apply to retailer gift cards.

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’m sleeping with a woman in Corsica. Not from Corsica — in Corsica. What’s more, her husband is in bed with us. He doesn’t suspect a thing. It’s … complicated. For one thing, I am not — worse luck — actually in Corsica myself. I am in snow-bound Canada, typing at a kitchen table with a scarf around my neck. But my avatar, my Doppelganger, my other self, is down there in Corsica, enjoying the ocean breeze that’s wafting through the open window and over the, er, three of us. It’s like this: once upon a time I had a radio show called Basic Black that ran on the CBC — the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. One day a slick-looking dude from the PR department The Parksville Qualicum Beach News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to: B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

buttonholed me in the CBC cafeteria. “We’d like to do some advertising for your show,” he purred. Swell, I said. “We were thinking of T-shirts,” he said. Okay, I said. “What would you like on the T-shirt,” he asked me. “Uh … the name of the show?” I guessed. He shook his head sadly, as if he was dealing with a slowlearning Labrador. “We’ll need more than that,” he said. We kicked it around for a while. He rejected the idea of snappy slogans, funny quotes or

a staff photo. My coffee was getting cold. “How about I draw a cartoon of myself,” I suggested. “Perfect,” he By said. Arthur That’s how we Black ended up with 147 cartons of Basic Black T-shirts emblazoned with a cartoon head depicting a bald guy with a big nose and a straggly beard grinning crookedly above my scrawled signature. The cartoon is laughably amateurish and looks, if I may say so, unlike any human alive. Everybody says it’s a perfect likeness. That was my first embarrassment — everybody who saw the gargoyle I’d scrawled immedi-

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ately knew it was me. But worse — it became (unlike any of my books) an immediate best-seller. We couldn’t keep it in stock. In a matter of weeks the Basic Black T-shirt was showing up on the torsos of loggers in Prince George, wheat farmers in the Prairies, secretaries on Bay Street, oyster-shuckers in Lunenburg and (I know — I saw the photo) on a co-ed quartet of skiers schussing down the side of a mountain near Invermere, B.C. Who, aside from ski boots, appear to be wearing nothing BUT their Basic Black T-shirts. Well, that’s the thing about this garment — it only comes in one colour (black, natch) and, as an extra cost-cutting measure, the PR department decided we would order it in just one size:

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Extra Large. If you’re built like Arnold Schwarzenegger (or, for that matter, like an Amazon with breast implants) — it’s a perfect fit. Otherwise, you’ve got pyjamas. That’s how I came to be sleeping with that woman in Corsica. “I’m wearing my Basic Black T-shirt to bed tonight,” she wrote on a postcard. I suppose, technically, I’m sleeping with hundreds of women right now, when you think about it. Thousands, maybe. Well … dozens, for sure. But it’s no bed of roses. The husband of that Corsican correspondent I mentioned? I hear that he’s … wearing me too. I told you — it’s complicated. — Arthur Black lives on Saltspring Island

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LETTERS Don’t forget what happened here December 5 was a sad day for municipal politics in Qualicum Beach. The palace coup led by councillors Brouilette and Luchtmeijer has almost guaranteed a dysfunctional council for the next three years. That will be Qualicum Beach’s loss. Their explanation that they were elected on a “platform of change” is specious to say the least. They were elected to replace three councillors who chose not to run again. I do not believe they were elected with a mandate of change, and I certainly did not vote for a platform of change. If change was perceived as a driving force in the election, then the councillor candidates should have been much more transparent in their respective platforms. Furthermore, if the voters of Qualicum Beach wanted change, the electorate would have instituted change at the top — the mayoralty candidates. But no, the voters elected Mr. Westbroek on his platform of stability. I sincerely hope that voters have a long memory.

Rick Neugenbauer Qualicum Beach

Process followed Although your paper on December 9 provides extensive coverage of the appointment of a municipal director to represent Qualicum Beach on the regional district, nowhere is there an actual reference to what the law actually says. It may be instructive for your readers to know this . Section 784(1) of the Local Government Act states: ‘After the first appointment under 777(1) (e), each municipal director is to be appointed at pleasure by the council from among its members.’ In other words after the first RDN Board was set up, the municipal directors to the Board are to be appointed by the council. This is what was done this past week in Qualicum Beach.

Brian Peckford Qualicum Beach

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feel compelled to respond to your recent articles and editorials regarding the removal of the elected Mayor of Qualicum Beach as the town’s regional district representative. I found the muscles flexed by the four newly-elected council members to be absolutely classless, cowardly and inappropriate. I will not debate the notion that someone other than the mayor should be the appointed representative. There was nothing to stop the council members from discussing appointments in an in-camera meeting. To blind-side the mayor in a well-attended public meeting, however, was insulting to the community and to the mayor. It appears that the council members went out of their way to embarrass Mr. Westbroek and to collectively take command of council. My sense is that the new council members should probably have shown to courage to run for mayor rather than council if that was their intent. In an interview, Councillor Brouilette said the main reason for the move was to “improve the relationship with the regional district.” What utter codswallop. The move has fractured any notion of a team of elected representatives and, in my opinion, damaged the relationship with the regional district and, more importantly, the voters of Qualicum Beach. This is hardly the type of change we voted for and I wonder just who really is calling the shots for this gang of four?

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Howie Hambleton Qualicum Beach

It’s going to be a long three years I can’t believe we have just come through an election, and the majority of voters supported the re-election of Teunis Westbroek only to see an elected council bent on marginalizing the position of mayor, and running our town as they see fit. The action by council on December 5 was not only an insult to the elected mayor but an insult to the 60 per cent of voters who supported his re-election. If these actions by council are an example of what residents of Qualicum Beach can expect we are

in for a long three years. Mr. Dutton (THE NEWS, Dec. 9) was apparently overjoyed with watching “Democracy” in action on December 5. What we really witnessed was the failure of this council to vote reflecting the will of the majority of Qualicum Beach residents.

John Johnston Qualicum Beach

This is what you call transparency? There was a lot of talk during the recent Qualicum Beach municipal election about a need for transparency. When three of the newly-elect-

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ed Qualicum councillors huddled recently, were they working on transparency? Or, is this where they hatched their plan to subvert the will of the voters by removing one of the key roles of a mayor, to represent the town on external governing bodies? Instead they appointed the one member of their group with no legislative experience, Dave Willie. This isn’t about a so called ‘platform of change,’ this is about trying to undo the overwhelming choice by electors of Teunis Westbroek as our mayor. What changes can we expect next? Will they now re-open the OCP for Parksville-style development? Will they undo the water agreement and force a huge borrowing referendum so that developers can be assured of unlimited population growth for Qualicum Beach? We have elected three businessmen and a retired banker to our council, should we expect otherwise?

J. Hill Qualicum Beach

It’s a garbage glut Recently I have noticed that the garbage cans on the beach have been removed. Apparently they were removed due to numerous individuals using them to dispose of their household garbage because they can not, or will not, store their garbage for the every two-week pick up. And this is necessary because there is not the staff nor the budget for a weekly pick up. How much garbage does one house make now that there is food waste and general recycling that can’t wait for pick up? So now there are no garbage cans on the beach and very few if any in and around Qualicum Beach. Also I have noted that the small garbage receptacles on the Memorial Golf Course are used for garbage and the deposit of dog waste bags. As one lady explained it when she was challenged about putting her dogs waste in the golf course receptacles: “it is my right, I pay taxes.”

Maeva Lowen Qualicum Beach

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A big bouquet to wonderful Darlene of Dashwood for rescuing our escape artist Schnauzer from the Old Island Highway and bringing her home safe and sound.

Marianne and John Hodges Qualicum Beach

Kudos and more kudos to all the very caring and always cheerful ladies and gentlemen for VIHA’s home support program. We will be forever grateful for your much needed help. May you always walk in sunshine.

Mary and Albert Rasker Qualicum Beach

We would like to thank the people from Big Qualicum River and Dunsmuir for their help when our rescue dog bolted dragging her leash in the bush. She returned after 32 hours, leash chewed, wet and hungry. Thank you again!

Dorothy Peter and Shadow Qualicum Beach

I would like to thank the lady behind me on Friday morning at the Kris Kringle fair who had an extra ticket of admission and offered it to me.

Andrea Petrie Parksville


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LETTERS No sleigh for naughty MP As a youngster my favourite Yuletide tune was All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth and always enjoyed singing the line “...to with you Merry QuithMyth.” I soon realized that for many the festive season is truly about myths: those who figure the entire nativity story to be merely Hebrew myths and fables, and delighted kids who believe in the myth of Santa Claus. I’d best not offend those Bethlehem believers, and rather concentrate on Santa — right now he’s busily checking on who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in these financially uncertain times. Maybe he should lighten the load on his magical sleigh, and not visit those ridings where some naughty MPs live. For example, he’d not go to Halifax, as Peter McKay has been naughtily less-thancredible about his Cormorant capers. Rudolph would not be guiding Santa

towards Parry SoundMuskoka, where Tony Clement’s naughty G20 largesse was way beyond any child’s Christmas wish-list. There would be no jingle bells heard in Whitby-Oshawa, where Jim Flaherty was elected after his mythical promises of balanced-budgets and financial prosperity, naughtily disregarding global meltdowns. The Grinch would ban Santa from Calgary where the Harpercrite-InChief ’s parliamentary victory was boosted by his naughty election scare tactics, and phony promises to lower taxes once the budget was balanced. Transparency and accountability pledges disappeared like melting snow in May, when only 24 per cent of eligible voters gave the Tories the majority they craved. Maybe if Santa really didn’t visit those ridings whose MP’s are so obviously disingenuous, the gullible electorate would wake up and take a lot more notice of the myths they receive in the guise of government policies from Ottawa.

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War on pot is already lost Obviously Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney, doesn’t get it (THE NEWS, Dec. 6). Large scale growops in residential areas is a product of cannabis (marijuana) prohibition, not the God-given plant (see the first page of the Bible) itself. Further, contrary to Lunney, the majority of British Columbia citizens favor legalizing and regulating the plant. Cannabis prohibition has run its course. It’s over. All that’s left is the formalities whether or not prohibitionist want to accept it.

Stan White Dillon, Colorado

Crime stats problematic According to our MP James Lunney, crime statistics have not gone down despite empirical evidence to the contrary (THE NEWS, Dec. 6). In fact, he claims that they are not only going up, but that this fact is being deliberately hidden through the manipulation of what we can only assume are unknown conspirators that must surely be harbouring a hidden liberal or socialist agenda. After all, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper can never be wrong on any issue, no matter that some of what they propose is happening in Canada is so unbelievable that those myths wouldn’t be able to survive without the CPR hand wringing and panting blasts of hot air that pours forth from an indignant and self-righteous Conservative caucus on an almost daily basis. Listening to the musings and explanations of MPs like Peter Kent, John Baird, Peter McKay, Tony Clement, and of course Stephen Harper, makes the

ramblings of the tin foil hat crowd seem like the theories of Einstein. So, I would suggest that Mr. James Lunney, if he really wants to represent me and all Canadians of his riding, that he please get his own brain. Of course, when you see him robotically mouthing the inane, illogical, and hypocritical Conservative talking points about almost any issue of substance, then you realize that he would have to grow a spine in order to support one in his skull.

Steve Lombardo Bowser

Deal with the biggest need I was appalled to see fellow Canadians living in the conditions so publicized lately at the Attawapiskat reserve. How can this happen in a land so blessed as Canada? I have followed closely the many interviews and debates among tribal elders, politicians, bureaucrats, educators, etc. and I begin to see the glimmer of how these things happen. Nearly all the talking heads fail to understand that there are three levels of crisis on the reserves, the immediate, midterm and long-term problems. The immediate concern is that people are living in unheated shacks and tents in the middle of a Canadian winter wilderness. Concentrate on the immediate and lifethreatening problem. Leave all the rest for now. The blindingly obvious thing to do is helicopter in pre-fabricated trailer homes. A generator will supply electricity for heating and septic tanks will look after sewage. If the army can send in water purification units to earthquake ravaged countries, surely they can fly in mini-versions of the same into reserves.

Patricia Dorval Qualicum Beach


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New City of Parks Parksville Council

At the December 5 inaugural meeting, the 2011-2014 Council was sworn in, witnessed by friends, family and the media. Council portfolios and appointments to boards, commissions and associations were approved by Council at this meeting. In the photo, left to right: Councillors Bill Neufeld, Carrie Powell-Davidson, Peter Morrison, Mayor Chris Burger, Councillors Al Greir, Sue Powell, Marc Lefebvre. A copy of Mayor Burger’s inaugural address may be found on the City’s website at http://parksville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=403

Snow Season is Upon Us

The City monitors road and weather conditions throughout the winter months. When snow and icy conditions are forecast, crews and equipment are prepared and when it snows, crews are dispatched to clear roads on a priority basis. The City’s first priority during and after a snowfall is to clear major arterial streets (such as Island Highway, Alberni Highway) as well as access to emergency services such as the RCMP, fire hall and ambulance station. Clearing collector streets (such as Temple, Pym, Hirst) is the second priority. Once conditions have stabilized on these priority routes, crews will begin to clear residential streets. Should we experience continued snow, it may take crews longer to reach residential streets.

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The City’s website has a section on snow and ice with guidelines for plowing of streets, clearing of sidewalks, how residents can best prepare for a snowfall and how to help when it snows. http://www.parksville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=356 We hope you will take a few minutes to review.

Online Resident Satisfaction Survey There’s a resident satisfaction survey on the City’s website open until January 15. Questions are the same as those asked in the 2008 resident satisfaction survey and the more comprehensive resident survey in 2010. This survey will assist staff and Council to evaluate services offered by the City and obtain the community’s input regarding service priorities. We encourage residents to take a few minutes to complete this online survey; we do value your input.

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City Services McMillan Street Progress Update Windley Contracting is installing the infrastructure to convert overhead utilities to underground at a later date and also for street lighting and street trees prior to placement of curb, gutter and concrete sidewalks. Once the east sidewalk is finished, work will begin on the west side, leaving one continuous sidewalk corridor at all times. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to be patient and attentive to traffic control personnel, this will help to ensure a safe environment for workers and travellers.

It’s the Holiday Season! Council and staff of the City of Parksville wish you and your family, a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2012.

Loose Dogs The City will respond to complaints of loose dogs where the dog has been captured or in the control of a member of the public. We do not respond to calls where a dog is loose as the dog is seldom there when we arrive at the location. The public should call the bylaw compliance department at 250 954-3080. If there is a concern for animal welfare, contact the Parksville-Qualicum SPCA (250 248-3811). The SPCA has the authority to investigate and take action to protect the welfare of animals.

Notice to Dog Owners Dog tags for the calendar year 2012 are available for purchase in person at City Hall. Bylaw 1284 requires that all dogs over the age of six months be licenced. By January 31 - spayed/neutered $20, not spayed/neutered $30. After January 31 - spayed/ neutered $25, not spayed/ neutered $35.

Notice to Businesses Existing business licence holders may now w renew for tthe he ary 31. Payment 2012 calendar year. Fees are due by January all. Business may be mailed or paid in person at City Hall. Licence Bylaw 1991, No. 1079.1 requires that all businesses ss in the City. obtain a valid licence if carrying on business

Around The City City Seeking ADP and APC Members The Advisory Planning Commission and Advisory Design Panel each have openings for a new member. This community service work does not receive remuneration. Please send applications to Gayle Jackson, Director of Community Planning, PO Box 1390, 100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville V9P 2H3 (250 954-4660). Applications will be accepted until January 6 at which time Council will make the appointments. • The APC advises Council on matters respecting land use and community planning that are referred to the Commission by Council. Applicants with experience in land use planning, architectural design or related fields would be an asset, although not a prerequisite (24 month term). • ADP advises Council on design matters associated with specific development applications. Members are expected to have design experience and qualifications. Some members must be architects, landscape architects or individuals with a design related degree or experience in universal design. Preference may be given to residents; all interested individuals are encouraged to apply.

City News and Views

2012 Council Meeting g Dates Pursuant to Section 127 of the Community Charter and Council Procedure Bylaw,, 2003, No. 1386, a schedule s of regular municipal Council of dates, times and places and Committee meetings for 2012 2012, is posted on the City notice board at the Civic and Technology Centre, 100 Jensen Avenue East, for viewing during regular office hours 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding y also be statutory holidays. The meeting schedule may viewed on the City’s website.

City Dates December 15 December 15 December 19 December 26 December 27 January 2 January 4 January 5 January 12 January 16

Advisory Planning Commission Coffee with Council Council and Committee of the Whole Office closed Office closed Office closed CANCELLED Council/Committee Coffee with Council Coffee with Council Council and Committee of the Whole

The public is encouraged to attend Council and Committee of the Whole meetings held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 6 pm. The public is welcome to observe the meetings of any advisory committee. Please refer to the City’s website for agendas and to confirm times and dates.

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Missing man turns up dead after search COURTENAY — The search for missing 81-year-old William Fisher of Port Hardy ended Dec. 6 when his body was discovered in his overturned car by passing motorists on Highway 30 near Port Alice. Fisher was well off his expected route of travel and well outside of the search area. He was reported missing to Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue on Dec. 3 after failing to return to his home in Port Hardy after a medical appointment in Campbell River two days earlier. Some 30 members of CVGSAR alone devoted more than 600 hours over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning in the search. SAR teams from Campbell River, Parksville, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Tofino and the Comox Valley combined efforts to walk the distance of Highway 19A from Campbell River to Port Hardy twice, scouring every ditch, embankment, gully and body of water in between. Volunteer search teams were supported by search aircraft from the Provincial Emergency Program and by an RCMP helicopter. — Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue/Black Press

programs they are supposed to take to prevent re-offending. Corrections branch officials say their program for male spousal abusers has a success rate of up to 50 per cent. That’s a pretty good result for an awful crime, the second-largest category of offenders after impaired driving. But that success rate only applies to offenders who actually complete the program. Doyle found several cases where convicted

B.C. Views By Tom Fletcher abusers breached their orders to stay away from a spouse, and were not returned to court. There are undoubtedly more, but B.C.’s 450 probation officers can’t

keep all the files up to date, much less punish every breach of conditions. Training hasn’t kept up either — fewer than half of current probation officers have completed the ministry’s antispousal abuse course. The NDP deplores all of this and has decades of practice doing so. The part about offenders not completing their rehabilitation reminded me of Dave Barrett in the late 1960s.

In his autobiography, Barrett tells how he got into politics because prisoners in B.C. jails weren’t able to complete vocational programs. Barrett was a social worker at the old Haney Correctional Institution. By 1970 he was Opposition leader, demanding that the W.A.C. Bennett government shut down Haney, by then notorious for trades training that prisoners weren’t locked up long enough to finish. Each inmate

was costing B.C. more than $4,000 a year, a huge sum wasted, Barrett thundered in the legislature. Today, Doyle calculates B.C. jails cost $71,000 per inmate per year, or $194 a day. Community supervision spending works out to $7 a day. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress. ca.

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Bob Burkosky sits at the wheel of the B.C. Maid after bringing her in for the season to rest at Deep Bay. By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER The next time you run into Bob Burkosky and the B.C. Maid, there’s a good chance he’ll have his hand up in what looks like a friendly wave. You can feel free to wave back if you like, because he is actually friendly, but he’s not really waving hello. He’s got his hand on a metal wire that’s stretched deep, right down near the bottom and he’s feeling for fish. “You can feel them,” he said. “It’s like playing a piano. You can feel it bounce on the bottom and you pull it in a bit. The lingcod will fight a little bit, but their main strategy is to open their mouths like a big funnel, so the drag from a good-sized one is huge. You can really feel the weight.” The gang troll he’s working has 10 hooks in all, so by the time he’s done, that’s a lot of drag. “Sometimes a small, eight-pounder will grab one of the hooks and then a great big, 40 pound fish will bite him,” he said. “They’ll eat just about anything. You’ll pull one in and it will barf out a tentacle of a huge octopus and you have to wonder how on earth it got close enough to pull an arm off an octopus

that big.” What happens to those fish once they get on board has changed dramatically since the Dashwood-area resident began fishing the B.C. coast some 30 years ago. “After 30 years of bashing every fish over the head, now I’m babysitting them,” he said. “I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and hear the pumps going and I’ll be able to go back to sleep, knowing everything’s good and the fish are OK.” Rather than killing the lingcod, Burkosky makes a point of keeping them very much alive. He had to retrofit the boat to do it, installing dual pumps to circulate seawater through the holding tank, but he said it was worth the cost and effort. “It’s for the Oriental market,” he said. “They prefer a live product over frozen. I started doing it about nine years ago. It’s a relatively new thing.” The B.C. Maid can carry 4,000 pounds of live fish, smallish for a fish boat. However, with only about 30 boats dealing in live lingcod on the whole coast, Burkosky has been able to find a niche. It’s a rewarding life, but a tough one – and sometimes dangerous.

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The pain is temporary, as Lela Perkins has her brows waxed and shaped by Rhiannon Whitney, owner of Synergy Day Spa in Parksville. BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO

Highbrow fundraising By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER There are a lot of uncomfortable things women do to make themselves look better, including having their eyebrows waxed. If you are one of those who want a perfectly shaped brow, you can have the procedure done for free at the Synergy Day Spa in Parksville if you

bring in a donation to the food bank. Owner Rhiannon Whitney if offering free brow waxing on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21 for anyone who brings in a non perishable food item. Appointments must be booked in advance for the service, which normally costs around $15. So far Whitney said she has had a great response from the public. “When we offered the free

service in the first week people brought in bags of food. Everyone has been very generous,” she said. Whitney said she is considering doing more events like this throughout the year because the food bank is always in need. Synergy Day Spa is located at #6 West Island Highway in Parksville. Call 250-586-1772 for an appointment.

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ave you ever wondered what would have happened if ? We are the sum of our experiences not only due to the chain of events linked from our birth to now, but also because as we make decisions and experience the consequences of those decisions it impacts future decisions of a similar nature. Personally I like where I am and would never want to change a thing; even though there have been many experiences I definitely do not want to go through again. So what does this have to do with business? Our business, in the same way that we are the sum of our experiences is the sum of opportunities both taken and passed. Opportunities in the business world present themselves constantly. Some are not noticed, some we pass on and some we seize and run with. I want to always be in a position to both notice and take advantage of any opportunity, whether it is as simple as an act of kindness or as complex as an offering that needs serious analysis before moving

forward. Everything is an opportunity; everyone we meet is a potential lead or new customer, or even the source of an idea that may move our business to a new By level. Kim Keeping a positive Burden attitude will allow you to see more opportunities and taking advantage of those opportunities will help your business grow and flourish and everything depends on your attitude. Attitude gems lead to attitude AHAs — those single moments in time where something happens, or someone says something, and suddenly you get it — suddenly you scream AHA! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and the season for being jolly in reality should stretch from January 1 to December 31. Let’s all adopt a positive attitude, be nice to all we meet and see if business flourishes. The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Kim Burden is the executive director of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce

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Where it Counts By Stuart Kirk starting in 2012, the requirement to stop working or significantly reduce your earnings to take-up early CPP will no longer apply. Mandatory contributions to CPP for CPP pensioners under age 65 If you are under age 65 and are receiving your CPP monthly pension and continue to work, you and your employer are required to continue to contribute to CPP. If you are between the ages of 65 to 70 collecting a CPP pension and continue to work, the decision to continue to contribute to the CPP is voluntary so you may elect not to make CPP contributions. However, if you opt to participate in the CPP your employer will be required to also contribute. These contributions will result in increased retirement benefits. Increase in general low earnings drop-out As part of your CPP benefit calculation there is a general adjustment in the calculation that allows for a “drop out” of certain periods of low or no income. Currently the general drop-out provision is 15 per cent of the years where your earnings are low or nil. In the future the general drop-out provision will increase to 16 per cent in 2012 and 17 per cent in 2014. In summary, if you plan to start receiving early benefits under the CPP between the ages of 60 and 65, and if you apply for benefits in 2012 or later, the new changes could reduce the benefits you will receive. SEE

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he NIH opted to halt the Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low HDL Cholesterol and High Triglyceride and Impact on Global Health Outcomes Study, also known as the AIM-HIGH trial on niacin. With news of the early dismissal of the latest trial on niacin therapy for cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, some are just closing the book on niacin. As an avid supporter of the health benefits of vitamins, especially vitamin B3, I am compelled to delve deeper into this potentially trend-setting study. In uncovering the design of the trial, the most glaring flaw, in my opinion, was the selection of the subjects for both groups. The treatment group was given Niaspan, a high dose extended release form of niacin, along with Simvastatin, a cholesterol lowering statin medication. On the other hand, the so called placebo group was also given Simvastatin. Not a true placebo, clearly the statin-free niacin group was missing from this trial. To further complicate things, 515 of the nearly 3,500 subjects got another cholesterol modifying drug, Ezetimibe. Dosages of the various medications fluxuated in order to maintain the LDL cholesterol target range at 40-80mg/dl. It was the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) who decided to stop the trial based on their conclusion that “high-dose, extended release niacin offered no benefits beyond statin therapy alone in reducing cardiovascular related complications in this trial. The rate of clinical events was the same in both treatment groups and there was no evidence this would change by continuing the trial.” [1] I can understand stopping a trial early when the evidence of harm from one group

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over another is so obvious that it would be unethical to continue, but stopping early with no evidence of harm doesn’t really make sense. The AIM-HIGH trial was supposed to be five years long, but closed 18 months early. Dr. William E. Boden (Buffalo General Hospital, NY) said that the extended release niacin did alter lipids in a predictable fashion by “increasing HDL levels by 20% and reducing triglycerides by around

25%”[1 ]. Despite these positive changes on the cholesterol surrogate markers, there seemed to be no effect on the incidence of cardiovascular events in the two groups who were all already on statin therapy. While it was suggested that there might be a slightly higher incidence of ischemic stroke in one group, this has been dismissed by Dr. Daniel Radner (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). He “does not believe the difference in ischemic stroke between the arms in the trial was real. There was no compelling evidence of harm” [1 ]. Does this mean that Niacin is useless? Some may wish to interpret this one study that way. Certainly statin proponents may prefer not to have the completion. Does this mean that the HDL hypothesis is invalid? The confusing battle between good and bad cholesterol will continue. Evidence is mounting that suggest that surrogate markers like cholesterol are not direct indicators of cardiovascular disease risk. If only it could be that easy. Dr. Tara Macart owns Opti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine in Qualicum Beach with her husband Jonathan.

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Alberni and British Columbia’s history,” said Lunney. “By investing in its rehabilitation, we are also helping to strengthen local tourism.” — Alberni Valley News/ Black Press

Shopping local retains our distinctiveness Local businesses help create distinctive shopping experiences and often carry different products. This helps to keep traditional local products alive, thus contributing to a town or city’s special unique qualities.

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Think carefully about making your next CPP decision This may influence your decision on whether to take a CPP pension early. Remember to consult your financial advisor before taking any action.

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Sybil Magnusson It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Sybil Magnusson, at the age of 90, on Sunday, November 27th, 2011. Sybil led a very active life for many years in Port Alberni. She played womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastball until the age of 50, and was an avid and skilled curler as well. Sybil enjoyed a long and happy retirement in Qualicum Beach, and ďŹ nally in Parksville, with her wonderful husband of 67 years, Connie (deceased February 13, 2010). Sybil was a loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her courage, strength and sense of humor were legendary and her legacy is a large family who loved her deeply: children Gale (Joe), Barry (Shari), Lorne (Farrell) and Vicki (Brian), 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Sybilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful, caring staff of Coastview at Stanford Place, both for their excellent, compassionate care of Sybil and Connie, and for their extraordinarily thoughtful consideration to our family during Sybilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nal days. Sybilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family will host a casual get-together for family & friends on January 15th, 2012, at 1pm, at the Bayside Resort in Parksville to share fond memories.

In Lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, donations may be made to The Alzhiemer Society of BC, Suite 300, 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2, or to the charity of your choice.

BLANCHE MABEL ANCION Dec. 15, 1924 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 5, 2011

It is with great sadness that the family of Blanche Ancion announces her passing on Monday December 5, 2011 at the age of 87 in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Blanche was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Blanche Roxanne Ancion (nee Gragg), sister Grace Ancion, brother Nicholas (Ella) Ancion and niece Joyce Ancion. She is survived by three sisters; Josephine Jones (Phoenix, Arizona), Marie Geldreich (Qualicum Beach, BC), Anna Boux-Davies (Winnipeg, MB), nieces and nephews; Arlene (Art) Sali, Sharryl (Helmut) Schwarz, John (Anne) Boux, Robert Boux, Paul (Jenny) Boux, Brian (Carmen) Boux, Joan (Doug) Teed and all their children, cousins; Nicholas (Peggy) Taylor, Jean Sayer, Lawrence Taylor, Laura Hamilton, Margaret Harris as well as many friends. Blanche ďŹ rst worked as a teacher in southern Alberta. After a few years she trained in Winnipeg, MB as a lab technician. She worked at a clinic in Calgary, AB and later, for many years, she worked at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA USA where she retired from in 1989. Blanche has since lived in Parksville, BC. Blanche had a passion for snow skiing and she and her cousins and friends skied Banff, Whistler and many ski resorts in the USA. She also loved to travel, going to Hawaii and three times to Europe where she maintained contact with relatives from Belgium. She enjoyed a good discussion about sports, news and politics. We wish to sincerely thank Dr. Kevin Martin, Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Johnston, Br. Broome, Dr. Burnett and staff, Evaleen (CNIB representative) & Susan Alexander at Emerald Estates, Parksville. We also thank the doctors & staff on the 4th & 5th ďŹ&#x201A;oors of the NRGH for their excellent care & support.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd Parksville on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:15AM with Father Bayron ofďŹ ciating.

In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, donations may be made to the CNIB (Macular Degeneration Dept), 2340 Richmond Rd Victoria, BC V8R 4R9. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

John (Jack) Kendall Breen

January 6, 1926 - Dec.6, 2011 Jack passed away peacefully in Qualicum Beach, BC at the age of 86. He leaves behind his wife Ruth of Qualicum Beach; son Rod (Brenda) of Errington; daughter Judie Sanbrooks of Nanoose Bay; granddaughters Shailie and Jennifer (Dave); and great-granddaughter Jordyn. Jack was predeceased by his parents Harry and Alice, his ďŹ rst wife Elizabeth, along with many relatives, friends and colleagues. Jack was born and raised in Prince Rupert, a place he fondly remembered. He was employed as a Statistician at MacMillan Bloedel in Port Alberni from 1957-1991. As a caring and loving father, he enjoyed camping and road trips with his young family. In 1985, Jack married Ruth and for over two decades they enjoyed international travel, plus many sunny days on local golf courses. Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests included wood carving, music, and he was an avid cribbage player. A Memorial Service was held at Yates Funeral Chapel, Parksville, BC on Sunday, December 11, 2011. Memorial donations may be made to The BC Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Foundation, c/o Tribute Program, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4 or through their on-line Donor Center at www.bcchf.ca.

Our sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff of The Gardens at Qualicum Beach for the comfort, compassion and care that they bestowed upon this gentle, unassuming and intelligent man. He will be forever in our hearts. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

FRAWLEY, FRANK JERRY Born Aug. 25, 1939 in Calgary into a family of printers, Frank passed away on Dec. 4, 2011 after a full and active life. He spent almost his entire career at Morriss Printing Co. in Victoria but moved to Parksville in 1999, thoroughly enjoying his retirement. Seldom sick a day before his short battle with cancer, Frank leaves behind a large family: his loving wife Donna; children Kathy, Mike (Jacquie), Russ (Rachel), Keith (Tonia), Brandie; grandchildren Aaron (Jana), Jody, Alec, Marc, Hanna, Paige, Michaila, Liam, Taylor, Noah, Piper and 2 great grandchildren, a large extended family, plus his 2 beloved cats Kymmie and Koko. He also leaves behind many friends in Victoria and Parksville who will miss his kindness and wicked baseball game. Frank played in the Parksville Senior Athletic Group league for 10 years and was the team captain, organizer and helped with everything that came up. In addition, he and his best friend Marv started a 55+ team, the Breakers, who are still going strong and have been successful at the Senior games, winning a silver medal at the 2007 games in Nanaimo. Next they started up a 70+ team and won gold at the 2009 games in Richmond. Frank was a leader in both of these ventures. Frank also played on a 60+ team that medaled in the Cowichan senior games, and was active with the Panters senior hockey group, helping with score keeping and tournament banquets. In general, when something needed to be done, he was the guy to call on. At his request, there will be no memorial service. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Frank, you will be missed.

PRITTIE Christine Muriel (nee McDonald) July 13, 1923 to November 28, 2011

Muriel has joined her beloved Bill (Feb 1923- May 2011) on their ďŹ nal boat trip. Born in Bangor, County Down, Ireland, Muriel came to Vancouver when she was very young with her brother Ian and her parents Annie and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; McDonald, all of whom have predeceased her. Muriel attended Point Grey Junior High and Prince of Wales High School where she was an athlete of some note. Summers were spent at Cowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Point on Bowen Island, which she loved, and loved to tell us about. After graduating from high school, Muriel went on to business school and then to the Bank of Montreal, Main Branch where she worked for several years. Shortly after marrying Bill in June of 1948, they built their ďŹ rst home at Copper Cove, West Vancouver, where the family would live for many years. As the family grew to ďŹ ve children, Muriel was a very dedicated wife and mother. Eventually Muriel went back to work, being the co-owner of Petticoat Lane in Horseshoe Bay, until moving to Langley where she assisted Bill with their automobile business. An early retirement took them to Ladysmith for over 23 happy years and then latterly to the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area to be near family. Muriel is lovingly remembered by her ďŹ ve children, Diane (Peter) Kellas, Ralph Prittie (Judy Loewen), Donald (Janice) Prittie, Frances Prittie and Margie (Lorne) Johnson. Also missing their Grandma are Wendy Kellas, Brent Kellas, Annie Prittie, Amanda Johnson, Joel Prittie, Caleb Johnson, Angus Prittie and Lachlan Dorey. Muriel, so goodhearted and easygoing will be greatly missed by her extended family and many friends. The family will gather in the spring to spread Muriel and Billsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ashes in Copper Cove, a place they called â&#x20AC;&#x153;A magical place to raise a familyâ&#x20AC;?.

Helena Petronella Maria Strik â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lenyâ&#x20AC;?

Leny passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Dec. 7, 2011. Leny will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by her husband Hugo, her twin sister Elly, her daughters Hilde (Rick) and Ingrid, her four grandsons: Luke, Rylan, Skyler, and Levi as well as her six sisters, her two brothers and their families. Leny was born in De Lier, Netherlands on January 8, 1934 to a family of thirteen children. Coming from a long line of commercial growers of produce, Hugo and Leny emigrated from Holland to Qualicum Beach in 1977. They continued their livelihood in horticulture with the family-cooperative Strikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landscaping and nursery business. Mom lived a gracious and noble life placing family, husband and children at the center of her life. Her Roman Catholic faith was to her a pillar of strength and directed her towards a life of selďŹ&#x201A;ess and tireless service and generosity for others. The family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness evidenced in thought, word and deed during this difďŹ cult time. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, Dec.14, 2011 at the Church of the Ascension at 11:00 am. The Celebration of Life will be held following the funeral procession at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre from noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30 pm. For those unable to attend the service there will be a viewing held at the Yates Funeral Home on Tuesday Dec.13, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

In Lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, the family kindly suggests donations may be made in Lenyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name to Development and Peace, www.devp.org YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.


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LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE TENDER: The Bluffs, a strata development in Qualicum Beach is requesting proposals for landscape maintenance of the common property. Professional landscape maintenance companies interested in quoting on this work are requested to contact Murray Hamilton, Strata Property Manager for a Landscape Maintenance Request for Proposal package - Email: murrayhamilton@shaw.ca Tel: 250-951-0877 -------------------POND MAINTENANCE Tender: The Bluffs, a strata development in Qualicum Beach is requesting proposals for maintenance of the ponds in the common property. Professional maintenance companies with experience in maintaining ponds and interested in quoting on this work are requested to contact Murray Hamilton, Strata Property Manager for a Pond Maintenance Request for Proposal package. Email: murrayhamilton@shaw.ca Tel:250-951-0877

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September 1, 1973 - November 29, 2011 Our Beautiful, Loving, Daughter and talented horticulturist has passed. Left to mourn are Dad (Bill); stepmom (Bonnie); mother (Maggie); sisters, Kerry (Shane) & Christy (Mark); brothers, Craig (Leanne) & Damion and friends. Devoted sister to Leon. She chose to join him in that Good Night. A Celebration of Life to follow at Qualicum Civic Centre January 15, 2012



Patricia Glencross (Kadwell)

Born in Calgary March 14, 1937, passed away peacefully December 6th, 2011. She will be sadly missed by her devoted husband Al, her children, Lorna, Colin and Craig, and their spouses, stepchildren, Brian, Daryl, Susan, and their spouses, also by her grandchildren, Oisin, Krystal, Colleen, Trudy and Ian, as well by her sister Anne, brother Ed and by many wonderful friends. A private viewing was held December 8th.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arthritis Society of Canada. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

MOORE, CLARISSA

At age 73, Clarissa Moore passed away at Trillium Lodge, Parksville, with her husband (Terry) and son (Christopher) by her side. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her. She appreciated nature. Beauty of any kind always caught her eye and raised her spirits. She looked forward to Christmas every year. Arts, crafts, and antiques were her hobbies. Pets! We can’t forget them. Always there were cats and dogs, Parker (the cat) and Rex (her dog). She loved flowers and gardening. She made friends easily. In 1950, Clarissa and her parents came to Canada from Lancashire, England when she was 12 years old. Married in 1959, Clarissa and her husband were together 52 years. A celebration of her life may be held at a later date to give us all a change to say good-bye. Clarissa was a kind and loving person. God Bless Her.

JOAN ISABEL LEWIS (nee Walker) October 25, 1936 - December 1, 2011

‘The only happiness in life is to love and be loved’ ~ Goethe

Joan was born in Toronto and grew up with her adored brother Roy. With her teaching certificate in hand, Joan combined her passion for teaching and travel, moving to Germany to work on a DND base and spending her free time exploring many countries. Once back in Canada Joan met and married Peter, moved west to Calgary, where they raised 2 daughters, Alex and Andrea. Joan surprised all by agreeing to move west yet again, to Vancouver Island; one of the best decisions she ever made. She lived a life full of gratitude and was well and truly loved by family and friends. She will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank the staff of Stanford Place (Alderview) for their exceptional care. Much love to all of her outstanding friends who provided such love and support to our amazing mom.

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Blow Out Sale! Patricia Glencross (Kadwell) Born in Calgary March 14th, 1937, passed away peacefully December 6th, 2011. She will be sadly missed by her devoted husband Al, her children, Lorna, Colin and Craig, and their spouses. Stepchildren Brian, Daryl, Susan, and their spouses. Also by her grandchildren, Oisin, Krystal, Colleen, Trudy and Ian. As well, by her sister Anne, brother Ed and by many wonderful friends. A private viewing was held December 8th, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arthritis Society of Canada.

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Another Santa Claus Parade has come & gone and already the parade committee is meeting to discuss how to make next year’s parade even better and certainly, bigger.

Hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the floats and the festivities afterwards at Thrifty Foods. While the parade was rather short,

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to the many people who worked hard the past few months to make it run as smoothly as it did. Kim Burden and the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce Parade Marshalls-Al Grier, Larrie Taylor, George Sheard, Gil Roy, Massey Matsuda, Ron Neufeld. Parksville Volunteer Fire Dept. Arrowsmith Search and Rescue City of Parksville Jack MacKenzie, Aggie van den Akker & Citizens on Patrol Constable Blake Manchur and the R.C.M.P. Isle Golf Cars Thrifty Foods Parksville Mini Storage

Re/Max First Realty Monk’s Art Gallery Parksville Community and Conference Centre Ann Barber and choir members Heidi and Jon Abbott Ken Brooks, Advantage Signs Colton Davidson Patricia Sibley Kris Masson Coastal Colour Printing Media Sponsors-The Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Island Radio, CHEK, Oceanside Star & www.parksvillebeachparty.ca All those who put an entry into the parade!

Next year, let’s really grow this parade. This is a great way to showcase your business in a most festive way so why not start thinking about your float now? Thank you to the hundreds of people who came out to enjoy downtown Parksville. Merry Christmas, Carrie Powell-Davidson, Coordinator

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LEMARE GROUP is seeking a certified heavy duty mechanic and an experienced off-highway logging truck driver for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time union wages. Send resume by fax to 250-9564888 or by email to office@lemare.ca. We require 1) operators and owners operators for processors, 2) owner operators and truck drivers. Work in the Vanderhoof, Fort St. James & Prince George areas. Call or send your resume. Gulbranson Logging Ltd. 250-567-4505 Fax: 250-567-9232 email: jgulbranson@gulbranson.ca

Nechako Northcoast Construction, Terrace, B.C. Has an opening for Mechanical Superintendent Qualifications: -A minimum of 3 years journeyman work experience, 2 years as a trade lead hand or equivalent. -Minimum driver classification requirement is a Valid Class 3 with air endorsement. -Must have technical competencies of troubleshooting, root cause failure analysis, general computer skills, work planning and estimating. -Ability to effectively supervise assigned work projects and/or activities involving combined resources of manpower, materials and supplies. -Ability to carry out related supervisory functions proficiently, under the direction of management personnel. -Must hold and maintain WHMIS certification and Level 1 First Aid. For a complete job Description please log on to our website at www.nechako-northcoast.com. Please Fax or email your resume and drivers abstract Debbie Russell, Manager of Human Resources drussell@nechako-northcoast.com Fax: 250-638-8409 Only those short listed will be contacted.

LABOURERS BERGEN FARMS requires farm labourers to start beginning of February 2012. 40 - 60 hrs. per/wk. 9.50/hr. Work includes planting, weeding, pruning, harvesting fruit and other farm work. Work is outdoors in all weather conditions & physically demanding. Fax resumes to: (250)752-7566.

TEACHERS Practical Nursing Coordinator Sprott - Shaw Community College is hiring a full-time PN Coordinator for our Nanaimo campus. The person will be responsible for the day to day operations of the PN Program to meet the educational requirements for our students registered in the program. Candidates would have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and have at least 5 years’ of clinical experience in acute or longterm care along with supervisory experience. Please email your resume to: brucew@sprott-shaw.com or fax to (250) 754-9610

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Laurie Mandryk & David Willis are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful daughter,

Victoria Grace Willis

She was born at Langley Memorial Hospital on Sept. 16th, 2011, & was 9lbs. 1oz. and 21” long. The proud grandparents are Pat Willis of Calgary, and Lorelei and Neil Mandryk of Parksville. Among those most excited by her arrival are her great aunts, Janice and Cheryl, who are enjoying spoiling her whenever they can. Victoria has so many relatives to meet so she will be spending her first Christmas in Calgary and then will be coming to Parksville for New Years to meet some more relatives and friends, who are very anxious to see her.


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TRADES, TECHNICAL

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

DRYWALL

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

PETS

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.

TODD THE BUILDER. Renos, plumbing. Commercial offices; Custom homes. 250-752-1121

FREE TO approved home, spayed F tuxedo cat. Very friendly, likes dogs, loves to hold hands. Indoor/outdoor, must be the “only cat”. Perfect companion for senior. Call 250-248-2690 for more info.

FULL TIME position available for experienced Plumber, sewer drain cleaning experience an asset, must be able to work evenings & weekends, full benefits. Email resume to: box817@hotmail.com

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HARWOOD FORD Sales, needs Licensed Automotive Technicians, 1 hour from Calgary, Alberta, New Millennium Ford Dealership, state-of-theart technical equipment. 14 service bays, unlimited flat rate hours, in the heart of oil country. Send resume Joel Nichols, Fax 403-362-2921. Email

CLEANING SERVICES “MAID IN SERVICE Cleaning” Home/Office Cleaning, min 3 hrs please. Ref’s available. Call Margit at 250-240-9240.

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gregharty09@gmail.com. INDEPENDENT ELECTRIC & Controls Ltd. Hiring immediately - Western Canada locations: Electrical/Instrumentation; Journeyman/Apprentices. Oilfield/Industrial experience an asset. Standard safety tickets required. Email resume: careers@iecgroup.ca referencing Job#CAJIJE003.

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EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

GARDENING WES-COAST YARDBIRDS Christmas Lights, Snow Blowing. Yard clean-up & Hauling. Pressure washing. Tree Pruning, Topping, Removal. Please call 250-752-9444.

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161. M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

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EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

STUDY.WORK. S U . O One of the last 12 month PN Programs available in Nanaimo!

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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.

OCEANSIDE TILE & STONE Over 32 years experience. Porcelian Tile, Ceramic, Slate, Granite, Marble, Natural Stone, & Cultured Stone. Free estimates. Call William at 250586-6682.

CUSTOM BUILT Cabinetry and Countertops, affordable rates, 250-850-9915 W W W . C O A S T C A B I N E TRY.CA

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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.

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.

PHONE ANY day. We will Haul Away. Call anytime at 250-468-5733.

PROFESSIONAL PAINTING Service. Repairs, Reno’s, Quality Workmanship. Free Estimates & Seniors Discounts Call Bill 250-240-2038

DRYWALL

MOVING & STORAGE

RUBBISH REMOVAL

CONTRACTORS

PETS HANDYPERSONS

PET CARE SERVICES

OCEANSIDE HOUSE & Home: Repairs, maintenance and Holiday Christmas lights. Call Pete, (250)927-2641.

CAT SITTING - NO CAGES. I will care for your much loved cat(s) in my home. They get their own room with a home setting. Min. 7-day or long term stay. Limited space, book ahead! (250)740-5554

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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TRAIN TO BE A PRACTICAL NURSE TODAY! With the aging population, Healthcare & Healthcare providers are some of the hottest career opportunities available. Practical Nursing is one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare. Train locally for the skills necessary in this career Àeld.

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REAL ESTATE HOUSES FOR SALE

REDUCED FOR Christmas! ShihTzu Puppies - homeraised, good pedigree, ready to go! $600. 250-923-6011

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

FOOD PRODUCTS LING COD Filets fresh frozen direct from fisherman. Starting at $7/pkg (serves 1 to 2). $10.75/lb hot smoked salmon, cold smoked lox. Call Cool Wild Fish (250)752-5247, Saturday, Gate sells 9am-12.

FRIENDLY FRANK

HOMES WANTED

HOT TUB spa cover, 76”x88”. Like new, $99. (250)752-3559.

WE BUY HOUSES

SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

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GARAGE SALES

RENTALS

QUALICUM BAY, 2855 Olympic Rd.(off Horne Lake Rd.) Sat. Dec. 17 & Sun. Dec.18, 10am - 3pm. Indoors! Moving prep. Hsehold items, some Christmas items. Lots for everyone..young & not so young! Drive a little further...save a lot

255 HIRST- 1 & 2 bdrms, $725 & $925. Call Ardent Properties, (250)753-0881. www.ardentproperties.com

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BIG BUILDING Sale... Clearance sale you don’t want to miss! 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel 1800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca. CAN’T GET up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. PANASONIC KX-T7433C Digital Phone System; complete with 19 handsets. Excellent condition, perfect for start-up office. Will accept best offer. Phone: 604-3631397. STEEL BUILDINGS End of season deals! Overstock must go - make an offer! Free delivery to most areas. Call to check inventory and free brochure 1-800-668-5111 ext 170

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

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE BY OWNER 50+ ONE bedroom patio home in Parksville. Multiple upgrades. New paint, laminate floor, walk-in shower, 3 appliances. 250-334-7748

Call: 1-250-616-9053

APARTMENT/CONDO

COURTENAY CONDO at Puntledge Terrace 2 bdrm, 2BR, available immediately. $800/month ph 780 467 2744 or brenday@telus.net DOWNTOWN PARKSVILLE, Avail Jan. 1st. Clean, bright, N/S, 2bdrm, 55 + bldg. W/D, F/S, D/W. Refs req, $850./mo + utils. Call 250-248-6287 OCEAN SANDS RESORT on Rathtrevor Beach. Fully furnished 2 bdrm condos includes utilities, cable, phone and internet. Available Now. $1100/mo. (250) 954-0662 . PARKSVILLE – BRIGHT & spacious 2 bdrm, D/W, W/D optional. Large balcony, security camera & parking incl’d. Near schools, beach, downtown & on bus route. From $785. Avail Now & Jan. 1st. Call 250-248-8592. PARKSVILLE OCEAN view 2 bdrm Apt, quiet bldg, pets ok, heat/hot water incl’d, Nov. 1, $800/mo.(250)248-3350. PARKSVILLE APT- 2 bdrms, grd flr, patio, quiet 4-plex, F/S, D/W, free laundry. $825 mo. Avail now. 250-927-0287. QUALICUM BEACH- 1 bdrm, furnished suite, bright, waterfront. Avail now. NS/NP. $825 inclds utils/inter-net. Call 250757-8682, 250-752-9252.

Qualicum Beach - Large 1770 sq.ft. Ocean Bluff Condo 2 bdrm + den, 2 bath, fully updated, new laminate floors, 6 appls, covered parking, 55+ building, N/S, N/P. $1250 mo. Call 250-586-1100.


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RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

APARTMENT/CONDO

HOMES FOR RENT

SUITES, LOWER

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

QUALICUM BEACH, large 2 bdrm condo, adult only bldg, bright Southern main floor with patio, close to town & golf club, $875 mo, avail Jan. 1, long term lease. 250-479-0947

ERRINGTON: MOBILE home on strata, 3 bdrm plus den, large yard. Close to Englishman River Falls. N/S. No dogs. $1,000. 250-248-0202.

1-BDRM SUITE, lower Lantzville. Walk to Beach. View. $775/ month. Includes hydro. Private patio. Non smoker. No pets. 250-755-5191.

FRENCH CREEK (backs onto stream) home for rent- unfurnished 3 bdrm, 1 bath. F/S, W/D, modern kitchen, open concept, lots of storage, fruit trees, garden, beautiful setting. $1200+ utils+ $600 security deposit. 1 year lease req’d. Refs req’d and checked. Avail Dec 1. Call for viewing (780)750-5549.

SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.

ERRINGTON- 1 BDRM level entrance suite on acreage, 5 appls, hot water incl’d, pet neg, N/S. $675 inclds satellite. Avail Now. (250)954-7997.

APARTMENTS FURNISHED FURNISHED ONE and two bedroom units available. All utilities. Phone 250-248-6532.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL BUILDING for rent, located on the Alberni Hwy, rent nego 250-954-9547 DOWNTOWN PARKSVILLE Commercial space. 1000 sq ft “street level space” avail. Jan 1st., in the Harrison Bldg at 162 Harrison Ave. Beside medical bldg & Sears. Great signage & exposure w/private store front parking. No lease sign on unit til January so call Richard 250-248-3836 or 250954-9695.

COTTAGES DEEP ERRINGTON bachelor cabin. $400/mo + util’s. Ref’s /credit check req’d. Avail. immed. Call 250-228-0000. DOWNTOWN PARKSVILLE, 2 bdrm, furnished, beach front cottage. Avail. until Jun1/12. Suit quiet people $850. util. incl. n/p,n/s.Ref’s req’d. Call 250-248-3171

HOUSE ON 5 acres in Errington. Fully furnished, 2,000 sq.ft, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, woodstove, heat pump, loft, large kitchen. 2 min. away from Englishman Park. N/S, N/P. Jan.1-July 1. $1300/month incl. hydro and cable. 250954-3436. PARKSVILLE- 3 bdrm Rancher, 2 full bath, fully reno’d, 8 appls. $1425+ utils. Call (780)915-4165. PARKSVILLE 3 bdrm Rancher w/ fridge, stove, washer, dryer. Close to town, shopping. Enclosed backyard. Non smokers and no pets preferred. Ref’s req’d. $950. Barb (250)752-8932 (250)927-2817.

PARKSVILLE/ERRINGTON: 1 bdrm lower, on 1 half acre, Avail now, $750/mo, hydro incl, view Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, call 250-947-9666. QUALICUM BAY- sunshine suite, gorgeous ocean view, 1 bdrm+ den, fully furnished. $900 inclds all utils, inter-net, cable. Call (250)757-8587. QUALICUM Suite (downtown) $750 incl’s utils, 1bdrm, level entry, 900sqft, furnished or not, Avail. Immed. 250-2402019

SUITES, UPPER ERRINGTON - 1 bdrm bachelor suite, includes hydro, cable, and wireless internet Dec 1st $600.00 per month 250-954-9547

TRANSPORTATION

PARKSVILLE- reno’d bright, clean, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, pets upon approval, N/S. $1250+ utils. 250-752-3066.

AUTO FINANCING

QUALICUM Beach - Cozy, clean, 1 bedroom cottage on acreage. Private yard. N/S, small pet okay. W/D. Includes cable. $750/mo. (excl. Hydro). Available Jan 1. Contact (250) 738-0433 References a must.

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MOBILE HOMES & PADS COOMBS- 1200sq ft, 3 bdrms, sunken family&dining room, wood stove, W/D, D/W, private patio, peaceful setting. 12 mins Qualicum Beach Parksville, $950. (250)951-9962. ERRINGTON- 2 BDRM mobile home, 8 mins from Parksville, recently renovated, wood F/P, electric heat, small yard, quiet neighbourhood, NS/NP. $800. Available now. (250)951-4830. ERRINGTON - 2 bdrm trailer with large deck. Located at 1400 Alberni Hwy. Available now ref’s req’d 250-954-9547 HILLIERS AREA, well kept 2 bdrm on acreage, 2 full baths, 5 appls, lrg deck, storage shed, fenced yard, NS, small pet neg. $800. (250)752-2220.

HOMES FOR RENT 2 BEDROOM Rancher on Englishman river rd Errington. No dogs, no smoking $950 250-248-8384. BOWSER- 1 BDRM Cabin $675.+ utils. Avail now. Pet on approval. N/S. (250)228-4145.

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DASHWOOD AREA furnished room for mature responsible person. NS/NP. Shared kitchen, bathroom & laundry. $575 includes all. (250)752-2757. PARKSVILLE DOWNTOWN. Older, quiet, working woman; Looking for someone to share my two bedroom, ocean view apt $475./mo + 1/2 Utils. Call 250-586-6618 Between 4:30pm - 7:30 pm eves.

STORAGE MORE SPACE FOR LESS Storage Containers Currently available: 8’ x 20’ $105. + taxes. Open storage for RVs, cars, boats, trailers: $40. + taxes for first 20’ $2 each additional foot.

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Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices

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Shopping local saves you money

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Shopping local preserves our communities

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Shopping local retains our distinctiveness

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Shopping local saves the environment

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Shopping local creates jobs

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Local businesses invest more in our communities

Out of town shops have done a great job convincing us that shopping locally is expensive, but there’s just no evidence to back this up. If you add in travel costs such as gas, parking and time, the overall cost is often much higher.

Nobody likes losing shops and services in smaller towns & cities – but they don’t equate this to how they spend their money. Local businesses thrive if customers spend locally. So if you want a vibrant city centre where you can socialize & shop – shop locally!

Local businesses help create distinctive shopping experiences and often carry different products. This helps to keep traditional local products alive, thus contributing to a town or city’s special unique qualities.

Local businesses, which often stock a higher percentage of locally sourced goods and products, often do not require long car or bus rides to get to, helping to reduce our global footprint.

Shops in small towns and cities help create local employment and self-employment. Local jobs foster economic innovation & prosperity. The success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people.

Local shops are proportionally more generous in their support for local charities, schools and community events. So supporting local shops means a financial return for our community.

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AVAIL NOW 2 bdrm lower suite, 4-plex, downtown Parksville. NP/NS. Includes hydro, heat, laundry. $850./mo. Refs req’d. (250)752-3425. COOMBS, 2 bdrm S/S duplex, new paint & carpet, 5 appl’s, NP/NS, fireplace, secure garage & storage. Quiet area. $900/mo + utilities. Avail. immed. Phone: 250-951-1792 COOMBS (4-1027 Virgina Rd) 1 bdrm sxs duplex. Deck, fenced yard. Available Now. $560+ utils. (250)248-2285. ERRINGTON - 2 Bdrm lower duplex available now. Located on acreage on Dobler rd. Ref’s req. 250-954-9547 ERRINGTON - 3 Bdrm side by side 3 level duplex on acreage. Located on Dobler rd. Ref’s req $900.00 250-9549547 PARKSVILLE- 1-BDRM 4plex unit. $650 mo. Jan 1. 250-468-5663, 250-240-4497. PARKSVILLE: SPACIOUS and attractive 2 bdrm, 2bath, in-suite lndry. Avail now. $950. N/S, cat ok. Refs. Call 250724-1212. QUALICUM, 2 bdrm, close to Qualicum Elementary School. $650./mo 250-954-3690 QUALICUM BEACH: Cozy clean 2bdrm suite in duplex. Mins from QB, country setting. $750/mo. Avail immed. No pets, ref’s req’d. Call (250)752-6098, (250)954-8847

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Small business owners compete by focusing on customer service and quality goods. Local business employees take the time to get to know their customers, especially important for elderly, vulnerable and young people and for those without transport.

People usually receive better customer care and service in local shops. Local businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business – so shopping locally means that you get a higher standard of service.

10. Shopping local saves services

Private, voluntary and public services cluster around local shops. The loss of the high street often corresponds to a reduction in these services. As shops disappear, so do hairdressers, vets, dentists, etc.


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SPORTS Campbell River takes two on the Chinn Generals’ late addition Jared Chinn adds skill, smarts to an Oceanside team that has won five games in a row

Oceanside’s Save On Foods Generals upped their win streak to a season-high five games over the weekend as they swept the Campbell River Storm in their home-and-home series. Now 6-1 in their last seven games, the locals also got a taste of what it’s like to play in front of a packed house, as an estimated 700 fired up fans turned out Friday in Campbell River to support their team. The hosts scored the only goal of the opening period that night, but Oceanside replied with three unanswered goals in the second and added another in the third. Newest Gen, freewheeling 18-year-old forward Jared Chinn from Raleigh, North Carolina, scored his first with the team unassisted 11:03 into the second period. Kyle Yamasaki and Travis Briggs each scored and assisted on the others for a 3-1 Gens lead after 40 minutes. Cam McKarrick salted the win on the power play. Oceanside outshot the Storm 42-26. Michael Gudmandson, who has picked up the nickname ‘Pistol’, made 25 saves for the win in net. The Gens were 1-for-8 on the power play while the Storm were 0-for-7. Back in action Oceanside Place on Saturday in front of an

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Late team addition Jared Chinn stick handles around a Campbell River Storm player Saturday night at home in Parksville. announced attendance of 210, it was a determined Campbell River team that showed up, and the Generals had to be good to carve out a 2-1 win. The cyclone they call Dylan Haugen blew in down the right side and rang a howitzer off the cross bar, and shortly after that the ‘Pistol came up with a sprawling pad save to deny a Storm goal at the other end. Chinn (Yamasaki, Garrett Kemmler) opened the scoring at 7:32 on the power play and

Campbell River tied it up 1-1 at 15:29 which is how it stood after 20 minutes. The two teams skated to a wide-open second period, and Haugen scored what would prove to be the winner at 9:26 on the power play. “They’re a gritty hard team to play against,” Johnston said after, “they bring it — without question they play hard. Although we got off to a slow start Friday I thought we were a good team both nights.”

As for Haugen, the 17 year old forward from Port Alberni was named the game’s first star Saturday “and for good reason,” said his coach. “Hoags is a pretty special player. He’s tenacious ... he’s old school, he just has that old-school mentality where every shift is full-out.” Haugen, who came to camp 15 pounds heavier than last year, has already played five games up with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs. As for the newest addition to

the team, Chinn played 27 games with the Jr. A Nanaimo Clippers this season and was sent down to the Generals last Thursday. Johnston said Chinn will continue to practice with the Clippers and can play up to 10 more games with Nanaimo, but beyond that he’ll be helping the Generals in their quest for playoff success. As evident by his play and his two goals in his first four periods with the Generals, Chinn, said Johnston, “is a very high skilled player. Smart, very responsible with strong offensive instincts. He’s a great addition.” Oceanside outshot the Storm 27-18 Saturday night. It was Pistol’s’ fourth straight start and forth straight win in net for the Generals. The 5’10”, 180 pound ‘tender, a native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, has posted a record of 9-3. As for the big crowd in Campbell River, their team may be dead last in the standings but they’re fans are still turning out in big numbers. Johnston agreed “that kind of atmosphere motivates athletes.” GAME ON The Gens are down Island Friday for the front end for their home and home against Peninsula, and return home Saturday to face them again 7:30 p.m. start Saturday. The Generals’ last game before the Christmas break is Wednesday in Comox.

Kondors sunk by Armada in hotly-contested junior girls hoops final The Armada may have won the battle, but the war’s not over. Kwalikum Secondary School played host to the Kondors Jr Girls Invitational over the weekend, and the home team made it to the final where they came up on the short end of a 26-20 defensive duel against their counter-

parts from Port Alberni. “It was a battle ... it was quite a physical game,” KSS coach Jesse Witte chuckled in agreement, adding, “it was two teams that were playing really good defence. They’ve played each other a few times over the years, so they know each others tendencies. “We had the shots to win the game, we had lots of rebounds, we just didn’t put the ball in the hoop.”

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KSS led 14-13 at the half. All the players on this year’s team are in Grade 10, and all but two of them were together last year. The Kondors opened the six-team get-together — it’s the first time in a long time KSS has hosted a Jr. Girls b-ball tourney — Friday with a 39-10 romp over the Highland Raiders. They dumped Mt. Doug 54-20 Saturday morning.

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Halstrom rink edged out by Comox’s Harris Oceanside had a team in all four finals, and local curling legend Jack Dixon and his rink came up just short in the A Event at the 24-team Thrifty Foods Men’s Bonspiel. Played out at Parksville Curling Club Friday through Sunday, “everyone had a great time,” said event chair John Milroy, adding, “the curling was at a very high level, and everyone’s looking forward to coming back next year (for the men’s provincial playdowns). In Sunday’s exciting A Event final, Dixon, with Gord Halstrom throwing Skip rocks, Don Graham at second and Jim Cormier at Lead, fell to ‘the young guns’, the Wayne Harris rink from Comox. “It looked like the Harris team had it

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Local curling legend Jack Dixon, left, and longtime teammate Gord Halstrom go over a shot during Sunday’s A Event final. sewed up, leading by two in the final end, but in a brilliant effort the Dixon rink scored two to send the game to an extra end,” said Milroy, adding, “Jack and his gang battled valiantly, but with the hammer in hand, the Harris rink was able to score and secure the Bob Hawkes Memorial Trophy.”

Parksville skip Randy Hall, along with third Gord Woodward, second Barry Duke and Lead Ken Meuckon became the only team to win their final when they knocked off the Jack rink from Alberta to take the B Event. In an interesting sidebar, there were two teams from Bonneville, Alberta

that made the long trip west to play in the PCC Men’s bonspiel for the second straight year. “Last year they didn’t even get in the prizes, and this year one of them made it to the finals.” The top 16 teams get to pick from the prize table. In the C Event final, Tracy Branch and

his rink from Comox edged out the Parksville rink of Gary Liimatta. In the D Event it was Victoria’s Jason Fletcher rink over Darwin Armstrong and his Oceanside team. Earning props for their efforts were PCC’s ice technician Gord Twanow and assistant Tim Kottispier. “The curling conditions were once again first rate,” said Milroy. “Win or lose, all the teams were impressed with the quality of the ice.” He added the volunteers, headed up by Cheryl Noble and bar manager Barb Voosten, “ensured a good time was had by all.” “Special thanks go out to title sponsor Thrifty Foods Parksville, Mark Hoffman of M&F Masonry, Bekins Moving & Storage and Jim & Margo Hoffman of Coast Realty Parksville.”

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KSS junior girls off to a good start in its 11-team league “The first two games we pushed the ball very well, played really well in transition ... in the final game — that’s the first time we’ve been in a game that close — we rebounded really well, but offensively we didn’t play very well, we were a bit impatient. “The thing is they’re

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Ladysmith has rejoined the fold after a long hiatus and Nanaimo and district has also added some new teams. “It’s good; lots of kids playing this year,” he said. Two weeks ago at a tournament in Victoria, KSS went 2-1 with a gutsy loss to the number one team in the province from Oak Bay, then

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Oceanside United gunning for fourth title By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS Oceanside United heads into the Christmas break winners of seven straight and sitting second in the Mid Island Women’s Soccer League, after a satisfying 6-nil shelling of the Nanaimo Wheaty’s at Qualicum Beach Rec Fields Sunday. Played out in cool sunny conditions, the Wheaty’s were overmatched, but they refused to roll over. “They came out very strong,” OU coach Dan Mahony agreed after the game, adding, “they have a lot of really good individual players, but our girls stepped it up and through good passing and strong shooting were able to prevail.” In what was a fastpaced, hard-fought physical contest, the two teams played to

a scoreless tie until midway through the opening half when OU sweeper Taylor Mang took a cracker feed from Barb WildmanSpencer in their end, broke up the middle and absolutely hammered a high arching shot just under the crossbar into the back of the bag from 40 yards out over the jumping Wheaty keeper’s outstretched arms. “Great run, great shot,” said Mahony. “I’d have to be 11 feet tall to get that one,” the Nanaimo goalie panned as she bent down to pull the ball out of the net. Not long after that, buzz-saw striker Angelina Gastaldello buried a through-ball from right halfback Tanya Pockett to make it 2-nil OU at the break. Angelina looks like Go-lina out there, as she never stops running and looking

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OU player Angelina Gastaldello keeps her eye on the ball during the local squad’s 6-0 win over the Nanaimo Wheaty’s Sunday. to make something happen, pushing people out of the way and just generally making life miserable for the opposition. “She’s a force to be reckoned with that’s for sure,” said her coach. Midfielder Rebecca Collins took a Sue Maltby feed and slotted it bottom left corner to up it to 3-0 early in the second half, and not to be outdone, her twin sister, striker Natasha Collins, struck for back-to-back goals to up it to 4-0 (the siblings lead the team in scoring). Defender

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U11 boys kept game close By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS Oceanside’s U11 Boys soccer side capped off the front end of its season Saturday with a spirited effort against Nanaimo at Arrowview Elementary. The visitors opened the scoring, and Brandon Nicol countered for Oceanside for a 1-1 tie at the half. Logan Vasara streaked in and struck for the home side in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors tallied three in a 4-2 win. “It was really good

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There are many for whom Christmas is a difficult and unhappy time brought on by painful memories. At Knox we will be holding a Blue Christmas service. All are welcome to join us at our weekly Grief Support Group at 4:00 pm, for a light supper at 5:15 pm in the lounge, and for our Blue Christmas worship service in the sanctuary at 6:00 pm. Please know that you will find a warm welcome at any or all of these gatherings.

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It’s That Time of Year Craig Bay Choristers in concert Dec. 15 By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER

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t is his most ambitious project yet, and acclaimed saxophonist/composer/ band leader Phil Dwyer’s new CD has been getting rave reviews since it’s release at the end of October. Changing Seasons is a compelling violin concerto that bridges the jazz and classical worlds in seamless fashion. Premiered in November 2010 at McGill University, it is now des-

tined to find a wider international audience with the release of its recording on ALMA Records. Creating the music for the project was a big undertaking for the Qualicum Beach jazz veteran, but the multi-Juno award winner said the end result is the best work he has ever done. The violin concerto was recorded in July with a 17-piece jazz band and a 21-piece string section and the combination of the large band with horns and a massed string section integrates diverse musical elements in a

fresh new way. Dwyer said the work began as a collaboration with internationally renowned violin virtuoso Mark Fewer. “I’ve worked with Mark a lot, and he has a good intuitive understanding of what I’m trying to do,” said Dwyer. “I approached him about writing a piece for him, and he loved it. Mark is a get things done kind of a guy, and through various channels we were able to procure a sum to commission the music and schedule a perfor-

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Hundreds of people lined up over the weekend to experience the Christmas story at the Bethlehem Walk taking place at the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church. Now in its 19th year, the annual event has become one of the most anticipated holiday rituals in Oceanside. You still have an opportunity to taste, smell and hear the “real life” village. Tonight is the final evening of the event

NEWS reporter Brenda Gough visits the annual Bethlehem Walk

which goes from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 550 Pym Street North. After strolling through the mock village of Bethlehem, complete with live animals, a bustling marketplace and more than 250 people in period costume, you can relax indoors with hot chocolate, cookies and caroling. The event is free but donations are being accepted for the Salvation Army.

The butcher shop booth helps add an air of authenticity.

The first stall visitors happen upon at the Bethlehem Walk is the manger scene, where Baby Jesus played by newborn Aliyah Quist, is cradled in the arms of mom Bre playing the role of Mary with dad Nick at her side in the role of Joseph.

Sampling the olives at Bethleham Walk in Parksville.

The choir from the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church sang seasonal songs of praise during the Bethlehem Walk.

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Small choir with big sound performs Dec. 16 By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER A small choir with a big sound will entertain with some Christmas and winter music at Knox United Church Friday night. The Cantando Chamber Singers are presenting Wassail where they will sing some early pieces as well as some modern music. For many years now the Cantando Chamber Singers have entertained and delighted crowds during the holiday season. The group first got

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The Cantando Chamber Singers go a-wassailing this Friday night at Knox United Church in Parkville. started back in the ‘70s and sang strictly renaissance music called Madrigals. They would perform in full medieval costumes and were known for always giving away free refreshments.

Only the refreshment tradition continues today and the group of about 11 wears a more contemporary attire. Choir director Ann Barber said the group has some challenging pieces and complex

arrangements, but the audience can expect some popular carols with great harmonies, as well as some exotic arrangements of old musical favorites. She said most of their pieces are performed a cappella

but they will have one piece accompanied by piano. Wassailing is based on the early tradition of caroling door to door when the lord of the manor would give food and drink to the peasants in exchange

for their blessing and goodwill. Barber said in their Wassail, the audience will be presented with songs and good wishes as well as baked goods. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Dec.

16 at Knox United Church, located in Parksville at 345 Pym St. Tickets are $10 and are available from the Knox Church office or at the door. reporter@pqbnews.com

Grandmothers to Grandmothers host concert at Knox on Dec. 17 By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER A concert this weekend is being held to help support some charities here in Oceanside and in Africa. The Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers, in collaboration with the Oceanside Concert Band, are hosting their second annual Christmas concert at Knox United Church Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Kathy Grand, one of the founders of Oceanside Grandmothers to Grand-

mothers, said the event will benefit the local Salvation Army, Society of Organized Services (SOS) Christmas program and the Steven Lewis Foundation (SLF), which supports those who have been effected by the HIV/Aids epidemic in Africa. She said with sponsorship from Knox United Church they are once again able to host a concert featuring the Oceanside Concert Band and the Parksville Youth Choir, both members of the Parksville and District Music Association.

Maureen O’Hearn will be the featured soloist and Major Rolf Guenther will perform the Santa duties during intermission. Grand said admission for adults is by cash donation and for children admission is a food item or an unwrapped toy. She said they are inviting families to come out and listen to beautiful music. “This is a way to say thank you to the

community for all their support,” said Grand. At the Grandmothers to Grandmothers extravaganza held last month in Parksville, the group grossed over $14,000. The craft sale is their most successful fundraiser of the year with net proceeds going to SLF. Grand said they sold 51 of their popular granny bags at the craft bazaar this year,

the largest number they have ever sold at any event. “It was a thrill to have that many sold. We have wonderful support from the community,” said Grand. The local charity group has already

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Area artists combine work for greeting cards By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER

Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those attending the launch can enter to win a 30” x 26” signed limited edition giclée of Redemption. Poyntz said the prose on the canvas print was inspired by the inauguration of Barack Obama. The limited edition print will be capped at 100 and proceeds from the sale of the new piece are being donated to charity. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Two local artists are combining their talents to break into the greeting card industry by writing, designing and selling their own Vancouver Island inspired cards and posters. Poet Michael Poyntz of Bowser is working with Parksville photographer Craig Carmichael and the pair are hoping some of their collaborations will make it big in the greeting card industry. Most of Carmichael’s photographs were taken on Vancouver Island and the prose and poetry by Poyntz is motivational, romantic and humorous. The two have decided to break into the big leagues and are in the process of becoming a member of the American Gift Card Association. Poyntz said they had to submit their work which is juried by the association and once they satisfy the criteria needed to be accepted, they will take their cards into the largest organized selling vehicle within the U.S.

Parksville photographer Craig Carmichael’s ocean scene is on a limited edition poster and proceeds from the sales will be donated to charity. consumer market. “For any artist based on Vancouver Island it is an uphill battle to get established. The internet has leveled the playing field and we are about to take something created here on the Island worldwide,” said Poyntz. Despite the new trend of sending e-cards, the tradition of giving a paper card for different

You can have your cake and eat it too! At Pacific Denture Centre we promise to give you beautiful smiles with dentures that fit! We care about our customers and want you to know that you will always receive the highest quality of care plain and simple. The following statements are common concerns that our satisfied customers have shared with us! Book your free consultation now if you have said to yourself: ❑ “I want to have the best value for my money.” ❑ “I want the best quality for my money.” ❑ “I want to know my treatment is guaranteed and I will always be taken care of.” ❑ “I want my dentures to look natural and fit right!” ❑ “I want to eat my favourite foods again.”

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occasions continues to be popular. If you think of Hallmark and the billions of greeting cards it sells every year, it is no wonder Poyntz is excited. Poyntz said he and Carmichael think they have what it takes to step into the big league. While there is nothing like a greeting card to send a special message but if a card has too

many words buyers will move on to the next card. Poyntz said as a poet he has to keep his work short and sweet. “If you put a whole poem on a poster, people won’t read it.” The pair are inviting the public to Island Exposures Gallery at 1209 E. Island Hwy. in Parksville to witness the unveiling of their latest collection of work on

Holiday mail deadline looms For those still working on getting their Christmas cards in the mail, the Canada Post website has some suggested mailing dates for cards. For local delivery you have to get your cards in the mail by December 19, within B.C. by December 16 and outside of the province by December 15.

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OPENING FOR MEMBER ON ADVISORY DESIGN PANEL The City is inviting interested individuals to submit an application for appointment to the Panel. The purpose of the Panel is to advise Council on design matters associated with specific development applications. Members are expected to have design experience and qualifications. Some members must be architects, landscape architects, or individuals with a design related degree or experience in universal design. Preference may be given to local residents; however, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply. This Community service work does not receive remuneration. Further information can be obtained from Blaine Russell, Manager of Current Planning. Applications should be directed to: The City of Parksville, P.O. Box 1390, Parksville, B.C. V9P 2H3, or by email to Planning@parksville.ca. Applications will be received up to January 6, 2012. Gayle A. Jackson Director of Community Planning

sauce, and pepper Jack cheese. This was one of my best ever culinary choices. The nippy condiments, which I love, did nothing to overcome the flavorful and perfectly cooked thick and juicy burger underneath. “100 per cent beef and charbroiled,” said the menu notation. We’d been wandering some new-to-me northern Ontario countryside when hunger pangs struck in the little hamlet of Port Loring. “We’ll have lunch at Jack’s Cafe,” said my friend and driver. Not. Closed. Drove on. But look! Up on that hill. A modest little motel, and close beside it, a small, horizontal edifice proclaiming Roxie’s Diner. Why not? Just inside the door to the right, sat a happy and voluble bunch of what could only be called the locals, or

Willi Waws By Nancy Whelan the regulars. To the left, empty tables. “Sit where you like,” said a casual Roxie (we presumed). We settled into a sunny table by the window where we could enjoy the fastfading autumn day beyond. The menus appeared … and my notebook came out of my bag! This was too good to forget. When Roxie returned to take our orders she noticed me madly scribbling and I asked if I could hold on to the menu for awhile. “Here, I’ll make a copy for you,” she

said, and shortly came back with the three copied pages. I added a new word to my food lexicon that day. “Frings” — a plate of half fries and half onion rings. “Frings & Things” equals a plate of fries, onion rings, and deep fried pickles! When it came to the breakfast menu, a dash of politically incorrectness simply added to the flavor. Eggs and toast with ham, bacon, sausage or Newfie steak meant you could choose bologna if you wished. “Mervin’s Redneck Special” included all the cholesterol cringing arteries could imagine — three eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, bologna and home fries. A “McRoxie” simply substituted sausage for the ham in that ‘other’ handheld breakfast. At the bottom of the sandwiches

department there was a delightful option: *Home Baked Bread or Store Bought. What a decision that must be! Sprinkled throughout Roxie’s menu were assorted happy faces — round, squashed, elliptical — but all smiling with gustatory satisfaction. If any one of the five wraps offered didn’t feel filling enough, they, along with the sandwiches had this addendum: *Add soup, tossed salad or fries and POOF!!! You have a Platter — $3.50. What? No frings? As the last of my Roxie’s Flame Thrower and my friend’s Alaskan Pollock (deep fried in Roxie’s secret batter! Includes homemade beans, fries, and slaw) disappeared, we just happened to think about that sign we saw as we came in the door, “Home-baked pies — Apple, Cherry, Blueberry or Raisin.”

“Do you have the cherry pie?” “I do.” “Two cherry pie, please. Yes, one with ice cream.” As we downed the last of our serendipitous lunch, the autumn day cooled and a sunlit sky turned to a rosy grey; the other tables on our side of the diner quickly began to fill up. We were obviously not the first admirers of that fantastic menu. Stopping at the counter on our way out, I noticed the array of mugs, each with a name, hanging from its own peg on the wall behind — the regulars’, no doubt. Back in the car, we eased down the hill and a sign came up in lights, Hollywood style, on the slope — “Roxie’s Diner”. Next time you’re in Port Loring, don’t miss it! — Nancy Whelan is a regular NEWS columnist.

Christmas in the Country at Tiger Lily Farm By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER You are invited to head to the country for some seasonal fun at Tiger Lily Farm this weekend. Christmas in the Country starts Saturday, Dec.

Pennies for Presents

Make a Big Difference for Many Families at Christmas.

We gratefully accept your donations at the following locations:

Arlington Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2414 E Island Hwy. . . . . . . . NANOOSE BAY Nanoose Medicine Centre . . .#4-2451 Collins Cres. . . . . . . . NANOOSE BAY The Bargain Shop . . . . . . . . . . .826 Island Hwy W. . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE Blue Door Audio Video. . . . . .124C Middleton Ave . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE Boston Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 430 E. Island Hwy . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Morison Ave . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE Coldwell Banker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Craig St. . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE Natural Synergy Day Spa . . #6-183 W Island Hwy . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE Royal LePage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Alberni Hwy. . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE The News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #4-154 Middleton Ave. . . . . . . . . . PARKSVILLE CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686 Memorial Ave. . . . QUALICUM BEACH Deez Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . .3353 W. Island Hwy . . . QUALICUM BEACH Memorial Compounding . . . . . . 699 Memorial Ave. . . . QUALICUM BEACH Medicine Centre Pharmasave QB . . . . . . . . . . . . 720 Memorial Ave. . . . QUALICUM BEACH Royal LePage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 679 Memorial Ave . . . QUALICUM BEACH

Help us beat last year’s total of $7,400.00!

Join Santa and friends at Tiger Lily Farm’s Christmas in the Country Dec. 17 to 24. 17 and runs until Christmas eve. Climb aboard a pony-drawn wagon bound for Santa’s cabin in the woods, make door swags with evergreen boughs from the farm complete with decorations and ribbon and enjoy the animals. “There’s a helper there to help create something to take home and hang on

your front door,” said co-owner of the family farm, Joan Mercer. She reminds everyone to bring a camera if you would like to dress up for a photo to recreate the nativity scene in their Errington manger with animals in the barn. Mercer said they will provide costumes for the family photo or people can bring their own.

She said everyone is welcome to come out and take a wagon or sleigh ride (depending on the weather) pulled by two of the farm’s Shetland ponies. You can visit the animals in the barn including their donkey Jake, lambs, goats, chicks and more and finish off the visit with some homemade cookies

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and hot drinks in the gift shop. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 and covers all the activities. Since the activities are outdoors you should dress for chilly weather. The farm is located at 1692 Errington Road. For more information visit www. tigerlilyfarm.ca or call 250-248-2408.


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Within a few short blocks you’ll find convenient clusters of one-of-a-kind businesses guaranteed to put a smile on your face this holiday season - and a smile on the face of everyone on your shopping list. Fashions, home decor, food, giftware, electronics, music, books, art, and more - we have it all. Lefty’s Fresh Food Restaurant Thrifty Foods Centre in Parksville‚ 250-954-3886 • leftyspv@leftys.tf • www.leftys.tv th

15 Anniversary (Dec 13/1996) all through December. Spend $15 or more in December and receive a card for a 15% discount in January. 8am-8pm Sun-Thurs‚ 8am-9pm Fri & Sat.

Major and Maxwell Art Gallery

RoxyWallHanger Gallery and Gift Store #3, 155 Morison Avenue • 250-586-5565 www.RoxyWallHanger.com Featuring Original Photography, Local Artisans, Jewellery & Island inspired gift items. Dec 6‚ Surprise specials! Gift with Purchase! Enter Christmas Draws! Dec 1-24, purchase a 8, 10, or 12mm Men’s Sterling Silver Chain & receive FREE Historic Sailing Ship Model! Offer Expires Dec 24, 2011.

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, OPEN UNTIL 7PM ON TUESDAYS!

Vintage Bath Soap & Candle 101-177 Weld St. Parksville • 250-586-2828

“Create a warm and festive mood” Holiday Gift Sets by Rocky Mountain Soap Eco-Friendly Soy Candles Fabulous Cosmetic Bags Stocking Stuffers? Oh yeah... For more info and specials facebook/vintagebath

Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

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Men’s Wear. Women’s Wear. Clothes to Live in‚ Clothes to work in. With This Ad: Free Men’s Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with purchase over $50.00 Dec 3 Moonlight Magic Open till 9pm Starting Dec 12: Mon-Fri: 9:30am-8pm Sat: 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun: 11:00am-4pm

Oceanside Stylist and Barber Shoppe 147 Morison Avenue • 250-248-5753 Welcomes you to come in for a chance to win our big Christmas basket! Drop by on Dec. 3rd for 50% off select retail.

Open 9-5 Mon-Sat Shades of Green 117 Craig St., Parksville • 250-248-2501 www.shadesofgreenmindbodyhome.com

170 Morison Ave 250-586-6877 jemax@shaw.ca www.majorandmaxwellart.com We will have 2 separate prizes‚ both original oil paintings

Earth Friendly Products & Clothing. Natural Fibre, Canadian Made, Fair Trade Clothing & Accessories for the WHOLE family. Home & body products, plastic free alternatives & MORE! Holiday Special receive a $10 gift card with purchase over $50 plus enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

10-5 Mon-Sat • Open Sun in Dec 11am-4pm

D’s Aboriginal Art and Gifts

KABAYAN ORIENTAL FOODS and MORE

149 Morison Ave, UPSTAIRS above Barber Shop 250-586-0033 creativeandnative@gmail.com www.dsaboriginalart.com

120 Middleton Avenue • 250-586-6328

Kabayan kristmas kraze

Original: drums, jewelry, paintings, beadwork & carvings. Women’s & Men’s Accessories: Shawls; Bags, Mukluks; Moccasins; Watches etc. Drum Bags; Wedding Vases Children’s: Books & Games Draw: You make a deer hide hand drum, draw includes all materials and instruction, painting or alternate prize available. Other prizes too.

Purdys chocolate or a gift basket worth $75.00

Dec Hours: Sun: 10am-4pm, Mon,Wed,Thurs: 10am-5:30pm, Tues: 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm

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Close To You Ladies Fashion and Lingerie Thrifty Foods Centre, 174 Corfield St. 250-248-3781 • www.closetoyou.ca Close To You offers an amazing array of ladies fashion, lingerie, footwear and accessories.

20% off all nightwear when you purchase 2 or more pieces‚ and we’ll gift wrap it too! Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun Noon-4pm Dec 19-23 Open late til 8pm

blossoms’n such 2-102 E. Island Hwy. 250.248.1155 blossomsnsuch@shaw.ca www.blossomnsuch.net

Parksville’s full service flower shop for over 10 years is a treasure trove of holiday whimsy. Fresh floral’s, Roger’s Chocolates & artisan works. Dec. 2-23, weekly draws for a fresh floral creation.

Mon-Fri 9:30am-6pm Sat 9:30am-5:30pm

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Unit 4, 125 McCarter St. ph. 250-586-0443 fax. 250-586-0440 email: adcparksville@yahoo.ca

“Shop to win great weekly prizes beginning Nov 21st - large selection of Christmas lights, decor, gifts and more!”

A full service denture clinic offering standard & premium dentures, partials and implant retained dentures; relines, rebases and repairs. Insurance plans welcome. New to Accura Denture Clinic: VelScope Mucosal Examination System. Free with an exam-help identify irritated tissue that can be caused by infections and Cancer.

1-125 McCarter St. 250-248-2041 1-800-806-2041 • helen.dyck@marlintravel.ca www.marlintravel.ca/1532 During the month of December we are giving a 50 Airmiles bonus for vacation packages or cruise bookings (minimum $1000 per person before taxes) and an Airmiles Contest of 500 airmiles for one lucky client who books anything or registers for our email marketing list.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

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Parksville Home Hardware

Monday-Saturday: 8:30am-5:30pm Sunday:10am-4pm Aiken & Associates CGA Located at 125 McCarter with the entrance of Middleton. Ph: 250-586-5886 F: 250-586-0440 AikenAssociatesCGA@shaw.ca We are a small accounting firm where people are important. We offer small business support, book keeping and accounting services as well as T1, T2 and T3 preparation and tax planning. Tax season isn’t far away. Now is the best time to start your tax planning with a free one hour consultation.

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Our customers love casual but classy styles of Spanner, Softworks, French Dressing and Parkhurst‚ and our fabulous jewellery and accessories.

Every weekend is the Christmas Red Dot Sale.

Draw-$100 Gift Certificate-Dec 21/11

9:30am-5pm Mon-Sat

December Weekend Special Selected pocketbooks‚ fill a bag for $15 The elves have been busy getting ready for your browsing adventure! MON-SAT 9am-5pm

Oceansidechristmas.ca Check this website for a complete listing of seasonal events in the Parksville and Qualicum Beach area.

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