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Friday, December 23, 2011 COMMUNITY

Christmas for Kids campaign exceeds goal

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or the second year in a row, residents in District 69 helped the Society of Organized Services surpass its annual fundraising goal of $95,000 — and the donations are still rolling in. On Wednesday, the S.O.S. announced it had collected just over $97,000 in its Christmas is for Kids campaign. The money is used for their Toy Shop program, as well as for their year-long for slate of programs for the community. This aring t C a month is a big focus for the S.O.S., which Kids as also sees support from other community tm Chris groups and businesses, who raise toys and cash for the society. Events like Tigh-Na-Mara’s breakfast with Santa and the Silver Spurs Riding al: 0 Club’s Toy Ride, not to mention individual o G ,00 donations, all contribute to the valuable 5 services offered at the S.O.S. $9 It’s a good thing, too, as the need is on the rise in District 69, with more families taking advantage of the S.O.S. than last year. To learn more about the S.O.S. or to help out, call 250-248-2093.

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Students share Christmas dreams Grade 4 and 5 students at Qualicum Beach’s Arrowview Elementary School share with NEWS readers their ideas and thoughts about what the holiday means to them.

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Health agreement divides provinces

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Change in formula could see payments based on population, starting in 2014

VICTORIA — The federal government’s plan for health care funding has sparked an angry response from provinces east of Saskatchewan, but B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon is praising the deal. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the new formula to finance ministers in Victoria Monday. It calls for Ottawa’s health care transfers to the provinces to rise by six per cent in each of the next five years. After that, increases are to match the growth of the economy plus inflation, with a minimum increase of three per cent per year. Falcon said he appreciates the “certainty” of steady increases for five years, and called the switch to economic growth “a reasonable approach.” But he is concerned about a change that will see payments based on population starting in 2014. B.C. and other provinces with aging populations could effectively lose their increases from extra costs, he said. “For a province like B.C. where so many people like to come to retire, and we welcome them, they are also entering into the years

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Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announces new health care funding formula in Victoria Monday.

Funding shift costly for B.C. By TOM FLETCHER BLACK PRESS VICTORIA — The federal government’s new formula for health care transfers is expected to cost B.C. $256 million a year starting in 2014. The change is not related to Ottawa’s move to tie health funding to economic growth, which doesn’t take effect until 2018. Before that happens, the federal transfer is moving to a per-capita formula and ending dedicated funding aimed at certain surgical wait times and other

priorities identified in past federal-provincial agreements. B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon said the funding formula change amounts to a substantial reduction for B.C., while Alberta’s transfers are expected to go up. Falcon wants the federal funding to reflect aging population in B.C. and some Atlantic provinces, and the extra costs that implies. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the new provincial transfer policy in Victoria Monday. SEE

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of their life where their health care costs are going to be the most expensive,” Falcon said. Falcon also called for Ottawa to offer financial incentives to provinces that innovate in health care and demonstrate they are slowing down the costs. Flaherty’s announcement prompted a furious reaction from Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Manitoba Finance Minister Stan Struthers called the funding formula “unCanadian,” and predicted it will leave provinces without substantial petroleum and other resource revenues in a position of paying for health care in richer provinces. Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said ministers hoped to negotiate a new formula, and were surprised when federal officials handed them copies of their announcement over lunch. Flaherty rejected Duncan’s claim that the new formula amounts to a cut. Health transfers to provinces will grow from $30 billion in 2013-14 to $38 billion in 2018-19, and will continue to grow after that, he said.

District sends home blankity-blank report cards By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER During ongoing job action, some in School District 69 (Qualicum) question why the district bothered with the expense of mailing nearly blank report cards home. The question was asked from the audience at the first regular meeting of he new board and superinten-

dent Jim Ansell said they got “fairly strong feedback from the community” about it. He said schools across the province are mandated to send reports home and they were specifically instructed to do so again this term despite teachers not giving grades due to the provincewide “teach only” action. The reports did include

attendance and teachers were able to write more information if they wanted. He also pointed out there are principals and vice principals teaching who don’t fall under the job action. Board chair Lynnette Kershaw said that “In this atmosphere of saving pennies...” the point was well taken. She, like Ansell, said if

anything the feedback they are getting is that parents are getting even better information about their children’s progress with more direct contact rather than relying on letter grades. They both pointed out that all the information students need, such as assessments to apply for scholarships or post secondary education, are being provided.

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DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT NANAIMO — Mounties arrested a Nanaimo man who allegedly assaulted three people and drove his pickup truck into a crowd Monday. The incident happened at the Patricia Hotel on Haliburton Street at about 8:30 p.m. when a man driving by spotted his ex-girlfriend standing with a group of people in front of the pub, police said. Following an alleged assault, the man got back into the truck, collided with another vehicle and then drove his truck into the group of people, hitting two of the witnesses, police said. The suspect, 44, was arrested. — Nanaimo News Bulletin/Black Press

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FEATURE By: Amira Charanek Grade 4 Christmas in Calgary Christmas is when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m with my family and spending time with friends I miss. Christmas feels like fluffy snowflakes falling on me and gifts with crisp wrapping paper. Christmas is the taste of warm cinnamon buns made by my grandma and freshly baked gingerbread cookies. Christmas smells like crisp peppermint flavored candy canes and Christmas dinner being made. Christmas makes me feel very happy and in a good mood. Christmas is the sound of people ringing bells, singing Christmas carols and the cool wind whistling by. Christmas is laughing, playing and being grateful. Christmas is the most joyful holiday of the year. Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends.

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Per-capita health transfers will continue to grow by six per cent per year for six more years. Increases after that are to match economic growth plus inflation, with a minimum annual increase of three per cent. Falcon praised Flaherty’s move to connect health care budgets to the economy, to protect Canada’s triple-A credit rating. Falcon said B.C. will press Ottawa for two changes, a formula for population aging and incentive payments for “provinces that are undertaking innovation and are doing their bit to ensure that we will have a sustainable health care

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system.” NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston said Falcon has reversed his position on connecting health budgets and economic growth. Premier Christy Clark made a similar suggestion during the B.C. Liberal leadership race last spring, and soon found herself under attack by rivals. “George Abbott and Kevin Falcon both said it was unrealistic to tie it to an artificial measure like that,” Ralston said. “They were saying that if you have bad times, you’ll be forced to find hundreds of millions of dollars in health care cuts.”

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very once in a while, I drag out the Christmas wish list notion, and apply it to local politicians and other folks of note who have graced the pages of THE NEWS over the last year. Now, these Christmas wishes aren’t so much what the subjects themselves have on their lists — these wishes are what I think they might be looking for in relation to their positions in our community. Some are funny things, some are not so funny. Others are more serious. I leave it up to you, good reader, to figure that out. And, as usual, I’ll accept your feedback with good grace and aplomb at the contact numbers below. • For Qualicum Beach mayor Tenuis Westbroek: a punching bag in his office — or at least a For Parksville squeezie stress ball — to work out the tensions of town council meetings for the next three years. city council: • For Qualicum Beach council: the sombreros more hair from the set of the movie “Three Amigos.” (thanks, • For Parksville mayor Chris Burger: nothing. His present was delivered on Nov. 19. Marc!) • For Parksville city council: more hair (thanks for that one, Marc!) • For the school board: more people in the audience during board meeting to keep them honest. • For teachers and parents in District 69: an end to strike action and the return of filled-out report cards. • For teenagers: the right to vote at age 16. • For Renate Sutherland and the S.O.S.: a week without toys. Or, perhaps, toys of their own to play with. • For the Salvation Army: continual, consistent food donations for the local food bank. • For the people of Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the rest of District 69: good health and happiness and fewer worries for the future. As for THE NEWS itself, well, we just wish that our readers keep giving our pages that long, hard read, before using us to light up the Christmas hearths. — editorial by Steven Heywood

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ho’s it going to be this year, d’you think? Will it be uncle Fred, drinking a little too much and hitting on the lady of the house, despite the fact her husband is sitting right there? Will it be one of the twins, perhaps, getting into the punch and throwing up all over the white shag rug? Or maybe it will be you this time, doing something unspeakable and becoming the talk of that minefield of family events, the annual Christmas dinner. I’m not talking about using the wrong fork for the salad kind of faux pas here, but rather, something so way out there it becomes family lore. I could be seen as a questionable choice when looking for advice on fine dining etiquette, but I’ve been around awhile 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.

and I’ve picked up a couple of tips along the way that might be of help. The first of these I learned one cold December on Long Beach. It was 1988 and an oil spill in Washington State had just begun to foul the Island’s west coast, so I raced up to Cortes Island to pick up a couple of my buddies and we headed across the Island – part of a wave of volunteer muck rakers. The first morning after we arrived we grabbed our rakes and shovels and bags and headed for Wickaninnish Beach. There were lots of people there, raking blobs of oil off the sand and it looked pretty organized. We got to work.

At noon, one of the people who seemed to know what he was doing blew a whistle and called everybody in. Lunch time. Sweet! We lined up and By Neil were handed a bag Horner lunch. We began to eat as we headed back to our rakes, but before we got far, the whistle blew again to call everyone back. “We’re short three lunches,” the guy said. Then he looked at me. “Who the hell are you?” Turns out, all the other workers weren’t volunteers at all, but were being paid by a contractor and we were eating somebody else’s lunch. Rule number one: Make

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sure the food you’re eating is actually for you. Once you’ve passed that test, you’re not home free yet. Other factors come into play — like timing. I learned that temporal lesson in Quesnel when I arrived quite late to cover the annual Amnesty International dinner and talk. The dissertation was already well underway when I rolled in, but there was still quite a bit of food left. Mmmm samosas! It was quite the trick to balance my samosa mountain as I took my seat, but I managed somehow. As the speaker droned on I turned on my recorder and noshed right down. The samosas were good, too, and I made my appreciation known to the organizer, Maggie, raising one of them in salute.

Mmmm mmmm good! The speech ended and then Maggie took the microphone. “Thank you very much for that,” she said. “Thank you, everyone for coming and now please enjoy some samosas … if there’s any left.” Ulp! Rule number two: Make sure it’s an eat-talk, rather than a talk-eat event before you begin to gorge, because, you know what? No matter how complimentary you are to the chef, you’re in for some serious doghouse time at best if you get it wrong. At worst, you’ll be the one they still snicker about years later. “Oh yes, I remember great grandpa Neil. Did you ever hear about the time …” news@pqbnews.ocm

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THE NEWS, Friday, December 23, 2011 â&#x20AC;˘

LETTERS Summer vacation not my concern Allan Kaario hit the nail right on the head (THE NEWS, Dec. 20). Tax dollars for the MP update should be spent on relevant facts to taxpayers. There are many issues within his riding that should be addressed. What efforts are being made to have a truly equitable national medical system so that all Canadians have the same opportunity for medical treatments? Why is the Federal government not negotiating drug/medical supplies nationaly for all the provinces so that better pricing can be achieved as is done in other countries? What is happening in the free trade negotiations with Europe and how will it be good for Canada? How can our MP serve us better? Why has he not attempted to get annual housing in Ottawa and only come home to his riding when the house is not sitting? I expect a lot more from those that stand up to take political positions than a report on a summer vacation and the party line of how well we are doing.

Bob Tritschler Parksville

Public trust must be regained in QB The letters pages in THE NEWS have recently featured a significant number of missives relating to the Qualicum Beach town council. Several letters were in favour of a proposed new direction. However, the vast majority of letter writers were quite upset with recent developments. I do not enjoy writing critical letters nor hurting anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings. For the record, I had never sent a letter to the editor relating to our local government prior to last week. My wife and I have resided in Qualicum Beach for the past five years. We have lived in small communities for the past 40 years. Accordingly, we have always respected those municipal council members who freely volunteer their time and knowledge to serve the community.

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uring this festive season, I would like to remind all your readers to spare a thought for those workers who are either working full time or are on call. Let me zero in on two branches of local public safety providers, the firefighters and paramedics. I cannot say enough about the dedication of these men and women. In September, we had a fire in our house while my wife was at home. She alerted the fire department immediately. The fire chief was on site extremely quickly and his crew a few minutes later followed closely by paramedics. We would like to thank them for their quick response, professionalism and compassion. Chief Banks was careful to be reassuring to us both as he directed his men and women. They saved our home. Now, back in our completely restored house, our own special Christmas wishes go out to them all (firefighters, paramedics). May their Christmas be incident free.

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It is not an easy job and frankly, I am uneasy making critical comment about them. What has transpired here continues to rankle some and concern many. A letter to the editor, two weeks ago, from a local property developer extolling that democracy had taken place by replacing mayor Westbroek on the regional board has, in my opinion, greatly exacerbated the situation. Many well-meaning residents are now concerned that major development is now in play and that the OCP will be ignored. Right or wrong, that is the perception. Published comments by new council members appear to confirm some of that and their blind-siding the mayor in a wellattended public forum compounds it. Obviously, the optics are dreadful. Wendy Maurer has written that the majority rules. I heartily agree. However, I believe that the majority should be defined as local residents, not council.

Ian Lindsay

Some council members have expressed the notion that they were elected on the basis of a platform of change. My sense is that some change is healthy and inevitable, but that most voters simply did not vote for massive change. This community has just gone through a civic election â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an election that featured very good candidates and lively, well-attended debate. The mayor handily defeated an excellent opponent and the voter turnout was substantial, relative to other Island communities. In summary, the people of Qualicum Beach care deeply about local governance and the future of the town. Now is the time for the four council members to clarify their positions with the community. It seems to me that there is much work to be done to regain the public trust. I sincerely hope that they do so. Quickly.

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A truly fresh outlook for town Well the secret is out. The citizens of Qualicum Beach really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like change. This according to the many letters to the press, condemning our recently elected council for having rescinded Mayor Teunisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-appointed position on the RDN board. Well I would think that after all this time spent in that position by our mayor, he would be inclined to welcome a change for himself and for the good of the town. Are we to believe that he is the only person suitable to represent Qualicum Beach on the board? It has been pointed out that Mr. Willie has no legislative experience, perhaps a good thing, given some of the decisions made in the past by more experienced people. Maybe, just maybe, some of us are quite pleased with what appears to be a fresh outlook by council. I for one am looking for certain changes that will keep our town a vibrant community, welcoming people of all ages and all walks of life. There is an old saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you stop getting better you stop being good.â&#x20AC;? Very apropos. One letter in particular from J. Hill, implying that we will now see unprecedented growth, Parksvillelike development, and massive debt for future water supplies, is about as outrageous as the statement made my Mr. Tanner when, at a recent all-candidates meeting, he suggested that the very ground we walk on is likely to collapse, sending us into a bottomless abyss, should the Raven Coal Mine development proceed. But I do have a question for the new council. Why does the mayor or anyone else appointed from the council get $10,000 or more for what I believe is just doing the job they were elected to do, representing the town. After all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my understanding from listening to the many people who have aspired to elected office, they just want to serve their community, for the good of all and not for personal gain.

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After a several month delay, Parksville’s official community plan (OCP) update process is back on track. The process started in May 2010 and was originally meant to be complete around now, but the city has always stressed there is no rush and they wanted to ensure proper time for public input. Any schedules where merely guidelines. It progressed as expected over the first many month, but was eventually slowed by things like the two public committees working through the old OCP in great detail, the municipal election and staff issues at the city and the consultant. After a key member of the HB Lanarc Consultant team that was working on the Parksville project left, the city cancelled the contract by mutual agreement and sent a request for proposals to 14 firms in September. Six firms responded with a wide range of qualifications and bids ranging from $121,065 to $199,000. A committee of senior city staff evaluated the bids and recommended Urban Systems’ $130,450 bid based on a technical ranking. “I have heard comments about Urban Systems that were not very complimentary,” cautioned Coun. Marc Lefebvre. Chief administrative officer Fred

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THE NEWS, Friday, December 23, 2011 •

Youth program needs a helping hand Earlier this year Parksville city council recognized the first graduate of the youth ambassador program, marking its success, but the program needs help. Done in co-operation with the city and the Justice Institute of B.C., the program has been widely acclaimed, including by then-solicitor general Kash Heed, who made it a pilot program the province would watch for use in other communities. But the non-profit program has been run for over two years by co-founder Detlef “Joe” Friede out of his German Ju Jutsu Centre and they are reaching a turning point where they need some funding, explained co-founder Al Greir. Friede’s ju jutsu business is suffering and he’s running low

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The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, Zone 5 (Oceanside) donated $500 to the GJJS Foundation in hopes of kicking off other donations. on volunteer hours to contribute. “It’s really a tremendous program, such a reward for the the city,” said Greir. “Joe does a tremendous job but we can’t expect him to work for free forever. He works every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night to midnight.” The idea of the program that has worked with over 50 youth, Friede explained, is to “develop discipline, knowledge and self re-

spect in these kids and in the end they will be licensed for security with the possibility of working for groups like the Coast Guard and fire rescue.” The program’s first graduate is currently working as a certified security guard because of the program. Greir, a Parksville city councillor, initially conceived of it as a way to help youth stay out of trouble.

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Christmas fowl count tallies some 33,000 avians By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER Sandra Gray is over the moon this week after the number of birds recorded in the 21st annual Christmas bird count on the weekend went over the top. The count, held on Dec. 18, saw 40 avian enthusiasts fan out in seven teams to record as many species and individual birds as they could. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, the weather was the best I can remember over the 21 years of the doing the count,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, noting however that wind on the shoreline was brisk at times, producing choppy seas which made identification more difficult. That fine weather allowed the birders to count 109 species, with 33,000 individual birds recorded. Gray noted that total does not include the birds counted at bird feeder stations, which will be tabulated later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historically, the Parksville-Qualicum Christmas Bird Count has ranged from 89 to 117 species, with the number of individuals ranging from 9,562 to 33,512, so it looks like we could be over the top this year.â&#x20AC;? Traditionally, she added, the bird feeder count adds about 1,000 more to the tally. Of particular interest in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s count, she said, was a Snowy Owl in the area of Parksville Community Park, seen on Saturday being harassed by a flock of gulls. The most numerous birds, not surprisingly, were seagulls, with about 12,000 tallied. Far back in second place were 2,223 Pine Siskins, with 1,243 European Starlings in third, followed by 1,209 Pacific Loons, 1,110 Canada Geese and 504 Ancient Murrelets. Gray stressed however that some of these numbers may be low. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out on the Strait of Georgia there was a southward movement of numerous birds that were too far out to identify

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Silent Night, Holy Night The Christian Churches of the Oceanside Ministerial wish you a joyful Christmas. We invite you to join us to celebrate the birth of Christ, God’s gift of love, at any of the following special services Mount Arrowsmith Community Church

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Christian Fellowship Centre

CHRISTMAS EVE Candlelight Carols, 6:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY, 10:30 a.m. 600 Beach Road, Qualicum Beach

Candlelight and Carols - 8pm Christmas Eve Celebration Service: Sun. Dec. 25th at 11 a.m. 825 Village Way, Qualicum Beach Call 250-752-5513 or

550 Pym Street, 250-248-6322 Christmas Eve Services: 5:00 & 7:00pm Christmas Day Service: 11am

www.cfcchurch.com

www.parksvillebaptist.org

St. Mary’s Anglican Church

St. Mark’s Anglican Church

(behind the train station)

St. Stephen’s United Church

250-752-9831 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach www.ststephensucqualicum.ca

2600 Powder Point Rd, Nanoose Bay 250-468-5684

Christmas Eve Service: 11am

Fri. Dec. 23rd, 3pm: Handel’s Messiah for Young Voices Sat. Dec. 24, 11pm: Candlelight Communion Service Sun. Dec. 25, 10am: Christmas Day Worship Sun. Jan. 1, 10am: Festival of Lessons & Carols www.stmarysnb.org

Christ’s Church (Oceanside)

Corner of Pym and Humphrey Streets

Christmas Eve Services:

Family Service: 4pm Candlelight & Carols Service: 7pm Contemporary Carols Service: 10pm

Anglican Network in Canada 2925 Nanoose Pl. (Community Centre) Minister: Rev. Guy Bellerby 250-752-2942 Dec. 24th, 7pm: Holy Communion Dec. 25th, 10am: Holy Communion www.christschurchoceanside.org

Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church

www.stmarksqualicum.bc.ca 138 Hoylake Rd. W., Qualicum Beach

(250) 752-5414 Dec. 24, 7:30pm & 10:30pm: Choral Communion Dec. 25, 10:00am: Holy Communion

Knox United Church

Christmas Eve Contemplative Service 4:00-5:00pm Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service 7:00pm Christmas Eve Service 11:00pm with Candlelight and Communion Ministers Rev. Foster Freed and Rev. Hilde J. Seal

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What’s On This Week

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To submit your activities; email: editor@pqbnews.com, our online calendar at pqbnews.com, fax:250-248-4655 or drop by: #4-154 Middleton Ave

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CHRISTMAS EVE

SANDBAR CAFE Peter Mason 5:30-8:30pm Sandbar Cafe Qualicum Bay

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CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

CHRISTMAS CONTEMPLATIVE

11pm, St.Mary’s Church Nanoose

WINTER WONDERLAND ON ICE AT OS PLACE

CANDLELIGHT CAROLS

CHORAL COMMUNION

4-5pm, Candlelight 7pm & 11pm Knox United Church, PV

6:30pm, Qualicum Baptist Church

7:30 & 10:30pm, St.Marks, QB

All weekend, Oceanside Place Arena See web for info. www.rdn.bc.ca or 250-248-3252

CHRISTMAS & CAROLS

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

HOLY COMMUNION

8pm, Christian Fellowship Centre, QB

5 & 7pm, PV Fellowship Church

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

7pm, Mt. Arrowsmith Comm. Church

7pm, Christ’s Church, Nanoose MASSES 5,7:30 & 9:30pm, Catholic Church of Ascension

A CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

2:30pm, Family Service 6:30pm, Midnight Communion 10:30pm St.Anne & St.Edmund Parish, PV

Family 4pm, Candle & Carols 7pm, Carols 10pm, St.Stephans United Church QB

CANDLELIGHT & CAROLS

Runs17-24, $5 per person Pony wagon or sleigh rides Tiger Lily Farm, 1692 Errington Rd. 250-248-2408

Sat. Activities

7pm, St.Columba Presbyterian, PV

7pm, Communion to follow Arbutus Grove Church, 170 W. Hirst 250-248-6474

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24hr Count down begins

The Solution to Your Rawk Problem If you’re into Blues, Rock and Grunge, you’ll love an evening with Aegis Fang, Rod & Gun Pub PV

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7pm, Our Savior Lutheran Church, PV

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4-5pm Everyone Welcome Ravensong Aquatic Centre, 737 Jones Street, QB

See www.parksvillecentre.com

CAROL SERVICE

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Activities

COMMUNITY SWIM PARTY

MOVIES AT PCCC

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BLITZEN

Most local stores having year end blowout sales & specials to spend your holiday spoils at!!! Dec.

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7-9pm, Grace United Church, Coombs BC

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CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY Y Runs to the 24th, 11am-2pm, Tiger Lily Farm, 1692 Errington Road

Gift Ideas!

$5 per person. Hayrides or Sleigh Rides (depending on the weather) pulled by two Shetland ponies, homemade Christmas Cookies, Hot Chocolate & Much More. call 250-248-2408

Christmas Gif Gift ft C Cards ard and Certificates Now Available Restrictions apply. Please call for details.

Join th magic of Winter Wonderlad on Ice hosted by Oceanside Place Arena. Various times and normal rates, see Schedule on the website www.rdn.bc.ca or call 250-248-3252

Selected Christmas Stock We will be Closed Dec.25 & 26

Every day from 4 to 6pm go to Quality Foods for crazy low prices on a select product. The Appy Hour deal changes every day!

Join us for other DAILY SPECIALS after 4pm

Sorry no substitutions • Some conditions apply • Eat in Only

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WINTER WONDERLAND ON ICE December 23-24, Oceanside Place

250-248-2673 Thrifty Foods Plaza

HUGS Bavarian Sausage House & Bistro Bratwurst - Smoked Sausages - Cold Cuts

x 5 = $55 + HST Covered Boat & RV Storage Now serving lunches including: Mini 10 10 x 7 = $70 + HST Bratwurst in a Bun • Schnitzel Sandwich • Baked Goods $ 135 + HST $ + 10 x 10 = 85 HST Storage • Homemade Soup • Potato Salad • Fresh Coffee 14 x 14 x 40 10 x 14 = $105 + HST Come & Enjoy

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IN MEMORIAM

THE NEWS, Friday, December 23, 2011 •

IN MEMORIAM

George Finkas

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRAVEL

INFORMATION

LEGALS

TRAVEL

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

BRING THE Family! Sizzling Specials at Florida’s Best Beach! New Smyrna Beach, FL. See it all at: www.nsbfla.com/bonjour or Call 1-800-214-0166.

Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com

$10 MILLION AVAILABLE for Land Purchase/Development and Joint Ventures. Management Consulting and Business Plan services. Call 1-866-402-6464.

PERSONAL SERVICES

JEANINE’S CLEANING I supply cleaning products & a great attitude, you supply house. Good references, reasonable rates. 250-240-2526.

IF YOU want to drink, that is your business. If you want to STOP, we can help. Alcoholics Anonymous. 1-800-883-3968

Have you recently added to the family or know someone who has call Pat 250-248-7119 The most Famous Baskets in the World! www.welcomewagon.ca

NOTICE OF PUBLIC Open House: 263,259 & 253 Dogwood St., Parksville, BC. An OCP/Rezoning application for the above properties has been submitted to the city of Parksville. The public is invited to an open house on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 4 pm to 8pm, at the Quality Resort Bayside, in the Court Room to review the application. Project representatives will be in attendance. Applicant or agent’s name and address: Glencar Consultants Inc., 6774 Dickenson Rd., Nanaimo, B.C. 250-390-1475. This property is presently zoned: RS1 and RS2. Application to Rezone to: RS3 zone which would permit Multi Family Development. For further info contact: The Community Planning Department at: 250-954-4697

LOST AND FOUND

TRAVEL

June 9th, 1941 - December 22nd, 2010 It’s been a year since you left us, We miss you very much. Lovingly Dorothy, Dan and Lisa

DEATHS

DEATHS

STEMKOWSKI, MARY

On December 14, 2011 Mary Stemkowski of Qualicum Beach passed away at the age of 98 years. Mary is survived by her loving family - son, Eugene, granddaughter Jennifer Mary and grandson, Nathaniel Joseph. Mary was predeceased by her husband Joseph, sister Pearl and brother Bill. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Yates Funeral, Parksville, BC.

Memorial donations may be made to BC Children’s Hospital, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6N 3N1

Evelyn May Dickson (Jackson) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Evelyn Dickson at the age of 89 on December 9, 2011 at Nanaimo General Hospital. Evelyn was born on a farm south of Swift Current SK on June 2/1922 and went on to attend school in a 1 room school house close to the farm with her brother Earl. She graduated high school from Swift Current Collegiate and went to take a business course in Regina SK. Evelyn went on to a career in the banking business, government and military. In 1943 Evelyn joined the WRENS and worked as a cryptographer eventually being transferred to Comox BC. This is where she met her future husband James Dickson who was stationed there with the air force. Ev and Jim were married in Comox on June 7,1957 and were immediately transferred to St Hubert Quebec. Their only child Craig was born on March 10, 1958 at Montreal General Hospital. Military life took them to postings in Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg and Ogden, Utah where Jamie worked with NATO. They retired in 1982 and moved to Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Evelyn’s many passions were boating, fishing, golf, bridge and swimming at Judges Row in Qualicum. Travel was also a major part of their retirement with European tours and cruises. Jamie and Evelyn volunteered many years at St. Stephen’s United Church helping out where they could. Evelyn’s final years were spent at the Gardens in Qualicum Beach which she loved dearly. Evelyn is survived by her son Craig (Sandy) and grandchildren Cameron (23) and Cole (20). A celebration of life was held at The Gardens on Dec. 11 for all her close friends. Evelyn will be buried in Qualicum Cemetery joining her beloved husband Jamie who passed away in Sept. 2000.

Special thanks to the nursing staff at Nanaimo Hospital. With great gratitude we would like to acknowledge Mary, Les and Sheila Skipsy who were an amazing support team for Evelyn.

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DEATHS

DEATHS

COUTTS, William Huson

CHILDREN CHILDCARE AVAILABLE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES

Family Child Care has openings for full & part time care. Donna Shorting 250-954-1147 Licence # CVIH 652UL4

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

No service by request, cremation.

CLEANING SERVICES

COMPUTER SERVICES

HOME BASED BUSINESS. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com

BUYDENS COMPUTERS From Nanoose to Deep Bay. Call Kevin 250-240-7372

CONTRACTORS PROFESSIONAL PAINTING Service. Repairs, Reno’s, Quality Workmanship. Will beat Competitors Estimates Call Bill 250-240-2038

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

COUNTERTOPS

Looking for a NEW job? www.bcjobnetwork.com

www.bcclassified.com

PLACES OF WORSHIP

PLACES OF WORSHIP

QUALICUM BAPTIST CHURCH 600 Beach Road Qualicum Beach

WORSHIP SUNDAYS 10:30

“JESUS IS BORN” (Luke 9:1-20) Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at 6:30

YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

November 28, 1923 December 9, 2011 It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Albert Barnes, 88, on December 9th. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Margo. Special nephew, Rob Hunter, wife Kay, and daughter, Olivia of London, England. Also, many nieces and nephews in England, Scotland and Australia. Born and educated in England, Albert served in the British RASC during WW2. Albert had many stories to tell of his experiences having also lived in Africa and Australia before emigrating to Edmonton, Alberta in 1975 where he met dear friends, Larry and Ruth Lund and family, Matt and Andrea: also, the Lecroix and Whittleton families. Finally, retiring to Parksville, BC in 1998 where he made many friends. The family would like to thank friends and neighbours for their acts of kindness at this time.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

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

Bill passed away on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his wife Sheral and two nephews, David and Steven of Scotland. No service by request.

Albert Edward Charles Barnes

PERSONAL SERVICES

SCENT FREE

QUALICUM BAPTIST CHURCH 600 Beach Road Qualicum Beach

WORSHIP SUNDAYS 10:30

“JESUS IS OUR SAVIOUR” (Luke 2:21) Christmas Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at 6:30

SCENT FREE

Not religious but would like to know God? Join us on Sundays

6:30pm

At the Salvation Army Church

on the Alberni Highway, near the Rod & Gun.

All welcome! More info at:

www.jerichoroad-church.com

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

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

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

HANDYPERSONS OCEANSIDE HOUSE & Home: For all your home maintenance & repairs. Ref’s avail. Pete (250)927-2641. SMALL JOB Specialist. Experienced Contractor. At home or business. Small jobs a Specialty. Reasonable rates. Professional workmanship. Refs. Dave: 250-954-7877.

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

PAINTING A STROKE ABOVE Painting. Commercial & Residential. Interior/Exterior. WCB, liability insurance. All jobs warranted. See what we can do! Dave 250-248-0335, 250-240-2310.

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

SMALL ADS GET BIG RESULTS! Call 310.3535


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PETS

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

PET CARE SERVICES

APPLIANCES

FUEL/FIREWOOD

APARTMENT/CONDO

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

HOMES FOR RENT

SUITES, LOWER

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM COASTAL MOUNTAIN FIREWOOD (SINCE 1999) BEST WAY TO BURN YOUR MONEY!

CENTRAL QUALICUM Beach- 2 bdrm, 1 block to all amenities, spacious, 2nd floor, bright, corner Apartment. Balcony, storage locker, fully equipped bathroom, F/S and parking. N/S, N/P. Please call Bill at (250)752-6997.

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.

SHAGGY’S K-9 COMPANY

$$ CASH PAID $$ for NEWER FRIDGES, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS etc.

Company Exercise, Socialize Dog Daycare & Bath 250-752-K999 Registered & Insured! Supervised interaction, 5 km Trail hikes.

BELLEVUE RECONDITIONED APPLIANCES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

FULL WARRANTY. Large Showroom

FREE ITEMS

Parksville 250-248-8251

Sales & Service. 1040 BELLEVUE ROAD

FREE DROP OFF: Oil, batteries, scrap metal. We pay $Cash$ for unwanted Cars & Trucks. Call anytime. Norm & Sons Towing & Salvage (prev. of Bull Dog Auto) 250-7578911 or 250-954-7543.

HELP WANTED

Call 1-866-768-8886 (Nanoose) 250-468-9660. 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.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE FUEL/FIREWOOD WOOD PELLET fuel for sale. We deliver. 250-757-9232

HELP WANTED

CARRIERS

Needed in your area.

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad & get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-981-5990. VIDEO GAMES! Blowout! 4 days only! Over 600 Games $ 3.33 ea., Over 200 DVD’s $2.49 ea., Nintendo / Sega / Playstation. Wembley Mall Dec. 21 - 24, 10am - 7pm Trade - Buy - Sell!!

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE BY OWNER

Call The News at 248-4341 ext. 260

The Parksville/Qualicum Beach News is looking for a responsible person to deliver in your area! Anyone who is interested in making some extra cash and getting a little exercise at the same time is asked to call The News circulation at 248-4341, ext. 260.

Routes are temporarily covered. We are looking for permanent carriers for these routes. CURRENT ROUTES AVAILABLE:

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

HOMES WANTED

WE BUY HOUSES

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Qualicum Route #652 - 61 papers Alder, Crescent Rd. W., Hoylake Rd W, Poplar & Yew

French Creek Rt #314 - 48 papers Baldwin Rd., Pacific Cres., Sunrise Dr.

Qualicum Route #642 - 48 papers Dogwood, Linden, Qualicum, Quatna & Tyee

Qualicum Woods Rt #615 - 72 papers Hazelwood, Hollywood, Juniper & Redwood

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MOBILE HOMES & PARKS MOBILE HOME, Brand New, 14 x 70, inside park, $55,000. 5th Wheel Trailer, 27 ft. Rent to own $525. p/mo, like new. Call 250-248-2973

Economic Development Manager Kwakiutl Nation is seeking a creative and energetic Economic Development Manager (EDM). The successful candidate will possess a tightrope walker’s ability to balance Aboriginal Title & Rights interests with First Nations Economic Development aspirations. Kwakiutl (pop. 755) is located in Tsakis, British Columbia, adjacent to the community of Port Hardy on the scenic north end of Vancouver Island. Reporting to the Band Manager, the EDM will have the requisite skills to protect Kwakiutl’s Land Base, research and/or develop a statement of declaration and promote Employment and Job Creation. Further, the successful candidate will have experience in First Nations community economic development, strategic planning, project management and writing: funding proposals, TORs, and business plans. The position requires 35 hours per week in an office environment with flex time (as needed), criminal records check and valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle. The closing date is January 12, 2012. Please apply by sending your cover letter w/salary expectations & resume to manager@kwakiutl. bc.ca Thank you for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

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 DOWNTOWN QUALICUM Beach, bright, excellent condition, 2 bdrm, patio, F/S, complete spacious bathroom, storage locker and parking. N/S, N/P. Please call Bill at 250752-6997. OCEAN SANDS RESORT on Rathtrevor Beach. Fully furnished 2 bdrm condos includes utilities, cable, phone and internet. Available Now. $1100/mo. (250) 954-0662 . ERRINGTON 1BDRM- private entrance. Avail immed. $550/mo+ utils. Refs req’d. Call (250) 954-0191. 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 $775. 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. $795 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.

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 PARKSVILLE: SPACIOUS and attractive 2 bdrm, 2bath, in-suite lndry. Avail now. $950. N/S, cat ok. Refs. Call 250724-1212.

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BOWSER, 3 BDRM, Mobile Home, Rural setting.4 appli’s, Newly Reno’d,$650 p/m +Util’s Avail now:250-757-9540 eves. NORTH QUALICUM, Peaceful rural setting, New 2 bdrm. 5 appls, elec. heat, glass covered patio deck with additional ground level patio. Fenced yard with room for a garden. Ref’s req’d. N/S. Currently available. $900./mo. Call David or Carrie 250-752-5211.

HOMES FOR RENT COOMBS, COUNTRY rental, 3 bdrm on large property, quiet with 2 bay carport, covered deck, W/S, large garden spot, F/S, W/D, Feb. 1 or sooner, $1000 mo, 250-752-2634.

PARKSVILLE- SMALL rancher, 2 bdrms, 1bath, 4 appls, garage attached, lrg yard, close to beach/mall. N/S pets upon approval. Avail mid-Jan $895+ utils. 250-586-6010.

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Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. **Choose 0% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a new 2012 Focus SE sedan with manual transmission/2011 Fiesta SE sedan with manual transmission/2012 Fusion SE with automatic transmission for a maximum of 60 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $279/$237/$367 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $129/$109/$169 with a down payment of $2,750/$2,550/$2,750 or equivalent trade-in. Cost of borrowing is $0 or APR of 0% and total to be repaid is $16,749/$14,199/21,999. 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Offers vary by model and not all combinations will apply. **From Dec. 16, 2011 to Dec. 30, 2011, receive 0% APR purchase financing on new [2012 Fiesta (excluding S), 2011 Focus (excluding S), 2011 Fusion (excluding S), 2011 Mustang (excluding Value Leader, GT500 and Boss 302), 2011 Taurus (excluding SE), 2011 and 2012 Edge (excluding SE), 2011 Flex (excluding SE), 2011 Escape (excluding I4 manual), 2011 Expedition]/[ 2012 Expedition]/[ 2012 Focus (excluding S), 2011 Fiesta (excluding S), 2011 Ranger Supercab (excluding XL), 2011 and 2012 F-150 (excluding regular cab XL 4x2 and Raptor), 2011 and 2012 F-250 to F-450 (excluding chassis cabs), 2012 Fusion (excluding S), 2012 Mustang (excluding Value Leader, GT500 and BOSS 302), 2012 Taurus (excluding SE), 2012 Flex (excluding SE), 2012 Escape (excluding I4 Manual)] models for a maximum of [36]/[48]/ [60] months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. 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British Columbia seeks deadline extension on HST debt to Ottawa the terms of paying the money back. Clark confirmed last week that she had asked federal officials to consider forgiving some of the money because the HST will have been in effect for more than two years by the time it is repealed. — Tom Fletcher/Black Press ††

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SPORTS Battlin’ Busby is a middleweight champ By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS

Parksville’s battlin’ Brandon Busby heads into the Christmas break having unwrapped his main present early — a trophy and brand new title, which he won after ripping into his opponent at Boxing BC’s Provincial Championships. Busby was the only boxer from the area to make the trip to this year’s big annual amateur showcase, held in Revelstoke Nov. 26 and 27. There were nearly 100 entries in all, representing all weight classes, and it was the BSS grad’s first time competing in the tournament. “It was pretty cool; it was a good event — they did a good job putting it on,” he said when THE NEWS caught up with him this week at Genesis Boxing and Fitness. Busby, 21, was competing in the 165 pound (Middleweight) Novice division along with one other boxer from the mainland, who he demolished in the gold medal bout. Busby’s opponent was given his first of two standing eight counts midway through the

opening round — the second one came in the opening minute of the third and final round after much the same — a steady diet of left hooks and uppercuts. “I was a bit rusty,” he shrugged, “I hadn’t had any sparring before the event, so it was tougher than it should have been.” On day two he had a match fight against an Open fighter (anyone with 10 or more bouts), “and I lost by one point,” he chuckled. “It was a close one ... it was tough. I was fighting a different style than I’m used to; it was points before damage, so ...” Part of an impressive stable of local first-year boxers that represented Genesis Boxing at the BC Bronze Gloves held at Oceanside Place last year, Busby was disqualified in his main event, a decision later ruled incorrect, and won his exhibition match in convincing fashion the following day. Perhaps not that surprising to those that know him, Busby said the disqualification was disappointing at the time but there were no thoughts of redemption as he made the trip to Revelstoke. SEE HUGE ON A34

Parksville’s Brandon Busby is the new B.C. middleweight champ (Novice division).

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Bull Moose golf tournament helps fight prostate cancer QUALICUM BEACH — It was a typical rainy and windy day when 88 players battled the British Open conditions and participated in the annual Bull Moose Golf Tournament at Eaglecrest Golf Club. This golf tournament has been a staple of Eaglecrest’s tournament repertoire, running for over 30 years. However, this year a new spin was added to the tournament, making it a prostate cancer fundraiser, calling it the Bull Moose Movember Classic Golf Tournament for Prostate Cancer. Through the generosity of the sponsors and the 88 players, Eaglecrest Golf

Mark Conway, Darryl McLean, Mark Phillips and Dave Thompson were the Bull Moose Movember Classic Golf Tournament winners this year. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Club was able to raise $2,832, with all proceeds going to Prostate Cancer Canada. “Prostate Cancer affects approximately the same number of men as breast cancer affects women,” noted Head Golf Professional Brad Wlasiuk. “With the emergence of Movember, we wanted to help facilitate awareness for November being Prostate Cancer Month,” added Golf Shop manager Brendan Burns. The Bull Moose tournament has always been a generally for-fun tournament, with the four person scramble format, and

using a Peoria scoring system to even the playing field. However, a lot of pride is taken in becoming crowned the Bull Moose Champions. This year’s winners, who each won a Taylormade putter, trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights were Mark Conway, Darryl McLean, Mark Phillips and Dave Thompson. Eaglecrest plans to continue this tournament as a prostate cancer fundraiser, and was ecstatic with the amount raised, considering it was the club’s first attempt at such an event. — Submitted

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Cold enough for ya? The annual Polar Bear Swim in Parksville is always a crowd-pleaser. PQ NEWS FILE PHOTO

Make safety a priority this winter with some simple tips: v Watch children around fireplaces. Put up a safety guard or hearth to protect little hands. v After a snowfall, clear the path to your meters and brush away any snow build up. For more holiday safety tips, visit fortisbc.com/safety.

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Polar Bear Swim Jan. 1 PARKSVILLE — From the desk of Ravensong Aquatic Centre Aquatic Manager Anne Porteous a reminder the 21st annual RDN Polar Bear Swim is fast approaching. Slated to start at high noon Sunday, Jan. 1, the yearly New Year’s plunge down at Parksville Bay has become a popular tradition in these parts. “Last year, between 80 and 100 people of all ages took part in the event with at least another hundred friends, relatives and spectators present

to offer encouragement, applause, and possibly a warm, dry towel at the end,” said Porteous. Because the safety of the swimmers is paramount, she adds, members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue water rescue team will also be in the water to provide assistance — not to mention encouragement — for anyone who may get into difficulty. Hot beverages and snacks will be available on a donation basis.

Firefighters and first responders from the Parksville Fire Department will also be present to provide any necessary medical aid on shore. “With safety in mind, participants in the swim are being reminded to be careful of their alcohol consumption the evening before the swim, and remember to bring a towel, to stand on while changing into warm, dry clothes.” Registration gets underway at 11:30 a.m. — James Clarke

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Aegis Fang playing at the Rod and Gun in Parksville. B5

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Qualicum Beach: Primrose Street.

French Creek: Yellowbrick Road.

Parksville: Cedar Street.

Lights, Christmas, Action

PHOTOS STEVEN HEYWOOD AND NEIL HORNER

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A quick tour of Christmas lights

An explosion of colour can be seen on various homes in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and area this Christmas.

Qualicum Beach: Wellington Drive.

Qualicum Beach: Harlequin Road.

Parksville: Daffodil Drive.

More upcoming events in our weekly calendar. A28


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Holiday party raises pile of gifts By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER In what is becoming an annual tradition, a couple in Nanoose Bay added a twist to their Christmas party for the third year in a row and they challenge others to follow.

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Instead of gifts for them or each other, the couple who wish to remain anonymous, asked their Beachcomber friends to bring a donation of chocolates, toys, food or Christmas goodies for the Nanoose Bay Christmas Elf program. The elf program, run by Virginia and Charlie Brucker out of the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard, has 220 people registered to receive Christmas gifts. Thanks to the donation and others like it, many seniors, children and single parents will have a better Christmas with some of the treats that so many take for granted, the couple said. The Beachcomber group now challenges the people of Fairwinds, Madrona and across the region to beat their party’s donation.

Virginia Brucker accepts some of the pickup truck load of gifts and goodies donated to the Nanoose Bay Christmas Elf program from guests at a Christmas party.

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Aegis Fang at the Rod and Gun Deck the halls and put the kids to bed tonight, there’s a party going down at the Rod and Gun this Christmas. Victoria rock trio Aegis Fang have been busy in Santa’s workshop, crafting a whole new pile of tasty jams. Tickets are $7 at the bar or at the door for what is always a crazy night: the night before all the holiday magic really gets underway. If you’re into blues, rock and grunge, you’ll love an evening with Aegis Fang. They’re going to be turning the Rod and Gun into a loud, rollicking night out. Bringing a refreshing twist to an age old formula with their unique brand of eclectic songs and interchanging band positions, Aegis Fang have built their reputation on bridging the gap between an explosive rock show and a captivating musical experience. Members include; Mike Ferguson (vocals/drums/guitar), Nathaniel Noel (guitar/vocals/ drums) and Jordan Cunningham (bass). Ferguson, originally from Parksville, said he will open the show with an acoustic set. “It’s a good way to ease the

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Aegis Fang includes former Parksville resident Mike Ferguson, who graduated from Ballenas Secondary School in 2002. crowd into the rock shows. I will do a small set and then there will be two hour long sets with the three of us.” He said halfway through the show they switch it up a bit and Noel takes over the percussion duties. Ferguson, who graduated from Ballenas in 2002, said they love playing at the Rod and Gun. “It’s cool to play for friends I used to play acoustic guitar around the campfire with,” He added his parents are really supportive of the band and never miss a show. “My mom’s a rocker.” Ferguson said the band plays mostly originals but has

a handful of covers or renditions they put their own take on. He said expects the dance floor to be packed. In the spring of 2007 at a music festival in Indio, California, Noel met Ferguson and they instantly became good friends and a year later became roommates in Victoria. Sharing a common love for music, it wasn’t long before they began playing together, writing songs and performing as a duo. Three years later, Aegis Fang, now a trio, is in the vortex of an exciting and diverse music scene. Catch them tonight at the Rod and Gun in Parksville.

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This year the group celebrates 45 years as recording artists and to mark the achievement, the lads are back on the small screen with a PBS television special Home In Ireland, which was filmed entirely on location. They are also releasing their first Christmas album in over a decade. Merry Merry Time of Year is already in high rotation at many radio stations in Canada and the U.S. The up-tempo CD has a mix of traditional Christmas songs and their trademark rollicking Irish numbers including, Christmas In Killarney, Must Be Santa, Christ The King, Christmas

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$225,000

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$374,500

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1411 sqft professionally renovated rancher New siding, roof, wiring, insulation & drywall New flooring, kitchen, bathroom and granite countertops New stove, fridge, dishwasher, washer & dryer

New Price $314,900

1277 PINTAIL DRIVE

388 BURNHAM ROAD • Spectacular 3680 sqft. on .32 acres • 6 beds, 4 baths, 2 guest suites • Tropical gardens, pool & spa • Ideal as a B&B or family home

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356 HACKBERRY, PARKSVILLE 275 JENSEN W AVE. PARKSVILLE

2307 BONNINGTON DRIVE • 2543 sqft. home offers dramatic views • Private yard leading to nature trails • Open plan, exquisite detail • Master & den on the main floor

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$441,900

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• 3 bedroom/2 bath 2280 sq ft home • Nicely updated, peek-a-boo ocean views • Features newer roof, security system, workshop • Conveniently located near beach, golf & marina

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171 FIRST AVE W, QUALICUM BEACH

2675 MATTHEW ROAD • 3500 sqft. log home, 4 beds, 4 baths • Open floor plan, vaulted ceiling • Great room, floor to ceiling fireplace • Private 5 acre treed lot

$539,000

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3 bed, 2 bath Beachcomber Rancher Beach access right across street Fully Fenced backyard, great for kids, pets, gardening visit www.johnmilroy.com for more info.

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• Family park, pet allowed with permission • 2 bedroom, good layout, bright with skylights • Large sundeck, shed for garden tools • Close to Coombs Market or Parksville

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Enjoy the privacy & beauty of this meticulously kept, sun drenched home Large white kitchen w/pantry, bright eating area, 2 bedrooms & den Spacious living room with gas fireplace & custom mantle, storage shed Bathrm with soaker tub, engineered hardwood floors, heated crawl space • Artfully landscaped, fenced yard, lovely pergola and slate patio extension

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$345,000

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1815 sq.ft. 4 bedroom, 3 bath, split level home Bright kitchen with eating area, a spacious family room, A large formal living room with wood insert, formal dining room, Ideally located on a quiet street on a large, private, mature landscaped lot • South facing fenced backyard, within easy walking distance to schools

1121 PINTAIL DRIVE

$438,888

• Spacious home nestled on a very private .46 acre treed lot • 2 bedrooms & a den or 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, large front deck • Spacious lvg rm w/woodstove, large eating area, kitchen with island • 10 year old roof, newer kitchen and some newer flooring • Large hedges & picturesque Whiskey Creek running through the backyard

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$319,900

• Enjoy peaceful tranquility, nature & privacy of this sun drenched rancher on 2.5 acres • 3 bedrooms, large bright kitchen, spacious eating area & living room with cozy fireplace • The sliding door off the living room takes outside to the patio & very private back yard • There is even an 8’ x 15’ covered deck, a large greenhouse & a garden shed • Located in a cul de sac. Perfect blend of comfortable living, great location & affordable price

4544 MAPLE GUARD DRIVE

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$359,900

Completely renovated chalet style, 3 bedroom home on a quiet, private, treed lot. 1241 sq. ft. home has been lovingly updated w/new kitchen & bathrooms. New hardwood flooring in the lvg room, kitchen, dining area & bdrm. This home sits on a large 1/2 acre lot where the garden has been done organically. Lots of RV & boat parking. Across from the ocean, only a short walk to the waterfront.

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• Bright cozy rancher w/upper bonus room located on Eaglecrest Golf Course. Could include Eaglecrest Club Membership & cart. • 2061 sq. ft, 3 large bdrms, formal living & dining room, family room • Master bdrm with bay window, ensuite with soaker tub & sep. shower • Door off the family room takes you outside to south facing covered patio • Lots of room for RV or boat parking. Close to sandy swimming beach

564 HAZELWOOD PLACE

$474,900

• Family perfect 2140 sq.ft two storey home on a very private .29 acre lot • It features 3 bedrooms, a den, large dining room and 2 1/2 bathrooms • Large kitchen, family room with wood stove, formal lvg room w/rock fireplace • New hardwood flooring in lvg room, family room, & kitchen, vinyl windows & roof • Located in on a park like, mature, landscaped lot with lots of RV/boat parking

896 FAIRWAYS DRIVE

$489,000

• Eaglecrest, 1993 sq. ft. 2 storey-main level entry home • Master bdrm on the main level w/ soaker tub & separate shower • Open floor plan, 3 bedroom & 3 bath, bright kitchen • Formal dining w/vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace in lvngrm • Private, fully fenced back & side yards

619 BANKS AVENUE

$495,900

• Immaculate Windward home w/new roof, recently repainted inside & out • New high efficiency natural gas furnace, pot lamps, 4’ crawl, BI vacuum, • Kitchen w/white cabinets, new st/st fridge, new washer & dryer, tile floors • Family room w/gas FP, vaulted ceiling, skylight, bedroom with walnut floors • Living & dining room with 3/4” beech floors, tiled entry w/skylight • Private, fenced back yard w/pebbled aggregate patio, shed & n/g BBQ outlet • Located in a quiet cul-de-sac with an easy care yard, no grass anywhere

283 CRESCENT ROAD WEST

$525,000

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• Well designed rancher on crawl in the Evergreens subdivision • Bright kitchen w/island & pantry, formal dining rm w/cathedral window • Living rm with 10 ft ceiling & crown molding, 3 bedrms, 2 1/2 baths • French doors off living rm takes you outside to private covered patio • So many updates through out this lovely home

• Immaculate 3200 sq ft 2 storey 3 bdrm home • Bright kitchen, formal dining & living room • Double garage w/220 power, heat pump, security system • Huge deck overlooking Eaglecrest Golf Course • Bonus-lower one bdrm suite with laundry hookup

• Immaculate 5 bdrm, 3 bath home, ensuite w/soaker tub & shower • Bright kitchen with island & family room with gas fireplace • Lovely open living room with high ceilings & gas fireplace • Large private backyard with mature landscaping & 12 x 15 shed

• Enjoy sunsets & a view of the ocean, Lasqueti & Texada Islands • Charming, 1860 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath rancher on crawl • Within easy walk to golf course, beach & downtown Qualicum • “great room” style living & family room overlooking fenced yard • RV parking, detached garage/workshop & a generous 72x145 lot

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B12 • THE NEWS, Friday, December 23, 2011

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Quality Foods employees recently held their Christmas Party and their children donated gifts to the SOS Christmas Program. Andy Telfer of the SOS receives the donations from Dianna Rivard of Quality Foods. NEWS PHOTO BY PETER MCCULLY

Red Cod Forge open house a success By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER An event to raise money for the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard was so successful on Dec. 17, it will now become an annual event. The owner of the Red Cod Forge held a Christmas studio open house last Saturday and he is

overwhelmed by how generous the community was. The event generated $434.00 for the local food bank and Dave Kasprick said he had so much fun holding the fundraiser, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to do it again next year. The artist donated the proceeds from the sale of his original forged star fish to the Nanoose Bay Com-

TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH Incorporated 1942

NOTICE OF PROPERTY DISPOSITION AND PROVISION OF ASSISTANCE Community Charter s. 24 and 26

The Town of Qualicum Beach intends to: 1) LEASE: a portion of PID # 001-928-023, Lot A, District Lot 124, Nanoose District, Plan 42657 Except that part in Plan 44330, speciďŹ cally 10,200 square feet of land, known as Lease Lot A3 located in Row A, at the Qualicum Beach Airport, 1000 Ravensbourne Lane, Qualicum Beach to: Air Cadet League of Canada, 893 Beaufort Squadron Sponsoring Committee who will use it: for the purpose of operating an air cadet squadron, including storage of ďŹ xed wing aircraft and air cadet equipment, air cadet assemblies and drills, training, meetings, administration, and activities of community beneďŹ t, in an existing hangar during a 25-year Term starting: July 6, 2012 and expiring: July 5, 2037 for an annual Rent of $10.00 per year. 2) PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO the Air Cadet League of Canada, 893 Beaufort Squadron Sponsoring Committee by renting Qualicum Beach Airport Lease Lot A3 to the organization for $10.00 per year rent which is less than its market value of $3,366 year (2012), $3,468/year (2013), $3,570/year (2014) and subsequent years to be determined. Trudy Coates, Corporate Administrator Town of Qualicum Beach

munity Cupboard. Kasprick created quite a few of the oneof-a-kind metal pieces which completely sold out. All of the proceeds from the sale went directly to the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard. Kasprick said people also dropped off food donations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the donations helped out. It was a huge success. We had lots of people come by from all over,â&#x20AC;? he said. Also pleased with the generosity of the community is Virginia Brucker. She and her husband Charlie started the Nanoose Bay Christmas Elf

Program over 20 years ago and the food bank that grew out of it now helps over 100 people a month. Brucker said the big cash donation was a welcome surprise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we might get $100. I was amazed by the total,â&#x20AC;? said Brucker. She added the money will go a long way in buying fresh fruit and vegetables for the needy after Christmas. Brucker said she is thrilled that Kasprick is going to turn the fundraiser into an annual event and she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thank him enough.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made the items himself. He spent a lot of his time on this,â&#x20AC;? she stated. Brucker and her elves have also been busy and have provided help to 222 people this Christmas. She said although they plan on taking a breather over the next few days, she reminds people that they need to remember there are hungry people in the community not just at Christmas, but year round. If you would like to assist the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard e-mail info@ nanoosecommunityservices.com.

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It has been our pleasure to deliver to you this past year. We look forward to serving you in 2012.

CARRIERS Breanna Ashdown Paul Atkinson Giuseppi Bochek Spencer Bradbury Ken Bucyk Trevor Bull Gord Byers Colleen Campbell Colin Clark John Cross Matthew Crottey Sylvia Dzeryk Sue Egers Sarah Faulhafer Focus Group Lukas Forsgren Joe Forsyth Lynn Garry Alex Green Brandon Gregoire Fiona Gregoire Louise Gunner

Gene& Raquel Hadley Robert Hadley Matthew Higgins Stewart Isbister Brad Jackson Caitlinn Jenkins Shaun-Michael Jewell Jody Johnson Erin Jones Randi Joyce Shai Kason Sharalynn Kilner Kelly Knill Jeremy Kyte Kayla Kyte Mark Lewis Sherida Magas Lawanna & Ken Moffatt Nina Molodkina Alex Niel Amanda O’Keeffe Parksville Community Living

DRIVERS Ed Patriquin Lorraine Pearson Anna Pennington Caitlyn Pertch Ross Pratt Vaughn Preninger Louise Price Joan Rimmer Bev Robertson Mark Rosvold Pat & Hugh Russell Liam Schilberg Brenda Spilloway Maguire Stevens Sean Tobin Brennen Volk Caitlin Warwick Jim Werdal Brody Wildeman Nicole Williams Christina Zanchetta

Sherry Anderson Al & Gail Bahnman Dick & Joan Brockway Cyndy Genoe Guy Genoe Mike Hammett Marcy & Don Holme Carla Kyte Doug Lohr Cathy Morison Ladonna Ritchie

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