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Parksville mayor Chris Burger speaking to business community, others, about what’s to come By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER

This year will be all about the future, and the long term security of fresh water in Parksville, according to mayor Chris Burger. In an outline of his speech to the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce that was held late this week, Burger said his main priority for 2012 will be the city’s upcoming water infrastructure work. “The coming years will be all about the long term stability of our drinking water,” he said and that will tie in with the plans and goals laid out by residents in the official community plan (OCP) which is expected to be completed this Chris Burger. year. PQ NEWS FILE PHOTO Along with the OCP, the public will have a chance for important input in the annual budget process starting soon, which he said they are doing a bit differently this year. This year they will be trying to tie budget lines directly SEE MAYOR ON A4 to services.

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Chris, Sophia and Jennifer Murray welcomed Oceanside’s New Year’s Baby to the family January 2. See our story on page A3. AUREN RUVINSKY PHOTO

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THE NEWS remembers the events that shaped 2011 in stories and pictures. The look back concludes today on page A5.

There’s no hiding it. The year in review concludes today.

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New Year’s Baby born on January 2 By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER

In an area of older demographics, New Year’s Babies often come late to Oceanside, but this year’s hounoree was a week early, at least according to her scheduled arrival. Jennifer and Chris Murray welcomed their second daughter Ava to the family at 7:03 p.m., January 2 at the Nanaimo Regional General

Hospital. mutes to work in Fort St. John, Weighing in at eight pounds, six said they were surprised to hear ounces at birth, Jennifer said Ava they had the New Year’s Baby, the is proving to be a very first born in a hospital This story was quiet and easy baby. to Oceanside parents, They said, other but in recent years [online first than coming a week that has come as late early, the birth of the 9. www.pqbnews.com as January first Oceanside memJennifer, 30, and ber of Grad’29 was Chris, 34, both gradupretty routine. ated from Ballenas Secondary and Chris, an electrician who comhave moved in and out of the area

Take action on ID theft University of Victoria incident raises the issue - and how to prevent it By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER

a few times since, most recently moving back to Parksville in November. Ava’s two and a half-year-old big sister Sophia, described as very independent, said before the birth that she would rather have a kid, not a baby, but has been getting used to the idea, her parents said. The News congratulates the parents of the 2012 New Year’s Baby in District 69.

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The theft of personal information of as many as 11,700 current and former staff members at the University of Victoria this week has highlighted the danger posed by identity thieves. However, say police, residents can take some steps to protect themselves. Oceanside RCMP Constable Pam Casey said there are several warning signs to look for if you think your personal information might have been compromised, and some steps you can take if you find out it has. “Some of the warning signs include getting notices about credit card applications you didn’t make, or if you have regular bills or statements that usually come in the mail that don’t show up,” Casey said. “Look for payments being charged to you that you didn’t authorize. As well, a common sign is when a collection agency starts phoning you and you have no recollection of the bill.” Daniel Williams, with the RCMP Fraud Centre, agreed. “A common feature of identity theft is having your mail redirected by the bad guys,” Williams said. “If your mail has stopped, look into that right away.” He noted that while Canada Post will give a notice about

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It’s crucial to take immediate action once you’ve discovered any form of identity theft. mail being redirected, the thieves make a point of stealing those notices before they are seen by the victim. Once a determination has been made that identity theft has likely occurred, Casey said it’s crucial to take action — and quickly. “If you think you have become a victim, notify your bank or credit card company immediately,” she said. “That’s where you should start. Change all your PIN numbers and passwords for online banking, because they need that information to access your accounts.” Casey also suggested contacting credit agencies and requesting a fraud alert to be placed on your file. “That way, if someone tries to use your credit in another way it will come up,” she said. Williams agreed, noting the credit bureaus Equifax and TransUnion Canada will provide information about things being applied for in

your name. “The vast majority of these will be con men applying for cell phones and credit cards,” Williams said. “Request a copy of your credit report. It’s free of charge and it doesn’t affect your credit rating. Then you have proof positive that someone has been using your identification to apply for something in your name.” Williams said identity theft has been a problem for years, so much so he said there’s already enough information floating about to keep unscrupulous individuals busy for years. “The bad guys already have more information than they can use in several lifetimes, so they get to pick and choose,” he said. Equifax can be reached at 1-800-465-7166 and TransUnion Canada can be reached at 1-877-525-3823. Casey also suggested visiting www.phonebusters.com for more information.

The husband of a woman bitten by a pair of vicious dogs in November is calling on the Town of Qualicum Beach to give more power to its bylaw control officer. Appearing as a delegation at Monday night’s council meeting, Garry Young said that while he was delighted with the swift and determined action taken by the town in response to the Nov. 17 attack, there were some changes to the town’s animal control bylaw that needed improvement. “During this whole episode, I found a lot of inadequacies in the bylaw,” Young said. “The way it is now, if the irresponsible animal owner wants to hide the animal, they have lots of time to do it. “ I think it is very risky if we don’t have the bylaw giving the bylaw officer the authority to pick up animals immediately, conduct an investigation, make a determination of what should happen and go from there.” Young called for an amendment to the animal control bylaw to allow the officer to pick up an animal without having to go to court, to investigate an incident and make a determination and give the owner a 30-day appeal process, should the determination conclude that the animal needs to be put down. Young is also calling for all costs associated with the revised bylaw be paid by the animal’s owner, should it be determined a town bylaw has been broken. “I believe any costs should be borne by the irresponsible animal owner, not the taxpayers of Qualicum Beach,” he said. Council took note of Young’s concerns, with mayor Teunis Westbroek noting the request will be discussed at a future council meeting.

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Mayor ready to get out into the community with his goals for Parksville in 2012 People, he continued, can see exactly what different city

services cost. “People will be able to see, if you want a

higher level of this, it will cost you this and it dictates a certain

amount of taxes up or down. “It’s a very complex process and we want to present it to the public in a way that someone can understand without spending 10 hours with the budget documents.” Burger said that in his 15 years in elected office municipal politics has changed a lot, from being about securing funding for big projects and the excitement of ribbon cuttings and opening new facilities, to less glamorous management of infrastructure and keeping costs. He said they are starting to look at things like ranking city parks for different levels of service, a neighbourhood “pocket park” might not get as much attention as Community Park, he suggested as an example. He pointed out the $3.1 million upgrade work on McMillan Street is half com-

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FEATURE Looking Back: 2011 held many surprises Today’s edition of THE NEWS concludes 2011 year in review. Read short stories about the year’s big events October, 2011

By STEVEN HEYWOOD NEWS EDITOR Oct. 4 • There was a time many years ago when Nile Creek was known locally as Pink Creek, because of the huge abundance of pink salmon spawning there every fall. While it hasn’t yet bounced back to those remarkable levels, the hard work done by the Nile Creek Enhancement Society has managed to bring a stunning reversal of the waterway’s fortunes, to the point where fisher folk are again vying for the best spot at the creek mouth. • A third candidate has declared his intention to run for mayor of Parksville. Antonio Farinha has been in the mid-Island area since 1965 and moved to Parksville from Port Alberni in 1984. In announcing his candidacy, he said he finds the “Parksville political climate hypocritical and stagnant.” Oct. 7 • “Why do people use drugs and alcohol?” Dr. Bayla Schecter asked during the recent Oceanside Division of Family Practice second monthly public health information session. “Because it feels good and to escape from what’s bothering them.” The talk was on “What is Addiction.” Oct. 11 • Parksville is looking into banning feeding deer and bylaw options that could allow culling if deemed necessary.

“The less interaction between humans and wildlife the better, whether it’s with your bumper or feeding them,” said conservation officer Stewart Bates. • Like a lot of kids, little Emma Edwardson has big dreams when it comes to her sport of choice, and in this case, she really does continue to raise the bar. Emma, who trains in Nanaimo, recently finished first overall in the Millshaw Medal Jumper. Oct. 14 • Oceanside’s Save On Foods Generals split their two junior B hockey games over the Thanksgiving weekend, but the results on the ice became small potatoes when word came down that two coaches and both goalies are done like dinner. • The fight against BC Hydro smart meters took to the Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market Saturday as protesters waved placards, collected petitions and talked to passersby about the issue. Spokesperson Leanne Salter said the protest will be at the corner of Veterans Way and Memorial Avenue every weekend. “It’s really a resistance movement, I think, to let Hydro know they can’t tell us what they will be doing on our own property,” she said. “People feel this is an imposition on the charter, on their rights and freedoms.”

Generals’ hockey team GM Dave Johnston, left, fired his coach Jason Dubyna and the team’s goaltenders.

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• Regional District of Nanaimo recreation programmer Anne Porteous is in China this week, assisting with the China Water Safety Project, a pilot project to improve water safety for children in that country. Porteous, who works at Ravensong Aquatic Centre, is a Red Cross Master Instructor Trainer, is in Xiamen, China Oct. 20 to help train 20 water safety instructors by adapting the Canadian Red Cross Learn to Swim Program to fit the Chinese cultural context.

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Oct. 18 • Three people are dead following a head-on collision on Highway 19 near the Alberni Highway exit Sunday. Central Island Traffic Services Sgt. Rick Scho-

field said the two-vehicle crash happened at 4:30 p.m. at Exit 51, when a vehicle heading north left the highway, crossed the grass median and onto the southbound lane. The vehicle slammed head-on into a southbound vehicle occupied by a driver and a passenger, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the northbound vehicle was rushed to hospital in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, but succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

Oct. 21 • Members of the Hospital Employees Union working at Standford Place seniors care facility in Parksville have been handed a wage rollback in an Oct. 7 arbitrator’s decision, which outlines the troubled state of business at the seniors facility. Arbitrator Vincent Ready stated in his decision that the financials of Standford Place were such that a collective agreement should not “place the survival of an employer’s business in jeopardy.”

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Nov. 1 • Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon has suffered a heart attack. Cantelon was taken by Liberal staff from the legislature to hospital Thursday after he complained about not feeling well. The news was released Friday by Government Caucus chair Gordon Hogg. In a brief statement, Hogg said Cantelon suffered a heart attack in Victoria earlier in the week and was taken to hospital for treatment.

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• With all of the focus on the mayor’s role in our communities, THE NEWS asked some of the area’s former leaders about their time in the big chair. Former mayors in Parksville and Qualicum Beach offer their advice to the candidates seeking the job in this municipal election campaign. Nov. 8 • Robin Campbell at Manna Ministry, an organization within the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church that helps provide food and clothing to the local homeless, said more needs to be done to help the people in Oceanside who have no shelter. He said the extreme weather response shelter for the Oceanside region isn’t enough. Nov. 11 • The annual Christmas Campaign by the Society of Organized Services is getting underway. The community services organization is the umbrella group, helping facilitate people’s donations to make the holiday a little

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Year in Review: 2011 saw significant change on the political front Nov. 18 • Saturday is general election day in B.C.’s civic race. New municipal councils, school boards and regional area directors will be chosen to represent us — and our community’s interests on a variety of subjects. We pay taxes, so don’t forget to vote for who we are going to trust to make those big decisions. • A home on Barclay Crescent in French Creek is likely destroyed after a fire Wednesday morning got into the roof. Firefighters from Parksville and Qualicum Beach responded to calls from neighbours about smoke pouring from the roof of a double wide trailer Wednesday morning at around 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21 • Chris Burger is the new mayor of the City of Parksville. He garnered 2,355 votes. His nearest challenger, Paul Reitsma, only received 749 votes. The other two mayoral candidates, Rick Honaizer and Antonio Farhina, were not serious threats. Honaizer garnered only 76 votes, to Farhina’s 51. • Teunis Westbroek romped to another easy victory at the polls Saturday night, defeating challenger Mike Wansink by almost a two-to-one margin. When the votes were counted, Westbroek was found to have the support of 2,608 voters, compared to 1,478 for challenger Mike Wansink. That gave Westbroek 63.8 per cent of the vote, compared to Wansink’s 36.2 per cent. Nov. 25 • Sharp work by the Nanaimo RCMP detachment’s forensic investigation unit is being called crucial to the arrest of two people in relation to the July 2 murder of Errington resident

Douglas Trebble, 47. Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson Const. Gary O’Brien was tight-lipped about the details of the arrest, but noted the first of the two arrests was made in Qualicum Beach, while the second arrest took place in Victoria.

the house had been entered by two individuals armed with a sawed-off firearm and a taser. The pair now face weapons, drugs and threats charges, in addition to forcible entry allegations, and will be in court by next year.

Nov. 29 • A delegation of residents who live in San Pareil had some harsh words for the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) for the way it conducted a petition in their neighbourhood that will see taxpayers footing the bill for costly water system improvements. A petition asking residents to favour a $1.4 million plan that would see modifications to the water system to improve firefighting flow in the area, garnered enough signatures to allow the RDN to proceed. However, some residents are accusing the RDN of unethical practices in conducting the petition process.

Dec. 9 • It didn’t take long for the newly-elected members of Qualicum Beach council to flex their municipal mus-

Dec. 2 • The name of a man charged with the murder of an Errington man has been released. Police say Oceanside resident Clayton Donald Brewer, 35, has been remanded in custody, facing one count of second degree murder in relation to the death of 47-year-old Douglas Trebble. • Staff with the Town of Qualicum Beach couldn’t be on hand to prevent a vicious dog attack on a resident and her dog last week, but they’re working to make sure it never happens again, recommending the dogs be destroyed. Dec. 6 • Two men have been arrested as suspects in a Saturday night home invasion in Errington. Police arrested the two men in Coombs after a 9-1-1 call from the people living in the home indicated

cles Monday as they overruled the mayor’s appointment to the Regional District of Nanaimo board. Dec. 20 • Some heroic actions by staff at Oceanside Place will no doubt result in a happy Christmas for a couple of families. Over the past three months, staff at the Parksville ice arena have been involved in two separate incidents that required their

training in CPR and application of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which then lead to two lives saved that might have otherwise have been lost. • The City of Parksville likely won’t need to draw as much water from the Englishman River in future during the summer months, thanks to an innovative water storage and recovery project.

Dec. 27 • The funding is in place, the plans are ready and the shovels are poised to begin construction on Oceanside’s long promised health centre, as soon as they get the final signature from the Ministry of Health. Vancouver Island Health Authority president and CEO Harold Waldner is confident that will happen “very early in the calendar year.”

Dec. 31 • An eight-yearold girl was severely injured and airlifted to hospital after being hit by a vehicle while walking with her family on Highway 19A. The incident happened as the family, visiting friends in the area from their home in Burnaby, paused while walking over the bridge spanning the Big Qualicum River. So concludes this year’s Year in Review.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of us had a pretty rough start and I believe people are ready to do better,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if we are ready for a group hug afThe stage was set for confrontater this, but we are working on it.â&#x20AC;? tion when Qualicum Beach council He said council plans to sit down met for their regular meeting on next week to discuss in-camera Monday, but while there were a few minutes and other items. sparks flying, there was no major â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all want to work better in political fire burning by the time the future on your behalf, and I the closing gavel fell. think I speak on behalf of all counAt issue was a simmering concil on that,â&#x20AC;? he said. frontation between Mayor Teunis TEUNIS Although that poured some oil Westbroek and the four other memWESTBROEK on the troubled waters in the room, bers of town council over West... going to try to it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entirely extinguish the broekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s replacement as the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make it work very apparent anger. regional district representative and Former councillor Hilda Pearce a supposedly secret meeting held made that clear when she expressed her deep by three new councillors to review in-camera concern about what she sees as a very negative minutes from the previous council. impression being put out by some people in the The bad blood exhibited since Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media. She suggested the town take a leaf from election drew approximately 150 people from the Regional District of Nanaimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book and both sides of the debate to council chambers hire a media liaison to ensure a balanced view Monday, causing the meeting to be adjourned is given to the media. and moved to the Civic Centre in order to seat Craig Duttonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s input was more pointed. He all in attendance. challenged the mayor to clear up misunderThe spark that could have ignited the hard standings about whether or not he was blindfeelings in the room came from Qualicum sided by councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to award the RDN Beach resident and Freeman of the Town Anne directorship to Coun. Dave Willie. Klees, who spoke as a late delegation at the Although he said he was aware some counmeeting. cillors planned to vote against his appointment, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have lived here for 45 years and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never Westbroek maintained he was unaware that a seen a council like this,â&#x20AC;? Klees said to applause majority planned to do so. from some of those in attendance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are When a third and then fourth speaker took ashamed of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening. We are losing to the floor to raise concerns about the seeming our good name as a town.â&#x20AC;? bad blood on council, Westbroek again stepped This statement drew a mixed response from in. the crowd, but it opened up the door to further â&#x20AC;&#x153;I appreciate your concern,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are comment, which came at the end of the meetgoing to try to make this work. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all had a ing. The mayor kicked things off during the com- rough start. Nobody likes it and I am taking my part of the blame. I am going to do my best and ments and questions portion of the meeting, all of council, too, will work to improve the way pledging that all of council will attempt to do a we do business for the town.â&#x20AC;? better job of working together.

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nbridge Inc. reported a leak from one of its pipelines the same day public hearings began into the company’s proposed $5.5 billion Northern Gateway project. A helicopter inspection found a three-foot patch of bubbles near the Calgary company’s Stingray natural gas pipeline, 100 kilometres from the Louisiana coast. Enbridge has experienced a series of spills in the past two years, which have undermined its arguments on safety. Tuesday, chiefs and elders from the Haisla first nations community, located on Douglas Channel near Kitimat, warned the three-member federal review panel that an oil spill would devastate their way of life. Enbridge contends that a 1,172-kilometre twin pipeline, between the Alberta oil sands and Why not find Kitimat, can be built and operated safely. The westbound pipeline would carry bitumen to ocean another route? tankers to carry the oil product to Asian markets; Why take the the eastbound pipe-line would carry natural gas chance? condensate. But the channel has a history of violent winds, earthquakes and avalanches, heavy rain causing mudslides. Furthermore, tankers would navigate Hecate Strait, ranked by Environment Canada as the fourth most dangerous body of water in the world, with waves recorded as high as 26 metres. It seems like a recipe for disaster, a matter of when, not if. The unwelcoming geography of northern B.C. alone poses enough risks, not to mention the potential disruptions to the Haisla people and their history, that Enbridge’s pipeline and tanker plan should be reconsidered. Why not find another route? Why take the chance?

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Are we lemmings following the leader to the poor house

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very once in a while I feel like a human geyser. A geyser is defined as a spring that spews hot water and steam at intervals, usually due to building pressure below the surface. It is pronounced “guyzur” although reading this some might prefer geezer. One thing that got my water hot occurred on Remembrance Day when I heard a commentator at a service refer to soldiers, sailors and airpersons. Oh, Lord, political correctness gone nuts. While on the subject, is defining someone as an actress somehow demeaning a fine actor who happens to be female? Fishermen have disappeared behind the label of fisher, so female fishers won’t be offended. My dictionary defines a fisher as an American carnivorous mammal with dark brown fur. If I was a fisherman I might

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not object about part of the description but I would take exception to the dark brown fur bit. Last November I first heard the term Black Friday to describe the day after American Thanksgiving. In actuality it’s just an excuse to hold countrywide sales, similar to our Boxing Day. But wouldn’t you know it? I then heard the term Cyber Monday to pump on-line buying. This was followed by Super Tuesday. I’m waiting for Thrombosis Thursday. What happened to the media hype about recession, family debt, maxed out credit cards? Is all that just a myth or are some people so much like lemmings they just follow the leader into

bankruptcy? I was intrigued by the Occupy Wall Street people protesting the inequities of our financial systems and the rapacious greed of so many corporaBy tions and CEOs. Harvey Dorval Good on them for standing up to power and influence in the name of the little guy. Unfortunately, the movement in Vancouver was hijacked by homeless people, some genuine but many just drifters and professional agitators. I pity the genuine homeless but regret the loss of focus that blunted the whole Occupy movement here. A lesson to be learned by this is that all successful movements must have a leader as spokesman (spokesperson?) to focus

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the group’s aims and maintain some semblance of discipline. A chorus of disparate voices all pushing their own agenda is sure to collapse in chaos. As I write this I’m fascinated by the tussle between the various would-be candidates to represent the Republican party in the 2012 presidential election. It’s unbelievable that a nation of 313 million people could only muster such a motley collection of egomaniacal misfits to contest the most important post in the country. Despite decades of mismanagement the United States is still the strongest military and economic power in the world and the thought that any of the buffoons currently seeking the highest office chills my blood. Perhaps by the time you read this they will have disappeared in a gale of derisive laughter. We all get riled over people ly-

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ing to us, but I reserve my most virulent ire for sheer hypocrisy and those people who spout one line and practice another. In this case I’m referring to the National Hockey League, which goes on and on about condemning hits to the head while steadfastly ignoring the fact that nothing scrambles the brain more than a well directed bare knuckle punch to the head of an opposing player. What hypocrisy. They rationalize this by saying the fans like it, it sells seats. At one time people attended dog fights and bull baiting but these were eventually outlawed as barbaric. It seems wearing skates and calling it sport makes it all OK. Not in my book. Harvey Dorval is a regular NEWS columnist.

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ot a minute too soon, the Canadian Forces Base in southern Afghanistan closed down last year, signaling the end of 10 years of active participation in George Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so-called War On Terror. Far too many precious young Canadian lives were lost or maimed in the mission that ate a huge hole in our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers. Millions of dollars-worth of military equipment is now being returned home from the landlocked country in shipping containers passing through ports in neighbouring Pakistan. During the past decade news coverage often used the catch-phrase Sands Of Kandahar, but these words took on a whole new meaning according to a report on Jan. 10. When opening some containers arriving at Montreal, presumably secured with Department Of National Defence seals, personnel discover the military equipment has mysteriously disappeared, and the weight made up by substituting rocks and sand. Much disturbing of dandruff will occur in high places in Ottawa, where the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;military intelligenceâ&#x20AC;? has always been something of an oxymoron. It will be interesting to hear the silver-tongued spinmeisters in our Ministry Of Defence attempt to downplay this latest fiasco. Sadly, it reads like an updated version from a Rudyard Kipling novel, documenting Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally futile attempts to occupy and outsmart Afghanis back in the 19th century.

I am in complete agreement with Mr. Rick Honaizer (THE NEWS, Jan. 10). The walkway by the beach in Parksville should never have been blocked by the Surfside RV Resort. I have always understood that there should always be room for the public to walk beside the ocean. This law I believe is either provincial or federal. When the Surfside Resort was allowed to be built (with a lot of opposition) it was clearly understood that the owners of the RVs could not live in them permanently, but only for a few months at a time, I trust the local council has enforced this rule.

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Pipeline needs to be made safe I see the pipeline inquiry is getting started. Does anyone know if the pipeline will be double â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is one inside the other with a vacuum between them? That is, and has been for some time, the standard practice for storage fuel tanks. Should you get a leak in the inner fuel storage the vacuum is lost and it can be dealt with without a spill. Being the standard for storage, it will be interesting to see if that came up in the design process. At the very least a vacuum pipeline should be used within two kilometres of any waterway. Another thing that the Americans use out of Valdez are tugs that are secured to the tanker at all times until the pilot has them removed when free of dangerous waters. Now is the time to establish the best safety to the environment as possible and should be used as bargaining tools. I believe the pipeline will be built, so everyone has to ensure the finished facility is the best possible option that can be had. To simply say no wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work on this project, because too much is at stake.

Bernie Smith Parksville

Thanks to all who showed they cared

I would like to voice my appreciation, my awe and my utmost gratitude to the multitude of people and especially firefighters who attended the funeral of Captain Dan Botkin in Enderby on January 5. First, I give my heartfelt condolences to his wife, parents, siblings and other family and friends. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Dan, as he was 10 years younger than me, but I grew up in this community and knew his family. I feel I came to know Dan from the stories and anecdotes given by his close friends. Words cannot express how thankful I am to have been allowed to be included in such a personal, raw display of emotion. It was so inspiring to see how one single person can affect an entire community. Having just moved back to Bob Tritschler Parksville Enderby, after living in Calgary for

Care for Bandit touched our hearts My husband and I recently had to have our dog (Bandit) put down. It was a very difficult time for us as he had been our best friend and had traveled many miles with us over the 14 years we had him. We would like to thank the staff at Oceanside Animal Hospital for being so compassionate during our time of loss. The card they sent was greatly appreciated and we will always remember the caring they showed.

April and Fred De Marco Nanoose Bay

You all helped to make a difference Christmas came and went and a total of 764 families came to the Salvation Army Food Bank asking for an extra helping hand in order to be able to have a Merry Christmas. These 764 families represent 1,063 adults and 504 children. This worked out to be a total of 42 families more that were helped than at Christmas of 2010. Thanks to the concern and generosity of the citizens of the Oceanside communities, we were able to give in the true Christmas spirit of giving. Many stores, large and small, as well as clubs, churches, businesses, organizations and individuals enabled us to give generously by donating food, money or their time as volunteers at the local food bank or at one of the Salvation Army kettles. On behalf of those who have benefited from their support, we would like to say thank you to all of you. Now we are going into a new year where people still are in need. Therefore we would like to ask for continued support of our endeavors to help the most needy in their struggle for the requirements of life. For us it is: After Christmas is before Christmas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the need never ends. May God bless you during this new year.

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Trevor Wicks says the Berwick wellfield and the Little Qualicum River welfield are not enough to ensure a secure supply of potable water for Qualicum Beach in an emergency situation. raises the spectre of shortages, he said, a situation he would like area municipalities to take steps to avoid. Wicks made his concerns known while speaking as a delegation at Monday night’s regular council meeting. “I want to open a discussion about

the future of sustainable water source options,” Wicks said. “I don’t believe these options have really been discussed in a public venue and this is a good time to look at the future of our water supply SEE WATER ON A15 options.”

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Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer agreed. “Our council can work in two different ways,” he said. “One is on a very official basis and it’s kind of dry and that’s it. It makes a three-year term on council maybe not less productive but certainly less enjoyable. I think we should work together and enjoy our company and make this a good experience for everyone. It always makes for better decisions.” Coun. Mary Brouilette said she was not only on board, but eager to get to work on a co-operative basis. “Absolutely,” she said. “I’m right on board and can hardly wait to get past this. I think we have got a

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Qualicum Beach has no real problem when it comes to providing water for its residents and Trevor Wicks wants to keep it that way. With only two well fields to provide all the water for the community though, Wicks, the head of Trentec Innovations Ltd. in Qualicum Beach, is concerned about unforeseen events that knock either one or both wells offline. “If a big tanker truck tipped over on the highway and spilled chemicals into the basin where the Berwick wells are, that could make them unusable for years and years,” he said. “With the Little Qualicum, if something really bad happened, like a big fire upstream that required them to use a lot of fire retardant, that could make the water unusable. If the town can’t use that well field, Berwick might not hold up.” As well, Wicks said when Vancouver Island was first settled, the aquifers came right to the surface, a situation that has changed dramatically over the years. “Pioneers had no trouble finding water with a shovel if they needed it,” Wicks said. “Now we have to look down 30 feet in some places, or even more.” That dwindling liquid abundance

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Protect more of District Lot 10, says councillor Tanner By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER Not only does Qualicum Beach councillor Scott Tanner support the municipality’s purchase of logging rights on a property on the west side of the Little Qualicum River, he wants the town to do more. In 1986 the municipality purchased the 100-acre property for $150,000, but the for-

mer owner, MacMillan Bloedel, retained the cutting rights. The town purchased those logging rights in 2010 for $185,000, but Tanner noted the move only protected about 10 per cent of the DL10 property, most of which had already been logged. “Shortly after selling the land to the Town of Qualicum Beach, MacMillan

CONTINUED FROM PAGE A13

Water supply crucial Noting the average family in Qualicum Beach uses about the same amount of water in a year as is held in the Ravensong swimming pool, Wicks said the loss of one or both of the well fields could result in the community not being able to meet its needs. “I would like to see something done before there’s some kind of incident,” Wicks said. “The issue is bigger than Qualicum Beach. All the water systems depend on the flow from watersheds on Mount Arrowsmith — an unprotected water supply.” That, he said, is one aspect of the current water system he finds particularly disturbing, noting only very small pockets of land along the course of the Little Qualicum River are in the hands of the Crown, with most of it owned privately. “Our watersheds and groundwater recharge areas are totally accessible and open to any type of accident or event.” One possibility Wicks suggested is a two pipe system, which would see only the approximately one-tenth of the water treated for drinking. “This way, you would only clean the water you use for drinking, which is about one tenth of the water supply,” he said. “Another option is water conservation.” Rather than relying on highly technical and expensive systems that require electricity, Wicks suggested gravity-feed systems make more sense. “It’s about working with nature,” he said. “The Romans found it worked and the Mayans had systems built 1,000 years ago that still work today.” Wicks requested that council and staff consider an action plan to investigate a water source protection strategy over the next 12 months. “This needs to be resolved before we have an incident,” he said. In response, Mayor Teunis Westbroek thanked Wicks for his work and interest and noted council will likely give him a response at the February council meeting.

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Property values in Parksville holding the line By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER Property values are stable or down slightly in Parksville, but it only makes a difference if an individual assessment changes more than the average. As of July 1, 2012 the estimated average assessed value of a single family home is $317,900, up $900 or 0.3 per cent over the same time last year, according to BC Assessment. The average strata condominium assessment is down $5,000 or 2.2 percent to $222,800. Parksville director of finance Lucky Butterworth points out the city bases property taxes on

the latest assessment and works backwards to get the amount of revenue they need. For example, a big drop in assessed value would lead to a higher percentage tax increase, but the money received by the city as tax dollars would remain the same. A change in the average assessment doesn’t have much direct effect, in other words, it’s variations from the average that effect individuals. If the average assessment stayed the same, municipal taxes went up three per cent and an individual’s assessment went down three per cent, their taxes would stay roughly the same.

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budget process. That’s an increase of around $70 a year for the average detached home. Vancouver Island Regional Assessor Bill MacGougan said most residential property changes in Parksville are in the minus 10 to plus five per cent range, with commercial property changing slightly less. The combined value of all taxable residential property in Parksville and Qualicum Beach is $3.8 billion, up $43 million from last year. Commercial property has increased by $3 million to $322 million. The overall value of residential property across the province

rose six per cent to $1.1 trillion, including $14.7 billion in new construction and development. Property owners who disagree with their assessment should contact BC Assessment and if that doesn’t work they can appeal to the independent Property Assessment Review Panel by January 31. The Central Vancouver Island assessment office in Nanaimo can be reached at 250753-6621 or toll free at 1-800-9772775. Check www.bcassessment. ca for more information. The city’s 2011-2015 financial plan is available on the website at www.parksville.ca, under “Financial Reports” on the right.

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The film was made by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the HEU and paints an unflattering picture of the current conditions in B.C., which the provincial ombudsperson is currently working on a report about. John Olsen with the OCSC said the film shows that both the quantity and quality of care for seniors is decreasing in B.C. and he hopes ideas on how to improve senior care will grow out of the event. Promotional material describes the

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Nichol dress up in the searcher’s gear — overalls, boots, gloves and helmet — to demonstrate what it might be like to work with the dogs out in the field. The dogs, explained Caumartin, think finding people is a game, with rewards to follow — making it easier for them to do the work it takes to find people in debris. It’s their sensitive noses, she explained to the children, that makes it all possible. Her own dog, Sprocket, has been in training for one-and-ahalf years. Wrangler has been doing the job for three years. After the gym presentation, the handlers and their dogs went into each classroom to visit the students, answer questions and let the kids pet the friendly dogs. “It’s great that we can sometimes get out to let people know who we are and what we are doing,” said Caumartin. The CASDDA started in Alberta 10 years ago, she continued, adding just about any dog can be trained to do the work. It does, however, require dedicated people willing to put in the time and energy to keep them ready for the call.

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KSS Grade 12 students Robbie Schierrsman, left, and Brett Binnersley with the few remaining dead Christmas trees left to be chipped at the Qualicum Beach works yard. BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO

KSS Grad chipping away at costs By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER The annual Kwalikum Secondary Christmas tree and bottle drive was a record success, bringing in over

$2,000. Karen Katchur, one of the parent organizers, said they are very thankful to everyone involved from the large number of grads who participated, the ongoing

Town of Qualicum Beach support and helpful parents, grandparents and bottle depot staff. She thanked the resident’s who’s donations, including cash donations

and bottles, helped the 2012 grad class raised $2,131. Bottle depot staff said it was a record-breaking bottle drive. SEE

Renowned pianist Franz Liszt has been described as a pacesetter in musical history. During the 1840s he performed superhuman feats at the piano, overwhelming the European public and impressing musicians as much as concertgoers. To celebrate his 200th birthday, a concert of his work will be performed on Sat., Jan. 14 at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville. Sayuri Sayuri Kubota playing at Kubota’s piano her piano at her home in recital will feaNanaimo. BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO ture the music of Liszt as well as that of some of her favorite composers including Schumann and Chopin. Schumann wrote that Liszt “enmeshed every member of the audience with his art and did with them as he willed.” Brahms later said, “Whoever has not heard Liszt cannot speak of piano playing.”

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Jeanie Chaney pursues a chance to record her own songs here BOWSER —Vancouver Island musician Jeanie Chaney, who sings and plays with local dance band Timberline has made a decision to fulfill a vision and goal she has held next to her heart most of her life. Raised in a family where music was enjoyed

deeply, she and her brother often sang in talent shows, so creating enjoyment for others became a natural part of her core values. Once she got a taste of performing with a real band in central Alberta, she fell in love with the experience and worked

steadily with the group for six years. Her husband, TC, also a musician, would pester her to do more with her talents and would have her singing for friends and neighbors — who all agreed she would go far. Since performing with Timberline each week at

the Legion in Parksville, this charming and delightful singer has gained quite a following who continually ask when she is going to record a CD of her songs. Faced with the advent of 2012, she took the plunge and booked a recording session with Vancouver Island’s new

media enterprise, Upper Room Music Productions, a small recording studio, CD manufacturer and record label. Once inside the comfortable cliff-side home studio, she got straight to work, as producer and engineer Don Soucy set up the mics and readied the

digital gear. It took a little over two hours to capture all of 16 songs, plus some personal comments to go on a special edition of the disc just for Jeanie’s mom. “Mom is my inspiration” said the shy but forthright artist. SEE

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Regular performers at the Errington coffee house Chloe and Sidney Ellston are bursting with excitement. The Parksville teens are the opening act this Saturday night for The Ponderosas all ages concert at the Errington Hall. 16-year-old Chloe and 13-year-old Sydney were a crowd favorite when they performed on stage at the Errington Farmers Market last September. It was an inaugural gig for the sisters whose covers of current pop songs created some instant fans. The duo got the performing bug after hitting the stage at the coffee house at

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Chloe and Sidney Ellston, from Parksville, open for The Ponderosas in Errington this weekend. the Errington Hall two years ago and have been regulars at that open stage event ever since, performing their country pop covers.

The two admit they would eventually like to write and perform their own songs, but for now they are happy doing covers and look for-

ward to doing more gigs. Chloe has been playing guitar since she was eight years old and Sydney has benefited from singing lessons. The two said no one else in their family has musical talent and their inspiration has come from the enjoyment of listening to music. Also opening for The Ponderosas is local duo Lemon Tree. Tickets for the January 14 show are $15 at The Errington Store, Cranky Dog Music in Parksville and Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach. Admission for children under 12 is only $5 at the door and free for under 5. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

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Classics part of Kubota’s recital on Jan. 14 a the MAC Just like Liszt, Kubota’s passion for music also started at a young age. She grew up in Tokyo Japan and when she was just two years old she would tag along while her older sister went to piano lessons. “I really wanted to play then but the piano teacher told me I had to wait until I turned four,” she recalled. On the day Kubota turned four years old, she had her very first piano lesson and has been passionate about playing piano every since.

She said she always longed to be a concert pianist but her wise piano instructor advised her to pursue another career. “To make a living as a pianist is very tough … you have to be the best.” Kubota followed her teacher’s advice and instead of being a professional pianist she got her teaching degree but she admitted her first love has always been piano. In 1992 she moved to Canada where she learned English and then upgraded

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Chaney working on a second CD already “I’m doing this because she taught me to carry through on my plans.” The CD, aptly titled Songs For Mom In the Key of Love, is entering the final production stage and copies will be available in just a few days. “Having Upper Rooms Studios right here in Bowser is awesome,” Chaney said. “Don has the

Following the General Board meeting there will be an Open House to allow for a general exchange of thoughts, suggestions and concerns between the VIHA Board and senior management staff and the general public.

skills and technology to do absolutely everything I needed, and he is a wealth of knowledge and experience. His patience and calm manner made me feel perfectly at ease and I forgot all about my nervousness.” Chaney is already making plans for a second more elaborate CD but is keeping all details a carefully guarded secret for now. “One thing I can say for sure, my next record will definitely be done in Upper Room Studios by Don Soucy,” she said. “He is my producer and my mentor. I am so glad to have met him, and I’m eternally grateful for his help.” — Contributed

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he tried again and now he practices every day just like me,” she said. Kubota said her son knows all of her pieces but he enjoys playing all types of music. She said she learned to play pop and jazz but she is always drawn to the classics. You can hear Kubota perform the classics at her recital Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at the McMillan Arts Centre. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the Oceanside Arts Council.

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her teacher training, getting her masters degree at UVic. Seven years ago she made her way to Nanaimo where she teaches high school math, but Kubota felt she was missing something and resumed taking piano lessons with Teresa MarusarzBorek. She now performs regularly in recitals and master classes in Nanaimo and has inspired her eight year old son to study piano. “When he was four he started lessons but he wasn’t ready. A year and a half ago

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QUALICUM BEACH — Three clarinetists will bring a wonderfully retrospective program ranging from New Orleans to contemporary and set in tasteful arrangements created by the players when the Music on Sunday winter series begins on January 15 at The Old School House (TOSH). Presenting an historical tribute to jazz clarinet will be Francois Houle, Tom Colclough and Liam Hockley with Ron Hadley on piano and Joey Smith on bass. Hockley, who grew up in these parts, is working on his Master of Music degree, majoring in clarinet performance, at the University of British Columbia, where he studies with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Cris Inguanti. During his undergraduate years at the University of Victoria, he performed with the UVic Orchestra and Wind Symphony and played in chamber groups of all sizes and instrumentation, performing everything from wind trios by Mozart to the premiers of new works by student composers. In April of 2009, Hockley was the featured soloist in performances of Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations by the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. Hockley often performs in Oceanside with the clarinet trio, Horns of Plenty. Shawn Earle and Kate Frobeen are part of the trio and they performed several mini concerts in various locations around Qualicum Beach during the annual Harvest of music back in the fall. Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music. Whether he’s performing works by Mo-

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HUGH DONALD RUMOHR

April 29, 1922 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; January 7, 2012 Hugh was born on April 29, 1922 in Patricia, Alberta. Predeceased by his brother Joe. Survived by his loving wife Elaine with whom they enjoyed over 65 years of marriage, also survived by son Kim (Gina), daughter Erin, grandchildren Kji (Dianne), Jason (Jacquelyn), Dawn and great granddaughter Kaitlyn. Hugh joined the RCAF in 1940 and spent 4 years in India as a wireless air gunner. After the war, Hugh and Elaine married and owned a motel in Calgary for many years until they moved to Qualicum Beach in 1966 where Hugh became involved in real estate. He returned to farming in 1974, each spring through fall for many years, in Standard, Alberta. Hugh was a member of the Power Squadron and was a long time Rotarian. He enjoyed golďŹ ng and was a member of the Eaglecrest Golf Course followed by the Arrowsmith Golf Course. Hugh golfed until he was 88. He had a keen sense of humour and always enjoyed a quip or a laugh. A celebration of Hughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held at 243 West Crescent in Qualicum Beach on January 21st at 2:00 pm. Friends and family are invited to attend.

CALL FOR ENTRIES 10TH ANNUAL Kitty Coleman Woodland Art & Bloom Festival. Fine Art and Quality Crafts Juried Show. Presented in a spectacular outdoor setting May 19,20, 21 Applications for Artisans are available at woodlandgardens.ca or phone 250-338-6901

Happy 60th Cliff Love Monica and Family

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING EVENTS BRADLEY CENTRE Members & guests. Pancake Breakfast & Garage Sale January 15th, 2012 8:30---11:30 am

FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

DEATHS

DEATHS

INFORMATION

WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassiďŹ ed.com

Annual General Meeting Arrowsmith Agricultural Assoc. (Coombs Fair Board) to be held on Tues., January 24 at 7:30pm in the Fair OfďŹ ce 1014 Ford Rd., Coombs, BC.

PLACES OF WORSHIP

PLACES OF WORSHIP

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS NEW to the area? Call for your FREE package of info, gifts & greetings. Bev 250-248-4720 PV Ann 250-248-3390 QB & NOW, Introducing the

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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

LOST AND FOUND FOUND, BLUE Rubbermaid tote on the side of Grafton Ave. at Station, Coombs. Call to identify 250-954-7798 LOST BEY Blades with Stadium & light up Ceramic Angel, around Winchester Rd. (Coombs) If found please call Leona 250-248-5662

QUALICUM BAPTIST CHURCH WORSHIP SUNDAYS 10:30

LOST: LARGE Black Neutered Male cat with white markings on face,in the EagleCrest area. If found please call 250-752-6056

600 Beach Road Qualicum Beach

â&#x20AC;&#x153;WHEN TROUBLE COMESâ&#x20AC;? (Psalm 40:4-11)

Margaret Ellen

to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or hunt@blackpress.ca

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS 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. Govâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com

HELP WANTED Alberta earthmoving company requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will work in a modern shop and also have mechanics truck for ďŹ eld work. The job is at Edson, Alberta. We require that you have experience on Cat crawlers and or Deere excavators. Call Lloyd at (780)723-5051.

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OCEANSIDE STORAGE is looking for a Part Time person to join our team. Good customer service & computer skills required. Light maintenance duties. Send resume to: 1270 Alberni Hwy., Parksville, V9P 2C9 or email: info@oceansidestorage.ca

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

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McDowall (Brown),

passed away peacefully on January 6, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Alex McDowall. She raised her six boys in Vancouver: Allan (aka Sandy), Dan (Christina), Wally, Ron (Cory), David and Donald (deceased) Smith. She is predeceased by her brother Wally Brown and her sister Ellen Cawthra (Grant). She is survived by her sisters Mary Girard (Bill, deceased) and Jean Fanning (Paul, deceased), her grandchildren Chris (Stephanie), Trevor, Samantha, Ronald Jr., Challayne (Rob), Braden, many nieces and nephews, and great-grandchildren Tia and Clayton, Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law Bette and Mag Soglo and many nieces and nephews. She was many things to many people: a wife, a mother, an aunt, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a nurturing sister and a best friend. Margaret was born September 11, 1929 in Vancouver, BC to Edward Thomas Brown of Three Forks, BC and Jean Belle Brown (Roxburgh) of Vancouver. She attended St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. As a young woman she undertook and embraced the role of raising her siblings. Margaret pitched softball in her youth and was the President of the Kitsilano Little League when her sons played baseball. She worked in dietary services at both Vancouver General and Holy Family Hospitals. She loved to travel with her husband to Hawaii, Reno, Lake Tahoe and many trips in the car around BC. She spent a lot of time at the beach in Kitsilano and Nanoose Bay, her home for the last 20 years, and looking after her grandchildren. A special thanks is extended to the staff at Trillium Lodge and Dr. Carey Sulz. A celebration of life is planned for the spring of 2012 and donations to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society in lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers are appreciated. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

LOST IN the Smithers Rd. area, Neutered Male Cat, Tattooed # 4265m (with paw print) tortoiseshell, pink in color. If found Please Call Rebecca 250-937-9492 anytime.

In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, please donate to a charity of your choice if you wish. Please share a laugh or a smile with someone, as he so often did. FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

stoptheviolencebc.ca & coopgroop.ca are partnering for Discussion and Medical Marijuana Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market in Victoria or Nanaimo. Seeking Registered Charities with venue to host 1-day event for 15% of gross sales. (10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of thousands$?) Health Canada license. Info: coopgroop.ca

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VANCOUV ER ISLAND U N I V E R S I T Y

INFORMATION

INFORMATION

NEW FOR SPRING 2012! NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA) will hold its Annual General Meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday March 6, 2012, at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Street, Parksville.

Psychology 111 February 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 3, 2012 Thursdays 6-9 pm Room 265

The order of business will include election of directors and ofďŹ cers and presentation of 2011 ďŹ nancial statements and 2012 budget. Only property owners and business owners/operators within Parksville Downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business Improvement Area have voting privileges.

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PERSONAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

HELP WANTED

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HEALTH PRODUCTS

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HANDYPERSONS

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FULL TIME / Part time position available at Qualicum Stationers for desktop publishing position. Must have experience in computer graphics and retail sales. Photocopy experience a bonus, will train the right person. Apply in person with resume to: 206 First Ave. W. Qualicum Beach.

LOGGING TRUCKS - OWNER/OPERATORS WANTED (SHORT & LONG LOGS) - Chetwynd BC Very busy logging season ahead Good Rates - Accommodations provided Health/Dental available LOGGING TRUCK DRIVERS WANTED ALSO Ph: 250-788-6093 Fax: 250-7882848 Attn: DWAN email: lmyoung@pris.ca

QUALICUM BEACH Memorial Golf Course requires the services for a part time power cart serviceman. Duties include mechanical maintenance and detailing. Please drop resume off at the pro shop. 469 Memorial Rd. Qualicum Beach. Attention: Ross Mantell.

HOME product retailer looking for active partner with marketing experience. Low investment, growth potential. jimgrant55@hotmail.com

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

SMALL JOB Specialist. Experienced Contractor. At home or business. Small jobs a Specialty. Reasonable rates. Professional workmanship. Refs. Dave: 250-954-7877.

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

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CARRIERS

Needed in your area.

Call The News at 248-4341 ext. 260

CURRENT ROUTES AVAILABLE:

Qualicum Route #652 - 61 papers

FINANCIAL SERVICES

RESORT MANAGER: Mid Island Resort looking for an On Site Manager immediately. Applicants must have experience & knowledge of general office administration, customer relations, housekeeping, interior & exterior repairs & maintenance. Previous related experience & references are required. Please submit your resume to: File # 27, C/O: PQB News, Box 1180, #4-154 Middleton Ave. , Parksville, BC. V9P 2H2

Friendly in home Mac/PC support and lessons. Certified tech, 15 + years experience making technology approachable and easy to understand. All my work is guaranteed. Call

Scott @ 250-821-1994.

CONTRACTORS

Alder, Crescent Rd. W., Hoylake Rd W, Poplar & Yew

French Creek Rt #314 - 48 papers

SEEKING F/T Bookkeeper/Admin Assistant for growing Strata Management Company. Candidate must have accounting experience, knowledgeable with Simply Accounting and Microsoft systems. To apply send resume with cover letter to: strata@thekerrgroup.ca or fax 250-586-1102; all candidates being considered will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls.

Baldwin Rd., Pacific Cres., Sunrise Dr.

Qualicum Route #642 - 48 papers 5th&6th Ave w., Garden Rd w., & Primrose St.

Qualicum Woods Rt #604 - 88 papers Dogwood, Linden, Qualicum, Quatna & Tyee

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

Qualicum Route #628 - 32 papers Beach, Crescent Rd W, Hoylake W, Sunningdale

Qualicum Route #648 - 83 papers 1st Ave W, Cedar, Harlech, Hemlock, Jones, Mill & Rye

Qualicum Route #654 - 38 papers

TRADES, TECHNICAL

Bay, Crescent Rd W, Elm, Hoylake W & Rye Rd

Qualicum Route #650 - 41 papers

M I L LW R I G H T / M E C H A N I C REQUIRED – Full time position. Vancouver Island Chip Plant. Welding experience an asset. Union wage, full benefit package. Please contact joanne.stone @dctchambers.com

1st Ave W, Maple St, Mill Rd, Pine & Spruce St

Qualicum Route #658 - 85 papers 1st Ave W, Alder, Harlech, Mill, Moresby & Sangster

Parksville Rt #151 - 35 papers Banks Ave E, Birch & Moilliet St.

Parksville Rt #192 - 68 papers Pym, Doehle, Aquila, Bradbury & Todd

Parksville Rt #198 - 91 papers

PIPE LAYERS REQUIRED at Locar Industries. Minimum 5 years experience. Fax resume to 250-751-3314

Bay Ave, Dogwood, Roscow & Wisteria

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CLEANING SERVICES PAT’S HOME Care Service. Specializing in Personal Care And Home Cleaning. Honest, High Performance Standards Positive Attitude. Excellent Ref’s. Welcoming new Clients. Please Call 250-228-8201.

TREE PRUNING

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. O.K. THE HANDYMAN. Interior painting & plastering. Small or big jobs. 250-947-5970 POIRIER PAINTING, Residential / Commercial / Vinyl Siding / Driveway Sealing. Fully insured, Guaranteed Workmanship, Free Estimates. Call Dan 250-240-3528. WCB

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

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE APPLIANCES

Qualified and experienced personnel

$$ CASH PAID $$

Roses and Shrubs too!

Call 250-752-3161 or 250-240-0102 Luke Downs

CARPENTER HANDYMAN

1040 BELLEVUE ROAD Parksville 250-248-8251

Certified Journeyman 30 years experience

BUILDING SUPPLIES

Call Patrick 250-752-6616 OCEANSIDE HOUSE & Home: For all your home maintenance & repairs. Refs available. Pete (250)927-2641.

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

Trades & Applied Technology Skills for Life

Open the Door to New Opportunities FREE Information Sessions Power Sports & Marine Technician Wed, Jan 18, 6-8pm

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Office Careers Training Wed, Jan 25, 6-7:30 pm Automotive Thu, Jan 26, 6-8pm

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Call 1-866-734-6252 Room locations are confirmed at time of registration.

Welding Wed, Feb 1, 6-8pm

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. WOOD PELLET fuel for sale. We deliver. 250-757-9232

FURNITURE QUEEN SIZE BOX SPRING & mattress, 4 Poster Bed with matching 9 drawer mirror dresser. $250.00 Call Bob @ 250-248-3281

GARAGE SALES BRADLEY CENTRE, 975 Shearme Rd., Coombs. Jan. 15th, 2012, 8:30am-11:30pm

ESTATE SALE 1610 NORTHFIELD ROAD, NANAIMO Tuesday thru Friday Janaury 17 to 20th 10am-3pm Flooring, windows, doors, electrical items, antiques, books, household items, fishing gear & lots more.

www.smartmoveservices.ca

QUALICUM: 171 First Ave., Sat. & Sun., Jan. 14th, 15th, 9-3pm. Moving sale; Everything from A to Z.

BELLEVUE RECONDITIONED APPLIANCES Sales & Service.

FUEL/FIREWOOD

See our website for photos.

for NEWER FRIDGES, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS etc.

HANDYPERSONS

Are you interested in a career in the rapidly growing trades and applied technology industry?

$ TRAVE 1200 L GRA Availa

PAINTING

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

Fruit trees and ornamentals

REBECCA Jewell’s Home Cleaning Services House keeping cleaner available; meals, shopping and errands etc. Bondable and with references. Please contact Rebecca @ 250-248-4646

your seat

CALL NANAIMO:

Taping/ Texturing/ Painting. Renovation Specialist, 30 yrs of fast friendly service. Wayne 250-752-4658 QB

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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.

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE BY OWNER

FULL WARRANTY. Large Showroom

50+ Lovely one bedroom patio home in Parksville. Multiple upgrades. New paint, laminate floor, walk-in shower, 3 appliances. Meals optional. Small pet allowed. 250-334-7748

HOMES WANTED

Rebar For Sale

WE BUY HOUSES

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

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!

250-954-5704

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.

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

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Call: 1-250-616-9053

Employment Opportunity for SERVICEPERSON DRIVERS

(CASUAL POSITIONS) Competition No. 2012-04

The Regional District of Nanaimo has casual employment opportunities for Serviceperson Drivers and Serviceperson Handydart Drivers in the Transportation Services Department. These positions will be of interest to highly motivated and customer service oriented individuals. Visit our website at www.rdn.bc.ca for a complete job posting and job description.

Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Thu, Feb 2, 6-7:30pm Construction Trades (Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC) Wed, Feb 8, 6-8pm Hairdressing Wed, Feb 8, 6-8 pm Culinary Arts & Professional Baking Thu, Feb 9, 6-8pm Esthetics & Nail Technology Thu, Feb 9, 6-8pm Information Technology & Applied Systems Wed, Feb 15, 6-7:30 pm

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We Currently have the Following Vacancies: Supported Child Development Assistant - Fulltime Family Social Worker- 28 hrs/week Clinical Counsellor

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RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

HOUSES FOR SALE

APARTMENT/CONDO

HOMES FOR RENT

HOMES FOR RENT

SUITES, LOWER

OCEAN SANDS RESORT on Rathtrevor Beach. Fully furnished 2 bdrm condos includes utilities, cable, phone and internet. Available Now. $1100/mo. (250) 954-0662 .

3 BDRM, 2 bath Rancher. new construction, 15 min from downtown Qualicum. W/D, F/S, D/W, fenced yard, patio and double garage. N/S, small dog ok with approval. $1200/mo + utils. Avail Feb. 1. Call 604-290-4290.

PARKSVILLE ADULT oriented building, centrally located. H/Water incl. 1 bdrm, 1 bdrm with den, 2 bdrm. All avail. Feb 1st. Starting at $700 p/mo. Call 250-248-5431 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 - 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. QUALICUM BEACH, large 2 bdrm condo, 55+ bldg, bright Southern main floor with patio, close to town & golf club, $875 mo, long term lease. 130 Sunningdale E. Bob 250-479-0947

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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO 55+ INDEPENDENT LIVING. 1 bdrm, sunny patio condo. Includes laundry & housekeeping. Optional meal plan. Super location. $1100. 250-468-1465 DOWNTOWN QUALICUM Beach, beautiful 1-bdrm, bright, private. NS/NP. $850 mo. Ref’s required. Feb. 1st. Call (250)752-4224. GORGE VIEW APT 258 Gorge Road East Stes avail. - Some Immed. 1 Bdrm $860; 2 Bdrms $1120; 2 Bdrm & den $1125. Amenities incl’s indoor pool, fitness facilities, above grnd and parkade pkg, on site laundry. Onsite staff avail. Please call Sue or Elena 250-380-6566 Email: gvapts@shaw.ca PARK WEST APTS 55 Bay Street Stes avail. - some immed. 1 Bdrms from $875; 2 bdrms from $1125. Close to Victoria downtown, Save-On, Starbucks & transportation. Please Call Wendy 250-590-7505 Email: pw@ramco.ca WETHERBY APTS FOR SENIORS ONLY 55+ Spacious stes Avail. - some immed. Bach $750; 1 bdrm $890; 2 bdrms $1075 & up. Close to buses, Hillside Mall, doctors, dentists all within walking distance. Seniors lifestyle of convenience & comfort. On site laundry, social room. Staff available. Please call Bonny 250-598-1650 Email: weth@ramco.ca SEAGATE APTS 707 Esquimalt Road Stes avail. - some immed. 1 bdrm $875 & up; 2 bdrms $1010 & up. Indoor pool, exercise rm and many other fitness amenities. Full view of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Please call Sylvia 250-383-1731 Email: sea@ramco.ca

HILLIERS 1 BDRM apt. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $475 + utils. Avail now (250)468-2742 HILLIERS 2-BDRM apt. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $575 + utils. Avail now (250)468-2742 PARKSVILLE OCEAN view 2 bdrm Apt, quiet bldg, pets ok, heat/hot water incl’d, avail Jan. 15th, $800/mo.(250)248-3350.

317 Village Way, QB 1, 2 & 3 bdrm units. 5 appls, F/P, patio. N/S, sm pet ok. Starting at $750. Quiet adult community. Close to town.

250-752-5233. APARTMENTS FURNISHED FURNISHED ONE and two bedroom units available. All utilities. Phone 250-248-6532.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL 3,200 SQ brand new commercial building for rent, located on the Alberni Hwy across from the Co-op gas station. Extra large roll up doors, compound on the side and back of building. Cable and wireless internet included $1600.00 per month, Triple net $197.00 per month. 250-954-9547

COTTAGES DOWNTOWN PARKSVILLE, 2 bdrm, furnished, beach front cottage. Avail. until Jun1/12. Suit quiet people $750. util. incl. n/p,n/s. Ph: 250-248-3171 QUALICUM BEACH Cottage. Furnished bachelor w/kitchenette, NS/NP. $600./mo. inclds hydro, internet, cable. Avail. immed. References a must. (250)228-0239.

4 BDRM house, 10 min from Qualicum. $1000./mo. + hydro. Avail. immed. (250)616-7827. COOMBSclean country home. $875. Available Now. (250)248-1169, 250-927-2665. COOMBS- COUNTRY rental, 3 bdrm on large property, quiet with 2 bay carport, covered deck, W/S, large garden spot, F/S, W/D. Available Feb 1. $1000 mo. 250-752-2634. ERRINGTON: 1.5 bdrm, quiet acreage, lrg apt. $550/mo + util’s. Call (250)951-2995. ERRINGTON 1 Bdrm home on shared acreage. $650+ utils. Avail Now. (250)248-6998. FRENCH CREEK - 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, dbl garage. Fully fenced. N/S, Pets OK on approval. $1350./mo.+ utils. Call 250-951-2770 / 250-248-1900 PARKSVILLE, LARGE 3 bdrm, 1 bath, ocean view, 5 appls, close to beach and town, N/S, N/P, $1000 mo + D/D, refs req’d. Avail Jan. 1. 250-954-7403, 250-248-9985 PARKSVILLE: 2-BDRM loft home, large yard, 5 appl’s, long term lease option. New paint, great home. $1050. + utils. Call (250)248-6629. PARKSVILLE: 3 bdrm rancher, 1.5 bath, gas fp, 5 appl’s, $1200 util’s incld’d. Avail. now. Call 1(604)929-1345. PARKSVILLE: FURNISHED 2 bdrm, 2 bath home, 2 min walk to Parksville Beach, all utils, parking & attached garage included. Short term or Long term available. $1375. Doug, 250-889-2894. PARKSVILLE - NEWER 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher, good location. NICE HOUSE with economical heat pump & hot water, F/S, D/W, W/D, built in micro, Vacuflo, F/P, N/S, N/P, ref’s req’d. DD. $1295/mo utils. Avail Mar. 1st. Call 250954-1165 or 250-951-2636 QUALICUM Beach 3 bed/1 bath house. 5 appl/fenced yard. 1050 sq/ft. Bath reno’d with heated floors. Walk downtown. N/S, pet ok. Suits family or couple. Avail Feb 1st. $1150 + utils Call 250 951 1499. Jk8236@telus.net.

QUALICUM BEACH, 3 bdrms, 2 blocks to downtown, fenced, N/S, small pets negotiable, $1300 p/m. Avail. Immediately Call Bob 250-248-3281 QUALICUM BEACH: Newly reno’d 3 bdrm, located in country setting, mins from QB, N/P, avail. Feb. 1st. $1000/mo. Call (250)7526098, or (250)954-8847. QUALICUM BEACH: View Rd., 3 bdrm, on acreage, with shop, N/S, $900+ util’s, limited prkng. Call 1-604-307-7329.

Wendy Hofforth, Property Manager Rental Properties Nanoose Bay/Parksville/ Qualicum Beach For current rentals please check my website: www.vanislandrealty.com 124 Craig St., P.O. Box 460 Parksville, B.C. V9P 2G6 Toll Free: 1-866-386-2735 e-mail: cbpropertymanage ment@shaw.ca

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EMERALD ESTATES. 2 bdrm, 2 bath. Avail Feb 1st. $1350 inclds housekeeping & weekly laundry. Optional meal plan available. (250)951-3553.

2 BDRM suite, 10 mins to Qualicum. $650./mo + hydro. Avail. immed. (250)616-7827.

EMERALD ESTATES- (Parksville). 55+ independent living, 1 bdrm spacious, bright condo. Patio, new carpet. Homemaker & laundry included. Meals optional. NS/NP. $1050/mo + utils. Call 250-248-9249.

QUALICUM BEACH. 2 bdrm, 1 blk from ocean. 1200 sq.ft, 1.5 baths, D/W, storage room, covered prking, coin operated laundry. N/S. 10 unit complex. 1 pet OK. $1000/mo. 250802-7114. angela55@shaw.ca

HAWTHORNE PLACE Independent Living for seniors, 2 bdrm available dinner meal 7 days a week, light housekeeping, 24 emergency response. Please call Stacey Ryhorchuk at 250-752-4217.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION PARKSVILLE, CLOSE to town. Semi basement furnished studio, shared bathroom & laundry, $550 incls utils. Call 250-468-2000.

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ERRINGTON, 2 bdrm, shared acreage, upper duplex, shared laundry. Storage, garage, working farm, wood heated. $650./mo + hydro. Avail now. Call 250-248-0295. PARKSVILLE: SPACIOUS and attractive 2 bdrm, 2bath, in-suite lndry. Avail now. $950. N/S, cat ok. Refs. Call 250724-1212.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS 2 BEDROOM MOBILE LOCATED AT 1400 ALBERNI HWY, HAS LARGE DECK, LOCATED INN A TRAILER PARK, $750.00 PER MONTH INCLUDES CABLE AND WIRELESS INTERNET 250954-9547 HILLIERS- 2 BDRM Mobile. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $600+ utils Avail now. (250)468-2742. 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.

RENT YOUR HOME! Owner & Tenant Management Services Nanoose to Bowser View current rentals On our website: www.remax-first-bc.ca 250-248-1071 1-888-243-1071 propmgmt@remax-firstbc.ca Ron Limer Managing Broker Val Lambert Property Manager 21 - 826 W. Island Hwy Parksville, B.C., V9P 2B7

ROYAL LEPAGE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 250-752-6926 please refer to our website: www.parksvillerealestate.com to view our rental properties SMALL 3 bdrm Rancher close to Englishman River Falls in Errington. Sorry no dogs, no smoking $950/ month 250 248 8384. WATERFRONT HOME Nanoose- furnished, 6 appls, hot tub, F/P, NP/NS. Now to April 30th, 2012. $1200+ oil & hydro. Phone, cable, internet incld. Refs req’d. Call 604985-2420 or 604-626-5626.

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PARKSVILLE 2-BDRM, 55+. Close to all amenities. N/S, secure, comfortable, recently renovated. Avail immediately. W/D, F/S, D/W. $850./mo + utils. Ref’s. Call 250-248-6287.

1 BDRM BSMT SUITE. SUIT SINGLE. ON BUS RTE CLS TO BALLENAS SCHL. Separate entry, share laundry, partial furnished. INCLUDES heat, hydro & satelite. Nonsmoker. Parking. No pets. $650 for single, $750/mo for couple. Call 250-248-2468. COOMBS- IN the country, lrg property, 2 bdrm with large covered deck, carport, 4 appls. Feb 1. $1000. 250-752-2634. LOWER LANTZVILLE: 1bdrm suite. Walk to Beach. View. $775/mo. Includes hydro. Private patio. Non smoker. No pets. 250-755-5191. QUALICUM BAY- sunshine suite, gorgeous ocean view, 1 bdrm+ den, fully furnished. $900 inclds all utils, internet, cable. Call (250)757-8587. QUALICUM- COUNTRY living close to Qualicum Beach, 1 bdrm suite, wood stove, incl all utils, 3 appls + W/D, satellite TV incl. NS/NP. Avail Now. refs req. $760. 250-752-3557. WHISKEY CREEK. Self contained bachelor, newly reno’d, $550. NS/NP. All inclusive with Wireless internet & satellite TV Jan. 15th. (250)752-9793.

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By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER

Whether the weather is fine or foul, some people just can’t get the thought of fishing out of their mind. Rich Ronyecz of the Castaways Fly Fishing Club in Qualicum Beach knows that, so he’s expecting a good turnout when the club offers a special presentation at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre on January 17. The club has asked steel-

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Castaways welcomes fisheries biologist to speak he just recently retired,” he said. “He wrote a book called Skeena Steelhead, which has all the facts and stories about Skeena steelhead.” The doors for this free event open at 7 p.m., with the talk kicking off at 7:30.

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SPORTS Clipper sent to the Gens By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS

Riots’ striker Michelle Waters, left, was a force Jan. 8 as she scored a season-high four goals against the Blues.

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Riots run roughshod over Blues By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS Michelle Waters fed the net four times and the Oceanside Riots beat the Nanaimo Blues 5-4 in exciting U18 Girls soccer action at Qualicum Beach Rec Fields last Sunday. “That was a really good game — it was a seesaw battle from start to finish,” Riots’ coach Chris Wilson said that night. Indeed. Oceanside was leading 3-1 at one point when the Blues battled back to go up 4-3. “We scored the last two goals, and there was a big

goal mouth scramble in front of the net in the dying seconds,” said Wilson, adding a good save and a great clearing kick by one of their defenders salted the win. Worth noting is that both teams were a player short which meant no subs and a wide open field. “It was a fun game to watch,” said Wilson, whose side has been riddled with injuries this season. Sunday was only their third win of the season to go along with two draws and five losses. “It was a real good win — the girls earned it,” she said, adding Waters “scored some outstanding goals today —

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she was patient and it paid off for her.” Joyalea Carson-Austin scored Oceanside’s other goal, and Emily Becker “played outstanding in her first game playing goal, ever.” The Riots are on the road next Sunday against Nanaimo #4. The district’s other U18 girls side, Oceanside #1, also posted a well-earned win Sunday as they thumped the Tropicana 3-1 in Nanaimo. All three goals came in the opening half. Gaby Hebert opened the scoring and Chyanne Clark upped it

to 2-nil shortly after that and Lexy Berg scored just before the half. “We had control of the game and they scored with about five minutes left,” said O1 coach Mike Watson. “There were no spares so everyone dug down deep. They played very well for their first game after a month layoff — we hadn’t played since Dec. 11.” The win ups O1’s record to 6-2-2 and puts them third in the nine-team league. The side is back in Nanaimo Sunday for a late game under the lights. sports@pqbnews.com

Oceanside’s Save on Foods Generals have acquired 19-year-old forward Tristan Lowenberger from the Nanaimo Clippers. The move was made at the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) trade deadline on Tuesday and is the final piece of the puzzle for this year’s squad. According to Generals’ head coach and GM Dave Johnston, Lowenberger was in his second year with the Clippers and has been battling the injury bug this season, but the prognosis is for contributing here in Oceanside. Lowenberger, from Tristan Lowenberger. Coquitlam, “is a gritty SUBMITTED PHOTO kind of player that put up decent numbers in the BCHL.” Johnston said Lowenberger “is excited to get his BCHL career back on track and helping the Generals in their playoff drive.” “I think he’s going to provide really good leadership. He has a real strong work ethic ... I think it just gives us more depth,” said the longtime bench boss. “It makes us balanced through our four lines.” In other news, forward Joel Issigonis was dealt to the Grandview Steelers of the PIJHL for futures. GAME ON A reminder the Generals take to the ice at Oceanside Place Saturday night for a clash against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Baseball registration soon PARKSVILLE — From the desk of Oceanside Minor Baseball president Mike Parlow, a reminder to parents of players that in-person registration for the 2012 season will be available Feb. 18-19 at Save-On Foods in Wembley Mall from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. “If your child is new to baseball, please bring their birth certificate.” For more information go to www.oceansidebaseball.ca In other news, Parlow says OMB is proud to announce the creation of a new Bantam AAA team. SEE NEW ON A36

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Kwalikum hoops teams off to strong starts in 2012 By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS Kwalikum Secondary School’s Junior Girls basketball team has been on a tear since returning to the court from Christmas break, and head into this weekend winners of five of six so far in 2012.

The young K-Birds thumped the 49ers in Ladysmith Jan. 4 in their first game back, and last weekend they played tough and went 2-1 in Victoria at the Jr. Girls Island Challenge. According to Kondors’ teacher/ coach Jesse Witte, the locals opened with a

hard-fought loss to the provincially ranked Cleremont Spartans. “We were tied 16-16 at half time and went on to lose 38-29,” said Witte. “A very entertaining game — probably our best half of the year so far.” Kwalikum bounced back with a big 36-22 win over the Welling-

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ton Wildcats, and closed it out with a thrilling 34-32 win over their rivals from down the road, Ballenas Secondary School in Parksville. “We hung on, just barely,” chuckled Witte, then made the point, “the Wellington game was a really physical game, and then to have to (return to the court) shortly after to play Ballenas and to battle the way we did ... we showed a lot of grit.” The Kondor girls picked up where they left off this week posting a pair of wins — on Monday they beat the short-benched Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders 38-17, and on Wednesday they beat Ballenas in another nail-biter, 42-38 — a battle for top spot in the 11-team MidIsland league. The two wins ups the K-Birds’ regular season record to 5-0

AA Senior Boys team battled the Spartans in Cedar to a big 77-69 win on Tuesday. The Kondors are in Courtenay this weekend for the 43rd Annual, 12-team Towhee Invitational Tournament. They are back in action at KSS on Tuesday, Nov. 17 for a legauer against the Wellington Wildcats. “We played very well — probably our most complete performance of the year,” Frampton said of this week’s win, adding Grade 11 Nick Wassbauer led the locals with a seasonhigh 25 points, “20 of which came in the second half.” The Kondors are now 1-2 in league play (6-5 overall) with three games remaining against teams in the bottom half of the standings — which should set them up for a nice seeding heading into the North Islands.

Meanwhile, the Ballenas Whalers Senior Boys hoops team beat, handily, the Alberni Armada at home Tuesday night. JAMES CLARKE PHOTO and alone in first place for now with five games remaining. “We win because we have a team full of dedicated kids that know their role on the team,” said coach Witte. GAME ON The Jr. Girls are in Courtenay this weekend for a tournament at Mark Isfeld Secondary, and return home

to ‘the Nest Wed., Jan. 18 for a 5 p.m. tipoff against the Dolphins from Dover Bay. Kwalikum’s Jr. Boys team, who lost to BSS by one point (39-38) on Wednesday and are sitting middle of the pack in their league, play immediately after. IN OTHER NEWS Dave Frampton’s

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New Bantam level team starting up soon It will be for the North Island, and Parlow explains, adding in a merger with Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Powell River, the team will compete in the BC Minor Bantam AAA league. “The Parksville Royals have lent their support to this effort and will be involved in team selection and coaching support,” said Parlow. The Royals announced previously that the local Premier League club will not be fielding a Junior team for the 2012 season. “Oceanside has been

involved in this league in past and we continue to support our players’ involvement in Bantam AAA,” said Parlow, adding, “for those players who enjoyed the level of competition they experienced in Bantam or Peewee summer ball and wish they could play at that level all season long, AAA is an option you need to investigate. For those players with aspirations to play baseball with the Royals in their high school years, this is an excellent development opportunity.” The team will be based out of Courtenay and their home field will be Bill Moore Park. It

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Women’s soccer team awarded win after fold By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS The second half of the MidIsland Women’s Soccer League 2011/2012 season got underway last Sunday, and Oceanside United was awarded a win without taking to the field. Prior to this year’s annual break the long-running league lost the Courtenay Legends due to inconsistent turnouts. The top players from the Legends teamed up with some of the top players from the Courtenay Shooters over the break, and have formed the by all accounts dangerous, CVUSC Revolution — as in Comox Valley United Soccer Club Revolution. Oceanside was sitting atop the first-half standings with the Legends and were due to face them back in November when the up-Island side packed it in. On Dec. 11 Oceanside United shelled the Nanaimo Wheatys 5-nil in what was supposed to be the start of league’s second season. Because of the Legends folding and the ensuing scheduling nightmare, the league changed the start date of the second season — a clean slate wherein all teams revert back to a fresh record to see who represents the Island at the provincials — for the rest of the

teams to Jan. 8, but awarded OU (who were idle last weekend) the win. On Dec. 11, Oceanside’s scoring sisters, Natasha and Rebecca Collins, clicked for a goal each, and Taylor Mang, Heather Morrison and Angelina Gastaldello rounded out the scoring. OU keeper Pam Richer earned the shutout in net. GAME ON Oceanside United resumes league play this Sunday in Qualicum at high noon against the new team on the block. The Revolution won their first game as a team last Sunday with a 3-0 shutout win over the Outlaws. “Oh man, if they scored that many goals against the Outlaws they’re a very good offensive team — it’s going to be a tough game for us,” Mahony chuckled this week when THE NEWS caught up with him, adding, “they call themselves the Revolution, and that tells me they have a lot of fire in their bellies, that they want to shake things up in the league. They’re a combined team with some of the top players (in the league), and unfortunately we have to face them coming off a five-week layoff, but I know our players will play the best they can. It should be a great match.”

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wood Park Jan. 29 to take on Vic Field. Win that game and the ‘Bucs will play either Mid-Island or PacRim for the Island title the following weekend. “We are trying to get the Island Championships played in Nanaimo on the Turf Field at Beban Park,” said Shafi, “but it may end up down at UVic.” UVic is also hosting this year’s BC Field Lacrosse Championships Feb. 16-19. — James Clarke

Salmon Foundation dinner Jan. 21 QUALICUM BEACH — Conservationists and anglers will gather for a fund raising dinner, dance and auction on Sat., Jan. 21 to support Pacific salmon conservation, enhancement, education and habitat restoration activities in area watersheds. Tickets are still available, and money raised will be used by the Pacific Salmon Foundation to fund projects in the local area. “Our local streamkeeping volunteers do an extraordinary job of ensuring a sustainable future for the streams and rivers that Pacific salmon depend on for survival,” said Al Ehrenberg, who is the volunteer chairman of the mid-Island dinner and owner of the Gone Fishin’ tackle and hunting stores in Nanaimo and Port Alberni. “The volunteers are also tremendously resourceful, stretching every dollar raised through the dinner to ensure maximum impact.” Last year, three local projects shared more than $20,000 in Pacific Salmon Foundation grants. The French Creek Conservation Society received $10,000 to work with a private landowner to restore seven kilometres of degraded fish habitat. The Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society received $8,000 to assess improvements to the Englishman River watershed and to set future conservation priorities. The group also received an additional grant to improve Pacific salmon habitat in Centre Creek. This is the 11th annual Pacific Salmon Foundation dinner in Qualicum Beach. The dinner will kick off with a seafood reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an exciting live auction. The auctions and raffles will include giftware, artwork and jewelry contributed by local supporters and donors. The dinner will wrap up with dancing and music by Patrick Nicholson. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at Gone Fishin’ in Nanaimo at 600-2980 North Island Highway, or by phoning 250-752-1083 or emailing gonfial@telus.net. The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild wild Pacific salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. Since 1989, the foundation has invested more than $9 million to support volunteer-driven Pacific salmon — Submitted conservation projects.


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