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Centre in spotlight

Health centre has great deal of support - and many people consider this only the beginning AUREN RUVINSKY WRITER@PQBNEWS.COM Almost 20 years after the need for a health centre in District 69 was formally recognized, ground was broken in Parksville last month, but there are questions still being asked. A 2001 Central Vancouver Island Health Region report said the need for improved and additional health care services had been recognized as early as 1994, with some references going back to the 1970s. That report, by the precursor to the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), was supported by Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the Regional District of Nanaimo and has become a touchstone, especially for critics of the current process. In 2005, a follow up report by physician Tom Dorran called for an increase in inpatient beds over the 2001 study. The push became more organized in 2008 from the Oceanside Primary Health Care Task Force, made up of local doctors and politicians and then the formation of the Federation of Oceanside Residents Associations (FORA) to pressure VIHA. In early 2009, VIHA sent out a call for expressions of interest to build and operate a facility, kicking off the current process. It didn’t call for inpatient beds. From that first formal step it took a year for a request for proposals and then another year to choose the contractor.

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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Lynette Kershaw accepts her hand-carved Qualicum Beach Citizen of the Year trophy from Quality Foods’ John Briuolo Wednesday night. See page A18 for our coverage of the community awards night. .

Driver arrested in crash

Police suspect alcohol was a factor in a single vehicle crash in Qualicum Beach QUALICUM BEACH — Drinking and driving is being Upon attendance, the police say they found the driver to blamed for a single motor vehicle crash in Qualicum Beach be allegedly intoxicated by alcohol. He noted witnesses to last week. the incident helped the police by making key observations Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreand keeping an eye on the driver after Add your COMMENTS at man said the crash took place at the her crash. www.pqbnews.com intersection of Bay Street and High“Thankfully no other people were way 19A at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. harmed in this collision,” Foreman said. Foreman said the driver, a 48-year-old Qualicum Beach The driver was arrested and released to appear in B.C. Prowoman, drove her vehicle off the road and into a ditch after vincial Court in May for the offence of operating a motor — NEWS staff misjudging a turn. vehicle while impaired.

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Winners uncorked Linda Kelly of Qualicum Beach is the News’ first winner in our Parksville Uncorked ticket giveaway. With three different ticket packages from Tigh-Na-Mara and The Beach Club, we gave away more tickets to Barb Schultz of Qualicum Beach and Pat Mortlock of Parksville. Thanks to the 76 people who entered the draw. — NEWS Staff

Suspicious fire under police investigation Local police are treating a small fire in an abandoned home Wednesday night as suspicious. Firefighters responded to the house, on McMillan Street and found a small amount of combustible material ablaze. They quickly put it out. Police report a squatter had been staying there at the time. — NEWS Staff

Correction: Gnome-builder is not dead In our last edition, we reported that the builder of the ESSO gnome, Ron Hale, had died. That is not the case. He is very much alive. THE NEWS apologizes for the error. — NEWS Staff

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A woman was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital early Tuesday afternoon after she suffered a medical emergency while driving on Highway 19A and lost control of her vehicle. The car plunged off the highway and over a steep bank just north of Lee Road in French Creek.

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When the next big shaker hits, Don Alberg wants the firefighters at the Dashwood fire hall to be helping stricken residents, rather than digging themselves out. To this end, the chairman of the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department called upon the Regional District of Nanaimo to review the seismic suitability and operational function of their Hobbs Road fire hall. In a letter to the district board this week, Alberg noted that a 2008 seismic survey of rural fire halls found that while all the fire halls re-

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What’s good for the goose Estuary protection organizations are worried about the environmental impact of resident Canada geese in the mid-Island region. They are taking steps to help area estuaries recover from the damage BRENDA GOUGH

ing and grubbing by the ever increasing populations of non migratory Canada esident Canada geese are a geese (CAGO). Tim Clermont, vice-president of the familiar sight in these parts year round and their pres- Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Soence has several environ- ciety said for the Little Qualicum and mental groups combining Englishman river estuaries, this process their efforts to control the goose popu- may have already reached a tipping lation before the birds completely wipe point, beyond which the estuaries lose the ability to perform valuable ecologiout important habitat. The Oceanside group, Guardians of cal services. In both estuaries, ecologiMid-Island Estuaries Society (GMIES) cal communities containing Lyngbye’s made a plea to directors of the Regional sedge have been reduced to a fraction District of Nanaimo (RDN) on Janu- of their former extent. “We have all been impacted by the ary 17 for a $10,000 grant that will go towards controlling the invasive bird rise of resident Canada Geese over the population and repairing the damage past two decades,” Clermont said. “As they have done to the Englishman Riv- conservation groups have invested miler and Little Qualicum River Estuaries. lions to protect and restore estuaries, resident Canada Geese The funding request for have done more damthe GMIES 2012-2015 age than historical log rehabilitation project storage and handling was approved by directo these sensitive areas. tors but still needs forThe bottom line is we mal approval from the need to work together regional board before to reduce the resident the group gets the mongoose populations that ey. nest in our estuaries.” On estuaries all along For some biologists, the east coast of VancouCanada geese that stay ver Island, particularly in the area year-round where hunting opportuare no different than Eunities are limited, Canropean starlings, Ameriada geese are causing can bullfrogs or Scotch substantive changes to marsh habitats, accord- Geese are being tagged and broom which are conmonitored to determine their sidered invasive. ing to these reports. The geese were inAs the geese progres- habits in local estuaries. troduced to the area for sively remove the above and below-ground vegetation — main- hunting and wildlife viewing opporly Lyngbye’s sedge — the rich, organic tunities several decades ago, and their substrates erode and wash away. As a populations have been increasing ever result, the primary productivity of the since, causing all kinds of environmenestuaries — creating critical habitat tal problems. Some measures taken to reduce the for salmon, wintering and migratory waterbirds, and other species groups resident CAGO population includes egg addling, but the egg sterilization — is also eroded. The primary goal of the GMIES proj- program is currently limited to the Engect is to re vegetate the denuded areas lishman and Little Qualicum river estuwith native species that provide high aries. Research technicians with GMIES quality habitat for rearing juvenile sal- are calling for an expansion of the armonids and wintering waterfowl. It’s eas targeted for addling to include the hoped that the project will undo some Nanoose estuary as well as other areas of the damage done to the marsh struc- along the Englishman River. Culling the birds has been proposed ture and function resulting from grazreporter@pqbnews.com

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John Copper, president of Guardians of Mid-Island Estuaries Society with a recently tagged resident Canada goose. The group is conducting work, including tagging geese in an effort to control their population before the birds completely wipeout important habitat in Oceanside estuaries.

but whether such an extreme measure Migratory Birds Convention Act. In at will be considered isn’t clear. According least one other jurisdiction in Canada, to the Canadian Wildlife Service, cull- birds have been culled to protect ecoing has never been done in this region logical integrity and Species at Risk in a for any bird species, and there is no le- national park. gal mechanism for a cull through the See HUNTING, page A6

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District 69 gears up for Bike to Work Week PARKSVILLE — Organizers in District 69 are gearing up once again for Bike to Work Week — and they’re hoping more cyclists will take part. The Oceanside Cycling Coalition announced they have organized a planning meeting for the event.

Bike To Work Week 2012, to be held from May 28 to June 3, is part of provincewide initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling. It involves residents making the choice to lower their carbon footprint and increase their health. The planning meeting is

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However the species was not listed in the Migratory Birds Convention Act. Canada goose population management strategies have included egg sterilization programs, moult round-up and relocations, and modifications to hunting regulations. The latter option has its own set of problems because there are migratory Canada geese on midVancouver Island as well, including the provincially red-listed Dusky Canada goose so it is important that management strategies for nuisance birds not adversely affect rare migrants. Doug Janz, an expert on the subject and a director with GMIES, said hunter harvest continues to decline due to increasing urban growth and associated safety concerns. Yet, he stated increasing hunting opportunities could be part of a solution to the problem. “Providing larger bag limits and manipulating the season openings and lengths is feasible, but the real challenge is to direct hunting activities to areas that both attract geese and are suitable for the safe discharge of shotguns,” he stated, and added, “As there are numerous farms in the Parksville-Qualicum area that attract geese and cause depredation damage, our efforts will focus on these areas by connecting responsible hunters with willing landowners.” Clermont said education and outreach initiatives are integral to the development of community support for the rehabilitation project. Presentations have been previously made to a number of

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A goose is banded in an area estuary.

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different conservation groups and government organizations including the Nanoose Naturalists, The City of Parksville and the RDN and outreach to local farmers and businesses has been carried out and there will be further presentations to local fish and game clubs, conservation groups and businesses. Clermont said they are delighted local governments are taking a role in assisting them to provide the science and rationale needed to increase efforts to reduce the resident geese to a manageable level.

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Apology motion dies on table Councillors say town’s health centre support letter went too far STEVEN HEYWOOD

the letter would indicate council’s support of the centre as a foundation to build on — with The mayor called it silly, but the council no added opinions. called it a misrepresentation of their wishes, Coun. Scott Tanner agreed the mayor’s letter as Qualicum Beach councilors tried to revise a on behalf of council went too far, but disagreed health centre support letter sent by the town to with Willie and Luchmeijer over issuing an apolthe minister of health and the premier of B.C. ogy. back in January. “Let’s just leave it at (stating the At the council’s regular meeting town’s support),â€? he said. “Adding Monday night (Feb. 13), councilthe end (the apology) is rubbing a ors Dave Willie and Bill Luchmeijer little more salt in the wounds.â€? pointed out that a letter drafted on Westbroek said he didn’t mean to Jan. 20 — following a council meetdrag councilors into any other posiing (Jan. 19) at which the town’s potion on the health centre, saying he sition on the proposed new health was just expressing a frustration he centre was discussed and voted on has heard from the public about the — did not represent council’s wishhealth centre. BILL LUCHTMEIJER es. Instead, they stated the letter in“I think that this is ... silly,â€? he said cluded opinion by mayor Teunis Westbroek. of the debate. “People are misinterpreting this as a change “We must be on a different council,â€? retorted in council’s position on the health centre,â€? said Luchmeijer. “As a council, we have never disLuchtmeijer. “Council resolved to call it a start cussed this. This is not council’s opinion — it’s of a health centre, but the letter also included your opinion.â€? criticisms.â€? In two votes, both an amendment from TanThe letter, signed by Westbroek, states coun- ner to chop the apology portion of a new letter, cil’s support for the health centre, soon to be and the motion to even change the original letunder construction in Parksville. It also express- ter in the ďŹ rst place, died on the table as a result es concern over project delays. of a split, 2-2 vote. “To criticize the hand that feeds you is irreCoun. Mary Brouilette was not present. Copies of the resolutions and letter can be sponsible,â€? added Luchmeijer. found in this story at www.pqbnews.com. Coun. Dave Willie said his expectation was

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Staff Sergeant Brian Hunter says he has all the police ofďŹ cers he needs at the Oceanside RCMP detachment — and they are contributing to a town with the third-lowest crime stats among communities its size in B.C. Hunter presented the local 2011 crime stats report to Qualicum Beach town council Monday night (Feb. 13). He said similar statistics from

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When students showed up for classes at Springwood Middle School on Wednesday morning, there was very little evidence left of an incident that happened the day before which resulted in the evacuation of the school. A sprinkler head in the schools fire prevention system was activated after a student threw a rock at it, sending hundreds of gallons of water into classrooms and flooding the second floor hallway. School District 69 superintendent Jim Ansell said staff at the school did a remarkable job evacuating the 417 students when the incident occurred just before the end of the school day February 14. He also said the clean up crews did an amazing job. “I was there the next morning and there were no signs that an event even happened,” he stated. He said the damage was quite minimal considering how much water was released. “A few text books got wet and we had to replace some ceiling tiles,” he admitted and added at this point he has no estimate on the cost of the cleanup.

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He did agree the incident was tragic for some students in the scrapbooking elective whose projects were badly damaged by the water.

Spike in area vandalism sparks watchful eyes FRENCH CREEK — Oceanside RCMP are asking residents to keep their eyes peeled for suspicious activities after a rash of vandalism complaints in the French Creek area recently. “Many residents in that area have

awoken on the weekends to find graffiti and property damage to local signs, bus stops and other infrastructure,” said Cpl. Jesse Foreman. “These needless acts frustrate everyone and result in thousands of dollars

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As for the student responsible, he has been dealt with according to Ansell. He said the incident was used as a learning opportunity for the child and his parents, who met with Parksville fire Chief Doug Banks to discuss the ramifications of what transpired. “When I arrived at the school on the afternoon of the event, I could see there was a good conversation going on with all those involved.” Banks said his department responded sending two trucks to the scene. He said once they determined there was no fire they disabled the sprinkler system but not before it released 18 to 20 gallons of water per minute over about a 15 minute period. Banks said sprinkler heads contain a bulb that are sensitive to heat and when the bulb breaks, that is when water starts flowing. He said in this case the bulb broke because it was hit with an object. He said the student who was throwing rocks inside the school has stated he didn’t mean to hit the sprinkler and he immediately informed his teacher when it happened. Banks said the lesson for students to learn from this incident is that rocks should not be thrown indoors.

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he Conservative government’s proposed online surveillance bill has got to be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever conceived. Indeed, police need better tools for tracking crime on the Internet — but are we as Canadians willing to abandon the rule of law and due diligence and allow unfettered access to personal information? Currently, police must get warrants in their investigation of criminal matters to balance the conflicting interests of the state and people’s right to privacy. According to public safety minister Vic Toews, to oppose the Conservatives’ plan to do away with that balance in Internet cases, means we are ‘standing with the child pornographers’. It’s just this type of fear-mongering and specious reasoning that brands opponents of such legislation in a negative light. It’s a political strategy to stave off criticism. Toss out the words ‘child pornography’ and we all recoil in horror — reasonable people want this crime to stop. Then the government will point out child porn crimes have gone up in recent years. Statistics Canada’s outline of police-reported crimes in 2010 showed there were 2,190 child porn cases, 36 per cent more than 2009’s number of 1,610. Sounds like the police are doing their job already, and finding the criminals or criminal acts. That’s one way to look at it. Another would be to take the 36 per cent statistic and use it to sell this bill. That figure alone seems steep. Only assaults on police officers and aggravated sexual assaults have increased more — yet those numbers are quite low. The attack on child pornographers in the announcement of this bill is only a small part of its potential uses. The feds also want it use it to track organized crime. This, despite Stats Can’s 2010 police-reported crimes shows an almost across-theboard drop in crime rates. As Internet-based crime continues to be a concern (child porn, scams, bullying etc.), it’s important for police to be able to keep up and get the information they need in a timely manner. But we shouldn’t abandon the checks and balances in place to insure the state’s interests do not override our own. — editorial by Steven Heywood

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Letters ENOUGH BACK SLAPS I hope the visiting ministers, (THE NEWS, Feb. 14) at their invitation only hand shaking, had a good time. It was nice of the chamber of commerce to hold a closed meeting to deect any negative light that might have shone on them. This old style political back slapping has outlived its usefulness to any community. I understand why they do it, but having it was a major mistake. Our premier gives a throne speech from CKNW and the boys from Victoria hold a closed meeting. I would have thought that people that we elect to run our provincial government were smarter than that. I guess I was wrong! The tactics of spinning whatever the ruling party thinks best for its longevity, so obvious to any observant voter, typiďŹ es this archaic model of party politics. We must get beyond this childish party political dance of self interest and get to taking care of the province of British Columbia and the country of Canada. Those elected must be accountable to the electorate and voters must make them responsible for their actions. BOB TRITSCHLER Parksville

WHY NOT REACH OUT? With respect to the visit from the phalanx of provincial government cabinet ministers to Parksville on Monday, I refer to your quote from Minister Chong, “In less than a year from now, in May of next year, we will

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go to the polls and a we will be electing a government.� I would like to make a couple of points. May of 2013 is not less than a year from now, and is in fact about 15 months away. Maybe the minister has signaled some election intentions that have not yet been made known. One might come to this conclusion given that this visit seemed like a blatant campaign whistle stop. Why would these ministers not take this valuable opportunity to reach out to the broad community? After all, we are expecting good governance from them for the remainder of their term, however long that may be. At the same time, they might divine what would make a good election platform by listening to all of their constituents rather than just the chamber of commerce. PAT JACOBSON Qualicum Beach

QUESTIONS ON CRIME The recent article about declining crime rates in Oceanside area is lacking in background detail and in categories of related community safety and satisfaction. First up, the readers need to know if the local RCMP have undertaken a proactive safety program that deals effectively and decisively with complaints of chronic speeders and reckless drivers within neighborhood hotspots. Satisfaction with police is not possible if children’s and pedestrians’ lives are put into daily peril and police can’t deal with it. Secondly, this report lacks a perspective of balance. It would be interesting to know if

complaints, ofďŹ cial and preliminary, against the local RCMP have increased, how many were successful and why many fail. I notice the category of offenses is limited, and wonder why neighborhood mischief is on the increase and how that can be broken down into speciďŹ cs and root causes. I also wonder what role community policing involves, if there are resources to followup on community irritants and safety concerns that affect children and school zone trafďŹ c offenses. It is too soon and specious for the local Staff Sgt. to be patted on the back. PETER BOLTEN Parksville

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COST IS PROHIBITIVE Cat scans cost $100,000 and have a short shelf life. MRIs cost $3,000,000 and have a short shelf life. As well, these machines require a high level of expensive maintenance. StafďŹ ng costs are approximately $100,000 to $250,000 per year. The availability of qualiďŹ ed staff is very limited. With more nursing home beds and a small palliative unit, we would free up the NRGH active treatment beds. This would also be an asset to many senior partners living in Oceanside as a lot of these partners require rides to see their loved ones. If you lived in West Vancouver and had to go to Vancouver General for cancer treatments or other needs; the drive is a traumatic experience compared to our easy jaunt to NRGH. PAT NEASE Parksville

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Rules to write by I’m a workaholic, so I like to work. I’m self-employed, building fences with my company, Oceanside Fencing. STEVE METHERINGHAM Whiskey Creek

I like to walk the beach and a little bit of hiking. MAT MCINTOSH Qualicum Beach

I like to go to Village Theatre, which is on right now with You Can’t There From Here. I like to go to coffee at Qualicum Foods and wander Second Avenue.

I like to play guitar. My band is called GrifďŹ nWoods Trio. Been on a three-week tour and today is my last day in Qualicum today at The Old School House arts centre.

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PUBLIC BUDGET INFORMATION SESSIONS 2012/13 OPERATING BUDGET DEVELOPMENT The Board of Education of School District No. 69 (Qualicum) has scheduled two Budget Information Sessions to begin developing the 2012/13 Operating Budget. The sessions will be held on: Wednesday, February 22nd Springwood Middle School (Multi-Purpose Room) 3:45 - 5:15 pm (Staff)* 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Public)* *Members of the staff and public are welcome to attend at whichever time is most convenient for them. This is an opportunity to provide the Board with your input as to District budget priorities. Attendees will participate in round table discussions, sharing the resulting suggestions with the Board. Budget deliberations will continue in a series of Board meetings to be held in the Forum at the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre on March 27 (6:30 pm) and April 11, 18 and 24 at 7:00 pm. All meetings are open to members of the public and district staff.

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Thefts from motor vehicle took a steep plunge, going from 82 to 41. As other numbers fell, some held the line. Traffic offences, however, jumped from 872 reported incidents in 2010, to 1,110 in 2011. That was, Hunter said, due to a focus by the department in that area. As for unreported crime, Hunt-

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THROUGHOUT THE SPRING • Milner Gardens will be open each Sunday starting on Sunday February 5th until March 25th. The Gardens and Tea Room will be open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, with last entry at 2:30 pm. Come watch the blooms as they unfold and stop in for a cup of tea or a hot bowl of soup. Milner Gardens & Woodland, 2179 West Island Highway, Qualicum Beach. Phone: 250-752-6153 Email: milnergardens@shaw.ca Website: www.viu.ca/MilnerGardens • Music On Sunday at The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach. Check the website for a complete description of each week’s performance. Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Phone: 250-752-6133 Email: qbtosh@shaw.ca Website: www.theoldschoolhouse.org • Live Music at the Old Dutch Inn Restaurant with Ron Hadley on Sunday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Check out the entertainment calendar on their website for more details. Phone: 250-752-6914 Website: www.olddutchinn.com/dining • Enjoy Live Music at DEEZ Bar and Grill. There is an open Mic Jazz Jam the first and third Monday and Live Music every Thursday from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Come and enjoy a night full of local talent and entertainment! Visit Deez’ website for details. Phone: 250-752-8055 Website: www.deezbarandgrill.com • The Qualicum Beach Museum is open each Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm from October to May. Phone: 250-752–5533 Website: www.qbmuseum.net • The Shady Waterfront Restaurant: Middle of the week Wednesday is dull no more! Every Wednesday in February, listen to the piano stylings and beautiful vocals of Gary Hodi in the restaurant from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with special guest vocalist Rosalee Sullivan. Phone: 250-752-9111. • Live Music at the Old Dutch Inn Restaurant 6-9:00 pm. Check out the entertainment calendar on the website for more details. Phone: 250-752-6914 Website: www.olddutchinn.com/dining

• Qualicum Beach Farmers Market - Open every Saturday 9:00 am to noon beginning March 3 in the Community Hall, Veterans Way at Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach. Contact the Market Manager at 250248-8005 or email qbfmmanager@gmail.com for more information. There will be some vegetables available and plenty of fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, fish, chicken and pork, as well as a wide range of local crafts and live entertainment. • Live Local Talent at The Shady Rest Pub. Dance your heart out, or sit and enjoy! The evening starts at 7:00 pm with no cover charge. See the online calendar of events for details on the talent performing each week. Phone: 250-752-9111 Website: www.shadyrest.ca FEBRUARY • Until February 26, 2012 - ECHO Players present a comedy “You Can’t Get There From Here.” When a big-city reporter stumbles on a B&B in an isolated small town, run by a few eccentrics, the resulting hilarious experiences change his life in more ways than one. Shows at The Village Theatre, 110 West 2nd Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC. Call the box office at 250-752-3522 or visit the website at www.echoplayers.ca • February 25, 2012 - Help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Old School House with A Night at the Silent Movies. This event stars Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and features pianist Bruce Vogt. Starting at 7:00 pm tickets are $18 including light refreshments. Phone 250-752-6133 or visit www.theoldschoolhouse.org for more information. MARCH • March 6, 2012 – Qualicum Beach Family History Society and the Qualicum Beach Historical Society and Museum join in bringing you the featured speaker, Lynne Bowen, who will talk about her research and book “Whoever gives us bread - the story of Italians in B.C.” Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 7:30 pm. Website: www.qbfhs.ca • March 8, 2012 - Join in celebrating the Town of Qualicum Beach’s 70th Birthday at Then and Now Fashions presented by the Qualicum Beach Historical & Museum Society. Taste the offerings of local cuisine and sip refreshing beverages while enjoying the glamour of a private vintage fashion collection intertwined with the style of current local fashions, This Qualicum Beach Museum fundraiser will be held at the Civic Centre. Tickets are $20 each and

are available at Fresh N Fabulous Flowers & Gifts on Second Avenue. For more information, contact Sherri Verdec at 250-757-8279. • March 10, 2012 - So You think you can dance – Qualicum First Round Auditions at Thalassa Restaurant. This event is open to all dancers grade 6 to 12. Grand Prize is a trip for the winner to Las Vegas with backstage passes to a Cirque’s Beatles Love! Call 250-594-1150 for more information. • March 29 to April 10, 2012 – 2012 Brant Wildlife Festival. The festival is a celebration of nature, particularly Brant geese as they rest and feed on the shores of the Parksville & Qualicum Beach. Events range from an opening night kickoff to wildlife tours to an eagle release. Visit www.brantfestival.bc.ca for the complete schedule of events. APRIL • April 5 to 22 2012 - ECHO Players presents Dancing at Lughnasa. In the Summer of 1936, in a remote part of County Donegal, the five Mundy sisters live a simple life with older brother Jack, a missionary priest, and seven-year old Michael. Barely able to make ends meet, the sisters acquire their first wireless radio and dream of happiness and love. Years later as Michael looks back at the events of that Summer, a tender and passionate portrait of the Mundy sisters’ lives unfolds. Call the box office at 250-752-3522 or visit www.echoplayers.ca for further information. • April 7 to 9, 2012 – Easter Bunny Search at Milner Gardens. Find bunnies for an Easter treat and learn interesting facts about rabbits while you search. Gardens are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Phone 250-752-8573 or visit www.viu.ca/milnergardens to find out more. • April 21, 2012 – 10th Annual Rotary Wine Festival. The Annual Wine Festival is always a sell out event at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are available from any Rotarian or at Mulberry Bush Book Store. For more information contact Michael Procter at 250-757-8803. • April 26 to May 13, 2012 – Rhododendron Blooms at Milner Gardens. The Rhododendrons at Milner Gardens are one of the Garden’s most significant collections. If you ever wondered when the best time to see this is, this would be it! Enjoy your walk through the woodland garden while the Rhododendrons put on their best display. The Gardens are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit

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t was a night of gratitude when the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce held their annual Qualicum Beach Community Awards Wednesday night — gratitude for the hours of volunteer time, endless instances of extra effort and a deep sense of community commitment demonstrated by this year’s nominees. In all, master of ceremonies Dave Graham recognized 15 nominees to the appreciative packed house at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, praising each of them for the positive differences they made to the community. This ability to make a difference was highlighted by feature speaker Ken Schley, who used his own experience as one of the founders of Quality Foods as an example of how much can be accomplished by those who have what it takes to follow their dream. Taking the award for Outstanding Customer Service was Michelle Brown from Carlson Wagonlit Oceanside Travel, who suggested fellow nominees Emily Dunsmore and Lorna Jorgensen were equally deserving. The award for Best New Business went to Naked Naturals Whole Foods, who edged out the Courtyard Cafe and the Hot N Cool Yoga Club. Dolly’s Home Hardware, which recently moved into their brand new facility on Second Avenue, was named Business of the Year, with Faye’s Gifts and the Memo-

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Qualicum Beach community award winners included, from left, Naked Naturals’ Kris Baker and Jordan Batey, Volunteer of the Year Gary Statham, Outstanding Customer Service winner Michelle Brown, Dolly’s Home Hardware’s Doreen Patterson and Sian Summerhayes, Citizen of the Year Lynette Kershaw and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Art Skipsey.

rial Compounding Medicine Centre also nominated. Gary Statham took home the Volunteer of the Year award for his willingness to step into pretty much any volunteer breach faced by community groups. Also nominated were Vivien Sansom and Donna Cortis. Likely the most coveted title of the evening: Citizen of the Year, was a tough

choice between Lynette Kershaw, Judy Southern and Joyce Beaton, with Kershaw accepting the award from Quality Foods’ John Briuolo. Finally, former mayor and Historical Society sparkplug Art Skipsey was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Skipsey urged the community to consider asking new residents to devote a few of hours per week to volunteering.

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Health centre in the spotlight

What we wanted

As the ground breaks on a new health centre in Parksville, serving all of District 69, differing camps are alike in one desire: for more from the province

Source: 2001 capital study on what District 69 residents were originally requesting: 1. Urgent care — 24 hour a day, 7 day a week treatment of unscheduled patients for unexpected illnesses and injuries except stroke, heart attack and major trauma. 2. Primary health care — family physicians, nurses and support staff providing a wide range of care over extended hours of operation. 3. Ambulatory care — an extension of primary care for heart health, pulmonary & asthma, diabetes education, foot care, women’s health issues and hypertension. 4. Diagnostic and treatment — clinics for palliative care, medical daycare, cancer program, minor procedures, visiting specialists, modern diagnostic radiology and on-site labs. 5. Inpatient services — 45 beds for care by family physicians, short-stay assessment, convalescence and palliative care.

Parksville resident overseeing the construction AUREN RUVINSKY

She said she is excited about the OHC’s innovative use of technology and other health care The site is being cleared for the newly brand- workers like nurse practitioners which will tie in ed Oceanside Health Centre (OHC) this week nicely with a new provincial initiative. and it’s future director Sheila Several aspects of the new faCruikshank is on the job. cility, like the use of electronic Cruikshank, still a registered health records and self-schedulnurse with an additional masters ing will become a flagship for all in nursing, has been the VIHA of VIHA, she said. director of community integraThis will make the system more tion and service development for efficient so patients don’t have to the Oceanside area since August, keep repeating all their informa2011. She is overseeing the contion and it expedites care. struction and will manage the The facility will also focus on a new facility when it opens in the lot of integrate services for things summer of 2013. like home care and various proCruikshank was the vice presigrams like mental health and SHEILA CRUIKSHANK dent of St. Joseph’s Hospital in preventative health, meaning paComox and said it was coincidence that she tients have a single point of entry to a team of lives in Parksville. health professionals. She said when the Vancouver Island Health It will also be closely linked to the Family Authority (VIHA) asked her to take the job they Place building currently taking shape on the were surprised to hear she lived here and said other side of Parksville, which will house serwhen people in the area hear that they really ap- vices from three provincial ministries, including preciate her local connection. public health nurses.

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TIMELINE: Health centre a long time coming 2001

Central Vancouver Island Health Region report says Oceanside health centre need recognized as early as 1994.

Centre in the spotlight: Critics want a lot more CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1

“You said you wanted us to ‘do it now’,” he said in reference to a FORA petition in early 2009, “well we’ll do it today!” “We’re just listening to the community — they want to be cared for as close to home as possible,” said VIHA president and CEO Howard Waldner. “[It] will bring new and existing health services together under one roof for added convenience for patients... and will offer improved care coordination and a single, state-of-the-art electronic health record that will place complete information at the fingertips of the health care team, ensuring a focus not only on immediate care needs, but also on longer term health promotion and disease management.” Regional district chair Joe Stanhope

said “The new facility and its associated services will improve access to health care services and overall care co-ordination for Oceanside residents for decades to come.” But the critics aren’t convinced and are still calling for the 2001 recommendations, focusing on the lack of inpatient services as proof the current proposal is just “a medical clinic with some claimed ability to deal with urgent care for two thirds of the day,” as critic John Olsen has said. The 2001 report called for 45 inpatient beds for short-stay assessment, convalescence and palliative care, which everyone from the health care task force to local politicians to FORA representing 20,000-plus members, said was a minimum at the start of the current process.

In the last couple years some organizations, including FORA, accepted that there simply wouldn’t be inpatient beds, and said it’s better to take what the area can get and keep pushing for more in the future, rather than risk getting nothing. “This is not what the community asked for, and how would they know, there were no surveys or public consultation,” said Rick Sullivan, a local social activist. “It doesn’t have beds, an emergency room, it’s not open 24/7.” Other local politicians agree and say the entire process is flawed. “Two proposals were received and considered in secrecy by VIHA. There was no public review or discussion whatsoever,” local NDP candidate Barry Avis recently wrote to THE NEWS. “Local doctors were not consulted

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What we’re getting Project underway will include: 1. Urgent care — open 7:30 a.m.10:30 p.m., 7 days a week immediate assessment and treatment for medical conditions that require same-day treatment and stabilization for transfer to hospital. 2. Primary health care — up to ten health care providers, supported by an interdisciplinary team targeted at prevention, health promotion and chronic disease management. 3. Ambulatory care — an extension of primary care including home and community care, mental health and addiction services and health promotion. 4. Diagnostic and treatment — clinics visiting specialists, modern diagnostic radiology and on-site labs. 5. Electronic record keeping and other existing direct VIHA services from across District 69. — no inpatient services.

2005

Dr. Tom Dorran report calls for increased inpatient bed capacity over 2001 study.

• The new, two-story, 3,640 sq.m (39,000 sq.ft.) facility is budgeted at $15.79 million, of which local tax payers will pay 40 per cent through local property taxes. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and able to care for about 75 per cent of patients who typically visit an emergency department. It will have all the latest technology.

2013 PLUS

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As construction proceeds, area residents are not shy about their feelings, as in this politely-defaced sign, calling for 24/7 health service.

2009

FORA formed. VIHA posts and receives expressions of interest (EOI).

2010

VIHA issues requests for proposals to five parties. Stanford Place Holdings selected.

2011 2012

Centre completion scheduled for May, 2013. Scheduled to open to the public in summer, 2013.

Trillium Lodge property chosen for centre. Premier Clark promises action before end of the year. Groundbreaking on Jan. 27, 2012.

supporters urge people to keep fighting for more either in the preparation of the ‘request for proposals’ or in consideration of the proposals.” Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser went even further: “I think we need an investigation into how we got to this point without public tendering, VIHA is just shifting the cost back onto the local taxpayers and we’re not getting any new services.” There are also ongoing questions about the private-public model with Stanford Holdings originally chosen to build and run the facility, then shifting mid-process to The Lark Group (half of Stanford Holdings) only building it, with VIHA owning and running it. George Lupton, a member of the Arrowsmith Rest Home Society that submitted the only other proposal, doesn’t

see the benefit to the community and stresses that it’s not just “sour grapes,” but he doesn’t think the facility will add anything new. “Nothing is being gained except centralization, the $450,000 in VIHA leases is being taken out of the community,” he said, drawing on 25 years experience as a hospital administrator. “Public money is going to a private facility, on public land, not currently subject to taxes.” Retired Qualicum Beach doctor Peter Quily, who for the last decade has been lobbying various governments and health agencies for more service here, said this is only a first step and people should not stop fighting for more. Despite his many years in the fight, he remains upbeat and pleased the new

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by FORA spokesperson Tom Davies, a passionate speaker and proponent of the centre. He too agrees this is the beginning to expanding care services here. Local municipalities, too, are on board. Parksville councillor Bill Neufeld is a supporter, who says a small hospital here just won’t work. He said he would rather see paramedics, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals trained in advanced life support, before a tiny, inadequate hospital based on outdated models. In the meantime, the centre is scheduled to open by June 2013 with 10 additional health practitioners to compliment the current 36 in the area. Waldner said health practitioners include nurse practitioners and dentists, and more.

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DEATHS

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IN MEMORIAM

COMING EVENTS

JUSTIN MICHEAL GAIR

BRADLEY CENTRE Members & guests. Pancake Breakfast Feb. 19th /12 8:30---11:30 am

Joyce Clara [Jones] Jackson nĂŠe Montgomery July 1, 1928 to February 5, 2012 Joyce was born and raised in Montreal. She was married to Evan Jones for 27 years until his death in 1977. Upon her remarriage to Ken Jackson in 1983, she lived in Belleville before moving to BC in 1989 living ďŹ rst in Harrison Hot Springs then Nanoose Bay. Joyce leaves to celebrate her life and remember her gentle spirit, kindness, quiet strength, sense of humour, love of family and friends, sound wisdom, beautiful blue eyes and wonderful smile are her loving daughters Stephanie Jones [Parksville], Heather Rennick [Ottawa]; stepchildren Janet (Gary) Reschke [Union Bay], Judy (Paul) Carson [Edmonton], Jeff (Dana) Jackson [Enderby]; sister Grace Stevenson [Oshawa] and niece Marilyn Montgomery [Calgary]. Joyce’s love of life will be forever present in this world because of the special love she shared with grandchildren Courteney, Marie, Andrew, Joanna, Rayna, Deanna and Danny. Joyce has happily accepted the role of Guardian Angel to great-grandchildren Jullian, Kage, Quinn, Calla and Avery. She was predeceased by her brother Allen Montgomery, son-in-law Carson Rennick, niece and nephew Fern and Kevin Stevenson. Thanks to the staff at Stanford Place for helping her enjoy quality of life for the time she lived there and extra special thanks to the staff of the Fairview Unit for the kindness, comfort and superior care provided throughout her ďŹ nal days. To honour her life, please consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, SPCA, Heart & Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Goodman, Stanley Lynn Friday, January 6, 2012 1912 - 2012

Stanley passed away peacefully with family by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Virginia (Greg) Smith, son Peter Goodman, daughter friend Brenda Dendaas, and his grandchildren, Stephanie, Jesse and Ashley Goodman, and Anthony Smith; not to mention a small country of people who were touched by his life. Stanley was known by all who met him, for his gentle nature, his sense of humour, and his unconditional love. Stanley was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba where his family owned and ran the Goodman Dairy Farm. In 1963, he and his wife, Alice, and their two children, moved to Vancouver where Stanley became an auto mechanic. They retired to Qualicum Bay in 1976. Stanley was an avid reader, and thanks to recorded stories, even when he lost his eyesight. He also enjoyed a variety of music genres; especially when in the company of his dogs. He had several over his lifetime but “Bummerâ€? was his soul-mate. His love of the outdoors found him contributing his time and energy on the community hiking trails in Lighthouse Country while his zest of gardening produced many a conversation with the neighbours as they stopped to admire his abundant owers and plants. We express our most heartfelt thanks to the Staff at Eagle Park Care Facility in Qualicum Beach. You were not only family to Stanley, but you became our extended family, too. Stanley’s quality of life was enhanced by your compassion, respect and professional care. For this we are eternally grateful! A Special thank you to Oceanside Hospice and to Qualicum Beach Funeral Centre. The family will be attending a service held at Eagle Park Care Facility, Wed. February 22 at 10:00am. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to Eagle Park Auxiliary, 777 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, V9K 2L1 100% goes to the garden fund or to Parksville/Qualicum S.P.C.A. box #1407 Parksville BC V9P 2H3

Jean Francis Reimer (Hayter)

July 24, 1988 February 17, 2006

Born in Vancouver 20th May 1924. Jean passed away 20th January 2012 at Nanamio General Hospital with her family and friends at her side. Jean is survived by Lawrence, her husband of 62 years; son Larry (Margaret), grandchildren Kelli and Mark; Darcie, Liane; sisters Edna, Grace and other extended family members. Predeceased by her daughter Caroline and her siblings Bob, Bill and Betty. In 1942 at age 18, Jean enlisted in the RCAF (WD). Discharged in 1946, she returned to Vancouver, where she was married in 1949, worked and raised their family until she and Lawrence retired to Parksville in 1974. Jean was always cheerful and upbeat and will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.

6 years ago Justin left us, and our lives will never be the same. He is thought of every day and will never be forgotten. I love you son, Mom

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE PARKSVILLE Community Garden AGM will be held Sat. Feb. 25th, 2012 @ 1pm. at the SOS building on 245 W. Hirst Ave. Everyone Welcome! Use the W. Hirst Entrance.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING EVENTS

INFORMATION .

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 COOMBS Farmers Institute Notice of 99th A.G.M. Tues February 28rd, 2012 @ 7:30pm

DEATHS

Fair OfďŹ ce on the fairgrounds, Coombs

DEATHS

Guest Speaker: Andrea Lawseth

EDWARDS, Patricia (Pat) Feb. 26, 1955 - Feb. 7, 2012

Pat died peacefully, with her loving wife Judy, and dear friends Penny Pepper and Janet Lironi beside her. She showed such grace in the face of serious illness, and gave so much to those around her through this time. Pat was a nurse for over 30 years—she found caring for others at the end of life to be her most rewarding work. She was a strong, determined, courageous woman, with a depth of kindness and a wicked sense of humour. One of her greatest joys during this past year were her two kittens, Grace and Gryphon. Pat will be deeply missed by her wife, her mother Fran Edwards and older sister Rebecca Edwards, many friends, and colleagues at Parksville Home Care. A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held February 25th, 2 PM at First Memorial in Nanaimo. DEATHS

DEATHS

RDN AG Area Plan

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Items of Interest: RDN Ag. Advisory Committee

Annual Coombs Auction

REAL ESTATE CAREER INFORMATION SEMINAR Ever thought about being a REALTOR?

Contact Mark Clark (250)756-9700 or cmark@shaw.ca Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 7-8:30p.m. Seating is limited.

IN MEMORIAM

IN MEMORIAM

Evelyn Ruth Ramadan July 13, 1951 – February 20, 1992

Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.� ~ Kahlil Gibran

Thinking of you with Joy in our hearts Kerry and Adam DEATHS

DEATHS

Gillis,Roland Roland Douglas Gillis, Douglas (March 13, 1938-February 4, 2012) With the peaceful passing of Rolly Gillis, we lost CHPQ in Parksville, with his ďŹ nal stop at Great (March 13, 1938-February 4, 2012)

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The Parksville Qualicum Beach News Friday, February 17, 2012 COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

INFORMATION

PERSONALS

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

WANTED: 50ish, male partner for weekly dance lessons. Some experience necessary. Reply to The News, Box 1180, $4-154 Middleton Ave., Parksville B.C., V9P 2H2, File # 29

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 NOTICE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Of the Lighthouse Community Centre Society on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 7:00 PM at the Lighthouse Community Centre: 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay. The purpose of the meeting is to elect new directors to fill vacant and retiring directorships. Directors terms are for two years. The directors will report to the membership on the operation of the hall for the last fiscal period. In order to vote or stand for election your membership in the society must be in good standing. The membership fee remains at $5.00 for 2012. Memberships can be paid for at the door on meeting night. WE ARE gratefully accepting donations for Garage Sale to help ease the financial burden cancer has brought to the Leibeling family. Please call Leeni @ 250-927-7127 or Sally @ 250-586-2639

ALL YOU NEED IN PRINT AND ONLINE www.bcclassified.com

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS

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 Be Your Own Boss! Attention Locals! People req. to work from home online. Earn $500$4500+ P/T or F/T. Toll Free 1.877.880.8843 leave mess.

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. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com

FARM WORKERS SEASONAL LABOURERSneeded for mid April, 2012. 40-60 hrs per wk. $9.56/hr for hand weeding, shovel work, working in dirt & vine covered fields. Potato and cranberry harvest, grading potatoes. Fax resume to Echo Valley Farms at 250-752-6277.

CELEBRATIONS

CELEBRATIONS

Happy 85th Birthday Eva

Thank you for taking us along for the ride. Loving wishes from your 6 daughters, 3 grandchildren (& partners), 3 great grandchildren, brother Lorne & many friends gathered along the way. PLACES OF WORSHIP

SOS THRIFT SHOP OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR Provides hands on supervision of all Shipper/Receivers and Merchandisers to ensure effective operations of the Thrift Shop. Maintains a high degree of organization to ensure an efficient flow of donations to sales floors. Sorts, labels and prices donations. Balances cash and prepares bank deposits. Qualifications: Training and experience in supervision, leadership and customer service. Experience in a fast-paced retail environment; knowledgeable of cash register operations and debit machines. Physically fit; able to do heavy lifting (50 lb) in a safe manner. Valid Class 5 Driver’s License; able to drive 1 ton cube van. Hours: 35 hours per week including every Saturday and Sunday. Rate of Pay dependent on qualifications and experience (+ Benefits). Start Date ASAP. Submit resume & references to: Thrift Shop Operations Manager, Society of Organized Services (SOS), PO Box 898, 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville BC V9P 2G9. Email: admin@sosd69.com Deadline: February 24, 2012. Note: RCMP Criminal Record Check required. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Looking for a NEW job?

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Join us on Sundays

6:30pm

At the Salvation Army Church

on the Alberni Highway, near the Rod & Gun.

All welcome! More info at:

www.jerichoroad-church.com

QUALICUM BAPTIST CHURCH 600 Beach Road Qualicum Beach

WORSHIP SUNDAYS 10:30

“GOING INTO ALL THE WORLD” (Matthew 28:16-20)

SCENT FREE

SALES

An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051

C&E ROAD Builders is accepting resumes for hoe operators. Minimum 5 years experience. Please fax resume 250-956-4888 or email employment@lemare.ca.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

PROFESSIONAL SALES ASSOCIATES Interested in SALES? Outgoing? Motivated? THE LEMARE GROUP is seeking Forestry Engineers to assist in road and cutback design. For those that display the qualities we desire we will provide remuneration that is above industry standard. Send resumes to the Planning Manager at (250)956-4888 or email vstarrakor@lemare.ca.

Gregg distributors (BC) Ltd. is looking for individuals to fill Outside Sales positions. We offer excellent growth & compensation possibilities. Knowledge of the Industrial and H.D. industries are an asset. Training will be provided to help achieve your full potential. Please fax resumes: (1)250-756-1170 or Visit employment opportunities: www.greggdistributors.ca

TRADES, TECHNICAL

C&E ROAD Builders is seeking an experienced driller blaster. Minimum 5 years experience. Please fax resume 250-956-4888 or email employment@lemare.ca. DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: kkurtze@vivint.com Visit: www.vivint.ca

THE LEMARE GROUP has an opening for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. This is a permanent fulltime position located in Port McNeill. The position requires organization, accuracy and multitasking. Must be friendly, energetic and proficient with switchboards/computers. Full benefit package. Fax resumes to 250-9564888 or email: office@lemare.ca.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Summer Intern Black Press-Vancouver Island requires a temporary full-time summer intern for its Victoria-based community newspapers.

2 POSITIONS available for Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics. In town and camp. Please email resume to: js29bd@shaw.ca or fax to 250-248-5410.

LEMARE LAKE is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Processor Operator • Line Machine Operator • Heavy Duty Mechanics • Welders • Machinists Full time permanent, union wages and camp positions. Please fax resume to 250956-4888 or email office@lemare.ca.

Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic

LOGGING TRUCK DRIVER’S NEEDED IMMEDIATELY for Interior and Vancouver Island for well established Company (Kurt Leroy Trucking Ltd). Full time for 12 months. Please fax resume and drivers abstract to 250-287-9914. NO PHONE CALLS!!!!

SEASONAL/FT/PT staff required for busy garden centre. Cashiers, general labour/carry out and plant people. Drop resume off at Cultivate Garden & Gift, 609 E.Island Hwy, Parksville, across from Chrysler Jeep. No phone calls.

Required F/T for a metal recycling facility in Burnaby. Must have inter-provincial Red Seal.

• Competitive Wage • Excellent Benefits Package • Pension Plan • Life Insurance • Profit Sharing & More Please e-mail: recruiting @abcrecycling.com

PERSONAL SERVICES HAIRSTYLISTS

MEDICAL/DENTAL

SCISSORS IN MOTION

CDA Family dental practice in Parksville area is searching for a Certified Dental Assistant to help with chair side duties. must be motivated & work well in a team environment.

Send resumes to rhonda1@shaw.ca

ACCOUNTING/ BOOKKEEPING

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

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

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

Andrew Bedford 250-586-0194

haircuts@shaw.ca

Looking for a NEW career?

Black Press – Victoria

London Trained 30 years experience In-Home Service Available Specializing in Cuts & Colors

ACCOUNTING/ BOOKKEEPING

SONGBIRD WEB STUDIOBusiness & personal websites. Shopping carts & more. Visit www.sbwebstudio.ca or call 250-248-2783.

COUNTERTOPS W W W . C O A S T C A B I N E TRY.CA Custom Built Cabinetry and Countertops, affordable rates, 250-850- 9915 ACCOUNTING/ BOOKKEEPING

The job term runs for 13 weeks from June through to the end of August. The successful candidate will do general assignment reporting and photography. Night and weekend work is involved and a valid driver’s licence and car is mandatory.

Qualifications

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www.pqbnews.com

This position is open to students and recent graduates (within the last year or two) who are ambitious and who have a strong work ethic and a passion for journalism. Qualifications include a firm grasp of grammar, spelling and newspaper style. Previous reporting experience is an asset. The student is expected to be web savvy, both in their use of social media as a reporting tool, and their ability to tell stories in a multi-platform environment, using video, podcasting and other tools. Interested candidates should send resume, clippings and cover letter by Feb. 29, 2012 to: Kevin Laird Editorial Director-Greater Victoria Black Press 818 Broughton Street Victoria, B.C. V8W 1E4 or e-mail: klaird@blackpress.ca Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

www.blackpress.ca

AP/AR RELIEF CLERK WFP is currently seeking an Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk. This casual, on call position will be located at the Nanaimo Administration Office. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing vacation and break relief for the AP AR clerical office union. General duties will include reception, switchboard, AP processing, freight relief, preparation of incoming mail, receivables and bank deposits, as required. The successful candidate will have: • Grade 12 with successful completion of a post-secondary business and/or accounting program, or experience with WFP accounting and business systems. • An efficient user of Microsoft Office applications (in particular MS Excel). In addition, preference will be given to applicants familiar with JDE, LIMS, and AP-Flo. • Demonstrated customer service skills with an upbeat and positive attitude. This is an USW hourly union position with a rate of $18.90 to $19.49 per hour. Details of the collective agreement can be viewed at http://www.westernforest.com/careers/ collective_agreements.php. Please visit us at www.westernforest.com for full details about this job and other career opportunities with Western Forest Products. Human Resource Department Facsimile: 866.840.9611 Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2012 Email: resumes@westernforest.com Reference Code: AP/AR Clerk As only short listed candidates will be contacted, WFP thanks you in advance for your interest in our Company. Please visit www.westernforest.com


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Friday, February 17, 2012 The Parksville Qualicum Beach News

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

DRYWALL

GARDENING

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

PET CARE SERVICES

FUEL/FIREWOOD

TREE PRUNING

“LET GEORGE do it” Carpentry & painting - No HST! Call 250-951-0844

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

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.

FOR ALL your drywall and painting needs, reno’s and repairs. Textured ceilings, spray paint. Call a pro, no job too small. Phil 250-954-1859. PACIFIC RIM DRYWALL 21 yrs experience, reno’s & repairs, no job to small, local references. Drywall, drywall finishing, ceiling texture & skylight repair. Guaranteed workmanship. We’re in the Parksville Telus Yellow Pages under Drywall. Call Parksville at 250-586-3945. Taping/ Texturing/ Painting. Renovation Specialist, 30 yrs of fast friendly service. Wayne 250-752-4658 QB YOU’VE TRIED the rest! Now get the best! Board, tape, texture & paint. 35 Years experience. Call Dave 250-937-0415

Pharmacy Technician!

Available ONLINE, or at our Kamloops campus

The first CCAPP accredited program in BC Online program – 10 months - Class work can be done from home - Constant instructor support - 6 weeks of on-campus labs required We also offer an Online Medical Transcription Program 9 months– starts monthly Financial Aid available for qualified students P.C.T.I.A. accredited college

GARDENING

Call Today For Free Info Kit

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

1-877-840-0888 www.ThompsonCC.ca

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

CARRIERS

Fruit trees and ornamentals Roses and Shrubs too! Qualified and experienced personnel

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

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

HAULING AND SALVAGE

CLASSIFIEDS WORK HARD! Call 310.3535

WAYNE’’S HAUL-AWAY. Will haul away unwanted whatever. Small engine repair, Bondable, Call 250-752-1639.

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED Employment Opportunity for

CHIEF FACILITIES OPERATOR (Permanent Full Time Position) Competition No. 2012-07

Needed in your area.

The Regional District of Nanaimo has an employment opportunity for a permanent full-time Chief Facilities Operator in the Recreation Services Department in Parksville. This position will be of interest to individuals who are looking for an opportunity to positively contribute to a dynamic and innovative work environment.

Call The News at 248-4341 ext. 260 CURRENT ROUTES AVAILABLE:

French Creek Rt #308 - 45 papers

Barclay Cres N & S, Imperial, Mason Trail & River Cres

Qualicum Route #652 - 61 papers

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

Qualicum Route #642 - 48 papers

Visit our website at www.rdn.bc.ca for a complete job posting and job description.

5th&6th Ave w., Garden Rd w., & Primrose St.

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

Qualicum Route #650 - 42 papers

French Creek Rt #314 - 42 papers

We Currently have the Following Vacancies:

Qualicum Woods Rt #604 - 42 papers

Occupational Therapist Clinical Counsellor • Family Social Worker

Baldwin Rd., Pacific Cres., Sunrise Dr.

Dogwood, Linden, Qualicum, Quatna & Tyee

All positions are Union positions Please go to our website for complete information www.d69fra.org

Qualicum Woods Rt #615 - 67 papers Hazelwood, Hollywood, Juniper & Redwood

PAINTING

GARDENING

HAULING & SALVAGE

K.P.Z. PAINTING

BETTER LAWN & YARD CARE HOUSE SITTING

What About Bob’s Trucking

250-752-1240 email: kpz@shaw.ca

Competitive Pricing

FREE Estimates Work Safe Insured.

References on request

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Service

TREE REMOVAL

FALLING - TOPPING PRUNING - SHRUBS HEDGES – CLEAN UP

BRUSH CHIPPING FIREWOOD DELIVERY

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PETS FREE. Moving and have to leave pets. Two 1 yr old cats, great personalities, litter trained. One 5 yr old turtle, tank filter & heater included. Call 250-240-6045

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE APPLIANCES

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

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

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PAINTING

for NEWER FRIDGES, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS etc.

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.

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WEST COAST Firewood. Seasoned fir by the cord. Volume discount. Cut, split, delivery, tax incl. 1-877-380-9663. WOOD PELLET fuel for sale. We deliver. 250-757-9232

FURNITURE DESIGNER DINING suite. Two pedestals, oval glass top (90x45”), 8 wrought iron chairs, acanthus leaf motif in bronze/verdigris finish, taupe fabric seats. Was $3000., now $1500. Also 2 glass and black etageres with glass shelves and 4 doors ea. $500. for both. Queen sofa bed in dusky plum faux suede $100. 250-9540884 SINGLE BED w/ headboard & footboard, mattress, $100; Dining table w/ 6 high back leatherlike chairs, $250. Call Bob 250-248-3281 SOFA BED,Serta Mattress, opens to 54” wide, Beige, excellent cond.$250; Wing chair, newly recovered, Jade, $150; 2 beige lamps, $50. Call 250248-8323.

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RUBBISH REMOVAL

FREE DROP OFF: Oil, batteries, scrap metal. We pay $Cash$ for unwanted Cars & Trucks. Call anytime. Norms Towing & Salvage (prev. of Bull Dog Auto) 250-757-8911 or 250-954-7543. FREE RENO complete (80’s house). oak flooring, heaters, light fixtures,etc(250)594-3437

FRIENDLY FRANK

PETS

32” SONY Trinitron TV, excellent cond. $90. (250)468-7235.

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Learn N Play, 6:30 pm-7:15 pm, every Wed & Thurs evening. Obedience with agility. Cost is $7. Call 250-752-4556.

SELL OLD STUFF! Call 310.3535

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DEERING’S Mobile Repair Service 30 years experience Small Jobs Welcome Renovations Carpentry Services Kitchens - Bathrooms John D’Aigle Journeyman Journeyma y n Carp Carpenter penter

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Repairs on • Small Engine • Mowers • Powersaws • Sharpening Brakes - Bearings - Lights on Boat Trailers & RV’s

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ERRINGTON: 1050 Bowlby Rd., (Pine Estates, trailer 11), Sat. & Sun., Feb 18 & 19. 9-4pm. Tools, clothes, dishes, treadmill ($200),Hide-a-bed ($50)and more... 250-9513167. Rain or Shine!! NANOOSE BAY. MOVING sale. Feb. 18 & 19, 9:30-1:30 Furniture, including hide-abed, table & chairs, coffee tables; Bathroom sinks, interior French door, horse tack, vinyl records, household items, much more. 2006 Robert’s Rd. PARKSVILLE, 19-169 Moillet St. Feb 18th (9-2). Moving Sale. Tools, golf clubs, chaps, daytons, sofa, antiques, table & chair, desk & misc. PARKSVILLE, 218 McKinnon St. Feb. 18th, (9-1) Danoit Haitian Soc. Fundraiser. Sofa’s, chairs, mattress & other furn. supplied by M & N Mattress. PARKSVILLE, 359 Young St. Feb 17 & 18th (10:30-2). Moving Sale. Tools - regular & garden. Furniture, etc. QUALICUM- 1020 Miraloma Drive (Chartwell) Sat, Feb 18, 8am-11:30am. Teak coffee table, clothing, jewelry, household miscellaneous.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE FREE-STANDING Halex Hockey Game w/electronic score board. Like new $80 obo, Casio CTK-519 Electronic keyboard w/built in speaker. Comes with stand. $80 obo. 250-752-8670 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? SAVE 50% + , Single membership Eaglecrest Golf Course. Ph: 250-738-0710

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED GUNS WANTED, “FAIR” Wholesale prices paid. Call (250)468-7533.

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE BY OWNER 1-BDRM + den 870 sq.ft condo in Central Qualicum Beach. Corner unit, windows on 3 sides.Lrge deck.250-752-7136 DEEP BAY, BEAUTIFUL Location. 1 level, 1826 s/f, luxury townhome. Shows like new. $349k. Call 250-757-8429


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REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

HOUSES FOR SALE

APARTMENT/CONDO

HOMES FOR RENT

SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING

SUITES, LOWER

WANTED TO RENT

CARS

PARKSVILLE. 3-BDRM, 2 bath on main floor of house. Walk to town centre. Private patio. $1200. inclds hydro. Avail. March 1. (250)248-5540

EMERALD ESTATES 55+ Independent Assisted Living. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, south facing patio, new carpets and paint. Quiet, bright and clean. Rent incld’s weekly housekeeping. Dining program optional. To view call 250-951-3553.

BOWSER- NEW 1 bdrm suite priv entrance, includes heat/hydro/cable. NS/NP. Refs req’d. Avail Mar 1. $600. Call 250-757-9669 after 4pm. ERRINGTON - 1 Bdrm Bachelor. Incl. Hydro & Cable. $550.00 - 250-954-9547 ERRINGTON- 1 bdrm large sunny suite, all utils, cable & internet incld. Non-smokers only! $750 mo. Available now. (250)248-7050 before 8pm. PARKSVILLE, BEAUTIFUL, grnd floor w/ F/P, priv entrance, patio. Laundry avail. $750 + utils. (250)954-9442. PARKSVILLE, CLOSE to downtown. F/S, W/D, N/S, N/P. $875 mo. hydro incl. 250248-5970 PARKSVILLE, recently renovated 1 bdrm, single occ. NS, sm. pet neg. $650 mth + 1/3 util. Avail Mar 1. 250-954-0302 WHISKEY CREEK. Self contained bachelor, newly reno’d, $550. NS/NP. All inclusive with Wireless internet & satellite TV Avail Mar 1. (250)752-9793.

MATURE BUSINESS owner seeks quiet rural home for long-term rental, Oceanside/ Coombs area. $800. maximum. For more information call 778-421-2929.

FORD THUNDERBIRD 1995 deluxe 130,000 km. No accidents. Exceptional vehicle. Small V8, also 4 extra all season wheels & tires. $3450. 250-586-5676 (Surfside)

TRANSPORTATION

TOP DOLLAR Paid! Want To Buy Junk Cars & Trucks for cash. 1-250-954-7843.

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. Office hrs Tuesday’s: 4pm-7pm.

250-240-2816. APARTMENTS FURNISHED FURNISHED ONE and two bedroom units available. Pet Friendly! All utilities Included. Phone 250-248-6532.

COTTAGES ERRINGTON: 5 mins to Parksville. Modern cottage - 1 bdrm + den. $725, no dogs. Avail. immed. (250)954-1355. ERRINGTON CABIN. 1-bdrm, 15 mins to Parksville. Lrg shop with 220V, NS/NP $750./mo+ utils. 250-248-6554. QUALICUM BEACH- 1 bdrm cabin+ sun room, 4 appls, 1/2 acre, $750+ utils. NS/NP. Avail Mar 1. (250)594-5961. WOODSY, 1 BDRM, with character in Coombs. Next door to Bamboozle. Wood & elec. heat. Suits single. Avail. March 1st. $695 p/m + utils. Call 250-954-5585, lv. msg.

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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO DOWNTOWN QUALICUM Beach, beautiful 1-bdrm, bright, private. NS/NP. $850 mo. Ref’s required. Avail. Mar. 1st. Call (250)752-4224. OCEAN SANDS RESORT on Rathtrevor Beach. Fully furnished 2 bdrm condos includes utilities, cable, phone and internet. Available Now. $1100/mo. (250) 954-0662 . PARKSVILLE – BRIGHT & spacious 2 bdrm, D/W, W/D optional. Large balcony, security camera & parking incl’d. Near schools, beach, downtown & on bus route. From $775. Available now and March 1st. Call 250-248-8592. QUALICUM: 2 Level, 2 Bdrm town home 1.5 bath, 5 appliances, back yard. N/P, N/S. Feb. 15. $825/mo. Children Welcome! (250)752-6585 or (250)240-0070. QUALICUM BEACH, 2 bdrm, walk to town, ground floor, gas f/p, 5 appli’s, adult oriented bldg. N/S, N/P, 1 year lease, $800 p/mo.+ util., dep. & ref’s. Avail Apr. 1st. 250-752-5109. QUALICUM BEACH- (behind Beez Grill) 1 blk to beach, 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, D/W, W/D. N/S 1 sm pet ok. $900+ utils. (250)752-5120. RECENTLY RENOVATED 1bdrm suite, open kitchen, living room . W/D, F/S, N/S, N/P. $700./mo. 250-248-5810 SAVE MONEY! Our renovated 2 bdrm apts incld heat & hot water, plus an option for a free 32” TV with a one year lease! $800/mo. Also, 3 bdrm $950/mo. Call 250-248-3350.

WE’RE ON THE WEB

2 BEDROOM lower duplex located on acreage in Errington, but close to town $750 per month 250-954-9547 PARKSVILLE 3-BDRM 1.5 bath, newly painted upper duplex, $1100. Also, 2 bdrm lower, $750. Nice yard, N/S, N/P (both). Call 250-468-5733. WHISKEY CREEK- new 1 bdrm, detached suite on hobby farm. NS/NP. $550/mo incls hydro. Refs req’d. Avail immed. Call 250-752-4556.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS COOMBS- 1200sq ft, 3 bdrms, sunken family&dining room, wood stove, W/D, D/W, private patio, peaceful setting. 12 mins Qualicum Beach Parksville, $950. (250)951-9962. COOMBS: 3 bdrm, private property, F/S, W/D, fenced yard, lrg deck, shed. N/S, no dogs. Avail. Apr. 1st. $800/mo + util’s. Call 250-248-9579. WHISKEY CREEKQuiet area, 1 bdrm mobile on lot, F/S, W/D. NS/NP. $475/mo +utils. Refs req’d. Available Now. Call 250-752-0501.

MODULAR HOMES RENT OR Rent to Own RV’s in Coombs or Errington. Starting at $400. RV pads, $375 includes wi-fi & cable. Possible P/T handyman work. Call (250)954-1355.

HOMES FOR RENT 2-BDRM HOUSE, Virginia Estates, Coombs. Fenced yard, dogs OK. Avail March 1st. $1200./mo. (250)248-9212. COOMBS, 2 Bdrm, 1 bath, new floors, new paint. $800 p/m. + util’s. Ph.250-240-7008 ERRINGTON, 3 Bdrm, 2 bth house on acreage, newly reno’d,6 appli’s, f/p, sep. studio, 8 mins. to Parksville or Qualicum. $1200 p/m, Avail Apr. 1. Call 1-778-239-8330 ERRINGTON - 3Bdrm side by side 3level duplex on acreage. Location: Dobler Rd. Ref’s Req’d. $850 - 250-954-9547 NANOOSE/FAIRWINDS, 2 bdrm + den, 3 full baths, 2180 sq ft, gas & wood/burning F/P’s, workshop and large storage room. Walk to Fairwinds clubhouse, N/S, $1250 mo. Call Chris 250-248-8371. PARKSVILLELARGE 3 bdrm, 1 bath, ocean view, 5 appls, close to beach & town, NS/NP. $1000 mo + D/D. Refs req’d. Available immed. 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. RANCHER for lease. 3 bds, 2 baths, 6 appl, N/S, N/P. Avail Mar 1st. view now. $1200.00 +util. 250594-8438, 756-6713

PARKSVILLE, 3 Bdrm home, Yard not fully fenced. W/D, F/S. Avail. Mar. 1st, $1200 p/m + utils.3 Ref’s req’d. Call Peggy or Dale 250-248-3407 PARKSVILLE: 3 bdrm rancher, 1.5 bath, gas fp, 5 appl’s, $1200 city util’s incld’d. Avail. now. Call 1(604)929-1345. PARKSVILLE: AVAILABLE 1st. March. $1150 /mo. Rancher with attached garage, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, f/s, w/d, m/wave, gas f/p, fully fenced, level lot in quiet area. Very bright home with 3 skylights, close to shopping & recreational facilities. 5 minutes from beach. N/S, Ph: 250-248-8713 or 250-240-3709. QUALICUM- 3 bdrm, 2 bath, D/W, W/D, patio, some storage, 3 blocks west of town. N/S, very clean. $1200 utils. Avail Mar. 1. Refs req. Call 250-752-6700. QUALICUM, 3 BDRM, with garage, f/s. Located on acreage, near Qualicum airport. N/P. Avail Mar. 1st. $975 p/m. Call Bill: 250-390-3908 or 250-714-8882 QUALICUM BEACHAvailable now! 700sq ft, 2 bdrm house , fully fenced yard, walk to town. $800/mo. Call Susan 250-752-9413. QUALICUM BEACHwell kept, level entry rancher on Eagle Crest Dr- 4 bdrms, 2.5 bath, 5 appls, dbl attached garage, N/S, pets neg, $1650+ util, yearly lease. Refs. req’d. Mar 1. 250-752 -0084.

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 WHISKEY CREEK- 1100sq ft, 3 bdrms, lower level of house, 4 appls. NP/NS, $750/mo + utils. Call 250-752-0501. WHISKEY CREEK- 3 bdrm, 1 bath, lrg yard. N/S, dog ok. Damage deposit & refs. $850./mo. Avail immed. Call 250-752-4556.

OFFICE/RETAIL Retail / Professional Space for Lease in the village Qualicum Beach. from 544 sq.ft to 1427 sq.ft. phone 250 248 6504

RV PADS COOMBS: RV site. Small adult park, $375 + hydro (year round), incls cable & storage. Call (250)586-1372. PARKSVILLE AREA- RV pad. Wooded site. $425/mo, includes utils. Available now. Call 250-927-5623.

SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING ASSISTED LIVING at Emerald Estates. 1 bdrm, ground level suite, 600 sq ft with kitchen, housekeeping included, meals optional, $1050 mo. Phone Dave at 250-954-7535.

EMERALD ESTATES- (Parksville). 55+ independent living, 1 bdrm spacious, bright condo. Patio, new carpet. Homemaker & laundry included. Meals optional. NS/NP. $1050/mo. Call 250-248-9249. HAWTHORNE PLACE 750 Memorial Ave. Qualicum Beach, BC 250-752-4217 Independent Retirement Living with Supportive Services “I have never been as happy as I have been these past three years living at Hawthorne Place” “Such a wonderful family atmosphere” “ A loving caring community” Two bedroom bright and spacious suites available now with a great service package and more... All at affordable monthly rates, convenient in-town location Call Stacey Ryhorchuk today for a personal tour

250-752-4217

SHARED ACCOMMODATION QUALICUM BEACH- walk to town, share 2400sq ft home overlooking the golf course. Mature, working male or female. $500+ 1/2 utils. Avail Mar 15. Call (250)594-7001. QUALICUM. SHARE 3 bdrm house. A unique opportunity. (778)395-1835.

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

250-248-7100.

Yes! You Can!

VILLAGE GREEN ESTATES

FOR SALE BY OWNER

SUITES, UPPER 2 BDRM, 10mins to Qualicum. Fenced yard. $550 + hydro. N/P. Avail now (250)753-7834. BRIGHT & SPACIOUS, near new, 2 bdrm, upper suite near Parksville train station.1000 s/f, 5 appli’s, deck with partial ocean view, NS, NP. Suit mature couple. $1050 p/mo + util’s. Call: 1-250-716-6797 COOMBS- 1600sq ft 2 bdrm on acreage, W/D hook-up, NP/NS. Refs req’d. Available Mar 1 or later. $850+ utils. Call 250-739-2800. NANOOSE, NEW 1 bdrm suite, priv ent, appls & parking incl’d, great mountain views, country setting, deck, 5 mins from Parksville, avail Apr. 1, $800 mo. Call 250-248-2806. PARKSVILLE, Nice 2 bdrm upper house, NP, NS. Incl’s WD, FS, avail Mar 1. $850/mo. (250)746-5094 TINY BACHELOR cottage with creek, outside Qualicum, $550. incl. utilities & cable. No W/D or buses. (250)752-1121

TOWNHOUSES

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

TRUCKS & VANS CASH BUYER of junk cars and trucks. Over the phone price quotes. 1-250-954-7843.

MARINE BOATS WANTED: ALUMINUM Boat, Boat Trailer, Motor & Canoe. Call 250-228-7162.

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Sports &Rec

DO YOU HAVE LOCAL SPORTS NEWS? Contact: James Clarke, Sports Reporter Email: sports@pqbnews.com Phone: 250-248-4341

Official newspaper of the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals

WOMEN’S SOCCER

OU remains undefeated JAMES CLARKE

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They may be unbeaten and alone in first, but Oceanside United shows no signs of resting on their laurels as they prepare for a fourth straight trip to the provincials. In action in Campbell River last Sunday, the high octane side of local ladies upped their Mid Island Women’s Soccer League BC Cup qualifying record to 4-0 with a convincing 5-nil win over the Outlaws. “Once again my ‘weapons of mass destruction scoring unit’ led the way, accounting for four of our five goals,” OU coach Dan Mahony chuckled after, pointing to his high scoring trio of Angelina Gasteldello and the Collins sisters; Rebecca and Natasha. Angelina led the charge that game with two goals and Rebecca, Natasha Collins and Jackie Koelewyn all added singles. For veteran OU keeper Pam Richer it was just another game in shutout collection. See OU, page A30

JAMES CLARKE PHOTO

Brandon Busby was a buzzsaw in Richmond last weekend stopping his opponent 15 seconds into their amateur bout.

Busby downs opponent in 15 seconds Parksville boxer Brandon Busby was set to go three rounds against Interior fighter JAMES CLARKE

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It took up and coming Parksville boxer Brandon Busby 15 seconds to take care of business last Saturday, and his new coach was duly pleased. “It took us longer to walk to the ring,” longtime local

trainer/manager Richard LeStage said. In action in Richmond at the Harrisons Boxing Club on a nine-bout amateur boxing card last Saturday against Tyler Bate, 21, from Williams Lake in the Super Middleweight division, Busby, 20, followed the game plan to

perfection. He stopped his opponent 15 seconds into the scheduled three-round fight. Busby, who got started in the sweet science at Genesis Boxing in Parksville,” came and started training with us in January looking to polish some things up.”

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Last weekend was LeStage’s first fight working Busby’s corner. “I was surprised how relaxed Brandon was before the fight — he was very calm, very focused,” said LeStage, “and I think that’s a big part of what happened.” See BUSBY, page A30

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Oceanside’s Save On Foods Generals head into the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s final week of the regular season gunning for a couple more wins. Whatever the outcome, in light of their play of late, the local squad looks poised to make some noise in the playoffs. The Generals are coming off a three-game week where they took four of a possible six points by way of back-to-back overtime wins despite missing four starting defensemen. Captain Nick Bell was sitting out a suspension, as was Nathan Deyell, while Joseph Chase and Garrett Kemmler were both on the shelf with upper body injuries. Oceanside lost to the VIJHL’s runaway league-leading Cougars 5-0 in Victoria last Thursday, carved out a 3-2 road win against the Kerry Park Islanders decided in a shootout, then beat the Saanich Braves 4-3 in extras at Oceanside Place on Sunday. The score in the loss to the Cougars pointed out Gens’ head coach and GM Dave Johnston, wasn’t really indicative of the game,” as all five goals were on the power play. “Victoria’s a good team — we’re the last team to have beaten them

and that was almost three months ago,” Johnston said. On Sunday Oceanside’s Riel Gibson opened the scoring shorthanded and unassisted in the second period. Taylor Grobowski upped it to 2-0 with a power play goal later the same frame. The Braves fought back with three goals in just over six minutes to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame. Grobowski (Noah Russi, Kyle Yamasaki) scored on the power play to knot the game 3-3 which is how it stood after regulation. Luciano Somerville (Riel Gibson) fed the net 2:23 into overtime for the Generals’ second straight win in extras. Minding the twine in all three games was Gens’ starter Michael Gudmandson who has solidified himself as one of the best goalies in the league. Since joining the Generals Goody has posted a record of 15-9 with a GAA of 3.32 and a .900 save percentage. GAME ON The Generals, tied with Saanich for third place, are in Saanich Friday and return home Saturday against the Victoria Cougars in the league’s final regular season game. On Sunday from 1-3 p.m. the Generals host their annual road hockey game in the OP parking lot.

Assessment rolls for the purpose of levying Year 2012 parcel taxes will be authenticated on or about February 23rd, 2012. The purpose of the assessment roll review is to ensure that ownership information is correct for billing property taxes for 2012. Property owners may request an amendment to the roll only in respect to their own property for the following reasons: 1) there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the assessment roll (i.e. an owner’s name is missing); 2) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; 3) an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed. Parcel tax assessment rolls may be inspected at the Regional District of Nanaimo Administration Office, 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, commencing Monday, February 13, 2012. A Court of Revision will be held on Wednesdasy, February 22nd between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm in the Regional District Committee Room. Property owners may if they wish attend at the Court of Revision to request amendments to the roll. Requests for amendments to the roll will be accepted up to Wednesday, February 22nd at 3:30 pm at the following locations: By Mail To: Wendy Idema Regional District of Nanaimo 6300 Hammond Bay Road Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N2 By Fax To: 250-390-6572 By Telephone To: Wendy Idema 1-877-607-4111 or 250-390-4111 In Person At: Regional District of Nanaimo, Finance Department 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC Oceanside Place or: Ravensong Aquatic Centre Wembley Mall, City of Parksville 737 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach

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Kwalikum Secondary School’s senior girls basketball team is hoping home court advantage will help propel them into the Island finals. As hosts of this week’s six-team AA Senior Girls North Island finals, the Kondors, who finished fourth in their nine-team, Mid-Island league regular season, go into the tourney seeded in fourth place and looking to grab one of the four berths to the Islands up for grabs. KSS opened the tourney Thursday afternoon against fifth seeded Nanaimo District Secondary

School (score not available). Win that one and they were to face the top seeded Wellington Wildcats at 3:45 today (Friday). The ‘Nest has a full slate of games Friday and Saturday with the tournament final tipping off at 5 p.m. Saturday. “I think for the first time this season we’re focused and really ready to play,” KSS teacher/coach Barry Bevilacqua said when asked how he likes his team’s chances of advancing. “I think if we control our turnovers and dictate the style of play we need to play, anything’s possible.”

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“No matter if this fight went 15 seconds or the full three rounds, Brandon was going to win this fight. He was prepared.” Busby, said LeStage, came out “and did exactly what I told him — he came out, circled off to his left with a couple double jabs, slipped the right hand, then countered with a jab. At that point his opponent leaned in to take a body shot, and Brandon countered him over the top with the right hand, and that was the fight. “It would have been nice for him to get the full three rounds in — we want to see what he’s learning — but on the other hand you’re never going to complain about a stoppage.”

Though still early in the process, LeStage was quick to make the point Busby is a good fit for his club and can benefit from training with the likes of heavyweight ‘Shotgun’ Shane Andreesen, Aubrey ‘Bam Bam’ Morrow and former Canadiand super middleweight champion Mark ‘Machine Gun’ Woolnough. “Brandon’s been a very good fit,” said LeStage, adding “he’s very respectful and he does whatever’s asked of him which is a quality I’m sure he learned at Genesis. He’s willing to put in the work.” UP NEXT Busby is back in action for another amateur bout March 17 in Kelowna.

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hen you’re responsible for creating the star of the show, it’s not unreasonable to lose sleep before opening night. John Stewart and Peter Lefeaux are in that situation now as they work out the last bugs and wrinkles out of their creation: the car that will star in the Sandy Shores Skating Club’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Designing and building a 15-foot car that can be propelled around an ice rink by four young girls was no mean feat and Stewart and Lefeaux were forced to go back to the drawing board on at least one occasion. “Getting it to the point where it would work on ice was the biggest challenge,” Stewart said. “ When we first did it we put skate sleds underneath and it wasn’t right,” Stewart said. “You couldn’t turn it. It was only made to go forwards and backwards and when I heard they actually had to drive around the ice I had to rip it all apart and redo it.” Besides maneuverability, the main concern was the car’s weight. “We were worried about weight because young girls have to move this 15foot car around and there’s a lot of concerns about it. I kept thinking, ‘Oh my goodness we’re building it too heavy.’ ... I wasn’t sleeping at night. Now that it’s here and it’s on the ice, I can just push it and it just goes.” The car, said Lefeaux, now weighs somewhere around 100 pounds and while the rear of the vehicle is on skates, the front is actually riding on doorknobs, allowing the four girls skating inside the open back to steer it where it needs to go. The pair built it in Lefeaux’s shop and have spent two weeks making drawings and turning those plans into reality. Stewart has worked with Sandy Shores

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ICE CAR: Peter Lefeaux and John Stewart are accompanied by members of the Sandy Shores Figure Skating Club as they take a spin in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car.

in the past, helping to create sets for their last production three years ago, Mary Poppins. This time however, he knew he was working on something special and he knew he needed some help. “This is the most important prop in the show, so Peter and I decided to team up on it,” Stewart said. “It’s about 75 per cent done. In order for us to button it up we need to make sure it’s ice-worthy, which is why it’s here

today, to make sure the girls can maneuver it and it can do what it needs to do.” Sure enough, the four skaters who climbed aboard were able to turn left, right, start and stop all within the parameters of the show. Lefeaux was obviously pleased. “This is the star of the show, so we have to do it right,” he said as the girls took the car for a counter-clockwise spin around the ice.

“I’m happy with the design.” Now that they know the car is going to work as it should, the pair will begin working on the final finishing touches. “We need to have it ready for the dress rehearsal in about two weeks,” Lefeaux said. “Unless we run out of black chloroplast, it will be ready.” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on ice is March 2 and 3 at the Oceanside Place arena. For details, call 250-248-3252.

Vancouver rockers 54-40 perform March 30 at the Port Theatre NANAIMO — It’s hard to believe that Vancouver rockers 54-40 have been together for 30 years. The band has an unbeliev-

able catalogue of hit songs, and will be performing them at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on March 30. 54-40 first performed at the

dawn of 1981 at the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret in Vancouver. After 30 years, 16 releases and more than 2,000 performances, the secret to 54-40’s longevity is their

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The first event of the year for the Vancouver Island Opera (VIO) recital series is this weekend. Soprano Margo Le Vae will delight with opera arias as well as musical theatre songs when she performs at the McMillan Arts Centre Gallery (MAC) on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. VIO Artistic Director Tatiana Vasilieva said it will be a real treat for music lovers especially for those who enjoyed her performance in the opera L’Eliser d’Amore last November. “It is the first recital of this year and I am looking forward to it. Margo is wonderful and she will sing some operatic arias. She performed in the last opera as Giannetta and she was very good.” Le Vae will be accompanied by pianist Nicolai Maloff. He is the talented son of Vasilieva and she said she is lucky to have him come over from Vancouver and perform. On Sun., March 18, Maloff will be at the piano once more to accompany violoncellist Lee Duckles and they will perform a repertoire of Baroque classical and romantic music. On April 15, flautist Paolo Bortolussi and Maloff will perform together. In the final performance in the recital series on May 27, the entertainment will be an eclectic program that includes of the music of Beethoven. The Friends of Nikolai Chamber Quartet, who will present Beethoven, will also be joined by two singers who will perform Irish songs. Vasilieva said the the final recital is the big one and will be everything Beethoven. She said two local singers,

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soprano Aaike Biglow and tenor Hugh Sinnott, will sing the Irish songs of Beethoven. She said a lot of people are not aware that he wrote some Irish songs. “I found out he wrote all kinds of songs and I thought it would be interesting to present a Beethoven Fest,” she said. There will be six performers in all in the final recital and Vasilieva said she is pleased to provide the community with world class music and hopes people will come out and support the upcoming recital series. All recitals are held at the McMillan Arts Centre Gallery (formerly the Oceanside Arts Council Gallery) located at 133 McMillan Street, Parksville. Performances start at 3 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.

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Described as music for the heart and soul, the Vancouver Island Symphony (VIS) is presenting Believe at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Popular Vancouver Island tenor Ken Lavigne will join the VIS to fill the theatre with love, romance, hopes, dreams and magnificent music. The VIS, under the baton of Pierre Simard is presenting the post Valentine’s treat. Lavigne’s amazing voice has been described as liquid gold, that combined with his natural and charming rapport with the audience and his genuine stage presence should make for a delightful evening of entertainment.

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Tenor Ken Lavigne returns to the Port Theatre with the Vancouver Island Symphony on Feb. 18

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Parksville, Qualicum Beach dancers in the North Island Festival of Performing Arts BRENDA GOUGH

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Dance students from the Parksville Ballet School and the Qualicum Beach School of dance are about to strut their stuff at the North Island Festival of Performing Arts (NIFPA). The festival features adjudicated performances in several dance disciplines as well as music. Students who take part in guitar, speech arts, fiddle, piano, strings, ballet and modern, hip hop, stage and street dance, musical theatre and more will be performing in the annual event being held in Courtenay. The festival begins on Feb. 19 and spans over a month, with dance performances taking place at the Sid Williams Theatre and musical performances at the Old Church Theatre. Over 1,000 performers are expected from around Vancouver Island, bringing together artists of all levels for professional growth and the possibility to go on to provincial championships. This year’s dance adjudicator for ballet and modern is Catherine Courage, for stage; Julie Tomaino and for street; Jheric Hizon. A new discipline this year will include song and dance numbers combined with musical theatre that

will be adjudicated by vocal and stage adjudicators Amber Morphy (vocal) and Tomaino (stage). Dance students at the Qualicum Beach School of Dance and the Parksville Ballet School have been practicing their routines and will be competing in all genres of dance from Feb. 19 to March 4. The Parksville school has 21 soloists performing as well as several dance groups doing routines ranging from contemporary to stage. A special dance gala March 10 will feature the highlights of the festival. All sessions are open to the public for a minimal fee and the money is returned to the performers in a form of bursaries. Overnight hotel specials are also being offered during the festival. For more information on this visit the NIFPA website. The Parksville Ballet School has 30 group performances as well. In the Musical Theatre Group, age 10 and under category, dancers aged eight and nine are performing a number called Heard it Through the Grapevine, which was choreographed by Donna Wilkins. The Parksville dancers will be performing their pieces once more when they hold their recital at the Port Theatre on Fathers Day, June 17.

This troupe of young dancers from the Parksville Ballet School is one of many that will be performing at the North Island Festival of Performing Arts in Courtenay which starts on February 19. Performing Heard it Through the Grapevine are: Cyera Gaughan, Amira Charanek, Katherine Morrison, Olivia Earl, Alexis Dimter and Mackenna Jardine and Isaiah McCaleese.

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weeks because his girlfriend’s family is from Qualicum Beach and their child is visiting his grandparents. It’s hard to keep it on the down low when there is an acclaimed novelist in town and when Elaine Reynaud found out, she thought it would be a great opportunity to have a fundraising event for the Oceanside Hospice Society (OHS). Lynn Wood, executive director of the OHS said they approached McAdam about presenting a talk and he was all for it. She agreed it was a

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Music on Sunday highlights the work of Czech composers QUALICUM BEACH — A classical music program that will include traditional works by acclaimed Czech composers including Nedbal, Martinu, Janacek, Foerster and Suk will be performed this weekend at Music on Sunday at the The Old School House (TOSH) in Qualicum Beach. With Roger Mangas on violin and Monica Pfau on piano the two will combine their talents to present an afternoon of music that draws from the rich history of the Czech Republic. Mangas was drawn to the unique Czech style of violin playing through a variety of teachers. He began his university studies in Indiana with Czech violinists Eugen Prokop (recording artist/Salzburg Festival) and Pavel Kling (concertmaster of Vienna Symphony under von Karajan). He then completed his graduate studies at the University of Victoria with Jaroslav Karlovsky, recording artist/principal violist of the Czech Philharmonic and famed Prague String Quartet. This was followed by studies in Europe with another great Czech musician, Josef Kodousek, of the Vlach String Quartet. Since moving to Vancouver, Mangas has enjoyed an active teaching and performing schedule that has included appear-

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Cruise for Cancer on Alberni Inlet PORT ALBERNI — The Canadian Cancer Society and The Lady Rose Marine Services of Port Alberni have joined forces in the battle against cancer. During the month of March, participants will be able to travel aboard the MV Frances Barkley down the scenic Alberni Inlet from Port Alberni to BamďŹ elds. Twenty dollars from each adult paid fare will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. These scheduled return trips will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to BamďŹ eld only. The ship will depart at 8 a.m. and return to the dock at 4 p.m., with a one hour layover in BamďŹ eld for participants to stroll the boardwalk and visit the general store. The restaurant onboard the Frances Barkley will be open for breakfast and lunch. Travellers can expect several stops along they way as the service provides freight drop-offs to many locations along the route. Wildlife, such as bears, eagles, seals and whales are also a common sight. Travellers are reminded to dress warmly, however March weather can be very mild during the day. For more information, or for reservations phone 250723-8313, or e-mail at ladyrosemarine@ telus.net A directional map is also available on the web site at www.ladyrosemarine.com. — Submitted

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Jennifer Davis and VIU writing students asked novelist McAdam for his best advice to up and coming writers and his words of optimism were well received.

ever-changing world of publishing. McAdam was asked how he felt about the trend towards e-books and he admitted that as long as people are reading, the format doesn’t matter. “All we need are writers and readers. The best I will make is 12 per cent from my book sales. We receive little from books and as a creative person I find it frustrating, but there are higher royalties from e-books,” he admitted. The harsh reality about the world of writing was in-

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sightful for a group of creative writing students who made the trip from Vancouver Island University’s campus in Nanaimo. Jennifer Davis the internship co-ordinator who accompanied several third and fourth year interns on the field trip asked McAdam for his best advice he would give to up and coming writers and his words of optimism were well received. “You’ve got to work and stick with your ideas. With budding writers 90 per cent of them don’t write the nov-

el. That’s the hard part. It’s a really lonely business. You have to ask yourself why am I doing this. Do I want to suffer these lonely days?” McAdam touched on the the cut-throat side of the business and said booksellers only give a book 30 days to take off and remove it from inventory after 45 days if it doesn’t sell. He said gone are the days when people will publish an author regardless of sales. He agreed it is hard to find loyalty in the business which has many ups and downs. McAdam is fortunate that his debut novel Some Great Thing won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. He was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. His second novel, Fall (2009) won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Are you tired of feeling saggy, lumpy, pinched or strained? Well you’re not alone. As you’ve probably seen on Oprah or read in women’s magazines, over 80 per cent of all women wear the wrong size bra.

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“Hospice is about living not about dying. There is a lot of information out there and we want to demystify and take the fear out of what we do.” OHS has been supporting the community since 1990 by serving individuals and their families who are facing end of life issues and bereavement from Nanoose Bay to Bowser. With the help of over 90 volunteers they offer a variety of support programs from equipment loan delivery, to providing respite for exhausted caregivers. Wood said Valhalla is the home base of their operation in Qualicum Beach where they train staff who provide self care for people in palliative care including healing touch and other therapies. The event raised $800 for the organization and the 80 people who came to the Craig Bay Beach Club House to listen to McAdam were fortunate to get a glimpse into the research that went into his latest novel and some insights into what it is like to be an author in the

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