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Men made horse suffer Clayton Cunningham, David Whiffin each found guilty of two offences against animal Erin Cardone News staff

Jalupae the horse was left to suffer by starvation, a judge found Tuesday. Judge Sue Wishart found two Brentwood Bay residents, Clayton Cunningham and David Whiffin, guilty of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, as well as improper care and feeding. The case stems from the emaciation “There is no doubt and death by hanging of Jalupae, a 27-year-old Appaloosa that people were gelding. shocked and horrified The two convicted men immediately left the Victoria to learn how Jalupae Law Courts after the verdict died. The term barbaric was handed down. “There is no doubt that was used several times people were shocked and in this trial.” horrified to learn how Jalupae died,” Wishart said in – Judge Sue Wishart her judgment. “The term barbaric was used several times in this trial to describe the method used. While this reaction is not surprising, I must consider only the evidence that was presented in this trial.” Five people in the courtroom cried as the verdict was read. Jalupae died as a result of being hanged from a rope tied to an excavator, on Sept. 15, 2009. Stephen Oulette, a friend of Whiffin, who was present when the horse was hanged, told the court during the trial that the horse’s neck snapped and the animal died within a half-second. The guilty verdicts, however, do not stem from the horse’s death. Wishart said the facts that led her to find the men guilty of causing unnecessary pain and suffering are the same as those in the charge of improper care. PLEASE SEE: Horse’s death wasn’t cruel, judge says, page A10

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School board ponders recess move Kids’ break might soon have to wait until end of school day

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Left to right, Ivy Elling Quaintance, Madison Paquette, Mackenzie Clark, Erin Jackson, Mikayla Sibbald and Jamie Copeland sing Christmas carols on Beacon Avenue on Sunday.

Armed with Santa hats, jingle bells and a guitar, five teens from Bayside middle school took to the streets of Sidney last weekend. The group of 13-year-old girls sang Christmas carols along Beacon Avenue to raise money for the Sidney Lions Food Bank, collecting $400 in a few hours. “We just thought it was pretty important to do it this year because a lot of young people aren’t helping out,” said Mackenzie Clark, who has made the event a Christmas tradition for the past five years with her friend Erin Jackson. Clark said she started the carolling after asking her mom what people with no home eat for Christmas and learning they often don’t get a Christmas dinner.

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Boos, hisses as split council stalls Sandown proposal Erin Cardone

The voting lines on council mirror the results from the Dec. 5 meeting, that helped bring Daly to the seat of Capital Regional District board director, Nearly a hundred people hissed ousting Mayor Alice Finall from and booed four members of North the position. Saanich council, before walking Browne, McBride, Mearns and out of a meeting en masse in disDaly all told Bill Randall, owner appointment. of Sandown, they needed more Councillors Dunstan Browne, information on the costs associTed Daly, Craig Mearns and Conny ated with holding the land in the McBride voted against a two-part Agricultural Land Reserve for perrecommendation Monday night. Had the vote passed, it would Dunstan Browne petuity. Browne said he was concerned the project could cost the have had the municipality sign a municipality millions for drainage, memorandum of understanding environmental repair and demoliwith the Agricultural Land Comtion of existing buildings. mission on the use of 83 acres of “I think we’ve got to do a lot land at the former Sandown race more investigation,” Browne said track, and release $9,000 for an partway through the 1.5-hour environmental study of the land. discussion. “If this is going to Councillors Elsie McMurphy be a huge financial problem for and Celia Stock, and Mayor Alice the district, I’d be abdicating my Finall voted in favour of the recduties to say yes to it.” ommendation. Ted Daly Echoed Daly: “In principle I “Stupid, ignorant people,” a man yelled from the standing room only agree with it. What I would like to see is that audience in council chambers, before leav- if this is the extent of the business case … I’ve got a lot of concerns about that because ing.

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land to talk about. Let’s get this prize in our it’s a two page report.” The plan would take 12 acres of land near pocket, then decide what we want to do with it.” McDonald Park Road out of the She was answered by long ALR, to develop into commercial applause from most people in the property. In return, he will donate chambers. the rest of the 83-acre parcel to Chief administrative officer the municipality for agricultural Rob Buchan said that once the use. The district would also put MOU with the commission is 12 acres of its own land back into signed, minor changes could still the ALR. be made, such as allowing trails “Maybe we shouldn’t put (83) through the wooded area for pubacres of land in the ALR for perpetuity,” Daly said, garnering loud Conny McBride lic use. Before the final vote, Browne groans from the people in attenproposed that council table the dance. project until council’s meeting on Finall said that by approving the Jan. 16. night’s two-part recommendation, He, McBride and Mearns voted council would have received the for the tabling. Finall, Stock, information that was missing. McMurphy and Daly voted against Referring to Randall’s address it, with Daly commenting that to council earlier, where he inditabling, for the sake of tabling, cated he’d wait a while, but not didn’t get council the information much more than six months for it sought either. approval before selling the land Craig Mearns Buchan said staff will now wait to multiple developers, McMurphy said, “In fact, we have the potential for for a decision from council on where to go losing that whole thing. There’s no point next with the proposal. having the discussion if we don’t have the

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Abduction case left educators struggling for answers Concerns raised over use of alias names in parental abduction case Erin McCracken News staff

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past” and confronted her mother about her abduction, Burks said. “When (investigators and counsellors) met with her last week and informed her what had taken place, she wasn’t surprised.” The daughter didn’t go to police, however. Rather, an anonymous tipster told the Missing Children Society of Canada in September that O’Byrne was living on the Island as Pamela Whalen. In early October, Toronto investigators called Saanich police, who connected O’Byrne to a Victoria address. VicPD was called in to conduct surveillance to verify the woman’s identity, before her arrest last Thursday at her Fernwood home. The case has left educators in the Greater Victoria school district struggling for answers to difficult questions about the use of false identities. “When the news first broke, I went and reviewed the information (on file) and as I’m looking at (the young woman’s photocopied) passport I’m thinking there has to be a mistake,” said

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Gaiptman, who has never known a case like it in his 30 years as an educator, including 11 as School District 61’s superintendent of schools. All it took for O’Byrne to enrol her daughter at Vic High was proof of residence and a birth certificate, which Gaiptman said was authentic. After graduating in 2009, O’Byrne’s daughter used her passport a few months later to enrol in a continuing education program at S.J. Willis to upgrade marks in two courses. “Given the amount of custodial issues out there we want to see the birth certificate,” Gaiptman said. “Having said that, this was somebody that provided us with the government documents and as it turned out they were incorrect.” Gaiptman said he doesn’t know what more the educational system could have done when the teen was initially enrolled in school. “Is there any way, as the attending school, we could have caught it?” he wondered. The answer is no, Burks said. “I don’t think the school boards or anybody could have done any more,” the 25-year police veteran said. “You have to take people (such as parents) at their word. You can’t create an air of paranoia, that people are automatically going to be showing up and having kids enrolled in school under false names.”

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Vote recording woes remedied Christine van Reeuwyk

talization agreement to keep historical Ferguson farmhouse. News staff The property owner applied to the district to A campaign concern over transparency was consolidate and subdivide two properties to the put to rest after council opted to adapt its proce- northeast of Mount Newton X Road at Central Saanich Road. The result would be three dures in Central Saanich. properties: Ferguson farmhouse on 0.6 Coun. Adam Olsen, one of the election acres; another newer house on 0.74 candidates who heard concern from resacres; and 0.84 acres added to adjacent idents about the practice of not recordfarmland. Both properties are zoned ing votes in the official minutes of counagricultural and lie within the Agriculcil, is pleased to see the change. tural Land Reserve and the ALC has The procedure bylaw said that when approved the proposal. The benefit to a council member requested, his or her agriculture in the community was a vote would be recorded in the minutes. prime factor in council supporting the That practice wasn’t followed until agreement and moving the proposal for2008. That was early in Olsen’s first term ward. as councillor. For the last 18 months of “The protection of a very, very old his previous term the re-elected council Adam Olsen historic farmhouse was important as member opted to have his votes regiswell,” said Olsen, chair of the planning tered each time. “It’s a bit distracting to have to ask,” he said. and development committee. Ferguson farmhouse, built in 1904, is listed in “It became pretty clear that folks were concerned the Central Saanich historical buildings inventory. that we weren’t recording votes.” A public hearing will be held in the new year. The issue will come back before council, which asked staff to bring forward an amendment to the procedural bylaw to record the names of Housing development’s height brings members on all votes on motions, positive or plan back to council negative. “The appetite is there for the whole council. A height variance request marks phase three of They just really wanted the transparency because the Brentwood shopping centre redevelopment. it really came up during the election that it was Central Saanich council OK’d the two extra feet important to people,” said Coun. Cathie Ounsted, sought for the fifth building in the redevelopment administration and finance committee chair. of the centre at West Saanich and Verdier roads. The only exception would be on unanimous The district approved the development four motions. years ago, but a change in road grades meant allowing for a little more height to the multi-family residential building slated for the back portion of Heritage farmhouse protected the property. It will go to a development variance in rezoning move permit hearing in the new year. Central Saanich hopes to use a heritage revi-

Residential school legacy to be explored Roszan Holmen

education day and witnessing survivor statements. Smaller events will be held in Port Hardy, Campbell River, Duncan and Port Alberni. “The (commission’s) regional event is an opportunity for all Canadians, both aboriginal and nonaboriginal, to learn more about and bear witness to the legacy of the Residential School system,” said commission chair, Justice Murray Sinclair. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is coming to Victoria. On April 13 and 14, the regional event will provide an opportunity to more than 2,000 aboriginals to share their experiences of residential schools, either by making a private or a public statement. Survivors, their families and school staff are invited to make a presentation. Emotional support will be available to anyone in need. The public is also invited to come and bear witness to the stories, and are asked to share them with their own communities. Activities will include traditional ceremonies, survivor gatherings,

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Science needs our support It’s human nature to question the importance of things we can’t comprehend, especially if we’re being asked to foot some of the bill. But there are reasons we must continue to support scientific endeavours, probably much more than we do now. There was worldwide excitement this week when scientists working at Europe’s CERN facility announced the results of research into the elusive Higgs boson particle. Despite the promising announcement on Tuesday, scientists still have plenty of work to do before they can confirm the existence of the Higgs boson. The particle remains an exceptionally complicated idea about something that exceptionally complicated theories tell us is important to our ideas of how nature works. It was coined the “God particle” by a publisher looking for a way to make a book about the Higgs boson appeal to a wider audience. The name has stuck, much to the chagrin of physicists who know there are many more mysteries to contemplate beyond the puzzles of this particular particle. The University of Victoria has played a key role in the development of the particle accelerator at CERN used to search for the Higgs boson. Being involved has cost the country somewhere in the neighbourhood of $100 million. But more importantly, being involved has allowed UVic to attract some of the sharpest minds in the world. Science, more than ever, requires an international approach and Canada would be remiss not to be at the table. The spin-offs are huge and easy to understand. CERN itself gave us the World Wide Web, which began as a platform for scientists around the globe to share information. The particle accelerators used to study the esoteric world of quantum physics are not that different from CAT scans used for decades now to take detailed medical images. Greater Victoria works well as a region to incubate a vibrant high tech industry. Being involved with great international science can only help our region attract the brainy thinkers who can serve to inspire all of us. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: or fax 250-656-5526. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Peninsula News Review is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to


Shoppers, a little patience please the front lines helping the crush I can’t see it, but my friend says of stampeding shoppers purchase her eyelid is tapping out an irritattheir heart’s desire. ing non-stop beat. She’s talented at what she does, “Did you see that? My eye just twitched,” she says, pointing at the regardless of the pressures she will continue to face in the irksome spot just above midst of the Christmas the upper eyelid of her rush, and even when cusright eye. “Sometimes tomers come back to her I’m talking and I feel like store to return some of people can see it.” the items they purchased. The twitchiness, which Through it all, she she says is likely a sign of treats customers with stress, arrived Dec. 1. kindness, sharing her It’s no coincidence her smile and being as coureyelid began jumping on teous as her work shift is the very day that many long, even after standing retail sales associates, Erin McCracken for hours on end. including my friend, will But with Christmas tell you signals shoppers Paper trail around the corner, it to pick up the presentseems the festive seabuying pace before son has skewed our knowledge of Christmas day arrives. basic manners – all those things we “Everyone’s in a rush. Everyrepeat like broken records to our one’s trying to get that perfect gift. children. Everyone’s trying to get the last Strangers, whether it’s the store one,” she says. greeter or the associate behind the In a way, my friend wants to be counter gift-wrapping the present added to everyone’s gift-giving list, you just bought, should not bear her name pencilled in between the brunt of our busy lives. Aunt Dorothy and Cousin Bob. Many of us are in a hurry to the But she doesn’t want a giftextent where patiently waiting wrapped package that holds a our turn, and a quick, ‘Hi, how are shiny and expensive item, one you?’ have become too time-conthat would likely be forgotten long suming to manage. before next Christmas anyway. Take the other day when my The trinket she treasures most is friend was on shift. patience, with a dollop of kindness She was speaking with a custhrown in for good measure. tomer out on the floor when As a customer service represenanother customer walked up and, tative working in retail she’s on

without even an “excuse me,” interrupted with a question, eventually followed by snarkiness. Unfortunately, she’s not the exception this holiday shopping season. It seems working in sales is like being a bomb disposal expert, with the customer as the bomb. Sometimes, no matter what you do, things can derail pretty quickly, taking the merry out of merry Christmas and reinforcing the humbug in bah humbug. “(The situation is) like a zit waiting to pop,” my friend says, adding that this year seems to be the season of relentless rudeness. Given all the people on our Christmas shopping lists, is it really that difficult to add a few extra people – even if we don’t know them? No matter how long the lines are or how many people I want to buy gifts for, I’ll make it a priority to wait patiently in line for my turn at the cash register, offer my retail sales associate a smile and wish them a happy holiday. “It doesn’t have to be anything big,” my friend adds. It’s an opportunity to ensure the holiday eye twitching doesn’t spread. It’s also a way to pay the holiday spirit forward, and it doesn’t cost anything at all. Erin McCracken is a reporter with the Victoria News.

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Resurrecting Eden on the edge of a city The federal government has announced an exciting NIMBY project. It will put nature in millions of backyards by establishing Canada’s first urban National Park in the country’s largest urban area. Nestled in the east end of the Greater Toronto Area, Rouge National Park will be unlike any other. It won’t offer the panoramas of Jasper or Banff, or provide a safe haven for polar bears, like Manitoba’s Wapusk National Park, or be larger than some European countries, like Wood Buffalo National Park. But it will help connect urban dwellers with nature and ultimately protect and restore a once great forest. Rouge National Park will be established within the heart of one of the fastest growing urban areas in North America, with millions of people already living outside its borders. Home to a wealth of plant and animal life, like snapping turtles, butternut trees, and rare wetland flowers, the area’s significant and growing

human footprint is already evident – two major highways, nearby housing estates, and stormwater drainage. Managing existing and future infrastructure in the park, especially roads, will be critical so the growth and spread of surrounding suburbs don’t adversely impact its sensitive ecology. Some parts of the park have been degraded after decades of human use, so extensive restoration efforts will have to go hand-in-hand with formal federal protection of this urban wilderness. For example, restoring the Rouge’s once verdant Carolinian and Great Lakes forest canopy will be important because a long history of agricultural land use and timber harvesting has dramatically reduced the amount of old and mature forest in the area. Intact mature and old-growth forests are rare in northeastern North America, making up less than one per cent of forested land. Remnant patches of old forest are small

Readers respond: Yes on referendum for municipal amalgamation Thanks to Pirjo Raits for the column on the possibility of amalgamation (Hard Pressed, Dec. 2). I would certainly vote yes on a referendum. Each community could have citizen councils that would advise their local representative to council. That or something better. Joanna Wilkinson Victoria

Penny collection began in memory of parents I would like to share my pennies for Christmas story. It all started when my mother passed away early in the morning on Christmas (Dec. 25, 1982). In her loving memory I started collecting pennies and every Christmas I faithfully rolled and donated $25 in pennies to the Salvation Army. I continued to collect the pennies and donated them each Christmas for 12 years until my father passed away

Use of mechanical logging and and isolated within a secondagriculture methods, such as growth landscape that continues wheeled skidders and tractors, to be damaged by human often destroys rotten activities like aggregate logs and compacts mining, industrial and levels the ground, agriculture, and urban removing the pits sprawl. Many scientists and mounds that are fear that further loss important for the and fragmentation of growth of many forestremaining old forest dependent species, cover will threaten such as Indian pipe, wildlife that relies upon wood sorrel, and yellow those conditions to birch. survive. Given the importance Plant surveys conducted since the David Suzuki of these habitat features early 1900s in southern Science Matters to the recovery of forest plants and animals, Ontario, the Maritimes, Parks Canada, in and New England have partnership with local community found, for example, that some plants, like American yew, do well groups, regional conservation authorities, universities, and in undisturbed forests but are so others, will need to work to sensitive to human land use that restore areas in Rouge Park by they are often absent or rare in recovering second-growth forests. planting indigenous tree species, removing invasive species, and in Scientists believe these plants some places re-introducing and are not able to fully recover re-creating, by hand, the special in abandoned farm fields or features that are largely missing old logging sites, even after from the park, such as old dead hundreds of years, because the logs, mounds and pits, and vernal habitat is no longer suitable.

ponds. Much of this restoration work is already underway. A local conservation group, Friends of the Rouge Watershed, has planted more than 100,000 native trees and wildflowers in a monumental effort to reforest a section of the park that was set aside in honour of the late Bob Hunter, who helped start Greenpeace and is considered the father of the modern environmental movement in Canada. The group now hopes to restore critical features, such as old logs, ponds, and other habitat, in Bob Hunter Memorial Park as well as other nearby Rouge Park sites. It’s a fitting tribute to the memory of a great environmental hero, and it’s a wonderful gift to the people of Toronto, and indeed, all of Canada, who will see the lustre restored to this once great forest. Spending time in nature is good for physical and mental health. Having a National Park in the city’s backyard will offer benefits for generations to come.

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on Dec. 21, 1994. I have this feeling I could have been the original person to start the pennies for Christmas especially since I started collecting them 29 years ago. I am glad it caught on and that more people are doing this. It is a good thing to help out the less fortunate at Christmastime. Tamara Shiels Victoria Editor’s note: You too can help raise money for local charities. Drop off your spare change to the Peninsula News Review’s Coins for Kids drive at 6-9843 Second St. Proceeds benefit the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

Wheels writer’s vehicle knowledge needs sharpening up I enjoy your motoring section, but this week Alyn Edwards (Classic Rides) has not run a tight ship. Concerning the Deutsches Museum he spells Alfa Romeo incorrectly, as Alpha Romeo. In the Ford special he writes “nearly unique” when unique means singular, being one of a kind, having no

like or equal or parallel, which means something is either unique or not unique and cannot be nearly unique. Also, he describes the Horch as a leather-lined road car, when what he meant to convey was that the top was leatherlined. It might have been nice to mention that the Protos, which crossed the line first in the great Paris-New York race of 1908, was in fact subsequently being restored right here on Vancouver Island. I saw it myself in the restoration shop a few years ago. H.U.P. Edwards North Saanich

Kitchen scrap containers must be raccoon-proof It is a great idea for the city to collect kitchen scraps for composting. However, the green containers need to be tightly secured – and I mean tightly – as in guaranteed tight. No doubt raccoons, the population of which is abundant in this part of the city, will follow their sense of smell and overturn these kitchen scrap containers and pry off the lids as they have done repeatedly with my garbage cans, even

when they were weighted down with bricks. This would result in me having to clean up the mess. Yuck, dirty hands. Municipal politicians, please take note. Sheri Tromp Victoria

Yes Victoria, there is such a thing as a free lunch We have just returned from a holiday in Oak Bay. During our visit we dined at Swans Hotel restaurant in Victoria and had an excellent meal and service. We spoke to a young couple at the table next to us, mentioning among other things, that we were on holiday from the U.K. After finishing their drinks they bid us good day and wished us to enjoy a happy holiday. A few moments later the waitress came and said the couple had paid our bill. We were bewildered and did not know what to say or do. We would like to express our thanks to this young couple and wish them well for a healthy and prosperous future. Brian and Glennys Benton-Smith Derbyshire, England

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A plan for John Road will wait until the next review of the official community plan. The new council had a crack at the application to amend zoning and the official community plan for a proposal for 1950 John Rd. During a Nov. 14 meeting, the previous council sent the plan to add a second 11-unit building to the property to the advisory planning commission. The developer has already received a permit to build a similar 11-unit housing development on the front half of the property located near the new North Saanich middle school. Council agreed with the commission’s recommendation to defer the application until after the next review of the official community plan, slated for 2012. “It is spot rezoning,” said Mayor Alice Finall “Spot rezoning is poor governance.” Some discussion also surrounded the inclusion of a below market rate unit in the new development aimed at benefitting the district’s affordable housing goals. Roger Tinney, the project’s planner, told the News Review that the expected selling price of the below-market 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom unit incorporated into the design would be about $165,000.

hopes to rezone the 1.5 acre lot, which is adjacent to one-third acre lots on Bakerview Avenue, from rural agricultural to single family residential. The plan is to eventually subdivide the family property into four lots for him and three siblings. “I’m only seeking a rezoning, I haven’t submitted a subdivision application yet,” Rennison said. Sewer connections in the area are at capacity and he’s waitProposal would split Canora ing to hear what costs are associated land into four parts with sewer upgrades. “I like living in North Saanich,” RenniCouncil hopes to have servicing questions flushed out before it can OK an son said. “I’m a carpenter by trade and application to rezone land at 9299 Can- I’d like to end up building a house on one of these properties for myself.” ora Rd. A five metre trail on the southern The advisory planning commission will also have a look at a rezoning appli- boundary of the property would be dedicated as a public trail linking Reay Creek cation. Property owner Jonathan Rennison Park and Rotary Park. Council will have staff prepare the bylaw to amend the zoning, Best Buy – Correction Notice and defer adoption until the On the December 9 flyer, page 12, please be advised that the applicant addresses increased Blu-ray player in this LG Bundle: LG 3D Smart Blu-ray Player servicing needs. with 3D Glasses and 3D Movie (WebCode: 10167201/ 10174745/

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Seaside changes allowed in North Saanich A new home in North Saanich got the OK to alter its shoreline landscaping. Council approved the development permit to alter landscaping at 2139 Wincott Rd. during new construction. The work approved is in the marine foreshore and uplands. District of North Saanich staff said it would not significantly alter the site conditions or affect runoff to a degree where it would negatively impact the marine environment, and it does meet permit guidelines.

Five townhouses OK’d for McDonald Park A development of the right size and right place will grow on McDonald Park Road. North Saanich issued a development permit for five townhouse units at 10500 McDonald Park Rd., an application that didn’t require any variances.

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Groups issue pesticide challenge to B.C. Provincewide ban suggested by health, environmental organizations

Environment, a Toronto-based group with more than 5,000 members nationwide. “Science that we’ve reviewed suggests that kids, in particular, are at a much greater risk for cancer and neurological illness if they’re exposed to pesticides,” Forman said. Ryan Flaherty The coalition would like to see legislation put News staff in place that prohibits the use, sale and retail A coalition of 22 health and environmental display of chemical pesticides for lawns, gardens and non-agricultural landscaping. groups is calling on the provinIt would only provide exemptions cial government to implement a “When you can’t in cases where there was a public provincewide ban on pesticides for cosmetic use. buy these poisons, you health issue. Several CRD municipalities have The challenge was issued in the can’t use them and kids bylaws that target “non-essential” midst of a government-led pubpesticide use. However, without lic consultation on the subject, are protected.” provincial legislation there is no which wraps up today (Dec. 16). – Gideon Forman way to regulate the sale of the The group, which includes such chemicals, making enforcement organizations as the Canadian Cancer Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Green- difficult. “It’s not impossible, but it’ll be that much stronpeace and the Public Health Association of B.C., says the province needs to act fast to protect the ger when they bring in a ban on sales,” Forman said. “When you can’t buy these poisons, you health of its citizens, especially children. “There are a number of municipalities – now can’t use them, and kids are protected.” According to a 2010 poll conducted on behalf 39 – that have adopted pesticide bylaws, but this doesn’t protect all British Columbia children of the Canadian Cancer Society, more than 70 from the unnecessary effects of these chemi- per cent of B.C. residents support some kind of cals,” said Kathryn Seely, public issues direc- provincial legislation restricting the use of pestor with the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and ticides. If B.C. were to implement a pesticide ban, it Yukon division. Those effects can be very serious, even deadly, would be the first province in Western Canada said Gideon Forman, the executive director of to do so. the Canadian Association of Physicians for the

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Horse’s death wasn’t cruel, judge decides The convicted men failed to feed and properly treat the elderly horse, causing it to suffer. Throughout the summer of 2009, SPCA officers, veterinarians and other people responsible for Jalupae’s care told both Whiffin and Cunningham on multiple occasions the horse’s teeth were in poor condition, meaning the animal couldn’t swallow hay. Veterinarians told both men – Whiffin, who owned the horse and the property involved, and Cunningham, who was in charge of caring for Jalupae and two other horses on the farm – that Jalupae needed to be on a special diet that was easier to swallow than hay. In addition, the horse’s teeth needed to be floated, or filed. Whiffin said he didn’t want to pay for the dental care or for the special food. The vets, as well as the SCPA constables, offered euthanization options for the horse. The officers ordered that Jalupae either receive proper care, or be euthanized. On Sept. 15, Cunningham looped

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Panorama hosts New Year’s party

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UVic scientists hunt for the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;God particleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jim Zeeben News staff

On the morning before a press conference some said could herald the scientific discovery of the century, Rob McPherson and his wife were debating who would take their son to early hockey practice. McPherson, an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria and his wife, Isabel Trigger, are both particle physicists involved in research thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to further our understanding of how everything as we know it

came to be. Serving as a spokesperson for Atlas-Canada, McPherson ended up staying home to watch the announcement by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastically exciting,â&#x20AC;? McPherson said about the news, which he spent the day explaining to media outlets across the country. McPherson and Trigger are among 3,000 physicists working with the Atlas team at the Large Haldron Collider near Geneva, Swit-

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Scientists measure how the energy produced by the collision relates to theories about what we already know about subatomic particles. What scientists with both Atlas and CMS found was evidence of activity on a scale that fits into where theories suggest the Higgs boson should be. Finding this elusive particle is a big deal because it would help with our understanding of what happened in the first trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how long it took, theories suggest, before â&#x20AC;&#x153;stuffâ&#x20AC;? began to stick together in our universe. Or, as McPherson explained to his nineyear-old hockey playing son, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little closer to understanding how to build planets, stars and even ourselves.

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Women make medieval music for the masses Voice ensemble sings praises Laura Lavin News Staff

Directed by Elizabeth MacIsaac, Ensemble Laude is an award-winning women’s community choir dedicated to singing intercultural choral repertoire and early music (pre-1600). Its upcoming concert, The Beloved, features a diverse selection of choral works celebrating adoration in all its forms, including signature pieces from the medieval period, upbeat Renaissance and French-Canadian songs, and a sampling of exciting contemporary works. “Ensemble Laude has been in existence well over 10 years now,” said MacIsaac. “It began at onethird or one-fourth the size it is now. Ten singers in my basement over the years expanded to 30 or 40.” It is an inclusive choir. “You don’t have to have been singing choral music for a long time or be able to read music. It just seems to be the kind of person who likes to

experience rarified music and can hold a tune. The age group is vast. Right now the youngest is 14 and I’m not allowed to say how old the oldest is.” MacIsaac has led choirs for more than 25 years in Canada and France. She enjoys an international career as a vocalist specializing in early music and new commissions of contemporary music. Spanning from east to west, ages past to present, from divine rapture to sweet romance, The Beloved explores the jour-

ney of the heart’s song. There will be surprise guests and moments of comic relief, including P.D.Q. Bach’s Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John. “We always include medieval repertoire as part of concert’s choral diversity. I do a lot of travel around the world finding music for the female voice.” This concert however, will include male voices, adding depth to the madrigals and some of the comedic pieces. The Beloved shows at

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Mummers break winter blues

Players bring Hood to Brentwood Bay

Laura Lavin News staff

Mummers Masque is an ode to the English tradition of mummering, when holiday revellers (called mummers) roamed door-to-door dressed in disguise, offering amusement and entertainment in the form of music, dance and a play. In exchange for food, drink and warmth they sang, danced and acted out the story of Father Christmas, St. George and the Dragon, a Turkish knight, death and rebirth. “This is a very interesting Christmas show that is an interesting change from the Christmas standards that are out this time of the year. It is a short, family-oriented opera by Canadian composer Dean Bury,” said director Joanne Hounsell. Instead of opening your door this year, you’ll be able to see the mummers at St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria. Shows run Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. Presented by Saltwater Theatre, the Mummers Masque invites guests to a rollicking, fun Christmas story for all.


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Performers from Saltwater Theatre prepare to face off during a tale told during the Mummers Masque.

Tickets are available at the door 45 minutes before curtain or in advance at the McPherson Box Office at 250-386-6121.

The Peninsula Players present the now-traditional pantomime again this winter. They’ll bring Robin Hood, in panto form to The Centre in Brentwood Bay (1229 Clarke Rd.) this weekend. Visit for ticket information. The show runs at the Mary Winspear Centre starting next weekend through to the end of the month. Visit for ticket and showtime information. Win a pair of tickets to the Christmas pantomime, Robin Hood, at the Mary Winspear Centre. The News Review has two pairs of tickets, one set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 and a pair for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27. To enter, email your name, daytime phone number and preferred showtime with ‘Robin Hood’ in the subject line to editor@peninsulanewsreview. com. The News Review will do a random draw to select winners. Deadline is 4 p.m. on Dec. 20.


A Dickens Christmas classic Ebenezer Scrooge comes to Market Square this December for two free performances of a Christmas classic. Londontrained Jason Stevens presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Dec. 17 at noon and 2 p.m. in the square, 560 Johnson St.

Island songstress brings Tidings


Experience the warm cheer of the season when Tidings returns to Fairfield United Church, featuring the voices and music of Nanaimobased troubadour Allison Crowe and special guests Hayley Walker and Billie Woods. The concert, a spirited holiday tradition in Victoria in support of Artemis Place and HepC B.C., is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at 1303 Fairfield Rd. Tickets are $20 or $15 for seniors and students, available at Lyle’s Place,

770 Yates St., Larsen Music, 1833 Cook St. and Ivy’s Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Ave. or at www.allisoncrowe. com.

Deadline looms for music awards

Artists should gather their music released this year or last and fill nomination forms for the 2012 Vancouver Island Music Awards, which will be held April 21 in Victoria. This will be the eighth instalment of the event. Details are online at The deadline is Dec. 31.

Get vesper ready for new year

Jazz Vespers continue on Jan. 8 with Ken Lister and Pat Coleman, and on Feb. 12 with the a cappella jazz singing group Rhapsody Belle. Services begin at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd. Admission is free; an offering is taken.

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When you give someone a BCAA Membership, you’ll enjoy peace-of-mind knowing they’ll have best-in-class roadside assistance whenever they need it. And you’ll even wrap up a $20 Husky and Mohawk™ gas certificate for yourself. To learn more, call 1-888-873-0611, click on or visit your nearest BCAA location. Offer expires December 31, 2011 and is valid on all new Primary and Associate driving Memberships. Not available with Join-on-Arrival Memberships or Membership renewals. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for gift certificate delivery. While supplies last.

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Please call to reserve copies for your local group or club.

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Veterans give back Left to right, Cathie McGinnity, president-elect of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans of Sidney Museum Unit 302 Karen Morgan of Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Lieut. (N) Laura Bollen, commanding officer of the Admiral Budge sea cadets, Evelyn Stuart from Broadmead Care Society, and Charmain Lee, meat draw chairperson. The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans, or ANAVETS, dished out $9,600 between three organizations recently. The money was raised from the group’s meat draws, held three times per week. Over the past 63 years, ANAVETS in Sidney has given out nearly $1 million to local charitable organizations. ANAVETS gave $3,000 each to thehospital foundation and the care society. The sea cadets received $2,600. The local ANAVETS hosts its special Christmas meat draw on Sunday (Dec. 18), from 3 to 5 p.m. at 9831 Fourth St.


ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS lunch roast turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, veggies and dessert. Lunch is served at Soup’s On in Peace Lutheran Church, 2295 Weiler Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. REGISTRATIONS STILL AVAILABLE for the Christmas Day luncheon at Mary Winspear Centre. There are 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. sittings for people who would like company on Christmas Day. Call Wendy at 250-6567678 to reserve before Dec. 20. KIDS’ FEST AT the B.C. Aviation Museum in Sidney Dec. 27 and 28 – a fun and educational event for kids Grade 6 and under. (Kids free, adults admitted by donation). Come anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 1910 Norseman Rd. For info call 250-6553300 or visit www. POLAR BEAR SWIM hosted by Peninsula Celebrations is Jan. 1 at noon. Enjoy an invigorating start to the new year with a polar bear swim near

the beach access at Lochside Drive (just down from Tulista Park). CENTRAL SAANICH LIONS Christmas tree recycling, 1703 Keating X Rd. runs Jan. 2, 7, 8, 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by donation. Funds raised go to the B.C. Lions Lake Shawnigan Kids Camp.


THE ROYAL CANADIAN Legion Branch #37 will be holding its general meeting on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. This meeting will also be the election of officers. All members are welcome to attend. THE PENINSULA NEWCOMERS Club is holding a special luncheon for its members on Jan. 12 at Haro’s Restaurant (Sidney Pier Hotel) to celebrate its 25th anniversary. If you would like to join our club, please check out our website at www.

peninsulanewcomers. ca. THE CENTRE’S FRIDAY Forum Speaker Series continues Fridays at 1 p.m. University docents and other knowledgeable speakers will cover a diverse range of topics. The presentations are open to the public. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Contact The Centre between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, 1229 Clarke Rd. 250652-8999 cssca@


THE NORTH SAANICH middle school reunion steering committee is looking for the school’s yearbooks from between 1977 and 1996. Anyone with copies they can lend to the reunion organizers can drop them off at the Sidney Archives, 2440 Sidney Ave. before Dec. 25. Call 250-656-1322 for info.

THE NEWS REVIEW provides this community calendar free of charge, giving preference to Saanich Peninsula clubs, organizations and individuals holding non-profit events in our readership area. Publication is not guaranteed. Calendar items should be mailed, dropped off at our office, or e-mailed to editor@

THE CENTRE FOR Active Living 50+ at 1229 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay offers a bridge clinic Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. and Mondays 1 to 4 p.m. for more advanced players. Two free sessions offered. Contact 250652-4611 or cssca@




THE ARMY, NAVY, Air Force Unit 302 offers up live music Friday nights. Bands perform from 7 to 11 p.m. The unit is at 9831 Fourth St., Sidney. On Friday, Dec. 16 enjoy oldies by The Elderly Brothers; Dec. 30 dance to D.J. Randy.


SPEED WATCH: SIDNEY North Saanich RCMP is actively seeking volunteers to take part in its Speed Watch program. To learn more about the program, pick up the brochure and application at the RCMP detachment in Sidney or call program co-ordinator John Enright 250-6563931. SIDNEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM needs volunteers. If you would like to help for shift each week, call Peter, 250-6556355. No experience necessary.

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Attention Attention Teachers: Teachers: The Hero In You® education program offers a series of FREE curriculumlinked lesson plans (grades 4-7) aimed to motivate children to find the champion within themselves. In addition, teachers can request a FREE classroom presentation delivered in-person by a Hall of Fame athlete! If you are a principal, teacher or parent and would like to book a presentation for your classroom, call

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MURCHIES TEA tins (5) $25, Star Wars Trilogy $25, Star Trek anniversary set (5) $25. Call (250)508-9008.

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SUITES, LOWER CENTRAL SAANICH- 1 bdrm suite, furnished or unfurnished. $750. utils incld. N/S, N/P. Now avail. 250-652-0296. ESQUIMALT- 2 lrg bdrm, lrg kitchen/dining area, full bath, livingroom, water/heat incldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, NS/NP, $1000. (250)885-5750 SIDNEY UNFURNISHED 1 Br. ground floor suite. NS NP $750.00 includes utilis, pking, refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s avail now. 250-656-4686

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HAULING AND SALVAGE CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463.


LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127.


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PRESSURE WASHING DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm.

ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS SHORELINE ROOFING. Reroofing specialist. WCB/BBB member. Quality & satisfaction guaranteed. 250-413-7967.

RUBBISH REMOVAL MALTA GARDEN & Rubbish Removal. Best Rates. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

TILING A1. SHAWN The Tile GuyRes/ Comm/ Custom/ Renos. 250-686-6046

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WINDOWS ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Windows Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years Construction experience. 250-382-3694.

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Winter on its way? Think Canadian Tire.

Olympic countdown Canadian winter diving national championships Travis Paterson News staff

Sitting in the bleachers of the dive tank at Saanich Commonwealth Place, Riley McCormick looks up at the rest of the competition. The springboards and platforms are packed with divers from across Canada taking turns in preparation for the Winter National diving championships underway until Sunday (Dec. 18). Some dives evoke claps – though with divers hitting the water every five seconds, it’s hard to know which ones to watch. “As big as this event is, you don’t want to peak yet. This is still just the stepping stone,” McCormick said.

“At the same time, you can’t take it too lightly.” The goal this weekend is for McCormick to finish in the top two on the 10-metre platform, thereby qualifying to represent Canada at the Diving World Cup in London, England this February. “That’s where you want to hit your best.” Not only is the World Cup a test event for the London Olympics in July, competing there would put McCormick on track for his second appearance at the Olympic games, having finished 16th in Beijing 2008. The 20-year-old is on leave from Arizona State where he competed the past two seasons, finishing second in the NCAA on the 10m in his rookie year and winning the PAC 10 conference on the 10m both years. “The NCAA was pretty hectic coming out of high school. Practices were twice a day plus a full course load, and we competed almost every weekend.”

And when the NCAA season ends, the international season begins. “It’s easy to burn out.” Which is why McCormick told his school he’d be taking this year off to campaign for the Olympics when they recruited him from Claremont secondary school three years ago. McCormick is among several senior members of Saanich’s Boardworks diving club competing this weekend, including Fraser McKean (Auburn University) and Shane Miskiel (Ohio State), as well as Rachel Kemp, last year’s 10m silver medallist at the summer nationals. Riley McCormick makes a little splash as he takes practice dives at the Commonwealth Place pool for the 2012 Winter Senior Nationals Diving Championship. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

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Former Shamrocks coach battles cancer Chris Hall to be sidelined for start of NLL season Travis Paterson News staff

The same week the Washington Stealth opened its pro lacrosse exhibition season, head coach Chris Hall began his fight against cancer. Hall, a Victoria Shamrocks legend, leads a heavy contingent of Victoria coaches and players that make up the Stealth franchise based in Everett, Wash. After the Stealth played the Toronto Rock in a preseason match hosted at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday, Hall, who lives in Victoria, spoke for the first time since starting a six-week treatment

for throat cancer, with which he was diagnosed in early November. “It’s overwhelming how much support I’ve gotten from friends and family in the lacrosse world,” Hall said in the team’s post-game video. “I didn’t know if I’d make it this weekend and it’s been fantastic to be here, really helped me through.” It’s a considerable achievement by Hall considering he underwent heavy bouts of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Hall is hoping to make this Chris Hall weekend’s camp in Everett, then take a step back. The Stealth’s game versus the Rock was a rematch of the 2010 and 2011 National

Lacrosse League Champions Cup, which the Stealth won in 2010 and lost in 2011 under Hall’s guidance. Assistant coach Art Webster, also a former Shamrocks coach and player, will assume the head coaching role during Hall’s leave. The Stealth boasts a core of current and former Shamrocks such as Lewis Ratcliff and Rhys Duch, as well as an ex-Victoria Salmon King player vying for a regular season spot, Milan Gajic. The latter was the lone Gajic to take a crack at pro hockey while brothers Nenad, Ilija and Alex played college lacrosse and are now on the Colorado Mammoth of the NLL.

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If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy lunch or dinner (each menu item has 4-5 servings of vegetables in every box), The Noodle Box is able to create your meal quickly and efficiently with the option of dining in, or taking out. If you prefer to have your meal brought to you, they offer delivery from 4:00pm every day. Check out their daily fresh specials and $9 lunch options from Mon-Fri. In a rush or need to save time? Call ahead and we’ll have your food ready when you get here. For more information check us out at

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