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Storm water treatment stirs talk of liability UVic Environmental Law Clinic finds Saanich could be on the hook The way Saanich treats its storm water could ultimately result in some hefty penalties for the municipality, according to the University of Victoria’s environmental law clinic. Legal director Calvin Sandborn says Saanich needs to Inside adopt low-impact development techniques, such as installing ■ After oil leaked permeable sidewalks, rain garfrom a Saanich dens, and increasing soil depth home, damaging along sidewalks, so oil from the eco-system cars doesn’t end up in fishof an important bearing creeks. waterway in the “The thing that kills fish municipality, streams is the way that we’ve questions are handled storm water,” he said. being asked “Instead of the water from rain about alternatives going into the soil and down ways to keep our into groundwater, the rain homes warm. sweeps all the pollutants on Page A3 the landscapes into the pipes, and then pipes that water directly into the nearest fish stream.” The environmental law clinic was approached by the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society to look at how Saanich could potentially be liable. Sandborn says Saanich could be prosecuted under two sections of the federal Fisheries Act, for depositing deleterious substances into fishbearing water, and for carrying on work that disrupts a fish habitat. He hopes that law student Katrina Andres, who undertook the project, will have an opportunity to present the findings to Saanich’s environmental advisory committee next month. kslavin@saanichnews.com

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Under the surface For most of us, home heating oil keeps the winter chills away but it’s also a fuel source we can’t take for granted Kyle Slavin News staff

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rom the 1950s through the early 1990s, oil was the energy source of choice for Greater Victoria residents to heat their homes. But last month’s oil spill that saw an estimated 1,000 litres of home heating oil leak into Swan Creek and Colquitz River points to oil having the potential – in the worst-case scenario – to be an environmental disaster. “You can’t even afford – and this is afford environmentally, not cost-wise – to have something like this happen and ruin the good work that people have spent years doing, re-establishing a creek to be fish-bearing,” says Coun. Vicki Sanders, who chairs Saanich’s environmental advisory committee. “Usually (oil spills are) not as catastrophic as this.” Bradley Shuya, who owns an architectural firm in Victoria and sits on Saanich’s heritage advisory committee, says oil tanks need to be properly maintained, otherwise they become ticking time bombs. “It’s not if the tank will fail, it’s when it will fail. Eventually it will,” Shuya says. For years, homeowners on Vancouver Island, because of our physical distance from the mainland, had limited options to heat their homes. Natural gas, for example, only became available on the Island in the 1990s, when a large underwater pipeline was installed. Shuya says you can almost tell how old a house is in Greater Victoria based on its heating system. Wood stoves and coal furnaces were primarily used in the pre-1950s homes, Shuya says. Oil heating dominated the market from 1950s through the 1980s, until natural gas came to the Island. The ’90s and 2000s saw gas and electric heating become the norm in new houses. And now, green technologies – like solar and geothermal – are popping up, though those options aren’t in mainstream use just yet. Shuya predicts that many older home heating tanks have some kind of leakage, but he doubts homeowners even realize it. “Typically you’ll find some contamination (near an oil tank),” he says. And while oil is one of the predominant methods for heating homes in Greater Victoria, time will tell how long that remains to be so.

“The consumer should know that every one of these could be made very efficient with the technology out there.” – Rod Lidstone

Rod Lidstone can’t help but laugh when asked if home heating technology has changed much since he first became a tradesman in the early 1980s. “You can’t keep up with the technology changes!” he says with a chuckle. “People are really thinking outside the box in the way we’re designing heating systems. Every day we’re talking about another person who’s recovered some form of energy that was otherwise being lost, and is, for the most part, free – like the sun.” Lidstone is chair of the pipe trades department at Camosun College. The post-secondary school’s apprenticeship program covers a wide range of topics, including plumbing, air conditioning, gas fitting and home heating. But Lidstone says the technology is such these days that all sources can run efficiently, and be environmentally and economically sound. “The consumer should know that every one of these could be made very efficient with the technology out there, as long as they’re properly designed and installed,” he says. Coun. Sanders says she couldn’t agree more. Proper installation and maintenance, especially of oil tanks, is crucial to protecting the environment. “There needs to be more in place (to inform homeowners about potential tank leaks) than just an information sheet,” she says, citing possibly more stringent tank check-ups from insurance companies. With regard to the most recent spill, Saanich’s manager of environmental services is concerned that if any rainfall comes, cleanup efforts in the McKenzie and Glanford avenues area will be hindered. “We’re expecting that if we get heavy rain it’ll agitate the vegetation, the water level will rise, and any oil that was left high and dry stuck to the vegetation could be released,” says Adriane Pollard. “We’re expecting we might have some residual oil, which people may notice as sheen or smell.” She says it’s too early to look at how to best prevent such an incident from occurring again, as well as what the long-term effects of the spill are on Colquitz River. Lidstone says homeowners should thoroughly research all energy source options before choosing how to heat their home. The environmental footprint of each source, and potential impacts if there is a failure, varies depending on where you live and the type of energy. “There’s benefits and drawbacks for all of them,” he says. “I think with the changing technology, we’re soon going to see oil and propane and gas and electric become more of a backup (to green heating options) than anything else.” kslavin@saanichnews.com

“It’s not if the tank will fail, it’s when it will fail. Eventually it will,” – Bradley Shuya

“We’re expecting we might have some residual oil, which people may notice as sheen or smell.” – Adriane Pollard

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Good time to get a job Laura Lavin News Staff

It may be a good time to get a job, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. Data reveals that 17 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (January to March), while 10 per cent anticipate cutbacks, said Gord Bretsen, regional director for Manpower’s Pacific region. Another 73 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels for the upcoming quarter. “Victoria’s first quarter net employment outlook of seven per cent is a drop from the outlook of 10 per cent, which was reported for the previous quarter,” said Bretsen. “It is also a six-percentage-point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a mild hiring environment for the upcoming months.” The survey of more than 1,900 Canadian employers revealed that 16 per cent of them plan to increase their payrolls in the first quarter of 2012, while 10 per cent anticipate cutbacks. Of those surveyed, 71 per cent of employers expect to maintain their current staffing levels and three per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter. The survey looked at 11 sectors: mining; public administration; manufacturing – durables and non-durables; transportation; construction; services; finance, insurance and real

estate; wholesale and retail trade; education; and public utilities. “Although Western Canada anticipates the most favourable hiring climate, employers in all regions and sectors are telling us that they plan to hire at a more cautious pace from January to March compared with the previous quarter,” said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations, staffing services for Manpower Canada. “Despite slight improvement overall, many employers are evidently taking time to evaluate current market conditions and demand for their products and services before committing to additional employees. It will be interesting to see how employer optimism develops through the rest of the year.” The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. It is the most extensive forwardlooking survey of its kind, the agency says, unparalleled in its size, scope, longevity and area of focus. The survey has been running for nearly 50 years and is one of the most trusted surveys of employment activity in the world. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on interviews with nearly 65,000 public and private employers worldwide and is considered a highly respected economic indicator. llavin@vicnews.com

Athletes take a run at new year Start your new year’s resolution early by joining the Runners of Compassion Run Through Time on New Year’s Eve. The 2011 Run Through Time starts with registration at 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 31) in the lobby of McKinnon Gym at the University of Victoria, with the run starting at 6 p.m. Founded by local runners Winona Pugh and Rob Reid, the Run Through Time has been a tradition in Victoria for 23 years. The event includes a five-kilometre run, a 3-kilometre walk and 1-km kid’s run. The run helps the Runners of

Compassion raise funds for its Shoes for Youth program, which donates dozens of pairs of running shoes to young people in need in Victoria and Nanaimo each year. Funds will also go to UVic Staff and Student Services and YW/MCA Camp Thunderbird. Runners of Compassion is a group which helps support local and international charities through its love of running. Register in advance at Frontrunners, 1200 Vancouver St., or download a form at runnersofcompassion.com. llavin@vicnews.com

Women Are Doing It That’s right – by age 50, women are making screening mammograms part of their regular health routine - once every two years. Women ages 40-79 can book at the BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography mobile service coming to: Saanichton: January 16-26, 2012 Call 1-800-663-9203 (toll-free) to book. Visit www.smpbc.ca for more information.


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Chong reflects on ‘volatile’ 2011

Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong says the economy is the biggest challenge facing the government in the year ahead.

Recall campaign, leadership race and HST defeat helped keep MLA busy Kyle Slavin

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After what she describes as “the most interesting year” of her career, Ida Chong says she’s looking forward to 2012 as a year to “settle in, get some stability back and tackle the job at hand.” The Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA, first elected to the Legislature in 1996, had a busy 2011, fighting a recall campaign directed at ousting her from office. She also watched the leadership of her Liberal party switch hands, and dealt with the fallout of the referendum that defeated the contentious HST. “No question it was a politically volatile year,” she said, mentioning May’s federal election, municipal elections in November and the opposition New Democrats also seeing a leadership change. “I can certainly say this Christmas is less stressful than last Christmas,” Chong said. The Fight HST recall campaign named Chong its first target in early December 2010. Petitioners were given two months to gather 15,368 signatures supporting her recall. The campaign ultimately failed in early February. “This time last year, regardless of what people had to say, I had to still be out there. … It was in my face the entire time,” she said. “Looking back, I’m glad I can put that behind me, but I’m also reflective that as hard as it was, I learned along through that process.” She says the greatest lesson from this year came from MLA Ida Chong and three-year- fighting the recall. “You can work hard as an MLA. You can think people old Ella Ng hold a stick of are paying attention to the good things you’re doing. But if incense prior you don’t communicate and share the good work, people to this year’s don’t know – and that works against you,” she said. “You Victoria Dragon can’t take being a politician for granted.” After Gordon Campbell resigned in March, Chong says Boat Festival. she was glad some stability returned when Christy Clark was named premier. While fighting recall, Chong held two ministerial portfolios – Sciences and Universities, and Regional Economic and Skills Development. She was moved to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in March. Under her new title, some of the key initiatives she’s undertaken include the community gaming grant review and the announcement of a municipal auditor general. “There were some pretty key things I had to deal with,” she said. For 2012, Chong says the biggest priority for B.C. will be to focus on the economy: balance the budget and create local jobs. “A big issue will be putting back in place a two-tax system, as opposed to one. It’s not simple … and it’s going to be a challenge to get that balanced budget,” she said. “Now I can focus on my ministry, and start getting things happening. Let’s work on the sports side of things and the cultural side of things to see how groups can contribute to our jobs plan. We all will have to work towards our common goal.” kslavin@saanichnews.com

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We found our public voice Looking back on 2011, certain events stand out in our memory. Among those generating the most attention nationally and provincially were the federal Conservatives winning a solid majority, the HST referendum, the election of Christy Clark as B.C. Liberal leader and premier and Adrian Dix as B.C. NDP leader, the death of newly crowned federal Opposition People spoke Leader Jack Layton and Green leader Elizabeth out on issues May becoming the at various levels first elected MP in her party’s history. On the local front, Victoria referendum voters elected to replace the Johnson Street bridge, Saanich residents were vocal about projects relating to Haro Woods, the Queenswood property and the University of Victoria’s proposed parking garage, and Oak Bay residents took issue with a proposed replacement for Oak Bay Lodge and the potential for secondary suite legalization. It was a year in which we all had an opportunity to be heard by our elected officials on issues that mattered, from the specific to the general running of our municipalities, province and country. Not only did we exercise our ability to choose our government representatives – never mind the fact voter turnout was once again dismal – we let our voices be heard in public displays of protest, such as on either side of the Occupy Victoria movement and the social media petitions that sprung up on every manner of subjects. Years like 2011 only come along every so often, where we find many ways to take part in direct democracy. Whether we do or do not is up to us, but either way we are exercising our freedom of choice. The important thing is to not take that freedom for granted when those opportunities come along. No elections will happen in 2012, so the focus shifts to local issues. Let’s take advantage of the chance to play an active role in our communities and be part of the inevitable change. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@saanichnews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Saanich News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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NDP leader was buoyed by 2011 Increase corporate taxes to 2008 Here are excerpts from my yearlevels. Bring back a corporate end interview with B.C. NDP leader capital tax and use that to Adrian Dix: fund student grants. Have TF: There was a lot I missed anything? of cheering at your AD: In January and convention Dec. 10 when February, many people federal NDP leader Nycole criticized those proposals, Turmel said that B.C. especially the one shouldn’t have to pay returning corporate taxes Ottawa back the $1.6to 2008 levels. And then billion HST transition the government adopted, payment. That hasn’t briefly, those proposals in been your position. Isn’t this a mixed message for Tom Fletcher May. So I’m delighted that I’m moving the political the public? B.C. Views debate in a positive AD: No. In the federal direction. election campaign, the I defy you to name any opposition NDP advocated for that position, leader in any jurisdiction in Canada and they said that if they were who has been as specific on elected, and of course it was the taxation as I have 18 months before late Jack Layton who put forward an election. You’re going to see our the argument that B.C. would detailed program in advance of the not have to return the money. election. Obviously, while the NDP did At the NDP convention I spoke extremely well in that election, at length about the key issues of we didn’t win. Mr. Harper won. He our time, about the things that says we have to pay the $1.6 billion I’m campaigning for right now, back and the Liberal Party of B.C., including improving skills training in Ms. Clark and Mr. Campbell’s party, our province, addressing issues of signed a very bad deal for B.C. that inequality, addressing the fact that we’re stuck with. raw log exports are out of control in TF: You replaced Carole James the province. this year. At the root of that I get criticized on some days for situation was a complaint about being too specific and too policya policy vacuum in the B.C. NDP. I oriented, so I’m delighted to hear put it to you that that vacuum still your criticism that I’m not specific exists … enough. AD: (laughs) I guess I can’t count TF: The B.C. Liberals leapt on on your support. your recent statement about TF: I’m making a list here.

potentially increasing income taxes for high earners. This sounds like (federal NDP leadership candidate) Brian Topp’s suggestion of a new top tax bracket. Is that what you were saying? AD: On personal income taxes, I think because the B.C. Liberal Party has continually increased costs on middle class people, for example, shifting the hydro burden onto residential customers, and subsidizing industrial customers. They’re raising MSP premiums, raising ferry fares, raising long-term care fees, they have specifically gone after the middle class. I don’t think there’s really personal tax room there for middle-income people. That’s my view and my position. TF: So does that mean increasing taxes for higher income people? AD: No. I think what you have to do is first of all look at the fiscal situation closer to the election and be clear about that. • • • The interview also touched on the NDP teaming up with Bill Vander Zalm, and the future of socialism. You can find the full text of this interview at www.oakbaynews.com by pointing to the Opinion tab and clicking on B.C. Opinions. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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LETTERS Do your homework on developments On Dec. 12, Saanich council approved a development permit for 4027 Rainbow St. The development permit approved was to construct two 77-unit condominium buildings on the south slope of Christmas Hill just north of McKenzie Avenue and east of Rainbow Street. This area is one of the most pristine areas of Saanich. The entire community of Saanich should note, in 2007 residents of the North Quadra area went through an arduous approval process resulting in Saanich council approving a new comprehensive zone for a 103-unit development comprising of 12 single family dwelling lots, 27 attached dwellings and 64 apartments (condominiums) in two eightstorey buildings on a 3.89 hectare site. Attached to the proposal and rezoning approval was an amenity package agreed to between Saanich and the developer. We thought a covenant document was signed to ensure that the land would be developed, and amenity provided, as per the proposal and approval. On Dec. 12, some three years later, the same developer, having taken the advantage

of generous floor space and height allowances under the zone, applied for a development permit for 77 units instead of 64 units (20.3-per-cent increase) proposed and approved by council. The building now presented is nine storeys that, we believe, is also contrary to what was approved in 2007. We believe by approving this development permit Saanich council has betrayed the trust and confidence of the community. The community has lost faith in the fairness in the process, and has no resources to have a neutral and competent third-party review of council’s decision. We were most disappointed when the Mayor Frank Leonard moved that the development permit be approved based on the land use and the ‘form and character.’ That was done without commenting on the original approval and increase in the number of units and density, and without attempting to seek any additional amenity. More unfortunate was that the rest of the council lost their independent thinking and followed the mayor. Only councillors Vic Derman and Paul Gerrard were able to

Readers respond: Referendum on cull urged, and most humane method must be sought On Dec. 21, the Saanich News printed three thoughtful letters of, essentially, protest on future plans to kill (cull) deer. Thanks are owed to the concerned individuals who wrote, and to the News for printing their insights into the controversy. The clover trap/bolt gun method currently being considered for eliminating them sounds heartless and presents an image of panic, entanglement and hours of fear that would precede the arrival of the man with the gun. A referendum should be held before any killing is undertaken, and if the results prove that a majority of citizens want to see deer removed from our communities, then the absolutely most humane method must be found. Dana Wessel Saanich

Reader believes in Christmas miracle after Good Samaritan’s deed On Dec. 14 I lost my ready-to-be-mailed Christmas cards in the Cadboro Bay Village parking lot. With mad fury, I retraced my steps and lingered about as the kind and patient staff from the shops checked their lost and found. No cards. Eventually, I left dreary and dizzy. Imagine my delight late that afternoon when most of them appeared at my doorstep, some decorated with tire marks. Two days later, another one was sitting on the railing, moist, marbled and mailable. I’m uplifted and filled with a great desire to say thank you to the wonderful people who took

recognize and acknowledge at the meeting that there was a weakness in the bylaw and the covenant was deficient. The message to the community at large is this: Make sure that the development parameters and criteria are tightly, specifically and clearly defined and stipulated in the controlling documents such as bylaws and/or covenants. It would be unwise to rely entirely on Saanich staff or council to do that for the community. We regret that we relied on good faith and fairness of the process. We learned our lesson. We, along with many others, will regret council’s decision for years to come. Now that the decision is made and the development permit for a larger development is approved, we truly hope that the planning, parks and engineering staff will ensure that this (or any other developer buying the project) will meet the requirements of the development permit and will fulfill the terms and conditions of the bylaw and covenant. Haji Charania, President, North Quadra Land Use Protection Association

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Attorney General argues that broadcasting trials of those accused in Stanley Cup riots are in best interest of public Shirley Bond Guest comment

Last week, the dedicated team of Crown counsel assigned to the Stanley Cup riot prosecutions advised the court of their intention to apply to have these proceedings publicly broadcasted. This is in keeping with a commitment set out in the government’s throne speech, and I want to explain why I have directed Shirley Bond these applications to be made. This government believes that the courts need to be open institutions for the public, and when we have opportunities to enhance the transparency of our justice system, we need to pursue those. This spring, we saw the successful live broadcast, by CBC online, of the polygamy reference case before B.C. Supreme Court in a case involving the government’s constitutional lawyers. The broadcasting of the polygamy reference addressed the sensitive issue of witness participation in a manner satisfactory to all parties. The decision about whether to allow such an application requires the balancing of a number of factors, including whether the broadcast is in the public interest. There will always be discussion among those in the justice system about the virtues of any innovation that moves us beyond the

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The first time they met, Anne Hansen and Henry Kock both showed up for a canoe trip wearing mismatched canvas sneakers. “We liked to be different, in a fun, whimsical kind of way,” said Hansen, an artist based in James Bay, who wears two long braids and colourful knits. Their shared love of the outdoors also helped bring the couple together, more than two decades ago. The pair lived in Ontario, where Kock earned a reputation as a horticulturalist at the University of Guelph. In 2005, he died of brain cancer. Last week, Hansen found a fitting way to memorialize her late husband. For $4,000, she bought the scientific naming rights to a newlyAnne Hansen discovered lichen. Photo submitted The horsehair Henry Kock, the late husband of James Bay lichen – which Hansen says resembles Kock’s artist Anne Hansen, earned a reputation as a beard – will be known as Bryoria kockiana. horticulturalist at the University of Guelph. In “He would be thrilled,” said Hansen, of how 2005, he died of brain cancer. A newly discovered Kock would feel about his lichen legacy. lichen, Bryoria kockiana, was named after him. After more than a decade of exposure to to the honour of being linked, if only in name, to pesticides during his young working life, Kock dedicated himself to organic gardening. Hansen other living species that share this planet with us,” believes his cancer was a result of these pesti- he said, in a release. The Sulyma family purchased naming rights cides, many of which are now banned. Lichenologist Trevor Goward recently discov- from The Land Conservancy for $17,900. Parmeered the species of lichen in the southern Interior. lia sulymae has been named in honour of Randy In fact, he discovered two new species and he Sulyma, a biologist at the University of British donated one to the Ancient Forest Alliance and Columbia who died tragically in January. The money will go toward a $350,000 campaign one to The Land Conservancy to be put toward a to purchase a land corridor between two pieces of Name-that-Lichen auction, which closed Dec. 15. The naming auctions are the first example of Wells Gray Park in the southern Interior of B.C. The Ancient Forest Alliance will use the money “taxonomic tithing,” meaning they raise money for from Hansen’s winning bid to map and report on their own conservation, according to Goward. “I believe that future auctions of this kind will old-growth forest on Vancouver Island. rholmen@vicnews.com garner even more support as Canadians awaken GUTTER CLEANING • WINDOW CLEANING • POWER WASHING

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The value of building permits throughout the Capital Regional District slumped 15 per cent between September and October. The decline is even sharper, at 38 per cent, when comparing October 2011 to the same month last year, according to new figures by Statistics Canada. A dip in large projects after a busy summer is mostly to blame, according to the Vancouver Island Construction Association. Municipal statistics from Oak Bay, Victoria and Saanich, however, provide a more nuanced picture of the overall decline. The number of building permits issued in Oak Bay is down in 2011 from 2010, but it’s substantially higher than any other year since 2007. A total of 747 permits have been issued so far this year, at a value of just over $34 million. Last year saw 815 permits issued, valued at nearly $93 million, thanks largely to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

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On the one hand, commercial and multi-family building is down, while interior home renovations are booming. Saanich-based home renovator Steve Burgess attributes the trend to the world economy. “I think the big one for a lot of people is job security,” he said. “People are not doing the big additions, but yeah, they’ll go ahead with the kitchen or bathroom reno – the small stuff.” Burgess’ own business, Toolbox Renovations, has

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Kerry King, left, and Charlene Waldner work out during the Pura Vida Fitness Beach Blast boot camp at Gonzales Beach park. The class is usually held on the beach but the tide was too high this day. Don Denton/News staff

Resolution runaround New year gets people on the move Travis Paterson News staff

“December has been surprisingly busy with people getting a jump-start on January,” she said, adding the New Year also sees renewed interest from card-holding members. And when it comes to the top achievements in terms of fitness goals, two of the more popular options are very specific to the Victoria weekend warrior. Running and triathloning. Each has its extreme (marathon and Ironman), but the reality is they start easy and the local race calendar offers plenty of goal-setting opportunities. “Many people start small, with five and 10 kilometre races,” said Nick Walker, an owner with Frontrunners’

The R word. It’s so cliché, but so true. Whatever the reason – holiday hangover or a germ of an idea growing since last summer – it’s human nature to take up, or get back to, exercising in January. “It’s a bizarre phenomenon, but it’s that fresh starting point,” says Cara Obee Williams, a Victoria athletic therapist and trainer. Obee Williams took the business of physical training to the next level with Pura Vida Fitness studio this year, offering everything from boot camps at dawn to customized running and triathlon programs. It might pain you to get out of bed at 5 a.m., but it’s worth it, Obee Williams says. “Let’s be honest, it sucks to get up that early but it’s a blast once everyone’s here. And for parents, they can be back at home in time to get the kids up, with the day’s exercise out of the way.” Not only does the population of exerDon Denton/News staff cise gyms and studios spike in January, Instructor Cara Obee Williams, it spikes early, helping her business right, jokes as she offers boot camp grow over the last month. encouragement to Holly Ball.

Langford store. In fact, some start even smaller. Frontrunners’ first steps/next steps clinic and Running Room’s Learn to Run clinic use a walk-run approach to get newbies started. “If necessary it starts at one minute running, two minute walking.” Dangling ahead of January beginners is the Esquimalt 5km in March, a worthy carrot. And then there are those ready to kick it up to the next level, which is where Obee Williams comes in. She’s an expert in both disciplines, having done both Ironman Canada and the Boston Marathon in recent years (she also owns a couple of wins from the Gutbuster race series). “Right now a lot of people are gearing up for the Island Race Series,” she said. The eight-race Island series starts with the Harriers Pioneers 8km on Jan. 8 in Saanichton and ends with the Sooke River 10km on April 15. It does boast a 21km half-marathon, but most races are eight, 10 and 12 km. The triathlon scene gets going in the summer with the Subaru Victoria Triathlon on June 17 and the Self-Transcendence Triathlon on Aug. 5, at Elk Lake. Both offer the sprint distance, a manageable 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. sports@vicnews.com

Steppin’ forward

Here are some beginning and intermediate running groups to get started with. There are other clinics in town, so be sure to find the one that suits you best.

Vic Frontrunners Half and full marathon clinics, begins Jan. 11. Training goal is the Vancouver Marathon, May 6. Meets Wednesday nights. First steps/next steps clinic, begins Jan. 26. Training goal is the Vancouver Sun Run or TC10K, April 29. Meets Thursdays, 6 p.m. Call 250-382-8181 to register or for more information.

Langford Frontrunners First steps/next steps clinic, begins Jan. 26. Training goal is the Vancouver Sun Run or TC10K, April 29. Meets

Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Intermediate half and full marathon clinic, begins late January. Training goal is the Vancouver Marathon, May 6. Night to be confirmed. Call 250-391-7373 to register or for more information.

Running Room Half and full marathon clinic begins Jan. 12. Training for Vancouver Marathon, May 6. Meets 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. Sundays. 10km clinic begins Feb. 8. Training goal is the TC-10K, April 29. Meets Wednesdays. Learn to Run, begins Jan. 2. Learn to Run 5km, begins Jan. 2. Training for Lifemark Health Esquimalt 5km, March 10. Meets Mondays. Call 250-383-4224 to register or for more information.


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Haven for sweet-tooth tastes closing up shop Fat Phege’s Fudge Factory unable to renew lease past April 2012 Erin McCracken News staff

A couple and their young daughter walk into the small, cozy shop where the sweet smell of fudge has permeated the air for the past 35 years. The woman, a regular customer, greets Carol Friesen with a hug and says, “We love you.” Herman Friesen and his wife Carol have had to tell customers they will be closing after 20 years of owning Fat Phege’s Fudge Factory. It was the first business to open in Victoria’s Market Square 35 years ago. Market Square owners, Anthem Properties, informed the Saanich residents in October that their lease won’t be renewed past April 2012. “One gentleman has been coming here since he was this high,” Herman Friesen says, motioning his hand near his knee. “He said, ‘You can’t go. You’re not allowed.’ We hear that all the time.” In a letter to the Friesens, the company said it is changing Mar-

Erin McCracken/News staff

This will be the final Christmas for Fat Phege’s Fudge Factory, which was the first business to open at Market Square 35 years ago. Proprietors Herman and Carol Friesen have been unable to renew their lease, which expires in April 2012. ket Square “from a festival retail centre to a street-oriented mixeduse retail centre.” By upgrading the quality of retailers and their units, the firm said it hopes to allow the market to stay competi-

tive and appeal to a more sophisticated clientele. “I don’t see how we don’t fit into that,” Herman Friesen says. The company told the couple it wants to combine their unit with

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a recently vacated neighbouring space that faces Store Street. Herman Friesen says he has no interest in expanding. “I’m sad I’m going to lose track of my kids,” Carol Friesen says,

emerging from her side of the shop where she serves ice cream, french fries and mini doughnuts, among other goodies, to customers at her take-out window. “And when she calls them kids, they’re 35 years old now,” her husband says from his side of the shop where a long counter holds dark chocolate-covered ginger, nuts, French nougat, Turkish delight, candies and several flavours of fudge, including maple walnut, chocolate chip cookie dough and Bailey’s Irish cream, among others. The couple has been tending to the sweet-tooth tastes of tourists as well as three generations of Greater Victoria residents since they first walked into the shop one Sunday afternoon in 1992. “I bought this place in 10 minutes on a gut feeling,” says Herman Friesen. He and his wife became the fudge factory’s third set of owners. Brooke Phemister first opened the factory in 1976. “It’s been a journey. I’ve learned everything the hard way.” Despite facing an uncertain future, he plans to stay positive and keep his options open. “Let’s put it this way, I always find stuff to do to keep me busy,” Herman Friesen says with a smile. “If building planes in Bolivia comes up, then I’ll build planes in Bolivia.” emccracken@vicnews.com

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