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Mayoral candidate arrested for failing to pay bylaw fine Kyle Slavin

Shebib was arrested at 5090 West Saanich Rd., the place he calls home and the location of his GarSaanich mayoral candidate David bage Guru free store. The business Shebib was arrested Monday by is also creating issues for Saanich B.C. Sheriffs Services officers at his police and bylaw officers who say they’re working with Shebib to West Saanich Road home. A judge issued a warrant for She- avoid court on separate matters. “We’ve been dealing with issues bib’s arrest after he failed to appear on the property for over a in provincial court year. We’ve been working earlier this month. to try to gain Mr. Shebib’s Shebib is fightvoluntary compliance, and ing a $100 ticket he I guess Mr. Shebib has his received from Capiown agenda,” said Saantal Regional Disich’s senior bylaw officer trict bylaw officers Doug Roberts. in August 2010 for The recycled treasures “improper use of and trash strewn about wash down” at Hartthe property could contraland landfill. vene the unsightly premise “There’s a facility bylaw. up there (at Hart“He’s also running his land) – it’s a wheel free store on the property, wash for people to and it’s not zoned for a wash dust and mud David Shebib store,” Roberts said. off their wheels. It’s Shebib does not own the propnot meant for cleaning out the debris in the box of your pickup,” erty and Roberts said the owner is said Don Brown, the CRD’s chief co-operating with bylaw officers. “We’ve received multiple combylaw enforcement officer. “He didn’t pay the ticket and we had plaints (about this property) from to take him to small claims court neighbours,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. (in May).” Most revolve around traffic and A judge gave Shebib a deadline to pay the ticket. When he failed parking issues as a result of people to pay, a summons was issued for taking advantage of Shebib’s trada hearing on Oct. 3 but he didn’t ing post-style store. Shebib appeared before a show. Shebib last week announced he judge Monday afternoon and was is running for mayor of both Saan- released on condition he attend his ich and Victoria in the November next scheduled default hearing on municipal election, campaigning Jan. 10. for a “new one-world government.”

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Toy show Leroy Valentine has a laugh playing with a puppet at the Cherry Bomb Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair, inside the Pearkes recreation centre fieldhouse on Sunday. The eighth annual event drew kids of all ages to tables crammed with action figures, models and memorabilia.

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Many things have changed at Cedar Hill middle school, but the stairwells are still the same. The site of the original Mount Doug high school will host an Afternoon Social on Nov. 12, part of the school’s 80th anniversary celebrations. Seated on the steps are the Afternoon Social organizing committee: FRONT: Sheila Lindsay (1957), left, Loraine Noel (1959) and Wendy Gedney (1967); BACK: Pat Hocker (1967), left, Bob Gillespie (1948) and Pat Cusack (1961). Don Denton/News staff

Mount Doug High celebrates 80 years Sam Van Schie News staff

Graduating from the original Mount Doug High in 1940, Jean Levis never had to walk 10 miles in the snow to the school – not only is there not much snow on the Island, but the school was built on her family’s land. “It was just across the field from my house,” Levis said, a statement that is still true for her today. The 91-year-old lives in seniors housing built on the same location as her childhood home. She still won’t have a far walk far to get to the school for its 80th anniversary celebration Nov. 12. Levis will be among the oldest graduates of the school, which opened in 1931. She can think of only two older living alumni. Many of her old photos and articles, which she keeps carefully catalogued in albums, have been enlarged for displays about the school’s early days. Thumbing through an album, Levis stops on a picture of the school’s first principal Bert Bailey.

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“He was very handsome,” she remarked with a grin. “All the girls were crazy about him and the boys respected him.” She remembers every time her mother baked bread, Levis would bring a loaf over to the school for Bailey. “Those were different times,” she said. “You were like family with everyone at the school.” In a faded photo of her graduating class, a mere 24 students stand straight-faced in two rows. Mount Doug offered grades 8 to 12 when Levis attended. “It was (during) the Depression and many people, especially boys, had to drop out and find jobs, so there weren’t a lot of graduates,” Levis recalled. That changed after the Second World War, when the baby boom flooded the school system. By the time Pat Hocker graduated with the class of 1960, there were 66 people in her grad photo. Mount Doug had grades 10 to 12 at that time and had seen its first of several additions, including a new gymnasium.

Hocker remembers everyone in the school was assigned to one of three houses: Fraser, Skeena or Douglas. They competed against one another on the basketball court and baseball diamond at lunch hour. “There was no going to 7-Eleven at lunch,” Hocker said. “This was out in the country, there was nothing to do but play sports.” By 1969, the student population overwhelmed the original campus, and the new Mount Doug high school opened on Gordon Head Road. But for Hocker, Levis and hundreds of other former students, the original school holds a lot of memories. To celebrate 80 years since the first Mount Doug opened, an afternoon social will be held at the school Nov. 12, 1 to 4 p.m. The event will be a chance for the grads of 1931 to 1969 to visit their old homeroom, enjoy treats and refreshments and take part in an oldstyle dance with music and dance-steps from the 1930s to 1960s. Tickets are $20 in advance at the DFH Real Estate office, 3914 Shelbourne St., online at, as well as at the door on the day of the event for $25.

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Ruptured gas line delays road work Tattersall now expected to open before December Kyle Slavin News staff

A ruptured gas line shut down road work on Tattersall Drive Saturday, but the busy Saanich road should be open for good late next month. Workers were installing new sidewalks last week and had to pound large spikes in the ground to help with the formwork. One of the spikes appears to have punctured a gas line, but kept it sealed until Saturday when the spike was removed. “Everything seemed like it was copacetic until they started taking (spikes) out on the weekend and it started releasing the gas flow,” said Saanich’s manager of transportation Jim Hemstock. The area was closed to workers for a few hours until the line was fixed, but crews returned later in the day and remain on site. Hemstock says they’re a little behind schedule, as there was more soil than originally expected that had to be hauled out, and a few extra subterranean utilities were in poor shape and needed replacing. The $3 million project is being done by a numbered company created specifically for this job.

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Walking into the Royal Jubilee emergency room last Easter, Robert Modrow thought little of his chest pain. The active 69-year-old had been to his family doctor and tests showed nothing was wrong. Emergency room doctors were just going to take an angiogram picture of blood vessels in his chest. But his heart stopped on the way to the operating room. He woke up a week later in a hospital bed with no idea what had happened. ■ Monitors display “I had black and digital vital signs blue bruises on my data on a colour chest where defibriltouchscreen located lators had been used beside a patient’s bed. to restart my heart,” ■ Healthcare providers Modrow recalled last have mobile devices week. to view the vital signs He had an incision data wherever they are in his chest for a pacein the unit. maker, and learned ■ An alarm will alert he’d had bypass surdoctors of a major gery. change in a patient’s His wife counted 16 vital signs. tubes for fluids going ■ Live health data is in and out of him. stored in the monitor He was also confor 48 hours, and can nected to a vital signs be transferred and monitor with elecsaved in a patient’s trodes measuring his electronic records. heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure and other vitals. These monitors used to be shared between patients as they became available, but in the new Patient Care Centre at RJH the goal is to have one in every patient room, thanks to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation fall fundraising campaign. The campaign seeks to raise $595,000 to buy 94 vital-signs monitors for the care centre. “It’s amazing how far technology has come and how a few improvements can not only make an

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2011 PUBLIC NOTICE SAANICH FIREWORKS BYLAW The Municipality of Saanich has a Fireworks Regulation Bylaw No. 8865 to regulate the sale, possession, and discharge of reworks in the community. The Bylaw is in effect, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year. Residents and visitors to the Municipality of Saanich should note the following important restrictions: •

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Protest surrounds ice rink site Occupy Victoria’s tent city taking up planned space Rudy Haugeneder News Staff

A long-planned and large Christmas season public skating rink covering the Centennial Square spot where the Occupy Victoria tent city sits is about to test the community spirit of protesters and the downtown business association. The two sides have yet to meet to deal with the problem – a temporary 17 by 11-metre ice rink the Downtown Victoria Business Association plans to install Nov. 21. However, both sides are optimistic a simple solution can be found. Ken Kelly, DVBA general manager, says he expects his organization will meet with People’s Assembly of Victoria representatives within two weeks to sort out the situation. The business association has been planning the ice rink project since mid-August – almost seven weeks before the People’s Assembly held its first organizational meetings. People’s Assembly supporters live in about 20 tents hat were

set up at Centennial Square last Saturday after a day-long protest in the square and downtown march by about 1,000 people, as part of the worldwide protest against corporate and banking industry greed, and economic control. Saying he personally supports the “spirit” of Occupy Victoria in finding solutions to social and economic ills facing the community, Kelly said, “I would be really very surprised if there is nothing but co-operation between us” in ensuring the rink will be set up.

“We’re looking forward to inviting all of Greater Victoria to come and enjoy an outdoor skate this winter.” – Ken Kelly Most of the protest tents sit on the planned ice rink site on the lower level of the square beside McPherson Playhouse. Anushka Nagji, a People’s Assembly spokesperson, said the ice rink comes as a shock to her group and will be discussed by the group. The solution might be as

simple as negotiating some useful material concessions from the downtown business community for moving the tent city to the more weather-exposed side of Centennial Square, she said. However, it is up to the assembly to decide what to do – if anything, said Nagji, adding that the protesters know the square does not belong to them and is a public place for all people and organizations to use. Current plans call for the open-air ice rink to be officially open Nov. 26 for what has, until now, been the annual Centennial Square Light-up and, if a solution is found to deal with the tent city, the rink would be open to skaters daily until Jan. 2. The rink cost $60,000 to rent and is supplied by an Ontario company. The DVBA plans to ask users to contribute a toonie to defray expenses, said Kelly. Skate rentals will be available. If all goes well in finding a solution with the People’s Assembly, “we’re looking forward to inviting all of Greater Victoria to come and enjoy an outdoor skate this winter,” he said. The ice – rain or shine – is good until the weather hits higher than 10 C, he said. The ice is kept cold via a chiller and piping that runs under the ice sheet.


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Braille taught to people with sight Erin McCracken News staff

Elizabeth Lalonde has the world right at her fingertips. Since learning to understand the meaning of the raised dots in the 200-year-old braille language, the Saanich resident has opened new doors for herself. “It’s literacy for blind people,” said Lalonde, who was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that affects retina cells. Lalonde has lived her entire life with 90 per cent vision loss. And until last year, when she enrolled in a nine-month intensive blindness immersion training program, she relied on CD books and talking computer technology to “read.”

But at the Louisiana Center for the Blind – there are no formal training centres for blind or visually impaired people in Canada – Lalonde learned nonvisual life skills, from cooking for large groups and travelling with a white cane to using adaptive technology and braille. Now Lalonde, 38, wants to teach others Right on the Dot, her new introductory braille course for people who can see and those who are blind or have limited vision. She developed it after establishing her new business, BlindWay Training and Consulting Services, six months ago. “It’s really not as hard as people think it is,” Lalonde said of learning braille.


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Haro Woods deal close There will be several opportunities for public input on woodland’s future Kyle Slavin News staff

The future of Haro Woods will soon be up to Saanich residents. While councillors this week gave their approval to a land swap with the Capital Regional District, Mayor Frank Leonard says it’ll be up to the public to provide input on how the urban forest is best protected. “This does not have to be looked after by (Saanich parks staff),” he said. “It could have a much closer relationship with the residents of Cadboro Bay and Gordon Head.” He offered ideas like a Friends of Haro Woods Society or a Haro Woods stewardship, which could oversee the site according to the neighbourhood’s wishes. Haro Woods covers three properties currently owned by Saanich, the CRD and the University of Victoria. As part of the $7.2-million deal, the CRD will receive 1.56 hectares of Saanich’s land to install underground attenuation tanks. Their purpose is to temporarily store wastewater flows during storms and prevent downstream overflows.

This parcel of land already has sanitary infrastructure on it. The existing CRD land will become Saanich’s possession. The CRD board is expected to approve the deal Nov. 9. The public has the opportunity at that time to speak on the land exchange. Rezoning the different parcels of land – to woodland and utility zoning – requires going before council, during which the public will also be able to provide input. As well, consultation will occur with residents on how to best protect and maintain the land. If rezoning is approved, and the deal is completed, 96 per cent of Haro Woods will be protected woodland. “This agreement is as close to a win-win as you can get,” Leonard said. As part of the deal, the CRD will also receive additional Saanich land (near Hartland landfill) and $1.48 million in cash, which would come from Saanich’s park acquisition fund over eight years. “All of us knew years ago this was the kind of solution we wanted to come up with,” said Coun. Susan Brice, acknowledging Haro Woods protection has been a goal for council and neighbours for two decades. “There’s always been one vision for Haro Woods, and that is to protect it.”

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Eight all-candidates meetings planned for Saanich voters Leading up to the Nov. 19 municipal election, community groups will host eight all-candidates meetings to give Saanich residents a chance to grill the 15 people running for mayor and council. The first meeting is next Monday (Oct. 24) and the final one is Nov. 16. They are all open to the public. ■ Monday Oct. 24 at 8 a.m., Cedar Hill Golf Course (1400 Derby Rd.). Sponsored by the Victoria Real Estate Board. ■ Wednesday Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., The Ridge Playhouse at Claremont secondary (4980 Wesley Rd.). Sponsored by Cordova Bay and Blenkinsop Valley Community Associations. ■ Thursday Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Room 216 in the Young Building at Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus. Sponsored by Camosun, Quadra Cedar Hill, Mount Tolmie Community Associations and Camosun College Students’ Society ■ Tuesday Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., Lochside elementary

(1145 Royal Oak Dr.). Sponsored by Broadmead Area Residents’ Association ■ Wednesday Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Prospect Lake Community Hall (5358 Sparton Rd.). Sponsored by Prospect Lake and District Community Association ■ Tuesday Nov. 15 at 2 p.m., Church of the Nazarene (4277 Quadra St.) ■ Tuesday Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., Spectrum Community School (957 Burnside Rd. W). Sponsored by Gorge Tillicum and Mount View Colquitz Community Associations ■ Wednesday Nov. 16, Cadboro Bay United Church (2625 Arbutus Rd.). Sponsored by Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association For more information on the meetings or the Saanich municipal election visit election.html. Don Denton/News staff

Mail-in ballots accepted for first-time Anyone who won’t be in Saanich or can’t physically make it to a polling station for the Nov. 19 election is invited to apply for a mail-in ballot, the first time the municipality has attempted snail mail voting. Mail ballot applications are available at html and must be filled out and returned to municipal hall before 4 p.m. on Nov. 17. Packages will be sent out in early November once a list of running candidates is finalized and ballots are printed. It is then voters’ responsibility to make sure their vote is returned (mailed or dropped off) to the chief election officer before polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 19. Mail ballot applications are also available from the legislative services division at Saanich municipal hall (770 Vernon Ave.). For more information, call 250-475-1775 or email

Vote early ■ All eligible voters are allowed to participate in advance voting. ■ Two advance polling dates are Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Monday, Nov. 14. ■ Voting takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Saanich municipal hall (770 Vernon Ave.). ■ A complete list of the polling stations open on Nov. 19 is available at

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Good week for Victoria economy With economic gloom casting shadows over so much of the world, it was good to have two sunny announcements in Greater Victoria this week. On Tuesday, the World Curling Federation announced the city will once again host the international men’s championship in 2013. The last time Victoria played host to this event was when Save-On Foods Memorial Centre had just opened its doors in 2005. More than 115,000 people attended matches during the competition, giving area businesses an estimated $20.4 million boost. The 2013 event promises to increase the international exposure of the city as the competition will be televised in all 12 countries that are participating. That boon to marketing will undoubtedly pay dividends for everyone who make a living from tourism. But the even bigger news came the next day after the federal government unveiled the winners of its gargantuan shipbuilding sweepstakes. Victoria missed out on the astronomical $22 billion contract awarded to Halifax for new warships. But the selection of North Vancouver-based Seaspan for the $8 million civilian ship contract is no drop in the bucket. The company controls shipyards here as well as Vancouver and local workers will reap tremendous benefits from this contract. Among the ships that will be built and tested on the West Coast is the John G. Diefenbaker polar ice breaker, which will be as long as 140 metres. This impressive ship along with Arctic offshore patrol vessels, including four oceanographic science ships and three fisheries science vessels are to be built in a relatively open process. The Diefenbaker, budgeted at $720-million, will serve to inspire industry, the public and the scientific community and give B.C.’s economy a welcome shot in the arm.

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Two days without my iPhone My iPhone 3GS is the last thing On any given day, have a look I see before I go to sleep (ensuring around – zombies are everywhere. it’s plugged in because there’s nothNo, it’s not Halloween quite yet, ing conceivably worse than headbut have our cellphones and other mobile devices turned us into mind- ing out to face the day with a dead phone) and the first thing I see less drones? when I wake up (fervently checking During Thanksgiving long weekfor new emails and LOL-filled text end, I was waiting at the BC Ferries messages). terminal coming back Maybe it’s because in from a trip to the Mainthis era of immediacy, land. Everywhere I looked, we are trained to feel we twenty-somethings and always have to be in the younger were walking know: to know exactly with their heads down, when and where somenarrowly avoiding midthing is happening, the hallway collisions while second it happens. Try fixated on the glowing taking yourself off Facescreens of their iPhones, book for a month and see iPods, iPads and the occasional BlackBerry. Benjamin Yong how many missed birthAccording to a report South Island scribe day parties and housewarmings ensue. from the American-based In the spirit of healthy Kaiser Family Foundation experimentation, I decided to see last year, the increase in cell phone what life would be like for 48 hours ownership for eight to 18-year-olds with no personal cellphone or Interjumped from 39 to 66 per cent in net access. five years. For MP3 players and the like, it went from 18 per cent to 76 per cent. Day one: Going hand-in-hand, Internet use is also on the rise – a Statistics In the morning, my hand instincCanada survey says 80 per cent of tively reached for the turned-off Canadians aged 16 and older used iPhone on my desk at home before the Internet for personal reasons leaving for work. I stopped myself, in 2009. Victoria had the honour gave it one last longing look, and of being one of the Canadian cities left. Luckily it was an extraordinarily with the highest use rates at 86 per busy and long day at work, and I cent. didn’t have much of a chance to I am by no means innocent in the miss my cell. The only visible sympmatter. In fact, I have, at one point toms were a subconscious dartor another, probably owned almost ing of my eyes trying to locate the every modern Apple product cremissing device, and restless fingers ated. likely due to texting withdrawal.

At home, things were slightly easier. I was fortunate to have other distractions to take my mind off my phone, namely television. I wasn’t about to cut that out, too – after all, I was curious, not crazy.

Day two: The only time my old habits kicked in during the morning was when I was about to look up a phone number on my cell that I needed to call. I realized without it, I wouldn’t be able to get a hold of anyone besides a handful of friends whose house numbers I memorized as a child. As the afternoon wore on at the office, there was a certain calm that fell over me. Knowing my phone was out of reach, I didn’t have the urge to constantly check it (during breaks, of course) for updates. I became more focused at work and was able to free my mind for more productive thoughts, like what to make for dinner. At night, I barely gave my iPhone a second thought and I even did a little light reading. The lesson I learned is that almost anyone – at least those that weren’t born in the Internet generation – should be capable of weaning themselves off these self-imposed shackles of modern society. Mere hours later, however, I breathed a quiet sigh of relief as I saw the silver apple logo flicker to life on the 3.5-inch touchscreen. Benjamin Yong is a reporter with the Sooke News Mirror.

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Occupy Wall Street reflects increasing frustration David Suzuki

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I’m not the only one unhappy with economic systems based on constant growth and endlessly increasing exploitation of finite resources – systems that concentrate wealth in the hands of a few while so many people struggle. Since Sept. 17, protests have spread from New York to a growing number of cities across the United States, Europe, and Canada, in a movement dubbed “Occupy Wall Street.” The protesters’ aims aren’t always clear; in some case they seem downright incoherent or absurd – such as calls for open border policies and increased trade tariffs at the same time. It’s interesting that those credited with spurring the movement did so with a single question: “What is our one demand?” The question was first posed in Vancouver by Adbusters magazine. Editor Kalle Lasn said the campaign was launched as an invitation to act more than an attempt to get an answer. Focusing on a single demand may or may not be a useful exercise, but the conversation itself is necessary. Thanks to the attention these protests are generating, union leaders, students, workers,

and others have a public forum to raise questions about our current economic systems. Why have governments spent trillions of dollars in taxpayers’ money to bail out financial institutions, many of which fought any notion of government regulation or social assistance, while doing nothing for people who had life savings wiped out or lost homes through foreclosure? And why have governments not at least demanded that the institutions demonstrate some ecological and social responsibility in return? Why do developed nations still give tax breaks to the wealthiest few while children go hungry and working people and the unemployed see wages, benefits, and opportunities dwindle – and while infrastructure crumbles and access to good health care and education diminishes? Why are we rapidly exploiting finite resources and destroying precious natural systems for the sake of short-term profit and unsustainable economic growth? What will we do when oil runs out or becomes too difficult or expensive to extract if we haven’t taken the time to reduce our demands for energy and shift to cleaner sources?

Why does our economic system place a higher value on disposable and often unnecessary goods and services than on the things we really need to survive and be healthy, like clean air, clean water and productive soil? Sure, there’s some contradiction in protesters carrying iPhones while railing against the consumer system. But this is not just about making personal changes and sacrifices; it’s about questioning our place on this planet. In less than a century, the human population has grown exponentially, from 1.5 billion to seven billion. That’s been matched by rapid growth in technology and products, resource exploitation, and knowledge. The pace and manner of development have led to a reliance on fossil fuels, to the extent that much of our infrastructure supports products such as cars and their fuels to keep the cycle of profits and wealth concentration going. Our current economic systems are relatively new – methods we’ve devised both to deal with the challenge of production and distribution for rapidly expanding populations and to exploit the opportunities.

It may seem like there’s no hope for change, but we have to remember that most of these developments are recent, and that humans are capable of innovation, creativity and foresight. Despite considerable opposition, most countries recognized at some point that abolishing slavery had goals that transcended economic considerations, such as enhancing human rights and dignity – and it didn’t destroy the economy in the end, as supporters of slavery feared. I don’t know if the Occupy Wall Street protests will lead to anything. Surely there will be backlash. And although I wouldn’t compare these protests to those taking place in the Middle East, they all show that when people have had enough of inequality, of the negative and destructive consequences of decisions made by people in power, we have a responsibility to come together and speak out. The course of human history is constantly changing. It’s up to all of us to join the conversation to help steer it to a better path than the one we are on. Maybe our one demand should be of ourselves: care enough to do something.

Readers respond: Family Day, Occupy protests Not everyone will sleep in on Family Day Re: We’re still waiting for Family Day (The Gen Y Lens, Oct. 7) I’d like to point out to Kyle Slavin that the only people sleeping in on Family Day across the country will be government employees, teachers, bank employees (although even that is changing) and the others fortunate enough to work a Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., work week. Many more will be scrambling to find babysitting arrangements for young children who would normally be in school so they can go to their jobs in the many stores and businesses that are open seven days a week. Of course, these same places are open so that those lucky enough to have the day off can spend it shopping. Heather Wright Victoria

Mainstream media slow off the mark Thank you for running your story: Occupy Victoria takes direct aim at money, banking (News, Oct. 14). I realize there are many

aspects to the problem, more complicated than the majority of us understand, and I have been slowly grasping what this is all about. I felt your story had a good summary of the situation. It was good to see that our Occupy Victoria had an organizer. I think the protesters in New York need for a spokesperson to get a clear message out there telling the public exactly what they stand for. The protest in New York has actually been going on for a month already, but mainstream media in New York apparently did not pick up the story back then. This is the reason my husband has taken to watching news on the Internet instead of mainstream media. Susan Fernandez Saanich

Nothing wrong with rewarding hard workers I’ve watched the “occupy” protests on TV, and after watching many interviews it seems there are as many reasons people are protesting as there are people. The underlying theme

though seems to be the disparity of the have’s and have not’s, the wealthy and poor, the expanding divide and a need to change the system. And I ask, what’s wrong with a system that allows a grocery clerk like Alex Campbell Sr. to grow a chain of successful grocery businesses, employing thousands of people and investing millions of dollars into the community? What’s wrong with a system that allows a fired car salesman like Jimmy Pattison to create an empire, again employing thousands of people and investing millions into the community? The system is open to anyone who is prepared to work hard, innovate and take some risks. Look at what Apple founder Steve Jobs did for the world. He quit school and worked out of his garage. He worked hard and created value for many. These people worked hard all their lives, even though they could have retired long before their time. They’re not greedy, and they’ve been rewarded for bringing so much to so many. The other question I have to ask is: if we’re going to change the system, what are we going to change to? Bob Broughton Saanich

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World curling championships return to city Travis Paterson News staff

Eight years ago the World Men’s Curling Championships was the first act of any kind to grace the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Now get ready for act two. On Tuesday, the World Curling Federation and the Canadian Curling Association announced Victoria will again host the World Men’s Championships from March 30 to April 7, 2013. The idea to bring it back was Keith Dagg’s. He chaired the 2005 event “This time TSN and is co-chairing the 2013 host committee will broadcast live, with Chris Atchison. “(In 2005) we literworldwide, for ally finished the buildeight straight days, ing the night before we to all 12 countries” needed it,” Dagg said. “But the ice was great – Keith Dagg and we sold out 17 of the 22 draws – total sellouts – and that’s one of the reasons it’s coming back here.” A third-party report completed later in 2005 priced the economic impact of the World Men’s Championships at $20.4 million to Greater Victoria. “It should generate at least that,” Dagg said of the 2013 event. But Rob Gialloreto, president and CEO of Tourism Victoria, said “it’s hard to predict if it will replicate the ($20 million) impact. We’re hopeful that it will.” The greatest boost to business comes from curling fans visiting from up-Island, Western Canada and the U.S. “In 2005 there wasn’t much television coverage,” Dagg noted, “just some from CBC, but this time TSN will be broadcasting live, worldwide for eight straight days, to all 12 countries.” Tickets for the 2013 World Men’s championships will likely go on sale in March.


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Observant cop catches alleged serial thief Police believe they’ve arrested a suspect who’s been breaking in to cars in the Saanich panhandle in recent weeks. Early Monday morning, a Saanich police patrol sergeant was surveilling the neighbourhood looking for anyone that matched a rough description of their suspect: a cyclist in dark clothing. The officer noticed a man riding a bike while rolling a second bicycle next to him. Once the man noticed the cop, the cyclist tossed the second bike in a bush and “cycled swiftly from the area,” Sgt. Dean Jantzen said. Eventually the officer was Sgt. Dean able to stop the cyclist, who Jantzen appeared nervous, and told the sergeant he had been working on a bike at a friend’s house. The man was searched and a pair of bolt cutters, a screwdriver and a knife were found. He was also carrying a tool designed for emergency personnel to smash windows when extricating car crash victims. Also found in his possession was a wallet stolen from a car the day before. Matthew Patrick Savage, a 37-year-old Saanich resident, faces charges of possession of stolen property and possession of break-in instruments. Police recovered the bike thrown into the bush, but have not yet found its owner.

Serial robber captured after joint police investigation Police have nailed the bad guy they think committed eight armed robberies around the region since September. Victoria detectives arrested the 30-year-old Victoria man on Sunday and are recommending he be charged for all eight robberies, some of which were

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Theatre staging drives social change: author UVic instructor studied audiences’ reactions Tim Collins News contributor

Will Weigler teaches a first year applied theatre course at the University of Victoria. It’s a good job for someone who has spent years as a director, producer, playwright and actor. His true passion, however, is community theatre. He believes that this form of “applied theatre” can be an important driving force for community development, education and social change. “Effective plays can be a massive engine for social change,” Weigler says. “In the end, you can take away a person’s home, their job, even their lives … you can take away almost everything. But you can never

take away their story.” Weigler surveyed and compiled thousands of accounts from theatre goers, critics and others in the industry to discover the patterns in composition and staging that led to those “aha!” moments in theatre. “It was amazing,” Will says, “I reviewed the experiences of theatre lovers and critics all over the world and found that the same patterns kept emerging.” Through a method he calls “grounded theory” Weigler says that he discovered the common factors that lead to those periods of esthetic arrest when a theatre audience sets aside its preconceived notions. It’s at that point the audience is open to a new encounter with the subject matter and the development of new ideas and viewpoints. It’s an important accomplishment for groups who may suffer from societal prejudices. The path to achieving

University of Victoria instructor Will Weigler writes in his new book Strategies for Playbuilding that theatre can be a vehicle for social change. Tim Collins photo

those moments of epiphany is the basis for Weigler’s book Strategies for Playbuilding: Helping Groups Translate Issues into Theatre. In

the book he draws upon his research to detail what he says are five key categories in staging, each with six to ten variations. It’s a blue-

print and a new vocabulary for playwrights to allow them to most effectively achieve powerful and meaningful productions. “It’s a unifying thread; a powerful method for a community to voice their experiences and through that voice to effect social change,” Weigler says. “We all filter our experience through a veil of preconceived ideas. Proper stages tears away that veil and allows for the audience to have a fresh encounter with the subject matter.” It’s also a method that allows for all members of a group to share in the creative process. It allows for their voice to emerge in the final work and encourages

cross cultural and intergenerational co-operation in the development of the play. “In the end, by using this new vocabulary and by focusing on the five key categories of staging, groups can speak the same language and share their experience and viewpoints to create a more effective message.” This isn’t a new passion for Weigler. In the late 1980s he founded a youth theatre company called the Young Actor’s Forum. His aim was to bring together youth from different cultures, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds to perform plays about their lives and perspectives. The forum is no longer running. “I wrote Strategies for Playbuilding primarily in response to people who saw our (Youth Actor’s Forum) productions and encouraged me to write about our collective process,” Weigler says. •• A17 A15

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Local boys share new tunes Victoria indie rock band Current Swell launch their fourth LP, Long Time Ago, on Oct. 26. The band is also embarking on a Canadian tour with its first show happening tonight (Oct. 21) in Victoria alongside Aidan Knight and Jon Middleton. The concert is at the McPherson Playhouse at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24.75 through or 250-386-6121.





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about town Restore Swan Lake wetland & plant a forest Fall planting is under way with two projects at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Sponsored by the Evergreen Foundation of Canada, reforestation and wetland restoration projects began yesterday and volunteers are needed. Work parties to complete site preparation and planting are scheduled: Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Oct. 24, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to noon; Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 7, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.; and Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tools will be provided and Site Manager June Pretzer will offer the “how-to.” Meet at the Nature House at least 10 minutes before start time. Organizers would appreciate an email confirming participation at or by phone at 250-479-0211.






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ith more than a few great ghost stories floating about the city, there are few better places than Victoria to celebrate the Halloween season.

Ghostly Walks with John Adams

Be a Halloween Tour-ist Learn about Ross Bay Cemetery’s ghosts, including one-time landowner Isabella Ross and David Fee, who was murdered one Christmas Eve, during the annual Old Cemeteries Society Ghost Tour from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 30. For details, call 250-598-8870. For 17 years, the Old Cemeteries Society has also hosted Ghost Bus-tours, two-hour coach tours past Victoria’s most haunted places, taking a different route each year. Join the fun Oct. 22, 28, 29 and 30, with tickets available from Tourism Victoria at 250-953-2033. At St. Ann’s Academy, a former convent school, explore Voices from the Past – life, death and unexplained phenomena at this 153-year-old historic site – Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 6 and 8 p.m. Call 250-953-8828 for information. Local historian John Adams presents his popular Ghostly Walks year-round,


but the Halloween tours are especially popular, exploring the haunted alleys and courtyards of downtown Victoria. During the Halloween period, Oct. 21 to 31, tours leave from the lobby of the Bedford Regency Hotel at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. No reservations are needed, but call 250-384-6698 or check for details.

Halloween Night in the Museums Craigdarroch Castle marks the season with Giggling Iguana’s presentation of the Edgar Allen Poe classic, The Fall of the House of Usher on selected evenings through Oct. 31. Visit www. for details. Poe is the subject as well for Urban Arts Productions’ presentation of Nevermore, a bold, haunting musical, staged in the original Supreme Courtroom of B.C., on the third floor of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. “With hauntingly beautiful melodies, Nevermore breathes new life into Poe’s work and explores a twisted true-life tale as bizarre as his classic stories of the macabre. It is a montage, a whirlwind, a dream, a life and a nightmare all in one.” Nevermore runs Oct. 27 to 29 and Nov. 3 to 5, with a special midnight performance on Oct. 29. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to the 8 p.m. performance. Limited reserved advanced tickets are available online at Also this month is the museum’s popular Ghost Tours, including chilling tales of ghostly sightings and sounds at the museum. Be may even catch a glimpse of the famous “Hanging Judge” who it’s said still wanders the third floor. Admission is $13 per person for the 6 p.m. tours. Ghost Tours run Oct. 20 to 23 and Oct. 27 to 30. Take the search for spectres further with two Ghost Hunts. Open to skeptics and believers alike, search for what really wanders the halls of the old Courthouse past midnight. Dawn Kirkham, clairvoyant medium and member of PARAVI, Victoria’s Paranormal Research Society, will facilitate the ghostly investigation in which participants will use investigative devices to seek out the unknown. The investigation runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 5. Cost is $55 per person and includes light refreshments. Reserve a spot for either event at 250-385-4222, ext. 113.

Out and About Halloween will bring out the spooky side of the otherwise quaint Oak Bay Village, when Pumpkin Art, “North America’s largest intricately carved pumpkin display”, comes to town. The back of the Oak Bay Municipal Hall Cont. on next page • A19

SAANICH NEWS - Friday, October 21, 2011  Cont. from previous page field of Horror, the Crazy Train, Madame Isabella’s Seance, and will be transformed as hundreds of the PG13 Carnevil – enter if you pumpkins carved by pumpkin artdare. For details, visit online at ist John Vickers are displayed, Oct. 28 to 31 from 5 to 10 p.m. From On the Saanich Peninsula, the spooky to the amusing to the visit the Enchanted Halloween thought-provoking, popular disat Heritage Acres, Oct. 28 and plays such as the royal family, car29 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 30 toon characters and local personfrom noon to 5 p.m. alities will be joined by two dozen For three days, Heritage Acres new pumpkins carved for the Oak will transform into a HallowBay unveiling. Admission is by doeen wonderland with glowing, nation with proceeds supporting Enchanted Halloween’s Day of handcrafted lanterns, pumpkins Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. and spooky décor, the perfect In Saanich, Galey Farms cel- the Dead display. ebrates the return of Pumpkinfest, with live entertain- backdrop for costumed performers, live music, interment, face painting, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train active crafts and artistic installations. Co-produced rides, corn maze, petting farm, children’s haunted by Intrepid Theatre and Shine*ola Communications, house and more, Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. this fundraiser for Intrepid Theatre is brimming with enough festive fun to make it a treat for all ages. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10/children; $15/adult; $40/family When the sun sets, the cornfield turns ghoulish with the Festival of Fear, nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. pass, in advance from or 250-590through Halloween. Thrill to the chills of the Corn- 6291. For details, visit

not for profit Oct. 22 & 23 – Victoria Genealogical Society workshops Ancestry Search Strategy, with Gerry Poulton. 10 a.m. to noon, 947 Alston St. Members $10; nonmembers $15. Register at 250-360-2808. FMI: www. Oct. 27 – Baubles & Bling, an Octa Collective fundraiser at the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina, 4 to 7:30

p.m., to raise funds for the artsREACH program. The jewellery and accessories show and sale will feature 10 jewellery artists/designers and two accessories vendors who will donate up to 50 per cent of the purchase price of products sold at the event. Tickets are $20 incl. refreshments and door prize opportunities. FMI/ tickets: 778-678-6282. Oct. 27 – Victoria, Crown

Jewel of British Columbia, with author Susan Mayse, a fourth-generation Vancouver Islander, exploring the development of the Victoria region through her recent book. 7:30 p.m. at the James Bay New Horizons Centre. All welcome. FMI: Oct. 28 – Job Search Strategies for Mature Workers (age 45+), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada

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hen Victoria’s Christina Hilborne tells people she uses recycled elements in her modern furniture designs, she often gets a mixed reaction as people struggle to reconcile the idea of combining repurposed materials with modern, contemporary design. After 15 years of creating one-of-akind furniture pieces, and explaining how well these elements work together, Hilborne is launching her first furniture collection to showcase the point. “When people think of furniture that has a ‘recycled’ or a ‘sustainable’ aspect I have found they envision pieces that focus on the recycling aspect first and the design second. This collection shows that incorporating repurposed aspects, such as legs, can make for a wonderfully modern, contemporary piece,” says Hilborne, who has a studio on Bridge Street. Each piece in the Urban Chic collection will be reproduced in limited numbers using repurposed and environmentally friendly materials. The pieces are created from Kirei Board, made from reclaimed sorghum straw and non-toxic adhesives. Furniture

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Shipbuilding contract a big win, Capital Region politicians say Erin McCracken News staff

Cheers were the order of the day in Victoria and Esquimalt after the federal government announced it will award West Coast-based Seaspan Marine Corporation an $8-billion shipbuilding contract. Seaspan, which owns Victoria and Vancouver Shipyards and the Vancouver Drydock, will build a non-combat fleet that includes Canadian Coast Guard vessels, an icebreaker and joint-support navy ships. The more lucrative $25-billion combatvessel contract went to Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding. “You always hope for the biggest, but this is nothing to sneeze at,” said Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins. “It would have been nice to get the $25 billion, but $8 billion is going to provide us with some stability at the shipyard (as well as) jobs.” She said the massive contract puts Esquimalt on the map, and the township’s industry and commercial sectors are open for business. Seaspan has said all along that the 20- to 30-year contract work will result in new and long-term jobs, and prompt capital infrastructure investment at the shipyards. The company planned to do most of the ship construction at its Vancouver yard beginning late 2012, or early 2013, while 15 to 20 per cent of the workload will fall to Victoria Shipyards. The contract “will be bringing good-paying jobs to the region, jobs that go on and on,” said Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, adding it will represent a boon to Greater Victoria’s shipbuilding and marine industry,

which nets more than $1 billion in economic spinoffs each year. “This is a contract that will continue giving for a long time and it’s very exciting.” Not since the Second World War has the federal government awarded shipbuilding packages of this magnitude. The contracts, which make up the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, are worth $33 billion in total. “Building ships in Canada has historically been carried out on a project-by-project basis,” said François Guimont, deputy minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. “While we felt we were more than capable of building the combat ships, we are honoured to have been chosen to provide noncombat vessels for the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy and Coast Guard,” said Seaspan CEO Jonathan Whitworth. The work will inject billions of dollars into B.C.’s economy and create an average of 4,000 jobs over the next eight years, Seaspan said. “It tells us that Canada works, so B.C. can get to work,” Premier Christy Clark said. Another $2 billion in federal dollars will be up for grabs for the construction of 116 smaller federal vessels. The work will be awarded on an individual project basis to companies besides Seaspan and Irving. In addition, $500 million a year over 30 years will be available for ship repair. The umbrella contract agreements will be assigned by year end, and individual ship construction contracts will be negotiated next year. - with files from Tom Fletcher, Black Press


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‘Error-free’ Barbers unbeaten Oak Bay boys atop B.C. volleyball rankings Travis Paterson News staff

As the older half of the Oak Bay Barbers play their final high school volleyball season, there’s a couple of things they’d like to take with them – the Island and provincial titles and anything else they can win along the way. Seniors Alex Swiat“We’re lowski, Ryan Marcellus and Nick Stefa- keeping our eyes nakis have played on provincials, with Grade 11 students Elion Wong, but game in and Leon Young, Lars game out we’re Bornemann and Matt Hampton, since working on the they were brought specifics.” together at Oak Bay – Alex Swiatlowski High four years ago. As juniors, the group won an Island and provincial championship. But, as a triple-A senior team, they were defeated by G.P. Vanier in last year’s Island finals and were knocked out of the provincials by Earl Marriot (Surrey).

Oak Bay hasn’t won the senior provincial volleyball title since 2006. So far, it’s motivated the Barbers to an undefeated season as the top-ranked triple-A team in the province. Along the way they redeemed themselves against Earl Marriott in a September tournament, part of a perfect record. Well, nearly perfect. “We did lose a set in tournament play,” said Swiatlowski, the team captain. “We’re pretty happy with the fact we’ve beaten every triple-A team ranked in the top 10 that we’ve played, plus the top double-A ranked team, Langley Christian (twice).” The Barbers started October by winning a 40-team tournament hosted by University of B.C. Plenty of CIS scouts were there to see the 6-foot-6 height of Swiatlowksi, one of many Barbers likely to play for a university next year. Coming up, Oak Bay will host the AAA Islands on Nov. 18 and 19, a tournament the Barbers are favoured to win easily. Until then, coach Al Carmichael has the team working on the little things, Swiatlowski said. “We’re keeping our eyes on provincials, but game in and game out we’re working on the specifics, like our passing and attacks.” The Barbers can’t afford to look past their

Captain Alex Swiatlowski and the Oak Bay Barbers are the top-ranked senior boys volleyball team in the province. Don Denton/News staff

local competition, as they learned during a league game against Claremont earlier this season. “Claremont has talent and they can play, but we played an error-free set, winning 25-1,” Swiatlowski said. “I guess we got distracted and in the second set, we still won 25-15, but we made 14 unforced errors. Eliminating errors has been a big difference this year.” It’s not that the Barbers need a perfect league record to accomplish what they

want. They’ve just been playing as a group for so long, they’ve become accustomed to pushing for more. Some of the guys have been together since Grade 8 at Lansdowne middle school, said Barbers’ assistant coach Rick Wutzke, who coached that team to a city and provincial championship. “Then they came to Oak Bay and got coach Carmichael, who is such a great coach and builds on that success.”

SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF Mt. Doug look to cross up Oak Bay

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Mount Doug student Nathan Howe and Oak Bay High’s Brendan Restall finished 26th and 28th, respectively, at the Island’s age grade cross country race at Beaver Lake Park on Tuesday.

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A resurgence with the Mount Douglas secondary cross country program, now up to 30 runners, could end Oak Bay High’s streak as the top team at the Island championships next week. Seniors Caleigh Bachop (Grade 11) and Katelyn Hayward (Grade 12) lead the Mt. Doug girls team, along with Grade 9 phenom Farisha Arnensen. Each of the three has won a race for Mt. Doug during the school season, as have Tyler Norman and Thomas Getty. Connor Foreman (Claremont) and Brittany King (Spectrum) won the Island Gr. 11 and 12 title at Beaver Lake

on Tuesday, with Erik Evan (Reynolds) winning the Gr. 10 boys. Mt. Doug’s Arnensen and Joel Taylor won the Gr. 9 titles.

Rugby spirit lifts Mercer

Rick Mercer visited Rugby Canada’s national men’s sevens team on Monday for an upcoming episode of the The Rick Mercer Report. Players from Canada’s Rugby World Cup team were also on hand for the training session at Langford’s City Centre Field. Mercer was given his own Canada rugby uniform with number 11 and his name on the back. Mercer was also given a crash course on passing,

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Rick Mercer visited Langford-based Rugby Canada on Monday. He helped shave the now-legendary beard of Adam Kleeberger and got bench-pressed by Nanyak Dala. kicking, ball handling, scrummaging and tackling. The sevens team left today (Oct. 21) for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The two-day tourney runs Oct. 29 and 30, beginning with games against Chile, Brazil and Argentina.

Street soccer marathon on Saturday

The Soccer Marathon of Dreams will start early and run

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Oak Bay 250-370-7601 Victoria 250-483-1360 Westshore 250-391-2933 Sidney 250-655-0632

Find more details on the Open Houses below in the October 20-26 edition of

302 & 303-932 Johnson St

2731 Mt Stephen

Sunday 2-4 Burr Properties Ltd. Mike Janes, 250-382-6636 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Dave Lynn 250 592-4422

pg. 9

pg. 18

Sunday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

pg. 5

pg. 18

Saturday & Sunday 11-12:30 Burr Properties Ltd Patrick Skillings 250 382-8838 pg. 18

pg. 20

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Kellie Elder 250 384-7663

pg. 8

404-539 Niagara, $285,900 pg. 14

201-1040 Southgate, $319,000 Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Kellie Elder 250 384-7663

pg. 8

pg. 14

407-380 Waterfront pg. 15

310 Robertson St, $649,000 pg. 18

501-1204 Fairfield Rd, $629,000 Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Robert Buckle 250 385-2033

pg. 12

408-1630 Quadra St, $219,900 Saturday 3-4 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

pg. 5

2733 Mt Stephen

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Sharen Warde 250 592-4422

pg. 10

142 South Turner

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Sharen Warde 250 592-4422

pg. 10

1128 Kings, $574,700

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Sandy McManus 250 477-7291

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Richard Severs 250 216-3178

pg. 18

pg. 9

pg. 5

pg. 20

pg. 14

pg. 7

pg. 20

pg. 18

pg. 6

Daily 1-3 (check in at 1564 Fort St) Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay 250 217-5091

pg. 20

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty David Stevens 250-893-1016

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Ross Shortreed 250-858-3585

pg. 18

306-120 Douglas St, $439,000 Saturday 2-4 Burr Properties Ltd. Chris Gill, 250-382-6636

Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Lynn MacDonald 250 479-3333

pg. 6

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Colin Holliday-Scott 250-384-7663

pg. 5

Saturday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Cynthia Weberg 250-686-4580

1106-707 Courtney St, $599,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Burr Properties Ltd. Andrew Hobbs, 250-382-6636

Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Tim McNaughton, 250 896-0600

pg. 44

pg. 22

pg. 43

6 Governors Point, $628,000 pg. 22

103-101 Nursery Hill, $340,000 pg. 33

303-101 Nursery Hill Dr.

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Sharen Warde 250 592-4422

Sunday 3-4:30 Pemberton Holmes Gunnar Stephenson, 250-884-0933 pg. 22

pg. 2

pg. 5

pg. 22

927 Devonshire Rd., $439,900 pg. 14

233 Anya Lane, $1,349,900 Saturday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Peter Gray, 250-744-3301

pg. 37

pg. 44

2434 Cadboro Bay Rd, $669,000

pg. 46

1001 Foul Bay Rd, $860,000

pg. 33

pg. 21

3520 Upper Terr, $969,900

pg. 22

pg. 22

156 Levista, $619,900 pg. 16

Saturday 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Guy Effler 250 812-4910

pg. 6

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Ed G Sing, 250-744-3301

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680

Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty Holly Harper 250 888-8448

Saturday 2-4 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

pg. 44

5024 Cordova Bay, $999,900 pg. 2

pg. 46

109-3206 Alder St, $269,900 pg. 25

5-881 Nicholson, $585,000

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301 pg. 24

pg. 25

pg. 47

4015 Haro Rd, $849,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Fair Realty Kevin Ramsay 250 217-5091

pg. 25

23-901 Kentwood, $468,000 pg. 23

1627 Hybury, $659,900 pg. 47

pg. 6

1682 Stanhope

1877A Feltham Rd, $599,900

Saturday 1-4 Re/Max Camosun Adrian Langereis 250 514-0202

pg. 24

3270 Winston, $545,000

pg. 23

Sunday 1-3 Address Realty Ltd Patrick Achtzner 250-391-1893 Sunday 3-5 Re/Max Camosun Rick Turcotte, 250-744-3301

pg. 23

3-4771 Cordova Bay, $849,900

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Wendy Herrick 250 656-0131

4190 Kashtan Plc., $539,900

17-1498 Admirals Rd, $125,900 Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Eileen Jespersen, 250-686-4820

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Kevin Starling 250 889-4577

Sunday 12-1 Re/Max Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-727-5448

4674 Lochside, $1,088,000

76-14 Erskine Lane, $434,900 Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

pg. 8

4961 Thunderbird Pl, $762,900

297 Gull Rd., $539,900

Saturday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns 250-478-0808

Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Pat Fehr 250 385-2033

pg. 25

4942 Cordova Bay, $1,049,000

Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Mike Van Nerum, 250-477-1100

5348 Sayward Hill, $999,900 pg. 47

pg. 10

1955 Grandview, $640,000

4021 Blackberry, $524,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Laurel Hounslow 250 592-4422

pg. 25

4180 Keewatin Plc., $469,900 Sunday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Zane Willis 250-479-3333

462 Sturdee St, $629,000

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye, 250-384-8124

pg. 24

4446 Tyndall, $629,900

645 Lampson St., $519,900

Saturday 2:00-3:30 RE/MAX Camosun Diana Devlin, 250-744-3301

pg. 23

20-934 Boulderwood

502 Gore, $399,900

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Troy Petersen 250-479-3333

Sunday 1-3 Newport Realty Wendy Moreton 250 385-2033

Saturday 1-3:30 Burr Properties Ltd Patrick Skillings 250 382-8838

1064 Colville, $479,900

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Brett Jones, 250-385-2033

pg. 25

4536 Rithwood, $765,000

1405 Esquimalt Rd, $199,500

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Dorothee Friese 250 477-7291

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Lee Johnston 250-478-9600

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Brett Jones, 250-385-2033

308 Palmer, $824,900

2277 Central, $599,000

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Mike Ryan, 250-477-1100

pg. 14

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Address Realty Ltd. Rob Angus 250-391-1893 pg. 13

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

2080 Pauls Terr, $779,000

Saturday 2-4 Address Realty Ltd. Mike Chubey 250-391-1893

17 Jedburgh, $487,000

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Paul Askew 250 744-3301

Saturday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Ltd Eleanor V Smith 250 388-5882

pg. 23

357 Kinver St, $589,900

16-1498 Admirals Rd, $88,000

Saturday 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Guy Effler 250 812-4910

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Rick Hoogendoorn, 250-592-4422

304-1593 Begbie St., $299,900

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Nicole Burgess 250 384-8124

pg. 23

4386 Elnido Cres., $594,900

934 Craigflower, $449,000

pg. 6

152 Levista, $619,900

1356 McNair

Sunday 2:30-3:30 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

pg. 9

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Shelly Reed, 250-213-7444

203 Kimta Rd. #635, $529,000

208-11 Cooperage, $498,000

pg. 46

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty June Wing, 250-479-3333

1940 Woodley, $949,000

876 Craigflower, $529,900

10 Helmcken Rd

Saturday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns, 250-478-0808 pg. 20

pg. 23

942 Reeve Pl, $399,900

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Jonesco Real Estate Roger Jones 250 361-9838

940 Empress Ave., $435,000

pg. 12

pg. 21

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Gary Bazuik, 250-477-5353

pg. 12

1971 Neil St, $549,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Burr Properties Ltd. Tony Zarsadias, 250-382-6636

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Rosemarie Colterman 250 384-7663

924B Richmond, $475,000 Saturday 12-2 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Mara 250 384-8124

Sunday 2:00-3:30 Re/Max Camosun Daniel Clover 250 507-5459

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

1033 Wychbury, $449,900

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Avtar Kroad, 250-592-4422

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Eileen Jespersen, 250-686-4820

304-1518 Pandora, $269,900

pg. 42

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Lorraine Williams, 250-216-3317

Daily noon-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 595-3200

1637 Pembroke St, $519,500

pg. 9

pg. 14

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Bruce Gibson 250 385-2033

2184 Windsor Rd., $649,000

770 Linkleas, $619,900

Saturday 1-2 Re/Max Camosun Shane King, 250-661-4277

pg. 7

pg. 21

304-2210 Cadboro Bay, $399,000

307-797 Tyee Rd., $308,900

pg. 18

74-950 Parklands, $375,000

303-1400 Newport, $259,000

pg. 26

pg. 17

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Gordon Tews 250 744-3301

Saturday 2-4 Boorman’s Rod Hay, 250-595-1535

pg. 21

1035 Sutlej

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Paul Whitney, 250-889-2883

519 William St

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Leslie Manson 250 744-3301

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

105-1505 Church, $249,000

2487 Eastdowne, $749,500

2657 Cedar Hill Rd, $540,000

Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Noah Dobson 250 385-2033

2-1968 Fairfield, $679,000

101-1151 Rockland, $245,900 pg. 46

pg. 1

3-828 Rupert Terrace

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Murray Lawson 250 385-9814

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Fred Lerch, 250-889-2528

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Sylvia Therrien, 250-385-2033

205-1593 Begbie, $249,900 Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Doug Poruchny, 250-474-4800

126-75 Songhees, $979,000

Saturday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Richard Gadoury, 778-977-2600

pg. 18

301-920 Park, $399,500 Saturday 2-4 Newport Realty Tim Taddy 250 592-8110

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Dave Lynn 250 592-4422

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Bejcar 250 592-4422

1-1144 View, $419,000

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Velma Sproul 250 384-7663

pg. 20

309-330 Waterfront, $559,000

3238 Harriet

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Bill Bird 250 655-0608

1069 Joan Cres, $1,295,000

Sunday 2-4 Boorman’s Rod Hay, 250-595-1535

pg. 14

208-1201 Hillside

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Cheryl Laidlaw 250 474-4800

541 Burnside, $399,900

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

pg. 6

2-444 Michigan, $459,000

1619 Oakland, $448,800

Saturday 2-4 Ocean City Realty Suzy Hahn 250 381-7899

Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Jim Bailey 250-592-4422

2213 Windsor Rd, $869,000

103-1801 Fern St, $285,000

301-2757 Quadra, $169,900 Sunday 2-4 Sutton West Coast Realty Elke Pettipas 250 479-3333

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance Jason Binab 250-360-1929

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Allen Tepper 1-800-480-6788

pg. 12

Saturday 12-1:30 Burr Properties Ltd. Chris Gill, 250-382-6636 pg. 17

pg. 10

302-105 Gorge Rd E, $299,000

510-1630 Quadra St, $219,900

2532 Asquith St.

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Ross Casey 250 384-8124

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Dave Bhandar 250 384-8124

Sunday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

114-10 Paul Kane, $589,000

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Mark Meichsner, 250-661-3079

pg. 17

604-75 Songhees, $725,000

1465 Bay St., $414,900

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Kevin Sing 250 477-7291

Saturday 1-4 Sutton Group West Coast Bill MacDonald 250 479-3333

1023 Deal St, $819,000

3152 Carroll, $539,800

402-1000 Mcclure, $244,900

101-68 Songhees Rd, $390,000

Saturday 1-3 Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty John Byrne 250-383-1500

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Philip Illingworth, 250-477-7291

101-75 Songhees, $698,000

2205 Victor, $439,000 Sunday 2-4 Newport Realty Laurie Abram 250 385-2033

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Sharen Warde 250 592-4422

519 Cornwall

1652 Cyril Close, $729,000

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Sunday 2-4 One Percent Realty Lilian Andersen, 250-213-3710

pg. 6

219-1009 McKenzie, $199,500 pg. 45

Sunday 2-3:30 Victoria Classic Realty Shaun Lees 250 386-1997

pg. 18


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33-5110 Cordova Bay

4060 Granville, $1,325,000

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Nicole Goeujon, 250-686-0078

Sunday 1-3:30 Burr Properties Ltd Patrick Skillings 250 382-8838

4520 Rithetwood, $799,000 Sunday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Deborah Kline 250 661-7680

pg. 27

pg. 24

Saturday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Bill Walters 250 477-5353

pg. 27

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Dorothee Friese, 250-477-7291

4123 Ambassy, $519,000

pg. 26

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty Velma Sproul 250 384-7663

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Paul Holland 250 592-4422

Saturday 3-4 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

pg. 9

Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters 250-655-0608

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty May Hamilton,250-477-5353

504-642 Agnes, $345,000 6566 Rey Rd, $579,900 pg. 48

354 Gorge Rd W, $629,000 Saturday 1-3 Fair Realty Steve Blumberg, 250-360-6069

pg. 27

4921 Prospect, $1,024,900 Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Diana Winger 250-999-3683

pg. 44

140 Kamloops, $514,900

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Rosemarie Colterman 250 384-7663

pg. 43

3131 Esson Rd., $449,900 Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Lorraine Williams, 250-216-3317

pg. 45

88 Sims

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Nancy Vieira 250 384-8124

pg. 27

519 Judah, $419,900 Saturday 3-5 Pemberton Holmes Shawn Adye 250-384-8124

pg. 27

309-494 Marsett Pl, $319,900 Saturday 11-12:30 Burr Properties Ltd. Mike Janes, 250-382-6636

pg. 30

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Saturday 2:30-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ann Watley, 250-656-0131

pg. 28

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4965 Prospect Lake Rd, $599,000

pg. 30

pg. 26

Saturday 2-4 Duttons & Co Real Estate 250 383-7100

1622 Millstream, $799,900 Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

Saturday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

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Saturday 12:30-2:30 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra 250 380-6683

pg. 18

Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Alliance Karen Love, 250-386-8875

Sunday 1-3 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Todd Mahovlich 250 893-6618

pg. 5

pg. 35

Saturday 12-1 Re/Max Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-744-3301

Saturday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra 250-380-6683

Sunday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra, 250-380-6683

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Brendan Herlihy, 250-642-3240

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

pg. 28

Sunday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes David Hale 250 595-3200

pg. 36

Saturday & Sunday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

Saturday 2:30-4:30 SmartMove Real Estate Blair Veenstra 250-380-6683

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Hans Hegen 250 478-0808

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Paul Askew 250 744-3301

pg. 36

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105-945 Bear Mountain, $499,900 pg. 12

2190 Longspur Dr, $617,700 Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Sarah Appelman, 250-580-0626

pg. 31

Sunday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Sharen Warde 250 592-4422

pg. 10

16-2210 Sooke Rd, $359,900 pg. 35

Saturday 2-4 Royal Lepage Coast Capital Colin Lagadyn 250 474-4800

pg. 44

405-2823 Jacklin Rd, $304,900 pg. 35

Sunday 2-4 Kahl Realty Justine Connor, 250-391-8484

Saturday 2-3:30 Burr Properties Ltd. Mike Pearce, 250-382-6636

pg. 36

Daily 1:30-4 Century 21 Queenswood Chuck Meagher 250 477-1100

2434 Sunriver Way, $379,900 pg. 11

Sunday 1-3:30 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Jan Dickson, 250-418-5805

pg. 36

2488 Valleyview, $439,900

Saturday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Cheri Crause 250-592-4422

Sunday 12-2 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance David Rusen, 250-386-8875

pg. 44

Sunriver Estates Sales Centre pg. 34

Saturday 2:30-4 One Percent Realty Lilian Andersen, 250-213-3710

pg. 46

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Rick Couvelier, 250-477-7291

Saturday-Thursday 11-4 Newport Realty Blair Watling 250 642-2233

pg. 37

pg. 34

3445 Karger, $550,000

1019 Skylar Circle pg. 35

Friday-Sunday 1-4 Re/Max Alliance David Strasser 250-360-1929

1013 Isabell Ave, $419,900 pg. 33

3067 Alouette

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

pg. 35

2116 Sooke Rd, $484,900

3365 St. Troy Plc., $464,900 Sunday 2-4 Kroppmann Realty Dale Kroppmanns 250-478-0808

892 Wild Ridge, $424,900

2390 Echo Valley Dr, $689,900

723 Windover Trc., $869,000 Sunday 1-3 Gallie Realty Barbara Gallie 250-478-6530

pg. 33

1201 Millstream

453 Atkins Rd., $579,000 pg. 35

662 Goldstream, $249,900 Daily 1-4 Kahl Realty Jason Kahl, 250-391-8484

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Deborah Coburn, 250-812-5333

pg. 34

608 Fairway Ave

736 Tiswilde, $448,500 pg. 28

202-3226 Jacklin Rd, $333,900

2935 Carol Ann Pl, $489,000 pg. 35

549 Delora, $619,900 pg. 29

Sunday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Donna Gabel, 250-477-5353

pg. 46

pg. 35

3463 Yorkshire Pl, $575,000 pg. 44

Saturday 11-1 Re/Max Camosun Julia Abraham, 250-744-3301

Sunday 2:00-4:00 Re/Max Camosun Frank Rudge, 250-744-3301

103-996 Wild Ridge, $299,900 pg. 36

1217 Parkdale Creek Gdns pg. 30

pg. 34

224 Seafield, $479,000

Saturday 2-4 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Jim Bailey 250-592-4422

207-2695 Deville, $339,000

Sunday 12:30-2 SmartMove Real Estate Gary Brown 250-380-6683

3945 Olympic View Dr, $1,595,900

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Chris Marrie, 250 920-8463

563 Brant Pl., $640,000

201-9942 Third St, $535,000 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Bill Bird 250 655-0608

Sunday 2-4 RE/MAX Camosun Deborah Coburn, 250-478-9600

3067 Alouette

10045 Siddall, $537,900 Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Karen Scott 250 744-3301

pg. 36

3434 Mary Anne, $679,900

11-7401 Central Saanich, $169,000 Saturday & Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Darryl Roth, 250-478-9600

pg. 34

2535 Legacy Ridge, $489,000 pg. 31

3035 Arado Court, $610,000

3714 Ridge Pond Dr, $639,000

31-2560 Wilcox

Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Judy Campbell 250 744-3301

pg. 14

408-3226 Jacklin $284,900

969 Glen Willow, $509,000

8004 Galbraith Cres, $524,900 Saturday 2-4 Century 21 Queenswood Realty Gray Rothnie, 250-744-7034

Saturday 1-3 Sutton Group West Coast Realty Zane Willis, 250-479-3333

122-2733 Peatt Rd, $374,900

3910 Metchosin, $1,084,000

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-727-5448 Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Brad Maclaren, 250-727-5448

101-2326 Harbour, $377,000

pg. 28

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Shirley Zailo, 250-478-4828

Daily 12-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd Mike Hartshorne 250 889-4445

2324 Hoylake Cres, $434,000

7231 Peden Ln

Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

1821 Doney, $649,000 Sunday 12-2 Fair Realty Ray Kong, 250-590-7011

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance Ron Neal 250 386-8181

Thursday 4-6 Keller Williams Realty West Ron Kubek 250-652-5098

202-2311 Mills, $299,000

Saturday & Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Carole Bawlf 250-656-0131

Saturday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ann Watley, 250-656-0131

Sunday 12:30-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ann Watley, 250-656-0131

215-10110 Fifth St., $204,500

4175 Prospect Lake, $619,900

pg. 30

pg. 6

Saturday 12:30-2 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Stephanie Peat, 250-656-0131 Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ann Watley, 250-656-0131

Daily 1-4 Kahl Realty Lyle Kahl, 250-391-8484

112-2920 Phipps Rd, $374,500

2150 Lannon, $539,900

2008 Frost Ave., $599,000 pg. 27

pg. 28

7180 Hagan

2577 Heron Way, $185,000

Saturday 12:00-1:30 Keller Williams Realty West Ron Kubek 250-652-5098

Saturday 2:00-4:30 Re/Max Camosun Ed Sing 250-744-3301

pg. 46

SL8-3095 Cliffs Rd, $349,000

1616 Millstream, $799,900

26A-2070 Amelia, $289,900

9591 Epco, $479,000

Sunday 2-4 Re/Max Camosun Jenny Stoltz 250 744-3301

pg. 6

8550 Ebor, $629,000

304-9880 Fourth St, $288,000 Saturday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters 250-655-0608

pg. 30

pg. 27

2116 Skylark, $509,000

6766 Greig, $619,900

746 Gorge Rd W, $565,000

Saturday 1-3 Boorman’s Real Estate Michael Boorman, 250-595-1535

pg. 30

7628 Sigmar, $459,000

pg. 26

Saturday 11-12:30 Address Realty Ltd. Mike Chubey 250-391-1893

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Ltd Shelley Saldat, 250 589-4014

Saturday 2-4 Sutton West Coast Realty Jonas Solberg 250 479-3333

Sunday 2:30-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ann Watley, 250-656-0131

2740 Sooke, $369,900

3067 Alouette

7718 Grieve Cres

6-2146 Malaview, $334,000

Saturday 1-2 Holmes Realty Michele Holmes, 250-656-0911

2931 Earl Grey St, $499,900

Sunday 2-4 Macdonald Realty Scott Garman 250 896-7099

Sunday 2-4 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Frances Wade 250-656-0131

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Kent Deans, 250-686-4141

32 Lurline, $329,900

Saturday 2-4 Re/Max Alliance David Rusen, 250-386-8875

pg. 28

44-2070 Amelia Ave, $295,000

Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Pemberton Holmes Michael Luyt, 250-216-7547

536 Crossandra, $349,900 Saturday 12:30-2 DFH Real Estate Deidra Junghans 250 474-6003

Thursday 4-6 Keller Williams Realty West Ron Kubek 250-652-5098

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Komal Dodd 250 479-3333

Saturday 2-4 Kahl Realty Justine Connor, 250-391-8484

994 Dunford

4-2235 Harbour Rd., $499,900

7227 Peden Ln

Sunday 2-4 Sutton Group West Coast Inez Louden 250 812-7710

225-3225 Eldon Pl

Saturday 1-3 Pemberton Holmes Corie Meyer 250 384-8124

pg. 30

2-1893 Prosser Rd., $384,000 Sunday 1-3 Re/Max Camosun Craig Walters 250-656-0608

Saturday& Sunday 1-3 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Henry Van der Vlugt 250-477-7291

1286 Knute Way, $495,000

9485 Eastbrook, $455,000

80-7701 Central Saanich, $149,900

890 Snowdrop, $439,934 Saturday 12-2 Pemberton Holmes Andrew Plank 250 360-6106

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Doug Poruchny, 250-474-4800

pg. 28

1616 Mayne View, $749,900

231-2245 James White, $243,900

Sunday 12-2 Re/Max Alliance Ron Neal 250 386-8181

3355 Painter, $524,900

8704 Pender Park Dr, $574,900

304-3180 Albina, $222,000 pg. 24

Saturday 11-1 DFH Real Estate Ltd. Ann Watley, 250-656-0131

2433 Whidby Lane, $585,000

4168 Clinton Pl., $649,000

Sunday 2-4 Burr Properties Ltd. Tony Zarsadias, 250-382-6636

23-2560 Wilcox Terr, $349,000

Saturday 11-1 One Percent Realty Valentino, 250-686-2242

2310 Weiler Ave., $499,000

4491 Abraham Court

4731 Carloss Pl, $699,900

Saturday 1:30-3:30 Sutton Group West Coast Mary Beaumont 250 889-2233

6778 Central Saanich, $515,000

Saturday 2-4 Pemberton Holmes Brendan Herlihy, 250-642-3240

pg. 34

3686 Wild Country, $624,000 pg. 34

Saturday 2:30-4 DFH Real Estate Deidra Junghans 250 474-6003

2493 Boompond, $584,900 pg. 36

Sunday 1-3 Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Gary Bazuik, 250-477-5353

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SAANICH SAANICH NEWS NEWS -- Friday, Friday, October October 21, 21, 2011 2011 

Oak Bay High grad Hanna Scott, who now lives in Tofino, during the Queen of the Peak surf competition in Tofino on Oct. 15 and 16. Scott won the short- and longboard competition, earning a $1,500 cash prize and a new longboard.

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An Oak Bay High grad cleaned up at the Queen of the Peak surf contest last weekend. Hanna Scott, 20, won first place in both the shortboard and longboard surfing competitions, taking away $1,500 cash and a new longboard worth $1,000. “It’s fairly unbelievable that one of our girls won both competitions,” said contest organizer Krissy Montgomery, owner of Surf Sister where Scott works as a surfing instructor. In its second year, Queen of the Peak attracted 80 female surfers to the two-day event on Oct. 15 and 16 – with the short-

board contest the first day and longboard the next. Last year, Scott finished fourth in the shortboard event and didn’t compete in longboard. “She’s been working really hard over the past year,” Montgomery said. “She’s so keen. She’s the first one in the water every day.” Scott’s father, Ian Scott, made the trip from Oak Bay with his wife to watch their daughter compete. “It’s nerve wracking seeing her out there,” he said. “It’s luck of the draw what she’s going to get as far as waves.” Judges rank surfers based on their two best rides, so the more waves they catch, the better their chances.

Ian said the wins will help his daughter on her way to becoming a professional surfer. She’s already secured some big-name sponsors. She couldn’t be reached for comment following the competition because she was out on a remote photo shoot for Roxy clothing. “We’re very proud of her,” her dad said. “She was a multi-sport athlete growing up, but has really settled into surfing as what she wants to do.” Scott learned to surf on a family vacation to Hawaii when she was 10. After graduating from Oak Bay High in 2008, she moved to Tofino to focus on the sport.



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Ordinary Seaman Jeff McConnell is a grown man who can now say he has travelled to the other side of the world and back. But when he saw his wife Melissa waiting for him at the end of his ship’s gangplank at CFB Esquimalt last Thursday (Oct. 13), McConnell grinned like a little kid before taking her in his arms and pressing his lips against hers. The View Royal couple was the first to kiss, just minutes after HMCS Ottawa was brought alongside a dockyard jetty after spending more than four months at sea. The “first kiss” has special meaning for many navy couples, and has become something of a tradition when ships return after lengthy voyages. After Ottawa was deployed June 6 to conduct a multinational training mission and to pay diplomatic visits to Asia-Pacific nations, spouses waiting at home and sailors and officers aboard the warship purchased raffle tickets – one for $2 or three for $5 – for a chance to win the “first kiss” prize.

Melissa purchased six tickets, one of which was randomly drawn. “I was pretty nervous all day long (about kissing in front of the large crowd),” McConnell said. “People kept reminding me. But I was happy we won.” After the cheers died down following their peck, waiting family members were welcomed onto the warship’s deck, where many of the 253 crew members stood holding single red or white carnations. “I’m just glad to be home,” said McConnell, pausing to answer one of the many questions his eldest daughter, Maddison, 7, peppered him with after they reunited. While at sea, HMCS Ottawa participated in Operation Talisman Sabre – a three-week biennial warfare exercise involving 14,000 Canadian, U.S. and Australian and other allied military forces – off the northeast coast of Australia. “It’s really about practising what we do when we’re deployed in operations,” said Commodore Peter Ellis, who commands the Royal Canadian Navy’s West Coast fleet.


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