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Leading the pack Lieut. Ryan Mckenzie breaks ahead of the crowd early at the Navy 10K run at CFB Esquimalt on Sunday. The run included 10-kilometre and five-kilometre circuits, as well as a children’s one-kilometre circuit. The event was a fundraiser for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Sex offences spark base booze warning Commander holds lecture after two incidents Erin McCracken News staff

Two alleged cases of sexual misconduct involving military members from CFB Esquimalt have prompted the commander of Canada’s Pacific fleet to warn personnel about their alcohol use. “There were two incidents in a relatively short period of time and (Commodore Peter

Ellis) had a town hall meeting in which he reminded people of their responsibility with respect to drinking responsibly and looking out for your buddies, and basically the rules and regulations that surround this kind of incident,” said Lt.-Cmdr. Nathalie Garcia, public affairs officer for Maritime Forces Pacific. All available fleet personnel were required to attend Ellis’ town hall meeting, held on the base’s ‘A’ jetty on June 30. About 300 went, and since then Ellis has shared the same message with personnel from three other ships that were away at the time, Garcia said. She would not comment on whether

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charges have been laid in the two incidents, alleged to have occurred in January and June 2011, and whether they involve allegations of sexual assault, if they happened on or off the military base or onboard a naval ship and whether alcohol is a factor. “That’s part of the investigation,” Garcia said. “I don’t want to skew the investigation (being conducted by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service) by giving details about the incidents.”

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Recycling a no-go Staff also examined the cost of municipal recycling and organic-waste pickup, instead of delegating these services to the Capital Regional District. At $255 per resident, the municipal service would cost $16 more.

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After a notorious gang member was killed in Kelowna Sunday, Victoria police say they are sharing information with the Integrated Gang Task Force. “It’s naive to think that we don’t have any gang members in Victoria,” said Const. Mike Russell. “We have no indication of a gang problem here in Victoria but we are being very proactive.” Jonathan Bacon was shot outside a hotel in daylight. According to media reports, mainland police have said the Bacon brothers control the Red Scorpions, a gang that also operates in Victoria.

Paddle Power Gorging Dragons keep dragon boat festival grand prize in Victoria With a time of 2:04, Victoria’s own Gorging Dragons won the Platinum Championship Final on Sunday, beating out their nearest competition from Portland by 3.64 seconds. While Portland’s mixed Firedragons team missed first place, its women’s team took the platinum-championship gold in 2:31.35. “It was actually a really fabulous three-day event this year,” said 2011 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival society chair Mark GreyDreaper. While final fundraising tallies aren’t in, pledges from paddlers alone reached $57,000, outstripping last year’s total amount raised for the B.C. Cancer Foundation. The figure doesn’t include proceeds from lantern sales. Another Victoria team shone for their fundraising abilities. Paddlers of the Fifth Moon, whose members include B.C. Cancer Agency researcher Katy Milne, raised $22,000. In total, 76 teams raced the 500-metre stretch across the Inner Harbour, of which two-thirds were from out of town. The North Breast Passage team from Prince George won the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Challenge with a time of 2:46.42.

Man arrested in park for possible sex assault

A 51-year-old man could be charged with sexual assault after a woman complained to police he attacked her in Beacon Hill Park Sunday afternoon. The woman, in her 20s, knew the man well and both had been drinking. The alleged attack happened between the petting zoo and dog park. The woman fought the man off and punched him in the face. In response to the complaint, police closed off a portion of the park that evening and arrested the suspect in his home on Superior Street. He was released with a court date on Sept. 26 and a no-contact order with the woman.

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Photos, clockwise from top: The youngest team in the races with members from 13 to 19 years old, Victoria Youth Paddling Club, compete in a very close race in the Inner Harbour. Uminari Taiko drummer Tsugio Kurashima performs at the Dragon Boat Festival. Goblin Empire paddler Kent Gorrie has a whale of a time between races. Brittany Strachan hangs a Lantern of Courage at Ship Point in remembrance of her grandmother who died of cancer. Lion dancers from the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club mingle with the crowd.

At 10 p.m. Friday, a woman complained to police about being followed and harassed by a man in a green SUV. When police arrived at the designated parking lot in Esquimalt, a man matching his description bolted. “He ran through the Tim Hortons and out toward Head Street,” said Russell. “Another approaching officer arrested the man without incident.” The suspect failed a breathalyzer and was issued a 90-day vehicle prohibition and a 30-day vehicle seizure. Police are recommending a charge of criminal harassment against the 54-year-old Esquimalt man.

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police. But a spokesperson for the corrections office said the breakout attempt had News staff “the potential to be very serious.” “I can say that overcrowding in the A man facing murder charges is one of two prisoners alleged to have attempted living unit where this occurred possibly a movie-like prison break from the Van- played a part,” said Dean Purdy, chair of couver Island Regional Correctional Cen- corrections and sheriff services with the B.C. Government Employtre last month. ees Union. The prison was Andrew Jonathon Bel“This time, built to hold 206 inmates, court and Max Matthew Higley, both 21, each face apparently a breakout but routinely houses 350 to 400, he said. a single count of making was prevented, but The Ministry of Public a breach in a prison cell Safety and Solicitor General after a man-sized hole in there are potential won’t comment on the incithe ceiling of their cell was tragedies waiting in dent, but say B.C. Correcdiscovered inside the maxtions is conducting a critiimum security prison on the wings if things cal incident review. Saanich July 17. aren’t improved.” police are also investigatSaanich police say the – Kathy Corrigan ing, which led to the two men were sharing the recent charges, sworn by cell when the breach was Crown counsel on Friday. found. The hole in the cell led to a pipe chase Belcourt is charged with the murder of a Victoria man who was shot dead in – a space where plumbing and electrical conduits are kept. Fernwood in March 2010. “There’s evidence that time was spent During the attempted escape from prison, the public was never at risk, said up there by a person or persons,” Saan-

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Manuel Achadinha steps onto the electric bus and quickly finds a place to stand. There is a slight hum as the vehicle, equipped with batteries instead of a gas tank, and solar panels on the roof, rolls out of the B.C. Transit yard in Victoria and heads for Douglas Street. There is a blast of air as the driver rides the brake as the made-in-China bus rounds the corner. “I think this is the future,” said Achadinha, B.C. Transit president and CEO. “I think we’re a couple of years away.” He unveiled the e-bus last Thursday, manufactured by BYD (Build Your

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After a five-year hiatus, naval ships are able to return to CFB Esquimalt’s drydock for repairs and paint jobs. HMCS Algonquin recently emerged after 11 days from the base’s only drydock. It is the first ship to use the drydock facility since HMCS Victoria, a submarine stationed at CFB Esquimalt, returned to the water in April after a five-year overhaul. Despite the time-consuming job, a wait list of ships requiring the drydock did not materialize. “What probably hurt the most was we sometimes do work on

some of the more auxiliary, the smaller (vessels) around here that we would use the drydock for, and those basically got contracted out,” said Phil McEvoy, production manager of the base fleet maintenance facility. Most minor repairs are done while ships are moored, or their worn parts are taken to the shop for servicing, he said. In addition, major ship refits are contracted out and done elsewhere, freeing up the drydock and fleet tradespeople. “I’ve been here (31) years and I’ve seen the drydock (empty) for two or three years at a time without having any need to use it, which is always a good

thing,” said McEvoy. “Luckily, over those five years, we had no major issues with the fleet.” The drydock will continue to be used by the navy’s fleet of ships and submarines. “We have two submarines (HMCS Victoria and HMCS Corner Brook) on the coast (at the base), so we always want to have an opportunity to emergency drydock them.” The drydock caisson or gate will also need to be serviced in the near future by fleet maintenance workers or contractors, said McEvoy, adding that won’t interfere with the repair schedule since there is a spare gate. emccracken@vicnews.com

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Oversight plan could work here Last week’s announcement that the province would create a municipal auditor general department is good news for taxpayers around the province. Any move to make our public bodies more accountable, even at the civic level, is a way to help ensure that they follow a closer path to the private sector when it comes to keeping expenses in check. Liberal cabinet minster Extra analysis and Oak Bay-Gordon MLA Ida Chong would benefit Head said the oversight body taxpayers would be good for small municipalities – those with 5,000 residents or less – that don’t have the resources to undertake such audits. But there is a real opportunity for a municipal auditor general to inspect the spending habits in larger jurisdictions such as Saanich and Victoria, and even mid-sized municipalities such as Langford, Oak Bay and Esquimalt. From constant increases in commercial and residential property tax by more than the rate of inflation and a shocking rise in six-figure administrator salaries to eyebrow-raising benefits given to union employees – emergency services personnel and otherwise – there are plenty of expenditures and decisions on which taxpayers would love to get an outside opinion. Taking the work of the provincial auditorgeneral as an example, it’s clear such bodies have no legislative powers. What they do have, however, is the ability to make public any discrepancies or inappropriate expenditures, which ultimately fall on the shoulders of the politicians who gave them final approval. The threat of having their actions publicly criticized will hopefully provide enough motivation to prompt our elected officials, as well as the employees who are guided by their decisions, to take a closer look at how they spend taxpayers’ money. Navel-gazing is never a bad thing. And at a time when the public will be faced with helping pay for an LRT system, sewage treatment and a new Johnson Street bridge, the status quo just isn’t good enough. What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@vicnews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Victoria 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.

Playing Monopoly with B.C. Hydro It’s a basic strategy for the board that has been applied to other areas of the provincial government. game Monopoly. If you land on one A case in point is the utility’s 650 of the utilities, buy it and reap the staff engineers, part of what the steady revenues. reviewers termed a “gold standard” Real-world investors follow the corporate culture. same rule. B.C. Hydro’s Why does B.C. Hydro debt may be enormous, have six times as but it’s one of the safest many engineers as the investments around. Transportation Ministry, The crown jewel of B.C. which manages about the utilities is such a money same amount of complex machine that it can allow construction? extravagant practices and According to Energy still deliver some of the Minister Rich Coleman, cheapest, cleanest, most the Transportation stable energy in North Ministry used to work America. Tom Fletcher the same way. Staff Some of those B.C. Views engineers would design extravagances were a new bridge down to described in a new the specifications of the report on B.C. Hydro last bolt that holds the handrail. by three senior bureaucrats. Then this design would be put out Headline items included a 41-perto tender, with the winning bidder cent increase in staff in just four micromanaged at every step. years, lavish management bonuses The remaining Transportation and union overtime pay, and a Ministry engineers now speak communications department wistfully of this bygone golden age. almost as big as the B.C. Today they are expected to set cost government’s own. and performance specifications You won’t find this kind of luxury and let the private sector design in private companies that have and build the bridge to meet those to compete in today’s ruthless targets. marketplace. And you won’t learn Innovations are thus encouraged, much about it from listening to B.C.’s political debate, dominated as not prevented, and their former colleagues do just fine in the private usual by the NDP’s union-approved sector. talking points. According to those, A brisk pruning – the report the only serious problem here recommends reducing total staff is the intrusion of private power from 6,000 to 4,800 – gives Premier producers onto the turf of this Christy Clark what she asked government monopoly cash cow. for. An expected 32-per-cent rate B.C. Hydro is only now getting increase over three years will be a taste of the business discipline

limited to only 16 per cent. And it leaves B.C. Hydro’s huge capital works program more or less alone: rebuilding old dams, preparing for Site C and expanding both the grid and generation capacity. The review team also leaves the smart meter program alone, finding more evidence it will pay off in savings. The reviewers found that B.C. Hydro’s overtime costs are higher than other electrical utilities, and 84 per cent of that is paid to unionized electricians. The top five overtime earners doubled their base salary with overtime pay between $113,000 and $130,000 last year alone. With a smart grid, at least they won’t be collecting so much overtime to drive around searching for downed wires. And I suppose it would be nice to have all overtime paid at doubletime, and 17 to 20 “flex days” that can be taken off or traded for cash. But other public sector workers don’t get that. The government milks this cow too. It overcharges B.C. Hydro for water use, for one thing. What this overhaul may also lead to is an end to former premier Gordon Campbell’s aggressive climate strategy. That’s a complicated issue that I’ll tackle in a subsequent column. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. tfletcher@blackpress.ca twitter.com/tomfletcherbc

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Two destructive regimes, two differing reactions to ships It’s interesting to compare the reception of the two tall ships, Esmeralda and Pallada, during their recent visits to Victoria. Both are magnificent vessels and we are lucky to have had them visit here. But the Esmeralda is treated to protests and vitriol by people who may have a legitimate grievance against the government of General Augusto Pinochet. But they choose to express that grievance against an inanimate object and its crew which, years after the fact, have had nothing to do with the Pinochet regime.

The Pallada, by contrast, is given an enthusiastic reception and centre stage in the harbour even though Russia has one of the most brutal and repressive histories of any country one can imagine. The Pallada is also just a ship and the crew have no responsibility for Stalin and some of Russia’s other brutal leaders. If protesters are looking for symbols, they should be ecumenical and “equal opportunity” in their choices. Scott Eichel Victoria

Readers respond: Raised bridge span a symbolic gesture This may be considered water under the bridge at this point, the Johnson Street Bridge, that is. The pedestrian/rail span was closed suddenly due to safety hazards. Wise action by Victoria city council to protect from harm any Vic West resident planning to lead their pet pachyderm for a stroll to downtown, however, became a totally unnecessary inconvenience for the rest of us. It has been entertaining, watching pedestrians dodge traffic to short-cut the circuitous bypass route posted, and the stressful interactions between drivers and cyclists. Council created a very real hazard to pedestrians and cyclists, that could have been delayed and shortened. I see the prematurely raised bridge as a massive iron middlefinger gesture by council, to those who opposed their deficit spending agenda, a symbolic attempt (see, we told you it needed replacing) to justify their initial bridge replacement decision and the follow-up

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Maxim Rpucyehko Grichenko, left, and Maxim Harau Nagai play a bit of rock ’n’ roll on deck of the Pallada, in Victoria Aug. 6-8. Thousands stood in line for the free tour of the 94-metre Russian sailing training ship docked off Wharf Street in the Inner Harbour as it made its only Canadian stop. The Pallada is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest sailing ship, with a speed of more than 18 knots. Sharon Tiffin/News staff

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High hopes for harbour CEO from James Bay Re: New CEO eyes reduction of harbour terminals (News, Aug. 3) I hope the new Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO will promptly address the problem of toxic emissions from cruise ships at Ogden Point. These emissions affect many James Bay residents – not just people, but also our pets and urban wildlife. James Bay used to be noted for fresh sea breezes. However, now, when the winds are wrong, it is transformed into an industrial emissions zone, with foul-smelling fumes that leave our eyes stinging and can cause coughing for hours. Some people suffer skin irritation. Environmentally conscious harbours in California, but not Victoria, have regulations barring vessels that burn high sulphur-

content fuels. Your article points out that the cruise ship industry is the harbour authority’s biggest source of revenue. However, studies by the James Bay Neighbourhood Association indicate that the benefit for the rest of Victoria is not notable, and that the tourists from the ships do not do much shopping. JBNA volunteers have done a lot of work on this issue, even financing studies themselves, which are posted on their website (www.jbna.org). It is to be hoped that with a change in leadership we will see new initiative and a concern for the environment and the residents of James Bay, and that our elected representatives will also contribute their efforts on our behalf. R. Magnusson Victoria

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Deer not the problem – ticks carry disease Re: Another solution offered on deer (Letters, Aug. 3) What scares me the most is not the deer, but the ticks they may carry. Ticks carry lyme disease. I am worried about lyme disease and the related 11 co-infections. Several years ago the News featured an article and photo of Peggy M. who got lyme disease from a tick in her garden in Oak Bay. I have two close friends who have Lyme disease and neither will work again. Ticks hide in damp mulches. They die quickly in sunny and dry environments. To protect yourself, construct physical barriers to discourage deer from entering your yard, remove leaf litter, clear tall grasses, keep the ground under bird feeders clean, stack wood in dry areas, and keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from yard edges and trees. After gardening, check your body for ticks. They can be as small as the head of a pin. Diane MacRae Oak Bay

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Fashion for refugees Global fashions will take to the runway for the second fundraiser to support the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. Fashion trends will be presented, as well as food, drinks, music and dance. Proceeds go to VIRCS, to help refugees and immigrants find employment in Greater Victoria. The event happens Sunday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel ballroom. editor@vicnews.com


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For her first breaths of life, Lucy Hannah had a hole in her lung. Wade McReynolds weighed two pounds when he saw the light of day as a preemie at 29 weeks. Victoria General Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit became home to their parents. A year or a few years later, these kids and dozens of others run and play at the 27th annual NICU reunion at the hospital, as parents swap stories and give hugs to medical staff who saved their children’s lives. About 500 newborns per year go through the NICU. “It was really hard at the time. The doctors and nurses were so helpful, they gave such good care,” said Katie Hannah, mother of one-year-old Lucy and her twin Emma. The girls were 33-week preemies. “Nurses and moms really bond when you’re in there. It’s an intense time. When I see them I give them a big hug, and the doctors too.” Nicole and Trevor McReynolds help twoyear-old Wade blow bubbles at the outdoor party, and recalled a lot of tough hours and days at the NICU. Nicole’s water broke at 23 weeks and she had to lie still for six weeks

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Esquimalt firefighters Andrew Zado, left, and Chris Carragher crouch with Quinn Tyrrell, 2, who spent four months in the Victoria General Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. On Thursday Greater Victoria professional firefighters announced a $250,000 donation over 10 years to VGH pediatrics. before her son was born. “They said the chances of him surviving and without problems was not good at all. But there’s nothing wrong with him,” Nicole said. “He’s as healthy as anything. He’s a real little miracle.” These stories of survival and strength of the smallest patients highlighted the importance of a long-term gift announced Thursday – professional firefighters in Greater Victoria are donating $25,000 per year for the next 10 years to VGH pediatric care. Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay and Esquimalt fire departments,

under the Professional Firefighters of Greater Victoria Foundation, will direct their fundraising cash to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, which in turn will direct it to equipment in the NICU and pediatric unit. “Sustainable funding is different for us. Pledging $250,000 over 10 years allows us to do planning around that. It’s fantastic,” said Starr McMichael, chair of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. “It also shows people in the community what can be done. These firefighters risk their lives every day for us. They really have gone beyond the call of duty. “It’s money well-

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It starts with a stitch and a knot, and leads to a cup of tea and a chat. On Sunday (Aug. 21) the inaugural Fibrations festival of fibre arts will bring together social groups and solo artisans who share a love for creating anything out of fibre. The event features a series of workshops and demonstrations to be held throughout the day in the orchard of St. Ann’s Academy. Local social knitting groups range from formal – the Victoria Knitters’ Guild has a president – to informal: the Bitchy Bees meet at pubs. But the fibre arts community is much more than that, says Sarah Thornton, who classifies herself as a spinner first, weaver second. There’s also felting, crocheting, sewing, quilting and more. “There’s nothing like knowing which sheep a handmade piece of clothing comes from,” she says. And that’s how Fibrations came about. Well, that and the fact the long-running Victoria Fibrefest was cancelled this year. Sunday’s gathering will boast tables of local crafters selling anything and every-

thing to do with fibre, from the functional to non-functional. Wares include sweaters, hats, scarves, wall hangings and sculptural pieces. “It’s not just the creators, but the suppliers,” Thorton says. “They’ll range, too, from freshly shorn Island sheep and alpaca wools in need of processing to the standard, ready-to-use materials found in commercial shops across Canada.” Local musicians will also perform, including the Singing Quilter. “It’s a community celebration of fibre art with demonstrations, some of them hands-on, for solo and social artists as well as for first-timers and kids. “In fact, it’s really a perfect place for newcomers to get their bearings on the logistics of how to get started and where to go.” A loonie-toonie raffle will feature 25 pieces of handmade merchandise donated by event volunteers in hopes of recovering the day’s production costs. Among the items is a sweater made from the wool of Mo, an alpaca from Morrison Creek in the Comox Valley. Other items offered as raffle prizes include books, wool roving, spinning and silkscreening, as well as handmade yarns, hats, shopping bags, scarves, weav-

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Nicole Brazier is co-organizer of the Fibrations fibre arts event happening Sunday (Aug. 21) at St. Ann’s Academy. ing lessons, purses, tea towels, dyes, an umbrella, an apron and a messenger bag. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt St. For more information, visit www. fibrations.ca. sports@vicnews.com


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Business case for light rail sent to provincial government Erin McCracken News staff

Just as lobbying efforts for federal funding for the proposed light rail rapid-transit project are heating up, so too is the development of the LRT business case. B.C. Transit submitted the first phase of its business case to the province on June 1, outlining technical information regarding the $950-million lightrail system that would carry passengers between Langford and downtown Victoria. Now B.C. Transit and B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are working together to flesh out how the lightrail system would be procured and delivered, as well as determine federal funding sources, said Erinn Pinkerton, B.C. Transit’s director of corporate and strategic planning. “What we sent them is the justification, the rationale and the technical details,” she said. “So (now we examine) how should the project be procured. Should it be done through a public-private partnership? Should it be done through a design build? “We look at all of the options and what would make most sense for this project.” It’s expected to take a year, possibly a year and a half, for the business case to be fully developed, at which time an announcement on whether it will move forward will

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Const. Mike Russell said cars aren’t often found in the waters surrounding Victoria. “I can’t think of the last one like that,” he said. Anyone with information about the car, which police believe was stolen, can call VicPD at 250-9957654 or leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477. ecardone@vicnews.com


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Canadian champs Layritz battle for world supremacy

The Layritz Little League junior softball (13 and 14 year olds) girls are the Canadian champs. Layritz defeated Oyen of East Central Alberta Little League 6-4 in the Canadian final in Ontario last week. Layritz, playing as Team Canada, opened the 2011 World Junior Softball Series with an 11-5 loss against host Bellevue/Mercer Island on Sunday. The tournament is being held in Kirkland, Wash. until Tuesday, if necessary. The round robin portion of the world series continued with Canada playing Asia Pacific’s Bacolod (Philippines) on Tuesday, U.S. Central’s Croswell-Lexington, (Mich.) on Wednesday and the U.S. Southeast’s Palma Ceia/W. Tampa (Fla.) on Thursday. Playoffs start Friday. Layrtiz consists of district players Christina Bourassa, Breanna Dunn, Mary Harding, Leah Johnson, Georgia Martin, Raven McKinney, Alex Patton, Allie Pellizzaro, Jenna Saulnier, Sydney Sparanese, Megan Thomson, Kaitlyn Tucker, Hailey Young.

Football Rebels double Huskers

The Westshore Rebels moved to two wins and one loss in the B.C. Junior Football Conference this season with a 28-14 win over the visiting Chilliwack Huskers at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford on Saturday. Jesse Fitch, Nile Goguen, Greg Morris and quarterback Cat Todorovich contributed to the Rebels’ rushing attack that totalled 209 yards to Chilliwack’s 63. Goguen, Todorovich and Eric Eggleston scored touchdowns for the Rebels and kicker Quinn Van Gylswyck converted all three while adding a kick for single point. Next up for the Rebels is a visit to the Okanagan Sun in Kelowna on Aug. 20.

Victoria juniors row to gold

Four girls from the Victoria City Rowing Club made their mark at the 129th Royal Canadian Henley regtta earlier this month. The crew of Allie DeLarge, Keira Flanagan, Shannon Huff and Emily Lerhe pushed their junior-A girls quad boat to gold with a significant nine-second lead over the next boat. DeLarge also placed second in the junior women’s pair with Stewart while Huff and Flanagan won silver in the junior women’s double. DeLarge and Huff recently competed in the Western Canada Summer Games with fellow Victoria City rower Jessica Stewart.

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Despite significant injuries UVic’s Nick Sinclair has climbed the ranks and is competing for Canada at the world’s university games in China this week.

Swimmer on Olympic radar Gold would complete Nick Sinclair’s recovery Emma Prestwich News staff

Nick Sinclair is on his way. The 2010 Canada West swimmer and rookie of the year is hoping to bounce back from a rough sophomore season with a better result in 2012 and a trip to the summer Olympics in London. Although an arm injury last summer forced him to slow down this year, Sinclair is stepping it up as one of five swimmers representing the University of Victoria this month at the Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China from Aug. 12 to 23. The graduate of Oak Bay High is one of nine Vikes competing for Canada at the Universiade. In Sinclair’s first year with the Vikes, he won four golds and two silvers at the 2010 Canada West championships. He broke UVic’s record for the 100-metre backstroke with a time of 55.24 seconds, and became the first swimmer in Canada West history to be named both the athlete and rookie of the meet. He also nabbed a gold at the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. Then last May, just before the Pan Pacific Swim Championships, he devel-

oped thoracic outlet sydrome, which years into one,” Vizsolyi said. One of the Canadian team’s national caused pain, tightness and swelling in his left arm and chest. The injury is common training centres is located at Saanich in athletes who play sports with repeti- Commonwealth Place, where Sinclair tive overhead movement, said coach practises alongside Vikes open-water swimming champ Richard Weinberger Peter Vizsolyi. Sinclair was able to compete at the Pan and Olympian Ryan Cochrane. Sinclair hopes to snag a qualiPacifics while using blood fying time at Olympic trials at thinners. He had surgery in the end of March, where he September and was able to plans to tackle the 200m backstart training again in Novemstroke and the 4x200 freestyle ber. Soon after, he developed relay. mononucleosis which lasted In the 200 back, he has to until mid-winter. He still manbeat out the two men who aged a bronze in the 200 m have already made the Federbackstroke at this year’s acion Internacionale de NataCIS games in February, but tion (FINA) ‘A-time’ of 1.58.48 doesn’t feel like he was on required to make Canada’s top of his fitness this year. team, said Vizsolyi. But Sinclair Vizsolyi said Sinclair hasn’t Nick Sinclair has a good shot at the 4x200 been able to train properly freestyle relay, where four or for six months. “He’s had more than one setback this five athletes are usually accepted. Sinclair’s even considering compromisyear,” Vizsolyi said. But Sinclair is hoping the Universiade, ing his full scholarship in the demanding where he’ll be swimming the 4x200 free- engineering program to take the second style relay, will be the prelude to a bet- semester off of school to prepare for next ter 2011-2012 season and a shot at the year’s trials. Vizsolyi thinks his willingness to focus Olympic team. “This year was disappointing. Next fully on training shows his commitment. “He wouldn’t take the semester off if he year is the big year.” Vizsolyi said while he has high hopes didn’t believe in it. He doesn’t want to be for Sinclair, the swimmer is going to have out the whole year – he’ll give it his best shot.” to work hard to recoup a lost year. intern@vicnews.com “We’re going to try and compress two

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Victoria City Rowing Club’s junior-A quad gold medal winning crew of Allie DeLarge, Emily Lerhe, Keira Flanagan, Shannon Huff at the Royal Canadian Henley regatta, Aug. 1.

Swimmer and University of Victoria alum MacKenzie Downing carried Canada’s flag and led a team of 10 current and former Vikes at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Summer Universiade games in Shenzhen, China on Friday. The opening ceremonies brought together 12,000 athletes and coaches from the Universiade’s 152 countries. The games started Aug. 12 and run to Aug. to 23. UVic’s contingent consists of swimmers Hilary Caldwell, Craig Dawgnall, MacKenzie Downing, Aimeson King and Nick Sinclair, golfers Anne Balser, Alyssa Herkel, Darren Hupfer and Megan Woodland, women's soccer player Shayla Behrens and Vikes manager of athletics James Keogh, serving as Canada’s administration manager.

Behrens is a Saanich soccer player who came up with the Gordon Head association and played for the pro level Victoria Highlanders W-League team this year before joining Team Canada at the FISU games. On Monday Canada became the first women’s soccer team to qualify for the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Taiwan, ending pool play with two wins and a loss, beating Great Britain but losing to China. Also competing abroard is Vikes swimmer Richard Weinberger (Surrey), who won gold in the men’s 10-kilometre open water race at a test event for the London 2012 Olympics on Aug. 13. With the win Weingberger is looking like a medal hopeful England. Fellow Vike Aimeson King (Toronto) finished 12th. sports@vicnews.com


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Bye-bye body checking Hitting removed from minor rec hockey level for Vancouver Island Travis Paterson News staff

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In an attempt to increase player safety, body checking has been taken out of the recreational level of Vancouver Island’s Amateur Hockey Association. Last week, members of the Island’s overseeing body for minor hockey voted in favour of implementing the rule change for this season. The new rule applies to recreational-level bantam (13-14) and midget (15-17) teams on the Island, including the Victoria, Juan de Fuca, Saanich and Peninsula associations (Victoria Racquet Club Minor Hockey doesn’t carry house level teams). Body checking will continue to exist at the higher competitive “rep” levels. Until this year, body checking on the Island was introduced to boys at the rep level for pee wee (11 and 12 year olds), but not until bantam for house. Now house division teams will play without body checking, right through midget. “It’s a big step forward. Every minor sport is supposed to be fun and now rec players can focus on their skills instead of worrying about getting hit,” said president Andrew Holenchuk of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association. The decision can be pinned on a number of things, but ultimately came down to the safety of the players, he said. “We’ve been a proponent of banning body checking from the Island rec levels for a couple of seasons. It was already that way in some of the Island’s northern (associations).” Removing body checking from the recreational levels of minor hockey is a growing trend across Canada and was ruled provincewide by the Ontario Hockey Federation in May. Plenty of factors led to the decision, which has been debated as far back as 1981 in that province. The evolution of bigger, faster skaters and the modern armour “protecting” them have changed the game. There’s also the newly understood danger of concussions. And the argument that hitting never really had a place in recreational hockey. Saanich minor hockey is also behind the decision, 100 per cent, said president Sylvain Fradette, who agrees it will lead to less injuries and concussions. But there is a minority backlash to the vote. With those players in mind, Fradette wondered if the blanket rule change could have been phased in over a transition period. “It’s only three weeks before hockey season (September) and

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South Island Thunderbird Dayne Ellison is checked against the boards by Fraser Valley Bruin Devon Toews during major midget hockey at UVic’s Ian Stewart Complex in January. Body checking will continue at the higher competitive midget levels but is no longer condoned in midget house levels, causing a little concern for players who hope to move up from rec to rep levels.

“We’ve discussed a new division, a (non-tryout) level for players who wish to play a full-contact game, but it’s hardly feasible.” – Sylvain Fradette

our players paid and registered for this season back in February. Granted we’re not hearing back from the (bantam and midget house league) players who are happy with the decision, but I got responses from 10 (bantam and midget) players who expressed concerns about the adjustments they have to make, it’s a much different game.” Not only do some rec players enjoy the physical nature of the game, but Fradette said as many as 30 per cent of the players on Saanich’s 20 house division teams are bubble players aspiring to play rep. For those players, the difficulty of playing up at the next level becomes even harder if they aren’t experienced with body checking. “We’ve discussed a new division, a (non-tryout) level for players who wish to play a fullcontact game, but it’s hardly feasible. “Instead we face challenges of running body checking clinics and other ways of preparing kids who want to play competitive hockey,” Fradette said.

Drawing players back “My understanding is that (non-body checking) helps bring more players to the game of hockey. And it’s still contact -- you can never please everybody, but we were seeing a bantam drop off with boys and girls, and we think this makes a huge difference.” “Picture a 13-year-old playing for the first time, with limited

skating ability, up against kids who’ve played over five years,” Holenchuk. Holenchuk also hopes the new rule will offer another avenue for girls to continue playing hockey in boys leagues.

Advil for the soul One person who’s happy to see body checking ruled out is Colleen Butler, the motivator behind Brain Navigators. Butler is Nanaimo-based but regularly visits Victoria and other Island cities to hold clinics with youth teams in contact sports on the dangers of concussions. “One in 10 athletes will get a concussion this year,” Butler said. “This rule helps keep the kids safe and playing, it’s is a total bonus. “There’s a lot of myths out there and one of them is that concussions come from knockouts. Actually, less than 10 per cent of concussions are knockouts. Its the smaller, repetitive collisions that it’s not OK to shake off and move on.” sports@vicnews.com

Contact defined ■ A recent statement described “body checking” as an individual defensive tactic designed to legally separate the puck carrier from the puck. ■ “Body contact” is defined as an individual defensive tactic designed to legally block or impede the progress of an offensive puck carrier. The defensive player may not hit the offensive player by going in the opposite direction. ■ Nor can the puck carrier be pushed, hit or shoved into the boards.


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The commodore’s town hall speech was not prompted by concerns there is an increase in sexual misconduct at the base, Garcia said. Such incidents are considered rare, as reflected in personnel statistics compiled by the base’s formation administration section, Garcia said. That office tracks and monitors personnel data on medical to administrative to legal matters, including sexual misconduct. While alcohol consumption was addressed at the town hall meeting, the alleged misconduct cases have not prompted liquor restrictions at base messes or onboard ships, Garcia said, noting current regulations have been in place for several

years. “We haven’t had any kind of edict coming from the top saying we should change anything within our policy,” she said, adding that ship and base messes are licensed just as civilian liquor establishments are. “We’re limited in the same way that any other bar would be limited,” Garcia said. There are, however, additional alcohol limitations for the fleet. While at sea personnel are permitted to drink no more than two alcohol beverages per day, and no later than six hours before going on duty, said Garcia, adding there may be times when alcohol is not served onboard during certain missions. emccracken@vicnews.com

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