Thumbs Up - To Keith Taylor of Victoria, for assembling The Birds of Vancouver Island, an online book that is the most comprehensive guide ever produced for Vancouver Island birdwatchers.
Thumbs Up - To the anonymous businessman who helped fulfil a Christmas wish for 10-year-old SadÃ© Ashby by arranging to fly her father, Adrian Ashby, from Barbados to Victoria. SadÃ© and her mother struggle to make ends meet, and Adrian Ashby's Barbados job does not pay well.
Thumbs Up - To Mark Brand, owner of Save On Meats in Vancou-ver, for devising a program where people can pur-chase tokens to give to the homeless on the streets who are panhandling for money. Each token is good for a sand-wich at Brand's restaurant.
Thumbs Down - To the unthinking vandals who destroyed 20 signs endorsing loans for View Royal's new fire hall from boulevards on Helmcken Road. Damaging or stealing signs in a political campaign is not only contrary to the spirit of democracy, it tends to generate sympathy for the signs' message and weakens the opposing message.
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