Thumbs Up - To Tara Paterson, a University of Victoria student, who becomes B.C.'s newest Rhodes Scholar. Pater-son, who volunteers with a long list of groups while doing a double-major in political science and women's studies, will travel to the University of Oxford in June.
Thumbs Up - To the Mount Douglas boys' football and volleyball teams, for winning provincial triple-A titles two years in a row.
Thumbs Down - To Australian radio personalities Mel Greig and Michael Christian for their prank call to the hospital that is caring for the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge. Getting a laugh by taking advantage of hospital staff who are just trying to do their jobs is reprehensible.
Thumbs Up - To the anonymous man who donated $500 at the Scouts Canada Christmas tree lot on Admirals Road, asking that 10 trees be given away. Among those who received the free trees was a single mom with two kids who cried when she was given the tree.
Thumbs Up - To Rook, a canine member of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment, who acted in defence of his handler, Const. Jarrod Trickett, by attacking a black bear and her two cubs encountered in a search for a suspected crimi-nal. After the bear threat was neutralized, Rook tracked down the suspect.
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