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BCTF-New Curriculum

          B-C teachers are welcoming changes to the province's education curriculum. 
          They're meant to help students understand core subjects through projects related to their interests.
          Nic Moore, the head of the Comox Valley teachers' union, says teachers are excited, but apprehensive at the same time.
          He says it's believed B-C will be the first jurisdiction to attempt this kind of change.
          This fall will mark the first-phase of a three-year transition to the new curriculum.

Elderly Woman Gets Scammed

          A 75-year-old Nanaimo woman has been bilked out of thousands-of-dollars after falling victim to a telephone scam.
          R-C-M-P Constable Gary O'Brien says the woman was contacted by a man who claimed to be a police officer calling on behalf of her son.
          He says the losses could've been avoided had the woman spoken with her family before sending the cash.
          O'Brien says the victim also sent pre-paid gas cards to an address in Puerto Rico with links to a Nigerian company.

Break And Enters

          There's been another rash of break and enters and thefts over the past week in the Comox Valley.
          Constable Don Sinclair says the culprit or culprits have gained access through unlocked windows and doors.
          Sinclair says thieves have been taking money, electronics and tools.

VIREB House Sales

          House sales in the Comox Valley were up in August compared to the same month a year ago. 
          There were 72 sales -- up from 68 in August of last year.
          Average price of a house was more than 356-thousand dollars. 
          Campbell River had 38 sales compared to 36 in August of last year.
          Average price of a house in the "River City" was more than 319-thousand dollars.