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MLA disappointed in Liberal budget SUSAN QUINN

has a deficit of $969 million for the fiscal year starting April 1, The provincial as B.C. pays to end the budget unveiled by harmonized sales tax. the BC Liberals on Most of its modest Tuesday does spending not address growth will many of occur in health the needs and education. of British What the Columbians, budget doesn’t says Albernido is address Pacific Rim child poverty, NDP MLA post-secondary Scott Fraser. education or SCOTT “It’s a seniors, Fraser FRASER disappointing said. budget on so many “We have the highest levels,” Fraser said child poverty rate in after BC Finance the country. We have Minister Kevin Falcon the biggest income released the budget gap in the country... at the Legislature in this continues along Victoria. that way,” Fraser said. With the budget, “There is nothing the government has for the middle class, said it will restrict nothing for families spending increases, except for further keep small business increases; more MSP tax and perhaps increases for health increase the corporate care.” tax rate by one per While the NDP is cent in order to preaching changes balance its budget to the corporate tax before the 2013 structure, Fraser election. dismissed it. Falcon’s first budget Continued / A12 ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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Feeding success at ADSS EDUCATION: | Grocery, clothing cupboard provides students with essentials so they can focus on learning. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON

School program, which discreetly offers a grocery cupboard, hygiene ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS kits and good quality donated clothing for students who need Improved graduation rates and such items, Burton said. attendance are benefits behind Currently, Burton is looking the growing breakfast club at the for donations of dresses, suits Alberni District Secondary School. and tuxes in advance of June’s The four-year old club feeds graduation ceremony “for those more than 400 students in eight students who may not be able to different areas of the high school, afford something like that,” she coordinator Mel said. Burton said. The program has The program is quietly grown in size volunteer driven and and success in the four operates five days per years it’s been around. week. Breakfast feeds both The program costs students’ stomachs $13,000 to administer. and minds and the – Mike Ruttan school also benefits, School District 70 underwrites $7,000, ADSS principal Mike while local businesses Ruttan said. and community groups supply the “Students’ attendance rates have balance. gone from 88 per cent to 95 per The program augments a cent,” Ruttan said. provincially funded fruit and Graduation rates have improved veggie program at the school. as well, especially for First Nations Food is delivered to the school students. and is distributed to classes by “There were 36 aboriginal student volunteers. students in Grade 12 last year and The program also provided 97 per cent of them graduated,” snacks for students during exam Ruttan said. week. “The breakfast program is a big The initiative has expanded via part of that.” reporter@albernivalleynews.com the Parents Actively Supporting

‘The breakfast program is a big part of that.’

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Alberni District Secondary School student Robert Snowdowne-Williams helps hand out breakfast foods at the high school on Tuesday morning.

New medical clinic to open doors on Monday SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

A new medical centre will open for business in Port Alberni on Monday, Feb. 27. The new clinic will see five doctors, a pharmacy and LifeLabs move into the new building on Maple Way, beside Evitt Electric in North Port. Doctors Marc Puts and Damian White are opening the building, which will also include Drs. Izak Nell and Daniel Van Der Merwe from the Alberni Family Medical Clinic and Dr. Gregory DePape. The

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A new medical clinic featuring five family doctors, a pharmacy and a lab is set to open on Monday, Feb. 27 on Maple Way in Port Alberni.

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press. The Medicine Shoppe owner Larry Johannessen will open a second location in the medical centre around the end of March. Having a pharmacy in a medical centre shared by several doctors is a preferable, he said. “You can collaborate with the doctors more closely, which they really like,” he said. Not only is the pharmacy handy to medical staff, but it’s more convenient for patients too, he added. Johannessen opened The Medicine Shoppe on Southgate Road five years ago, but he

has been a pharmacist in the Alberni Valley for 21 years, with Shoppers Drug Mart and Safeway before opening his own pharmacy. Johannessen already has one parttime pharmacist and is looking for more staff for his second location. LifeLabs will also be moving from its present location on Wallace Street to the new centre, a company spokesperson said. The lab will offer the same services it does now, but it will be in a new building. “We’re moving from

constrained space of under 400 square feet to just under 1,000 square feet,” Mitchell Toker said. “It will be twice the size.” LifeLabs is scheduled to open April 16, Toker added. The 7,800-squarefoot medical centre is the first major commercial project in Port Alberni for general contractors West Beaufort Construction. While the doctors will be moving in next week, construction will continue at the end of the building where the pharmacy and lab will be. Continued / A12

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◆ 2012 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Deakin projects modest increase WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

The city’s economic development department may only be asking for a one per cent budget increase but it still has a lot on its plate. The department’s budget if approved would rise from $268,882 in 2011 to $271,810 this year. Advertising shows a 75 per cent increase, from $23,409 in 2011 to $75,000

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in 2012, economic development manager Pat Deakin said in his presentation. Advertising initiatives include an electronic sign board, recruitment video and other media. Alternatively, marketing shows a 28 per cent decrease, from $75,000 last year to $23,000 in 2012. Marketing

projects involve trade show attendance, conducting surveys and managing webcams at both Clutesi Haven Marina and Stamp Falls. Deakin anticipates the AlberniClayoquot Regional District (ACRD) will contribute $27,000 this year, which is slightly down from $28,000 last year. Deakin is asking for $60,000 to aggressively pursue the district energy project. The $19 million

project would be underwritten with a $10 million federal grant and $9 million loan by the city. The initiative would produce a $200,000 net profit annually. In response to a question about the Fishermen’s Harbour improvement project, Deakin replied that work continues. Some companies have been approached about work with talks continuing with one of them. reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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A budget surplus seems out of place for a department that has a hard time maintaining minimum staffing

levels, but such is the case for the RCMP in Alberni. The RCMP is projecting a $370,801 budget surplus



this year, and a accumulated surplus of $2.2 million since 2006. This is set against the backdrop of a $5.7 million budget this year, the department’s submission to council notes.

The RCMP contract and administration categories show nominal threeand two-per cent increases. A reserve account set up in 2011 has $300,000 in it. Continued / A6

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Pley pushes for fire dept. improvements WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

A new collective agreement, secretarial support, and in-house traffic control are some of the new elements Port Alberni Fire Chief Tim Pley bid for in his department’s budget. Wages for the new collective agreement will be 20 per cent more than last year, raising crew costs from $1.95 million in 2011 to $2.1 million in 2012. Firefighters’ salaries are now in line with others across the province. Pley also made a pitch for half-time secretarial support at $40,000 per year. The position was a recommendation made in a report by consultant Dougal Smith last year. The department already receives parttime support from a city staffer, but the savings are negated by the city hiring a casual employee to back fill their work. Pley said he’s had cursory discussions with regional departments about melding with the city’s record management system. The department also needs traffic control at major incidents, and Pley budgeted $5,000 for such. Pley also budgeted for several capital projects, the largest of which is $50,000 for a repeater system that would enable firemen to communicate independently instead of clogging up the 911 line that they use. At $35,000, replacing the firehall’s upstairs bathroom is the second costliest

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A new collective agreement, secretarial support and equipment replacement are in Port Alberni Fire Department’s budget, fire Chief Tim Pley said.

project. He suggested that $35,000 be baked into the budget every year for four years to re-fit the Valley’s tsunami warning system. The cost would allow one unit per year to be refurbished, with a new unit built from cannibalized parts in the fifth year. Three smaller projects costing $15,000 each are also on the books. The department is starting to deal more often with older buildings in the city, and that means extra man hours, principally for the fire inspector, he noted. Coun. Hira Chopra questioned the cost of the secretarial position. “If you survived before you can survive without extra help,” he said.

Pley responded that council deferred the recommendation from the Dougal Smith report, which said such a position is common in other departments. Coun. Cindy Solda asked if there were grants available for refitting the tsunami warning system. Pley replied no. Coun. Dan Washington asked what effect reducing a crew size from four to three would have on homeowners insurance. None, Pley replied, but major industry insurance rates would increase. And because of WorkSafe B.C. regulations require that if three members showed up at a fire they would have to wait for a fourth.

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The Samuel family is hosting 24 and under basketball tourney this weekend. The event has eight men’s and six women’s teams, some from Port and others from Alert Bay and Duncan. The event is from Feb. 24-26, at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Roger Street.

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◆ 2012 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Resources spread thin From / A4 The surplus was recommended to be added to this account and used for major investigations and the potential addition of a 34th position to the 33-member detachment complement. The additional position could be slated for the creation of a domestic violence coordinator. The department is under considerable human resource pressures, acting detachment commander Sgt. Kevin Murray wrote in his report. Three members are currently off duty sick. There are also five vacancies anticipated. in 2012. Homicide and home invasions require specialized resources the local department doesn’t have, creating additional budget pressures. reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Museum, mill grilled WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Public opinion was split about budget increases for the Alberni Valley Museum and McLean Mill. Officials from both bodies rolled out their budget requests to city councillors at their Monday budget meeting. The museum is requesting a five per cent increase this year, going from $479,443 in 2011 to $548,180 in 2012. The museum had 18,000 visitors last year and took in revenues of $79,000. Grants are fewer now and there is stiff competition for those that are left, museum director Jean McIntosh said. This year, the museum has budgeted $21,660 for temporary exhibits and $10,500 for permanent exhibits.

The exhibits include a web-based initiative, photographs from the Leonard Frank collection at the Nemetz Jewish Community Archives in Vancouver. Port Alberni’s museum has run out of storage space and has applied for a federal grant to obtain a compact storage system. Coun. Hira Chopra asked McIntosh about instituting a museum admission fee to boost revenue and lessen the burden on taxpayers. “If 18,000 visitors pay $1 to $2... no one should visit the museum for free,” Chopra said. Visitorship, much of which comes from the library and pool, would drop if there were an admission fee, McIntosh said. As well, the revenue generated by the fee would be eaten up by the cost of a new staff member that would have to be hired to

deal with admissions. The Valley is in tough times and cuts to the museum have to be considered, audience member Ian Thomas said. “The expense exceeds the value; only 18,000 people a year—it’s not like we’re in competition with the (Royal) B.C. Museum,” Thomas said. “As our community’s population goes down we can’t sustain this kind of expense.” Resident Larry McGifford countered that the museum is part of the community’s fabric and is a cultural investment by the city. McLean Mill meanwhile has an overall budget of $548,000, which is underwritten with a combination of federal, municipal and regional funding and lumber sales. From the city, the mill is asking for $225,000, or $10,000

less than last year, spokesperson Hugh Grist said. The mill had 13,000 visitors last year. It’s projecting a drop in concession revenue this year, from $46,873 in 2011 to $37,500 this year. Slight increases are shown in custom wood sales and outside contributions. Capital projects include operating a crew speeder, installing mill switches for the train, and completing the re-build of diesel locomotive No. 11. The mill has budgeted only $40,000 for marketing. The amount seems like a lot but ads in major publications can be costly. “We spent $3,000 on two ads in a national magazine — it’s not cheap.” Coun. Jack McLeman asked about the possibility of adding a campground to the mill site. Grist said he loved the idea. reporter@albernivalleynews.com

More councillor training needed, says Kingston WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Enhanced services and a recommendation for increased city councillor training underpin budget increase requests from some city departments. The budget process kicked off with pitches from the city’s IT department, human resources, administration and the SPCA at city chambers on Monday afternoon. The presentations follow the budget overview, which was presented to the public last week at the Capitol Theatre. The Information Services department is projecting a $499,000 budget for 2012, which is more than the $382,000 it came in at last year. Big-ticket items on

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‘You need to invest in people’

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From / A6 Twenty-seven employees as well. Longtime employees amass corporate knowledge over years, therefore comprehensive succession planning is needed to maintain continuity, manager Theresa Kingston said. There were 108 first aid reports with city staff in 2011 that resulted in 481 lost days of work. Therefore, health and wellness initiatives are a priority. The department is requesting $30,000 to underwrite a halftime CUPE clerical position as well as a $2,500 increase in its advertising budget to publicize job openings outside of traditional news publications. The department is also requesting a

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There’s lots to be done, nothing left to cut, and a pool that is in its twilight. That’s how Parks and Recreation director Scott Kenny summed up his budget presentation to Port Alberni city council. Kenny made his budget requests along with the Alberni Valley Museum and Mclean Mill at a special council meeting on Monday night. According to Kenny, the department’s $4.8 million budget will remain static again this year. Capital projects slated for parks and rec this year include: ◆ $700,000 for Bob Dailey Stadium track repair. A $400,000 grant has been applied for, with the balance coming out of the department’s capital reserve fund; ◆ $350,00 for city hall roof replacement, with the money coming from the land sale reserve fund; ◆ $102,000 for HVAC upgrades at Echo Centre, the money for which will come from provincial gas tax money; ◆ $100,000 for the washrooms at Harbour Quay underwritten with land sale reserve money; ◆ $70,000 for locker replacement at Echo

Pool paid for with funds out of the operating budget. Kenny warned councillors that the pool is kept in good repair, but that it has maybe 10-15 years of life left. The cost to build a new facility isn’t in the five-year plan. “The economy won’t support it — it’s the wrong time to do it,” Kenny said. Borrowing for a new pool isn’t in the cards, grants sizes are too small to note, and corporate donations would be limited in the current economy. “We need to start to set aside money for a new pool,” Kenny said. A change to fees and charges is on the

books as well. Kenny is proposing doing away with the senior’s rate and making it a flat $3 for those under age 18 and over age 55. Admission is proposed to be free for people over age 80. A return to the annual pass at a cost of $212 per person is also slated. The AlberniClayoquot Regional District will likely not continue its $81,000 contribution. “They’re not going to go there,” Kenny said. A 16 per cent decrease in AV Multiplex concession revenue is also projected due to declines in attendance at AV Bulldogs games,

Kenny said. An increase has been pencilled in for park operations, which is going from $1,112,000 to $1,137,161. The city’s pesticide bylaw has had a negative impact on the parks department. There are no equally effective commercial products available, and city staff has to hand pull weeds, which are proliferating around city facilities. Revenues have been maxed out and the department has already been cut to the bone. “There’s always money to cut, but you’ll be cutting services,” Kenny said. reporter@albernivalleynews.com

$3,700 increase in its employee wellness budget for education events and workshops. Kingston also recommended increasing council’s travel and training budget by two per cent from $25,585 to $26,662. “I don’t believe that council’s training budget is high enough,” Kingston said. “You need to invest in people.” Changes to the administration department are going to change its bottom line. The department has undergone restructuring as part of a review last year. A new corporate services department has been created that will be overseen by Kingston. Emergency preparedness and information services will now fall under

Kingston’s purview. The new department has $42,000 baked into it to pursue sustainability issues. Coun. Hira Chopra asked if Kingston would be paid more for her new responsibilities. Watson replied no. The SPCA, which has an animal control contract with the city, has asked for a 10 per cent increase to its $111,000 budget, which hasn’t been increased since 2006, manager Irene Towell said. Operating expenses for the pound have increased by 25 per cent since 2006, going from $267,000 six years ago to $321,000 in 2011. The city’s fiveyear financial plan and presentations are online at www. portalberni.ca.

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◆ 2012 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Big-ticket items on engineering wish list WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Less manpower and more work mean the city’s engineering department can’t work fast enough to keep up with repairing the city’s aging infrastructure, city engineer Guy Cicon said. Cicon presented a budget with more than $12,049,800 worth of work that needs to

be done. There were several big-ticket items on Cicon’s menu. The $14 million Dry Creek flood project is still on the books despite the recent failure of a grant application. The city was going to borrow $3 million for the project. Cicon outlined several options to city councillors at their Tuesday meeting. The city could commit $30,000 to start

project design. They could borrow the balance of the funds. Or they could wait until another grant opportunity comes along. Improvements to Mclean Mill dam, which the city is responsible for, come with a $285,000 price tag. Pressure from the provincial dam inspector necessitates commencing with the project soon. The city could either

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modify the dam or divert the creek; Cicon recommended the former choice. The initiative would need to kick off with $12,000 for a specialized engineering study. Cicon also pencilled in $225,000 for sewer and water pipe replacement along Third Avenue between Bute and Redford Streets. The pipes have been the subject of several breaks and repairs in the past several months. The city’s aging water and sewer pipes, which Cicon estimates were installed in the 1940s, will continue to be a problem that the city needs to commit money to replacing, he said. Additional investment is required for road replacement to the tune of $4.1 million, Cicon said. A series of new initiatives not yet requiring funding is also on tap. One initiative will examine the potential for a waterfront industrial road. Coun. Jack McLeman questioned

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the need for the $12,000 study for the McLean Mill dam work. “It bothers me that we get someone to tell us what to do,” he said. Cicon replied that the work is of a geotechnical and hydrological nature, and specialized expertise is needed. In planning, the department’s budget

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NEWS The Alberni Valley News is published every Friday by Black Press Ltd., 4656 Margaret St., Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 6H2. Phone: (250) 723-6399. Fax: (250) 723-6395. Classifieds: (250) 310-3535. The Alberni Valley News is distributed free to 9,800 households in Port Alberni, Cherry Creek, Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek. The Alberni Valley News is Vancouver Island owned and operated.

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Internet bill’s merit dubious Last stand in B.C.’s battle of beetles The Conservatives’ proposed online surveillance bill is one of the worst pieces of legislation ever conceived. Indeed, police need better tools for tracking crime on the Internet, but are we willing to abandon the rule of law and allow unfettered access to personal information? Currently, police must get warrants in their investigation to balance the conflicting interests of the state and ‘It’s a political people’s right to privacy. According to Public strategy to Safety Minister Vic Toews, to oppose the plan to do stave off away with that balance criticism.’ in Internet cases means we are “standing with the child pornographers.” It’s just this type of fear-mongering that brands opponents of such legislation in a negative light. It’s a political strategy to stave off criticism. Toss out the words ‘child pornography’ and we all recoil in horror – reasonable people want ths crime to stop. Then the government will point out child porn crimes have gone up. Statistics Canada’s outline of police-reported crimes in 2010 showed there were 2,190 child porn cases, 36 per cent more than 2009. It sounds like the police are doing their job already, and finding the criminals or criminal acts. The attack on child porn in this bill is only a small part of its potential uses. The feds also want to track organized crime. This, despite an almost across-the-board drop in crime rates. As Internet-based crime continues to be a concern (child porn, scams, bullying etc.), it’s important for police to be able to keep up and get the information they need in a timely manner. But we shouldn’t abandon the checks and balances in place to ensure the state’s interests do not override our own. — Nanaimo News Bulletin

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ICTORIA – As MLAs resumed their raucous legislature arguments over a municipal auditor-general, the B.C. government’s own watchdog cut through the noise with a devastating audit of the state of Crown forests. Auditor General John Doyle’s survey of the province’s vast forest comes at a critical time. A team of forest ministry experts is examining the situation at Burns Lake, to see if the Babine Lake Forest Products sawmill can be rebuilt, after a tragic explosion and fire on Jan. 20. Babine was one of a string of high-volume mills along Highway 16 in northwestern B.C. that have been working their way through the enormous stock of decaying pine that surrounds them. The

“shelf life” of these trees is estimated to extend to 2019, but that’s a best-case scenario. In reality the expanse affected by pest and disease is much more complex. The B.C. government touts its “Forests for Tomorrow” program that started in 2005 with a boost of federal funds to restock B.C.’s burned and beetlekilled forests. More than 14 million seedlings are to be planted this year and up to 21.5 million next year. Total planting is about 200 million trees this year, most done by industry as a condition of Crown timber licenses, as has been the practice since 1987. Is it enough, in this era of climate shift, massive die-off and fires? Doyle says no. “We noted a significant gap between the total area replanted by the ministry and the total area suitable for replanting,” the

auditor writes. “The ministry has not indicated how this low level of silviculture investment reconciles with its legislated mandate to achieve long-term timber benefits and to maintain or enhance future timber supply.” And he criticizes the quality of industry reforestation, describing a tendency to choose “the least-cost, least-risk approach to meet reforestation regulations, which means planting lower-cost, fastergrowing species.” Species diversity and adaptation are what is needed. Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson has watched pine, fir and spruce beetles chew through his region, march east through the Kootenays and now the north and west. He says the Burns Lake situation brings into focus the biggest problem identified by the auditor: the poor state of B.C.’s

‘Is it enough, in this era of climate shift, massive die-off and fires?’

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forest inventory. As much as three quarters of it is out of date, some by decades. Much of it is based on aerial photographs rather than on-the-ground assessment by foresters. Species have shifted. And at a time when climate factors have caused the most rapid changes in the 100-year history of the B.C. Forest Service, budget cuts and reorganization into a natural resources ministry have taken their toll. Even with the most recent appraisals completed last summer for four forest districts, including the Burns Lake district, the ministry still can’t say if there are enough logs available to rebuild Babine. Simpson says the industry knows the answer. Two of the world’s highest-capacity sawmills are at Houston and Vanderhoof, on either side of Burns Lake, and their huge salvage log supply is degrading and running out. Continued / 11

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Things look up for Burns Lake From / 10 A political intervention to “save” the Burns Lake mill would only take shifts away from others. An alternative would be to make Burns Lake a proving ground for bioenergy, to deal with the huge mass of trees that will never make lumber. Finally, a bright note for Burns Lake. The people and the economy are adapting. A job fair in the village offered

entry-level as well as skilled positions at the Houston and Vanderhoof mills. There are more positions on offer at the Mount Milligan and Huckleberry mines and Enbridge, which has gas, solar and wind projects on the go. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Mailbag: Feedback on news items Mayor Douglas strikes out To the Editor, Mayor Douglas’ new plan for economic success, he says, is to hit singles rather than home runs. That is to say, he favours going after small to medium sized businesses rather than the big industry of our past. As yet, he’s failed to reach first base and with two strikes against him, the success of his new strategy appears in doubt. He therefore may be forced to drop his new theme song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and start singing the blues, especially if Catalyst closes. Richard Berg, Port Alberni

Put uptown on Island diet To the Editor, My husband Stephen and I have been stalking the Vancouver Island Diet (VID) for the last 15 years. We did our wedding with Vancouver Island food and wine. It was superb. The variety, quality and expertise are phenomenal, in many cases prizewinning, in some world class, but as with all farming

and food production seasonal variance occurs, not to mention our rapidly changing climate. This should provide even more motivation to get it right. This is why we have to make the Vancouver Island Diet an Islandwide community adaptation and mitigation project we can all, literally, buy into. Though doing well bringing in organic produce people want to eat, the Islands’ established grocers live in the past, tripping on transition, dependent on contractdriven systems, unsustainable in every way. We won’t get rid of contract but we can create sustainable agreements. Implementing the Vancouver Island Diet, a noncopyrighted, public domain, community marketing initiative we can revitalize the uptown core. We can create a sustainable economy that supports everyone to become food producers, if they so desire, producing food with highest nutrition and healthy outcomes in mind. It will require a

Animal kingdom seems poised to take over humanity To the Editor, The other day a 90-tonne concrete deck section plunged into the Fraser River when a support for the crane gave way. The radio announcer gave the news, “... no marine species were harmed in the accident and there were no human injuries.” A couple of days before, a six-year-old was hailed as a hero for flagging down some help for his

mother and infant sister, trapped in an over turned car that lay in a water-filled ditch. She swerved to avoid hitting some ducks. The Vancouver Parks Department, in an austerity move, closed their petting zoo. They gave the beasts to a farmer who promised to look after them until they were dead. Seems now they are dead and maybe parts are wrapped up in

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someone’s freezer. And finally a couple of strident envirocrats were on the news, lauding the provincial government for “preserving killer whale habitat”. Seems there is now a large area where no boats, no fishing, no loud noises, etc. are allowed. Today, the “preserve everything” crowd is up in arms about a planned nuisance deer kill in Invermere.

The city wants to cull 170 deer and it sounds like the animal rights people would rather cull the city council. Tell me, do you think the world’s gone crazy? I know I do. UVic’s rabbits had to be relocated, not killed. Whistler golfers wait for the bears to move before taking their shots. We pay taxes to house 800 surplus parrots. Ya, the world is crazy. Gary Seinen, via e-mail

close relationship with VIHA to address all the legislated health concerns and to create an ongoing forum where these issues can be discussed openly and sensibly by all Vancouver Islanders. And for the gods’ and goddesses’ sake let’s get the industrial traffic off the uptown roads in Port Alberni. We are trying to diversify our economy, give us a break. To forestry, hands off our watershed, we’re going to need that water to realize our diversified economy. Jen Fisher-Bradley, Port Alberni

Beggars aren’t the choosers To the Editor, So “...(property tax) increases of between 10 and 20 per cent are projected in four of the next five years...”? And what is the reaction of Port Alberni’s homeowners? Next to nothing: only 40 people turned out at the city’s budget overview meeting of Feb. 15. And from the AV News article (City tax plan unveiled, Feb. 17) I gather that soft pitch questions were all city officials had to field,

too. In November, what was the turnout at the election? Thirty per cent? And many of those who did vote are no doubt renters and government assistance recipients with no skin in the game. The economy is going to deteriorate rapidly in the next five years. That seems pretty undeniable. Job losses will accelerate rapidly, as will prices for food, utilities and basic necessities. All these federal and provincial grants are also likely to disappear. Catalyst’s share price is about three cents. Real estate is slowing dramatically. Mortgage debt is at historic levels. Sustainable new businesses are very, very few in number. And much of the city either works for government, rents or is struggling financially. Does council understand any of this? Why is there a built-in increase in taxes each and every year? Shouldn’t taxes be cut? Council: how about cutting services, cutting the bloated city payroll, cutting the wage bill and downsizing? We need

to prepare. Maybe we should call ourselves, as homeowners, what we really are: renters. Chris Fulker, via e-mail

Harper zeroes in on pensions

To the Editor, Over the next 10 years, more than four million Canadians will be turning 65. Unless you are set to retire with an annual pension of over $112,000, Stephen Harper is telling you to rethink your plans. So why is he doing this? Because fundamentally, Stephen Harper believes that the government should have no hand in helping seniors or other Canadians in their retirement. Government involvement in the financial security of Canadians stands counter to Harper’s ideology. As Conservatives choose to take benefits away from seniors, Liberals will continue to fight for balanced pension reforms that will ensure Canadians financial security in their retirement. Judy Sgro, MP Liberal Party Critic for Seniors and Pensions

Who really took pensions? To the Editor, Our pension schemes were planned back in the day when trade unions were on the rise and perhaps assumed to be expanding. Also then assumed was that one could count on a good job to take a person all the way to retirement. It was an age of relative prosperity, growth, and market profits for most small firms. But in ideological ignorance, neglect,

or complicity our governments have fostered a culture of union bashing. Adopting the theological mantra of small government, they even attacked their own unions. Governments further deregulated investments and banking to promote the age of financial bubbles. Now the economic partner in collapse, Harper wants to rob the nest egg of

savings set aside to meet the old age security demands expected, or is it a hint that the books have been cooked, the cash shoveled out to bankers’ bonuses? The public debate should not first be how we can fix the empty account but who in government and the financial industries do we jail first, before they run to a Swiss bank? Dee Shoolingin, Duncan

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No plan no good for wood FORESTRY: | NDP back auditor general’s scathing report on forestry. SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Lack of planning is going to kill B.C.’s forestry industry, contends NDP forests critic Norm Macdonald. Macdonald and the New Democrat caucus’ forestry committee met with more than a dozen stakeholders on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast last week, including Port Alberni, on the first leg of a provincewide tour. The tour is in response to Auditor General John Doyle’s audit of government management of timber, released last week. The audit found the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has not clearly defined its timber objectives, and as a result cannot ensure that

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its management practices are effective. “We heard deep concern about the resource and that so much of it is leaving the area without the opportunity to get the value for it. It’s out of balance,” he said. The BC Liberals cannot come up with a solution for dealing with raw log exports because they have no idea what the

scope of the industry is—something the auditor general agreed with, Macdonald said. The government does not have any data on the nearly two-thirds of 95 million hectares in the province that is forested. If there is no way of measuring the scope, there is no way of getting an accurate picture of the industry, he said.

“It’s clear that people who understand the forest industry know that we need a new strategy for forestry.” Alberni-Pacific Rim NDP MLA Scott Fraser said a tour of Alberni Pacific Division (APD) sawmill drove home the issue of raw log exports in B.C. and how they are affecting jobs.

“The reality in Port Alberni is for every boatload of finished product, five or six are raw logs. And the best of the best of the logs,” he said. What the NDP is hearing is the balance between finished and raw log exports is gone, Macdonald said. Thirty mills on B.C.’s coast have closed, yet 82 have opened in China so they can deal with the raw product coming out of Canada. Macdonald advocates the creation of a job protection commissioner to work with companies and find solutions to keep the wood local. “We need to find the balance again,” Fraser agreed. “Only after every job has been squeezed out of that log for British Columbians, only then should exporting be allowed,” Fraser said. The NDP caucus committee continues its tour this week in Surrey, Merritt and Kamloops. editor@albernivalleynews.com

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From / A3 Contractor Tanya Swann—she owns West Beaufort with her husband, Matthew—said construction will not disrupt operations at the clinic. The company broke ground for the new clinic on July 8. The timber featured on the building’s

exterior is wood from Western Forest Products, and the contractors made sure to use local labour on the project. Matthew Swann worked with Salt Spring Island architect Derek Crawford Architect Inc. in designing the building. editor@albernivalleynews.com

‘Nothing budget’ hurts middle class, says MLA From / A3 He said the BC Liberals’ language on proposed changes on the matter is weak at best. Major tax breaks still exist for large corporations and Falcon did not commit to an increase. He said the government would consider raising the rate to 11 per cent, but not until 2013 and only depending on financial conditions. Fraser also had a problem with proposed cuts to post-secondary education--a sector that can least afford it, he said. Fraser would have liked to see the Liberals invest in post-secondary education to ease student debt, and to address a looming skills shortage. “It’s been identified

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as a priority for the B.C. economy and jobs. We need to be investing in these jobs,” Fraser said. The budget also ignored recommendations made in the ombudsman’s report on seniors released recently, as well as the auditor general’s report on the state of forestry, released last week. “I see this as a nothing budget, but a dangerous nothing budget at a time when we needed leadership,” Fraser said.

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Friendship centres lose out on funding SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

New Democrat aboriginal affairs critic Scott Fraser would like to see the provincial government reroute $2 million from the creation of an auditor general for municipalities into aboriginal friendship centres. Fraser, MLA for Alberni-Pacific Rim,

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News calendar goes virtual The Alberni Valley News has launched a new online calendar on our website, at www. albernivalleynews. com. This one is definitely different than the original version that was rolled out a couple of years ago. It’s so much easier to use, both for people wanting to submit an event and those looking for things to do in the Alberni Valley. The new calendar requires no login or password, and the form to submit an item is easy to use. You can designate where you wish the calendar item to appear within the region’s Black Press B.C. family of websites. You can also spread the word about your event to Facebook and Twitter from our

calendar. It’s free, of course. There’s even a spot for an image, say a rehearsal photo from a high school play, or some cool artwork from your event poster.. Someone here in the Alberni Valley News newsroom will check each item before it posts just to make sure it complies with our simple guidelines, which lead off the submission form. The calendar is ideal for events, but not so much for business-oriented or garage sales. We have print and online classified ad sections that are more suitable for those types of listings. Our online calendar is a great way to create buzz about your organization or your event. And, did we mention it’s easy to use?

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Community Events FRI. FEB. 24

Street. By donation. Partial proceeds to Ty Watson House. Starts: 7 p.m.

Finals on Feb. 26.

◆ SAMUEL FAMILY BASKETBALL TOURNEY at the Alberni Athletic Hall from Feb. 24-26. Eight men’s and six women’s teams.

SAT. FEB. 25 ◆ FARAI AND MARIMBAMBUZZ marimba concert and dance. At Char’s Landing on Argyle

MON. FEB. 27 â—† BOOT CAMP at the Alberni Athletic Hall. Beginners

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Josephine Granneman holds up the ponytail that Em Salon stylist Jennifer Gillard snipped off on Valentine’s Day. Granneman grew her hair for two years.

A short tale of a long ponytail SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Josephine Granneman was ready for a haircut last week. After all, it had been nearly two years since she had had a drastic change. But it wasn’t just any haircut the Port Alberni Grade 6 student was looking for. She walked

into Em Salon on Valentine’s Day prepared to donate her entire ponytail so it could be made into a wig for young cancer patients. Granneman, 12, was inspired by her friend Maegan Taylor, who has twice shaved her head in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Two years ago

Granneman began growing out her short hair so she could donate it. Besides donating her hair to a good cause, Granneman said there were practical reasons for having a shorter hairdo. She is an athlete with the Tsunami Swim Club, and said a shorter hairdo would

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fit better beneath her swim cap. Stylist Jennifer Gillard combed Granneman’s hair into a ponytail and measured it to make sure it was long enough. The outlet Em Salon deals with, 360 Hair in Langley, requires donated hair to be at least six inches long. editor@albernivalleynews.com

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Valley SENIORS What’s on in March March is a salute to the Welsh (March 1: St. David’s Day) and the Scottish (March 17: St. Patrick’s Day)! ◆ Casino Night at Abbeyfield: Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. This fundraising event is held thanks to the members of “F.O. of Eagles�. ◆ Winston Joseph’s “Celebrating the Joy of Literacy� is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Abbeyfield. ◆ The annual “Over 90’s Club� program will take place at Heritage Place on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ◆ Welsh cakes and a “Table Talk� session will highlight St. David’s Day in Heritage Place on March 1. ◆ A new group, Full House, will visit Heritage Place at 2:30

p.m. on March 5. ◆ Hanelle and her “Variety Show� will be at Heritage Place on March 6. ◆ On March 12 the residents of Rainbow Gardens will hold a big Bingo Bonanza. Fir Park Village, Echo Village and Heritage Place residents will attend. Rainbow Gardens will have a “spring fling� on March 23 as well. ◆ On March 14 seniors will attend a Salute to the Irish at Echo Centre, 1:30 p.m. ◆ The residents of Abbeyfield will host a special afternoon tea at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 with special guests, the residents of Heritage Place. ◆ Volunteers are welcome at Abbeyfield from 7–9 p.m. Contact Doreen Bassette at 250-724-5054.

Our writer: Valley Seniors is a monthly feature compiled by Orlando Delano and featuring residents living in Port Alberni seniors complexes.

Westhaven: make a difference ORLANDO DELANO SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Back in 2005, residents and staff of Westhaven were concerned about the poor condition of the landscape in their gardens. It was not safe to walk around the area because it was too hot in the summer and there were no shaded areas, with no plants due to the soil condition, etc. “In other words, the old garden had to be improved,� says Reyna Waller, president of Friends of Westhaven Society. It was Anita Koffler, at that time the activity co-ordinator, who first brought the idea of making improvements to the gardens, based on her experience in other long term

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care facilities in the Parksville area. The idea of the project also brought

enthusiastic reaction from the residents, staff and families, all of which felt the

need for an improved garden. As a group, they decided to form the “dream garden committee�. Since no money was available, the group opted to apply and form a legal society, registered in Victoria, which allowed them to fundraise and receive donations. The application was accepted and soon became what it is known today, Friends of Westhaven Society. “I was a staff member at that time in 2005 when the group began working together to accomplish their goals. And after hard work our dream came true last year when we finally opened our new gardens,� adds Waller. The society grew beyond the garden

project: its members began fundraising to provide for the many comforts and care of the residents of Westhaven and their families. Society members work in conjunction with families and staff. Society members assisted the staff in planning special events, such as teas, birthday celebrations and calendar events. “The whole idea of our society is to give Westhaven a more homey environment look and feeling, which, in turn, will have a more positive impact in the residents’ lives.� The building was originally designed as an extended care unit but soon it changed to a multilevel care facility. Continued / A17

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Westhaven Kingsway benefits very From / A16 The society helps with funding not available elsewhere through grants from the government as well as direct donations from individuals, friends and families. Last year, with the amalgamation of both Royal Canadian Legions, the Friends of Westhaven received a substantial donation for their causes. “It was a wonderful donation,” Waller says. The Westhaven Residents Council works in partnership with the society.

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ADSS seniors Island bound Midgets advance WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

The Alberni District Secondary School Armada senior girls basketball team has made it to the big show and now it’s time to perform. The team is competing as the first seed from the North Island in the eight-team Island Basketball Championships this weekend in Victoria. The teams placed seventh last year but have their sights set higher this year. “Our goal is to place in the top three,” head coach Greg Freethy said. Victoria’s Oak Bay and Claremont are strong and will likely duel for first and second place. But the Armada have had success against the rest of the field, which includes Dover Bay, GP Vanier, Stelly’s and Mount Doug. The Armada open Thursday against Spectrum who they already beat this season. “I really feel like we have a strong shot at the third spot,” Freethy said. The team is running on all cylinders. Forwards Jami Oliver and Nicole Irg are back from injury. The team brings a surplus of height to the table, something other teams don’t have. “We have five players over six feet tall who can play,” Freethy said. “I like our chances with our post game.” Everyone on the 11-player roster is capable of

contributing so Freethy says he feels confident rotating his bench to keep players fresh. The Armada are 22-8 on the season and have won four tournaments. The losses came when one of Oliver, Leah Hudson or Danielle Lessard were out of the lineup. “We need all three of them on their game at the same time,” Freethy said. Winning third place will take patience, spacing, deft rebounding and sticking to the game plan. “We need a full game from everyone with no lapses or letting a team who is down back in the game,” Freethy said. “If we do that then I like our chances.” FOUL SHOTS... the junior girls are competing at their Island Championships at Mark Isfeld in Courtenay this weekend. The ADSS senior boys meanwhile are competing in their North Island

The Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs advanced to the Vancouver Island Championship with a 7-4 victory in their semi-final game against the Saanich Braves. Saanich held a 3-2 lead until the middle of the frame. The turning point came

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Friday , Feb. 24, 2012 Alberni Valley News

Pack the Plex for â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dogs Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 10th season in the Valley and the team wants to commemorate the occasion by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Filling the Plexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 9, when the Cowichan Valley Capitals return. The game starts at 7 p.m. The event will also be used to acknowledge minor

hockey coaches who give up their personal time to volunteer to mentor children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really want to bring back the excitement of the Bulldog games as they were in the early years when the Multiplex was packed to the rafters with great fans,â&#x20AC;? said director of business operations Ron Paulson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We plan on lots of

activities throughout the night and even some surprise mascots to help Bernie get the crowd loud and proud. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Fans who have tickets but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the game can still help the effort, Paulson said. They can let the Bulldogs know so that their tickets can be distributed to minor hockey or to Valley schools.

Support slow for junior all-native SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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as hoped, organizer Bruce Lucas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve approached a lot of businesses that will benefit from the tournament. Right now we have 44 teams committed to coming,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With those teams a lot of them will average 25 people with coaches, players and their fans. As far as I know, all the hotels are booked. All the restaurants are going to go crazy. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be well over 1,000 people coming.â&#x20AC;? Defending champions the Homiss Wolves are the official hosts. There are five local teams playing in the tourney, including the Wolves, Nuu-chahnulth Young Guns and Hesquiaht Braves on the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side and Iisaak Ravens and Nuu-chah-nulth Lady Warriors on the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side. Syilx, the defending girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; champions from the Okanagan First Nation, have won the last two girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; titles at the Jr. All-Native tourney. The organizing committee will spend upwards of $45,000 to host the tournament and all of that money must be generated

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Bruce Lucas, co-ordinator of the 2012 Junior AllNative basketball tournament, is hoping more local sponsors will jump on board.

privately, Lucas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re non-profit. We have to solicit our own funds; we start from zero.â&#x20AC;? The organizing committee pays to rent three venues for the week, and has to pay each official for the 92 or more games that will be played. Officials will have to be brought in to assist those from the Alberni Valley. Local suppliers are being used for as many facets of the tourney as possible, he added.

Volunteers are still needed to help at the event, which is open to everyone, not just aboriginal basketball fans. Anyone wishing to sponsor the tournament or volunteer anytime during the week can phone Lucas at 250918-8588, e-mail him at brucelucas@shaw. ca or fax a volunteer form to him at 778421-1744. Forms and more information are available online at jrallnative tournament.com.

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Kindergarten Children born in 2007 need to be registered for the 2012/2013 school year. StafďŹ ng allocations are being made based on enrollments. Accurate numbers are critical Please register your child in your neighbourhood school or school of choice prior to Feb. 28, 2012 and bring their Birth CertiďŹ cate and Care Card.

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Tom McEvay had reason to smile as David Wiwchar of the Toy Run presented him with a $1,000 cheque for the Alberni Valley Wrestling Club. The club volunteers at Toy Run ever year Local Lions and Staples helped out two young EJ Dunn students by presenting them with ipads. They with the set up and take down. McEvay also reare from left to right Armido Benvin, Don Hudson, Gerry Denis Staples manager, Aiden Smith, Rob ceived a $1,000 cheque for the VAST Education Dalton, Ryan Timmermans, EJ Dunn teacher Krista Dillon and Russ McLaughlin. The I pads will Centre. The money is used for certification for students. students their their homework. helpp sstu help he tude tu dent de ntss wi nt with th tthe heir he ir stu sstudies tudi tu dies di es aand nd tthe heir he ir hhom omew om ewor ew ork. or k.

Melody Burton received a cheque for $1,000 for the ADSS Breakfast Club from Tom Wall of the Toy Run.

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THE ARTS Suds ’n duds When Suds, the Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera, opens at the Capitol Theatre this Friday, Feb. 24, all eyes will be on the vintage costumes adorning the cast of five. And that’s how it should be, according to costume designers Tina Ronning and Marina Connah. Ronning and Connah had a vision of how the characters in Suds should be dressed and set out looking for some ready-made outfits from various costume rooms. Not finding the glamorous look they had envisioned for Cindy and her angels, Ronning and Connah set out to sew outfits for Cindy (Lisa Fryer), Dee Dee (Yvette Deveau) and Marge (Janet Deakin) using vintage patterns from the era. With countless number of trips to the fabric store and hours turning to days and the days turning to weeks, Ronning,

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Yvette Deveau (Dee Dee), left, Lisa Fryer (Cindy), centre and Janet Deakin (Marge) get a little reallife inspiration before the opening of Suds, Friday.

Connah and Wendy Stander pinned, cut, sewed and pressed into the wee hours in what is now known affectionately as

the “sweatshop” (someone’s home). The elaborate attire which also includes Johnny Angel’s cummerbunds, bow

ties and suit jackets required more than 70 metres of fabric. As well, 60 metres of crinoline were used to create all the petticoats and dress flounces. The characters’ “look” is integral to the story, producer Liz Bernstein said. “If you see a picture of Cindy in her little pink dress and little pink shoes, I think it was quite important. There are references made to Marge’s outfits through the musical,” Bernstein said. “Cindy mentions Marge’s tawdry outfits and Marge mentions DeeDee’s bullet bra.” “You happen to see their knickers and you happen to see their petticoats.” The curtain rises for Suds at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The show runs over four weekends on Friday and Saturday nights, until March 17. Tickets cost $20 at the Rollin Art Centre and at www. atthecapitol.org. editor@albernivalleynews.com

Portal Players seeks one-act directors Are you an experienced director? Or are you interested in trying your hand at directing a live play? Portal Players Dramatic Society would like to present a group of one-act plays at the Capitol Theatre this summer

and are looking for directors who would be interested in this project. The likely opening date is July 19, and the plays would run Thursday to Saturday for either two or three weeks, depending on the number of plays

being performed. For those who have not directed before, this is an ideal way to start your directing career. Directors will be reponsible for casting their shows and for recruiting any help they need: stage manager,

techies, crew, etc. However, assistance will be given to new directors. Interested directors should submit any questions and applications to Derek Burke via e-mail to derekjburke@gmail. com by Feb. 29.

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Senses awake in Minds Eye In My Minds Eye is the next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre, featuring artist Antonia Olak. This exhibit will excite the senses with her stylized paintings in mixed media and charcoal. From realism to gestured abstracts of local west coast themes including Cathedral Grove and Port Alberni. Olak’s exhibit runs through to March 10.

Shhh! Auction features art The Rollin Art Centre and the Outreach Therapy program at Hilton Centre have joined forces to host a silent Art Auction, Monday March 12, from 7-9 p.m. at the Rollin Art Centre. Featuring a variety of framed prints, African masks and baskets and an original Roy Vickers banner from a private collection as well as work from local

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‘Stunted Hemlock’, by Antonia Olak.

artists. Funds raised will benefit both the Outreach Therapy program and the Rollin Art Centre.

Warming up with Marimba Shake your booty at a Marimba concert/ dance with Marim Bam Buzz at Char’s Landing, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. It’s almost like summer. Admission is by donation, with partial proceeds going to Ty Watson House. Please call 250-7301636 to reserve your seat.

Jewelry Making Workshop with Jewelry designer Cheryl Jacobs is holding a jewelry making workshop at Echo Centre for beginners. Learn skills like texturing, sawing and finishing to turn metals (silver, brass, copper) into jewlery art. Then embellish your pieces with semiprecious stones and freshwater pearls. Each student will complete two or three pieces depending on skill level. There is a $50 fee at the class for supplies. The class is Saturday, March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $80. Please register at Echo Centre or phone 250-723-2181. The Rollin Art Centre gallery is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street and is wheelchair accessible. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 250724-3412 for more info. Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council.

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