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For many people in the Alberni Valley, eating three square meals a day is a given. But what if you were suddenly incapacitated by injury, illness or age? That’s where Meals-onWheels steps in. The volunteer service provides meals to seniors, people who have been discharged from the hospital or those who because of a disability are unable to cook for themselves. They have even helped families in crisis over the short term. “We deliver over 1,000 meals a month,” co-ordinator Janet Buchanan said. She usually has 35 drivers covering seven delivery routes, five days a week, 52 weeks a year. Routes are generally half an hour long. Drivers are encouraged to spend a bit of time with the clients before leaving. “We consider it to be a welfare check for clients,” Buchanan said. “The driver gets to know the client; they have to sign in and report the condition of the client.” Clients can use the service for a week or, in one case, a decade. People are often referred to Meals-on-Wheels through the Integrated Health Network, or through word of mouth to Buchanan. For many years the organization has seen little turnover in its legion of drivers. However, many are retiring or having to give up their volunteering—and with winter vacations coming up, they’re stretched too thin, Buchanan said. “Some of them are also seniors so they find the walking or the stairs or the winter too hard to do deliveries.” So she’s looking for drivers who can take over
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Volunteer Meals-on-Wheels driver Ellen Lacharity loads meal containers into her car so she can deliver them to clients.
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full routes, are available all week or just for a shift or two here and there. Drivers must have a valid driver’s licence, go through an RCMP criminal record check and an orientation. Meals-on-Wheels does not cover fuel costs, although Petro-Canada owner Shirley Mallory donates gift certificates for gas for the drivers, Buchanan said. Ellen Lacharity has been driving with Meals
on Wheels for six years, and appreciates the interaction with people. “The clients are really appreciative and it’s nice to have the contact there every day,” she said. Wendy Telford, owner of Alberni Deli-icious, which cooks the meals, has done a little bit of everything with Meals-on-Wheels— even driving. She and her deli employees make 40-50 meals per day, and 60-65 on Fridays to cover the weekend. “We’ve almost doubled our clientele since we started,” she said. It’s a big commitment for Telford, who has been at it for at least a dozen years, but she says it’s a group effort at her restaurant. “It’s a community thing,” she said. “It’s not a money thing. There’s definitely a need in the Valley for looking after our elderly.” firstname.lastname@example.org
A government decision whether or not to continue buying power from independent power projects could impact two run-of-the-river projects in the Alberni Valley. In late August, BC Hydro released a report that recommended a series of measures to stave off rate hikes. B.C. is required to be energy sufficient by 2016. To accomplish this, BC Hydro will have to build new infrastructure and buy more power from independent power producers. The measures include changing the definition of self-sufficiency in clean energy that takes effect in 2016. A decision on the matter is expected later this fall. If the definition were changed Hydro could stave off capital projects and rate hikes. But it also means that the corporation wouldn’t have to purchase electricity from independent power producers, which is more expensive, and could instead purchase it more cheaply from a spot market. Subsequently, there would be fewer fixed opportunities for independent power producers, and that concerns the Tseshaht First Nation. The tribe announced in July it was planning to build a 2.8 megawatt run-of-the-river project on Franklin River. The project would produce clean energy, provide jobs and generate income for the tribe. The project is still in the planning stages, Tseshaht CEO Cindy Stern said. “We got a grant to help us with the feasibility
The Hupacasath First Nation’s independent power project, Upnit, could be protected by new BC Hydro regulations because the tribe has a signed contract. An IPP proposed by the Tseshaht First Nation may not be as fortunate.
‘I get their concerns, but we’ve got to run this corporation.’ – Rich Coleman stage so our financial investment is minimal,” she said. “But we’ve still invested time.” The tribe doesn’t have a contract with Hydro to sell its power to the corporation. But the tribe is eligible for a standing offer that, if accepted, will enable the Tseshaht to enter into a purchase agreement with Hydro at a fixed price. The move could impact Tseshaht as well as the other 125 First Nations who are either running or planning to run their own independent projects. The Hupacasath First Nation has operated its own run-of-the-river project at China Creek (Upnit) for the last five years. The Hupacasath’s contract with Hydro to purchase power extends for another 15 years. Hydro hasn’t indicated what the long-term impacts of the decision would be in this case, though.
Hupacasath CEO Robert Duncan didn’t return calls by deadline. The Tseshaht meanwhile are pressing ahead with their project. On the political front, they have sent letters to government about the matter, and are participating in lobbying efforts by provincial aboriginal organizations. “There’s been no reply yet,” Stern said. Energy minister Rich Coleman met with representatives of the Clean Energy Association of B.C., who warned that cutting back on domestic supplies may lead B.C. to import more electricity, promoting further development of coal and natural gas power plants in North America. Coleman said he met with association representatives, and he believes their concerns are premature. Between population growth and new industrial customers, BC Hydro projects a 40 per cent increase in demand, and there will continue to be room for independent producers in that growth, he said. “I get their concerns, but we’ve got to run this corporation,” Coleman said.
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Politicos engage youth at ADSS WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS
Lots of candidates and lots of students made for a good public forum at Alberni District Secondary School on Wednesday. Organized by the ADSS Civics 11 class, the event saw 21 mayor and council candidates make their pitch for office and answered audience questions at the schoolâ€™s auditorium. Candidates were given two minutes to introduce themselves then allowed one minute each to answer audience questions. If they went over the time allotment then a three-piece band started playing and cut them off. The bandâ€™s services were needed several times. Grade 11 student Michaela Campbell directed the morningâ€™s first question to councillors and went for the throat. â€œWhich one of the mayoral candidates do you feel you could work best with?â€? Candidates looked taken aback by the question and it took several seconds for
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anyone to reply. Incumbent councillors Cindy Solda, Hira Chopra and Jack McLeman all spoke in favour of working with sitting mayor Ken McRae. â€œYou may not like what he does but he lobbies hard for the community behind the scenes,â€? Cindy Solda said. Other candidates spoke neutrally about the issue, saying theyâ€™d work with whoever was elected. â€œIâ€™ve worked with boards before and it doesnâ€™t matter whoâ€™s elected you have to work as a team,â€? Wes Hewitt said. Council members donâ€™t decide who theyâ€™ll work with, voters decide who represents them and they have to work together, Myron Jespersen said. Another student asked about what anchor stores council would bring here. The city is trying to create an environment that is business friendly. More stores will mean more jobs for youth in town, Chopra said. Small businesses such as the Canvas Cup coffee shop
POLITICS: | The News puts questions to candidates in the civic election. This week, we talked to Jen Fisher-Bradley and Ken McRae. Next week itâ€™s John Douglas and Stacey Gaiga. Question: Youâ€™ve run on a platform of food security, climate change and global warming. How do you respond to the call that this is too broad a focus for a mayoral candidate?
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ADSS Grade 11 student Kate Schievink asks city council candidates a question at the ADSS open forum on Wednesday morning.
should be considered anchor tenants and more should be encouraged to open, Jespersen said. Grade 12 student Quinton Heard asked candidates about their lack of use of social media, where most if not all students communicate. Stacey Gaiga replied that she prefers to speak to people in person. Annette Clement, a selfconfessed â€œFacebook junkieâ€?, asked which of the audience was on Facebook using
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iPhones or iPods at that moment. All the students raised their hands. The question and answer session carried on until the school lunch break. The students did their part and the meeting went off without a hitch, but it could have been better, teacher Anne Ostwald said. â€œThe kids did a fabulous job of organizing this and pulling it together,â€? she said. â€œI just wish there were more
members of the public here.â€? Students felt a part of the process. â€œThey understand whatâ€™s being said, they get it â€”theyâ€™re engaged.â€? Candidates treated students like young adults, Grade 11 student Kate Schievink said. â€œThey didnâ€™t treat us like we were a bunch of dumb kids who didnâ€™t know anything about politics,â€? Schievink said. â€œI wish I was old enough to vote.â€? email@example.com
Jenn Fisher-Bradley: If thatâ€™s what people are saying then they havenâ€™t listened. I have lots of ideas. I link food security to secondary industry for the Valley because small-scale industry can produce berries for our jams and soup base out of veggies. The Valley could also get into eco-farming and eco-agriculture. The banks might not lend the money for it, but it can be done through farm shares or micro loans. This isnâ€™t new or experimental. Itâ€™s been done before and we have the assets here; itâ€™s doable. Iâ€™m concerned about global warming but Iâ€™m not against Catalyst â€” Iâ€™m against burning tires for fuel. I see a whole strategic plan and these are parts of a bigger whole, a sustainable Port Alberni. Question: How do you respond to the assertion that youâ€™re reactionary instead of proactive. Ken McRae: Iâ€™ve been proactive since I was first elected. I was proactive getting the industrial tax down even before Catalyst launched their case. I got beat up for that. But I was the only one who had enough (guts) to start cutting and did what needed to be done. I was proactive on getting the community forest and it could double in size next year. Itâ€™s part of a broader plan where I hope weâ€™ll eventually control most of the Valleyâ€™s forestry. When Seaspan was awarded that ship building contract, I was proactive in calling the company president, minister and premier and lobby to get jobs here. People can use those words to describe me if they want but Iâ€™ve proven otherwise.
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Joint review for Raven project not in the cards WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON
The development was contained in the synopsis of comments received during the public comment period on the project, which was released by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the BC Environmental
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The agency can recommend that the project go to a panel if it poses significant adverse environmental effects after mitigation measures, but that’s not the case, the document says. “The agency and other federal departments are not able to identify any residual
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‘...nothing the public has done has changed their minds.’ – Maggie Paquet significant adverse environmental effects that may result from the proposed project,” the document noted. “As a result, the agency is confident that the cooperative comprehensive study will be able to identify, analyze, and address the potential environmental effects of the proposed project.” While the overall mine project won’t be going to a review panel, the issue of green house gasses associated with transporting the coal will be studied. According to the document, an environmental assessment will examine green house gas emissions
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associated with transporting coal by truck into Port Alberni and by ship to the Cape Beale Pilotage Station. Countries are responsible for emissions that occur within their boundaries, therefore the assessment “…will not consider overseas GHG emissions as a result of combustion of the coal,” the document noted. The development is a good step but there are still several more that need to be taken, Raven president and CEO John Tapics said. “The big challenge is going to be responding to the volume of comments,” he said. “We want to ensure all community input is considered.” The development is a disappointment but not a surprise, CoalWatch director Maggie Paquet said. “It’s business as usual for the government, nothing the public has done has changed their
minds,” Paquet said. “The feds and the province are under the spell of the mining lobby.” Other factors, like fish and birds in the area of the mine may yet trigger a review, as could stronger First Nations opposition, Paquet said. “It (synopsis) definitely isn’t the last word.” There were 3,000 public submissions received in total, although many individuals made more than one submission. Concerns most frequently raised included highway congestion and accidents, coal dust from the mine, effects of coal washing, impact on Baynes Sound and incomplete aquifer mapping. The company will be given time to respond to the public comments. The public in turn will have a chance to comment on those responses.
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Cole part of next generation of leaders WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS
Thereâ€™s a time to talk about doing and a time to stop talking and start doing, and that time has come, city council candidates Rob Cole said. Cole, 39, a married father of four who has lived in Port Alberni since birth is running for one of six seats on city council. He grew up active in sports and graduated from high school in 1990. While many of his peers moved away to make a life Cole stayed in the Alberni Valley. He worked for the familyâ€™s marine business for 18 years before opening his own small business, which heâ€™s run for three years. â€œMy university was working in a Valley business,â€? he said. Cole has been involved in a series of
Rob Cole would bring a younger voice to council if elected.
community initiatives including the water ski club, Alberni adventure tourism, and the 20-20 Focus Group. He also coached hockey teams for nine years and has served on the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey executive for two years. No one thing made Cole want to run he said. Rather, in July, he felt he was at a stage in life where he wanted to do more for the community. â€œI think that thereâ€™s
a sense out there that people want some new blood and new ideas,â€? Cole said. â€œI donâ€™t have a pre-set agenda, I just want to contribute the best I can.â€? One thing Cole said he wants to promote is better educational and job opportunities for Valley youth. â€œYoung people should have the option of staying here and getting a job,â€? he said. The son of sportfishing advocate Bob Cole, the younger scion discussed his decision to run with both his wife and father. â€œWe weighed the pros and cons and heâ€™s supportive,â€? Rob said of his father. In choosing Cole, voters are choosing the next generation of adults who will lead them. â€œI strongly believe that you canâ€™t be a background complainer, that you have to step up and help,â€? he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Short haul A house fire next door to the Cherry Creek volunteer fire department caused significant damage but no injuries on Tuesday afternoon.
health issues abroad, and he would bring ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS a development perspective to Myron Jespersen the table as a city has helped councillor. communities develop He points out that in the far reaches this perspective of the globe and he doesnâ€™t mean looking wants to bring that outside for solutions. experience to Port â€œYou look at a Alberniâ€™s city communityâ€™s council, he strengths and said. assets and Jespersen, marshal them 58, is one of 19 towards a people running goal,â€? he said. for six seats on Jespersen city council. moved here The married with his wife father of three Janice five Myron children grew years ago. Jespersen up on a farm In that time outside of heâ€™s shown Edmonton. a quiet tenacity After high school with such issues as he earned both a BA transitional housing, and MA in divinity the Community studies at the Stakeholders Canadian Theology Initiative to End College. Jespersen Homelessness, worked for Mercy Phoenix House, and Core International trying to turn the old and World Relief, and post office into a zerohas been involved barrier facility. in humanitarian Jespersen attends relief work in India, council meetings Pakistan, Afghanistan regularly and met and Southeast Asia. with council over Jespersen worked several issues. in small enterprise, â€œWorking with them agriculture and hasnâ€™t always gone
smoothly but you have to work with them, and weâ€™ve had successes and failures,â€? he said. Jespersen decided to run two years ago after being encouraged to do so by a broad crosssection of residents. â€œI understand that the decisions we
make affect the whole community.â€? You have to think outside the box in these times of limited resources, Jespersen said. â€œYou have to consider unconventional ideas and find ways to make something work.â€?
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