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2011 was a busy year From babies to Beta Sigma Phi, elections to historic ships, Alberni Valley saw it all Port Alberni log salvager found a dead 900-pound Sixgill shark in the Alberni Inlet. In health news, there were more than 400 people reported to be on a waiting list for family doctors at the Alberni Valley Medical Clinic. The city loaned the Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce $300,000 interim funding to finish up its new facility on the Alberni Highway. In sports, Special Olympic skaters brought gold back to Port Alberni from competition in Coquitlam. In the Feb. 25 issue, then city councillor (and now mayor) John Douglas proposed that city councillors receive a pay raise. It wasn’t passed. School District 70 dipped into its surplus to balance its budget. And in sports, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs were set to square off against the Langley Chiefs in the first round of the BCHL Coastal Conference championships. Continued / 14

January WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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The Roosmas welcomed a daughter to kick off 2011, above. Genevier Sullivan, right, took part in the BCIT conductors’ course at the Alberni Pacific Railway, which held three sessions last year.

Boston Pizza announced it was on the verge of re-opening its Port Alberni location. And the parent company of Zellers was sold to US company Target.

February On Feb. 4, the city started its budget deliberations at city hall, with each department giving a glimpse of what means it would live within in the new year. Tseshaht member Peter Thomas,14, was readying for a potlatch to thank people who helped him after he was run over by a car. The Loan Cupboard in Alberni found a new home. Local business Kismet Quilts won a Vancouver Island small business excellence award. In the Feb. 11 issue, Genevier Sullivan, an aboriginal from the Wet’suet-un nation, was one of several students taking part in the BCIT train conductors course being held in Alberni. Staff from the Kuu-us Crisis Line held an open house at Echo Centre in advance of moving into their new digs on Johnston Road. In education news, Port Alberni wasn’t on the list of communities to receive help from an initiative

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The Alberni Valley Bulldogs were in a must-win position against the Cowichan Capitals in January if they wanted to advance in the BCHL.



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In the Jan. 7 issue, Isabelle Nicole Roosma, who was born on Jan. 2 at West Coast General Hospital, ushered in the New Year in Alberni. Seven students arrived from Abashiri, Japan. And an American company announced that they were purchasing Port Fish. The move was shortlived as the company closed the Alberni outlet and consolidated it with their Ucluelet operation. Also reported was that the Kuu-is Crisis Line Society finally got their new digs at the former army cadet building on Johnston Road. On Jan. 14, the News reported on the relief efforts of local resident Shirley Denis, whose home country of Haiti was still impacted by an earthquake there one year before. The city was pressuring the landlord of the Beaufort Hotel to renovate it. Then premier candidate Christy Clark visited Alberni, and the Armada senior girls won the inaugural Totem girls division championship. In the Jan. 21 issue, Black Press reporter Neil Horner wrote about the trial and tribulations of the people who work as 911 dispatchers. The city kicked off its budget presentations. Sentencing was delayed in the trial of Kim Rothgordt, who was charged with the murder of nurse James Shannon. Teachers in School District 70 renewed their objections to the pending foundational skills assessment. In sports, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs were in a must-win situation in a game with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. In the Jan. 28 issue, editor Susan Quinn chronicled one family’s struggle with dementia. A bristling report from WorkSafe B.C. prompted the city switched to 80 litre garbage cans from 120 litre cans. The city still later switched to a specially designed can that could be picked up by its new autoloading truck.


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Strategy pays off for Boxing Day diehards SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

A trio of diehard Boxing Day shoppers camped out in front of Jowsey’s overnight Dec. 26 in anticipation of the furniture store’s annual sale— and their strategy paid off. Brenda Patterson, Sarah and Heather Chaves and Cody Mackenzie spent 26 hours bundled up in camp chairs, staking out the front of the line at Jowsey’s to purchase a washerdryer set for $1, an upright vacuum for $2, a queen-sized box spring mattress set for $3 and a dishwasher for $4. Patterson

and the Chaves had cased the store before Christmas to find out where the items were located so they would know where to run when the store opened. There was bribery involved to secure their spots, too: two people were standing out front of the store on actual Boxing Day when Patterson and the Chaves’ arrived, and when the first two found out the sale wasn’t until Tuesday, they balked. They accepted $40 to surrender the front of the line, Patterson said. The women had dinner delivered from the Golden

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Brenda Patterson, left, Sarah Chaves and Heather Chaves were the first three people in line for Jowsey’s Boxing Day sale, held Tuesday. The trio spent the night in camp chairs to assure their spots.

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“They were lined up. Electronics were the main item on Boxing Day,� Walmart manager Bill Robertson said, adding that customer numbers were up on Boxing Day. Walmart also saw increased traffic when they were open 24 hours a day leading up to Christmas, Robertson said. “We want to try and make it as convenient for people as they can to shop. Moms would put the kids to bed and leave the dads at home and come out and shop,� he added. The graveyard shifts are always voluntary for staff, and Robertson said he has no problem filling them. The store was open late hours from Dec. 2–24. Home Hardware was open on Boxing Day, but crowds weren’t an issue, owner Jan Lavertu said. “We’re a little bit different in that we’re a hardware store and don’t sell electronics,� he said. “We found our busiest time was after [shoppers] did their electronics things, then they started coming here.� People were in the store buying everything from paint to lightbulbs, to accessories for the electronic items they had purchased elsewhere.

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Peace, Man Holy Family/ Notre Dame Parish hosts the 13th annual Walk for Peace, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Glenwood Centre on New Year’s Day. Route ends at Abbeyfield House, Ninth Avenue and Redford Street. Bring your tiedye, woolies and messages of peace.

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The 23rd annual Christmas Bird Count takes place on Monday, Jan. 2 in Port Alberni. To birdwatch in the field, call Sandy McRuer at 250723-7102. For feeder counters, call Sally Anderson, 250-724-2137. It’s important work.

Annual bird count happens Jan. 2 The 23rd annual Alberni Valley Christmas Bird Count takes place on Monday, Jan. 2. This event has taken place since 1989, organizer Sandy McRuer said. Data collected from birdwatching in a 24-kilometre circle around the Valley is input online at the National Audubon

Society’s website. “Although we have a solid core of volunteers, we are looking for more people who can identify birds, at least a little,” McRuer said. “If you have any interest at all, it is a great way to learn a little more.” McRuer will be taking groups out in the field. Please book

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Judge denies changes to man’s peace bond WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

A provincial court judge has denied an application by an Alberni man who didn’t want his neighbours notified about a peace bond that forbids him to be in contact with anyone under age 16.

Judge MacCarthy denied the application made by Shawn Pater, 32, in Port Alberni provincial court last week. Pater’s inconvenience with public notification “Must be trumped by the greater good,” Judge MacCarthy said. “Therefore the peace bond should

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peace bond for 12 months that covers persons who police fear will commit a sexual offense against persons under age 16. Two of the bond’s conditions forbid him to have contact with anyone under age 16, and to stay away from places where persons under 16 congregate. Because there are people under the age of 16 living in the building where Pater resides, B.C. Corrections policy requires them to notify neighbours of Pater’s bond conditions, and that’s the crux of his application. This was what Pater wanted overturned. Community corrections require that Pater notify them of his residence. Pater has lived in the same apartment for eight years, and didn’t want his neighbours to be told about his peace bond. Pater maintains his apartment but is staying with a friend and is inconvenienced by paying rent in

two places. He would have concerns for his safety if notification were to occur. “This is contrary to the presumption of innocence,” Watt said. “He is on bail and not convicted. “My client just wants to return home to live in peace,” Watt said. “The risk is just not there with him.” Corrections officials have been difficult to deal with regarding the matter, and Pater is to appear in court later for allegedly threatening one, Watt said. The corrections service, their policies, and Pater’s dealings with them aren’t before the courts, nor is his inconvenience, prosecutor Gordon Bains said. “Mr. Pater feeling unnecessarily harassed by corrections’ public notification is not for you to determine,” Baines told MacCarthy. The order doesn’t prevent Pater from living in his apartment. He can do

so, “but corrections has the right to notify the public,” Bains said. The bond was supposed to be in place for one year and there are three months remaining. The charges against Pater that were stayed included invitation to sexual touching, sexual touching and sexual assault. A computer disk containing pornographic images of a youth under age 16 was found in Pater’s possession. The images “aren’t of adults having sex with babies,” Watt said. “It’s a minor that he was in a relationship with.” Pater agreed to the conditions when he signed the bond, which provides a measure of protection to the public and to persons under age 16, MacCarthy said. “I would be remiss by permitting significant variation to it,” he said in dismissing the application. reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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Kinsmen prepare for annual ‘unofficial’ polar bear swim at Clutesi Haven SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Every year you see them on New Year’s Day, alighting from vans and other vehicles in crazy costumes, only to run screaming down the boat ramp and splashing into the frigid waters of the Somass River. They are the Kinsmen, and this year they will be back again for their unofficial polar bear swim, 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Clutesi Haven Marina. This year their costumes will be “1960s style,” club spokesperson Keith Gagnon said. He heard a rumour that the Alberni District Secondary School dry grad committee has a challenge going, and will also be at the marina for their own “swim”. “We’ve been looking forward to it. We heard it’s going to be a good turnout.” The Gyro Club used to run a sanctioned event every year at the marina but dropped it a few years ago when both the effort and the liability became too great. The Kinsmen have continued to hold their own swim, although it is not sanctioned, not insured—and they’re not responsible for who joins them, Gagnon said. Gagnon has spoken with the wharf manager, Mike Carter, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand with their rescue boat as they always are, just in case someone gets into trouble in the water. “Even though it’s the unofficial friends of the Kinsmen polar bear swim, it’s ‘swim at your own risk’,” he said. “And wear appropriate foot gear.” The Kinsmen have been reluctant to take over the event because they have many other events in December, but it’s a possibility. Gagnon is hopeful that polar bear swim stalwart Jim Rutherford, who is 95 this year, will be able to extend his streak and at least dip his toes in the water. “Last year we had to help him in,” Gagnon said. Gagnon’s daughter

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Last Call

Friday , Dec. 23, 2011 Alberni Valley News

If you drink and drive your last call of the night could be from the police station

Despite the many strong ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaigns and messages out there in the community, people still foolishly take their lives and the lives of others in their hands by driving when they’ve had too much to drink. If you spot someone driving in a manner that makes you think they might be impaired, get a description of the vehicle and the driver if you can, the licence plate number and be prepared to tell the 911 operator where you are and which direction the vehicle is heading. Ideally, pull over to make the call but if you are not able to, an emergency call to 911 is allowed under the new BC cell phone driving law. Enjoy the holiday season, but do so with the knowledge that your local police are out there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week watching for those who just don’t get it.

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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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Publisher: Teresa Bird Editor: Susan Quinn

EDITORIAL

Whining or winning in ’12 Mailbag: How smart are those meters, really? As we stand on the cusp of 2012, we have two ways we can approach the new year: whining or winning our way into it. We can whine that the wrong party was elected to run the province, the wrong people were elected to run the city, the regional district, etc. Or we can accept that which is so, and allow new politicians the breathing space to learn the job while holding them accountable. We can do that critically, which won’t solve anything, or constructively, which could promote moving forward. We could lament the financial woes that have befallen Catalyst Paper, taking a “woe is us” attitude if they are forced to default on bank payments; or be confident that the company will work out its cash flow situation, giving our new council sufficient time to figure out how to rely less on industrial taxes and more on economic diversity. We could continue to complain about the garbage trucks that have already been purchased, or we can learn to use the new cans properly, recycle more and move on. We could view some of the ideas people have for the city to succeed and say ‘those dreams are too big for Port Alberni’, or we could say, ‘wow, we never thought of that’ and ‘how can we make this work to our best advantage?’ We could pine for the days that used to be—that we will never be able to reclaim—or we could enthuse about what lies ahead, and how we can best take advantage of it. We could mire ourselves in woe, or leap forward and exclaim, “Whoa!” as we ride a propitious tide into the black (OK, that’s a little too optimistic even for us. But you get the drift). Happy New Year, everyone.

Meter idea isn’t really that smart To the Editor, In the year-end events it seems there is always something to make you open your eyes wide. For me it has been BC Hydro’s “smart meter” installations now ongoing in Nanaimo. I’ve realized that this program isn’t an idea whose time has come. Not only is it a case of putting the cart before the horse, rather it is a grand boondoggle to dwarf the HST fiasco and be retold in song and story. The program has everything, from an initial $930 million price tag, meter reader job elimination, completion by unqualified contractors, and meters which themselves present multiple hazards. These allegedly smart meters can interfere with your appliances, cause health effects in some people in the short term, can be expected to degrade the clean power to your home, and can even cause fires. Especially when

‘...there is always something to make you open your eyes wide.’ – Colin Frazer jammed into old mains receptacles that worked just fine before. While the list of objections to this poorly regulated program is long, the icing on the cake might be the contrast between Hydro’s own slick advertising and their reluctance to pay for damages. Should you have medical equipment sensitive to radio frequencies like a pacemaker, you might consider opting out of the program. Check with your doctor, then do it by registered letter to Hydro. Colin Frazer, Pt. Alberni

It’s not easy being green for youth To the Editor, I feel for the youth of Port Alberni. Caught in a

difficult squeeze, they live and learn in a town where anti-green sentiment is held onto with a militancy hard to handle, even for the most seasoned environmentalist. Yet, climate change is a youth issue as it will affect the potential of young people’s lives most profoundly. I bet a lot of our youth are secretly worried about it and unable to talk to anyone about that worry. This is unfair; talking is the best thing to do about worry but when you dare not talk, what then? I feel for our youth because if they were to raise their voices about adapting to climate change, peak oil, food security and other green issues, something they need to express, they will face, as I have since coming to Port Alberni, not just opposition, but derision and patronization. No youth can handle derision. (Definition of derision: contemptuous mockery and ridicule.) In the midst of all this anti-green sentiment,

TO COMMENT … We welcome your original comments on editorials, columns, on topics in the Alberni Valley News or any subjects important to you. Only letters that include name, address, and day and evening phone numbers and that are verified by the Alberni Valley News can be considered for publication. Letters to the editor and articles submitted to the Alberni Valley News may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. The Alberni Valley News is a member of the B.C. Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

youth are downcast because the support, enthusiasm and spirit of experimentation that is needed from the adults in their lives is just not forthcoming. There are green jobs, green co-ops and green fair trade enterprises that are waiting to be created once the anti-green sentiment gets out of the way and adults in the community accept the science of climate change, peak oil, permaculture and systems analysis and start supporting our youth entrepreneurs. Climate change lies, purposely casting doubt on the science, are perpetuated by many layers of self-interests. Youth in Port Alberni should be getting opportunities, today, right now, that they will never get if the anti-green sentiment around them does not dissipate, making way for community that is working together, on the same page, towards resiliency and communitywide adaptations. Jen Fisher-Bradley, Port Alberni

Commitment to accuracy To report corrections and clarifications, contact editor Susan Quinn at 250-723-6399 or e-mail: editor@ albernivalleynews.com or drop by our office at 4656 Margaret St.


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NDP leader Adrian Dix buoyed by 2011 TOM FLETCHER B.C. Views VICTORIA – Here are excerpts from my year-end interview with B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix: Tom Fletcher: There was a lot of cheering at your convention Dec. 10 when federal NDP leader Nycole Turmel said that B.C. shouldn’t have to pay Ottawa back the $1.6 billion HST transition payment. That hasn’t been your position. Isn’t this a mixed message for the public? Adrian Dix: No. In the federal election campaign, the NDP advocated for that position, and they said that if they were elected, and of course it was the late Jack Layton who put forward the argument that B.C. would not have to return the money, would we have voted at that time to get rid of the HST. Obviously, while the NDP did extremely well in that election, we didn’t win. Mr. Harper won. He says we have to pay the $1.6 billion back and the Liberal Party of B.C., Ms. Clark and Mr. Campbell’s party, signed a very bad deal for B.C. that we’re stuck with. Fletcher: You replaced Carole James this year. At the root of that situation was a complaint about a policy vacuum in the B.C. NDP. I put it to you that that

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Former NDP leader Joy MacPhail endorses Adrian Dix in his successful run for the leadership, January 2011.

vacuum still exists … Dix: [laughs] I guess I can’t count on your support. Fletcher: I’m making a list here. Increase corporate taxes to 2008 levels. Bring back a corporate capital tax and use that to fund student grants. Have I missed anything? Dix: In January and February, many people criticized those proposals, especially the one returning corporate taxes to 2008 levels. And then the government adopted, briefly, those proposals in May. So I’m delighted that I’m moving the political debate in a positive direction. I defy you to name any opposition leader in any jurisdiction in Canada who has been as specific on taxation as I have 18 months

before an election. You’re going to see our detailed program in advance of the election. At the NDP convention I spoke at length about the key issues of our time, about the things that I’m campaigning for right now, including improving skills training in our province, addressing issues of inequality, addressing the fact that raw log exports are out of control in the province. I get criticized on some days for being too specific and too policy-oriented, so I’m delighted to hear your criticism that I’m not specific enough. Fletcher: The B.C. Liberals leapt on your recent statement about potentially

increasing income taxes for high earners. This sounds like [federal NDP leadership candidate] Brian Topp’s suggestion of a new top tax bracket. Is that what you were saying? Dix: On personal income taxes, I think because the B.C. Liberal Party has continually increased costs on middle class people, for example, shifting the hydro burden onto residential customers, and subsidizing industrial customers. They’re raising MSP premiums, raising ferry fares, raising long-term care fees, they have specifically gone after the middle class. I don’t think there’s really personal tax room there for middle-income people. That’s my view and my position. Fletcher: So does that mean increasing taxes for higher income people? Dix: No. I think what you have to do is first of all look at the fiscal situation closer to the election and be clear about that. ••• The interview also touched on the NDP teaming up with Bill Vander Zalm, and the future of socialism. You can find the full text at www. albernivalleynews.com and pointing to the Opinion tab and clicking on B.C. Opinions. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com

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Cuba cool Jacquie Lessard captures the News in front of a garden at a resort in Varadero, Cuba, where she and her husband were holidaying earlier this month. Her name goes into a draw for a prize for taking the News with her on vacation. Travel with the News and e-mail your photo to editor@ albernivalleynews.com.

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With a new year coming some people are optimistic while many others I know are plagued with worry. There are areas of concern among us and fear projects a worst-case scenario on our minds. These twin enemies of faith – worry and fear – rob us of our joy in the Christian life. Their is a shadow over us and some live in a gloomy pessimism. Does God have an answer for worried minds and troubled hearts? He certainly does. First, let’s admit that we all worry at times. Worry is part of life in a fallen world. We may be concerned about our health, our children, or our Ànances. But worry and fear become negative forces in lives when we focus on them and are consumed by them. Our focus must be shifted away. Our best solution is to center our focus on the love, care, and promises of a God who wants so badly to be with us and in us through all that we face.

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Community Events on-ice games and activities) and Echo Pool from 6-8 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Swimming, pool games, prizes and pizza—limited to 300 swimmers).

SAT. DEC. 31 ◆ FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATIONS courtesy of the Port Alberni Toy Run. Free admission. At Glenwood Centre from 6-9 p.m. (roller blading, live music, prizes, snacks, countdown to ‘midnight’); AV Multiplex from 6-9 p.m. (ice skating,

fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital. Designated drivers available. Catering, silent auction and more. Tix: Somass Drug Store, Clambucket, Em Salon, Alberni Pawn.

◆ LANCE LAPOINTE BAND plays a New Year’s Eve party at John Paul II gym (Eighth Avenue and Maitland Street), a

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Year’s Eve. Tix: $45 incl. show, dinner and dancing. Phone 250723-8111 to reserve.

SUN. JAN. 1 ◆ WALK FOR PEACE in Port Alberni starts at 11:30 a.m. at Glenwood Centre. Route follows Roger Street and 10th Avenue to Abbeyfield House on Redford Street. ◆ UNOFFICIAL POLAR BEAR SWIM at Clutesi Haven Marina, 2 p.m. Kinsmen will be dressed up in costume and Jim Rutherford is rumoured to be swimming again. This

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SUN. JAN. 15 ◆ BRIDAL AND BABY SHOWCASE hosted by Nanaimo Welcome Wagon. At Beban Park Arena. Doors open at noon. Admission is free. Call contact Maryanna at 250-7511956 for more info.

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Valley SENIORS â—† FIR PARK Village opened its doors to the first residents on Jan. 26, 1981.

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â—† ABBEYFIELD HOUSE in Port Alberni, located on Redford Street at Ninth Avenue, is the largest Abbeyfield home in Canada.

◆ JOHN SHAW is one of three residents living in Heritage Place who has done so since it first opened in June 2007. ◆ RAINBOW GARDENS’ assisted living unit opened its doors in February 2009. The original building opened in July 1992.

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

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â—† FRED AUSTIN, a resident of Rainbow Gardens Assisted Living Unit, is 101 years old.

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unt Cranmer was among the many individuals who worked in the project to build Tsawaayuus, Rainbow Gardens in the 1990s. Cranmer was involved in the project for eight years while working as a secretary for the United Native Nations in Port Alberni. She was at that time member of the committee that had to hire the contractors and workers for the building construction. In July 1992, the project became a reality for 30 residents with the official opening of the multilevel care facility. Cranmer, who was born and raised in Alert Bay, is a member of the Namgis First Nation and has lived in Port Alberni for

RAINBOW GARDENS 34 years. She is the youngest of nine children and mother of two. Since the age of nine she helped her mother care for her father who suffered several strokes before his passing. Bunt was 11. “I was hired as a direct care aid after taking a refresher course at North Island College, as I had my License Practical Nurse Diploma,� she says. “For the past three years I have worked as the activity co-ordinator.� Cranmer adds: “There are several things that have highlighted my working experience in Rainbow Gardens. One of them was the day we had the

official opening and saw all the people who had been part of the project and the arrival of the new tenants, including a 99-year old resident. “I keep fond memories of the people who have lived here all these years and I think that I have tried to make Rainbow Gardens and its residents active part of our community. Also, I have done my best to bring the native culture to this home. “At the same time, by taking residents on bus trips to functions, we make them feel members of the community.� Now that she is retiring (as of Dec. 30), Cranmer shares her mixed feelings by

saying that she feels like she is leaving her family behind, but is looking forward to come back as a volunteer. When asked for advice to her successor, she replied: “We all have to remember that we are advocates for the residents, we have to respect their choices, their wishes and emotions by listening to them. “To work with seniors is a rewarding experience. They have been a big part of my life.� BULLETIN BOARD... Residents, board members and staff want to thank those who came to support the Rainbow Gardens Auxiliary Bazaar, which raised $1,700... The winner of the Scratch Tree raffle was Shaune Thomas.

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March On March 4, local business man Jason Pley talked to editor Susan Quinn about what it was like to live with a stuttering issue. City council voted down Coun. John Douglas’ proposal for a council pay raise and flayed him for it. A footloose flash mob hit Harbour Quay on Feb. 26. The season was over for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs after they were dispatched by the Langley Chiefs 6-5. The Chiefs swept the series 4-0. And the season was also over for the ADSS senior girls basketball team, who went 0-2 at the AAA Island Basketball Championships in Victoria. On March 11, Alberni Valley Rescue Squad veteran Howie Thomas hung up his rescue boots after 47 years of searching for people in the woods. Independent online news publication Westcoaster.ca closed its webpage and signed off for the last time. NDP leader Adrian Dix paid a visit to Alberni. And

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Port Alberni sorority Beta Sigma Phi created a legacy at the Alberni Valley Musem to help promote youth participation. In sports, the VanIsle Midget Buldogs won the Tier Two Island championship with a win over the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies. On March 18, the News reported on local resident Mie Boyko, whose brother was caught in (and survived) a devastating earthquake that hit Japan’s northeast coast. The News was nominated for two national and one

provincial journalism awards. The city was pondering plans for a new swimming pool. Catalyst was a recipient of a $4.7 million federal grant for environmental efficiency and decreased environmental footprint. City council voted to support the Kuu-us Crisis Line Society’s bid to occupy their Johnston Road location. And Pacific Coast University was on the verge of completion. In the last issue on March 25, the News ran the firsdt of a five-part series on

the justice system in B.C. The Port Alberni chapter of the Salvation Army was selling a portion of its property to help its finances. The West Bay Hotel, once the hub os Sproat Lake life, burned to the ground. Holland America Cruise Lines announced it was returning to Port Alberni for a visit in May. In sports, the golf season opened in the Alberni Valley. And Port Alberni won the bid to host the 2012 Junior All Native Championships. Continued / 21

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’Dogs trio commit to Div. 1 teams Three Alberni Valley Bulldog alumni have committed to NCAA Div. 1 schools for the upcoming year. Casey Bailey, Connor Varley and Kenney Morrison have all finalized university commitments this fall after playing last season for the Bulldogs. Bailey and Varley have both committed to the new Div. 1 program at Penn State University while Morrison has decided to attend the University of Western Michigan. Teams in the US Hockey League drafted the three players last spring. After much soul searching they made the decision this summer to move to the United States this year to play junior hockey. Bailey and Morrison are playing for the Omaha Lancers while Varley is playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Bailey and Varley are both US-born players, which was a big factor in them finishing their junior careers in the States, Bulldogs’ assistant

coach Adam Hayduk said in a tied for third among all USHL press release. blue-liners with 31 shots on The 6’3’’, 195-pound Bailey is goal this season. from Anchorage, Alaska and Morrison will join fellow came to the Bulldogs in the Bulldog alumni Frank 2009-2010 season. Described Slubowski when he arrives at as a power forward, Bailey Western Michigan. Slubowski enjoyed two seasons in is having an excellent rookie Alberni, finishing season in goal for with a total of 41 the Broncos. goals and 41 assists All three players for 82 points. were quick to Varley joined the comment on how Bulldogs last season their time in the out of Lansdale, Alberni Valley Pennsylvania. He with the Bulldogs had a strong rookie contributed to their season, recording success. “Playing nine goals and 20 in Alberni helped assists for 29 points me to develop both and finished as on and off ice,” the Bulldogs’ top Morrison said. KENNEY defenseman. “[Former] coaches MORRISON Morrison Paul Esdale and is a native of Kevin Hasselberg Lloydminster, Alta. and were a big part of my last season he registered 35 development on the ice and I points, eight goals, 27 assists would like to thank them.” in 55 games for the Bulldogs. Varley shared many of the Morrison was drafted by same sentiments. “My time in Omaha as one of the few the Alberni Valley was pivotal import players. The 6’2”, 190in achieving my dream of pound defenseman leads all playing Div. 1 hockey,” he said Omaha defensemen and is in a press release.

“I learned a lot about the game and how to be successful on and off the ice.” The veteran Bailey said his two seasons in Port Alberni were critical to his hockey career. “It matured me as a hockey player and as a man. I was granted the opportunity to play with and watch great players during my time in Alberni.” Bailey played for Nolan Graham and Esdale. “My time spent in Port was a great period in my life and leaving was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am proud to say I was an Alberni Valley Bulldog and will be for the rest of my life,” he said. “We are proud to have been a part in the development and college recruitment of all three of these players,” said Bulldogs’ President Andy Oakes. “We were sad to see them leave last summer...but in hockey one never begrudges a player or a coach taking advantage of an opportunity that they think will benefit them.”

Midget girls start season at 4–2–0 The AAA Photography Female Midget Thunder are heading into the Christmas break with a 4-2-0 record in Alberni Valley minor hockey league play. Two of these wins came on the Dec. 17–18 weekend as league play wrapped up for the break. On Dec. 17 the girls played in Kerry Park, winning 6–0. Rachel Hansen and Kaitlyn Heck led the scoring with two goals each. Mariah Westra and Krista Plaunt added singles. Kendal McLellan had a strong game in net, recording her first shutout in league play this year. On Dec. 18 the Thunder played Victoria at home and recorded a 6–3 win with Josey Watson in the net. Goals were scored by Mariah Westra (two), Shayla Frechette (two), Faith Lariviere and Krista Plaunt. The team is playing in the Oceanside tournament on Dec. 27–29 in Parksville. ICE CHIPS...Thanks go out to coaches Andre Savard, Heather Senger, Jordan Dowling and team manager Leanne Savard for the great start to the season.

Tournament bronze eludes peewees Best Western Barclay Hotel Peewee A Bulldogs battled hard last week at the annual Island Peewee Tier 1 tournament at the Fuller Lake Arena in Duncan. The peewee Bulldogs started out strong in the tough A division with an opening 5–3 victory over the Comox Valley Chiefs. Comox was rewarded once on the scoreboard in the first period but Alberni came back with three unanswered goals to take a 3–1 lead into the third period. The Bulldogs scored again early in the period but ran into penalty trouble. They spent half of the final frame down a skater and allowing Comox to score twice late in the game before Shay-lee McConnell netted the clincher in the 5–3 win. Bulldogs forward Wyatt Selva posted a goal and an assist and the player of the game award went to goalie Jaysen MacLean. Alberni’s second game was a tight clash against Nanaimo A. Selva and

Colton Lloyd each scored in the first to give the Bulldogs a jump on the Clippers. The lead was narrowed to one in the second but Connor Sabiston widened the gap again with Alberni’s third goal of the game to put the Bulldogs up 3–1. Nanaimo scored twice in the third period to tie it 3–3 and heighten the tension before defenseman Brennan Locke scored the fourth and game winning goal for the peewee bulldogs with just minutes left. The player of the game for Alberni was captain Nico Somerville. The team’s third outing was a 9–4 loss to the strong Cowichan Capitals. Assistant captain Shay-lee McConnell was named player of the game. Alberni’s 2–1 round robin record gave them a second place ranking in their pool and they went up against the Saanich Braves in the semi-final. Alberni faced an uphill fight after a slow start in the first, finding themselves down 3–0. Both

teams scored once in the second before the Bulldogs tore up the ice in the third, with Selva, Lloyd and Jayden Moss scoring three unanswered goals to tie the game with 13 minutes left on the clock. Saanich scored again and held on to the 5–4 lead before Connor Sabiston buried a rebound with a minute left to force overtime. The Braves took full advantage of a breakaway and scored halfway through the overtime period to win 6–5 and send Alberni to the bronze medal game. Assistant captain Ezra Paddock was named player of the game. In the bronze medal game against the Oceanside Generals, the Peewee A Bulldogs again found themselves on the wrong side of a 2–0 score going into the third period and with five minutes remaining, were still down by two goals. Alberni’s coaches pulled the goalie in favour of the extra attacker and with

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fans on edge of their seats, the Bulldogs patiently passed the puck, looking for the right opening. Tynan Smyth found that opening, scoring from the point to bring the game to within one. Oceanside took a penalty

late in the game and Alberni again pulled the goalie to take advantage of the 6-on-4 opportunity and were rewarded when Wyatt Selva scored with under a minute remaining to tie the game 2–2. Alberni then took a

penalty of their own and were unable to fend off a late 3-on-1 Oceanside rush as Parksville dug hard to find the back of the net just seconds before the final buzzer. They won 3–2 and captured the bronze medal.


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April From / 14 On April 1, the News reported that the MV Lady Rose made her final voyage on March 27. The ship was slated to become a floating restaurant in Tofino. Elsewhere, the layoff scythe swung through Shaw Cable but the Alberni office managed to escape it. Scientists announced they were testing Barkley Sound seaweed for radiation from fallout resulting from the reactor damaged in Fukushima, Japan after the previous month’s earthquake. The federal election was heating up in Nanaimo-Alberni. In sports, Dawson Creek Rage goalie — and Alberni son — Edward Dyson won rookie of the year in the North American Hockey League. In the April 18 issue, astrophysicist Redouane Al Fakir touted Port Alberi and the West Coast of Vancouver Island as a perfect place to build Canada’s first space launch facility. Steven Tatoosh was elected new chief councillor or the Hupacasath First Nation. Shaw Cable and Campbell’s Company donated less food to the community food bank that initially thought. Fine print in the donation agreement which capped the donations was to blame, officials said. The five Maa-nuulth nations celebrated their treaty coming into reality. Continued / 22

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2011: Sports and arts, elections, tourism and more From / 21 In sports, league play started in the Port Alberni Womens Basketball League. On April 15, the editor Susan Quinn chronicled the Days with the Arts event, which was happening that weekend. Local contractor Ted Walton railed at School District 70, saying they owed him money because he took out more fill from the new high school site than the district led on was there. The Coast Guard Auxiliary’s new rescue boat Alberni Responder arrived in the Valley. The Hupacasath faced a byelection after Steven Tatoosh let his name stand for — and won — both chief councillor and councillor seats, something not allowed under the Indian Act. On April 22, the Beta Sigma Phi sorority was set to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Alberni District Secondary School students participated in SAR training at Paper Mill Dam. Candidates in the riding of NanaimoAlberni election made their pitch for office at an allcandidates forum at the Capitol Theatre. The B.C. Court of Appeal overturned an arbitrator’s dismissal of SD70 teacher Kathleen Battand’s grievance over class size and composition. And local literacy

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May In the May 6 issue, the Port Alberni Fire Department’s Andre Guerin was voted fireman of the year by the Valley’s Kiwanis Club. A sombre mood hung over the city as residents and officials mourned popular city councillor Ike Patterson, 64, who died suddenly of a heart attack that week. Officials from Save Our Services, who fought to keep services at West Coast General Hospital, announced they were disbanding. The Conservative part swept to power in that week’s

federal election and Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney was re-elected. Well liked Salvation Army Captains Neil and Crystal Wilkinson announced they were being moved to Prince George on June 30. Former Port Alberni resident Mani Amar talked to the News about his soon to be released movie Footsteps Into Gangland, which chronicled a gritty day in the life of Lower Mainland gangsters. More than 160 customers sampled eats at the Valley’s newly re-opened Boston Pizza, which was back in the game after a hiatus. And in sports, the Port Alberni Black Sheep beat the Kelowna Crow to earn a berth in the B.C. Rugby Union championships in Vancouver. The News reported on May 13 that it was the end of an era in the Valley as the Arlington Hotel

announced it was set to close its pub at the end of the month. Owner Dan McCromack blamed the downturn in the economy and the province’s tough new drinking and driving laws for the venerable watering hole’s demise. At ADSS, cars were smashed and students were shot with laser guns but it wasn’t an alien invasion. The school held a fun carnival that week, which raised more than $5,000. Nanaimo businesswoman Leanne Salter announced she was inching ahead with trying to get a dental clinic for the Valley’s low income residents off the ground. At Echo Centre, the Alberni Valley Museum held another successful heritage fair, which attracted exhibits from 126 students from Alberni, Courtenay and Comox. Local Shaw Cable videographer Nancy Wilmot had a Coffee With... the News and talked about what brought her to the Valley and why she does what she does. And in Vancouver, the Port Alberni Black Sheep fell short at the B.C. Rugby Union Championships, losing 12-8 against United. It was Relay for Life time in Alberni during the week of May 20. The Buy Low Bags and Accessories were set to honour their former team captain Fran Nicholson, who died of Cancer in January. University of Victoria law student John Mack, who is from Nuu-chah-nulth, won a $180,000 scholarship from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. In court news, Chirstopher Mathias Sam of Ahoushaht, B.C. was charged with second degree murder in the killing of former Alberni resident Raymond Samuel Jr., 45. The case continues in 2011. And the B.C. Court of Appeal upheld the right of five Nuuchah-nulth nations to catch and sell fish. The city said it was pondering a dedicated truck route in the city after a logging truck

flipped and spilled its load of logs into a residential street earlier that week. The Hawaii Mars flying tanker returned from Mexico where it spent time fighting fires. And local hockey product Beudean Wilson was waiting for the call inviting him to the Under17 hockey tryouts for the U-17 Hockey Championships in Winnipeg that December. On May 27, long time local transit driver Cam McKinnon talked about his time as a bus driver in Port Alberni as B.C. Transit celebrated 40 years of transit service in the Valley. At Ty Watson House, it was the end of an era as executive director Lynn Turner left her post to move on to other things. Local singer songwriter’s What About No – an anti-coal tune – hit YouTube.com. Holland America’s 720-foot cruiseship Statendam made a return voyage to the Valley that week, bringing 1,200 passengers with it. The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce ambassador program was up and running for the fourth year. At city hall, the Port Alberni Fire Department was set to being implementing changes outlined in the just released study. City Councillor Cindy Solda was interviewed on CBC Radio, and talked about her views on the Raven Coal Project and its impact on Alberni. The city meanwhile added its name to the growing number of municipalities that called for an independent review panel to examine the Raven Coal Project. Port Alberni RCMP member Tom Gill was selected to ride in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock event that was happening that fall. And the women of Port Alberni Curves gym won a wager with the women of Coquitlam Curves. The bet – the losers had to pose nude for a calendar. The proceeds went to breast cancer research. Part II next week


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• Roast Beef Dinner • Beef Stew • Zesty Chicken • Gift Certi¿cates

778-421-4712

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NEW YEAR’S EVE / DAY Dinner Specials 4-8 pm $ AAA Sterling Silver Prime Rib 17 $ Seared Halibut 17 $ Smoky Mountain Linguini 15 $ Apple Thyme Pork Roast 15 Closed at 8:00 pm Jan. 1/12

Barclay Hotel 4277 Stamp Ave. 250-724-7171

“NO MSG� Lunch Buffet 11am-2pm $8.95 (everyday except Sun.)

Dinner Buffet 4pm-8pm $12.95 (Mon.-Thurs. & Sun.)

4pm-9pm (Fri. & Sat.)

Buffet Includes: Coffee & Green Tea

Buffet Available for Take-out

Happy New Year OPEN EVERY DAY... Including New Year’s

3981- 10th Ave. 250.723-1989 Open 7 Days a week


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Friday , Dec. 30, 2011 Alberni Valley News

New Year’s Week ALL WOOD BUNK BED ONLY

200

$

UP TO

60%

OFF

BONDED

METAL BUNK BED

ONLY

SOFA, CHAIR & LOVESEAT

150

$

REGULAR ES IC RETIAL PR

ONLY

RECLINING

HEAVY DUTY

SOFA & LOVESEAT

1000

<ank You Port Alberni

$

WOODEN BEDROOM SET ONLY

800

$

ELECTRIC

COIL TOP STOVE

ONLY

300

$

WASHER AND DRYER

I would like to say

ONLY

COMPLETE 7 PIECE

900

$

ONLY

600

$

for your conLnued support KINDER DLAY

GMd B Bye to 2011! 3 PIECE

COFFEE TABLE SET ONLY

100

$

SMOOTH TOP STOVE ONLY

400

$

FREEZER $

200

ONLY

BUILT-IN DISHWASHER ONLY

200

$

2935 3rd Ave The Top of Third Ave.

724-6644

M v 250.


Friday, Dec. 30, Alberni Valley News