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U-Haul- Lake Cowichan hits the road for good Diana Hutton Gazette After six years, the local U-Haul depot saw the last few trucks heading out of town for the last time, bound for Duncan and Sooke. No more will families moving to the area be able to drop their trucks and trailers in Lake Cowichan. “We’re pretty sad to see this service leave Lake Cowichan,” said Lake Cowichan Furniture and Appliances Manager, Lorna Vomacka, who ran the depot out of their location on the corner of South Shore Road and West Cowichan Avenue. “I had two calls this week from people wanting to rent trucks and I had to tell them, no sorry, the U-Haul is gone,” said Vomacka. The problems for U-Haul ¿rst began some time ago, when repeated episodes of vandalism on the vehicles forced the operators to move them from their regular storage area. “We used to park our trucks up on the hill by our store, but we had a lot of problems with vandalism, so moved them down to the street and parking lot in front of the shop,” said owner, Garth Sims. Vomacka said that’s when they were ¿rst visited by Town of Lake Cowichan Bylaw Of¿cer, Deborah Juch who told them that the vehicles could not be parked on the street. “These are licensed vehicles parked on a public street, but we were told we had to move them,” said Vomacka. According to Lake Cowichan Bylaw 759-2003 it is unlawful to park a vehicle on a public street for more than 72 hours continuously. U-Haul received permission from Johel Brothers, who own the property directly across Cowichan Avenue, to park the vehicles on an empty gravelled area in the back of the lot. Vomacka also received permission from Countrywide Village Realty who occupies a business in the same block. Vomacka said that they were again told by the Bylaw Of¿cer that they could not park the trucks there and also that they needed a separate business licence to operate the U-Haul. “This is even though the trucks were parked on private property and we had the owner’s permission,” Vomacka said.

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U-Haul rental truck gets a fill-up at a local gas station last week.

“I don’t recall ever getting into that business (of where the trucks were parked),” said Juch. “We just wanted the business to be licensed.” In November of 2011, Vomacka received a letter from the town of¿cially informing them that they were required to obtain a separate business licence for the U-Haul. “I called my area manager and asked about the separate business licence and he said that no other U-Haul that he knew of, had to pay for a separate licence,” said Vomacka. A U-Haul spokesperson stated that the necessity of a separate licence is determined by local bylaws in each city and town. The situation heated up when Vomacka was informed by the Town that if a separate business licence was not purchased for the U-Haul operation by March 1st of 2012, Lake Cowichan Furniture would be ¿ned $100 per day, for each day the U-Haul operated without a valid business licence. “A separate licence is required for each business operation, even if it’s conducted

by the same business entity or at the same address,” said Town of Lake Cowichan Bylaw Of¿cer, Deborah Juch. “ This was clearly a separate business activity and required a separate licence.” The question of when a separate licence is required is de¿nitely open to interpretation. For neighbouring business owner Hans Van Den Heuvel, owner of Han’s Butcher Shop, the town’s stand was frustrating. In his view, it was far better to look out his window and see a few clean, well maintained U-Haul trucks, than to look out at the poorly maintained property directly opposite his shop. “How is it that the bylaw of¿cer is able to chase a business out of town in a matter of months with the threat of $100 a day ¿nes and they can do nothing about the derelict buildings around here?” asked Van Den Heuvel. Lake Cowichan bylaw 727-2001 states “that no owner or occupier of real property shall allow such property to become or remain unsightly”. “Issues with standards of property maintenance are rare,” said Juch. “Where there is not an accumulation of rubbish or

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Local CICV radio station goes mobile for transmission test Diana Hutton Gazette

Friday, March 9th was a big day for CICV Radio – “The Lake” when they enlisted the help of dedicated listeners from Berkey’s Corner in Duncan to the outskirts of Honeymoon Bay and Youbou. For over three hours the CICV crew took their transmitter and mobile generator on the road to help determine the best site for providing clear radio service around the Cowichan Lake area. These tests are all part of the community station’s full power broadcast application to the CRTC. “This is part of the engineering study to support our full power licence application with the CRTC,” said CICV spokesman and on-air DJ, Mike Bishop. “We running at ¿ve watts on our developmental licence and a full power licence will allow us to broadcast at 50 watts.” The all volunteer community station was given a three year developmental licence which will expire on August 31st of this year. If all the pertinent tests and documentation are completed and into the CRTC by the end of March and the full power licence is approved, the station will be granted a full power licence. “If it all goes through in time it will be a seamless transition,” said Bishop. “We’ll sign off on August 31st at ¿ve watts and start off September 1st with 50 watts.” The cash strapped station was recently the recipient of a dreamcome- true in the world of non-pro¿t organizations. An anonymous donor came forward and offered to foot the bill for the licence upgrade. “These people appeared out of the woodwork. They asked not to be identi¿ed, but said they just wanted to help and keep the station on the air,” said Bishop. Libra Tree Services of Duncan also stepped up to the plate by donating the use of their 70 foot boom truck to assist in the transmitter tests. “We basically dismantled the station and took it on the road,” said Bishop.

In brief A little of this and that ☞ Burger and beer event to raise money for toddler

On St. Patty’s day, Saturday, March 17 we will be busy cooking hamburgers and serving-up drinks. Please come out and help us help Hayley MacDonald. Hayley is a remarkable 2-year-old that is fighting cancer. Our town is remarkable at fund-raising and Ryan (Hayley’s dad) and his family need our help. $15 will get you a beer (or cider/pop/water) and a famous patty burger barbecued to perfection by Dustin Mayo. There will be a raffle, 50/50 draw, music and a lot more. Please contact Laurie Johnson, 250-749-6612 or Dustin and Kristal Mayo 250-701-5253. We will need help and anyone wishing to help can also facbook us.

☞ Local Businesses Opening and On The Move

Two local businesses were on the move lately with one new retailer opening their doors. Galloping Moon Gallery has moved along South Shore Road and has opened up next door to Link Salon & Spa while Cowichan Fly & Tackle has moved into the old McQuinns’ Custom Sound space. Fit For a Princess, a ladies new and consignment store has opened in the Peters’ Centre.

☞ These Fish Didn’t Get Away For those people who were asking about the ¿sh caught during the Russell Smith ¿shing derby, the winning ¿sh was a cutthroat trout weighing in at over three pounds. The remainder of the ¿sh were anywhere from 2 to three pounds, and were cutthroat and rainbow trout.

☞ Women Are Doing It!

Join the over 300,000 women who are doing it. They have regular screening mammograms. The screening mammography mobile service will be at the Kaatza Health Unit on March 21 and 22. By age 50, women should make screening mammograms part of their health routine. Call 1.800.663.9203 to book an appointment. No doctors referral needed for women ages 40-79.

☞ School District #79 Public Consultation On Budget Shortfall The Board of Education School District #79 is holding a Public Consultation Meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm at Quamichan Middle School to discuss the 2012/2013 Budget and School Calendar. All partner groups and members of the public are invited to attend and provide their advice and comments to the Board of Education.

Diana Hutton Photo Libra Tree Services of Duncan truck hoists the transmitter on the Youbou Hwy. near the top of Lamb’s Hill (Indian Road) where they were doing their first test on Friday, Mar.9.

The fact the CICV can go mobile and transmit from nearly anywhere using a portable generator for power is a huge asset if ever we face a major disaster in the Valley. Local citizens could tune in to get updates on everything from weather warnings, to emergency procedures after an earthquake or other natural disaster. “Because of the tests we have to do, this exercise does double duty. We could be a self powered mobile radio site if ever there is a disaster,” said

Bishop. CICV puts its membership at about 50 people now, with nearly half that many actually doing on-air work. It is not alone in the small, community, radio fraternity, there being community stations in Nanaimo, Ladysmith and soon to be Gabriola Island. CICV-The Lake can be found at 98.7 on your FM dial and offers a wide variety of music and programming, all with a distinctly Lake Cowichan Àavour.

RCMP Report ATV damages greens Lake Cowichan RCMP report that sometime overnight between March 4 and March 5 a suspect on an ATV drove onto the March Meadows Golf Course in Honeymoon Bay. The suspect proceeded to do donuts causing signi¿cant damage to the fairways and third green. Anyone with further information on this crime is asked to call the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250.749.6668 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.


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New zoning bylaw to benefit community Tammy Caruso Gazette

The Town of Lake Cowichan has adopted a new Zoning Bylaw Amendment (914-2012) that they feel will be a bene¿t to the community. Bylaw 914-2012 is an amendment to the existing Zoning Bylaw No. 479-1987. Added to the bylaw is “Bed and Breakfast”. According to the agenda this means “an owner-occupied single family dwelling containing a maximum of two rooms without cooking facilities intended primarily for the temporary overnight accommodation for the travelling public, with breakfast meals prepared and served to guests by means of a common kitchen and dining facilities used by

the owner-occupier”. The amendment to the zoning bylaw is “civic use” which means “the use of a building, structure or land for the following public function which are under the auspices of a public body: schools, libraries, ¿re halls, parks and recreation facilities owned by a civic body, and sewage pumping stations, water pumping stations, and reservoirs owned by the Town or by the Cowichan Valley Regional District, but does not include government of¿ce buildings”. First and second readings were held on Jan. 31, as per the Act. There was no public input. The bylaw was adopted on March 6.

Music to Cowichan Lake’s ears Tammy Caruso Gazette

A request had been made to the Town of Lake Cowichan from the Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society for utilization and consistent use of the band shell through the summer months for concert activity. A motion was made at Tuesday’s Town council meeting to accept this request, with minor details to still be worked out amongst staff. The Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society will be hosting a series of summer concerts every Saturday beginning June 23 through to and including Sat., September 1. Concerts will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Radio Society will be working with other not-for-pro¿t organizations that wish to participate in the organization of said events, alternating the organizations each week so that everyone interested in being involved will have the chance to do so.

Participating not for pro¿t groups are the Cowichan Valley Arts Council, Kaatza Lakeside Players, Lake Cowichan Food Bank, CICV 98.7 FM The Lake, Cowichan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Cowichan Lake Seniors Association, Kaatza Art Group, and the Honeymoon Bay Retreat group. Local volunteer talent from the Cowichan Lake Region will be ¿lling the stage with music every Saturday for the entire summer. With the permission of the performers, the shows will also be recorded and played later on CICV 98.7FM. As there is much involved in the organization of the summer concert series, the Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society would like to invite any interested performers to contact Elvin Hedden at 250-749-6379 or email him at Kayakluver60@hotmail.com so he may schedule the entertainment accordingly. There will be an open stage from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by coordinated groups until 9:30 p.m.

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CURVES, Lake Cowichan owner Christine Callihoo, left, and member Carol Martel place more food items in the cart for the CURVES Food Drive. They are at 26 per cent of their target of 1800 pounds of food. Zero dollar sign-up fee all month for those who bring in a bag of food for the drive.

Teachers ponder next step as three-day strike action ends Krista Siefken Gazette

What comes next for Cowichan’s public school teachers is still unclear as students headed into School District 79’s two-week spring break. Kids were back in classes last Thursday and Friday after a three-day strike earlier this week, but what will happen in the last week of March is anyone’s guess. Education Minister George Abbott hopes to enact his Education Improvement Act — which would make teachers’ job action illegal and introduce hefty ¿nes for striking — by this Thursday. The bill imposes a six-month cooling-off period, and penalizes strike action with ¿nes of $1.3 million a day to the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, $2,500 a day for each BCTF of¿cer who orders strike action, and $475 a day for any teacher who strikes in de¿ance of the legislation. Cowichan teachers say they aren’t impressed with the

tactic. “We want to react but we just don’t know how because the ¿nes — the hammer — they’ve written into this legislation is so excessive, and unheard of before, and really, very frightening,” said Shellie Trimble, president of the Cowichan District Teachers’ Association. “You know, we shouldn’t be afraid of our laws. We’re in a democracy, for crying out loud. Teachers are not criminals doing evil things. We’re teachers, and we’re afraid of this bill, and that’s wrong — in fact, if you look at the word despotism, that’s what this is. Ruling with fear. We’re living in fear of this government, and that’s not appropriate.” Over at School District 79 headquarters, superintendent Joe Rhodes said student attendance numbers were pretty standard last Thursday, and teachers were working a bell-to-bell day — coming into classrooms right before

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the start of class, and leaving as soon as the bell signalled the end of class. He noted that teacher information lines set up outside school sites between Monday and Wednesday were “very respectful” and that he knows the situation has been “emotionally draining and demanding.” And both Trimble and Rhodes are unsure what the next few weeks will hold. “It remains to be seen what happens next,” Rhodes said. “That’s something we’ll have to navigate over the next couple weeks,” Trimble added. Part of the debate for teachers is how to protest when the looming legislation will make action illegal. “We’re caught between a rock and a hard place because we want to react,” said Trimble. “We don’t know what we’re going to do.”

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Empty Store-fronts: the choice is up to us

Living in a small town is a dream for many people. We treasure the fresh air, low crime rate, friendly neighbours and our own little square of paradise far from the noise, crush and pollution of the big city. We take pleasure in walking into local shops and being greeted by merchants who know us by name and give us old-fashioned, personalized service. But we are a society who wants it all; great service, rock bottom prices and vast selection, all at our beck and call, 7 days a week. In Lake Cowichan, our local businesses compete with big box, discount and outlet stores just a short drive away. With the decline of the forest industry that built this town, the economic climate has changed dramatically over the past decades. Business owners, just like many working residents, can no longer rely on a decent income from a single source. Workers commute or have multiple part time jobs and shopkeepers adapt as best they can. They diversify, bring in other products and services and do whatever they have to do to keep aÀoat. They hope for badly needed support not just from local residents, but also from their local government. The recent exodus of the U-Haul depot in Lake Cowichan is just another by-product of the chilly relationship between local government and many local businesses. Bylaws, regarding things like parking and multiple business licenses have caused some local business owners to throw up their hands in frustration and in some cases to consider closing up shop altogether. If we treasure this place which we call home and want the way of life that we cherish to continue and thrive, we need to support our local businesses. That includes not just us as consumers, but especially our mayor and council who can hopefully provide a positive climate that is conducive to helping local business weather these very tough times.

B.C. Liberals push through teacher bill

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Congratulations to Christine Callihoo, the new owner of our local CURVES for continuing the tradition of the annual food drive in our community. All the food items are given to the Lake Cowichan Food Bank to be distributed to local residents who need the assistance. This is the 14th annual Curves Food Drive and it has become a part of this communities ongoing effort to help those in need.

Debate on legislation imposing a cooling-off period on the B.C. teachers’ dispute is being cut off this week. B.C. Liberal house leader Rich Coleman moved to end debate Monday afternoon, and the government majority voted to pass his motion. Coleman said the measure will ensure that Bill 22 will be passed into law by Thursday, ensuring that schools will return to normal operation after spring break. The government and NDP opposition have agreed to extend sitting hours until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, to provide extra time for clause-by-clause debate on the legislation before it is passed. NDP house leader John Horgan said the government is refusing to consider his proposal to delay the legislation and seek an independent mediator appointed by the Labour Relations Board.

Bill 22 gives Education Minister George Abbott the authority to appoint a mediator, and restricts any mediated settlement to be within the “net zero” wage mandate imposed across public sector union negotiations in 2010. The bill also imposes new restrictions on class size and special needs support, declaring the issues off limits to negotiation between the B.C. Teachers’ Association and school districts. The government has proposed a $165 million fund to supplement special needs support in the next three years. The fund and the new provisions in Bill 22 are an effort to satisfy a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that struck down 2002 legislation taking class size and composition out of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation contract. The ruling gives the government until April to respond.

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Proposed Town of Lake Cowichan and Ministry of Transportation’s roundabout site: intersection of North and South Shore Roads.

Moving forward: NorthShore and South Shore Road intersection Tammy Caruso Gazette

Thirty-two residents and 14 non-residents of Lake Cowichan have signed a petition against the newly proposed roundabout as a part of the downtown revitalization project. However, only two showed up to the town meeting to express concerns and ask questions. There seems to be some concern amongst a few residents about the room needed to accommodate the logging trucks that pass through town. Council would like to assure residents that the proposed roundabout is being handled by the Ministry of Transportation and they would not build a road that wouldn’t work for the trucks.

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visitors alike. The Town does not know the cost yet, or who is paying but when they do they plan to share it with the public. “There are mechanisms in place to not spend without the resident’s permission.” says Day. The property owned around that corner belongs to the Town so there are no issues of having to purchase property for the project.

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Around 1910 prominent Victoria lawyer, Will Oliver, had a log cabin built at what is now the Gordon Road area of Lake Cowichan. At the time he had many property interests in the Cowichan Lake area including the Lakeside Hotel, a farm at Marble Bay and most of Sa-Seen-Os Point in Youbou. The cabin — to be used as a pleasant getaway for the family as well as a good place to ¿sh — was built by Dan Savoie, a French Canadian woodsman. He was, at the time, considered a master builder.

Olivers “cottage”” ((as the h family called it) was the ¿rst house built in the general area with the old Riverside Inn being it’s closest neighbour. Oliver’s daughter Catherine later recalled the many idyllic days spent with her parents and friends picnicking, swimming and house boating on Cowichan Lake or exploring the river pools in a small Àat bottomed boat near her parents cottage on the Cowichan River. Situated a stones throw from the island that is just beyond the Big Pool (on the river), the beautiful river beckoned young Catherine and her parents as did the lake and nearby Oliver Creek. Catherine also loved trips on the lake aboard the family houseboat that was also built by Savoie. She described it as “built of cedar, probably cut from trees on Sa-Seen-

os P Point. [It was]] a llarge i [I structure which rode high in the water…. enhanced with a verandah (porch) that ran along the sides and stern.” A day on the houseboat was, to the young girl, a pleasant and relaxing way to travel from place to place along the lake, there being no proper roads for travel around the lake back then. Unlike it was in the early days of settlement, today the house, (no longer described as a cabin) rests on a lovely, but smaller piece of property bordered on one side by a pleasant tree-lined street and the scenic Cowichan River on the other. During the warmer months, a multitude of people on inner tubes, kayaks and canoes Àoat past the house on their way to Little Beach and points beyond unaware that the house has been there since

before all, b f ll or most of us, were born. Although situated in the town core, the house is somewhat hidden from view giving the impression of great privacy. It and the neighbouring houses blend perfectly into the pleasant neighbourhood surroundings, once covered with thick dark forest. Over the years, the house was remodeled, added to, renovated and updated — always in keeping with the times while preserving the integrity of the original log structure. From the tall dense forests that once lined the riverbank (and the entire valley) to the groomed lawns of the many riverside homes of today; from the early days of [destructive] river log drives to present day summertime tubers and boaters, the house has seen it all.

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The Union of BC Municipalities has sent a letter to all members to notify them of the 2012 application intake for the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities Fund and the Innovations Fund. Funding available from these programs collectively is $52.3 million. Each municipality can apply for two capital projects and two planning projects that improve community sustainability planning such as public transit, roads, bridges, energy, water, wastewater or solid waste infrastructure that aid in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to provide cleaner

concern amongst members air and water. of council is that we cannot An application has been afford to complete a project submitted by the Town of on our own, hence the Lake Cowichan but we still submission of have to show an application that there is for funds. some green A waste attributes on We already treatment plant our applicais a project tion. Discushave the considered as sions at the funding for the a necessity by table during the treatment plant Town’s meeting [next year]. This the Town. “We already on Tuesday, project needs to have the Mar.6, included happen. funding for improvement of Joe Fernandez the treatment water quality by 2015, improvplant [next ing the water year],” says line on Greendale, and the Joe Fernandez, “This project utilization of water modelneeds to happen.” ling to improve some areas. There is a possibility to Lake Cowichan has include Areas I and F in the applied for 100 per cent plans for the treatment plant. of the funding available to Tim McGonigle, councillor municipalities but has been states: “We need to identify told our application would possible rural areas for our be better received if we were sludge that would bene¿t.” willing to pay for a portion The systems used in the past in Lake Cowichan have of a green project. The

been okay, but they are now proving to be outdated and not very green. “We don’t want to get caught up in building bigger systems for more waste,” says Bob Day, councillor. “We need to reduce ¿rst.” An ongoing item on the agenda that may support this application is the possible implementation of organic, garbage and recycling collection for Cowichan Lake. There are also other options to re-use some of our sludge to increase the treatment plant project in order to appease some portion of the grant process. Town council will continue to aim towards a greener, more sustainable community. The deadline for applications for the UBCM grant is May 31. It will be after that time that they will be informed formally of their application status.


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Free chronic pain clinic coming to Lake Cowichan Tammy Caruso Gazette

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Sue Lindstrom and Jean MacGregor, from left, hold manuals for the up-coming Chronic Pain Self-Management clinic in May.

There will be a free Chronic Pain Self-Management Program held in Lake Cowichan Curling Rink on Thursdays from 12:30p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning April 5 and ending May 10. This program is geared towards not only people that suffer from chronic pain, but caregivers and family members who may need information on how to deal with a loved one that is suffering. Sue Lindstrom and Jean MacGregor, are local residents that have been trained by the University of Victoria’s Center on Aging Department as co-leaders and have experienced chronic pain themselves. They would like to stress that this is not just for elderly people who may suffer from a painful disease. “It can be pain from disease, a car accident, anything,â€? says Lindstrom. The program speciÂżcally targets any person experiencing prolonged musculoskeletal discomfort. This includes neck, shoulder and back pain, whiplash injuries, pelvic pain, post-surgical pain lasting longer than 6 months, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and more. Originally formed as a volunteer program, facilitators and the University of Victoria alike are hoping that it will

become a mandatory part of our medical plan for individuals diagnosed with chronic pain. “This provides an avenue to learn how to deal with it (the pain) through things such as meditation, exercise, resting and medications.� says Lindstrom. Evaluation studies of the program have found that individuals who participated had seen positive changes within three months and that costs of chronic pain were reduced due to the education given during instruction. Both Lindstrom and MacGregor noted that the difference in the individuals that participated in the last session was extraordinary. “Before,� says MacGregor “Sue was my hero because she suffers much more pain than I do, but by the end of that class, I saw ten more heroes sitting at the table.� Individuals wishing to attend must register and can do so through the Lake Cowichan Sports Arena or by calling the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging at 1-866-9023767. Commitment to participate for the six week duration is required. Participants will receive two books which supplement the program as well as a CD that contains easy to follow exercises to help reduce pain. Remember that this clinic is free of charge, and has the ability to change your life.

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Committee covers footbridge maintenance Tammy Caruso Gazette New business was added to the agenda on Tuesday evening’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee meeting as a result of a letter to the editor from a concerned resident in The Gazette last week regarding the local footbridges’ maintenance. Coun. Tim McGonigle asked that this item be added to the agenda as the letter did raise concern and needed to be addressed. “Any complaints need to be forwarded to our of¿ce so we can deal with them in an expedient manner,” says McGonigle “We appreciate public input.” Nagi Rizk, engineer and superintendent for Public Works and Engineering Services in Lake Cowichan told Council and attendees that the Greendale Road and Ohtaki footbridges had been surveyed in 2006 and that it showed that some improvements were necessary. It is an ongoing inspection process to ensure bike, scooter and foot traf¿c safety.

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From left: Coun. Frank Hornbrook, Mayor Ross Forrest, Councillors Bob Day and Tim McGonigle with Nagi Rizk, public works superintendent review agenda items at the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee meeting.

Rizk stated that there were some wires removed and some rotten planks were replaced as well. “There are no indicators of infrastructure inef¿ciencies,” says Rizk, “We will be keeping a close eye on it.” Council asks that any concerns such as this be

forwarded to their of¿ce so they may be addressed. Issues such as this are addressed as they come in and follow an order of priority. The Town does want the basic main infrastructure to stay updated and safe for all public usage.

FUNDING FOR STUDENTS, NOT FOR WAGE HIKES. The BCTF is demanding a 15 per cent wage hike and other benefits that would cost $2 billion and raise taxes for BC families. Virtually all other public sector unions have settled for no wage increases. It’s unacceptable that schools are disrupted and that students and their families are inconvenienced over an unreasonable salary demand in difficult economic times. The union is making claims and demands that simply don’t add up.

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The union wants more paid time outside the classroom – sick leave for teachers on call, expanded bereavement and discretionary leave.

The government wants more time for teacher training and to ensure that Pro-D days really are for professional development.

The union says all teaching positions should be selected on the basis of seniority.

The government supports seniority but qualifications must also count so that math teachers teach math, and science teachers teach science.

The union says that teachers who perform poorly in evaluations will be dismissed – ‘one strike and you’re out’.

The government wants to support teacher improvement through a standardized evaluation process.

The union says that government refuses to negotiate.

There has been over a year of negotiations and 78 full bargaining sessions.

The union says that class size limits have been eliminated.

Class size limits will remain in place on all grades across BC.

The union says that BC has 700 fewer special needs teachers.

2100 new teaching assistants have been hired since 2001. And, with a new $165 million Learning Improvement Fund, we will hire more.

It’s time to focus on what matters most in education – BC’s students. That’s why we are focused on per-student funding which is at an all time high, not on wage increases. We all want to do more to make BC’s education system even better. It’s the driving force behind BC’s Education Plan that teachers, parents and students are helping to shape. Teachers care about their students. Parents care about their children’s future.

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WATERMAIN FLUSHING NOTICE Please be advised that the Public Works Department will be undertaking routine watermain flushing within the Town of Lake Cowichan during the month of March 2012. During this month, some water discolouration and short periods of low water pressure may be experienced. If you experience water discolouration, please run the tap until water is clear. Commercial establishments, such as laundromats, beauty salons, hotels and restaurants will receive advanced warning of flushing in their area if a request for such notification is received by the Public Works Department in due time. The Town of Lake Cowichan does not accept responsibility for any damage arising from the related work. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation. Nagi Rizk, P.Eng. Superintendent, Public Works and Engineering Services Phone: 250-749-6244

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Duncan Cst. Barry Fulford, runs driver information through his in-car computer.

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t’s not like an episode of COPS or CSI or NYPD Blue. There’s no neat wrap-up at the end of an hour, where it all comes together in a tidy package. There are no DNA tests being rushed back in a matter of hours, no vast stores of unlimited manpower or “scienceÂżctionâ€? like technology that gets whipped out of the back room in the nick of time. There are however a devoted collection of individuals who bring a variety of skills, training, equipment and personalities to tackle the task at hand. The task being to uphold and enforce the criminal code of Canada and thereby keep its citizens safe. “We’re basically everything, to everyone at all times,â€? said Lake Cowichan detachment Cpl. Krista Hobday. “We are the last resort.â€? On a recent ride-a-long with the North Cowichan detachment in and around the Duncan area I was able to get a small taste of the Valley from the other side of those strobing blue and red lights. In a 12 hour shift ofÂżcers must handle whatever the fates toss

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in their paths; everything from speeders and impaired drivers to attempted suicides, assaults and drug overdoses. They encounter violent people, out of control from a combination of alcohol, drugs, mental illness or all three. They encounter average citizens, ticked off that they were caught speeding or relieved to see help arrive after an accident or assault. They must approach each complaint with the same high level of experience, caution, and concern while still maintaining an open mind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got about 17,000 complaints last year in Duncan alone,â&#x20AC;? said Const. Barry Fulford. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vast majority of our problems stem from alcohol, drugs or mental illness. In Duncan alcohol is by far the drug of choice.â&#x20AC;? A mere ten minutes into the shift that I was on, as we sat at a trafÂżc light, a jacked-up truck with loud pipes roared past in front of us, well in excess of the posted speed limit. We pulled the vehicle over and it turned out, after running the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information on the in-car computer, that the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence was invalid. We waited for the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend to come and drive the vehicle home. The constable was cautious and methodical on this, the Âżrst of many calls of the evening. He parked his marked police cruiser with blue and red lights Ă&#x20AC;ashing over the line slightly to block a safe path to the pulled over vehicle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More ofÂżcers are killed or injured in Canada by cars during trafÂżc stops than anything,â&#x20AC;? he told me. I was surprised by the behaviour of the driving public as I sat and observed. There were cars that slowed down to a crawl to get a good look at what was going on, those that proceeded slowly and cautiously around the temporary disruption in trafÂżc and those who gunned it, oblivious to the ofÂżcer just a few feet away from their speeding cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get used to it, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been rammed before,â&#x20AC;? said the constable. At the Lake Cowichan detachment, the sheer vastness of the area that they cover is staggering and causes a whole other set of challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a large lake, long stretches of winding river and about 20,000 square kilometres of ground to cover,â&#x20AC;? said Lake Cowichan Detachment Commander, Sgt. Dave Voller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get more calls for people lost in the woods and a lot more drownings that a lot of detachments. Voller is grateful for extra funding provided by the CVRD which is shared between Lake Cowichan and Shawnigan Lake to help provide extra patrols on the water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made a signiÂżcant difference for lake enforcement,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big lake.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Part 2 next week

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Lake Days: T-shirts and hoodies on sale soon The Lake Days Celebration Society will be holding its next meeting on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Country Grocer meeting room. We expect a full house of directors and committee heads as we gather all the information from all the events from within the festival and Âżnalize the schedule for the weeks events. Also on the agenda is the 2012 budget to be discussed and approved by the directors. T-shirts and hoodies as well as soap-box-racer kits will be on sale soon. Our army of volunteers will

be outside Country Grocer over the next few months selling the Cowichan Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Âżnest hot dogs by donation. Watch upcoming issues of The Gazette and visit our website at cowichanlakedays.com for information on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival. Also we look forward to meeting anyone who would like to join our volunteer team. If you have any questions or ideas you would like to communicate to us just drop us an email at cowichanlakedays@hotmail.ca or call Bob Day at 250-710-0742. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Submitted by Bob Day


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Annual Salmon and Mushroom festival new dates: Sept. 29 and 30 Wild salmon and mushrooms are a perfect combination. The annual Salmon and Mushroom Festival has a new date. Come celebrate the wild edible treats of the Cowichan Valley on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. at the upper and lower Centennial Hall, 309 South Shore Road in Lake Cowichan. Wild mushroom identi¿cation and sales, slide shows, a variety of local vendors, wild salmon BBQ, homemade

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Cowichan Lake and District Minor Hockey AGM and awards Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at the upper Centennial Hall.

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Left, Pee Wee 1 Lakers Nelson Wagner scores the go-ahead goal at the quarter final playoff game. The games would again be tied and Kevin Stuart scored the game winner in the third period.

Photos John Cummings

On the March 3 weekend the Pee Wee 1 Lakers team won the Vancouver Island quarter final playoffs at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, which then sent them to the finals in Port Alberni this past weekend. Left, Tanner Cummings celebrates his second goal, tieing the game at 2.

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Lakers Pee Wee 1 finish second in league playoffs at Port Alberni

NOTICE is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held as follows to consider the above noted Amendment Bylaw: DATE: PLACE:

TIME:

Thursday, March 22, 2012 Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, Multi Purpose Room 311 South Shore Road Lake Cowichan, B.C. 6:00 p.m.

Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3445 proposes to amend CVRD Electoral Area F – Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1945 by introducing a new section to the Plan, entitled “Climate, Land, Resources and Energy Efficiency (Bill 27)”. This proposed section states that, within the CVRD, vehicle related transportation is the single largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Acknowledging that Electoral Area F - Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls’ potential to influence greenhouse gas emissions is largely through land use planning, the proposed Plan amendment establishes objectives to reduce emissions by making wise and efficient use of lands and resources. The bylaw amendment includes targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and introduces policies intended to support achievement of those targets, including retention of forestry designated lands, increasing viability of the transit system, encouraging compact settlement patterns, developing water and sewer infrastructure, and supporting local agricultural production and consumption, and the local economy. This new section of the Plan encourages the CVRD Board to consider greenhouse gas emissions targets when evaluating land use change decisions, and also encourages development of a climate change action plan. The purpose of Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3445 is to bring the Area F Plan into compliance with Bill 27 of the Province of British Columbia. Bill 27 requires that all Official Community Plans contain greenhouse gas reduction targets and the objectives and policies designed to move towards compliance with these targets.

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Lakers Pee Wee 1 team pose with the Gazette in Port Alberni last weekend.

The Lake Cowichan Pee Wee C1 Lakers traveled to Port Alberni last weekend for the Pee Wee division C League playoffs. On Saturday, Lake Cowichan beat Nanaimo 9 to 3. First period goals were scored by Tanner Cummings, Cole Anderson and Devin Johel. In the second period Johel scored one goal and Cummings added two more. Third period goal scorers were Amber Clayton, Devin Johel and Nelson Wagner who scored on a penalty shot.

The Lakers then played against Cowichan Valley 1 on Sunday with Wagner scoring in the ¿rst and second periods for the local team who found themselves down 4-2 at the end of the second period. The third period saw Johel and Wagner score a goal each and Nolan Fothergill ripple the mesh with only 2:55 left on the clock. The ¿nal score was 6-5 for Cowichan Valley. The team played hard and came in second. — Dennis Skalicky

At the public hearing, all persons who deem their interests affected by the proposed amendments will be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions on matters contained therein, before representatives of the Regional Board. Prior to the public hearing, written comments on the bylaw may be faxed to 250-746-2621, e-mailed to ds@cvrd.bc.ca, or mailed and/or deposited at the Regional District offices up to 4:30 p.m. on March 22, 2012. For further information, please call Alison Garnett, Planner I, in the Planning and Development Department at 250-746-2620, or toll-free at 1-800-665-3955. The public hearing for Bylaw No. 3445 will be held by Directors I. Morrison, L. Iannidinardo and P. Weaver, as delegates of the Board. A copy of the Board resolution making the delegation is available for public inspection along with copies of the amendment bylaw as set out in this notice. A copy of the proposed amendment bylaw and relevant support material may be examined at the Regional District Planning and Development Department office, 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C., from Tuesday, March 6, 2012 to Thursday, March 22, 2012, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT 175 Ingram Street Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8

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Cowichan Lake Shut Out in Kraft Hockeyville contest Katherine Worsley who was spearheading the Cowichan Lake entry in this years’ Kraft HockeyVille contest reports that our nomination for the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena did not get selected as one of the top 15 communities in Canada this year.

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Katherine says that part of the problem this year was the late start she had in the contest and says that she will begin preparations for the 2013 contest this fall as apposed to January which is when she got things rolling this year. She will be looking for members from the community to join the nomination team for next years’ contest.

SPORTS

MacGregor rink rocks: league champs

Photos Linda Backlund

MacGregor Rink — Tuesday night mixed league champions — from left, Shayne MacGregor, Michelle Davis, Karen Neuffer, Harold Neuffer.

MacGregor Rink — Wednesday night open league champions — (Note: Shayne MacGregor skipped the champion teams for both Tuesday and Wednesday night. They are different teams but with the same skip – speaks volumes) from left, Gerry Janzen (sparing for regular team member Richard Friday), Jim Tardiff (sparing for regular team member Bill Peters), Lance Lingren, Shayne MacGregor.

Gorski Rink—Tuesday night mixed league runners-up. Left, Dr. Laura Hughes, representing the Gorski Rink, received metals for runner-up. Her team mates were not available for the photo so she accepted the award with enthusiasm on their behalf. Team members are as follows: Dennis Ross, Laura Hughes Shaunne Rowbottom, Trisha Gorski.

Sidhu Rink — Wednesday night open league runners-up — from left, Trent Weir, Laine May, Lynn Post, Jeff Sidhu.

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An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for ďŹ eld and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051

BENWEST LOGGING LTD. Grade Hoe Operator required immediately. This is a camp job. Shift is 14/7. We have everything from overlanding to full bench. Competitive wage and beneďŹ ts package. Email resume to ofďŹ ce@bwlog.ca or fax to 250-287-4342. BENWEST LOGGING LTD. Heavy duty mechanic required immediately. This is a fulltime camp job. Shift is 14/7. Experience with fat trucks, hydraulic and cable equipment is preferred. We offer competitive wages and beneďŹ ts. Email resume to ofďŹ ce@bwlog.ca or fax to 250-287-4342. Tremendous Opportunity! For career driven sales associate experienced in ďŹ&#x201A;oor, window coverings. Interior design training, experience, portfolio an asset. Submit resume, references: Drawer #4481, 765 McPhee Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2Z7

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TRADES, TECHNICAL DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Laborers and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Laborers will possess competency in assisting on the installation of all types of formwork, performing general labor work and placing concrete. Have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to patton@bakerconcrete.com DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Journeymen Carpenters and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Carpenters must have experience with installation of footing forms, slab on grade forms, build and install wall, column and elevated horizontal forms. Ability to layout work, off supplied control lines. And the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to patton@bakerconcrete.com

EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY to expand your Electrical experience. Looking for Journeymen Electrician for remote offgrid facilities along the BC Coast. Renewable energy projects up to 300 KW. Excellent wage and beneďŹ t opportunities depending on experience. Email resume to info@hakaienergysolutions.com

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WELDERS WANTED. Journeyman 2nd and 3rd year apprentices with tank manufacturing experience. Automated Tank Manufacturing Inc. Located in Kitscoty, Alberta. 20km West of Lloydminster is looking for 15 individuals that want long term employment and a secure paycheque. Journeyman wages $33. $37.50/hour. Wages for apprentices based on hours and qualifications. Benefits, training programs, full insurance package 100% paid by company, profit sharing bonus. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine for an appointment or send resume to: blaine@autotanks.ca or p r o d u c t i o n @ a u t o t a n k s. c a . 780-846-2231 (Office), 780-846-2241 (Fax).

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STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170. STEEL OF a deal - Building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

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HALLS LIONS’ CLUB HALL for rent $75. Deposit required. Call Eileen 250-749-3345.

HOMES FOR RENT HONEYMOON BAY: 2 bdrm House, fenced yard, F/S, W/D, DW, microwave, newly reno’d. $800. Call 250-749-4495. LAKE COW. 3-bdrm, 4-piece bath, lrg fenced yard, W/D, wood stove, pets OK. Avail immediately. $950. + utils. (778)977-6002, (250)732-7487

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WANT A vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in March, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888593-6095.

1992, 26 ft TRAVELAIRE. Bright, clean, sleeps 4. Twin beds in back & fold down double bed. Immaculate condition. Full shower with skylight, generator, air conditioning, 91,000 km. $16,500. (250) 743-6036

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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO 2 BD updated Upper House in Lake Cow. Quiet clean street. Avail Ap 1. Bright, Clean, Cozy. Includes fire plc, w/dry & dshwshr. Heated workshop in yard and garden. Fenced yard. Small pet okay, child friendly. $850 plus hydro, ref req. 250732-5612 CROFTON- 2 bdrm, bright, in suite laundry, prking. (Immed) $750. + utils. 250-210-0756.

145 South Shore Road | Lake Cowichan | www.lkc.ca $600 2 Bedroom Suite #37-211 Madill

Lower suite in popular strata. W&D, patio, N/S, N/Pets $600 2 Bedroom Suite #39-211 Madill Lower suite in popular strata. W&D, patio, N/S, N/Pets $650 2 Bedroom Suite #47-211 Madill Upper suite in popular strata development. W&D, N/S, N/P $880 2 bedroom suite 6402 Summit Rd. Skutz Falls, lower suite. Country setting, patio & includes hydro, propane & W/D. N/S, N/Pets. $900 2 bedroom suite 279 North Shore Rd. Beautiful open plan, vaulted ceiling, large deck & great lake view. W/D. Small pet upon approval. Check out rentals online www.lkc.ca To View Call:

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Cowichan Lake Service Directory Restoring your property after a long winter MC—One of the best things about the dawn of spring and the return of warmer weather is the chance to get out of the house and get some fresh air. For homeowners, this is the perfect opportunity to assess any damage the previous months did to yards and develop a plan restore properties. * Don't jump the gun. The ¿rst warm day of spring might seem like a great time get out in the yard and get your hands dirty. But it's best to wait until the grass has completely dried out before getting to work. Raking on wet grass increases the risk of tearing out grass, which can cause bald spots and the growth of weeds down the road. In addition, stepping on the grass while the ground is still wet can compact the soil, which can slow drainage and block the lawn's roots from breathing. Patience should prevail with regard to mowing the lawn as well. A lawn's roots will not start to grow until the average everyday temperature routinely reaches 40 F, so mowing too early is both unnecessary and potentially harmful to the lawn. When the temperatures regularly reach 50 F, then homeowners will likely start to see their lawns growing.

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begin to remove thatch that's built up over the winter. Thatch is potentially very harmful to soil, blocking sunlight, air and moisture the soil needs to ensure a lawn looks lush and healthy. Thatch removal does not necessarily need to be an annual task. If thatch buildup is insigni¿cant, then it can be done every other year. Just use a dethatching rake to make the job much easier. * Aerate, particularly if the yard is a heavy traf¿c area once the warm weather arrives. If your yard transforms into a child's wonderland upon the arrival of spring and summer, you might want to revive the soil by aerating. When the yard gets heavy usage, it's easy for soil to become compacted, which makes it hard for air and water to reach the lawn's roots. That can eventually make for a less-than-appealing lawn. So if your yard is the place to be come the warmer months, aerate in the spring to loosen the soil and make it easier for the lawn to withstand the months ahead. No matter how harsh the winter months might have been, spring is a great time for homeowners to restore the property around their homes.

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* Remove debris that's piled up. Debris has a tendency to infest a yard over the course of the winter months. Fallen branches, stones and even trash can accumulate in a yard, putting those who spend time in the yard at risk of injury once the warm weather returns. For instance, bits of twigs and pebbles that are blown across the yard during a windy winter can be embedded in the yard, making the yard less of a haven and more of a hazard. Once the grass is dry enough to walk on, walk around the property and remove any debris that's piled up over the last few months. * Employ a pre-emergent weed killer. Homeowners who routinely spend their summers agonizing over weeds throughout the yard should consider applying a pre-emergent weed killer around the beginning of spring. It's important to do so around the end of March or early April, when the weeds have not yet had a chance to grow. When applying, follow the dosage instructions provided by the product's manufacturer. Such instructions often recommend a second application right before summer begins. * Remove thatch. Once the grass has dried, you can

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