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CHANCES Meloney Edghill got hers when she beat cancer. And because she took a chance, she’s helping others too.

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Alberni med students caught in Canadian bureaucracy WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Academic red tape is denying an Alberni medical student studying abroad the chance to return home and practice

medicine. Former Port Alberni resident Siobhan Holland, 26, is in her fourth and final year of studying medicine at Wollongong University in Australia and is set to graduate this

December. She went to Australia after graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. Only 250 out of 2,000

applicants to UBC’s medical school get in, said Siobhan’s father, Dr. Tony Holland, a local anesthesiologist. Others wait another year or two to reapply to the program “but that’s a big hole in a young person’s life

when they’re 25.” Instead of wading through the scrum to get in, Siobhan chose instead to study at Wollongong, whose academic standing and training is as high as UBC’s, Tony said.

After graduating, Siobhan has a choice of working in New Zealand, Australia, England or the United States. But she would return to work in B.C. to be near family and friends, Tony said. Siobhan isn’t

the only medical student from Port Alberni who studied abroad. According to Tony, three medical professionals in town have children who studied medicine abroad. Continued / 7

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hen Health Canada announced last month that a breakthrough treatment for metastatic melanoma had been approved, making it the first new treatment in 30 years for melanoma, Meloney Edghill couldn’t keep the smile off her face. It wasn’t always that way for Edghill, who owns Serious Coffee in Port Alberni with husband Clay. In 2006 the Edghills were living in Edmonton and Meloney had just lost her boss and her best friend to breast cancer. She and her boss’s husband were working overtime to keep the business afloat. Meanwhile, an eggshaped lump on the front of Meloney’s shoulder appeared, irritating her underneath her bra strap. A mother of three with a four-year-old son, she was too busy to have it looked at until Clay insisted she go to the doctor. She didn’t think much of it.”My doctor said our bodies produce lumps and bumps all the time. Most of them are cysts,” she said. “He thought it was calcified blood vessels that had built into this bump.” Once she had the lump removed, pathology tests

took nearly three weeks. Then the news from her doctor wasn’t good: she had stage 4 metastatic melanoma. Her prognosis was bleak. Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer, characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Unlike other cancers, melanoma is clearly visible on the skin. Ninety per cent of melanomas are caused by exposure to UV light, including tanning beds. Edghill’s cancer originated in a palm-sized mole or birthmark over her right scapula. The day she was told she had cancer, she was sent to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, where one of Canada’s foremost melanoma oncologists works. “Clay and I didn’t understand,” she said. “We went home and Googled (melanoma) and were just

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stunned with what we were reading.” She was given three choices for treatment: a drug that was only three to five per cent efficient; risky and expensive treatment in the United States; or a clinical trial. The decision was “a no-brainer”, she said. In October 2006 she started taking a drug called Yervoy, by Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada. By this time the lump the doctors had removed had started to grow back, and the cancer had spread to her pancreas, lymph nodes and liver. “They couldn’t do surgery; there was no point,” she said. By January 2007 though, “almost all of the cancer was gone.” She had the

lump removed again, and this time the doctor removed the mole from her back and gave her skin grafts to cover up the hole it left behind. She remembers the day well: April 2, 2007. “That’s my new birthday,” she said. “My cancer-free day.” Two months after her surgery, Bristol-Myers Squibb asked if she would enter a maintenance phase of the Yervoy drug trial “so they could gain some longterm survival data. To me, it was the least I could do,” she said. She has been going back to Edmonton every 12 weeks since then to receive her maintenance dose. Last month she took her final dose, and was told she no longer has to see the

oncologist. Her cancer is gone. Yervoy (ipilimumab), a cancer immunotherapy, is the first treatment approved for advanced melanoma in Canada that has been proven to extend survival in a phase 3 trial. The news is particularly exciting for oncologists, who have not seen a change in treatment for metastatic melanoma in the last 40 years. “Once diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, a patient’s average life expectancy is about three to 18 months, depending upon the extent and location of disease,” said Dr. David Hogg, a medical oncologist with a large melanoma practice in Toronto. Continued / 14

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Bringing smiles to Japan TSUNAMI: | Alberni student Roxy Manson’s gesture has helped children half a world away. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON

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The actions of a sixyear-old Port Alberni girl in the wake of last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan remain a poignant memory for the country’s Consul General. Roxy Manson, 6, decided to forego a birthday party in favour of raising money to help children in the stricken country. Consul General Hideki Ito spoke of Manson’s actions during an interview with Global Television on March 9. In the interview, Ito recounted Japan’s recovery after an 8.9 earthquake and seven metre (22 feet) high tsunami pounded the country’s northeast coast. The country is also still dealing with the fallout from the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The country is still re-building. Reclamation of the region is going to be a daunting task, Ito said. But, “it’s more difficult to heal the wounded hearts of those affected by the disaster — especially

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Children in an earthquake ravaged part of Japan are pictured showing toys they received as a result of a donation made by Roxy Manson, right, last year. Manson’s effort was recently acknowledged by Japanese consul general Hideki Ito.

the children,” he girl told her parents added. that instead of Many families birthday presents are living in she wanted to temporary donate that housing, their money to the former homes people affected and even towns in Japan,” Ito now a vista of said. devastation. Manson British raised $274 Columbians and the money contributed bought toys for HIDEKI ITO children living hundreds of thousands in temporary of dollars to the housing. Manson relief effort. But it’s didn’t raise the most Manson’s gesture that money compared to Ito remembered the other donors, but most. what she raised meant “This six-year-old the most.

“The most important thing for them is that they can feel they’re not alone; they have many friends who care about them from around the world,” Ito said. The interview took Manson’s mother Stacey by surprise. “I think I’m going to cry,” she said. “She thought from the heart and she did it.” Manson also received donations from relatives, friends and the Abashiri

Twinning Society (Port Alberni’s twin city), who helped get the presents to Japan, Stacey said. The Mansons watched the devastation unfold on television last year. “We were careful because it was graphic but we used it as a moment to teach about what we would do to help,” Stacey said. “She decided herself that she wanted to do something.” reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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Port Alberni would have to wait for a week before the Canadian military could come to its aid in the event of a tsunami, says fire chief Tim Pley. Pley told Port Alberni city councillors he met with military officials from Joint Task Force Pacific in February. The military has developed an interest in supporting municipalities with emergency planning in response to a disaster. Pley and members of the local emergency planning committee questioned the officials about what the city could expect in terms of military assistance. “Basically, they said that they couldn’t get here in time to rescue people were it to happen,” Pley said. “But they could get here to help us recover.” Recovery and resources are why the military couldn’t respond right away, Pley said. “Their first priority in the event of a disaster is getting their bases

up and running and afterward they could begin to reach out,” Pley said. “We can’t rely on them for about a week.” As well, a cumbersome protocol has to be adhered to first that would see the city exhaust municipal, regional and provincial resources first before tapping into the military. Also, the military’s resources are limited and equipment and personnel would have to be drawn in from around the province, which would take time, Pley said. “The military isn’t what it was in 1964 when the last Tsunami hit the Alberni Valley,” Pley said. “We also may not be the only community impacted in a disaster.” The news isn’t a surprise and re-emphasizes the need for residents to be prepared for a disaster on their own, he said. “Plan to be self-sufficient for a week,” Pley added.

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Students from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) conductors’ training course are back in town for the next two weekends, which means the trains are back on the rails. Representatives from the Alberni Pacific Railway are

asking drivers to exercise caution at all railway crossings in Port Alberni between Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 25. Trains may be operating between the train station at Argyle Street and Smith Road (the McLean Mill) between 8 a.m. and

11 p.m. Drivers are asked to pay special attention at rail crossings. “Students will sometimes use flares and lanterns for signaling in the dark.” Walkers and people riding ATVs are asked to exercise special caution.

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Check out the B.C. Junior All-Native basketball tournament, which is here from March 19–23. Forty-nine aboriginal boys and girls hoops teams are in town. The games are at the Alberni Athletic Hall, ADSS and the Maht Mahs gym. Tix are between $10-15 and there is a $40 week long pass available.

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The musical Suds is winding down with the last performance going on Saturday, March 17. The event is at the Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street. All seats are $20 in advance and are available at the Rollin Art Centre.

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Sin binners Port Alberni’s answer to the Vancouver Canucks’ ‘Green Men’ converse with a fan after harrassing a member of the Cowichan Valley Capitals who was sitting in the penalty box during Pack the Plex night last Friday. SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Holland wants to practice at home From / 3 Canadian Students One studied in Studying Medicine Czechoslovakia Abroad. and now works as a The Ministry of general practitioner Health reserves 300 on the Lower residencies Mainland. for Canadian “He’s one and American of the lucky students who ones,� Tony graduate said. “I think from North many of them American think coming schools. back to B.C. is Holland and a lost cause.� 80–100 other SIOBHAN The problem B.C. students HOLLAND is that there who study are so few abroad are opportunities left to jostle for 26 available to Canadian slots made available residents who study through UBC’s and are accredited International Medical abroad. School Graduates The problem lies Program. But the with the number of exams to qualify for residencies available, the positions are said Dr. Drew given after regular Thompson, a cardiac residency positions surgeon and president have been given out. of the Society for “We know of no

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The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District will grow by two members, bringing their total to 12, chief administrative officer Russell Dyson said. The development was announced during Dyson’s presentation to Port Alberni city council on March 12. The Huu-ay-aht and Ucluelet First Nations are set to join the ACRD on April 1, Dyson told city councillors. The tribes will hold one vote each in ACRD business. The Uchucklesaht and Toquaht First Nations have the option of joining the ACRD but aren’t exercising it yet; they will have observer status at meetings.

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City commits to budget items before approval WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Port Alberni city councillors voted to make a series of financial commitments to the five-year financial plan even though the budget process isn’t finished yet. The first commitment was to restore Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce funding to $84,000, which is up from $69,000 last year. Council voted in favour of a second motion that will see the $15,000 increase underwritten with a 0.5 per cent increase to the business class tax rate. “We’re trying to promote the centennial and the mill so it doesn’t make sense to cut back on their rate,” Coun. Robert Cole said. The chamber needs to grow out its

membership first, Coun. Wendy Lee Kerr said. “I’d encourage them to be more selfsufficient instead of being reliant on the city.” A second commitment involves adding $15,000 to the planning department budget to facilitate updating city bylaws. The increase would cover clerical support, a legal review of the updates and public consultation costs. Councillors discussed their commitment to being proactive about bylaw enforcement, with only one bylaw enforcement officer. “If you want to be proactive you need to consider we have only one bylaw enforcement officer,” city manager Ken Watson said. Adopting new bylaws and wanting to be more aggressive will be all for naught without the resources to do so,

he added. The third commitment involves the request for fire department clerical support, which has been reduced from $41,000 to $7,500. The department is still in partnership discussions with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District that may yet make up the difference. The last commitment didn’t involve money but rather a reallocation of responsibility. Councillors agreed that Economic Development Manager Pat Deakin will work with McLean Mill, the Industrial Heritage Society and the Alberni Valley Museum to coordinate marketing efforts for the mill. The move will not involve any additional money, and will be done within the exisiting budget.

CSI: | Housing still needed for youth, families and seniors despite upbeat projections. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

There are fewer homeless people in the Alberni Valley than in 2007 but more resources are still needed to deal with the issue, Alberni Valley Community Stakeholder Initiative to End Homelessness spokesperson Myron Jespersen said. According to Jespersen, there are approximately two homeless people in the Valley today, which is down from 25 that were counted in 2007. “Today we can identify them and work with them quickly,” Jespersen said.

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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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Dispute energizes labour movement Will the teachers’ strike morph into a 2012 version of Operation Solidarity, the 1983 labour-led protest that brought B.C. to the brink of a general strike? While there are some similarities, it isn’t too likely — despite the rhetoric of labour leaders and a mysterious sympathy picket line that shut down some government operations in Victoria last week. In 1983, the Social Credit government of Bill Bennett brought in a sweeping program of government economy, and took a few direct pokes at some bodies it did not like. Unlike the imposition of the HST under Gordon Campbell in 2009, the government was clear during its campaign that, if elected, there would be some attempt to curb spending and government programs. When the whole program was introduced in a sweeping series of bills, organized labour and many community organizations were appalled. They quickly put together an action plan that included a series of protests and strikes, with the final step before a planned general strike of all unionized employees being a week-long illegal walkout by teachers. The Bennett government clearly overreached, and Operation Solidarity did succeed in getting it to back down on a few fronts. The level of anger at the provincial government was far higher in 1983 than it is today. Operation Solidarity attracted 40,000 people to a rally at Empire Stadium. It is highly unlikely that the teachers could attract that level of support. Most workers, including government workers, are not getting raises. The B.C. Teachers Federation call for 15 per cent pay increases and improved benefits doesn’t resonate. However, the BC Liberal government has clearly angered not just the BCTF, but much of organized labour. It has given the labour movement renewed energy and passion. — Langley Times

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ICTORIA – The stories began tumbling out as soon as last week’s column on teacher union indoctrination of students was posted on our websites. Most parents, retired teachers and administrators requested anonymity, because their kids and grandkids still have to go to school, or they have relatives or fair-weather friends in the B.C. Teachers’ Federation who mustn’t be enraged by any contradiction of their dogma. There was the Grade 3 art class in Langley where students were assigned to create anti-Bill 22 protest signs. There was the Grade 6 teacher in Greater Victoria who started a one-hour drill on BCTF talking points by telling students not to believe anything they see in the media. There was the

middle school in the Gulf Islands that dismissed students early to force them all out in a show of solidarity against the latest of many legislated settlements. And there were the BCTF-BCGEU pickets that blocked entrances to government offices here in Victoria, harassing, threatening and physically blocking office workers in an effort to force them to join the thousands bused in for the traditional howling show of strength for Big State Labour bosses on the legislature lawn. In my 20 years of criticizing the policies and tactics of teacher union radicals, I have had my office windows smashed twice. I have seen a mob of self-absorbed strikers push a senior off the sidewalk into the snow. My daughter has been subjected to

hard-left environmental propaganda in elementary school. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. But hey, let’s be constructive here. First, I should emphasize I understand that these incidents do not represent the vast majority of dedicated teachers, who wouldn’t think of intentionally abusing their position for personal or political gain. I mean that sincerely. And thanks to all the teachers who sent me lecturing letters, particularly those who insist that they don’t really want another 16-percent raise, because their first priority is improving classroom resources. Volume doesn’t permit individual responses to everyone. Authors who begin along the lines of “Sir, you are an idiot” receive lower priority. If I don’t get back to

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you, please convey your willingness to accept a brief wage freeze to your union executive. They’ve scaled back some of their more egregious prep time and paid leave demands, but apparently your admirably altruistic message has not yet been absorbed. And yes, I’m aware that the Harvard study of class size and performance I mentioned last week examined charter schools in the United States. I understand that “charter school” is considered coarse language in B.C. As with health care, there must be no serious competitive dynamic or other dangerous experimentation permitted within the unionized state monopoly model. And thanks for suggesting I’m an agent of the B.C. Liberals, who invented poverty 11 years ago. East Van MLA Jenny Kwan touched on it in the debate on Bill 22. Children coming to inner city schools hungry. Continued / 11

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‘Tragedies’ not limited to Liberals From / 10 Children coming to school inadequately clothed, with lice. Abused children. I can assure Kwan that these tragic realities are not confined to the hellish B.C. Liberal era of spending increases. Indeed, I witnessed all these things in my three-room school in Tomslake, B.C. in the 1960s. Social Credit was to blame then. I remember the school more for its great teachers than its undrinkable water or

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alcoholic principal. And to all those who provide spellingchallenged advice on journalistic objectivity, here’s the thing. The first rule of opinion writing is to have one. I’m not looking for middle ground in the cold vacuum between Earth and Planet BCTF. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

To the Editor, Re: Military aid in Alberni will have to wait after tsunami, www. albernivalleynews. com, March 13. Surely this is a wake-up call for the leaders of our community to immediately start implementing plans for disaster selfsufficiency in this Valley. We could have the resources to be able to survive but we need to be organized to help each other—depending on individuals is not enough. Stockpiles of fuel, medicine and food

should be arranged, with systems for distribution and security practised. The extent of the isolation we will experience in the event of the ‘Big One’ was only hinted at in the chief ’s comments. We must be able to look after ourselves for much longer. Trevor Jackson, Port Alberni

Region should share costs To the Editor, Here are some ideas that the city should consider in finalizing the 2012 budget. The proposed residential tax increase is 5.8 per cent. I believe that that

this increase should be halved to 2.9 per cent and that budgetary cuts should be made to achieve that target. I believe that there needs to be a better balance between spending on vital city infrastructure such as roads, water, and sewage disposal and treatment, and spending on Parks and Recreation, the museum, and McLean Mill. Specifically, I would recommend that the museum budget be frozen and that the parks and recreation budget be reduced. As regards the McLean Mill and the steam train, attendance has never risen anywhere

‘The city should pursue... regionalization of services.’ – David Stern close to the financial breakeven point. And with attendance in the 13,000 to 15,000 range, it will never do so. If the Industrial Heritage Society cannot create a business plan showing within two years how it plans to balance expenditures with revenues, then the annual subsidy of more than $200,000 should end. At the museum, a

turnstile should be installed with a flat fee of $1 or $2 being charged. At the regional level, the city should pursue or expand/accelerate the regionalization of services: parks and recreation, fire protection, the museum, McLean Mill and the steam train. I am sure that many others would agree to the above or similar budgetary adjustments as we must start to accommodate the financial restrictions and changes that the city along with the provincial and federal governments are facing now and in the future. David Stern, Port Alberni

Demise of city’s uptown district began decades ago To the Editor, How do you revive the dead duck of our uptown area of vacant and derelict buildings, thrift stores, social service agencies, and heavy truck traffic, as our mayor hopes to do? Besides the aforementioned, uptown consists of the banks, Zellers, Merit Furniture, Carter’s Shoe Repair, and several other small businesses; hardly a tourist mecca.

It’s also a seedy area of drugs and prostitution, not a place to be at night. In short, it can’t be saved, and its demise started more than 30 years ago when a new mall opened along the upper Johnston Road corridor. Later more zoning changes allowed for Walmart and Extra Foods to come in and a new outdoor mall to be created across the street from the original indoor mall.

The main post office closed (another derelict building) and many other South Port businesses also flew the coup and moved to North Port and the Johnston Road corridor. All this has occurred with the blessings and facilitation of successive city councils who in recent years have complained about the sad state of the old South Port business district. What delicious irony. Although businesses at

10th Avenue and Redford Street carry on, the de facto city centre is now the Johnston Road corridor. That’s where the action is and where most of the businesses are located. The die was cast years ago and we’re left with the remains of a decaying dead duck in uptown South Port. And, as usual, we all know who the quacks responsible for the mess are. Richard Berg, Port Alberni

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“We are thankful for this food and all the good things of life. We recognize that they are a part of our common heritage and come to us through the efforts of our brothers and sisters the world over. What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all. To this end, may we take our share in the world’s work and the world’s struggles?”(Woodsworth). What we desire for ourselves we wish for all is an amazing and challenging aspiration! If we live in adequate housing, we wish for adequate housing for all. And we find ways to encourage affordable housing. If our work offers us adequate financial support we wish for a living wage for all. How can our society make this possible? If our life experience is love and compassion, we actively demonstrate to love in action. In community aspirations are shared and encouraged. If you don’t already have a church home, come to Alberni Valley United Church and experience a community of care striving to make a meaningful difference.

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From / 8 City manager Ken Watson said the merchants were free to bring any further concerns back to the city. There was

Water is a higher priority to apply for funding for than a new industrial road, Port Alberni city councillors agreed on Monday. The matter arose during council’s discussion about a pending gas tax application, and what city projects should receive priority for funding. Projects such as the waterfront industrial road, Dry Creek flooding, a Roger Creek crossing, and new provincial water regulation

preparation (called 4-3-2-1) were mentioned as potential candidates for gas tax funding. Two projects in particular were sussed out as having priority: the waterfront industrial road and 4-3-2-1 water regulations. A motion by Coun. Hira Chopra that the city apply for funding for both projects was defeated. “There’s no guarantee with one application — apply for both and if we get it that’s a bonus,� he said. “Maybe we’ll get one million (dollars) for the road.� Other cities are

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From / 3 “With approval of Yervoy we now have the chance to offer some patients with advanced melanoma real hope for longterm survival. With its unique mode of action, it is also an important step forward in the use of immunotherapy to treat cancer,” Hogg said. “It activates a patient’s own immune system to better identify and kill the melanoma cells.” Bristol-Myers Squibb is working with federal,

provincial and territorial authorities to ensure patients in Canada will have access to Yervoy through provincial and private drug plans as quickly as possible. Edghill is proud to have played a part in the clinical trial, knowing that what she did may ultimately help others to survive their melanoma. “For the last couple of years I’ve been calling myself a guinea pig. I didn’t think that way in the beginning,” she said.

She was only thinking of survival. Edghill’s clean bill of health, and the approval of Yervoy, come at a poignant time for her. Edghill’s mother has breast cancer, and is undergoing radiation treatment at the Cross Cancer Institute. Edghill hopes one day soon immunotherapy will be available to fight her mother’s type of cancer. “Surely, if it works for one type they’ll be able to make it work for others. “I’m hoping.”

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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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100 years and Port Alberni’s still going strong SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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‘Incorporation Day, 1912’ is a painting that pioneer Mary Collinge created of the celebration that broke out in Port Alberni after incorporation.

Happy 100th birthday, Port Alberni! The city’s official incorporation date was Monday, March 12, 1912, making it the fifth city on Vancouver Island to obtain incorporation. While photographer Leonard Frank immortalized the first council on black and white film, Mary Collinge captured her memories with paint

Centennial kickoff tickets available Fri. The City of Port Alberni’s official centennial kickoff happens Sunday, April 1 at the Alberni District Secondary School Auditorium. But tickets are available at Echo

Centre beginning Friday, March 16. There is no cost for the tickets but there is a limit of four tickets per person. The day will include a mayoral proclamation

and speeches, the unveiling of a video and Wendy Morton will read her centennial poem. The day commemorates the first council meeting of the new City of Port Alberni.

For those who don’t manage to get tickets to the formal event inside, there will be “Step Back in Time� activities outside the auditorium. The AV Museum will also be open from 12–5 p.m.

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Mary Collinge came up with the design for the city’s first official seal.

and sketches. Collinge and her husband Tom came to Port Alberni in 1911 from Paisley, Scotland. Mary loved

the outdoors and recorded the Valley’s flora and fauna in watercolours and drawings. She also wrote of everyday life in the Alberni Valley in her journal and letters to Scotland. One of Collinge’s paintings, ‘Incorporation Day, 1912’, hangs in the Alberni Valley Museum as a reminder to the city’s centennial. The painting depicts painter and decorator E.M. Scoffin’s

banner proclaiming “Welcome to our City�, which was hung on one wall of Watson’s Hall during the celebrations. Collinge’s artwork is also evident in the city’s first official seal. She submitted two different designs to the inaugural council for consideration. Council finally decided on a combination of both designs, and paid Collinge $15.

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Dear Dr. Renaud: My kids don’t know how to play. They play with their tech toys but if they don’t have those then they don’t know what to do with themselves. They just say they are bored and with spring break here I don’t know what to do with them. I hate the idea that they will just sit with their faces in their gadgets. At Wit’s End Mom Dear Wit’s End Mom: Your complaint is

one I hear frequently from parents. Kids are not taught how to use their imaginations for play any longer. All of their activities are very structured and organized – and they don’t have to think. They can follow instructions but they can’t imagine. So, put away the tech toys for a short period of time and just play. It will be very hard for them to do at first. Try to think of some games – low or no tech ones. Remember the game I Spy? We played games as kids that should be played again. Just go

outside with balls and skipping ropes and make up games, or set up an obstacle course with bikes. Have they ever climbed a tree and built a fort? Start with a short period of time and then try to lengthen the period of time that the tech is turned off. They may actually start to like it. Designate a “no tech time� each day for real play. Ask them to pretend – a concept that may be foreign to them outside of an alternate universe game. There are actually several stages of play that children should

develop through and if they don’t have the opportunity to engage in real play then they won’t develop these skills. Have fun. Dr. Renaud invites you to write to her with your questions and problems c/o the Alberni Valley News. Please e-mail editor@ albernivalleynews. com and write “Question for Dr. Renaud� in the subject line. Dr. Danielle Renaud helps parents deal with both everyday and unusual parenting and family issues. She can be reached at 778-421-1925 or drdrenaud@yahoo.ca

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Top left, Karl Maldaner facets a gem on a faceting wheel. Maldaner is a member of the Alberni Valley Rock and Gem Club, as well as a member of the Vancouver Island Faceters Guild. Above, Joan Hoye works on a piece of silver jewellery. Hoye is a member of the Parksville and District Gem Club. Left, Ian Patterson and Cade Reddick examine the micro mount station at the annual gem show, which took place at Cherry Creek Hall last weekend.

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Community Events THUR. MARCH 15 ◆ ARROWSMITH RADICAL RUNNERS annual general meeting. At the Echo Fieldhouse. Starts: 7 p.m.

SUN. MARCH 18 ◆ BC JUNIOR ALL NATIVE basketball tourney opening ceremony. At the Alberni Athletic Hall. Starts: 5 p.m.

MON. MARCH 19 ◆ BC JUNIOR ALL NATIVE basketball tourney. Games at Maht Mahs, ADSS gym and the Athletic Hall. From 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Goes until March 23.

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SAT. APRIL 21 ◆ REEL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL at NIC campus, Room S108, 3699 Roger St. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Show starts: 7 p.m. Tix: $12 advance, $15 at door. Call 250 760-0044 for more info.

SAT. MARCH 24 ◆ SIXTH ANNUAL HOPS FESTIVAL At Echo Centre from 7-9 p.m. Silent auction plus 50-50 draw. Tix at Echo Centre and Hospitality Inn Liquor Store.

◆ VINTAGE FASHION SHOW AND TEA event. At Echo Centre. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tix: $20. Tix available at the AV Museum. For info. call 250-7232181.

◆ CHILI COOKOFF at the Kingsway Hotel, 3203 Kingsway Ave. From 6-8 p.m. Admission: $9.50 per person.

◆ HEROES WITH HEARTS dinner and dance. Pasta dinner, silent auction and

SAT. MARCH 31 ◆ HOME BASED BUSINESS AND CRAFT FAIR at The Lighthouse Church, 4890 Locke Rd. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ◆ HAAHUUPAYAK LOONIE TWOONIE to raise funds for field trips. At the school, 6000 Santu Drive. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flea market tables: $10. ◆ ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER stunt double Peter Kent will be at the Port Alberni Friendship Centre, 3555 Fourth Avenue. Call Irene for more info. at 250-7238281.

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SUN. APRIL 29 ◆ SCOTIABANK MS WALK from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. At the Somass Legion,

◆ MEMORY LANE TEA Alumni tea from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for past and present staff, board members who attended program offered at Kiwanis Hilton Children’s Centre. Fore more info. call 250-7200957. ◆ COMMUNITY HERE WE COME event and Play Through The Years. From 10 a.m. to noon. At Kiwanis Hilton Children’s Centre. Fore more info. call 250-7200957.

◆ BC JUNIOR ALL NATIVE basketball tourney finals. Semifinals, girls: 9 a.m. Boys: 10:30 a.m. Finals, girls 1 p.m. Boys: 2:30 p.m.

50-50 draw. At Best Western Barclay Hotel. Starts: 6 p.m. Tix: $20 each, two for $30 or age 12 and under: $12.

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New life members recognized at the Alberni Farmers Institute AGM on March 13, at the Beaver Creek Community Hall. L to R: Bob Collins, President AFI, new life members: Jean Drinkwater, Terry Shannon, accepting on behalf of Don and Elizabeth Shannon, Lothar Haack, accepting on behalf of Lothar and Edith Haack, and Ivar Rage.

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The $600.00 was raised by a joint venture between the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and the Port Alberni Boston Pizza. The event was the Toy Run night hosted by the Bulldogs.From left to right are Walter Plumpton, David Wiwchar, Ryan MacEachern (Boston Pizza)Len Bodaly, Mik Mann, Mike Wickman and Adam Hayduk (Assistant Coach Port Alberni Bulldogs). Dennis Dalla-Vicenza z pphoto

The Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club, represented by Laurie Coombs, (left) would like to Congratulate Terry Baum and his wife on winning the tickets to a Canuck game along with a weekend in Vancouver. The MASC would also like to Thank the community of Port Alberni for all their support. Submitted photo

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ALBERNI GOLF /Spring and golf in the air. 21 HOCKEY/ Lady bantams champs. 21

Junior All-Native hits Alberni WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

March madness is coming from March 19-23 as 49 teams and up to 1,000 fans converge on Port Alberni for the B.C. Junior All Native Basketball tournament. Teams are coming from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Interior and Northern B.C. to play in the venerable tourney, which is one of the oldest if not the oldest in the province. “People are going to see some of the best players and the best fans in the province,� tournament coordinator Bruce Lucas said. “You won’t hear cheering and team tribal support the way you will here.� There are 26 boys teams and 23 girls teams playing in the tourney. Defending champs Homiss Wolves from the boys division and Sylix from the girls are both gunning for the title again. In the boys division, Lucas said Lax’kw’alaams, Heltsiuk, and Prince Rupert from basketball’s mecca of the North will likely provide the toughest competition. “Vancouver could be tough if their players from last year return.� On the girls side, Sylix from Penticton will be team to beat. Their rivals from Bella Coola, who they beat for the title last

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year, are back as well. There will be two girls teams from Port Alberni playing in the tourney. While there are no boys teams from Alberni proper, several boys from the Valley are playing on other teams. Several members of the ADSS boys and girls basketball teams are playing in the tourney as well. Native ball is less structured than high school ball, Lucas said. “It’s really its own brand of ball — you have to watch it to see.� It’s different in other ways as well. Some grandparents played in the provincials and now their grandkids do. Fans’ tribal pride in their team eclipses that of any school

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team pride. And there’s a togetherness and closeness, even among rivals, that Lucas said he could see but found it hard to explain. “You can feel the ambience,� he said. Lucas played on the Hesquiaht Braves team that won the junior provincials in 1977. “We only had 10 teams play then and in a tiny gym,� Lucas said. Players are taller and more athletic now, he said. “I played against a guy who was six-foot-one and I thought he was a monster,� Lucas said. “Now there’s guys who are six-foot-five, six-foot-seven.� The tournament was held at the old Athletic Hall in 2009. “There were great

Top, A young fan reacts to an Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ goal in the first period. The Bulldogs lost to Cowichan Valley Capitals 9-4, but the Multiplex was packed to the rafters. Right, A breakaway opportunity in the second period was thwarted by Cowichan Valley Capitals’ goalie Derek Dun. March 9, 2012.

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games there, great rivalries and great players who are gone now,� Lucas said. Aboriginal people took some time to warm to tourney’s at the new hall. “People are warming up to it now,� he said. “This generation is creating its own memories there.� reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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The Alberni Valley Bulldogs extended the contracts of coaching duo Kevin Willison and assistant coach Adam Hayduk through next season. Willison joined the Bulldogs as head coach partway through this season following the departure of Paul Esdale. Hayduk has been with the team since September. Bulldogs’ president Andy Oakes said the move will bring some stability to the team both on and off the

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Alberni golf in full swing KNOX COUPLAND Alberni Golf

The Alberni Valley News welcomes Knox “Porchy” Coupland as the writer for the Alberni Golf Club’s men’s club this year. The first item on the agenda is the men’s spring 4 man shamble. Sunday March 18th is the date and a 9 AM shotgun is the starting time. $30.00 gets you lunch and provides prizes. Put together your own foursome or enter at the Pro Shop and you will be placed on a team. Here is how it will be played. All players on a team tee off, then choose which drive to use. Then, all players play their own ball to complete the hole. The team

then adds the best gross and net together to come up with the team’s score. You must use 2 different team members scores. Each player must contribute a minimum of 3 drives. Six inch improvement will be allowed and traps are rake and place. All putts must be holed out. Men’s Club opening day is Sunday, March 25. The opening event is a four man best ball with the best net and the best gross counting on each hole. The same player cannot record both net and gross on the same hole. Please register in the Pro Shop with your own foursome or as a single and you will be placed on a team. The shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m. Their will be a short

meeting before play starts so please be at the clubhouse by 8:30. There are 13 events scheduled through the season costing $10 to enter. As in the past couple of years Men’s Club dues will be $10, which entitles you to some draws throughout the season and on windup day. The Club Championship qualifying is on July 8 and will be match play again. Any of you hot shot golfers who would like to be Club Champion will have to contend with last years champion Jim Proteau, so sharpen your game. A couple of important reminders. On Sunday mornings there will be two boxes set up. One is for the money pot and the other for the charity closest to the

pin. They are $2 each and you must register your name in each. The charity is usually set up on No. 2 hole. If you haven’t entered please do not write your name on the card, no matter how close you are. Club Captain Fred Fredrickson has a couple of other challenging events which he will go over with you before teeing off on Sunday. Just a reminder, please fill out score cards correctly, last name, gross score, handicap and net scores.

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SOUTH ROCK has positions for road construction workers, BASE - heavy equipment operators (Finish Grader Op). Asphalt - (paver, roller, screed, raker). Heavy Duty Mechanic (service truck). General labourers. Forward resume to: careers@southrock.ca. Fax 403-568-1327; www.southrock.ca.

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

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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

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RESIDENTIAL MANAGER Vancouver Island Community Connections Inc has an opening for a manager with previous management training & experience. Knowledge of the Community Living ďŹ eld and CARF accreditation process an asset. Candidate will need strong leadership skills and experience working with people with learning difďŹ culties and behaviours that challenge. Candidate will possess excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills as well as strong computer skills. Duties include leading and supervising staff; this position also requires the manager to participate in an average of three residential shifts per week. Ability to plan, organize, control and evaluate the delivery of care and all aspects of daily household management. Requires valid class 5 driver’s license and reliable vehicle, driver’s abstract, clear TB test, criminal record check, OFA level 1 First Aid, Food Safe and non-violent crisis intervention training. Wage to be determined; full-time includes oncall and weekends. Fax: 250338-7134 or Email: vanislcc@yahoo.ca Attention: Carol Gjesdal

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PROJECT COORDINATOR WANTED The Port Alberni Shelter Society is looking for the services of a qualiďŹ ed and experienced Project Coordinator. This is a 30 week, 24 hours per week contract position. The qualiďŹ ed candidate will be responsible on a day to day basis to the executive director and report monthly or as required to the Board of Directors. Please send resumĂŠ and cover letter with anticipated renumeration rate per contract hour to pashelter@shaw.ca. Closing date March 21st, 2012 at 3:00 pm. Additional information may be obtained by qualiďŹ ed candidates by email.

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HOMES WANTED

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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CARRIER OF THE WEEK Theresa, 13, has been delivering the News to 69 happy customers in the North Port area since August 2010. Theresa’s favorite subject in school is social studies because they are studying about Egypt at the moment. Theresa enjoys playing soccer and is involved in sea cadets. Theresa has been saving most of her route earnings!!

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FURNISHED room in family home in Sidney. Close to town and bus routes. $500.00 per month. (778) 426-3433 or email: trumanhmason@gmail.com

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Luke Blu Guthrie brings his roots-based R&B sound to Charâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing on Friday, March 23.

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Blu, yeah! Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Charâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing has already seen significant radio play and is gaining momentum. This recording finds Guthrie in the company of an unusual mix of Vancouver Islandbased talent. Jim Guthrie (bass) is Ontario born and has a wide musical history that includes forays into funk and sojourns into soul. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts a 7 p.m. at Charâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing. Tickets are $17 ($15 advance) for adults, $14 ($12 advance) for seniors and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Available at Dolce Vita Bar and Grill and Sweet Avenue Clothing. Charâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing is located at Argyle Street and Fifth Avenue. For more info, please call 250-730-1636.

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Suds director Blaine Ronning and musical director Sandy Bouleau relax for a moment before warming up prior to a performance at the Capitol Theatre.

possibility for Portal Players Dramatic Society this year. He wanted Bouleau for the music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then we got the scores and realized â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;holy crap, this is going to be a lot of workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? Bouleau said. She recorded all 28 vocal lines for the actors so they would have music with which to practice. Then they spent 12 hours a week on vocal rehearsals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were really fortunate with our cast because we had strong singers, and they can all harmonize,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really been a collaboration all the way through. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to train vocalists; I was

rehearsal pianist and Blaine was working on the harmonies,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My heart has always had a soft spot for the music of the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s,â&#x20AC;? Ronning writes in his directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the first Suds rehearsal when our girls sang the Bacharach/ David medley, I knew that we had chosen a gem of a musical to perform at the Capitol Theatre.â&#x20AC;? The band fell together as well, Bouleau said. The

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Have guitar, will travel. That could be Comox Valley musician Luke Blu Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mantra. Armed only with an acoustic guitar and some killer talent, Guthrie will touch down at Charâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing in Port Alberni on Friday, March 23. After consistent gigging throughout the south coast, Guthrie has sharpened some new songs and stories and is promoting his second CD release within the last year. Last year was kind to Guthrie and found him playing to ever growing crowds of fans who have been intrigued by his thoughtful lyrics, soulful guitar and vocal style. The February 2012 independent release of Roots and Blu

Fifty songs. Thirty vocal tracks. Fourpart harmonies. Two in charge of music and one fabulous band. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gone to see Suds, The Rocking â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s Musical Soap Opera, this weekend is your last chance. It goes without saying that music is important to this productionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it is a musical, after all. However, bringing all the pieces togetherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;actors, voices, musicians, vocal tracks, accompaniment, harmoniesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has been a challenge for firsttime musical director Sandy Bouleau and director Blaine Ronning. Suds took them out of their respective comfort zones. The musical features 50 songs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 30 full numbers and medleys. The show features veteran singer/ rookie actor Janet Deakin, veteran actor/ sort of rookie singer Yvette Deveau, newcomer Lisa Fryer, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;badâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singer Chris Arthurs and the inimitable Brent Ronning, Blaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother. Blaine Ronning signed on to direct Suds after Derek Burke put the musical forward as a

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Help celebrate 100 years of fashion, presented by The Vintage Clothing Ladies. The event takes place on Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Echo Centre. Tickets are $20 each and are available for pre-sale only, Saturday March 24 starting at 10 a.m. at the AV Museum. Or call 250723-2181.

Christmas already? Port Alberniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giant crafts and arts fair will return to the Alberni Athletic Hall Nov. 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 for the first time since the big fire. Early bird registration is $75 if paid before June 30. Please call Hanna at 250-723-6653 or Harriet at 250-723-6846 for more info.

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North Island

Comox Valley farm market keeps new location for Wednesdays RENÉE ANDOR COMOX VALLEY RECORD

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Marketing 101 Chris Hergesheimer, farmers market research and development consultant, discusses the business of farmers’ markets during a group session at the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets conference held in the Comox Valley earlier in March.

Ag workshops available Agriculture Going Global, a series of workshops, for agricultural producers interested in exporting, is now available. This new resource, developed by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), in partnership with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), is

designed to help individuals make crucial exporting decisions, avoid common pitfalls, and increase their understanding of international trade and foreign markets. For more info or to find out how your organization can offer these workshops, please contact CAHRC at 1-866-430-7457 or info@cahrc-ccrha.ca.

COMOX VALLEY— The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market will be at its new site on Wednesdays and its old site on Saturdays again this summer. Organizers tried out the new location at Comox Bay Farm (formerly Farquharson Farm) on Wednesdays this past summer. Farmers’ Market general manager Vickey Brown said there were some initial concerns about the new site, including wind, traffic issues and whether people would stop in, but the trial was a success. “We found all those things to be not really issues at all,” said Brown. “People stopped there who had never been there before, who had never been to the Farmers’ Market, so that was great exposure for us and it’s beautiful, it’s a beautiful place to be.” Despite the new location’s success, Brown said it will be a while until the larger Saturday market is moved from the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. Brown said the Exhibition Grounds are a good setup for the larger market because there’s electricity and bathrooms, and the new site needs some work before it’s ready for the larger crowds.

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The Comox Valley Farmer’s Market will be back at Comox Bay Farm this year.

“The Saturday market will remain at Headquarters until we, probably until we get a building up on that site, or at least permanent bathrooms,” said Brown. “Even if we were to move to the new site, it would need to be levelled and seeded and all of that stuff and it’s unlikely that we would get that together for this coming summer.” According to Brown, this year will be used for planning and design of the new building, and then the Farmer’s Market will start looking for funds to build it.

“Once we figure out what the building’s going to look like, we’ll get a budget around it, and then we’ll go looking for cash,” she said. Ducks Unlimited Canada owns the site, and the Farmer’s Market entered an agreement with the organization and the City of Courtenay that allows the market to lease the part of the area that isn’t good farming. Brown expects construction to begin in the next couple of years, and is looking forward to the permanent home for the entire Comox Valley Farmers’ Market.

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Community grower Sherrill McKay works her plot at the Laughing Willow Community Garden in Simms Park at Willow Point, south of Campbell River. The garden is family friendly and allows urban residents the chance to garden. There is also a plot where food is grown for the food bank.


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Central Island

Bottles of maple syrup produced in the Alberni Valley await a blind taste test.

Syrup days The sweet aroma of maple syrup permeated the air around Arrowvale Farms west of Port Alberni last month during a syrup tasting competition. Bob and Ann Collins, farmers at Arrowvale, hosted the event. Judges tasted six different samples of syrup from contestants Bob Collins, Ray Tourangeau, Ken Aylard, Dan Ross and Louis Swann (one

entrant submitted two different samples with variations on flavour). Swann won the taste test, but the real winners were members of the public who learned about the syrup-making process through tree tapping and skimming demonstrations. A lot of local maple syrup was also consumed or purchased that day.

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Bob Collins taps a maple tree at Arrowvale Farms during a syrup tasting event in the Alberni Valley last month.

Barbara Cooper tastes one of the samples at the Arrowvale Farms store. Janet Winbourne pours herself a spoonful of syrup before tasting Sample No. 5. All six syrup samples were unlabelled except for a number for the blind taste test.

Bob Collins explains the boiling and skimming process of syrup making to members of the public who visited his sugar shack.


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Central Island

Marigold garden centre among B.C.’s top farmers ASHLEY DEGRAAF

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Marigold Nurseries’ Brooke Smith’s deep roots in the family business have enabled her one of the finalists of the 2012 BC & Yukon Outstanding Young Farmer Awards. Smith was nominated for the prestigious honour after judges selected her among B.C.’s top three people under 40 working in the

agriculture industry. Smith, the third generation of the Smith family to operate Marigold Nurseries, runs the garden centre on Bell-McKinnon Road in Duncan. The Smiths also own a garden centre in Victoria. “My grandfather started the nursery back in 1944 in Saanichton, and my father and our family started the garden centre in Duncan two years ago,” Smith said.

Marigold Nurseries, Victoria, was strictly wholesale until the early ‘70s, when the business branched into retail, explains Marigold’s website. “The current retail store was built in the early ‘80s (in Victoria). “Les’s son Ray and his brother Len started working with their dad full time when they graduated high school. In 2001, Len retired and Ray is now running the business with his three children Brooke, Rayanne and Randy,

who work at the nursery full-time, and are involved in the day-to-day operations of the business.” Smith, a mother of two, can be spotted with her clan in the nursery’s TV commercials and the kids also “help out” at the store. “We are proud to have had four generations of the Smith family involved in the business,” their website reads. “In the 1996 snowstorm we lost seven greenhouses resulting in

$500,000 in damage. We rebuilt them all and were up and running for the spring of 1997.” To be eligible for the Outstanding Young Farmer Award, participants must be between 19 and 39 and bring in at least two-thirds of their income from farming. They’re judged on conservation practices, production history, financial and management practices, and community contributions.

Planting seeds for the future First Island Agricultural Show draws 1,500, shows public the future for Island farming ANN ANDERSEN

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Examine the history of the Cowichan Valley, and you’ll find a tale of strong reliance on farming. The valley — along with the rest of the island — used to produce vegetables, berries and dairy products by the ton that fed a large percentage of the population. That’s all changed as population has increased. In fact, statistics show that in 1969, Vancouver Island grew 70 per cent of its own food. Forty years later, that percentage had plummeted to less than five per cent. To put it bluntly, if the ferries stopped running today, we’d have food for only three days, says Geoff Millar, Cowichan economic development manager. Organizers planned the inaugural two-day Islands Agriculture Show are hoping the two-day event as a first step in a trend back to self sufficiency. “The principal focus is to educate farmers to make them better farmers and support the work that they do,” Millar said. The February show consisted of a trade show and conference. The trade show was open to the public, and attendance exceeded expectations. “It was absolutely fabulous,” said business development officer Kathy Lachman. “It was great for our first show.”

Agriculture has traditionally been seen as a small economic sector on Vancouver Island.

The gate clocked 828 visitors entering the trade show. That number doesn’t include the approximately 400 school students who visited. Of the 55 exhibitors, at least 12 said they did more business in the first morning than they had at the whole three days of the Pacific Agricultural Show, Lachman said. Only six of the 146 people registered for workshops in Mellor and Scout halls didn’t show, but their spots were quickly occupied by drop-ins, she said. “All the workshops were full and well-received. They all received good comments from the participants,” Lachman said. “Though we could have used bigger rooms,” she laughed. The most popular workshops were on berry farming, evaluating hay for horses and the potential effects of climate change on agriculture, she explained. She said that there was overwhelming support for another show from both workshop participants and trade show exhibitors. “Anything that can be done to promote agriculture is

important,” David Quist of Westholme’s Quist Farm said before attending the event. Quist says it’s been encouraging recently to see more people with smaller holdings in farming. “I believe the island can produce a lot of than we do,” he said. Pastula Farm’s Catherine Pastula said she was looking forward to representing the Island Farmers’ Alliance at the show. A North Cowichan vegetable farmer, Pastula was at the Alliance booth. She was looking for further exposure for farmers and seeking corporate sponsorship for the alliance. “Agriculture has traditionally been seen as a small economic sector on Vancouver Island,” Lachman said prior to the show. “We believe farmers here have the potential to play a pivotal role in Vancouver Island’s food self-sufficiency, as well as provide products to the Canadian and global marketplace, and this show will be one of the steps forward in this direction.” The show stemmed partly from recommendations in a 2009 report on the state of agriculture in the Cowichan Valley to develop a plan for boosting the sector. Major prongs were to provide a healthy, high quality diet for people living here and tourists; and to preserve the character, environment and quality of life of the community. Continued: SHOW/ p6

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Cedar Robinson, four, admires a clutch of chicks at a Buckerfields display at the 1st Annual Islands Agricultural Show at Cowichan Exhibition’s Mellor Hall on Feb. 4.


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Central-South Island

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Ned, who was always a big draw at the Alberni District Fall Fair, died in February.

Popular Alberni fair bull dies Big Ned, a fixture at the Alberni Valley fall fair for nearly a decade, has died. Fourth-generation Alberni farmer Bill Thomson brought the bull to the fall fair every year, and he was always a draw with the kids.

The Thomson family vows to put up a tribute to the popular farm animal for the 2012 fair next fall. Ned weighed a beefy 3,000 pounds at his prime and went down to 2,600 pounds closer to his demise Feb 22.

Thomson proudly boasted that he built Ned on his farm and his mom was artificially inseminated to make him bigger than most. Ned lived his nine years at the Thomsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 112-year old farm on McCoy Lake Road.

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Although much has been written in recent years regarding succession planning for farmers, little information is available for those at the other end of the spectrum â&#x20AC;&#x201C; entrepreneurs new to farming, and struggling to get their businesses off the ground. New farmers have many issues to deal with: financing the start-up costs and operating capital; long hours of hard work required before harvest and sale of crops; and learning the technical skills required for this new venture. When incurring large expenses with little income in sight for a number of months, taxation issues are often not at the top of your priority list. Giving some thought to HST registration, record keeping and reporting method early on, however, can save money and headaches down the road. I generally recommend farmers register for HST, even though it is not mandatory below $30,000 in revenue. Since most food products are zero-rated, HST is not charged on most produce and livestock sales. Farmers can, however, claim HST paid on business expenses, often amounting to a sizeable refund. HST paid on expenses can only be claimed from the date of registration, so early registration is important. Registration as an annual filer avoids having to file a return during the busy growing season. A simple, easy record keeping system can avoid lost receipts and save headaches, stress and a large accounting bill at year end. If you are comfortable doing your own bookkeeping, there are many user friendly,

A simple, easy record keeping system can avoid lost receipts and save headaches, stress and a large accounting bill at year-end.

â&#x20AC;? Negrave knows farming Louise Negrave is a professional agrologist and Certified General Accountant, living and working at her accounting practice in Lantzville, B.C. Negrave has worked as an agricultural consultant and certified organic farmer in the Peace River region of B.C., where she and her partner raised organic sheep and cattle. Following the sale of the farm, Negrave returned to school to become a CGA, and has been working in public practice

inexpensive bookkeeping programs available in the market today. If bookkeeping is not your strength, you can still save time and money by organizing your records neatly. An accordion folder is ideal for this, with one pocket for each month of the year. It is a good idea to keep a clipboard or zippered pouch in your vehicle as well, which can be emptied into the appropriate pocket of the accordion folder at month end.

for a number of years. Although she enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, Negraveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agricultural and farm background give her a special interest in working with farmers and agribusiness. When not working at her accounting practice, Louise can be found in her garden, doing crafts, renovating her home, or working as a volunteer for various community and professional organizations.

Finally, Canada Revenue Agency allows farmers a choice between the cash and accrual method of reporting farm income for tax purposes. The cash method records income and expenses in the period the revenue was received or expenses paid. The accrual method records income and expenses in the period in which they were incurred, regardless of when money was exchanged. The cash method creates tax planning options. Continued: TAX PLAN/ p7

Show, sessions drew 1,500 From: PLANTING/ p5

Also included in the plan were recommendations to form an agricultural development committee and to employ an agricultural development officer. Diversity and scale of farm operations were the themes of the conference as speakers discussed farm business

management, production, small farm development and government and industry programs. One session for example featured a presentation by eastern Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dr. John Fast on succession planning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farmers are interested in what happens to the farm when they retire,â&#x20AC;? Millar said.

On Friday, there were demonstrations for children. Poultry in Motion showed youngsters and others the life cycle of poultry and how to care for them. B.C. Minister of Agriculture Don McRae and Comox Valley MLA officially opened the conference on the Friday of the event.


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South Island

Fighting climate change on the farm

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Laurie Gourlay plants trees on Thistledown Farm in Cedar.

CEDAR – Muddy boots, spade in hand, they’re enjoying the sweaty work of planting trees. About half-way to their goal Jackie Moad and Laurie Gourlay have planted about 225 cedar and douglas fir on their 20-acre farm on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Jackie Moad and Laurie Gourlay live on Thistledown Farm, half field, half forest in Cedar, south of Nanaimo. They’re concerned that climate changes may bring a severe three- to fourdegree temperature shift, with drought and an unrelenting heat. “Last year we planted 700 trees,” says Gourlay. “This year about 500, including the fruit trees earlier in the spring. It’s not going to solve the problem, but it’s a step towards a solution.” “What will it be like in 30 years?” Jackie wonders. “Do our leaders know what their decisions mean to this farm, the small town down the road, our mid island communities and coast?” The couple want to help stop climate change so the beauty and harmony they’ve found in their small farm might be shared by all who come to Vancouver Island. “We’re thinking globally and acting coastally,” Laurie said, adapting an apt phrase to explain why planting trees will help create “local habitat and ecosystem benefits that are threatened by climate change.”

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Laurie Gourlay with trees already thriving.

Jackie’s enthusiastic about digging in the earth, “the fragrance and touch of soft leaves, and cradling the roots just before I bed them down with a handful of dirt. It gives me time, and thoughts about the future.” She talks about listening to the birds, hearing the ‘rustle of wee creatures in the bushes’, taking a moment to be amazed at the V of trumpeter swans passing overhead. “Maybe next year we’ll invite some of those Durban leaders out to the farm,” she said. “A morning in the field, thinking about the future might help them get their priorities straight.”

New ID for livestock, poultry The Ministry of Agriculture is implementing a Premises Identification System for livestock and poultry to enhance management of potential animal health issues and natural disaster emergencies. Federal, provincial and territorial governments have been working closely with the agriculture industry to move forward on a comprehensive national traceability system for livestock and poultry. The purpose of the traceability system is to effectively manage animal health and food safety issues, as well as expanding market access for Canadian food products. Within the national framework, provincial governments have agreed to lead the implementation process

for multi-commodity premises identification and to establish the necessary infrastructure for premises identification. Premises identification enables livestock and poultry farms to be contacted rapidly in an emergency. Over time the national traceability system is expected to encompass all livestock and poultry species being produced in Canada. The current priority is to have farms and ranches producing cattle, hogs, sheep or poultry entered into the British Columbia premises registry as soon as possible. ◆ Farms/Ranches/Stables ◆ Hobby Farms ◆ Feedlots ◆ Pastures ◆ Community Pastures ◆ Hatcheries

◆ Abattoirs ◆ Assembly Yards ◆ Auction/Livestock Sale Facilities ◆ Rendering Plants ◆ Zoos/Petting Zoos ◆ Exhibition/Fair Grounds ◆ Race Tracks/Competition Facilities ◆ Veterinary Hospitals/Labs ◆ Insemination Centres ◆ Research Facilities A premises identification number is a unique alphanumeric identifier assigned to a parcel of land defined by a legal land description, or in its absence, by geo-referenced coordinates. If you have additional questions e-mail BCPID@gov. bc.ca or call the Ministry’s office in Abbotsford at 1-888-2217141.

Tax plan advisable for all From: THINKING TAXES/ p6

These include income deferral through inventory purchase prior to year end, or increasing income through addition of unsold inventory to income. These methods can help alleviate the rollercoaster of farm income.

A meeting with your accountant prior to year end can help you take advantage of these options. Whether you are new to farming or have been in the business for years, following these tips can result in significant savings.

Good financial records are essential for income tax and HST reporting, but more importantly, good records can highlight profitable areas or areas of concern. They allow you to manage your business to minimize taxes, maximize profits, and get on with farming.

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Alberni Valley News, March 16, 2012