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Ladysmith hosts Mini World Cup

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Mini World Cup a huge success Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE


A thousand young soccer players from across Vancouver Island and their families gathered at Ladysmith Secondary School for the opening ceremonies and parade celebrating the Mini World Cup Saturday. Ninety-seven teams played 198 games of soccer during the two-day event. For more photos of the Mini World Cup, please see Page 13.

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Ladysmith’s first shot at hosting the Mini World Cup was a resounding success last weekend, drawing in approximately 3,000 young soccer players and family members to the town for a weekend of positive sportsmanship, team spirit and good-old-fashioned exercise. “It could not have gone any better,” said Mike Rankin, Mid-Isle Soccer Club vice-president. “The feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive.” The Mini World Cup is an annual Vancouver Island soccer tournament for U8 to U11 players from the Island primarily, but it can also include teams from the Lower Mainland and the rest of the province. Over the weekend, 97 teams played 198 games of soccer on six local fields, which were divided up into 21 playing fields. Each team was assigned to a different country and categorized by age and continent. The festive atmosphere could be felt through town, as families rode the trolley to and from the fields, jumped around the bouncy castles at Ladysmith Secondary School, had their faces painted and ate mini donuts. “Every time I passed that trolley, it was full of people; it was fantastic,” Rankin said. Special Mini World Cup events included a spaghetti dinner and pancake breakfast hosted by the Ladysmith Eagles, as well as a dive-in cinema event at the local pool Saturday evening. Transfer Beach was opened up to World Cup families needing camping accommodations for Saturday night and drew in approximately

700-800 people. “The fact that Parks and Rec did that was phenomenal,” Rankin said, adding that for many visitors, it was their first time coming to Ladysmith. “They got to spend a couple of days and find out about the facilities that we have and the parks we have, and they had a blast.” The only incident during the weekend was that a pair of soccer nets at Ladysmith Intermediate School were destroyed overnight by a couple of unknown vandals. Anyone who might have any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP. The Mini World Cup was manned by approximately 40 volunteers wearing the Mid-Isle Blue Army jerseys, not including the 30 referees who also helped out, Rankin said. “Everybody jumped on board — they came out of the woodwork and they just performed,” he said. Many of the referees included local Mid-Isle soccer players aged 15 and younger, who just took their certification courses about a month ago. “This tournament was the first time they have refereed before, and they were phenomenal,” Rankin said. “We had no complaints from coaches, and it’s a passionate game.” The 2012 Mini World Cup was the culmination of months of planning by the Mid-Isle Soccer Club. Organizers say the addition of Forrest Field was a crucial part of Mid-Isle’s bid to host this year’s cup. In the afterglow of the weekend, there is already talk of playing host again in the future. “With the response that we got, I wouldn’t be surprised if people See Thousands Page 3

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Thousands come to town for soccer tournament From Page 1 wanted it to come back,” Rankin said. “Everybody that had a hand in this just went above and beyond, and it was absolutely seamless from start to finish.” Mid-Isle Soccer Club president Willow Hartig added that the Mini World Cup was a weekend that will be remembered forever. “We could not have made Mini World Cup 2012 the best without the help of all our volunteers, sponsors

and local community support,” she said. “Yes, even though there was an incredible amount of planning, hard work, dedication and time invested in pulling this event off successfully, seeing all the smiles on everyone’s faces — especially the players — and receiving all the kind, positive comments made it so worth it for everyone involved!” *** For photos of the Mini World Cup, please turn to Page 13.

Ladysmith council briefs Staff Writer THE CHRONICLE

The Town of Ladysmith’s parcel tax rates have been set for 2012, with no change to water rates and an increase to sewer rates. Ladysmith council adopted the town’s water parcel tax and sewer parcel tax bylaws during a special council meeting May 10. For 2012, the water parcel tax rate will be $100 per parcel of land or group of parcels, which is unchanged from last year. The sewer parcel tax rate for 2012 will be $269 per parcel or group of taxes. This is an increase of $115 over 2011, and the increase is meant to accommodate the significant expansion to the town’s Waste Water Treatment Plant to upgrade from primary treatment to secondary treatment. There was no discussion about the parcel tax rate bylaws around the council table. *** It’s on to the public hearing stage for a proposal for a clustered development of 20 single-family homes at 320 Fourth Avenue Extension. Council gave the bylaw amending the zoning on this property first and

second readings May 7. A public hearing regarding the zoning change will be held June 4 at 7 p.m. at council chambers. This bylaw changes the zoning on this property to Comprehensive Development Two, which includes a maximum of 20 residential units that meet an Energuide 80 energyefficiency standard. The buildings must be set back six metres and 4.5 metres from the property lines, and the maximum height of buildings is nine metres, while the minimum lot size is one hectare. No secondary suites are permitted. There is currently one home on the property, which is about three acres and backs onto the Holland Creek Trail. The property is surrounded by single-family homes, and the proposal is to build 20 single-family homes as part of a strata development. The proposed homes would be about 1,600 total square feet each. As part of the project, the area of land containing the Holland Creek Trail will be dedicated to the Town of Ladysmith, the property owner will provide an amenity contribution to the town, and there will be tree protection, as recommended by a certified arborist.

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Keith Turner of Ladysmith celebrated his 105th birthday on May 7.

Keith Turner turns 105 Niomi Pearson

Turner explained. I had to go,” he recalled. Turner described the love of It was a job that took Turner his life as an independent per- on many worldly adventures, Like many centenarians his son. She passed away in 1997. f r o m t h e s h o r e s o f N e w age, Keith Turner is a living, “Her mind was hers, and it Zealand and Australia to the breathing piece of Canadiana. wasn’t easy to change it,” he Philippines, Malaysia and the Regardless of what his 105- recalled with a smile, adding, untamed jungles of Borneo, year-old mind can or can’t “She used to change mine once w h e r e m a c h e t e - w i e l d i n g remember, his eyes have seen in a while.” guides would lead him through more history than many have After the Second World War the thick brush to deliver and lived through. broke out, the couple moved install cable logging equipment But Turner, who celebrated down to Vancouver with their and other pieces of machinhis birthday last Monday [May first-born son, and Turner held ery. 7], claims he has no “I didn’t particularly secret to his longevity. Quoted in the Chronicle like the jungle, but I “I had an aunt that liked that type of explolived to 112; I never “I didn’t particularly like the jungle, ration; it was interestmet her though,” he but I liked that type of exploration; ing to me,” said Turner. said. “You see the world but, it was interesting to me.” Turner was born in you see the worst parts Manitoba in 1907 but of it.” Keith Turner moved with his famEven after retirement, ily as a five-year-old Turner found himself to Saskatchewan, where he a few jobs, first at a Vancouver taking the odd trip on behalf would spend his youth. In 1929, shipyard, then in Port Hardy to of the company until a permaTurner ventured over to B.C., assist in the building of the air- nent replacement was found. working as Head of Trammers port there. “I had all kinds of guys that in Anyox. When the opportunity arose thought it was a wonderful It was around that time that to work at a new shipyard job, but they’d take one or two Turner met his future wife, being built in Nanaimo, the trips and that was all.” Elizabeth Thomson of Cedar. young family settled on Holden At 105 years old, life is not She was up in the Okanagan Corso Road in Cedar, where quite as adventurous for Turner, with a friend picking fruit for they raised their three sons. who moved to Ladysmith two the summer. In 1945, Turner began work- years ago, although he retained After becoming engaged, the ing as a field engineer for and used his driver’s licence up two lovebirds had an impromp- Madill’s, a job he held until his until the age of 102 and decidtu wedding in Washington State retirement in 1982. ed to turn it in a year ago. while Turner was on business. “ W h e n e v e r t h e y s o l d a “Old drivers aren’t all the ones “In those days [in Canada] machine, I had to go down that are causing all the trouble, when you got a marriage and make sure it got started up it’s also the young ones,” he licence, you had to wait two right, and when they started said. “I wouldn’t start driving weeks; that was the law,” selling overseas, that’s where again for that reason.” THE CHRONICLE


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Town, Chamber partner to promote Ladysmith Lindsay Chung

Versteeg would like to see events like the Festival of Lights showcased THE CHRONICLE as part of the project. The Town of Ladysmith and “My goal is also to really help people Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce promote the area and keep people in will partner to make sure Ladysmith the area,” he said. is featured in a promotional producEven though they haven’t received tion being proposed by DV Cuisine the go-ahead from the CVRD, DV in Cowichan Bay. Cuisine began filiming pruning in Nick Versteeg of DV Cuisine plans vineyards in February. to produce a 25-minute production The project’s overall budget is about the Cowichan Valley — which $23,000, and Versteeg is hoping to he sees encompassing the area from secure 15 sponsors, who would pay Ladysmith south to the Malahat — $1,000 each, and to have the CVRD tentatively called The Cowichan match funds. Valley — A Journey of Food, Art Ladysmith council recently received and Culture at this time. a letter from Ladysmith Chamber of Versteeg shared his plans with the Commerce president Rob Waters Chamber of Commerce during the saying the Chamber would like to Chamber’s April general meeting. partner with the town and partici“We want to film it over an entire pate in this promotional venture, year and get all the seasons in,” he which would cost $500 each. Council said. voted on May 7 to partner with the From that major project, Versteeg Chamber to become a joint sponsor wants to film smaller, four-minute for Versteeg’s project, subject to parpieces for participants like Chambers ticipation by the CVRD. of Commerce and the Cowichan “The Chamber was very impressed Valley Regional District [CVRD] that with Nick’s product, and as a part LINDSAY CHUNG/CHRONICLE Four-year-old Sarina Stirling gets into the pirate spirit for the Ladysmtih Maritime Festival, which is coming they can then use on their websites. of the Cowichan Valley, we feel that As well, he would like to create vid- Ladysmith should definitely be a up May 25-27. eos that showcase what you can do participant in this production and in certain towns and regions for one that it would be highly beneficial to or two days. Ladysmith as a whole,” Waters wrote “We will have a series of videos from in his letter to council. that main project that show tourists Coun. Bill Drysdale expressed a bit what you can do in one or two days,” of concern that the letter by Versteeg he said. “The larger production is outlining his proposal only menalso meant as a piece we can show to tioned Ladysmith once, and Coun. our own people to say ‘look at what Duck Paterson echoed that concern, we can promote.’” but there was generally support for opening ceremony for the LMS’s for a tag team, with the money Lindsay Chung Versteeg is asking for 15 sponsors the project around the table, as all new floating Marine Reception going to a worthy cause. THE CHRONICLE to sponsor the project for $1,0000 councillors voted in favour of spendCentre Fri., May 25. Young pirates will take over each. For their sponsorship, they ing $500 from the town’s public relaHave you found a pirate cosThat evening, there will be Ladysmith once again May 26 will receive the full project, a four- tions budget to become a co-sponsor tume yet? the St’zuminus Cultural Dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as they minute video especially for them and with the Chamber of Commerce. If not, you’re in luck — there at 6 p.m. at the Stz’uminus search for hidden treasure the tourist project. Noting Ladysmith sometimes gets is still some time to find the Community Centre. Tickets are downtown and at Coronation Versteeg encourages groups to join left out in regional marketing, Coun. perfect nautical garb before the available at the LMS office or by Mall during the Treasure Hunt together and sponsor in combination Jill Dashwood thought it was a good Ladysmith Maritime Festival. calling 250-245-0109. sponsored by the LDBA. with one another. idea. The festival, presented by the Maritime Festival activities The Ladysmith Maritime “We have to showcase what we have “Being a sponsor, that has to be a Ladysmith Maritime Society run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Festival’s grand launch will take to offer,” said Versteeg. “It’s incred- win-win for Ladysmith,” she said. “I [LMS], takes place May 25-27, May 26 and Sun., May 27, with place May 26 at 12:30 p.m. ible what we have to offer from think it’s time we partner. If we get and it’s a weekend full of free live music continuing until 8 Throughout the weekend, Ladysmith to the Malahat and from four minutes for our website, that’s family entertainment, mostly p.m. May 26. there will be face painting, Daisy ocean to ocean.” amazing.” centred around the Ladysmith “The exciting thing for the orga- and Farmer Vicki, clowns, First Community Marina and the LMS nizers is come Saturday morning, Nations storytelling tents, chilamphitheatre and parking lot at there’s 200 or 300 kids starting dren’s activities, hay rides, the 610 Oyster Bay Dr. to come down to the festival site, Kids’ Zone Jumparound pirate Throughout the Maritime and they’ve got their pirate cos- slide and bouncy octopus, a Festival, there will be a Kinsmen tumes on, and they’ve got their petting zoo, the Kinsmen beer Bullhead Fishing Derby, live fishing rod and bucket or tackle garden and, for the first time, a music, children’s activities, ven- box for the Kinsmen Bullhead seafood kiosk. dors, Coast Guard demonstra- Fishing Derby,” said festival There will be a rich selection tions and much more. chair Cliff Fisher. “That’s prob- of live music, ranging from the Ladysmith will get a taste of the ably the most fun.” ensemble of 35 professional excitement Weds., May 23 during Throughout the weekend, musicians who form the Naden the Pirates’ Walkabout parade there will be Coast Guard dem- Band of Maritime Forces Pacific, throughout town, sponsored onstrations right in the shallows Canada’s Navy band on the West by the Ladysmith Downtown of the marina, and the Maritime Coast, to the always popular Business Association [LDBA] Museum is open, noted Fisher. two-time Juno Award-winning in partnership with the LMS. There will also be harbour folk singer Valdy, who will be C h i l d r e n w i l l g a t h e r a t tours, heritage boats, tall ships, the featured performer May Ladysmith Family and Friends naval vessels and LMS museum 26 from 6-8 p.m., and Sunday’s [LaFF] at Aggie Hall at 11 a.m. displays, as well as displays by featured performers, Saskia and for a five-hour fun-filled event. the Mid Island Vintage Tractor Darrel. The first hour will be spent at and Equipment Club. Fisher is excited for the upcomLaFF, and then the plundering New this year is the Pirates ing fun-filled family festival that begins, with pirates spreading Duel in the Pirates’ Den of celebrates community and life out along First Avenue. The Doom, which will take place on the waterfront. NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE pirates will take a trolley ride May 26 and 27 at the LMS “It is really fun,” he said. “It to Coronation Mall and get a amphitheatre and is a fundraiser is worth doing when you walk chance to meet Captain Jack for the Ladysmith Chamber of around and see the smiles on Approximately 30 eager walkers from the community and Ladysmith Secondary School participated in the Steps for Life walk Fri., May 11 at the Frank Jameson Sparrow. Commerce. Duelling contes- kids’ faces.” Before the Maritime Festival tants have an opportunity to Find more information at www. Community Centre. Picutred from left to right are walkers Cheryl Shoesmith, Linda Brown, David Brown, Lois Walkling and Kate Glenn. begins, there will be a grand raise a $100 bounty fee or $200

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BC SUMMER GAMES BID COMMUNITY MEETINGS To Gauge Support for a BC Summer Games Bid for either 2016 or 2018 The CVRD Board has requested Recreation Commissions gauge the level of community support to host the BC Summer Games in either 2016 or 2018. The public is invited to offer input during community meetings that will be held in Ladysmith, Cowichan Lake, South Cowichan, and at the Island Savings Centre. These sessions will be hosted by elected representatives at the following dates and locations: Frank Jameson Community Centre: May 16, 7:00 pm Cowichan Lake Sports Arena: May 24, 7:00 pm Kerry Park Recreation Centre: May 29, 7:00 pm Island Savings Centre: May 31, 6:30 pm For further information, please contact: Ron Austen, General Manager CVRD Parks, Recreation & Culture Department 250-746-2635 COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8 Phone: (250) 746-2500 Fax: (250) 746-5612 Email: Web:

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Teams needed for Big Bike TIRED OF LOW RETURNS? Niomi Pearson


There are still plenty of seats to fill on the biggest bike ride in town. On June 11, the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike will roll into Ladysmith, and there are five team time slots left, says Ladysmith event coordinator PJ Halliday. “We’re always looking for teams,” she said. “Even some of the existing teams might need a few riders. We like to have full bikes so it makes it easier for everybody to pedal ... the bike weighs 3,000 pounds.” The bike holds 30 riders, but teams can form up to 29 people, Halliday explained. At press time, there were five teams registered, and they include TOL-LOL [Town

of Ladysmith], Curvalicious lot of people and that’s why they [Curves] and the Outrageous jump on the bike,” Halliday said. Cruisers [Ladysmith Downtown “It could be themselves who are Business Association]. The five a heart or stroke event survivor, slots available are primarily in or it could be family history.” the afternoon and evening. The Big Bike ride lasts approxThe Big Bike event has been imately 15 to 20 minutes and wheeling around Ladysmith weaves a gentle path along the for the last decade, with funds flat of First Avenue and the being donated to cardiovascu- roundabout. The 49th Parallel lar research. Last year’s event Grocery store will also be allowraised more than $10,000. ing the use of its back parking “It is a lot of fun; there’s a lit- lot for the event. tle bit of team spirit and team Participants must be older than building that goes on, especially 14 years old to ride the bike, and when you have a group from all are asked to raise a $50 miniyour work or a team you play mum for the cause. Halliday said on,” Halliday said. “It’s all for a the Heart and Stroke Foundation good cause, and some people provides a website which can come together because of that.” make fundraising easier at www. She added that cardiovascular To find out more or disease and stroke are issues get involved, call 250-245-2477 close to many people’s hearts. or e-mail phalliday@ladysmith. “Sometimes it hits home for a ca.


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Three cheers for Mini World Cup

“It could not have gone any better.” Mike Rankin, Page 1


all me a slave to the all-mighty pun, but I sure get a kick out of watching a good soccer match. And this weekend, I wasn’t alone as thousands gathered in Ladysmith to participate in the 2012 Mini World Cup. In two days, roughly 1,000 kids played 198 games of soccer on six local fields. Take a moment to stop and think about that. It was estimated that approximately 3,000 people came to Ladysmith for the Mini World Cup over a twoday period. It doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to see the potential local spinoffs from an event of that size. So often we talk [and even argue!] about revenue generation — about ways to support our local businesses and make Ladysmith a destination, not a drive-thru on the way to Nanaimo or the South Island. And then there are groups like the Mid-Isle Soccer Club, who quietly go in and get the job done. Granted, they didn’t do it alone. The success of this weekend is also owed to the countless volunteers, the energy and enthusiasm of the players, the businesses and organizations who stepped up to the plate and the town’s staff for donating their time and resources. What I saw was people coming together in a positive environment for a positive cause with positive economic benefits for our town. And all in the name of good sportsmanship and fun. It doesn’t get any better than that. Three cheers to the Mid-Isle Soccer Club and everyone who played a part in last weekend’s Mini World Cup. — Niomi Pearson

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he B.C. government has rolled out its plan to reform BC Ferries, continuing the structural and cultural shift that started when the Crown corporation was quasi-privatized in the early years of B.C. Liberal rule. Politically, there is a lot at stake here. Premier Christy Clark’s year-long “families first” routine boils down to two projects — reining in rate increases at BC Hydro and BC Ferries. For weeks, Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom has been signaling there is bad news to come. Sparring with the NDP in question period, he has bluntly and repeatedly said the days of fully-staffed vessels sailing with a third [or less] of their capacity are coming to an end. Tabling legislation to give the ferry commissioner new powers over service levels as well as fares, Lekstrom revealed $80 million worth of sugar to help the tough

medicine go down over the next four years. That’s on top of the $150 million annual subsidy. Quadra Island politician Jim Abram was first out with the predictable view of the Gulf Islands elite, dismissing this sum as paltry. It’s difficult to capture how self-centred and insulting this is, but I’ll try. Consider that the B.C. transportation ministry spent $460 million last year on highway operations. That’s for the province’s entire vast, weather-battered road network. This year’s operating subsidy to coastal ferries is approaching $200 million, nearly half of that. And increasingly, it goes to subsidize getaways for those who choose isolation for its own sake. Basic financial information also exposes the falsity of NDP ferry critic Garry Coons’ one-note critique. It’s part of the highway system, he constantly says, comparing empty ferries with empty roads while ignoring the mandatory ferry staff and other costs.

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This fiscal-fantasy policy implies another huge increase in subsidy, much of it a transfer from working people to the idle rich who can afford Gulf Islands real estate. A key legislative change will allow BC Ferries to use revenues from its profitable main routes to subsidize little-used runs. This would be even more important if those revenues hadn’t been squandered. And no, I’m not talking about the “fast ferries.” The story is detailed in Head On!, a 2004 book by former B.C. deputy highways minister R.G. Harvey. He describes how the Mike Harcourt government completed the “gross error” of building a new terminal at Duke Point. This run was to take truck and other traffic from congested Horseshoe Bay to the mid-Island from Tsawwassen. An alternative route from Richmond to Gabriola Island, with bridges to Vancouver Island, had been quietly scuttled after the

W.A.C. Bennett government was defeated by the NDP’s Dave Barrett in 1972. On a map, it’s clear this would have been the shortest route. Harvey says it would have cut travel time by half and likely replaced the congested Horseshoe Bay dock. But Barrett would have had to tell his Nanaimo ferry union supporters that they were losing half their work hours. Ts a w w a s s e n t o D u k e Point is 65 kilometres, compared to 54 kilometres from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay. A ferry worker’s shift includes two round trips and loading time. On the Duke Point run, this meant at least eight and a half hours, “thus ensuring the crew at least one hour at double time daily and often more,” Harvey writes. “Later, it became a scheduled overtime route.” Something to keep in mind as Adrian Dix and his crew of union bosses prepare to take the helm. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers.

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Editor: Bill 22 is an attack on children’s right to quality public education and, for teachers, a direct attack on our rights as workers and professionals. This is why teachers across the province have supported the job action plan in response to devastating legislation. The goals of this job action are straightforward — for the government to repeal Bill 22, appoint a truly independent mediator and, most importantly, restore class size and student support guarantees. How does Bill 22 affect your child? • It will mean larger class sizes in all grades, guaranteeing less individual attention from teachers and creating hazards in overcrowded classes. • It removes the limit of three students with special needs in a class and continues to deny students the support they deserve, making it difficult for a teacher to meet the needs of their students. • It imposes a “cash for kids” scheme which would see some teachers being paid extra for having classes of more than 30 students. Teachers believe that this is inequitable and socially unjust and will refuse the payments. The Learning Improvement Fund is no substitute for the fair and equitable guarantees that the BC Liberals illegally removed in 2002. Teachers will not be muzzled when the government is attacking B.C. public schools. Our withdrawal from voluntary/extracurricular activities highlights teachers’ commitment to public education. Because of Bill 22, our action is the only remaining way we can protest against the chronic underfunding of B.C. schools. Teachers will continue their advocacy and work to ensure quality public education is available for every child in this province. Derek DeGear President Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association

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Nine gardens showcased during upcoming tour Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE

On a quiet road in Yellow Point, Peggy McDonald loves to try new things and see which plants will work in her garden. M c D o n a l d ’s 5 . 2 5 acre property will be one of nine stops on the Ladysmith Rotary Garden Tour May 27, and she is excited to share her colourful garden with other people. McDonald and her husband moved to Ye l l o w P o i n t f r o m Calgary 15 years ago when they retired to Vancouver Island. Their large waterfront property features a fish pond, a pond with a waterfall and a bridge, a vegetable garden and fruit trees. McDonald has filled her garden with shrubs, azaleas, daffodils, pulmonarias, peonies, shasta daisies, rhubarb, hellebores, yakkas and much more. “I do my best to have an assortment of colours at all seasons if I can,” she said. Rhododendruns are among McDonald’s favourite plants. “You grow the things that do well, so rhodos and pieris,” she said. “I love all the bulbs that come up, and they sometimes surprise you here and there around the yard.” McDonald is trying to grow woodland plants in a treed area in her yard, including vanilla leaf, bleeding heart and Soloman’s seal. “I’m trying different

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you think about the residents are using, town’s programs, ser- find out how they are vices and facilities. enjoying them, and They are conduct- determine what areas, ing a survey to assess if any, are lacking. which facilities, parks “We just want to see a n d t r a i l s y s t e m s what kind of needs

are still out there,” trends. At that point, said Will Vandergrift, we will recommend chair of the Parks, to council what the R e c a n d C u l t u r e residents would like Commission. “We’ll to see.” look at it, tabulate it Survey informaand see if there’s any tion will be used to

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in the report, such as the development of Lot 108 [now Forrest Field], have been implemented. “As a commission, we said, ‘OK how are we doing with some of the things that have been implemented, and if some of the recommendations have not been implemented, is there still a desire for them,” Vandergrift said. Some of the survey questions include asking participants what activities they partake in when visiting Frank Jameson Community Centre, what programs and activities they would like to see offered, what discourages them from participating in certain activities and how they find out information about services and facilities in town. “It’s good feedback for the town to know,” Vandergrift said. “I know we hear a lot of positives, but it’s nice to get an actual survey.” The commission has also initiated discussions with local dog owners regarding the need for an off-leash park as part of the master plan’s recommendations. “We’re working on that right now, and we have a spot in mind,” Vandergrift said. The surveys must be completed and submitted by June 30. As an added incentive, you can return the survey to the Frank Jameson Community Centre and receive one free admission and be entered in draws for one of several prizes, including a $50 Parks, Recreation and Culture gift card. Pick up a survey at Frank Jameson Community Centre or complete it online at the Town’s website at Ladysmith Senior Citizen’s Housing Society

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Ladysmith welcomes the world — the Mini World Cup, that is

Roughly 1,000 soccer players from across Vancouver Island and their families came to Ladysmith last weekend for the Mini World Cup. Clockwise from above, boys teams compete at Forrest Field, Julia Griffin celebrates a goal, a boy shows his team spirit, photographer David Kuhn‘s bird’s-eye view gives an idea just how many people gathered at the Ladysmith Secondary School fields on opening day, and more game action. Below, Ran, Oliver, Ryan and Frank Samuel Dickman of Courtenay enjoy the Eagles’ pancake breakfast. PHOTOS BY NIOMI PEARSON, LINDSAY CHUNG AND DAVID KUHN

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nities do to help building owners. Coun. Bill Drysdale brought up the matter during council’s May 7 meeting. The commission has discussed the need for a grant program to assist owners of heritage buildings with the cost of façade upgrades and has created an inventory of façade conditions to assist in preparing a grant program, perhaps with a focus on painting building façades. “Grant programs in other municipalities have proven to be a success in promoting a revitalized building

and streetscape appear- decided to look into ance,” the commission ways to clean up the noted in its report to posters and notices on council. the Travellers Hotel on Coun. Gord Horth First Avenue. supported the conThe Heritage cept but wanted more Revitalization Advisory details from staff. Commission has recom“I’m a big supporter mended that the town of the idea, but I think consider installing a staff needs to come public notice board on back with a range of the west side of First costs and ideas of proj- Avenue to limit the ects we’d support,” he notices posted on the said. Travellers Hotel. Council supported “It just gets messy establishing a grant and screams out abanprogram in principle, doned building,” noted subject to a review Drysdale. and recommendation While he said he by staff. could understand the During the same Heritage Advisory m e e t i n g , c o u n c i l Commission’s concern,

Mayor Rob Hutchins pointed out that there is a notice board beside Pharmasave, and people plaster their posters all over the posts when the board is full. “Maybe we should send a letter to the [building] owner to get permission for someone to take the posters down daily,” he wondered. “People will stop putting them up if they only last a day,” pointed out Horth. Council will write a letter to the building owner asking that all notices be removed immediately.

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Ladysmith firefighters were called to this home on Davis Road May 9 when a pot of cooking oil caught on fire and fire broke out in the kitchen. The lone occupant and pets are OK, but the home will not be livable for the next several months.

Kitchen fire leaves house unlivable for months Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

Fire crews were called to a Davis Road home after a pot of cooking oil caught on fire last Wednesday afternoon [May 9]. The lone occupant in the house had stepped outside momentarily when the fire broke out in the kitchen, said Ladysmith fire chief Ray Delcourt. “Somebody driving by noticed

the smoke and stopped and called it in,” he said. “She had pets in the house, but they are all OK, luckily with all the smoke that was in there. They are very lucky.” Due to heavy smoke and fire damage, the home, which was insured, will not be livable for the next several months. Delcourt said estimated damages to the structure are about $70,000. Delcourt said the incident is

a good reminder to residents to use all caution while using cooking oil in the home. “That’s what happened here; it boiled over and caught fire,” he said. “It spreads from the stove to the cabinets and all over ... in a matter of minutes.” He said it is just as important to ensure that all fire detectors and fire extinguishers in the house are functional and easily accessible at all times.

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In 1933, a violent wind- close by. maintenance and thinning, tum was held, with Robert storm blew down thouExotic trees came from there was overcrowding and Selkirk Wood’s family and sands of trees on the hills Loritz Nursery in Saanich, some were in poor shape. other interested townspeobehind Ladysmith belong- some were donated, and In 1983, Crown Zellerbach ple present. ing to Rockefeller’s Western some native trees came from sold their assets to Crown Robert Wood was born Canadian Lumber. They local forests. A greenhouse, Forest Industries, and they in Ladysmith in 1931 and were the parent company of nursery and workshop were employed a caretaker to lived here for 17 years Comox Logging and Railway also built. There were exten- maintain the building and before moving away to a Co., who were already work- sive flower beds, lawns and grounds. career in forestry. He was ing in the Courtenay/Comox rockeries, and people came I n 1 9 8 5 , t h e To w n o f awarded the Distinguished area. from far and wide just to Ladysmith leased office Foresters Award from the T h e y h a d m o v e d t o view the display. space in the building and B.C Professional Foresters Ladysmith in 1936 to start a In 1953, Comox merged maintained the grounds, in 1980. salvage operation. They set with Crown Zellerbach, who and in 1986, much of Crown A commemorative plaque up offices and accommoda- moved part of the offices to Forest land was transferred was unveiled by his grandtion for their workers in the their offices in Vancouver t o t h e M u n i c i p a l i t y o f children and a tree plantold Abbottsford Hotel, but and the rest to Vancouver Ladysmith. ed by Mrs. Donna Wood, by 1947, these had become in 1982. The Ladysmith I n 1 9 9 9 , t h e h i g h w a y who presented copies of inadequate, so they built office closed for good, but through town was widened, Robert’s book The Creek, new offices across the high- before they left, they estab- with the loss of an apprecia- the Beach and the Bush to way opposite Roberts and lished a logging museum on ble area of the arboretum. the Historical Society and Baden-Powell streets. the grounds with Comox’s Later, the area was land- council. At the same time, Fred equipment. scaped, and about 12 new — Wr i t t e n b y K i t Mulholland, Chief Forester In the 1980s, there were trees were planted. Wilmot of the of Comox, supervised the a large number of mature O n O c t . 1 4 , 2 0 0 1 , t h e Ladysmith Historical building of an arboretum trees, but due to inadequate rededication of the arbore- Society

Paterson to lead second Black Track Tour May 27 W e l l - k n o w n May 6 sold out, but Vancouver Island his- he is willing to lead torian, columnist and another walk Sun., May writer Tom Paterson is 27 if there is sufficient noted for hosting Black demand. Track tours of Morden Paterson’s tours are C o l l i e r y a n d o t h e r called Black Track Nanaimo area coal min- tours in reference to ing sites and rail lines, those South Wellington and he is organizing area railway lines inforanother tour later this mally used by minmonth. ers and residents as a With his extensive “public thoroughfare” k n o w l e d g e o f c o a l or walking track. Coal mining history and his dust so thickly coated engaging and dynamic the lines that they delivery, Paterson has became known locally a special ability to rec- as the “Black Track.” reate the spirit of early To add your name coal mining days. to the waiting list for Paterson’s first 2012 Paterson’s May 27 tour, Black Track Tour on contact cchristo@shaw.


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ca or call 250-714-0377. Morden Colliery, No. 5 Paterson donates If the tour proceeds, South Wellington Mine, all tour proceeds to tickets will be $30 for Richardson/Fiddick/ Friends of Morden one person and $25 A l e x a n d r i a M i n e s , Mine to support their each for two or more PCCM Mine and town- efforts to preserve in a party. This includes site, Fiddick’s Junction, the unique nearly-100 a free membership for No. 10 South Wellington -year-old, rapidly-despring tour ticket hold- Mine and Granby. teriorating headframe ers until the next AGM. Typically, tours assem- and tipple still standPaterson’s tour is ble at 10 a.m. at Morden ing at Morden Colliery about four to four and C o l l i e r y H i s t o r i c Historic Provincial a half hours long and Provincial Park in front Park. requires only a moder- of the headframe. Morden’s 1913 headate level of fitness. Each participant is frame and tipple were A small celebration is asked to bring water or innovative in their use planned at the start of juice, a packed lunch of reinforced concrete the tour to celebrate and snacks sufficient and are the only such the 100th anniversary to sustain them for the r e m a i n i n g a b o v e of the start of drilling length of the tour. ground structures for what would become Participants will be on Vancouver Island. Morden’s iconic struc- driven to the various Friends of Morden tures. mine sites but are Mine believe they are During Paterson’s asked to provide their also the earliest in May 27 tour, partici- own transportation to North America. pants will visit the and from the park. — Submitted Your Community

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In memory of David Forrest Baseball teams to gather over long weekend to play ball and honour Ladysmith’s David Forrest Niomi Pearson

age of 15 after returning home from a provincial basketball Dozens of mosquito tournament. Every baseball players are year since the begingetting ready to play ning of the tournaball over the long ment, David’s father weekend as the 13th Denny has helped out annual David Forrest and been a part of Memorial Tournament selecting the award hits Holland Creek and for the most sportsHigh Street fields. manlike team, which From May 18-20, eight is a subject close to teams from Ladysmith, his heart. Salt Spring, Duncan “It’s been a lot of fun,” and Chemainus will he said. “At that age, compete for the top they don’t get to go to spot in the competi- many tournaments.” tion while fostering Denny described sportsmanship and his son as a bright fun. The tournament straight-A student was first started by who loved the game of Ray Irving to fill a baseball and showed need for mosquito- sportsmanship like aged players (nine and no other. 10) to have their own “He liked to play tournament. baseball, soccer and T h e t o u r n a m e n t music,” he said. was dedicated to For more informaLadysmith’s David tion about the tournaForrest, who passed ment, visit http://www. away of meningococ- ladysmithminorbasecal meningitis at the THE CHRONICLE

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From the moment Hunter Lloyd got his first taste of rugby, he was hooked. That was five years ago. Now, the centre fielder splits his spare time between four different teams, including the Celtic Barbarians, a select team of players from B.C. and Alberta. “I like the intensity of it. I find I get kind of bored with sports like basketball. They’re intense, but the physicality is lacking,” he said. “I like the physicality of rugby.” Lloyd first began playing rugby with the Ladysmith Secondary School Blues and knew right away it was the sport for him. He then signed up to play with the Cowichan Rugby Club as well and says the combination of the two teams has had a significant impact on

his game play. “I’ve definitely gotten a lot better,” he said. In addition to attending school, Lloyd plays two practices and a game a week with the Blues, who are currently preparing for provincials, and he will play for the North Island Tsunami rep team in July. In the fall, Lloyd plays with the Cowichan Rugby Club two times a week. “I love to play, but I’m hoping next year to go to UVic and play there,” he said. “They have a really good rugby program at that school.” One of Lloyd’s most memorable rugby moments was the trips he made to Vegas with the Celtic Barbarians in February 2011 and 2012. “I found that really helped me a lot, going down there and playing with a higher-level team,” he said. In March, Lloyd participated in the

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John Cochrane Dec 18, 1913 to May 12th, 2012 Long time resident of Ladysmith, died peacefully at the Lodge on 4th at the age of 98 years. John was predeceased by his ďŹ rst wife, Daisy, and all of his 6 siblings. He is survived by loving wife Joan, (Syme); his sons David (Susan) Cochrane and Douglas (Vickeri) Cochrane, grandchildren Jed and Adam Cochrane, Samantha and Tamis Cochrane, and Joan’s family of Bill Syme (Carol), Linda Moore (Pat), and Laurie Virtanen (Harry) and grandchildren Eric and Lizzie Virtanen, Jim, Mary and Bill Moore. John lived in Ladysmith from 1936 where he was a well known and respected businessman and owner of Cochrane’s Meat Market and later SuperValu. He worshipped at Calvary Baptist Church and served as former alderman of Ladysmith, member of the Ladysmith Hospital Board and many other civic groups. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Hatchwell and especially the absolutely excellent and compassionate care provided by the staff at the Lodge on Fourth for over four years. John and Joan were thankful that he was able to receive this wonderful care in his home community. Memorial service to be held at Calvary Baptist Church on River Road, Chemainus, at 2 pm, Friday, May 18th. No owers by request, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Anne Irene Whalen (nee Pilyk) February 1, 1955 May 2, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our angel Irene. Rene passed away at NRGH Palliative Care Unit on the afternoon of May 2 with her loving husband by her side after a short courageous battle with cancer. The amazing wife, mother, friend and Bubby is predeceased by her parents Anne and Peter and leaves behind her husband Micheal, son Garett, daughter in law Cara, granddaughter Rylee and bulldog Abbie, as well as many close friends and family. Rene was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of all she came in contact with. She loved spending time outside in the yard, taking care of others and recently becoming a Bubby to granddaughter Rylee. Rene will be greatly missed. A special thank you to the staff at NRGH Palliative Care Unit who are truly angels on Earth.

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Please join us for a tea to celebrate Rene’s life on May 26, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the First United Church at 232 High Street in Ladysmith.

Time speeds on, 15 years have passed Since death its gloom, its shadow cast Within our home, where all seemed bright, And took from us a shining light.

In lieu of owers, donations can be made to the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society online at or by mail to 1729 Boundary Avenue, Nanaimo BC, V9S 4P3

We miss that light, and ever will, Her vacant place there’s none to ďŹ ll. Down here we mourn, but not in vain, For up in heaven we meet again.

“It is a far, far better thing to do than anything I have ever done; it is a far far better rest that I go to than I have ever known� - Charles Dickens

Till we meet again, always loved and remembered by husband Jim, daughters and families, Marlene & Chrissy, son Robert and family (Ontario).

Telford’s of Ladysmith 250-245-5553

Forever in our hearts. God Bless. Love Ya Sweetie

WAYNE ASHWORTH (Household Items) MALLORY BRENNER (Household Items) VALERIE ORDANO (Household Items) Deer Lake Properties (Thomas Rd.) Inc. dba Junction Mini Storage 13136 Thomas Rd. Ladysmith, BC 250-245-2760


Re:The estate of Chester Orlando Peel, deceased, formerly of #49 - 1572 Seabird Road,Ladysmith, BC. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Chester Orlando Peel are hereby notiďŹ ed under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor, Bruce McLaughlin Peel, c/o Robson, O’Connor, Barristers & Solicitors, PO Box 1890, 22 High Street, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1B4 on or before June 6th, 2012, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.



Notice is hereby given that to recover charges under the provisions of our storage agreement the goods as listed below will be sold on or after May 31, 2012. The person(s) whose name(s) appear opposite the Goods listed below are liable to us for outstanding charges. RANDALL SAMPSON (Household Items) JARED SWALUK (Household Items) 0881687 B.C. LTD. DBA Royal Self Storage 1200 Rocky Creek Rd. Ladysmith, BC V9G 1B8 250-245-1171

TRAVEL GETAWAYS LONG BEACH - Ucluelet Deluxe waterfront cabin, sleeps 6, BBQ.Spring Special. 2 nights $239 / 3 nights $299. Pets Okay. Rick 604-306-0891

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualiďŹ ed- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.


Thank You The family of Loyd Fair wish to express their thanks for the lovely cards, beautiful ower arrangements and offerings of food. Thank you also for your attendance at Loyd’s Celebration of Life it was very special to us.



RECYCLING FACILITY LEADER I RECYCLING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT DIVISION CASUAL OPPORTUNITIES Casual, on-call Recycling Facility Leader I’s are required within the Recycling and Waste Management Division of the Engineering and Environmental Services Department at the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). Recycling Facility Leader I’s contribute to the effective operation of CVRD recycling facilities by assisting the public with depositing waste and recyclables, performing tasks to ensure materials and the overall facility are well maintained for safety and convenience, and providing relief support to other facility team members. Interested? View the details for this casual job opportunity posted on the CVRD website for complete qualification requirements and application instructions. COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8 Phone: (250) 746-2500 Fax: (250) 746-2522 Email: Website:


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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training.

Executive Director Ladysmith Maritime Society is a 300 member, volunteerbased, non-pro¿t society that has served the community for 26 years. We promote maritime heritage, marine tourism and public access to the waterfront. We operate the 150-slip LMS Community Marina, which has recently undergone a $2 million upgrade.


JANITORS NEEDED for Ladysmith and Chemainus. Please Fax resumes to 250723-5373 or email to:

HELP WANTED 33 YEARS established Ford dealer on beautiful Sunshine Coast, looking for an experienced Automotive Salesperson with proven track record. Please send resume to 1-800-5384504. An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780723-5051. An Earthmoving Company in Alberta is looking for a 3rd year or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will be part of a team maintaining and servicing our fleet of Cat dozers, graders and rock trucks plus Deere/Hitachi excavators. You will work at our Modern Shop at Edson, Alberta with some associated field work. Call Contour Construction at (780)723-5051

Summer Day Camp & Youth Leader Chemainus+Crofton Community Schools

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OPTOMETRIC ASSISTANT: Optometry practice in Ladysmith needs part-time, possibly working into full-time, optometric assistant with strong computer skills. We need hard-working, pleasant person with solid background in customer service. Successful applicant must be available to work a part-time flexible schedule in Ladysmith with occasional travel to 2 offices in Nanaimo. We need reliable, dependable team player, who is well groomed, accurate and adept at multi-tasking. Experience in optometric field an asset, but not required. Please present resume and handwritten letter of introduction in person to #2-225 High St. by 5:00pm May 22, 2012. PROFESSIONAL JOB Opportunities. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately owned, fluid transport company servicing Northern BC and Alberta. We are an equal opportunity employer now accepting applications at various branches for: Mechanics (Commercial Transport or equivalent). Wage Range: $25-$40/hour. Minimum experience required: second year apprenticeship or equivalent. Professional Drivers (Class 1, 3). Wage Range: $25-$35/hour. Minimum experience required: six months professional driving. Field Supervisors. Annual Salary Range: $90-$110,000 (based on qualifications). Minimum experience required: previous supervisory experience. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and eager to learn. Experience is preferred, but training is available. Valid safety tickets, clean drug test, and drivers abstract are required. We encourage candidates of aboriginal ancestry, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities to apply. For more information and to apply for these opportunities, visit our employment webpage at: WANT TO see Scenic BC? Needed immediately . Experienced Feller Buncher Operator with Chipper Head/Mower to work around Hydro Transmission Lines. Must be willing to travel throughout BC (based out of Vanderhoof). $28-$34 per hour + Benefits. For more info e-mail: Send Resume to: SBCJOBS Box 1136, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 or Fax: 250-567-2550


PORT HARDY - Looking for a Journeyman GM Technician. Send resumes to Attention Cory, or fax 250-949-7440.




We currently have the following openings:

Field Engineer Assistant Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Quality Control Coordinator Heavy Duty Mechanics Fallers – Woss & Gold River Hooktender – Woss Chaser – Woss

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JASPER SUPER A is currently recruiting a candidate with good interpersonal and communication skills, with a positive energetic attitude for the position of Full-time Permanent - Premium Clerk. The primary duties include scanning, ordering, receiving, merchandising, replenishing stock, inventory and facing shelves. Candidates require the skills and ability to maintain operational objectives in the Manager’s absence. Computer literacy is a must. Candidates must have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, nights and weekends. A grade 12 Diploma and a clean Security Clearance are also required. Jasper Super A offers competitive compensation, rental accommodations and health benefits package to eligible employees, as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you believe that you are prepared for this challenging position and have an interest in working within a dynamic organization, please submit your resume, in confidence to: Jasper Super A, P.O. Box 818, 601 Patricia Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0. Fax 780-852-5491. Email: We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results.

Medical/Dental Office Administration Programs

All paper counts are approximates ** Indicates a route that can be split up CALL LARA TODAY

RESIDENT MANAGER required for storage facility in the Ladysmith area, starting on June 15. Please send resume by fax to: 250-245-7844 or by e-mail to: by May 21.

Submit résumé and references to CCSA by email: or Fax: 250-246-3501 Deadline: May 25, 2012 EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS


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Arbutus West Enterprises Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons 1115 First Ave., Ladysmith, B.C. Now hiring Food Counter Attendants. Full time/shift work, nights, overnights, early mornings, weekends. $10.60/hr, benefits avail. Apply at restaurant, fax resume to 250-245-0469, or email:

Seeking mature individuals with car or small truck to deliver the new Yellow Pages / Telus phonebooks into Nanaimo, Cedar and Harewood areas.

We offer a competitive salary for this full-time position. Our Whar¿nger and part-time staff report to this position.

Description: Positions to plan & implement summer programs for children & teens.


APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information:

Working with and reporting to the Board of Directors, you are a professional and will provide leadership to all aspects of the Society. A detailed role description is posted on our website at






Detailed job postings can be viewed at WFP offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefit package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence to: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email:










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Ladysmith Seniors Annual Garage/Bake Sale/Raffle Saturday & Sunday May 26 & 27 9 - 3 pm 630 - 2nd Avenue For donation pickups call 250-245-8781 250-245-5658

What’s Happening Email items for publication to production@ladysmithchronicle. com with the subject line containing "What's Happening". This is a free service for nonprofit groups that runs as space allows. As we have pages of entries, publication is not guar-

GARAGE SALES Ladysmith: Yard Sale May 26th, 9am - 3pm. Indoor/outdoor furniture, DVD’s, stereo equipment, TV’s, albums, books, cameras, old toys & tools, framed prints, plants something for all. 413 Parkhill Terrace. For additional info call 250-245-0751.

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Up Coming CALL FOR ARTISTS - the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society is calling for

SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

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APPLIANCES MAYTAG SXS fridge, $350, white 17 cu ft fridge, $275, almond 15 cu ft fridge, $200, 30” almond self cleaning range, $125, Kenmore 30” glass top self clean range $350, white 30” range $150, white self cleaning range, $200. Full size stacking Washer/Dryer $350. Washer dryer sets $200-$350. Washers $150-$250, Dryers $100-$150. Built-in dishwashers $100$150, portable GE dishwasher $100 and more. 6 month warranty on all appliances. Please call Greg at (250)246-9859.






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Chemainus: Lockwood Villa, well kept bldg, 1 bdrm $625, incl. heat & hot water, sm pets welcome.Karen 250-709-2765. Ladysmith: 1 bdrm apt, heat incl., n/p, ref’s required. The Villa 250-245-3583. Ladysmith: bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm suites from $700/mo incl. heat & hot water, ocean views, completely renovated, new management, on trolly route, small pets ok. 250-668-9086.



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- BUYING - RENTING - SELLING meeting Tues, May 15, 7 pm Contact Judy at 250-245-3438 for meeting location. We welcome and encourage family & friends of residents to join us in advocating for the residence in a private and confidencial enviroment . SINGLE LADIES:





TRANSPORTATION MECHANIC Required in Nakusp, BC (West Kootenay Area) Applicant must be red seal certified and able to work on a variety of makes and models of trucks, trailers and components. A CVIP certificate and welding skills an asset. Full time position. Group benefit plan available. Competitive wages. Fax or email resumes to: 250-265-3853 or

HOMES FOR RENT 9914 WILLOW (Chemainus) $1250 Ardent Properties Inc. w w w. a r d e n t p r o p e r t i e s. c o m (250) 753-0881 LADYSMITH: 2 bdrm, renovated house near hospital, 4 appliances, large yard, ocean view from deck, $995/mo, avail June. 1. 250-758-7594. Ladysmith: 2 storey, older home situated on a large lot. 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, rumpus rm (or may be used as 3rd bdrm) and storage space. Large deck with beautiful view of Ladysmith Harbour. walk to town, schools, and Transfer Beach Park. N/S. References required. $1,000/mo + utilities. Available June 1st. 250-2452380. LADYSMITH 3 bdrm, 2 storey home, small yard, NS/NP, D/W, $895 mo. Avail April. 15. Call 1-250-248-4816. LADYSMITH, LARGE townhome, $1000 mo, 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, fireplace, 5 appls, carport, fully reno’d, walk to Transfer Beach, avail now. Call 604-525-7381 or 250-9243494, email: OUTSTANDING HOME1536sq ft, very new, 3 bdrms, 3 bath, A/C, 4-6 appls, free water & strata fees, single garage, close to schools, ocean & dwntwn. Ladysmith. $1300. June 1. Call (250)924-4121.

Royal LePage Property Management Ladysmith: Executive at The Creek, 2 bdrm with loft, 5 appls, gas f/p, covered prkg, n/s, n/p, $1200/mo, ref’s required. Chemainus: 4 bdrm ocean view apartment, f/s, shared w/d, n/s, n/p, available now, ref’s required, $995/mo. Chemainus: View St. 2 bdrm ocean view duplex, f/s, w/d, n/s, n/p, $750/mo, available now, ref’s required. Ladysmith: Warehouse/retail space, 2000 square feet approx., Westdown Rd., available now. Cassidy: Country setting, 2 bdrm mobile, f/s, electric heat, avail now, $850/mo + util, n/s, n/p, ref’s required.

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Ladysmith Inn: Rooms for rent. Daily, weekly, monthly. Contact Barb or Art 250-2455563.

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SUITES, LOWER DEP BAY: 2 B/R, near ferry & bus, lge yard, pkng, $995 inc. utils & laundry 250-244-3509.

TOP DOLLAR Paid! Want To Buy Junk Cars & Trucks for cash. 1-250-954-7843.



LADYSMITH HEALTHCARE AUXILIARY GIFT SHOPS are in need of volunteer clerks for our 2 shops at the Healthcare Centre and the Lodge on 4th. We are also looking for knitters to contribute to our shops. For more information please call Cathy @ 250245-2240.

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real estate 250.245.0545

Jillian Dashwood email:

Families First for over 22 years 122 Ryan Place $320,000

SALE We Will FOR Pay You $1000

LADYSMITH, LOWER 1 bdrm + den, $750 mo, black granite counters & S/S appls, W/D, radiant under floor heat/hydro incl, half blk to town centre/all shops/trolley, parking, N/S, small pet ok, avail immed. Call (250)797-0877. Ladysmith: private entrance 1 bdrm basement suite in a park like setting. Util incl. F/S, W/D. Want a quiet tenant, N/S, N/P, ref’s req., avail for lease June 1, $750, 250-245-7054. LAKE COWICHAN: 2 bdrm, $750/m, 1/2 hydro, N/S, 4 appl., wood burning fireplace, lower suite. ALSO: 3 bdrm, 2 bath upper floor, $850/m, N/S, 1/2 hydro, 4 appl, wood burning fireplace. Ref’s Required. Avail. June 1st. $1550 rents the entire house Would consider rent-to-own

All Makes, Models. 1992, 26 ft All TRAVELAIRE. Newclean, & Used Inventory. Bright, sleeps 4. Twin 1-888-229-0744 or down apply douat: beds in back & fold ble bed. Immaculate condition. Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. Fullincome shower with skylight, genw/ drivers license. DL #30526 erator, air conditioning, 91,000 km. $16,500. (250) 748-3539 WANT A Vehicle but stressed about SLUMBERQUEEN your credit? Christmas 1994 10ft. in May, $500 We Camper. Exc. cash cond.back. Fridge, fund your future not your past. stove, heater, toilet, shower. All credit situations accepted. $4,100. (250)245-7259 1-888-593-6095 BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS! New 2012 Bigfoot Campers have arrived only at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-667-0024

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Ladysmith: 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, close to schools and rec centre, very clean, N/S, June 1st, $1100 + utils, ref’s and damage deposit required. 250245-1230, 250-713-8288.

What’s Happening


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LOCAL HISTORY? If you like meeting new people we need you. We will train volunteers to staff the Ladysmith Museum, opening May 19, 2012, please phone 250.245.0100. LADYSMITH CAMERA CLUB - “Underwater Photography” by local photographers Wendy & Bruce Carey featuring spectacular images taken in local waters and beyond. Tues, May 22, 7 pm, in Hardwick Hall, High St. at 3rd Ave, Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Nonmembers $5 drop-in fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro. www. DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Kiwi Cove Community Garden is looking for volunteers to grow organic produce for the Ladysmith Food Bank. Please contact Bill Tilland 250-924-5269.

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Up Coming be interested, please call Sheila at 250-245-2985.


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Royal LePage Ladysmith has openings for three motivated realtors. If you are considering a move now or in the future, lets talk about joining our Royal Service Group and be connected to the World. Call Robert Cross at Royal LePage Ladysmith 250-245-2252.

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here truly is something for everyone in Ladysmith. Our charming town offers world-class outdoor recreational opportunities, a renowned trail system through picturesque forests, beautiful parks, first-class shopping and dining in the historic downtown area and fun-filled waterfront activities at Transfer Beach. Located literally on the 49th parallel, Ladysmith is 26 kilometres south of Nanaimo and 85 kilometres north of Victoria on Highway 1. Ladysmith is easily accessible by land and air, making it convenient for tourists and also an excellent home for city commuters from Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. Founded at the turn of the century by coal baron James Dunsmuir, the town is one of the oldest communities on Vancouver Island. Ladysmithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown core features buildings that were brought here or constructed in the early 1900s. Stroll along the beautiful downtown core, and you will find history everywhere you turn. First Avenue is lined with photographs and pieces of mining equipment that honour the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early days as a mining community. While Ladysmith celebrates its heritage, the town has all the modern conveniences and amenities visitors expect. Shopping options include groceries, clothing, home decor, the arts, books, health foods, computers and much more, and there are plenty of dining options. With a population of more than 8,500, Ladysmith still retains a genuine smalltown charm, and the town is known for its abundance of community spirit. Come share in the excitement at one of our legendary annual celebrations, such as the Festival of Lights beginning on the last Thursday of November or Ladysmith Days in August. 4

Ladysmith’s beginnings Kit Willmot Ladysmith Historical Society


n the 1900s, Nanaimo was the hub of a thriving coal industry, with many mines in the area. When the coal seams were becoming depleted, a new mine was opened up at Extension, southwest of Nanaimo, in 1898. James Dunsmuir, the owner, intended to ship the coal through his existing facilities in Departure Bay, Nanaimo, but he had previously had a dispute with the Western Fuel Company, over whose land he would have to lay the railway, and permission was denied. Dunsmuir decided to make Oyster Harbour his shipping port, so in 1898, construction of a railway from Extension to Oyster Harbour was started. Coal handling and shipping facilities were also constructed at the harbour; the wharves

were to handle ocean-going ships. Miners started moving to Extension, but Dunsmuir said he didn’t want his miners to live by the mine but at Oyster Harbour. Work started on building houses and shops, and many shops and hotels in Wellington were partly dismantled and brought here on railway flat cars and reassembled. While all this work was going on, the Boers were besieging the British Army in Ladysmith, South Africa. After 118 days, General Redvers Buller led troops to lift the siege. Dunsmuir was at Oyster Harbour in 1900 overseeing progress when news of the relief came, so he re-named the site Ladysmith in honour of the event. Ten of the streets in Ladysmith are named after generals who fought in that war. After the 1914-1918 First World War, demand for coal fell off, and Extension

mine closed in 1931, leaving Ladysmith in the doldrums. In 1933, a violent windstorm blew down thousands of trees on the hills behind Ladysmith. In 1936, Comox Logging and Railway Company came and started salvaging them, bringing prosperity back to Ladysmith. Ladysmith has a very interesting past, and you can find out more about the people and stories behind this town at the Ladysmith Archives or the Ladysmith Historical Society’s new museum. Ladysmith’s archives are located behind the Tim Hortons on First Avenue, and the building is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ladysmith Museum can be found at 721 First Ave. Visit or call 250-245-0100 for more information. 5



The Trans-Canada Highway spans the east side of Vancouver Island. About 30 minutes south of Nanaimo and about an hour north of Victoria, the entrance to Ladysmith is prominently set along the highway. Visitors from the north and the south can take a picturesque drive and make their way to Ladysmith all year round. Arriving by Ferry Visitors can also come to Vancouver Island by ferry and drive to Ladysmith. There is daily BC Ferries service between Tsawwassen and Victoria and between Vancouver and Nanaimo. Once on the Island, there are bus and taxi 6

options for travelling to and from the ferry terminals. For more information about ferry schedules and fares, visit Flying There are plenty of options for off-Island visitors as well. The Nanaimo Airport is located just 15 minutes away in Cassidy, and Air Canada flies to the airpor t seven days a week from Vancouver. The third-largest airport on Vancouver Island has added a second route to and from Vancouver through Orca Airways. Find more information at www. There are also float plane flights into Nanaimo, and the Victoria Airport is only about an hour away.


Ladysmith Maritime Society is considered an access/launch point for paddlers exploring B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coast through the BC Marine Trails Network. Visit www.bcmarinetrails. org for information. Sailing Visitors sailing themselves to Ladysmith can book moorage at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina by calling Mark Mercer at 250-245-1146 or reserve a spot online by visiting www. Sailors can also call Rob Waters at the Ladysmith Marina at 250-245-4521 or visit for moorage opportunities.

Moving to Ladysmith W

ith all the warmth and charm of small-town living and a full range of services and amenities, it’s easy to see why so many people are proud to call Ladysmith home. Ladysmith’s temperate climate is a huge draw for people relocating from other areas of Canada., and once they get here, they quickly discover just how much this hillside community has to offer. If you are thinking of moving to Ladysmith, the Chamber of Commerce is happy to help. The Chamber of Commerce has developed a Ladysmith Relocation Guide, and you can find answers to your questions about schools, churches, temporary accommodations, real estate agents, transportation and more by visiting the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce at 411B First Ave.

or contacting the Chamber Office at 250-245-2112. L a d y s m i t h h a s a n a c t i ve Newcomers Club that is a nonprofit social club for people who are new to Ladysmith. The club welcomes new residents and offers friendship to singles and couples new to Ladysmith. The club organizes a variety of fun activities such as walks and restaurant outings so people can get to know one another and get to know the community. For more information, contact the Chamber Office or contact the Ladysmith Newcomers Club at 250-2459344. Ladysmith also offer s the Welcome Wagon to newcomers. Ladysmith’s civic-minded businesses support the Welcome Wagon in providing new residents with a warm welcome with

free information and gifts. The local Welcome Wagon is another great source of support and information to newcomers. Call 250-245-0799 to learn more. Swing by City Hall at 410


Esplanade or call 250-245-6400 to obtain an information package about garbage and recycling pickup, including service schedules, general information, recycling bags and stickers.

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Staying Here

B&B Guide Beautiful bed Hawley Place Bed and Breakfast The Perfect Getaway

Rhonda and Ed Shirley 302 Hawley Place, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1X9 Fax/Ph: 250-245-4431 Your Home for Marine Life Viewing in the Spectacular Gulf Islands • sauna • hot tub • kayaks • beach 250-246-9770

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nwind and experience Ladysmith on a completely different level by visiting one of our many charming bed and breakfasts. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you in the heart of beautiful Vancouver Island. Dotted throughout the region, each bed and breakfast offers a different experience. Whether you are looking for seclusion and quiet in the woods or a stunning view of the ocean, our full complement of accommodations is enough to keep you entertained and relaxed on this visit and many more visits to come. Soak up the local knowledge from your friendly hosts, and relax in the comfort of their homes. Staying in a bed and breakfast gives you a unique opportunity to interact with the local people, who are happy to suggest activities in the area and will share their passion for this beautiful part of the world. Stop by the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Centre on First Avenue to find out more information about local B&Bs. They will be happy to help you tailor your trip. You can also learn more about local bed and breakfasts through the Ladysmith and Area Accommodations Association. Visit www. for more information.

Call 250-246-1509 or see for details and reservations

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t the end of a busy day exploring Ladysmith and the area, settle down in a variety of accommodations. You’ll find a range of bed and breakfasts, oceanside cabins, camping and a motel. A local bed and breakfast can give you the chance to experience the area on on a very local level. Holiday House Motel, located right on the Trans-Canada Highway, offers easy access to Transfer Beach, the marina, picturesque downtown and shopping at Coronation Mall. Comfortable rooms offer beautiful harbour views. Looking for camping ideas? Near Ladysmith, Rondalyn Resort on Timberlands Road offers family RV and tenting, while Living Forest Oceanside Campground and RV Park has 300 sites on 53 acres just 20 minutes north of Ladysmith.

Comfortable rooms with harbour views. Close to Transfer Beach, shopping and marina. Complimentary breakfast for B&B rooms.

Holiday House Motel toll-free reservations 1-888-310-2299 office reservations 250-618-5830 540 Esplanade (Trans Canada Hwy)

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adysmith’s downtown honours the town’s rich heritage and celebrates its present and future by offering a wide variety of shopping and dining options that appeal to everyone. Century-old buildings serve as the backdrop for a lovely walk along First Avenue. This year, the Town of Ladysmith began recognizing buildings in the downtown core that are of historical significance in the community by installing heritage plaques on seven buildings on First Avenue and Buller Street. The plaques, which can be found on the outside of the buildings, feature a historical photo of the building and a brief history. Inside these buildings are friendly business owners and

staff eager to help you find just what you’re looking for. You’ll find computers, books, health food, auto supplies, craft supplies, banks, a credit union, realtors, a law office, financial services, hairdressers, a bakery, coffee shops and much more along First Avenue. While strolling down Ladysmith’s main street, you’ll discover many signs of the town’s past.The Heritage Route, a self-guided tour through the town, links the downtown core with Transfer Beach Park and teaches you about mining, forestry, rail and marine history in Ladysmith. Spend some time looking at the historical photographs featured in the metal collage on First Avenue. Learn

more about old equipment by explor ing the town and tracking down the the Fordson donkey, the Bull Block, the Ore Cart, weigh scales, a locomotive built in 1923 and many more unique heritage artifacts. Go one step further and visit the new Ladysmith Museum, at 721 First Ave. The museum is run by volunteers, and it features a wide selection of artifacts, photographs, interesting facts and stories. Find historical information at the Ladysmith Archives behind Tim Hor ton’s, then extend your heritage tour to the waterfront and visit the Maritime Museum and take a historic boat tour of the Ladysmith Harbour.

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ove to shop? Whether you are looking for a mall or for unique boutique shops, you can shop ‘till you drop in Ladysmith. Stroll along historic First Avenue in downtown Ladysmith and discover great shopping inside century-old buildings. Inside these beautiful revitalized heritage buildings, you will find friendly store owners who are excited to answer your questions. Along First Avenue, you will find a grocer, a meat shop, a health food store, hair salons, a bakery, a soup and sandwich diner, clothing, housewares, jewellery, pet supplies, real estate agents, shoes, restaurants, a drug store, books, the community newspaper, a computer store, auto supplies, craft supplies and more. It’s all there for you to discover at your own pace. Coronation Mall in south Ladysmith is right on the Trans-Canada Highway and offers a variety of shops and services. You’ll find the town’s only government liquor store, a major food store, a drug store, travel agents, banks, hairdressers, a sit-down family restaurant, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. The friendly volunteers at the Community Police Station in Coronation Mall are always happy to answer questions and visit. Complete your Ladysmith shopping experience by taking the trolley through town. The red and green trolley blends the old with the new — there is air conditioning, but the seats are made of wood. Pulling on the stop cord makes a bell ring.

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ave you worked up an appetite exploring our beautiful town? Satisfy your sweet tooth, your craving for pizza or your plain-old hunger pangs in Ladysmith. You’ll be able to grab a quick bite or enjoy a leisurely sit-down meal in town. At the south end of the town, there are many options at Coronation Mall, including sit-down meals, fast food and coffee and sweet treats. Whether you’re looking for a quick treat or a long, relaxed meal out with family or friends, you’ll find it downtown. You can enjoy home baking, bistro-style meals, fresh-roasted coffee, Asian cuisine, Greek dishes, fast food, pizza and much more in Ladysmith’s restaurants and coffee shops. You can also find all the supplies you need for a picnic at the beach at one of our grocery stores. Start heading north of town, and you’ll find fast food, pizza, pubs and a variety of dining options to satisfy any craving in Cassidy, Yellow Point and Cedar.



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The Arts

Showcasing local artists T

he only ar t galler y between Victoria and Nanaimo, Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery celebrates local art by hosting shows every month and offering a unique gift shop. A group of dedicated artists and volunteers opened the gallery in 2006, and it has grown exponentially over the years. You can find the galler y in the historic Expo Building on Oyster Bay Drive, which was once used as a train repair shop during the mining boom. The integrity of the building has

been preserved, with the architecture being incorporated into the gallery. Huge beams, high ceilings and breathtaking views of the harbour only add to the extraordinary art found in the gallery. Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art is featured in 12 thematic shows a year, which include all kinds of art created by students, international artists, and everyone in between. You will find two-dimensional work, three-dimensional pieces and photography gracing the walls and the gift shop.

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rts on the Avenue is a one-day extravaganza of art on the street that takes place every summer right in the heart of downtown Ladysmith. Started 14 years ago, the one-day festival brings artists and art lovers together under huge white tents on First Avenue. This year, the festival will take place Sun., Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get there early so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss a thing. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured artists are Victor and Josee Duffhues of JoVic Pottery.Victor is renowned for throwing a perfect pot, and potters from Europe have been known to work with him to perfect their technique. During Arts on the Avenue, a sea of white tents line the streets, and tucked under those tents, gorgeous art is on display for sale. If you love art, this is the place to discover everything from paintings to jewellery, pottery, carving, metal pieces, photography, painted glassware, hand-woven items, artisan food and community groups. Meet the artist, enjoy the day and take home a treasure. Live music by local artists fills the air, dancing entertains the crowds, and children have their own hands-on art station where they can paint, draw and create interesting crafts throughout the day. Visit for more information.




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f you love live enter tainment, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find plenty of opportunities to catch live theatre and live music in Ladysmith. The Ladysmith Little Theatre offers the ver y best in local shows. The theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home is the old Diamond School House on Christie Road. Built in 1912, Diamond School had originally been a one-room school, and an additional room was added during the 1950s. The Ladysmith Little Theatre opened its doors in March 2004 and has been growing and building a reputation for providing high-calibre community theatre. This year, the theatre put on its first musical. Find out more about show schedules and ticket prices at www. The Yellow Point Drama Group also hosts shows in Cedar. The group has been providing high-quality community theatre in this area since 1952. Visit www.yellowpointdramagroup.

org to find out about upcoming shows, tickets and times.

Live music There are a lot of talented singers and musicians in Ladysmith, and the town offers many opportunities for them to take the stage. In the Beantime CafĂŠ often hosts live music, and this intimate, cozy coffee shop hosts an Open Stage the second Saturday of every month. The 49th CafĂŠ brings in live music every month, and many of the acts who play in this comfortable cafĂŠ are local. Dur ing the summer months, the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association presents live music on the waterfront. Concer ts in the Park is an annual concert series that offers live music at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre Sunday nights in July and August. Performances this year range from big band and original rock to bluegrass and acoustic folk pop.

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Welcome to LMS Community Marina Close to Town

The many shops, restaurants and services in downtown Ladysmith are only a 10 minute walk or a comfortable trolley ride away.

Harbour Tours

July & August 10:30 & 2:00 Daily other times by request (weather permitting)

Boar “Maritimer”, a 17 foot former deep-sea Board lifeboat lifeb for a 2 hour voyage of discovery. Learn about abou Ladysmith’s rich waterfront history and enjoy enjo local bird and wildlife. Reservations suggested, call 250-245-0109 Rese

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Maritime Museum July & August 10am-4pm daily Visit our award-winning, floating Maritime Museum and be transported back in time to when fishing, coal mining and logging shaped a way of life in Ladysmith Harbour, and view our heritage boats. Groups are welcome to call 250-245-0109 to arrange special visiting times. Donations are welcome.

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arine visitors to Ladysmith will receive a beautiful welcome when they arrive at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina. The Ladysmith Mar itime Society’s Community Marina Visitor Facilities Project, which includes a new floating twofloor Marine Reception Centre that embraces the beauty of West Coast design, has been completed and is ready to welcome visitors. The 3,000-square-foot Marine Reception Centre features many amenities that are important to marine visitors — such as showers, washrooms, laundry, hospitality meeting space and Wi-Fi access. The centre also houses the marina office and a special

events area for hosting group functions. A sewage pump-out was installed near the outer edge of the marina for use by all users of the harbour. Pump-out facilities are limited in the Cowichan Marine Corridor and Gulf Islands — the station will be a major draw to the area and will improve the environmental health of the harbour, which is an historically significant food source for the Stz’uminus First Nation and an important site for the local shellfish industry. A number of accessibility improvements were made during the project. The ramp and docks linking the shore to the floating Visitor Reception Centre were widened and

made more stable to accommodate users of all ages, as well as wheelchairs, carts and increased foot traffic. Electrical upgrades were also completed. The Ladysmith Mar itime

Society’s new Marine Reception Centre can be booked for meetings, conferences, weddings, social events and rendezvous. For more information, visit


• Offering independent and Assisted Living Supports and Service in our modern building located within an urban setting, and in close proximity of all shopping, health and social amenities. • There are a number of studio, onebedroom and two bedroom suites; many suites feature a den and most suites have French balconies. • A combination of government-funded and market suites. • Assisted Living Services to support daily living • Engaging activities, entertainment and recreation • Social and activity programs • Transportation services

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Active Living

Transfer Beach Park

On the shores of the Georgia Straight, just a short walk from downtown Ladysmith lies the town’s premier park — Transfer Beach Park. This centrally-located 28.33-acre park on the waterfront is considered the pride of Ladysmith and is a major gathering spot for activities and community events. Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, Transfer Beach Park boasts beautiful views of the harbour. There are plenty of amenities at the park, including food concessions, waterbased businesses, a children’s spray park, a beach volleyball court, a horseshoe pitch, an off-leash dog area and fully equipped and accessible bathrooms. The Kin Hut and a wide expanse of grass and trees provide the ideal picnic area. To access Transfer Beach Park, turn 22

onto Transfer Beach Boulevard from the Trans-Canada Highway or take a short walk or drive from Ladysmith’s downtown core. One of the most popular activities at Transfer Beach is kayaking, and Ladysmith is known as a kayaker’s paradise. Sealegs Kayaking and Marine Adventures offers guided kayak tours; snorkel adventures; stand-up paddleboard rentals; kayak rentals and sales; Hobie Cat pedal, paddle and sail boat rentals; clinics and lessons through its Eco Adventure Centre right at Transfer Beach Park. No experience is necessary, and you receive a free lesson. Paddle the protected waters of the Ladysmith Harbour, and you just might spot seals, purple martins, eagles and other local sea and wildlife. Bud and Sheryll Bell and their four girls

have lived and worked in Ladysmith for the past 21 years. They have offered sea kayak tours, lessons, sales and rentals from Transfer Beach since 1997. They have expanded over the years and now offer gourmet adventures, stand-up paddle boarding and a Snorkel with the Seals tour.

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ith mild winters, a temperate climate and amazing views, Ladysmith is a golfer’s dream destination. The Ladysmith Golf Club is a nine-hole, Par 3 course located right next to Coronation Mall. The club, which has been offering a fun, lowcost golfing experience since 1980, recently renovated the interior and exterior of its clubhouse. A well-groomed course with various slopes, Ladysmith Golf Club is fun for golfers of all levels. There are plenty of tournaments throughout the year, and the friendly staff offers lessons as well. Call 250-245-7371 for more information. Slightly north of town, Cottonwood Golf Course offers a public 18-hole, Par 72 course that has built and maintained its reputation on beautiful greens, a well-designed course for golfers of every level, affordable golf, and a quality restaurant and event services facility. Contact the pro shop at 250-245-5157 for tee times or lessons. Head south of Ladysmith, and you’ll find Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus. Established in 1948, Mount Brenton is a scenic gem with plenty of creeks, ponds and tower-

ing firs. These combine to make a challenging course for golfers of every level. Call 250-2469322 for more information. Golfing is just one of many ways to stay active outdoors in Ladysmith. Ladysmith hosts a number of running races throughout the year. Ladysmith’s Holland Creek Trail is one of the stops on the GutBuster Trail Running Series. This year’s race takes place June 17 and starts and finishes at Transfer Beach Park. Ladysmith has an active running group, the Ladysmith Striders, who participate in many races across Vancouver Island. Ever y year, the Strider s organize the Cinnamon Bun Fun Run. Held “around the time when November turns to December,” the Cinnamon Bun Fun Run is a popular 10-kilometre or five-kilometre fun run/walk that raises money and donations for the Ladysmith Food Bank. Each September, Ladysmith hosts the Terry Fox Run, a non-competitive event where people get together to raise money in Terry Fox’s name. This year’s Terry Fox Run will be held September 16.

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Explore Ladysmith’s trails L

ove to explore nature on foot? Ladysmith’s beautiful harbour setting and hillside landscapes offer more than 26 kilometres of hiking and walking trails with easy access for residents and visitors to the many natural areas in the community. Christie Falls may be among Ladysmith’s best-kept secrets. The Bush Creek waterfall is located above the Ladysmith Spor tsmen Club Bush Creek Hatcher y. It’s easily accessed when the hatchery volunteers are doing maintenance Sunday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Otherwise, visitors will have to park outside the hatchery gate and walk two and a half hours to the tiered falls. One of the most well-known trails in Ladysmith is the Holland Creek Trail. Holland Creek Trail winds 5.8 kilometers along both sides of Holland Creek.The trail appeals to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and two major access points for the Holland Creek Trail provide ample parking. Access the trail at the dip on Dogwood Drive or at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Methuen Street. The 1.2-kilometre Rotar y Lookout Trail is accessed near the log bridge at the top of the Holland Creek Trail. Enjoy spectacular views of the town, harbour, Gulf Islands and, on a

Heart Lake clear day, Mount Baker. Hear t Lake Loop is a challenging 6.4-kilometre hike that rewards you with incredible views. The hike will take about two hours to complete. Initially, the trail is very steep, but there are rest stations along the way. The trail, which you can access from Davis Road Par k or Holland Creek Trail, follows the lake then meanders to Holland Creek. Intersecting with the Hear t Lake Loop, the Stocking Lake Loop is a beautiful, winding hike that takes you to Stocking Lake.

This challenging 9.3-kilometre trail begins at Davis Road Park and takes about two hours and 40 minutes to hike. Looking for something near the ocean? The one-kilometre Marine Walk trail star ts at Transfer Beach and ambles through the trees to the waterfront. The trail then passes the Maritime Society wharves and follows an old abandoned railway path and ends at the Government Wharf. The Estuary Trail is a shor t 10-minute walk along the edge of the Ladysmith Harbour, which

offers great views of marine waterfowl and mammals. In the fall, salmon can be seen entering Holland Creek. When the tide is low, you can enjoy a shoreline walk to beautiful Transfer Beach Park and connect to the Marine Walk. The Estuary Trail can be accessed from a small parking lot at Kin Road. Ladysmith is also par t of the Trans Canada Trail. The Ladysmith section of the trail begins at the intersection of Chemainus and Davis roads and ends at the intersection of Christie and Strathcona roads.

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Maritime Festival T

here will be pirates everywhere during the Ladysmith Maritime Society’s famous Ladysmith Maritime Festival in May. This free, fun-filled family festival takes place May 25-27 at the Ladysmith Maritime Society building and marina. Pirates are a big theme at the event, and everyone is encouraged to come in their best pirate costume and practise their pirate speak. It all gets started May 23, when pirates will take over Ladysmith’s downtown for the annual pirate walk. A Stz’uminus Cultural Dinner May 25 at the Stz’uminus First Nation Cultural Centre celebrates community. There will be a wide variety of activities all day May 26 and 27, and the Maritime Festival offers a particularly fun time for kids, with a pirate treasure hunt, clowns, a kids’ zone, face painting, a petting barn and pony rides, arts and much more.The bullhead fishing derby is always popular. For those with interests in maritime

pursuits, there will be harbour tours, heritage boats, tall ships, naval vessels and displays by the Ladysmith Maritime Society heritage museum.There will also be Coast Guard demonstrations. This year’s festival will also feature the grand opening of the new Visitor Reception Centre at the Ladysmith Community Marina. Music plays a big part of the Maritime Festival. There will be a rich selection of entertainers this year, ranging from the multi-faceted ensemble of 35 professional musicians who form the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific, Canada’s Navy band on the West Coast; to the always popular two-time Juno Award-winning folk singer Valdy, who is this year’s featured artist. Don’t forget to wander around the many ar tisan stalls and discover the treats being offered by food vendors. For more information about the Ladysmith Maritime Festival, visit www.

Ladysmith Days F

or more than 40 years, residents and visitors have counted down the days to Ladysmith Days in August. Once again, a wide variety of exciting activities for the whole family have been planned in the community. An annual two-day event run by a group of local volunteers, Ladysmith Days celebrates all the talented entertainers in Ladysmith with an exciting lineup of musicians, singers and dancers. This year, Ladysmith Days will take place August 11 and 12. A wide range of events and activities for the whole family will take place on First Avenue, at Aggie Field and at Transfer Beach. There will be new events and old favourites throughout the weekend. The long list of Ladysmith Days activities includes pancake breakfasts, a bullhead fishing derby, a street market along First Avenue, a parade, the presentation of the Citizen of the Year Award, fun children’s activities, a Ladysmith Has Talent competition, live music, craft and food vendors and a colourful fireworks display. Learn more about Ladysmith Days at www.ladysmithdays. com. 26

Festival of Lights F

rom the last Thur sday in November until the first Sunday in January, Ladysmith comes alive with shimmering lights. This year promises to be even more spectacular than usual, as Ladysmith’s Festival of Lights celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. “I don’t know if we can make it bigger and better,” said Festival of Lights Society member Duck Paterson. “The goal of the committee is to make it more memorable. We always have lights, we always have an amazing parade, most of the time we have control over the weather, and we always have a great fireworks show. Our thinking is ‘let’s try to give people something to remember.’ ” For the 25th-anniversary Festival of Lights, the society is looking at special entertainment and new decorations. “It’s going to be an amazing show, and we hope people will remember it just a little more,” said Paterson. The Festival of Lights started in 1987 when Bill Fitzpatrick and a couple of Ladysmith merchants agreed that new and more festive street decorations were needed to complement

Ladysmith’s successful heritage revitalization project. The early focus was to decorate the downtown core, but this expanded to include the Coronation Mall and the blocks surrounding the downtown area. Over the years, the scale of the light display has grown from just a couple of strings to many thousands. Every year, the community comes together to celebrate Light Up Night the last Thursday in November. Santa Claus flips a switch, and the town is filled with sparkling Christmas lights. Light Up festivities include live entertainment, a spectacular parade, a huge fireworks display, concessions and souvenirs. More than 200,000 twinkling Christmas lights are strung up in the streets, on rooftops and on buildings, and the colourful lights are left up until mid-January. The Festival of Lights has become a major attraction, bringing more than 20,000 visitors from all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Pacific Northwest and points beyond. Keep up to date on all things Festival of Lights at 27

Cedar & Yellow Point

Discover the countryside N

orth of Ladysmith, you’ll find beautiful rambling country roads, friendly farmers, talented artists and a variety of beaches, parks and trails in Yellow Point and Cedar. On a broad forested peninsula that juts out into the waters of Stuart Channel in the Strait of Georgia, this beautiful rural area faces DeCourcy, Ruxton, Pylades, Valdes and Thetis islands. The main road into Yellow Point is Yellow Point Road, which is accessible from Cedar Road. There is plenty to discover nestled among the evergreen forests and picturesque waterfront.Take your time and enjoy the natural beauty of Cedar and Yellow Point. Agritourism is an important boon to several of the farms in the Cedar and Yellow Point area. You will also find a thriving art and theatre scene in this area. Discover the farms, galleries, studios and shops on the famous self-guided Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour and Country Christmas Artisan Tour. Visitors looking for outdoor walks and hikes

don’t have to go far. The area offers a great range of trails, as well as many opportunities for paddling at freshwater lakes. Hemer Provincial Park on Holden Lake is a great place to paddle, and the park boasts a great trail system. The 93-hectare park offers bass and trout fishing and a short network of forested trails that lead through the woods to the west side of Holden Lake. Take a walk back in time on the Morden Colliery Park and Trail. The trail runs along an old rail grade used to move coal from the mines of South Wellington to Boat Harbour during the early years of the 20th century. At one end of the trail is Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park, and you will find Hemer Provincial Park at the other end. The Nanaimo River separates the two pieces of this pretty 3.4-kilometre woodland trail. You can also visit nearby Quennell Lake or Roberts Memorial Park, a 14-hectare park located on Yellow Point Road. A peaceful walk through second-growth forest leads to a sandstone beach. Enjoy picnicking, swimming

and fishing in this serene little haven. Listen for barking sea lions and keep your eyes open for great blue herons and the occasional Pacific Loon. Other good picnic spots include Yellow Point Park, which offers extensive and beautiful forest hiking trails, and Blue Heron Park, a beach park with picnic tables, good beach access and swimming. Don’t miss the Cable Bay Trail. Cable Bay is a must-see for the mid-Island explorer. There is a lot of sandstone to explore here, especially at lower tides. The 56-hectare Nanaimo River Regional Park is one of the few remaining natural forests along the lower reaches of the Nanaimo River and a good example of mature coastal Douglas fir ecosystem. A developed trail network provides walkers, cyclists, swimmers and nature lovers with lots of room to play in the woods and along the river. While exploring this beautiful area, be sure to enjoy the area’s wonderful selection of lodgings, restaurants and pubs.

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un on the farm awaits you in Cedar and Yellow Point. These rural communities offer a variety of agritourism opportunities that are fun for the whole family. Yellow Point Cranberries is a family-owned and operated cranberry farm on Yellow Point Road. The 43-acre farm produces more than 20 specialty preserves from its farm fresh cranberries and offers tours. For more information, visit Yawning Acres is a 60-acre working and hobby farm in Cedar. This farm on Cedar Road offers activities throughout the year, including corn roasts, haunted hay rides at Halloween, a pumpkin patch and more. Call 250-713-6304 or 250-722-2719 for more. Visit Hazelwood Herb Farm in North Oyster, and you will find a wide variety of delicious culinary products, all made at the farm, including jellies, breads, teas and herb oils. Find out more information at Visit the farm animals at The Petting Farm at Cedar Woods. Pick veggies fresh from the gardens, walk the wooden trails, enjoy the barbecue and picnic area and more. Visit for more. McNab’s Corn Maze on Yellow Point Road offers an extensive pumpkin patch and corn maze, as well as hay rides and pick-your-own pumpkins. Learn more at While exploring the area’s farms, stop in at the Cedar Farmers’ Market, Cedar Swap Meet and the Cassidy Farm Market and Deli.The Cedar Farmers’ Market is held on the fields by the Crow and Gate Neighbourhood Pub at 2313 Yellow Point Rd. and is open from 10 a.m. to early afternoon Sundays from Mother’s Day to Thanksgiving. The Cassidy Farm Market and Deli can be found across the Trans-Canada Highway from the Nanaimo Airport. The Cedar Swap Meet is held Sunday mornings at the Cedar Community Hall.

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estled among the evergreen forests and picturesque waterfront, there are many unique studios, shops, galleries and farms to discover during the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour. Pick up a tour map at the Ladysmith Visitor Centre on First Avenue or download a map at Take your time exploring the countryside just off the TransCanada Highway between Nanaimo and Ladysmith. The tour is a wonderful way to spend a day driving in the country and discovering Cedar and Yellow Point, meeting artists and new friends. You can’t get lost, and if you do, it will be fun. The ver y popular Cedar Farmers Market beside the Crow and Gate opens on Mother’s Day. Be there early for the fresh farm products. Adding to the charm of the tour, the meandering country roads, the cedars, the smell of sea, quaint beaches and spring air is the artists. JoVic Pottery is right across the road from the Page Point Inn. Hazelwood Herb Farm has a tremendous array of herbs and farm made culinary products. Fredrich’s Honey is so fresh you can smell the flowers.This fully-operational apiary produces and sells honey and bee products. Fresh cranberries, farm tours and more than 30 culinar y treats are available at Yellow Point Cranberries. Bob Belhouse creates digital photography. Honeysuckle Gift Cottage is a unique combination of English country garden and art nouveau. Award-winning artist Claudia Lohmann’s distinctive paintings

are wor th the experience. Intricate and elaborate designs are featured on canvas, as well as up-cycled pieces. Just across the road, you will find Bar ton & Leier Galler y, well known for original art and a unique line of giftware, as well as a great garden. Well wor th the drive, discover Goatwillow Studio Gift Shop, which offers something unique with a touch of humour and charm. The Doll House Gift Shop has been on the tour since the very first day, creating teddies, dolls, children’s clothing and more. There are some incredible Bed and Breakfasts and remarkable restaurants on the tour. Try the Page Point Inn right on the water on Ladysmith Harbour, the Mahle House and the Cedar Plank, or drop in for refreshments at the Crow and Gate Pub or the Wheatsheaf Pub.

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hether you’’re hoping to spend a day by the water or in the hear t of the town, Ladysmith has so much to offer. There’s always something to do at Transfer Beach, as these boys and this cyclist can attest, and we have many special events, including car shows and festivals.

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Upcoming Ladysmith Events August 26: Arts on the Avenue arts festival along First Avenue. August 26: Mike Alviano plays Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m.

May May 25-27: Ladysmith Maritime Festival at the Ladysmith Maritime Society. Community Marina and docks May 27: Rotary Club Garden Show, Tour and Sale. Show and Sale at Aggie Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15.

September September 16: Terry Fox Run at Frank Jameson Community Centre.

June June 27: Ladysmith leg of the GutBuster Trail Running Series. Starting and finishing at Transfer Beach, the race goes through Holland Creek. June 22: Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Golf Course.

July July 1: Celebrate Canada Day at Transfer Beach. July 1: Ladysmith Resources Centre hosts Kemal Evans Band for Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m.

July 8: Bluegrass Fever plays Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. July 15: Brits on the Beach Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Transfer Beach.. July 15: Doug Cox and Anela Kahiamoe perform during Concerts in the Park at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. July 29: The Naden Band performs at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. for Concerts in the Park.



August 5: Elfsong performs for Concerts in the Park at Transfer Beach Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. August 11-12: Ladysmith Days celebration. Fireworks, parade, live music and much more. Visit August 18: Show and Shine Car Show on First Avenue. The show starts at 10 a.m. August 19: Original rock band Kings Without performs at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre from 6-8 p.m. for Concerts in the Park.

November 11: Remembrance Day Ceremonies held at the Ladysmith Cenotaph and Empty Chair Ceremony held at the Royal Canadian Legion. November 22-25: Annual Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Association self-guided Country Christmas Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 29: 25th Anniversary Festival of Lights Light-Up parade, activities and fireworks. The Festival of Lights continues until mid-January.

December December TBA: Ladysmith Fire and Rescue Santa Claus Parade. December TBA: Breakfast with Santa at Aggie Hall. December 8: Mount Brenton Power and Sail Squadron Christmas Sail Past at Transfer Beach.

January January 1: Polar Bear Swim at Transfer Beach. 34

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