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Local physicians try to solve doctor shortage Tamu Miles Gazette

Sometime last week, local physicians working out of Brookside Clinic in downtown Lake Cowichan, posted a listing with the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s (VIHA) career website in response to the need for more physicians in the area. Brenda Warren, in charge of physician recruitment for VIHA, says that the clinic asked for a posting and that VIHA has been aware of the doctor shortage. There is no time target for positioning a general practitioner at the clinic, however VIHA, in cooperation with the province and the B.C. Medical Association (BCMA) say they have been providing strategies that work towards improving access to primary health care for all communities and British Columbians. To this end, the Ministry of Health established the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC). Besides working to help B.C. physicians become better able to meet the growing demands of caring for an aging population and improving clinical and office practices, $137 million has been invested to strengthen service delivery, ensure patients are full participants in their health care, and provide every British Columbian who wants access to a primary care provider access by 2015. As well, the province has doubled the number of first year undergraduate spaces for medical students from 128 in 2003/4 to 256 in 2011/12, and this number will increase to 288 by 2014/15. The province says it has also established one of the most comprehensive funding and incentive programs in Canada to encourage doctors to set up practice and stay in rural parts of B.C. This includes: the rural incentive fund, which provides an incentive of up to $20,000 for doctors to fill a vacancy in a rural community; a rural recruitment contingency fund which provides funds to help rural communities with recruitment expenses; loan forgiveness programs for nurses, nurse practitioners, medical residents, pharmacists and other medical professionals who choose to work in under-served areas; rural education funding to support ongoing professional development; and incentives from the Family Physicians for B.C. for recently graduated physicians to establish practices in under-served communities. However, Ryan Jabs, manager for media relations and issues management for the Ministry of Health Communications, says that physicians cannot be forced to work in any given area. Local municipalities can partner with VIHA to advertise and promote an area in an effort to attract physicians. He says that money has been put towards educating more physicians and providing incentive programs because the province is aware that it is important for residents to have access to primary care. DOCTORS continued on page 9

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Kevin Hewer being assisted out of the Cowichan River at Little Beach by Lake Cowichan Fire Dept. Firefighters. Inset: Hewer is grateful to be out of the cold water and dressed in warm firefighter’s pants and coat.

Victoria man rescued from Cowichan River Tamu Miles Gazette

On Sunday, May 13, Kevin Hewer, his sister Samantha, and two nieces Onna 15, and Lanita 17, had to be pulled from the Cowichan River by members of the Lake Cowichan Fire Department, RCMP and Ambulance. Hewer and his family had travelled up from Victoria to take advantage of the sunny weather and spend some time on the water. However, shortly after launching, they found themselves in trouble. Hewer says he was in his kayak and his sister and two nieces were travelling down the river in an inflatable couch. Somewhere near the bend in the river by the end of Kingfisher Road, Hewer’s sister and her daughters got snagged. When Hewer tried to help them manoeuvre, both his kayak and their inflatable overturned. The women


were able to climb onto a log, but Hewer was pulled down the river hanging on to his overturned kayak with an inner tube floating behind him. Somehow he managed to get onto the inner tube and get out of the freezing water. Hewer managed to grab on to a branch along the bank of the river just above Little Beach and a woman living along the river offered to call 911. Hewer says that at first he told her he was okay because he felt embarrassed for having ended up in that situation. When the Fire Department showed up, Hewer was still clutching the branch and using a shoe to bail out his kayak. He says he didn’t realize how shallow the water was or he would have just stepped into the river and turned the boat on it’s side. Once firefighters were in position at Little Beach, the boat was bailed, and Hewer was once again in the




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kayak, Fire Chief Doug Knott told Hewer to let go of the branch and paddle as hard as he could, across the current to the opposite bank where firefighters were waiting. Hewer had to paddle hard, using his shoes as paddles, and ran out of steam before he could reach the rope firefighters had thrown out for him to grab. Luckily, with more paddling and with help from a back eddy current, Hewer was sucked into the shore just up from where firefighters were positioned and they were able to pull him from the river. Hewer was wet, cold, and tired as he walked up to the waiting fire truck. His vital signs were checked and he was given water and a fireman’s coat to warm up. At one point, he was even given a pair of fireman’s pants to put on because he was still shaking from the cold. RESCUE continued on page 9








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New committee discusses ways to combat climate change

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Councillor McGonigle in town chambers. Tamu Miles Gazette editor On Sept. 26, 2007 the province of B.C. and its municipalities signed on to the B.C. Climate Action Charter (CAC), a pledge committing communities to the goals of being carbon neutral and creating complete, compact, energy efficient communities. At the time, local governments across B.C. joined the province and the Union of B.C. Municipalities in finding ways to tackle the challenges posed by climate change and pledged to significantly cut both corporate and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. At that time, the town of Lake Cowichan

conducted inventories on both community and corporate (town) emissions. These numbers were used as a starting point by which to measure the 33 per cent reduction target against. There were two breakdowns from that study: corporate (or the municipality), and community Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG). Within that study, it showed that on the community level, 80 per cent of local emissions originate from transportation — so people traveling to and from work, etc. On a corporate level, the study showed that the public works building and the Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre were the two major culprits for GHG emissions. Recently, to help meet this goal of 33 per cent reduction in GHGs, town council, and specifically Coun. Tim McGonigle, have created an ad hoc committee on climate change. The town put out an advertisement in the Lake Cowichan Gazette asking community members to sit on the committee and four community members stepped forward: Les Boyd, John Harrison, David Kidd, and Greg Shea. This group is similar to the Area Planning Commission in that members of the community sit on the committee and look forward to visions of the future and bring recommendations back to council for input and approval. The ad hoc committee has had two initial meetings in which members discussed possible ideas for GHG reduction initiatives

and assessed where each member sits with the issue of GHGs and climate change. “So some of the things they came up with was of course energy conservation and recycling — which included organic collection and backyard composting. We also talked about community gardens, tree planting, and carbon uptake within forested areas,” says McGonigle. The group also discussed the idea of energy efficient vehicles and car co-ops, youth initiatives and involving local youth in the programme, and the use of alternative forms of energy such as bio-diesel, wood pellets, biomass, and geothermal community heating. When looking at alternative forms of energy, McGonigle says that it is not always feasible to go for options that will have the least impact environmentally because economics have to be taken into account. There is no funding provided by the province for the CAC to local municipalities, “and some of the communities that did sign on are finding it cumbersome financially. So they’re struggling with budget processes to try to get some of the initiatives off the ground.” And though McGonigle states that there is always money being set aside by the town, these funds are not enough to address all of the issues or to take on large projects. For example, the town could look at switching to electric vehicles. However, these types of vehicles require plug in stations and the infrastructure that goes along with them. None of the initiatives contemplated by the

group thus far have been tabled as budget line items, however they could be if funding is made available. “We all know we have to do something to leave a better place for our seven generations — as the aboriginals think — so we have to think that far ahead, not just one generation. However, it’s a matter of affordability. So their (the committee’s) intent is to look at the low hanging fruit, so to speak; easily attainable projects. Part of it is our fleet replacement that we’ve done through public works.” For instance, the town has traded in an F150 for a Honda Fit. “It’s not much but it’s a little bit of reduction (when it comes to GHGs). The committee is focussing on deadlines set out by the CAC, “but there still has to be other targets to meet whether it be 2012, 2015, you have to get there incrementally, otherwise, as Mr. Anderson (CVRD general manager) said, if you have a 30 year plan and you don’t do anything until the thirtieth year, what have you really done?” This climate change committee will likely have considerable input on recommendations made by the town to the Integrated Regional Sustainability Plan that the Cowichan Valley Regional District is in the midst of developing with the help of the public, local municipalities, and other interested parties (see page 3). The next meeting for this committee is on June 14, 4 p.m. at town hall. Community participation is encouraged and everyone is welcome to attend.

A message of choice for this year’s LCSS grads Tamu Miles Gazette editor

With grad celebrations and ceremonies just around the corner, local parents are starting to think about the well being and safety of their children, and so are the teachers and administrators at Lake Cowichan Secondary School. On April 10, John Westhaver, a public speaker currently touring schools on the south, north, and central coast, stopped by Lake Cowichan Secondary to speak to students. Westhaver received burns to 75 per cent of his body when he was the victim of a tragic car accident on April 29, 1994. Westhaver and three of his buddies had gone out to a pool hall for an evening of fun, but on the drive home something terrible happened. Westhaver’s good friend, who was the designated driver, lost control of the 1980 Chevy Impala. The vehicle rolled several times in the ditch before hitting a telephone pole. Westhaver says that somehow he managed to get out of the vehicle and that a good samaritan, who happened to be driving by, tried to cover Westhaver first with his jacket and then by rolling him on the ground to put out the flames that consumed Westhaver’s body. When Westhaver awoke a month later in hospital, he discovered that all three of his friends had died in the accident. He has had numerous surgeries over the past 18 years, and these surgeries are still ongoing, though he says that at this point they are nothing major. Westhaver says that he began speaking out about dangerous driving about 10 years ago, two years after he had moved to Victoria B.C. from St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He says he started to think about giving back to the community. “I’m at a point in my life where I need to give back,” he says. “I do it because I care.” He would like to think that anyone in his

position would do the same. “Anyone would do this. It’s what any other person should do.” Westhaver says that for him, keeping the youth of today safe when they are behind the wheel, is all about communication and personal choice. Communication between parents and

communication, especially for those whose children are approaching graduation, needs to be done on a one on one basis; person to person, not as parent to child. He sees this kind of communication as much more effective. “Saying ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’ is not effective. You have to communicate

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Dianne Martin, head secretary at Lake Cowichan Secondary, whose back and neck were broken as the result of a car crash on her 18th birthday.

children, and between students and teachers. “I hope that the youth think about the choices they make,” he says. “I hope they don’t drink or do drugs, but if they do, I hope they think about their choices. If you are in vehicle and you feel uneasy, have the strength to speak up and say something.” There is always someone to call for a ride home, including parents. And this is where communication comes in. Westhaver firmly believes that parents need to sit down and communicate with their children. He says that this

why you don’t want your child to do certain things.” In this way parents can educate their children and help them to think about the choices they make and how those choices can have a long-lasting impact on their lives. Westhaver says he really enjoyed speaking with students at LCSS. “I loved it. It was amazing. It’s always good to go to schools and share and get feedback.” After his talk, Westhaver received comments of appreciation from a few of the students at LCSS over Twitter. “It makes you feel amazed when students

give feedback and this (Twitter) is just another venue for them to communicate.” Dianne Martin, a secretary at LCSS, also had the chance to share her story with students on April 10. Martin was the victim of a terrible accident on her 18th birthday. She says that she and the other passengers in the car were not aware of the amount of alcohol the driver had consumed before they went out for pizza that evening. On the way to the restaurant, the driver, tired from a long day at work on top of being intoxicated, fell asleep at the wheel. The car crossed the road and hit a stump and Martin ended up with a 350 pound man on top of her. “It wasn’t so much his weight,” says Martin, “but the positioning of his feet” that did the damage. Martin ended up with a broken neck and back and remains in a wheelchair to this day. Martin (whose surname at the time of the accident was Webb) says that this was her first time speaking about her accident in public and even though she was scared for the first couple of minutes, she was able to get over her fear and focus on the fact that it’s important to remind people about what happened to a local individual. Martin spent three months in hospital after the accident and had to adjust to living life in a wheelchair, but she refuses to see herself as stuck. She is living proof that you can do anything when you put your mind to it. Martin is married and her and her husband have two children, now in their 30s. So 2012 grads, be safe out there as you celebrate your freedom at the end of June, and remember that your friends and family count on you being around for years to come. Each choice you make can affect you for the rest of your life. Westhaver would like to thank ICBC for funding his B.C. coast speaking tour, as well as the Fire Fighters Burn Fund of Victoria.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CVRD seeks input for Integrated Regional Sustainability Plan Tamu Miles Gazette editor The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is in the process of developing an Integrated Regional Sustainability Plan (IRSP) for the Cowichan region. This plan is part of a province wide initiative which originated from the 2005 federal/provincial/UBCM Federal Gas Tax Agreement (GTA). At the council meeting on May 8, Tom Anderson, the CVRD general manager, presented this plan to council and explained that the CVRD is looking for a strong visible commitment from elected officials and other opinion leaders to champion the IRSP; to build staff and community buy-in and to communicate the plan’s key messages. The IRSP is a two year process that aims to achieve a sustainable future for the Cowichan region’s population. It is based on region-wide and sub-regional studies and plans completed by the Regional Distric, the Municipalities, First Nations, and Non-Governmental organizations. It aims to address issues such as land use, servicing, environmental, cultural, social, and economic issues that are unique to the region. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, a sustainable economic development strategy, area agriculture plans, solid waste and liquid waste management plans, a region wide affordable housing strategy, a regional energy plan, a Cowichan Basin water management plan, and a regional parks and trails master plan. Anderson explained to members of council that one of the biggest challenges will be getting the public involved in this process and encouraging public feedback and input. He sees this as a key component to the IRSP and strongly encouraged the town of Lake Cowichan to consider ways in which it can engage its own population. This includes creating a common understanding for what sustainability means. “I’ll go out and I’ll be speaking with the public and you speak to a fellow that’s got an industrial piece of land and his idea of sustainability is you put in three shrubs at the front entrance to the building and that’s green industry. And that’s totally different than what our environment commission feels is green. So somehow we’ve got to get out there and inform the public, educate them and then also get their feedback because the public are the ones that are going to be telling us what

it is they want in this plan, and if they’re not in agreement with it, this plan will go nowhere.” The challenges of community engagement include that of trying to engage the younger sectors of the population. “It’s very hard to get people involved,” says Andrews, “especially young people. When you look at the strategies that have been completed by others, one of the real challenges that they’ve noted is trying to get the youth engaged. It’s a 30 year plan and they’re key in all of this.” According to Andrews, this means coming up with new and innovative ways to create community engagement. Community members also need to understand the reasons behind any given aspect of the plan and how it contributes to overall environmental and economic sustainability within the region. Other challenges include integrating various system components – for example: habitat, biodiversity, public health, tourism, and culture – with the carrying capacity of any particular resource. Creating meaningful community engagement for both the plan and its implementation by generating acceptance and support from all segments of the community. And finally, at the time of implementation, ensuring that all challenges are overcome, adequate financial resources follow through, clear accountabilities and processes are tracked, and there is ongoing commitment and support for the plan. Andrews pointed out that there will be a wide range of key stakeholders who will be affected by and who will influence the plan process. These include elected CVRD officials, North Cowichan, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Ladysmith, First Nations, local government staff, federal and provincial governments, members of CVRD commissions and advisory bodies, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and various sectors of the general public. The budget set aside for this plan is $300,000, with $25,000 going towards fees such as meeting rooms and advertising. These numbers are exclusive of HST. The main objectives of the plan are: to seek and engage all stakeholders; to assess the CVRD’s capacity to achieve sustainability; to identify strategic actions respecting land use, servicing, environmental, cultural, economic and social elements to approach regional sustainability; and to develop a system for measuring progress towards achieving sustainability.

There are four project stages which include: gaining commitment of local governments and putting together a consultant team to guide the project and confirm the proper approach of the project (3 months); assessing the projects scope and conducting background research (6 months); establishing a regional vision and the measures required to attain sustainability (6 months); and finally developing a draft for the IRSP (6 months). Andrews stressed during his meeting with the town that even though this is a 30 year project, it will be divided into five year increments. “In actual fact, these targets that we’re going to set will not be 30 years in the distant future. They will be five year increments because for everyone to say ‘Hey, let’s meet in 30 years’, everyone just packs their bags and goes away (and thinks) we don’t have to worry about it now. But we do. We’ve set targets for five years, just as they’ve tried to with the shellfish down in Cowichan Bay.” Councillors Day and McGonigle, along with Mayor Forrest, did have comments and concerns which they brought up during the presentation. Coun. McGonigle stated that it is important to take into consideration the importance of a good growth management plan and the fact that sustainability and economic growth go had in hand. “Whatever is done in one area does influence the other whether it’s air quality or waste management it’s important to everybody on the same page.” Andrews replied by saying, “So it’s a 30 year document, but the growth strategy is actually a 25 year document. So, you do the sustainability plan, but the component parts between this plan and the growth strategy are virtually the same. The only difference is, you’re not beating people with it.” Coun. Day tied in the importance of a good waste management plan within sustainability, and Mayor Forrest brought up the issue of affordable housing and densification. “If we were to put in a plan asking our developers that we had to have 20 per cent affordable housing we’d probably be at a disadvantage to attracting developers if Duncan, or North Cowichan, or Cobble Hill doesn’t have that same plan.” In telling all developers that they must supply a set amount of affordable housing, Forrest argues that it would level the playing field for areas such as Lake Cowichan.



Calendar of Meetings

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May 15, 5 p.m. - Finance and Administration Committee. To be discussed: TD Green Streets - update on application, controlled substance bylaw, implementation of water parcel tax for 2013, director of finance re: financial report for period ending April 30, building official report for April 2012, director of finance re: Island Corridor Foundation, chief administrative officer re: capital and capacity building projects. May 15, 6 p.m. - CLEC, Lakeview and fire department committee. To be discussed: Marketing plans and business plan for CLEC, Fire Underwriter’s report, correspondence from Brenda Harfield re: Lakeview Park Campground, meeting date to discuss rescue vehicle, job creation program application status, CLEC and lakeview operations and balanced budget goal. May 17, 4 p.m. - Advisory Planning Commission May 22, 6 p.m. - Regular Council June 5, 5 p.m. - Public Works Committee June 5, 6 p.m. - Parks, Recreation, and Culture Committee June 12, 5 p.m. - Ohtaki Twinning Committee June 12, 5:30 p.m. - Sustainable Planning and Development Committee June 14, 4 p.m. - Climate Change Committee June 19, 5 p.m. - Finance and Administration Committee June 19, 6 p.m. - CLEC, Lakeview, and Fire Department Committee

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


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Public wants to be informed I have had several concerned citizens approach me over the past couple of weeks saying that they are unsatisfied with town council and the way in which, to some extent, the town is being run. The majority of these people state that they feel that decisions are being made without public input and that bylaws, infrastructure initiatives and budget items are being passed without proper public consultation. I don’t think this is anything new in any political environment, however it is something that should be looked at from both sides. Town council and the mayor need to take steps to open communication with the public, and the citizens of Lake Cowichan need to remember that council meetings are a regular occurrence and that they are invited to attend each meeting (Tuesdays at 5 p.m.). However, that being said, I am a working mother whose day is very full, and, until now, I have never been a very politically active person. But, I do care about what happens in my community. I want to know the issues. I want to have input. I want to know that my children will inherit a world, or at least a community, that is sustainable, prosperous, safe, and clearly visioned. But I do not have time, at the end of my day, to attend meetings, go to rallies, be part of planning, or to do all of the things that are required of someone who has taken on the role of a public figure. And I’m sure I’m not alone. So how do these things become balanced? My advice to council and town officials, for what it’s worth, is to utilize the internet and the media as much as possible. To take a stance that is open and engaging towards the public. To think outside the box when it comes to creating public engagement and input. This could include online polls, strategic advertising, creating public forums for debate outside of council meeting dates and times. To help try and facilitate more awareness in the community about what council is up to, I have started a new town council calendar (see page 3) which will be updated each week. In this way, I hope help to keep the public up to speed and informed. Concerned citizens can also keep abreast of current town events by going to the town’s website, or to the town’s Facebook page As always, the Lake Cowichan Gazette would like to hear from you, the public, about issues that concern your every day life and your community. If you would like to see coverage on a certain initiative, controversy, or idea, contact our office by emailing editor@, or phone 250-749-4383. —

High Five

High Five to the Lake Cowichan Fire Department for their quick response to a family in distress on the Cowichan River over the weekend. Their quick and knowledgeable response was deeply appreciated by the young man, his sister, and two nieces. Fire Chief, Doug Knott, says river enthusiasts pose more and more of a problem for the department and he intends to start fundraising for better equipment to deal with issues such as this in the near future.


B.C. Liberals try election gag law again Black Press Joe Trasolini and Gwen O’Mahony were sworn in Wednesday as the B.C.’s newest MLAs. The election of Trasolini in Port Moody-Coquitlam and O’Mahony in By Tom Fletcher Chilliwack-Hope bring the standings in the B.C. legislature to B.C. Liberals 46, NDP 36, and three independents. The two MLAs won by-elections April 19 to replace retired B.C. Liberal cabinet ministers Barry Penner and Iain Black, both of whom took private sector jobs in Vancouver. O’Mahony took the Chilliwack-Hope constituency on her third run for public office, helped by a strong showing from the B.C. Conservatives. Trasolini won easily in the region where he served as councillor and mayor since 1996. NDP leader Adrian Dix said both new MLAs

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Our children are our future The following is a letter that was also sent to the Minister of Public Education Our children are our future. I have had children in the public school system for 22 years. The degradation of the services, courses offered, extracurricular activities, and facilities is absolutely appalling. We live in one of the richest countries in the world and yet the Ministry of Education does not feel the need, nor do they want, to properly fund public education. These children will be running our country, making plans for us when we are elderly, and looking after us in the years to come. Do we really want them uneducated to the extent that is being forced because of insufficient learning opportunities due to lack of funding? I am writing to demand a more just funding formula for my child’s educational rights and to demand that the ministry puts forth more money towards public education and bring it up to par with inflation and the needs of our present educational needs. There IS money available. The cuts from public education funding are astronomical and have never included the cost increases to expenses and have never helped to improve educational opportunities. Does your vehicle still cost $10 to fill up at the gas station? We are in full support of the forward thinking trustees who represent School District 79 in the Cowichan Valley. The trustees are sending in a budget that will properly represent the monetary needs of educating our children. It doesn’t matter that some schools in the province have less children than 20 years ago. These children still need and deserve a proper education in order to become successful adults. I want my youngest son to have more opportunities than my older children or at least be able to take chemistry, physics, music, metal work, mechanics, etc. if he chooses (these are presently not available). In the ministries OWN mandate it states that all children have a legal right to a good education despite demographic or socio-economic differences. Start following your own mandate. Perhaps you should read it so you know what your it states. When there is an emergency or catastrophe in Canada there is money that miraculously appears to help people. Well, this is catastrophe in progress! My taxes have continued to climb and so be it. However, the amount of money being funneled away from educational needs into other areas like corporate tax breaks is unacceptable. Closing schools and making cuts to teaching and service staff has not, and will not, solve the problem of lack of proper funding. After all when a school is closed down or sold 75 per cent of the money goes into the government’s general funds. It does not go back into the district! With the present Malahat upgrades that are absolutely needed how did that money magically appear? Are you going to now take back 50 per cent and tell the contractor to figure out how to build a good road for that amount? That is exactly what you are telling the school trustees to do. Enough is enough and we are fully supporting the budget that is being sent in for School District 79. We expect you to uphold your agreement to follow your mandate and start funding public education in B.C. adequately! Jane Martin Lake Cowichan

Promoting CLEC as tourist destination I had the privilege of attending an inspirational and motivating presentation by Ross Milnthorp, director of leisure services and general manager of Parks, Recreation & Culture in Campbell River on May 26, at Cowichan Lake Recreation. The topic was how promoting leisure activities could benefit local businesses, tourism, bring money into our community, and assist Cowichan Lake in becoming a more desired destination. Cowichan Lake is located on the Circle Route and, in my opinion, a perfect location for tourists of all ages to enjoy our beautiful lake and countryside. It has outstanding potential as an outdoor destination for hiking, biking, quadding, kayaking, swimming, and more. Cowichan Lake had many campgrounds in the 70s: Castaways, Cedars, and Tradewinds, to name a few, and was a very popular destination for Victoria residents and the surrounding area. To entice more tourists back into our area we desperately need more affordable accommodation, RV parks, and campgrounds for families. Cowichan Lake Education Centre (CLEC) again comes to mind. CLEC is owned and operated by the Town of Lake Cowichan. It will accommodate approximately 100 people and is operated as an all inclusive group destination with a minimum of 15 people. With respect, in my opinion, CLEC is under-utilized and sits idle much of the year; we live close by. If CLEC were operated in a more flexible manner — similar to a hostel situation — and opened its doors to individuals, with an option of meals included, I feel it has the potential to be a huge asset to our community. Is it possible for CLEC to partner with Hostelling International and gain worldwide publicity? Tofino’s hostel does a thriving business year round, as does Yellow Point Lodge (YPL) near Ladysmith (a family owned all-inclusive resort similar to CLEC.) Yellow Point Lodge is more reasonable than CLEC is and rented on an individual basis. See the website Bill and I treat ourselves twice a year to YPL with a group of hiking friends from Victoria. With today’s economy many people are on a tight budget. Last year I attempted, with our local Cowichan Lake Retreads Hiking Club in partnership with Cowichan Lake Recreation, a two-night hiking retreat at CLEC to promote trails on Vancouver Island — and in particular Cowichan Lake — on behalf of Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association (VISTA or SPINE). It was well publicized by Cowichan Lake Recreation and VISTA to all hiking clubs on Vancouver Island. The response was poor and the hiking retreat cancelled. The feedback: great idea but too expensive! I have been fortunate enough to travel numerous times with a Victoria hiking club to destinations in the U.S., Italy, England, and Europe, all on a limited budget. We stay in campgrounds, hostels, B&Bs, motels and have rented houses with shared expenses. In my experience most outdoor enthusiasts will choose accommodation affordable to all participants. Make CLEC affordable to all. Rent on an individual or group basis — accommodation only if preferred — and more people will come. As Cowichan Lake grows all businesses will benefit including B&Bs, cabins, hotels, restaurants and so on. Jean Cozens Lake Cowichan, B.C.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-224 The Commission has received the following application: Deadline for submission of interventions/ comments/answers: 18 May 2012. • Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society – licence to operate an English-language low-power FM community radio station – Lake Cowichan, British Columbia For further information, please consult Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-224, on the CRTC website at under “Public Proceedings” or call our toll free number 1-877-249-CRTC.


DATE: Thursday, May 24, 2012 PLACE: Youbou Community Hall (Lower Hall) 8550 Hemlock Street, Youbou, BC TIME: 7:00 p.m. Van Isle Development Corporation is proposing to rezone 50 existing strata lots and an 8.0 hectare upland portion of land located in Marble Bay (Meade Creek area). The subject property is presently zoned Tourist Commerical 4 Zone (C-4) and a new zone is being proposed for the lands entitled Lakeview Recreational 11 Zone. This new zone would permit both seasonal and year round residency on the lands. Under the existing zoning, the cottages can only be to be occupied by any one individual or family for up to a maximum of 22 weeks in a calendar year. The Electoral Area Services Committee of the CVRD directed that a public meeting be held in the community before the CVRD Board decides whether this application should proceed to the bylaw amendment stage. In the event that does happen, there would be a formal public hearing in the community at a later date. The purpose of the public meeting is twofold: firstly, to generally familiarise the Meade Creek area with the proposed bylaw amendment; and secondly, to provide preliminary community input (questions and comments) on the proposal. This community input will greatly assist the CVRD Directors when they consider this application.

At the public meeting, the applicant will make a presentation regarding their land use proposal. After this presentation, the CVRD will facilitate a question and answer session, as well as take comments from persons who deem their interests to be affected by this application. CVRD staff will be present in order to answer questions that are related to planning policy, and the applicants will answer questions about the particulars of the rezoning application. A summary of the proceedings will be recorded by CVRD staff and presented to the CVRD Board in due course. Prior to attending the Public Meeting, information may be obtained by contacting Dana Leitch, Planner II, Development Services Division, at the CVRD by telephone at 250-746-2620, by email at: or at the Planning & Development Department located at 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC. Note: the CVRD has prepared a staff report to the Electoral Area Services Committee related to this proposal. You may request a copy by sending an email to the address noted above or telephoning the CVRD office. COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT 175 Ingram Street Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


A bird’s eye view of our past NOTICE OF OPEN BOARD MEETING The Open Board Meeting of the Board of Education will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Blue Gym at Mount Prevost Middle School, 6177 Somenos Road.

Trevor Green’s journals (1960s -1980) give glimpses of everyday life throughout the village

Third and Final Reading of the 2012-2013 Annual Budget will be considered at this meeting. By Rolli Gunderson



Cowichan Lake Baptist Church

Lake Cowichan Christian Fellowship

8259 Beaver Road Lake Cowichan

57 King George St. South Lake Cowichan

Sunday Service 10:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am

Sunday Service 10:30am

Pastor Dale Winters

Pastor Terry Hale


United Lake Cowichan United Church


Roman Catholic Congregational St. Louis de Montfort

‘New Hope’ Community Church

60 Fern Road Lake Cowichan

10648 Youbou Rd, Youbou

Sunday Service 10:30 am

• Rosary at Noon • Mass Sunday at 12:30pm

Breakfast at 10:00 am Sunday Service 11:00 am

Rev. Greg Darjes

Fr. Alfredo Monacelli

Rev. Vikki Marrs

10 King George Street Lake Cowichan




FIESTA LATINA A Taste of Peru Music, Food, Dancing and and Film Music, Food, Dancing Film

Sunday, May 20, 2012 Multipurpose Room, Cowichan Lake Recreation Centre 6pm-9pm Free Admission Family Event. Everyone Welcome Co Sponsored by Cafe Mochica, Lake Cowichan More information at Cafe Mochica or contact:

This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Pages of History


Although lifetime Cowichan Lake resident and historian extraordinaire Trevor Green died a few years ago he left a wealth of local history in the form of written personal journals. Over the years he recorded his thoughts, what he saw, and how he saw it. Recorded were his observations, events, thoughts, places, memories, and musings, all pertaining to the history of the village including its geography and its people. The historical value of the journals is quite remarkable in that the events were recorded daily, as they occurred. Through him, the interesting and valuable perspective of past happenings has been preserved. I thank Trevor’s son Tony Green for granting me the privilege of reading the journals and printing some of the interesting facts and details found within their pages. Following are a few of Trevor’s journal entries: December 7, 1972 entry: We watched on television the launching of Apollo 17 from Cape Kennedy, where a million people had foregathered for the event . . . it was miraculous to see the strange craft lift off from the ground and begin hurling course through space. Strange things happen in the world today. April 2, 1979 entry: Opened recently was The Logger Hut, a new café located on the premises of the former Lunch Tray (a perpetually boarded up building adjacent to the present day foot bridge) and there I had a cup of hot chocolate to the tune of 40 cents! The Loggers Hut appears to be clean and orderly. Valerie Pawlik seems to be the cook, or else the lady

Photo and research Greendale Journals (Tony Green)

Lifetime resident of Cowichan Lake, Trevor Green, with his wife Yvonne in a circa1940 picture. Green was brought up on the family homestead, Greendale, by his pioneering parents Frank and Lousia Green. Frank Green was one of the first settlers to homestead in the Cowichan Lake area. Born in 1912, Trevor lived his entire life at Greendale until his death in his 90s. Throughout many decades of his life he kept a daily journal of everyday events and happenings at Greendale and in the Cowichan Lake area. His mother had started the practice by keeping a daily journal of her own from her earliest years on the pioneer homestead.

whom I glimpsed may be her double. April 1979 entry: A truly lovely evening, clear skies, starlight, and far away the illusion of frog music from the swampy swamps along the railway line. I suppose one muses the great spring chorus that we heard, week after week, and year after year in my childhood. Now, what we sometimes hear is only a faint echo and seems to last only a few days. Oh where have the frogs gone, and do they still sing? Or have their habits changed over the past few years? May 24, 1979 entry: My memory goes back to my earliest childhood. Mrs. Stelly lived at the Riverside then, in fact she and George were the owners. They were also the owners of the property across the river. Mrs. Stelly envisioned a fine garden there in the future. She spent her time planting ornamental trees and shrubs in her garden. Among her treasures was the Monkey Tree. (Note: The Monkey Tree is still on the

property today, close to a hundred years later.) July 15, 1979 entry: We find ourselves wondering if there may not be a ‘firebug’ in our midst, for the (fire) siren has been sounding very frequently of late, twice last Saturday, twice during the week, and twice today. Arson is suspected for there have been attempts to set fires to one or another of the schools. April 17, 1970 entry: On the way to work (at Mesachie Lake) I picked up three lads apparently hitchhiking to Honeymoon Bay in search of jobs. They were a rather scruffy looking trio and judging from the faint reek of something indefinable — something I had never smelled before but which hinted of a musty dryness, like mildewed hay — I assume they had been smoking grass or pot or whatever it’s called, fairly recently. Their chance of finding any sort of job seemed to be very slim.


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Lot 2 - Wilson Road $120,000 FLAT LOT – for your new home or commercial venture & close to town core. Owner will have a home built to suit your needs.



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$125,000 Lot 34 Kestrel Drive

This .58 acre property provides several options, including building a duplex or renovating the existing home. Due to road location, rezoning to commercial may be a possibility. Vendor financing may also be available.


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250 South Shore Road


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268 Castley Heights $79,000


Close to the Cowichan River - three level Tudor style home with 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms. Good sized attached garageshop area & property backs onto farmland acreage. Perfect for a growing family.



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8007 Greendale Road

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Beautiful 3 bed & 3 bath custom home. Quality finishing throughout, open layout - curved staircase leading upstairs. Back yard has large tiered deck and plenty of room for the RV & boat. For those with discriminating tastes.

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6658 B Bear Lake Road


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239 Grants Lake Road NEW LISTING


PANORAMIC VIEWS Sitting high on the hill overlooking the Town. Three bedrooms, 1.5 baths with a 3rd roughed in. Would be a great family home close to the river, park, footbridge & the center of town. Quick possession possible.

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Intercultural event in Lake Cowichan

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Come Out & Enjoy Family Heritage Days Weekend During Family Heritage Days we invite you to stop in & sign up for the

Dress Up Bicycle

Parade in Saywell Park starting at

11:00 am Saturday, May 19th Sign up sheets are available at the Visitor/Business Centre until May 18th.

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David and Carla Work (right), owners of Mochica Cafe, with some of the Peruvian crafts they have for sale (above).

Refreshments available after the parade. VISITOR/BUSINESS CENTRE NOW OPEN DAILY FROM MAY LONG WEEKEND TO LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND. “In business for Business”


Thank you from Cowichan Lake District Seniors Association Society to the Lake Cowichan Businesses for support of our Silent Auction which took place on April 14th - 21st, 2012 The funds raised will help with cancer drivers program and low cost meals for seniors. Lake Cowichan Gazette, J&V Burgers, Hans’ Butcher Shop, Curves, Lake Cowichan Chiropractor, Cow Café, Island Savings, Country Grocer, Home Hardware, Dr. Welch, Island Pharmacy, Heads or Nails, Aroma, Remedy - Maggie, Rhonda, Massage at Remedy, Royal Bank, Bargain Store, Footwear Centre, Irly Bird, Cowichan Fly & Tackle, Town of Lake Cowichan, Avon, OK Tire, Darling Tires, Mountain Man, A&W, Lake Cowichan Computers, Lakeshore Auto Parts, L.C. Furniture & Appliances, Glacier Flooring Installations, ReMax, Royal LePage, The Print Spot, Shaker Mill, Michaela Davidson, Fit for a Princess and all the individual contributors.

organization’s of the organi ation’s efforts to pair immigrants with businesses and thus create an atmosphere in which immigrants can learn more about Canada and meet, and be accepted by, local residents. Through CIS, local business owner, David Work (Cafe Mochica) and his wife Carla, who is from Peru, have been partnered up with Annette and Luis Fernandez (Luis is also from Peru). Together the couples will be hosting this intercultural event at the Lake Cowichan Recreation Centre. The event is free to attend, and the first hundred people will

Tamu Miles Gazette editor

For the past 30 years, the Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) has worked to provide services and support to new Canadians. On May 20, the community of Lake Cowichan will be able to partake in an aspect of this process by attending a local celebration of the organization’s “Bringing Stories to the Street” series. Jackie Martin, project coordinator for CIS, says that this event, which will feature samplings of food and music from Peru, is part

receive vouchers which will allow them to try samplings of Peruvian food such as humitas (the northern Peru version of a tomale) and anticuchos (skewered BBQ beef heart), for free. Work says he will also be showing his documentary Ancient Sites of Peru. After the film S he h will put on some local Peruvian music and guests P will w be able to dance and mingle. He says that if others m in i the community have music from Peru that they m would like to share, they are w more than welcome to bring m along a CD. Both the Work and Fernandez families hope F that t the Cowichan Lake communities come out c to t enjoy this event and help h them in their effort to break down barriers and stereotypes between immigrants and the community. Both Mrs. Work and Mr. Fernandez have faced challenges since their arrival in Canada. Mrs. Fernandez says it was hard to watch her husband struggle with adjusting to a new culture. Because his accent was quite pronounced, Mr. Fernandez was taken advantage by hisemployers. “They thought he wouldn’t complain when he wasn’t paid overtime,” she says. “He quit quite a few jobs because of that.” Mr. Fernandez also

went through a period of loneliness and culture shock. “In Peru, you can go out at any time of the night and there is always something going on,” explains Mrs. Fernandez. “So it was quite lonely for him when he first came here. He would come home and say ‘let’s go out and do something’ but everything here shuts down in the evenings and there is nothing to do.” Martin says that the CIS is the only agency in the area that provides immigrant services. At this time, Vancouver Island University in Duncan does not provide English as a Second Language classes so new Canadian residents must travel to Nanaimo or Victoria. “Bringing Stories to the Street” is a way to create two-way communication between businesses and immigrants through stories and art. Businesses in 11 communities in the Cowichan area are participating in this intercultural exchange. Each immigrant and business partnership will create an arts-based multicultural event to share with community members. Bring friends and family to the multipurpose room of the Cowichan Lake Recreation Centre on May 20, from 6-9 p.m.

Music bingo fundraiser at Legion

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Sam Jones, manager of the Lake Cowichan Royal Canadian Legion, shows the old sound system that they use for events.

On Saturday June 2, the Lake Cowichan Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting a music bingo event to raise funds for a new sound system. Manager Sam Jones says the system they have now is out of date and has a mind of it’s own. “The speakers work only when they want to,” she says. “I’ve been here for 20 years and they were here before I came.” However, the system is not high on the priority list of things to do for the Legion, so Jones thought that doing a fundraiser would be the way to go. “We’ll see how it goes. If we can raise enough money, that’s great. If not, we’ll plan another event later on.”

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The evening will be fun for all. Gary Parker, who offers music bingo and knockout DJ services, starts off with the classics like country and rock and moves on to television jingles and other catchy tunes. “He does everything,” says Jones, from the 30s through to the 60s. Bingo cards will cost $3 per card or two for $4. Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the evening will go to the winner of each round and 50 per cent will go towards a new sound system. Jones is not sure how many people will show up for the event, but says that usually they draw between 30 and 40 people and that she is hoping that between 40 and 50 show up. —




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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Garage sales abound on Saturday

Water safety lesson learned RESCUE continued from A1 Hewer, originally from Edmonton, moved to Victoria a couple of years ago and says that he has tubed the Cowichan River before. However, this was last summer when the water was much lower, and he says that he did not take water elevation into account, or the current and the cold. “We should have practiced on the lake,” he says. “I even said to my sister when we were getting in, ‘we’re the only ones getting in the river, did you notice that?’” Hewer says he will be much more careful in the future and he considers himself lucky. He told firefighters he was really impressed with how fast they showed up and was very grateful for their help. “I didn’t think I would need rescuing. Ever,” he told them. Knott says firefighters, police, and ambulance attendance had to crawl through the bushes at the end of Kingfisher road to rescue the three women stranded on the log over the river. A local resident kept the women company while firefighters made their way down to the river bank. A swift water team was called in case they were needed, but thankfully were called off as firefighters and police were able to tie themselves off to the shore and assist the women in. Knott says it took quite a while and was quite the process, but luckily it all worked out and the women are safe. Knott does not ever recommend tubing the river and says that it is becoming an increasing problem for the department.

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Left: Chelsea, Alexa, and Courtney look for treasures at the Xai Gamma Cappa garage sale across from Home Hardware. Right: Jack Strom sells popcorn at the Garage Sale for Shelter at the Royal LePage real estate office.

Doctor availability limited DOCTORS continued from A1 Having this access prevents chronic illnesses which can be a drain on the system and people, especially the elderly, get more sick because they have not received treatment. Warren says that there are no bites yet on the recent listing, but she does know of a couple of interested parties who are currently looking at Duncan, Salt Spring Island and the Cowichan Valley. Warren also says that Vancouver Island has been suffering from a general rise in physician vacancies over the last few years. She says this is due to the demographics of an aging physician population, with more physicians retiring or getting ready to retire. In addition to the vacancy posting on VIHA’s website, VIHA works with Health Match B.C. to provide recruitment. The agency advertises in medical magazines and sends delegates to attend medical conferences where recently graduated physicians are likely to be. For more information on this subject, visit, or

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Left: Sandy Kell sells her hanging baskets and potted plants for Mother’s Day along North Shore Road, and right: Stephanie and Joy Work hold a garage sale outside of their home on South Shore Drive.

See the new May Calendar for all the great promotions: Giveaways, food specials, and fun. We will see you soon!

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Heritage Days 2010

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Jean Osborne with one of her fabulous quilts displayed outside of her house. This one, infused with hues of green, pink, and blue, is called “Neon Birds in Flight.”

as Osborne. “I like dense quilting,” says Osborne. “My piecing, that means ean Osborne has been putting the top all together, quilting since she was is all hand done and so is in her 20s, but says that my quilting.” Once in a over the last 12 years it has while she will send a quilt become more of a hobby, to a long-arm quilt maker, one which she considers to someone expert in quilting be an art form. using a special quilting Osborne is one of the machine, but she only does many quilters in the area who will have their creations this if the quilt is an extra on display at the St. Aidan’s/ large project. “I prefer to say it’s been completely hand Saint Christopher Church done. invite It’s just what I love as part of Heritage Days During Heritage Days,we to do because I like to slow beginning on May 19. you to stop in and visit our down the process.” Osborne took the time Visitor/Business Centre For Osborne, quilting is a to show me many of relaxing, almost meditative her colourful, intricate, and enjoy some refreshments. process, one which she says and elaborate quilts on a has helped her through tough beautiful sunny Saturday times. Each quilt, especially afternoon recently. When I those made for family and arrived she had two quilts friends, is made with careful displayed on the railing of consideration of colour her porch, allowing the sun values. She feels that colour to highlight the stunning carries with it emotions and colours for me to see. that when she is making Some quilts can take a quilt for someone, she from 6 months to a year to is matching the colours to complete, especially if the the person and that she is quiltmaker is as meticulous stitching her love for them into the quilt. Even though the style of quilting that Osborne doeshas its origins in historical block patters, and carries with it a set formula,

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when she conceptualizes a quilt pattern it’s her own. The freedom of it being an art form is what matters to her and she takes advantage of that freedom, using quality fabrics wherever she can find them: garage sales, second hand stores, etc. She likes experimenting and even allowing colours to “vibrate” or clash at times. “I don’t care if I write a storybook and it’s the princess and the pea and this house is bulging with quilts, I don’t care, cause I gotta do it. It’s a passion and it’s a driven hobby.” Osborne gathers inspiration from every aspect of life: nature, her garden, her family, and sometimes things that are more abstract, like emotions. In her office she has pictures of her family, keepsakes from her travels, pieces of artwork, and piles and piles of neatly folded sections of fabric. Quilting is also a portable hobby and Osborne will often sit outside and enjoy the sun while she works, or take a current project with her when she visits her daughter. “It’s just something to do,” she says.


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“Which I really like.” Osborn’s office is quite small, so her house has become both a storage area and a workplace. When she is ready to place the quilt top together with the batting and the back, she uses her kitchen floor. Often her husband Hans will arrive home to discover that he is not allowed in the kitchen and that supper will be late because Osborne is not quite done. Osborne says that she has been moving towards the idea of selling her quilts at craft fairs, and has flirted with the idea of setting up her own store front out of her home, but she doesn’t want to rush it. She has a stockpile of finished quilts, in trunks, hanging from racks, on her couches, beds, and chairs (she says she’s created between 45 and 50 quilts by hand), however, finding the time to promote herself has been one of the challenges. She is excited to be part of the Quilt Show and Historical Display on May 19 and says she will have approximately six quilts on display and for sale.

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Family Heritage Days 2012

Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall

FRIDAY– May 18, 2012 Tamu Miles Photos

Left: Blake Meanley waiting to set pins. Right: Nina Kossenko, bowling alley coordinator.

The best job on earth

• Museum Open

10am-4pm Harry Wright Display, IWA/Wilmer Gold Photos Display

• Senior’s Luncheon South Shore Road • Town Self-Guided Heritage Walking Tour • Kaatza Art Show & Sale

11:30am-1:15pm Senior’s Centre 2012 Lady of the Lake Candidates will speak 1pm Maps at Tourist Booth & Museum 125 South Shore Road 6-9pm Upper Community Hall 311 South Shore Road May 11-21 at the Royal Bank 75 Cowichan Lake Road Youbou Heritage Lanes 6-9pm 8550 Hemlock, Youbou, B.C.

youth find their first Residents have job at the bowling brought in pictures alley setting pins, and and news clippings, it’s not an easy job. badges from boy Nina Kossenko Often the pins will scouts and bowling, • Gently Read Book Sale thinks her job is the Lake Cowichan fly off the lanes and and Daly has even best job on earth. COMMUNITIES The hit the back wall, or had one person try Youbou Community IN BLOOM • Family Bowling/ the person perched to donate a beautiful Bowling Alley has between the lanes. antique desk. Heritage Display been around for sponsors 61 a UBO Historical Lanes are available The years, and the pins for party rentals and Club has even put are still set by hand. family nights are together a book called Kossenko says that every Friday, with UBO Remembered the four lane bowling which commemorates the first Friday of the • Museum Open alley is also dusted, month only costing the town, its logging stripped, and polished Saturday, May 22nd $1. Go to the website heritage, and its by hand, along with • Hanging Basket Sale, for more 10:00 am ~beginnings. 1:00 pm score keeping. details, or phone 250Kossenko says that The lanes will be • Mayor & Councillors Saywellmany Park 749-6742. of the town’s open for Heritage Plant Barrels Days on May 19 from 6-9 p.m. But • Lake Bloomers Plant Sale LAKE COWICHAN During Heritage Days,we invite don’t just go for Family Heritage Days • Kaatza Art Show & Sale the bowling, go for you to stop in and visit our a chance to check Visitor/Business Centre out the historical • Quilt Show & Historical memorabilia as well. and enjoy some refreshments. Cellar Treasurers Open The walls are lined with pictures, 11am Saturday, May 19 Saywell Park • Logging Truck Parade trophies, and shelves If you would like to purchase a basket or • Childrens’ Decorated Stin-Qua the packed with binders pot before May 22, call 250-749-3730. Bicycles full of clippings and Legend Storytelling Buy a basket and support the gardening and Colouring information gathered Stin-Qua the Legend and compiled by Tara programmes at our local schools. Daly, Anne Campbell, • Hot Dog Sale by Donation Have your picture Betty Smith, Lavern taken with your pet • Awards/Tourist Booth Miller and Sylvia ANIMAL Dene since the RESCUE SOCIETY Youbou mill in closed by donation in 2000.

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SUNDAY– May 20, 2012 • Museum Open

10am-4pm Railway /Harry Wright Display IWA/Wilmer Gold Photos Display Lake Cowichan • Kaatza Art Show 10am-4pm Upper Community Hall Heritage Days 2012 311 South Shore Rd. • Quilt Show & Cellar Treasurers Open Communities in Bloom Historical Display 11am-4pm St. Aidan’s/Saint Christopher Cowichan Ave. Come and hear the • Rhododendron Memorial 1:30pm Point Ideal Road Park Tour (self-guided) Information at the museum Lady of the Lake • Community Potluck Picnic 1-3pm Saywell Park by Museum Candidates Honouring and celebrating the History of our Saturday, May 19, 2012 Area - Everyone Welcome Hot Dogs served - Tea and Coffee provided 10:00 am Visit the museum’s pioneering display, Saywell Park Railway display and check out the Wilmer Gold Photos Buy a basket & • Lake Days Display 10am - 1 Saywell Park support the gardening • Heritage Sports Wall 1 - Cowichan Lake Sports Arena Programmes Ceremony at our local schools

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Students from Ms. Graham’s Grade 2 class went to learn about their community at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre on May 11. Left: Jenae Weir takes a turn with the Visitor Centre crow on display in the centre’s new forest display. Right: Jackson Lee and Chase McKinnley check out a fake worm on the floor of the display while Visitor Centre coordinator, Katherine Worsley talks about the display, the function of the trees and animals and answers student questions.

Legion announces Fun Dart and Crib winners

The Lake Cowichan Gazette office will be Closed Monday May 21 to celebrate the Victoria Day Long Weekend. There will be early deadlines for the May 23 paper. DISPLAY ADVERTISING: deadline will be Wednesday May 16 at 3pm. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: deadline will be Thursday May 17 at 4pm. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy all the festivities as we celebrate Heritage Days 2012.

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The Lake Cowichan Royal Canadian Legion announced its Fun Dart League and Double Crib winners this past week. Left are the Fun Dart League winners: Ladies most wins, Lola Sinclair; Ladies most high scores, Judy Black; Mens most wins and mens most high scores, George Rowbottom. Candy Nitschkie tied with Bonnie Willey for Ladies most wins and William Dustow won Mens most high scores as well as Mens most wins. Double Crib Windup: Winner overall and top Ladies player, Gwen Evans with 25,996 points. Evans held top spot all year and was the first to achieve this in the League’s history. Second place was Judy black with 24,405. The mens top player was George Rowbottom with 25,488, and second place went to Phil Jones 25,398.

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New Coach for Lake Cowichan Mosquito team Tamu Miles Gazette editor

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From left: Erin Croteau, Ethan Brown and Calvin Convery taking a moment to reassess their strategy on the pitchers mound at the game against Chemainus on Saturday, May 12.



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The Lake Cowichan Royals, a Mosquito level baseball team here in town, has a new coach this year. Calvin Convery has coached hockey for the last couple of years, and acted as assistant coach for local baseball teams last year, but he is pretty excited to be taking on the role of coach for the Royals this year. Convery says he grew up in Youbou and played for the Youbou Cubs as a kid and he has always been athletically active, playing slopitch and recreational hockey as an adult, and it seems that his whole family has a love for sports and the outdoors. Convery’s wife Kristy can be seen keeping score at every game, and cheering on the couple’s son Jordy, who plays for the Royals. Convery says he was pretty proud of his son on Saturday’s game, as Jordy pitched for the first time and managed to strike an opponent out. Convery says he is trying to keep to the basics when it comes to practices and training for the team, but he is also trying to focus on pitching and back catching. He feels it is important to introduce first year players to pitching, and he starts off with teaching them how to throw the ball correctly. He says its all about confidence in baseball and the more time he gives the kids with a bat or ball in their hands, the better. The team practices every Friday in Mesachie, however, Convery says they were sort of thrown into the fray at the beginning of the year with games starting before they had a chance to get any practices in. Even so, the team has being doing quite well, with more wins than losses under their belts. Convery says it’s been great to watch the kids

develop their skills and confidence over the last month or so and he loves being out there on the field seeing their smiles and enthusiasm. But it’s not always easy. One of the challenges is keeping the kids focussed and up-beat. He says he tends to have a loud voice during games and that he often asks the kids “where we’re at in the game” just so he can keep the kids engaged and focussed. This year is not as bad as last year, he says, there is not as much sandcastle building going on with the outfielders, and fewer vacant looks when the ball goes into play. There are many kids on the team that have shown improvement, and Convery says that everyone has taken little steps of improvement. Erin Croteau has been Convery’s closing pitcher and has been doing a great job. When Croteau pitches, Ethan Brown plays the position of back catcher because he’s the only one who can catch Croteau’s strong armed, and fast pitches. Sometimes he will give the pitcher a bit of a breather and approach the mound during an inning. This is to calm the pitcher down and reestablish communication between the pitcher and the back catcher. Convery says that sometimes the pressure can build up for the pitcher and they can become worried and “a bit wild” when they are throwing balls instead of strikes. Convery likes to offer words of encouragement and tries to help tweak the pitchers strategy to help them through the game. Convery says he would like to stay on with the team next year, but it depends on if his son, Jordy, wants to stay on. He says it’s easier to stay with it than to take time off and then come back as he can follow the players progression and stay more involved in their development.

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Erin Croteau pitches for the Royals in the last three innings of a game for the first time this year. Under sunny skies on Saturday, May 12 the second year Mosquito ball player helped the team win with a score of 8-6 over Chemainus.








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WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassiďŹ

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





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


Ken Logan

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.

You have gone away too far to touch, love and miss you very much.

Looking for a NEW job?

An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilďŹ eld road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780723-5051.



Phyllis and Starr



October 1938 - May 2011

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since you quietly slipped away. Gone is the face I loved so dear, silent the voice I loved to hear.

In memory of our Dad Ken Logan

Legion Branch #210

Although a year has passed, it feels like a lifetime. You are always in our hearts and thoughts. Some days are very hard, but we hear your voice telling us to carry on and be strong. We miss you every day and our love for you is as strong as it was when you were still here. Loved and missed, Shannon, Corri & families DEATHS

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


FUND RAISING EVENT Saturday, June 2 at 4p.m. MUSIC BINGO: Buy your cards — half of the proceeds go to Legion for a new sound system, the other half to winner — each game! Come out & support us and have fun too!

MEAT DRAW MUSIC B I N G O Every Saturday Saturday, May 26th First draw 4p pm m at 3pm Join the fun! Prizes!

Everyone Welcome • 250-749-6041 LOWEY, Myra Elizabeth (nee Pierce) August 27, 1921 -May 5, 2012

We sadly announce the passing of Myra Lowey (nee Pierce) on May 5, 2012 at Cowichan District Hospital. Myra was born on August 27, 1921 in Saskatchewan. Predeceased by parents Myron and Margaret Pierce; brothers John, Louis and Don Pierce; sisters Louella Harrop, Verda Morrissey and Vi Thomas and husband Irwin Lowey. Lovingly remembered by son Bruce Pierce and numerous nieces and nephews. Myra enjoyed needlepoint, knitting, sewing, gardening, travelling and her dog Wrangle. Cremation is entrusted to Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be shared online at: Sands of Duncan 250-746-5212



Thank you We would like to thank all those who attended Bob’s memorial. The cards and donations to the museum have been received with appreciation. The thoughts and prayers sent our way during Bob’s illness gave much needed strength. The family are grateful for all the support from the Cowichan home support workers, community nurses and Dr. Kerswell. They made it possible for Bob to stay home in comfort. Thank you, Barbara Veitch and family

Wednesday, May 16, 2012




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 eet of Cat dozers, graders and rock trucks plus Deere/Hitachi excavators. You will work at our Modern Shop at Edson, Alberta with some associated ďŹ eld work. Call Contour Construction at (780)723-5051

LAKE COW. Casual Bus Driver Position. This is a split shift position, with the possibility of part time hours in the future. Must have unrestricted Class 4 or higher licence. Clean abstract, and criminal record check. If interested please forward your resume to: or come in person to 121 Point Ideal.

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 exibility 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 beneďŹ ts 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 conďŹ dence 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.

PROFESSIONAL JOB Opportunities. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately owned, uid 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 qualiďŹ cations). 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:

Looking for a NEW career?

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 + BeneďŹ ts. 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.

IF YOU ARE ... • New in Town • Expecting a Baby Call your Welcome Wagon hostess! It will be her privilege to give you free gifts from local businesses and civic organizations.

To make an appointment call:

Ladine at 250-932-4664

INCOME TAX SERVICE 2011 taxes prepared & emailed

• Reasonable Rates • Excellent Service Marg Radcliffe



Wednesday, May 16, 2012


The Lemare Group is accepting resumes for the following positions: •Boom man •Heavy Duty Mechanics •Certified Contract Coast Fallers; Fallers with Bullbucking/Chargehand experience an asset •Grapple Yarder Operator •Hooktender •Chaser •Log Loader/Hoe Forward Operator •Log Loader-Dryland Sort Operator Fulltime with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to





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

Bayshore Home Health is currently seeking RN’s in the Victoria and Duncan areas to work with children with complex care needs who may have a tracheostomy and ventilation. If you love working with children, we would be delighted to hear from you. Pediatric exp. is an asset and we do offer client specific training, as well as trach / vent courses. Please send your resume and cover letter to:








A1 Hauling/Delivery

AVORADO RESORT. Beautiful waterfront RV Resort. New Sites For Sale ($63,900). All season, full amenities, clubhouse & beach access. Co-op Resort w/Lifetime Ownership! Call 250-228-3586.

LAKE COWICHAN 2 bdrm suite, bright, spacious. $650. + utils. Avail June 1st. NS/NP. Call 250-749-6092.

(250) 510-4745 Lowest Price Guarantee * Furniture/Appliances

* Yard Waste/Brush * Junk/Clutter Removal * Tenancy Left-Overs * Construction Debris

Moving Jobs Welcome

PLUMBING A SERVICE PLUMBER. Licence, Insured. Drains, HWT, Reno’s, Repairs. Senior Discounts. After Hour Service. Call Coval Plumbing, 250709-5103.



WAIST AWAY the summer days in a new bathing suit. Get your 1st 9 weeks for $99 Proven Results! Call Herbal Magic now 1-800-854-5176.

DEBT CONSOLIDATION PROGRAM Helping CANADIANS repay debts, reduce or eliminate interest regardless of your credit!

Qualify Now To Be Debt Free 1-877-220-3328 Licensed, Government Approved, BBB Accredited.

DROWNING IN Debt? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1 877-5563500








WELDERS, FITTERS required for busy Edmonton FCAW structural steel shop. $2733/hour base plus benefits, OT, indoor heated work, paid flight. Fax: 780-939-2181, Email:

pedsvancouver@ or Fax to 1-866-686-7435







GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161. M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

LEGAL SERVICES CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.


NOTICE OF DISPOSITION Local Government Act, Section 187(2) Take notice that the Cowichan Valley Regional District (“CVRD”) proposes to dispose of the following interest in land. The CVRD is the registered owner in fee simple of the following lands: P.I.D. 026-153-793 Lot A, Block 118, Cowichan Lake District, Plan VIP78130 (the “CVRD Lands”) The CVRD proposes to transfer the fee simple title to that portion of the CVRD Lands shown hatched on the plan set out below to Alexander Quesnel and Clover Quesnel, the registered owners of the following lands: P.I.D. 016-771-656 Lot 27, Block 5, Cowichan Lake District, Plan 51348 (the “Quesnel Lands”) In exchange, the CVRD will receive fee simple title to that portion of the Quesnel Lands shown cross-hatched on the plan set out below. Further information about the proposed disposition can be obtained by contacting: Cowichan Valley Regional District 175 Ingram Street Duncan, BC V9L 1N8 Attention: Ms. Tanya Soroka, Parks and Trails Planner Parks and Trails Division, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department Telephone No. 250-746-2620 or Toll Free 1-800-665-3955

Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES ELECTRICAL 1A ELECTRICIAN, licenced, bonded, Small Jobs Specialist, panel upgrades and renos. All work guaranteed since 1989. Rob at 250-732-PLUG (7584).

ELECTRIC COIL stove with hood, $35, 21” Virtual flat TV, $35. Call (250)749-4845.


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.


175 Ingram Street Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8


RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO LAKE COW. 2-bdrm, 1 bath. Panoramic views of lake and mountains, easy walk to town. NS/NP. $900./mo + utils. Call (250)932-4404. LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm suite, pets ok, large yard, parking, on bus route, laundry. $560. (Immed). 250-210-0756.


DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

LIONS’ CLUB HALL for rent $75. Deposit required. Call Eileen 250-749-3345. DL# 7557

HOMES FOR RENT LAKE COW. 3 Bdrm, 2.5 baths, 5 appl’s, wood/oil heat, huge deck, pets OK. $1350./mo. Avail June 1st. Call (250)701-7000 to view. LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm home, close to town, nice yard, deck. NP/NS. Refs req’d. $850 mo + hydro. Avail June. 2nd. Call 1-(250)653-4234.


RENT TO OWN- 2 bdrms or 4 bdrms, suite potential, great view, great location. Let’s talk, 1-800-309-8809.


WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

Call: 1-250-616-9053

CLASSIFIEDS! 310.3535 or ✔ CallCHECK

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



WANT A Vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in May, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095

CARS 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191. RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

1992, 26 ft TRAVELAIRE. Bright, clean, sleeps 4. Twin beds in back & fold down double bed. Immaculate condition. Full shower with skylight, generator, air conditioning, 91,000 km. $16,500. (250) 748-3539 BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS! New 2012 Bigfoot Campers have arrived only at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-667-0024

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.






PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 145 South Shore Road | Lake Cowichan |

NOW HIRING 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.

Detailed job postings can be viewed at

(250) 746-2500 1-800-665-3955 (250) 746-2513 http//


HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

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

Phone: Toll Free: Fax: Email: Web:

OTHER AREAS FREE BROCHURE- Kings County - “Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides” - Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Start a business! Toll-Free: 1-888865-4647

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

FIR & HARDWOODS. Split, delivered. Can haul your garbage away. (250)380-8335.

We currently have the following openings:


LK COW- 1 bdrm, free hydro, cable, internet & laundry. Only $575 mo. Call 250-932-2530 or 250-732-9409.

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:

$880 2 bedroom suite 6402 Summit Rd. Skutz Falls, lower suite. Country setting, patio and includes hydro, propane and washer & dryer. No smoking, no pets. $900 2 Bedroom house 7435 Neva Rd. Comfortable in rural setting. Washer & dryer, pet on approval. Wood and electric heat. You gotta love horses! $900 2 Bedroom house 7 Cowichan Ave. Small, older home on fenced property. Washer & dryer, pet on approval, some furniture included. Check out rentals online To View Call:

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The Inside Back: A little of this and that ☞ Local businesses

Aroma Neighbourhood Italian Bistro has a new menu with an expanded in-house two for one pizza menu and offering more local wines. Call 250-749-7799. Custom Bra Fitters will be at Curves on Wednesday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Call 250-749-7763 to sign up. It is not just for Curves members so bring a friend. It is free and there is no obligation.

☞ Community Services programs deliver on need The Meals on Wheels Program offers hot, delivered meals on Tuesdays and Fridays — each meal is $6.This service is available to residents of the Cowichan Lake area who, because of age, disability or illness are: Â?Unable to prepare adequate meals for themselves Â?Have no one to prepare meals for them Â?Have inadequate cooking facilities Â?Have professionally deďŹ ned health or social needs Â?Referrals can come from doctors, health and social service agencies or concerned friends and relatives. Self referrals can also be made. Call 250-749-6822

☞ Community arts brochure

Area artists Janet Burrow and Rosemary Danaher are

☞ Senior Centre news

The Cowichan Lake District and Seniors Association’s Bazaar on April 21 was a success and raised $1063.50 with the silent auction. Half of the proceeds will go toward the Cancer Drivers Program and the other half to help defray the cost of lunches at the Senior Centre. The CLDSA is appreciative to all the local business who donated to the auction. The next general meeting will be Thursday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. and the guest speaker will be from the Alzheimer Society. The next Cowichan Lake Golden Agers Society general meeting will be in September at the Senior Centre. Youbou Old Age Pensioners, branch #115, meeting is the third Friday of the month in the Youbou Community Church. The Youbou OAP will be celebrating 40 years on May 29 — the oldest OAP branch on Vancouver Island. They hosted a pot-luck lunch on May 11with members coming from Victoria, Sooke and Salt Spring

Island to help celebrate this special occasion. The OAP of B.C. will be celebrating their 80th Anniversary this year. Those who are 50 years-old and over are welcome to come meet friends and make new friends at the Senior Centre.

☞ Could we be the ultimate Âżshing town? Vote for Cowichan Lake to be the World Fishing Network’s The Ultimate Fishing Town. Each person is eligible to vote up to four times — once every six hours — within a 24 hour period. The contest runs until May 31. The grand prize is $25,000 community donation to be used for ďŹ shing-related cause(s) in the winning town and a feature about the winning town produced and broadcast on WFN. To vote go to: wfnďŹ

☞ Honeymoon Bay Market opens

The Honeymoon Bay Market, now in its 6th year, will open Saturday, May 19 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market site is at the Coffee Mill Cafe. There are new vendors and products.

Cowichan Lake Service Directory

FOR ALL YOUR HEATING and COOLING NEEDS • Oil, Gas & Electric Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Refrigeration • Duct Cleaning

aiming to put together an arts brochure featuring area artists and art events. If you would like to be included or have any questions you can call Janet at 250-245-4438 or Rosemary at 250749-0251.






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– ONE CALL COVERS IT ALL – For your free in home heating estimate

250.746.1666 Visit for internet specials!

Call the Gazette 250.749.4383 ELECTRICIAN

Need space for relatives?

BOUTIQUE WATERFRONT LODGE Come enjoy... Waterfront Patio Suites King-sized Bed | Jacuzzi Wharf | CampďŹ re Pit | BBQs Single off -season rates start at $59/night – $295/week

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Finishing carpenter with over 23 years experience. Quality comes first.

• Renovations • Installations • Framing • All Finishing Carpentry • Custom Kitchens • Laminate Flooring • Decks • Fences • Sheds • Additions • Windows & Doors


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For ALL your stone work needs


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After hour service | Seniors’ discounts Renovations | New construction | Repairs Hot water tanks | Drain cleaning Septic Design & Installation Water services 20+ years experience

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Spring Specials On Now!

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~ New Owner ~

250-701-1755 250-732-4570 CALL Ian Balding TODAY


All your plumbing needs under one roof! • Hot water heaters • Fiberglass tubs • Acrylic jetted tubs • Pumps • Fish ponds • Faucets • Sprinklers • Repair parts from A - Z


251 Government St. ,Duncan



Edward Desrochers Licenced Inspector | C.P.B.C. #57177 Thinking about buying or selling your home? Vancouver Island’s most trusted source for comprehensive, objective and professional home inspections and reports




 Open May thru to  

Thanksgiving Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm at the Coffee Mill site Everything is grown, baked, or hand crafted by our vendors. New vendors or buskers welcome. Call Bob at:

Trained Architectural Technologist

20 years in the Valley Free estimates, Plans

250-746-9956 Leave a message


TIPTONS GAS BAR Gas • Diesel Boat Gas Confections • Bait • Ice

250-749-6133 OPEN: Mon.-Sat: 5a.m.-10p.m. Sun: 7a.m. - 8p.m. 14 North Shore Rd. Lake Cowichan



For ALL your renovation needs:

Decks | Doors & Windows | Kitchens Bathrooms | Basement Suites Foundations | Drywall | Plumbing


Landscaping | Septic Services




Cowichan Pet Emporium (1996) Fish • Pet food/supplies • Otter Co-op Livestock Feed • Wood Pellets • Grooming •



Lake Cowichan Therapy Open: Mon., Wed., Thurs. #103 - 205 South Shore Rd.


250-749-7233 or 250-510-1113


Judith Quinlan Registered Physiotherapist





Towing and Repairs

United Church

En-TIRE-ly at your Service 250-749-6614



Open 7 Days a Week

Cowichan Motors (1958) Ltd.

Convenience Store • Gas Bar Store: 250-749–3355 Garage: 250-749–3213

170A Cowichan Lake Rd.



Thursdays 10am - 1pm

Specializing in delivering 1 - 5 yard loads. Lorne: Cell:

250-749-6601 250-701-5153


Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Trade in, trade up. Bring in your used working device and get an additional credit* on top of the trade-in value of your device.† BONUS: Trade in until May 21, 2012 to receive your additional $50 credit toward a new phone like these great devices:

4G Samsung Galaxy S II™ X


BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone



Samsung Galaxy Note



After $50 trade-in credit on a 3 year term with min. $50 plan/add-on(s)

*Offer valid until May 21, 2012. †In-store trade-in credits have no cash value, are non-transferable and can only be used when activating or renewing service in the TELUS store where the device was traded in at the time of the trade-in. Limit of one trade-in per customer. Devices will be valuated by eRecyclingCorps at its sole discretion. Product purchased using in-store trade-in credits cannot be returned for full cash value. All trade-ins are final. The trade-in transfers all rights in the device to eRecyclingCorps and waives any claim against TELUS or eRecyclingCorps with respect to the device or the trade-in program. The eRecycling trade-in program is available in Canada only and ma be cancelled at any time without notice. TELUS reserves the right to modify prices and eligible rate plans with this offer at any time without advance notice. TELUS and the TELUS logo are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under license. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 TELUS

Check out the latest offers & arrivals at 951A Canada Ave 250-748-4847 Cowichan Commons 250-715-1599 B1- 845 Deloume Road, Mill Bay 250-733-2626

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Lake Cowichan Gazette, May 16, 2012  

May 16, 2012 edition of the Lake Cowichan Gazette

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