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Premier Clark gives North Cowichan and Catalyst her ear

Sabrina Ward of 4Cats Arts Studio adds her artistic expression to the mural on a wall put up by Rock Steady Restoration around The Red Balloon Toy Store on Craig and Station Street on Monday, May 21.

Calling Christy: Lefebure upbeat after summit to address how province can help beleaguered firm Catalyst’s mills. Those lifelines were also suggested last week by Paul Zarry of Crofton mill’s 380-member orth Cowichan Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Mayor Jon LefeCanada union. bure was upbeat A complex bid to help the ¿rm about Crofton pulp meet its pension payments to remill’s future after tired workers was also discussed, Tuesday’s meeting in Victoria the mayor said. with the premier and “The premier was Catalyst Paper brass. listening,” Lefebure “It’s absolutely great,” said. Lefebure told the News Kevin Clarke was Leader Pictorial after also slated to visit the brainstorming huddle the Crofton mill this with Premier Christy afternoon, his staff Clark, Catalyst CEO said. Neither he, nor a Kevin Clarke, and rrepresentative of the deputy-¿nance minister Christy Clark: ppremier’s of¿ce was direct contact Peter Milburn. available for comment “Catalyst is a large part bby press time. of our provincial economy, andd it Catalyst is now undergoing would be crazy for the province what’s called a SISP, or Sales and and Catalyst not to have a good Investor Solicitation Procedures working relationship. concerning prospective buyers. “I’d say there’s been more diKeeping jobs, pensions and rect contact between the province taxes alive in Crofton is the goal and Catalyst than ever before.” of valley MLA Doug Routley That’s good news to Lefebure who demanded Monday in the if it helps keep the 700-worker Crofton mill alive as North Cow- legislative question period that the province get to the table with ichan’s biggest taxpayer. Catalyst and the province to help It paid the municipality about the struggling company. $5.4 million in taxes last year. Routley stopped short today of Also present were union agents, suggesting a provincial bailout as well as Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas of Port Alberni, and for Catalyst. “I can’t prescribe what the comMayor Dave Formosa of Powell pany needs, but I’m sure we’d in the stabbing case of Cowichanian Leon River — two other B.C. towns have been at the table,” Routley where the ¿nancially troubled Jack. said of the opposition NDP. Thomas was arrested by North Cowichan paper giant runs mills. He noted Crofton’s workers Lefebure stressed there was no /Duncan RCMP March 6 after Jack, 48, have taken a hit in wages and request by Catalyst boss Clarke was stabbed multiple times in the chest bene¿ts to help Catalyst’s bottom and abdomen beside the Cowichan River’s for a bailout of his Àoundering line while North Cowichan homcompany. black bridge, police have said. eowners face an average of $275 Instead, ideas were mulled A suspected carving-type knife was later in tax uplifts come July, through about ways for reducing hydro found in the river by Mountie divers, the rates and provincial sales taxes at council’s tax shift from the mill. RCMP said. Peter W. Rusland

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ttempted-murder suspect Terri-Lynn Thomas elected trial by judge and jury during her appearance in Duncan criminal court Tuesday, court registry staff say. A ban on publication prevents full details about what was said during Thomas’ court appearance with lawyer Scott Sheets, before Judge Adrian Brooks.

Duncanite Thomas, 43, will next appear in court June 12 for a pre-trial conference, then again on June 19 to ¿x a date for a preliminary inquiry, staff said. Thomas was released Tuesday on various conditions. Staff noted Thomas pleaded guilty to breach of previous conditions of her release. She is charged with attempted murder

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Duncan putting a new brand on its identity


The city’s name hasn’t changed, but its brand has. Duncan council adopted a bold new brand, left, Monday after some six weeks of public input and ideas were considered, said Councillor Michelle Staples, head of Duncan’s tourism committee. The new logo will complement use of Duncan’s official coat of arms — designed by

homeboy heraldry expert Sir Conrad Swan — on a variety of uses spanning downtown way-finding signs, parking stalls, visitor kiosks, letterhead, city trucks and more. Staples stressed some fine tuning of the brand is being done before it swings into use by fall. She was tickled about how she believes the brand illustrates — with a touch of artistic

motion — city symbols such as the Cowichan River, Native heritage, and city hall’s historic spire tower over Duncan’s name in capital letters. “Based on community feedback,” Staples said of ads requesting citizen ideas, “it captures the essence of what Duncan represents to them.”

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Body found in river identiÄed as Calgary man missing since April


body found in the Cowichan River Thursday has been con¿rmed as that of a Calgary man who went missing in April. In press release issued Monday, the B.C. Coroner’s Service con¿rmed the body found by a ¿sherman just south of Spring Pool was that of William Shearer. Shearer, 58, was visiting family in the Cowichan Lake area when he went missing late on the evening of April 13 after going out for a brief walk.

The investigation has ruled out any suggestion of foul play in the death. Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said Shearer’s family was noti¿ed Thursday about a body being found. Identity was withheld publicly until the coroner con¿rmed whose remains were found. A ¿sherman found the corpse hanging in shoreline brush at about 11:45 a.m. May 24. RCMP responded and located a fully clothed male at the river’s edge, just south of Spring Pool,

Hobday says in a press release. Cowichan Search & Rescue arrived and recovered the body on behalf of the coroner’s service that analyzed the remains during the weekend. “His brother, who (Shearer) was visiting, has property that is adjacent to the river,” explained Lake Cowichan Sgt. Dave Voller in April. “They were sitting around the camp¿re, having a couple of refreshments, then (Shearer) walked over to the river and there was a splash. It sounds like he fell in.”

Paramedics administer Ärst aid to a cyclist struck on Trans-Canada Highway near Trunk Road at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 26.

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hawnigan Lake and Cowichan Bay roads are getting $700,000 in resurfacing improvements starting this week. Drivers on these two routes should expect delays with singlelane alternating traf¿c in effect Monday to Friday while work is underway. The project, which is being carried out by Duncan Paving, includes resurfacing a 1.2-kilometre section of Shawnigan Lake Road between the south Shawnigan Lake Road entrance and the railroad crossing south of Mill Bay. Cowichan Bay Road, meanwhile, will see resurfacing on a 1.3-kilometre section between the TransCanada Highway and Tzhouhalem Road south of Duncan. Construction is expected to ¿nish at the end of June, and should improve motorist safety and road conditions. “Moving people safely is our cyclist was taken to hospital number-one priority,” Transportawith minor injuries Saturtion Minister Blair Lekstrom said in day after being struck by a media release. “Shawnigan Lake a vehicle near the Duncan Road and Cowichan Bay Road are Chevron. important routes for residents, visiThe collision happened at about 10:40 tors, recreational users and industry. a.m. at the entrance to the Trans-Canada This project will ensure the roads Highway gas station. remain safe for all motorists.” —Krista Siefken North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP

Lake Cowichan RCMP, ¿re department, and paramedics attended the scene immediately at Greendale Road in Lake Cowichan, then called in Cowichan Valley Search and Rescue, which conducted ground and river searches during the night. But an extensive effort — that eventually included help from Juan de Fuca and Nanaimo SAR, a ¿xedwing aircraft plus the RCMP helicopter — failed to ¿nd the body. — News Leader Pictorial staff

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Cyclist recovering after being hit by car in busy Duncan intersection


spokesman Cpl. Kevin Day said a brown 2009 Toyota Corolla, driven by a 44-year-old Nanaimo woman, was turning into the gas station from the northbound slow lane when the vehicle struck a cyclist who was also travelling north. “The cyclist was riding along the side of the roadway and alongside the

vehicle when the vehicle turned and struck the cyclist,” Day explained. “The cyclist, a 41-year-old male from Victoria, was taken to hospital by ambulance with relatively minor injuries, including several cuts and scrapes as well as a possible broken collar bone.” Police are not pursuing charges in this incident.

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he man who pleaded guilty to one count of impaired driving causing death in the crash that killed a Sahtlam woman is scheduled for sentencing tomorrow in Duncan court. Raymond Sam was drunk behind the wheel of his Sunbird with four passengers when he made an illegal left-turn onto the Trans-Canada Highway from Brenton Page Road north of Ladysmith, the evening of June 6, 2009. That’s when 47-year-old Linda Emrick was killed. “The accused (Sam) did not see an oncoming motorcycle, which T-boned his vehicle, killing the female motorcycle driver,” said Crown prosecutor Scott Van Alstine in 2011. Sam was charged with impaired driving causing death, as well as dangerous driving causing death, and causing an accident resulting in death, but pleaded guilty to the ¿rst count in B.C. Supreme Court’s Duncan courtroom in November. Emrick, a Sahtlam mom of two kids, was travelling to her job as an assistant manager at the Nanaimo Save-OnFoods at the time of her death. Sam’s court date is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday. —Krista Siefken

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Making dining out just a little bit easier It is now easier than ever to make healthy choices when dining out with the recent launch of the Province of British Columbia’s Informed Dining program. Featuring more than 300 restaurant outlets in British Columbia, the program publishes nutritional information and allows diners to view the information in a format similar to that of a nutritional guide on products at the grocery store. All you have to do is look for the Informed Dining logo at participating restaurants. “British Columbians have made it clear they want information to help them make informed choices about what they and their families are eating,” says B.C. Minister of Health Mike de Jong. “With Informed Dining, we are partnering with B.C. restaurants to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Some of the participating restaurants include chains such as The Boathouse, De Dutch, A&W and Little Caesar’s, and stand-alone restaurants such as H.A.V.E. Cafe in Vancouver, Mountain Eagle Books in Smithers and Joseph’s Coffee House in Victoria. With people in British Columbia eating a meal in a restaurant approximately 10 per cent of the time, it’s never been more important to be able to source out healthy options. With the new program, calorie and sodium information is prominently highlighted for all regular menu items, while other nutrients, including carbohydrates and fat, are also noted. The program also gives advice on daily calorie and

British Columbians have made it clear they want information to help them make informed choices about what they and their families are eating,” says B.C. Minister of Health Michael de Jong. “With Informed Dining, we are partnering with B.C. restaurants to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.” sodium requirements. Excess weight can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and various cancers, so caloriecounting is an important part of a healthy diet. Eating too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease, making sodium another important piece of the healthy eating puzzle. “Healthy eating is a critical element in living a long and healthy life and avoiding cardiovascular disease,” says Gavin Arthur, vice-president of research and health promotion for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. “The Informed Dining program takes a positive step forward in providing people with information they can use in making informed choices while dining out.” The program is voluntary, but the provincial government is

encouraging every restaurant to join the initiative and make such information available. “We want to be part of the solution in making healthy choices, easy choices in B.C.,” says Vice-President of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Mark von Schellwitz. “This program has the potential to help restaurant patrons become more conscious about what they are eating – it also shines a light on those establishments already providing menu nutrition content while encouraging other restaurants to follow suit.” The provincial government has been working on this program since 2010, and has given restaurants several options for disclosing nutrition information, including a menu insert, a poster or a brochure. “I am proud that we have about 300 outlets across the province signed up to participate in this important program,” says Ian Tostenson, CEO and president of the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “I know that other business will continue to learn more about Informed Dining and sign up – this information is what our customers have been telling us they want, and it is our responsibility to provide it.” The initiative is part of the Healthy Families BC campaign, created by the Province to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic disease. For more information, visit www. The website also features a contest with weekly draws and a grand prize to cook like a chef and learn from a dietitian.


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he Cowichan Valley Regional District has ended a years-long standoff with Fisher Road Recycling. The south-end composting facility had fought a CVRD staff decision that denied FRR’s request for an expanded operating licence. This prompted an unusual, quasi-judicial appeal process that saw CVRD directors play judge in the conÀict between their staff and the local business. And after weeks of deliberations, the CVRD announced Monday it had granted the expanded licence, which means FRR is now licensed to accept compost materials, recyclables and residential garbage. “This is subject to eight conditions expressly set out in the board’s written appeal decision and includes speci¿c requirements that must be incorporated into FRR’s licence and operating plan,” CVRD Chairman Rob Hutchins explained.


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Where do seniors go for help now? Seniors Resource Society: Local support network rallies to fill gap created by demise Ann Andersen

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here’s little doubt last week’s demise of Seniors Resource and Support Society has left a big hole in programs and services for Cowichan Valley’s seniors, say local seniors boosters. And people are now asking where seniors can turn to connect with help they once received from SSRS-Cowichan. “There’s an undeniable need for a major seniors’ hub here in Cowichan,” ssaid Carol Hunt, executive director of Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation. “Any one of us currently functioning is much too small to take on this role.” Representatives of seniors support groups are planning to get together soon to identify who can take over roles left by the SRSS closure, she said. What’s needed, she added, is a seniors centre that can centralize many of the activities around aging well in Cowichan. “Unless we mobilize immediately, we will be

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Meadows resident Fred Konkin examines a pottery serving plate up for a draw at the Seniors Round Up hosted by the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation at Cowichan Exhibition Park Mellor Hall on Sunday, May 27. forever trying to do catch up. Our high seniors population warrants some serious attention as to how to get this planning process fast-tracked,” she said. Meanwhile, Hunt and others in the seniors arena have suggestions how seniors can ¿nd help. Originally a funding organization to help other seniors groups run their programs, CSCF has moved in to provide some services — volunteer door-to-door transportation, for example. Its comprehensive

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“We’re an information centre that’s open every day and we can direct people to other agencies — anything they need,” said VC’s of¿ce manager Joan Notte. Notte and Amber Christie are familiar with SSRS programs as they were the ¿rst contact with seniors accessing the SSRS of¿ce. VC is in the basement of Duncan city hall, and can be reached at 250-7482133. At SRSS, seniors could hone computer skills. Literacy Now Cowichan at 250-597-1776 runs a free technology program to help seniors stay in touch with family and friends. “If you’re a senior and have an iPad, computer or cellphone you don’t know how to use, our program can help you,” says Barb DeGroot, LNC president. Valley Seniors Organization at 198 Government Street, 250-746-4433, is well known for its activities and social events. For a modest annual membership, seniors can join in activities like dance, choir, crafts, and indoor games. Their 52-seater bus takes seniors on frequent inexpensive road trips, says secretary Cathy Wilson. As well Valley Seniors — a totally volunteer group — donates some $10,000 per year to organizations that support seniors.


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ast year, it was Queen Margaret’s School student Alexandra Barnes. This year, it’s QMS pupil Hannah Gibbs who’s earned the province’s top score in the Canadian Scholastic Achievement League Scholastic Challenge. More than 3,000 Grade 6 students across the country took the exam that spans 99 questions in six categories during one hour online. And for two years running, the top B.C. student is a QMS student. “We are so proud of Hannah,” head of school Wilma Jamieson said in a media release. “Her hard work, and that of her fellow classmates, is a testament to the outstanding teaching skills of our junior school faculty, We hope the excitement around this academic challenge will encourage our

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Chemainus quietly putting on the polish

Tourist attractor: Community working to stay relevant


n Thursday at 7 p.m., residents are asked to head to the Chemainus Legion Hall to hear more about the latest proposed addition to the town’s outdoor art gallery. Public input is being sought on the Emily Carr Monument, a 50-foot mural sculpture, incorporating 10 of Carr’s paintings. This would be phase three of an ongoing plan to adopt B.C.’s most famous artist as a new tool for marketing Mural Town — the ¿rst phase being the Trompe L’oeil mural on the side of Chemainus Theatre and the second the Skidegate Eagle longhouse-style 3D creation in WaterLittle Town wheel Park. It’s another example of a concerted, That Did quiet effort by its leaders to keep Chewants to keep mainus relevant as a tourist attraction. The ratio of stores to vacant storefronts on doing has trended in the wrong direction for a while, but community leaders seem to recognize the town’s allure is tiring and the time has come to freshen it. The community certainly is not resting on its painted walls in its effort to attract the interest of visitors. Next week, the Wednesday street market returns, as does the Tuesday Night Music in the Park series. On June 22 a new event called ArtBeat launches that will repeat from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sundays throughout the summer. Essentially, it will be a downtown street party of arts and culture. And that’s not to mention one of the more energetic seasons we’ve seen from the Chemainus Theatre Festival in some time. After much discussion, North Cowichan has adopted a Chemainus plan that includes an investment into a new library and much more in the community core. Things are happening and we are glad to see it. We hope you add your voice to the discussion.

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The good and the bad of this week in Cowichan This we don’t

This we like After the B.C. Seniors Games in 2005 and the North American Indigenous Games in 2008, it seems like we’ve gone too long without a big community sporting event. That’s why it’s exciting to hear Cowichan officials are putting out feelers about hosting the 2016 or 2018 B.C. Summer Games. We have the volunteers and the facilities. Let’s make it happen.

After the success of NAIG, there seems to be little doubt Cowichan can handle the B.C. Games.

We’re hearing about an upswing in the number of complaints about barking dogs in Cowichan. Clear message: dogs that bark repeatedly and/or incessantly are in violation of North Cowichan’s antinoise regulations. Their owners are subject to $200 fines. The bylaw is just as applicable during daylight hours as at night. It’s your pet. Control it.

Confessions of an arts critic — it ain’t easy being mean Peter W. Rusland

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remember years ago seeing British nun and art expert Sister Wendy Beckett critiquing a priceless painting for the BBC in one of Europe’s stunning galleries. After a detailed explanation of the masterpiece, she simply stated “I’m sorry, I just don’t like it.” She didn’t have to; everyone has that right. There is no right or wrong in art. Basically, you either like a play, painting, pastry, wine, or concert, or you don’t. Sure, few of us are as educated in the arts as Sister Wendy and other experts, but liking art of any kind is more often a gut feeling than an informed choice. After 20 years of covering Cowichan’s dense arts-and-culture scene, I admit I can’t get out to everything. But I am out there a lot. I’ve had the pleasure of reporting on one of

the country’s highest concentrations of artists per capita. I love our artistic community. But my job carries the responsibility of telling readers the unvarnished truth about what I observe. To be clear, reviewing is a tough job. It’s done for readers, not as a stroke to my ego or the egos of those on stage. The idea is to simply put an opinion out there, preferably before a show’s run ends, so readers can go and see it. If not, at least some feedback was given on artistic efforts. I want people to see art and make their own decision if they liked it — it sure isn’t the world according to Rusland. Of course I take it into account if it is a school show being staged by students, not professionals. I also state if I attended on opening night, so readers know ¿ne-tuning could happen by the time they see it.


Also be aware, everything I write is read by my editor who asks questions about fairness and facts. Reviews aren’t intended as balanced news stories. That’s why they’re labelled as reviews. Word often gets back to me about reviews I’ve written. Sometimes I receive glowing applause. Other times not so much. A reader once accused me of “trying to destroy community theatre.” That’s OK. Your comments are always welcome at the News Leader Pictorial. Too bad some folks prefer to talk about my reviews privately, rather than comment directly to me or the paper. Indirect comments hold little water with me, or my editor. As a community theatre actor of minor note, I’ve been on stage. I did my best, as did those I’ve commented on. Like most people, I take criticism seriously and know it can sting.

But I will defend my opinion. And I will respect yours. A critical faculty is at work during a review — for instance, previews, not reviews, are where a play’s plot is explained. If a show’s good, I say why, and vice versa, often offering constructive ideas about acting, sound, lighting, diction, impact and more. I also listen for, or ask for, comments from other viewers to check if they saw or heard what I did. Anything less‚ such as ignoring obvious problems, is lying. That’s not what readers expect. And that’s not what reviewers are paid to do.

Peter W. Rusland has been writing reviews for the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial since 1990.

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Cowichan Symphony Society trying to orchestrate comeback

Symphony society needs more bums in the seats

Dear editor As a long-time subscriber to the Victoria Symphony concerts in Duncan I read with interest the review of the orchestra’s recent ¿nal concert of the season. While I have no bones to pick with Frances Marr Darling’s comments on the music itself, I do have a bone to pick regarding her comment on Cowichan Symphony Society president Ted Rhodes pleas for more subscribers to these excellent concerts: her comment “If we are already there to enjoy the music, could we dispense with the welcoming shill for more seat sales?” I found this aspect of the review to be an uncalled-for cheap shot. Of course everyone was there to enjoy the music. It is more than obvious they would not have been there otherwise. However, does Ms. Darling attend all of the season’s concerts? If so, she would doubtless notice all the empty seats at most, if not all, of the concerts. The Cowichan Theatre was almost sold out for the ¿nal concert featuring Beethoven’s magni¿cent 9th Symphony. But where were all those one-time concert-goers for all the other concerts? Considering the advanced age of most of the regulars at these concerts, including myself, unless there are a lot of new subscribers during the next decade or so a fair number of the current audience will no longer be there. Hence, the pleas from Ted Rhodes to try and build up the audience here in Duncan for this great orchestra. Unless there are more bums in seats the number of concerts in the season will continue to shrink, as is the case for the coming season. Where there were seven concerts this past season there are only four in the 2012-2013 season. And this will leave quite a hole in the musical life of the Cowichan Valley’s concert goers. Ian McFarland

In my opinion: support needed


enjoyed reading Fran Darling’s critique of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to the largest audience seen at a Cowichan Symphony Society concert this season. However, I am afraid Fran’s enthusiastic opinions will mislead the public into thinking all is well with the orchestral music scene in the Cowichan Valley. Her opening sentence that the concert “was a triumph” echoed Maestra Tania Miller’s comments from the podium that the concert “marked the end of a very successful season.” Fran gently rebukes Ted Rhodes for his “welAndrew Leong Boys Road resident Steve Alphonse and Debra Toporowski take part in a community clean up project along Boys coming shill for more seat sales” but says “we’re already sold.” Road on Saturday, May 26. A group of 14 or 15 volunteers hauled out 15 truckloads of garbage. Let’s look at some facts: To meet the cost ($21,000) of the Beethoven concert, all 730 seats Aboriginal people in Canada. It is very evident able person does, a fair idea of what the impli- needed to be sold. But 130 were empty, for a loss by these types of comments some residents in cations are behind Mr. Douglas’s arguments. of some $4,000. Some triumph. Duncan are not aware of the social issues that That is neither to support him, nor Mr Douglas. The Cowichan Symphony Society paid the VicAboriginal people face due to the effects of I like the latter’s idealism, and think there is toria Symphony Orchestra more than $109,000 Colonization, the Indian Act, the ‘60s scoop some merit to it, but Mr. Koury is correct when for its eight concerts this season. That may be and the residential schools. The Truth and Rec- he says 95 per cent of Vancouver Island’s food “very successful” for the VSO, but the cost of onciliation project came to Duncan last month comes from somewhere else, and the implica- presenting the concerts was $128,000. and invited the community to learn about what tion behind Mr. Douglas’s argument is indeed I wanted to stand and shout this to Tania in happened at residential schools. Everyone was a form of isolationism or protectionism. I don’t response to her remarks but constrained myself. I welcome to attend. This was an opportunity think that’s necessarily negative, and certainly call this a disaster. to hear the stories and experiences from the towns, cities and countries around the world This year, for the eight concerts, the average survivors. are in a similar predicament, more often worse. subscription sale has been 282 seats with 148 Perhaps if the residents of Duncan came out Mark Primmer, Chemainus door sales for a total average house sale of 430 comments submitted online at to these types of forums there would be a true seats, leaving 300 empty. Duncan compassionate understanding why AborigiOnly a few years ago there were 500 subscribnal people face the issues they do today. One ers with additional door sales guaranteeing a Issues leading to suicide crisis far would not be so quick to just lump the recent Education cuts not the real issue, steady accumulation of savings, inexpensive seats suicides to alcoholism. Alcohol is an issue, but it’s rising costs and no fear of losses. deeper than alcoholism it is not the central factor as to why our young Dear editor The good people whose enthusiasm for orchesDear editor people are feeling so hopeless and in despair. To call the strain on school budgets occurring tral music founded the Cowichan Symphony SoIn response to Robyn Kirk’s May 23 streeter Please take the time to learn about our history, as a result of “cuts to funding” is very misleadciety 56 years ago are literally dying off. Musical response: “It’s unfortunate, alcoholism is a before you make uninformed comments. To ing. When I looked up the ¿nancial statements tastes are changing, government and corporate central factor, and they haven’t really played really be an inclusive community, I would to see how much had been cut I was surprised funding have dried up and the continuing effects on that too much, but it certainly needs to be suggest the News Leader Pictorial ask these that the funding has actually been increasing of the 2008 ¿nancial crisis reduce discretionary addressed.” opinion questions to diverse populations, like despite signi¿cant declining enrolment. Then I spending while costs have escalated. I am shocked and appalled our very own Aboriginal people, as these issues directly was even more surprised to see the amount we It costs an average of $18,000 to present a neighbors are not aware of the history of affect us. pay in salaries has actually increased signi¿concert. Even at the new ticket prices, 550 tickets Angela A Potskin cantly to teach these fewer students (well above have to be sold just to break even. These latter Mill M Bay inÀation). The funding is actually increasing but were the quiet words Ted spoke and which Fran not increasing at the same speed as teacher’s describes as a “shill for more seat sales.” salaries which have automatic annual increThe society has lost an average $5,000 on every Valid V points on both sides in ments. Instead of crying about cuts to funding, concert this year; an unprecedented situation “Should people be willing to relocate for a job in order economic e development debate which isn’t really true, we should be addressing which unfolded despite the best efforts of its to receive EI benefits?” the discrepancy between funding increases and Dear D editor overstressed volunteer board members, who have You answered: (72 votes) Regarding Rob Douglas’ column on develop- teacher salary increases. This would go a long to plan programs more than a year in advance. 54 per cent NO way to addressing long-term sustainability with iing the economy and John Koury’s response: One more year like this will exhaust reserve Mr. Koury is certainly not a dinosaur, and the regards to education funding. funds and see the end of the society. To vote on the next Question of the Week, log onto the ttimes have been a-changing and will change as Nancy Wilson CBC News recently aired an item concernweb poll at llong as we have clocks. He has, as any reason- Cobble Hill ing the Orchestra of the Okanagan. It is folding because of “lack of subscriptions and door sales.” Supporters are holding protest meetings. Cowichan isn’t that desperate yet. At the moment ¿ve people in 1,000 of the Cowichan Valley population go to classical concerts. 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Delmere Kitt is a Duncan supporter of the Cowichan Symphony Society. He encourages anyone interested in the future of the society to attend its annual general meeting on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Room at the Cowichan Theatre.

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y the way, did you hear: • In the wake of another successful recent show by the Cowichan Valley Concert Band, here’s a shout out to Joy Ann Bannerman, who founded the group in September 1984 The original group grew from six players to 35 in three years and has performed at many functions including the annual Cowichan Music Festival, the B.C. Winter Games, the Christmas Light -up, and the annual Cowichan Boat Show. It spawned several smaller ensembles such as Cowichan Brass, Tall Strings, and The Cowichan Wind Trio, as well. • A proud Angela Andersen, head of the Queen Margaret’s School ¿ne arts program, is singing the praises of Gigi Song, Felice Chap and Jeeny Park The three Art 12 students used materials gathered from the shoreline at an eco-art workshop in Victoria in February are were honoured by having their pieces showcased in a public exhibition in Montreal. Chap placed among the top 35 artists in the De¿ning Moments National Art Contest. • Island Savings has announced a three-year partnership with the Chemainus Theatre Festival Society to extend the Discover Theatre program. Last year, $10,000 from Island Savings meant 1,140 children at 38 Vancouver Island schools got to attend workshops designed to help

Valley people Name: Jena Mawbey Occupation: store manager, Sport Chek Age: 30 Hometown: Duncan If you get a chance go see: Contraband with Mark Wahlberg Right now I am reading: It’s All About Snooki I’m listening to: Maroon 5 At least once everyone should: bike the Cowichan Valley Most people don’t know I: am a very famous poet Proudest or happiest moment: my daughter Emily Biggest fear: snakes, falling in a snake pit If I was appointed queen of the valley I would: better bike lanes Before I die: summit Mount Everest Words I live by: it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey getting there

young people build self-esteem and self-expression. Schools can get involved by contacting Nicolle Nattrass at education@chemainustheatre. ca. • Bright paintings of iconic de Havilland planes by Trisha Old¿eld of Chemainus were recently auctioned for nearly $30,000 to support treeplanting projects in the Maldives. The auctioned happened while Sidney-based Viking Air hosted an All Operators Forum April 17 to 19 in Sidney that welcomed de Havilland owner-operators from around the world. The Maldives is home to the world’s largest Àeet of operating de Havilland Twin Otters. • News Leader Pictorial reporter Ashley Degraaf is on maternity leave this year but she’s still writing a monthly column for the paper and has just created a blog about motherhood. You can check it out at momsthewordwithashley. • Sad to hear about the demise of Handsome Furs. The band — boasting Alexei Perry and Lake Cowichan’s Dan Boeckner — recently announced it was no more. Exciting things happening for you, your friends or your family that you want to share with your community? Send us a quick email at editor@ We’d love to spread the word.

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he final piece of financing for the project fell into place in February when the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) approved $293,000 in funding. The site assessment confirmed that the location is suitable for building and the Archeological Assessment is pending. Initial results indicate the site does not have aboriginal archeological significance. Next, North Cowichan will subdivide the lot from the BC Forest Discovery Centre property, and issue building permits. Then the general contractor for the project, Pacific Homes, will begin construction. The Chamber selected Pacific Homes after the Request for Proposals process in 2010.

The Project The property was made available to the Chamber via a land exchange between the BC Forest Discovery Society and North Cowichan. The new Centre is a touch south of the BCFDC main building, sited so both buildings are readily accessible and visible. The project includes new access and egress as required by the province, parking improvements and drainage upgrades. Park-like landscaping is designed according to best environmental practices, and includes enhancing the adjoining area of the Somenos Marsh. The budget for the building itself is $950,000.

Financing The total budget has been trimmed to $1,999,500. The Cowichan Valley Regional District and the District of North Cowichan are stepping up with $618,000 of cash and in-kind contributions. The Chamber is providing $400,000. The rest of the budget originates with the Federal and Provincial governments via the Islands Coastal Economic Trust (Provincial), the Gas Tax (through the CVRD and City of Duncan contributions), and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Tourism Grant to the District of North Cowichan. The local tax base is contributing about 1/3 of the budget and

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Parking & Traffic Access and parking are being completely redesigned. Currently a single roadway is both entrance and exit for the BCFDC. There will be a new exit, to the east, along Drinkwater Road. Cars will enter through the current entrance, but exit through the new roadway. Traffic will stream quickly into the parking lot, relieving congestion at the Drinkwater Road – Trans Canada intersection, and generally easing movement in the parking lot. The new lot will accommodate RV’s – an essential element of tourist services.

Location Visitor Centres have to be accessible and visible to be effective. The new location builds on the profile of the BC Forest Discovery Centre. It’s accessible from both sides of the highway to capture tourist traffic headed north to Nanaimo or south to Victoria. It’s nicely situated to direct visitors west to Lake Cowichan or east to Maple Bay.

Virtual vs. Experiential The thought that Internet research is displacing the need for Visitor Centres is not borne out by actual usage. While travelers research and book their trips online, once at their destination, they require details, up-to-the-minute information, precise directions, and

Programming More and more travelers are looking for participatory, authentic experiences and personal interaction is key. Market research also indicates that brands are built on experiential, face-to-face engagement. That is the advantage of a Visitor Centre – guests speak personally with travel counselors and tourism providers, they experience presentations, touch products and enjoy an immersive introduction to all Cowichan has to offer. The Centre is designed to accommodate varied programming and provide businesses with critical front-line marketing opportunities to build their business, and the Cowichan brand.

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Linda and Mark Holford expanded Rocky Creek Winery to its Cobble Hill location in 2007, after starting their winery with a used press, and 1000 sq. ft. in the basement of their home. “People told us it couldn’t be done,” says Linda, “But we didn’t see why not.” Mark had been creating wines for years as a hobby, and that basement was a proving ground; proof that passion and know-how prevails. He had the equipment custom-made to fit the small footprint, and leased vineyards in Chemainus. Today Linda and Mark are at the helm of the most awarded vineyard on Vancouver Island, with 36 titles. Rocky Creek has 16 acres under cultivation and make their wines entirely from Vancouver Island grapes. Guests can enjoy a picnic by the pond and explore Rocky Creek wines in the tasting room. When she’s not in the tasting room, or on the road marketing, Linda is landscaping the acreage – they now book weddings into this lovely backdrop. And they are preparing for 100 guests at the annual Fathers’ Day Pig Roast. Linda and Mark love the Valley, and have a profound sense of place. That’s why they use Vancouver Island grapes exclusively. In 2008 they planted a hybrid designed for Vancouver Island’s cooler climate and

acidic soil. It’s a cab-foche, and destined for an upcoming red. Always open to new techniques, Mark and Linda planted the Cab-Foch in the Geneva double curtain style. The vines grow up, then curtain down. The configuration allows plants to put more energy into the fruit. As Chamber members, Mark and Linda appreciate networking opportunities and information exchange. They’ve sourced professional services at mixers, and found easy answers from other members. They keep the Visitor Centre up to date, and the staff and volunteers refer tourists to Rocky Creek Winery. When asked what surprised her most about the industry, Linda notes that wine marketing is storytelling. When guests uncork a bottle of Cowichan wine, they recall the pastoral setting, gracious hosts and the Cowichan experience. Mark notes, “People won’t make the trip to Cowichan to visit a single winery … they all have to have be good.” It’s in everyone’s interest to collaborate, cross-promote and enhance the Cowichan experience.

Black Tie Awards: “Under Construction – Building Community”


he theme for this year’s Black Tie Awards was “Under Construction – Building Community”. With help from sponsors and volunteers, organizers dressed Mellor Hall as a construction site to celebrate the New Regional Visitor Centre. Guests enjoyed jazz and hip hop performances from Carlson’s School of Dance. In keeping with the construction theme, the finalists arrived on the flatbed of a truck, backed into the hall complete with music and a balloon drop. SunFM’s Jim Jackson hosted the event, with Chamber President George Gates. Marsha Stanley of MNP – the Awards’ presenting sponsor - opened the presentations by welcoming guests and congratulating the finalists. Guests were delighted to see Tuari the Red Tailed Hawk of the Raptors Centre swoop out of the rafters to deliver the name of the Green Award winner. This year

the Directors selected Ken McKinnon of Pacific Homes as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Darcia Doman, who accepted last year’s Award on behalf of her father Herb Doman made a charming and heartfelt presentation. In his acceptance, Mr. McKinnon reiterated his commitment to business and community, and shared entertaining highlights from his successful history in the Valley. It was a grand evening, celebrating excellence and community. The Black Tie Awards finalists make exceptional contributions to the Cowichan Valley – through business success and many community commitments. Home Based Business Award to Andrew Shepherd of Vancouver Island Salt Co., presented by the George Gates, President, Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer of the Year Award to Dorothy and Eric Marshall of the Cowichan Valley

Naturalists’ Society, presented by Jennifer Lazenby, President, Volunteer Cowichan. Green Business Award to Aimee Bartesko of skin n.v., presented by Geoff Millar, Manager, Economic Development Cowichan. Art in Business Award to Sue Coleman of Coleman and Coleman Enterprises, presented by Jo Ludwig, Cowichan Valley Artisans. Young Entrepreneur of the Year to Marcus Woernle of BioFlame Briquettes, presented by Andrea Rondeau, Editor, Cowichan Valley Citizen. Customer Service Award to Mike McCluskey of Thermoproof Windows, presented by Janet Martinez, Director, Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. Business Achievement Award to Chad Conrad of Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar, presented by Dan Bose, Business Advisor, MNP.

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une will bloom like the most glorious of perennials this weekend in Cowichan, on not one, but two fronts. Both the Cowichan Valley Garden Tour and the Cowichan Valley Garden Club Spring Flower Show and Plant Sale are about to open their petals. The 18th-annual self-guided tour of some of Cowichan’s most picturesque properties typically features an array of local horticultural splendour. It is a fundraiser for such Cowichan Family Life programs as peer counselling, healing anger workshops, the Cowichan Community Resource Bus, and more. It runs Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 at a variety of garden

stores, or at the Cowichan Family Life Thrift store, 521 Canada Ave., Duncan. Call 250-597-1117 or 250-748-8281 for information. Meanwhile, Garden club spokesperson Carol Birch says the garden club show — now into its Âżfth decade — will feature a breathtaking array of beautiful specimens grown in the Cowichan Valley. “The Ă€ower show is a wonderful opportunity for gardeners to showcase their favorite plants and Ă€owers,â€? Birch said in a press release. “Those who attend the show will see a breathtaking array of beautiful specimens grown in the valley.â€? A section for decorative Ă€ower arrangements gives local gardeners a chance to

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Harvey George: Local has spent a lifetime whittling model fishing boats from blocks of wood

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ive Harvey George a block of cedar and a year, and you’ll end up with something spectacular. Something like the

Agnes Rose. The impressive ¿shing-boat model — more than four feet in length — sits proudly in the centre of George’s immaculate Duncan workshop, the ¿nely-detailed product of a multifaceted life. It tells the story of a young boy who grew up watching his uncle carve, who spent hours watching the ¿shing boats sail in and out of Sooke. Who went on to work on those ¿shing boats, and eventually retire as a logger at MacMillan Bloedel. “It’s been in my blood, all my life,” says George, 72. Now a dozen of his handcrafted boats are on display at the Cowichan Valley Maritime Centre, and more are featured at the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society’s new interpretive centre in Sooke. That’s where Agnes Rose is bound. “I just donate them,” George says from his workshop. “I used to have them in here but no one could see them, so I donated them so that everybody could.” And people like what they see, says the maritime centre’s Suzan Lagrove. “People really enjoy them, especially anyone who has been involved in the ¿shing industry — they bring back a lot of memories for them,” she says.

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Harvey George’s detailed wooden Äshing boat models — like his recent Agnes Rose — are all done from memory. They’re even more impressed when they learn George whittles the masterpieces out of single blocks of wood, measuring nothing and relying instead of his eyes and his years admiring boats. “When you tell people that, they’re totally amazed,” says Lagrove. “And

it’s all done from memory. They aren’t to scale but from what he recollects as a young man out of the water ¿shing.” “There are no scales, no prints,” George con¿rms. “It’s all from my mind and guessing with my eyesight.” And he loves to hear the reactions.

“They can’t get over the details on them,” he says proudly. “And there’s word of mouth. People say, ‘You have to go and see the boats.’” That’s something George continues to do, too. “I go to Cowichan Bay to visit them,”

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Cookbook providing the spice of life Shakti winner: Duncan chef honoured as her cookbook enters its eighth printing Better still, show them how to make it themselves. That’s the idea behind the Duncan-based grandmother’s hot-selling cookbook Authentic Indian Cooking. It honours Madhuri’s zest for life cheered in March when she received the 2012 Shakti Award

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They impressed her friends in Canada. “Friends liked my food so much, they said ‘How about teaching us?’” Initially, she instructed Indian cooking through Malaspina University College (now VIU), Cowichan Community Centre, and elsewhere. “Later someone asked me, ‘How about writing a book?’” So she did, gathering all her recipes, ideas and instructions into 220-odd pages. “My food’s so popular because it’s organic, without any preservatives or chemicals, and you can cook with whatever’s around the house — you can make gourmet food.” Ilustrated Authentic Indian Cooking includes some 200 recipes, and displays around 50 dishes. But it’s more than a cookbook. Madhuri calls her book “an encyclopedia” in which serves knowledge about proper use of spices, herbs, condiments, their

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received us with open arms, and we were open to them. “I didn’t feel any prejudice, just love and respect.” Meanwhile, retirement’s not on her radar. “Retire from what?” Madhuri asked. “I’m living my dreams, and beyond.”

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Live Jazz After Work: this week features Eric Smith on keyboards, John Robertson on bass and Geoff Johnson on guitar, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, 40 Ingram St. Duncan. No cover. Call 250-597-3473 for more information.


DCS Student Spring Expo: exhibits, talent show, art silent auction, educational demonstrations, and a concession by Mexico Missions students, 3 to 8 p.m., Duncan Christian School, 495 Beech Ave. Duncan. Free. Call 250-746-3654 for information.

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Cowichan High art show a testament to budding talent Review: Annual school show good showcase for emerging talent Peter W. Rusland

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Wicked stepmother Alissa Lennox (left) makes the life of Cinderella (Karli Stevens) miserable in Duncan Christian School’s production of Cinderella May 23 and 24 at Cowichan Theatre.

hotographer Nikole Simons was on guard duty Friday with several hundred artworks her Cowichan Secondary School colleagues displayed last week during their year-end exhibit. The graduating student was clearly proud of Cow High’s commitment to creativity. “Art makes you interpret things differently,” she said, gazing around the room decorated by clay, metal, photographic, ink, prints, pencil, watercolour and other pieces by Grade 9 to 12 artists. Simons hefted Stefan Peruzzo’s mask The Joker, one of many standouts in the varied show. Others spanned Kyla Sampson’s block-print Nature, Teressa Johnny’s frog watercolour, Grayson Lowood’s metal chair, Samantha Morian’s watercolour of trees, pencil pieces by Ali Crossan (faces) and Autumn Harrison (tiger), and Abbey Lise’s photos of archtitecture. Duncan’s late, great painter E. J. Hughes often took children’s advice about his work, and would likely have been delighted with the range

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Cow High Grade 12 student Nikole Simons with Stefan Peruzzo’s work The Joker that was among hundreds of works exhibited during CSS’ impressive annual art show last week. of work at Cow High. It complemented other artistic hotbeds across the Warm Land, helping keep our valley among of the highest concentration of artists in Canada. Simon, who’s headed into criminology, noted CSS also attracts exchange students — such as Spain’s Laura Ferrer Pons, who pencil-drew a woman smoking — who add depth to the school’s program. “They see things differently than we do, and have different opinions,” said Simons. Viva la difference, signalled Grade 12 student Julia Bristow, who was

busy painting outside Cow High. “This school’s art programs just let students run with art. You don’t get boxed in to any style of work; you can experiment.” Bristow showed six of her works during the May 16 scholarship show at CSS. “Art’s a really good background to have,” she said, off to VIU education or art-therapy studies this fall. “You can actually help people with art; it’s not just about drawing pictures.” Student art-show rating: 8.5 ideas out of 10.

Shawnigan Lake School makes The Elephant Man’s message resonate today Review: Trunk of compassion opened by student play Peter W. Rusland

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ew viewers will ever think of challenged folks in the same way after seeing Shawnigan Lake School’s emotionally gripping version of The Elephant Man. Morgan McLeod’s six-member cast deftly brought the sad tale of Joseph (John) Merrick to life with disturbing acuteness during Thursday’s debut in the Wilkinson Theatre. The magic of Merrick’s true, tragic tale of abuse, set in Victorian London, was that there are still many Merricks with an array of challenges and deformities in our world. One measure of our humanity is how we treat those with special needs.

That notion was bluntly examined in SLS’s use of Bernard Pomerance’s script. But some of Thursday’s messages were mufÀed by English accents, and an occasional lack of vocal projection. Calvin Jennings’ turn as Merrick was truly memorable, but his lines at times couldn’t be understood through the slurred speech of his challenged character. Without an understanding of lines, or straining to hear them, we can’t really appreciate a play’s messages. Still, Pomerance’s ideas about warped social stigmas against victimized innocence shone through. Jennings’ Merrick fared better than most challenged people through the compassion of London socialite-actress, Mrs. Kendal (Olivia Chorny). True, Dr. Frederick Treves (Max King) pulled Merrick from his depraved existence as a circus freak, abused by brutal agent, Ross (Ian Hall). But just as Ross’ interest in The Elephant Man was ¿nancial, surgeon Treves’ curiosity was mainly clinical, as coldly stressed by King during scenes in Merrick’s London Hospital room. Treves simply couldn’t duck his sterile views and see Merrick as a man, not a hideous specimen.

was just as palpable as Merrick’s near-sadistic treatment by huckster Ross. What rock does Ross’ evil crawl from under? Contrasted with Ross, Merrick displayed evolved humanity by questioning his own existence (“I don’t know why I look like this”), and chatting with Kendal about Romeo and Juliet. Still, Merrick couldn’t escape his physical prison, paralleling mental illness suffered by the play’s two ‘pinheads,’ (Rosa Valan, Madeleine Downey). Merrick’s chosen demise climaxed this feelingperson’s production. McLeod used period costumes, a simple stage Andrew Leong of stairs, effective lighting, and limited props — a Shawnigan Lake School student Calvin Jennings as the wooden box was Merrick’s bed, and bathtub. Elephant Man, Ian Hall as Ross the Ring Leader, and MadMasks and other costumes were wisely not used eleine Downey and Rosa Valan as Pinheads. to try and depict Merrick’s handicap. Instead, a long, white screen showed photos of Fortunately, hospital administrator Carr Gorman the real Merrick, 1890s London, plus telling quotes (Gabiro Nabea Bucyana), and Kendal saw things such as “Most Important Are Women,” and “Merdifferently. cy and Justice Elude Our Minds and Actions.” Gorman came to pity Merrick as a man trapped Ultimately, SLS’s moving Elephant Man typi¿ed in a grotesque body. the daring, artistic envelope Cowichan’s actors Kendal underlined intuitive kindness by bravely continue pushing. befriending Merrick as he struggled with his Dramatic-tragedy rating: 8.5 kindnesses out deformity. of 10. Heartfelt conversation between he and Kendel

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sculpture incorporating ten of Carr’s paintings. North Cowichan has asked the Chemainus Advisory Committee to provide it with “a sense of public support” for the project. This event features a presentation about the project, an opportunity to ask questions, and a chance to voice your opinion, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Chemainus Canadian Legion

Sounding Colour: Four workshops in May exploring through chant, the healing synthesis of sound, colour and aroma, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Art House in Shawnigan Lake, 1756 Wilmot Avenue, at Dundas).Suggested donation: $20 drop-in. Call Laurel: 250743-1249 Bike to Work Week: celebration stations, Charles Hoey Park. Hosted by the Garage Café, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Managing your Online Reputation: a workshop on the process of monitoring, reacting to and generating online reviews and content, 1 to 4 p.m. Duncan Travelodge. Pre-registration is a must. Call

Thursday Cowichan Secondary Showcase and Awards Night: Reflect and remember another successful performing arts season at Cowichan Secondary School. Come celebrate our emerging young talent, during this performance showcase 6 p.m. at Quamichan Middle School. Bike to Work Week: celebration stations, Charles Hoey Park. Hosted by the Garage Café, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Cowichan Valley Prostate Support Group: Meet and talk with survivors and others, 7 p.m. Canadian Cancer Society Board Room, 394 Duncan St. Free and open to the public. Call 250-743-6960. Three Men and a Tour Van: an acoustic singer/song-

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Bruce Freeman looks over the large selection of home-baked pies at the 28th-annual Children and Apple Pie fair at Cobble Hill fairground, May 26. writer triple bill including triple Vancouver Island Music Award Winner Ryan McMahon, Peak Performance finalist Christopher Arruda and Cory Woodward with his soothing, Springsteen-like rasp, 8 p.m. Duncan Garage Showroom. Tickets are $15 in advance at Ten Old Books or $18 at the door. The Paw Paw Program: Local author and natural health teacher Lorene Benoit will present her book about her comprehensive natural approach for understanding, preventing, and working with cancer, 6 p.m. Cowichan Lake library, 38 King George St N, Lake Cowichan. Free. Call 250-749-3431 for more. Thursday Farmers Market Cancelled: the afternoon, afterwork local market in South Cowichan near the Cobble Hill Hall will no longer be held. Info at thursdayfarmersmarket@, or 250-510-8343. Emily Carr Monument Public meeting: to review the proposed location of the 50-foot mural

Bike to Work Week: celebration stations, Charles Hoey Park. Hosted by the Garage Café, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., wrap-up party at Duncan city square, 3 to 5:30 p.m. More at or SPCA Giant Garage Sale and Barbecue: annual fundraiser 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a new location, the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds.

Saturday Dancing Empanadas — The Flavors of Colombia: a fun, free event featuringmusic, empanadas, cocada (cola), Columbian coffee and art activity for adults and children. Everyone welcome, 5 to 7 p.m. Cherry Point Estate Wines, 840 Cherry Point Rd. Call 250-748-3112 for information.

Jammers: No Don’t Stop with Reid Williams headline this unplugged open mike for teens, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Island Oak High School, 5814 Banks Rd, North Cowichan. Admission $5, performers free. Call 250-732-5907. Art House Year-End Celebration: an evening of live performance by MoonDance Dynamic Arts School staff & students, the Laurel Singers and the Art House Collective featuring West African dance and drumming, contemporary dance, hoopnotica and song, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Art House, 1756 Wilmot Ave, Shawnigan Lake. A Family friendly event. Admission by donation. Call 250-743-5846. St. John’s Church, Cobble Hill 125th Anniversary Gala: featuring a three course sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment by local artists, 6 p.m., Quamichan Inn, 1478 Maple Bay Rd. Cost $62.50. Call 250-743-3095

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FRISCH, JOHN F 1928-2012 John’s entire career was spent in the Pulp and Paper Industry across Canada. Survived by wife Joan, son Eric in Ottawa and daughter Rondi in Florida and four grandchildren. In accordance with his wishes there will be no service. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those that wish, donations may be made in John’s name to the charity of your choice. Please take this opportunity to remember him in your own way and in your own time.

Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society Annual General Meeting is to be held on Monday, June 25, 2012. Supper will be served at 6 PM and meeting will follow. Items to be discussed are the Financial Statements for 2011-2012 and election of Board of Directors (members in good standing). Join us and bring a friend. New Members Welcome.

HONDA keys found - A black leather zippered key holder containing Honda keys and a couple of others (one marked Chateau) were found approx May 15 on Cowichan Bay Rd, between Wessex & Bench. Can be claimed at the News Leader Pictorial ofďŹ ce, #2-5380 Trans Canada Hwy, next to BuckerďŹ elds.

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WILLIAMS, Gail Marie (nee Meers) was born Christmas morning, December 25 1957. Gail fought a very brave two year battle with cancer and peacefully passed away with her loving husband Ken Schwab at her side on May 24th 2012 in the Mackenzie B.C. hospital. Gail was blessed with an easy going, laid back personality. Her calm mind enabled her to face her illness with great courage. She never allowed fear or self-pity to consume her positive out look. Gail was a very fun loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend to many. She enjoyed every aspect of being a family and was adored by her many nieces and nephews as a fun auntie. What made her so special was that she could never bring herself to judge anyone, no matter how bad they seemed. She had learned how to play the bagpipes and enjoyed sports such as softball and racquetball. Karaoke and Billiards were a couple more of her favorite things to do. She enjoyed learning new things and had completed a number of different courses which enabled her to work at a variety of different jobs throughout her life. Gail was the 5th girl in a family of 7 children. She grew up in a rural home in a house of 10 with her adoring granny, her siblings and her parents. She loved adventure, travel and games. Gail was predeceased by her granny, Alice Davies, her father John Meers and by her baby girl Brina. She is survived by her husband of 25 years Ken Schwab, her children Misty (Steve), Daniel (Olivia), Kathy (Lyle), Serena (Trevor), her grandchildren Taescha, Tyrone, Sean, Troy and Stevie, her mother Mary Meers, siblings Joan Brewer, (Bob) Grace Ceriko, (Andrew), Christine Fawcett, (Don) Pat Rankin, (Geordie), Ken Meers, (Laurel), Alan Meers, (Sandy) as well as many nieces and nephews. Gail was well loved, respected, and admired and will be greatly missed by all. But everyone who knew her knows that she is now resting peacefully in the arms of the angels. Family and friends are invited to Celebrate Gail’s life: Saturday June 2 2012 - 1 to 4 PM, Eagles Hall, 2965 Boys Road, Duncan. Online condolences may be offered at www.hwwallacecbc,com

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SWF in the Cowichan Valley, non smoker, honest, faithful & ďŹ t, considered pretty, looking for a non-smoker single white male 53 - 58, that’s looking toward a serious long term relationship of love, fun and new adventures together. Photo upon request. If this sounds like you please contact me at

YOUNG at heart, 47 SWM, looking for a female, 35-51, that likes the outdoors and working out. Camping, hiking, movies and the ďŹ ner things in life. If sitting at home with the ďŹ re and a glass of wine sounds like something that would interest you, please email so that we see if our interests are mutual. Please email me at

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The News Leader Pictorial office is holding several sets of “found” keys”, since March 2003. Stop into the office and see if any belong to you. #2-5380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, next to Buckerfields

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

An Earthmoving Company in Alberta is looking for a 3rd year or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will be part of a team maintaining and servicing our fleet of Cat dozers, graders and rock trucks plus Deere/Hitachi excavators. You will work at our Modern Shop at Edson, Alberta with some associated field work. Call Contour Construction at (780)723-5051

TRAVEL TIMESHARE CANCEL YOUR Timeshare. NO Risk Program, STOP Mortgage & Maintenance Payments Today. 100% Money Back Guarantee. FREE Consultation. Call Us NOW. We Can Help! 1-888-356-5248.

CLINICAL COUNSELLOR N.I. Survivors’ Healing Society - Counselling Centre for Adults Affected by Abuse - Campbell River. Contract with renewal potential, 28 hrs/ week or may be split. Direct resumes to or fax 250-287-3397 No calls or special requests please. Open until suitable candidate located.


BUSINESS FOR SALE Be your own boss publishing your own local entertainment / humour magazine. Javajoke publications is offering an exclusive protected license in your area. We will teach you our lucrative proven system, step by step by step to create the wealth that you want. Perfect for anyone FT / PT, from semi-retired to large scale enterprise. Call today to get your no obligation info packet. Toll FREE 1-855-406-1253

PROFESSIONAL TEAM seeks driven, success-minded people. Learn to earn money on bills we already pay! Local training and support! Call 250999-4844.

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SMALL SALON has a spot for a mature hairdresser on chair rental basis. Guaranteed clientelle, 50+ community. 4 days to start. (250)710-7272.

HELP WANTED An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780723-5051. PIONEER HOUSE now hiring an experienced Evening Line Cook, and a P/T day/night dishwasher. Apply with resume to Mark or Matt, 4675 TC Hwy, Duncan, B.C. or by email:

EXPERIENCED RN required for very busy, multi-physician clinic. This is a full-time Monday to Friday position commencing September 2012 due to the retirement of our clinic nurse. Please fax resume to 250-746-4473 or email to HAIRSTYLIST WANTED full time/part time for First Choice Hair Cutters in their Duncan locations. Guaranteed $11 per hour, 25% profit sharing, paid overtime, benefits, paid birthday, vacation pay, annual advanced training and advancement opportunities. Call Darlene 250-715-1779 today for an interview.



455852 – Cook, Douglas, Garner, Victoria (54 papers) 455855 – 10046-10155 Victoria Rd (27 papers) 455902 – Cochrane, Maxwell, Robertson, Victoria (38 papers) 455952 – Chapman, McKay, Victoria (31 papers) SHAWNIGAN LAKE 354250 – Evergreen, Gregory, Hunter, Lampman, MacDonald, MacFarlane (83 papers) 354275 – Ravenhill, Skrimshire (42 papers) *all paper counts are approximates CALL LARA NOW 250-746-4471 Extension 224 EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS



Qualify Now To Be Debt Free 1-877-220-3328 THE LEMARE GROUP is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Experienced Boom man • Grapple Yarder Operator • Hooktender • Off Highway Logging Truck Driver • Heavy Duty Mechanics Full time with union rates and benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-9564888 or email to

Logging Equipment Manager Nootka Sound Timber, based on Nootka Island, has an immediate opening for a salaried Equipment Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for all maintenance and replacement of equipment plus land based and barge camp facilities, supervision and hiring of mechanics, purchasing of parts and services and related short and long term equipment and maintenance planning. The successful candidate should have extensive coastal logging maintenance experience, supervisory experience, strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to safety and the ability to work in a high energy environment. Nootka Sound Timber logs 300,000 m3 annually and is based at Kendrick Arm on Nootka Island. Please submit your resume to: Nootka Sound Timber Co. Ltd. Fax: 250-594-1198 Email:

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THE CANADIAN Red Cross is seeking summer students for their North, Central and South Island locations. For details please go to How You Can Help, Careers, Canadian Opportunities.

P/T SERVER needed in busy little cafe (9:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri). Some experience needed, must be able to work in a busy environment and is motivated. Please submit resume to the Corner House Cafe, 181 Jubilee St., Duncan. Ask for John.

MEDICAL/DENTAL FULL-TIME EXPERIENCED dental receptionist required. Please apply in person to the Office of Dr. Nagainis suite 300-2700 Beverly St, Duncan.

TRADES, TECHNICAL PIPE LAYERS & Backhoe Operators REQUIRED at Locar Industries. Minimum 5 years experience. Local work. Fax resume to 250-751-3314



Employment Opportunity Just Jake’s and the Craig Street Brew Pub in Duncan, along with Jake’s At The Lake in Lake Cowichan are interviewing for self motivated and energetic people to fill full and part time positions. Positions available include dishwasher, custodian, prep and line cook, host/busser, office, brewery assistant, bartender and server. Also, if you feel that you have what it takes to become part of our management team then please apply as well. All will be interviewed.

Applications accepted between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 2nd at 109 South Shore Drive in Lake Cowichan (the home of the new Jake’s At The Lake).


Licensed, Government Approved, BBB Accredited.

WANT TO see scenic BC? Needed immediately. Experienced Feller Buncher Operator with Chipper Head/Mower to work around Hydro Transmission Lines. Must be willing to travel throughout BC (based out of Vanderhoof). $28-$34 per hour + benefits. For more info e-mail: Send resume to: SBCJOBS Box 1136 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 or Fax:250-567-2550

LIVE EDGE Design Inc. requires an entry level woodworker. Knowledge of woodworking, joinery & machinery would be an asset. Heavy lifting is required. Numeration compensation will be based on experience. Please apply by email to: or in person at 5195 Mearns Road, Duncan. No Phone Calls Please.




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

STRUCTURLAM PRODUCTS Ltd., located in beautiful Penticton, B.C. is seeking experienced Timber Framers. For more information and to apply, please visit our website @

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EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS FOODSAFE AT Island Savings Centre, June 30 & July 28 courses 8:30-4:30 $65. 250746-4154




Do you ever ask yourself How can _ I _ make a difference? Contact us, and together we can plant the seeds of change, because Volunteers Grow Community. 250-748-2133

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.

HAIRSTYLISTS HAIRDRESSING in your home, Cowichan Valley area. Barb Stewart. 250-715-6568


WORK WANTED HUSBAND FOR HIRE. Nothing but the best. Carpenter, plumber, painter, electrician, pressure washing. Just ask my wife! Call 250-746-4493 or 250-709-1111

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.

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

PERSONAL SERVICES ART/MUSIC/DANCING PIANO LESSONS in the comfort of your own home. Call Michelle. 250-597-3435

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

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Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other financing options available to qualified applicants.

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MAPLE BAY- private updated Rancher on .68 acres, 3 bdrms, 1800sq ft. See: w w w. u s e d c o w i c h a n . c o m $409,000. Call 250-715-5814.

DUNCAN- 1 bdrm, $750 includes utilities. NS/NP. Avail June 1. Call Gerry (250)7464144 or (250)715-6218.

CROFTON, oceanview, large bright, clean newer 2 bdrm duplex, F/S, $750/mo. Avail June 1. 250-246-4257 DUNCAN: NEWER Large 3 bdrm, 2 bath, island kitchen, garage, 5 appls. N/S, refs req. $1250. Call or text 1-250-8887088. Duplex: 2 bdrm, lower level, F/S, W/D, fenced yard, on Lane Rd. N/S, N/P. $850/m Avail July 1. (250)748-0102 LAKE COWICHAN- reno’d 2 bdrm, sxs duplex, F/S, quiet rural setting. $650 + utils. Call 250-749-4061.

DUNCAN - 1 bdrm. Stonehaven, nr. hosp. Priv. ent. own laundry. F/S, W/D. Suits a quiet person. N/S, N/D. No parties. Sm. pet cons. $800 month, incl. heat, hydro. Ref. Req. Avail. now. Phone 5977693 DUNCAN: 1 bdrm suite, $650. F/S, Heat, water incl. NS/NP, No partiers. Avail June 1. References req. 250-748-1825 DUNCAN BACHELOR: clean, bright. Private level entry. Walk to downtown. $600/mo incl util, laundry, sat tv, WiFi. NS/NP. 250-746-1844 DUNCAN ENTRY level 1 bdrm suite, freshly painted, $650 inclds heat, H/W, hydro. NS/NP, no partiers. Close to all amenities. Avail June 1. (250)746-7001 leave msg. DUNCAN, new 2 bdrm suite, bright, F&S, W/D hookup. N/S, N/P. No partiers. July 1st. $850 incl’s util. 250-748-2953 LAKE COWICHAN 2 bdrm suite, bright, spacious. $650. + utils. Avail June 1st. NS/NP. Call 250-749-6092. SHAWNIGAN LAKE, newer 1 bdrm suite on small horse farm, priv ent with yard, bright & clean. Avail immed, $675 mo + utils. Call (250)743-4607 SHAWNIGAN - self-contained 2 bdrm large suite with many extras. Util’s incld. A must see to be appreciated. Jul. 1 $1200 NS/NP. (250)743-3524

BUY, SELL, Watches, Estate Jewellery, Gold, Diamonds, Repairs, Custom designs. St. Thomas Gold & Silver, 895 Fort Street, Victoria, 250-3807698.

REDUCED: Jaynes Rd., Duncan, 4 bdrm, 2 bath, w/in-law suite, new custom kitchen & baths, windows & deck. 8 Appl’s incl. $369,900. Open to offers. (250)748-3007



4 Paws 4 Agility Join us for our last set of lessons of the spring/summer season. If you would like to work on learning basic agility equipment, practicing your handling skills or working on obedience, phone Judy at (250)748-9437 or Cheryl at 250-748-9729 or Del at 250748-6071. We have morning or evening class on Wednesdays.

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 ONE OF A KIND, three bottle wine holder, a red cedar owl, over three yellow cedar frog cylinders with Maple burl inlays. Size 44� x 12� x 12�. Local artist Greg Masur. $4,500. Can be viewed at Genoa Bay Gallery. A must see!

AUCTIONS Auction Estate Antique Collectable . June 3 @ 1pm at Dodd’s Auction 3311-28 Ave, Vernon. 1-866-545-3259. View photos at

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

BUYING OR SELLING? Call 310.3535

BIKE: NEW woman’s 12 speed, brand new, $90 obo. Call (250)749-0101. HERITAGE PAWN BARGAINS!! Thorens TD-165 turntable, $20 OFF digital & video cameras, Harman Kardon DVD47 player, Marshall MG100DFX guitar amp, small bar fridge, variety of vintage stereo speakers, LG 20� LED monitor. 430 Whistler. 250-746-9810.

SPORT WHEELS- set of 4, 18â€?x8â€? ASA sport wheels, ďŹ tted with 225x45 Michelin Pilot Sport AS+ tires, ďŹ ts Honda Accord, etc. $989. 250-597-3851.

REAL ESTATE BUSINESSES FOR SALE FAST FOOD Restaurant for Lease, at 1610 Joan Ave, Crofton 1(323)8236108

LOTS REDUCED PRICE! Crofton, lot in new subdivision, fully serviced, ocean view & beach access. $139,000, $122,500. Builders terms available with 5% down. Cell 250-370-1469

MOBILE HOMES & PARKS BEAUTIFUL OCEAN view mobile home in quiet 55+ Edgewater Terrace located in Cowichan Bay. 3 bdrms, 1.5 bath, nicely updated throughout, incl. windows, furnace, etc. $84,900. (250) 597-7847


DUNCAN, 1 bdrm apt with den, avail June 1st. $595 and 1 bachelor with den avail June 1st, $560. N/S. (250)746-1000 DUNCAN 1 bdrm suites $590 & studio suites $520 Close to Beverly Corners, 4 blks to University, on bus route. Updated; new ooring, new paint & some new ďŹ xtures. Heat/hot water included. NS/NP. Refs.



DUNCAN- 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, 5 appls, balcony, 1 sm pet allowed. Available Now. $800/mo. (250)743-1145.

CHEMAINUS- 9690 Chemainus Rd. Character house + garden, 3 bdrm, 2 bath. New paint/carpets. N/S, pet ok. $1300 mo + utils. Avail June. Call 1-250-356-1431. CHEMAINUS Old Town , full renovated house, F/S,W/D, DW, 3 bdrms, 2.5 baths, wood oors, sunroom, decks, landscaped yard. N/S, pet considered. Ref’s, lease required. June 15th, $1,300/mo + util. Call (250)748-1926 after 5pm CHERRY PT. 1 1/2 bdrm overlooking Satelite Channel. Senior oriented area. N/S. N/P. $950 utils incl. (250)743-2370 DUNCAN, NEAR hospital, mobile homes for rent in quiet adult park. Pets ok, call for details. (250) 246-8318. E. SHAWNIGAN Lake, small 2 bdrm water view home, N/S, $900 mo, avail June. 1. Call (250)746-6000. HALF DUPLEX in Duncan, 5 appl, laminate oors,central located, backyard and pet friendly $1250/mth. Call 7098208 LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm home, close to town, nice yard, deck. NP/NS. Refs req’d. $850 mo + hydro. Avail June. 15. Call 1-(250)653-4234. LAKE COWICHAN- 2 storey house on large lot, 3 bdrms up, studio & family rm downstairs, 2100sq ft, W/D, 1.5 bath, NS/NP. Available July 1. $1200. (604)715-3535. SHAWNIGAN LAKE, Central. 2-bdrm, close to all amenities, schools & beach. 5 appl’s, NP/NS. $1000/m. Avail. now. (250)743-5513, (250)213-3681 SHAWNIGAN LAKE, Central. 3-bdrm, close to all amenities, schools & beach. 5 appl’s, NP/NS. $1250/m. Avail. now. (250)743-5513, (250)213-3681 SHAWNIGAN LAKE, close to village, 6 appls, 3 bdrm house, recently reno’d, N/P, N/S, $1100 mo. (250)743-4478.

DUNCAN- BRIGHT 2 bdrm condo in secure bldg w/elevator, F/S, D/W, W/D. N/S. $875 + utils. Available June 1. Call 250-710-0881. DUNCAN- HUGE 2.5 bdrms with patio, $900 includes utilities. NS/NP. Avail June 1. Call Gerry (250)746-4144 or (250)715-6218. DUNCAN in town, avail July 1st., quiet 2 bdrm apt. 6 appliances, $850-$900. 250-2466626 or 250-746-4016

Free Cable Hook Up!!

Mountain View Terrace Estates 3420 Auchinachie Road ---------------------------------Spacious Affordable Suites

1 Bedroom, $650.00 2 Bedroom, $825.00 ------------------------------New Carpet Large balconies In-suite storage Close to schools, shopping and walking trails Includes: Heat, Hot water and parking -------------------------------------Resident managers on site

To view call 250-748-3321 LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm suite, pets ok, large yard, parking, on bus route, laundry. $560. (Immed). 250-210-0756.

Garage Sales

MAPLE GROVE APTS. 3271 Cowichan Lake Rd 2 & 3 Bedroom Units _____________________



COBBLE HILL: Sat Jun 2, 9-2. Sun Jun 3, 9-5. 1023 Cowerd Rd, off Hutchinson. No early birds please!

DUNCAN: Fri, Jun 1, 9-4 and Sat Jun 2, 9-1. Units 249 & 251, 2885 Boys Rd. HUMANITARIAN GARAGE SALE. For info call 250-710-0290.

Community Policing Advisory Committee’s HUGE garage sale is just around the corner (June 23). Book your tables now. $15/each. Call Pat at (250) 748-6740

Cowichan Secondary Dry Grad 2012

DUNCAN, FRI, June 1, 9am6pm & Sat, June 2, 9am-1pm. Silver Park 9th ANNUAL HUGE HALL Sale, 2885 Boys Road. (1st gate turn left). Hot Dogs & Refreshments!


GARAGE SALES * Great bargains * All local, in COWICHAN!

Lots of household and garden items, books, clothes, toys and more! Saturday June 2, 9-3 pm at Cowichan Secondary, 2652 James Street. (Garage Sale Donations will be accepted at the school on Fri June 1)

well maintained building. Central location. Heat & hot water incl’d. For on-site manager


COWICHAN STATION, Sat June 2, 9-1, 2375 Koksilah at old Cowichan Station School, School furnishing & tailgate sale! $10 a space for sellers. Refreshments available. Call for info: (250)701-3338 DUNCAN, AOTS Garage Sale, Sat., Sat, June 2, 9-12, 246 Ingram St, Duncan United Church Heritage Hall. Thrift Store open too. Refreshments

Sat & Sun., June 2 & 3 8:30 - 3pm NEW LOCATION Cowichan Exhibition Grounds BBQ, tools, furniture, etc. Something for everybody! We have it all!!!! Cash & Credit cards accepted DUNCAN, Moving Sale, June 2, 9-1, 2479 Townend Rd, off Lakes. No early birds. John Deer X340, ride-on mower, like new, John Deer 316 (hydr), needs new battery, incl’s 50 in Mid mount rotary mower, needs belt & 54 front blade. Furniture, tools, household items, records, ďŹ shing rod, lg dog crate, mirrors, pictures, tennis equip & books, and lots more!!! DUNCAN, Multi Family Yard Sale, Sat June 2, 9-3, 3051 Allenby Rd. Riverside Campground. Tools, plants, & more! FUNDRAISER YARD SALE @ FORESTRY DISCOVERY CENTER SATURDAY 9:00 AM TIL 1:00 HELP SENIOR DRAGON BOATERS

$500/MO STARTING- weekly available, many apartment types, furnished, w/common kitchen. All utils, internet included. FREE local calls, No Credit Checks. Call Motel, 250-748-0661, (Duncan).

Avail Wild Rose Apts 1 & 2 Bdrms, quiet,



Fundraiser Garage Sale, Bake Sale, Hot Dog Sale & Bottle Drive

2 BDRM apt on 3.3 acres. Nice country setting. Incl’s W&D, F&S. $1,000/mo + hydro. Small dog considered. Avail June 1st. (250)748-2277

Call 250-748-1304 CENTRAL LOCATION, Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrms, balcony, F/S, hot water, parking, pet considered, $525$850/mo. Call 250-748-7764. CHEMAINUS: 55+ Senior building, 1 oor walk-up, 1 bdrm. N/P N/S. $515.00/mo. Avail. now. (250)246-4221

MAPLE BAY, 1151 Maple Bay Rd., Sat & Sun, June. 2 & 3, 8am-3pm (both days). Estate/ Garage sale. Too many items to list. Please park on road, vehicle access for pick up only. Rain or shine. MILL BAY. 3-FAMILY Moving sale. Sat. June 2, 8:30am2pm. 3291 Kilipi Rd, off Telegraph & LaFortune Rd. Furniture, electric guitar, Yamaha keyboard, plants, lamps, etc.

COBBLE HILL- Bright 2 Bdrm Apartment, 5 appls, NP/NS. Avail July 1. $895 heat/hydro incl’d. (250)743-2672. COWICHAN BAY: 2 bdrm condo, adult oriented bldg. Underground parking, N/S, N/P. $750/mo + util’s. 250-701-2670 Cowichan Bay: Spectacular Ocean View 1BR Condo for rent. $800/month. N/S N/P Adult oriented building. 250748-7993. DUNCAN: 1 & 2-bdrm, 5 appls, close to School, Hospital and bus route. $650-$800 utils. Lv msg: 250-597-4018.

*Heat & Hot water included *Family oriented *Clean & quiet *Renovated units *Indoor Pets welcome *Onsite Laundry Facilities



Call (250) 710-7515 to view SHAUGHNESSY GARDENS 3251 Cowichan Lake Rd.

Clean 1 & 2 bdrm units. Full size fridge, stove & dishwasher. Carpet & linoleum, window coverings, ďŹ replace. Quiet, well maintained bldg with elevator & sauna. Pet friendly. Close to schools & Hospitals. CALL TO VIEW 250.710.7515 250.748.3412

APARTMENTS FURNISHED DUNCAN- (8 km north) Furnished studio apartment, on 8 acres. Laundry, satellite, heat, hydro. $575. (250)748-1310.

COTTAGES MILL BAY waterfront: 1 bdrm, all electric, NS/NP. Avail. June 15th. Ref’s. $725/mo. Call (250)743-4797. SAHTLAM- RIVERSIDE studio bachelor cottage. N/P, inclds satellite TV+ internet. (immed). $650. (250)748-2031

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES 1 BEDROOM duplex suite, prime location, close to downtown and mall, $615 plus utilities, 250-746-4117 after 4.

1500 Sq ft, prime ground oor retail/ofďŹ ce space. Lrg windows, A/C, located downtown. 604-820-8929, 250-715-6880 DOWNTOWN DUNCAN 2500 sq.ft. 6 separate ofďŹ ces, reception, conference area & kitchen, 2nd oor, AC,. $1175/mo. 604-820-8929. DUNCAN: OFFICE space for lease, highway exposure, A/C, ample parking. (250)746-5657 or 250-748-8671 DUNCAN, downtown 950 sq.ft. ground oor, completely reno’d, ofďŹ ce, retail, or consulting. Reception area, 3 ofďŹ ces. Avail now. 604-820-8929

SHARED ACCOMMODATION LARGE ROOM fully furnished in lovely home in Duncan with walk-in closet & own bathroom. Walking distance to town, hospital. (250)746-9678.

SUITES, UPPER COWICHAN BAY- deluxe 1 bdrm, bright, character, ocean view, natural gas F/P, W/D, priv entrance, storage, parking. N/S. $775 inclds utils. Avail immed. (250)746-8182. CROFTON- 2 bdrm garden suite, shared laundry, hydro included, pet considered. $1000/mo. (250)732-4535. DOWNTOWN DUNCAN: 3 bdrm, 1 bath, NS/NP, W/D, F/S, $1050 shared util’s. Avail. Jul. 1st. Call (250)701-5588. DUNCAN- 2 bdrm lrg suite, F/S, washer, on bus route near Mt. Prevost School. N/P. Avail now. $750/mo includes hydro. (250)715-7293. DUNCAN 3 Bd. suite main oor, WD/FS, NS/NP, near schools/bus stop. Large sundeck. $900+util. Refs Req. 250-748-9837, 250-732-6278 DUNCANUPPER level house, 3 bdrm, 2 bath. F/S, W/D, $800/mo+ hydro. NP/NS. Avail now. Call (250)746-3988. DUNCAN- (walking distance to hospital) new 2 bdrm, 900 sq ft, upper suite w/priv ent, garage, F/S, D/W, W/D, views of Mt. Prevost. N/S. Avail July 1. $1050/mo. 250-732-6282. SHAWNIGAN MILLBAYlarge 3 bdrm, 2 bath, upper, 10 mountain acres, garage, 6 appl’s, large deck, views. $1300/mo inclds heat & hydro. July 1. NS/NP. 250-732-2152.

TOWNHOUSES 3 BDRM Townhouse, clean & freshly painted, 1.5 bath, FS, Drapes, WD hookup. Sundeck, lots of parking, quiet, near hospital, cheap to heat. Avail now. $900. N/P. Call 250-748-7992, 250-748-2727. 250-709-7992. DUNCAN 2-BDRM townhouse. Large yard, parking. F/S, W/D hook-up. (Immed). $900-$950. 250-516-8881. DUNCAN 3-BDRM townhouse. Large yard, parking. F/S, W/D hook-up. (Immed). $1000-$1100. 250-516-8881.




COBBLE HILL, 2 bdrm, W/D incl’d, $1000 mo incls all utils. Avail June. 1. (250)510-3508. COBBLE HILL- bright, clean, 1 bdrm suite, $650. New fridge, stove, carpet, lino. Hydro & water included. Nonsmoking, sorry no pets, no partying. Call (250)743-8166. DUNCAN- 2 bdrm, priv ent, grd level, small yard, close to amenities. Laundry available. $795+ utils. NS/NP, no parties. Call 250-701-3213. SALTAIREMODERN 1 bdrm, deluxe setting. $750 inclusive. June 1. 250-658-1656

WANTED: Pre 1930 collections of Photographs, photo albums of Indians, ships, aircraft, gold & coal mines, automobiles. (250)924-3374

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

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Verbruggen takes the Law to task Three TDs: Matrix takes over second place with standout play Don Bodger

2006 Jazz by Thor 25’10� Deluxe travel trailer with front and rear slideout, walk around queen bed, A/C, fully loaded. Very little use. Stored under cover & never off the pavement. $19,000. Duncan. (250)746-5455 DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0� Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

2007 - 35’ ALPHA SEEYA 5th wheel, triple axle, 2 slides, LOADED. $28,500 obo. View in Duncan. (778)422-1993 DL# 7557

HIJACKER double pivot SL16 5th wheel hitch, like new, $450. (250)748-8346




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he Crew rolled to a pair of 25-0 victories to remain undefeated in the Cowichan Women’s Football League at 13-0, one without even having to step on the ďƒželd. The Crew was awarded a forfeit victory by that margin Friday when the opposing Ravens did not have enough players to ďƒželd a team due to injuries and other sport commitments. The Crew then defeated the Sirens by that same 25-0 result in a game that was played Sunday at McAdam Park. As always, the Crew spread the ball around to everyone in its lineup for scoring plays. All the Crew’s touchdowns came in the ďƒžrst half. The Sirens played well and nearly scored on a couple of occasions. The Sirens received a determined effort from Kelly Hall, with four quarterback sacks. Tara Brooks added two interceptions and Willy Toews helped out with one. The Matrix was a winner in a pair of other games to climb into second place with an 8-5 record. The Matrix defeated the Law 3525 Friday night. Emily Verbruggen was on ďƒžre, scoring three touchdowns. Tara McCaffery and Christine Cronin-

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he entire infrastructure of the Subaru Shawnigan Lake Triathlon is something to behold. The amazing race that kicked off the Subaru Western Triathlon Series Sunday requires a highly-organized network of people in countless capacities to successfully pull it off. The inner workings ¿t together like a ¿ne-tuned machine, overseen by race director Sarah Malerby. Combined with an amazing ¿eld of athletes, the event ran like clockwork and put the Shawnigan Lake area on the map as a prime triathlon destination. From the course marshalls who sat in the same spot for hours to shuttle drivers to the encyclopedic knowledge of announcer Steve King heard at West Shawnigan Park, it took a total commitment from everyone to provide the racers with the best possible environment both from a competition and a safety standpoint. “Our volunteer base was up around 250,’’ said Malerby. “That’s just direct volunteers. A lot of these people represent groups in our community.’’ Saturday’s triathlon festival kicked off the weekend in ¿ne style and set the tone for race day. Shops bene¿ted from the extra traf¿c and a kids’ run provided some incentive among the little ones to become future racers. “It was very exciting being in the village before the races and talking to the people from different places that had come,’’ said Malerby. The kids’ run, under the direction of volunteer captain Darcy Kulai, had about 150 participants. “This was the ¿rst time we’ve had triathlon weekend where we try to ¿nd bene¿ts for the locals as well,’’ said Malerby. “I had lots and lots of feedback from different people. It was very Àattering feedback.’’ Momentum carried over into the next day with about 500 participants tackling the course in the various categories. Athletes came from all over B.C. and Alberta plus Washington state, California, Mexico and even Hong Kong where Shawnigan Lake student Julianne Hennig, who tried her ¿rst triathlon, is from. Sunday began bright and early with a 7:30 a.m. start for those doing the Half Iron distance of a 1.9 kilometre swim, 88 km bike and 21 km run. It was a little cool at the beginning, but conditions were generally ideal for the racers. They were followed by the athletes doing the Olympic distance of a 1.5 km swim, 44 km bike and 10 km run at 8:30 and the sprint athletes covering a course comprised of a 500 metre swim, 22 km bike and ¿ve km run at 9:15. It was a very exciting day of racing in all categories. The top men in the sprint division were the ¿rst to ¿nish, with Carlos Lesser coming from behind on the run to place just ahead of fellow Victorian Doug Lewis. Lesser clocked 58:53 and Lewis hit the ¿nish in

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Coasting along on the bike, above, heading past Mason’s Store are Vancouver’s Victoria Gilbert and Alec McCluskey. Below, Jordan Kinghorn is second ouf of the water for the sprint swim. Bottom, Adam O’Meara takes the Änal turn to win the men’s Half iron event.

59:25. Then came a particularly exciting moment for local fans with Cobble Hill’s Maya Munzar taking top spot for the women’s sprint in a course record time of 1:08:40. “This is a fantastic course,’’ raved Munzar at the ¿nish. “The fact you get to ride around the lake, you’re out in the open and you get some sun.’’ Munzar had a big cheering section of family and friends. “I want to do well for them,’’ she said. “It’s motivation to perform well.’’ And perform well she did, sporting a huge smile as she came into the ¿nishing chute. Munzar felt adding Stephen Shumka for swim training paid huge dividends for her. “I just killed the swim because of him, his training and his motivation,’’ said Munzar. The men’s Olympic course winner was Byron Trajan of Nanaimo in 2:13:02. Anita Holtham, 32, of Vancouver took ¿rst place for the women’s Olympic division in 2:31:05. “It was great,’’ said Holtham. “The swim was really nice. It was a clean start, not too cold. The run is just beautiful.’’ Holtham said she had some stomach upset along the way, but got through it. This was Holtham’s third year in the event. “The ¿rst year I think the water was 12 degrees and it was pouring rain,’’ she recalled. “This is much better.’’ The arrival of Adam O’Meara, 30, of Victoria as the ¿rst ¿nisher in the men’s Half Iron was a huge highlight. O’Meara, who just raced three weeks previously in Utah, was a repeat winner in 4:04:54.

“Overall, I felt strong on the day,’’ he said. “It’s beautiful. I love that run course, too,’’ O’Meara said of crossing the Kinsol Trestle. “It was de¿nitely a nice change of scenery. The wood’s really grippy so you run fast.’’ This year’s event will clearly be a hard act to follow but Malerby is up for the challenge. “I have big plans for the future,’’ she said. “We did a great job. Everything overall went well. There’s always room for improvement. I’d really like to see the event grow.’’

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Mustangs on the ball in sweep

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he three Cowichan Valley schools competing in the provincial high school girls’ rugby championships in North Vancouver all grabbed ¿nal placings in the top three. Cowichan Secondary T-Birds ¿nished a superb third in the AAA competition while Brentwood College and Shawnigan Lake School came second in AA and Tier 2, respectively. “We’re really happy with that result,’’ said Cowichan coach Brad Skene. “For us to ¿nish there, we thought was great. “We’ve been playing some really hard games as it turns out on the island. We talked lots about how it was about the process and the end result.’’ The Cowichan girls really came into their own after making an educational trip to Ottawa where they also played against some high level rugby opponents. Momentum seemed to carry over into the island ¿nals and the provincials. Cowichan played Penticton in the quarter¿nal and won 36-12. Leah Theobald was on a mission with three tries. Grace Gillman scored one and added three conversions while additional tries came from Heather Derocher and Samantha Jory. Keneille Coleman and Derocher were great contributors while the back row and centres worked hard to move the ball down the ¿eld. In the semi¿nals, Cowichan ran

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Cowichan T-Birds’ coach Brad Skene is pleased how his team came together. across powerhouse Carson Graham and lost 46-0. “We gave it a go in the ¿rst half,’’ said Skene. “They got up by three quick tries.’’ The battle for third and fourth place was won by Cowichan over Gleneagle 17-7. Theobald was too fast for the opposition to defend against and scored two tries. Gillman converted both and kicked a penalty to end a superb tournament for Cowichan. Brentwood College made a great run in the AA tournament before losing 42-3 to champion Abbotsford Collegiate in the ¿nal game. Brentwood went in as the second seed only by virtue of beating Shawnigan on the island, since Ladysmith didn’t take part this year. “We felt if we could measure up

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to that level, it would be beyond our wildest dreams, really,’’said Brentwood co-coach Steve Cowie. Brentwood had only six Grade 12 starters and a total of 18 players against a well-oiled Abbotsford machine of 30 girls, including 13 in Grade 12. The Brentwood girls still gave it their best. “They knew they were up against a team that was way too strong,’’ said Cowie. Brentwood rolled to a 47-0 victory over Sentinel of Vancouver in its ¿rst game, scoring nine tries in the process. Tyler Currie, Meghan Grant and Emma Freeman led the way for Brentwood, as they did throughout the tournament. A titanic struggle ensued in the semi¿nal against Bateman. Brentwood won 10-5 in sudden death overtime when Nambi Mbaja crashed over the line with seconds remaining. Shawnigan Lake School made it all the way to the Tier 2 ¿nal and lost a heartbreaker 15-10 to Port Alberni in overtime. Kaitlin Beemer and Michelle Evans scored tries for Shawnigan. Shawnigan beat Elgin Park and Clayton Heights in close games in the preceding rounds. “We did remarkably well,’’ said Shawnigan coach Mark Hall of his team that went in seeded seventh. “To be quite honest I didn’t think we’d get that far in the ¿rst place.’’ See for more details on the teams.

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There were some close games played among the lopsided shutouts during the first round of the provincial senior boys’ high school rugby championships Saturday at Brentwood College. Ladysmith, ranked No. 13 in AA, gave No. 4 Glenlyon Norfolk of Victoria, left, a run for its money.

The game was tied until the final seconds when Glenlyon scored a try to win it 15-10. And No. 10 Vanier of Courtenay proved a handful for No. 7 St. Michael’s University School of Victoria in AAA action. St. Michael’s scored a late try and a difficult convert to tie Vanier and then added a try in sudden-death overtime to win 24-19.

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ugby powers Àexed their muscles in opening round games of the provincial senior boys’ high school rugby championships for both AAA and AA at Brentwood College. Shawnigan Lake School and Brentwood College both posted shutout victories while Cowichan Secondary was on the other end of a whitewashing.

Shawnigan on another mission Shawnigan Lake School, ranked No. 1, began its quest for a fourth straight provincial AAA title by annihilating a never-say-die No. 16 West Vancouver squad 62-0 in ¿rst-round playoff action. West Vancouver played the game hard despite being a massive underdog and drew the admiration of Shawnigan coach Tim Murdy for its efforts. “They played the game well,’’ Murdy said. “They competed right till the end. For a lot of these teams, getting to the provincial tournament is quite an accomplishment. “In the end, we were just a little too strong for them.’’ Shawnigan captain Haydn Evans also gave West Vancouver full marks. “They put up a good ¿ght,’’ he said. “They didn’t give up at all.’’ It took Shawnigan a while to get untracked in the ¿rst half. The ¿rst few tries were all the result of hard work since persistent West Vancouver tackling and pursuit didn’t make it easy. Murdy not only liked the compete level of West Vancouver, but thinks it will be bene¿cial to his team heading into the later rounds. “It doesn’t do us any good if a team rolls over on us,’’ he said. Only in the last 15 minutes did West Vancouver really let up. Murdy likened the game to a boxing match. “You go to the body ¿rst, the guy brings his hands down and you try to knock him out,’’ he said. That’s exactly what happened on the rugby pitch with Shawnigan wearing West Vancouver down before moving in for the takedown. Shawnigan has so many weapons it’s dif¿cult for teams to defend against any one aspect of play. “I think the team’s looking better than it’s ever been,’’ said Evans. “We keep doing our structures. We don’t worry who our opposition is.’’ The lopsided score allowed Murdy to rest some players and give others valuable experience. “We got the whole bench on,’’ he said. Cowichan product Randall Barton scored two tries for Shawnigan.

Evans thinks the prospect of a fourth provincial title is de¿nitely within the team’s capabilities. “I think if we play like we did (Saturday), we should have a pretty good shot,’’ he said. “We have a really strong forward pack. We lost a lot of backs, but the backs this year have really stepped up.’’

Brentwood explodes for 81 points Brentwood College did the expected on its home turf Saturday, rolling to an 81-0 victory over Esquimalt. The large margin of victory was not a surprise, with Brentwood ranked No. 2 in AA in the province and Esquimalt No. 15. “We tried to stick to our fundamentals,’’ said Brentwood player Jon Courville, who was also a star of the school’s basketball team that ¿nished fourth in the province this season. “Our coach said just play your game.’’ Courville sent Esquimalt defenders on highspeed chases many times, motoring past them down the sideline and into open territory. He only scored one try but came close on a few other occasions. Whenever Esquimalt advanced into Brentwood’s end of the ¿eld, Courville took that away immediately and put his team within sight of the goal line. Esquimalt played the game in great spirits with superb sportsmanship. “They didn’t give up,’’ said Courville. “They kept playing hard.’’ “Total credit to them,’’ said Brentwood coach Tony Healy, who shook the hands of each and every Esquimalt player after the game. “Theirs is a program that has a long tradition. “We’re blessed we have it in our curriculum. We have resources and advantages they don’t have. “Our guys were really impressed. Even though the score favoured us heavily, they were never giving up and played determined right to the end.’’ Healy used his entire bench and liked how some of the subs — particularly in the backs — asserted themselves. “I was pleased the guys maintained focus and played with a certain amount of dignity all the way through,’’ he said. Brentwood plays No. 10 Southridge in the next round that will be a much tougher test. “One game at a time,’’ said Courville. “Get the jitters out. It’s provincials.’’

Marriott too much for Cowichan Cowichan Secondary School T-Birds couldn’t ¿nd an answer for a very good Earl Marriott team of Surrey Saturday. Despite the T-Birds’ best efforts, nothing worked and Marriott coasted to a 54-0 victory in AAA ac-

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Brentwood College’s Graem Bradley runs for an opening, above, against Esquimalt. Below left, Shawnigan Lake’s Oliver Nott plunges over for a try against West Vancouver. Below right, Cowichan’s Grayson Lowood runs into an Earl Marriott brick wall.

tion. Marriott kept coming at Cowichan in waves and scored a trio of converted tries before the game was 15 minutes old. Marriott came into the game ranked No. 5 in B.C. against No. 12 Cowichan. “We were de¿nitely up against it,’’ said Cowichan coach Ron Glass. “Earl Marriott’s a very strong team. “They had good balance, sort of better than us in all the areas.’’ Marriott brought a blend of incredible speed from some of its backs with the physicality of the forwards. “When we retained possession of the ball, we were a bit threatening,’’ said Glass. “Inevitably, we would make a mistake.’’ Marriott quickly turned some of those mistakes into points at the other end after Cowichan exerted pressure near the goal line.

Patrick Large played the entire game and was very solid for Cowichan. Darren Parcells made an impact during a second-half appearance. “He never had any letdown at all,’’ Glass said of Parcells. “He was very assertive when he had the ball.’’ The good news for Cowichan was spreading around the playing time that could come in handy later in the tournament against opponents more equal in calibre. “We were able to get all our players into the game,’’ said Glass. “Everyone got an opportunity to play.’’ The T-Birds maintained their composure till the end and battled Marriott as hard as they could. “That’s a tough one when you’re on the lower side,’’ said Glass. “Now that game’s out of the way, we’re much more competitive in that lower eight.’’

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Mayonnaise Original


$ 97

1.42 L

Limit 2



$ 97 12 - 284 ml case

3 lb Clamshell

Cheez Whiz

Mushroom, Tomato, Vegetable, Chicken Noodle




7.65 kg



$ 97


Watch for our






Limit 1 of each


$ 77

600 g

Limit 3 Total

Proud to be Cowichan Valley’s leading grocery store since 1986. Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Deposits and/or environmental fees extra where applicable. We reserve the right to limit quantities.

Specials in effect Wednesday May 30th- Saturday June 2nd, 2012

Valley View Centre 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cobble Hill • 83 Cowichan Rd, Lake Cowichan Open Daily 8am - 9pm

Offers valid at Lake Cowichan and Cobble Hill Country Grocer locations only.

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, May 30, 2012  

May 30, 2012 edition of the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, May 30, 2012  

May 30, 2012 edition of the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial